It’s hard to believe that it has been nine months since the official launch of Vegano, and we couldn’t be more happy with the response that we have been getting from vegans, vegetarians, and flexitarians from Vancouver and beyond! And while Vegano has made it easier for people to cook delicious vegan meals at home with our meal kit delivery service, we also love to support local vegan restaurants. From vegan fine dining with impeccably plated dishes worthy of many an influencer’s Instagram posts to juicy plant-based burgers and vegan pub fare, we’ve compiled a list of the best vegan restaurants in Vancouver. With Vancouver ranking 7th among the top global cities for vegans to live in, we can confidently say that these restaurants will not disappoint. So, Without further ado, here are our picks for the best vegan eats that Vancouver has to offer.
Cool Fact: Two of the restos in this post were named among the best vegan restaurants in the world by Big 7 Travel, a travel blog geared toward Millennials.
This restaurant is celebrating its ninth anniversary this year. Its owners, Gus and Yogi, are no strangers to the restaurant industry, having worked in hospitality and food services for years. They conceptualized Heirloom to offer healthy and thoughtfully created vegetarian and vegan fare, and their business practices reflect that. To promote sustainability and support local industries, they source local and organic ingredients as much as possible. Heirloom lets you enjoy its Vegan Buttermilk Pancakes, Kale Caesar Salad, and Falafel Wrap in a comfy and homey ambiance tucked away like a hidden gem in a lovely heritage building in South Granville. The best part? They also carry a fine selection of local craft beers, making it the perfect destination to end the week and unwind with a pint.
If you’re in the mood for Asian food, drop by Lotus Seed. Like most vegan and vegetarian establishments, this restaurant came to be because its owners wanted to have better choices to nourish them and their loved ones. So what better way to do it than make it yourself, right? From there, Lotus Seed was born. Now, they also have their own products, such as their EZ Omelette and Sunny Paté, so that you can have a taste of Lotus Seed at home. Some client favourites at the restaurant include their Meatless Meatball Sub filled with sunflower seeds, sun-dried tomatoes, mushroom, and Daiya cheese. Their mouthwatering vegan benedict is always a hit among avid brunchers — English muffins with a baked layer of portobello mushroom, avo, and hollandaise.
Care for a tasting menu? Head over to The Acorn Restaurant! What you’ll get is a customized menu that highlights the most deliciously fresh, local and seasonal ingredients served in several courses. But if you’d prefer to order a la carte, their single menu items will not disappoint. Their exquisitely plated dishes are not only beautiful enough for the ‘Gram but also delectable. The Peach dish is made of—well—peach pit, along with corn husk, lime leaf, padron pepper, cherry tomato, and heritage corn that tastes just as good as it looks. Note: While their menu is mostly plant-based, it isn’t completely vegan and you’ll need to call ahead to request their (very tasty) 100% vegan tasting menu.
We mentioned Mila in our post about Vancouver’s top brunch destinations, but they don’t stop there. Mila is a perennial fixture on lists compiling the best vegetarian and vegan restaurants this side of the world, and with good reason. If you want to have choices, this is one of the best places to be. They have a wide array of plant-based starters, mains, salads, and desserts. Customers love the Bao, which is hoisin tempeh with pickled onion, cucumber, crispy shallots, and sambal aioli. They also rave about the simple yet ingenious agedashi tofu. Don’t get us started with their cocktails and spirits. You’ll want to try the Witching Hour if you’re into whiskey and Dock of the Bay if gin and vodka are more to your fancy. Happy hour, anyone?
Plant Me is a newcomer in the plant-based resto scene. It was born right smack in the middle of the pandemic, but it didn’t stop them from becoming a go-to place for vegan comfort food. The pandemic’s emergence and the current climate crisis are reshaping the ways people approach health and self-care. The owners of Plant Me speak to that by creating a food delivery model and committing to take care of their family’s and their patrons’ health through good food while supporting their community.
Those who have ordered takeout from Plant Me would recognize their pink takeaway box and handwritten notes—which adds a warm, personal touch. One thing we love is Plant Me offers sharing meals that you can enjoy with your family or by yourself if you have a huge appetite.
Next up on this list is a restaurant that boasts authentic Middle Eastern cuisine. Think falafel, hummus, shakshuka, and Turkish coffee. Sounds divine, doesn’t it? If you’re into this fare or you want to try something new, Ofra’s Kitchen will live up to the hype. It’s not only fresh but refreshing and something that will make you come back over and over again. The restaurant gets its name from its owner, Ofra, who wanted a taste of home when she immigrated from Israel to Canada years ago. She finally realized her dream in 2019 and opened this gem of a place. We just have to thank her for bringing these homemade recipes to our little corner of the world.
Rounding up this list is The Arbor. Let their award-winning vegan and gluten-free patty whet your appetite. You can have it in the Arburger, Kimchi Burger, BBQ Burger, and more. But the showstopper would have to be the End of Days, which is made of klippers cherry tomato jam, BC garlic aioli, arugula, hazelnut cheese, and eggplant bacon. The Arbor prides themselves on their comfort food and made-in-house dips and sauces, including ketchup and mustard. Like most vegan restaurants, they support local farmers, making the local vegan food industry a true community affair.
Located in East Vancouver, Eternal Abundance’s menu is entirely vegan and gluten-free, using only organic ingredients. They put a lot of care into everything they make and have a deep respect for farmers as well as the community. If you’re looking for breakfast or brunch, you’ll need to get there before 2 PM, and if you don’t already know, our favourite thing to order is the quinoa waffles. They are also a vegan grocer and have many gluten-free options for those with celiac, dietary restrictions, or food sensitivities. Their marketplace offers a wide range of plant-based products ideal for a healthy, vegan, whole-food lifestyle.
MeeT on Main is the lovechild of three veterans of the Vancouver restaurant scene. Founded back in 2012, they currently have three restaurants, including MeeT in Gastown (one of our fav brunch spots), Meet in Yaletown, and of course, the OG Meet on Main. The atmosphere is cozy and fun, and their expansive menu is sure to satiate even the finickiest of plant-based eaters. Be sure to check out their cocktail menu while you’re there — their beverages are delightfully crafted and are the perfect way to complement (and wash down) any of their delicious dishes.
Family-owned and 100% plant-based, Chau Veggie Express serves up savoury dishes inspired by traditional Vietnamese culture. They take a holistic approach to cooking based on the belief that by nourishing your body, you are also nourishing your mind and enhancing your overall well-being. With the colder months quickly approaching, you’ll be sure to find cozy comfort in the Golden Temple Soup — a turmeric coconut curry broth with assorted seasonal vegetables, organic tofu, beancurd, mushrooms, taro, yam, kale, herbs.
And there you have it — Vegano’s top pics for plant-based Vancouver restaurants. But don’t take our word for it, check them out yourself! We’d love to know what you think or if you have some hidden gems that we forgot to mention, please let us know!