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A spread of dishes at local vegetarian chain Life Alive.
Abigail Jean Photography

Where to Eat Vegetarian and Vegan Food in Greater Boston

20 of the area’s best meat-free options

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A spread of dishes at local vegetarian chain Life Alive.
| Abigail Jean Photography

It’s not too difficult to dine well as a vegetarian or vegan in Greater Boston. There’s a growing number of great strictly vegan restaurants in and around the city, and plenty of restaurants that aren’t meat-free do offer substantial meatless options, satisfying any appetite.

From a Greek-inspired vegan takeout joint in a Somerville garage to a Newbury Street ramen shop to a locally sourced tasting menu destination in Harvard Square, here are 20 of the best Boston-area restaurants for vegetarian and vegan diners.

This map was originally published on November 1, 2016; it is updated periodically, and the date of the most recent update appears above.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Zhu Vegan Kitchen

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166 Massachusetts Ave.
Arlington, MA
(781) 646-7600
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Zhu, a fully vegan restaurant with locations in Arlington and Brookline, serves up a wide variety of dishes using soy protein and seitan. The menu jumps around various regions of Asia (and classic Asian American cuisine), with dishes such as Malaysian curry stew, spring rolls, General Tso's soy protein, Bangkok fried rice with pineapple, and lots more.

Broccoli, tofu, and more are in a sizzling black plate on a restaurant table
A stir-fried dish at Zhu Vegan Kitchen.
Zhu Vegan Kitchen

2. True Bistro

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1153 Broadway
Somerville, MA 02144
(617) 627-9000
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True Bistro is Somerville's high-end spot for fully vegan dining. Founders Linda and Michael Harrison opened the restaurant in 2010, and chef and co-owner Stuart Reiter oversees the menu of seasonal dishes, such as crispy polenta squares with red mole and seitan chorizo; spanakopita with Swiss chard; and oyster mushroom tacos. There’s brunch, too.

Overhead view of a dark table with coffee, a glass of water, flowers, a sandwich with fries, and more.
Brunch dishes at True Bistro.
True Bistro

3. Taco Party

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711 Broadway
Somerville, MA 02144
(617) 764-0683
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Taco Party, which began as a food truck, is located in Somerville’s Ball Square. Taco Party specializes in tacos, as the name suggests, serving a completely vegan menu that also includes nachos, bean dip, and tortas.

The interior of a casual restaurant features a black and white checkered floor, mint green tables and window counter, and bright red stools and chairs.
Taco Party in Somerville.
Taco Party

4. Koshari Mama

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585 Somerville Ave
Somerville, MA 02143
(617) 229-9230
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Vegan Egyptian restaurant Koshari Mama is a graduate of Bow Market (see below), now open in its own space just a little bit outside of Union Square. The restaurant features its namesake dish, koshari, which layers rice, lentils, pasta, and chickpeas with deep-fried onions and a variety of sauces, like the spicy tomato and garlic sauce shatta. And there’s more, too, like mushroom shawarma, a spinach and split pea stew, and moussaka, plus beer and wine.

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

5. Saus (Bow Market location)

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1 Bow Market Way
Somerville, MA 02143

At Union Square’s food, drink, and retail hub Bow Market, there are a number of vegan- and vegetarian-friendly food options among the vendors. Saus is a particularly good bet. It’s the fully vegetarian counterpart to its big sibling near Faneuil Hall, serving sandwiches, grain and green bowls, and fries (including poutine), with options available for vegan dining as well.

A vegetarian chili-cheese dog, pictured on a bright yellow counter, is made with Beyond sausage and topped with chopped scallions.
Saus Somerville’s vegetarian chili-cheese dog (not on the current menu).
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

6. Littleburg

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5 Sanborn Ct
Somerville, MA 02143
(617) 863-6652
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Vegan pop-up Littleburg recently opened a permanent storefront — just takeout and prepared meal delivery service for now — in a garage tucked away along the Somerville parking lot that is also home to Field & Vine, Backbar, and Bronwyn. Founder Graham Boswell, an alum of Oleana, aims to serve Mediterranean-inspired food that stands on its own, not just vegan versions of non-vegan foods. The seitan gyro (with pickled onion, almond tzatziki, tomato, and fried potato) is a popular pick. There’s a small park next to the parking lot if you want to eat nearby.

Overhead view of a triangular hand pie stuffed with Brussels sprouts. On the side, there’s a small clear bowl with a scoop of a thick white sauce and a pickled garnish.
Littleburg’s fatayer with Brussels sprouts.
Littleburg

7. Forage

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5 Craigie Cir
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 576-5444
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Forage, a farm-to-table bistro near Harvard Square, always offers a vegetarian or vegan tasting menu alongside its omnivore and pescatarian options. There are typically plenty of meatless dishes on the a la carte menu as well. Sign up for the mailing list to stay in the loop about the restaurant’s frequent wine dinners and other special events, like the annual asparagus dinner.

8. Veggie Grill

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57 John F. Kennedy St
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 430-4004
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With locations in five states including this one in Massachusetts, vegan chain Veggie Grill serves up comfort food — think a double Beyond burger with mac and cheese, ranch, and barbecue sauce; a Reuben on rye; and a seven-layer burrito bowl. (A vegan taqueria menu under the brand name Más Veggies can also be ordered from Veggie Grill.)

A meat-free burger with cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, on a sesame seed bun with fries.
A meat-free burger from Veggie Grill.
Veggie Grill

9. Red Lentil

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600 Mount Auburn St
Watertown, MA 02472
(617) 972-9189
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In Watertown (and newly open in Sharon, too), the meat-free Red Lentil specializes in globally inspired offerings for vegan and vegetarian diners alike, including dishes like lasagna, shepherd's pie, butternut squash polenta, and harvest stew. There are vegan and gluten-free dessert options as well.

A giant mountain of skinny beige noodles sit on a pile of greens. A large triangle of grilled tofu sits along the side of the noodle pile.
Thai peanut noodle salad at Red Lentil.
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10. Life Alive

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765 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 354-5433
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For nearly two decades, Life Alive has been serving an organic, meat-free menu that caters to vegans and vegetarians: salads, grain bowls, soups, juices, and more. In addition to this longtime location in Cambridge’s Central Square, there are six more — Lowell, Salem, Back Bay, on Commonwealth Avenue on Boston University's campus, Harvard Square, and Boston’s South End, with the latter two being collaborations with Down Under School of Yoga.

Three vegetarian dishes sit on a bar next to a window, paired with a glass of orange-colored juice.
Food at Life Alive.
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11. PlantPub

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675 W Kendall St
Cambridge, MA 02142
(617) 714-5452
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A big second location is on the verge of opening steps from Fenway Park, but for now, find vegan comfort food restaurant PlantPub in Cambridge’s Kendall Square, serving meatless takes on burgers (either Impossible or a house veggie blend), pizza, soft serve, and more. It’s “pub food for the modern world,” as the team describes it, and there’s a major focus on the beer and wine lists.

A table of pizza, beer, and wine is visible inside a casual restaurant, with PlantPub written on the wall.
PlantPub.
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12. Clover Food Lab

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496 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02139

With over a dozen restaurants spread across Boston, Cambridge, and a few nearby-ish suburbs, Clover prioritizes local sourcing, partnering with nearby farms and producers to fuel its menu of vegetarian meals and snacks. Clover offers standbys like “chickpea fritters” (read: falafel) and french fries with rosemary, as well as other items like chipotle ranch potato salad, spiced carrot soup, and “meatball” sandwiches and platters made with the Impossible Burger.

Chickpea fritters sit atop pickled vegetables in a takeout tray
Chickpea fritters at Clover.
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13. Veggie Galaxy

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450 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 497-1513
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This vegetarian diner has a full breakfast menu, plus soups and salads, veggie burgers, and assorted entrees, including a variety of hearty sandwiches. There are plenty of desserts as well (all vegan), including pies, frappes, and cheesecake.

14. Grasshopper Restaurant

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1 N Beacon St
Allston, MA 02134
(617) 254-8883
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One of Boston’s longest-running vegan restaurants, Grasshopper serves a meat-free pan-Asian menu in Allston. The so-called “No Name” is the favorite order, a sesame chicken-like dish of battered gluten in a sweet and sour sauce and sesame seeds.

15. Double Zero

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163 Newbury St
Boston, MA 02116
(857) 350-3405
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Chef and restaurateur Matthew Kenney, who has vegan restaurants worldwide, opened a Newbury Street location of his vegan pizzeria and wine bar, Double Zero, in July 2021. (Somewhat locally, there’s also a location in Providence within Kenney’s Plant City vegan food hall.) Pizzas come topped with ingredients such as truffles or spicy vegan pepperoni, and there are other Italian dishes available as well, such as pasta Bolognese with walnut and mushroom ragu.

Overhead view of a pizza on a gray background. The pizza’s crust is dotted with spots of char, and there are blobs of cheese and a large piece of basil, as well as some other green vegetables.
Pizza from Double Zero.
Adrian Mueller

16. Red White

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294 Newbury St
Boston, MA 02115

Vegan Japanese restaurant Red White features several styles of ramen, such as the creamy sesame “Masterpiece” with vegan meat and tofu, corn, spinach, leek, and crispy onion chips. Ramen’s the focus, but there’s also a rice bowl with roasted miso avocado and a few sides, including spicy mac and miso.

Roasted avocado, broccoli, tomatoes, and more top a white bowl full of rice.
The Buddha rice bowl at Red White.
Red White

17. Stoked Pizza

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1632 Beacon St
Brookline, MA 02446
(617) 982-3473
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Stoked Pizza — which recently expanded from Brookline to Cambridge — isn’t meatless, but it does offer a full vegan menu with appetizers and a range of pizza options, some without cheese and some with a vegan mozzarella alternative. Be sure to check out the fun tropical cocktail list.

Casual restaurant interior featuring red booths and a large boombox pattern on the white wall.
Stoked Pizza’s Brookline location.
Katie Chudy/Eater

18. Lulu Green

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246 W Broadway
Boston, MA 02127
(617) 420-4070
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A short walk from the Broadway T station, the cute, casual cafe Lulu Green serves a fully vegan menu of all-day breakfast (like acai bowls and avocado toast), juices, coffee and tea drinks (like a matcha rose latte), baked goods, and more.

19. Blue Nile

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389 Centre St
Boston, MA 02130
(617) 522-6453
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There are plenty of vegetarian and vegan options at this Ethiopian restaurant in JP; try the “veggie revenge,” which includes six vegetarian sides (collard greens, split yellow peas, and more) and a salad. Also worth a visit: Blue Nile's sibling, Ethiopian Cafe, at 377 Centre Street.

A long, narrow restaurant features tables with white tablecloths, dim lighting, and pale green walls.
Blue Nile in Jamaica Plain.
Blue Nile

20. Oasis Vegan Veggie Parlor

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340 Washington St
Dorchester, MA 02121

This fully vegan restaurant has comfort food tapped in, with items like stews, grain bowls, wraps, and mac and cheese pie. There are also juices and smoothies.

1. Zhu Vegan Kitchen

166 Massachusetts Ave., Arlington, MA
Broccoli, tofu, and more are in a sizzling black plate on a restaurant table
A stir-fried dish at Zhu Vegan Kitchen.
Zhu Vegan Kitchen

Zhu, a fully vegan restaurant with locations in Arlington and Brookline, serves up a wide variety of dishes using soy protein and seitan. The menu jumps around various regions of Asia (and classic Asian American cuisine), with dishes such as Malaysian curry stew, spring rolls, General Tso's soy protein, Bangkok fried rice with pineapple, and lots more.

166 Massachusetts Ave.
Arlington, MA

2. True Bistro

1153 Broadway, Somerville, MA 02144
Overhead view of a dark table with coffee, a glass of water, flowers, a sandwich with fries, and more.
Brunch dishes at True Bistro.
True Bistro

True Bistro is Somerville's high-end spot for fully vegan dining. Founders Linda and Michael Harrison opened the restaurant in 2010, and chef and co-owner Stuart Reiter oversees the menu of seasonal dishes, such as crispy polenta squares with red mole and seitan chorizo; spanakopita with Swiss chard; and oyster mushroom tacos. There’s brunch, too.

1153 Broadway
Somerville, MA 02144

3. Taco Party

711 Broadway, Somerville, MA 02144
The interior of a casual restaurant features a black and white checkered floor, mint green tables and window counter, and bright red stools and chairs.
Taco Party in Somerville.
Taco Party

Taco Party, which began as a food truck, is located in Somerville’s Ball Square. Taco Party specializes in tacos, as the name suggests, serving a completely vegan menu that also includes nachos, bean dip, and tortas.

711 Broadway
Somerville, MA 02144

4. Koshari Mama

585 Somerville Ave, Somerville, MA 02143
A blue bowl filled with red lentils, macaroni noodles, chickpeas, and rice
Koshari Mama.
Koshari Mama

Vegan Egyptian restaurant Koshari Mama is a graduate of Bow Market (see below), now open in its own space just a little bit outside of Union Square. The restaurant features its namesake dish, koshari, which layers rice, lentils, pasta, and chickpeas with deep-fried onions and a variety of sauces, like the spicy tomato and garlic sauce shatta. And there’s more, too, like mushroom shawarma, a spinach and split pea stew, and moussaka, plus beer and wine.

585 Somerville Ave
Somerville, MA 02143

5. Saus (Bow Market location)

1 Bow Market Way, Somerville, MA 02143
A vegetarian chili-cheese dog, pictured on a bright yellow counter, is made with Beyond sausage and topped with chopped scallions.
Saus Somerville’s vegetarian chili-cheese dog (not on the current menu).
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

At Union Square’s food, drink, and retail hub Bow Market, there are a number of vegan- and vegetarian-friendly food options among the vendors. Saus is a particularly good bet. It’s the fully vegetarian counterpart to its big sibling near Faneuil Hall, serving sandwiches, grain and green bowls, and fries (including poutine), with options available for vegan dining as well.

1 Bow Market Way
Somerville, MA 02143

6. Littleburg

5 Sanborn Ct, Somerville, MA 02143
Overhead view of a triangular hand pie stuffed with Brussels sprouts. On the side, there’s a small clear bowl with a scoop of a thick white sauce and a pickled garnish.
Littleburg’s fatayer with Brussels sprouts.
Littleburg

Vegan pop-up Littleburg recently opened a permanent storefront — just takeout and prepared meal delivery service for now — in a garage tucked away along the Somerville parking lot that is also home to Field & Vine, Backbar, and Bronwyn. Founder Graham Boswell, an alum of Oleana, aims to serve Mediterranean-inspired food that stands on its own, not just vegan versions of non-vegan foods. The seitan gyro (with pickled onion, almond tzatziki, tomato, and fried potato) is a popular pick. There’s a small park next to the parking lot if you want to eat nearby.

5 Sanborn Ct
Somerville, MA 02143

7. Forage

5 Craigie Cir, Cambridge, MA 02138

Forage, a farm-to-table bistro near Harvard Square, always offers a vegetarian or vegan tasting menu alongside its omnivore and pescatarian options. There are typically plenty of meatless dishes on the a la carte menu as well. Sign up for the mailing list to stay in the loop about the restaurant’s frequent wine dinners and other special events, like the annual asparagus dinner.

5 Craigie Cir
Cambridge, MA 02138

8. Veggie Grill

57 John F. Kennedy St, Cambridge, MA 02138
A meat-free burger with cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, on a sesame seed bun with fries.
A meat-free burger from Veggie Grill.
Veggie Grill

With locations in five states including this one in Massachusetts, vegan chain Veggie Grill serves up comfort food — think a double Beyond burger with mac and cheese, ranch, and barbecue sauce; a Reuben on rye; and a seven-layer burrito bowl. (A vegan taqueria menu under the brand name Más Veggies can also be ordered from Veggie Grill.)

57 John F. Kennedy St
Cambridge, MA 02138

9. Red Lentil

600 Mount Auburn St, Watertown, MA 02472
A giant mountain of skinny beige noodles sit on a pile of greens. A large triangle of grilled tofu sits along the side of the noodle pile.
Thai peanut noodle salad at Red Lentil.
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

In Watertown (and newly open in Sharon, too), the meat-free Red Lentil specializes in globally inspired offerings for vegan and vegetarian diners alike, including dishes like lasagna, shepherd's pie, butternut squash polenta, and harvest stew. There are vegan and gluten-free dessert options as well.

600 Mount Auburn St
Watertown, MA 02472

10. Life Alive

765 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139
Three vegetarian dishes sit on a bar next to a window, paired with a glass of orange-colored juice.
Food at Life Alive.
Abigail Jean Photography

For nearly two decades, Life Alive has been serving an organic, meat-free menu that caters to vegans and vegetarians: salads, grain bowls, soups, juices, and more. In addition to this longtime location in Cambridge’s Central Square, there are six more — Lowell, Salem, Back Bay, on Commonwealth Avenue on Boston University's campus, Harvard Square, and Boston’s South End, with the latter two being collaborations with Down Under School of Yoga.

765 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02139

11. PlantPub

675 W Kendall St, Cambridge, MA 02142
A table of pizza, beer, and wine is visible inside a casual restaurant, with PlantPub written on the wall.
PlantPub.
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

A big second location is on the verge of opening steps from Fenway Park, but for now, find vegan comfort food restaurant PlantPub in Cambridge’s Kendall Square, serving meatless takes on burgers (either Impossible or a house veggie blend), pizza, soft serve, and more. It’s “pub food for the modern world,” as the team describes it, and there’s a major focus on the beer and wine lists.

675 W Kendall St
Cambridge, MA 02142

12. Clover Food Lab

496 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139
Chickpea fritters sit atop pickled vegetables in a takeout tray
Chickpea fritters at Clover.
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

With over a dozen restaurants spread across Boston, Cambridge, and a few nearby-ish suburbs, Clover prioritizes local sourcing, partnering with nearby farms and producers to fuel its menu of vegetarian meals and snacks. Clover offers standbys like “chickpea fritters” (read: falafel) and french fries with rosemary, as well as other items like chipotle ranch potato salad, spiced carrot soup, and “meatball” sandwiches and platters made with the Impossible Burger.

496 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02139

13. Veggie Galaxy

450 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139

This vegetarian diner has a full breakfast menu, plus soups and salads, veggie burgers, and assorted entrees, including a variety of hearty sandwiches. There are plenty of desserts as well (all vegan), including pies, frappes, and cheesecake.

450 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02139

14. Grasshopper Restaurant

1 N Beacon St, Allston, MA 02134

One of Boston’s longest-running vegan restaurants, Grasshopper serves a meat-free pan-Asian menu in Allston. The so-called “No Name” is the favorite order, a sesame chicken-like dish of battered gluten in a sweet and sour sauce and sesame seeds.

1 N Beacon St
Allston, MA 02134

15. Double Zero

163 Newbury St, Boston, MA 02116
Overhead view of a pizza on a gray background. The pizza’s crust is dotted with spots of char, and there are blobs of cheese and a large piece of basil, as well as some other green vegetables.
Pizza from Double Zero.
Adrian Mueller

Chef and restaurateur Matthew Kenney, who has vegan restaurants worldwide, opened a Newbury Street location of his vegan pizzeria and wine bar, Double Zero, in July 2021. (Somewhat locally, there’s also a location in Providence within Kenney’s Plant City vegan food hall.) Pizzas come topped with ingredients such as truffles or spicy vegan pepperoni, and there are other Italian dishes available as well, such as pasta Bolognese with walnut and mushroom ragu.

163 Newbury St
Boston, MA 02116

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16. Red White

294 Newbury St, Boston, MA 02115
Roasted avocado, broccoli, tomatoes, and more top a white bowl full of rice.
The Buddha rice bowl at Red White.
Red White

Vegan Japanese restaurant Red White features several styles of ramen, such as the creamy sesame “Masterpiece” with vegan meat and tofu, corn, spinach, leek, and crispy onion chips. Ramen’s the focus, but there’s also a rice bowl with roasted miso avocado and a few sides, including spicy mac and miso.

294 Newbury St
Boston, MA 02115

17. Stoked Pizza

1632 Beacon St, Brookline, MA 02446
Casual restaurant interior featuring red booths and a large boombox pattern on the white wall.
Stoked Pizza’s Brookline location.
Katie Chudy/Eater

Stoked Pizza — which recently expanded from Brookline to Cambridge — isn’t meatless, but it does offer a full vegan menu with appetizers and a range of pizza options, some without cheese and some with a vegan mozzarella alternative. Be sure to check out the fun tropical cocktail list.

1632 Beacon St
Brookline, MA 02446

18. Lulu Green

246 W Broadway, Boston, MA 02127

A short walk from the Broadway T station, the cute, casual cafe Lulu Green serves a fully vegan menu of all-day breakfast (like acai bowls and avocado toast), juices, coffee and tea drinks (like a matcha rose latte), baked goods, and more.

246 W Broadway
Boston, MA 02127

19. Blue Nile

389 Centre St, Boston, MA 02130
A long, narrow restaurant features tables with white tablecloths, dim lighting, and pale green walls.
Blue Nile in Jamaica Plain.
Blue Nile

There are plenty of vegetarian and vegan options at this Ethiopian restaurant in JP; try the “veggie revenge,” which includes six vegetarian sides (collard greens, split yellow peas, and more) and a salad. Also worth a visit: Blue Nile's sibling, Ethiopian Cafe, at 377 Centre Street.

389 Centre St
Boston, MA 02130

20. Oasis Vegan Veggie Parlor

340 Washington St, Dorchester, MA 02121

This fully vegan restaurant has comfort food tapped in, with items like stews, grain bowls, wraps, and mac and cheese pie. There are also juices and smoothies.

340 Washington St
Dorchester, MA 02121

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