UPDATED FEB 11, 2020
Whether you’re a die-hard vegan or just like to dabble in healthier eating after an indulgent weekend, you won't want to miss these vegan and vegetarian restaurants in the Boston area.
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, sriracha Brussels sprouts, and grilled organic tofu. Dig isn’t all vegan or vegetarian, but there are enough options that definitely makes it feel 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 must-try signature bowls that are influenced by a variety of cuisines, street food snacks (think seared avocado and falafel dogs), and vegan twists on classic brunch dishes.
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.
Found in Somerville’s Teele Square (just 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 pick for date night.
What started as a business selling fresh juice at local farmers markets has since turned into numerous brick-and-mortar locations in Kendall Square, Newbury Street, the Boston Public Market, and the soon-to-be High Street Place. Thankfully, they all specialize in a vegan and gluten-free menu. With so many options, you might have tough time choosing which juice, smoothie, salad, or grain bowl sounds best. And that’s a dilemma we’d 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 to your vegan Thai favorites. And, no meal would be complete without trying one of their comforting bubble teas.
What started as a vegan food truck is now a brick-and-mortar restaurant in Somerville’s Ball Square. The name Taco Party fits the bill here because 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 strikes the perfect balance between vegan and 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—and that’s for 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 an intergalactic frenzy.
The undisputed king of vegan ice cream in Boston is the cleverly named [FoMu] (faux moo, get it?). But there’s nothing fake tasting 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 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 an impression on Boston. The setting of this vegan eatery gives the ideal backdrop to their beautiful dishes like their dig-in 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?
Clover Food Lab was one of the first to introduce food trucks to the Boston area, and in the years since, it has expanded to more than 10 brick-and-mortar restaurants on both sides of the river. While all of Clover’s food is vegetarian, their appeal goes far and wide. Not only that, they 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. But you won’t want to miss their extensive selection of specialty coffees. Oh, and did we mention they also serve beer and wine?
While it’s 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. Think: 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, Cocobeet has you covered. Stop by the City Hall Plaza or Wellesley spots and you can get your juice and smoothie fix, plus 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.
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