Vegetarian Journal's Guide to Natural Foods Restaurants in the U.S. and Canada
§ Reviewer's choice
199 Advance Blvd., Unit 12, Brampton, ON L6T 4N2
Vegan/Indian. Enjoy vegan Indian snacks, desserts, and other items at Brar Sweets.
470 Chrysler Dr., Brampton, ON L6S 0C1
Vegetarian pizzeria. Khalsa Pizza is completely vegetarian, offering rennet-free cheese, as well as vegan pizza with vegan cheese/vegan meats. Toppings include sweet corn, paneer, grilled zucchini, broccoli, tofu, and veggie versions of pepperoni, meatballs, and ground beef. In addition, they have vegan veggie burgers and are kid-friendly, too! Cash only.
2280 Bovaird Dr., E., Brampton, ON L6R 3J5
Vegetarian/Indian. Madras serves all-vegetarian South Indian cuisine. It's so authentic - the chefs are actually from Madras, India! Enjoy traditional fare that is very vegan-friendly. Madras is located east of Professors Lake Pkwy. Reservations are accepted.
399 John St., Burlington, ON L7R 2K3
Vegan/natural foods/café/bakery/juice bar. Kindfood pretty much has it all! In addition to a vegan café, they have a gluten-free bakery, natural foods store, and organic juice bar. They also host cooking classes. Enjoy sandwiches, salads, wraps, bowls, soups, and more! Save room for dessert including maybe a Caramel Chocolate Brownie or Red Velvet Cupcake -- all vegan and gluten-free! Kindfood cares about its impact on the environment; they use organic, locally-sourced ingredients whenever possible, as well as biodegradable food containers. Outdoor seating is available on their patio, decorated in pink and lime green. Kindfood is located in downtown Burlington, only a few blocks from the lakefront of Lake Ontario.
65 Water St., N., Cambridge, ON N1R 3B1
Vegetarian/Chinese. Zen Gardens offers Chinese cuisine that is completely vegetarian and very vegan-friendly. Enjoy noodle soups, sushi, some unusual mock meat dishes, and many other choices. They feature an extensive selection of hot teas as well.
130 Metcalfe St., Elora, ON N0B 1S0
Natural foods. Enjoy an eclectic blend of international cuisine, including homemade soups, salad dressings, entrées, baked goods, and more. The café features stained glass, antique furniture, and occasional live music.
2658 Islington Ave. (At Albion Rd.), Etobicoke, ON M9V 2X5
Vegetarian/Indian. This restaurant specializes in South Indian cuisine, including vegan pakoras, channa garam masala, curried spinach, thali, and more. No eggs are used in any of the dishes.
(For restaurant listings in the surrounding areas, see Elora and Kitchener.)
1 Wyndham St. N., Guelph, ON N1H 4E2
Vegetarian. This homey restaurant with a coffeehouse atmosphere offers bagels, appetizers, hummus, salads, soups, wraps, tofu dishes, pastas, pizzas, a three-bean burrito, a black bean burger served with a side salad and pilaf, dairy-free desserts, and an extensive tea menu. Live jazz is performed Sunday nights.
104 Surrey St., E., Guelph, ON N1H 3P9
Vegetarian/Chinese. See description under Cambridge, Ontario.
16 Charles St., Kitchener, ON N2G 1H2
Vegan/café/organic/coffeehouse. This fun and eclectic café is a great place to not only grab a bite, but it is also a great little place to hang out with friends or have some quiet time alone. Besides offering organic ingredients on their completely vegan menu, enjoy coffee, tea, and other specialty drinks, including hot and cold varieties, as well. Café Pyrus also provides magazines and board games to keep you entertained. All of this is served up in an inviting atmosphere with high ceilings, comfy couches and chairs, and local art. Check their website for more information on special events like movie nights and music shows! Cash only.
6 Duke St., E., Kitchener, ON N2H 1A3
Vegetarian/café. Duke Street Muse is an eclectic and exotic café that specializes in original dishes with an Indian and Mexican flair. All of the meals use ingredients straight from local farmers markets to ensure quality and taste. The restaurant is diabetic, celiac, student, and senior friendly. Students and seniors receive a 10% discount on their meal. The café is also a great meeting place for large groups. When dining at Duke Street Muse, don't forget to ask about their lunch specials! Reservations are accepted.
646 Richmond St., London, ON N6A 3G6
Vegan/organic. Veg Out Restaurant offers an all-vegan menu with an emphasis on organic, locally-sourced, and seasonal ingredients. They cook everything from scratch and are happy to accommodate special dietary needs. Make sure to try the very popular, "World Famous 'Fish' & Chips." The atmosphere at Veg Out is cozy and warm with outdoor seating available in nicer weather. The restaurant is located in the heart of downtown London.
344 Dundas St., London, ON N6B 1V8
Vegetarian/Chinese. See description under Cambridge, Ontario.
7131 Kennedy Rd., Unit #8, Markham, ON L3R 0T4
Vegetarian/Chinese. Graceful Vegetarian Restaurant offers Cantonese-style vegetarian fare. Mock meats and mock fish are available along with an extensive dim sum selection. The restaurant is located in the heart of Markham, in the Market Village Shopping Centre. Cash only.
8362 Kennedy Rd., Unit 2, Markham, ON L3R 9E5
Vegetarian/Japanese/Thai. Tenon Vegetarian Cuisine serves all-vegetarian Japanese and Thai foods. Their menu features a lot of variety and includes Veg Shrimp Teriyaki, Veggie Steak Hot Plate, Satay Veggie Beef Hot Pot, and Sweet Corn Tofu Thick Soup. Tenon is well-known for their excellent, and completely vegetarian, sushi. Try their Caterpillar, Spider Maki, or Sweet Potato Special Roll.
4559 Hurontario St., Unit 12B, Mississauga, ON L4Z 3L9
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, naan, vada, and rice dishes. Don't miss their terrific daily lunch buffet! This location is at the Mississauga Market Place.
2970 Drew Rd., Unit 101, Mississauga, ON L4T 0A1
Vegetarian/Indian. Swagruhas Dosa Home offers flavorful and authentic South Indian vegetarian cuisine. There are so many different types of Dosa dishes that you might have trouble choosing! Of course, if you get the special lunch buffet, you can have one of everything! Swagruhas is located off Airport Road, next to Malton Gurudwara and opposite Golden Groceries.
5915 Atlantic Dr., Unit #1, Mississauga, ON L4W 1S4
Vegetarian/natural foods store/café. Part vegetarian health store, part restaurant, Veggie Paradise has a vast variety of products along with several meals, many of which are ready-to-go. They have combos, finger foods, and entrées. Combos include vegan sushi and sweet-n-sour 'chicken' while finger foods include vegan shrimp and salad rolls. A favorite main dish is the vegan chicken pot pie.
1011 Eglinton Ave. E., Mississauga, ON L4W 1K4
Vegetarian/Indian. This restaurant offers a daily buffet of 30 items, including fresh Indian breads like naan and roti, curries, chapati, and more.
6980 Maritz Dr., Unit 6, Mississauga, ON L5W 1Z3
Vegetarian/Chinese. See description under Cambridge, Ontario.
135 Queen St., Niagara-On-The-Lake, ON L0S 1J0
Chinese. Vegetarian options include spring rolls, vegetable soup, and several vegetable entrées.
3337 Bathurst St., North York, ON M6A 2B7
Mexican. This restaurant features authentic Mexican cuisine, Latin American music, and an open outdoor patio. Choose from several vegetarian dishes, including Vegetable Enchiladas, Chilaquiles (Mexican Lasagna), Chili Rellenos, and an eggplant casserole.
5982 Bathurst St., North York, ON M2R 1Z1
3519 Bathurst St., North York, ON M6A 2C7
Vegetarian/Kosher. Enjoy Middle Eastern cuisine and more at Tov-Li Pizza & Falafel.
2345 Trafalgar Rd., Oakville, ON L6H 6N9
Vegetarian/Indian. A1 Sweets & Restaurant offers 100% vegetarian Indian cuisine at great prices. Specializing in Punjabi cuisine, A1 uses spices to bring out the flavor of each dish; these spices include coriander, cumin, cloves, cinnamon, cardamom, black pepper, red chilli powder, turmeric, and mustard.
112 Nelson St., Unit 101C, Ottawa, ON K1N 5V1
Vegan/bakery. Auntie Loo's Treats is a completely vegan bakery in Ottawa. They offer tasty confections like cupcakes, brownies, cinnamon buns, scones, whoopie pies, and much more! Everything is made from scratch and in small batches using organic and local ingredients whenever possible. Stop in for a sweet treat and a cup of coffee or tea (please note seating is limited). Auntie Loo's also makes ice cream cakes and special occasion cakes (like birthday or wedding) so order yours today! The bakery is located in a complex known as "The Depot."
85 Murray St., Ottawa, ON K1N 5M5
Natural foods. The menu of eclectic gourmet foods here changes daily, but it is always prepared with fresh produce from local farmers. The restaurant is connected to a kitchen/housewares store.
212 Somerset St., E., Ottawa, ON K1N 6V4
Vegetarian. Govinda's, the oldest vegetarian restaurant in Ottawa, offers a wide variety of vegetarian dishes served buffet-style.
354A Preston St., Ottawa, ON K1S 4M7
Vegetarian/international/organic. Green Earth Vegetarian Cuisine offers an extensive menu featuring the cuisines of America, Italy, Mexico, China, Thailand, and Vietnam. Almost entirely vegan, the menu notes the few items that are not. Their international selections include Veggie Teriyaki & Broccoli, Spicy Lemongrass Tofu, Eggplant Medley, Crispy Chow Mein, and Golden Noodle Soup. Green Earth uses organic ingredients whenever possible. Don't miss their weekday all-you-can-eat lunch buffet! The Toronto location offers great weekday lunch specials instead of the buffet. The Ottawa restaurant is closed on weekdays between lunch and dinner, so please call ahead for hours.
47 Clarence St., Ottawa, ON K1N 9K1
Vegetarian/international. Peace-Garden is a small vegetarian café offering salads, sandwiches, Indian dishes, lasagna, baked potatoes, soy burgers, homemade desserts, and more. They offer many vegan options including vegan chocolate truffles.
167 Laurier Ave., E., Ottawa, ON K1N 7R9
Vegetarian. Across the street from the University of Ottawa, Perfection offers Indonesian vegetables with peanut sauce and rice noodles, Japanese miso soup, Vietnamese spring rolls with julienned vegtables in a soft rice wrapper, foot-long veggie subs, and much more.
989 Wellington St., W, Ottawa, ON K1Y 2Y1
Vegan/raw foods/organic/juice bar. SimplyRaw Express is an all-vegan, organic, gluten-free, and mostly raw foods eatery. Although some seating is available, the focus here is on take-out (using all compostable, biodegradable, and recyclable containers). Made fresh daily in their kitchen, menu items include salads, wraps, quinoa bowls, raw macaroons, cheezecakes, fudge, and raw products. SimplyRaw also offers healthy lifestyles coaching and workshops.
198 Main St., Ottawa, ON K1S 1C6
Vegetarian/natural foods. The Green Door specializes in macrobiotic foods and organic foods; very few dairy products or eggs are used, and food is sold by the pound. They offer salads, soups, breads, quiche, lasagna, stir-fries, desserts, and much more. Items are clearly marked as vegetarian or vegan. Organic flours are used in sourdough baking, yeast-free baked goods, wheat-free breads, and sugar-free baked goods (no honey is used).
1230 Wellington St., Ottawa, ON K1Y 3A1
Vegetarian/organic. The Table serves organic, mostly vegan, gourmet dishes (items containing cheese, butter, or non-organic ingredients are clearly marked). The buffet-style of the restaurant allows guests to sample a little bit of everything and the selections rotate every week over a six-week period for variety. They charge by the weight of your food, but fresh-baked bread is offered for free. Desserts are made in-house (some are priced separately from the buffet). With advanced notice, The Table can bake a cake suited to your specific dietary needs including vegan, wheat-, sugar-, or gluten-free.
634 Somerset St. W., Ottawa, ON K1R 5K4
Vegan/organic/gourmet. ZenKitchen features organic and locally-sourced ingredients in their all-vegan gourmet restaurant. Enjoy such unique menu items as Chipotle Macaroni & 'Cheese,' Seitan Piccata, Chickpea Curry Wrap, and Polenta Fries. ZenKitchen is closed between lunch/brunch and dinner, so please call ahead for hours. Reservations are not required but are recommended.
229 Hunter St., Peterborough, ON K9H 2L1
Pizza. The Night Kitchen is an eclectic pizzeria in downtown Peterborough. They carry vegan pizzas such as Thai Tofu, Rock "Lobster", Good Squash Pie, and more. Vegans menu items are clearly marked, and in making your own pizza you can choose from a variety of vegan toppings as well.
374 Water St., Peterborough, ON K9H 3L6
Vegetarian/café/eclectic. This café in downtown Peterborough specializes in gluten-free and vegetarian meals. Feel free to let them know if you have a nut allergy or soy allergy as well. Everything is homemade, and some dishes include the Rosemary Walnut Burger and Gluten-Free French Toast.
1050 Albion Rd., Rexdale, ON M9V 1A7
Vegetarian/Indian. Experience pure vegetarian, Indian cuisine at Gagan Sweets, which offers Thali, Chaat Papri, and Golgappa for lunch and dinner as well as a varied array of snacks and sweets like samosas, pakoras and kaju rolls.
280 W. Beaver Creek Rd., Richmond Hill, ON L4B 3Z1
Vegetarian/Chinese. Gourmet Vegetarian offers an extensive menu of affordable and creative veggie dishes. Enjoy your meal in their relaxing and comfortable atmosphere. The restaurant is located in Jubilee Square. Cash only.
9688 Leslie St., Unit 17-18, Richmond Hill, ON L4B 4C4
Vegetarian/Asian. Joe Yee Vegetarian Cuisine features all-vegetarian Chinese, Malaysian, and Japanese dishes. Enjoy Asian-style mock fish and the sushi bar as you listen to Buddhist music in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere. While there are vegan items, they are limited and not labeled so don't hesitate to ask your server. Reservations are accepted.
3300 McNicoll Ave., Ste. 18A, Scarborough, ON M1V 5J6
Vegetarian/Indian. This location is at Middlefield, near Scarborough Sikh Temple. See description under Oakville, Ontario.
3838 Midland Ave., Scarborough, ON M1V 5K5
Vegetarian/Chinese. This restaurant offers more than 60 dishes, including Sweet & Sour Soup, Lemon Mock Chicken, mock meats, and other entrées.
1571 Sandhurst Circle, Unit 153, Scarborough, ON M1V 1V2
Vegetarian/Indian. This location is at Woodside Square, at Finch & McCowan. See description under Mississauga, Ontario.
120 St. Paul St., St. Catharines, ON L2R 3M2
Vegan/bakery/café. Rise Above Bakery, located in the heart of downtown St. Catharines, Ontario, is a small and eclectic bakery and café with a specialty for artisan vegan doughnuts. The café offers various soups, salads, and entrées that emphasize vegetables and legumes. Their motto is "Life's too short to make others' shorter," and if you think this is witty, check out their webpage where they have shirts with the logo and motto available for purchase. Reservations are accepted.
208 Church St., St. Catharines, ON L2R 3E9
Thai. Spicy Thai Restaurant offers authentic and flavorful Thai cuisine. Almost any menu item can be made vegetarian or vegan upon request. They can also adjust the spice level of each dish according to your preference. Spicy Thai is closed between lunch and dinner, so please call ahead for hours. Reservations are recommended.
7718 Yonge St., Thornhill, ON L4J 1W2
Vegan/bakery. As its name implies, Vegan Danish Bakery is an all-vegan bakery! Specialties include a Danish-style vegan burger, breads, and patés as well as cakes, pastries, and marzipan.
(For restaurant listings in the surrounding areas, see Brampton, Etobicoke, Markham, Mississauga, North York, Rexdale, Richmond Hill, Scarborough, and Thornhill.)
333 Roncesvalles Ave., Toronto, ON M6R 2M8
Coffeehouse. Strongly committed to working with the community, Alternative Grounds helps to promote trade relationships between farmers and businesses in a coffee shop selling more than just coffee--there's also vegetarian fare and a variety of desserts.
1085 Bathurst St., Toronto, ON M5R 3G8
Vegetarian/Indian. Annapurna Vegetarian Restaurant is one of the oldest vegetarian restaurants in Ontario and is dedicated to the vision of Sri Chinmoy. Their menu of South Indian cuisine is mostly vegan. Try the Tofu Burger, Broccoli Bowl, Vegetable Macro Plate, or Potato Masala. Annapurna is located just south of Dupont Street and less than a mile from the University of Toronto.
511 Mt. Pleasant Rd., Toronto, ON M4S 2M4
Vegan/food shoppe/Italian/organic. Bello Bio is a food boutique that specializes in vegan and organic foods from Italy. They offer a wide variety of prepared foods that are made fresh daily. Enjoy pasta, meat alternatives, specialty foods, sweets, and more! Bello Bio is located in the heart of Mount Pleasant Village.
666 Dundas St., W., Toronto, ON M5T 1H9
Vegetarian/Chinese. Buddha's traditional Chinese dishes feature gluten and soy products rather than meat and fish. Enjoy various soups, appetizers, rice and noodle dishes, and more. The mock duck and the yam rolls are highly recommended.
3290 Midland Ave., #9, Toronto, ON M1V 4W8
Vegetarian/Chinese. Located in the Scarborough Village Mall, Buddhist Vegetarian Kitchen offers delicious vegetarian dishes including vegetables with Sangkan, fried bean curd with brown sauce, a wide variety of noodle soups, bitter melon in black bean sauce, vegetarian squid in hot sauce, and even "vegetarian gizzard" in black bean sauce. Reservations are recommended.
885 Dundas St., Toronto, ON M6J 1V9
Vegetarian/Asian. Enjoy jazz music while you dine on Southeast Asian-inspired vegetarian cuisine. Choose from almost 100 different appetizers, soups, fried noodle dishes, congees, and rice dishes. Entrées include Spicy Fried Tofu with Coconut Cream, Curry "Veggie Fish," and "Veggie Chicken" Fried with Cashew Nuts (Kung-Pu Style). Dine on their patio in warmer weather.
75 Yorkville Ave., Toronto, ON M5R 1B8
Italian. This establishment, located in the upscale Yorkville area, offers casual and trendy dining with vegetarian soups, salads, and pizzas.
25 Hayden St., Toronto, ON M4Y 2P2
Vegetarian/natural foods/organic. Camros Organic Eatery offers an all-vegetarian menu of Persian-inspired dishes using organic ingredients. The menu is almost completely gluten-free as well. They use 100% biodegradable take-out containers and are interested in becoming more sustainable. Camros offers 2, 3, and 4 item combos as well as stews, salads, green tea soda, fair trade coffee, and herbal teas.
655 Bay St., Toronto, ON M5G 2K4
Natural foods/organic. While not completely vegetarian anymore, Commensal still offers an extensive selection of vegetarian and vegan foods. Their vegetarian buffet is set up as a pay-by-weight system, so you can tailor the portions. In addition to a large selection of salads, guests can choose from tofu dishes, seitan dishes, pasta, and vegan desserts. Commensal is located on Bay Street but their main entrance is around the corner on Elm Street.
93 Front St. East, Toronto, ON M5E 1C4
Vegan/raw foods/organic. Cruda Café is a vibrant place that offers raw vegan food! There are a variety of refreshing dishes such as salads, soups, wraps, and desserts. Just imagine all the endless types of delicious vegetables in all the various types of wraps! Cruda is located in St. Lawrence Market, in the lower level northwest corner.
917 Queen St., W., Toronto, ON M6J 1G5
Vegan/organic/raw foods/juice bar. Feel Good Guru is an all-vegan eatery offering organic and local raw foods. Try menu items like Raw Karma Pizza, the Earth Burger, Feel Good Falafel, or the Make Kale Not War Salad. They are primarily a take-out restaurant with just four seats, however, there is a huge park across the street where they encourage people to dine al fresco on the restaurant's handmade picnic blankets. Feel Good is eco-conscious and even uses bikes for delivery (Queen West area).
326 Bloor St., W., Toronto, ON M5S 1W5
147 Spadina Ave., Toronto, ON M5V 2L7
894 Queen St., W., Toronto, ON ON M5S 1W5
90 Eglinton Ave., E., Toronto, ON ON M4P 1A6
Vegetarian/natural foods/juice bar. Fresh offers gourmet salads, rice bowls, veggie burgers, sandwiches, and fresh juices in a casual environment. The location on Spadina Avenue is full service and closed Sunday. The location on Eglinton is just east of Yonge.
478 Queen St., W., Toronto, ON M5V 2B4
Vegan/contemporary. Grasslands, near the heart of Toronto, is an upscale restaurant that offers elegant dining and all-vegan cuisine. The menu is small but creative with dishes like Mustard Crusted Tempeh, Seitan Roast, and Skewers (with tempeh, tofu, and market vegetables). Reservations are accepted.
385 Broadview Ave., Toronto, ON M4K 2M7
Vegetarian/international/organic. See description under Ottawa, Ontario.
638 Dundas St. W, Toronto, ON M5T 1H8
Vegetarian/Chinese. Greens Vegetarian Restaurant is near Chinatown and features over 80 items. Mock meat, mock fish, or tofu can be found in most of their dishes. The menu is written in both English and Chinese. Greens was formerly named Full Moon Vegetarian Restaurant.
238 Augusta Ave., Toronto, ON M5T 2L7
Vegetarian/café. Hibiscus is a small vegetarian café with organic and gluten-free offerings. Enjoy their very popular Sunday brunch. Hibiscus is located in Kensington Market.
160 Baldwin St., Unit 1, Toronto, ON M5T 3K7
Vegan/Mexican. Hot Beans is a unique all-vegan restaurant located in Kensington Market in Toronto. Enjoy vegan tacos, burritos, and nachos at this take-out only eatery. Most famous, however, are their vegan donuts -- follow their Twitter account to find out the day's flavors!
33 St. George St., Toronto, ON M8Z 3Y6
Vegan/eclectic/organic. Hot Yam! is at the University of Toronto and once a week cooks up a delicious vegan lunch made from mostly organic and local ingredients. Their menu changes weekly, but it almost always comprises four items - one main, a salad, a soup, and a dessert. The price in unbelievably low. If you'd like take-out, you'll need to bring your own containers (but if you do, you can jump the line!). Come enjoy the great tasting food and live piano music, meet lots of interesting people, and have fun! Hot Yam! is located at the University of Toronto's Centre for International Experience (formerly the International Student Centre) and is open to the public year-round, including during school breaks. Please check their website for any schedule changes, or join their mailing list to receive the menu ahead of time. Volunteers are always welcome! Cash only.
1262 Danforth Ave., Toronto, ON M4J 1M6
Vegetarian/Thai/Malaysian. Jean's Vegetarian Kitchen offers delicious Thai and Malaysian cuisine. Please note that the mockmeats contain whey and most noodle dishes contain egg.
2366 Yonge St., Toronto, ON M4P 2E6
Vegan/organic/macrobiotic. Kale Eatery offers pay-by-weight food for take-out or eat-in. The menu is completely vegan with an emphasis on organic ingredients. Enjoy food from their hot and cold bars along with fresh beverages from their juice bar. Kale is located north of Eglinton Avenue.
460 Bloor St. W., Toronto, ON M5S 1X8
Vegetarian/bakery. This bakery offers fresh juices, vegetarian baked goods, and entrées.
264 Dupont St., Toronto, ON M5R 1V7
Vegetarian/raw foods/organic. Live is an organic vegetarian restaurant that would be vegan if not for bee pollen, which is offered in some of their beverages. A large part of their menu is raw foods dishes but they do have many cooked meals as well. Their menu notes which items are nut-free, gluten-free, or can be made so. Try the Avocado Tempura, Spaghetti & Neatballs, BBQ Pulled Burdock (slow-cooked burdock root), or Polenta Fries with Chipotle Dipping Sauce. Ask about their many daily specials. Live is at the NE corner of Dupont and Spadina.
140 Spadina Ave., Ste. A101, Toronto, ON M5V 2L4
Vegan/Asian/organic. 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. Loving Hut was created with a vision that all beings could live in peace, love, and harmony with each other and the planet.
2985 Islington Ave., Toronto, ON M9L 2K9
Vegetarian/Indian. Enjoy a fully vegetarian menu at this Indian restaurant, including Thali.
1263 Queen St. W., Toronto, ON M6K 1L5
Vegetarian/Ethiopian. M&B Yummy is an all-vegetarian restaurant offering meat-free versions of traditional Ethiopian dishes. Save room for dessert -- vegan cake or vegan ice cream should hit the spot! Or bring 5 friends for an Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony; according to tradition, 6 cups must be poured. M&B Yummy is closed between lunch and dinner, so please call ahead for hours.
7A Yorkville Ave., Toronto, ON M4W 1L1
Vegetarian/Italian. Mela Italian Vegetarian Café offers Italian-style vegetarian and vegan cuisine that is made fresh daily. The menu changes based on seasonal and organic ingredients. Try a tofu or eggplant sandwich, stuffed peppers, spaghetti with soy meatballs, or roasted pepper pizza on whole wheat crust.
1 First Canadian Pl., Toronto, ON M5X 1E2
919 Kingston Rd., Toronto, ON M4E 1S6
Vegetarian/natural foods store. Naturally Yours offers three daily hot entrées, as well as a salad bar, veggie burgers, pastas, Chinese dishes, burritos, Shepherd's pie, cauliflower bake, broccoli patties, and more. Please note that the location on Kingston Road is closed on Friday.
16655 Yonge St., Newmarket, Toronto, ON L3X 1V6
Vegetarian/natural foods store deli. Located inside a holistic market, this café offers music, a 'weigh-n-pay' section, coffees, smoothies, a juice bar, and a vegan bakery.
854 Bathurst St., Toronto, ON M5R 3G2
Vegan/Caribbean. One Love Vegetarian is mostly for take-out, but they do have a few tables where you can enjoy vegan food in a laid-back, relaxed atmosphere. Try the Callaloo (Jamaican greens served with yellow yam, boiled green bananas, organic whole wheat dumplings, and avocado), the BBQ Tofu Stir-Fry (organic tofu with sweet peppers and Vidalia onions, served with organic Basmati rice, peas and avocado slices), or Bean Curd and Lima Beans (soybean curd strips curried with lima beans). Near the University of Toronto, One Love is located one block north of Bloor Street, across from the Bathurst Subway Station. Cash only.
717 1/2 Queen St. E., Toronto, ON M4M 1H1
Vegetarian/organic/juice bar. Pulp Kitchen serves up fast and tasty dishes, as well as a full selection of fresh juices and smoothies. This take-out only eatery offers daily soups, Roti Wraps, 'Shroom Burgers, VLT, Mange á Trois, and hemp ice cream. They also carry gifts, natural pet foods, and organic herbal remedies.
20 Cumberland St., Toronto, ON M4W 1J5
3092 Dundas St. W., Toronto, ON M6P 1Z8
Vegan/raw foods/organic. Rawlicious offers a vegan menu of organic, raw foods. The main menu features Pad Thai, Nacho Platter, and an Olive-Currant Nut & Seed Salad. In addition to being vegan, the restaurant uses no wheat, gluten, or refined sugar. They have an extensive beverage menu which includes smoothies such as Raspberry Bliss and a variety of homemade juices. The location on Cumberland is in Yorkville. The location on Dundas is in the Junction. The Yorkville restaurant serves organic beer and wine. The Junction restaurant features an outdoor patio in warm seasons.
504 Adelaide St. W., Toronto, ON M5V 1T5
Vegetarian/diner/juice bar. Sadie's Diner & Juice Bar is an eclectic all-vegetarian diner. Menu items include Tofu Scramble, French Toast, Vegan BLT, and Tofu Club Sandwich. Enjoy veggie versions of your favorite comfort foods for great prices at Sadie's.
797 Gerrard St. E., Toronto, ON M4M 1Y5
Vegetarian. Located in Chinatown, Simon's offers 100 different vegetarian dishes in a non-smoking and informal atmosphere.
268 Adelaide St., W., Toronto, ON M5H 1X6
Vegan/organic/juice bar. Superfood Eateries features organic and vegan gourmet foods for grab and go. This take-out only eatery offers a rotating menu; to find out today's specials, check their website. They have a creative menu of fresh juices and smoothies as well.
934 Yonge St., Toronto, ON M4W 2J2
Vegetarian/teahouse. Located in the fashionable downtown Rosedale area of Toronto, Tao Tea Leaf is a unique traditional Chinese tea shop. Tao Tea Leaf serves and makes available for purchase over 120 types of teas, from oolong teas with names like Iron Goddess to organic teas such as Tangerine Ginger. They also host a variety of events, including educational tea workshops and ceremonies. Tao Tea Leaf offers online purchase of several teas and accessories.
867 Danforth Ave., Toronto, ON M4J 1L8
Vegetarian/natural foods. Teatree Café and Eatery is a small, independently-owned, vegetarian restaurant in Greektown. Enjoy comfort foods like Vegan Chili, Lentil Shepherd’s Pie, and the Black Bean Burger. Many vegan and gluten-free options, including specialty cakes, are offered at this cozy and relaxing spot. The bread is at the heart of Teatree; made completely from scratch, it takes four hours to make a single loaf!
348 Danforth Ave., Toronto, ON M4K 1N8
Vegetarian deli. This deli is located in a large natural foods store. The pay-by-weight menu features soups, lentil stew, salads, samosas, grain-based dishes, baba ghanouj, hummus, falafel, Barbecue Tofu, Bean Curd in Black Bean Sauce, tofu burgers, plus much more.
834 Bloor St., W., Toronto, ON M6G 1M2
Vegan/diner. The casual atmosphere and delicious food at The Hogtown Vegan provide a great setting for vegans and non-vegans alike. The Hogtown Wings (crispy fried tofu "wings" served with hot sauce and creamy dill dip) are a flavorful favorite. The restaurant also serves up tasty gluten-free, soy-free, and nut-free options. Cash only.
1277 Bloor St., W., Toronto, ON M6H 1N7
Vegan/bakery. Through Being Cool is a cute little all-vegan take-out bakery. They make everything in-house including doughnuts, cookies, tarts, and preserves. In addition to baked goods, TBC offers oven-ready meals to-go; foods may include lasagna, cabbage rolls, pierogies, and mac & cheese. They are located in Bloordale Village. Cash only.
2188 Queen St., E., Toronto, ON M4E 1H1
Vegan/bakery/organic. Tori's Bakeshop is an all-vegan bakery in the Beaches, a popular neighborhood in Toronto's East End. They offer natural, organic, and refined sugar free treats including cupcakes, biscotti, scones, muffins, and the hugely popular cinnamon rolls. Enjoy the unique atmosphere of real wood tables, light fixtures made from whisks and Mason jars, and a color scheme of mint green and white.
979 O'Connor Dr., Toronto, ON M4B 2T1
Vegetarian/Indian. Truly India serves authentic vegetarian Indian cuisine in the greater Toronto area. Enjoy traditional dishes like Chana Masala, Mattar Paneer, Vegetable Kofte, and Bhindi Masala. Prices are inexpensive and specials are offered.
1460 Gerrard St. E., Toronto, ON M4L 2A3
Vegetarian/Indian. Udupi Palace offers an extensive menu of South Indian vegetarian cuisine, including appetizers, soups, dosas, curries, rice dishes, and breads. Unique dishes include Cashew Pakoras, Tomato and Peas Utthapam, Pineapple Utthapam, and Bagala Bath (yogurt rice garnished with mustard seeds & cucumber). Most items are vegan and are noted as such on the menu.
64 Oxford St., Toronto, ON M5T 1P1
Vegan café/organic. Urban Herbivore is located on the first floor of a beautifully converted Victorian house in Kensington Market. They serve lots of sandwiches (barbecued tofu is a favorite) on grilled wheat multi-grain bread made at the restaurant, as well as soups (like cumin Mexican black bean) and customized salads. You can eat in, but most people elect to take out (the soups come in returnable Mason jars). The restaurant also offers muffins, cookies and brownies, as well as hot chocolate and lemonade with wild raspberries or cucumber.
17 Baldwin St., Toronto, ON M5T 1L1
Vegan/Asian Fusion. Vegetarian Haven serves Asian-inspired vegan cuisine. Enjoy dishes like Sizzling Eggplant Tempeh in Spicy Coconut Curry, Mushroom Tofu in Clay Pot, or Singapore Seitan. Vegetarian Haven is located at the Baldwin Village Inn in the heart of Toronto. The restaurant is closed between lunch and dinner, so please call ahead for hours.
287 Augusta Ave., Toronto, ON M5T 2M2
Vegetarian/bakery/café. Wanda's Pie in the Sky offers light vegetarian fare such as soup, sandwiches, and pizza. Although they are known for their fresh-baked goods made using only natural ingredients, please be aware that most are not vegan. Wanda's is located in the heart of Kensington Market across from Urban Herbivore.
10 Meadowglen Dr., Whitby, ON L1R 3P8
Vegetarian/international. The Jasmine Garden offers fine vegetarian dining with an international flavor. Enjoy Asian stir-fries, Italian pasta, Creole Jambalaya, and more. The meals are prepared from scratch with fresh ingredients and are "worth the wait." The menu notes which dishes can be made vegan with alterations as well as gluten-free items.