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Our Favorite Vegan Restaurants in Seattle for 2023

Ben & Esther's, Lazy Cow Bakery, and More
January 11, 2023
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Enjoy vegan baked goods that are (almost) too pretty to eat at Fremont's Lazy Cow Bakery. (Lazy Cow Bakery)
If your New Year's resolution involves reevaluating your meat and/or dairy consumption, adopting a vegan diet, or going plant-based for the annual "Veganuary" challenge, you've got plenty of delicious options to ease you through the transition. We've rounded up this list of restaurants with vegan dishes worth trying, from the Jewish deli Ben & Esther's to the bakery Lazy Cow. Check out our food and drink guide for more ideas.


Araya’s Place
This vegan Thai spot is a longtime favorite of herbivores and omnivores alike for its comforting plant-based dishes like tom yum, massaman curry, and crispy fried Brussels sprouts. Don't miss the daily lunch buffet.
Bellevue, Madison Valley, University District
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

Ba Bar Green Add to a List
The hip, ever-reliable Vietnamese chain Ba Bar runs this all-vegan takeout window concept at its South Lake Union location Add to a List . The menu features plant-based dishes like sweet potato laksa, Lao crispy rice and kale salad, lemongrass tofu Singapore noodles, dan dan noodles, Soyrizo bánh mì, and tamarind soup.
South Lake Union
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

Ben & Esther's Add to a List
The popular Portland-based vegan Jewish deli Ben & Esther's, which recently expanded to California, opened its first Seattle outpost in the former Capitol Coffee Works Add to a List space in November. The selection includes bagels (available with dairy-free schmears or as sandwiches with toppings like smoked carrot "lox"), deli sandwiches, salads by the pound, matzo ball soup, and baked goods like babka, hamantaschen, and black and white cookies, with plenty of gluten-free options. 
Capitol Hill
Pickup, delivery, dine-in


Broadfork Cafe
This local vegan and vegetarian chain has a menu developed by chef Lois Rivera (who worked for the now-closed Chaco Canyon Cafe for 13 years), with wholesome dishes like veggie burgers, grain bowls, avocado toast, hummus wraps, and artichoke melts.
University District, Queen Anne
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

Cafe Flora Add to a List , Floret Add to a List , and Flora Bakehouse Add to a List
The airy, plant-filled Cafe Flora has been a vegetarian haven for over 30 years, with locally sourced dishes like Oaxacan tacos, seasonal grain bowls, and wild mushroom and fennel risotto—many dishes are vegan and clearly marked as such on the menu, or can be made vegan with modifications. The restaurant also operates two offshoots: Floret, a cafe inside SeaTac, and Flora Bakehouse, a cozy bakery on Beacon Hill.
Madison Valley, SeaTac, Beacon Hill
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

ChuMinh Tofu and Vegan Deli Add to a List
Absolutely everything on the menu at this reliable Vietnamese standby, including appetizers, bánh mì, noodle soups, stir-fries, fruit smoothies with boba, drinks, and desserts, is vegan.
Chinatown-International District
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

Cinnaholic Add to a List
At this bakery serving vegan cinnamon rolls (which was once featured on Shark Tank), guests can customize their gooey treats with a choice of frosting, including flavors like cream cheese, almond, lemon, and marshmallow, and toppings, such as cookie dough and fresh fruit.
Capitol Hill
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

Cycle Dogs Add to a List  
The popular vegan food-truck-turned-restaurant Cycle Dogs is known for its meatless hot dogs and other plant-based takes on fast food favorites. The all-vegan menu includes Field Roast frankfurters with variations like currywurst, Seattle dogs, and elote dogs, burgers inspired by McDonald's, Whataburger, and Dick's, and "hangry style" fries smothered in American cheese, grilled onions, and fry sauce.
Ballard
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

Flying Apron Add to a List
This pioneering specialty bakery has been baking up gluten-free and vegan treats since 2002.
West Seattle
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

This popular ice creamery offers dairy-free, gluten-free scoops that rival their non-vegan counterparts, made with creamy house-made alternative milks and featuring creative flavors like date shake, salty caramel ash, and chocolate tahini supercookie.
Ballard, Capitol Hill, University District
Pickup, delivery, dine-in
 
Georgetown Liquor Company Add to a List  
In December 2020, Highline Add to a List owner Alan Threewit saved the beloved Georgetown dive, treasured for its strong booze, vegan/vegetarian menu, gritty atmosphere, and warm staff, from extinction and updated it with a renovation and a new all-vegan menu, featuring plant-based French dips, Reuben sandwiches, cheesesteaks, and other comfort food. There's also a menu of punk-inspired cocktails, like the "Lust for Life" (pineapple rum, Malibu rum, muddled limes, and orange juice) and the "Angels with Dirty Faces" (vanilla vodka with amaretto, cranberry juice, and pineapple juice).
Georgetown
Pickup, dine-in
 
Habesha Cafe Add to a List
While not a dedicated vegan restaurant, this Ethiopian and Eritrean food destination in Hillman City offers an array of satisfying vegetarian and vegan specialties, including vegan foul, falafel wraps, veggie sandwiches, and shiro wat (an Eritrean-spiced stew made with chickpeas, onions, tomato, garlic, and olive oil).
Hillman City
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

Harvest Beat Add to a List
This eco-conscious Wallingford spot presents elegant five-course vegan meals for takeout and dine-in, with inventive dishes like pumpkin-filled celery root ravioli and roasted maitake mushroom lasagna.
Wallingford
Pickup, dine-in

Heartbeet Organic Superfoods Cafe
You'll find luscious smoothies, nourishing grain bowls, fresh salads, juices, and other wholesome fare at this organic cafe, formerly known as Thrive.
Queen Anne, West Seattle
Pickup, delivery, dine-in
 
Kati Vegan Thai Add to a List
Co-owner Fon Spaulding opened this plant-based restaurant after learning to cook Thai food from her mother and emphasizes traditional techniques and fresh ingredients (locally sourced and organic whenever possible). Fans rave about the "old-style" pad thai, spicy jackfruit with sticky rice, kuay tiew kua gai, coconut milk Thai iced tea, and cauliflower bombs.
South Lake Union
Pickup, delivery, dine-in
 
Lazy Cow Bakery Add to a List
Satisfy your sweet tooth with impeccable treats like churro croissants, tiramisu, cinnamon rolls, strawberry shortcake, and apple cinnamon crumb cake at this plant-based bakery, which also runs the Latinx mutual aid organization Casa del Xolo. The business is currently raising funds on GoFundMe to help cover costs.
Fremont
Pickup, dine-in

Loving Hut Add to a List
This international vegan Vietnamese fast food chain with an outpost in the International District offers irresistibly named dishes such as "fabulous pho," "celestial salad," and "blissful noodles," plus veggie burgers, pizzas, smoothies, and juices.
Chinatown-International District
Pickup, delivery, dine-in
 
Mighty-O Donuts
This local chain makes its vegan donuts from scratch with organic, GMO-free, zero-trans-fat ingredients, in flavors like raspberry and chocolate peanut butter.
Various locations
Pickup, delivery, dine-in
 
Next Level Burger Add to a List
Former Stranger writer Sean Nelson once wrote of this plant-based burger joint inside the Roosevelt Whole Foods Add to a List , "Next Level turns out to be a fantastic innovation for those of us whose brains know eating animals is indefensible but whose hearts still can't get past the idea that a cheeseburger, fries (or, better yet, tots!), and a milkshake is nature's perfect meal." He endorses the shakes (made with soy- or coconut-based soft serve), the All-American, Sausage Bacon, or Signature burgers, and the "heroically sloppy" Chili Chz Dog.
Roosevelt
Pickup, delivery, dine-in
 
Oak Add to a List
If you're missing hearty pub grub, this omnivorous Beacon Hill watering hole offers plenty of options, including plant-based mac and cheese, burgers, and grilled cheese.
Beacon Hill
Pickup, dine-in

Pi Vegan Pizzeria Add to a List
This beloved vegan pizza and calzone joint uses a rice-based mozzarella-style "cheese," and many pies come with white garlic sauce instead of marinara.
University District
Pickup, delivery, dine-in
 
Plum Bistro Add to a List
We'd be remiss not to include chef Makini Howell's well-known plant-based bistro on a list of vegan restaurants. Signature dishes include the famous "mac and yease" and the buffalo portobello burger.
Capitol Hill
Pickup, delivery, dine-in
 
Salt & Straw
As it does each January, the Portland-based artisan ice creamery has released a seasonal menu of plant-based flavors. The "Dairy-Free Decadence" series includes Bananas Foster, Chocolate Sorbet, Toasted Oat Milk and Cookies, Peanut Butter Brittle Caramel Fudge, and Red Velvet with Cream Cheese Frosting.
Ballard, Capitol Hill, Kirkland
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

Sunlight Cafe Add to a List
This bright, cheery Roosevelt neighborhood spot, Seattle's longest-running vegetarian restaurant, is unassuming and granola in the best way possible (and they actually do have homemade granola). Homey vegetarian and vegan dishes are available for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Roosevelt
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

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