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The best vegan restaurants in Boston

Here’s where to go when you’re looking for a delicious, plant-based meal or a meat- and dairy-free treat

By Gerrish Lopez and Time Out Boston Staff

Boston has a great selection of restaurants for vegetarians, and many of the best Boston restaurants are happy to modify their dishes for the meat-free—the best Italian restaurants in Boston are usually a safe bet. Vegans, however, have been underserved in the past. Fortunately, across Boston you can now find a wealth of restaurants that are geared primarily towards those who eschew meat and dairy, plus some restaurants that offer vegan-friendly options. More than your standard tofu and soy cheese afterthoughts, you can get your fix of ice cream, pizza, nachos, and even fine dining fare at the best vegan restaurants in Boston.

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Time Out Market Boston
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Time Out Market Boston

Restaurants Fenway/Kenmore

Like some variety when you go out to eat? Time Out Market Boston has you covered. Boston's first contemporary food hall boasts 15 curated food offerings, among which there are myriad vegan offerings. Maybe you want to go with tasty savory mezze from anoush'ella, or healthful, colorful treats from Revolution Health Kitchen. Even Union Square Donuts gets in on the fun with their circular vegan creations.

Best vegan restaurants in Boston

Grasshopper, vegan
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1. Grasshopper

Restaurants Vegan Allston/Brighton

For years, this casual Allston stalwart has been go-to spot among area vegans. The substantial menu features pan-Asian standards packed with veggies, as well as tofu, seitan, and vegan versions of meat and seafood. Made with “battered gluten,” the No Name dish features a tasty sweet-and-sour sauce and is a crowd favorite. Desserts include vegan shakes and cakes. Price and hospitality are also a draw, making Grasshopper a longtime fave for a vegan meal.

My Thai Vegan Cafe
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2. My Thai Vegan Cafe

Restaurants Thai Chinatown

My Thai’s huge menu of flavorful dishes offers a variety of choices for vegans and vegetarians. From soups and salads to appetizers and mains, it’s all vegan. There’s a lot of tofu on the menu, but the faux “shrimp,” “chicken,” “beef,” and “duck” dishes are flavorful enough rival the real thing. Favorites include the avocado medley with yellow curry (served in a fresh, whole avocado), and a fried taro root “bird’s nest” filled with veggies and spicy green curry. Dishes are authentically Thai, and spiciness can be adjusted accordingly.

True Bistro, vegan
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3. True Bistro

Restaurants Vegan Somerville

Who says vegans can’t enjoy fine dining? True Bistro offers a high-end, seasonal vegan dining experience, with a candle-lit dining room that complements the innovative, artfully prepared dishes. The menu changes regularly to reflect what’s fresh and in season. Fresh salads and small plates, such as seared cauliflower with crispy aloo and assorted chutneys, or Devils on Horseback with cashew cheese and smoked tofu, lead the way for larger plates like mushroom shepherd’s pie, housemade capellini, and tempeh skewers. Brunch is offered Saturdays and Sundays.

Zhu Pan-Asian Vegan Restaurant
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4. Zhu Pan-Asian Vegan Restaurant

Restaurants Vegan

The menu at this Arlington eatery covers a wide range of Asian cuisines, including Thai, Malaysian, Indian, Japanese, and classic American-Chinese. Everything here is vegan, featuring soy protein and seitan. Popular options include traditional udon, pad thai, and other noodle dishes as well as General Tso’s soy protein, Orange seitan, Korean kimchi, sizzling tofu teriyaki, and a range of flavorful salads and appetizers. Blended teas and vegan desserts round out a full, varied menu. Check out the lunch specials offered weekdays.

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5. Clover Food Lab Harvard Square

Restaurants Vegetarian Harvard Sq

Clover has quickly become a local culinary empire, with locations scattered around the Boston area. Healthful vegan and vegetarian concoctions are Clover's calling card; while waiting in line you may hear chatter about the chickpea fritter, BBQ seitan, a battered blue oyster (mushroom) sandwich, potato tempeh salad, and the “Impossible Burger” meatball sandwich. Soups, including a popular African peanut variety, are vegan, as are a range of salads including lentil-and-kale and carrot-and-fennel. 

Cocobeet, vegan
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6. Cocobeet

Restaurants Vegan Government Center

Cocobeet is known and loved by healthy eaters—vegan or otherwise—for its extensive range of cold-pressed juices and smoothies. It has also built up a following for its Pure Foods menu of organic, vegan, grab-and-go meals. There are options for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snack time, all made with natural ingredients. The ever-changing menu features variations on avocado toast, refreshing salads, quinoa burgers and “un-tuna” sandwiches, plus energy-boosting raw snacks.

Taco Party, vegan
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7. Taco Party

Restaurants Vegan Somerville

Vegans can party too, and Taco Party has just what you need for a vegan taco night. This colorful spot in Ball Square offers more than just nachos with a vegan cheese substitute. Fill your tacos with innovative options such as jackfruit (a pretty good pulled pork substitute), chimichurri tempeh, or cornmeal-crusted mushrooms. Nachos feature sunflower seed cheese and cashew crema, tortas are made with chorizo seitan or fried tofu, and smoky black beans make a great side. Aside from this location, you can find the Taco Party Truck roaming the streets of Boston. 

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8. FoMu

Restaurants Ice cream parlors Allston/Brighton

For the vegan ice cream lover, FoMu is the spot. All ice creams, novelties, and cakes are made from plant-based ingredients. The signature ice cream, creamy and gelato-like, is made with coconut milk. Flavors are seasonal and made in small batches. You’ll even find novelties such as ice cream bars, cookie sandwiches, ChocoTacos, and ice cream cakes.

Roxy’s Grilled Cheese
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9. Roxy's Grilled Cheese

Restaurants Sandwich shops Allston/Brighton

Roxy's is renowned for its killer grilled cheese sandwiches and grass-fed burgers, but their creative flair welcomes vegans too. Both the Allston and Central Square locations offer vegan grilled cheese sandwiches using Daiya vegan cheese. Get a simple vegan grilled cheese or try the vegan Buffalo Tofu, topped with house-made ranch.

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10. Saus

Restaurants Fast food spots Government Center

This casual, counter-service joint offers made-from-scratch comfort foods. Vegans are not forgotten among the sausage and poutine-loving patrons. The Bow Street Market location of Saus is fully vegetarian, and offers vegan options like an Impossible Burger and Beyond Dog sausages loaded with Impossible Chili and vegan cheese. Vegan Poutine? They've got it. Even the special sauce is vegan, and any of the delicious vegetarian grain bowls can be veganized.

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11. by CHLOE. - Seaport

Restaurants Vegan Seaport District

This NYC-based, 100% vegan chain has an extensive menu of comfort faves—burgers, soups, creative salads, mac n’ cheese, subs, clam chowder, and lobster rolls. Vegans can indulge in weekend brunch with tofu scrambles, sausage, hash browns, and pancakes. Of course there’s dessert too - cupcakes, cookies, ice cream, shakes, and more. No time for a sit-down? Check out the to-go menu for quick options.

Stoked Wood Fired Pizza Co.
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12. Stoked Wood Fired Pizza Co.

Restaurants Pizza

From its casual space in Brookline’s Washington Square, Stoked satisfies locals’ cravings for gourmet pizza. The quality of fresh, local ingredients at Stoked will impress even meat lovers, but vegans can appreciate a whole menu just for them—appetizers, pizzas, and even shakes made with FoMu ice cream. Waffle fries come with a vegan chipotle aioli, and veggie-heavy pies come with or without vegan cheese. The buffalo spinach and cauliflower pizza features a vegan buffalo sauce, and the vegan cheeseburger pizza boasts the “Impossible Burger” meat alternative. 


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