Vegan. For the last decade, Tal Ronnen’s high-end vegan eatery has helped ease the transition to plant-based eating for countless Angelenos, with omnivore-geared, crowd-pleasing dishes like carbonara pasta (topped with a sungold tomato “egg yolk”), fried mushrooms that resemble calamari in both taste and texture and artichoke “oysters.” A favorite among celebrities, including the Kardashians, a newer Calabasas location extends the restaurant’s reach to much of the Valley—and has helped free up seats at the Melrose original for regular folks just looking for a great vegan meal. Throw in the upscale atmosphere and truffle-forward tasting menu at dinner, and you’ve got the ideal place for special occasions that will leave everyone happy.
In a city where you can find a farmers’ market any day of the week, finding casual vegetarian—and even vegan—fare is easy. What’s a little harder, however, is finding a nicer eatery for special occasions that satisfies everyone's dietary needs. We’ve combed through the city’s eateries to bring you L.A.’s best vegetarian restaurants—including many that are 100% plant-based, some that are vegetarian (a.k.a. incorporate eggs and dairy) and a few vegetarian-friendly spots we think deserve a shout-out.