The 20 Best Austin Restaurants for Vegans and Vegetarians
From plant-fueled food trucks to meat-free diner classics.
We’ve said it once, and we’ll say it again: Austin’s dining scene is more than steak and barbecue. Bat City is diversifying, and plant-based folks have more options than ever. You’ll notice that all restaurant categories are carrying some kind of veggie option these days, whether they’re fast-food joints or ramen kitchens. Finally, Texan herbivore and carnivore friends can nosh together in harmony.
But that’s not all. Austin also has excellent eateries where plants are the star attractions, not just the one or two dishes for customers with dietary restrictions. From vegan food trucks and well-being brunches with pressed-juice cocktails to Chinese take-out with an entirely separate meat-free menu, here’s where to find the very best vegan and vegetarian food in Austin.
The Well is a Cali-cool spot stocked with as close to a Zen environment as a restaurant could possibly get. Dishes are centered around top-tier nutrition using local and sustainable ingredients, and everything is gluten-free, soy-free, and refined sugar-free. Yes, meat and fish do appear on the menu, but on the whole, plants shine and vegan eating reigns supreme. Standouts include Hemp Heart and Chickpea Falafel, Mushroom Brown Rice Risotto, and brunch-worthy Vegan Chorizo Tacos (made with chickpea and lentil “chorizo”). To drink, point your compass toward delicious cocktails spiked with cold-pressed organic juices and natural sugars like agave, honey and dates.
How to book: Reserve via SevenRooms or order take-out via Toast.
Tso Chinese Delivery
There aren’t that many quality Chinese take-outs in Austin (sorry, but it’s true), let alone ones that can make plants taste as good as meat, but thankfully, Tso does a pretty impressive job, with options vast enough to garner its own dedicated menu page. Start with Veggie Spring Rolls and Spicy Edamame, then go for a tofu-twist on classics like General Tso, Sweet and Sour, Szechuan and Lo Mein, and sweeten the deal with a dessert of Sesame Balls. Delivery is free, and the business proudly pays their staff a liveable wage, prompting a no-tipping policy.
Husband-and-wife team Merritt and Charissa Vaughn are a breath of fresh air to Austin’s meat-centric food truck scene—their colorful kitchen-on-wheels and spacious (not to mention dog-friendly) yard has been one of the hottest new hangouts of the last year. Sunny’s serves an innovative and tantalizing selection of 100% vegan pub grub, including Spare Rib Bulgogi Tacos, Impossible Burgers and Beer-battered Waffle Fries loaded with cashew-based queso. Items like Korean Fried Vegan Chicken and Wonton Cheese Sticks add another dimension to the menu, influenced by the owner’s love for Asian street food.
How to book: Stop by for first come, first served seating.
Plant B To Go
Multi-restaurant delivery service Kitchen United Mix only has one veggie option (for now) in Austin, but it definitely doesn’t disappoint the plant-lovin’ party. Plant B uses Impossible patties in their buns to create mouthwatering burgers that give anything from Hop Doddy’s a run for their money (and now that HD has switched to Beyond, we’re all for this). Standouts include the Chipotle Avocado Burger, the Onion Burger, the Spicy Basil, and the Gooey Lewis. Impossible is also used in their Take Bahn Mi and sliders. Don’t forget to side it with Tots and Sweet Potato Fries.
One of Austin’s oldest vegan haunts, Counter Culture has been serving scratch-made plant-based and dairy-free foods for over 10 years now. The cheery atmosphere is evident from the moment you spot the building’s turquoise-blue exterior—and, inside, you’ll find a menu charged with those same positive vibes. Local favorites include Buffalo Mac & Cheeze Balls (best with a side of Ranch) and Buffalo Cauliflower Pizza, a heap of tofu blue cheese, spinach, cauliflower, and red onions on a cornmeal crust.
How to book: Stop by for first come, first served seating or order take-out via Toast.
The thing about vegan food is, you already have to be creative… so why not go full seitan? Bistro Vonish features an ever-changing, always seasonal, locally sourced menu where dishes push the limits in the best way. This truck gives brick-and-mortars a run for their money with items like BBQ Seitan Sandwiches, Sweet Potato Arepas, and hearty hot soups. Don’t skip the brunch either, if the idea of Spicy Seitan Kolache sends your heart aflutter.
The Vegan Nom
Tacos are the lifeblood of any self-respecting Texan, and there’s no reason to change your ways when going animal-free. Consider the Vegan Nom’s Nueva Onda, a glorious mashup of sweet potato hash-browns, scrambled tofu, and avocado. For something a bit heftier to start the day, try the Big Brunch Burrito and Breakfast Nachos. The spot’s open late-night, too (until 11 pm), so stop by for a Korean Barbecue Taco or a Birdie Sanders (a buffalo chicken-inspired creation) post-beverage.
How to book: Stop by for first come, first served seating, call 512-497-3147 for take-out, or get delivery via Uber Eats and Favor.
Casa de Luz
Set back from the road and nestled in a lush, green garden, Casa de Luz inspires almost cult-like devotion. Every day is a little different here, quite literally—there's a set menu for each day of the week, all of which are vegan, gluten-free, and 100% organic. The dining at this community center and restaurant is family-style, and if you're struck by the communal vibe, you can also volunteer in the kitchen with no experience required.
How to book: Stop by for first come, first served seating or order take-out via Clover.
Bouldin Creek Café
When people say “you wouldn’t even know it’s vegetarian,” they’re talking about places like Bouldin Creek. This all-veg diner is a go-to for both vegetarians and for folks dipping their toes in the plant-based lifestyle. Primetime is definitely brunch, when perhaps the most popular dish, The Renedict—a version of eggs Benedict that is also offered in vegan form—is the hottest ticket in town. Besides that, you'll find a well-rounded portfolio with items ranging from a veg-friendly rendition of the BLT to fajitas, pastas, always-evolving seasonal offerings, and, most importantly, breakfast served all day.
How to book: Stop by for first come, first served seating, order take-out via Toast, or get delivery via Favor.
Arlo’s vegan offerings are the stuff of legend. Their trucks—which occupy patio space at beloved bars Cheer Up Charlie’s and Spider House—hawk dishes that aim to please, whether you’re gobbling it up post-drinks at 2 am or sober on a Tuesday afternoon. The tacos and Chipotle Chik’n Sandwich are must-tries, but the real star of the show is the big-as-your-face Bac’n Cheeze Burger, which features a house-made patty stacked with seitan bac’n that even the staunchest carnivore will admit is pretty damn tasty.
How to book: Stop by Cheer Up Charlie’s or Spider House for counter service.
As one of Austin’s oldest vegetarian joints, if you’re eating with Mr. Natural, you can feel secure in the knowledge that everything is 100% meat-free. One especially noteworthy menu item is the Vegan Mr. Natural Burger, made with a homemade soy patty, lettuce, tomato, onions, pickles, mustard, and vegan mayo. Want to try a little of everything? Swing by the Cesar Chavez location on the first Sunday of every month for the all-vegan brunch buffet.
How to book: Get delivery via Uber Eats.
The Vegan Yacht
Any Texan knows an essential staple of the state’s cuisine is the ever-popular, ever-messy Frito Pie. And vegans and vegetarians alike can indulge in a guilt-free version of this dish at the Vegan Yacht, where the Freeto Burrito, layered with organic tempeh chili, organic corn chips, avocado, and plant-based cheese, is just one of their jam-packed, size-of-a-newborn vegan burritos. Located next door, and operated by the same owners, is Maha Market. A plant-based version of your go-to corner store, their must-try is the warm and crispy Punjabi-style Samosas with tangy mint chutney.
How to book: Get delivery via Grubhub.
Fresh, garden-to-table fare is all you’ll find at Citizen Eatery. This modern cafe caters expressly to vegan, gluten-free, and paleo Austinites, so you can safely bring the whole family along. Menu highlights include the wonderfully named Egg McCartney Breakfast Sandwich, Pecan Pesto Noodles, and Pulled Plant Sandwiches. For those looking to indulge, that full daily dose of veg pairs wonderfully with a glass of organic wine or a cocktail made with cold-pressed juice.
How to book: Stop by for first come, first served seating or order take-out or delivery via Toast.
The Beer Plant
Normally the phrase “bar food” conjures up all things meaty and greasy, but the Beer Plant is changing that with its 100% plant-based menu. Chicken wings and juicy burgers are swapped out for Buffalo Cauliflower Wings, Fries with Seitan Chorizo, and vegan Hill Country Chicken and Gravy—all of which pair perfectly with the 40 craft beers on tap. Homemade bread and veggies pickled on-site fit right in with the rustic chic, farmhouse vibe. After just one visit, you’ll be denying that you ever scoffed at the idea of a vegan gastropub.
Sassy’s Vegetarian Soul Food
If you despaired of ever finding meat-free hot and hearty soul food, your prayers have been answered by Sassy’s. Inspired by her own search for the same, Sassy herself set up shop using techniques learned in her childhood kitchen. Sit on down for some Chicon N Waffles (crispy fried seitan with eggless waffles), vegan Cajun Mac 'n Cheese, and a brick of Hot Water Cornbread.
How to book: Stop by for counter service or get delivery via Uber Eats.
You don’t have to be a vegan to drool over the Instagram-worthy decadence that is Plow Bao’s French Toast Bao. This pillowy, sugary concoction is just as it sounds—and even comes in a plant-based sandwich version as well for those who like to mix their sweet with their savory. That’s not to discredit the rest of the menu, which includes gems like Chick’n and Waffle Baos, plant-based pan-fried Pork Dumplings, and, most impressive of all, a vegan version of Crab Rangoon.
How to book: Stop by Buzz Mill Coffee for counter service, order take-out via Toast, or get delivery via UberEats.
Possum Pizza Food Truck
Alluding to one of the least attractive creatures on the planet might not make your stomach growl, but don't let that dissuade you. Possum's foldable, New York-style thin-crust slices (self-dubbed as "vegan trash pizza") are hugely popular among the plant-based set, and in addition to regular offerings like seitan pepperoni,, the menu also features specialty pizzas. Take a walk on the wild (animal) side with the Buffalo Cauli Pizza or a Bac’n Mac’n Cheezer.
How to book: Stop by for counter service or get delivery via Favor.
Cheese is one of the most lamented eliminations from a vegan diet—but no longer. Rebel Cheese is Austin’s only all-vegan cheese shop, and also features vegan meats, deli sandwiches, soups, salads, and gourmet grocery items. Feast on the Flake and Bake, with crispy bacon, cheddar, avocado, tomato, and plant-based egg on a local croissant, or dive into the Greater Grinder, loaded with plant-based salami, ham, and pepperoni plus garlic aioli, faux mozzarella, pepperoncini, and Italian dressing. Again, to reiterate, the meats listed above are not actual meat—this is the vegan list, remember?
How to book: Stop by for first come, first served seating or order take-out and delivery via Toast.
Zucchini Kill Bakery
When you imagine vegan baked goods, decadent might not be the first word that springs to mind… but it totally should be. Zucchini Kill's punky shop on 53rd Street offers different desserts daily, including Cinnamon Roll Donuts, Vanilla Buttercream Churro Cupcakes, enormous Cookie Cakes, and Chocolate Crunchers topped with salty pretzels. Said baked goods are also made with allergies or food restrictions in mind, and are 100% gluten-free.
Atx Food Co
Using locally sourced ingredients and chef-prepared foods, ATX Food Co focuses on “body absorbing minerals to help maintain a healthy state”—which all sounds a bit woo-woo, but who cares when the food's this good? Brightly colored dishes like the Goodness Gracious Wild Stir Fry (wild mushrooms, kale, red onions, green goddess, tricolor quinoa, pickled cabbage) and Lucky Squash Tacos (Spelt tortillas, red onions, kabocha squash, zucchini, pickled cabbage) can't be missed.
How to book: Stop by for counter service, order take-out via Toast, or get delivery via Uber Eats.