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The best vegetarian restaurants that deliver in Melbourne

Check to see whether your fave vegetarian restaurant is doing takeaway or delivery right now

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Time Out editors
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There is no better place to be a vegetarian than Melbourne. We wear the crown for plant-centric dining that is exciting, inclusive and delicious, from fancy degustations to cheap eats, every day of the week. This city is home to some long-serving heroes – meat-free institutions like Moroccan Soup Bar have been winning hearts for decades. But fully vego restaurants aside, eating meat-free at some of the bigger players isn't as hard as it once was. Here are the best restaurants dishing up plant-based meals that you can order for pickup or delivery.

 

Still hungry? Here are more Melbourne restaurants and bars that are doing takeaway.

Vegetarian and vegan restaurants in Melbourne

  • Restaurants
  • Fitzroy

Smith + Daughters is currently offering a tasty banquet for two featuring vegan Turkish cuisine. Feast on slow-cooked eggplant with olives, golden raises, spiced oil and lilliput capers and plant-based Turkish spiced mince with hummus and grape molasses. If you're not feeling the banquet, you can also order the famous Egg McMartinez based on the beloved Macca's breakfast sandwich, a family-sized serve of lasagna and so much more

 

Delivery: Smith & Daughters At Home is available for pick up or takeaway on Saturdays every week. Orders must be in by Wednesday – see the menu here.

  • Bars
  • Pubs
  • Carlton

Usually when you go to a pub, the only vegetarian options are murky daal, a stodgy, grey mushroom risotto or a serve of chips, but not at this proudly vegetarian Carlton pub. Green Man’s Arms is currently offering pre-packed deluxe meal boxes for two featuring its lentil and nut roast, garden salad with academia feta, seasonal roasted veggies and sticky date pudding. You can also get some of its other classic offerings like the eggplant schnitzel, pasta with vodka sauce and fried cauliflower with chipotle aioli. 

Delivery: Pick up takeaway orders only and between 5.30pm to 8pm from Friday to Sunday. Take a look at the menu here.

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  • Restaurants
  • Pizza
  • Fitzroy

All pizza is good pizza, even if it’s bad – that’s the mantra vegetarians usually have when it comes to ordering anything that isn’t a straight-up margherita. Lucky for those with dietary restrictions, Red Sparrow is an all-vegan pizzeria that does away with the crap-vegan pizza stigma by making its own mock meats (try the pepperoni) and cheeses (witch-crafted with coconut oil and tapioca) that could fool your everyday omnivore. 

Delivery: The full menu at both the Collingwood and Prahran stores is available for takeaway and delivery, so vegans, rejoice. Find out more.

  • Restaurants
  • Middle Eastern
  • Brunswick
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Run and owned by two self-proclaimed hipsters, this Brunswick favourite churns out home-style Middle Eastern food straight from the garden. Mankoushe first opened as a bakery, milling Victorian wheat on-site to turn out spinach and feta pastries, its cult-status halloumi pies and vegetarian ‘pizzas’ before it took over the space next door and encouraged sit-down banquets. Dinner isn’t always strictly vegetarian, but all-vegan dinners can be organised on the spot. 

Delivery: You can still pick up takeaway orders from Mankoushe Brunswick (Mankoushe Collingwood is currently closed). The opening hours are Wednesday to Sunday from 5pm to 10pm.

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  • Restaurants
  • Japanese
  • Fitzroy

Remember when Wabi Sabi was the coolest little Japanese eatery on Smith Street? Well, the team opened their sister restaurant 100 metres around the corner, driven by a vegan, vegetarian and pescetarian ethos. They offer three types of vegan ramens as well as a smoked tofu katsu burger, vegan wagyu beef meat balls and more. If you feel like showing even more support, you can buy and rep some of Neko Neko's merch

Delivery: Takeaway is available Monday to Friday from 12pm to 3pm and then from 5pm to 9pm and on Saturdays from 12pm to 9pm. Browse the menu here and call 9415 6026 to place your order. 

  • Restaurants
  • Vegetarian
  • Merricks North

Going regional for a day trip is standard these days, but being stranded outside of the city usually means having to starve if you’re not a meat-eater. Rare Hare is not a vegetarian restaurant, but options are plentiful and are not menu afterthoughts. Try the vegetarian meal pack for two featuring mushroom arancini, eggplant caponata and a rich tiramisu. 

Delivery: Yes, delivery and pick up is available for this Mornington restaurant. Orders need to be in by noon every Wednesday for Friday or Saturday metro Melbourne delivery or pick up (from a pickup point in St Kilda). 

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  • Restaurants
  • Richmond

Back when Melbourne was still wondering what to do with tofu, this Richmond hole-in-the-wall was making slabs of it from scratch and dishing up curries, stir fries, soups and stews with those foreign blocks of soy. Some 36 years later, nothing has changed. It’s still no-frills, and hot foods are scooped out of a bain marie. The menu changes every fortnight but look forward to dishes like the saffron and mushroom tofu or sweet potatoes cooked in coconut with kaffir lime, krauts and pilafs. 

Delivery: If you want Tofu Shop International's sublime soy steaks, you better hope you're living within 5km of the store – it's pick up only. Visit its Facebook page and call ahead if you want to place a large order.

Yong Green Food
  • Restaurants
  • Fitzroy

This restaurant was a little ahead of its time, and upon opening, scrutinised heavily for specialising in vegetarian, vegan and raw food with a holistic, mind-body approach. The menu has a predominantly Asian flare to it, with raw nori rolls, a Korean pancake platter and a kelp pad thai. If you've had a hankering for Mexican, they also offer loaded chilli bean nachos. And don't forget about dessert — try the red velvet cake with cashew cream. 

Delivery: You can pick up (call 0451166421) or get delivery through Menulog.

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  • Restaurants
  • Fitzroy North
  • price 1 of 4

Moroccan Soup Bar has never had a printed menu in its 20-year history...until 2020 came along. Food at the restaurant was traditionally delivered as banquets and was centred around the chickpea bake – a rich and textural combination of chickpeas, tahini, almond flakes and yesterday’s pita fried up and bound together by a flood of ghee. Even when taking away or getting food delivered, you'll still be able to get banquets and that delicious chickpea bake. If you're feeling generous, you can also pay it forward to those in need by adding some donation meals to your order. 

Delivery: Both pickup and delivery is available, and Moroccan Soup Bar is continuing its eco ethos by packaging items in biodegradable packaging. 

  • Restaurants
  • Fitzroy

Vegie Bar isn’t the newest kid on the block, but it sure still manages to lure in southsiders across the river. Dishes that have been on the menu forever, like the mee goreng and burrito, would cause a riot if they ever disappeared. But as vegetarianism has become more mainstream than counterculture, new dishes like tacos made with fried jackfruit in place of meat, on-trend poke bowls and a burger inspired by the golden arches has kept the spotlight on this 30-odd-year-old restaurant and guarantee a full house every night. Bookings are recommended if you don’t like waiting.

Delivery: Pick up, delivery and heat-at-home meals are all available from Vegie Bar online.

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  • Restaurants
  • Beaconsfield

The vegetables used by O.My all come directly from the venue’s own farm a short drive away, meaning the menu is hyper-seasonal and each ingredient is given careful attention from seed to kitchen. You can order dinner for two that might include things like slow-roasted cauliflower, broccoli salad and caramelised pumpkin tartnie. Just call ahead and let the staff know you’d like your dinner to be plant-based. Live a little and opt for the beverage matches as well – the booze is as compelling as the food in this outer-suburb restaurant.

Delivery: Order the dinner here before Friday afternoon and pick it up from the restaurant between 12pm and 2pm on Saturday. 

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