Los Angeles is full of many great restaurants, which offer meat-free cuisine. If you are vegetarian or you are just looking for a great place to eat out, then make sure to check out the following 10 restaurants. From reputable chain restaurants to unforgettable independent eateries, the restaurants on this list have proven themselves to be among the best in Los Angeles.
1. Govinda’s Natural Food Restaurant
Vegetarianism has always been a major part of Hinduism, and Govinda’s restaurant proudly continues this tradition. Located in a Hare Krishna temple alongside a Bhagavad Gita Museum, Govinda’s offers healthy, fresh food with a spiritual atmosphere. The best part is that they have a $8.00 all you can eat buffet!
2. Vegan Glory
Vegan Glory should be your go-to place, if you are looking for some great Thai food. Vegan Glory uses only organic and vegan ingredients, which customers can see prepared for themselves thanks to the open kitchen.
3. Rahel Ethiopian Vegan Cuisine
While many vegetarian restaurants serve food with meat substitutes, Rahel’s focuses on providing enough hearty ingredients so that you won’t miss meat on your dish at all. This restaurant utilizes food such as lentils, zucchini, chickpeas, and beans, to provide you with a delicious, filling, and strictly vegetarian meal.
If, on the other hand, you do crave something that is close to the real thing, then VeggieGrill has all of the 100% vegetarian chicken, steak, and crab that you could want. All of their food is entirely plant-based but high in protein and fiber. Come here for a healthy and delicious meal.
5. Happy Family
Happy Family, as the name suggests, is a great vegetarian restaurant for families. It serves Chinese vegetarian cuisine, focusing on organic ingredients and using soy to provide protein and fiber. The whole family is sure to find something they like here, and at a great price too!
6. Seed Kitchen
Not only is every item on the menu of Seed Kitchen vegetarian, but macrobiotic as well. Many dishes are even listed as gluten free! Seed Kitchen makes it a point to use organic and local produce whenever they can, and they run their kitchen in an environmentally friendly manner to boot!
7. Flore Vegan Cuisine
Voted the “Best Restaurant” by LA Weekly readers in 2012, Flore Vegan Cuisine is a great place to go for vegetarian breakfasts, brunch, or just about any meal of the day. Flore features a deli counter, tempting cupcakes and cakes, and even an assortment of shakes and smoothies.
8. Vinh Loi Tofu
Vin Loi Tofu is perfect for all of the tofu lovers out there. It offers a large variety of tofu-based dishes, including soups, but there are curry dishes and different types of spring rolls to choose from as well. Best of all, the soybeans used in this favorite tofu restaurant are 100% non-GMO.
Do you love sushi but are a vegetarian or vegan, and wish that your favorite sushi restaurants had more on the menu for you to choose from? Then you should check out Shojin, a sushi restaurant whose motto is “organic and natural.” “Shojin” is a type of Buddhist cuisine that originates in Japan, and which grew out of the Buddhist vegetarian tradition.
10. Sage Vegan Bistro
Head over to Sage Vegan Bistro to feast on the very best, farm-fresh, in-season produce around. Sage works directly with local organic farms in order to serve the highest quality and most nutritious dishes. The menu offers a very nice variety, so you’ll be sure to find something you like. This is a great restaurant for the environmentally friendly and health conscious.
What are your favorite vegetarian restaurants in Los Angeles? Have you ever been to one of the restaurants mentioned above? Feel free to share your experiences in the comments section.