Are you getting ready for a night on the town or just looking for a quick bite to eat? If you’re vegan, it isn’t as simple as walking into your nearest eatery.
Fortunately, restaurants that cater to vegans are on the rise, and there’s no better place to indulge than the hip city of Seattle.
Seattle may have made its mark with coffee, but the city’s vegan cuisine is nothing to scoff at, either. Check out some of the city’s best vegan restaurants.
1. Plum Bistro
For a sophisticated vegan take on comfort food favorites, locals love going to Plum Bistro. Handmade pizzas, gourmet burgers, and tempting entrees make this mouth-watering eatery a must visit when in the Seattle area.
Don’t miss out on the BBQ glazed plant loaf. This probably isn't your mother’s meatloaf, but it tastes just like home. Plum Bistro may not be one of the absolute best vegan restaurants Seattle has to offer, but it is a strong contender due to their numerous comfort food options.
2. Kati Vegan Thai
If you’re craving a little southeast Asian cuisine, you may want to head down to Kati Vegan Thai. The masterminds at Kati blend traditional Thai cooking methods with innovative new flavors.
The results are unusual yet addicting selections such as garlic jackfruit on sticky rice and pumpkin curry. Of course, they also have traditional favorites like the pad Thai and the tom yum noodle soup.
Head on down between the hours of 5 pm and 7 pm and take advantage of their Happy Hour prices every day of the week.
3. Pizza Pi
Vegan pizza? You bet. When you’re craving a pie in Seattle, you may want to check out Pizza Pi. Celebrated as America’s Oldest Vegan Pizzeria, this eatery offers gluten-free, no-frills pizza for any vegan palate.
All pizzas include the “Teese” vegan cheese by Chicago Vegan Foods unless otherwise noted on the menu. You can build your own pie or order one of their specialties. They also have pizzas with meat for anyone in your party who is a dedicated carnivore.
4. Harvest Beat
The folks at Harvest Beat apply their philosophy of goodness and unity to their kitchen. Everything they use is organic, environmentally-friendly, and locally sourced if possible.
Harvest Beat offers a prix-fixe menu that changes with the weather and availability. The result is an ever-changing menu of creative plant-based dishes. This creative vegan eatery is certainly one of the best vegan restaurants Seattle has to offer.
The five-course menu may feature items like a caper berry cake with wild rice leek fondue or wild-foraged lobster mushroom chowder. Because the menu items aren't fixed, Harvest Beat may be a good option for the vegan with an adventurous culinary spirit.
5. Heartbeet Organic Superfoods Café
As the name implies, all the foods at Heartbeet Café are derived from organic superfoods. Upon first glance, you may think it’s just another juice bar, but you would be wrong.
Yes, they do serve the requisite juices and smoothies, but they also have raw superfood bowls such as the Hungry-No-More that has a variety of nutritional favorites like spinach and kale tossed in a lemon tahini dressing.
In addition, they also have warm grain bowls, soups, and a selection of raw desserts to warm your vegan tummy. All their foods are gluten-free and dairy-free. They also try to serve most of their selections raw, but double check with them if that's a concern for you.
6. No Bones Beach Club
Ready for a fun night on the town? You may want to head down to No Bones Beach Club. This whimsical tiki-themed restaurant features delicious cocktails and an inspired vegan menu. You’ll find typical bar food, but with a special vegan twist.
Check out their eggplant fries served with a poblano-paprika aioli. For heavier fair, try their beer-battered avocado tacos—and don’t forget to order a cocktail!
They also have a generous selection of non-alcoholic beverages and mocktails for those in your party who are too young to imbibe or who simply don’t wish to.
Make No Bones about it. This playful eatery is one of the best vegan restaurants Seattle has to offer.
7. Next Level Burger
Sometimes you just want a burger, but where can a vegan get a burger in Seattle? Head over to the Next Level Burger. Sure, it’s an Oregon-based restaurant chain and not something “authentically Seattle,” but sometimes you just need an easy fix.
By eating here, you are not supporting the local independent eateries, but no one has to know. Indulge in all the guilty pleasures this restaurant has to offer. The burgers are plant-based and the fries are oven-baked—or deep fried in organic sunflower oil on request.
This may not be the infamous golden arches, but it’s pretty close for vegans. And it's worth every calorie-laden bite.
8. Veggie Grill
If you want another fast food option, you may want to try Veggie Grill. Yes, it’s another restaurant chain, but it’s quick and efficient for vegans on the go.
This California-based chain offers your standard veggie burger and fries, but they also have other delicious plant-based offerings, such as convenient veggie bowls and appetizers to share.
This city staple may be one of the best vegan restaurants Seattle has to offer for locals. It is also a great healthy option for those looking for a no-frills, casual dining experience.
9. Highline Bar
If you’re a fan of metal and punk music, this dive may be right up your alley. On the other hand, if you are looking for a place for a quiet meal out, this one may not be for you. Still, the live music combined with hardcore themed dining selections is a great break from the norm.
Highline Bar has traditional pub grub with catchy names. “Satan Fingers,” anyone? Don’t be scared, they’re just seitan strips prepared like chicken strips.
They’re open late for a great night out, but leave the kids at home as this place is only for visitors aged 21 and over.
10. Portage Bay Cafe
Portage Bay Café is the place to go when you want to enjoy a mid-week brunch. Some of their locations serve brunch all day long, seven days a week.
While they have mixed diet options for the meat eaters in your life, they also have great vegan options for you, too. Try their vegan banana pancakes made with organic rice flour and organic rice milk, or order any of their House Favorites with the vegan option.
This family-friendly eatery also has special healthy selections for the little ones in your party. And if brunch isn’t your thing, they also have a lunch menu.
Their menus vary depending on location, though, so you may want to double check on their website before heading over.
From grab n' go to pub grub with musical bite, Seattle has a variety of places to eat. These are just a handful of their best vegan restaurants, and Seattle has many more to offer—so get out and explore the next time you are in the city.
This is a good list, but you missed possibly the oldest and most wonderful restaurants of all: Cafe Flora. All menu items are vegetarian, about half a vegan.