UPDATED NOV 11, 2019
With veggie-friendly restaurants popping up all over town, plant-based eaters can rejoice in Denver’s vegan and vegetarian fare. And trust us — there’s more variety than meets the eye. From 100% vegan menus to vegetarian-heavy main dishes, there’s something for everyone.
This colorful café on Cherry St. has food as radiant as its multicolored building. Govinda’s is 100% vegan, rotating an international—but mostly Indian—buffet menu. Their mission is to only serve the freshest, in-season dishes. Fitt Tip: try their homemade vegan chai — it’s the perfect fusion of sweet and spicy.
It’s hard to find a healthy place when you’re craving a late-night snack. That's why we're oh so thankful for City, O’ City. This Capitol Hill establishment is open until 2am daily. But if you’re an early riser, you’re also in luck — City, O’ City opens up shop at 7am for breakfast. They dish up vegan waffles, a variety of plant-based brunch items, and delicious coffee.
Watercourse is Denver’s most popular fully-vegan spot, serving up the goods in Uptown. Their menu is comfort food heaven, pleasing just about any dietary restriction out there. Highlights include their all-day breakfast menu and their outstanding vegan desserts. With so many options to choose from, you’ll want to frequent this joint on a weekly basis.
The Corner Beet is a quaint, airy café in Capitol Hill that specializes in fresh, cold-pressed juices and simple, 100% organic vegetarian light bites. They have a variety of delicious juice combos you can pair with a scrumptious salad or an opened-faced sandwich. Whether you're stopping by for a modest breakfast or post-workout snack — the food and drinks here will leave you feeling nourished and refreshed.
Flying high on South Broadway, Sputnik is just as funky as its surroundings. Sputnik is a full-service bar and restaurant, offering fresh and eclectic small bites. Best of all? They have an entirely vegan menu. From their Hangover Scramble (tofu, home fries, pico de gallo, and green chili) to their Field Roast Vegan Corn Dog and Cubano sandwich, there’s no shortage of satisfying vegetarian and vegan food.
With locations all over the US, True Food Kitchen (TFK) appeals to the masses. Their menu is flavorful, creative, seasonal, and local. With Dr. Andrew Weil as the mastermind behind TFK, you’ll find plenty of anti-inflammatory and Mediterranean-inspired dishes to choose from. A few of our favorite vegan dishes are the T.L.T. (tempeh, lettuce, and tomato) and the Teriyaki Quinoa bowl, but their vegetarian starters and pizzas are chock-full of all the good stuff stuff.
Looking for America’s premier fast-casual vegan restaurant? Look no further. Native Foods Café serves made-from-scratch, chef-crafted cuisine. Their menu is loved by both vegans and non-vegans alike, and you’ll see why. From their homemade tempeh to their Native Cheese, their 100% plant-based menu will leave you wondering how plants can taste so good.
Vital Root is one of the trendiest, healthiest spots in northwest Denver. Their menu is 99% vegan, 90% gluten-free, and 100% delicious. Grab a spot on their back patio, and surround yourself with tons of herbs and plants—you’ll feel like you’re dining in the middle of an urban garden. Their nutrient-dense and satisfying ingredients are top-notch. Vital Root uses coconut and maple sweeteners instead of refined sugars, organic oils, and gluten-free flours. So, grab yourself one of the house-made nut milks, and prepare to fall in love.
Protein Bar & Kitchen serves up healthy, quick, and protein-packed meals in three Denver shops, as well as one in Boulder. Resourcefully, all their menu items are labeled with their respective calorie, protein, and carb count. Additionally, they let you know which dishes are gluten-free and vegan. Protein Bar blends up creamy, vegan smoothies, and their breakfast scrambles feature tons of veggies and organic tofu.
This Boulder fave has made its way to Denver—Greenwood Village, to be exact. Zeal embodies all things health and caters to folks who are gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo, juice-obsessed, and, of course, plant-based. Try the Conscious Garden Wrap with sprouted lentils, carrots, marinated beets, hummus, pesto, and more, all stuffed in a collard green leaf. Or, build your own bowl with quinoa or cauliflower rice, fresh veggies, and plant-based proteins and sauces.
Superfood Bar is a relative newbie to the health food scene in Denver. Bringing love from New Orleans, they set up shop in LoHi. Their mission is to make healthy eating accessible to everyone while supporting the local economy by sourcing only the best local and organic ingredients. Their menu is 100% vegan and gluten-free and is packed with insanely nutrient-dense raw juices, smoothies, salads, and wraps.
Craving a good old-fashioned burger, fries, and shake? Then Meta Burger is your place. The burgers here are made from a soy-based product called Hungry Planet which is seasoned in-house and topped with everything from vegan bacon to cheese sauce made from eggplants. They also have soy-based soft serve ice cream that can be whipped into milkshakes and Meta Blasts (a thick shake with add-ins like salted caramel and pretzels).
This fun and quirky Calypso spot serves up clean and flavorful food in Cap Hill. Veggie options fill the menu — from the Seitan Cubano and Jackfruit Roti to the Mofongo (just try it) and the perfectly-named Bowl-O-Coconut Peas and Peppers. As if that weren't enough, all of their famously-tasty doughnuts are now vegan!