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16 Essential Vegan Restaurants in Los Angeles

LA’s plant-based restaurants bring big flavor and wonderful vitality to the dining scene

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While the rest of the nation continues to embraces vegan food, Los Angeles maintains its reputation as a stalwart in the plant-based space. The scene is no longer just bricks of tofu sprinkled with nutritional yeast, but instead elegant and casual restaurants with dishes designed with flavor in mind.

The last half-decade saw an explosion of plant-based restaurants around the city, with DTLA’s Beelman’s converting to a fully vegan menu, Nic’s On Beverly opening, and expanded fare at Crossroads in West Hollywood, to name a few options — and that’s to say nothing of the longstanding vegan food found in Thai, Ethiopian, and Indian cultures. Perhaps the best thing about LA’s vegan options? Omnivores will enjoy the meals as much as those who choose to avoid meat altogether. Come take a closer look at these 16 essential vegan restaurants in Los Angeles, ordered from west to east.

ADDED: Beelman’s, Green Green Trees Your Vegan Kitchen, Gracias Madre, Hungry Angelina, Nic’s On Beverly, Vegan A.F. truck, Vowburger

REMOVED: Bulan Thai Vegetarian Kitchen, Cena Vegan, Honeybee, Monty’s Good Burger, Plant Power Fast Food, Shojin

Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; it may pose a risk for the vaccinated, especially in areas with substantial COVID transmission. Please be aware of changing local rules, and check individual restaurant websites for any additional restrictions such as mask requirements. Find a local vaccination site here.

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1. De Buena Planta

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1118 Abbot Kinney Blvd
Venice, CA 90291

Venice’s Butcher’s Daughter opened the plant-forward De Buena Planta in 2020 where the beachy vibes are met by gorgeous cocktails, mezcal, aguas frescas, gluten-free options, and plenty of tacos with options like the cauliflower, potato, or mushroom.

2. Gracias Madre West Hollywood

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8905 Melrose Ave
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(323) 978-2170
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While Gracias Madre has always been known for its cocktails and its scene, lately the food has been getting even more of its own attention. New group executive chef Justin Haefler, who formerly ran Red O in LA — and cooked for one of Hong Kong’s bigger hospitality groups — revamped the entirely plant-based menu with comfort foods and healthy fare that doesn’t feel bland or basic. And yes, the cocktails are still a hit.

3. Real Food Daily

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414 N La Cienega Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(310) 289-9910
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As LA’s oldest vegan restaurant, Real Food Daily cranks out an all-day menu featuring chocolate chip and banana pancakes or the creamy alfredo pasta recipe with cashew “cheese” sauce that’s been tested and perfected over the decades.

4. Crossroads Kitchen

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8284 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 782-9245
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Tal Ronnen elevates vegan fare to an art form at Crossroads. The restaurant has been turning out some of the most inventive and thoughtful meat-free food in Los Angeles since opening in 2013. Crossroads can please any type of diner with a vegan carbonara (with hand made pasta), and a runny tomato-based “egg” yolk for added effect and flavor.

An assortment of dishes from Crossroads Kitchen
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5. Nic's On Beverly

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8265 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(323) 746-5130
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Nic Adler maintains a strong presence in Los Angeles with Monty’s Good Burger, but his sit-down restaurant in the former Terrine space is worth visiting. With an all-day menu (brunch on weekends), there’s always something interesting and completely animal-free with the chilaquiles, pizzas, or “fish” and chips.

The chilaquiles and madame from Nic’s On Beverly in Los Angeles, California.
Nic’s On Beverly
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6. Vowburger

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519 N Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 879-9925
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Fairfax fast-ish food option Vowburger is one of a handful of spots offering fully vegan burgers, fries, ‘chicken’ sandwiches, and more — but the group differentiates itself in part by making its own faux egg in house. Add to that the simple, affordable menu and give-back initiative that sees Vowburger donate thousands of meals to those in need, and it’s hard not to root for this young upstart operation.

A meatless chicken sandwich on toasted buns with slaw and sauce from Vowburger in Los Angeles, California.
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7. Stuff I Eat

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114 N Market St
Inglewood, CA 90301
(310) 671-0115
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Chef Babette Davis’s Inglewood run began nearly two decades ago, where her restaurant brings plant-based options to historic Market Street. Step up to the counter for ordering, then wait for staff to bring out soulful dishes like greens, mac and cheese, yams, quesadillas, and a hearty tamale pie.

8. Souley Vegan LA

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615 N Western Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90004

Souley Vegan started out of Oakland, and now its soul food favorites like cornbread, gumbo, and (seitan) chicken and waffles are available for pickup out of East Hollywood, or via delivery app.

9. Vegan AF Food Truck

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411 Normandie Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90020
(323) 347-4970

Vegan A.F. founder Chanel Goodson launched her food truck last June, and started selling savory vegan egg rolls and loaded fries from the bright pink vehicle. Mostly parked near the intersection of Melrose and Fairfax, and other points throughout the city, there’s a uniqueness to her food like the loaded Nashville hot fries with vegan shrimp.

Loaded Nashville hot fries with vegan shrimp at Vegan A.F. truck in Los Angeles, California.
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10. The V Tree Hollywood

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3515 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(323) 486-7044
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After a successful pop-up run at Yamashiro in 2020, Charlotte-native chef Velvet opened her first LA plant-based restaurant in March. VTree’s bright space in central Silver Lake, located directly across the street from Millie’s, serves soulful with “crab” cakes, mac and cheese, and yams. Velvet expanded her comfort food options with the new space, including a chickpea tuna wrap, vegan cinnamon rolls, and a West African peanut butter stew.

Soul food platter from V Tree in Silver Lake, California.
Soul food platter from V Tree
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11. Beelman's

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600 S Spring St
Los Angeles, CA 90014
(213) 628-3313
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Back in 2017, Golden Road Brewing founder Tony Yanow and the Artisanal Brewers Collective switched Beelman’s into an entirely plant-based menu. As a longtime vegan, meatless fare is a common practice for Yanow, and Beelman’s diners can expect an exceptional food menu with chili, tomato bisque, and a flavorful ceviche made with hearts of palm.

An assortment of menu items from Beelman’s in Downtown Los Angeles.
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12. Just What I Kneaded

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2029 Blake Ave #104
Los Angeles, CA 90039
(323) 522-3340
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Frogtown’s cozy bakery/cafe Just What I Kneaded gets points for a punny restaurant name, but owner and head baker Justine Hernandez prepares fantastic galettes, cookies, and scones with coffee until everything is sold out. Not to be missed: her plant-based take on a BLT.

13. Hungry Angelina

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6420 Pacific Coast Hwy Ste 160
Long Beach, CA 90803
(562) 431-0381
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Chef Matthew Kenney’s Long Beach restaurant is an elegant yet casual stop in Long Beach. There’s plenty to make one forget that there’s no animal products at Hungry Angelina, just flavor like the bowl filled with imitation/vegan poke, avocados, citrus, seaweed, and brown rice.

14. Thien Tam Vegetarian Restaurant

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10345 Garvey Ave
El Monte, CA 91733
(626) 579-1050

When a Vietnamese restaurant can make nuoc cham without traditional fish sauce, it’s safe to say that the remaining menu will impress. Try the broken rice and classic noodle soups. The formica tabletops are plentiful, so sit back and watch the gorgeous dishes arrive at everyone’s tables.

15. Chicana Vegana

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113 E Commonwealth Ave
Fullerton, CA 92832
(714) 519-3380
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Chicana Vegana settled nicely into Downtown Fullerton during the pandemic. This family-run business offers some of the region’s best plant-based food with dishes like the massive loaded nachos, taquitos, street tacos, burgers, and sopes.

Chicana Vegana restaurant’s jackfruit sopes in Fullerton, California Mona Holmes

16. Green Green Trees Your Vegan Kitchen

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4141 S Nogales St B107
West Covina, CA 91792
(626) 667-8880
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Green Green Trees Your Vegan Kitchen owner Carol Tsang has one of the most inspiring stories surrounding her restaurant. After her husband died in 2020, he left her with a sum of money to start her dream in the US: to open a vegan restaurant. The food is equally heartening, with Taiwanese favorites lining the menu with Taiwanese kimchi, braised “beef” noodle soup, and a Guangdong porridge with corn, cabbage, peas, carrots, mushroom, and parsley.

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1. De Buena Planta

1118 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

Venice’s Butcher’s Daughter opened the plant-forward De Buena Planta in 2020 where the beachy vibes are met by gorgeous cocktails, mezcal, aguas frescas, gluten-free options, and plenty of tacos with options like the cauliflower, potato, or mushroom.

1118 Abbot Kinney Blvd
Venice, CA 90291

2. Gracias Madre West Hollywood

8905 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90069

While Gracias Madre has always been known for its cocktails and its scene, lately the food has been getting even more of its own attention. New group executive chef Justin Haefler, who formerly ran Red O in LA — and cooked for one of Hong Kong’s bigger hospitality groups — revamped the entirely plant-based menu with comfort foods and healthy fare that doesn’t feel bland or basic. And yes, the cocktails are still a hit.

8905 Melrose Ave
West Hollywood, CA 90069

3. Real Food Daily

414 N La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048

As LA’s oldest vegan restaurant, Real Food Daily cranks out an all-day menu featuring chocolate chip and banana pancakes or the creamy alfredo pasta recipe with cashew “cheese” sauce that’s been tested and perfected over the decades.

414 N La Cienega Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90048

4. Crossroads Kitchen

8284 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046
An assortment of dishes from Crossroads Kitchen
Crossroads Kitchen
Mona Holmes

Tal Ronnen elevates vegan fare to an art form at Crossroads. The restaurant has been turning out some of the most inventive and thoughtful meat-free food in Los Angeles since opening in 2013. Crossroads can please any type of diner with a vegan carbonara (with hand made pasta), and a runny tomato-based “egg” yolk for added effect and flavor.

8284 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90046

5. Nic's On Beverly

8265 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048
The chilaquiles and madame from Nic’s On Beverly in Los Angeles, California.
Nic’s On Beverly
Mona Holmes

Nic Adler maintains a strong presence in Los Angeles with Monty’s Good Burger, but his sit-down restaurant in the former Terrine space is worth visiting. With an all-day menu (brunch on weekends), there’s always something interesting and completely animal-free with the chilaquiles, pizzas, or “fish” and chips.

8265 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90048

6. Vowburger

519 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036
A meatless chicken sandwich on toasted buns with slaw and sauce from Vowburger in Los Angeles, California.
Vowburger
Farley Elliott

Fairfax fast-ish food option Vowburger is one of a handful of spots offering fully vegan burgers, fries, ‘chicken’ sandwiches, and more — but the group differentiates itself in part by making its own faux egg in house. Add to that the simple, affordable menu and give-back initiative that sees Vowburger donate thousands of meals to those in need, and it’s hard not to root for this young upstart operation.

519 N Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036

7. Stuff I Eat

114 N Market St, Inglewood, CA 90301

Chef Babette Davis’s Inglewood run began nearly two decades ago, where her restaurant brings plant-based options to historic Market Street. Step up to the counter for ordering, then wait for staff to bring out soulful dishes like greens, mac and cheese, yams, quesadillas, and a hearty tamale pie.

114 N Market St
Inglewood, CA 90301

8. Souley Vegan LA

615 N Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90004

Souley Vegan started out of Oakland, and now its soul food favorites like cornbread, gumbo, and (seitan) chicken and waffles are available for pickup out of East Hollywood, or via delivery app.

615 N Western Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90004

9. Vegan AF Food Truck

411 Normandie Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90020
Loaded Nashville hot fries with vegan shrimp at Vegan A.F. truck in Los Angeles, California.
Vegan A.F.
Kristal Douglas

Vegan A.F. founder Chanel Goodson launched her food truck last June, and started selling savory vegan egg rolls and loaded fries from the bright pink vehicle. Mostly parked near the intersection of Melrose and Fairfax, and other points throughout the city, there’s a uniqueness to her food like the loaded Nashville hot fries with vegan shrimp.

411 Normandie Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90020

10. The V Tree Hollywood

3515 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026
Soul food platter from V Tree in Silver Lake, California.
Soul food platter from V Tree
Courtesy of VTree

After a successful pop-up run at Yamashiro in 2020, Charlotte-native chef Velvet opened her first LA plant-based restaurant in March. VTree’s bright space in central Silver Lake, located directly across the street from Millie’s, serves soulful with “crab” cakes, mac and cheese, and yams. Velvet expanded her comfort food options with the new space, including a chickpea tuna wrap, vegan cinnamon rolls, and a West African peanut butter stew.

3515 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026

11. Beelman's

600 S Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90014
An assortment of menu items from Beelman’s in Downtown Los Angeles.
Beelman’s
Facebook Official

Back in 2017, Golden Road Brewing founder Tony Yanow and the Artisanal Brewers Collective switched Beelman’s into an entirely plant-based menu. As a longtime vegan, meatless fare is a common practice for Yanow, and Beelman’s diners can expect an exceptional food menu with chili, tomato bisque, and a flavorful ceviche made with hearts of palm.

600 S Spring St
Los Angeles, CA 90014

12. Just What I Kneaded

2029 Blake Ave #104, Los Angeles, CA 90039

Frogtown’s cozy bakery/cafe Just What I Kneaded gets points for a punny restaurant name, but owner and head baker Justine Hernandez prepares fantastic galettes, cookies, and scones with coffee until everything is sold out. Not to be missed: her plant-based take on a BLT.

2029 Blake Ave #104
Los Angeles, CA 90039

13. Hungry Angelina

6420 Pacific Coast Hwy Ste 160, Long Beach, CA 90803

Chef Matthew Kenney’s Long Beach restaurant is an elegant yet casual stop in Long Beach. There’s plenty to make one forget that there’s no animal products at Hungry Angelina, just flavor like the bowl filled with imitation/vegan poke, avocados, citrus, seaweed, and brown rice.

6420 Pacific Coast Hwy Ste 160
Long Beach, CA 90803

14. Thien Tam Vegetarian Restaurant

10345 Garvey Ave, El Monte, CA 91733

When a Vietnamese restaurant can make nuoc cham without traditional fish sauce, it’s safe to say that the remaining menu will impress. Try the broken rice and classic noodle soups. The formica tabletops are plentiful, so sit back and watch the gorgeous dishes arrive at everyone’s tables.

10345 Garvey Ave
El Monte, CA 91733

15. Chicana Vegana

113 E Commonwealth Ave, Fullerton, CA 92832
Chicana Vegana restaurant’s jackfruit sopes in Fullerton, California Mona Holmes

Chicana Vegana settled nicely into Downtown Fullerton during the pandemic. This family-run business offers some of the region’s best plant-based food with dishes like the massive loaded nachos, taquitos, street tacos, burgers, and sopes.

113 E Commonwealth Ave
Fullerton, CA 92832

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16. Green Green Trees Your Vegan Kitchen

4141 S Nogales St B107, West Covina, CA 91792

Green Green Trees Your Vegan Kitchen owner Carol Tsang has one of the most inspiring stories surrounding her restaurant. After her husband died in 2020, he left her with a sum of money to start her dream in the US: to open a vegan restaurant. The food is equally heartening, with Taiwanese favorites lining the menu with Taiwanese kimchi, braised “beef” noodle soup, and a Guangdong porridge with corn, cabbage, peas, carrots, mushroom, and parsley.

4141 S Nogales St B107
West Covina, CA 91792

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