Best vegetarian restaurants in Boston
If you love diner food but loathe the bacon-and-sausage grease-fest, Veggie Galaxy is for you. Breakfast favorites are all on the menu, and you can stuff your omelettes with more veggies than you can handle. For lunch and dinner, the classics are given creative veggie spins, resulting in crowd faves such as a meatless BLT, vegetarian poutine, seitan reuben, and veggie shepherd’s pie. Bakery items—cakes, pies, doughnuts, and muffins—are all vegan, but as delicious as the real thing.
A fast and easy option for a healthy meal, Whole Heart Provisions takes the fast casual concept and makes it vegetarian and vegan. Build your own veggie bowl starting with a base of grains or greens, then load it up with smashed cucumbers, bulgogi beets, roasted broccoli, japanese eggplant, chickpeas, cured tomato, and more. Vegan proteins, crunchy toppings and flavorful sauces make each bowl a satisfying meal. For mid-meal snacking, check out the street food menu for Old Bay brussels or a falafel dog.
“Vegetarian Fusion” is the name of the game at this North Indian/South Indian/Indo-Chinese spot in Union Square. The menu is packed with meat-free, spice-rich dishes including dosas, rice dishes, curries, parathas, utthapams, bhajjis, and naan. Don’t miss the lunch buffet for a generous sampling. Lassis, shakes, and homemade desserts offer a sweet finish.
This eclectic cafe offers quick, nutritious meals with organic ingredients for vegetarians and vegans. Takeout is available, but the funky vibe makes it a great place to sit and enjoy the filling wraps, salads, and veggie bowls. You might need to reference their food glossary to learn about the benefits of all the uncommon ingredients (e.g. burdock, kabocha, and gomasio), but friendly staffers are happy to explain. Be sure to check out the extensive juice and smoothie menu.
With locations in Beacon Hill and the South End, Pressed is geared towards on-the-go vegetarians and the health-conscious. Fresh-pressed juices and shakes are featured, and the “Greens” menu offers clean, healthy meal choices including “superfood sushi” with ingredients such as sweet potato and burdock, root vegetable pad thai, roasted beets, and lentils. Finish up with a refreshing paleta—flavors include avocado tangerine and raspberry hibiscus.
Vegetarians and vegans alike flock to this pan-Asian Allston standby. The substantial menu features plenty of standards featuring veggies and tofu. Seitan and vegan versions of meat and seafood are also an option. The No Name dish, with “battered gluten” and a tasty sweet and sour sauce, is a crowd favorite. Desserts include vegan shakes and cakes. Grasshopper is very wallet-friendly, and the staff receive raves, making this spot a top pick for a vegetarian meal.
This NYC-based chain is 100% vegan, but it’s a great place for vegetarians too. The extensive menu includes meat-free versions of cafe favorites - burgers, soups, salads, mac n’ cheese, subs, and more - that will please vegetarians, vegans, and even meat-eaters. Hit up weekend brunch for tofu scrambles, faux sausage, hash browns, and pancakes. Of course there’s dessert too - cupcakes, cookies, ice cream, shakes, and more.
This casual sit down spot in Newton offers healthy, vegetarian versions of classic faves such as meatloaf, lasagna, and pizza. Soups, salads, and sandwiches are on the menu as well, all made with fresh, often local veggies and other organic ingredients. Whether it’s garden quesadillas, tuscan fig and oyster mushroom pizza, or portobello steak, Walnut Grille offers a range of innovative vegetarian selections for lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch. There’s a kids menu too, plus smoothies, juices, and a full bar.
The Clover empire is a go-to for flavorful, healthy, fresh vegetarian and vegan food. Highlights include chickpea fritters, potato tempeh salad, and a meatball sandwich made with Impossible Burger. A variety of soups and salads, such as lentil and kale or carrot and fennel, are packed with fresh veggies.
For 100% vegetarian pizza, Veggie Crust has you covered. With homemade dough and high quality ingredients, patrons don’t miss the meat in creative pies, paninis, pastas, and salads. Even the sauce is homemade. The owners are no stranger to Indian flavors, as they also run Dosa n Curry next door. So while you’ll find standard combinations, check out some of the innovative pizzas such as paneer Manchurian, curry leaf pesto portabella, or paneer Tikka barbeque.
My Thai has a huge menu of authentic Thai dishes for vegetarians and vegans. For those who miss the meat, the veggie “shrimp,” “chicken,” “beef,” and “duck” substitutes will impress. 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 a spicy green curry. Because vegetarian does not equal bland, the flavors will satisfy, and spiciness can be adjusted accordingly.
This community-minded market in Jamaica Plain carries organic groceries, local products, and artisanal goods. The cafe is known for its high-quality vegetarian-leaning offerings for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Breakfast items feature organic, hormone-free eggs. Sandwiches include locally-made breads and spreads, and meat-free favorites such as the “VLT” with “Fakin’ Bacon.” For a quick take-home dinner, check out the vegetarian soup, salad, and sandwich combos. The grocery area helpfully highlights interesting, locally-produced treats.