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Koshari, the namesake dish at vegan Egyptian restaurant Koshari Mama in Somerville.
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Where to Eat Vegetarian and Vegan Food in Greater Boston

19 of the area’s best meat-free options

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Koshari, the namesake dish at vegan Egyptian restaurant Koshari Mama in Somerville.
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It’s not too difficult to dine well as a vegetarian or vegan in Greater Boston. The number of great strictly vegan restaurants in and around the city is growing, and plenty of restaurants that aren’t meat-free also offer substantial meatless options, satisfying any appetite.

From a Greek-inspired vegan takeout place in a Somerville garage to a Newbury Street ramen shop to a locally sourced tasting-menu destination in Harvard Square, here are 19 of the best Boston-area restaurants for vegetarian and vegan diners.

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Zhu Vegan Kitchen

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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 highlights various regions of Asia as well as classic Asian American cuisine, with dishes as wide-ranging as Malaysian curry stew, spring rolls, General Tso's soy protein, and Bangkok fried rice with pineapple.

True Bistro

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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 roasted pepper ravioli with corn, crispy oyster mushrooms, and, at brunch, waffles with buttermilk-fried tofu and chile-infused agave.

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

Taco Party

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Taco Party, which began as a food truck, is located in Somerville’s Ball Square. The vegan restaurant specializes in tacos, as the name suggests, like chorizo seitan and lentils al pastor, and rounds things out with a few sides including 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

Koshari Mama

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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. You’ll also find treats like mushroom shawarma, a spinach and split pea stew, and moussaka, plus beer and wine.

Saus (Bow Market location)

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Union Square’s food, drink, and retail hub Bow Market hosts a number of vegan- and vegetarian-friendly food options among the vendors, but Saus is a particularly good bet. It’s the fully vegetarian counterpart to its big sibling near Faneuil Hall, serving sandwiches, farro salad bowls, and fries (including poutine), with the option to make almost anything vegan upon request.

A vegetarian chili-cheese dog, pictured on a bright yellow counter, is made with Beyond sausage and topped with chopped scallions.
A loaded Beyond dog at Saus Somerville.
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Littleburg

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Vegan pop-up Littleburg recently opened a permanent storefront 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. Littleburg just does takeout and prepared meal delivery service for now, but 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

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, from house pickles to stuffed cabbage rolls with charred eggplant salad. 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.

Red Lentil

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In Watertown (and now in Sharon, too), the meat-free Red Lentil specializes in global offerings for vegan and vegetarian diners alike, including dishes like lasagna, shepherd's pie, Jamaican jerk tempeh, and moussaka pizza, not to mention vegan and gluten-free dessert options.

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

Life Alive

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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, Life Alive has several vibrant locations throughout Massachusetts, including collaborations with Down Under School of Yoga in Harvard Square and Boston’s South End.

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

PlantPub

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In Cambridge’s Kendall Square and at a huge new expansion in Fenway, PlantPub serves 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, with well-curated beer and wine lists to match.

Clover Food Lab

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With over a dozen restaurants spread across Boston, Cambridge, and a few 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.
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Veggie Galaxy

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A classic diner sans meat, Veggie Galaxy has a full breakfast menu with the likes of pancakes slathered in caramelized banana butter, plus soups and salads, veggie burgers, and assorted entrees, including a variety of hearty sandwiches like a BLT with tempeh bacon. But save room for pies, frappes, cheesecake, and other all-vegan desserts.

Grasshopper Restaurant

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One of Boston’s longest-running vegan restaurants, Grasshopper serves a meat-free pan-Asian menu in Allston. The vast selection ranges from a crispy taro nest to veggie dumplings to sweet potato curry soup, but the house favorite is the so-called “No Name,” a sesame chicken-like dish of battered gluten in a sweet and sour sauce and sesame seeds.

Double Zero

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Chef and restaurateur Matthew Kenney — who has vegan restaurants worldwide, including Providence’s Plant City vegan food hall — opened a Newbury Street location of his vegan pizzeria and wine bar, Double Zero, in July 2021. Pizzas come topped with ingredients such as truffles or spicy vegan pepperoni, and there are other Italian dishes available as well, including 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.
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Red White

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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. Aside from ramen, you’ll find 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

Stoked Pizza

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Stoked Pizza — which now has Brookline and Cambridge locations — 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, too.

Lulu Green

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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 (including a matcha rose latte), baked goods, and more.

Blue Nile

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Blue Nile, a handsome Ethiopian restaurant in JP, offers plenty of vegetarian and vegan options, many of which you can sample all at once via 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, just a few doors down 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

Oasis Vegan Veggie Parlor

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Fully vegan Dorchester restaurant Oasis Vegan Veggie Parlor has comfort food locked down, serving items such as Ethiopian stews, African couscous bowls, curry chickpea wraps, and mac and cheese pie, as well as an assortment of invigorating juices and smoothies with ingredients like moringa, cayenne, and mango.

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 highlights various regions of Asia as well as classic Asian American cuisine, with dishes as wide-ranging as Malaysian curry stew, spring rolls, General Tso's soy protein, and Bangkok fried rice with pineapple.

True Bistro

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 roasted pepper ravioli with corn, crispy oyster mushrooms, and, at brunch, waffles with buttermilk-fried tofu and chile-infused agave.

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

Taco Party

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. The vegan restaurant specializes in tacos, as the name suggests, like chorizo seitan and lentils al pastor, and rounds things out with a few sides including 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

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. You’ll also find treats like mushroom shawarma, a spinach and split pea stew, and moussaka, plus beer and wine.

Saus (Bow Market location)

A vegetarian chili-cheese dog, pictured on a bright yellow counter, is made with Beyond sausage and topped with chopped scallions.
A loaded Beyond dog at Saus Somerville.
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Union Square’s food, drink, and retail hub Bow Market hosts a number of vegan- and vegetarian-friendly food options among the vendors, but Saus is a particularly good bet. It’s the fully vegetarian counterpart to its big sibling near Faneuil Hall, serving sandwiches, farro salad bowls, and fries (including poutine), with the option to make almost anything vegan upon request.

A vegetarian chili-cheese dog, pictured on a bright yellow counter, is made with Beyond sausage and topped with chopped scallions.
A loaded Beyond dog at Saus Somerville.
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Littleburg

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 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. Littleburg just does takeout and prepared meal delivery service for now, but 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

Forage

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, from house pickles to stuffed cabbage rolls with charred eggplant salad. 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.

Red Lentil

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 now in Sharon, too), the meat-free Red Lentil specializes in global offerings for vegan and vegetarian diners alike, including dishes like lasagna, shepherd's pie, Jamaican jerk tempeh, and moussaka pizza, not to mention vegan and gluten-free dessert options.

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

Life Alive

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, Life Alive has several vibrant locations throughout Massachusetts, including collaborations with Down Under School of Yoga in Harvard Square and Boston’s South End.

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

PlantPub

In Cambridge’s Kendall Square and at a huge new expansion in Fenway, PlantPub serves 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, with well-curated beer and wine lists to match.

Clover Food Lab

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 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.
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Veggie Galaxy

A classic diner sans meat, Veggie Galaxy has a full breakfast menu with the likes of pancakes slathered in caramelized banana butter, plus soups and salads, veggie burgers, and assorted entrees, including a variety of hearty sandwiches like a BLT with tempeh bacon. But save room for pies, frappes, cheesecake, and other all-vegan desserts.

Grasshopper Restaurant

One of Boston’s longest-running vegan restaurants, Grasshopper serves a meat-free pan-Asian menu in Allston. The vast selection ranges from a crispy taro nest to veggie dumplings to sweet potato curry soup, but the house favorite is the so-called “No Name,” a sesame chicken-like dish of battered gluten in a sweet and sour sauce and sesame seeds.

Double Zero

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, including Providence’s Plant City vegan food hall — opened a Newbury Street location of his vegan pizzeria and wine bar, Double Zero, in July 2021. Pizzas come topped with ingredients such as truffles or spicy vegan pepperoni, and there are other Italian dishes available as well, including 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

Red White

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. Aside from ramen, you’ll find 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

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Stoked Pizza

Stoked Pizza — which now has Brookline and Cambridge locations — 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, too.

Lulu Green

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 (including a matcha rose latte), baked goods, and more.

Blue Nile

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

Blue Nile, a handsome Ethiopian restaurant in JP, offers plenty of vegetarian and vegan options, many of which you can sample all at once via 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, just a few doors down 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

Oasis Vegan Veggie Parlor

Fully vegan Dorchester restaurant Oasis Vegan Veggie Parlor has comfort food locked down, serving items such as Ethiopian stews, African couscous bowls, curry chickpea wraps, and mac and cheese pie, as well as an assortment of invigorating juices and smoothies with ingredients like moringa, cayenne, and mango.

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