Food & Drink

Our Favorite Vegan Restaurants in Seattle

Kati Vegan Thai, Allyum, and More
January 11, 2021
Kati Vegan Thai offers vegan versions of traditional Thai dishes, like jackfruit pad prik. (Kati Vegan Thai)

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 vegan restaurants worth trying, from the brand-new comfort food spot Allyum to the beloved diner Wayward Vegan Cafe. Plus, if you're looking to brush up on your meatless cooking skills, local author Hsiao Ching-Chou will be demonstrating a stir-fry recipe from her newest cookbook Chinese Vegetarian Soul Food at a virtual event with Book Larder on January 26. Check out our food and drink guide for more ideas.

Allyum
This West Seattle restaurant serves up gluten-free, vegan-focused comfort food like fried mushroom "chicken" and waffles and lentil "meatballs."
West Seattle
West Seattle
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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. Though its justifiably popular all-you-can-eat lunch buffet is sadly a no-go in the time of COVID-19, they're currently offering a $5.99 takeout lunch special; a lunch combo set with crispy spring rolls, house salad, phad thai noodles, black sticky rice pudding, white or brown rice, and a choice of a stir-fry or curry for $13.99; and a family meal with a choice of six dishes to feed three to five people for $50.
Bellevue, Madison Valley, University District
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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
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Cafe Flora and Flora Bakehouse
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, and many dishes are vegan and clearly marked as such on the menu, or can be made vegan with modifications. The restaurant is also opening a bakery called Flora Bakehouse in Beacon Hill later this month, serving pastries with many vegan options (including Flora's famous cinnamon rolls).
Madison Valley
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ChuMinh Tofu and Vegan Deli
Absolutely everything on the menu at this reliable Vietnamese standby, including appetizers, banh mi sandwiches, noodle soups, stir-fries, fruit smoothies with boba, drinks, and desserts, is vegan.
Chinatown-International District
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Cinnaholic
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
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Cycle Dogs
For times when you're craving classic American comfort food, this 100% plant-based hot dog stand will deliver (literally). Choose from options like Seattle dogs, Mexican street food-inspired "elote dogs," and Portland dogs (kimchi and guacamole), plus vegan copycats of burgers from What-A-Burger and Dick's and sides like animal-style fries and street corn.
Ballard
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Flying Apron
This pioneering specialty bakery has been baking up gluten-free and vegan treats since 2002.
West Seattle
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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 and chocolate tahini supercookie.
Ballard, Capitol Hill, University District
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Georgetown Liquor Company
Here's some welcome news: This beloved Georgetown dive, treasured for its strong booze, vegan/vegetarian menu, gritty atmosphere, and warm staff, was recently saved from extinction by Highline owner Alan Threewit. After GLC announced in September that they would close after 14 years of business, Threewit renovated the bar and reopened it with a new all-vegan menu featuring plant-based French dips, Reuben sandwiches, and other comfort food, plus punk-inspired cocktails available for takeout.
Georgetown
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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
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Kati Vegan Thai
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
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Loving Hut
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
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Mighty-O Donuts
This local chain makes its vegan donuts from scratch with organic, GMO-free, zero-trans-fat ingredients, in flavors like raspberry or chocolate peanut butter.
Various locations
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Next Level Burger
Former Stranger writer Sean Nelson once wrote of this plant-based burger joint inside the Roosevelt Whole Foods, "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
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Pi Vegan Pizzeria
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
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Plum Bistro
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
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Salt and Straw
As per yearly tradition, the artisan ice creamery Salt and Straw is scooping up their "Vegandulgence" series this month with five dairy-free flavors that prove plant-based can be just as decadent, including banana avocado sorbet, peanut butter strawberry crumble, bourbon and caramelized honeycomb, coconut rice pudding, and chocolate hazelnut cookies and cream.
Ballard, Capitol Hill, Kirkland
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Sunlight Cafe
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
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Wayward Vegan Cafe
Satisfy your soul's yen for old-fashioned American greasy-spoon fare at this Roosevelt comfort-food dispensary, which dishes up veganized versions of hearty diner standards like chicken fried steak and gravy, breakfast burritos, eggs Benedict, omelets, and huevos rancheros. Portions are generous and the coffee is bottomless.
University District
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