Vegetarian Restaurants in Seattle
From our own experience and email tips. Thanks for email tips to:
Sean and Dylan,
James W. Patterson,
Here are the vegetarian restaurants located in Seattle.
- Loving Hut Vegan Restaurant,
1226 S. Jackson St., 206/325-1148
They offer a variety of Vietnamese and Chinese dishes, as well as a few popular Western dishes. The menu, the price, and the food are all greatly improved. --JC
1605 N 45th St, 206/547-1348 (reservations recommended)
I haven't been to Sutra. It's on the pricey side for my budget, but it sounds nice. --AV
- Jhanjay (Thai),
1718 N 45th St, 206/632-1484
I really enjoy Jhanjay, although it's also a little more pricey than other Thai restaurants (whatever happened to including rice with your meal?). --AV
Jhanjay has a new location in Ballard 5313B Ballard Ave NW, 206/588-1469. Excellent food.
- Veggie Veggie,
4537 University Way NE,
Veggie Veggie in the U-District is a nice value. --AV
- Cafe Reiki, 3518 Fremont Ave N #2, 206/898-4627
Raw and Vegetarian Meal delivery service.
Offering a weekly box menu of Raw Food entrees, sides, snacks, and desserts. --TS
- Vegetarian Bistro, 668 S. King Street
Alas, they have closed.
Silence - Heart - Nest,
3508 Fremont Place N, 206/524-4008.
These guys have moved from the U District to Fremont.
The new space was formerly occupied by the Longshoreman's Daughter restaurant,
and a few of their dishes been retained, for the time being at least.
These folks are followers of
The "Neat Loaf" is excellent, and I liked their excellent mashed potatoes with mushroom
gravy. The several vegan choices are so marked on the menu. Don't miss the desserts, especially the brownies.
Café Flora, 2901 E. Madison, 325-9100.
Reservations accepted for large parties only. Closed Mondays.
This is an excellent upscale gourmet restaurant (a little pricier than you might think).
They serve Northwest cuisine - sans the fish!
Beautiful decor - take your date here.
I like the Portobello Wellington, although it does takes surprisingly like beef and that may
put you off. The nutburger is good with some swiss cheese, lettuce and tomato
to make it juicier.
The Sunlight Café,
6403 Roosevelt Way NE, 206-522-9060. Hours 7am-9pm, weekend brunch 9am-2pm.
A friendly little place of modest pretensions.
The sesame crunch waffles, espresso and yogi tea are all excellent,
as is the huevos picante.
For dinner, the baked lasagne is tasty and piping hot, but be forewarned it takes a long time
Service is prompt and friendly. One of our favorites.
One thing to watch out for: early mornings and at odd ours, they only offer
a limited menu.
Bamboo Garden, 364 Roy, 206-282-6616.
This restaurant is just to the immediate north of
Seattle Center. It's like a regular Chinese restaurant, with mu shu pork, etc. except
that all the meat is fake - wheat gluten and the like. The food is really
tasty. You can take your non-veggie friends there, and if you keep quiet they may
not even notice that the meat isn't real. Everything is vegan except the fortune cookies.
Certified Kosher, too.
7314 Greenwood Ave N, 206-706-7703. Closed Mondays. Dinner-only on weekdays.
This noisy and popular
restaurant in the Phinney Ridge neighborhood has tasty salads and pretty good entrees.
- Teapot Vegetarian House,
125 15th Ave. E, 206/325-1010. Open for lunch and dinner.
Also in Overlake now.
The Teapot on 15th, Capitol Hill, is very good and is kosher, too.
We love it. --RH
- Araya's Vegetarian Thai,
1121 N.E. 45th St.
These folks have two Thai restaurants, side by side. One has meat and the other is vegan,
from the same kitchen I think. The food was ok but uninspired. They seem to have just
substituted tofu squares for the usual meat. Bargain buffet available Saturdays.
Acoustic guitar and poetry on Sunday nights at 6:30.
- The Globe Café and Bakery, now closed.
- Cyber Dogs,
909 Pike Street, one block east of the Seattle Convention Center main entrance,
Vegetarian hot dogs, espresso and baked goods.
- Piece of Heaven, food booth
The only food booth at most of the
Seattle Peace Concerts,
Sundays from 12:00 - 6:00pm. 100% Vegan.
- Chaco Canyon Café,
4757 12th Ave NE,
All-vegan as far as I can tell, though they don't trumpet the fact. Very tasty food.
No waiters - you line up at the counter and order, and then they bring you your meal. --RG
My favorite value is Chaco Canyon for its organic goodness at decent prices. --AV
- Pizza Pi Vegan Pizzeria - pizzapi.net - 5500 University Way NE
- Squid and Ink - 1128 S Albro - Run by same people as Wayward Cafe, vegan.
- Mighty-O donuts - 2110 N 55th St - Vegan donuts, coffee
- Plum Bistro
- Georgetown Liquor Company
Also worth noting (not fully vegetarian)...
- 5 Point Cafe,
415 Cedar St. (Belltown near Seattle Center), 206/448-9993
The 5 Point Cafe has homemade vegan pies and baked goods. There are several other vegan options on the menu,
and Soyrizo and Vegan bacon, and Bacon Salt. For breakfast there is vegan Curry Tofu Scramble, and a
"No Huevos" Rancheros. (DM)
- Lakeside Bistro,
11425 Rainier Ave S., Seattle (far south end), 206-772-6891
Excellent Vietnamese-French food. There is a separate vegetarian menu. Loved the curry.
Jazz music some nights, too. (RG)
- Juicy Cafe, Washington State Convention Center, Seattle.
The Juicy Café in the convention center downtown does vegetarian, vegan, and omnivore meals. (RL)
- Pho Ha Restaurant, 90 Yesler Way (Pioneer Square), 206-326-4800
Also serving veggie buffet, $4.58 plus Tax, all-you-can-eat. (JL)
- The Moonlight Café, 1919 S Jackson, 206-322-3378
Vietnamese restaurant with a six page vegetarian menu, and although they have a much smaller non-veggie menu, it seems to only be there to satisfy those who demand it. Asian vegetarian food in the style of Bamboo Garden or Teapot, but I actually think its generally tastier. This place has been around a long time, and I'm not sure why they haven't gotten much recognition outside of the Asian market as a really good vegetarian place to go, but they deserve it. The best feature besides the food though is that their full menu is available until 2am on weekends and 11pm on weekdays, if you can endure typically very loud vietnamese karaoke from the stage. (DC)
The Moonlight Cafe, my favorite restaurant, is now blissfully free of
karaoke! The trade-off is that their hours are now 10AM-10PM on weekdays and
10AM-11PM on weekends. (PT)
Just wanted to let you and your readers know that Moonlight Cafe blatantly overcharged me for lunch today. I ordered from the lunch menu and they charged the dinner price, plus $.95 for rice. Ending up costing 11.25 instead of 7.25. I asked them to correct the bill and she would not.
It's sad because I'm a veg and would eat there again.
But now I'll never eat there again. The food was okay and not worth being ripped off. (wigsociety)
- Rover's, 2808 E Madison Street, 206/325-7442.
I just had an amazing vegetarian meal at a French Restaurant in Madison
Valley called Rovers. They do prix-fixe only, but one of them every day
is vegetarian. They tell me that with advance notice (one day) or early
same day they could do vegan as well. The service was great, the food
outstanding and the experience memorable. I've eaten many times at Cafe
Flora and Carmelitas and while those meals were good, there really is no
comparison. The price certainly reflects the quality, $70 for the five
course vegetarian with an optional European and local cheese plate for
17.50. Quite a splurge but well worth the treat. It is hard to get
French vegetarian food in general, but five courses.... I was in heaven. (AG)
- Agua Verde, 1303 NE Boat Street, 206/545-8570.
Great Mexican food with interesting vegetarian options, such as
a sweet potato taco. World music on some weeknights. It's near the University
and packed with students. Parking can be tough - try coming at 7 or 7:15 in the evening
when classes change. (RG)
Also, check out the reviews at
Natural Choice Directory, and at
The pickings are slimmer on the Eastside of Lake Washington,
but don't worry, you won't starve.
Here are some suburb-by-suburb picks.
- Café Happy, 102 Kirkland Avenue, 425-822-9696
Vegetarian asian food. This place is really tiny. There is only one table
and a half-dozen stools at counters. They use "vegetarian meat" made of soya.
We found their food to be tasty and they were nice to us.
It’s good and not too expensive. Average price is $8-9 for an entrée. It’s a very
small place with only one table. It’s best for take out. (TB)
- Shamiana, 10724 NE 68th St. (by PCC), 425-827-4902
- George's Place, 108 Kirkland Avenue, 425-827-6622
George's Place in Kirkland has vegetarian dishes,
plus will make a veggie version of any pasta dish. --JS
As for George's restaurant in Kirkland, my favorite item was a cheese
grinder. It wasn't on the menu and you had to ask for it. --LY
- Royal India, 9714 Juanita Drive NE, 425/820-2303.
- Upudi Palace, 156th & NE 8th (Crossroads), 425-649-0355
A very nice restaurant. --AG
- Square Lotus 3540 Factoria Blvd SE, 425/679-0680.
In Factoria's Loehmann's Plaza.
Square Lotus in
Bellevue, advertised as a vegetarian Vietnamese restaurant and they
have really great veggie pho! They don't have a website but they have
any entire veg menu with tons of fake meat and veggie options
including various fake fish items. They best is the special veggie pho. --JeS
Crossroads Public Market,
at 156th Ave NE and NE 8th St.
The food court at Crossroads has several restaurants with vegetarian entrees.
The Indian restaurant has come good veggie wraps.
Terero Mexican restaurant has a list of veggie entrees.
Ebrû, a Greek place, offers many veggie dishes.
Free folk, jazz and world music concerts Friday and
Saturday evenings at 7:30pm, open mike/showcases Thursdays at 6:30pm.
India Gate, 3080 148th Avenue SE, 425-747-1075
They have a nice large section of vegetarian entrees. The lunch buffet
looks like a good bet. We ate dinner here recently and the food was good.
India Gate in Eastgate was good, I was there about 3 years ago. --JS
- Pabla Vegetarian Cuisine,
1420 NW Gilman Blvd #N3, 425/392-4725, open for lunch and dinner.
Indian food, Punjabi to be particular. "Strictly Pure Vegetarian Kosher"
A nice sit down restaurant. The time we went they just offered a buffet
with unlabeled dishes. This made me uncomfortable, because I don't if a dish
is a sauce, a soup, what goes with what. In other words, they cater
to those who are already quite familiar with this cuisine.
- PCC market,
1810 12th Ave NW, 425/369-1222, open 7am to 10pm.
They have a salad bar, some other
food and drink, and a small eating area. You'll be eating in a grocery
store, which is pretty funky, if that matters to you.
Tarantela (Greek) has a good choice of vegetarian entrees.
Qdoba Mexican Grill,
6140 E. Lake Sammamish Parkway SE, has two vegetarian items on the menu.
It's sort of like a Subway sandwhich joint; they make your burrito right in front of you
while you tell them what to put in it. It's perfect for picky eaters
and tasty, too.
- Punjab Sweets
23617 104th Ave SE Ste C
Kent, Wa 98031
Very cheap food for the quality of food you receive.
All of the items are made with fresh ingredients and
spices. We also specialize in Northern Indian salted
snacks and sweets that are made from scratch. The
sweets are a big attraction for the entire Northwest.
People also really love the homemade yogurt we make
- Mysore Masala (formerly Namasthe Cuisine of India) is reportedly closed now.
- Teapot Vegetarian House,
15230 NE 24th St., 425/747-8881.
Teapot House is now on the Eastside, in the Overlake area next to Malay Satay Hut, Performance Bikes and the old Bon Furniture Store. The couple times I’ve gone, it’s been packed at lunch. Food’s as good as the Seattle location, service can be a little slow at times. (IF)
- Kanishka Indian Restaurant,
16101 Redmond Way, 425/869-9182.
- Preets, 8440 160th Ave NE, 425/867-9400
100% vegetarian, authentic ‘HOME MADE’ Indian food. One of the best on the Eastside. (MC)
Great atmosphere, contemporary and modern decor! The
food is presented very nice and the best part is that
it is different from all the other Indian restaurants.
We have no buffet, so all the food is made to order.
The parothas are excellent. They are stuffed bread
with a fresh filling of your choice. (HG)
Pabla Indian Cuisine, 364 Renton Center Way SW, 425-228-4625.
Take Rainier Ave S north from the 405 a few blocks; it's in the Fred Mayer
shopping center on the left.
Excellent vegetarian Indian food - not vegan, but they can make some dishes dairy-free
upon request. Certified Kosher, too. The combos on the back page of the menu
are an easy way to try several things in one meal. The restaurant is co-located
with an Indian grocery store, if you're inclined to try some Indian cooking.
- The Herbfarm,
14590 NE 145th Street, Woodinville, 206/784-2222.
This restaurant serves super-fancy eleven course gourment meals,
complete with wine, dessert and the works.
Reservations are essential (and hard to get). They can accomodate
any kind of vegetarian if you tell them in advance.
Very expensive but worth it.
On Whidbey Island, I have a recommendation for
Blueberry Jazz, 5438 So. Woodard Ave, 360/331-4950.
Vegetarian Gourmet Cuisine, in Freeland, on Whidbey
Island, at the foot of Holmes Harbor. Four Course dinners, including
fresh baked desserts, with prices from $15 to $25. Non-alcoholic
beer/wine, non-smoking, Chef Eric Olson, Wed-Sat, 5-9 pm. Lunch menu.
Beautiful setting, peaceful, relaxed, and quiet. --JWP
In Tacoma, try Quickie Too: A Vegan Cafe,
1324 Martin Luther King Avenue S, (253) 572-4549. Open 11-8 Tu, W, F, Sun.
Quicky Two makes the best vegan
sandwhiches I've ever tasted. They use tofu, tempeh, quinuao, and a bunch
of other things for meat "substitutes". I think they recently opened
another place in Seattle on University Way. Check it out. --GB
Steep and Story,
1936 Pacific Avenue (near UW Tacoma), 253/274-0090.
Our used bookstore (Steep & Story: Books and Tea) only carries vegetarian
sandwiches (from Essential foods) and vegan cookies. We don't do any of our
own cooking, but we do provide an all-vegetarian atmosphere. --JL
Robyn Landis' Seattle Veg Restaurant list and
this guide from the P-I:
A Guide to Vegetarian and Vegan Dining.
Also! Vegetarians of Washington and
A Foodie's Rhapsody
Additions welcomed - send email.
Richard Gillmann's Vegetarian Restaurants Page