Welcome to the Best Coast! Whether you’re living here or just visiting to enjoy the weather, the Los Angeles vegan food scene has something for every taste.
With more vegan restaurants than any other city on the West Coast, L.A. is the perfect place to introduce your vegan-curious loved ones to plant-based cuisine of every type.
Many celebrities go here for fine dining, and chef Tal Ronnen whips up some of the most intricate and decadent dishes imaginable, including almond cheese–stuffed tortelloni, heart of palm “crab” cakes, and New York–style cheesecake.
Oh, and it serves a delicious brunch, too.
Crossroads location: 8284 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90046
Plant Food + Wine’s menu features seasonal updates as well as dishes with locally obtained ingredients, and the dessert menu is full of new takes on old favorites, including this tasty rendition of a cheese plate.
Plant Food + Wine L.A. location: 1009 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, CA 90291
The first vegan cheese shop in L.A. is part shop/part restaurant (#blessed), and it works magic with gourmet cheeses on sandwiches, like this smoked Gouda sandwich.
Vromage location: 7988 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90046
Opened by longtime PETA supporter and master musician Moby, Little Pine offers gourmet Mediterranean-inspired dishes, and part of the proceeds goes to supporting PETA’s work.
Little Pine location: 2870 Rowena Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90039
Entirely vegan and packed with a ton of California-grown produce, Sage’s cuisine always impresses. Two must-have dishes are the jackfruit nachos and vegan chilaquiles. Both L.A. locations have unique perks—the Culver City location has a beer garden and pizzas.
Sage Vegan Bistro locations: 1700 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026, 4130 Sepulveda Blvd., Culver City, CA 90230
Shojin is home to some excellent house-made vegan sushi, and we’re not talking the usual cucumber roll—we’re talking rolls like the Green Forest, an avocado-wrapped asparagus carrot roll with tempura broccoli, yuzu mayo, and chia-seed ponzu sauce on top.
Shojin location: 333 S. Alameda St., No. 310, Los Angeles, CA 90013, 12406 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90066
Glory, glory, hallelujah! One of the hidden gems of L.A., from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, this Thai restaurant has one of the best lunch combos out there, complete with soup, salad, rice, spring rolls, and a delectable entrée of your choice.
Vegan Glory location: 8393 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048
Sporting a menu with more than just tofu, Vinh Loi dishes up solid Vietnamese staples such as pho and bun noodles coupled with a wide variety of house-made vegan meats.
Vinh Loi Tofu location: 18625 Sherman Way, No. 101, Reseda, CA 91335
A gourmet restaurant that serves Vietnamese cuisine and more, Âu Lac has a secret menu with Solstice Ramen. The regular menu features some surprises, too, like rich vegan baklava.
Âu Lac Location: 710 W. First St., Los Angeles, CA 90012
This cozy vegan café has a killer brunch menu, including huge breakfast burritos and even vegan chicken and waffles.
Flore Location: 3818 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026
This restaurant serves some of the best vegan Mexican-style cuisine in the city.
8905 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, CA 90069
Gracias Madre Location: 8905 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, CA 90069
This all-vegan pizza joint offers gourmet pies and more, including lasagna and a Philly cheesesteak. Cruzer’s Vegan Buffalo Pizza is the new star of the menu, but its classic vegan cheese pizza is the definition of beauty in simplicity. Finish it off with a piece of the vegan tiramisu and you’ll be golden. Possibly the best part? It delivers.
Cruzer Pizza Location: 4449 Prospect Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90027
Established by Top Chef winner Ilan Hall, Ramen Hood is an entirely vegan ramen bar in L.A.’s famous Grand Central Market. It’s a must-see for anyone visiting the city.
Ramen Hood Location: 317 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013
A New York City original that popped up right here in Silver Lake, “by Chloe.” is the brainchild of chef Chloe Coscarelli. It serves all the fast- and comfort-food staples, like burgers, mac and cheese, and meatball sandwiches, with none of the cruelty.
by Chloe. L.A. location: 2520 Glendale Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026
Once in a while, a sandwich comes along that makes you wish you could eat it every day. The Organix Mac Daddy is such a sandwich. This deli offers not only the Mac Daddy but also a ton of other vegan fast food. Be on the lookout on their Instagram for the illusive Macdilla, which is the Mac Daddy wrapped inside a quesadilla.
Organix location: 1731 Colorado Blvd., Eagle Rock, CA 90041
A SoCal original and one of the first entirely vegan restaurant chains, Veggie Grill is expanding all over the U.S., with mainstays like the Santa Fe Crispy Chickin’ and buffalo wings.
Veggie Grill Locations: There are several locations all over Los Angeles, check Veggie Grill’s website for the location nearest you.
Fala Bar is a trendsetter for being an all-vegan falafel-and-burger place and for having five different types of falafel: original, spicy, kale, crunchy, and even sweet-potato.
Falabar location: 7751 1/2 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90046
Bodhi Bowl’s menu is completely vegan and specializes in hearty grain bowls. It also offers salads, sandwiches, and soups.
Bodhi Bowl location: 645 W. Ninth St. #107, Los Angeles, CA 90015
You know you’re in Los Angeles when you find a doughnut shop on almost every corner. Donut Friend has plenty of unique flavors and a build-your-own doughnut option if you’re feeling creative.
Donut Friend location: 5107 York Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90065
A vegan doughnut chain from Northern California that luckily spread south, Donut Farm is L.A.’s first all-vegan doughnut shop—’nuff said. (Pro tip: Snag one of the Raised Glazed doughnuts right after the shop opens. It’ll be delicious, hot, and fresh.)
Donut Farm location: 2609 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026
Pomegranate has a treat selection that’s both 100 percent vegan and 100 percent gluten-free, and its desserts taste as good as they look, like these ice-cream cookie sliders.
Pomegranate location: 8556 W. Third St., Los Angeles, CA 90048
This soft-serve/frozen-yogurt shop in Glendale and Echo Park has a huge selection of flavors and excellent toppings, including brownie bites, organic dried mulberries, and even vegan gummy bears.
Yoga-urt Glendale location: 1407 W. Kenneth Rd., Glendale, CA 91201
Yoga-urt Echo Park location: 2211 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026