Boston's best vegetarian and vegan restaurants
Veg(etari)an diners in the Hub don't have to subsist on salad alone
Photograph: Ayr Muir
Read our essential guide to Boston's best vegetarian and vegan restaurants—with insider tips and recommendations, written by local experts. From long-established downtown joints such as My Thai to ever-shifting food trucks like Harvard Square's Clover Food Lab, Time Out editors' pick of the best Boston restaurants for veggies and vegans.
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Clover has quickly become something of an empire. Their food truck fleet has expanded handsomely, and you’ll find brick and mortar food labs in Burlington, Brookline and all over Cambridge. Healthful concoctions are Clover's calling card, and while waiting in line, you'll hear a lot of chatter about the chickpea fritter: golden-fried falafel, hummus, a drizzle of tahini and red pickled cabbage overflowing from a round, hearty bun. You can also score a soy BLT and barbecue Seitan. Alongside your feel-good selection, sip a brown-sugar lemonade or hibiscus iced tea.
- 7 Holyoke Street, (at Massachusetts Avenue)
Packed with nutritious, flavorful, organic meals, Life Alive is a standout among the vegan-friendly restaurants in Boston. The meals are not heavy but always super filling, and the eclectic vibe makes the dining experience even more amazing. Don’t miss their outstanding and healthy juice and smoothie selections.
- 765 Massachusetts Avenue, Central Square
Veggie Planet has specialized in meals on rice, soups, vegan desserts and creative pizza “art” using organic dough since 2001. The basement nook is perfect for a cozy, informal brunch, lunch or dinner. Go crazy with something Peanut Curry on pizza dough or a Caesar salad omelet. In addition to great food there’s often live music and shows in the larger, adjoining Club Passim space.
- 47 Palmer Street, Harvard Square
If you’re looking for a wide variety of Asian-inspired meals in heaped portions, you’ve got to check this place out. A long-time Boston favorite, this restaurant seems to be the go-to for newly veg folk or those with veg tendencies. Check out the “No Name” dish, one of their highest rated meals.
- 1 North Beacon Street
On the second floor of a corner building in Chinatown, My Thai is the only vegan restaurant in downtown Boston. It’s great for large groups or for dinner for two. My Thai offers a delightful array of Thai cuisine, but don’t miss out on their famous bubble tea and enormous slices of cake, in chocolate or carrot varieties.
- 3 Beach Street