Food & Drink

Where To Find the Best Vegetarian and Vegan Food in DC

From cold-pressed juices to South Indian dosas.

From Ethiopian split peas to South Indian dosas and soul food, DC restaurants have always saved some room for vegetarians. But the city’s meat-centric restaurants that once defined the area’s dining scene now face more competition from the mushrooming plant-based options helmed by some of the city’s best known chefs. We’ve assembled 18 vegetarian and vegan spots, from fast-casual to fine dining places, where you can safely order carryout or delivery.

The plant-centric restaurant from Max Kuller and Rob Rubba debuted last summer showcasing mid-Atlantic farm produce with veggie burgers, flatbreads, and locally foraged mushrooms. The name refers to mushrooms and Chesapeake bivalves, the only non-vegetarian item on the menu. 
How to order: Order Wednesday through Sunday on Tock.

Vegz

Adams Morgan

Gobi manchurian, vegetable rice, and 10 types of dosas satisfy vegetarian customers of the casual Indian restaurant. The dessert options include halwa made with beets. 
How to order: Order online for pickup. Delivery is available via Grubhub, DoorDash, Caviar, and Uber Eats

PLNT Burger

Multiple locations

The rapidly growing fast-casual restaurant from Spike Mendelsohn now has six locations inside Whole Foods throughout Maryland, DC, and Virginia. Enjoy Beyond Burger and oyster mushroom sandwiches along with vegan milkshakes.
How to order: Order for pickup online.

Fancy Radish

H Street Corridor

The James Beard Award-winning chefs behind Philadelphia’s acclaimed Vedge restaurant made their DC debut in 2019 with Fancy Radish, popular among plant-eaters and carnivores alike. The takeout and delivery menus deliver inventive takes on meat and dairy dishes, such as rutabaga fondue and pastrami-spiced carrots.
How to order: Get takeout or delivery.

The restaurants serve vegan soul food and brunch items, including pancakes, waffles, vegan sausage, and home fries. Save room for one of the decadent cakes or brownies. 
How to order: Order online for pickup and delivery.

Busboys and Poets

Multiple locations

A DC institution, Busboys and Poets’ six locations are all offering pickup and delivery. Order vegan pastas, soy protein burgers, and flatbreads with vegan pepperoni and mozzarella. Named for American poet Langston Hughes, the space is part alt-bookstore and part veggie-focused restaurant.
How to order: Order online for pickup and delivery. 

CherCher

Multiple locations

We’d be remiss if this list left out Ethiopian restaurants, an integral part of DC’s dining scene for nearly 50 years: the Michelin Bib Gourmand recipient Chercher. The restaurant’s vegetarian options include split peas, lentil, and a vegetarian deluxe option with 10 veggie dishes.
How to order: Order online for carryout or delivery.

Fruitive

Multiple locations

The eco-friendly vegetarian fast-casual spot started in Virginia Beach before making its way to City Center five years ago. Last year Fruitive debuted its second DC location in Dupont Circle, selling cold pressed juices, fruit-topped toasts and superfood-laden berry bowls. Earlier this year, the restaurant launched its meal delivery kits. 
How to order: Get carryout at the shop or delivery via DoorDash.

Pow Pow

H Street Corridor

The four-year-old, fast-casual Asian restaurant went vegetarian in 2019 to see if it had enough support for a meatless menu and, sure enough, it did. You’ll find plant-based versions of Chinese, Japanese, and Korean dishes—including egg rolls stuffed with pineapple kimchi, Taiwanese fried cashew mozzarella, and a sweet and sour pork made with seitan.
How to order: Order pickup and delivery via ChowNow.

NuVegan Cafe

Multiple locations

Formerly Woodland’s Vegan Bistro, Nu Vegan Café now operates three locations in greater DC, and one in Richmond. Hearty vegan dishes like lasagna, mac and cheese and a black bean burger, along with vegan salads, sandwiches, and juices feature on the menu.
How to order: Order online for carryout.

HipCityVeg

Multiple locations

The Philadelphia transplant opened its second DC fast-casual location in Dupont Circle in July and remains committed to using 100% organic, non-GMO ingredients. Dig into delicious riffs on your favorite meat-based fast food items without the guilt, including plant burgers, chicken sandwiches, and chicken nuggets. Save room for soy milkshakes with monthly rotating flavors.
How to order: Order online for pickup and delivery.

Shouk

Multiple locations

A Middle Eastern-inspired, vegetable-focused restaurant, Shouk  serves sandwiches stuffed with mushrooms, eggplant, and falafel, as well as plant-based salads and soups. Even the labneh (a traditional Lebanese dairy spread) is made from fermented cashews.
How to order: Order online to pick up at the store or in one of several neighborhoods serviced.

Elizabeth's Gone Raw

Mount Vernon Square

Though the gorgeous 19th-century townhome reopened with 50% dining capacity last year, it’s once again closed until January 16 due to DC’s indoor dining shutdown. You can order the impressive vegan dishes to go, including almond milk vichyssoise and celeriac croquette.  
How to order: Order pickup through Tock or call the restaurant at 202-347-8349.

Chaia

Multiple locations

What started as a stalwart at local farmers’ markets grew into a brick-and-mortar space four years ago in a Georgetown carriage house. The vegetarian taqueria serves tacos with seasonally fresh vegetables—including braised mushrooms with feta, creamy kale, and potato and sweet potato hash. The shop has expanded its offerings to include vegetarian enchiladas and quesadillas. 
How to order: Order online for pickup or local delivery.

Amsterdam Falafelshop

Multiple locations

The falafel chicken shawarma sandwiches and bowls come with a choice of nine toppings, including tahini, pickled cauliflower and garlic cream sauce. 
How to order: Each location has its own online ordering page. You can also get delivery via DoorDash and Caviar.

Fare Well

H Street Northeast

Chef-owner Doron Petersan and her team make almost everything on-site at the diner, bakery and bar, from the bread and pastas to the nut-based “cheeses.” In addition to its signature pastries and all-day breakfast items, the restaurant is offering hot cocoa and mulled wine kits. Visit the longstanding Columbia Heights sister bakery Sticky Fingers Sweets & Eats for vegan cupcakes and brownie kits.
How to order: Pickup and delivery is available through Toast.

Located in an old rowhouse by the 9:30 Club, Thai X-ing’s takeout menu considers vegetarians on all of the food categories. Order chef/owner Taw Vigsittaboot‘s celebrated vegan pumpkin curry, veggie fried rice, or Pad Thai.
How to order: Takeout and delivery orders are available via DC To-GoGo and DoorDash.

Beefsteak

Foggy Bottom

José Andrés’ vegetable-based fast-casual concept offers build-our-own bowls, beet and other vegetarian burgers, salads, and vegan soups. You’ll also find olive oil, produce, paper products, and sauces for your pantry. 
How to order: Order takeout through the restaurant’s app or Tock. Delivery is available on DoorDash and Uber Eats.

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