With its green and progressive reputation, Portland has a dizzying array of seriously excellent Vegan and Vegetarian cuisine. So, if you’re going super healthy and 100% plant-based or just looking for animal-product-free comfort food, Oregon City has it covered. As a vegan, I’ve spent many days trying out various cruelty-free restaurants so I’ve now chosen some of the best. From hip casual joints and food carts to fancy sit-down restaurants, here are my favorite vegan and veggie restaurants in Portland, Oregon…
Jade Kitchen (Formerly Ichiza Kitchen)
This vegan spot dishes up Asian takes on vegan noodle dishes, including chili oil wontons and “pork” and “shrimp” dumplings.
You can’t dine in at Jade Rabbit, located at SE 10th Avenue, so have your food delivered or pick it up when heading home from the office.
Open Thursday to Sunday from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m., closed on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Holidays, including Thanksgiving, affect hours, I’d suggest calling ahead to check.
Asian take on vegan noodle dishes
Roomy and cozy terrace seating
Salad options and tofu dishes
Variety of gluten-free options
Closed on Monday
Crowded at lunchtimes
This vegan restaurant is a trendy spot located on SE Morrison Street. Customers rave about the burgers, and I particularly love the Caprese burger, which is loaded with cashew mozzarella, greens, and garlic aioli.
The fried calamari also gets a lot of online thumbs up, but not to worry – no squid here, just lots of crispy local mushrooms standing in for the octopus! Plant-Based Papi is closed on Sunday and Monday, but on other days, it is open from 4 p.m. until 9 p.m.
Fresh drinks and comfort food
Live music and book reading
Great cheese and nacho plates
Chilled and friendly atmosphere
No delivery available
The spice rate is low
Blossoming Lotus Restaurant
This casual and cozy spot located on NE 15th Avenue has plenty of vegan meals on offer, along with raw food as well and I’m a huge fan.
It calls its menu “vegan fusion”, and that means lots of bold flavors in dishes like the pancake and berry compote, a variety of juices and smoothies, “cheese” nachos, and vegan bowls filled to bursting with veggies of all shapes and tastes.
Blossoming Lotus is open on weekends from 9:30 a.m. until 9 p.m. and other days from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. And if you’re in the mood for something a little stronger than juice, there’s a full bar on hand, too.
Organic vegan fusion dishes
Great appetizers and mocktails
Variety of cocktails at the bar
Elevated food in a casual setting
Food has mild flavors
Some small portions
Ice Queen PDX
If you’ve never considered how wonderful vegan ice cream and popsicles can be, now’s the time – head over to this spot on SE Stark Street when you’re in the mood for a vegan sweet treat, I promise you won’t regret it!
Customers give plenty of praise to all the vegan takes on classics like the raspberry cheesecake popsicle and the “Partners n’ Cream” too.
Opt for a pina colada or one of the daily specials at Ice Queen. Hours are Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, opening at noon and closing at 7 p.m. Closed from Monday to Wednesday.
Vegan paleteria shop with classic paletas
Free assortment of toppings
Mildly sweet non-dairy icecreams
Unique flavors and decent quantity
Closes early at night
Crowded at times
Popsicles are slightly expensive
This popular eatery offers a variety of vegan takes on classics like margarita pizza, and customers love them all. Many reviews say, “I didn’t miss the meat and dairy!” High praise, indeed.
After chowing down on a virtuous pizza, leave room for vegan ice cream or share a bowl with your dining partner because regulars at this eatery say it’s not to be missed.
Located on SE Division Street, this restaurant is open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m., and Monday to Thursday from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. Be sure to arrive in time for happy hour – 2 – 5 p.m. — so you get a marvelous cocktail or beer to accompany that vegan pizza!
Vegan pizzas and seasonal ice creams
Counter serve with a patio
Variety of appetizers and desserts
Happy hours twice every day
Difficult to find parking
Slightly expensive menu
This restaurant offers vegetarian food as well as vegan, so if your group has someone who hasn’t entirely leaped to becoming totally meat and dairy-free yet, no problem!
I seriously love this place and this spot specializes in vegan and vegetarian Thai food, so try the deep-fried tofu, the rice, and a dish cheekily named “Drunken Noodles” — wide rice noodles with plenty of peppers, mushrooms, garlic, basil, and more.
With a mission to provide the best possible Thai food experience in Portland, Kati is dedicated to the culinary expertise of its diners.
This small, vegetarian, and vegan Thai food restaurant lives up to its vision.
Their dishes are richly infused with the traditional flavors and textures of Thai cuisine, and their Asian-inspired crafted cocktails are created with fresh Thai herbs.
Located on SE Division Street, KaTi only offers outdoor dining on the patio or takeout or delivery. The dining room will reopen when the pandemic has passed.
Kati Portland insists on using fresh, locally grown ingredients from small family farms and local distributors. Their plant-based menu offers flavorsome Asian delights like Pad Mhee Kha Na and Kati Pad Thai with fried tofu, served with a chili garlic sauce.
The portions are generous, but I’d suggest being mindful of the spicy levels.
Thai food and Asian cocktails
Casual and rustic-chic dining room
Funky vibes with great music
Indoor and outdoor seating
Closed on Wednesday
Can be noisy at times
Crowded during lunch
Harlow Cafe and Juice Bar
There are vegan options, of course, but also gluten-free and vegetarian foods found here.
Customers can’t get enough of Harlow’s quesadillas, salads, pasta, burritos and much more.
There are plenty of positive reviews noting the weekend vegan brunch, in particular, and it’s also something I’d definitely recommend. Open daily from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. Located on SE Hawthorne Blvd.
Homey spot with vintage furniture
Plant-based cafe and juice bar
Drinks are served all day
Organic and gluten-free vegetarian fare
Slightly slow food serving
Some additional charges
Restaurant closes early
The Bye And Bye
When craving a vegan meal late at night, The Bye And Bye is the place to head to. Monday to Thursday, Bye opens at noon and closes at midnight, but on Friday, it rocks on until 2:30 a.m. Saturday and Sundays are also long days at Bye, remaining open until midnight.
There is a full bar, with lots of local beers on tap and creative cocktails praised for their inventiveness and their low prices.
As for the food – give the Samurai bowl a try; it’s filled with breaded tofu, slaw, rice, and miso sauce, which are all winners. Bye And Bye is a great place to get comfy and people-watch for an hour or more while you satisfy that late-night craving for almost any vegan dish imaginable.
Some call it a hipster speakeasy; we call it great. Located on NE Alberta Street, The Bye And Bye also has an oversized patio.
Creative and dimly lit hipster bar
Expansive covered heated patio
Serving delectable Southern vegan food
Varied and colorful drink menu
Children are not allowed after 9pm
No kids menu
The Veggie Grill
This casual spot has a counter for when you’re dining solo but also tables and chairs for eating out with friends or family. Located on SW Taylor Street, the Grill is open daily from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m., but hours vary on holidays (like Black Friday), so check before heading out.
On offer are lots of vegan meals that earn plenty of raves online, including the Greek Mezze salad and the Masala Curry Bowl.
My personal shout-out goes to the “Immunity Bowl,” packed with plenty of leafy greens, roasted Brussels sprouts, lentils, and quinoa mix, and more good things to boost your immunity. Most of all, it just tastes great.
Modern and counter-service setting
Wide selection of grilled vegetables
Friendly vibes with light music
Tasty spot for all plant lovers
Closes early at night
Limited parking lot
Some portions are small
Located on SE Belmont Street, this cozy cafKombucha has a wide array of vegan bowls, goodies like burgers with tempeh bacon, and a mushroom sandwich customers swoon over in online reviews.
Also available are wines bee, rs, and non-alcoholic drinks, some brewed on the premises.
This operation is owned and operated by a husband and wife team, and Portland residents and visitors love the menu, the drinks, and the vibe. Open Wednesday to Saturday, noon until 9 p.m. (Holiday hours vary).
Cozy cafe with a deli case
Traditional ferments and cultured food
Homemade plant-based items
Indoor and outdoor green seating
No online ordering
Long waiting time
Small cafe with limited seating
Basil Vegan Kitchen
For an authentic Burmese culinary experience, try the delights of this boutique restaurant located at Grant Park, Northeast Portland.
Basil Vegan Kitchen is a dine-in and takeaway vegan-friendly restaurant offering genuine, home-style Burmese cooking.
This exotic little establishment started life as a food cart. Much loved for its artisan salads like fermented Tea Leaf Salad and signature coconut rice curries, and I would highly suggest its famous handcrafted Samosas and Khao Soi noodle dishes which are bursting with those distinctive Burmese flavors.
Also on offer are beer, wine, and cocktails to round out the enjoyment of your vegan dining experience.
Service can be slow
On the pricey side
Can be crowded sometimes
Delicious! Diners are posting glowing reviews for the Mis Tacones Mexican taqueria pop-up. The all-vegan menu offers authentic delights like seitan tacos, conchas, and burritos. Other temptations include papas nachos, tortas, and hand-made tortillas.
The Chicano owners, Carlos Reynoso and Polo Abram Bañuelos, have an expansive community ethos. They welcome people of all colors and orientations, and their flamboyant taqueria buzzes with an all-inclusive atmosphere, offering good food, companionship, and relaxation for folk of every persuasion.
They insist that no food goes to waste, and their mission to embrace everyone extends to providing food to those in need in the community.
Chicano and queer-owned vegan taquería
Reasonably priced food and drinks
Authentic and affordable Mexican food
Options for vegans and non-vegans
Limited seating available
Reservations are not accepted
Limited parking space
The Epif restaurant is a quaint little eatery and bar with a cozy, welcoming vibe. Offering authentic South American cuisine, it serves vegetarian and vegan dishes and pisco cocktails for a discerning clientele.
Epif was inspired by the colors and flavors of the Andes region, and its vibrant atmosphere is encapsulated by a delightful flying llama mural, giving immediate visual impact and livening up the ambience.
This popular restaurant and pisco bar offers indoor and outdoor dining and takeout. Menu favorites include crispy empanadas, a variety of salsas, and some fantastic ceviche.
For dessert, treat yourself to the blueberry seasonal ice cream with a sugared mint leaf or a divine vegan chocolate cheesecake.
Cozy bar and vegan eatery
South American dishes and pisco cocktails
Warm vibes with wooden decor
Great pinsa mocktails
Rather small portion size
Limited operation hours
Outdoor seating is limited
Only recently operating from bricks and mortar, this luncheonette started life as a pop-up until barely a year ago. Thuy Pham offers genuine Vietnamese vegan and vegetarian food in her new establishment.
She has artfully crafted plant-based dishes as alternatives to crispy pork belly and chicken wings that I can’t get enough of!
Her extensive menu offers joys like spicy Jackfruit kimchi rolls, fluffy oyster mushroom bao buns, savory flavored Rybs bao buns, and tasty mushroom banh mi.
While the food has traditional origins, it also feels new and exciting. For the sweet-toothed among us, treat yourself to salted caramel cupcakes, Pandan whoopie pies or strawberry lychee cheesecakes.
Veggie plates inspired by Vietnam
Vegan meat and lemonade varieties
Open-air and fresh dining area
Balanced toppings fillings and sauces
No indoor seating
Less varied menu
Crowded during peak hours
Morphing from a food truck to an eatery, the Dirty Lettuce has quickly become a welcome addition to the Portland vegan scene.
Starting as a food cart in 2020, the menu began offering vegan meals with meat-substitute proteins flavored with secret spices and seasonings.
The restaurant’s signature offerings are vegan meat dishes like Ota tofu fried chicken and seitan barbeque ribs, with sides of Southern-style greens and jambalaya.
The owner, Alkebulan Moroski, has a vision for the new eatery, with an expansion into other regional cuisines on the drawing board. The Dirty Lettuce décor has a welcoming Southern general store vibe.
Colorful shack offering Southern staples
Seitan-based BBQ ribs and fries
Vegan versions of Southern classics
Convenient location in Northeast Portland
Closed on weekdays
Compact dining area
Not wheelchair accessible
Loving Hut Vegan Cuisine
Portland’s Loving Hut Vegan Cuisine is part of a chain of international restaurants. Loving Hut is one of the fastest-growing vegan counter-serve chains in the world.
They serve gourmet dishes created with natural, wholesome, plant-based ingredients. The restaurant prides itself on its signature Asian-style cuisine that offers vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free choices.
The business founder, Supreme Master Ching Hai, advocates for the vegan lifestyle. Raving reviews have praised the Loving Hut’s Golden Yum Melt, dishes like their sweet and sour, and the Wonton Soup. Portion sizes are generous with reasonable prices.
Gourmet dishes with natural ingredients
Asian-style with gluten-free choices
Interesting fusion food and drinks
Portion sizes are generous
Closed on Sundays
Dine-in not possible
The spice level might be low
Recently relocated to their new premises on SE Grand Avenue, Obon Shokudo serves vegan Japanese cuisine.
With the expanded kitchen space, the chefs have added new dishes, like umeboshi (pickled plum) onigiri, panko-breaded Ota tofu katsu, curried kabocha squash korokke, and kenchinjiru miso vegetable stew to their traditional menu.
Everything is made with the best quality seasonal ingredients and is based on authentic Japanese family recipes. Diners can enjoy plant-based Japanese-style food, hand-made, in-house.
They serve a wide variety of off-beat misos Jap, anise curries, and, of course, homemade pickled vegetables.
This sumptuous array of food can be washed down with an exciting selection of rice-based drinks like black bean mixed or purple yam mixed.
Contemporary restaurant with Japanese dishes
All sauces are made in-house
Menu is vegan and made by the chef
Well-seasoned and delicious food
Closed on Tuesdays
Difficult to find street parking
The Rabbits Café is a counter-service eatery with a plant-based menu specializing in bowls and healthy smoothies.
It offers healthy vegan and gluten-free choices from various flavorsome foods, with small or large-sized bowls, scrambles, wraps, salads, and smoothies.
While initially a Sonny Bowl food cart, the service has morphed into a brick-and-mortar café but still serves the wholesome, delicious food it was known for.
The Incredi-bowl is very popular, bursting with a creamy peanut sauce and soy curls in a red bell pepper curry with miso-ginger broccoli and kale, smothered in a tahini dressing, on brown rice.
For dessert, there are pancakes, waffles, or sweet sesame ice cream.
Seating is limited
Paid street parking
Often very busy at lunchtimes, the DC Vegetarian is a vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free eatery with a solid reputation for delivering filling, tasty, healthy meals at reasonable prices.
This popular place serves plant-based burgers, sandwiches, hot subs, and other traditional American fare, all washed down with craft beer cans.
Their range of sandwiches is boggling; from breakfast sandwiches to submarines, they offer the lot. One staunch favorite is the War Eagle sandwich, and the ‘steak’ sandwich comes in a close second.
The menu offers an inspiring range of burgers and side salads.
Popular spot with hearty vegan eats
Vegan burgers and sandwiches to hot subs
Cocktails and cans of craft beer
Oldschool dinner vibes and library
Slow internet connection
Difficult to find parking
Slow food service
For an authentic Sri Lankan restaurant, you cannot go past Mirisata. The name translates loosely to mean ‘spicy curry’. This busy restaurant has a relaxed atmosphere and offers an outdoor dining area with comfortable picnic bench seating.
The authentic Sri Lankan menu is all vegan, and most of the dishes are also gluten-free.
While not every dish is a curry, the aromatic food is spicy and flavorful, and serving portions are generous. Some popular dishes include the Kottu and the combo plate, with spring hoppers, lentils, coconut slaw, and delicious potato curry.
The coconut roti makes an enjoyable side. Other favorites include the String Kottu with Jackfruit curry, which includes leeks, carrots, cabbage, and rice noodles.
Vertical Diner and The Gold Room
Opening in Portland in 2019, this vegan restaurant is a sister to the long-established Vertical Diner in Salt Lake City. The original diner evolved to offer a more affordable vegan menu focused on seasonal, organic, and locally sourced ingredients.
The Portland diner offers a plant-based menu with 90% of the dishes available as gluten-free options. The restaurant can seat 66 cafes in the main hall and has a separate dining room, which seats up to 60, called the “Gold Room”, reserved for private functions and special occasions.
The diner serves breakfast all day, with wholesome comfort foods like burritos, biscuits and gravy, spicy fries, and ranch burgers.
A laid-back plant-based vegan diner
American and internationally inspired dishes
Wide range of appetizers and entrees
Breakfast is served all day
Seating capacity is limited inside
On the pricey side
Serving Indian-styled cuisine, the Sudra is a refined vegan restaurant with a full bar and specialty cocktails. The restaurant captures the essence of aromatic Indian flavors to create exotic, plant-based dishes that deliver on taste.
The relaxed dining atmosphere is due in part to the extensive outdoor seating arrangements and a policy of permitting owners to bring along their dogs on leads.
Some popular dishes include the Poori with yogurt and chutney and the Soy Chick’ne Chettinad. Diners have described the rich flavors of the creamy Tikka Masala, while for others, the favorite is the Tempeh Bacon and Brussels sprouts fried rice.
Subtle lighting and vintage vibes
Full bar and specialty cocktails
Perfect for Indian food lovers
Indoor and outdoor dog-friendly seating
Food prices are higher priced than average
Vegan Junk Food
This trendy fast food dine-in or takeaway joint was launched to fill a gap. The owners realized that vegans also wanted a fast food option for those late-night munchies on the way home or a spot of comfort food to grab during your busy day.
Just like the omnivores. They call it a vegan light-hearted take on the conventional, offering fun and casual plant-based favorites in a 50’s style diner.
Guest reviews are mixed, with many praising dishes like the totchos, a delightful pile of salsa and beans with cheese and tasty sauces or the Kailua burger with its delicious teriyaki sauce.
Fun and casual plant-based meals
Delightful pile of salsa and beans
Tasty and cheesy sauces
Opens throughout the week
Slow service at times
Low on seasoning
What a fabulous idea! Vegan doughnuts for all those sweet tooths out there. Doe Donuts is like a doughnut boutique, offering a wide assortment of doughnut tastes, both sweet and savory.
Along with their handcrafted doughnuts made daily, Doe Donuts serves vegan ice creams and frozen yogurt, as well as tea, local coffee, hot chocolate, fruit juice, and Kombucha.
The doughnuts are made from scratch in-house, with soy milk and no Kombuchaatives. On the other hand, most of the ice creams and soft serve choices, while still plant-based, do not contain soy.
Some popular choices include the chocolate bear claw with almonds or the sweet corn cake topped with salty cornmeal crumble.
Classic and creative flavored donuts
Vegan ice creams and soft serves
Shady outdoor picnic table area
Unique toppings and fresh juices
No seating area inside
Delivery not available
For a pizzeria with a difference, located at The Zipper in Northeast Portland, Boxcar Pizza serves up a wide selection of vegan pizzas and supporting acts like plant-based chicken wings. Most of these Detroit-style pizzas can also be ordered with gluten-free crusts.
The establishment reveals that their Mozzarella cheeses are created from coconut oil and vegetable starches, while their Bleu cheeses and the Ricotta are made with soy.
They have built their meat substitutes from vital wheat gluten, and the sausage is made from textured vegetable protein.
Reviews from happy customers reveal that the food is hard to pick as vegan, is super tasty, and is served in generous proportions.
Vegan eatery in a unique building
Detroit-style pizzas and wings
Variety of toppings to choose from
Salads and beer options are available
Service can be slow
Van Hanh Restaurant
The Van Hanh restaurant is owned and operated by a Buddhist nun. It is a vegetarian and vegan eatery with Vietnamese-style meals inhabiting a Portland roadhouse.
The business runs with a nonprofit philosophy, and the proceeds support the nearby Buddhist temple.
The nun’s philosophy is that plant-based foods change how people view soul food and how it should taste. The restaurant makes its mock meats in-house, and its menu also offers gluten-free options.
The restaurant has a welcoming atmosphere and a serene energy created by the friendly customer service. Meals can be enjoyed on the outdoor picnic table settings.
Vegan eatery in a roadside house
Delicious and authentic Vietnamese meal
Mock meats and gluten-free food
Parking lot is small
Some portions are small
Not accessible for disabled
Petunia’s Pies and Pastries
Baker Lisa Clark started with a booth at a farmer’s market, where she sold her gluten-free and vegan pastries. In 2013, she established Petunia’s Pies and Pastries, a gluten-free vegan bakery and café.
While she offers savory dishes like grilled sandwiches, the bakery focuses on a delectable range of cakes, pastries, and desserts.
Clark delivers flavorsome, comforting foods that she calls fun, creative, and unique. The bakery serves appealing food crafted with a balance of flavors and textures using only the best quality natural and local ingredients.
Top recommendations include a coconut caramel baby cake, the Bumble Berry Peach pie, and the pumpkin and cinnamon sugar doughnut.
Cute and hip bakery cafe
Creative gluten and vegan-free desserts
Variety of cakes and pies
Perfect for breakfast and brunch
Crowded during peak hours
Reservations not accepted
Limited seating space
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