In a health-conscious, forward-thinking city like Portland, finding a vegan restaurant is not a difficult task. Many of our city’s best chefs and restaurateurs have devoted their careers to crafting some of the freshest, tastiest and most innovative dishes — all devoid of meat and animal byproducts.
Want to see for yourself? Get to know some of the best vegan restaurants in Portland, serving up everything from Japanese and Israeli fare to BBQ and pizza, and practically everything in between. Whether you’re looking for brunch, lunch, dinner or drinks, these hot spots are sure to satisfy vegans and carnivores alike!
An established member of the Irvington community, Blossoming Lotus was a pioneer in the vegan dining scene when it opened its door many years ago. This vegan breakfast, lunch and dinner restaurant serves freshly made, organic whenever possible, locally sourced 100% plant-based goodness seven days a week. Vegans and carnivores alike are raving about their live nachos made with cashew sour cream, incorporating mostly raw ingredients. Plus, Blossoming Lotus has a full bar serving fine local organic beer, wine and housemade craft cocktails.
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You might expect meat-centric dishes from a South American restaurant, but Epif is changing that with their all-vegan menu with shareable plates like empanadas, causa, mushroom ceviche, sopapillas con queso and more. Plus, you’ll find many gluten-free, nut-free, soy-free and sugar-free options to please just about any dietary request. Epif is not a Chilean restaurant or a Peruvian restaurant; in fact, they are not serving traditional dishes at all, but rather dishes inspired by the Andes region of South America with their own creative twist. Epif has the largest selection of pisco in Portland, and their cocktail menu showcases original pisco cocktails (and the best pisco sours in town!).
By far the fanciest restaurant on this list, Farm Spirit isn’t just a vegan restaurant. It’s a vegan experience. Book a reservation to embark on a culinary journey, with either the Cascadian tasting menu offered at a fixed price or the immersive chef’s counter experience. At Farm Spirit, nearly every ingredient is sourced from less than 100 miles away. Chef Aaron Adams creates a forward-thinking, plant-focused menu connecting diners to the Cascadian bioregion’s bounty of the forest, farm and field. Examples of offerings include celery root, cardoons and mushroom crunch, squash supreme with kalettes and kumquats, and fire-glazed mushrooms with herb potatoes and fermented horseradish. Reservations at this popular restaurant might be hard to come by, but trust us — it is well worth the wait. However, Farm Spirit now offers a three-course lunch from Wednesday through Friday for $29. It’s a nice option to try the restaurant, and no reservation needed!
Situated along the lively Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard in Southeast Portland, Harlow is a hip, funky eatery with an entirely gluten-free and plant-based menu. Choose from a base of either rice or quinoa and create your own bowl with a variety of greens, beans, roasted veggies and delicious sauces. For brunch, options include toasts, pancakes, scrambles, soups, salads, smoothies and juices, and much more. And for dinner, Harlow offers salads, wraps, burgers, sandwiches, and a lot of the same smoothies and juices offered all day long! To top it all off, Harlow has an incredibly adorable interior to further enhance the Instagram-worthy experience.
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Named after Tel Aviv, where Chef Tal Caspi was born, Aviv blends flavors from the Middle East with the fresh bounty of the Northwest’s harvest. Here, you’ll find vegan Israeli cuisine served in a comfortable dining space outfitted with bright decor and mix-matched plates. Choose from the variety of hummus flavors to share or one of the small plates, like the falafel or homemade pita, or go big with the shawarma plate or the falafel plate. And if you’re there during brunch, don’t miss the Challah French toast or the wild mushroom scramble.
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Ichiza is Japanese for “one sitting” or the zen principle of stopping to contemplate one’s path. Ichiza Kitchen & Tea House is a vegan pan-Asian restaurant capturing that exact spirit. Your entire order is served in one sitting, allowing you to pair your food with your tea, enjoying the intimate environment all the while. You’ll find ramen, sushi, dumplings and a number of other Asian dishes, all made with vegan “meats.” The folks at Ichiza strive to provide non-GMO food that is good for you and the planet!
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With two locations in the city and a convenient grab-and-go setup, Rabbits Cafe is the perfect option for eating healthy while on the go. Choose from a variety of hearty vegan bowls and wraps packed with vegetables, soy curls or beans, and savory sauces. And don’t miss out on the extensive smoothie menu, ranging from the refreshing kale-mango to the rich peanut-butter banana. While this may not be the place designed for a lingering two-hour meal, it is the perfect way to turn your “sad desk lunch” into a happy, healthy one.
The story of No Bones Beach Club begins in a food cart in Seattle called No Bones About It, which served an all vegan, (mostly) gluten-free menu of delectable sandwiches and salads. Now, with a new title and brick-and-mortar locations in Seattle, Portland and Chicago, No Bones Beach Club feels like a permanent vacation. Their vibrant, tropical theme carries throughout both their interior and their menu, which features options like golden beet poke, crab cakes, coastal chowder, fish ‘n chips, sweet pineapple and soy curl sizzling lettuce wraps, and much more. Above all, No Bones Beach Club is determined to spread the word that “just because it’s vegan, doesn’t mean it sucks.”
While it may have a brand new location along Northeast 28th (in the former home of Tapalaya), The Sudra is still serving up its delicious Indian-inspired dishes, all of which are completely vegan. Don’t miss the red lentil kofta plate, the chicken-less tikka masala, and the cauliflower noodle plate. And the fun atmosphere — complete with Bollywood posters and an airy outdoor patio with picnic tables — completes the experience at The Sudra. Don’t miss their happy hour every day from 4–6 p.m. and 9 p.m.–close, when you can get $6 small plates and discounted drinks!
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A vegan pizza and ice cream destination is the shop we didn’t know we needed until Virtuous Pie showed up in the summer of 2017. This hip fast-casual eatery hailing from Canada opened their first US location in Portland, and it has since been welcomed with open arms. Virtuous Pie exclusively serves vegetable-based pizzas, with unique toppings like cashew nut cheeses, meat substitutes from Before the Butcher, and other vegan-friendly ingredients. You will also find vegan ice cream in exciting flavors like Cookies + Cream, Salted Caramel + Chocolate Pretzel, and Chai Tea. Don’t forget to pair your pizza with a local beer, a glass of wine, or on-tap kombucha!
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