Vegetarian Journal's Guide to Natural Foods Restaurants in the U.S. and Canada
§ Reviewer's choice
7600 Grandview Ave., Arvada, CO 80003
Pizza. The focus is on making the perfect pizza, with a crisp, airy, and flavorful crust. You can even build your own vegan or vegetarian pizza, if you like. The servers have extensive knowledge about vegan and gluten-free options. Also serves a wide variety of salads, sandwiches, pastas, and sides; and they boast a full bar with several beers, specialty cocktails, and frozen drinks. They host a vegan supper club the last Monday of every month. Choose to dine in the cozy, rustic dining room or al fresco on the airy back patio; either way, you'll enjoy the lively atmosphere and fine dining experience. Savor the Charred Cauliflower (with tahini and paprika) or a pizza of your own creation! Located in the heart of Olde Town Arvada near Regis University.
221 E. Main St., Aspen, CO 81611
Natural foods/organic. Pyramid Bistro is a nutritarian restaurant, which means their mission is to offer delicious flavorful foods that have the highest nutritional profile and prepare them in a manner that gives optimum health. Each day, a different ethnic specialty is featured, in addition to the standard offerings of soups, salad bar, tofu burgers, and steamed veggies. Pyramid is located upstairs from contemporary bookstore, Explore Booksellers. Outdoor seating is available.
3095 S. Peoria St., Ste. D, Aurora, CO 80014
Indian. India's Harvest serves food that is best available on the beaches of Bombay, such as Pani Poori, Bhel, Pav Bhaji, and Dosas.
3140 S. Parker Rd., Aurora, CO 80014
Vegetarian/Indian. Masalaa's extensive and entirely vegetarian menu includes samosas, dosas, curries, Indian breads, steamed iddly cakes, and much more. Their lunch buffet is available daily, and they have a separate gluten-free menu. Masalaa offers reasonable prices and delicious South Indian vegetarian cuisine. Come find out why they keep winning so many awards including "Best Vegetarian Restaurant." Masalaa is closed between lunch and dinner, so please call ahead for hours.
3102 S. Parker Rd., A-10, Aurora, CO 80014
Indian. Star Of India offers numerous vegetarian entrées and a large selection of breads. The restaurant is closed between lunch and dinner, so please call ahead for hours. Reservations are recommended.
150 East Beaver Creek Blvd., Avon, CO 81620
Vegan/organic/juice bar. This organic juice bar offers cold pressed juices, smoothies, and vegan organic food including Kale Avocado Salad, Quinoa Bowl, Collard Enchilada Wrap, soups, and oatmeal.
(For restaurant listings in the surrounding areas, see Lafayette.)
1651 Broadway St., Boulder, CO 80302
Natural foods. Sandwiches, salads, and fresh baked goods are offered at Alfalfa's Market.
2716 28th St., Boulder, CO 80301
Diner. Dot's bases its reputation on its homestyle breakfasts, which are served through lunchtime every day. The lunch menu includes daily specials, Mexican dishes, grilled sandwiches, and a variety of vegetarian entrées. Outdoor seating is available.
2010 14th St., Boulder, CO 80302
International. The cuisine here includes Indian, Nepali, and Tibetan food. Fresh breads are baked in the restaurant's tandoor oven. Lunch is buffet-style, with four vegetarian dishes.
1320 College Ave., Boulder, CO 80301
1447 Pearl St., Boulder, CO 80302
Mexican. Illegal Pete's offers decent vegetarian options at a cheap price. Try the vegetarian tacos, primavera veggie salad, veggie green chile, or "The Big Potato."
4457 Broadway St., Boulder, CO 80304
Vegan/organic/natural foods. Julia's Kitchen is a small and cozy café and bakery that is entirely vegan. The eatery offers a constantly changing menu that varies depending on available organic produce. Try the Raw Pizza, Daily Inspired Veggie Burger, or Hot Porridge. Save room to indulge in a freshly baked scone, sugar cookie, or cinnamon roll. After the kitchen closes for lunch, snacks and to-go items are still available. Julia's is located on the west side of the street, just north of Violet Avenue.
2010 16th St., Boulder, CO 80302
Vegetarian/contemporary. Leaf Vegetarian Restaurant offers a variety of tasty vegetarian dishes, many of which have available vegan versions. Leaf also serves organic, biodynamic, sustainable wine, as well as a vegetarian brunch. Try their wild mushroom fettucine, pizza, soups and salads, or, for brunch, taste their French toast, pancakes, and huevos rancheros. Don't miss the daily 'Vegan Happy Hour' with great food and drink specials.
1675 29th St., Ste. 1272, Boulder, CO 80301
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.
2111 30th St., Boulder, CO 80301
Ethiopian. Ras Kassa's offers vegetarian entrées and combination plates in a cozy authentic dining room or on its patio when weather permits. Options include Engudai (shiitake and button mushrooms with a splach of red wine), Metátesh (spicy sweet potato stew), Yemeser Wot (spicy organic red lentils), and Ki Ser Ena Denech (beets and potatoes). Reservations are recommended. Ras Kassa's is closed between lunch and dinner, so please call ahead for hours.
2805 Pearl St, Boulder, CO 80301
American. Turley's is one of those "great American melting pot" restaurants that happens to have a decent amount of vegetarian options. Their menu features black bean quesadillas, black bean chili, sesame tofu and spinach salad, Thai tofu and vegetable, Grilled Quinoa Cakes, and vegetarian lasagna. Any of their cheese dishes can be made with soy cheese upon request, and they even have a kids' menu featuring a veggie burger.
3073 Walnut St., Boulder, CO 80301
673 S. Broadway St., Boulder, CO 80305
Natural foods. Whether you're in the mood for a Boulder-sized muffin, huevos rancheros, or a veggie burger, the "Nut" has what you're looking for. The café cooks up a special soup, quiche, and omelette every day and has an espresso menu with 16 beverages. Walnut Café is located at 30th and Walnut in the Walnut Gardens Shopping Center. South Side Walnut Café is located at Table Mesa and Broadway on the east side of the Table Mesa Shopping Center.
2905 Pearl St., Boulder, CO 80301
1651 Broadway St., Boulder, CO 80302
2584 Baseline Rd., Boulder, CO 80305
1275 Alpine Ave., Boulder, CO 80301
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.
213 Lincoln Ave., Breckenridge, CO 80424
Health foods store deli. Located in a historic building, Amazing Grace has a chalkboard menu that lists a soup du jour, veggie sandwiches, and garden salads.
(For restaurant listings in the surrounding areas, see Manitou Springs.)
1791 S 8th St. Unit H, Colorado Springs, CO 80905
Vegan/lounge. The Burrowing Owl is a sustainable lounge offering organic and vegan and mostly gluten-free foods. They offer a variety of salads, soups, tacos, snacks, and more. They take pride in getting to know their customers and being rooted in their own community. Go in and meet some new people, while also enjoying some delicious plant-based foods.
115 E. Dale St., Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Natural foods. All-natural, freshly-prepared foods include appetizers, salads, pasta, and some Mediterranean dishes.
222 N. Tejon St., Colorado Springs, CO 80903
5710 S. Carefree Cir., Colorado Springs, CO 80917
Mexican. Santa Fe-style and authentic Mexican vegetarian fare includes appetizers, soups, salads, sandwiches, burgers, a tostada bar, and vegetarian specials. Patio dining is available.
6523 N Academy Blvd., Colorado Springs, CO 80918
Chinese. Patrons appreciate the charm and décor, as well as the friendly service. They offer a separate delicious vegetarian menu of savory east Asian dishes. Patrons rave over the exotic appetizers like the Tempura Eggplant hand battered and tasty favorites like Orange Walnut Tofu with Steamed, Fried, or Brown Rice and Singapore Veggie Rice Noodles.
1466 Garden Of The Gods Rd., Colorado Springs, CO 80907
American/pub. Trinity Brewing is an eco-friendly pub who custom-built their trendy restaurant from nearly 100% recycled materials. Not only are they focused on reducing their carbon impact, Trinity Brewing also offers vegetarian and vegan options on their menu. Their Vegan Seitan Wings go wonderfully with their Sweet Potato Fries and curry ketchup; these two definitely shouldn’t be missed!
2501 W Colorado Ave. Ste 105, Colorado Springs, CO 80904
Ethiopian. Located near the corner of Colorado Ave and 25th Ave. Uchenna serves traditional Ethiopian dishes with authentic injera bread. There is a separate vegetarian menu with salads, sides, and entrees. Dishes typically contain spiced vegetables such as potatoes, collard greens, and lentils. Be sure to try some of the Rosewater Lemonade. Closed between lunch and dinner, so call ahead for hours. Accepts reservations.
1090 N. Cascade Ave., The "Q"-McHugh Commons, Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Natural foods/juice bar. Located on the campus of Colorado College, Wild Sage offers salads, baked potatoes, sandwiches, soups, bean chili, vegan fries, and side items. Offerings include the Global Infusion (Israeli couscous and French lentil veggie salad), the Eggless Salad Sagewish, Lemon Tahini or Sesame Citrus dressings, and vegan Oatmeal or "Chocolate Hip" cookies. Dishes that are non-dairy, vegan, and/or organic are clearly marked with codes on the menu.
Larimer St., Denver, CO 80203
Vegetarian/food truck/Middle Eastern. Baba's Falafel is a mostly-vegan food truck with a small but delicious menu. Try their Falafel Cone, Falafeldillas, or Hummus Amongus. Baba's is family-owned and operated and roams the streets of the Denver metro area, mainly off Larimer Street. Make sure to follow them online to find out when and where they are going to be.
2710 S. Colorado Blvd., Denver, CO 80222
Pizza. A visit to Beau Jo's will undoubtedly be worth the trip, whether you eat or not. Seventeen years worth of napkin art is displayed at the restaurant. But if you do want to eat, the pizza options are just as interesting. You can choose from 16 vegetarian toppings, as well as a tofu pizza, which is vegan. There is also a soup and salad bar.
1030 E. 22nd Ave., Denver, CO 80205
Vegan/bakery/organic. Beet Box makes lots of cakes, pastries, cupcakes, pies, and tarts -- all vegan with organic, non-GMO ingredients. They have numerous options for flavors, sizes, toppings, and fillings, and they do specialty items made to order with advance notice. They also make seasonal fruit jellies, cashew cream cheese, and soymilk in-house and from scratch. Beet Box offers both sweet and savory treats and fresh coffee. They will do wholesale orders as well. Free Wi-Fi is available.
206 E. 13th Ave., Denver, CO 80203
Vegetarian/coffeehouse/lounge. City, O' City is an eclectic, urban-style coffeehouse, eatery, and lounge. From the creators of the very popular WaterCourse Foods, City, O'City offers vegetarian and vegan fare including salads, wraps, appetizers, and pizzas. Pizza toppings include tempeh bacon, bbq tofu, seitan sausage, falafel, and vegan mozzarella. Happy Hour is every night.
3242 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, CO 80206
American tavern. Located across the street from the Bluebird Theater, Goosetown Tavern has sandwiches and numerous salads served in a homey atmosphere.
1400 Cherry St., Denver, CO 80220
Vegetarian. This is an all-you-can-eat vegetarian buffet in the Govinda's tradition. It offers a salad bar, rice, breads, steamed vegetables, and international entrées. They do not use eggs, and only vegetarian (rennetless) cheese is served. Govinda's is closed between lunch and dinner, so please call ahead for hours.
2958 Downing St., Denver, CO 80205
Vegan/diner. Located across from the light rail, Handy Diner serves traditional diner comfort food, 100% vegan. Dishes include breakfast burritos, chickpea fried steak, and biscuits and gravy. Handy Diner breaks the stereotype of light vegan meals.
1530 16th St., #101, Denver, CO 80202
Mexican. See description under Boulder, CO.
1890 E. Evans Ave., Denver, CO 80210
Middle Eastern. The Middle Eastern food offered at this restaurant includes many vegetarian appetizers and couple of "combo" dishes that make a satisfying meal. A special section of the menu lists the vegetable dishes.
2030 W. 30th Ave., Denver, CO 80211
International. If you are looking for some variety then Linger is the place for you. Linger is a diverse restaurant with foods from many different cultures and ethnicities. The menu is sorted by region so you can pick foods from Asia, Europe, the Middle East or more. They offer vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options. This is the perfect place for a family since everyone is guaranteed to find something on the menu that they love. They serve salads, falafels, fried rice, spring rolls, and much more! Stop by for brunch, lunch, dinner, or even happy hour. Reservations accepted. Valet parking available in the evenings.
3435 Albion St., Denver, CO 80207
Vegan/soul food. Located inside a Victorian house, enjoy vegan soul food dishes such as a breakfast burrito, quesadillas, Southern style collards and kale, spicy Louisiana red beans and rice, and lentil patties with barbecue sauce. Menu options can vary.
2199 California St., Denver, CO 80205
Organic/natural foods. The Mercury Café is one of Denver's eclectic hot spots. The menu boasts many vegetarian specialties, such as Susan Jane's Tofu Chop, Grilled Tempeh with black bean sauce, and Dinah's Tofu and Vegetables, as well as a 3000 sq. ft. ballroom available for events, dance classes, open mic nights, poetry slams, belly dancing, and a host of other events. If you're in Denver, the Mercury Café is not to be missed! Cash or personal check only.
10 E. Ellsworth Ave., Denver, CO 80209
Vegan/natural foods store. NOOCH is small, vegan grocery and retail store and is operated by two people who think that animals should be free from human interference. You'll find a wide variety of products here.
571 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, CO 80203
Pizza/organic. Pizza Fusion is an organic, eco-friendly pizza chain offering vegan and gluten-free options. Try the Very Vegan Pizza which has crimini mushrooms, roasted garlic, organic tomato sauce, and soy cheese (casein-free). Or build your own pizza with topping choices like roasted eggplant, kalamata olives, sundried tomatoes, sauteed spinach, and vegan soy cheese. The motto at Pizza Fusion is, "Saving the Earth, One Pizza at a Time" and that's not just a slogan. Examples of how they promote sustainability include: using company-owned hybrid vehicles for food deliveries; giving customers discounts for bringing back their pizza boxes for recycling; using spudware utensils, made from potatoes, which biodegrade in 50 days; and offsetting their energy use by purchasing wind energy certificates.
7225 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, CO 80220
Ethiopian. Queen of Sheba is a vegan-friendly restaurant where you can enjoy made-to-order meals. Vegan items to try include Ethiopian Chickpea Salad (chickpeas mixed with onion and lemon juice and a touch of olive oil), Kincha (a meatless dish of steamed bulgur, wheat flavored with herbed olive oil and spices, served hot or mild), and Atkilt Watt (a delicious vegetable dish - green beans with sliced carrots, and potatoes sautéed in a blend of Sheba's exotic herbs and spices). Reservations are highly recommended at this small Mom & Pop eatery.
575 Lincoln St., Denver, CO 80203
Indian. Their menu has a vegan section including dishes such as Tofu Curry, Channa Masala, and Aloo gobi.
1401 Ogden St., Denver, CO 80218
Vegetarian/juice bar/café. Located in Capitol Hill, The Corner Beet serves a wide variety of cold pressed juices and vegetarian dishes. Selections include Raw Beet Fritters or the Couscous Salad. Many of the options are raw or vegan. The juice selection varies daily. Outdoor seating available.
76 Broadway St., Denver, CO 80203
American/bar. Across from the historic Mayan Theatre, The Hornet offers salads, vegetarian side dishes, vegetarian sandwiches, and vegetarian burgers, along with creative drinks and live entertainment. Outdoor seating is available.
2231 S. Broadway, Denver, CO 80210
Pizzeria. This pizzeria offers many vegan options including pizza, calzones, burger, vegan seitan wings, and more.
3410 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, CO 80206
Thai. This restaurant, located near the Bluebird Theater, offers Thai and limited Chinese cuisine made to order. Tommy's Thai is closed between lunch and dinner, so please call ahead for hours.
3915 Tennyson St., Denver, CO 80212
Vegetarian. Denver chef and restauranteur, Justin Cucci, has opened this fast-casual eatery with partner and Yoga teacher, Desiree Stringer (owner of Vital Yoga down the street). Most items can be made vegan upon request. Menu items include burritos, sandwiches and wraps. With bacon made from coconut meat, one can order “bacon-wrapped” dates with goat cheese; the dish also includes smoked almonds and walnut chili-oil . A stir-fry is available with sprouted mung beans, tofu, veggies, super seeds, and crispy shiitakes.
837 E. 17th Ave., Denver, CO 80218
Vegan/American. WaterCourse Foods serves up incredible all-vegan food in an environmentally-friendly manner. Portions are generous and the wait staff is friendly. Breakfast is served all day! Sample dishes like Banana Bread French Toast, Seitan Buffalo Wings, or the Atlas Sandwich (baked maple tempeh, lettuce, tomato & avocado). WaterCourse Foods can be crowded, especially on weekends, so you may want to call ahead and make a reservation. Outdoor seating is available.
2375 E. 1st Ave., Denver, CO 80206
900 E. 11th Ave., Denver, CO 80206
7400 E. Hampden Ave., Unit D, Denver, CO 80231
1111 S. Washington St., Denver, CO 80210
Natural foods store/deli. See description under Boulder, CO.
3021 S. Broadway, Englewood, CO 80110
Chinese. Their extensive menu offers approximately 15 vegetable and tofu options.
200 Moraine Ave., Estes Park, CO 80517
Natural foods. Vegetarian selections include pasta, stir-fry, lasagna, and daily specials. Baked goods are prepared on the premises.
605 S. Mason St., Fort Collins, CO 80524
American/eclectic/venue. Near the campus of Colorado State University, Avogadro's Number offers inexpensive food with many veggie options. Their meatless subs include Falafel, Grilled Tofu, Rabbit's Delight, and Tempeh Steak. Live entertainment is featured most nights with music to suit every taste: bluegrass, jazz, acoustic, or rock 'n roll. Regular weekly events include Open Mic and Swing Dancing. Their outdoor patio is an awesome place to relax and enjoy your meal; sometimes outdoor concerts are held there as well.
241 Linden St., Fort Collins, CO 80524
1112 Oakridge Dr., Fort Collins, CO 80525
Pizza. Cozzola's offers gourmet pizza with whole-wheat, herb, or white crusts, plus a variety of sauces and toppings--even soy cheese! Some of the sauces do contain cheese, so vegans should inquire first.
250 E. Mountain Ave., Fort Collins, CO 80524
Natural foods deli. This small take-out deli is in a natural foods market.
212 W. Laurel St., Fort Collins, CO 80521
Natural foods. You will find several veggie items available on Rainbow's menu.
149 W. Mountain Ave., Fort Collins, CO 80524
Mexican. Rio Grande serves authentic Mexican foods with sauces made fresh daily. All bean dishes are made with black beans and without lard.
160 W. Oak St., Fort Collins, CO 80524
Vegetarian/natural foods/organic. Tasty Harmony offers organic and vegetarian (mostly vegan) dining in downtown Fort Collins. Enjoy Jackfruit Tacos, Thai Tofu Salad, Seitan Kabobs, or Living Falafel & Hummus Wrap.
Scotch Pines Village, 2601 South Lemay Ave. Ste. 9, Fort Collins, CO 80525
Vegan/raw foods/juice bar. Enjoy cold press juices, smoothies, nut milks, and raw food items such as Kale Chips, Garden Crackers, Super Greens, The Garden Caesar, and Call Me Cheesecake.
680 S. Colorado Blvd., Glendale, CO 80246
Vegan/natural foods/organic. See description under Boulder, CO.
2692 Hwy 50, Grand Junction, CO 81503
Indian. This family-run restaurant has many vegetarian and vegan dishes on their menu including Chana Masala, Bhindi Masala, and Dal. They are closed between lunch and dinner.
108 N. Main St., Gunnison, CO 81230
Deli. This deli serves gourmet sandwiches, soups, and salads. They also offer waffles topped with syrup and bananas or with vanilla yogurt.
1517 Miner St., Idaho Springs, CO 80452
Pizza. See description under Denver, CO.
101 E. Cleveland Ave., Lafayette, CO 80026
Mexican. Mexican food is prepared fresh daily, and vegetarian items are clearly indicated on the menu.
3355 S. Wadsworth Blvd., Lakewood, CO 80227
Indian. With over a dozen vegetarian entrées, soups, and appetizers, Namaste offers authentic Indian cuisine, friendly service, and a warm atmosphere. Enjoy dining on their outside patio in warm weather. Please note that the restaurant is closed between lunch and dinner so call ahead for hours.
26 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, CO 80829
Natural foods. This award-winning restaurant with a scenic view features southwestern vegetarian and vegan entrées. Outdoor seating is available.
415 Bear Creek Ave., Morrison, CO 80465
Mexican. The Red Rocks Grill is located in downtown Morrison, near the base of the rocky mountains and near the Red Rocks Amphitheater and Park. The restaurant offers a variety of vegetarian fare, including Veggie Fajitas, Chili Rellenos, Vegetarian Taco Salad, and the restaurant's Special Green Chili. All items can be made vegan upon request.
300 W. Colorado Ave., Telluride, CO 81435
Bakery/café. Maggie's Bakery & Café is a quaint and cozy eatery. They serve a variety of creative vegetarian foods. Breakfast is served all day. Maggie's is located in scenic downtown Telluride. Outdoor seating is available.
616 West Lionshead Cir., Vail, CO 81657
Vegan/organic/juice bar. See description under Avon, CO entry.
93 Cooper Creek Way, Winter Park, CO 80482
American. For breakfast, enjoy a veggie burrito, granola, and fresh fruit cup. Lunch features tempeh burgers, veggie burgers, grilled veggie sandwiches, vegetarian chili, vegetable linguini, salads, and more. Outdoor seating is available.