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.
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.
Busboys and Poets
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.