With its green and progressive reputation, Portland is filled with 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 some animal-product free comfort food, the Oregon city has it covered. From hip casual joints and food carts to fancy sit-down restaurants, here are the best vegan and veggie restaurants in Portland, Oregon (in no particular order)…
1. Jade Kitchen (Formerly Ichiza Kitchen) – a popular and trendy Vegan Asian spot offering noodle dishes, small plates and takeout
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 right now at Jade Rabbit, located at SE 10th Avenue, so have your food delivered or pick it up when you’re 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, so call ahead to check.
- 7912 SE 13th Ave, Portland, OR 97202
2. Plant-Based Papi – a popular pop-up turned restaurant serving up vegan comfort foods
This vegan restaurant is a very popular spot, located on SE Morrison Street. Customers rave about the burgers, in particular the Caprese burger, 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 other days opens at 4 p.m. until 9 p.m.
- 614 SW 11th Ave, Portland, OR 97205
3. Vtopia All Vegan Restaurant and Cheese Shop – a cute and cozy 100% vegan restaurant specializing in cashew-based cheeses, vegan sandwiches and salads
The name really does say it all about this popular vegan restaurant on SW Jefferson. The Caprese mac n’ cheese is a local favorite, and the cheese plate with breads and vegetables is fresh, healthy, filling and delicious.
Get take-out for the family, have your food delivered, or enjoy your meal in the warm and welcoming environment at Vtopia. No matter how you get it, you’ll love the organic, fresh ingredients on offer here. Vtopia All Vegan Restaurant and Cheese Shop is Oopen daily from noon until 8 p.m.
- 1628 SW Jefferson St, Portland, OR 97201, USA
4. Blossoming Lotus Restaurant – a Plant-based restaurant featuring local farms and organic ingredients whenever possible
This casual and cozy spot located on NE 15th Avenue has plenty of vegan meals on offer, along with raw food as well. 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.
- 1713 NE 15th Ave, Portland, OR 97212
Ice Queen PDX – specializes in 100% vegan ice cream, frozen desserts and popsicles in Portland
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. 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 on offer at Ice Queen. Hours are Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, opening at noon and closing at 7 p.m. Closed from Monday to Wednesday.
- 1223 SE Stark St, Portland, OR 97214
5. Ditto Food Truck – a popular Vegan food truck offering grilled sandwiches and basic sides
You’ll find this truck on NE Weidler Street, and they offer not only subs but also some Korean dishes. The “Lilith” gets tons of thumbs up (a nod to the character on the 1990s hit TV show “Frasier,” perhaps?) and it’s filled with vegan favorites like fresh greens, lime and avocado, dense in a big bun.
For now, the hours are Monday 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., weekends 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., and closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. There’s even a patio where you can sit and enjoy your meal as soon as it’s dished out. Convenient and delicious!
- 1027 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211, USA
6. Virtuous Pie – a hip spot which serves up creative vegan pizzas and seasonal ice creams
This popular eatery offers a variety of vegan takes on classics like margarita pizza, and customers love them all. Many reviews say something like “I didn’t miss the meat and dairy at all!” High praise, indeed. After chowing down on a virtuous pizza pie, 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!
- 1126 SE Division St #200, Portland, OR 97202
7. KaTi Portland – a popular Thai restaurant offering vegetarian and vegan Thai food in a rustic-chic dining room
This restaurant offers vegetarian food as well as vegan, so if your group has someone who hasn’t quite made the leap to becoming totally meat and dairy-free yet, no problem! 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 experience 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 is at the moment only offering outdoor dining on the patio, or take-out 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 which is served with a chili garlic sauce. The portion sizes are generous but diners need to be mindful of the spicy levels.
- 2932 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97202, USA
8. Miami Nice – a new and very Instagrammable Cuban Vegan restaurant
With cool, funky and colorful interiors which attract Instagrammers, and incredible Cuban vegan food this place is already hugely popular.
Owned by a Miami local, this is easily one of the best vegan restaurants in Portland, the food has a Miami and Cuban flavor with made-from-scratch vegan meats. They offer jackfruit pulled pork, melty cheese, and crunchy pickles on buttery pressed bread as well as seitan steak and served with tostones.
- 2117 NE Oregon St, Portland, OR 97232
9. Homegrown Smoker Vegan Barbecue – a vegan cafe offering non-meat versions of BBQ plates and Southern soul food favorites
Customers love the mac n’ cheese, the “ribs,” and the hush puppies with chipotle sauce. And don’t skip the deep-fried pickles or the cheese grits – all of it vegan, and all of it superb.
Right now Homegrown is offering curbside pickup only, Thursday until Sunday, 11 a.m. until 7 p.m., but hours will be extended soon. Located on North Lombard Street.
- 8638 N Lombard St, Portland, OR 97203
10. Harlow Cafe and Juice Bar – a super healthy cafe with 100% vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free food
There are vegan options, of course, but also gluten free and vegetarian foods found here. Customers can’t get enough of Harlow’s quesadillas, along with the salads, pastas, burritos and much more.
There are plenty of positive reviews noting the weekend vegan brunch, in particular. Open daily from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. Located on SE Hawthorne Blvd.
- 3632 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97214, USA
11. The Bye And Bye – a cool hipster bar which serves Southern-inspired vegan food until late
When you’re craving a vegan meal late at night, The Bye And Bye is definitely the place to head to. Monday to Thursday, Bye opens at noon and closes at midnight, but 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 that are all winners. Bye And Bye is a great place to get comfy and people watch for an hour or more, while you’re satisfying that late-night craving for just about any vegan dish imaginable. Some call it a hipster speakeasy; we just call it great. Located on NE Alberta Street, The Bye And Bye also has a big patio.
- 1011 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211
12. The Veggie Grill – a popular vegan chain offering vegan burgers, sandwiches, salads, faux meats and sides in a modern, counter-service setting
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 do 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.
A shout-out goes to the “Immunity Bowl,” into which is packed plenty of leafy greens, roasted Brussel sprouts, a lentil and quinoa mix, and more good things to boost your immunity. Most of all, it just tastes great.
508 SW Taylor St, Portland, OR 97204, USA
13. Fermenter – a charming cafe with a deli case serving homemade plant-based items including burgers, vegan bowls and kombucha
Located on SE Belmont Street, this cozy cafe offers a wide array of vegan bowls, but also goodies like burgers with tempeh bacon, and a mushroom sandwich customers swoon over in online reviews. Also available are wines and beers, and non-alcoholic drinks, some of which are brewed on the premises.
This operation is owned and operated by a husband and wife team, and Portland residents and visitors alike love the menu, the drinks, and the vibe. Open Wednesday to Saturday, noon until 9 p.m. (Holiday hours vary).
- 1403 SE Belmont St, Portland, OR 97214
14. Basil Vegan Kitchen – that caters specifically to people who want vegan and gluten-free takeout and delivery options
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 their artisan salads like fermented Tea Leaf Salad, and signature coconut rice curries, it is also famous for the hand-crafted Samosas and Khao Soi noodle dishes bursting with those distinctive Burmese flavors. Also on offer are beer, wine and cocktails to round out the enjoyment of your vegan dining experience.
- 3131 NE Broadway St Suite B, Portland, OR 97232
15. Mis Tacones – a Mexican taqueria pop-up serving up vegan tacos, burritos, and nachos
Delicioso! 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 the provision of food to those in need in the community.
- 4943 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Portland, OR 97211
16. Epif – one of the best, most fancy vegan dining experiences
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 instant visual impact and livening up the ambiance.
This popular restaurant and pisco bar offers indoor and outdoor dining and takeout. Menu favorites include crispy empanadas, a variety of salsas and some amazing ceviche. For dessert, treat yourself to the blueberry seasonal ice cream with a sugared mint leaf or a divine vegan chocolate cheesecake.
- 404 NE 28th Ave, Portland, OR 97232
17. Mama ?út – a fast-growing vegan Vietnamese restaurant
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.
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 the salted caramel cupcakes, Pandan whoopie pies or strawberry lychee cheesecakes.
- 1414 SE Morrison St, Portland, OR 97214
18. Dirty Lettuce – a colorful shack offering vegan seitan-based BBQ ribs, Konjac ‘shrimp’ fried and other Southern staples
Morphing from a food truck to an eatery, the Dirty Lettuce has quickly become a welcome addition to the Portland vegan scene. Starting life as a food cart in 2020, the menu soon 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.
- 4727 NE Fremont St, Portland, OR 97213
19. Loving Hut Vegan Cuisine – the Portland outpost of a vegan Asian counter-serve chain
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, is an advocate for the vegan lifestyle. Raving reviews have praised the Loving Hut’s Golden Yum Melt, and dishes like their sweet and sour, and the Wonton Soup. Portion sizes are generous with reasonable prices.
- 1239 SW Jefferson St, Portland, OR 97201
20. Obon Shokudo – a contemporary restaurant serving vegan Japanese dishes, including bento, soups and noodles
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 and Japanese curries and, of course, homemade pickled vegetables. This sumptuous array of food can be washed down with an interesting selection of rice-based drinks like black bean mixed or purple yam mixed.
- 720 SE Grand Ave, Portland, OR 97214
21. Rabbits Café – a modern cafe serving an all-vegan menu of flavorful bowls, salads, and smoothies
The Rabbits Café is a counter-service eatery with an entirely plant-based menu, specializing in bowls and healthy smoothies. It offers healthy vegan and gluten-free choices from a range of flavorsome foods, with small or large-sized bowls, scrambles, wraps, salads and smoothies. While originally a Sonny Bowl food cart, the service has morphed into a bricks-and-mortar café but it still serves up 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, and waffles, or a sweet sesame ice cream.
- 555 SW Oak St, Portland, OR 97204
22. DC Vegetarian – a popular spot with hearty vegan eats from burgers to hot subs, as well as cocktails and cans of craft beer
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 cans of craft beer.
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.
- 5026 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97206
23. Mirisata – a relaxed restaurant with an all-vegan menu of Sri Lankan specialities as well as Sunday brunch
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 full of flavor and serving portions are generous. Some popular dishes include the Kottu and the combo plate which has 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.
- 2420 SE Belmont St, Portland, OR 97214
24. Vertical Diner and The Gold Room -a family-friendly, retro diner serving vegan comfort foods breakfast, cocktails and wine
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 that 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 diners 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.
- 8124 SW Barbur Blvd, Portland, OR 97219
25. The Sudra – a buzzy vegan restaurant known for its Indian-inspired menu has a full bar and speciality cocktails
Serving Indian-styled cuisine, the Sudra is a refined vegan restaurant with a full bar and its own 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 of the more popular dishes include the Poori with yogurt and chutney and the Soy Chick’n Chettinad. Diners have described the rich flavors of the creamy Tikka Masala while for others the favorite is the Tempeh Bacon and Brussel Sprouts fried rice.
- 28 NE 28th Ave, Portland, OR 97232
26. Belle Pomme
A popular local café in Portland’s West End district, with a bit of European flair, has diners coming back for more. The café offers a nutrient-rich, plant-based menu with vegan and vegetarian dishes and healthy smoothies. Guests can choose from meals like acai bowls, grilled sandwiches or salads and it also offers a range of baked foods.
Beverage offerings include their inspiring small-batch roasted gourmet coffee on drip and nitro brew coffee and their premium award-winning Tea Forte. The café has a good energy vibe with its outdoor settings providing an open-air, welcoming place to relax and socialize. Diners can even bring their four-footed furry best friends on a leash.
- 408 SW 12th Ave, Portland, OR 97205
27. 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 on the go 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 which are a delightful pile of salsa and beans with cheese and tasty sauces or the Kailua burger with its delicious teriyaki sauce.
- 5052 SE Foster Rd, Portland, OR 97206
28. Doe Donuts
What a fabulous idea! Vegan donuts for all those sweet-tooths out there. Doe Donuts is like a donut boutique, offering a wide assortment of donut tastes both sweet or savory. Along with their handcrafted donuts made daily, Doe Donuts serves vegan ice creams and frozen yogurt, as well as tea, local coffee, hot chocolate, fruit juice, and Kombucha.
The donuts are made from scratch in-house, with soy milk and no preservatives. 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 fritter topped with salty cornmeal crumble.
- 4110 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland, OR 97212
29. Boxcar Pizza
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 served in generous proportions.
- 2701 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland, OR 97232
30. Van Hanh Restaurant – Vegan & Vegetarian Cuisine
The Van Hanh restaurant, 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 are changing the way people view soul food and how it should taste. The restaurant makes its own 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.
- 8446 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97266
31. Petunia’s Pies and Pastries
Baker Lisa Clark started out 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’s main focus is 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 donut.
- 610 SW 12th Ave, Portland, OR 97205
32. Wild Thing
Wild Thing is a plant-based café offering build-your-own custom bowls, snacks and sweets with coffee or locally made wine. All of their ingredients are locally sourced, and organically grown. The challenge they aspire to is to make veg-based foods taste great while being healthy and reducing everyone’s carbon footprint.
From November 2021, this progressive vegan restaurant on NE Alberta is serving vegetable and grain bowls. The menu offers bowls of brown rice, mixed greens or quinoa, and diners can select from roasted or steamed, raw and pickled vegetables. A favorite choice is the tofu and vegetable-topped grain bowl which boasts the next level in flavors.
- 1477 NE Alberta St #100, Portland, OR 97211
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