UPDATED OCT 30, 2019
Whether you’re a diehard vegan or just like to dabble in healthier eating after an indulgent weekend, these are the vegan and vegetarian restaurants in the Boston area you won’t want to miss.
With locations in Back Bay, Downtown Crossing, Pru, and most recently, Seaport, Dig is all about build-your-own-bowls featuring farm-fresh ingredients like toasted farro, maple, and sriracha Brussels sprouts, and grilled organic tofu. Dig isn’t all vegan or vegetarian, but there are enough options that it definitely feels that way.
This Allston and Central Square eatery is loosely associated with the beloved Roxy’s Grilled Cheese enterprise (which is definitely not vegan, but still oh-so-delicious). Whole Heart Provisions aims to put vegetables back at the center of the table through its signature bowls influenced by a variety of cuisines, street food snacks (think seared avocado and falafel dogs), and vegan twists on classic brunch dishes. Yum!
Life Alive’s menu is what vegan and vegetarian dreams are made of. Featuring a plethora of grain bowls, salads, snacks, and grilled wraps, nothing on this menu disappoints. Not only that, but Life Alive’s sauces are addictive too, so don’t be surprised if you find yourself going back again and again for a taste of the good stuff. Complete your meal with a fresh juice, smoothie or Massachusetts-made kombucha and you’re set. Fitt Tip: if you’re outside the city, Live Alive has locations in Lowell and Salem as well.
Located in Somerville’s Teele Square, a short walk from Davis Square, True Bistro is the Boston area’s only upscale vegan restaurant. The chef previously worked at the famed vegan restaurant Millennium in San Francisco, and it shows. Every dish on the seasonal menu shines, and True Bistro’s white-tablecloth atmosphere makes it the perfect place for date night.
What started as a business selling fresh juice at local farmers markets has since turned into a number brick-and-mortar locations—in Kendall Square, Newbury Street, at the Boston Public Market, and at High Street Place—specializing in a vegan and gluten-free menu that makes ordering a cinch. The hardest part is choosing which juice, smoothie, salad, or grain bowl sounds best. And that’s a dilemma we’d all willingly sign up for.
This unassuming spot in Chinatown serves up traditional Thai fare with no meat — a truly rare find in Boston. The extensive menu features everything from classic pad thai and basil fried rice to steaming bowls of hot soup perfect for a cold winter day. A meal at My Thai won’t break the bank either, so you can keep coming back your vegan Thai favorites. And don’t miss out on the bubble tea!
What started as a vegan food truck is now a brick-and-mortar restaurant in Somerville’s Ball Square. At Taco Party, you can feast on chimichurri tempeh tacos, seitan chorizo tacos, and jackfruit tacos for only $4 each. Be sure to pair your meal with an order of nachos made with sunflower cheese to really top things off!
This vegetarian diner in Cambridge’s Central Square is the perfect place to go for veg-friendly comfort food. From the corned-beef seitan hash and gluten-free pancakes to the housemade veggie burgers and cauli-of-the-sea, you can’t go wrong with breakfast, lunch, or dinner. If you’re in the mood for something sweet, try the sky-high cakes and vegan frappes. They’ll send your taste buds into a frenzy.
The undisputed king of vegan ice cream in Boston is the cleverly named [FoMu] (faux moo, get it?). But there’s nothing fake about this delicious frozen treat. [FoMu]’s creamy coconut-based, kosher concoctions often use local ingredients to create flavors like Bourbon Maple Walnut and Sweet Lavender. While it has locations four locations around the city, you’ll also find [FoMu] at some eateries on this list, like Life Alive, Veggie Galaxy, and True Bistro.
With locations in the Seaport, Fenway, and Back Bay, by CHLOE. has really made a big impression on Boston. The setting of this vegan eatery is as beautiful as its guacamole burgers, Fenway nachos, and kale cookies n’ cream vegan ice cream. Knowing Bostonians love them some clam chowder, the fast food joint has even created a vegan version with cauliflower. What’s not to love?
In case you don’t know, Clover Food Lab was one of the first to introduce food trucks to the Boston area. In the years since, it has expanded to more than 10 brick-and-mortar restaurants on both sides of the river. Although all of Clover’s food is vegetarian, they tend to stay away from that label to have a wider appeal. Not only that, but they also accommodate other dietary restrictions and make all their food from scratch every day. P.S. Their ever-changing menu means your taste buds won’t have a chance to get bored either.
Finding a really tasty vegan/vegetarian pizza can be really tough. But Veggie Crust makes it easier than ever. With locations in Somerville and Brookline, Veggie Crust makes almost everything it serves in-house, so you know it’s super fresh… and super veggie-friendly. After you’ve had your fill of ’za, be sure to try some of their coconut-based vegan ice cream (bonus: it’s also gluten-free).
Formerly known as NU Cafe, NU Kitchen recently got a facelift, becoming one of the most sought-after healthy-eating spots in Somerville and Worcester. They’re best known for serving a slew of fresh juices and smoothies in addition to salads, grain bowls, sandwiches, and soups. Don’t miss out on their extensive selection of specialty coffees, and did we mention they also serve beer and wine?
While a bit of a trek, Red Lentil is worth hopping over to Watertown for their inventive veggie dishes and charming eatery. Start your day with a vegan-friendly brunch featuring soy whipped cream on the waffles, soy sausage, and even vegan French toast. The lunch and dinner options are just as satisfying, with a vegan caesar salad, oyster mushroom calamari, and sweet potato quesadilla with vegan cheese.
Tired of making two separate stops when you’re looking for a cold-pressed juice and a healthy lunch? Well, no more. At Cocobeet in City Hall Plaza or Wellesley, you can get your juice and smoothie fix as well as order from an all-organic menu featuring grain bowls, salads, sandwiches, toast, and raw food items like Tahini Truffles and Strawberry Lime Vegan Yogurt. Turns out, you really can have it all.