While many of Seattle’s newer meat-free restaurants are vegan, vegetarian options are still plentiful, and vegetarian restaurants can usually accommodate vegans with relative ease. Along with the expected hippie hangouts and New Age temples of meatless wellness, there are vegetable-centric pizzerias, cafes, diners, and pubs, as well as a robust array of meatless takes on Asian cuisines.Read More
Where to Pig Out as a Vegetarian in Seattle
You can make friends with salad, as long as the quinoa, kale, and tofu are seasoned properly
1. Seattle Lotus Vegetarian Restaurant
White Center’s take on Vietnamese vegetarian (though primarily vegan) cuisine is owned by a monk from a local Buddhist temple and situated in an unassuming strip mall. Inside, diners find just what they’d hope for: carefully prepared food and unfailingly kind service.
2. Georgetown Liquor Company
With vintage video games and a weekly trivia night, this Georgetown bar has all the trappings of a friendly neighborhood hangout. It also happens to serve a full menu of first-rate vegetarian bar food, including crimini mushroom tamales and field-roast corn dogs.
3. World Pizza
It’s not just vegetarian pizza, it’s topping combinations — baked eggs and herbs, wasabi pineapple — that actually work. Anyone who wants a jump start on a vegan slice can call in the request ahead of time, and the next pie that goes in the oven will be vegan, like magic.
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Next door to the Amazon Spheres in Denny Triangle, this vegetarian cafe serves a mostly breakfast and lunch crowd a light take on the Middle Eastern cuisine of its sibling restaurant, the Capitol Hill standout Mamnoon. Along with mezze, salads, and stews, there’s an emphasis on made-to-order juices and tea.
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5. Eggs and Plants
This straightforward Mediterranean spot in Belltown bakes its own pita and fills it four ways: Egyptian (falafel), Israeli (hummus), Iraqi (fried eggplant), or Moroccan (poached eggs, tomato sauce, fried potatoes). Bonus attraction: While eating, diners can watch glassblowers at work in the studio next door, lending some welcome ambiance.
6. Bamboo Garden
Even carnivores might be fooled by the menu at this Lower Queen Anne institution, which makes General Tso’s chicken, Mongolian beef, and sweet-and-sour pork with convincing faux-meats. There's also a separate menu of vegan dishes.
7. In the Bowl Vegetarian Noodle Bistro
This Capitol Hill nook is evidence that the primal satisfaction of Asian noodles doesn’t depend on meat. The long menu also includes salads, fried rice, and seasonal specials such as pumpkin curry and ginger-asparagus stir-fry.
8. Wedgwood II Vegetarian Thai
Wedgwood II is a quiet oasis amid the hubbub of Capitol Hill, and its flavorful renderings of classic Thai dishes often feel like improvements over the standard meaty versions.
9. Ada's Technical Books and Cafe
The cafe at this Capitol Hill nerd-vana — a beautifully designed bookshop dedicated to all things scientific and mathematical — serves hearty vegetarian comfort food. The tofu scramble and polenta with collard greens are good enough to make English majors feel at home.
10. Cafe Flora
This longstanding Madison Valley restaurant earns its status as Seattle’s favorite vegetarian restaurant by striking delicate balances. The setting — especially the atrium — is pretty but unpretentious, and the menu is creative but accessible. Oaxaca tacos have been pleasing diners for two decades, and scrambles and cinnamon rolls draw a packed house for brunch. And Floret, Flora's pleasant spinoff at Sea-Tac Airport, is cause for vegetarian frequent fliers to rejoice.
The spirit of Sri Chinmoy has been guiding this airy Fremont breakfast-and-lunch diner since 1986. Delicious egg dishes dominate the menu, but vegans can also find satisfaction in sesame pancakes and tofu migas.
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12. Sunlight Cafe
After four decades in the same Roosevelt location, Seattle’s oldest vegetarian restaurant is moving around the corner, expecting to reopen in a gorgeous space with outdoor seating and a mezzanine in August. “Hippie” is a way of life here, fueled by tempeh burgers, veggie lasagna, and fresh-baked breads.