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Vegetarian Restaurants in San Diego

Meat-Free Meals

Delicious vegetarian and vegan cuisine can be found all over San Diego County where innovative chefs prove that meatless dishes can be big on flavor and creativity.

Vegging Out With San Diego's Fresh Local Produce

San Diego's diverse dining community offers cuisine for every imaginable palate. Vegan and vegetarian dishes are sprinkled all over San Diego County, with some restaurants devoted to the cuisine entirely. Below is a sampling of vegan and vegetarian eateries around the city.

Café  Gratitude

This vegan and vegetarian gem in Little Italy serves 100% plant-based food in a beautiful setting. Look for macrobiotic bowls, summer grain salads, asparagus risotto, seasonal soups, tacos stuffed with summer corn, smoothies, elixirs, and more.


High design meets heavy metal and vegan cuisine in this groovy South Park eatery, which is also known for its craft cocktails and tiki takeovers on Thursdays. Beautiful big-plated brunch as well on the weekends.

True Food Kitchen

Based on Dr. Andrew Weil’s anti-inflammatory diet, this healthy menu features quinoa burgers, kale salads, curries and farm-fresh chopped salads.

Peace Pies

Try the raw vegan pizza with seasonal veggies on a sesame seed crust; walnut meat tacos with guacamole, or the zucchini noodle lasagna at this zero-waste restaurant that only serves raw, vegan, soy free and gluten free foods. 

Plumeria Thai

This University Heights favorite only serves vegetarian and vegan Thai dishes like fragrant red curry with pumpkin, eggplant and bell peppers, or the spicy noodles with sautéed vegetables tossed in an invigorating chili-garlic sauce.

Naked Café

Divine vegetarian dishes are found at these healthy cafes where you can savor pesto and artichoke quesadillas, egg white scrambles with spinach and soy sausage, brown rice wok dishes with ginger tofu and more. Locations in Encinitas, Carlsbad, Solana Beach and Point Loma.

Loving Hut

This vegan chain serves up Vietnamese Thai dishes like lemongrass fried rice with veggies or tofu, golden wontons, summer rolls and noodle soups. Locations in Mira Mesa and North Park.

Native Foods Café

At this fast casual vegan restaurant you’ll find mock meatball sandwiches, nourishing Earth Bowls, heaping salads and a kid’s menu with a black bean “Brontosaurus Burrito” along with soy and wheat-free mac ’n’ cheese.  In Point Loma and Encinitas.

Moncai Vegan

This cozy vegan restaurant in Normal Heights is a café and bakery known for its delish cinnamon rolls. Enjoy a three-course meal based on seasonal produce from organic farmers.

Jyoti Bihanga

Owned and operated by followers of spiritual master Sri Chinmoy, Jyoti Bihanga in Normal Heights is an all-vegetarian restaurant that uses its meatless cuisine to help promote inner peace and a meditative lifestyle. "Neatloaf," a brown rice/tofu baked dish topped by a tangy tomato-based sauce, is the most popular item on a menu filled with healthy, simple, classic dishes.

Ranchos Cocina

The family-operated Ranchos Cocina, with locations in North Park and Ocean Beach, serves fresh, house-made Mexican food from scratch, with an abundance of creative meatless dishes (like the lentil, avocado and cheese burrito, and blue corn avocado enchiladas) that make it a favorite with vegetarian and vegan diners.

Sipz Vegetarian Fuzion Cafe

With locations in North Park and Clairemont, Sipz promotes a healthy vegetarian lifestyle through its Vietnamese, Thai, Chinese and Japanese dishes, many of which are also vegan. There's even a vegan sushi bar and fresh baked desserts.

With more than 6,500 farms in San Diego, more restaurants are celebrating the splendors of locally grown vegetables and expanding their vegetarian offerings. It's never been easier to enjoy delicious and healthy vegetarian cuisine. You can also tantalize your tastebuds with restaurants that specialize in farm-fresh local ingredients and some that serve up a view as spectacular as the meal.

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