Food & Drink

We Found the Most Delicious Vegetarian Restaurants in Seattle

Published On 02/02/2016 Published On 02/02/2016
Courtesy of Cafe Flora
Courtesy of Cafe Flora

Cafe Flora

Madison Valley

Boasting a tiny back garden and a glass-enclosed atrium, Seattle's most famous meat-free restaurant serves everything from dinner (corn tortillas filled w/ cheesy mashed potatoes, black bean stew, smoky braised greens & fire roasted salsa; harvest lasagna with roasted butternut squash & tomato fennel sauce) to brunch, where you can down blood orange ginger waffles, biscuits and gravy, and the one thing that's definitely better without meat... cocktails.

The Veggie Grill

The Veggie Grill

University Center (& other locations)

This casual/healthy chain has three 206 locations, all of which feature weirdly not-so-bad-for-you favorites that could seriously pass for animal-based eats, including VG's Uptown Nachos, BBQ-kicked Chill Out Wings, and the spicy Bayou Chickin' Sandwich. Air quotes included, presumably.

Sunlight Cafe


Seattle's oldest vegetarian spot has been serving animal-/gluten-free food for 40 years, including a range of pastas (pesto w/ basil, lasagna, risotto, etc.), two different kinds of nachos, and daily morning eats like the sesame crunch waffle w/ organic maple syrup.



Capitol Hill

What started as a pop-up at the late La Bete, quickly morphed into a permanent spot of their own where, yes, you can still get the fresh juice they're known for, but can also score predominantly vegetarian breakfast/lunch options like a lentil daal/spinach yogurt/seasonal veggie sandwich on flatbread/gluten-free foccacia, or any number of rotating specials.

Araya's Place

University District

There's one in the Madison valley too (in the halfway-hidden house where Rover's used to be), but the northernmost outpost of this Thai/vegan spot gets the nod mostly on the strength of its incredibly popular daily lunch buffet, during which $11 gets you an all-you-can-eat menu that ranges from pot stickers, to curries, noodles, and fried rice.

Plum Restaurants

Plum Bistro

Capitol Hill

Sure, this Pike/Pine eatery serves up some stylish and innovative vegan dishes ranging from flatbread pizzas (the Veggie Monster with... um, lots of veggies), to a handful of burgers like the Buffalo portobello, and a varied array of entries (sweet pea ravioli!), but they've also got Seattle's first vegan food truck, a cookbook, and more.

World Pizza

International District

Fifteen years after closing the Belltown original, the brothers behind this golden-era-of-Grunge destination reinvented it as a salvaged wood-heavy Chinatown slice spot with seats for 20, and myriad touches from the old space, including vintage signs, and -- originally reclaimed from the lobby of the Space Needle -- a low-slung orange couch, where you can sprawl while eating one of WP's meatless 16in pies including the signature spicy Veggy Pepperoni.

Flickr/Mark Sheppard

Wayward Vegan Cafe


Two words: Mac Daddy. We don't care that this former U-District mainstay has relocated a little ways northward, at least not as long as they keep making this vegan homage to the Big Mac made with two no-beef patties, Thousand Island sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions on a sesame free bun (so beware the objectively less dangerous Veggieburglar), along with the rest of their bistro-style meatless eats.

Courtesy of Golden Beetle

Golden Beetle


You could opt for the Vegetarian tasting menu at Iron Chef vet Maria Hines' flagship restaurant, Tilth (in Wallingford), but the easiest way to get animal-free food from the accolade-heavy chef is a la carte style from this casual Mediterranean bistro vegan menu highlighted by a trio of dips with wood-fired flatbread (basically the best hummus plate in the city), a savory chickpea & lemon stew, and more.

Georgetown Liquor Company

Georgetown (duh!)

You probably wouldn't even know this pub with industrial decor, bizarre art, and retro video game consoles was a vegetarian restaurant if... well, it wasn't on this list. Sorry about that! But who cares when you can score corn dogs, enchiladas, and a slew of sandwiches so good you won't even notice the lack of meat.

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1. Cafe Flora 2901 E Madison St, Seattle, WA 98112

Elegant vegetarian fare is what's on offer at this airy, bright courtyard cafe. The farm fresh, colorful plates are sure to excite your palate, and the comfortable, neighborhood-y atmosphere is welcoming and relaxed.

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2. The Veggie Grill 2681 NE University Village St, Seattle, WA 98225

The UVillage location of the healthy chain features all their weirdly not-so-bad-for-you favorites including Uptown Nachos, BBQ-kicked Chill Out Wings, and the spicy Bayou Chickin' Sandwich.

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3. Sunlight Cafe 6403 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115

This longstanding Seattle cafe has been around the block. Their 40 plus years expert knowledge of every veggie dish under the sun (haha, get it?) extends to their menu which is chock full of tasty plates like huevos rancheros, portobello mushroom burgers, and lasagna. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

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4. juicebox 1517 12th Ave Ste 100, Seattle, WA 98122

Bright and airy, this cold-pressed juice shop and cafe serves up all things fruit and veg using locally sourced ingredients whenever possible. Visit the cafe and sip on green juice while you nosh on the daily special egg scramble; or stop in the store and stock up on supplies for your next cleanse.

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5. Araya's Vegetarian Place 5240 University Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105

We've never heard of a "pad thai bar" until now, but ever since we've been wondering where it's been all our lives. Hint: Araya's Place, a Thai vegan resto with outposts in University District and Madison Valley.

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6. Plum Bistro 1429 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122

Committed to opening up the world of vegan cuisine and possibilities that come with it, Plum reworks simple and traditional American fare into meatless masterpieces.

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7. World Pizza 672 S King St, Seattle, WA 98104

Fifteen years after closing their Belltown original, the brothers behind this golden-era-of-Grunge destination have reinvented it as a vegetarian-only slice-house in Chinatown. Chow down on vegan pepperoni pies inside the vintage-era digs. With seats for 20, and some well-placed nods to the old space, including some of their original vintage signage, this hip destination scores both on the aesthetic and culinary front.

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8. Wayward Cafe 801 NE 65th St, Ste C, Seattle, WA 98115

This low-key dine-in spot in the University District serves up a wide range of vegan and vegetarian breakfast fare all. damn. day. Run, don't walk, towards their famous biscuit breakfast. We love the Country Bumpkin biscuit sandwich with greens and garlic. For meat lovers, there's also the "biscuit mountain" with chicken fried steak and the Mexi Biscuit on a chorizo patty.

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9. Golden Beetle 1744 NW Market St, Seattle, WA 98107

Golden Beetle serves Eastern Mediterranean eats (that're a staggering 95% certified wild/organic) in a 90-seat blue-trimmed space that's lit by custom-cut glass lanterns.

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10. Georgetown Liquor Company 5501 Airport Way S Ste B, Seattle, WA 98108

The motto of this vegan resto and bar says it all: "strong enough for a carnivore, made for an herbivore." Thrown down on tasty apps (we love the house nachos and the Obi-Won-Ton plate comprised of sesame goat cheese wontons; need we say more?) and follow up by knocking back a few from the extensive beer menu.