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The Best Vegetarian and Vegan Restaurants in Las Vegas

Las Vegas might not strike anyone as being a particularly vegan-or vegetarian-friendly city, and that's a fair enough assessment if your only experience with Sin City is the Strip. But Vegas is actually a great place for plant-based eaters, whether for personal health reasons, ethical concerns, or because the world is burning. And it's actually a pretty natural fit. Wellness culture is pretty big here, being the suburb of LA that we are.  In fact, there's such a strong veg scene here, it even has its own festival.
 
With all that in mind, here are a plethora of places that will satisfy Vegas vegans and vegetarians, as well as their meat-eating friends -- from dim sum to tacos, bakeries to creameries, fine dining to fast casual, and everything in between. These places approach plant-based diets not just as a niche lifestyle trend, but as the future of food.

VegeNation

Downtown Las Vegas
Located in ever-hipper DTLV, VegeNation serves all plant-based ingredients -- including meats, cheeses, and ice cream -- for breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner. The eatery’s mission is to lead a food revolution, and it’s doing so by engaging the community beyond serving food with pop-up yoga classes, art galleries, workshops, school gardens, and fundraisers. If you're just looking for a bite to eat, try vegan tacos, pizza, bao buns, dumplings, wings, tuna rolls, cheese boards, meatballs, pho, risotto, biscuits and gravy, chicken and waffles, and so much more.

Violette's Vegan Organic Café & Juice Bar

Westside
The food at Violette's looks as decadent and gluttonous (and, quite frankly, bad for you) as the food at some of the most outrageously over-the-top eateries serving record-breaking burgers and milkshakes. Happily, it is all completely vegan. There's plenty of lighter items to choose from (salads, wraps), but much of the menu definitely leans towards comfort food, which is always a nice treat for those living a vegan lifestyle, since there is the perception that vegan people eat nothing but salads and can’t enjoy comfort food. Violette's begs to differ.

CRAFTkitchen

Henderson
This from-scratch bakery is a popular, highly-Instagrammable breakfast and #SundayFunday brunch spot, but it also has a full menu dedicated to vegan items. Choose from a selection of "Impossible" tacos and burgers, chilaquiles, a Gardein chicken salad bowl, a soy chorizo stuffed burrito, house-made hummus and pretzel bites, or "Power Greens" juices. 

Yum Cha Restaurant

Spring Valley
Las Vegans in the know widely agree that Yum Cha serves the best dim sum in the city, and one taste of any of the freshly-baked buns will make you a convert. One thing people might not realize, though, is that Yum Cha also offers an extensive variety of vegan and vegetarian options made strictly with vegetables and imitation meats. And while there are roaming food carts during select hours, all dim sum dishes can be ordered at any time and made to order.

Mint Indian Bistro

Various locations
With two locations on either side of the Las Vegas Valley, Mint Indian Bistro features a lunch buffet by day and a more upscale dining experience in the evening. The lunch buffet includes clearly-labeled vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and non-vegetarian Indian cuisine, while the dinner menu offers a wide variety of specialties including breads, rice, noodles, and curries -- most of which can be made vegan or vegetarian. On Sunday nights, parties of six or more can also enjoy live dosa stations.

Bacchanal Buffet
Bacchanal Buffet | Caesars Palace

Bacchanal Buffet

Caesars Palace
Casino buffets are admittedly not the best places to find vegan and vegetarian options, but Bacchanal Buffet inside Caesars bucks that trend with more than 500 daily offerings and ever-changing daily chef's specials, with many more fresh, healthful, plant-based options than you'd find elsewhere. There is hope for the Las Vegas casino buffet yet.

Veggie House

Chinatown
Veggie House is a no-frills spot in Las Vegas's extremely happening Chinatown that serves veggie versions of Chinese favorites thanks to Chef Albert Ho, who specializes in cooking vegetarian and vegan food. Order plant-based versions of crispy beef, General Tso's chicken, a variety of dim sum, fried rice, and more.

SkinnyFATS

Various locations
SkinnyFATS is so named because half of the menu is made to be healthful -- "healthy" ("skinny") -- and the other half is unabashed comfort food -- "happy" ("fats"). Some may take umbrage with the way the menus are classified, but seriously, there are bigger things to worry about. Just look to the "healthy" side for a number of options that are vegetarian/vegan, like a zucchini noodle bowl with eggplant and squash or a black bean burger topped with avocado and spicy hummus.

Parsley Modern Mediterranean

Various locations
There's no sense in denying the science behind the healthfulness of the Mediterranean diet, which already espouses a significant curbing of consumption of red meats and dairy products, as well as merely a weekly intake of poultry and fish. It's pretty easy to go full-veg from there, and the menu at Parsley has an entire plant-based section featuring falafel, red quinoa, grape leaves, and other veggie-friendly ingredients. 

Govinda's Vegan Buffet

Silverado Ranch
Govinda's Vegan Buffet is located inside the Radha Govinda Temple​, a temple of the Hare Krishna movement, and the buffet is available to the public for a suggested donation of $9.95. Buffet items include basmati rice, lentil soup, various curries and chutneys, pakoras (fritters), puri (deep-fried flatbread), salads, vegan ice cream, smoothies, and natural fruit juices.

Greens & Proteins

Various locations
Greens & Proteins specializes in exactly what it sounds like. The emphasis here is entirely on healthy foods, which include a mix of plant-based and non-vegetarian items. G&P serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner with many options for proteins in items that include soups, salads, tacos, bowls, pizzas, burgers, wraps, sandwiches, smoothies, and juices.

Delhi Indian Cuisine

S. Maryland Parkway
Located just a few minutes from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas campus, Delhi Indian Cuisine is a popular spot with UNLV's thousands of students and employees for its affordable lunch buffet. There is a wide selection of vegan and vegetarian items including soups, rice dishes, roti, samosas, pakoras, and a vast assortment of subji (vegetable dishes). Delhi even has a full menu selection of strictly vegan items.

Flower Child

Summerlin
This national chain of from-scratch healthful eateries uses fresh ingredients in its flavorful food. Flower Child caters to all health-conscious diners, which includes those who are vegetarian, vegan, and paleo; as well as sugar-free, dairy-free, and gluten-free. Choose from a selection of soups, salads, wraps, bowls, and entrees with several options for veggie sides, and also enjoy fresh juices and kombucha on tap.

True Food Kitchen

Downtown Summerlin
Another national chain of healthful restaurants, True Food Kitchen is a newcomer to the Las Vegas area, with a second one in the works for the Forum Shops at Caesars in early 2020. The cafe serves healthful dishes that include vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, keto, and paleo options, as well as seasonal selections. An ideal spot for lunch or happy hour, healthy eaters can enjoy salads, pizzas, bowls, burgers and sandwiches, and desserts (like a clever vegan squash pie with a graham cracker crust and coconut whipped cream). There’s also a full bar, for those who still want to enjoy a cocktail or some bubbles with their meals.

VeggiEAT Xpress

Various locations
VeggiEAT Xpress is a fast-casual vegan concept that serves predominantly Asian-influenced items like sushi, curries, stir-fry noodles, fried rice, noodle soups, and favorites like sweet and sour shrimp and General Tso's chicken -- all made with soy, pea, and wheat-based proteins.

Café No Fur

Chinatown
You have to respect a place that puts it right in the name. At Café No Fur, everything is vegan, which means nothing comes from anything with fur (or feathers, or feet, or fins). The menu could easily pass for a classic American bar and grill, except for the fact that it's all vegan. Start your morning with a grand slam breakfast or loco moco, and for lunch or dinner try a burger topped with bacon, a Philly cheesesteak, pizza, corn dogs, brats, wings, ribs, tacos, loaded fries, buckets of fried chicken or popcorn shrimp. The cafe even has its own creamery that uses almond milk to make a variety of inventive ice cream flavors and creative ice cream desserts.

Chef Kenny’s Vegan Asian Restaurant

Chinatown
Chef Kenny's serves all the Asian specialties you love in the heart of Las Vegas's Chinatown, with the minor exception that all of it is vegan: the spicy crispy beef, Kung Pao chicken, sushi and nigiri, Hunan pork, Chilean sea bass, curry duck. ALL of it.

Garden Grill

Summerlin
Garden Grill specializes in artisan-crafted street fare and is 100 percent natural and plant-based, made with no preservatives, no GMOs, no artificial flavors, no MSG, no hydrogenated oils, and no cholesterol. Enjoy miraculously vegan versions of festival favorites like beer-battered mushrooms, carne asada fries, California burritos, and crispy "chick'n" sandwiches.

Go Vegan Café

S. Rainbow Blvd.
Go Vegan Café is a completely vegan market selling a selection of vegan pantry items, drinks, supplements, personal care items, books, and T-shirts -- as well as a juice bar and all-vegan café that serves both cooked and raw menus for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. There are plenty of vegan restaurants around town, but few that offer totally raw items, and none that serve the selection of raw items that Go Vegan Café does, so if you're interested in leveling up your vegan diet to include raw foods like burritos, wraps, and tostadas, definitely check this place out.

NoButcher

S. Rainbow Blvd.
NoButcher is Las Vegas's first vegan butcher shop, and is a purely plant-based deli and restaurant. Order sandwiches like the "Pulled NoPork," "Aloha NoRib," and "Italian Cold Cut" made entirely with vegan meats and cheeses.

Pancho’s Vegan Tacos

Various locations
Just because a person chooses a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle doesn't mean they want to give up all their favorite Mexican foods -- tacos, tortas, tostadas, enchiladas, burritos, sopes, quesadillas, and so on. At Pancho's Vegan Tacos, you can still enjoy all of your favorite Mexican dishes, all completely vegan, made with proteins like wheat-based asada, al pastor, and chorizo, and carnitas made from jackfruit.

POTs

S. Rainbow Blvd.
The only Egyptian restaurant in Las Vegas, POTs also serves 100-percent vegan cuisine. Order a selection of mazza -- shareable plates like falafel samosas and hummus -- or some Egyptian street food like koshari or taamia, and end your meal with their house-made Egyptian version of baklava.

Tacotarian

Various locations
Wait, Las Vegas has not one but two 100-percent plant-based Mexican restaurants? Well, technically, there's three if you consider the fact that Tacotarian has two locations. And, really, there's four (see Veganos below). Told you this was kind of a low-key vegan haven. There are over a dozen different taco choices, all with plant-based proteins, as well as a selection of apps, soups, salads, entrees, and vegan ice cream dishes for dessert. Weekend brunch items include breakfast tacos, burritos, chilaquiles, chicken and waffles, and more.

Simply Pure

Downtown Las Vegas
Located inside DTLV's Container Park, Simply Pure is Chef Stacey Dougan’s labor of love. The internationally known gourmet vegan and raw foods chef and nutritionist offers an array of items at her vegan café, like lasagna, green chile enchiladas, nachos, tacos, lettuce wraps, Thai basil spring rolls, zucchini pasta, and jicama chili cheese fries.

The Modern Vegan

University District
Located right by UNLV, the Modern Vegan caters to a range of tastes with its vegan menu that includes bar snacks like loaded potato skins, queso dip, and jalapeño poppers; comfort food favorites like "Louisiana Fried Chick'n," a pulled pork pretzel bun, and baked mac and cheese; breakfast items like biscuits and gravy, French toast, "V'Eggs Benny," and "Steak and V'Eggs;" and shakes, smoothies, juices, and cocktails. If you're going to take a meat-eater to a strictly vegan restaurant, this is a pretty good place to ease them in.

Veganos Kitchen

N. Rancho Dr.
Behold, another vegan Mexican eatery! Everything at Veganos is 100-percent plant-based, and they also have gluten-free options. In addition to vegan tacos, burritos, and other Mexican entrees, they also serve more Americanized menu items like burgers, sandwiches, and pizzas.

The Wynn and Encore

The Strip
By mandate of Steve Wynn himself (back when he was still involved with his own eponymously named chain of resorts, anyway), every restaurant inside the Wynn and Encore resorts offers vegan and vegetarian menus overseen by the celebrated vegan chef Tal Ronnen. The overwhelming majority of the places mentioned on this list can be classified as fast-casual and casual café, so for those seeking a fine dining experience, the options might feel lacking. If that's the case, head to the north end of the Strip and enjoy elegant, sophisticated plant-based dining at some of the top fine dining establishments in Las Vegas.

Slice of Vegas

Mandalay Bay
There are many spots on the Strip highlighted here, because there aren't many spots on the Strip to highlight for thoughtful, tasty veg-friendly offerings. But Slice of Vegas at Mandalay Bay is a notable exception. This pizzeria and casual Italian eatery serves a number of vegan dishes, including a meatball sub, garlic knots, BBQ chicken pizza, chocolate cake, and more. If you're hanging out on the Strip, this is a welcome Italian oasis of vegan-friendly comfort foods.

Cinnaholic

Various locations
This national chain of gourmet cinnamon roll bakeries is 100-percent plant-based, dairy- and lactose-free, egg-free, and cholesterol-free. But you really can’t tell the difference. These ooey-gooey cinnamon rolls are as decadent as they come, with 20 unique frosting flavors and a variety of toppings, as well as rotating seasonal offerings that change every month. There’s also edible cookie dough and you should probably just go ahead and combine the two. 

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Nicole Rupersburg is a freelance writer covering food, travel, arts, culture, and what-have-you. She winters in Las Vegas and summers in Detroit, as does anybody who's anybody. Follow her on Twitter or Instagram.