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Red-red black-eyed peas at True Bistro, with jollof rice arancini, sauteed greens, plantain, and spicy tomato salsa
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15 Excellent Boston-Area Vegan Restaurants

For those looking to dine completely meat-free, these restaurants serve an exclusively vegan menu

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Red-red black-eyed peas at True Bistro, with jollof rice arancini, sauteed greens, plantain, and spicy tomato salsa
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The Boston area caters fairly well to those looking for meat-free meals; even most restaurants that do serve meat try to offer at least a few solid vegetarian and vegan options. While Eater Boston’s vegetarian- and vegan-friendly map tracks the best of those restaurants, some diners prefer to avoid businesses that use animal products altogether. This map gives the rundown on 15 of the best strictly vegan restaurants in and around Boston, serving everything from fast-casual grain bowls to fine-dining dinners.

Note: Be on the lookout for the opening of Lulu Green, a vegan restaurant slated to open at the end of January 2020 in South Boston, and vegan pizzeria chain Double Zero, eventually arriving in Back Bay. Also note that popular vegan food truck Bartleby’s Seitan Stand will be moving out of state after a string of February 2020 events.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Zhu Pan-Asian Vegan Restaurant

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166 Massachusetts Ave
Arlington, MA 02474
(781) 646-7600
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Open since mid-2015, Zhu Pan-Asian Vegan Restaurant serves what its name suggests — a vegan, pan-Asian menu that draws inspiration from Japan, Korea, Singapore, China, Thailand, and beyond (with a smattering of Chinese-American classics, too, like General Tso’s). Soy protein and seitan are the featured meat alternatives on the menu. Open for lunch and dinner daily.

2. True Bistro

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1153 Broadway
Somerville, MA 02144
(617) 627-9000
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True Bistro has been holding down the vegan fine-dining fort for a decade in Somerville’s Teele Square, serving dinner six nights a week, brunch on weekends, and elegant holiday tasting menus throughout the year. While many of the Boston area’s fully vegan restaurants skew casual, True Bistro is a full-service affair, complete with alcohol. The menu changes with the seasons, but diners might find dishes such as winter squash ravioli with a creamy walnut sauce; crispy polenta squares with red mole and seitan chorizo; and a Thai-style curry with fried tofu.

Overhead view of a white dish of ravioli covered in a green pesto and garnished with dollops of a thick, orange paste
A ravioli dish at True Bistro
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3. Taco Party

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711 Broadway
Somerville, MA 02144
(617) 764-0683
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Taco Party — one of the Boston area’s food-truck-to-restaurant success stories — is located in Somerville’s Ball Square, serving a casual menu of tacos, nachos, tortas, and more. As of late 2019, it’s in the process of expanding into an adjacent space to add more seating and a full bar. The expansion could debut around March 2020.

An interior of a casual restaurant features mint green and white walls, cherry red stools, and a green-and-white checkered floor.
Taco Party, pre-expansion
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4. Koshari Mama at Bow Market

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1 Bow Market Way
Somerville, MA 02143

Koshari Mama is slated to be open through much of 2020 as a long-term pop-up at Somerville’s Bow Market, where a mother and daughter are serving vegan Egyptian food, featuring — but not limited to — the namesake koshari, a dish that includes lentils, rice, pasta, chickpeas, fried onions, and hot sauce. There are also eggplant sandwiches, lentil soups, and more available. There’s no seating inside, but Bow Market customers can eat throughout the courtyard or get a drink at any of the market’s drinking establishments and eat there.

A blue bowl filled with red lentils, macaroni noodles, chickpeas, and rice
Koshari from Koshari Mama
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5. Veggie Grill

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57 John F. Kennedy St
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 430-4004
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Veggie Grill arrived from California in late 2019. The chain, which has about 30 locations spread over several states, serves a vegan menu that’s also mostly gluten-free. There are burgers, “cheesesteaks,” tacos, burritos, and lots more.

A vegan cheesesteak made of Beyond Burger, topped with peppers, onions, and cheese alternative, and served with french fries
A Beyond Burger “cheesesteak” from Veggie Grill
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6. Mother Juice

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625 W Kendall St
Cambridge, MA 02142
(617) 945-7357
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Starting as a juice truck back in 2013, Mother Juice has come a long way, currently operating three shops — Kendall Square, Back Bay, and inside Boston Public Market downtown — with a fourth on the way inside forthcoming food hall High Street Place. Mother Juice supplements its core juice menu with raw, vegan treats, acai and pitaya bowls, “taco toast,” salads, and more.

Overhead view of several slices of fancy toast, including avocado and more
Toasts at Mother Juice
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7. Cocobeet

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100 City Hall Plaza
Boston, MA 02108
(857) 263-8598
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Open at Boston’s City Hall Plaza since 2014 and with a newer location in Wellesley, Cocobeet mostly focuses on juices but also serves a food menu packed with smoothie bowls, grain bowls, sandwiches, several variations on avocado toast, and sweet treats such as truffles and pies.

8. Fomu

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481 Cambridge St
Allston, MA 02134
(617) 903-3276
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With four cafes around Boston (Allston, Jamaica Plain, the South End, and Fenway) and wholesale contracts with a variety of New England shops and restaurants, Fomu has been serving vegan ice cream and other sweet treats to the region since 2012. Fomu’s core flavors are made with a coconut milk base, while some of its limited edition flavors utilize almond, cashew, or fruit bases.

Overhead shot of a wooden paddle on a wooden table. 12 colorful scoops of ice cream line the paddle in two rows.
Scoops of Fomu ice cream
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9. Whole Heart Provisions

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487 Cambridge St
Allston, MA 02134
(617) 202-5041
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Sibling to Roxy’s Grilled Cheese, Whole Heart Provisions offers a completely vegan menu of grain- and green-based bowls (and some other options, such as falafel dogs and seared avocados). The bowls can be amped up with toppings like herb falafel and miso barbecue tofu. In addition to the original Allston location, there are also two in Cambridge, near Central Square and in Harvard Square.

An overhead view of tacos stuffed with seared avocados, lentils, and other vegan ingredients
Avocado tacos at Whole Heart Provisions, available on the brunch menu at the Allston location
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10. Grasshopper Restaurant

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1 N Beacon St
Allston, MA 02134
(617) 254-8883
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Grasshopper is the grandmother of this very vegan corner of Allston (see also: Whole Heart Provisions and Fomu), where it has been providing vegan pan-Asian food for a couple of decades. Longtime fans swear by the “no name” dish, a sesame chicken-esque creation.

11. My Thai Vegan Cafe

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3 Beach St #2
Boston, MA 02111
(617) 451-2395
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My Thai Vegan Cafe, a Chinatown mainstay since 1991, offers a gigantic menu of Thai classics, swapping in a variety of vegetable-based substitutes for chicken, duck, pork, and more. Diners will find plenty of curries, stir-fried noodle dishes, fried rice, and more to try.

A fried taro “bird’s nest” is full of vegetables, walnuts, and more, sitting on a bed of lettuce, with tomato slices, on a plate.
The “bird’s nest” at My Thai Vegan Cafe: veggie-based meat and chicken substitutes with a vareity of vegetables, pineapple, walnuts, and green curry sauce.
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12. By Chloe

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107 Seaport Blvd
Boston, MA 02210

By Chloe, a New York-based chain with locations in a few other cities, features a vegan take on some classic comfort foods, such as burgers, mac and cheese, and meatball subs, as well as soups and salads, ice cream, smoothies, and more. The casual restaurants feature a bright and airy ambiance that feels like it was designed for Instagram. In addition to this Seaport location, which opened in 2017, By Chloe also has a Fenway and a Back Bay location.

Meatballs sit in a glossy hot dog-style roll on a metal tray that’s covered with a white placemat with a lot of text on it in a modern font. There’s plasticware on the tray, which sits on a white table.
Pesto meatball sandwich at By Chloe, made with portobellos and other veggies, topped with cashew mozzarella and almond parmesan
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13. Red White Japanese Vegan

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294 Newbury St
Boston, MA 02115
(857) 277-0609
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A pretty new addition to Boston’s vegan dining scene, Red White Japanese Vegan opened on Newbury Street in 2019, serving Japanese-inspired grain-and-green bowls. While the small, casual restaurant is mostly geared toward takeout, there’s a bit of seating available.

Overhead view of four vegetable bowls, each topped with a squiggle of white sauce, on a straw placemat
Bowls at Red White Japanese Vegan
Red White Japanese Vegan/Official Site

14. Revolution Health Kitchen

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150 Huntington Ave
Boston, MA 02115
(857) 233-4313
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Revolution Health Kitchen — with locations in Back Bay and inside Time Out Market Boston in Fenway — is very much an avocado-toast-and-juice type of spot, but there’s more, too, from hearty soups to sweet potato sandwiches.

15. Oasis Vegan Veggie Parlor

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340 Washington St
Dorchester, MA 02121
(617) 237-9033

Plenty of hearty comfort food is on the menu at Oasis Vegan Veggie Parlor, serving colorful platters of stews, grains, and vegetables since 2017. There’s mac and cheese pie, burritos, a pizza wrap, and lots more, including juices, smoothies, and shakes. Open for breakfast through dinner Tuesday through Saturday.

1. Zhu Pan-Asian Vegan Restaurant

166 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02474

Open since mid-2015, Zhu Pan-Asian Vegan Restaurant serves what its name suggests — a vegan, pan-Asian menu that draws inspiration from Japan, Korea, Singapore, China, Thailand, and beyond (with a smattering of Chinese-American classics, too, like General Tso’s). Soy protein and seitan are the featured meat alternatives on the menu. Open for lunch and dinner daily.

166 Massachusetts Ave
Arlington, MA 02474

2. True Bistro

1153 Broadway, Somerville, MA 02144
Overhead view of a white dish of ravioli covered in a green pesto and garnished with dollops of a thick, orange paste
A ravioli dish at True Bistro
True Bistro/Official Site

True Bistro has been holding down the vegan fine-dining fort for a decade in Somerville’s Teele Square, serving dinner six nights a week, brunch on weekends, and elegant holiday tasting menus throughout the year. While many of the Boston area’s fully vegan restaurants skew casual, True Bistro is a full-service affair, complete with alcohol. The menu changes with the seasons, but diners might find dishes such as winter squash ravioli with a creamy walnut sauce; crispy polenta squares with red mole and seitan chorizo; and a Thai-style curry with fried tofu.

1153 Broadway
Somerville, MA 02144

3. Taco Party

711 Broadway, Somerville, MA 02144
An interior of a casual restaurant features mint green and white walls, cherry red stools, and a green-and-white checkered floor.
Taco Party, pre-expansion
Taco Party/Official Site

Taco Party — one of the Boston area’s food-truck-to-restaurant success stories — is located in Somerville’s Ball Square, serving a casual menu of tacos, nachos, tortas, and more. As of late 2019, it’s in the process of expanding into an adjacent space to add more seating and a full bar. The expansion could debut around March 2020.

711 Broadway
Somerville, MA 02144

4. Koshari Mama at Bow Market

1 Bow Market Way, Somerville, MA 02143
A blue bowl filled with red lentils, macaroni noodles, chickpeas, and rice
Koshari from Koshari Mama
Koshari Mama/Official Site

Koshari Mama is slated to be open through much of 2020 as a long-term pop-up at Somerville’s Bow Market, where a mother and daughter are serving vegan Egyptian food, featuring — but not limited to — the namesake koshari, a dish that includes lentils, rice, pasta, chickpeas, fried onions, and hot sauce. There are also eggplant sandwiches, lentil soups, and more available. There’s no seating inside, but Bow Market customers can eat throughout the courtyard or get a drink at any of the market’s drinking establishments and eat there.

1 Bow Market Way
Somerville, MA 02143

5. Veggie Grill

57 John F. Kennedy St, Cambridge, MA 02138
A vegan cheesesteak made of Beyond Burger, topped with peppers, onions, and cheese alternative, and served with french fries
A Beyond Burger “cheesesteak” from Veggie Grill
Veggie Grill/Official Site

Veggie Grill arrived from California in late 2019. The chain, which has about 30 locations spread over several states, serves a vegan menu that’s also mostly gluten-free. There are burgers, “cheesesteaks,” tacos, burritos, and lots more.

57 John F. Kennedy St
Cambridge, MA 02138

6. Mother Juice

625 W Kendall St, Cambridge, MA 02142
Overhead view of several slices of fancy toast, including avocado and more
Toasts at Mother Juice
Mother Juice/Official Site

Starting as a juice truck back in 2013, Mother Juice has come a long way, currently operating three shops — Kendall Square, Back Bay, and inside Boston Public Market downtown — with a fourth on the way inside forthcoming food hall High Street Place. Mother Juice supplements its core juice menu with raw, vegan treats, acai and pitaya bowls, “taco toast,” salads, and more.

625 W Kendall St
Cambridge, MA 02142

7. Cocobeet

100 City Hall Plaza, Boston, MA 02108

Open at Boston’s City Hall Plaza since 2014 and with a newer location in Wellesley, Cocobeet mostly focuses on juices but also serves a food menu packed with smoothie bowls, grain bowls, sandwiches, several variations on avocado toast, and sweet treats such as truffles and pies.

100 City Hall Plaza
Boston, MA 02108

8. Fomu

481 Cambridge St, Allston, MA 02134
Overhead shot of a wooden paddle on a wooden table. 12 colorful scoops of ice cream line the paddle in two rows.
Scoops of Fomu ice cream
Fomu/Official Site

With four cafes around Boston (Allston, Jamaica Plain, the South End, and Fenway) and wholesale contracts with a variety of New England shops and restaurants, Fomu has been serving vegan ice cream and other sweet treats to the region since 2012. Fomu’s core flavors are made with a coconut milk base, while some of its limited edition flavors utilize almond, cashew, or fruit bases.

481 Cambridge St
Allston, MA 02134

9. Whole Heart Provisions

487 Cambridge St, Allston, MA 02134
An overhead view of tacos stuffed with seared avocados, lentils, and other vegan ingredients
Avocado tacos at Whole Heart Provisions, available on the brunch menu at the Allston location
Katie Chudy/Eater

Sibling to Roxy’s Grilled Cheese, Whole Heart Provisions offers a completely vegan menu of grain- and green-based bowls (and some other options, such as falafel dogs and seared avocados). The bowls can be amped up with toppings like herb falafel and miso barbecue tofu. In addition to the original Allston location, there are also two in Cambridge, near Central Square and in Harvard Square.

487 Cambridge St
Allston, MA 02134

10. Grasshopper Restaurant

1 N Beacon St, Allston, MA 02134

Grasshopper is the grandmother of this very vegan corner of Allston (see also: Whole Heart Provisions and Fomu), where it has been providing vegan pan-Asian food for a couple of decades. Longtime fans swear by the “no name” dish, a sesame chicken-esque creation.

1 N Beacon St
Allston, MA 02134

11. My Thai Vegan Cafe

3 Beach St #2, Boston, MA 02111
A fried taro “bird’s nest” is full of vegetables, walnuts, and more, sitting on a bed of lettuce, with tomato slices, on a plate.
The “bird’s nest” at My Thai Vegan Cafe: veggie-based meat and chicken substitutes with a vareity of vegetables, pineapple, walnuts, and green curry sauce.
My Thai Vegan Cafe/Official Site

My Thai Vegan Cafe, a Chinatown mainstay since 1991, offers a gigantic menu of Thai classics, swapping in a variety of vegetable-based substitutes for chicken, duck, pork, and more. Diners will find plenty of curries, stir-fried noodle dishes, fried rice, and more to try.

3 Beach St #2
Boston, MA 02111

12. By Chloe

107 Seaport Blvd, Boston, MA 02210
Meatballs sit in a glossy hot dog-style roll on a metal tray that’s covered with a white placemat with a lot of text on it in a modern font. There’s plasticware on the tray, which sits on a white table.
Pesto meatball sandwich at By Chloe, made with portobellos and other veggies, topped with cashew mozzarella and almond parmesan
Mikey Pozarik

By Chloe, a New York-based chain with locations in a few other cities, features a vegan take on some classic comfort foods, such as burgers, mac and cheese, and meatball subs, as well as soups and salads, ice cream, smoothies, and more. The casual restaurants feature a bright and airy ambiance that feels like it was designed for Instagram. In addition to this Seaport location, which opened in 2017, By Chloe also has a Fenway and a Back Bay location.

107 Seaport Blvd
Boston, MA 02210

13. Red White Japanese Vegan

294 Newbury St, Boston, MA 02115
Overhead view of four vegetable bowls, each topped with a squiggle of white sauce, on a straw placemat
Bowls at Red White Japanese Vegan
Red White Japanese Vegan/Official Site

A pretty new addition to Boston’s vegan dining scene, Red White Japanese Vegan opened on Newbury Street in 2019, serving Japanese-inspired grain-and-green bowls. While the small, casual restaurant is mostly geared toward takeout, there’s a bit of seating available.

294 Newbury St
Boston, MA 02115

14. Revolution Health Kitchen

150 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115

Revolution Health Kitchen — with locations in Back Bay and inside Time Out Market Boston in Fenway — is very much an avocado-toast-and-juice type of spot, but there’s more, too, from hearty soups to sweet potato sandwiches.

150 Huntington Ave
Boston, MA 02115

15. Oasis Vegan Veggie Parlor

340 Washington St, Dorchester, MA 02121

Plenty of hearty comfort food is on the menu at Oasis Vegan Veggie Parlor, serving colorful platters of stews, grains, and vegetables since 2017. There’s mac and cheese pie, burritos, a pizza wrap, and lots more, including juices, smoothies, and shakes. Open for breakfast through dinner Tuesday through Saturday.

340 Washington St
Dorchester, MA 02121

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