April 2019: Our latest refresh on the best vegan restaurants in Miami adds a couple of new faces to the list. Delicious Raw joins the club at number seven thanks to its accessible and tasty menu. And the newest location of Love Life Cafe takes the number one spot. Find those vegan heroes inside Time Out Market Miami.
Tell someone you’re on the hunt for the best vegan restaurants in Miami and they probably won’t bat an eyelash. The stigma around vegan food is not as strong as it was even just a few years ago. Today, the rise of mainstream vegan food like the Impossible Burger has shown eaters around the globe that the word vegan does not mean less flavor. It’s quite the opposite. In Miami, some of the best vegan restaurants serve burgers that stack up against the best burgers in Miami and veggie sushi that doesn’t lag too far behind the best sushi in Miami. You can find these restaurants in just about every one of Miami’s major neighborhoods and you can feel confident about bringing your friends here—whether they’re vegan or not. Because this kind of flavor is undeniable.
Best vegan restaurants in Miami
What is it? In its original Wynwood location, Love Life quickly gained a reputation for pumping out the best vegan food in the city. Word spread from the yogis to the foodies, and now the secret is out. You can try for yourself at Love Life’s newest location in Time Out Market.
Why go? At Time Out Market, Love Life serves the hits from its Wynwood cafe: arepas, fresh juice, the best veggie burger in town and a lot more.
What is it? Like an expensive steakhouse to carnivores, Plant Miami is an upscale alternative for raw vegans in search of an upscale dining experience. Instead of dry-aged cuts of beef, you’re getting organic ingredients that have been dehydrated and manipulated into beautiful, delicious masterpieces.
Why go? For the dumplings—pillowy pockets of ginger foam in a sweet potato and coconut wrapper—and the squash lasagna.
What is it? If there was ever a restaurant to convince us we could go vegan, it’s Planta. Gluttonous pleasures like cheesy nachos, creamy pasta and truffle pizza are all on tap here and, despite their dairy-, meat- and gluten-free designation, taste better than the “real” thing you’ll find at most restaurants.
Why go? Sushi addicts, prepare to have your fishy minds blown with Planta’s veggie sushi options, rolled fresh in the dining room.
What is it? Juices, smoothies, bowls, arepas, coffee drinks—the plant-based menu at Manna has options and is one of the best clean lunches in town. Can’t seem to zero in on something you like? Owner Sabra Seligman or one of her clean-eating gurus will happily guide you along.
Why go? Downtown is starting to become less of a food desert, but there’s still nowhere offering food as clean and tasty as Manna.
What is it? Vegan food that does not come at the expense of mood and ambiance. With a sleek, contemporary dining room, the Miami Beach restaurant features a menu of Latin-inspired, plant-based dishes like a delightful Peruvian causa.
Why go? To sit outside. On a nice day, the waterfront terrace offers a spectacular view. It’s worth waiting for.
What is it? It might look like a modern, dressed-up version of Chipotle or other fast-casual joints but GLAM is more than a quick, cheap place to eat. You’ll find vegan starters like watermelon ceviche and an elaborate cheese platter, plus burgers, flatbreads and pasta done up to sit-down restaurant standards.
Why go? The fast-casual concept keeps the price tag down. Most main dishes won’t cost more than $15—which ain’t bad for vegan.
What is it? A small Florida chain that keeps things relatively simple with a straightforward menu of bowls, smoothies, and more. The Miami location lands in the health-conscious neighborhood of Sunset Harbour and is a great post-gym (there are like 1,000 in Sunset Harbour) meal.
Why go? The casual spot is open daily from 7am to 9pm, so you can count on them no matter what meal you’re currently on.
What is it? About as low-key as it gets at the posh 1 Hotel, the property’s fast-casual restaurant is a chill spot to grab a salad, a bowl of zoodles (that’s zucchini noodles, in case you’re confused) or a rice-paper veggie wrap. It’s the kind of light, flavorful fare that pairs well with a day by the pool, which you can find on 1 Hotel’s rooftop.
Why go? It’s open at 8am in case you’ve been dying to find a good vegan breakfast in town. It’s okay if you like to sleep in, breakfast is served all day.
What is it? Vegan food to satisfy your craving for ribs and pulled pork and more of your favorite Caribbean dishes. In the mood for something lighter? Try one of Hakin’s signature juices, available plain or boosted with superfoods.
Why go? Because everyone deserves a chance to check out the (very, very tasty) flavors of the Caribbean.
What is it? There used to be locations around town but now only the Coconut Grove space remains. You’ll still find good food and prices that hover just above $10 here. Choices has led the charge in making vegan food accessible. The menu is basic, filled with typical lunch-y items like sandwiches, salads and burgers (sans meat, obviously), plus smoothies and acai bowls for a sweet treat.
Why go? For a quick lunch that won’t have you falling asleep at your desk later.