13 essential vegetarian restaurants in Vancouver

Oct 31 2017, 4:20 pm


Vegetarian eats have become the norm in Vancouver, and whether they are new or have been around for decades, this city’s got a plethora of stellar must-try establishments with veggie-centric menus.

Here are 13 essential vegetarian restaurants in Vancouver.

The Acorn

They’re cooking using the best of the season at Vancouver’s elegant The Acorn, so their menu is always evolving with the calendar. Their dishes are all vegetarian as a base, with most adaptable to suit vegan diners. This spot’s vegetarian brunch has got to be one of our favourites in the city.

Address: 3995 Main Street, Vancouver
Instagram: @acornvancouver

The Arbor Restaurant

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The team behind The Acorn opened their more casual concept, The Arbor, on Main Street in 2016. The restaurant focuses on meatless comfort food, from flatbreads and broccoli popcorn to fried oyster mushrooms.

Address: 3941 Main Street, Vancouver
Instagram: @arborvancouver

Bandidas Taqueria

All-day breakfast and brunch options, plus a full menu of Mexican classics…all without meat. This Commercial Drive go-to spot is spot-on when you’re craving Mexican eats. Vegans take note: You can sub-out the dairy for plant-based options and you’ve got a Mexican animal-free fiesta.

Address: 2781 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Instagram: @bandidas_taqueria

The Black Lodge

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Now with two locations, there’s double the chance to head to this bar where you can drink cocktails and beers while chowing down on some vegetarian grub. The Black Lodge offers poutine, nachos, and sandwiches and burgers made with all-veggie ingredients. Oh, and the bar is themed after TV’s cult classic, Twin Peaks.

Address: 630 Kingsway, Vancouver
Instagram: @theblackl0dge

Address: 317 East Broadway, Vancouver
Instagram: @blacklodgebroadway

Budgies Burritos

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This all-veggie Tex-Mex style restaurant may have burritos in their name, but they go beyond with vegetarian nachos, tacos, quesadillas, and more.

Address: 44 Kingsway, Vancouver
Instagram: @budgiesburritos

Chau Veggie Express

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Serving up Vietnamese and pan-Asian inspired vegetarian and vegan fare, Chau’s fun menu is chock full of soup, bowls, salads, and rolls. You’ve got two locations to head for this grub, including one in the Granville Island Market – so you can get a hearty veggie-centric lunch in and then head straight for the baked goods.

Address: 1689 Johnston Street, Vancouver (Granville Island)

Address: 5052 Vistoria Drive, Vancouver
Instagram: @chowatchau

Chickpea Restaurant


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This food truck expanded their veggie empire with a full service restaurant in spring 2017 and it has been packed ever since. The plant-based Mediterranean spot is officially 100% vegan, and they offer a massive menu which includes dishes like the Cauliflower of Life (a whole roasted head of the veggie), Hatzil Baladi (flame-charred eggplant), Shnitzelonim (crispy battered smoked tofu), Shwarma (thinly-slice marinated tempeh), and Falafel to name a few.

Address: 4298 Main Street, Vancouver
Instagram: @ilovechickpea

Heirloom Vegetarian

Heirloom has become more than a neighbourhood haunt – it’s a popular spot for vegans, vegetarians, and meat-eaters alike because it offers a fresh menu of local ingredients with big taste from brunch to late dinner. Around the corner from the South Granville restaurant is Heirloom Juice Co, an over-the-counter juice spot with snacks and light bites, a great casual vegetarian eatery as well.

Address: 1509 West 12th Avenue, Vancouver
Instagram: @heirloomveg

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Kokomo Foods


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This spot (in the ex-Fluffy Kittens scoop shop) has insanely fresh and delicious gluten-free and dairy-free bowls and salads, a selection of kombucha and custom-made cold pressed juices from The Juice Truck, and its punchy pastel-coloured-foilage-covered decor is a dream for anyone looking for a perfect Insta shot.

Address: 611 Gore Street, Vancouver 

MeeT on Main/MeeT in Gastown

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Both locations of MeeT are all about delicious eats in a fun space…minus the meat. Their menu is vegan and mostly gluten free, but their clever dishes with big, bold flavours won’t leave you feeling like you’ve missed anything (i.e. meat) at all.

Address: 12 Water Street, Vancouver
Instagram: @meetgastown

Address: 4288 Main Street, Vancouver
Instagram: @meetonmain

The Naam

Considered a staple for vegetarian and vegan eats in Vancouver for, well, what seems like forever, eating at Kitsilano’s The Naam is pretty much a rite of passage. Their calling card dish is their Sesame Fries with an add-on of Miso Gravy, but you’ll also find an array of noodles, bowls, veggie burgers, Mexican-inspired fare, salads, appies, and much more here.

Address: 2724 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Instagram: @naamrestaurant


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Vancouver’s go-to for Lebanese food, Nuba has an impressive roster of locations, and an even more impressive menu of delicious vegetarian eats. From savoury dips to pitas, platters, and their falafel, Nuba’s menu clearly marks their vegetarian (and vegan) options.

Address: 4 Vancouver locations; check website for details
Instagram: @nubatown

Virtuous Pie

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Virtuous Pie already has one seriously popular plant-based pizzeria in Chinatown, and they are opening another one on the UBC campus in winter 2017. This spot offers a killer selection of pizzas along with an unreal vegetarian brunch.

Address: 583 Main Street
, Vancouver

Address: COMING SOON – Wesbrook Mall (between Birney and Berton), UBC
Instagram: @virtuous_pie

With files from Lindsay-William Ross.

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