Best vegan restaurants in L.A.

Being vegan can be difficult, especially due to the lack of good vegan options when eating out. Fortunately, I have taken the time to compile a list of the best, at least in my opinion, vegan restaurants in Los Angeles.


Lemon Zest Cafe
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Lemon Zest Cafe is a Mediterranean restaurant located at 109 N Chevy Chase Dr. A, Glendale, CA 91206. The restaurant has a charming and refreshing vibe that’ll make any picture stand out. The cozy cafe has beautiful outdoor seating surrounded by gorgeous flowers and an adorable little brick path leading to the entrance. Even though they serve meat and other animal products, Lemon Zest Cafe still has plenty of vegan options that are yummy and easy to find on their menu.


Cocina Cilantro
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The Cocina Cilantro on 247 N Brand Blvd, Glendale is a quaint Mexican restaurant that serves non-vegan, vegan, and vegetarian food that can easily be vegan with a few modifications. The restaurant itself has a beautifully natural and modern aesthetic with indoor and outdoor seating. Though they are a smaller business, the service is amazing and the food is fantastic. I would recommend the Vegetarian Burrito with their non-dairy Mexican Almond Milk Horchata but whatever you order make sure you get a side of the Cilantro Lime Rice.


The Plant Lab

The Plant Lab on York Boulevard is a 100% vegan and organic Japanese food truck with healthy and incredible food. They sell everything from crispy teriyaki bowls, spicy tuna rolls, wasabi fries, and much more. One of my favorite things is how real and great their soy chicken is; everything from the texture to the taste is on point. Even looking at pictures of their food makes your mouth water.


Sage Plant-Based Bistro
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Sage Plant-Based Bistro is an entirely plant-based restaurant with many locations but my favorite being the one in Old Town Pasadena. It has a really pretty outdoor seating area with strung fairy lights and indoor seating with comfortable booths. But enough about the decoration; the food is amazing with a very wide range of options. I think the only thing that can make this restaurant better is if they included impossible meat or beyond meat in their recipes; as of right now they are using jackfruit as a meat substitute. Personally I am not such a big fan of jackfruit but if you are then this place has absolutely no flaws.


The Highland Cafe
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Finally, we have the best vegan restaurant I have ever been to. The Highland Cafe on York Boulevard serves both vegan and non-vegan meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The vegan food is so delicious that I get scared every time I eat it thinking I accidentally ordered a real burger. They also have plant-based milk options for every drink. Even the service at The Highland Cafe is great. To everyone, I recommend getting their Moroccan mint iced tea. It is ridiculously refreshing and needs no sugar; it’s even more thirst-quenching than water itself.

Bonus

Following these incredible vegan restaurants here are a couple of vegan dessert places that you can visit as well:


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