Vegetarian Journal's Guide to Natural Foods Restaurants in the U.S. and Canada
§ Reviewer's choice
8681 10th Ave., Burnaby, BC V3N 2S9
Vegan/Vietnamese. Paradise Vegetarian Noodle House specializes in Vietnamese noodle soup. Enjoy such soups as Spicy Noodle, Vegetable Wheat Noodle, Wonton, Veggie Beef Rice Noodle, Veggie Chicken Rice Noodle, and Spinach Tofu. Everything is vegan and no MSG is used. They also offer salads, chow Mein, vermicelli, rice dishes, entrées, clay pots, and more. Paradise is closed on weekdays between lunch and dinner, so please call ahead for hours.
1105 9th St. S., Golden, BC V0A 1H0
American/international. The Kicking Horse Grill offers several vegetarian dishes, including spiced lentil soup, portabello pizza, lasagna, veggie skewers, tofu gyros, and some vegetarian optional entrées. They will also prepare dishes based on individual needs.
585 Osprey Ave., Kelowna, BC V1Y 5A7
Vegetarian. This earthy restaurant, which is 95% raw and mostly organic, offers an array of appetizers, soups, salads, entrées, snacks, and desserts. With the exception of honey, Café Gratitude is vegan. An interesting note is that every dish on the menu has a name that begins with "I Am." For example, the "I Am Bright-Eyed" is seasonal fruit with young coconut, apple, & pecan porridge, the "I Am Graceful" is quinoa with basil pesto, the "I Am Passionate" is a raw pizza made with buckwheat crust & nut cheese, and the "I Am Surrendering" is walnut, date, fig, & cacao fudge squares.
26426 56th Ave., Unit E, Langley, BC V4W 3Z3
Middle Eastern. Holy Falafel & Shawarma House offers a menu of Middle Eastern fast food that is 75% vegetarian and 50% vegan. Enjoy tabbouleh, falafel, hummus, tahini, salads, soups, and baklava -- all at affordable prices. Conveniently located off the Trans Canada Highway, Holy Falafel is a great place to stop for a quick and tasty meal.
106 W. 1st St., Ste. 101, North Vancouver, BC V7M 1A9
Vegan/raw foods/organic/juice bar. Buddha-Full specializes in vegan, gluten-free, and raw foods. Menu items include raw nut burgers, raw nut cheesecake, pumpkin curried soup, and more. Try one of the many smoothies. Check out upcoming events on their website!
(For restaurant listings in the surrounding areas, see Richmond.)
3424 Cambie St., Vancouver, BC V5Z 2W8
Vegan/Chinese. 3G offers a full vegan menu of Chinese cuisine. Enjoy dishes like Japanese Sweet Potato Tempura, Tofu and Eggplant in Barbecue Sauce, and Ramen in Soup of Coconut Milk and Curry Paste. The restaurant features an extensive selection of Dim Sum, available all day. 3G is located in the heart of Vancouver's Cambie Village area.
1833 Anderson St., #202, Vancouver, BC V6H 4E5
Afghan. The Afghan Horsemen Restaurant offers authentic Afghani cuisine using the freshest of ingredients. They offer many vegetarian selections. Enjoy Hummus, Badenjan Borani (baked eggplant), Dahl (lentil stew), or the Vegan Plate. The ambiance is quite beautiful and sets the tone for an elegant dining experience. The Afghan Horsemen is located on Granville Island.
2781 Commercial Dr., Vancouver, BC V5N 4C5
Vegetarian/Mexican. Bandidas Taqueria focuses on using local and organic ingredients. All enchiladas, tacos, and burritos are served in handmade tortillas with your choice of salsa or guacamole. They also feature house-made sangria. Brunch is served daily.
44 Kingsway, Vancouver, BC V5T 3H9
Vegetarian/Mexican. Budgie's Burritos offers inexpensive but tasty Mexican food that is all-vegetarian. Enjoy delicious tacos, quesadillas, burritos, or tortilla soup. You can make any vegetarian burrito vegan by substituting guacamole for cheese or sour cream at no extra charge!
3586 Fraser St., Vancouver, BC V5V 0B3
Vegan/organic/gluten-free. Chomp Vegan Eatery is a 100% vegan and gluten-free restaurant featuring organic and local foods. They share space with Fairy Cakes. Selections include various wraps and salads, as well as pizza, chili, and more.
2280 W. Broadway, Vancouver, BC V6K 2E3
Vegan/bakery. Edible Flours is entirely vegan and also offers gluten-free, wheat-free, soy-free, and sugar-free products. Ingredients are organic whenever possible, and they only use unrefined sweeteners. Enjoy such treats as cakes, brownies, cookies, cupcakes, muffins, and donuts. They also serve coffee and tea. Edible Flours is a small, intimate space with some seating available. They are located in the neighborhood of Kitsilano.
1025 Commercial Dr., Vancouver, BC V5L 3X1
Vegan/natural foods store/café/juice bar. Eternal Abundance is not only a fantastic vegan restaurant but they also have a huge selection of freshly made juices and a variety of all-organic and vegan groceries (seeking local items as much as possible). They have lots of raw dishes including sandwiches (on raw onion bread), nori rolls, wraps, rawslaw, burgers and lasagna. Their cooked meals include chili, grain bowls, and soups (changed daily). They have raw and cooked desserts including nut ice creams, biscotti, cookies, chocolate balls, cheesecake, and apple crumble. Their grocery selection includes fruits, vegetables, granolas, kale chips, and more! They feature cooking classes and events along with free Wi-Fi. Outdoor seating is available.
1509 West 12th Ave., Vancouver, BC V6J 2E2
Vegetarian/organic. Heirloom Vegetarian offers a contemporary but relaxed dining experience featuring a creative and completely vegetarian menu. They are dedicated to sustainability and use organic and local ingredients; there's even a place to park your bike! Heirloom is located in Vancouver's South Granville district. The restaurant is closed between brunch and dinner, so please call ahead for hours.
1339 Robson St., Vancouver, BC V6E 1C6
Chinese. Hon's on Robson is unique because it houses a special Vegetarian Cooking Facility that ensures that meat products are kept separate from all vegetarian dishes. Its extensive vegetarian menu includes a variety of noodle soups, an impressive offering of dim sum, rice rolls, congees, and desserts. Unique offerings include a Vegetarian Goose appetizer; Sautéed Vegetaruan Chicken and Prawns with Broccoli; Straw Mushroom, Melon, and Bean Vermicelli Casserole; Steamed Rice Rolls with Vegetarian BBQ Pork; and Chilled Almond Bean Curd Pudding.
2589 W16 Ave., Vancouver, BC V6K 3B9
Vegan/raw foods/organic. Indigo Food Café; serves gourmet vegan raw foods that are wheat- and sugar-free. Tasty menu items include Carrot-Curry Soup, Ukrainian Perogies, Raw Pizza, Collard Roll-ups, and Russian Borscht. They offer many raw foods cooking classes along with catering services. Indigo features live entertainment on Friday and Saturday nights, which is why they suggest reservations for those evenings. Outdoor seating is available.
Pacific Blvd., Vancouver, BC V6B 5E7
Vegan/food cart. Loving Hut Express is an all-vegan food cart that serves gourmet sandwiches and burgers. Try menu items such as the Crispy Chick'n Burger, Sunshine Teriyaki Burger, or Philly's Dream. Loving Hut is an international vegan restaurant chain with the slogan, "Be Veg. Go Green. Save the Planet." It was created with a vision that all beings could live in peace, love, and harmony with each other and the planet. Loving Hut Express is located in front of the Roundhouse Community Center by the corner of Pacific Boulevard and Davie Street in Yaletown. Make sure to check online before going as hours may vary.
4354 Fraser St., Vancouver, BC V5V 4G3
Indian. Nooru Mahal offers South Indian cuisine with several vegetarian appetizers, a choice of dosas, and other vegetable dishes.
1941 Cornwall Ave., Vancouver, BC V6J 1C8
Vegetarian/Indian. Explore the out-of-this-world tastes at Planet Veg Restaurant! Their all-vegetarian menu has an Indian-style influence and includes fresh soups, rice pots, samosas, roti rolls, curry specialties, and veggie burgers. Prices are quite inexpensive. Planet Veg is located in the Kitsilano area.
1334 Kingsway, Vancouver, BC V5V 3E4
Vegetarian/Chinese. Formerly the popular Bo Kong on Main, Po Kong has the same owners, chefs, and staff. The menu is mostly the same too. Enjoy tofu dishes, noodles, and mock meat dishes.
1105 Commercial Dr., Vancouver, BC V5L 3X3
Vegetarian/natural foods/organic. This natural foods store and vegetarian café offers international cuisine, including salads, samosas, dahl, tofu veggie roll, non-dairy lasagna, nut loaf, vegan desserts, and much more. Also enjoy music and the art gallery.
3995 Main St., Vancouver, BC V5V 3P3
Vegetarian/contemporary. The Acorn is a contemporary restaurant in Riley Park. The menu is completely vegetarian, with vegan and raw items noted as such. A special late night menu is offered along with their full bar. Enjoy the freshest, seasonal foods at this upscale eatery.
2724 W. 4th Ave., Vancouver, BC V6K 1R1
Vegetarian/natural foods. Founded in 1968, this funky, casual restaurant offers a wide assortment of dishes. Offerings include tofu scrambles, vegan pancakes, veggie sausage, salads, hummus, pita pizzas, veggie burgers, Mexican dishes, a veggie-nut steak platter, and much more. All foods are made on the premises, and live music is performed each evening. Naam is located in the heart of Vancouver's Kitsilano district and near the beach.
2119 Kingsway, Vancouver, BC V5N 2T4
Vegan/pizza/Italian. Vegan Pizza House offers an all-vegan menu with pizzas such as Vegan Meat Lover, Greek Special, Vegan Seafood, and Hawaiian. They also offer Spaghetti with Vegan Meat Sauce, Baked Lasagna, and Salads. Gluten-free options are also available.
1130 Mainland St., Vancouver, BC V6B 2T9
Vegan/organic. For breakfast you can try 5 Spice Pear & Sweet Potato Pancakes, a Breakfast Wrap, and more. For lunch or dinner enjoy soup, salads, and sandwiches including the Spiced Beet Wrap. Shareable items include a Vegan Cheese Board, South East Asian Rice Rolls, Spiced corn and “defried” bean tacos, and more. You can end your meal with their Triple Chocolate Torte.
560 Johnson St., Victoria, BC V8W 3C6
Vegan. In the Market Square area, this restaurant offers a hot buffet and a salad buffet that changes daily. Among their offerings are soups, bean and grain dishes, shepard's pie, spanikopita, paella, curries, Thai noodles, falafel, and desserts made without white sugar. Organic items are used whenever possible.
2031 Store St., Victoria, BC V8T 5L9
Vegetarian. Cafe and Organic Market located in a Heritage building. Community feel and vibe with workshops, dances, lectures, and yoga. Cuisine including soups, sandwiches, and salads, is vegetarian with all dishes having vegan options. Baking is organic, gluten free, and vegan. Raw options as well.
617 Johnson St., Victoria, BC V8W 1M5
Vegan/Chinese. Located downtown, Lotus Pond Vegetarian Restaurant is a vegan Chinese Buddhist restaurant. They offer many dishes, including Crispy Taro Rolls, Black Moss Shredded Vegetables Thick Soup, Seaweed Tomato Vegetable Tofu Soup, Shiitake Delight (battered shiitake mushrooms sautéed in a basil sauce), Mock Salmon in Peking Sauce, and Lily Bulb Delight (pan-fried lily bulbs, lotus roots, mushrooms, and snow peas). They also serve chow mein, chow fun, udon noodle dishes, and three flavors of tofu ice cream. Their pay-by-the-pound lunch buffet is a bargain.
1115 N. Park St., Ste. 1, Victoria, BC V8T 1C7
Café. This café offers a wide range of vegetarian dishes, including samosas, lasagna, quiche, vegetable and bean burritos, and more. Be sure to sample their delicious soups, desserts, and renowned coffees. About a third of the menu is vegan.
1517 Quadra St, Victoria, BC V8W 2L3
Bakery. In the center of downtown Victoria, Wild Fire Bakery offers organic naturally leavened breads baked fresh daily in their own wood fired brick ovens. Sample one or all of the varieties, like three seed, rye, ciabatta, or raisin walnut.
4545 Blackcomb Way, Whistler, BC V0N 1B4
Vegetarian. Located next to the top of the Creekside Gondola at a ski resort on Whistler Mountain. This small cafe has a very nice view of the mountain range, and there is outdoor seating available. The menu is strictly soups, salads, and sandwiches. They have a variety of veggie meats including Gardein-brand sausage, as well as Diaya cheese. Be sure to check out the hot beverages which can be ordered with soy or almond milk.