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The Top 6 Vegan Fine-Dining Establishments in the U.S.

Written by Danny Prater | June 10, 2015

Looking for a standout, five-star restaurant meal for an anniversary, birthday, or a swanky date?

PETA staffers around the country have spoken, and these delicious dishes are some of our favorites from the most outstanding vegan fine-dining establishments in the country.

Vedge

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Vedge is the real deal. Not only was chef and owner Richard Landau nominated for a prestigious James Beard Award, the restaurant also appeared at the TOP of Zagat’s list of Philadelphia’s best restaurants.

Check these out: Upper left, Eggplant Braciole With Sicilian Salsa Verde; lower left, Fingerling Fries With Creamy Worcestershire; on the right, Watermelon Radish With Fava Beans and Tarragon.

The desserts at Vedge are a favorite among rave Yelp reviewers. Pictured here: Sticky Toffee Pudding With Figs and Madeira Ice Cream.

Plant

Asheville, North Carolina

PLANT wild nettle masala uttapam

Plant was named one of the best vegan/vegetarian restaurants by Food & Wine magazine, and it isn’t hard to see why. Above, you can see its Wild Nettle Masala Uttapam (with onion and tomato, avocado, gunpowder chutney, soy-ginger syrup, coconut moss, and cabbage).

PLANT collage

The exquisitely plated vibrant food at Plant is so beautiful that you may have reservations about even sticking a fork in it to begin eating. (However, we encourage you to get over it and taste these remarkable dishes.) On the left is Plant’s Peanut Hempeh (locally made soy-free tempeh made from hemp and peanuts served with carrot purée, baby bok choy, and pickled cherry bomb relish); top right, Squash Strata with live macadamia cheese, beets, wild mustard pesto, and pea shoots; bottom right, grilled beets with horseradish mayo, pickled beets, balsamic and herbs, and onion tumbleweed.

Alina Postula

Be sure to cap off your visit with the exceptional ice cream. Pictured above, from left to right, are the following seasonal flavors: Coffee-Beet, Pink Peppercorn, Chocolate Cookies ‘n Cream, and Peanut Butter Brittle.

Candle 79

New York City, New York

The Mushroom Crêpe (right) is a customer favorite at this all-vegan restaurant, and we’re drooling over this stunning photo on the left of the Seitan Picatta, with creamed spinach, grilled potato cake, oyster mushrooms, and a lemon caper sauce. Be sure to check out Candle 79 if you’re visiting New York City, PETA’s pick for the Most Vegan-Friendly City.

Crossroads Kitchen

Los Angeles, California

Angelenos are no strangers to vegan fare, and celebrities and civilians alike sing the praises of Crossroads. Chef and owner Tal Ronnen was named Los Angeles’ Top Vegan Chef by the Huffington Post, and LA Weekly previously named Crossroads the Best Vegan Restaurant in the city.

Crossroads collage

Left: Artichoke Oysters (with artichoke purée, crispy oyster mushroom, yellow tomato béarnaise, and kelp caviar)
Right: Spring Chopped Salad (with pea tendrils, celery leaf, parsley leaf, English peas, watermelon radish, and whole-grain mustard vinaigrette)

Crossroads Tortelloni

These beauties are tortelloni with almond cheese, oven-dried tomatoes, parsley frisée salad, and spinach cream. Not pictured: resulting food coma.

Elizabeth’s Gone Raw

Washington, D.C.

Elizabeth's Gone Raw BarAnice Hoachlander

One night a week, the venue at 1341 L Street N.W. is transformed into the stunning Elizabeth’s Gone Raw, where diners are presented with a changing six course vegan tasting menu. A reservation is required, so be sure to call ahead if you want to try some of the delicious food served here.

Elizabeth's Gone Raw Beet & Apple RavioliFoster Wiley

Pictured above is the Beet & Apple Ravioli with fennel vinaigrette, sunflower shoots, parsley, and macadamia ricotta.

Elizabeth's Gone Raw Chocolate PaveFoster Wiley

Save room for dessert. This is the Chocolate Pavé with blood-orange relish, rosemary, and raw cacao.

Ravens Restaurant

Mendocino, California

Ravens was named one of the 10 Best Foodie Resorts in the country by USA Today. Much of the tasty food is grown on site, at the Stanford Inn’s California Certified Organic Farm, and a dedication to sustainability and locally sourced ingredients is prevalent in all its beautiful dishes.

Ravens-Sea-Palm-Strudel-12Stanford Inn By The Sea

Above: The Sea Palm & Root Vegetable Strudel
Below: Wild Mushroom Crêpes

Ravens Wild Mushroom CrepesStanford Inn By The Sea

Below, you can see the Citrus Polenta.

Ravens citrus polentaStanford Inn By The Sea

Planning a road trip or vacation anytime soon? Be sure to add the restaurants in this post to your itinerary, and if you’re looking for other great vegan food around the country, we’ve got you covered. Check out our lists of the top vegan doughnuts, pizzas, hot dogs, wings, mac and cheese, and food trucks.

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