Vegans in San Diego are in luck!
There are many restaurants to choose from if you want to indulge without meat or dairy. What's more, with so many places to choose from, you can almost always find a vegan restaurant anywhere in "America's Finest City."
Check out the top five vegan restaurants to fill up and indulge, without breaking your vegan diet.
You'll leave this vegan restaurant feeling both full and connected, thanks to their great food and unique brand. Cafe Gratitude explains, “… our expression of a world of plenty — our food and people are a celebration of our aliveness."
As such, each dish is given a one-word name to describe the food and feeling. Try the Mindful Turmeric Roasted Carrots on a slow day or the expansive Farmer's Market Salad when you need clarity.
Tucked into Little Italy, the restaurant is both quaint and bustling, allowing you to truly enjoy your delicious vegan meal.
Located in an unusual place — a bar called Toronado's Beer Bar — Anthem Vegan is a must-visit if you're looking for great vegan food. This restaurant is re-thinking all your favorites like nachos and burritos.
These vegan delicacies will leave you craving more, whether you indulge in brunch, a salad, a bowl or one of their signature burgers or faux meat dishes.
Bonus: You can catch them at Farmer's Markets throughout the week, including those in Ocean Beach, Carlsbad and SDSU Farmer's Markets.
No matter where you are in San Diego, you can enjoy a fresh vegan meal from Choice Eatery. Their entire menu is gluten-free, dairy-free, plant-based and organic, so no matter what you have, you'll leave feeling great.
If you're looking for something filling, give one of their many smoothies or bowls a try, with mouth-watering options like Orange Dreamsicle and Strawberry Zen.
Don't stop there. They also offer a range of entree-style dishes, fresh-squeezed juices, hot drinks and elixir powders. Whatever you're craving, you'll find it at Choice Eatery, which is located in Carlsbad, Little Italy, Solana Beach and Del Sur.
If you crave simple, healthy foods, the Donna Jean Restaurant is for you. “Our concept is simple; make great food from the best ingredients."
This plant-based restaurant is turning out dishes made of vegan dreams, including pizza, pasta and mac and cheese. The head chef formerly won the award for “best mac and cheese ever" by the Huffington, so don't miss this classic dish.
Don't forget to check out this downtown restaurant's brunch menu, if you're looking for tasty breakfast treats with a vegan twist. You'll find pancakes, french toast, biscuits and gravy and more.
You'll rethink fast food when you stop into this San Diego vegan joint. Or better yet, drive-through! Located in Downtown San Diego, Evolution Fast Food is perfect for your workday lunch or a quick bite as you bounce around San Diego's Fifth Avenue area.
The best part is, you won't miss any of the classic fast food staples when you stop here. They're serving up burgers, sandwiches, burritos and smoothies (the healthy shake alternative!), so you can indulge meat-free.
This chain vegan restaurant offers up a wide variety of vegan food and can be found throughout San Diego. With locations in Clairemont Mesa, Point Loma and Encinitas, you can enjoy Native Foods' vegan, non-GMO dishes wherever you are. Their menu is filled with tasty options for every preference, like hearty bowls and burger combos.
Plus, you'll find monthly specials, salads, soups, small bites and combo dishes, so you'll never run out of options at this San Diego vegan restaurant.
This healthy restaurant, with both vegan and vegetarian options, is located in the heart of Encinitas, a north county town known for yoga, surfing and long days on the beach.
Lotus Cafe and Juice Bar is a staple in this neighborhood, with a menu that has something for everyone. Head right to their vegan favorites to find the best plant-based, dairy-free options — but don't forget to browse their gluten-free menu, too.
Plus, with breakfast options, juices and meals for little ones, you can come here any time of day to find what you need.
You'll find more than your fair share of options for delicious vegan dishes in San Diego. Check out these must-try restaurants to fill up and refresh with plant-based meals.