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Kristal Douglas

22 Essential Los Angeles Vegetarian Restaurants

LA is a mecca for plant-based dining

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| Kristal Douglas

Los Angeles’s vegetarian and vegan dining scene is as diverse as it is delicious, with a mix of restaurants ranging from classic, hippie-leaning joints to chef-driven places and just about everything in between. In 2022, the city’s wave of casual vegan restaurants keeps expanding in surprising ways that might surprise anyone who thinks this genre is far from innovative. The restaurants highlighted below serve thoughtful menus that feature well-made, vegetarian-friendly dishes that stand up to any omnivorous restaurant in the city. Here now are 22 essential restaurants in Los Angeles to find a delicious meal that happens to be vegetarian or vegan, presented from west to east.

Added: GGT Your Vegan Kitchen, Gusto Green, Hot Tongue Pizza, Jackfruit Cafe, Madre Tierra Restaurant Bar, Taco Vega

Removed: Burgerlords, Double Zero Venice, Fresh on Sunset (closed), Hasiba (closed), Modern Times Dankness Dojo (closed), Ricchardo’s The Total Vegetarian

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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Green Temple Vegetarian Restaurant

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Holding it down for the South Bay is the beloved Green Temple. Nestled in a hidden courtyard in Riviera Village, the quaint patio offers plenty of feel-good vibes along with its insanely delicious tofu sauce, white lasagna, and pies.

Crossroads Kitchen

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At Crossroads on Melrose, chef Tal Ronnen is elevating vegan fare to an art form. The team has been turning out some of the most inventive and thoughtful meat-free food in Los Angeles since opening in 2013. Crossroads is not only a haven for vegetarian fine-diners, but for anyone curious about how delicious vegan food can be. There’s a second location headed to Calabasas this year.

Crossroads Kitchen appetizer vegetables on a slate plate.
Crossroads Kitchen
Crossroads Kitchen [Official Photo]

Rahel Ethiopian Vegan Cuisine

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Some cuisines naturally skew vegetarian, and Ethiopian is no different. At Rahel’s, they avoid all mentions of tempeh or soy-based meats and emphasize slow-cooked stews with spices that radiate flavor. Take a piece of injera bread and dip it right into Rahel’s greens with garlic and pepper, split lentil stew, or the house specialty banatu with fresh tomatoes, peppers, garlic, and onions.

An assorted platter from Rahel Ethiopian Vegan Cuisine in Los Angeles, California.
Rahel Ethiopian Vegan Cuisine
Rahel Ethiopian Vegan Cuisine website

Gokoku Vegetarian Ramen Shop

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This casual Studio City gem lets customers customize ramen bowls and platters, along with colorful and flavorful bento boxes. Opt for the bowl chock full of bok choy, broccoli, jicama, mushrooms, and a wonderful kabocha squash “gravy.”

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Vegan A.F. founder Chanel Goodson launched her food truck in 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 or roving through LA’s streets, there’s a uniqueness to her food apparent in dishes like loaded Nashville hot fries with vegan shrimp.

Vegan A.F. food truck parked on Melrose Avenue.
Vegan A.F.
Matthew Kang

Taco Vega

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Jared Simons Taco Vega nearly closed earlier this year. But a recent rush of support kept this neighborhood Fairfax restaurant going — so Simons can continue to serve grilled oyster mushroom asada tacos, tofu scramble breakfast burritos, and cinnamon-spiked horchata lattes.

Taco Vega sign with palm trees on Fairfax in Los Angeles, California.
Taco Vega
Mona Holmes

Simply Wholesome

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The menu at Simply Wholesome has gone through many changes since 1992, but consistently made it possible for varying tastes to get a good meal. From the Jamaican spinach patty to omelettes, or a regular rotation of vegetarian soups, there’s something for everyone at this longstanding business in View Park/Windsor Hills.

Simply Wholesome in View Park, California.
Simply Wholesome
Wonho Frank Lee

Bulan Thai Vegetarian Kitchen

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Yoga fanatics and Eastside locals show up in droves to longstanding Bulan Thai, where the spicy, sweet, and sour flavors that characterize Thai cooking make eating meat-free easier than ever.

Fake chicken skewers at Bulan Thai Vegetarian Kitchen in Silver Lake, California.
Bulan Thai Vegetarian Kitchen
Bulan Thai Vegetarian Kitchen [Official Photo]

Jackfruit Cafe

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Best known for her role as Felicia on the movie Friday, Angela Means opened Jackfruit Cafe in Crenshaw in 2017. She’s now operating from a ghost kitchen adjacent to Exposition Park, where she prepares a nut-free mac and cheese, jackfruit crunch wrap with black beans, house-made vegan cheese, lettuce, tomato, and white sauce, along with a Beyond Meat dish called “hood tacos.” 

Greens, mac and cheese, black eyed peas and faux shrimp.
Combination platter
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Hot Tongue Pizza

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Alex Koons opened Hot Tongue in March, where he not only developed the blistery, airy, thin-crust pies but sometimes — if you’re lucky — acts as its delivery driver, bringing his creations to diners’ doors. Order the white pie with a garlic-olive oil base, but the buffalo with broccolini, shitake bacon, a drizzle of agave, and fresh parsley is as Los Angeles as it gets.

A pizza with buffalo sauce and broccolini.
Buffalo pizza
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Gusto Green

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Gusto Green is a mostly plant-based menu that occasionally utilizes hemp in the menu. Opt for the puffy sourdough pita, sprouted beluga lentils with coconut milk and spinach, or the gnocchietti with beet greens, goat cheese, butter, and hazelnut.

An overhead shot of a lightly fried cannabis leaf on a plate for edible consumption.
Gusto Green
Gusto Green

Beelman's

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It’s uncommon to find a neighborhood spot that focuses on cocktails plus an inventive menu that’s friendly to vegetarians and vegans. Beelman’s serves bowls, sandwiches, and a top-notch spicy plantain stuffed-impossible meat burger with shredded kale, pineapple slaw, pickled jalapeños, and gochujang aioli on a brioche sesame bun.

Head here for Vietnamese vegetarian fare by chef Mai Nguyen. Regulars sing high praises for the restaurant’s salt and pepper yam “shrimp” and garlic basil noodles. And now that Walt Disney Concert Hall is reopened, Au Lac is the perfect vegetarian-friendly stop for a pre-show meal.

Un Solo Sol

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Directly across from Mariachi Plaza in Boyle Heights sits one of LA’s best plant-based spots. The walls are filled with multi-hued murals and just outside are incredible views of Downtown, which is the perfect backdrop for eating pupusas, tacos, pozole, nopales with rice and beans, along with a north Indian cholay or Persian stew.

Un Solo Sol
Un Solo Sol
Un Solo Sol [Official Photo]

Joy is one of Los Angeles’s busiest vegetarian-friendly restaurants, where owner Vivian Ku makes the options seem effortless. Look for the asterisk on the menu for vegan dishes, or simply ask for the Dan Dan noodles without chicken.

Seabirds Kitchen

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Seabirds Kitchen in Long Beach — or the original Costa Mesa outpost — produces fresh and hearty dishes like purple potato taquitos, grilled mushroom tacos, and a Korean-inspired jackfruit bibimbap bowl. It’s all served in Seabirds’ beachy dining room, which is less than a mile away from the ocean.

A waffle with fresh fruit from Seabirds Kitchen.
Seabirds Kitchen
Seabirds Kitchen [Official Photo]

Rajdhani

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This “vegetable restaurant” on Pioneer Boulevard is famous for its 10-course Gujarati-style thali buffet. It’s a steam table-less affair where waiters dish up flaky breads, hearty lentils, tangy curries, and even dessert tableside, until you say mercy.

Surati Farsan

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Tantalizing methai (sweets) and chat (snacks) are what it’s all about at Surati Farsan Mart, a sharply decorated shop specializing in Gujarati-style nibbles since 1986. The deep-fried samosas stuffed with vegetables and served with two types of chutney are quintessential. Keep your eye out for new items, like the pau bhaji quesadilla.

Thien Tam Vegetarian Restaurant

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The key to excellent Vietnamese vegetarian fare is a killer mock nuoc cham (fish sauce vinaigrette), and nobody makes it better than the folks at Thien Tam. Dig into platters of broken rice prettied with seasoned wheat gluten molded into various forms, as well as classic noodle soups that manage to satisfy without any animal byproducts.

Modern Shaman

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In the middle of Uptown Whittier is Modern Shaman Kitchen. Opened in early 2020, owners Kimberly Harlan and Michael Kachoeff make jackfruit nachos and oyster mushroom po’ boys for loyal locals whether vegan or omnivore, and occasionally host a yoga class on the patio.

Green Green Trees Your Vegan Kitchen

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Green Green Trees Your Vegan is a longtime dream realized for chef-owner Carol Tsang. Her family owned a restaurant in Taipei, and she’s continuing the family tradition in West Covina serving fried rice, pho, noodle soups, and porridge in a brightly painted dining room.

Madre Tierra Restaurant Bar

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The Gomez family operates this Upland restaurant, where diners can try loaded nachos, coconut “shrimp” tacos, as well as sushi. Try the spicy tuna roll with vegan crab, cucumber, vegan tuna, and chile oil.

A plant-based taco with onions, faux meat, and cilantro.
Madre Tierra Restaurant Bar
Madre Tierra Restaurant Bar website

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Green Temple Vegetarian Restaurant

Holding it down for the South Bay is the beloved Green Temple. Nestled in a hidden courtyard in Riviera Village, the quaint patio offers plenty of feel-good vibes along with its insanely delicious tofu sauce, white lasagna, and pies.

Crossroads Kitchen

Crossroads Kitchen appetizer vegetables on a slate plate.
Crossroads Kitchen
Crossroads Kitchen [Official Photo]

At Crossroads on Melrose, chef Tal Ronnen is elevating vegan fare to an art form. The team has been turning out some of the most inventive and thoughtful meat-free food in Los Angeles since opening in 2013. Crossroads is not only a haven for vegetarian fine-diners, but for anyone curious about how delicious vegan food can be. There’s a second location headed to Calabasas this year.

Crossroads Kitchen appetizer vegetables on a slate plate.
Crossroads Kitchen
Crossroads Kitchen [Official Photo]

Rahel Ethiopian Vegan Cuisine

An assorted platter from Rahel Ethiopian Vegan Cuisine in Los Angeles, California.
Rahel Ethiopian Vegan Cuisine
Rahel Ethiopian Vegan Cuisine website

Some cuisines naturally skew vegetarian, and Ethiopian is no different. At Rahel’s, they avoid all mentions of tempeh or soy-based meats and emphasize slow-cooked stews with spices that radiate flavor. Take a piece of injera bread and dip it right into Rahel’s greens with garlic and pepper, split lentil stew, or the house specialty banatu with fresh tomatoes, peppers, garlic, and onions.

An assorted platter from Rahel Ethiopian Vegan Cuisine in Los Angeles, California.
Rahel Ethiopian Vegan Cuisine
Rahel Ethiopian Vegan Cuisine website

Gokoku Vegetarian Ramen Shop

This casual Studio City gem lets customers customize ramen bowls and platters, along with colorful and flavorful bento boxes. Opt for the bowl chock full of bok choy, broccoli, jicama, mushrooms, and a wonderful kabocha squash “gravy.”

Vegan AF

Vegan A.F. food truck parked on Melrose Avenue.
Vegan A.F.
Matthew Kang

Vegan A.F. founder Chanel Goodson launched her food truck in 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 or roving through LA’s streets, there’s a uniqueness to her food apparent in dishes like loaded Nashville hot fries with vegan shrimp.

Vegan A.F. food truck parked on Melrose Avenue.
Vegan A.F.
Matthew Kang

Taco Vega

Taco Vega sign with palm trees on Fairfax in Los Angeles, California.
Taco Vega
Mona Holmes

Jared Simons Taco Vega nearly closed earlier this year. But a recent rush of support kept this neighborhood Fairfax restaurant going — so Simons can continue to serve grilled oyster mushroom asada tacos, tofu scramble breakfast burritos, and cinnamon-spiked horchata lattes.

Taco Vega sign with palm trees on Fairfax in Los Angeles, California.
Taco Vega
Mona Holmes

Simply Wholesome

Simply Wholesome in View Park, California.
Simply Wholesome
Wonho Frank Lee

The menu at Simply Wholesome has gone through many changes since 1992, but consistently made it possible for varying tastes to get a good meal. From the Jamaican spinach patty to omelettes, or a regular rotation of vegetarian soups, there’s something for everyone at this longstanding business in View Park/Windsor Hills.

Simply Wholesome in View Park, California.
Simply Wholesome
Wonho Frank Lee

Bulan Thai Vegetarian Kitchen

Fake chicken skewers at Bulan Thai Vegetarian Kitchen in Silver Lake, California.
Bulan Thai Vegetarian Kitchen
Bulan Thai Vegetarian Kitchen [Official Photo]

Yoga fanatics and Eastside locals show up in droves to longstanding Bulan Thai, where the spicy, sweet, and sour flavors that characterize Thai cooking make eating meat-free easier than ever.

Fake chicken skewers at Bulan Thai Vegetarian Kitchen in Silver Lake, California.
Bulan Thai Vegetarian Kitchen
Bulan Thai Vegetarian Kitchen [Official Photo]

Jackfruit Cafe

Greens, mac and cheese, black eyed peas and faux shrimp.
Combination platter
Courtesy of Jackfruit Cafe

Best known for her role as Felicia on the movie Friday, Angela Means opened Jackfruit Cafe in Crenshaw in 2017. She’s now operating from a ghost kitchen adjacent to Exposition Park, where she prepares a nut-free mac and cheese, jackfruit crunch wrap with black beans, house-made vegan cheese, lettuce, tomato, and white sauce, along with a Beyond Meat dish called “hood tacos.” 

Greens, mac and cheese, black eyed peas and faux shrimp.
Combination platter
Courtesy of Jackfruit Cafe

Hot Tongue Pizza

A pizza with buffalo sauce and broccolini.
Buffalo pizza
Courtesy of Hot Tongue Pizza

Alex Koons opened Hot Tongue in March, where he not only developed the blistery, airy, thin-crust pies but sometimes — if you’re lucky — acts as its delivery driver, bringing his creations to diners’ doors. Order the white pie with a garlic-olive oil base, but the buffalo with broccolini, shitake bacon, a drizzle of agave, and fresh parsley is as Los Angeles as it gets.

A pizza with buffalo sauce and broccolini.
Buffalo pizza
Courtesy of Hot Tongue Pizza

Gusto Green

An overhead shot of a lightly fried cannabis leaf on a plate for edible consumption.
Gusto Green
Gusto Green

Gusto Green is a mostly plant-based menu that occasionally utilizes hemp in the menu. Opt for the puffy sourdough pita, sprouted beluga lentils with coconut milk and spinach, or the gnocchietti with beet greens, goat cheese, butter, and hazelnut.

An overhead shot of a lightly fried cannabis leaf on a plate for edible consumption.
Gusto Green
Gusto Green

Beelman's

It’s uncommon to find a neighborhood spot that focuses on cocktails plus an inventive menu that’s friendly to vegetarians and vegans. Beelman’s serves bowls, sandwiches, and a top-notch spicy plantain stuffed-impossible meat burger with shredded kale, pineapple slaw, pickled jalapeños, and gochujang aioli on a brioche sesame bun.

Au Lac

Head here for Vietnamese vegetarian fare by chef Mai Nguyen. Regulars sing high praises for the restaurant’s salt and pepper yam “shrimp” and garlic basil noodles. And now that Walt Disney Concert Hall is reopened, Au Lac is the perfect vegetarian-friendly stop for a pre-show meal.

Un Solo Sol

Un Solo Sol
Un Solo Sol
Un Solo Sol [Official Photo]

Directly across from Mariachi Plaza in Boyle Heights sits one of LA’s best plant-based spots. The walls are filled with multi-hued murals and just outside are incredible views of Downtown, which is the perfect backdrop for eating pupusas, tacos, pozole, nopales with rice and beans, along with a north Indian cholay or Persian stew.

Un Solo Sol
Un Solo Sol
Un Solo Sol [Official Photo]

Joy

Joy is one of Los Angeles’s busiest vegetarian-friendly restaurants, where owner Vivian Ku makes the options seem effortless. Look for the asterisk on the menu for vegan dishes, or simply ask for the Dan Dan noodles without chicken.

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Seabirds Kitchen

A waffle with fresh fruit from Seabirds Kitchen.
Seabirds Kitchen
Seabirds Kitchen [Official Photo]

Seabirds Kitchen in Long Beach — or the original Costa Mesa outpost — produces fresh and hearty dishes like purple potato taquitos, grilled mushroom tacos, and a Korean-inspired jackfruit bibimbap bowl. It’s all served in Seabirds’ beachy dining room, which is less than a mile away from the ocean.

A waffle with fresh fruit from Seabirds Kitchen.
Seabirds Kitchen
Seabirds Kitchen [Official Photo]

Rajdhani

This “vegetable restaurant” on Pioneer Boulevard is famous for its 10-course Gujarati-style thali buffet. It’s a steam table-less affair where waiters dish up flaky breads, hearty lentils, tangy curries, and even dessert tableside, until you say mercy.