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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

By 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. If you know where to go, you should have no problem dining just as well as your carnivore counterparts. 

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

Vegetarian and vegan restaurants in Melbourne

Food at Smith and Daughters
Food at Smith and Daughters
Photograph: Graham Denholm

1. Smith & Daughters

Restaurants Fitzroy

If you’re the kind of vegan who misses your melty cheese and your juicy meatballs, this place is for you. Smith + Daughters has recently changed its concept from Latin American to Italian to show off the research and development that has turned out nut-based cheeses that melt, smell and taste like, well… cheese. Everyone is raving about the ragu on polenta and three-cheese stuffed eggplant, but for some real sorcery, order the super-bitey cacio e pepe, which is impossible to tell apart from one emulsified with real Parmesan.

Delivery: Smith & Daughters At Home is a takeaway banquet for two people that's available for pick up or takeaway on Fridays and Saturdays every week. Orders must be in by Wednesday – see the menu here.

Green Man's Arms
Green Man's Arms
Photograph: Eugene Hyland

2. The Green Man's Arms

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 Carlton pub. Green Man’s Arms is proudly vegetarian and encourages you to chill out over a jug of Moon Dog or a bottle of malbec while munching on a serve of stuffed bullhorn peppers or vegan potato peirogi. Chips aren’t run-of-the-mill. either, and come dressed up in fried garlic with patatas bravas sauces. Serves aren’t as huge as a regular pub, so the best way to enjoy GMA is to order up with a few mates and share.

Delivery: Pick up takeaway orders only – the pub is even offering daily specials while in lockdown. Take a look here.

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PIzzas 2 at Red Sparrow Pizza
PIzzas 2 at Red Sparrow Pizza
Photograph: Graham Denholm

3. Red Sparrow Pizza

Restaurants Pizza Fitzroy

All pizza is good pizza, even if it’s bad – that’s the manta 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.

Food at Makoush
Food at Makoush
Photograph: Carmen Zammit

4. Mankoushe

Restaurants Middle Eastern Brunswick

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 haloumi 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 have been extended (Wed-Fri 3-10pm; Sat, Sun noon-10pm) and staff will be accepting phone or EFTPOS payments only (no cash).

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Food at Tahina
Food at Tahina
Photograph: Carmen Zammit

5. Tahina

Restaurants Vegetarian Fitzroy

This tiny Israeli eatery is loved for its laid-back vibes and vibrant menu. Pita pockets come jam-packed with red or green falafels, fried cauliflower or beans. Shakshuka (baked eggs) comes either in a traditional tomato base or in Tahina’s unique green (broccoli) or white (fennel with Jerusalem artichokes) sauce bases. Desserts get the vegan treatment, and it’s almost impossible not to pick up a baklava on the way out. Don’t be disheartened by the small space– the whole menu is also available for take-away.

Delivery: Pick up and delivery is available from Tahina's Northcote and Fitzroy stores. Head to the website.

Person eating noodles at Neko Neko
Person eating noodles at Neko Neko
Photograph: Carmen Zammit

6. Neko Neko

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. Popular dishes include the teishoku (plates of black rice with an assortment of daily pickles and vegetables surrounding a main dish) of dengaku eggplant, Japanese curry with potato croquettes, and the raw vegan okonomiyaki, but the real show-stealer is the vegan ramen. There is a shoyu (soy base) and tan tan (spicy sesame base) option, and it is impossible to believe such complex broths can be built on vegetables alone – a true suspension of disbelief.

Delivery: Takeway is available every day from 5.30pm to 8.30pm. Delivery is through Mr Yum or Deliveroo and Neko Neko is also selling cook-at-home meals and merch.

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A plate of airy puffs of rye and ricotta gnocchi with painterly
A plate of airy puffs of rye and ricotta gnocchi with painterly
Photograph: Graham Denholm

7. Transformer Fitzroy

Restaurants Fitzroy

If you prefer your vegetarian food to be accompanied with formal service rather than communal dining hall, take-out vibes, head to Transformer. It’s by the same crew who brought you Vegie Bar, but this one is just a little more refined. There’s no mock meat on this menu; vegetables are proudly celebrated front and centre in dishes like the grilled king oyster mushrooms atop a confit garlic and pine nut puree laced with a dried porcini salt and the collapsed braise of cumin-spiked eggplant accompanied by a smoked, lactic labne. It’s the perfect venue if you’re trying to impress.

Delivery: Transformer are still keeping it classy, even when dining at home. The kitchen is dishing out seasonal takeaway meals Wednesday to Sunday and you can pick up or get your food delivered. View the website for more info.

Falafels at Just Falafs
Falafels at Just Falafs
Photograph: Graham Denholm

8. Just Falafs

Restaurants Middle Eastern Fitzroy North

Middle Eastern food is trending through Melbourne again, and one of the newcomers with lines out the door is Just Falafs. These falafels are made fresh every morning and fried to order, giving you the winning crunch-to-moistness ratio of a perfect falafel. Have these babies on their own, packed in a pita pocket stuffed with pickles, tahini and a fiery harissa, or on a plate with a few counter salads. If you want to forgo the balls altogether, opt for the sabich – a sandwich packed with fried, oozy eggplant, boiled eggs, pickles, tahini and salad. It requires three napkins to eat, and it’s guaranteed to stick to your ribs.

Delivery: It's pick up only at Just Falafs, so we're jealous of anyone within 5km of the North Fitzroy store.

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Food at Rare Hare
Food at Rare Hare
Photograph: Supplied/Rick Liston

9. Rare Hare

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 be a vegetarian restaurant, but options are plentiful and are not menu afterthoughts. Graze on the freshest crudités served alongside a chunky macadamia skordalia, slice into fudgy lengths of charcoal eggplant smothered in sweet, red miso or dive into a whole roasted sweet potato lathered in a wattleseed butter, offset by accents of fried, salty capers while staring out over the expansive, picturesque Willow Creek vineyard. It will be a meal worth leaving the city for.

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 pick up point in St Kilda). 

food at Tofu Shop International
food at Tofu Shop International
Photograph: Graham Denholm

10. Tofu Shop International

Restaurants Richmond

Back when Melbourne was still wondering what to do with tofu, this Richmond hole-in-the-wall was making its 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.

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11. 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, but it is the surprisingly flavoursome ‘rawsagne’ – ribbons of zucchini layered with mushroom, avocado, cashew cream and sundried tomato sauce – that put Yong Green Food on the map.  If you haven’t tried a mushroom latte yet, this is the place to give it a go. Trust us, it’s not as weird as it sounds.

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

Food at Moroccan Soup Bar
Food at Moroccan Soup Bar
Photograph: Amanda Summons

12. Moroccan Soup Bar

Restaurants Fitzroy North

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.

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

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Dumplings at Vegie Bar
Dumplings at Vegie Bar
Photograph: Graham Denholm

13. Vegie Bar

Restaurants Fitzroy

Vegie Bar isn’t the newest kid on the block, but she still manages to lure in southsiders across the river. Dishes that have been on the menu forever, like the mee goreng, tagine and burrito, would cause a riot if they every 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.

Dish at O.My
Dish at O.My
Photograph: Graham Denholm

14. O.My

Restaurants Beaconsfield

If you’re after a special-occasion, degustation vegetarian meal, head to Beaconsfield’s O.My. The vegetables 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. Keep an eye out for the zero-waste pumpkin plate, where the flesh, core, seeds, skins and off-cuts are brought together in a thought-provoking, how’d-they-do-that dish. 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: The O My crew are heading out to the farm once a week to pick in-season produce, make stocks, breads and pasta to fill farm boxes with. Boxes are designed to last two people through two days of breakfast, lunch and dinner. Available online Sunday through Tuesday (until sold out).

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A shot of a pizza with black olives, anchovies and cheese at Gra
A shot of a pizza with black olives, anchovies and cheese at Gra
Photograph: Graham Denholm

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