Vegetarian Journal's Guide to Natural Foods Restaurants in the U.S. and Canada

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Agoura Hills

Hugo's Restaurant

28914 Roadside Dr., Agoura Hills, CA 91301

(818) 707-0300

California-style. Hugo's Restaurant features California-style cuisine and a veggie-centric menu with meat as an option. Dishes that are vegetarian, vegan, and/or gluten-free are noted on the menu. Hugo’s emphasizes sustainability and uses organic ingredients as often as possible. They also feature an extensive tea list and full service bar. Enjoy dining in the solarium with its beautiful mountain view; their indoor fountains add to the ambiance as well.

Open daily for three meals
Full service
vegan options
take-out, fresh juices, smoothies, soymilk, espresso/cappuccino, beer/wine/alcohol
VISA/MC/AMEX/DC, $$

The Rabbit Hole Café

30651 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Ste. H, Agoura Hills, CA 91301

(818) 889-1554

Natural foods/café/coffeehouse/eclectic. The Rabbit Hole Café is a cozy, neighborhood eatery with a conscience. They serve fresh, natural foods made from organic and locally-sourced ingredients. Their broad menu includes baked goods, soups, salads, sandwiches, wraps, and smoothies with many vegan and gluten-free choices. Enjoy selections like their Vegan Panini, Rabbit Hole Vegan Burger, and Curry Tofu Salad Sandwich. Substitutions include organic tofu and vegan versions of cheese, mayo, and cream cheese. The Rabbit Hole Café also features specialty coffee drinks and a relaxed setting to enjoy them in.

Open Monday for breakfast and lunch. Open Tuesday through Friday for three meals. Open Saturday for breakfast and lunch. Closed Sunday
Limited service
vegan options
take-out, smoothies, espresso/cappuccino, soymilk
VISA/MC/AMEX, $-$$

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Alameda

··Central Vegetarian Cuisine

1613 Park St., Alameda, CA 94501

(510) 522-3745

Vegan/Vietnamese. Central Vegetarian Cuisine is a very popular vegan Vietnamese restaurant. They have a huge menu with something for everyone. Great dishes include Sesame Eggplant Tofu, Bamboo Vermicelli Noodle, Mongolian 'Beef,' and Spicy Lemongrass Tofu. The restaurant is closed on weekdays between lunch and dinner, so please call ahead for hours. Reservations are accepted.

Open Thursday through Tuesday for lunch and dinner. Closed Wednesday
Full service
take-out, delivery, catering, soymilk, beer/wine
VISA/MC/DISC, $-$$

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Alamo

High Tech Burrito

120-A Alamo Plaza, Alamo, CA 94507

(925) 820-9006

Mexican. The food at High Tech Burrito is fast, fresh, and custom-made for each customer. There is no lard, trans fats, or MSG and vegetarian and vegan items are noted on the menu. Veggies or tofu can be substituted for meat on any menu selection. Try the Braised Tofu Burrito or Fresh Veggie Burrito.

Open daily for lunch and dinner
Limited service
vegan options
take-out, catering
VISA/MC/AMEX, $$

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Albany

Lanesplitter Pit Stop

1051 San Pablo Ave., Albany, CA 94706

(510) 527-8375

Pizza. Lanesplitter Pit Stop is for take-out and delivery only. See description under Lanesplitter Pizza & Pub in Berkeley, CA.

··Potala Organic Café

1045 San Pablo Ave., Albany, CA 94706

(510) 528-2375

Vegan/organic/macrobiotic. Potala serves organic and macrobiotic vegan food. They offer one menu item for lunch and dinner, but it is different each day and very satisfying. There is generally a soup, salad, and main dish with veggies and beans. Potala is located between Marin Avenue and Buchanan Street. The restaurant is closed between lunch and dinner, so please call ahead for hours.

Open daily for lunch and dinner
Full service
take-out
VISA/MC, $-$$

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Aliso Viejo

§··Native Foods

26705 Aliso Creek Rd., Aliso Viejo, CA 92656

(949) 831-1926

Vegan/natural foods/organic. Native Foods uses tempeh, seitan, and textured vegetable protein (TVP) to make many of the dishes found at this all-vegan restaurant. Try the Jerk Burger made with spicy grilled seitan, a mock fish sandwich called the Moby Dick, Indonesian tempeh chips, or Japanese buckwheat noodle stir-fry called Yakisoba. Native Foods in Aliso Viejo can be found next to Edwards Theater in the Aliso Viejo Town Center.

Open daily for lunch and dinner
Full service
take-out, catering, beer/wine
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $-$$

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Altadena

··Oh Happy Days Vegan Café & Grocery

2283 N. Lake Ave., Altadena, CA 91001

(626) 797-0383

Vegan café/natural foods store. Oh Happy Days Vegan Café & Grocery is a self-described "vegan homestyle restaurant" located inside an organic grocery store. Offering soups, salads, sandwiches, and entreés in an informal atmosphere, the menu is ever-changing and inexpensive. The store is small but includes bulk items like spices, herbs, and grains at great prices. John, the owner, is one of the biggest draws, along with the laid-back and friendly staff.

Open Monday through Saturday for lunch through early dinner. Closed Sunday
Cafeteria
take-out, soymilk
VISA/MC, $-$$

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Anaheim

Gandhi Palace

515 W. Katella Ave., Anaheim, CA 92802

(714) 808-6777

Indian. This restaurant, located inside the Ramada Plaza Hotel and within walking distance from Disneyland and the Convention Center, offers many vegetarian options. The menu includes Samosas, Pakoras, Bhindi Masala (okra), Chana Masala (chickpeas), Tawa Vegetables (eggplant, cauliflower, and okra), Bagan Bharta (eggplant with tomatoes and onions), and traditional Indian breads. They offer a daily all-you-can-eat lunchoen buffet and a champagne brunch on Sundays.

Open daily for three meals
Full service
vegan options
take-out
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $$

··Healthy Junk

201 W. Center Street Promenade, Unit B, Anaheim, CA 92805

(714) 772-5865

Vegan/fast food. Healthy Junk offers an all-vegan menu of burgers, flat bread pizzas, salads, and snacks. All "meats" referenced on the menu are vegan, and they have their own non-dairy cheese called chez. Try the Anaheim Chili Burger, Philly Chez Stake, No Fish 'N Chips, or Curly Yam Fries. They offer a small selection of freshly squeezed juices as well. The eatery is located in the Good Food Hall food court within Center Street Promenade. Outdoor seating is available.

Open Monday through Saturday for lunch and dinner. Closed Sunday
Counter service
take-out, catering, fresh juices
VISA/MC, $

Mother's Market & Kitchen

5759 E. Santa Ana Canyon Rd., Anaheim, CA 92807

(714) 974-6667

Natural foods store/deli/juice bar. Mother's menu is vegetarian, except for tuna. Located within a natural foods store, the restaurant offers a wide assortment of homestyle and organic meals including appetizers, salads, entrées, pastas, sandwiches, and ethnic and side dishes. A children's menu is also available.

Open daily for three meals
Full service
take-out, fresh juices, espresso/cappuccino, non-alcoholic wine/beer
$

·Thuyen Vien

1740 S. Euclid St., Anaheim, CA 92802

(714) 490-0242

Vegetarian/Vietnamese. Thuyen Vien is an all-vegetarian restaurant with an extensive menu. Selections include banana flower tacos, Vietnamese veggie crepes, hot pot, nori rolls, vermicelli, and many mock meat dishes. For dessert, try the vegan flan. Thuyen Vien is closed on weekdays between lunch and dinner, so please call ahead for hours.

Open Monday for dinner. Open Tuesday through Sunday for lunch and dinner
Full service
vegan options
take-out
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $$

·Yogiraj

3107 W. Lincoln Ave., Anaheim, CA 92801

(714) 995-5900

Vegetarian/Indian. With a relaxed atmosphere, Yogiraj specializes in North Indian, Gujarati, and South Indian foods, including sada mysora dhosa (rice crepes with chutney), masala paper dhosa (rice crepes with potato and onion), and pau bhaji (mashed vegetables marinated in a spicy garlic sauce).

Open Tuesday through Sunday for lunch and dinner. Closed Monday
Full service
VISA/MC, $

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Arcadia

·Bean Sprouts Vegetarian Restaurant

103 E. Huntington Dr., Arcadia, CA 91006

(626) 254-8708

Vegetarian/Chinese. Bean Sprouts Vegetaran Restaurant is very vegan-friendly and offers a variety of flavors from Mandarin, Cantonese, and Szechwan cuisines. Dishes to try include Taiwanese Chow-Mein, Fried Rice with Soy Ham, and the House Special Pan-Fried Udon. Don't miss their incredible weekday lunch specials. Bean Sprouts is located near the 210 Freeway. They are closed on weekdays between lunch and dinner, so please call ahead for hours.

Open Wednesday through Monday for lunch and dinner. Closed Tuesday
Full service
vegan options
take-out, beer, non-alcoholic beer, special beverages
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $-$$

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Arcata

Spoons Take-Out Kitchen, Arcata Co-Op

811 I St., Arcata, CA 95521

(707) 822-5947

Natural foods deli. Spoons is a deli-style kitchen in a natural foods co-op supermarket. Ethnic foods, salads, and entrées are offered, most of which are meatless. Locally grown organic foods are used whenever possible.

Open daily
Deli-style
vegan options
take-out, fresh juices, wine/beer
$

·Wildflower Café & Bakery

1604 G St., Arcata, CA 95521

(707) 822-0360

Vegetarian/café/bakery. Wildflower features gourmet vegetarian and macrobiotic foods, using local organic fruits and vegetables when possible. Feast on the Nut Loaf Sandwich, West Indian Curry, Mushroom Stroganoff, or one of the many other vegetarian selections. The fresh-baked breads and sweets are excellent.

Open daily for three meals
Full service
vegan options
take-out, fresh juices, catering
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $-$$

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Artesia

·Jay Bharat

18701 Pioneer Blvd., Artesia, CA 90701

(562) 924-3310

Vegetarian/Indian. Jay Bharat offers a menu of Gujarati, South Indian, and Punjabi dishes for very reasonable prices. Some to try include the Onion & Tomato Uttappa, Veggie Spring Dhosa, and Chili Paneer.

Open Tuesday through Sunday for brunch and dinner. Closed Monday
Limited service
vegan options
take-out, catering
VISA/MC, $-$$

·Udupi Palace

18635 Pioneer Blvd., Artesia, CA 90701

(562) 860-1950

Vegetarian/Indian. Udupi Palace offers authentic South Indian vegetarian cuisine. Their extensive menu includes Idly (steamed rice & lentil patties), Rasam (spicy soup), Uthappam (Indian pancakes), Thali, and Curries. But their specialty is Dosas (lentil crepes); in fact, they call themselves, "A Place for Dosas." Make sure to try their daily lunch buffet.

Open daily for lunch and dinner
Full service
vegan options
take-out, catering, special beverages
VISA/MC, $$

·Veggie's Delight, Co.

11736 166th St., Artesia, CA 90701

(562) 860-4789

Vegetarian/Chinese. This deli and bakery offers box lunches prepared daily with steamed brown or white rice, deli-style Chinese foods, Chinese cookies, and an eggless sponge cake.

Open Tuesday through Saturday for lunch and dinner. Closed Sunday and Monday
Take-out
vegan options
$

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Auburn

David's Thai Cuisine

13338 Lincoln Way, Auburn, CA 95603

(530) 888-6444

Thai. David's Thai Cuisine specializes in southern Thai dishes. Don't miss the weekday lunch specials!

Open Tuesday through Saturday for lunch and dinner. Closed Sunday and Monday
Full service
vegan options
take-out, beer/wine
VISA/MC, $-$$

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Belmont

Hobee's Restaurant

1101 Shoreway Rd., Belmont, CA 94002

(650) 596-0400

Natural foods/American. Hobee's Restaurant offers fresh and friendly dining in each of their California locations. They feature a natural foods menu of comfort foods with plenty of veggie items. Try the Hobee's Tofu Scramble, Seven Veggie Medley, or Black Bean Chili. Grilled Tofu, Veggie-Grain Patty, or Grilled Portabello Mushroom can be substituted for meat. Enjoy their fresh Soup & Salad Bar alone or to accompany your meal (their menu indicates that most Hobeemade soups are vegetarian). Hobee's is a community-minded restaurant. Please note that menu items, services offered, and hours may vary at each location. Hobee's in Belmont is located in the Redwood Shores area; the restaurant is off Ralston Avenue and Hwy 101 and next to Motel 6.

Open daily for breakfast and lunch
Full service
vegan options
take-out, delivery, fresh juices, smoothies, soymilk, espresso/cappuccino, wine/beer
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $-$$

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Berkeley

·Berkeley Student Food Collective

2440 Bancroft Way, #102, Berkeley, CA 94704

(510) 845-1985

Vegetarian/natural foods store. The Berkeley Student Food Collective (BSFC) has a great atmosphere and hand-painted art on the walls. They focus on fair-trade, organic, vegetarian, and sustainable products. The store is primarily operated by volunteers, who also prepare many of the vegan items in the to-go fridge. There are bulk bins full of essentials like rice, fair-trade coffee, nuts, etc. Vegan foods include vegan mayo, sandwiches, pastries, and various pantry staples. They offer many specialty vegan items like nacho cheese, yogurt, and ice cream and are always open to suggestions for new vegan products. There is fresh hot coffee with soymilk available and a table for customers to sit. The Collective is open to everyone, including non-students and non-members. It is located across from Eshleman Hall in South Berkeley.

Open daily
Counter service
vegan options
take-out, catering, soymilk
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $-$$

·Café Gratitude

1730 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, CA 94709

(510) 725-4418

Vegetarian/organic/raw foods. 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.

Open daily for three meals
Full service
vegan options
take-out, catering, fresh juices, smoothies, espresso/cappuccino, organic beer/wine, special beverages
VISA/MC/DISC, $-$$

··Cha-Ya

1686 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, CA 94709

(510) 981-1213

Vegan/Japanese. Cha-Ya uses centuries-old cooking traditions to prepare their authentic Japanese meals. Menu items at this all-vegan restaurant include sushi rolls, noodle dishes, soups, salads, rice bowls, and desserts. This popular restaurant is located near the UC-Berkeley campus.

Open Monday for dinner. Open Tuesday through Sunday for lunch and dinner
Limited service
take-out, beer/wine
VISA/MC, $$

··Cinnaholic

2132 Oxford St., Berkeley, CA 94704

(510) 647-8684

Vegan/bakery. Cinnaholic offers over 30 flavors of gourmet cinnamon rolls -- and they are all vegan! Some include Almond, Blackberry, Butterscotch, Caramel, Cream Soda, Key Lime, Root Beer, & Pomegranate. Toppings range from Cookie Dough Chunks to Shredded Coconut and everything in between. They offer other sweet treats including cookies, brownies, muffins, specialty pie rolls, and baby buns (mini cinnamon rolls). If your sweet tooth has still not been sated, have a Frosting Shot! Cinnaholic is located directly across from the UC Berkeley campus & close to the downtown Berkeley BART.

Open Tuesday through Sunday. Closed Monday
Counter service
take-out, catering
VISA/MC, $-$$

CREAM

2399 Telegraph Ave., Berkeley, CA 94704

(510) 649-1000

Ice cream parlor. CREAM is an ice cream parlor that specializes in making ice cream sandwiches. The great news is they also offer vegan ice cream as well as vegan cookies and toppings! They use separate utensils, keep vegan items separate, and even offer to change gloves in-between handling vegan and non-vegan items. Enjoy some tasty treats at CREAM (Cookies Rule Everything Around Me).

Open daily
Counter service
vegan options
take-out, catering
VISA/MC, $

··Flacos

3031 Adeline St., Berkeley, CA 94703

(510) 981-8081

Vegan/Mexican. Flacos offers Mexican cuisine that is all-vegan! Organic produce from local farms are used to create authentic Mexican dishes including pozole, taquitos, tamales, enchiladas, and chalupas. Besides their restaurant in South Berkeley, you can also find Flacos at all 3 Berkeley farmers markets.

Open Tuesday through Saturday for lunch and dinner. Closed Sunday and Monday
Limited service
take-out, catering, special beverages
VISA/MC/DISC, $-$$

··Herbivore

2451 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, CA 94704

(510) 665-1675

Vegan/international. Herbivore is an inexpensive, hip, vegan restaurant with a variety of ethnic dishes and a huge beverage selection with something for everyone. Their lentil loaf with sides of Swiss chard and mashed potatoes and their carrot cake alone are worth the trip! The San Francisco locations only accept Visa and Mastercard.

Open daily for three meals
Full service
take-out, fresh juices, smoothies, espresso/cappuccino, soymilk, beer/wine/alcohol, non-alcoholic beer, special beverages
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $-$$

High Tech Burrito

2352 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, CA 94704

(510) 841-4700

Mexican. See description under Alamo, CA.

Lanesplitter Pizza & Pub

2033 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley, CA 94702

(510) 845-1652

Pizza/pub. Lanesplitter Pizza & Pub offers Neapolitan (thin-crust) and Sicilian (thick-crust) pizzas. They make their own soy-based vegan cheese called Notta Ricotta. Enjoy an Herbivore Pizza or Vegan Calzone. They have a large selection of local microbrew beer on tap.

Open daily for lunch and dinner through late night
Full service
vegan options
take-out, delivery, beer/wine
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $$-$$$

Long Life Vegi House

2129 University Ave., Berkeley, CA 94704

(510) 845-6072

Chinese. Though Vegi House does serve a few fish dishes, its menu has more than 100 vegetarian entrées, including mock chicken, beef, or pork; tofu and vegetarian soups; and appetizers like Pot Stickers and Fresh Garlic Seaweed Salad. Even the pickiest of eaters should find something they like here! No MSG is used.

Open daily
Full service
vegan options
wine/beer, catering, take-out
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $$

··Nature's Express

1823 Solana Ave., Berkeley, CA 94707

(510) 527-5331

Vegan/natural foods/organic. Nature's Express offers fast food that is vegan! Enjoy burgers, fries, wraps, soups, and salads, along with various dinner specials, all at great prices. They show their commitment to sustainability and their community by sourcing local products, using organic ingredients as much as possible, recycling their cooking oil into bio-fuel, and using biodegradable packaging.

Open daily for three meals
Limited service
take-out, fresh juices, smoothies, special beverages
VISA/MC, $-$$

·Raw Energy

2050 Addison St., Berkeley, CA 94704

(510) 665-9464

Vegetarian/juice bar/café. In addition to juices, smoothies, and nut milks, the menu here includes soups, salads, sandwiches, raw pizzas, and desserts. Raw Energy is for take-out only. They are located next to 24 Hour Fitness in downtown Berkeley.

Open Monday through Friday for three meals. Open Saturday for lunch. Closed Sunday
Take-out
vegan options
fresh juices, smoothies, special beverages
VISA/MC, $

··Sanctuary Bistro

1019 Camelia St., Berkeley, CA 94710

(510) 917-0190

Vegan/bistro. Sanctuary Bistro’s menu is nothing short of inventive with brunch items such as Tofu and Avocado Benedict and desserts like Raw Pear Cheesecake. If you want something a little more traditional, their dinner menu offers veganized versions of classics such as Wild Mushroom Raviolis and Mushroom and Walnut Stuffed Peppers. As if their appetizing menu wasn’t enough, they also donate 5% of their profits to local animal sanctuary, Animal Place!

Open Wednesday-Saturday for lunch and dinner. Open Sunday for Brunch. Open Monday for lunch and a Meatless Monday Prix Fix Dinner. Closed Tuesday.
Full service
catering
VISA/MC/DISC, $$

·Saturn Café

2175 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

(510) 845-8505

Vegetarian/diner. Saturn Café is an all-vegetarian diner serving soups, salads, burgers, sandwiches, and more in an inviting and eclectic atmosphere. Vegan items are noted on the menu along with items that can be made vegan upon request. Brunch is always available which is pretty convenient when you are craving a Vegan Breakfast Burrito at 2 a.m. (yes, they are open then).

Open daily for brunch, lunch and dinner through late night
Full service
vegan options
take-out, soymilk, beer, special beverages
VISA/MC, $-$$

Smart Alec's

2355 Telegraph Ave., Berkeley, CA 94704

(510) 704-4000

Fast food. Smart Alec's Intelligent Fast Food is very veggie-friendly. Enjoy veggie burgers, gourmet salads, and low-fat French fries.

Open daily for lunch and dinner
Counter service
vegan options
take-out, fresh juices, smoothies
VISA/MC, $

·Udupi Palace

1901 University Ave., Berkeley, CA 94704

(510) 843-6600

Vegetarian/Indian. See description under Artesia, CA.

Vital Vittles

2810 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley, CA 94702

(510) 644-2022

Bakery/organic/kosher. This certified organic and kosher bakery offers breads that vary from 12 Grain to Sesame Millet.

Open daily
Take-out
$

Whole Foods Market

3000 Telegraph Ave., Berkeley, CA 94705

(510) 649-1333

Natural foods store/deli. You will find both vegetarian and vegan options in this deli.

Open daily
Cafeteria
vegan options
take-out, fresh juices
VISA/MC, $-$$

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Blackhawk

High Tech Burrito

3452 Camino Tassajara, Blackhawk, CA 94506

(925) 736-7779

Mexican. See description under Alamo, CA.

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Boulder Creek

New Leaf Market

13159 Hwy. 9, Boulder Creek, CA 95006

(831) 338-7211

Natural foods store. While dining outdoors, you can enjoy approximately 20 sandwiches, plus hot foods, cold deli salads, soups, and green salads.

Open daily
Cafeteria
vegan options
take-out, fresh juices, wine/beer
VISA/MC, $

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Brea

Mother's Market & Kitchen

413 S. Associated Rd., Brea, CA 92821

(714) 990-6667

Natural foods store/deli/juice bar. See description under Anaheim, CA.

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Burbank

·Nature's Pantry

3917 W. Riverside Dr., Burbank, CA 91505

(818) 841-0123

Vegetarian/natural foods. Nature's Pantry is a great place to get a healthy and tasty meal. Among the offerings are several veggie burgers, vegetarian soups, various vegetable plates, and salads. For breakfast, try their tofu burrito.

Open Monday through Friday for breakfast and lunch. Closed Saturday and Sunday
Full service
vegan options
take-out, fresh juices, smoothies, soymilk
VISA/MC, $-$$

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Burlingame

··Que SeRaw SeRaw

1160 Capuchino Ave., Burlingame, CA 94010

(650) 400-8590

Vegan/raw foods/organic. Need a quick bite to go? Then you've come to the right place! Que SeRaw SeRaw, a take-out restaurant only, offers healthy pre-packaged food that is vegan as well as wheat and gluten free. Some items not to be missed are the vegetable lasagna, mock tuna paté, and cream of celery soup. Desserts include cinnamon rolls with pine nut frosting, chocolate truffles, and blueberry scones. When Que SeRaw SeRaw is closed, you can purchase their food at Earthbeam Natural Foods which is next door.

Open Monday through Saturday for lunch. Closed Sunday
Take-out
catering
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $-$$

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Campbell

Hobee's Restaurant

1875 S. Bascom Ave., Ste. 190, Campbell, CA 95008

(408) 369-0575

Natural foods/American. Hobee's in Campbell is located in back of The Pruneyard Shopping Center, next to Camera Cinemas. See description under Belmont, CA.

Open daily for three meals

Royal Taj

1350 Camden Ave., Campbell, CA 95008

(408) 559-6801

Indian. Thirteen vegetarian specialties are available at this restaurant offering authentic Indian cuisine at five locations. Royal Taj also offers pakoras, samosas, dahl soup, salads, and many Indian breads.

Open daily for lunch and dinner
Full service
vegan options
take-out, wine/beer
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $$

Whole Foods Market

1690 S. Bascom Ave., Campbell, CA 95008

(408) 371-5000

Health foods store deli. Whole Foods offers a salad bar with more than 40 items, including sushi, quiche, and cakes. Also available are more than 30 salads, 20 desserts, and 20 sandwiches.

Open daily for breakfast and lunch
Limited service
vegan options
take-out, fresh juices
VISA/MC/DISC, $

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Canoga Park

§·Follow Your Heart Natural Foods Market & Café

21825 Sherman Way, Canoga Park, CA 91303

(818) 348-3240

Vegetarian/natural foods store/café. This restaurant offers an excellent selection of natural vegetarian foods made without eggs, sugar, or harmful additives. Dishes include salads with a creative selection of dressings, sandwiches, entrées with vegetarian (rennet-free) cheese, tofu dishes, burritos, and other vegetarian favorites. Beverages include juices, teas, and shakes. They also offer a full breakfast menu and weekend brunch.

Open daily for three meals
Full service
vegan options
take-out, fresh juices, BYOB
VISA/MC, $$

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Capitola

·Dharma's Restaurant

4250 Capitola Rd., Capitola, CA 95010

(831) 462-1717

Vegetarian/natural foods/organic. A smiling cow wearing dark sunglasses graces the front of Dharma's menu. This is followed by statistics on the number of rainforest acres and cows saved by eating Dharma's vegetarian burgers. No bull! This serious mission with a sense of humor and excellent food is a combination worth exploring. Dharma's offers a wide range of international vegetarian dishes, including Mexican, Italian, Chinese, Japanese, and Thai, in addition to the old American standbys, great muffins, and desserts. The majority of the food is organic.

Open daily for three meals
Limited service
vegan options
take-out, catering, fresh juices, soymilk, espresso/cappuccino, wine/beer, non-alcoholic beer, special beverages
$-$$

New Beet Café & New Leaf Market

1210 41st Ave., Capitola, CA 95010

(831) 479-7987

Natural foods store/café/juice bar. Located inside New Leaf Market, New Beet Café offers rice plates, wraps, and salads. Their "Morning Scramble" is made with vegetables, tofu, roasted potatoes, and toast.

Open daily for three meals
Limited service
vegan options
take-out, fresh juices, espresso/cappuccino, smoothies, soymilk
VISA/MC, $

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Carlsbad

Jimbo's Naturally

1923 Calle Barcelona, Ste. 149, Carlsbad, CA 92009

(760) 334-7755

Natural foods store/deli. Jimbo's Naturally offers organic and natural foods. Their full-service deli includes a Salad Bar, Hot Case, and To-Go items. Soups are made-from-scratch and include vegetarian and vegan selections. They even offer a special menu of veggie sandwiches called Veg'wiches.

Open daily
Deli-style
vegan options
take-out, fresh juices, espresso/cappuccino, smoothies, special beverages
VISA/MC/DISC, $-$$

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Carmel

Café Stravaganza

241 Crossroads Blvd., Carmel, CA 93921

(831) 625-3733

Café. Café Stravaganza has many vegetarian options, such as Veggie Melt, Eggplant Sandwich, Dolmas, Homemade Gaspacho, Veggie Fusili, Pasta Puttanesca, and Pasta Primavera.

Open daily for lunch and dinner
Full service
vegan options
take-out
VISA/MC/AMEX

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Cerritos

·Vegi Wokery

11329 183rd St., Cerritos, CA 90703

(562) 809-3928

Vegetarian/Chinese. Vegi Wokery has more than 80 different menu items with prices that just can't be beat! Dishes include Lemon Grass Tofu Pot, Bean Curd Feast, Sautéed Mustard Greens with Sweet Peas, and Kung Pao Vegetarian Shrimp. With the exception of one dish that contains whey (& noted as such on the menu), Vegi Wokery is completely vegan. Please note that they are closed between lunch and dinner so call ahead for hours. The restaurant is located inside the Cerritos Triangle Center. Cash only.

Open for Monday through Saturday for lunch and dinner. Closed Sunday
Full service
vegan options
take-out, fresh juices
$-$$

locations

Chatsworth

·Woodlands

9840 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Ste. A, Chatsworth, CA 91311

(818) 998-3031

Vegetarian/Indian. Woodlands specializes in pure vegetarian South Indian cuisine. They have an extensive menu along with a weekday lunch buffet and weekend brunch buffet. Make sure to stop by on a Wednesday evening for "Unlimited Dosa Night." Woodlands is closed on weekdays between lunch and dinner, so please call ahead for hours.

Open Tuesday through Friday for lunch buffet and dinner. Open Saturday and Sunday for brunch buffet and dinner. Closed Monday
Full service
vegan options
take-out, catering, beer, special beverages
VISA/MC, $$

locations

Chico

Chico Natural Foods

818 Main St., Chico, CA 95928

(530) 891-1713

Natural foods store. In addition to a selection of local organic produce, vegetarian grocery items, and organic beer and wine, vegetarian and vegan sandwiches, burritos, wraps, salads and a vegetarian soup of the day are available in the refrigerator case. Limited outside seating is available.

Open daily for three meals
Take-out
vegan options
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $$

Grilla Bites

196 Cohasset Rd., Chico, CA 95926

(530) 343-4876

Organic/natural foods. Grilla Bites serves organic fare in a relaxed and cozy setting. Enjoy soups, salads, sandwiches, and burgers with the many vegetarian and vegan items clearly noted on the menu.

Open daily for lunch and dinner
Limited service
vegan options
take-out, fresh juices, smoothies, espresso/cappuccino
VISA/MC, $-$$

locations

Claremont

··Loving Hut

175 N. Indian Hill Blvd., Bldg. A102, Claremont, CA 91711

(909) 621-1668

Vegan/Asian/American. Loving Hut is an international vegan restaurant chain with the slogan, "Be Veg. Go Green. Save the Planet." They offer gourmet vegan cuisine "for those making the noble transition to a plant-based diet." Although the menu varies by location, it typically includes appetizers, soups, salads, entrées, desserts, and special beverages. Both Asian and American meals are served including mock meat and vegetable dishes. Loving Hut was created with a vision that all beings could live in peace, love, and harmony with each other and the planet.

Open Monday for lunch. Open Tuesday through Sunday for lunch and dinner
Full service
take-out, delivery, fresh juices, smoothies, soymilk, cappuccino, non-alcoholic wine
VISA/MC, $-$$

locations

Concord

Swagat Indian Cuisine

1901 Salvio St., Concord, CA 94520

(925) 685-2777

Indian. Swagat offers traditional northern and southern Indian dishes during its lunch buffet and for dinner. Try a Dal Curry (lentils made with spinach and tomatoes), Aloo Saag (spinach and potato cooked with mild spices), and Navratan Koorma (nine vegetables in a mild cream sauce). Reservations recommended. Swagat also hosts tango, swing, and social dance lessons in the evenings.

Open daily for lunch and dinner
Full service
vegan options
take-out, catering, beer/wine/alcohol
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC/DC, $$

locations

Corona del Mar

Mayur

2931 E. Coast Hwy., Corona del Mar, CA 92625

(714) 675-6622

Indian. Mayur offers several vegetarian entrées, including vegetable jalfrezi, dahl, roasted eggplant, and creamed spinach with cheese.

Open daily for lunch and dinner
Full service
vegan options
take-out
VISA/MC/AMEX, $$

·Zinc Café & Market

3222 E. Coast Hwy., Corona del Mar, CA 92625

(949) 719-9462

Vegetarian. Zinc Café offers soups, salads, and mini- and full-sized pizzas. Indoor and outdoor seating is available.

Call for hours
Counter service
take-out, catering, beer/wine
$

locations

Corte Madera

··Veggie Grill

100 Corte Madera, Town Center #147, Corte Madera, CA 94925

(415) 945-8954

Vegan/American/fast food. The Veggie Grill serves classic American fast food that is completely vegan. There are so many delicious items to choose from including All Hail Kale Salad, Santa Fe Crispy Chickin' Sandwich, Papa's Portobello, and "Bean Me Up" Chili. At the Veggie Grill, enjoy hearty fare at inexpensive prices.

Open for lunch and dinner daily.
Limited service
vegan options
take-out, delivery, catering, beer/wine
VISA/MC/DISC, $

locations

Costa Mesa

··118 Degrees

2981 Bristol St., Ste. B5, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

(714) 754-0718

Vegan/raw foods/organic. 118 Degrees is completely vegan, offering raw foods made with organic and locally-grown ingredients. Their cheese is made from a variety of seeds and nuts; almond and hemp milks are offered for coffee and tea. Colorful and beautiful dishes are prepared to please both your body and mind at this fashionable restaurant.

Open Monday through Saturday for three meals. Open Sunday for brunch and dinner
Full service
take-out, catering, fresh juices, smoothies, espresso/cappuccino, beer/wine, special beverages
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $$

·Avanti Café

259 E. 17th St., Costa Mesa, CA 92627

(949) 548-2224

Vegetarian/natural foods/organic. Avanti Café offers creative vegetarian and vegan cuisine. They use organic and locally-grown produce and food products as much as possible. Among their handcrafted meals of pasta, salads, pizza, and sandwiches, you'll find the Shiitake Artichoke Pesto Pizza, Avanti Golden Tofu Bruschetta, and Tofu Tempeh Bolognese. The weekend brunch is not to be missed. They also have an extensive tea list.

Open Monday through Friday lunch and dinner. Open Saturday and Sunday for brunch, lunch, and dinner
Full service
vegan options
take-out, catering, beer/wine, special beverages
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $$

Mother's Market & Kitchen

1890 Newport Blvd., Costa Mesa, CA 92627

(949) 631-4741

Natural foods store/deli/juice bar. See description under Anaheim, CA.

§··Native Foods

2937 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, CA 92626

(714) 751-2151

Vegan/natural foods/organic. This location is at The CAMP. See description under Aliso Viejo, CA.

locations

Covina

·Covina Tasty

1063 N. Citrus Ave., Covina, CA 91722

(626) 332-8816

Vegetarian. Serving all vegetarian "fast food" since 1961, Covina Tasty offers burgers, hot dogs, sandwiches, burritos, tacos, and desserts. Careful, though, since some of the smoothies do contain egg whites.

Open daily for lunch through late night
Limited service
vegan options
take-out, fresh juices, smoothies
$

locations

Crescent City

The Good Harvest Café

575 US Highway 101 South, Crescent City, CA 95531

(707) 465-6028

Natural foods/deli. The Good Harvest Café has a vegetarian-friendly bakery and vegetarian items for every meal, including veggie burgers, club sandwiches, and veggie links.

Open daily for three meals
Full service
take-out, fresh juices, espresso/cappuccino, beer/wine, special beverages
VISA/MC/DISC, $-$$

locations

Culver City

·Annapurna Cuisine

10200 Venice Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232

(310) 204-5500

Vegetarian/Indian. Serving fine Indian delicacies in a very enjoyable atmosphere, Annapurna Cuisine has an extensive menu. Prices are reasonable and a daily lunch buffet is offered. Enjoy free wireless Internet access and Broadway musicals displayed on giant plasma televisions while dining. The restaurant is closed between lunch and dinner Monday through Thursday, so please call ahead for hours.

Open daily for lunch and dinner
Full service
vegan options
take-out, delivery, catering, special beverages
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $-$$

··KindKreme

4135 Commonwealth Ave., Culver City, CA 90232

(877) 985-5463

Vegan/ice cream parlor. KindKreme features gourmet vegan ice cream and smoothies. Flavors include maple pecan, ginger basil, and chocolate cherry nib. Most menu items are gluten-free. The Culver City location of KindKreme is connected to Sage Organic Vegan Bistro in a strip mall.

Open daily
Counter service
take-out, fresh juices, smoothies, espresso/cappuccino, special beverages
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $

··Native Foods

9343 Culver Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232

(310) 559-3601

Vegan/natural foods/organic. See description under Aliso Viejo, CA.

··Sage Organic Vegan Bistro

4114 Sepulveda Blvd., Culver City, CA 90230

(424) 228-5835

Vegan/organic. Visit Sage Organic Vegan Bistro for delicious food at a great price. The bistro offers an extensive menu that changes seasonally to provide a sustainable eating experience. For brunch, try one of three varieties of tofu omelets with a side of roasted potatoes and a baguette slice. Lunch options range from hearty soul food and burgers to light fare. Enjoy tasty foods such as the Sushi Bowl or Barbecue Tofu Steak. The restaurant is closed on weekends between brunch and dinner, so please call ahead for hours. This location of Sage is at Culver Crossroads.

Open Monday through Friday for lunch and dinner. Open Saturday and Sunday for brunch and dinner
Full service
take-out, catering, beer/wine/alcohol
VISA/MC/AMEX, $

·Samosa House East

10700 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232

(310) 559-6350

Vegetarian/Indian. Samosa House East is an entirely vegetarian Eastern Indian restaurant and market. After you have enjoyed your meatless meal, check out the Indian spices, sweets, teas, and much more in the store!

Open daily for lunch and dinner
Limited service
vegan options
take-out
VISA/MC, $

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Cupertino

Hobee's Restaurant

21267 Stevens Creek Blvd., Cupertino, CA 95014

(408) 255-6010

Natural foods/American. Hobee's in Cupertino is located at The Oaks Plaza across from De Anza College. See description under Belmont, CA.

Open daily for three meals

Ike's Place

21000 Stevens Creek Blvd., Ste. 100, Cupertino, CA 95014

(408) 861-1000

Sandwich shop. Almost half the menu is vegan or can be made vegan upon request at Ike's Place. Strategically placed around universities in California, the eateries have a fun environment and appetizing food. Ike, the owner, is known for making frequent appearances in his rather comedic bow tie, handing out free t-shirts and giving away front-of-the-line passes to random customers. Humorous names are given to the sandwiches like Vegan Meatless Mike (vegan meatball sub), Vegan Ugly Owl (vegan chicken sandwich), and Vegan [Your Favorite Sesame Street Character] where you say your favorite like Grover, Elmo, or Big Bird, and they customize your sandwich to match the character.

Open daily for lunch and dinner
Counter service
vegan options
take-out, delivery, catering, special beverages
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC/DC, $-$$

Whole Foods Market

20955 Stevens Creek Blvd., Cupertino, CA 95014

(408) 257-7000

Natural foods store/deli. See description under Berkeley, CA.

locations

Danville

Ike's Place

21 Railroad Ave., Danville, CA 94526

(925) 820-9500

Sandwich shop. See description under Cupertino, CA.

locations

Davis

CREAM

110 F St., Davis, CA 95616

(530) 750-1905

Ice cream parlor. See description under Berkeley.

locations

Diamond Bar

·Isc Cuisine

23371 Golden Springs Dr., Diamond Bar, CA 91765

(909) 396-0350

Vegetarian/Indian. ISC Cuisine is family owned and operated and it shows in the care they place on their authentic and affordable family-style Indian cuisine. This restaurant is 100% vegetarian and there are plenty of options for vegans. Try a variety of snack foods from different regions of India such as Samosa Chat, Masala Dosa, and Halwa Puri.

Open Tuesday through Sunday for lunch and dinner. Closed Monday
Limited service
vegan options
take-out, catering
VISA/MC/DISC, $$

New India Sweets & Spices

303 S Diamond Bar Blvd., Diamond Bar, CA 91765

(909) 860-3968

Indian. This is mainly an Indian grocery store, but also sells hot food. Here you’ll find very traditional Indian dishes, many of which are vegetarian. Selections include the Chana Samosa or Vegetable Pakora. Be sure to check out the wide variety of snacks and teas as well.

Call for hours.
Counter service
vegan options
take-out
VISA/MC/DISC, $$

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El Segundo

··Veggie Grill

720 Allied Way, El Segundo, CA 90245

(310) 535-0025

Vegan/American/fast food. The Veggie Grill serves classic American fast food that is completely vegan. There are so many delicious items to choose from including All Hail Kale Salad, Santa Fe Crispy Chickin' Sandwich, Papa's Portobello, and "Bean Me Up" Chili. At the Veggie Grill, enjoy hearty fare at inexpensive prices. The El Segundo location is in the Plaza El Segundo.

Open daily for lunch and dinner
Limited service
take-out, delivery, catering, beer/wine
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $

locations

Elk Grove

··Loving Hut

8355 Elk Grove Blvd., Elk Grove, CA 95758

(916) 478-9590

Vegan/Asian/American. Loving Hut is an international vegan restaurant chain with the slogan, "Be Veg. Go Green. Save the Planet." They offer gourmet vegan cuisine "for those making the noble transition to a plant-based diet." Although the menu varies by location, it typically includes appetizers, soups, salads, entrées, desserts, and special beverages. Both Asian and American meals are served including mock meat and vegetable dishes. Loving Hut was created with a vision that all beings could live in peace, love, and harmony with each other and the planet.

Open Thursday through Tuesday for lunch and dinner. Closed Wednesday
Full service
take-out, catering, smoothies, soymilk, non-alcoholic beer
VISA/MC, $

locations

Emeryville

Lanesplitter Pizza & Pub

3645 San Pablo Ave., Emeryville, CA 94608

(510) 594-9400

Pizza/pub. See description under Berkeley, CA.

locations

Encinitas

Kim's Restaurant

745 1st St., #103, Encinitas, CA 92024

(760) 942-4816

Vietnamese. Although the menu is mostly meat-based, more than 40 items are listed in the vegetarian section, such as Napa cabbage with mock chicken soup and tofu chop suey.

Open Tuesday through Sunday for lunch and dinner. Closed Monday
Full service
vegan options
take-out, wine/beer
$$

Lotus Café & Juice Bar

765 S. Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, CA 92024

(760) 479-1977

Natural foods/juice bar. Lotus Café & Juice Bar is very vegetarian-friendly with many vegan and gluten-free options as well. Enjoy Tempeh Tacos, Black Bean Enchiladas, or Yogi Bliss (tofu sautéed in ginger-soy sauce). Lotus Café is dedicated to serving fresh and natural foods at affordable prices, prepared with love, simplicity, and a joyful heart. The café in Encinitas is located in The Lumberyard.

Open daily for three meals
Full service
vegan options
take-out, catering, smoothies, fresh juices, soymilk, espresso/cappuccino
VISA/MC, $$

··Native Foods

Encinitas Village, 127 North El Camino Real, Encinitas, CA 92024

(760) 634-7607

Vegan/natural foods/organic. See description under Aliso Viejo, CA.

··Peace Pies

133 Daphne St., Encinitas, CA 92024

(760) 479-0996

Vegan/raw foods/organic. Peace Pies is "changing the world one slice at a time." They offer vegan, raw foods that are organic and locally-sourced. Additionally, they practice a zero-waste policy which includes composting all of their food scraps and using earth-friendly packaging. You can also visit them at area farmer's markets.

Open daily for lunch and early dinner.
Limited service
take-out, fresh juices, smoothies
VISA/MC, $-$$

Roxy Restaurant & Ice Cream

517 S. Coast Hwy. 101, Encinitas, CA 92024

(760) 436-5001

Natural foods. International fare is featured.

Open daily
Full service
vegan options
take-out, fresh juices, wine/beer/alcohol
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $$

Swami's Café

1163 S. Coast Hwy. 101, Encinitas, CA 92024

(760) 944-0612

Natural foods/juice bar. Swami's Café offers salads and a wide variety of entrées, including curried vegetables, black bean burritos, and mock meat dishes.

Open daily for three meals
Counter service
vegan options
take-out, catering, fresh juices, smoothies
VISA/MC, $

locations

Encino

··Veggie Grill

16542 Ventura Blvd., Encino, CA 91436

(818) 788-2621

Vegan/American/fast food. See description under El Segundo, CA.

locations

Escondido

Jimbo's Naturally

1633 S. Centre City Pkwy., Escondido, CA 92025

(760) 489-7755

Natural foods store/deli. See description under Carlsbad, CA.

locations

Eureka

(For restaurant listings in the surrounding areas, see Arcata.)

Gabriel's

216 E St., Eureka, CA 95501

(707) 445-0100

Italian. Gabriel’s, located in Old Town Eureka, serves spinach pies, vegetarian soups, salads, whole-wheat pizza, and various vegetarian entrées.

Open Monday through Saturday for lunch and dinner. Closed Sunday
Full service
wine/beer, take-out
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $$

locations

Fair Oaks

·Sunflower Natural Food Restaurant

10344 Fair Oaks Blvd., Fair Oaks, CA 95628

(916) 967-4331

Vegetarian/natural foods. Sunflower Natural Food Restaurant serves vegetarian and vegan fast food with a focus on natural foods. Offerings include burgers, burritos, chili, and sandwiches, and the prices cannot be beat! Don't miss their Nutburger, a highly recommended favorite of customers. Their "drive-in" is actually a walk-up window where you place your order. Once you get your food, you can dine outside on the picnic tables or go to the park next door where chickens and roosters freely roam. Sunflower is a very popular restaurant, which explains why they have been around for over 30 years. They’re located in Fair Oaks, a suburb of Sacramento.

Open Sunday through Tuesday for lunch and early dinner. Open Wednesday through Saturday for lunch and dinner
Limited service
vegan options
take-out, soymilk, smoothies, fresh juices, special beverages
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $-$$

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Fairfield

··Vegan Paradice

846 Texas St., Fairfield, CA 94533

(707) 428-0110

Vegan/natural foods. Vegan Paradice offers delicious, homemade, and creative vegan meals. Some of their unique menu items include the Sausagy Cheez Sandwich, Terrific Tofu Burger, and Surprise Me! Chili Dog. This gourmet café prepares their food thoughtfully with the freshest of ingredients. Vegan Paradice is a locally-owned, husband and wife family business. Outdoor seating is available.

Open Sunday through Thursday for lunch. Closed Friday and Saturday
Counter service
take-out, delivery, catering
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $

locations

Felton

New Leaf Market

6240 Hwy. 9, Felton, CA 95018

(831) 335-7322

Natural foods store. See description under Boulder Creek, CA.

locations

Ferndale

·Lost Coast Café

468 Main St., Ferndale, CA 95536

(707) 786-5330

Vegetarian/organic/café/bakery. The Lost Coast Café is a small and friendly vegetarian eatery. Their bread is made in café ovens and the owner mills his own wheat. They feature great daily specials, which include soups, chili, burritos, salads, veggie burgers, and more! Don't miss their hugely popular Wednesday Night Dinner (3rd Wednesday of each month); reservations are required for this international 5 course meal. Outdoor seating is available on their beautiful patio with umbrellas and a fish pond and fountain. The patio is even pet-friendly during the day! Cash only.

Open Thursday through Monday for breakfast and lunch. Closed Tuesday and Wednesday
Limited service
vegan options
take-out, espresso/cappuccino, soymilk
$-$$

locations

Fort Bragg

(For restaurant listings in the surrounding areas, see Mendocino.)

Viraporn's Thai Café

16801 Hwy. 1, Fort Bragg, CA 95437

(707) 962-0717

Thai. Viraporn's Thai Café, located at the Pine Beach Inn, offers vegetarian curry dishes, Pad Thai, fried rice, Coconut Lemongrass Soup, and Thai salads. It can be quite crowded in the evenings. Viraporn's is closed between lunch and dinner, so please call ahead for hours.

Open Wednesday through Monday for lunch and dinner. Closed Tuesday
Full service
vegan options
take-out, wine
VISA/MC, $$

locations

Foster City

·Thai Idea Vegetarian

1457 Beach Park Blvd., Foster City, CA 94404

(650) 349-7890

Vegetarian/Thai. Thai Idea Vegetarian offers an extensive menu of pan fried noodles, curries, and all sorts of entrées featuring veggie meats. Try Pumpkin Curry, Panang Avocado "Shrimp", or Pad Eggplant Tofu. Prices are good and online ordering is available. Thai Idea is closed on weekdays between lunch and dinner, so please call ahead for hours.

Open daily for lunch and dinner
Full service
vegan options
take-out, delivery, catering
VISA/MC/AMEX, $-$$

locations

Fountain Valley

·Au Lac Vegetarian Restaurant

16563 Brookhurst St., Fountain Valley, CA 92708

(714) 418-0658

Vegetarian/Chinese/Vietnamese. Specializing in Vietnamese and Chinese cuisine along with living foods, Au Lac is almost completely vegan. Enjoy entrées such as Grilled Soy Seafood Noodles, Sweet & Sour "Chicken," and Tofu Eggplant Clay Pot. All dishes are prepared without eggs, wine, or MSG. Au Lac is closed between lunch and dinner, so please call ahead for hours. Reservations are recommended.

Open Tuesday through Sunday for lunch and dinner. Closed Monday
Full service
vegan options
take-out, fresh juices, soymilk, special beverages
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $$

··Sensitive Sweets

17431 Brookhurst St., Fountain Valley, CA 92708

(714) 968-9169

Vegan/bakery. Sensitive Sweets is a dedicated vegan bakery free of gluten, tree nuts, peanuts, and soy. They believe that "...everyone deserves a treat!" and neither allergies nor special diets should prevent that. Enjoy cakes, cupcakes, cookies, and bread. Cake flavors include Chocolate, Vanilla, Marble, Red Velvet, Cinnamon Sugar, Lemon, and Carrot. The store is bright and inviting but seating is limited.

Open Monday through Saturday. Closed Sunday
Counter service
take-out, catering
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $-$$$

··Vegan Cuisine

11743 Edinger Ave., Fountain Valley, CA 92708

(714) 839-8305

Vegan/Vietnamese. Vegan Cuisine offers an all-vegan menu of Vietnamese cuisine. Enjoy foods like Bliss Chow Mein, Wonton Noodle Soup, and Lotus Root Salad. They also offer a few Western dishes such as Spaghetti with Ground Grazing Moon Meatless Balls.The café features many delicious desserts and specialty beverages as well. Outdoor seating is available.

Open Wednesday through Monday for lunch and dinner. Closed Tuesday
Full service
take-out, fresh juices, smoothies, soymilk, non-alcoholic beer/wine
VISA/MC, $-$$

locations

Fremont

·Chaat Bhavan

5355 Mowry Ave., Fremont, CA 94538

(510) 795-1100

Vegetarian/Indian. Chaat Bhavan is a very popular vegetarian restaurant serving authentic Southern Indian and Pakistani cuisines. They have a great abundance of vegan dishes including Bhel Poori, Aloo Gobi, Chana Masala, and Samosas. Most of their breads are whole wheat, and they also offer some gluten-free options. Their food is fairly priced and quite tasty. Outdoor seating is available, along with parking in their private lot.

Open daily for lunch and dinner
Full service
vegan options
take-out, delivery, catering
VISA/MC, $-$$

·Chatpatta Corner

34751 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont, CA 94536

(510) 505-0400

Vegetarian/Indian. Chatpatta Corner offers very inexpensive, delicious, and entirely meatless Indian cuisine. They make different types of Chaat, Thalis, and Parathas. The atmosphere is casual and relaxed, and the employees are very helpful and glad to assist customers. A private parking lot is available. Cash only.

Open Tuesday through Sunday for lunch and dinner. Closed Monday
Full service
vegan options
take-out, special beverages
$

·Dosa Place

41043 Fremont Blvd., Fremont, CA 94538

(510) 651-3672

Vegetarian/Indian. Dosa Place is a small eatery with good South Indian vegetarian cuisine. In addition to the menu on the wall, food is set up in a buffet manner so that customers can self-serve. Popular items include their homemade Chutney, Masala Dosa, and Sambar. Dosa Place is located between Bay Street and Irvington Avenue.

Open Monday through Friday for lunch and dinner. Open Saturday and Sunday for three meals
Counter service
vegan options
take-out
VISA/MC, $

·Just Falafel

39140 Paseo Padre Pkwy., Fremont, CA 94538

(510) 797-3000

Vegetarian. Just Falafel offers a playful interpretation of a 1,000 year old recipe. You can have your falafel “American” style, sandwiched between a sesame bun or even inside a burrito. Just Falafel offers many wacky combinations but for purists, “The Original” has all the traditional fixings.

Open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Counter service
vegan options
VISA/MC/DISC, $$

·Krishna Restaurant

40645 Fremont Blvd., Ste. 1, Fremont, CA 94538

(510) 656-2336

Vegetarian/Indian. Krishna is where you go when you want a simple, home-cooked, Indian meal. Their food is 100% vegetarian, but vegans will need to request their meal be prepared without milk or ghee. Also, the seating is limited, so Krishna is not recommended for large groups.

Open Tuesday through Sunday for lunch and dinner. Closed Monday
Full service
vegan options
take-out, catering
VISA/MC, $-$$

locations

Fresno

··Flacos

833 E Fern Ave., Fresno, CA 93728

(559) 485-5356

Vegan/Mexican. See description under Berkeley, CA.

··Loving Hut

1495 N. Van Ness Ave., Fresno, CA 93728

(559) 237-4052

Vegan/Asian/American. Loving Hut is an international vegan restaurant chain with the slogan, "Be Veg. Go Green. Save the Planet." They offer gourmet vegan cuisine "for those making the noble transition to a plant-based diet." Although the menu varies by location, it typically includes appetizers, soups, salads, entrées, desserts, and special beverages. Both Asian and American meals are served including mock meat and vegetable dishes. Loving Hut was created with a vision that all beings could live in peace, love, and harmony with each other and the planet. Loving Hut in Fresno is closed between lunch and dinner, so please call ahead for hours.

Open Monday through Saturday for lunch and dinner. Closed Sunday
Full service
take-out
VISA/MC, $-$$

locations

Fullerton

·Green Bliss Café

305 N. Harbor Blvd., Ste. 103, Fullerton, CA 92832

(714) 773-0018

Vegetarian/organic/café/coffeehouse. Green Bliss Café is a bright eatery and coffeehouse featuring local and organic ingredients. Vegan selections include the Curried Chickpea Salad Panini and Green Bliss Salad. They also offer locally roasted coffee. Their blueberry muffin latte is highly recommended. Free Wi-Fi and outdoor seating are available. Green Bliss is located at the Villa Del Sol Shopping Center.

Open Monday through Saturday for three meals. Open Sunday for breakfast and lunch
Limited service
vegan options
take-out, espresso/cappuccino, soymilk
VISA/MC/AMEX, $

Rialto Café

108 W. Wilshire Ave., Fullerton, CA 92832

(714) 525-5111

Natural foods café. Rialto Café has kept the charm of a 1920's movie theatre. There are plenty of vegetarian selections, with some vegan options. On the breakfast menu, substitute meat with soy chicken, soy sausage, or tempeh. Brown rice is also available.

Open Sunday through Thursday for breakfast and lunch. Open Friday and Saturday for three meals
Full service
vegan options
take-out, espresso/cappuccino, special beverages, beer/wine
VISA/MC, $$

Rutabegorz

211 N. Pomona Ave., Fullerton, CA 92832

(714) 738-9339

Natural foods/American. Specializing in homemade food, Rutabegorz provides ample portions to fill everyone's needs. Vegan and vegetarian options include a variety of burritos, pastas, veggie dishes, stew, sandwiches, wraps, daily soups, and salad bowls large enough to hold a Buick!

Open Monday through Saturday for lunch and dinner. Closed Sunday
Full service
vegan options
take-out, catering, fresh juices, smoothies, cappuccino, special beverages, wine/beer
VISA/MC/AMEX, $$

locations

Garberville

Woodrose Café

911 Redwood Dr., Garberville, CA 95542

(707) 923-3191

Natural foods. Woodrose Café's many vegetarian options contain cheese and eggs. Organic and local ingredients are used. Cash only.

Open Monday through Friday for breakfast and lunch. Open Saturday and Sunday for brunch
Full service
vegan options
take-out, fresh juices, non-alcoholic beer, wine/beer
$-$$

locations

Garden Grove

·An Lac Duyen

8851 Garden Grove Blvd., Garden Grove, CA 92844

(714) 534-4400

Vegetarian/Vietnamese. An Lac Duyen's décor and ambience is peaceful and quiet with a soothing waterfall and soft music playing in the background. No MSG, animal products (other than milk for coffee), or processed sugar is used in any of the foods. They are known for their specialty noodle dishes such as vermicelli. An Lac Duyen is tucked away in the New Seoul Plaza.

Open daily for lunch and dinner
Full service
vegan options
take-out, fresh juices, soymilk
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $

·Hoa Sen Vegetarian Restaurant

12180 Brookhurst St., Garden Grove, CA 92840

(714) 537-0077

Vegetarian/Vietnamese. Hoa Sen is an all-vegetarian Vietnamese eatery. Enjoy soups, salads, vermicelli, claypots, rice dishes, and pho. Prices can't be beat!

Open Thursday through Tuesday for lunch and dinner. Closed Wednesday
Counter service
vegan options
take-out
VISA/MC, $

··Vegan Pizza

12022 Chapman Ave., Garden Grove, CA 92840

(714) 750-8686

Vegan/pizzeria. Vegan Pizza is just what you'd expect from its name -- vegan pizza! They offer creative gourmet pies like the Barbecue Chik'un and Philly Cheez Steak pizzas. Sandwiches, calzones, pasta, and salads are also available. Vegan Pizza is located in Orange County.

Open Monday through Saturday for lunch and dinner. Open Sunday for dinner
Full service
take-out, delivery, non-alcoholic beer
VISA/MC, $-$$

locations

Glendale

·Glendale Adventist Medical Center

1509 Wilson Terr., Glendale, CA 91206

(818) 409-8090

Vegetarian. The vegetarian menu changes daily.

Open daily for three meals
Cafeteria
take-out
$

locations

Goleta

·Backyard Bowls

5668 Calle Real, Goleta, CA 93117

(805) 770-2730

Vegetarian/fast food. Get a better life through better food! Backyard Bowls specializes in Acai Bowls (acai berry pulp blended with various other fruits into a seriously thick smoothie, topped with granola, fresh fruits, and an optional drizzle of honey) and real-food smoothies. They serve organic, local foods with no highly processed ingredients, chemicals, or high fructose corn syrup. Try the Ultimate Oatmeal Bowl (oats, home-made cashew milk, cinnamon, and raisins, topped with almonds, fresh fruit, and brown sugar or agave nectar) or the Hot Quinoa Bowl (quinoa, home-made cashew milk, cinnamon, and raisins, topped with walnuts, strawberries, blueberries, & agave nectar). Backyard Bowls in Goleta is located across from Trader Joe's and next door to Panino; it is near UCSB and Santa Barbara City College.

Open daily for three meals
Limited service
vegan options
take-out, smoothies, soymilk, special beverages
VISA/MC/AMEX, $

locations

Granada Hills

··Vegetable Delight

17823 Chatsworth St., Granada Hills, CA 91344

(818) 360-3997

Vegan/Chinese. This Chinese restaurant's entirely vegan menu offers exotic dishes, such as vegetarian squid with celery and mock hot braised veggie shrimp made from gluten or soy products. Vegetable dishes, including Crisp Fried Chinese Mushrooms and Szechuan Broccoli, are also available.

Open Tuesday through Sunday for lunch and dinner. Closed Monday
Full service
take-out, non-alcoholic wine/beer, beer
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $$

locations

Grass Valley

BriarPatch Co-op

290 Sierra College Dr., Ste. A, Grass Valley, CA 95945

(530) 272-5333

Natural foods store/deli. The BriarPatch Co-op is a natural foods store and deli that offers plenty of vegan options. Some of the vegan grocery items include butter alternatives, oat milk, rice shakes, almond milk yogurt, vegan cookies, and egg replacer. The deli also offers a wide selection of vegan options, including a daily vegan entrée, tofu scramble, fresh organic juices, vegan milkshakes and smoothies, and a vegetable wrap. BriarPatch also features a self-serve buffet.

Open daily for three meals
Deli-style
vegan options
take-out, fresh juices, smoothies
VISA/MC, $-$$

locations

Hacienda Heights

·Garden Fresh Restaurant

16034 Gale Ave., Hacienda Heights, CA 91745

(626) 968-2279

Vegetarian/Chinese. This informal restaurant offers a wide range of vegetarian dishes, including Kung Po Tofu, Spicy Tofu, Family Tofu (with broccoli, mushrooms, and cabbage), and Yuba with tomatoes, celery, mushrooms, or other vegetables. They offer lunch specials consisting of two to four items and a choice between white and brown rice, as well as special stir-fries for dinner.

Open daily for lunch and dinner. Closed first Sunday of every month
Full service
vegan options
fresh juices, soymilk, take-out
$

locations

Half Moon Bay

New Leaf Market

150 San Mateo Rd., Half Moon Bay, CA 94019

(650) 726-3110

Natural foods store. See description under Boulder Creek, CA.

locations

Harbor City

Smile Thai

1605 W. Pacific Coast Hwy., Harbor City, CA 90710

(310) 517-1781

Thai. A beautiful dining room complements delicious Thai curry, stir-fried entrées, and various specials.

Open daily for lunch and dinner
Full service
vegan options
take-out, delivery, catering, wine/beer
VISA/MC, $-$$

locations

Hayward

·The Sweet Art of Cake

26647 Mission Blvd., Hayward, CA 94544

(510) 342-9502

Vegetarian/bakery. The Sweet Art of Cake is a vegetarian bakery and unlike most bakeries, they do not use any gelatin. They make all cakes and pastries from scratch -- no boxed mixes. Many vegan baked goods are available. Some vegan cake flavors include chocolate, banana, red velvet, ginger spice, vanilla, coconut, mocha, Italian cream, and Mexican hot chocolate. For advance orders, they are happy to accommodate special requests including customized vegan cakes. Please note they are available Mondays by appointment only.

Open Tuesday through Sunday. Closed Monday
Counter service
vegan options
take-out, catering
VISA/MC, $$

locations

Hermosa Beach

·The Spot Natural Food Restaurant

110 Second St., Hermosa Beach, CA 90254

(310) 376-2355

Vegetarian/natural foods. This friendly "local" beach restaurant offers only vegetarian fare with many vegan items. Specialties include burritos, veggie burgers, and "Steamers" (steamed vegetable plates) with tasty sauces.

Open daily for lunch and dinner
Limited service
vegan options
take-out
VISA/MC, $$

locations

Hollywood

(For restaurant listings in the surrounding areas, see Alhambra, Altadena, Anaheim, Artesia, Canoga Park, Cerritos, Chatsworth, Corona del Mar, Costa Mesa, Covina, El Segundo, Fountain Valley, Fullerton, Glendale, Granada Hills, Hacienda Heights, Harbor City, Hermosa Beach, Hollywood, Huntington Beach, Irvine, Laguna Beach, Laguna Woods, Long Beach, Meiner Oaks, Monterey Park, Newport Beach, North Hollywood, Northridge, Norwalk, Orange, Pasadena, Redondo Beach, Reseda, Riverside, Rosemead, Rowland Heights, San Dimas, San Gabriel, Santa Ana, Santa Monica, Sherman Oaks, South El Monte, South Pasadena, Studio City, Tarzana, Topanga Canyon, Tustin, Upland, Venice, Ventura, West Covina, West Hollywood, and Westminster.)

·LifeFood Organic

1507 N. Cahuenga Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90028

(323) 466-0927

Vegetarian/raw foods/organic. LifeFood Organic is an all-vegetarian and raw food café with many vegan options. All the desserts are vegan, such as the strawberry cheesecake and the tiramisu. They also make chocolate almond milk. Only biodegradable and recycled packaging are used.

Open daily for three meals
Counter service
vegan options
take-out
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $$

··The Vegan House

1717 N. Wilcox Ave., Hollywood, CA 90028

(323) 962-6195

Vegan/Thai. The Vegan House serves an all-vegan menu of Thai cuisine. They are located just a few blocks east from the Walk of Fame in Hollywood.

Open daily for lunch and dinner
Full service
take-out, delivery, fresh juices, smoothies, soymilk
VISA/MC, $-$$

locations

Huntington Beach

··Bodhi Tree Vegetarian Café

501 Main St., Huntington Beach, CA 92648

(714) 969-9500

Vegan/Vietnamese. Located near the Huntington Beach Pier, this restaurant offers authentic Vietnamese dishes made with organic ingredients.

Open daily for lunch and dinner
Full service
fresh juices, smoothies, soymilk, special drinks
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $$

··Loving Hut

19891 Brookhurst St., Huntington Beach, CA 92646

(714) 962-6449

Vegan/Asian/American. Loving Hut is an international vegan restaurant chain with the slogan, "Be Veg. Go Green. Save the Planet." They offer gourmet vegan cuisine "for those making the noble transition to a plant-based diet." Although the menu varies by location, it typically includes appetizers, soups, salads, entrées, desserts, and special beverages. Both Asian and American meals are served including mock meat and vegetable dishes. Loving Hut was created with a vision that all beings could live in peace, love, and harmony with each other and the planet.

Open daily for lunch and dinner
Full service
take-out, fresh juices, smoothies, soymilk, non-alcoholic beer, special beverages
VISA/MC, $-$$

·MitAsie

7636 Edinger Ave., Huntington Beach, CA 92647

(714) 847-5262

Vegetarian/Chinese/Vietnamese. Located in a shopping mall in Huntington Beach, this low-key and friendly restaurant offers all-vegetarian Vietnamese fare. Offering generous portions and over 60 options on the menu, MitAsie has something for everyone. Menu items include pho made with soy chicken, a soy beef plate, and BBQ spring rolls made with soy pork.

Open daily for lunch and dinner
Full service
vegan options
take-out, catering
VISA/MC/DISC, $

Mother's Market & Kitchen

19770 Beach Blvd., Huntington Beach, CA 92648

(714) 963-6667

Natural foods store/deli/juice bar. See description under Anaheim, CA.

locations

Huntington Park

·La Flor de Loto

6531 Seville Ave., Huntington Park, CA 90255

(323) 589-5393

Vegetarian/Mexican. La Flor de Loto is a small eatery serving vegetarian Mexican cuisine at inexpensive prices. Popular dishes include Tofu Mole, Milaneza, Soyrizo Scramble, and Chile Relleno, stuffed with veggies. Entrées come with salad, rice, and beans. Their salsas are very fresh and spicy. Don't miss La Flor's all-you-can-eat weekend buffet!

Open daily for lunch and dinner
Full service
vegan options, take-out, delivery
VISA/MC, $-$$

locations

Inglewood

··Stuff I Eat

114 N. Market St., Inglewood, CA 90301

(310) 671-0115

Vegan/natural foods/organic. The all-vegan Stuff I Eat is eco-friendly and uses organic ingredients whenever possible. They do not use refined sugar, artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives. Enjoy the Carrot Un-Tuna Salad Sandwich, Organic Wild & Black Rice Tacos, Enchilada Pie, or the very popular, Organic Soul Food Platter (yams, mac ‘n’ cheese, BBQ tofu, kale greens, black-eyed pea soup & mini cornbread muffin). Like they say, "If you don't want meat, try the Stuff I Eat!."

Open Tuesday through Sunday for lunch and dinner. Closed Monday
Limited service
take-out, catering, fresh juices, smoothies
VISA/MC, $$-$$$

·Veg-It-Up Grill

1100 W. Florence Ave., Unit D, Inglewood, CA 90301

(310) 670-7400

Vegetarian/American/fast food. Veg-It-Up is making compassionate eating more mainstream by offering tasty vegetarian and vegan fast food. Vegan selections include the Philly Cheese Steak, Multi Bean Beef Chili, and Grilled Chick’n Salad. Anything on the menu can be made vegan upon request. Save room for vegan cheesecake!

Open Sunday for lunch and early dinner. Open Monday through Thursday for lunch and dinner. Open Friday for lunch. Closed Saturday
Counter service
vegan options
take-out, delivery, catering, smoothies, soymilk
VISA/MC, $

locations

Irvine

Mother's Market & Kitchen

2963 Michelson Dr., Irvine, CA 92612

(949) 752-6667

Natural foods store/deli/juice bar. See description under Anaheim, CA.

··The Wheel of Life

14370 Culver Dr., Ste. 2G, Irvine, CA 92604

(949) 551-8222

Vegan/Thai. The Wheel of Life is a warm, inviting informal restaurant with Thai and Chinese dishes. Entrées include stuffed tofu delights, Pad Thai, curries, Thai salads, a variety of veggie "fish" dishes, and dishes made from soy meats created from their own recipes. No MSG is used. The Wheel of Life is closed between lunch and dinner, so please call ahead for hours.

Open Wednesday through Monday for lunch and dinner. Closed Tuesday
Full service
take-out, catering, soymilk, non-alcoholic beer, special beverages
VISA/MC, $$

··Veggie Grill

4213 Campus Dr., Irvine, CA 92612

(949) 509-0003

81 Fortune Dr., Irvine, CA 92618

(949) 727-9900

3972 Barranca Pkwy., Ste. A, Irvine, CA 92606

(949) 681-0173

Vegan/American/fast food. The Campus Drive location is across from UC Irvine in the University Center next to Trader Joe's. The Fortune Drive location is in the Irvine Spectrum Center. The Barranca Parkway location is in the Crossroads Shopping Center. See description under El Segundo, CA.

locations

La Jolla

·Ché Café

1000 Scholars Dr., La Jolla, CA 92093

(619) 555-8696

Vegetarian. This is a not-for-profit vegetarian collective on the UCSD campus. Ché Café serves mostly vegan foods and hosts live music shows on most weekends.

Open on Wednesday. Call for others times
Limited service
vegan options
take-out
$

locations

La Mesa

Casa de Pico

5500 Grossmont Center Dr., La Mesa, CA 91942

(619) 463-3267

Mexican. Located LaMesa's Grossmont Center, Casa de Pico offers many vegetarian options. A special menu for the health-conscious lists foods low in salt, fat, and cholesterol. Enjoy live mariachi music nightly on an open-air patio.

Open daily for lunch and dinner
Full service
take-out, catering, wine/beer/alcohol
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $-$$

locations

Ladera Ranch

··Loving Hut

27522 Antonio Pkwy., Ste. P2, Ladera Ranch, CA 92694

(949) 365-1077

Vegan/Asian/American. Loving Hut is an international vegan restaurant chain with the slogan, "Be Veg. Go Green. Save the Planet." They offer gourmet vegan cuisine "for those making the noble transition to a plant-based diet." Although the menu varies by location, it typically includes appetizers, soups, salads, entrées, desserts, and special beverages. Both Asian and American meals are served including mock meat and vegetable dishes. Loving Hut was created with a vision that all beings could live in peace, love, and harmony with each other and the planet. The Ladera Ranch location is closed on weekdays between lunch and dinner, so please call ahead for hours.

Open daily for lunch and dinner
Full service
take-out, cappuccino, special beverages
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $

locations

Laguna Beach

Royal Thai Cuisine

1750 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, CA 92651

(949) 494-8424

Thai. Royal Thai Cuisine offers nine vegetarian entrées, plus appetizers, soups, and salads.

Open Monday through Friday for lunch. Open Saturday for dinner. Open Sunday for brunch and dinner
Full service
vegan options
wine/beer/alcohol
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $$

··The Stand

238 Thalia St., Laguna Beach, CA 92651

(949) 494-8101

Vegan/natural foods/juice bar. The Stand, as its name implies, is a food stand, but this all-vegan spot offers a large menu of delicious food and beverages at reasonable prices. Enjoy salads, pitas, sandwiches, burritos, tamales, and smoothies. The Stand is very popular and has been around for over 30 years; stop by to find out why. Outdoor patio seating only.

Open daily for breakfast, lunch and early dinner
Limited service
take-out, fresh juices, smoothies, special beverages
$

·Zinc Café & Market

350 Ocean Ave., Laguna Beach, CA 92651

(949) 494-6302

Vegetarian. See description under Corona del Mar.

locations

Laguna Niguel

··Veggie Grill

27321 La Paz Rd., Laguna Niguel, CA 92677

(949) 362-9649

Vegan/American/fast food. This location is in Plaza de la Paz. See description under El Segundo, CA.

locations

Laguna Woods

Mother's Market & Kitchen

24165 Paseo de Valencia, Laguna Woods, CA 92653

(949) 768-6667

Natural foods store/deli/juice bar. See description under Anaheim, CA.

locations

Loma Linda

·Loma Linda University Medical Center Café

Anderson and Barton Rds., Loma Linda, CA 92354

(714) 824-4365

Vegetarian. The cafeteria offers soups, salads, casseroles, and mock meat dishes.

Open daily
Cafeteria
vegan options
take-out
$

locations

Long Beach

··Ahimsa Vegan Café

340 E. 4th St., Long Beach, CA 90802

(562) 435-7113

Vegan/organic. Ahimsa is completely vegan and offers sandwiches, salads, bowls, burgers, wraps, and desserts. Tasty dishes include the Teriyaki Bowl, Avocado Jalapeno Cheeseburger, and Tempeh Reuben. The restaurant is located in downtown Long Beach. Outdoor seating is available.

Open daily for lunch and dinner
Full service
take-out, catering, fresh juices, smoothies
VISA/MC, $

Café Ambrosia

1923 E. Broadway, Long Beach, CA 90802

(562) 432-1098

Mediterranean. Café Ambrosia offer many vegetarian and vegan items in their beautiful restaurant. Enjoy Falafel, Vegan Dolma, Tofu Burrito, Homemade Vegan Loaf, or Vegan Rice Pilaf. They even have vegan desserts: Baklava, Apple Loukoumades, and Greek Village Halva. Enjoy dining on the open garden patio or inside by the fireplace.

Open daily for three meals
Full service
vegan options
take-out, delivery, catering, espresso/cappuccino, beer/wine/alcohol
VISA/MC/AMEX, $$-$$$

Gypsy's Mediterranean Grill

21 S. 39th Pl., Long Beach, CA 90803

(562) 433-8850

Mediterranean. Gypsy's Mediterranean Grill is located just a flew blocks from the shore near the Belmont Pier. Enjoy classic Mediterranean dishes in the cozy atmosphere or on the outdoor patio. Vegetarian fare includes falafel, hummus, and eggplant dip. Try any of their traditional coffees or teas. Gypsy's is closed on weekdays between lunch and dinner, so please call ahead for hours.

Open daily for lunch and dinner
Full service
vegan options
take-out, delivery, catering, special beverages, BYOB
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $$

··I Love Vegan

2264 Pacific Ave 2264 Pacific Ave., Long Beach, CA 90806

(562) 981-8700

Vegan/Asian Fusion. I Love Vegan offers traditional Asian dishes with a vegan spin. Choose from a variety of appetizers, noodle dishes, curries, soups, salads, and desserts. Don’t miss the Crispy Wontons with tofu and a sweet and chili sauce or the Mango Sticky Rice!

Open daily for lunch and dinner.
Full service
vegan options
take-out
VISA/MC/DISC, $$

Star of Siam

2109 E. Broadway, Long Beach, CA 90803

(562) 439-1564

Thai. This traditional Thai restaurant has a vegetarian menu that includes veggie egg rolls, coconut milk soup, hot & sour soup, spicy eggplant, vegetable tempura, garlic or sweet & sour tofu, vegetable pad Thai, pineapple vegetable fried rice (with or without eggs), seasonal vegetables, and much more! They also offer vegetarian versions of their other entrées, including noodle dishes, rice dishes, and curries.

Open daily for lunch and dinner
Full service
vegan options
take-out, delivery, catering, non-alcoholic beer, beer/wine, special beverages
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $$

·Steamed Organic Vegetarian Cuisine

801 E. 3rd St., Long Beach, CA 90802

(562) 437-1122

Vegetarian/organic. Steamed offers an all-vegetarian menu of locally-sourced foods. Everything can be made vegan upon request. All ingredients are listed online as well as a complete breakdown of what's in each dish. Free Wi-Fi is available. Enjoy your meal on their outdoor heat-lamp patio.

Open daily for lunch and dinner
Full service
vegan options
take-out, delivery, beer/wine
VISA/MC, $

The Original Park Pantry

2104 E. Broadway, Long Beach, CA 90803

(562) 434-0451

California. The Original Park Pantry offers vegetarian light fare, including a steamed fresh vegetable plate, vegetarian chili, and pasta of the day with marinara sauce.

Open daily for three meals
Full service
counter service, take-out
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $-$$

··Veggie Grill

6451 E. Pacific Coast Hwy., Long Beach, CA 90803

(562) 430-4986

Vegan/American/fast food. This location is at The Marketplace. See description under El Segundo, CA.

·Viento y Agua Coffeehouse

4007 E. 4th St., Long Beach, CA 90814

(562) 434-1182

Vegetarian/coffeehouse. Viento y Agua Coffeehouse, an eclectic coffee shop in the quaint village of Fourth Street, Long Beach, offers organic coffee drinks, baked goods, and live music, all in a unique setting. Their vegan drinks include a peanut-butter-banana-oats smoothie and yerba mate tea. Their menu also includes a veggie garden salad and a zesty green salad. Viento y Agua also offers high-speed wireless Internet and discounts for customers who bring their own mugs.

Open daily for three meals
Limited service
vegan options
take-out, espresso/cappuccino, smoothies, special beverages
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $

locations

Los Angeles

(For restaurant listings in the surrounding areas, see Alhambra, Altadena, Anaheim, Artesia, Canoga Park, Cerritos, Chatsworth, Corona del Mar, Costa Mesa, Covina, El Segundo, Fountain Valley, Fullerton, Glendale, Granada Hills, Hacienda Heights, Harbor City, Hermosa Beach, Hollywood, Huntington Beach, Irvine, Laguna Beach, Laguna Woods, Long Beach, Meiner Oaks, Monterey Park, Newport Beach, North Hollywood, Northridge, Norwalk, Orange, Pasadena, Redondo Beach, Reseda, Riverside, Rosemead, Rowland Heights, San Dimas, San Gabriel, Santa Ana, Santa Monica, Sherman Oaks, South El Monte, South Pasadena, Studio City, Tarzana, Topanga Canyon, Tustin, Upland, Venice, Ventura, West Covina, West Hollywood, and Westminster.)

A Votre Sante

13016 San Vincente Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049

(310) 451-1813

Eclectic. Located in Brentwood, A Votre Sante offers health-conscious meals with several organic and local options. They have many vegetarian and vegan selections available. Check out the Tofu Rolls, Veggie Burger Salad, or Vegetarian Burrito. Please note that their soy cheese contains casein.

Open daily for three meals
Full service
vegan options
take-out, delivery, beer/wine
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $$

··Azla Vegan

3655 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90007

(213) 745-7455

Vegan/Ethiopian. Azla Vegan serves fresh and completely vegan Ethiopian food. Choose from classic dishes like Misir (red lentils in a spicy sauce) or Gomen (kale and collard greens). Or check out any of their daily specials, which may include items like pizza or soup. The eatery also features desserts that meet a variety of dietary needs. Azla is located in Mercado La Paloma in historic South Central and near USC.

Open Monday through Saturday for lunch and dinner. Closed Sunday
Counter service
take-out, catering, special beverages
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $

··BabyCakes NYC

236 N. Larchmont Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90004

(855) 462-2292

Vegan/bakery/kosher. BabyCakes NYC is a specialty vegan bakery that serves mostly organic and gluten-free sweets including cupcakes, cookies, muffins, cinnamon buns, brownies, and cakes. Refined sugar is never used; most items are sweetened with agave syrup. Among the tempting treats are Vanilla Macaroons, Blueberry Crumb Cake, Chocolate Chip Cookie Sandwiches, Pumpkin Spice Loaf, and Red Velvet Cupcakes. Besides local delivery by messenger, many items can be ordered for shipment in the United States.

Open daily
Counter service
take-out, delivery, catering, soymilk
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $-$$$

·Beverly Hills Juice

8382 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048

(323) 655-8300

Vegetarian/juice bar. They offer fresh juices and some foods prepared from local organic produce. Shakes and wheatgrass drinks are made to order. Tahini, sauerkraut, hummus, sushi, applesauce, dairy-free ice cream, and other treats are prepared on the premises.

Open Monday through Saturday for breakfast through early dinner. Closed Sunday
Take-out
vegan options
fresh juices
VISA/MC, $

·Bulan Thai Vegetarian Kitchen

7168 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90046

(323) 857-1882

4114 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90029

(323) 913-1488

Vegetarian/Thai. At Bulan, ingredients are fresh and aimed at promoting good health. They do not use any refined sugars, MSG, or saturated fats in the cooking process. Special dietary needs can be accommodated as all entrées are cooked to order. Some dishes to try include Mock Duck Curry and Spicy Spaghetti. There are many vegan items and they are clearly indicated on the menu. Bulan offers cozy indoor and sidewalk seating. The Santa Monica Boulevard location is in the Silver Lake area of Los Angeles.

Open daily for lunch and dinner
Full service
vegan options
take-out, delivery, catering
VISA/MC/AMEX, $$

·Café Gratitude

639 N. Larchmont Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90004

(323) 580-6383

Vegetarian/organic/raw foods. See description under Berkeley, CA.

·Café Rivva

11677 San Vicente Blvd., Ste. 300, Los Angeles, CA 90049

(310) 826-6866

Vegetarian/organic. Café Rivva offers an all-vegetarian menu (more than half of which is vegan) with an emphasis on organic ingredients. Enjoy fresh salads, sandwiches, and smoothies. Their outdoor patio seating offers a terrific view. Rivva is located on the upper level (3rd floor) of the Brentwood Gardens Mall in Brentwood, on the westside of Los Angeles.

Open daily for lunch and dinner
Counter service
vegan options
take-out, smoothies
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $-$$

··Crossroads Kitchen

8284 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90046

(323) 782-9245

Vegan/Mediterranean. From celebrity chef Tal Ronnen comes an all-vegan restaurant and bar. Crossroads Kitchen serves plant-based, innovative, and seasonal cuisine in a stylish and beautiful atmosphere. They specialize in small plates and Mediterranean foods. Crossroads is located at the corner of Sweetzer Avenue in West Hollywood. Reservations are accepted. Valet parking is available.

Open Monday through Saturday for dinner through late night service. Open Sunday for dinner
Full service
catering, wine/beer/alcohol
VISA/MC, $$$

··Cruzer Pizza

4449 Prospect Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90027

(323) 666-0600

Vegan/pizzeria. Cruzer Pizza is an all-vegan pizzeria that is for take-out only. Customers can order their pizza, pasta, salad, subs, and more online. Pizza highlights include a Gourmet Pesto Pizza and Philly Cheese Steak Pizza. Their menu also includes a vegan Caesar salad, spaghetti, and 'cheesy' potato wedges.

Open daily for lunch and dinner
Take-out
delivery, catering
VISA/MC/AMEX, $$

··Doomie's Home Cookin'

1253 N. Vine St., Ste. 9, Los Angeles, CA 90038

(323) 469-4897

Vegan/American. Doomie's Home Cookin' offers the comfort foods you remember but without the meat! Menu items include pot roast, meatloaf, country fried steak, and mac & cheese -- all vegan! Cash only.

Open Tuesday through Sunday for lunch and dinner. Closed Monday
Full service
take-out, beer/wine/alcohol
$-$$

·Dr. J's Vibrant Café

334 S. Main St., Ste. 1101, Los Angeles, CA 90013

(213) 537-0905

Vegetarian/natural foods/organic/juice bar. Dr. J's Vibrant Café serves a fusion of Western cooking with an Eastern flair. This mostly vegan restaurant utilizes organic, locally-grown ingredients whenever possible. Enjoy menu items like the Edamame Mountain Bowl, Homemade Tangy Vegan Burger, Sprouted Lentil Soup, or Tofu Supreme Bowl. Finish off your meal with a dessert such as Banana "Ice Cream," or Raw Tofu Cheesecake. Dr. J's is located in downtown LA. Outdoor seating is available.

Open daily for lunch and dinner
Full service
vegan options
take-out, delivery, catering, fresh juices, smoothies, soymilk, special beverages
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $$

·Elderberries

7564 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90046

(323) 309-2479

Vegetarian/café/juice bar. Elderberries is a vegetarian café offering sandwiches, soups, salads, and more. Enjoy fresh juices and smoothies at their organic juice bar. Free Wi-Fi is available. Elderberries is located in Hollywood. Cash only.

Open Tuesday through Sunday for three meals. Closed Monday
Full service
vegan options
take-out, catering, fresh juices, smoothies
$$

Electric Lotus

4656 Franklin Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90026

(888) 565-6887

Indian. Electric Lotus offers a good selection of vegan entrées, such as tofu curry, vegetable pakora (deep-fried batter dipped vegetables), and malai kofta (vegetable balls in curry sauce), as well as many vegetarian appetizers and soups. Valet parking during dinner service.

Open daily for lunch through late evenings
Full service
vegan options
take-out
VISA/MC, $$

·Elf Café

2135 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026

(213) 484-6829

Vegetarian/Mediterranean. Elf Café is a small and romantic restaurant offering vegetarian cuisine with a Meditteranean twist. Located in the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, this is the perfect place for an intimate dinner. Try the Moroccan Vegetable Tagine, a traditional Moroccan vegetable stew served over a bed of quinoa. Outdoor dining is available. Reservations are highly recommended. Cash only.

Open Wednesday through Sunday for dinner. Closed Monday and Tuesday
Full service
vegan options
take-out, espresso, BYOB
$$$

··Fala Bar

7751 1/2 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90046

(323) 424-7131

Vegan/organic/falafel bar. Fala Bar is a vegan falafel bar and salad café serving fresh and organic foods. Choose from traditional pita sandwiches, hummus, or salads. Fala Bar also offers a few creative twists to their falafel, such as the sweet potato and spicy versions. Prices are inexpensive and service is quick and friendly. Take advantage of their pre-made to-go dishes. Outdoor seating is available. Fala Bar is located in Mid-City at Fairfax.

Open daily for lunch
Counter service
take-out
VISA/MC, $

Fiddler's Bistro

6009 W. Third St., Los Angeles, CA 90036

(323) 931-8167

Bistro. Fiddler's Bistro offers several dishes for vegetarians. They have a vegetarian burrito, sautéed spinach, and a bistro caliente made with vegetables, beans, stuffed grape leaves, hummus, and tabbouleh. You might also try the Fresno Vegetarian Grape Leaves and baba ghanouj. Reservations are recommended for Sunday brunch.

Open Monday through Saturday for three meals. Open Sunday for brunch and dinner
Full service
vegan options
take-out, espresso/cappuccino, non-alcoholic beer, wine/beer/alcohol
VISA/MC/AMEX, $$

··Flore Vegan Cuisine

3818 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026

(323) 953-0611

Vegan café/organic. At Flore, you can dine at the deli counter, in the full service restaurant, or outside on a beautiful day. Their all-vegan menu includes pizza, soups, salads, raw items, desserts, and more. There are many wheat- and gluten-free dishes as well. Located at Hyperion in Silver Lake, Flore is an organic vegan paradise.

Open Monday through Friday for three meals. Open Saturday and Sunday for brunch and dinner
Full service
take-out, delivery, catering, fresh juices, smoothies, espresso/cappuccino, soymilk
VISA/MC/AMEX, $$

·Govinda's Natural Food Buffet

3764 Watseka Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90034

(310) 836-1269

Vegetarian/natural foods. Located at a Hare Krishna temple, Govinda's offers a salad bar; freshly baked whole wheat bread; sandwiches; Mexican dishes; hot entrées such as tofu filet, nut loaf, and vegetable lasagna; Indian dishes; and pizza. This establishment prides itself on catering to vegans and serves many dairy-free items. Govinda's is closed between lunch and dinner, so please call ahead for hours. The restaurant is located near Sony Studios in Culver City. Outdoor seating is available.

Open Monday through Saturday for lunch and dinner. Open Sunday for lunch
Buffet
vegan options
take-out, catering, fresh juices, special beverages
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $

·Green Leaves

1769 Hillhurst Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90027

(323) 664-2345

Vegetarian/Thai. Green Leaves offers soups, organic salads, wraps, burgers, and sandwiches. Breakfast foods are available all day, including breakfast burritos, scrambled 'egz' and pancakes. This restaurant is mostly vegan, however, some items may contain whey or casein.

Open daily for three meals through late night
Full service
vegan options
take-out, delivery, catering, soymilk
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $-$$

Inaka Natural Foods Restaurant

131 S. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036

(323) 936-9353

Japanese/macrobiotic. No eggs or dairy products are used, and foods are vegetarian except for some fish dishes. Brown rice and different beans are featured with vegetables. Inaka is closed on weekdays between lunch and dinner, so please call ahead for hours.

Open Tuesday through Friday for lunch and dinner. Open Saturday and Sunday for dinner. Closed Monday
Full service
vegan options
take-out, BYOB
VISA/MC, $$

··KindKreme

1700 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026

(213) 989-1718

Vegan/ice cream parlor. KindKreme is located in Sage Organic Vegan Bistro, on the corner of Sunset and Logan, in the neighborhood of Echo Park. See description under Culver City, CA.


·Kitchen Mouse

5904 N. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90042

(323) 259-9555

Vegetarian/café. The expression big things come in small packages has never been truer than at Kitchen Mouse. This café, though modest in size, is packed full of charm! With a mixture of breakfast and lunch staples on the menu, Kitchen Mouse would be a perfect spot for brunch. Try the Tempeh Reuben or their pancakes! The pancakes are vegan and gluten free and are served with Vermont maple syrup, berries and coconut. Kitchen Mouse is located in Highland Park.

Open Tuesday through Sunday for lunch. Closed Monday
Limited service
vegan options
take-out, catering
VISA/MC, $$

··LA Vegan

4507 S. Centinela Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90066

(310) 574-9888

Vegan/Thai. This modern Los Angeles restaurant offers burgers, noodle and rice dishes, curries, pancakes, wraps, and more! Try the Chu Chee Salmon, which is grilled mock salmon with spicy red curry sauce, or the Thai fried rice.

Open daily for lunch and dinner
Full service
take-out, delivery, catering, soymilk, fresh juices, special beverages
VISA/MC, $-$$

··Leaf Organics

11938 W. Washington Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90066

(310) 397-0700

Vegan/raw foods/organic/juice bar. Leaf Organics prepares vegan, organic, and mostly raw foods. Enjoy wraps, salads, soups, burgers, cheesecakes, and more! They also serve tasty raw juices and smoothies. Their Raw Food Box Program features prepared meals for pick-up or delivery. Leaf offers raw food preparation classes along with books and DVDs on this lifestyle. The restaurant is located in Culver City.

Open daily for lunch and dinner
Limited service
take-out, catering, fresh juices, smoothies, soymilk, special beverages
VISA/MC, $-$$

··Localita & The Badasserie

817 S. Los Angeles St., Los Angeles, CA 90014

(213) 623-3223

Vegan/eclectic. This self-proclaimed hole-in-the-wall is a casual, quick service eatery offering an all-vegan menu. A must-try is The Sir Nasty, a vegan sausage patty dressed in vegan cheddar, chipotle sauce, red onion, maple syrup, and Sriracha sauce on a sprouted multigrain English muffin. You can even text your order for pick-up or delivery! Localita & The Badasserie is located in downtown LA.

Open Monday through Saturday for breakfast, lunch, and early dinner. Closed Sunday
Counter service
take-out, delivery, catering, fresh juices, smoothies
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $-$$

··Mr. Wisdom Hare Krishna Restaurant

3526 W. Slauson Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90043

(323) 295-1517

Vegan deli in a natural foods store. This organic café in a health foods store features salads, soups, veggie burgers, a bean dish served over brown rice and steamed vegetables, and more.

Open Monday through Saturday for three meals. Closed Sunday
Limited service
take-out, fresh juices, smoothies
$

Mrs. Winston's Green Grocery

1999 Avenue of the Stars, Ste. 132, Los Angeles, CA 90067

(310) 553-4100

Natural foods store/deli. Mrs. Winston's Green Grocery is a natural foods market with many vegetarian and vegan selections. They have an incredible salad bar along with sandwiches and soups.

Open daily
Deli-style
vegan options
take-out
VISA/MC, $-$$

·Muse on 8th

759 S. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036

(323) 933-6873

Vegetarian/café/coffeehouse. Muse on 8th is a neighborhood café in the heart of the city. They serve a menu of all-vegetarian foods with lots of vegan options. Choose from a variety of delicious sandwiches, wraps, salads, pizzas, freshly-baked breads, and desserts. Try their Tofu Scramble, Mediterranean Wrap, or a pizza of your own creation, followed by their very popular vegan cheesecake. When ordering items containing cheese, you can usually request Daiya cheese as a vegan substitute. Muse features nighttime entertainment and events and a rotating art gallery highlighting local artists. Enjoy games, books, magazines, and newspapers along with free Wi-Fi. Outdoor seating is available. Muse is located just south of Wilshire Boulevard at 8th Street.

Open daily for three meals
Limited service
vegan options
take-out, catering, fresh juices, espresso/cappuccino, soymilk
VISA/MC, $-$$

§··Native Foods

1114 Gayley Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90024

(310) 209-1055

Vegan/natural foods/organic. This location is in Westwood Village. See description under Aliso Viejo, CA.

·Nite Moon Café

1357 N. Highland Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90028

(323) 936-4172

Vegetarian/café/juice bar. Nite Moon Café is an all-vegetarian eatery within the Golden Bridge Yoga Studio. They feature a soup and salad bar along with a variety of teas, coffees, and smoothies that are perfect for on-the-go. Try the Tiki Masala Tempeh Burger served with grilled onions and mango chutney on a whole wheat bun.

Open Monday through Thursday for lunch and dinner. Open Friday through Sunday for lunch
Limited service
vegan options
take-out, fresh juices, espresso/cappuccino, smoothies, soymilk
VISA/MC/AMEX, $-$$

·Paru's Indian Vegetarian Restaurant

5140 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90027

(323) 661-7600

Vegetarian/Indian. Paru's Indian Vegetarian Restaurant offers classic South Indian cuisine that is entirely vegetarian and mostly vegan. Paru's does not use eggs and most of the main dishes are non-dairy, however, beverages and desserts are likely to contain dairy products. Enjoy Masala Dosa, Idli, Uppuma, and Sambar at this authentic and very popular restaurant.

Open Monday through Friday for dinner. Open Saturday and Sunday for lunch and dinner
Full service
vegan options
take-out, wine/beer, non-alcoholic beer, special beverages
VISA/MC, $$-$$$

··Rahel Ethiopian Veggie Cuisine

1047 S. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90019

(323) 937-8401

Vegan/Ethiopian. Rahel Ethiopian Veggie Cuisine serves authentic Ethiopian cuisine that is completely vegan! The menu includes salads, stews, combo meals, and desserts. Meals are made with olive oil and grape seed oil and are served with either rice or Injera (gluten-free Injera is available). Unique beverages like Ethiopian flax juice and non-alcoholic agave wine are also offered. Don't miss the daily all-you-can-eat lunch buffet!

Open daily for lunch and dinner
Full service
take-out, catering, special beverages
VISA/MC/AMEX, $$

··Sage Organic Vegan Bistro

1700 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026

(213) 989-1718

Vegan/organic. This location of Sage is in Echo Park. See description under Culver City, CA.


·Samosa House West

11510 W. Washington Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90066

(310) 398-6766

Vegetarian/Indian. Samosa House, formerly named Bharat Bazaar, is an entirely vegetarian Eastern Indian restaurant and market. After you have enjoyed your meatless meal, check out the Indian spices, sweets, teas, and much more in the store! Samosa House has been a Culver City landmark since 1979.

Open daily for lunch and dinner
Limited service
vegan options
take-out, catering, soymilk, smoothies
VISA/MC, $

··Shojin

333 S. Alameda St., Ste. 310, Los Angeles, CA 90013

(213) 617-0305

12406 W. Washington Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90066

(310) 390-0033

Vegan/Japanese/organic. Shojin offers an extensive menu of organic and vegan Japanese cuisine including salads, pastas, noodle dishes, curries, and soups. They have even developed three types of seitan, each with its own recipe and cooking method, to correspond with the tastes and textures of chicken, pork, and beef. Their lunch specials are a great value. Shojin on Alameda is located in downtown Los Angeles in the Little Tokyo Shopping Center. Their second location is on the Culver City/Mar Vista border. Please note that the Culver City restaurant is open Tuesday through Friday for dinner and closed on Monday.

Open Monday through Friday for dinner. Open Saturday and Sunday for lunch and dinner
Full service
take-out, catering, soymilk
VISA/MC, $$-$$$

··Sprouted Garden Café

2813 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026

(213) 483-7778

Vegan/Indian. The Sprouted Garden Café offers a unique mix of traditional café and Indian cuisine with an all-vegan menu. Try one of their unique salads like the Julius Caesar, or one of the many entrées such as Buddha Curry. There are several gluten-free options available and plenty of juices and smoothies. Be sure to enjoy the ambient outdoor seating and happy hour at their beer garden.

Open daily for lunch and dinner
Full service
take-out, delivery, catering, fresh juices, smoothies, soymilk, beer/wine
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $-$$

·The Hedgehog

2201 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026

(213) 568-3315

Vegetarian/coffeehouse. The Hedgehog is an eclectic coffeeshop that features organic, locally-roasted espresso, house-made chai, fresh juices, and vegan sweets. Wi-Fi is available. The Hedgehog is located in Echo Park.

Open daily for breakfast and lunch
Counter service
vegan options
take-out, fresh juices, espresso/cappuccino
VISA/MC, $

·The Springs

608 Mateo St., Los Angeles, CA 90021

(213) 223-6226

Vegetarian/raw foods. The Springs offers an entirely organic, raw and vegan menu (with the exception of raw honey). Try the morel pot pie with almond pastry, portobello mushrooms, baby carrots, peas, leeks, and lemon asparagus or the spaghetti with kelp and zucchini noodles and smoked coconut bacon. If you’re craving something sweet, don’t miss the chia seed pudding with cinnamon and vanilla.

Open daily for lunch and dinner.
Limited service
vegan options
fresh juices, smoothies, beer/wine, take-out
VISA/MC/DISC, $$

The Trails Outdoor Café

2333 Fern Dell Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90068

(323) 871-2102

Eclectic. The Trails Outdoor Café is a converted old shack located in the mountains of Griffith Park near the Observatory. This mostly vegetarian eatery features breakfast and lunch items like Multigrain Belgium Waffles, Vegan Black Bean Chili, SnackDogs (Veggie Hot Dogs in Cornbread), and an assortment of baked goods. The Trails is dog and kid friendly. Enjoy your meal outdoors with free wi-fi under the trees. Cash only.

Open Tuesday through Sunday for breakfast and lunch. Closed Monday
Limited service
vegan options
take-out, soymilk, espresso/cappuccino
$

··The Vegan Joint

10438 National Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90034

(310) 559-1357

4718 Fountain Ave., Ste. D, Los Angeles, CA 90029

(323) 667-9560

Vegan/Thai. The Vegan Joint serves everything on its menu all day. So get pancakes and tofu scramble egz for dinner or the pepper steak dinner (grilled soy beef with jalapeno sauce) to start off your day. Although Thai food is their specialty, they offer other vegan cuisine such as burgers, wraps, and sandwiches. Reasonable prices and delicious vegan food -- what more can you ask for? The Vegan Joint on National Boulevard is located between Motor and Overland in the Palms area (west Los Angeles). The Vegan Joint on Fountain Avenue is in the Hollywood area and is closed on Sunday.

Open daily for three meals
Full service
take-out, delivery, catering, smoothies, soymilk, special beverages
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $

··Vegan Glory

8393 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048

(323) 653-4900

Vegan/Thai. Vegan Glory offers delicious Thai-influenced vegan cuisine that is mostly organic. The open kitchen allows diners to view the careful food preparation. Menu items include Lentil Loaf, Tofu Satay, Glass Noodle Salad, and Miso Soup. Make sure to save room for some vegan carrot cake. Vegan Glory is located near many shops and services including the Beverly Center.

Open daily for lunch and dinner
Full service
take-out, delivery, smoothies, fresh juices, beer/wine
VISA/MC, $-$$

··Vegan House

2703 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026

(213) 483-2105

Vegan/Thai. Vegan House offers an extensive menu of vegan Thai cuisine.

Open daily for lunch and dinner
Limited service
take-out, delivery
VISA/MC, $$

··Veggie Grill

8000 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90046

(323) 822-7575

110 S. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036

(323) 933-3997

10916 Lindbrook Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90024

(310) 209-6070

6374 W. Sunset Blvd., Ste. A, Los Angeles, CA 90046

(323) 962-3354

Vegan/American/fast food. The location on Fairfax is at the L.A. Farmers Market. The location on Lindbrook is in Westwood Village. The location at 6374 Sunset is at The Dome in Hollywood. See description under El Segundo, CA.

·White Memorial Medical Center

1720 Brooklyn Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90025

(213) 268-5000 x1318

vegetarian. This cafeteria is in a Seventh-day Adventist hospital.

Open daily
Cafeteria
take-out
$$

locations

Los Gatos

High Tech Burrito

790 Blossom Hill Rd., Los Gatos, CA 95032

(408) 356-5677

Mexican. See description under Alamo, CA.

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Meiner Oaks

The Farmer and The Cook

339 W. El Roblar Dr., Meiner Oaks, CA 93023

(805) 640-9608

Café. This organic market café offers organic produce grown on our own farm, as well as soups, sandwiches, salad bar, smoothies, juice bar, and more.

Open daily for three meals. Open Sunday for brunch through dinner
Limited service
vegan options
$

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Mendocino

Mendocino Café

10451 Lansing St., Mendocino, CA 95460

(707) 937-2422

California. Both indoor and outdoor seating is available at this café. Be sure to sample the Thai burrito.

Open daily for lunch and dinner
Full service
vegan options
espresso/cappuccino, non-alcoholic beer, wine/beer
VISA/MC, $$

·Ravens' Restaurant at Stanford Inn by the Sea

44850 Comptche Ukiah Rd., Mendocino, CA 95460

(707) 937-5615

Vegetarian/organic. Dishes at the Ravens' are inspired by the restaurant's California-certified organic farm. The dining room offers a beautiful view of the ocean. For breakfast they serve such items as buckwheat waffles and eggs portobella, and the dinner menu includes Creole vegetables with blackened tofu.

Open Monday for breakfast and dinner. Open Tuesday and Wednesday for breakfast. Open Thursday and Friday for lunch and dinner. Open Saturday and Sunday for brunch and dinner
Full service
vegan options
fresh juices, espresso/cappuccino, smoothies, soymilk, wine/beer/alcohol, non-alcoholic wine/beer, reservations recommended
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC/DC, $$$

locations

Mill Valley

High Tech Burrito

118 Strawberry Village, Mill Valley, CA 94941

(415) 388-7002

Mexican. See description under Alamo, CA.

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Milpitas

··Green Café Vegan Cuisine

190 Ranch Dr., Milpitas, CA 95035

(408) 263-8098

Vegan/Vietnamese. Owned by a collective of friends, this Vietnamese café features a variety of lunch and dinner entrées, salads, appetizers, soups, rice and noodle plates, and desserts. Try entrées like Noble Broccoli, Spicy Lemongrass Tofu, and Soy Under the Sea. Green also offers a limited selection of Western sandwiches and wraps. Wedding and birthday cakes are available with 24 hours notice and are prepared without eggs or dairy products. Outdoor seating is available. The café is located at McCarthy Ranch.

Open daily for lunch and dinner
Full service
take-out, catering, fresh juices, smoothies
VISA/MC, $-$$

··Loving Hut

516 Barber Ln., Milpitas, CA 95035

(408) 943-0250

Vegan/Asian/American. Loving Hut is an international vegan restaurant chain with the slogan, "Be Veg. Go Green. Save the Planet." They offer gourmet vegan cuisine "for those making the noble transition to a plant-based diet." Although the menu varies by location, it typically includes appetizers, soups, salads, entrées, desserts, and special beverages. Both Asian and American meals are served including mock meat and vegetable dishes. Loving Hut was created with a vision that all beings could live in peace, love, and harmony with each other and the planet. The Milpitas location has a large dessert and beverage menu that includes vegan ice cream, cakes, coffees, and teas. Try the Caramel Flan or Tapioca Tea. They also have great lunch specials and offer office catering. This location is closed on weekdays between lunch and dinner, so please call ahead for hours.

Open Tuesday through Sunday for lunch and dinner. Closed Monday
Full service
take-out, fresh juices, espresso/cappuccino, soymilk, non-alcoholic beer/wine, special beverages
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $-$$

·Milan Sweet Centre

296 S. Abel St., Milpitas, CA 95035

(408) 946-2525

Vegetarian/Indian. Feast on many traditional Indian items, as well as tofu kabobs and sweet and sour kabobs.

Open Monday for lunch. Open Tuesday through Sunday for lunch and dinner
Full service
vegan options
take-out
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC/DC, $

·Tirupathi Bhimas

1208 S. Abel St., Milpitas, CA 95035

(408) 945-1010

Vegetarian/Indian. Tirupathi Bhimas is a South Indian vegetarian restaurant specializing in Andhra cuisine, with a few North Indian and Indo-Chinese options. The restaurant is closed between lunch and dinner, so please call ahead for hours.

Open Tuesday through Sunday for lunch and dinner. Closed Monday
Full service
vegan options
take-out, catering
VISA/MC/AMEX, $-$$

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Monterey

Chef Lee's Mandarin House

2031 N. Fremont St., Monterey, CA 93940

(831) 375-9551

Chinese. Several vegetarian dishes, including Mushrooms with Chinese Greens, Spicy Bean Curd, and Mu Shu Vegetables, are offered at this restaurant.

Open daily for lunch and dinner
Full service
vegan options
take-out, catering
VISA/MC, $$

··El Cantaro Vegan Mexican Restaurant

791 Foam St., Monterey, CA 93940

(831) 646-5465

Vegan/Mexican. El Cantaro makes very satisfying and inexpensive vegan Mexican food. They're well-known for their soft and delicious whole wheat tortillas. Some popular dishes include their grilled pineapple burrito, mushroom quesadilla, and "fish" tacos (topped with mango salsa, cabbage & guacamole). They strive to be eco-friendly by using recycled dinnerware, napkins, and take-out boxes. The atmosphere at El Cantaro is colorful, warm, and friendly. A private parking lot is available.

Open Sunday through Thursday for lunch and dinner. Open Friday for lunch. Closed Saturday
Limited service
take-out, fresh juices, smoothies, soymilk
VISA/MC, $-$$

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Monterey Park

·Happy Family Vegetarian Restaurant

608 N. Atlantic Blvd., 2nd Fl., Monterey Park, CA 91754

(626) 282-8986

Vegetarian/Chinese. Happy Family Vegetarian Restaurant is completely vegetarian and mostly vegan. Though the menu features many dishes containing mock meats, their specialty is the vegetarian deep fried "chicken," which is made from mushrooms. They do not use MSG. Stop in for their great daily lunch specials. Happy Family is closed on weekdays between lunch and dinner, so please call ahead for hours.

Open daily for lunch and dinner
Full service
vegan options
take-out
VISA/MC/AMEX, $$

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Mount Shasta

Lily's Restaurant

1013 S. Mt. Shasta Blvd., Mount Shasta, CA 96067

(530) 926-3372

California. Set in an old, refurbished house and displaying a view of Mt. Shasta, Lily's offers several vegetarian dishes, although very few vegan meals.

Open daily for three meals
Full service
vegan options
take-out, reservations recommended for Sunday brunch, alcohol
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $$$

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Mountain View

Amarin Thai Cuisine

174-176 Castro St., Mountain View, CA 94041

(650) 988-9323

Thai. Amarin Thai Cuisine offers vegetarian salads, soups, noodle dishes, and a host of curry dishes. Brown rice is available. The restaurant is closed between lunch and dinner, so please call ahead for hours.

Open daily for lunch and dinner
Full service
vegan options
take-out, catering
VISA/MC, $-$$

Amici's East Coast Pizzeria

790 Castro St., Mountain View, CA 94041

(650) 961-6666

Italian. It's difficult to find an Italian restaurant that caters to vegetarians, but Amici's is one delicious exception. You can choose from various pasta dishes, salads, and sandwich options, but do not miss the thin crust, brick-oven baked pizzas, available with non-dairy cheese substitutes and fresh veggies. Try the Cholesterol Council's National Bake-off choice, the new Asante Pizza, topped with soy mozzarella, spinach, broccoli, red onions, tomatoes, and fresh basil (no tomato sauce).

Open daily for lunch and dinner
Full service
vegan options
take-out, delivery
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC/DC, $-$$$

··Garden Fresh

1245 W. El Camino Real, Mountain View, CA 94040

(650) 254-1688

Vegan/Chinese. Garden Fresh offers a variety of vegetable, tofu, and wheat-gluten dishes on their all-vegan Chinese menu. Try Grilled 'Salmon' Filet, Hundred-Layer Tofu, Stuffed Chinese Cabbage Deluxe, Black Mushroom with Bok Choy, or Vegi Chicken Chow Fun. Save room for some vegan chocolate cake or non-dairy soy ice cream. Garden Fresh in Palo Alto is closed between lunch and dinner, so please call ahead for hours.

Open daily for lunch and dinner
Full service
take-out, fresh juices, soymilk, non-alcoholic beer, special beverages
VISA/MC/DISC, $$

Hobee's Restaurant

2312 Central Expy., Mountain View, CA 94043

(650) 968-6050

Natural foods/American. See description under Belmont, CA.

Open daily for breakfast and lunch

locations

Murphys

·Mineral

419 Main St., Murphys, CA 95247

(209) 728-9743

Vegetarian/contemporary. Mineral is an upscale eatery which prides itself on using local organic produce, when available. Specialties include Ginger Snap Seitan and Fried Chocolate Cannoli. Mineral is located in wine country, not far from Sacramento. Hours change seasonally so please call ahead.

Open Wednesday through Sunday for lunch and dinner. Closed Monday and Tuesday
Full service
vegan options
catering, soymilk, wine, special drinks
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $$-$$$

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Napa

High Tech Burrito

641 Trancas St., Napa, CA 94558

(707) 224-8882

Mexican. See description under Alamo, CA.

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Nevada City

·Fudenjuce

815 Zion St., Nevada City, CA 95959

(530) 265-5282

Vegetarian/natural foods/juice bar. Fudenjuce is an eclectic all-vegetarian eatery with a focus on organic and fresh foods. Their menu includes wraps, salads, rice bowls, sandwiches, soups, and daily specials. They offer an incredible selection of fresh juices, blends, shakes, and smoothies; try the Mango Melody or Hawaiian Hula Hula. Hours may change seasonally so please call ahead.

Open Monday through Saturday for three meals. Open Sunday for breakfast and lunch
Counter service
vegan options
take-out, fresh juices, smoothies, espresso/cappuccino, special beverages
VISA/MC, $

·The Fix

205 York St., Nevada City, CA 95959

(530) 478-1333

Vegetarian/organic/raw foods. The Fix is located in historic downtown Nevada City. Its bohemian style and organic, raw, and all-vegetarian menu set it apart from your average restaurant. Try the Portabella Burger, Pear & Arugula Salad, or Hawaiian Flatbread Pizza. Build your own smoothie or juice from their extensive menu of fruits, veggies, and extras.

Open Tuesday through Saturday for lunch and dinner. Open Sunday for lunch. Closed Monday
Full service
vegan options
take-out, catering, smoothies, fresh juices, espresso/cappuccino, special beverages
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $$

locations

Newport Beach

··Native Foods

1091 Newport Center Dr., Newport Beach, CA 92660

(949) 760-9999

Vegan/natural foods/organic. This location is next to Island Cinema at the Fashion Island Shopping Center. See description under Aliso Viejo, CA.

Pita Jungle

1200 Bison Ave., Newport Beach, CA 92660

(949) 706-7711

Mediterranean. Pita Jungle is a fresh and fun eatery offering Mediterranean foods with many vegetarian and vegan options. They have a terrific downloadable vegan chart on their website that indicates what items are vegan and if not, the reason (example: Artichoke Pasta Salad is not vegan as it has cheese). Menu items include pita sandwiches, pita wraps, falafel, hummus, salads, veggie burgers, and wood-fired pizzas. Tofu can be substituted for most chicken, meat, and fish dishes. Smoothies can be made with soy and no yogurt to become vegan. They can do applicable substitutions to make any dish vegan. Each location has its own unique vibe and features cool art, but please note that menu items, services offered, and hours may vary as well.

Open daily for lunch and dinner
Full service
vegan options
take-out, delivery, catering, smoothies, soymilk, beer/wine, non-alcoholic beer
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $-$$

Royal Thai Cuisine

4001 W. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, CA 92663

(949) 645-8424

Thai. See description under Laguna Beach, CA.

locations

North Hollywood

·Leonor's Vegetarian Mexican

11403 Victory Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91606

(818) 980-9011

Vegetarian/Mexican. Leonor's offers tostadas, tacos, enchiladas, quesadillas, and burritos made with soy cheese and soy "meats." It also serves pizza, sandwiches, and salads.

Open daily for lunch and dinner
Full service
vegan options
take-out, fresh juices
$-$$

··Lotus Vegan

4715 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91602

(818) 760-8088

Vegan/Thai. Lotus Vegan offers an extensive menu and great prices! Enjoy all-vegan Thai cuisine along with some American dishes. With a focus on organic ingredients, Lotus Vegan uses no MSG or white sugar. Breakfast is served all day. Outdoor dining is available.

Open daily for three meals
Limited service
take-out, delivery, soymilk, special beverages
VISA/MC, $-$$

locations

Norwalk

·Our Daily Bread Bakery & Deli

12201 Firestone Blvd., Norwalk, CA 90650

(562) 863-6897

Vegetarian/deli. The entrée menu rotates every 21 days, and there are 12 different soups, breads, cookies, macaroni and cheese, stuffed peppers, enchiladas, and quiche.

Open Monday through Thursday from late breakfast through early dinner. Open Friday for breakfast. Closed Saturday and Sunday
Counter service
vegan options
$

locations

Novato

High Tech Burrito

942 Diablo Ave., Novato, CA 94947

(415) 897-8083

Mexican. See description under Alamo, CA.

locations

Oak View

··Vegan Mario's Organic Kitchen

625 North Ventura Ave., Oak View, CA 93022

(805) 500-3287

Vegan/natural foods. From vegans to the veg-curious, there is something for everyone at Vegan Mario’s Organic Kitchen. Mario’s serves a variety of fresh and healthy meals aimed to turn anyone on to vegetarian food. Try a nutritious quinoa salad served in a reusable glass jar but make sure to leave room for one of their amazing vegan pastries.

Open daily for three meals.
Limited service
vegan options
carryout
VISA/MC/DISC, $$

locations

Oakland

·Amba

6464 Moraga Ave., Oakland, CA 94611

(510) 339-8000

Vegetarian/Middle Eastern/kosher. Amba specializes in authentic and flavorful falafel and hummus. They pride themselves on quick service. Most of their food is vegan. Enjoy baba ghanouj salad, a hummus bowl, or pita chips. This kosher eatery is located in Montclair Village.

Open Sunday through Thursday for lunch and dinner. Open Friday for lunch. Closed Saturday
Counter service
vegan options
take-out, delivery, catering, beer/wine
VISA/MC/AMEX, $-$$

·Encuentro

550 2nd St., Oakland, CA 94607

(510) 832-9463

Vegetarian/organic. Encuentro features organic/sustainable wines, and organic and local vegetarian cuisine. Favorites include bocadillos, salads, and chocolates. Vegan cheese is also offered. Try a strawberry pecan salad, a small plate of marinated mushrooms with smoked pecan pate, or bruschetta with avocado, olive oil and cilantro. Encuentro offers a friendly and casual environment with simple décor made from recycled materials. Outdoor seating is available.

Open Tuesday through Saturday for dinner. Closed Sunday and Monday
Full service
vegan options
take-out, beer/wine
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $$

·Golden Lotus Vegetarian Restaurant

1301 Franklin St., Oakland, CA 94612

(510) 893-0383

Vegetarian/Vietnamese. Golden Lotus is a vegetarian and mostly vegan restaurant. Enjoy spring rolls, Vietnamese veggie pancakes, carmelized "chicken," pot stickers, fried wontons, and more. Be sure to sample one of the numerous soups as well as a wide variety of creative entrées, many of which use wheat gluten and soy products. Golden Lotus is in the East Bay in downtown Oakland.

Open daily for lunch and dinner
Full service
vegan options
take-out, fresh juices, soymilk, non-alcoholic beer, special beverages
VISA/MC/DISC, $-$$

Holyland Kosher Foods

677 Rand Ave., Oakland, CA 94610

(510) 272-0535

Kosher. Enjoy salads, hummus, tabbouleh, falafel, and stuffed grape leaves while sitting indoors or enjoying the sun outside.

Open Sunday through Thursday for late lunch and dinner. Open Friday until noon. Closed Saturday
Full service
fresh juices, wine/beer, catering, take-out
$

Ike's Place

2204 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612

(510) 338-6789

Sandwich shop. See description under Cupertino, CA.

Lanesplitter Pit Stop

536 Lake Park Ave., Oakland, CA 94610

(510) 893-4001

Pizza. Lanesplitter Pit Stop is for take-out and delivery only. See description under Lanesplitter Pizza & Pub in Berkeley, CA.

Lanesplitter Pizza & Pub

4799 Telegraph Ave., Oakland, CA 94609

(510) 653-5350

Pizza/pub. See description under Berkeley, CA.

·Layonna Vege

443 8th St., Oakland, CA 94607

(510) 763-3168

Vegetarian/grocer. Layonna Vege is a small Asian vegetarian grocer specializing in mock meat products. They feature an extensive selection of meat substitutes including for beef, chicken, pork, duck, and seafood. They even offer mock meats in bulk (like chicken nuggets by the pound) and in bags. They also have other veggie products like noodles, seaweed, tofu foods and seasonings, rice paper, tea, and more. Layonna strives to provide fair prices and quality vegetarian foods including foods that are not genetically-modified.

Open daily
Take-out
vegan options
VISA/MC, $

··Nature Vegetarian Restaurant

1116 Franklin St., Oakland, CA 94607

(510) 238-9688

Vegan/Chinese. Nature Vegetarian's motto is "Your health is your wealth." They uphold this phrase by cooking without MSG and with less salt and oil. They serve authentic Chinese cuisine that is completely vegan and really delicious. Try tasty foods like Pea Sprout with Bamboo Truffle, Pumpkin Curry, Corn & Bean Cake Soup, or Veggie Kung Pao Prawn. Nature Vegetarian is a family-owned restaurant with friendly staff and inexpensive prices. They offer terrific weekday lunch specials too.

Open daily for lunch and dinner
Full service
take-out, catering
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $

··Pepples Donuts

6037 San Pablo Ave., Oakland, CA 94608

(510) 712-0295

Vegan/bakery/organic. Pepples Donuts offers organic, vegan donuts with a flavor for every taste! Flavors range from the traditional such as vanilla glaze, chocolate & blueberry, to the unusual like Matcha Organic Green Tea, Kaffir Lime Leaf Glaze & Orange Creamsicle. Stop by their shop for the hugely popular weekend vegan brunch! Donuts can also be purchased at the Pepples Donut Kiosk (open daily) located at San Francisco's Ferry Building Farmers Market. Their donuts are available around California at various cafés, restaurants, and grocery stores; for a list of locations, visit their website. Pepples main store is in North Oakland, between 60th & 61st Streets.

Open Wednesday through Friday for breakfast. Open Saturday and Sunday for brunch. Closed Monday and Tuesday
Counter service
take-out
VISA/MC, $

··Shangri-La Vegan

4001 Linden St., Oakland, CA 94608

(510) 547-1842

Vegan/organic/macrobiotic. Shangri-La Vegan offers macrobiotic vegan food, prepared with organic ingredients. Each day’s menu is posted on their website and recorded on their voicemail. They also offer a terrific weekend lunch buffet. The restaurant encourages you to be eco-friendly (& avoid their eco-packaging charge!) by bringing your own take-out containers. Shangri-La, formerly called Manzanita, is located at 40th Street in the East Bay. They are closed between lunch and dinner, so please call ahead for hours.

Open daily for lunch and dinner
Full service
take-out, delivery
VISA/MC, $$

··Souley Vegan

301 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94607

(510) 393-9186

Vegan/soul food. Souley Vegan truly makes food for the soul and, best of all, it's completely vegan! This gem offers such delights as BBQ tofu, collard greens, candied yams, and mac & cheese. Enjoy live music every Friday evening. Souley Vegan is at 3rd Street in Oakland's historic Jack London Square. Cash only.

Open Tuesday through Saturday for lunch and dinner. Open Sunday for brunch. Closed Monday
Limited service
take-out, fresh juices, smoothies
$$

locations

Ojai

·Farm and The Cook

339 West El Roblar, Ojai, CA 93023

(805) 640-9608

Vegetarian/organic. Monday through Friday they serve a Mexican menu for lunch and dinner including fresh corn tamales, quesadillas, Swiss chard enchiladas, and more. Be sure to request their vegan cashew cheese. On weekends they serve tofu scramble for breakfast and a wide variety of pizza in their wood stove including vegan options. They also have small plate specials.

Open Monday through Friday for lunch and dinner. Open Saturday and Sunday for brunch and dinner.
Full service
vegan options
fresh juices, smoothies, take-out
VISA/MC/DISC

··Hip Vegan Café

928 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai, CA 93023

(805) 646-1750

Vegan/organic. Hip Vegan Café offers an all-vegan and organic menu. Enjoy soups, salads, sandwiches, wraps, raw foods, baked & raw desserts, and date shakes.

Open Sunday through Wednesday for lunch. Open Thursday through Saturday for lunch and dinner
Limited service
take-out, catering, fresh juices, smoothies, non-alcoholic beer
VISA/MC, $$

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Orange

··Loving Hut

237 S. Tustin St., Orange, CA 92866

(714) 464-0544

Vegan/Asian/American. Loving Hut is an international vegan restaurant chain with the slogan, "Be Veg. Go Green. Save the Planet." They offer gourmet vegan cuisine "for those making the noble transition to a plant-based diet." Although the menu varies by location, it typically includes appetizers, soups, salads, entrées, desserts, and special beverages. Both Asian and American meals are served including mock meat and vegetable dishes. Loving Hut was created with a vision that all beings could live in peace, love, and harmony with each other and the planet. This location in Orange is closed on weekdays between lunch and dinner, so please call ahead for hours.

Open Monday through Saturday for lunch and dinner. Closed Sunday
Limited service
take-out, fresh juices, smoothies, cappuccino, non-alcoholic beer
VISA/MC, $

·Mead's Green Door Café

642 W. Chapman Ave., Orange, CA 92868

(714) 771-8556

Vegetarian/café/eclectic. At Mead's Green Door Café, the menu is mouth-watering, the dishes are carefully crafted, and the atmosphere is colorful. Some notable selections include the Sweet Potato Hash Burrito, Chilled Soba Salad, and Green Power Wrap. You can add Smoky Tempeh, Chik'n, or Roasted Tofu to any wrap or salad for an extra charge. Mead's features modern décor and cool art (some for sale). Free Wi-Fi and outdoor seating are available.

Open Monday through Friday for three meals. Open Saturday and Sunday for breakfast and lunch
Limited service
vegan options
take-out, delivery, fresh juices, soymilk
VISA/MC, $

Rutabegorz

264 N. Glassell St, Orange, CA 92866

(714) 633-3260

Natural foods/American. See description under Fullerton, CA.

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Oxnard

Suvarnaphumi Thai Cuisine

2148 Saviers Rd., Oxnard, CA 93033

(805) 240-2462

Thai. Suvarnaphumi Thai Cuisine offers many vegetable and tofu dishes. All sauces are homemade and they use fresh ingredients daily. Prices are great and the menu is extensive at SVP. The restaurant is located across from Santa Clara High School.

Open daily for lunch and dinner
Full service
vegan options
take-out, delivery, catering
VISA/MC, $

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Pacific Grove

·Julia's Vegetarian Restaurant

1180 Forest Ave., Pacific Grove, CA 93950

(831) 656-9533

Vegetarian/American/eclectic. Julia's Vegetarian Restaurant offers vegetarian versions of American fare. They are open for dinner only and only for a few evenings. Sunday nights are unique in that a family-style dinner is offered. Reservations are accepted. Julia's is located in the Forest Hill Shopping Center. Cash only.

Open Friday through Sunday for dinner. Closed Monday through Thursday
Full service
vegan options
take-out, catering, beer/wine
$$

Tillie Gort's Café

111 Central Ave., Pacific Grove, CA 93950

(831) 373-0335

International. Near Monterey Bay Aquarium, Tillie Gort's Café has an earthy, informal coffeehouse atmosphere. Their menu has California-style offerings, including hot and cold sandwiches, pasta, and two kinds of veggie burgers with your choice of toppings, and other vegetarian specialties.

Open daily for lunch and dinner
Full service
vegan options
take-out, soymilk, espresso/cappuccino, wine/beer, special beverages
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $$

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Palm Springs

§··Native Foods

1775 E. Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs, CA 92264

(760) 416-0070

Vegan/natural foods/organic. This location is in Smoke Tree Village. See description under Aliso Viejo, CA.

·Nature's Health Food & Café

555 S. Sunrise Way, Ste. 301, Palm Springs, CA 92264

(760) 323-9487

Vegetarian/natural foods store/café. Nature's Health Food & Café is a natural foods store with a café and juice bar. The café boasts a jungle décor and great service. Offerings include Whole Grain Pancakes, Super Sprout Salad, Tofu Mock Egg Sandwiches, Tempeh Burgers, BBQ Soy Chicken with Veggies, Tofu Steak Platter, Soy Shrimp & Broccoli, and Veggies Azteca (steamed veggies with rice, beans, and salsa). Dairy-free shakes and smoothies are also available in flavors like Almond Pecan and Date. They are located on the Southwest corner of Ramon and near Living Desert Animal Park and the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway.

Open daily for three meals
Limited service
vegan options
take-out, fresh juices, smoothies, espresso/cappuccino, soymilk, special beverages
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $-$$

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Palo Alto

Country Sun Natural Foods

440 S. California Ave., Palo Alto, CA 94306

(650) 324-9190

Natural foods store. Country Sun Natural Foods features organically grown grains, beans, fruits, and vegetables.

Open daily
Take-out
vegan options
VISA/MC, $-$$

CREAM

440 University Ave., Palo Alto, CA 94301

(650) 321-2390

Ice cream parlor. See description under Berkeley.

··Garden Fresh

460 Ramona St., Palo Alto, CA 94301

(650) 462-9298

Vegan/Chinese. See description under Mountain View, CA.

Hobee's Restaurant

4224 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA 94306

(650) 856-6124

Natural foods/American. Hobee's is located at Charleston and Arastradero Roads. See description under Belmont, CA.

Open Sunday and Monday for breakfast and lunch. Open Tuesday through Saturday for three meals

··Loving Hut

165 University Ave., Palo Alto, CA 94301

(650) 321-5588

Vegan/Asian/American. Loving Hut is an international vegan restaurant chain with the slogan, "Be Veg. Go Green. Save the Planet." They offer gourmet vegan cuisine "for those making the noble transition to a plant-based diet." Although the menu varies by location, it typically includes appetizers, soups, salads, entrées, desserts, and special beverages. Both Asian and American meals are served including mock meat and vegetable dishes. Loving Hut was created with a vision that all beings could live in peace, love, and harmony with each other and the planet. The Palo Alto location uses organic ingredients and their bread is baked fresh locally each morning. They are located near Stanford University and offer office catering.

Open Monday through Saturday for lunch and dinner. Closed Sunday
Limited service
take-out, espresso/cappuccino, special beverages
VISA/MC/DISC, $-$$

LYFE Kitchen

167 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto, CA 94301

(650) 325-5933

Natural foods/American. LYFE Kitchen features local ingredients and minimally-processed foods. Their menu notes what is vegan or can be made vegan along with calorie and sodium counts for each dish. Try their Breakfast Tofu Wrap, Grilled Vegetable Sandwich, and the non-dairy Banana Rum Cheesecake.

Open daily for three meals
Full service
vegan options
take-out, delivery, catering, fresh juices, smoothies, espresso/cappuccino, beer/wine
VISA/MC, $-$$

Ming's

1700 Embarcadero Rd., Palo Alto, CA 94303

(650) 856-7700

Chinese. Offering an extensive vegetarian menu, Ming's is a fine dining experience for a reasonable price. Options include Sautéed Vegetarian lettuce wrap with diced vegetables, tofu, and pine nuts, and Vegetarian Cashew "Chicken" with soy gluten, roasted peanuts, bamboo shoots, carrots, celery, and bell pepper in chili and garlic sauce.

Open daily for lunch and dinner
Full service
take-out, delivery
$-$$

Mollie Stone's

164 S. California Ave., Palo Alto, CA 94301

(650) 365-8300

Natural foods store. Located across from the train station, Mollie Stone's is a gourmet grocer with high quality produce, specialties, and natural foods. They have outdoor seating for those who wish to people-watch while they dine.

Open daily
Limited service
vegan options
$-$$$

Rojoz Gourmet Wraps

3906 Middlefield Rd., Palo Alto, CA 94303

(650) 324-9727

Mexican. Rojoz serves only the finest beans, vegetables, spices, and sauces prepared quickly, without compromising taste. The menu offers an array of vegetarian burritos, such as the Classic Veggie, stuffed with black beans, Aztec rice, sun-ripened tomato salsa, and homemade chunky guacamole; and the Taj Mahal, a vegan blend of curried red potatoes, julienne carrots, cabbage salsa, and jasmine rice.

Open daily for lunch and dinner
Limited service
vegan options
take-out, catering
VISA/MC, $

Whole Foods Market

774 Emerson St., Palo Alto, CA 94301

(650) 326-8676

Natural foods store/deli. This gourmet natural foods deli offers 35 all-natural and organic salads. Specialty items include homemade vegetable knishes, pizzas, and vegetable sushi. There are also hot food selections, including vegan entrées, vegetable lasagna, and two daily soups. Breakfast is served and box lunches to-go are available.

Open daily
Deli-style
vegan options
take-out, catering, fresh juices, wine/beer
VISA/MC, $-$$

locations

Palomar Mountain

·Mother's Kitchen

Junction S. 6th & S. 7th, Palomar Mountain, CA 92060

(760) 742-4233

Vegetarian juice bar. Any visitor to San Diego who drives up to see the famous Mt. Palomar telescope will pass Mother's. It's the only eatery on the mountain. Within this rustic mountaintop cabin, you'll find soups, salads, sandwiches, and nutburgers.

Open Thursday through Monday. Closed Tuesday and Wednesday
Full service
fresh juices, smoothies, wine/beer, take-out
$$

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Paradise

·Feather River Hospital Cafeteria

5974 Pentz Rd., Paradise, CA 95969

(916) 877-9361

Vegetarian/natural foods. Sample the Spinach Tortellini or Spaghetti, Mushroom Loaf, Zucchini Quiche, Enchilada, or Garbanzo Casserole. Or visit the salad bar, pizza bar, and veggie burger bar.

Open daily for lunch and dinner
Cafeteria
take-out
$

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Pasadena

··Green Earth Vegan Cuisine

37 S. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena, CA 91105

(626) 584-0268

Vegan/international/organic. Green Earth Vegan Cuisine offers an extensive menu featuring the cuisines of America, Italy, Mexico, China, Thailand, and Vietnam. Their international selections include Vegetable Teriyaki & Broccoli, Spicy Lemongrass Tofu, Eggplant Medley, Green Curry, BBQ Tofu Burger, and Chick'un Parmigiana. Green Earth uses organic ingredients whenever possible. Don't miss their terrific weekday lunch specials!

Open daily for lunch and dinner
Full service
take-out, delivery, catering, soymilk, fresh juices, smoothies
VISA/MC/DISC, $-$$

··KindKreme

319 S. Arroyo Pkwy., Pasadena, CA 91105

(877) 985-5463

Vegan/ice cream parlor. KindKreme in Pasadena is located near the Del Mar Gold Line Station, on the corner of Arroyo and Del Mar, in the plaza with Performance Bicycles. See description under Culver City, CA.

··My Vegan Restaurant

633 S. Arroyo Pkwy., Ste. 3, Pasadena, CA 91105

(626) 578-9017

Vegan/Thai. My Vegan Restaurant offers an extensive menu of vegan Thai cuisine. Try the Seitan Wrap, Pumpkin Fried Rice, Pineapple Curry, or the Spicy Bamboo Shoot dinner.

Open daily for lunch and dinner
Full service
take-out, delivery, catering, fresh juices, soymilk, special beverages
VISA/MC, $-$$

Pita Jungle

43 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91105

(626) 432-7482

Mediterranean. See description under Newport Beach, CA.

·Veggie & Tea House

1055 E. Colorado Blvd., #102, Pasadena, CA 91106

(626) 440-0088

Vegetarian/Asian. The produce served at Veggie & Tea House is as fresh as it gets since most of it is grown at their own organic farm. All meals are served with two house salads and steamed rice in an elegant bamboo container. Sample entrée selections such as Vegetable Tempera, Vegetable Sushi, Spicy Tofu Veggies, and Soy Crepes.

Open daily for lunch and dinner
Full service
vegan options
take-out, catering
VISA/MC, $$

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Petaluma

High Tech Burrito

5 Petaluma Blvd. S., Petaluma, CA 94952

(707) 773-3811

Mexican. See description under Alamo, CA.

··The Sunflower Center

1435 N. McDowell Blvd., Petaluma, CA 94954

(707) 792-5300

Vegan/raw foods/organic. Eat better; feel better! The Sunflower Center serving Lydia's Organics is a community space and restaurant serving delicious and affordable foods - both cooked and raw, prepared fresh and fast. Everything is made from scratch. Don't leave without trying one of the tasty Crepes (savory or sweet), the Veggie Burger, or Nori Rolls. The Sunflower Center offers workshops, classes, music, yoga, senior activities, a kids' area, movies, and lectures about healthful foods, well-being, and sustainability. They are located in the Redwood Business Center.

Open daily for three meals
Limited service
take-out, delivery, catering, fresh juices, smoothies, espresso/cappuccino, special beverages
VISA/MC, $$

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Pinole

The New Deli Café

624A San Pablo Ave., Pinole, CA 94564

(510) 724-5335

Natural foods/California-style. The New Deli Café offers many items made from scratch. Homemade salad dressings and vegetarian soups are prepared daily. The New Deli is located in the Del Monte Plaza.

Open Monday for lunch. Open Tuesday through Friday for lunch and dinner. Open Saturday for lunch. Closed Sunday
Limited service
vegan options
taake-out, catering, smoothies
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $

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Placerville

The Cozmic Café & Pub

594 Main St., Placerville, CA 95667

(530) 642-8481

Natural foods/organic/coffeehouse. The Cozmic Café & Pub offers wholesome food in a rustic and unique atmosphere. Located in the historic Pearson's Soda Works Building which was erected in 1859, guests can explore the authentic goldmine in the back of the building. Enjoy natural foods made with organic ingredients; breakfast is served all day. Events, including Open Mic Night, are frequently held at The Cozmic Café.

Open Tuesday through Saturday for three meals. Closed Sunday and Monday
Full service
vegan options
take-out, catering, fresh juices, smoothies, soymilk, espresso/cappuccino, beer/wine
VISA/MC, $$

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Pleasant Hill

Thai Village Restaurant

670-I Gregory Ln., Pleasant Hill, CA 94523

(925) 256-0289

Thai. This cozy restaurant will substitute bean curd in many of its authentic Thai dishes. Several different curries and vegetable sir-fries are served daily.

Open Monday through Saturday for lunch and dinner. Closed Sunday
Full service
take-out, wine/beer
VISA/MC, $-$$

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Pleasanton

··Blossom Vegan Restaurant

4000 Pimlico Dr., Ste. 112, Pleasanton, CA 94588

(925) 399-5232

Vegan/Asian. Blossom Vegan offers inexpensive but delicious vegan meals. Enjoy dishes like Bird Nest Crispy Noodle, Spicy Green Bean Tofu, and Curry Vegetables. They also feature terrific weekday lunch specials.

Open daily for lunch and dinner
Full service
take-out, catering, fresh juices, smoothies
VISA/MC, $

High Tech Burrito

349 Main St., Ste. 120, Pleasanton, CA 94566

(925) 462-2323

Mexican. See description under Alamo, CA.

locations

Quincy

Pangaea Café & Pub

461 Main St., Quincy, CA 95971

(530) 283-0426

Organic café/juice bar. Pangaea Café & Pub serves a variety of different drinks, sandwiches, wraps, and more. Try the Spicy Fiesta Tempeh Wrap, the Coconut Milk Black Bean Burrito, or the Spicy Tofu Nori Roll. Wash it down with a custom-made smoothie or juice from the juice bar. Pangaea's food comes from local, organic farms and the menu changes according to season. They are located in downtown Quincy, next to the Town Hall Theater.

Open Monday through Friday for lunch and dinner. Closed Saturday and Sunday
Full service
vegan options
take-out, catering, fresh juices, smoothies, soymilk, espresso/cappuccino, beer/wine, non-alcoholic beer
VISA/MC, $$

locations

Rancho Cucamonga

··Bright Star Vegan Thai

9819 Foothill Blvd., Unit F, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730

(909) 980-9797

Vegan/Thai. Bright Star Vegan Thai features an extensive menu of traditionally-based Thai dishes -- vegan-style! Enjoy items such as Orange 'Chicken,' Pad Thai, Pineapple Curry, Sweet Chili Soy 'Fish,' and Spicy Mint Noodles Soup. Bright Star boasts a family-friendly, casual atmosphere; one of its most unique features is an open kitchen, allowing diners to view the preparation of their meals. The restaurant is accessible from Route 66.

Open daily for lunch and dinner
Full service
take-out, delivery, soymilk, special beverages, non-alcoholic beer
VISA/MC/DISC, $-$$

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Redding

Grilla Bites

1427 Market St., Redding, CA 96001

(530) 242-6656

Organic/natural foods. See description under Chico, CA.

Open Monday through Saturday for lunch and dinner. Open Sunday for lunch

locations

Redondo Beach

·Green Temple

1700 S. Catalina Ave., Redondo Beach, CA 90277

(310) 944-4525

Vegetarian/international/organic. The Green Temple serves a variety of cuisines, including Mexican, Italian, and classic American, all vegetarian. Their menu features soups, salads, quesadillas, sides, and sandwiches. Entrées include Tofu Steamers (brown rice, tofu & veggies) and Shepard's Gold (a baked Yukon Gold potato topped with vegetables, crumbled veggie burger & mushroom gravy). They care about sustainability and use organic, local, and seasonal ingredients as much as possible. Many dishes can be ordered as a Jr. portion which is less food and less expensive. The restaurant is closed between lunch and dinner, so please call ahead for hours.

Open Tuesday through Saturday for lunch and dinner. Open Sunday for three meals. Closed Monday
Full service
vegan options
take-out, catering, fresh juices, special beverages
VISA/MC, $$-$$$

·Happy Veggie

709 N. Pacific Coast Hwy., Redondo Beach, CA 90277

(310) 379-5035

Vegetarian/Asian. Happy Veggie is a family-owned vegetarian restaurant offering Chinese, Thai, and Vietnamese cuisines. They make their own soy mockmeat with whole grains & vegetables, marinated in a special blend of hand-ground spices. Entrées include Lemon Grass 'Chicken,' Grilled 'Fish' Dinner, Pad Thai, Curry Vegetable Masala, and Clay Pot Tofu. Almost entirely vegan, Happy Veggie offers a relaxed, casual environment with friendly service. The restaurant is located in the Albertson Shopping Center at the corner of 190th & N. Pacific Coast Highway. They are closed between lunch and dinner, so please call ahead for hours.

Open Monday through Saturday for lunch and dinner. Closed Sunday
Full service
vegan options
take-out, catering, smoothies, fresh juices, soymilk, non-alcoholic beer
VISA/MC, $$-$$$

locations

Redwood City

Amici's East Coast Pizzeria

226 Redwood Shores Pkwy., Redwood City, CA 94065

(650) 654-3333

Italian. See description under Mountain View, CA

locations

Reseda

·Garden Wok

6117 Reseda Blvd., Reseda, CA 91335

(818) 881-8886

Vegetarian/Chinese. The menu at this small, family-owned restaurant makes good use of mock meats, tofu, mushrooms, and other vegetables prepared wok-style. Offerings include Chicken Drum Sticks, Curry Veggie Beef, Veggie Meat Balls, Kung Pao Veggie Squid, and for dessert, Soy Delicious ice cream.

Open Monday through Saturday for lunch and dinner. Open Sunday for dinner only
Full service
vegan options
take-out
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $$

··Vinh Loi Tofu

18625 Sherman Way, #101, Reseda, CA 91335

(818) 996-9779

Vegan/Vietnamese. Vinh Loi Tofu is a café as well as a tofu factory. The fresh soymilk, tofu, and tofu custard made daily are reason enough to come here and yet there are delicious dishes to try as well. From curry to Vietnamese soup, each dish is made with care. Although it's mostly take-out, there are a few tables if you want to eat in. Only cash is accepted, however, there is an ATM on site.

Open daily for three meals
Limited service
take-out, soymilk
$

locations

Riverside

Dragon House Restaurant

10466 Magnolia Ave., Riverside, CA 92505

(951) 354-2080

Chinese. Be sure to request their separate vegetarian menu, which offers mock "chicken" and "beef" dishes, as well as rice and noodle dishes plus more.

Open daily for lunch and dinner.
Full service
vegan options
take-out
VISA/MC/DISC, $$-$$$

·Oasis Vegetarian Café

11550 Pierce St., Riverside, CA 92505

(951) 688-5423

Vegetarian. Oasis serves all vegetarian burgers and Latin American cuisine. It adjoins a vegetarian food market. Menu items include the Garden Supreme burger, pupusas (corn tortillas filled with vegetables), carnitas (soy "pork" burritos), tamales (stuffed corn husks), French fries, and many vegetarian sandwiches.

Open Sunday through Thursday for three meals. Open Friday for breakfast and lunch. Closed Saturday
Limited service
vegan options
take-out, delivery, catering, smoothies
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $

locations

Rosemead

·Happy Family Vegetarian Restaurant

8632 E. Valley Blvd., Ste. E, Rosemead, CA 91770

(626) 288-5786

Vegetarian/Chinese. See description under Monterey Park, CA.

locations

Rowland Heights

·Happy Family Vegetarian Restaurant

18425 E. Colima Rd., 2nd Fl., Rowland Heights, CA 91748

(626) 965-9923

Vegetarian/Chinese. See description under Monterey Park, CA.

·Happy Veggie Garden

1015 S. Nogales St., Ste. 127A, Rowland Heights, CA 91748

(626) 810-2298

Vegetarian/Chinese. Happy Veggie Garden offers an extensive menu of authentic Chinese cuisine that is completely vegetarian and mostly vegan. The restaurant is located inside the 99 Ranch Market Plaza.

Open daily for lunch and dinner
Full service
vegan options
take-out
VISA/MC, $$

locations

Sacramento

(For restaurant listings in the surrounding areas, see Auburn, Davis, and Fair Oaks.)

·Andy Nguyen's Vegetarian Restaurant

2007 Broadway, Sacramento, CA 95818

(916) 736-1157

Vegetarian/Vietnamese. Andy Nguyen's prides itself on fresh ingredients and bold flavors. They offer many mock meat dishes. The owner underwent a spiritual transformation after visiting the tree in India where Buddha found enlightenment. After this, she changed the restaurant to be completely vegetarian.

Open daily for lunch and dinner
Full service
vegan options
take-out, delivery, catering, fresh juices
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $$

Ernesto's Mexican Food

1901 16th St., Sacramento, CA 95811

(916) 441-5850

Mexican. Ernesto's Mexican Food is a festive restaurant with beautiful outdoor seating. Helpful servers will point out vegetarian options, such as Frida's Fajitas, the Navajo Bonanza Burrito, and Navajo Quesadillas. They never use lard, and the refried beans are vegan. Ernesto's is at the corner of 16th and S Streets.

Open Monday through Friday for lunch and dinner. Open Saturday and Sunday for three meals
Full service
vegan options
take-out, beer/wine/alcohol, non-alcoholic beer
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $-$$

Fox and Goose Public House

"The Building", 1001 R St., Sacramento, CA 95814

(916) 443-8825

Pub. This authentic British pub serves a plentiful array of vegan and vegetarian breakfast and lunch items, including pastries, vegetarian black bean chili and many homemade desserts.

Open Monday through Saturday for three meals. Closed Sunday
Full service
vegan options
espresso/cappuccino, beer/wine, non-alcoholic beer/wine, special drinks, take-out, catering
VISA/MC/AMEX, $-$$

··Noble Vegetarian Restaurant

5049 College Oak Dr., Ste. A, Sacramento, CA 95841

(916) 334-6060

Vegan/Vietnamese. Offering Vietnamese food, Noble Vegetarian offers a casual atmosphere and an extensive take-out menu. The menu features food with eclectic names such as Ocean of Love Fried Vegefish (tomatoes, cucumbers, salad with fried 'vegefish' wrapped in seaweed with ginger sauce) and vegan versions of Vietnamese staples such as fried rice and wonton soup. Reservations are accepted.

Open Monday through Saturday for lunch and dinner. Closed Sunday
Full service
take-out, catering
VISA/MC, $

Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op

1900 Alhambra Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95816

(916) 455-2667

Natural foods store. Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op features a variety of soups, salads, sandwiches, and baked goods.

Open daily
Limited service
vegan options
VISA/MC/DISC, $

··The Green Boheme

1825 Del Paso Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95815

(916) 920-4278

Vegan/raw foods/organic. The Green Boheme is an all-vegan café featuring a menu of organic raw foods. Delicious offerings include salads, lasagna (with layers of zucchini 'pasta'), mock 'tuna,' and a great assortment of vegetables. They even make raw vegan versions of your favorite holiday snacks such as pumpkin pie and eggnog, depending on the season! If you want to learn more about raw foods, sign up for their Raw Challenge which includes classes on living foods and food demonstrations. The Green Boheme is located between Arden and El Camino.

Open Thursday through Sunday for lunch and dinner. Closed Monday through Wednesday
Limited service
take-out, smoothies, fresh juices
VISA/MC, $$

··The Plum Café & Bakery

2315 K St., Sacramento, CA 95816

(916) 706-3302

Vegan/café/bakery. The Plum Café & Bakery is an all-vegan eatery in midtown Sacramento. This quaint Victorian-style café and bakery serves vegan versions of your favorite comfort foods. Try the Raw Pesto Kelp Noodles, the award-winning California Burger, or the Lentil Loaf. Don't miss their Bottomless Sunday Brunch! Their bakery offer cookies, pies, cupcakes, gluten-free items, scones, sticky buns, specialty cakes, and more! Enjoy your meal on their outdoor patio.

Open Monday through Saturday for lunch and dinner. Open Sunday for brunch and dinner
Limited service
take-out, catering, espresso/cappuccino, soymilk, wine/beer
VISA/MC/AMEX, $-$$

locations

Salinas

Ike's Place

1822 N. Main St., Salinas, CA 93906

(831) 449-4000

Sandwich shop. See description under Cupertino, CA.

locations

San Bernardino

Lotus Garden

111 E. Hospitality Ln., San Bernardino, CA 92408

(909) 381-6171

Chinese. This Chinese restaurant offers many vegetarian options, including sizzling bean curd, diced vegetables with nuts, sautéed Chinese bok choy, mock meat and chicken dishes, and pan-fried noodles.

Open daily for lunch and dinner
Full service
vegan options
wine/beer/alcohol
VISA/MC/DISC, $$

locations

San Carlos

·Kamakshi's Kitchen

601 Old Country Rd., San Carlos, CA 94070

(650) 401-6564

Vegetarian/Indian. Kamakshi's Kitchen offers a variety of Northern and Southern Indian dishes. They also feature Indo-Chinese, Italian, Mexican, and Thai foods. This take-out only eatery offers meal delivery along with cooking classes. Some vegan selections include their delicious vegetable fried noodles, falafel, the Paneer sizzler, Adhirasam (a sort of rice-flour doughnut), various curries, chutneys, and samosas. They also offer very yummy and interesting vegan desserts.

Open Monday through Friday for lunch. Closed Saturday and Sunday
Take-out
vegan options
delivery, catering
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $-$$

locations

San Diego

(For restaurant listings in the surrounding areas, see Encinitas and La Jolla.)

Bombay

3960 Fifth Ave., San Diego, CA 92103

(619) 297-7777

Indian. Bombay is a beautiful restaurant offering Indian cuisine with many vegetarian and vegan appetizers, soups, and salads, as well as a long list of entrées. Try Dizzy Noo Shak (banana curry) for a unique dish, or Aloo Gobi for a traditional favorite. If you’re looking for a place to hold a special event, Bombay also offers a private dining room. Reservations are recommended on weekends.

Open daily for lunch and dinner
Full service
vegan options
take-out, catering, special beverages
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $$$

Café Athena

1846 Garnet Ave., San Diego, CA 92109

(858) 274-1140

Mediterranean/Greek. This Greek-style restaurant offers plenty of vegan options, and they're clearly marked with a "V" symbol. Try Skordalia (a spread made of potato and garlic blended with cilantro), Manitaria (smoked mushrooms blended with sweet peppers), lentil soup, marinated artichoke salad, or Iman Bayaldi (eggplant stuffed with raisins, walnuts, tomatoes, garlic, onion, and cilantro, topped with tomato sauce).

Open daily for lunch and dinner
Full service
vegan options
non-alcoholic beer, wine/beer, catering, take-out
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC/DC, $-$$

Café India

3760-5 Sports Arena Blvd., San Diego, CA 92110

(619) 224-7500

Indian. Café India offers a vegetarian buffet daily. It is located in a shopping strip close to the arena.

Open Tuesday thorugh Sunday for lunch and dinner. Closed Monday
Full service
vegan options
take-out, catering
VISA/MC, $$

·Café Jay

9450 Scranton Rd., Ste. 114-D, San Diego, CA 92121

(858) 558-8598

Vegetarian/Thai. Café Jay is an Asian fusion restaurant with vegan options for all of the foods that vegans usually have to skip, such as egg rolls and wontons. They are located in a food court and are a great place to have lunch.

Open Monday through Friday for lunch and dinner. Closed Saturday and Sunday
Counter service
vegan options
take-out, catering
VISA/MC/AMEX, $

·Charlie's Best Bread

1808 Garnet Ave., San Diego, CA 92109

(858) 272-3521

Vegetarian bakery. This bakery prepares some vegan breads and some vegetarian breads made with cheese or honey. Charlie's uses organic and stone-ground Montana wheat to make flour for the baked goods. They also sell their products at farmers' markets around the area.

Open daily
Take-out
vegan options
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $

··Evolution Fast Food

2965 5th Ave., San Diego, CA 92103

(619) 550-1818

Vegan/fast food. Evolution Fast Food offers the typical fast food menu of burgers, fries, and shakes, with the only difference being that their menu is completely vegan! They show their commitment to sustainability and community by working with local farmers and businesses, using biodegradable packaging, recycling their cooking oil into bio-fuel, and making food deliveries by bicycle. Eat inside or use their convenient drive-thru for vegan food to-go! Evolution is located on the corner of Quince.

Open Monday through Friday for lunch and dinner. Open Saturday and Sunday for brunch and dinner
Counter service
take-out, delivery, catering, fresh juices, smoothies, special beverages
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $-$$

·Gelato Vero Café

3753 India St., San Diego, CA 92103

(619) 295-9269

Vegetarian/coffeehouse. The menu is limited at this coffeehouse and gelato shop, but soups, salads, and fresh breads are available daily.

Open daily for breakfast through late night service
Counter service
vegan options
fresh juices, take-out
AMEX, $

Jimbo's Naturally

12853 El Camino Real, San Diego, CA 92130

(858) 793-7755

10511 4S Commons Dr., Ste. 155, San Diego, CA 92127

(858) 432-7755

Natural foods store/deli. See description under Carlsbad, CA.

·Jyoti Bihanga

3351 Adams Ave., San Diego, CA 92116

(619) 282-4116

Vegetarian/natural foods. Jyoti Bihanga offers excellent vegetarian and macrobiotic foods in a serene atmosphere with a fountain, high arched ceiling, and 15-foot windows. Sample daily specials, homemade soups and desserts, and an all-you-can-eat Saturday breakfast buffet.

Open Monday through Saturday. Closed Sunday
Full service
vegan options
take-out, fresh juices
$-$$

·Kava Lounge

2812 Kettner Blvd., San Diego, CA 92101

(619) 543-0933

Vegetarian/nightclub. Now you can enjoy a great nightlife experience! The Kava Lounge offers a variety of vegan drinks that you can enjoy while taking in the culture, art, and dance. Unwind and relax with the variety of events available -- anything from yoga demonstrations to CD releases.

Open Thursday through Sunday for late night service. Closed Monday through Wednesday
Limited service
vegan options
beer/wine/alcohol, special beverages
VISA/MC, $$

··Loving Hut

1905 El Cajon Blvd., San Diego, CA 92104

(619) 683-9490

9928 Mira Mesa Blvd., San Diego, CA 92131

(858) 578-8885

Vegan/Asian/American. Loving Hut is an international vegan restaurant chain with the slogan, "Be Veg. Go Green. Save the Planet." They offer gourmet vegan cuisine "for those making the noble transition to a plant-based diet." Although the menu varies by location, it typically includes appetizers, soups, salads, entrées, desserts, and special beverages. Both Asian and American meals are served including mock meat and vegetable dishes. Loving Hut was created with a vision that all beings could live in peace, love, and harmony with each other and the planet. The restaurant on El Cajon is located in the Hillside Village Shopping Center in the University Heights area. Both San Diego locations of Loving Hut are closed on weekdays between lunch and dinner, so please call ahead for hours.

Open Monday through Saturday for lunch and dinner. Closed Sunday
Full service
take-out, catering, fresh juices, smoothies, cappuccino, special beverages
VISA/MC/DISC, $

Monsoon

729 4th Ave., San Diego, CA 92101

(619) 234-5555

Indian. This upscale restaurant offers Indian cuisine in a beautiful atmosphere. Their vegetarian menu items are extensive. Try Eggplant Bhartha, Mushroom Masala, or Tofu & Peas. Reservations are recommended on weekends.

Open daily for lunch and dinner
Full service
vegan options
take-out, catering, special beverages
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $$$

··Native Foods

3369 Rosecrans St., San Diego, CA 92110

(619) 225-1155

5604 Balboa Avenue, San Diego, CA 92111

(619) 225-1155

Vegan/natural foods/organic. This location is in Point Loma's Loma Square. See description under Aliso Viejo, CA.

·Ocean Beach Organic Food Market & Deli

4765 Voltaire St., San Diego, CA 92107

(619) 224-1387

Vegetarian/natural foods store deli. This deli in a health food store features vegan and raw foods. There is also a great selection of organic produce, cold salads, soups, entrées, sandwiches, baked goods, and desserts.

Open daily
Take-out
vegan options
fresh juices
VISA/MC/DISC, $

··Peace Pies

4230 Voltaire St., San Diego, CA 92107

(619) 223-2880

Vegan/raw foods/organic. Peace Pies is located in the Ocean Beach area of San Diego. See description under Encinitas, CA.

Pokez Restaurant

947 E St., San Diego, CA 92101

(619) 702-7160

Mexican. Great vegan options, live music, and spiritual and artistic awareness.

Open daily for three meals
Full service
vegan options
take-out, catering, fresh juices, soymilk, non-alcoholic beer/wine, beer/wine
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $$

Ranchos

1830 Sunset Cliffs Blvd., San Diego, CA 92107

(619) 226-7619

Mexican. Great Mexican food in a very pleasant environment, with whole-wheat tortillas, no lard, and soy cheese as options. The vegan items are marked on the menu.

Open daily for three meals
Full service
vegan options
smoothies, fresh juices, espresso/cappuccino, beer/wine
VISA/MC, $$

Royal Thai Cuisine

467 5th Ave., San Diego, CA 92101

(619) 230-8424

Thai. See description under Laguna Beach, CA.

Shmoozers

6366 El Cajon Blvd., San Diego, CA 92115

(619) 583-1636

Kosher dairy. The menu is mostly vegetarian, with a few fish dishes. Offerings include pizza, Italian dishes, and Mexican dishes, all made with rennetless cheeses. Veggie burgers and side dishes available.

Open Sunday through Thursday for lunch and dinner. Closed Friday. Open Saturday after sundown
Limited service
vegan options
take-out, catering, cafeteria
VISA/MC/DISC, $

·Sipz Fusion Café

5501 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., San Diego, CA 92117

(858) 279-3747

Vegetarian/Asian Fusion. Sipz Fusion Café offers vegetarian dishes that are inexpensive and tasty. All meals are served in 'bowlz' including soups, salads, noodles, rice, and main entrées. Sipz uses tofu and soy meat substitutes in their mostly vegan menu.

Open daily for lunch and dinner
Full service
vegan options
take-out, catering, soymilk, espresso/cappuccino, smoothies, fresh juices, special beverages
VISA/MC, $

·Spread

2879 University Ave., San Diego, CA 92104

(619) 543-0406

Vegetarian/organic. Spread's menu is always changing and evolving based on the freshest, locally-grown, and organic ingredients. Enjoy fine dining at this upscale restaurant and keep your eyes out for celebrities.

Open Tuesday through Sunday for dinner. Closed Monday
Full service
vegan options
take-out, delivery, catering, beer/wine/alcohol
VISA/MC, $$$

·Veg-N-Out

3442 30th St., San Diego, CA 92104

(619) 546-8411

Vegetarian/natural foods. Veg-N-Out is a cozy, vegetarian eatery offering gourmet burgers, specialty sandwiches, and salads. Menu items that are vegan or can be made vegan are noted and are plentiful. Try such items as the B.B.Q. Chick'n Burger, Italian Meatball Sub, Grilled Vege Dog, or Thai Salad. Everything is freshly prepared and prices are quite reasonable. Veg-N-Out is located in the neighborhood of North Park.

Open daily for lunch and dinner
Counter service
vegan options
take-out, catering, smoothies
VISA/MC, $$

locations

San Dimas

·Veggie & Tea House

641 Arrow Hwy., San Dimas, CA 91773

(909) 592-6323

Vegetarian/Asian. See description under Pasadena, CA.

locations

San Francisco

(For restaurant listings in the surrounding areas, see Berkeley, Campbell, Concord, Cupertino, Fremont, Mountain View, Oakland, Palo Alto, Pleasant Hill, San Mateo, San Rafael, Soquel, and Sunnyvale.)

·3 Potato 4

1051 Market St., San Francisco, CA 94103

(415) 500-2468

2800 Leavenworth St., San Francisco, CA 94133

(978) 317-0502

Vegetarian/organic. 3 Potato 4 is a small franchise offering potato-based (only organic potatoes are used) fast food. Choose your potato (russet, redskin, or sweet), pick your size, add a sauce (like bbq or curry ketchup), and then, if you'd like, add an extra such as vegan bacon bits. Their fries are baked not fried or cooked in oil, and they only use sea salt. 3 Potato 4 San Francisco is completely vegetarian and mostly vegan. The eatery is located at Market Street between 6th and 7th. Cash only.

Open Monday through Saturday for lunch and dinner. Closed Sunday
Counter service
vegan options
take-out
$

Amici's East Coast Pizzeria

2033 Union St., San Francisco, CA 94123

(415) 885-4500

Italian. See description under Mountain View, CA.

·Ananda Fuara

1298 Market St., San Francisco, CA 94102

(415) 621-1994

Vegetarian/international. Ananda Fuara is a Sri Chinmoy vegetarian restaurant that offers sandwiches, wraps, salads, soups, and more! Vegan foods include the BBQ Tofu Burger, Enchanted Garden Salad, and Roasted Vegetable Ravioli. They also have an extensive selection of baked goods with many vegan desserts. Don't miss their popular weekend brunch! Ananda Fuara is located across the street from the Bill Graham Civic Center.

Open Monday for lunch. Open Tuesday through Friday for lunch and dinner. Open Saturday for brunch and dinner. Open Sunday for brunch
Full service
vegan options
take-out, fresh juices, smoothies, soymilk, espresso/cappuccino, special beverages
VISA/MC/DISC, $-$$

··Cha-Ya

762 Valencia St., San Francisco, CA 94110

(415) 252-7825

Vegan/Japanese. Cha-Ya is closed between lunch and dinner, so please call ahead for hours. The restaurant is located in the Mission District of San Francisco. Cash only. See description under Berkeley, CA.

Open Monday and Tuesday for dinner. Open Wednesday through Sunday for lunch and dinner

·Donna's Tamales

1 Ferry Building, San Francisco, CA 94111

(415) 456-2191

Vegetarian/Mexican/food stand. Donna's Tamales offers flavorful Mexican food that is completely vegetarian. Located at the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, this outdoor food stand serves handmade burritos, tamales, and enchamales -- an enchilada wrapped in a cornhusk -- Donna's own creation. The food is low-fat, gluten-free, and made with fresh, organic ingredients. Donna's Tamales products can also be found at a variety of Bay Area stores and markets; check their website for locations. The farmers market takes place at the Ferry Building in downtown San Francisco at the base of Market Street on the Embarcadero. Cash only.

Open Tuesday and Thursday afternoons
Limited service
vegan options
take-out, catering
$

··Enjoy Vegetarian Restaurant

754 Kirkham St., San Francisco, CA 94122

(415) 682-0826

839 Kearny St., San Francisco, CA 94122

(415) 956-7868

5344 Geary St., San Francisco, CA 94121

(415) 668-5344

Vegan/Chinese. Enjoy Vegetarian Restaurant offers an extensive menu of vegan Chinese cuisine at great prices. Their many mock meats are made of soy products, yam, mushroom, or wheat gluten, and their dishes do not contain onion, garlic, or MSG. The Kirkham location is at 12th in the Sunset District and is closed on Monday. The Kearny location is at Washington in Chinatown. The Geary location is at 18th in Richmond. All Enjoy restaurants are closed between lunch and dinner, so please call ahead for hours.

Open daily for lunch and dinner
Full service
take-out, catering, special beverages
VISA/MC, $-$$

··Golden Era Vegan Restaurant

572 O'Farrell St., San Francisco, CA 94102

(415) 673-3136

Vegetarian/Vietnamese. Golden Era is completely vegan. They offer a great menu of appetizers, soups, noodles, rice dishes, entrées, and desserts. Try the Vietnamese crepes, carmelized "chicken," or pineapple "salmon." Finish your meal with Vegan Mocha Chocolate Cake, Caramel Flan, or a Salted Plum Lemonade. Golden Era on O'Farrell St. is in the Tenderloin neighborhood.

Open Wednesday through Monday for lunch and dinner. Closed Tuesday
Full service
vegan options
take-out, fresh juices, smoothies, soymilk, non-alcoholic beer, special beverages
VISA/MC/DISC, $-$$

··Gracias Madre

2211 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94110

(415) 683-1346

Vegan/organic/Mexican. Gracias Madre is an organic, vegan taqueria from the owners of Café Gratitude. Enjoy seasonal and local produce, most of which is from their own organic and biodynamic farm. Their cheeses, milks, and ice creams are made using nuts, and their tortillas and tamales are handmade from non-GMO organic heirloom corn. Although their menu changes based on what is available, you can be sure it will be fresh and delicious. Gracias Madre is located between 18th & 19th Streets, in the heart of San Francisco’s Mission District.

Open daily for lunch and dinner
Full service
take-out, catering, espresso, beer/wine
VISA/MC/DISC, $$

§·Greens Restaurant

Fort Mason, Bldg. A, San Francisco, CA 94123

(415) 771-6222

Vegetarian. Located in an old army warehouse, Greens offers beautiful views of the San Francisco Bay and the Coastal Mountain Range. Their menu includes salads, soups, appetizers, sandwiches, entrées, pizza, pasta, breakfast items, pastries, and desserts. Try some of their more unique dishes, such as the Sri Lankan Curry, Eggplant Gratin, and the Greens Asian Scramble. Reservations recommended.

Open Monday for dinner. Open Tuesday through Saturday for lunch and dinner. Open Sunday for brunch
Full service
vegan options
take-out, fresh juices, wine/beer, espress/cappuccino, non-alcoholic beverages, soymilk
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $$$

··Herbivore

983 Valencia St., San Francisco, CA 94110

(415) 826-5657

531 Divisadero St., San Francisco, CA 94117

(415) 885-7133

Vegan/international. See description under Berkeley, CA.

·Holy Gelato!

1392 9th Ave., San Francisco, CA 94122

(415) 681-3061

Vegetarian/gelato shop. About a dozen of the gelato favors offered at Holy Gelato! are vegan. They are made with either a coconut or soy base. Enjoy the popular Coconut Heaven (coconut milk gelato with toasted coconut, almonds, and chocolate chips). They offer a variety of specialty foods and beverages as well. Holy Gelato! is located in the Inner Sunset area.

Open daily
Counter service
vegan options
take-out, espresso/cappuccino, soymilk, special beverages
VISA/MC, $

Ike's Place

1650 Holloway Ave., SFSU, San Francisco, CA 94132

(415) 841-0369

Sandwich shop. This location is at the Student Union Building at San Francisco State University. See description under Cupertino, CA.

Ike's Place

3489 16th St., San Francisco, CA 94114

(415) 553-6888

Sandwich shop. See description under Cupertino, CA.

·Judahlicious

3906 Judah St., San Francisco, CA 94122

(415) 665-8423

Vegetarian/natural foods/organic/juice bar. Judahlicious is a vegetarian eatery and juice bar that is mostly vegan and organic. Try the Sem Sandwich, a whole wheat pita full of housemade hummus, pineapple, sprouts, veggies, cashew cream, and vegan parmesan. Their raw Dahnu Wrap is extremely popular and contains almond paté, marinated kale, cashew cream, and sun-dried tomato sauce wrapped in a housemade flax seed tortilla. Judahlicious is located at Sunset. Outdoor seating is available.

Open daily for three meals
Full service
vegan options
take-out, fresh juices, smoothies
VISA/MC, $-$$

··Loving Hut

1365 Stockton St., San Francisco, CA 94133

(415) 362-2199

845 Market St., Westfield San Francisco Centre, San Francisco, CA 94103

(415) 975-3888

524 Irving St., San Francisco, CA 94122

(415) 731-1957

Vegan/Asian/American. Loving Hut is an international vegan restaurant chain with the slogan, "Be Veg. Go Green. Save the Planet." They offer gourmet vegan cuisine "for those making the noble transition to a plant-based diet." Although the menu varies by location, it typically includes appetizers, soups, salads, entrées, desserts, and special beverages. Both Asian and American meals are served including mock meat and vegetable dishes. Loving Hut was created with a vision that all beings could live in peace, love, and harmony with each other and the planet. Loving Hut on Stockton is in the Chinatown/North Beach area. Loving Hut on Market is on the Concourse level of the Westfield San Francisco Centre. Loving Hut on Irving is in the Inner Sunset area.

Open daily for lunch and dinner
Full service
take-out, fresh juices, smoothies, soymilk, espresso/cappuccino, non-alcoholic beer, special beverages
VISA/MC, $-$$

··Lucky Creation Vegetarian Restaurant

854 Washington St., San Francisco, CA 94108

(415) 989-0818

Vegan/Chinese. Lucky Creation serves only vegetarian food because it is concerned about customers' health. The phrase "Health is Wealth" is even featured on the menu. Entrées include Sautéed Black Mushrooms with Chinese Greens and Meatless Diced Almond Chicken, plus 23 other healthy items. Cash only.

Open Thursday through Tuesday for lunch and dinner. Closed Wednesday
Full service
take-out
$

§··Millennium Restaurant

580 Geary St., San Francisco, CA 94102

(415) 345-3900

Vegan/organic/gourmet. Millennium Restaurant offers gourmet, vegan cuisine in an elegant setting. Focused on sustainability, the restaurant uses organic, local, and seasonal ingredients in their ever-changing internationally-influenced menu. Enjoy creative dishes such as Moroccan Spice Grilled Portobello Mushroom, Plum Glazed Eggplant, and Heirloom Tomato Coconut Masala. This upscale restaurant is located inside the Hotel California. Reservations are recommended.

Open daily for dinner
Full service
catering, fresh juices, wine/beer/alcohol, non-alcoholic beer, special beverages
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $$-$$$

New Eritrea

907 Irving St., San Francisco, CA 94108

(415) 681-1288

Ethiopian. Located near the Sunset, New Eritrea offers vegetarian entrées and appetizers served with injera (Ethiopian bread), as well as friendly service and a relaxed atmosphere.

Open daily for lunch and dinner
Full service
vegan options
beer/wine, catering
VISA/MC/AMEX, $$

Rasoi

1037 Valencia St., San Francisco, CA 94110

(415) 695-0599

Indian. Rasoi offers traditional Indian entrées with a good vegetarian selection.

Open daily for dinner
Full service
$$-$$$

·Shangri-La Vegetarian Restaurant

2026 Irving St., San Francisco, CA 94122

(415) 731-2548

Vegetarian/Chinese/kosher. Shangri-La offers dairy-free, kosher cuisine, including a large selection of soups, appetizers, mock meats, and some American dishes, in a peaceful Buddhist-inspired atmosphere. Try their Mongolian Beef for lunch or dinner and their delicious fried banana balls for dessert. Note that this restaurant is closed every first and third Wednesday of the month. Reservations are recommended.

Open daily for lunch and dinner
Full service
vegan options
take-out
VISA/MC, $

·Sidewalk Juice

3287 21st St., San Francisco, CA 94110

(415) 932-6221

3100 24th St., San Francisco, CA 94110

(415) 624-3803

Vegetarian/juice bar. Sidewalk Juice features more than 100 all-natural made-to-order juices, smoothies, and kombucha juice blends. Local favorites include the Almond Delight Smoothie, JJ's Tropics Juice, and Apple Lemon Ginger Kombucha. They also offer some snacks. Both locations are in the Mission District of San Francisco. Cash only.

Open daily
Counter service
vegan options
take-out, catering, fresh juices, smoothies, special beverages
$

·Source

11 Division St., San Francisco, CA 94103

(415) 864-9000

Vegetarian/international/organic. Source uses organic and seasonal foods on their creative all-vegetarian menu. Try Grilled Moo Skewers, Jamaican Jerk Cluck, Peking Quack, or Green Curry Veggie Dosa. Everything on the menu can be made vegan. Source is located at the foothill of Potrero Hill in San Francisco's SOMA.

Open Monday through Friday for lunch and dinner. Open Saturday and Sunday for brunch and dinner
Full service
vegan options
take-out, catering, fresh juices, smoothies, special beverages
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $-$$

··Sweet Aha! Bake Shop

1320 9th Ave., San Francisco, CA 94122

(415) 839-2138

Vegan/bakery. Sweet Aha! is a vegan bakery vendor at the Inner Sunset Farmers' Market. They sell a variety of delicious vegan cupcakes, cookies, and muffins, baked and served by a friendly staff. Try the fluffy vanilla cupcakes with rich coconut buttercream frosting or the moist lemon poppy seed muffins. For larger quantities, please contact them in advance to reserve your order. The market is located at the parking lot between 8th and 9th Avenues and between Irving and Judah Streets. Cash only.

Open Sunday. Closed Monday through Saturday
Take-out
$

·Thai Idea Vegetarian

710 Polk St., San Francisco, CA 94109

(415) 440-8344

Vegetarian/Thai. See description under Foster City, CA.

·Udupi Palace

1007 Valencia St., San Francisco, CA 94110

(415) 970-8000

Vegetarian/Indian. See description under Artesia, CA.

··Wholesome Bakery

331 Cortland Ave., San Francisco, CA 94110

(415) 343-5414

Vegan/bakery. This small, delicious bakery's "hub" is located in San Francisco's Bernal Heights, but Wholesome Bakery goods can also be found in several local organic grocery stores. Treats are delivered to the area via bicycle, and several goodies can be ordered online as well. Highlights include butterscotch pecan cookies, lemon coconut cupcakes, and a mini dark chocolate banana pie. Yummy! Wholesome Bakery is for take-out only.

Open Tuesday through Sunday. Closed Monday
Take-out
delivery
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $

locations

San Gabriel

·Fine Garden Vegetarian Restaurant

841 W. Las Tunas Dr., San Gabriel, CA 91776

(626) 282-2282

Vegetarian/Chinese. Located near Cal Tech, this restaurant serves vegetarian Chinese cuisine, including a variety of tofu dishes.

Open daily for lunch and dinner
Full service
vegan options
take-out
VISA/MC, $$

locations

San Jose

(For restaurant listings in the surrounding areas, see Boulder Creek, Milpitas, and Santa Clara.)

Amarin Thai Cuisine

5205 Prospect Rd., #110, San Jose, CA 95129

(408) 253-8424

Thai. See description under Mountain View, CA.

CREAM

49 S. 1st St., San Jose, CA 95113

(408) 320-1519

Ice cream parlor. See description under Berkeley.

·Di Lac Cuisine, A Vegetarian and Tofu Restaurant

1644 E. Capitol Expy., San Jose, CA 95121

(408) 238-8686

Vegetarian/Asian. Di Lac offers an extensive menu of Asian dishes made without eggs, meat, or MSG. The menu features such items as Vietnamese Veggie Crepes, Veggie Shark Fin Soup, Thai Sweet & Sour Veggie Seafood Soup, Veggie Minced Crab & Shrimp Meat Vermicelli Soup, Veggie Kung Pao Chicken over Rice, Veggie Roasted Duck, Salted Pepper Veggie Squid, Eggplant with Veggie Beef, Sizzling Veggie Eel with Sweet Basil, and a Tofu Lovers' section. Also, save room for desserts like Non-Dairy Flan, Almond Tofu Jelly, or Pudding Tofu.

Open daily for three meals
Full service
vegan options
fresh juices, non-alcoholic beer, special beverages
VISA/MC, $-$$

··Good Karma Vegan Café

37 S. 1st St., San Jose, CA 95113

(408) 294-2694

Vegan/deli. Good Karma Vegan Café offers sandwiches, wraps, sandwiches, munchies, and more. Their inexpensive menu changes daily but may include BBQ 'Chicken' Drumsticks, Sweet Ginger Tofu, 'Steak' & Taters, or Pineapple 'Tuna' -- and it's all vegan. On some evenings, they host art show receptions or live acoustic music performances. Good Karma is located in downtown San Jose between San Fernando and Santa Clara Streets.

Open daily for lunch and dinner
Full service
take-out, catering, beer
VISA/MC, $

··Happiness Café

1688 Hostetter Rd., Ste. C, San Jose, CA 95131

(408) 573-8699

Vegan/café. Happiness Café serves an all-vegan menu that includes vegan ice cream! Enjoy delicious foods like the Ocean Melt (sandwich made with tuno salad, lettuce, tomato, and melted vegan cheese), Vegan BLT, and Avocado Rolls. Their special treats include shaved ice, bubble tea, milkshakes, and tofu pudding. Outdoor seating is available. This small café is located next to Ranch 99 Supermarket in the North Valley.

Open Thursday through Tuesday for lunch and dinner. Closed Wednesday
Counter service
take-out, fresh juices, smoothies, soymilk, espresso/cappuccino, special beverages
VISA/MC, $

Hobee's Restaurant

680 River Oaks Pkwy., Ste. P, San Jose, CA 95134

(408) 232-0190

Natural foods/American. Hobee's in North San Jose is located in the River Oaks Plaza at Montague Expressway. See description under Belmont, CA.

Open daily for breakfast and lunch

·Kokila's Kitchen

1427 Branham Ln., San Jose, CA 95118

(408) 978-3477

Vegetarian/Indian. Kokila's predominately Gujarat and Thali menu is 80% vegan. Specialties include a great navratan kurma (with potatoes, raisins, carrots, homemade cheese, and cashews), undhiyu (vegetable stew), ginger-spiked potatoes, kadhi (a soupy, yogurt-based dish thickened with chickpea flour), traditional breads, and gulab jamun (deep-fried fritters soaked in sugar syrup). Call ahead to make sure specific dishes will be available that day. Kokila's Kitchen is closed between lunch and dinner, so please call ahead for hours. Reservations are recommended.

Open Tuesday through Sunday for lunch and dinner. Closed Monday
Buffet
vegan options
take-out
VISA/MC, $

··Loving Hut

925 Blossom Hill Rd., Ste. 1746, San Jose, CA 95123

(408) 229-2795

Vegan/Asian/American. Loving Hut is an international vegan restaurant chain with the slogan, "Be Veg. Go Green. Save the Planet." They offer gourmet vegan cuisine "for those making the noble transition to a plant-based diet." Although the menu varies by location, it typically includes appetizers, soups, salads, entrées, desserts, and special beverages. Both Asian and American meals are served including mock meat and vegetable dishes. Loving Hut was created with a vision that all beings could live in peace, love, and harmony with each other and the planet. The San Jose Loving Hut is inside the Oakridge Mall facing the Target store and next to the escalator.

Open daily for lunch and dinner
Limited service
take-out, catering, soymilk, special beverages
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $

··Plant Based Pizza

1111 Meridian Ave., Ste. 2, San Jose, CA 95125

(408) 448-8881

Vegan/pizzeria. Plant Based Pizza's goal is to provide "cruelty-free food that is delicious and good for the planet." The Mediterranean and Hawaiian pizzas are quite popular and the eatery is known for its chewy crust. While the focus is on pizza, they also offer calzones, panini, salads, burgers, and hot dogs -- all vegan! If you adopt an animal companion from a shelter, Plant Based Pizza will give you a free pizza to show their appreciation! This small pizzeria is "making the world a better place, one pizza at a time."

Open daily for lunch and dinner
Limited service
take-out, delivery
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $-$$$

··The Happy Bamboo Vegetarian Café

1711 Branham Ln., Ste. A9, San Jose, CA 95118

(408) 694-0740

Vegan/Asian Fusion. The Happy Bamboo Vegetarian Café is a small all-vegan restaurant. Enjoy the Au-Lac Veggie Fish, Tofu Delight, or spicy Lemon Grass Veggie Chicken. Save room for desserts like the delectable Caramel Flan. Happy Bamboo is located in the Branham Shopping Center.

Open Tuesday through Sunday for lunch and dinner. Closed Monday
Full service
take-out, catering, fresh juices, smoothies, soymilk
VISA/MC, $-$$

·Tofoo Com Chay

388 E. Santa Clara St., San Jose, CA 95113

(408) 286-6335

Vegetarian/Vietnamese. Tofoo Com Chay serves an almost entirely vegan menu of Vietnamese cuisine at highly affordable prices. Selections include Pineapple Veggie 'Tuna,' Curry Lemongrass Tofu, and Sesame Veggie 'Chicken.' The restaurant is small but has some seating. It's located downtown, near San Jose State University. Outdoor seating is available. Cash only.

Open Monday through Friday for three meals. Open Saturday for lunch and early dinner. Closed Sunday
Counter service
vegan options
take-out
$

·Vegetarian House

520 E. Santa Clara St., San Jose, CA 95112

(408) 292-3798

Vegetarian/international. This mostly vegan, gourmet restaurant offers a huge array of vegetarian offerings reflecting Chinese, Vietnamese, Thai, Middle Eastern, French, and other international cuisines. Choices include soups, spring rolls, vegetable tempura, hummus, vegetable quiche, shish kabobs, pizzas, pasta dishes, and mock chicken, beef, and fish entrées. In addition, this establishment is home to a beautiful art gallery featuring the work of Ching Hai.

Open daily for lunch and dinner
Full service
vegan options
take-out, catering, fresh juices, wine/beer/alcohol
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $$

··Veggie Grill

3055 Olin Ave., San Jose, CA 95128

(408) 296-6473

Vegan/American/fast food. This location is in Santana Row. See description under El Segundo, CA.

locations

San Luis Obispo

Big Sky Café

1121 Broad St., San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

(805) 545-5401

California. Big Sky Café offers a variety of ethnic and original dishes including many vegetarian items (noted on menu). A wide range of spices and sauces are used to create unique, fresh California cuisine. Located in the heart of downtown San Luis Obispo, Big Sky Café is just a block from the Mission Plaza.

Open daily for three meals
Full service
vegan options
take-out, delivery, espresso/cappuccino, soymilk, beer/wine
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $$

·Bliss Café

778 Higuera St., San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

(805) 547-0108

Vegetarian/natural foods/eclectic/juice bar. This mostly vegan café has options for all, including even the pickiest palate. Choose from a variety of rice bowls and burritos, packed with your choice of flavors native to Thailand, Mexico, America, or the Mediterranean. Almost all entrées are made of whole foods, rather than processed. Try the Baja Chipotle Salad, Karma Asada Tacos, or Reuben Sandwich. Save room for the Live Cashew Cream Pie! Bliss also offers several smoothies and freshly-squeezed juices with fun names like Happy Shiva and Charming Chai.

Open Sunday and Monday for lunch. Open Tuesday through Saturday for lunch and dinner
Full service
vegan options
take-out, catering, fresh juices, smoothies, soymilk
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $

·Linnaea's Café

1110 Garden St., San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

(805) 541-5888

Vegetarian/coffeehouse/café. Located in historic downtown San Luis Obispo, the intimate, cozy setting of Linnaea's Café is the perfect place to unwind. Their all-vegetarian menu changes daily but features fresh and local ingredients. Linnaea's is a gathering place for the community. In addition to poetry readings, artist receptions, and film screenings, live music is presented most evenings. Local artworkis featured in the café as well. The outdoor garden is lovely.

Open daily for three meals
Limited service
vegan options
take-out, espresso/cappuccino, soymilk
VISA/MC, $-$$

·Smiling Dog Yoga Café

1227 Archer St., San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

(805) 546-9100

Vegetarian/natural foods/organic. After a great yoga session at Smiling Dog Yoga, stop in their all-vegetarian café. Inspired by the flavors of the Mediterranean, India, Mexico, and Pacific Rim, organic and locally-grown ingredients are uses as much as possible. Enjoy your meal outdoors in their beautiful courtyard. Cash only.

Open Tuesday through Friday for lunch. Open Saturday for brunch. Closed Sunday and Monday
Limited service
vegan options
$-$$

Taj Palace

795 Foothill Blvd., Ste. A, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

(805) 543-0722

Indian. Dine on several options, like Aloo Mutter, Dahl, Okra Masala, and Vegetable Korma at this vegetarian-friendly restaurant.

Open daily for lunch and dinner
Full service
vegan options
take-out
VISA/MC, $$

locations

San Mateo

Amici's East Coast Pizzeria

69 Third Ave., San Mateo, CA 94401

(650) 342-9392

Italian. See description under Mountain View, CA.

CREAM

134 South B St., San Mateo, CA 94401

(650) 344-2736

Ice cream parlor. See description under Berkeley.

Dakshin Indian Restaurant

2299 S. El Camino Real, San Mateo, CA 94403

(650) 345-4366

Indian. Enjoy authentic South Indian cuisine at Dakshin Indian Restaurant. They offer many vegetarian entrées and their popular lunch buffet is a great value. Dakshin is closed between lunch and dinner, so please call ahead for hours.

Open daily for lunch and dinner
Full service
vegan options
take-out, catering, special beverages
VISA/MC, $-$$

··Sweet Aha! Bake Shop

1700 W. Hillsdale Blvd., San Mateo, CA 94402

(415) 839-2138

Vegan/bakery. Sweet Aha! is a vegan bakery vendor at the College of San Mateo Farmers' Market. They sell a variety of delicious vegan cupcakes, cookies, and muffins, baked and served by a friendly staff. Try the fluffy vanilla cupcakes with rich coconut buttercream frosting or the moist lemon poppy seed muffins. For larger quantities, please contact them in advance to reserve your order. The market is located at the parking lot of the College of San Mateo. Cash only.

Open Saturday. Closed Sunday through Monday
Take-out
$

locations

San Pedro

··Nv-Da Mrkt

407 W. 6th St., San Pedro, CA 90731

(301) 722-4141

Vegan/juice bar. NV-DA mrkt is pronounced nun-dah market and means "the sun & the moon" in Cherokee. True to its name, NV-DA will certainly have you feeling closer to the earth. Fresh whole foods are the basis of many of their menu items including smoothies, yogurt, and granola bowls which you can customize as you please. Put a pep in your step with a Goldenberry Granola Bowl or a Strawberry Moons smoothie packed with fresh, never frozen fruit and cool mint.

Open Monday-Friday for 3 meals. Open Saturday and Sunday for breakfast and lunch
Limited service
vegan options
fresh juices, cappuciino, smoothies, meal delivery, take-out, catering
VISA/MC

locations

San Rafael

Amici's East Coast Pizzeria

1242 Fourth St., San Rafael, CA 94109

(415) 455-9777

Italian. See description under Mountain View, CA.

Bangkok Thai Express

857 4th St., San Rafael, CA 94901

(415) 453-3350

Thai. Bangkok Thai Express features superior vegetarian dishes on the "Vegi Deluxe" menu section, including curries, noodle dishes, and veggies with various Thai seasonings. The setting includes hand painted mural walls reflecting the beauty of Thailand.

Open daily for lunch and dinner
Full service
vegan options
buffet, take-out, delivery
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $-$$

High Tech Burrito

2042 Fourth St., San Rafael, CA 94901

(415) 485-0214

484 Las Gallinas Ave., San Rafael, CA 94903

(415) 526-2188

Mexican. See description under Alamo, CA.

·Radiance Cuisine

923 C St., San Rafael, CA 94901

(415) 686-3442

Vegetarian/organic. For a unique dining experience, check out Radiance Cuisine! Located in the new age Open Secret Bookstore, the atmosphere is relaxing and soothing. They feature vegetarian and vegan Indian-inspired dishes prepared with organic and locally-grown produce; the menu changes with the seasons. Radiance Cuisine is in downtown San Rafael. Cash only.

Open Wednesday through Saturday for lunch and dinner. Closed Sunday through Tuesday
Limited service
vegan options
take-out, special beverages
$$

locations

Santa Ana

·Au Naturaw Organic Garden Eatery

206 N. Broadway, Ste. A, Santa Ana, CA 92701

(714) 955-4774

Vegetarian/organic/raw foods. Au Naturaw strives to offer sustainable food that is both delicious and rejuvenating for the body. Try their raw Wholly Molé Enchiladas, Eleven Layer Lawsagne, or vegan Cream of Broccoli Soup. End your meal with raw cheesecake and one of their assorted herbal teas, some of which include Memory Zest, Hibiscus High, and Blossoms of Health.

Open Monday through Saturday for lunch and dinner. Closed Sunday
Full service
vegan options
take-out, catering, smoothies, espresso/cappuccino, soymilk
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $$

Mother's Market & Kitchen

151 E. Memory Ln., Santa Ana, CA 92705

(714) 542-6667

Natural foods store/deli/juice bar. See description under Anaheim, CA.

locations

Santa Barbara

··Adama Vegan Comfort Cuisine

428 Chapala St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101

(805) 560-1348

Vegan/natural foods. Adama Vegan Comfort Cuisine offers vegan food in a cozy, warm atmosphere. Enjoy Jackfruit Tacos, Chipotle Panini, or Pumpkin Pecan Pancakes. Adama is closed between lunch and dinner, so please call ahead for hours.

Open Tuesday through Friday for lunch and dinner. Open Saturday and Sunday for three meals. Closed Monday
Full service
take-out, fresh juices, smoothies, espresso/cappuccino, soymilk, beer/wine/alcohol
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $-$$

·Backyard Bowls

331 Motor Way, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

(805) 845-5379

3849 State St., Ste. I157, Santa Barbara, CA 93105

(805) 569-0011

Vegetarian/fast food. Backyard Bowls on Motor Way is located in downtown Santa Barbara and next door to the Santa Barbara Roasting Company. Backyard Bowls on State Street is located next to Vons in La Cumbre Plaza. See description under Goleta, CA.

Galanga Thai Restaurant

507 State St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101

(805) 899-3199

Thai. Dine on more than 20 different vegetarian Thai dishes at this restaurant. Some dishes contain oyster sauce, though. Ask your waitperson for help in avoiding such items.

Open Thursday through Tuesday for lunch and dinner. Closed Wednesday
Full service
vegan options
non-alcoholic beer, wine/beer, take-out
$-$$

·Mesaverde

1919 Cliff Dr., Santa Barbara, CA 93109

(805) 963-4474

Vegetarian/natural foods. The tropical landscaping and modern décor will invite you into Mesaverde; however, the boldly flavored and beautifully prepared dishes will make you want to stay a while. Start with cacao black bean tacos and give one of their flatbread pizzas a try. Quality over quantity is a focus here, so you’ll have no problem finishing with a decadent hazelnut and almond apple strudel or pistachio tart.

Open daily for three meals
Full service
vegan options
fresh juices, smoothies, take-out
VISA/MC/DISC, $$$

Sojourner Café & Restaurant

134 E. Canon Perdido St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101

(805) 965-7922

Natural foods. Vegetarian options are scattered throughout the menu. Some international themes are favored, such as the Mediterranean Plate, Mexican fare, and curries. The Sojourner is now using vegetarian (rennetless) jack and cheddar cheese. Non-alcoholic specialty drinks, such as Mocha Frosted and Carob Supreme, are offered.

Open daily
Full service
vegan options
take-out, espresso/cappucino, wine/beer
$$

The Natural Café and Juice Bar

508 State St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101

(805) 962-9494

Natural foods. The Natural Café is located in downtown Santa Barbara, five blocks away from the Pacific Ocean. Dine on items such as vegetarian chili, guacamole with chips, spinach salad, falafel pita, veggie stir-fry, tempeh tacos, and more.

Open daily for lunch and dinner
Full service
vegan options
take-out, fresh juices
$-$$

locations

Santa Clara

Amarin Thai Cuisine

4300 Great America Pkwy., #180, Santa Clara, CA 95054

(408) 988-2982

Thai. See description under Mountain View, CA.

·Dasaprakash

2636 Homestead Rd., Santa Clara, CA 95051

(408) 246-8292

Vegetarian/Indian. Specializing in authentic South Indian cuisine, Dasaprakash is a completely vegetarian restaurant in the South Bay. Enjoy traditional dishes like Thalis, Samosas, Dosai, and Pakodas. Dasaprakash is closed on weekdays between lunch and dinner, so please call ahead for hours.

Open daily for lunch and dinner
Full service
vegan options
take-out, catering, special beverages
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $$

·Delicious Crepes Bistro

57 Washington St., Santa Clara, CA 95050

(408) 260-6885

Vegetarian/European. Delicious Crepes Bistro is a European-style café. Breakfast is available all day and includes Tofu Scramble and Tutti-Frutti Oatmeal (made with nut milk and seasonal fruits). Crepes are the star of the show here, and the batter does not contain egg. Add vegan cheese or baked organic tofu to your crepe. Outdoor seating is available.

Open Monday through Saturday for breakfast and lunch. Closed Sunday
Limited service
vegan options
take-out, catering, fresh juices, smoothies, espresso/cappuccino
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $-$$

Ike's Place

2235 The Alameda, Santa Clara, CA 95050

(408) 244-2034

Sandwich shop. See description under Cupertino, CA.

locations

Santa Cruz

·Café Gratitude

103 Lincoln St., Santa Cruz, CA 95060

(831) 427-9583

Vegetarian/organic/raw foods. See description under Berkeley, CA.

Open daily for lunch and dinner

Linda's Seabreeze Café

542 Seabright Ave., Santa Cruz, CA 95062

(831) 427-9713

American. Linda's Seabreeze Café is a charming place for breakfast or lunch on the way to the Santa Cruz beach. Breakfast features pancakes, tofu scrambles, and home fries. Don't miss their Sunday brunch! Cash only.

Open Monday through Saturday for breakfast and lunch. Open Sunday for brunch
Full service
vegan options
take-out
$

·Malabar/Asian Rose Café

514 Front St., Santa Cruz, CA 95060

(831) 458-3023

Vegetarian/Sri Lankan. Malabar/Asian Rose Café offers an all-vegetarian menu of Sri Lankan cusine. Enjoy dinner in an elegant and relaxed setting. Many dishes are vegan.

Open daily for dinner
Full service
vegan options
take-out
VISA/MC, $$

New Leaf Market

1101 Fair Ave., Santa Cruz, CA 95060

(831) 426-1306

1134 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz, CA 95060

(831) 425-1793

Natural foods store. See description under Boulder Creek, CA.

·Saturn Café

145 Laurel St., Santa Cruz, CA 95060

(831) 429-8505

Vegetarian/diner. See description under Berkeley, CA.

Staff of Life Natural Foods Market

1266 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz, CA 95062

(408) 423-8041

Natural foods store/deli/juice bar. The Staff of Life Natural Foods Market includes a deli that offers burritos, falafels, sandwiches, and soups. The featured entrée changes daily and is usually rice- or pasta-based. Various salads and other items may be purchased separately.

Open daily
Cafeteria
vegan options
take-out, fresh juices
VISA/MC, $-$$

The Bagelry

320 Cedar St. #A, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

(831) 429-8049

1636 Seabright Ave., Santa Cruz, CA 95062

(831) 425-8550

Bagel shop. This establishment bakes 20 kinds of bagels daily and can use them for a variety of both dairy and non-dairy sandwiches. There are also salads, vegan soups, vegan cookies, and a full selection of hot and cold beverages. Outdoor dining is available.

Open daily for three meals
Counter service
vegan options
fresh juices, take-out
$

·The Penny Ice Creamery

913 Cedar St., Santa Cruz, CA 95060

(831) 204-2523

Vegetarian/ice cream parlor. This creamery makes all their ice cream from scratch, using fresh ingredients from local and sustainable sources, to create unique flavors. For vegan selections, they offer at least two vegan flavors every week, along with a vegan housemade popsicle, and a vegan float. Come try a scoop or two of Chamomile Apricot or Early of Grey. Check their website for daily flavors.

Open daily
Counter service
vegan options
take-out, catering
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $

locations

Santa Monica

Bistro of Santa Monica

2301 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90404

(310) 453-5442

Italian. The Bistro is a European-style restaurant featuring northern Italian cuisine. All items are prepared from scratch without salt, sugar, or preservatives. Vegetarian selections are offered in addition to items for guests with special dietary requirements. Fifteen types of pasta can be combined with numerous sauces listed under tomato, cream, olive oil, and specialty headings.

Open daily
Full service
vegan options
take-out, fresh juices, espresso/cappuccino, wine/beer/alcohol
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $$-$$$

·Chandni Vegetarian Cuisine of India

1909 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90403

(310) 828-7060

Vegetarian/Indian. This vegetarian restaurant offers a wide range of Northern Indian appetizers, soups, breads, and entrées.

Open daily for lunch and dinner
Full service
vegan options
take-out
$-$$

·Euphoria Loves Rawvolution

2301 Main St., Santa Monica, CA 90405

(310) 392-9501

Vegetarian/raw foods/organic. Euphoria Loves Rawvolution (ELR) believes in "Peace, Harmony and Raw Food." Offering organic, local, and sustainable raw food, ELR is 99.9% vegan; the only exception is bee pollen. Their menu includes an assortment of soups, salads, entrées, and vegan sushi rolls. Try Greek Pizza, Cucumber Watercress Soup, Zucchini Pasta, or the Sea Dragon Roll. ELR is located between Yoga Works & Urth Caffe.

Open daily for three meals
Full service
vegan options
take-out, delivery, catering, fresh juices, smoothies, special beverages
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $-$$

··Golden Mean Vegan Café

1028 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401

(310) 393-6500

Vegan café/organic. Golden Mean Vegan Café offers all-vegan food in a comfortable setting with free Internet access. Try a Veggie Burger with "The Works" (avocado, tempeh bacon & vegan cheese), "Chicken" Caesar Wrap, or their Almond Butter Nutter Panini. Also available are soups, salads, pizza, baked goods, and shakes.

Open daily for lunch and dinner
Limited service
take-out, soymilk, special beverages
VISA/MC, $$

·M.A.K.E.

395 Santa Monica Pl., Ste. 333, Santa Monica, CA 90401

(310) 394-7046

Vegetarian/living foods/gourmet. M.A.K.E. offers a creative menu of gourmet living foods. With the exception of bee pollen and honey, the menu is vegan. Chef Matthew Kenney has created an exquisite menu that combines raw foods like never before, and there are three different dining areas, depending on your preferred dining experience. Also featured is The Matthew Kenney Culinary Academy which educates chefs on the art of raw and living food preparation. M.A.K.E. is located on the 3rd floor of The Marketplace. Outdoor seating is available. Reservations are required.

Open daily for lunch and dinner
Full service
vegan options
take-out, catering, fresh juices, smoothies, wine, special beverages
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $$

Mrs. Winston's Green Grocery

3150 Ocean Park Blvd., Ste. A, Santa Monica, CA 90405

(310) 452-7770

2450 Colorado Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90407

(310) 315-2777

Natural foods store/deli. See description under Los Angeles, CA.

··Native Foods

2901 Ocean Park Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405

(310) 450-3666

Vegan/natural foods/organic. See description under Aliso Viejo, CA.

·Planet Raw

609 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA 90401

(310) 587-1552

Vegetarian/raw foods/organic. Planet Raw is mostly vegan; honey and bee pollen are in some items. The menu here includes pizzas, sandwiches, vegan sushi, burritos, sangria, shakes, cookies, puddings, and pies. Sample dishes such as the Sea Witch soup with avocado and different sea weeds, the Rawvioli made with a pine-nut cheese, and the Strawberry Mousse Carob Tart.

Open daily for three meals
Full service
vegan options
take-out, catering, smoothies, fresh juices, espresso/cappuccino, special beverages
VISA/MC, $$

··Real Food Daily

514 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401

(310) 451-7544

Vegan/organic. Real Food Daily's philosophy is that plant-based food prepared with gourmet style and hands-on care improves not only the health of the individual but also that of the planet. You can dine on appetizers, salads, sandwiches, entrées, daily specials, and more.

Open daily for lunch and dinner. The West Hollywood location is also open for Sunday brunch
Full service
take-out, catering, delivery, fresh juices, soymilk, espresso/cappuccino
VISA/MC/AMEX, $$

··Rejuice

3238 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405

(310) 399-0001

Vegan/juice bar. Rejuice is the perfect place to relax and refuel. The juices are certainly the stars of the show, each one having been cold pressed and hand crafted by master juicer, Ron Anthony. Still, the simple, yet elegant, café menu, with a variety of sandwiches, wraps, salads and even a fruit parfait with vegan almond mascarpone will have you falling in love with Rejuice all over again.

Open daily for three meals
Limited service
vegan options
VISA/MC/DISC, $$

··Renovo

2200 Colorado Ave., Ste. G1, Santa Monica, CA 90404

(310) 828-7267

Vegan/organic/juice bar. Renovo has everything a smoothie bar could offer -- specialty smoothies, create-your-own smoothies, meal replacements, teas, coffee, and power shots. The menu includes calorie information. They offer a lot of raw and organic foods. Free W-Fi and outdoor seating are available.

Open Monday through Saturday. Closed Sunday
Counter service
take-out, fresh juices, smoothies, soymilk
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $

··Satdha

2218 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405

(310) 450-6999

Vegan/Thai. Satdha offers creative all-vegan Thai cuisine. They use organic ingredients in their plant-based kitchen. The restaurant is closed between lunch and dinner, so please call ahead for hours.

Open Tuesday through Sunday for lunch and dinner. Closed Monday
Full service
take-out, beer/wine
VISA/MC, $-$$

·Simply Raw

606 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA 90401

(310) 395-5559

Vegetarian/raw foods. Simply Raw offers a 100% raw and nearly all vegan menu (excluding items with honey/bee pollen). Patrons can choose from more traditional items such as salads and wraps or test new waters with raw tacos, pizza or even a zucchini noodle stroganoff. For those with a sweet tooth, Simply Raw offers a variety of desserts including Key Lime Pudding and Pecan Pie.

Open daily for three meals
Limited service
vegan options
Fresh juices, smoothies, espresso, cappuccino
VISA/MC, $$

··Veggie Grill

2025 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90403

(310) 829-1155

Vegan/American/fast food. See description under El Segundo, CA.

locations

Santa Rosa

East West Café

557 Summerfield Rd., Santa Rosa, CA 95405

(707) 546-6142

Mediterranean. East West Café serves international cuisine with a sumptuous Middle Eastern flavor. They also offer non-dairy shakes and desserts.

Open daily for three meals
Full service
vegan options
take-out, fresh juices, smoothies, espresso/cappuccino, beer/wine
VISA/MC/DISC, $-$$

·Gaia's Garden

1899 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa, CA 95401

(707) 544-2491

Vegetarian/international. Gaia's Garden, formerly Govinda's, is a restaurant, community center, and art and music venue. Enjoy their all-vegetarian buffet with rotating dinner selections. In response to customer preference, they have modified many of their recipes to make them vegan. Gaia's Garden features a beautiful and relaxing atmosphere along with frequent local events. The restaurant is located in the North Bay area.

Open Monday through Saturday for lunch and dinner. Closed Sunday
Buffet
vegan options
take-out, beer/wine, non-alcoholic beer
VISA/MC/DISC, $-$$

High Tech Burrito

909 Village Ct., Santa Rosa, CA 95405

(707) 284-3791

Mexican. See description under Alamo, CA.

Ike's Place

1780 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa, CA 95401

(707) 293-9814

Sandwich shop. See description under Cupertino, CA.

locations

Sebastopol

East West Café

128 N. Main St., Sebastopol, CA 95472

(707) 829-2822

Mediterranean. See description under Santa Rosa, CA.

··Lydia's Express

6761 Sebastopol Ave., Sebastopol, CA 95472

(707) 861-9431

Vegan. For anyone with special dietary needs, Lydia’s Express is a must. Lydia’s menu is sure to please even the pickiest of eaters with options for vegans, as well as those who are gluten free and/or raw. Perhaps the most unique aspect of Lydia’s is their variety of sweet and savory buckwheat crepes on the menu. Try the Gourmet Mushroom Crêpe with local Maitake & Royal trumpet mushrooms, cashew cheez, spinach & basil, and vegan pesto sauce, but don’t fill up too much. You do not want to miss the chocolate banana pecan pie.

Open daily for three meals
Full service
fresh juices, organic wine, catering
VISA/MC/DISC, $$

·Slice of Life

6970 McKinley St., Sebastopol, CA 95472

(707) 829-6627

Vegetarian. Slice of Life serves organic whole-wheat crust pizza with creative toppings, veggie burgers, sandwiches, ethnic cuisine, soups, salads, delicious desserts, plus much more.

Open Tuesday through Sunday for lunch and dinner. Closed Monday
Full service
vegan options
take-out, fresh juices, non-alcoholic wine/beer
$-$$

Whole Foods Market

6910 McKinley St., Sebastopol, CA 95472

(707) 829-9801

Natural foods store/deli. See description under Berkeley, CA.

locations

Sequoia National Park

Montecito-Sequoia Lodge Restaurant

King's Canyon National Park, 8000 General Hwy., Sequoia National Park, CA 93633

(800) 843-8677

California. Country club buffet with vegetarian options, though the menu varies. Located between King's Canyon and Sequoia National Parks. Reservations are recommended.

Open daily for three meals
Buffet
fresh juices, smoothies, soymilk, espresso/cappuccino, beer/wine/alcohol, non-alcoholic beer/wine, special beverages
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC/DC, $$-$$$

locations

Solana Beach

·Zinc Café & Market

132 S. Cedros, Solana Beach, CA 92075

(858) 793-5436

Vegetarian. See description under Corona del Mar.

locations

Soquel

The Bagelry

4763 Soquel Dr., Soquel, CA 95073

(831) 462-9888

Bagel shop. See description under Santa Cruz, CA.

Tortilla Flats

4616 Soquel Dr., Soquel, CA 95073

(408) 476-1754

Mexican. Rice, beans, or the "Flatland Mix" (made from a nut mixture) can be substituted for meat in the burritos and tostadas.

Open daily
Full service
take-out, wine/beer
VISA/MC, $-$$

locations

South El Monte

·Veggie Life Restaurant

9324 E. Garvey Ave., Ste. B, South El Monte, CA 91733

(626) 443-8687

Vegetarian/Vietnamese. Veggie Life prepares authentic Vietnamese dishes, the majority of which are vegan. Various soy products are used in place of meat.

Open Tuesday through Sunday for lunch and dinner. Closed Monday
Full service
vegan options
take-out, soymilk, non-alcoholic beer, special beverages
VISA/MC/DISC, $-$$

locations

South Lake Tahoe

Sprouts Natural Foods Café

3123 Harrison Ave., South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150

(530) 541-6969

Natural foods. This small café offers a wide variety of vegetarian dishes, including sandwiches, bagels, rice and beans, burritos, quesadillas, tempeh burgers, tostadas, soups, and salads. Sprouts is located at the corner of Hwy. 50 & Alameda Ave. Cash only.

Open daily for three meals
Limited service
take-out, fresh juices, espresso/capuccino
$

locations

South Pasadena

··Charm Vegan

711 Fair Oaks Ave., Ste. K, South Pasadena, CA 91030

(626) 441-2484

Vegan/Thai. Charm Vegan is an all-vegan restaurant in South Pasadena. Try Jungle Curry, Chili Basil Noodle, Pumpkin Eggplant and Tofu, or the Thai Spice Wrap. Charm offers terrific lunch specials.

Open Monday through Friday lunch and dinner. Open Saturday for dinner. Closed Sunday
Full service
take-out, delivery, catering, smoothies, soymilk, special beverages
VISA/MC/DISC, $-$$

Grassroots Natural Market and Kitchen

1119 Fair Oaks Ave., South Pasadena, CA 91030

(626) 799-0156

Natural foods store/café. With an unusual variety of salads, dairy-free soups, tasty hot entrées, sandwiches, and a tempting selection of homemade muffins, Grassroots is a good choice. Please note that the store has different hours than the café so call ahead for specific times.

Open Monday through Friday for lunch. Open Saturday for breakfast and lunch. Closed Sunday
Cafeteria
vegan options
take-out, fresh juices, smoothies, soymilk, espresso/cappuccino
VISA/MC/AMEX, $-$$

locations

Squaw Valley

Wildflour Baking Company

Olympic House, 201 Squaw Peak Rd, Squaw Valley, CA 96146

(530) 583-1963

Bakery/café/eclectic. Located on the bottom floor of a lodge where the Winter Olympics were held in 1960, Wildflour Baking Company is an eclectic bake shop and café. They offer several vegetarian choices including fruit salad, bean salad, pizza bagels, veggie chili, a variety of vegetarian sandwiches, and vegan soups like butternut squash and split pea. Choose from specially prepared hot chocolate with a smooth finish and pair with an assortment of baked goods like warm vegan cookies, soft pretzels, cinnamon rolls, and more! The friendly staff hands you your food with a smile and kind words. Wildflour is located in the Olympic House in Squaw Valley on top of a mountain which is accessible via a tram car or hiking in the summer. Outdoor seating is available.

Open seasonally
Counter service
vegan options
take-out, catering, espresso/cappuccino, soymilk
VISA/MC, $

locations

St. Helena

·St. Helena Health Center Dining Room

650 Sanitarium Rd., St. Helena, CA 94576

(707) 963-6214

Vegetarian. The food service is for participants at the health center, but non-participants can be accomodated with reservations.

Open daily for three meals
Cafeteria
reservations required

locations

Stanford

Ike's Place

475 Via Ortega, Stanford Campus, Stanford, CA 94305

(650) 322-1766

Sandwich shop. See description under Cupertino, CA.

locations

Studio City

·Leonor's Vegetarian Mexican

12445 Moorpark St., Studio City, CA 91604

(818) 762-0660

Vegetarian/Mexican. See description under North Hollywood, CA. This location is 100% vegetarian.

Open daily for lunch and dinner

··SunPower Natural Café

3711 Cahuenga Blvd., Studio City, CA 91604

(818) 308-7420

Vegan/natural foods/organic. Located across from Universal Studios, SunPower Natural Café offers organic vegan meals including many raw foods selections. Popular menu items include cashew shakes, lettuce tacos with sunflower seed "chorizo sausage," raw pizza with cashew cheese, and their own freshly-made sunflower seed burgers.

Open Sunday through Wednesday for lunch. Open Thursday through Saturday for lunch and dinner
Full service
take-out, delivery, catering, fresh juices, smoothies, soymilk, special beverages
VISA/MC/DISC, $$

·The Gadarene Swine

11266 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604

(818) 508-5500

Vegetarian. Do not let the name full you, The Gadarene Swine’s focus is not on meat, but vegetables. Renowned Chef, Phillip Frankland Lee, crafts beautifully plated and innovative vegetarian dishes, most of which are vegan. They offer a full dinner menu as well as a tasting menu. Make sure to try the roasted mushrooms with burnt sweet potato or crispy lollipop kale!

Open Tuesday through Saturday for dinner. Closed Sunday and Monday.
Full service
vegan options
beer/wine/spirits
VISA/MC/DISC, $$$

··Vegan Plate

11943 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, CA 91604

(818) 506-9015

Vegan/Thai. Vegan Plate features all-vegan Thai cuisine. Some of their delicious offerings include PET (pumpkin, eggplant & tofu in garlic sauce), Praram's Plate (soy chicken fried with peanut sauce on spinach), and Chu Chee (soy shrimp in coconut pureé). For dessert, try the banana spring rolls, lycheese in light syrup, or the coconut ice cream. Check out their daily lunch special, too.

Open daily for lunch and dinner
Full service
take-out, fresh juices, smoothies, soymilk
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $-$$

··Vegan World

11044 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, CA 91604

(818) 985-9544

Vegan/American. Vegan World offers an extensive menu of wraps, burgers, salads, noodles, curry, soups, and more! Everything is vegan and the prices are great. Try the Grilled Veggie Burger, Yellow Curry, Grilled Seitan Wrap, or Tofu Soup.

Open daily for lunch and dinner
Full service
take-out, delivery, soymilk, smoothies
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $-$$

locations

Sunnyvale

·Bhavika's

1053 E. El Camino Real, Sunnyvale, CA 94087

(408) 243-2118

Vegetarian/Indian. Specializing in North Indian cuisine, this small, casual restaurant offers appetizers, entrées, and desserts.

Open Tuesday through Saturday for lunch and dinner. Open Sunday for three meals. Closed Monday
Counter service
take-out, no credit cards
$-$$

·Chaat Bhavan

976 E. El Camino Real, Sunnyvale, CA 94087

(408) 795-1100

Vegetarian/Indian. See description under Fremont, CA.

·Chaat House

839 E. El Camino Real, Sunnyvale, CA 94087

(408) 733-9000

Vegetarian/Indian. Chaat House offers soups, samosas, dahls, thalis, and an assortment of Indian breads. Indoor and outdoor seating available.

Open daily for lunch and dinner
Counter service
take-out, catering
VISA/MC/AMEX, $

··Great Vegi Land

562 S. Murphy Ave., Sunnyvale, CA 94086

(408) 735-8040

Vegan/Chinese. Great Vegi Land specializes in mock meat dishes, such as smoked vegetarian fish and vegetarian meatballs. The dumplings and the vegetarian sushi come highly recommended.

Open Monday through Saturday for lunch and dinner. Open Sundays for dinner only
Full service
take-out, fresh juices
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $$

Hobee's Restaurant

800 W. Ahwanee Ave., Sunnyvale, CA 94085

(408) 524-3580

Natural foods/American. Hobee's in Sunnyvale is located at Highway 101 and South Mathilda. See description under Belmont, CA.

Open Sunday and Monday for breakfast and lunch. Open Tuesday through Saturday for three meals

·Komala Vilas

1020 E. El Camino Real, Sunnyvale, CA 94087

(408) 733-7400

Vegetarian/Indian. Komala Vilas features the staples of southern Indian cooking. Breakfast and lunch are set menus, dinner is á la carte. The restaurant is closed between lunch and dinner, so please call ahead for hours. They are located in the South Bay area.

Open Wednesday through Monday for three meals. Closed Tuesday
Buffet
vegan options
take-out
VISA/MC, $-$$

·Madras Café

1177 W. El Camino Real, Sunnyvale, CA 94087

(408) 737-2323

Vegetarian/Indian. Madras Café offers South Indian vegetarian cuisine at great prices. Try their delicious Onion Tomato Peas Uthappam or Special Vegetable Dosa. The restaurant is located in the Bernardo Shopping Center in the South Bay area of San Francisco. Madras Café is closed on weekdays between lunch and dinner, so please call ahead for hours.

Open Tuesday through Sunday for three meals. Closed Monday
Full service
vegan options
take-out, catering, special beverages
VISA/MC, $$

··Merit Vegetarian

548 Lawrence Expy. #2, Sunnyvale, CA 94085

(408) 245-8988

Vegan/Vietnamese. Try the Vermicelli with Five-Spice Tofu at this all-vegan restaurant. Merit is located in the South Bay area of San Francisco.

Open daily for lunch and dinner
Full service
take-out, catering, soymilk, smoothies, non-alcoholic beer
VISA/MC, $$

·Saravanaa Bhavan

1305 S. Mary Ave., Sunnyvale, CA 94087

(408) 616-7755

Vegetarian/Indian. Saravanaa Bhavan is part of the popular Chennai-based international franchise. Specializing in South Indian vegetarian cuisine, the restaurant offers traditional dishes including dosa, uthappam, curries, and locally-inspired dishes. Saravanaa Bhavan is closed between lunch and dinner, so please call ahead for hours.

Open daily for lunch and dinner
Full service
vegan options
take-out, catering, special beverages
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $$

The Country Gourmet & Co.

1314 S. Mary Ave., Sunnyvale, CA 94087

(408) 733-9446

Natural foods. The Country Gourmet features baked goods, an extensive salad collection, and entrées that change daily. Everything is prepared from fresh ingredients with no preservatives or MSG. A couple of vegetarian entrées are featured nightly in addition to the regular menu selection, and there is a children's menu.

Open daily for three meals
Limited service
vegan options
take-out, fresh juices, wine/beer
VISA/MC, $$

·Udupi Palace

976 E. El Camino Real, Sunnyvale, CA 94087

(408) 830-9600

Vegetarian/Indian. See description under Artesia, CA.

locations

Temecula

Earth Bistro

40695 Winchester Rd., Ste. C1, Temecula, CA 92591

(951) 506-8888

Pizza/organic. Earth Bistro is a pizzeria that serves local, organic, and natural foods. Vegan selections are noted on the menu and include the EB Garden Salad, Vegan Stuffed Mushrooms, and the Veggie Grill Sandwich. Try their specialty pizza, The Vegan, made of sautéed spinach, roasted garlic, crimini mushrooms, tomato sauce, and vegan soy cheese. Earth Bistro is located in the Trader Joe's Shopping Center.

Open daily for lunch and dinner
Full service
vegan options
take-out, delivery, beer/wine
VISA/MC, $$

locations

Topanga Canyon

Inn of the Seventh Ray

128 Old Topanga Rd., Topanga Canyon, CA 90290

(310) 455-1311

California. Located near Topanga State Park and featuring creek-side dining, this restaurant offers gourmet American/French dishes in a romantic atmosphere.

Open daily for lunch and dinner. Open Saturday for breakfast
Full service
vegan options
formal dinners, reservations recommended, macrobiotic options, espresso/cappuccino, non-alcoholic drinks, beer/wine, soymilk, special beverages
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC/DC, $$$

locations

Torrance

··Veggie Grill

2533 Pacific Coast Hwy., Torrance, CA 90505

(310) 325-6689

Vegan/American/fast food. This location is in the Rolling Hills Plaza. See description under El Segundo, CA.

locations

Tustin

··Freesoulcaffe

191 E. Main St., Ste. 1B, Tustin, CA 92780

(714) 371-0976

Vegan/café/organic/coffeehouse. Freesoulcaffe was established to provide natural, high-quality foods, coffees, and teas for a compassionate way of life. This vegan café serves a wide selection of mouth-watering sandwiches, soups, organic salads, breakfast items, and desserts, made fresh daily. Order the Smoked Vegan Ham Sandwich, Vegan Chicken Salad, or Belgium Waffles (Classic, Green Tea, or Pumpkin, served with pure maple syrup and vegan butter). Dessert choices include the exquisite Golden Carrot Cake, Green Tea Pistachio Pound Cake, Double Dose Chocolate Cookies, Blueberry Key Lime Buckle, and many others. Freesoulcaffe also serves premium, non-chemically treated, freshly roasted, whole bean coffee and top-quality organic teas sold under ethical standards. Because the coffee is roasted in small batches, it has optimum flavor, richness, aroma, and freshness; it’s served with a choice of soy, almond, or hemp milk. Freesoulcaffe is located in Old Town Tustin, near the Tustin Library in Orange County.

Open Monday through Saturday for three meals. Closed Sunday
Counter service
take-out, catering, fresh juices, espresso/cappuccino, soymilk, special beverages
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $-$$

··Native Foods

2453 Park Ave., Tustin, CA 92782

(714) 259-0400

Vegan/natural foods/organic. This location is at The District, next to AMC Movie Theatres. See description under Aliso Viejo, CA.

Rutabegorz

158 W. Main St., Tustin, CA 92780

(714) 731-9807

Natural foods/American. See description under Fullerton, CA.

Open daily for lunch and dinner

Whole Foods Market

2847 Park Ave., Tustin, CA 92782

(714) 566-7650

Natural foods store/deli. See description under Berkeley, CA.

locations

Ukiah

·Jyun Kang Vegetarian Restaurant

2001 Talmadge Rd., Ukiah, CA 95481

(707) 462-0939

Vegetarian/Chinese. Jyun Kang Vegetarian Restaurant is located in the "City of 10,000 Buddhas" (a Buddhist monastery 115 miles north of San Francisco). Try their delicious Broccoli with Cashews or Sweet & Sour Tofu. Cash only.

Open Wednesday through Monday for lunch. Closed Tuesday
Full service
vegan options
take-out
$-$$

locations

Upland

··Loving Hut

903-B W. Foothill Blvd., Upland, CA 91786

(909) 982-3882

Vegan/Asian/American. It's the same chef, the same food, and the same location, but Veggie Era has become Loving Hut! Loving Hut is an international vegan restaurant chain with the slogan, "Be Veg. Go Green. Save the Planet." They offer gourmet vegan cuisine "for those making the noble transition to a plant-based diet." Although the menu varies by location, it typically includes appetizers, soups, salads, entrées, desserts, and special beverages. Both Asian and American meals are served including mock meat and vegetable dishes. Loving Hut was created with a vision that all beings could live in peace, love, and harmony with each other and the planet.

Open Tuesday through Saturday for lunch and dinner. Open Sunday for dinner. Closed Monday
Full service
take-out, fresh juices, smoothies, soymilk, special beverages
VISA/MC, $-$$

locations

Van Nuys

Grandma's Thai Kitchen

13230 Burbank Blvd., Van Nuys, CA 91401

(818) 785-9036

Thai. Grandma's Thai Kitchen offers 10 vegetarian entrées, including pad Thai noodles, mock chicken fried rice, spicy green beans, sweet and sour vegetables, and a tofu/rice medley. They also serve two vegetarian soups and five curry dishes using tofu or wheat gluten. Be sure to tell them not to use fish sauce.

Open daily for lunch and dinner
Full service
vegan options
take-out, wine/beer/alcohol
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC/DC, $$

locations

Venice

·Café Gratitude

512 Rose Ave., Venice, CA 90291

(424) 231-8000

Vegetarian/organic/raw foods. See description under Berkeley, CA.

Figtree's Café & Grill

429 Ocean Front Walk, Venice, CA 90291

(310) 392-4937

Natural foods. Any dish can be made vegetarian to accommodate the customer, or choose from spinach nutburger, roasted eggplant and peppers, Santa Fe tostadas, and stir-fry pizzete (chapati pizza). Figtree's is on the beach.

Open daily
Full service
take-out, espresso/cappuccino, soymilk, fresh juices, smoothies, wine/beer
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $$

··J's Kitchen

1239 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, CA 90291

(310) 450-5119

Vegan/organic/macrobiotic. J's Kitchen focuses on organic and macrobiotic vegan foods. While the menu changes to reflect the seasons, it may include Miso Soup, Teriyaki Tempeh Sandwich, Pumpkin & Grains Croquette, or J's Original Curry. Save room for their vegan sweets!

Open Monday through Saturday for breakfast and lunch. Closed Sunday
Limited service
take-out, catering, fresh juices, smoothies, soymilk, beer/wine, special beverages
VISA/MC, $-$$

··Seed Kitchen

1604 Pacific Ave., Venice, CA 90291

(310) 396-1604

Vegan/organic/macrobiotic. Seed Kitchen offers wholesome, vegan, and minimally-processed food that is always freshly prepared according to macrobiotic principles. They use locally-grown, organic produce whenever possible and their varied menu features sandwiches, paninis, hot bowls, salads, pastries, and Japanese teas. Their dedication to ecological sustainability is shown in the use of energy-efficient lighting, reclaimed wood furniture, and biodegradable containers and paper products. Seed is located just steps from the Venice Beach boardwalk.

Open daily for lunch and dinner
Counter service
take-out, soymilk, espresso/cappuccino
VISA/MC/DISC, $$

Whole Foods Market

225 Lincoln Blvd., Venice, CA 90291

(310) 566-9480

Natural foods store/deli. See description under Berkeley, CA.

locations

Ventura

··Mary's Secret Garden

100 S. Fir St., Ventura, CA 93001

(805) 641-3663

Vegan/natural foods/organic. Mary's Secret Garden is an organic vegan bistro. They offer many raw foods items and use organic and locally-grown produce. Save room for a delicious vegan dessert such as coconut jasmine rice pudding or chocolate mint cake. Enjoy outdoor dining on their patio. Reservations are recommended.

Open Tuesday and Wednesday for lunch. Open Thursday through Saturday for lunch and dinner. Closed Sunday and Monday
Full service
take-out, catering, fresh juices, smoothies, special beverages
VISA/MC, $$-$$$

Tipps Thai Cuisine

512 E. Main St., Ventura, CA 93001

(805) 643-3040

Thai. Tipps has a full vegetarian menu featuring more than 20 entrées, plus appetizers, soups, and salads. Entrées include standard vegetable dishes, mock meats, curries, and noodle and rice dishes. No MSG is used in their food preparation.

Open Monday through Friday for lunch and dinner. Open Saturday for dinner. Closed Sunday
Full service
vegan options
take-out, wine/beer
VISA/MC/AMEX, $$

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Walnut Creek

Babalou's Mediterranean

1645 Bonanza St., Walnut Creek, CA 94596

(925) 930-8000

Mediterranean. Babalou's offers all of your favorite Mediterranean dishes. There is no shortage of vegan items to choose from such as falafel and hummus.

Open daily for lunch and dinner
Counter service
vegan options
take-out, catering, special beverages
VISA/MC/AMEX, $

CREAM

1372 N. Main St., Walnut Creek, CA 94596

(925) 891-4041

Ice cream parlor. See description under Berkeley.

High Tech Burrito

1815-B Ygnacio Valley Rd., Walnut Creek, CA 94596

(925) 938-3888

Mexican. See description under Alamo, CA.

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West Covina

··One Veg World

178 S. Glendora Ave., West Covina, CA 91790

(626) 917-2727

Vegan/international. One Veg World offers an interesting and all-vegan international menu of appetizers, soups, salads, sandwiches, rice and noodle dishes, and much more. Unique dishes include grilled veggie beef teriyaki, barbequed veggie chicken drumsticks, eggplant with veggie ground meat, steamed veggie fish, a veggie smoked pepper ham sandwich, veggie turkey burgers, and a vegan banana-walnut cake.

Open Monday through Saturday for lunch and dinner. Open Sunday from afternoon through dinner
Full service
take-out, catering, fresh juices, non-alcoholic beer/wine, smoothies
VISA/MC, $$

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West Hollywood

··Gracias Madre

8905 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, CA 90069

(323) 978-2170

Vegan/Mexican/organic. Gracias Madre is a vegan Mexican restaurant and bar from the team behind Café Gratitude. Enjoy fresh and organic ingredients in dishes like enchiladas, tacos, and quesadillas. They feature an extensive beverage menu as well. Reservations are accepted. Outdoor seating is available.

Open daily for lunch and dinner
Full service
take-out, espresso/cappuccino, beer/wine/alcohol
VISA/MC, $$-$$$

·Green Leaves

8351 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069

(323) 848-2345

Vegetarian/Thai. See description under Los Angeles, CA.

··Real Food Daily

414 N. La Cienega Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90048

(310) 289-9910

Vegan/organic. See description under Santa Monica, CA.

·Sprout Café

8410 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069

(323) 848-2195

Vegetarian. This comfortable, informal restaurant is right on the Sunset Strip. It offers an extensive menu, including Steak au Poive, a Hickory Smoked Burger, Tabbouleh, and the Tangy Tofu Rice Bowl. Almost everything on the menu can be made vegan. Add a Chocolate Shake for an extra special treat.

Open Monday through Friday. Closed Saturday and Sunday
Full service
vegan options
fresh juices, take-out
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $-$$

The Flowering Tree

8253 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90046

(323) 654-4332

Natural foods. The Flowering Tree has a large selection of vegetarian soups, burgers, appetizers, and specialties, as well as breakfast foods and desserts.

Open daily for three meals
Full service
vegan options
take-out, catering, espresso/cappuccino, fresh juices, smoothies, special beverages
$$

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Westminster

·Bo De Tinh Tam Chay

15131 Moran St., Ste. 417, Westminster, CA 92683

(714) 891-5809

15352 Beach Blvd., Westminster, CA 92683

(714) 891-4455

Vegetarian/Vietnamese. Bo De Tinh Tam Chay offers authentic Vietnamese cuisine that is completely vegetarian and mostly vegan. They are a local favorite with an extensive menu and prices that can't be beat. Both locations are in Little Saigon. The original location on Moran St. is in the Asian Garden Mall and may be a little difficult to find as it's hidden from the main road of Bolsa Ave. Cash only. Their 2nd location on Beach Blvd. is in the Thuan Phat Supermarket Plaza and does accept credit cards..

Open daily for lunch and dinner
Full service
vegan options
take-out, smoothies, special beverages
$-$$

·Chez Rose Vegetarian Restaurant

7360 Westminster Blvd., Westminster, CA 92683-4253

(714) 890-9711

Vegetarian/French Vietnamese. The mostly vegan menu at this restaurant includes more than 100 different dishes made with vegetables, tofu, and mock meats.

Open daily for three meals
Full service
vegan options
no credit cards
$$

·Quan Long Hoa

9550 Bolsa Ave., Ste. 125, Westminster, CA 92683

(714) 725-5640

Vegetarian/Vietnamese. Quan Long Hoa offers a small menu full of traditional Vietnamese dishes -- made vegetarian. Selections include spring rolls, Com Tam Bi Cha Chay (rice with vegetables and tofu), and Veggie Hieu Thieu (noodles with vegetables and broth). Be sure to try the Sugarcane Drink with Kumquat. Quan Long Hoa is located in a small shopping center in Little Saigon. Cash only.

Open daily for lunch and dinner
Full service
vegan options
take-out, special beverages
$

·Thien Dang Vegetarian

14255 Brookhurst St., Westminster, CA 92683

(714) 531-4888

Vegetarian/Vietnamese. Thien Dang Vegetarian offers affordable Vietnamese cuisine in a casual and laidback atmosphere. The star of their menu is certainly the Banh Mi sandwich with teriyaki “chicken” and fresh crisp veggies. Locals rave about it! They also serve a variety of hot dishes from a steam table, which can be mixed and matched with sides like rice, spring rolls, and soups.

Open Friday through Wednesday for breakfast, lunch, and early dinner. Closed Thursday.
Counter service
vegan options
take-out
VISA/MC/DISC, $

·Van-Hanh Restaurant

9455 Bolsa Ave., #D, Westminster, CA 92703

(714) 531-4661

Vegetarian/Vietnamese. Van-Hanh offers spring rolls, a wide array of rice dishes, house specials made with steamed or fried tofu, and hearty noodle soups. Unique fare includes Bitter Melon Soup and Vermicelli with Tofu Skin. The establishment also offers Family Tables, prix fixe meals for 4 to 10 people.

Open daily for three meals
Full service
fresh juices, special drinks (soybean milk, Vietnamese coffee drinks), take-out
$-$$

·Zen Vegetarian Restaurant

9329 Bolsa Ave., Westminster, CA 92683

(714) 895-3637

Vegetarian/Vietnamese. Zen Vegetarian Restaurant, also known as Thien Quan Com Chay, is located in Little Saigon. They serve a variety of mock meats and traditional Vietnamese dishes, including several variations of Pho.

Open Tuesday through Sunday for three meals. Closed Monday
Full service
vegan options
take-out
VISA/MC, $$

locations

Windsor

High Tech Burrito

6560 Hembree Ln., Windsor, CA 95492

(707) 836-0702

Mexican. This location is in the Shiloh Shopping Center. See description under Alamo, CA.

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Woodland Hills

··No Udder Desserts

20839 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills, CA 91364

(818) 340-4194

Vegan/bakery. No Udder Desserts is an animal-free bakery. Their slogan is, "A Healthy Alternative To The Udder." Enjoy vegan cakes, cupcakes, and cookies. They also make birthday and wedding cakes. Some area restaurants even carry their desserts.

Open Monday through Saturday. Closed Sunday
Counter service
take-out, catering
VISA/MC, $-$$

The Original Pizza Cookery

6209 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Woodland Hills, CA 91367

(818) 887-4770

Pizza/Italian. The Original Pizza Cookery treats every guest like family by creating a fun, relaxing atmosphere. Customers first notice the sawdust floors and open kitchen, where they can watch cooks expertly spin their famous pizza dough. Delicious alternative menus are available for vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free patrons including an extensive menu of vegan specialties, as well as vegan substitutions for traditional recipes. Owner Jordan Klempner explains how the Cookery spent over a year crafting their vegan menu to be "not only good, but delicious. It has been a true labor of love. We realize many people out there have special dietary needs, and it's just so much more delicious when you have choices - a lot of them." Pizza Cookery is located at Erwin Street.

Open daily for lunch and dinner
Full service
vegan options
take-out, delivery, catering, non-alcoholic beer, beer/wine
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $-$$$

··The Vegan Joint

20855 Ventura Blvd., Ste. 3, Woodland Hills, CA 91364

(818) 884-6383

Vegan/Thai. The Vegan Joint in Woodland Hills is located at the corner of Ventura and De Soto with its entrance on De Soto. See description under Los Angeles, CA.

Open Monday through Saturday for three meals. Closed Sunday

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Yreka

Nature's Kitchen

412 S. Main St., Yreka, CA 96097

(530) 842-1136

Natural foods/organic. Nature's Kitchen is located inside a health food store. Try the veggie chiliburger with the apple and walnut salad.

Open Monday through Saturday for lunch. Closed Sunday
Full service
vegan options
take-out, fresh juices, cappuccino, smoothies, soymilk
VISA/MC/DISC, $$

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