Vegetarian Journal's Guide to Natural Foods Restaurants in the U.S. and Canada
§ Reviewer's choice
(For restaurant listings in the surrounding areas, see Bethesda, Capitol Heights, College Park, Gaithersburg, Greenbelt, Langley Park, Rockville, Silver Spring, Spencerville, Takoma Park, and Wheaton in Maryland, and Arlington, Falls Church, Herndon, Manassas, McLean, Reston, South Arlington, Springfield, and Vienna in Virginia.)
2425 18th St. NW, Washington, DC 20009
1830 14th St., NW, Washington, DC 20009
429 Lenfant Plaza, Ste 420, Promenade (South Food Court), Washington, DC 20024
Vegetarian/Middle Eastern/fast food. Amsterdam Falafelshop offers hot and delicious falafels almost any hour of the day or night. The falafels come in whole wheat or white pitas and you get to top them yourself. Garnishes include an array of sauces, salads, and pickles. You also don't want to miss their twice-cooked Dutch-style fries. Amsterdam Falafelshop promotes sustainable living by using wax paper sleeves instead of spoons, forks, or plates. The location on 18th Street is in the heart of Adams Morgan and features patio dining in warm weather.
815 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20006-4008
Indian. Regional Indian cuisine is served in club-like ambiance at the Bombay Club. Varied vegetarian dishes are featured from all of India.
1847 7th St. NW, Washington, DC 20001
Vegan/tea shop/café/organic. The tea house atmosphere is warm and cozy with that hipster flare. The baristas are very knowledgeable on their teas and the vegan diet. The tea house opened in 1976, which makes for a trusting customer. I got the vegan chili and paired it with Goddess Kali's Hibiscus Healer - a light decaf herbal tea. The warm chili and the balancing herbal tea, mixed with the cool ambiance was heaven. I will definitely be returning to test out their vegan baked goods and other teas.
818 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20006
Upscale. Chef Todd Gray’s Equinox is fancy, upscale full service restaurant located in downtown Washington D.C., at the corner of Connecticut Ave and I Street NW, about a block from the White House. Todd Gray’s Equinox Restaurant offers a separate Vegan Tasting Menu with a Wine Pairing option. The Vegan Tasting Menu currently offers dishes such as Cider Glazed Heirloom Carrot and Pickled Beet Salad, Toasted Golden Quinoa with Grilled Broccolini and Heirloom Carrot Cake made of ginger coconut coulis, mango sorbet, and crispy carrot tuile. Todd Gray’s Market Vegan Brunch is offered every Sunday from 11am -2 pm and serves Buffet style fare of gourmet vegan dishes such as Truffled Lentil Cassoulet with Slow Cooked Golden Beats, Spiced Bartlett Pear Stuff French Toast with Granola Crust, and a Muse Scramble Station with made to order Tofu Scramble featuring fresh ingredients delivered from local farmers. Reservations are required.
2312 4th St. NE, Washington, DC 20002
Vegetarian/bakery/café. Chez Hareg Gourmet Bakery is located near Howard University in Washington, DC, and includes a café in the front where customers can enjoy drinks and ice cream while sampling the baked goods. There are a multitude of vegan options, including cakes, cookies, pastries, and pies. Some examples are a vegan lemon bar, vegan chocolate-raspberry ganache cake, and vegan sweet potato pie. Any of their custom wedding cakes can also be made vegan. Chez Hareg offers free high-speed Wi-Fi in their café.
1731 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20009
Asian. Request the special vegetarian menu at City Lights, and you’ll be pleased to find a wide assortment of delicious vegetarian appetizers, entrées, and soups that include mock meat dishes, as well as other vegetarian Chinese foods.
1201 28th St., NW, Washington, DC 20007
Ethiopian. As is customary with Ethiopian foods, no utensils are used at DAS; patrons eat with injera, a traditional bread. Various vegetarian options are available. DAS is located in the former location of Zed's in Georgetown.
1341 L St., NW, Washington, DC 20005
Vegan/raw foods/organic. Elizabeth's Gone Raw offers a once-a-week, unique, upscale dining experience with a five-course fixed menu including organic wine. The menu changes every week, but a previous menu included asparagus lemon crepe with mint ricotta, roasted red pepper relish on sunflower cracker with cucumber-yogurt cream and jam, and a coconut sorbet. Elizabeth's Gone Raw also has a speaker series in which different chefs and speakers discuss issues relating to raw and vegan food. Reservations are required but can be made via email. Elizabeth's is only four blocks away from the Metro Center in DC.
341 Cedar St., Washington, DC 20012
Vegan. With an upscale and inviting atmosphere, refined vegan soul food dishes and a full bar, Evolve is perfect for a date night. Try the crisp southern fried chick-un with their creamy mac and cheese and don’t forget dessert! They have a variety to choose from including German chocolate cake and cherry topped cheesecake.
1924 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20006
Natural foods/American. Founding Farmers cares about sustainability and supporting local farmers. They offer a separate menu of classic dishes reinterpreted to be vegan and delicious. Enjoy Tofu ‘n Chips, Southern Fried "Chicken" Salad, or the BBQ "Chicken" & Slaw Sandwich. Breakfast is served all day; try the Chocolate Stout Farmhouse Waffle, topped with fresh banana slices & homemade vegan caramel sauce. Mmmm.
1336 14th St., NW, Washington, DC 20005
African. Ghana Café offers many vegetarian dishes, including Banku (fermented corn balls), FuFu (plantain and cassava), and Wakye (rice and beans). They also are home to some of DC's best African and reggae bands. Ghana Café is located in Logan Circle.
3287 M St., NW, Washington, DC 20007
Chinese. At Harmony you can get any item on the menu made with a meat substitute. Try the Orange Veggie Chicken or the Veggie Shrimp with Cashew Nut.
1323 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20036
Vegan/juice bar. It is clear Jrink Juicery is a purist as fresh, cold pressed, 100% fruit and vegetable juices is all they serve in this cozy café with exposed brick and wood floors. Start your day off with a “Fuel Me Up” with pear, kale, romaine, cucumber and lemon or “The Hulk” with spinach, kale, raw almonds, cinnamon, vanilla and agave. JRINK Juicery is located near Dupont Circle.
2452 18th St., NW, Washington, DC 20009
6235 Georgia Ave., Washington, DC 20011
3239 14th St., NW, Washington, DC 20010
1221 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20036
Latin American. The spinach, broccoli, and cheese or vegetarian-style empanadas are just a few of the creations offered at Julia’s. The ingredients in the vegetarian empanadas are changed weekly.
402 H St., NE, Washington, DC 20002
Vegan/raw foods/organic/juice bar. Khepra's Raw Food Juice Bar is an all-vegan raw foods eatery and juice bar inside of a health food store. While it may be difficult to find, you won’t be disappointed in the quality of this tiny establishment -- the raw foods, ranging from nut hemp burgers to cashew cheesecake, are all to die for! Khepra's makes smoothies and juices to-order as well. They are located in the back of Dynamic Wellness, between North 4th and North 5th Streets.
2641 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20008
Lebanese. With decorative accents like lanterns and backgammon tables, the atmosphere at Lebanese Taverna is elegant and inviting. Choose from vegetarian dishes such as Eggplant Ratatouille, Falafel, Grape Leaves, and Baba Ghanouj. Or create your own meal at their Hummus Bar! This popular Middle Eastern restaurant offers cooking classes and outdoor dining in some locations. Reservations are recommended.
1301 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20009
American/international. Located near Dupont Circle, their menu has a decent selection of vegetarian items for a diner. These include salads, three-bean vegetarian chili, soups, veggie burgers, pasta, sandwiches, and desserts like fresh fruit. Chili and soups are served in bread bowls.
353 Cedar St., NW, Washington, DC 20012
Bistro. My Little Bistro has a separate vegan menu that includes sandwiches, salads, desserts, and more! This quaint eatery is located on the corner of Cedar and Blair, close to the Takoma Metro Station.
1150 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20036
701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20004
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 dishes such as the Oklahoma "Bacon" Cheeseburger made with seitan, Baja Blackened Tacos made with tempeh, Caribbean Jerk Kale, Kung Pao Bowl made with tofu, or Key Lime Pie.
1500 K St. NW, Washington, DC 20005
Vegetarian/Mexican/food cart. This popular sidewalk lunch cart is completely vegetarian! The lines can be long, but that's because all of the food is made fresh right before your eyes! The menu is simple and inexpensive; choose your beans (all beans are vegan), tortillas, and hot sauce. The Georgia Peach Vidalia Onion comes highly recommended. Pedro & Vinny's food cart is at 15th and K Street; check their website before going to make sure they will be open. Cash only.
1630 14th St., NW, Washington, DC 20009
Vegetarian/juice bar. Enjoy a wide variety of juices at this juice bar located near Logan Circle.
2132 Florida Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20008
Natural foods. Restaurant Nora is an organic restaurant serving multi-ethnic new American cuisine. The menu changes daily, and every evening, an organic vegetarian plate is offered. There also is a selection of vegetarian appetizers and salads, and the restaurant is willing to accommodate special diets.
1136 19th St. NW, Washington, DC 20036
Vegetarian/nightclub. Science Club is a lounge offering a vegetarian menu with many vegan items. The cool science lab theme can be seen in the menu, which is printed on a periodic table, the chemistry lab stools used for bar seating, and a microscope that holds the restaurant's business cards. The food menu is small but appetizing, with options ranging from grilled marinated tofu skewers to quinoa tabouli. The drink menu focuses on wine but does contain a variety of other alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. Enjoy the outdoor patio when weather permits.
3923 S. Capitol St., SW, Washington, DC 20032
Vegetarian/natural foods. Secrets of Nature offers a wide variety of veggie rolls, sandwiches, salads, soups, barbeque, desserts, and more. Be sure to sample their Saturday brunch menu, too.
6224 3rd St., NW, Washington, DC 20011
Vegan/soul food. Senbeb Café; offers wraps and mock meat sandwiches. Look for the daily specials. Senbeb is close to the Takoma Metro Station.
2471 18th St. NW, Washington, DC 20009
Barbecue/eclectic/bar. Smoke & Barrel offers vegan pizza, veggie chili, sandwiches, and a vegan brunch that includes pancakes, French toast, and tofu scramble. The eatery is located in the heart of Adams Morgan, just south of the intersection of Columbia and 18th. Please note that they are closed on weekends between brunch and dinner, so call ahead for hours.
314 Carroll St., NW, Washington, DC 20012
1829 M St., NW, Washington, DC 20036
Vegan/soup/kosher. Soupergirl is a unique concept of a soup café that also includes delivery of soup to your office or home. The eatery is slow food certified which is shown through their use of fresh, local, and wholesome ingredients. Soup selections change often but are always homemade. Although soup is clearly the star of the show, vegan salads and even cookies are also available. If you fall in love with their soup they offer "soupscriptions" which buys you one month of soup and you only have to pay for delivery once! Soupergirl on Carroll is located directly across the street from the Takoma Metro. The downtown location on M Street is for take-out and delivery only and is closed on weekends.
1370 Park Rd., NW, Washington, DC 20010
Vegan/bakery/café. Sticky Fingers Sweets & Eats serves sandwiches, soups, salads, and light fare, but the main event here is dessert! The people behind Sticky Fingers have "veganized" traditional favorites including cookies, brownies, cinnamon buns, muffins, and cupcakes. Their extensive cake selection includes Coconut Delight, Chocolate Love, Bunny Huggers Carrot, Raspberry Chocolate, Strawberry Shortcake, and Peanut Butter Fudge. They offer some nut- and gluten-free items and can create the cake of your dreams -- for weddings, birthdays, or any special occasion. For café; selections, try their Veggie Chili, Grilled Daiya, BBQ Burger, or TLT. Online ordering is available for some dessert items and products. Outdoor seating is available.
2009 R St. NW, Washington, DC 20009
800 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20006
400 8th St. NW, Washington, DC 20004
Asian/teahouse. This unique restaurant, located in the Dupont Circle area of D.C., offers many dishes with an eastern flavor, including veggie bento boxes, Indian vegetable curry, cilantro scrambled tofu, and Plum Ochazuke (Japanese rice and tea soup). You can also sample more than 45 different varieties of tea.
2928 Georgia Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20001
Vegan/soul food/juice bar. Nu Vegan Café is completely vegan with organic and raw options. They feature raw salads, a hot bar, juice bar, and rotating specials. Enjoy tasty foods like the Battered Tofu Sandwich, Black Bean Burger, Curry "Chicken," Macaroni & "Cheese," Kale Salad, Jambalaya, and "Crab" Cakes. NuVegan Cafe is located in the Park View area, near Howard University.
3425 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20008
1825 Columbia Rd., NW, Washington, DC 20009
Natural foods. Soups, sandwiches, and fresh-squeezed juices are featured at Yes!
1612 20th St., NW, Washington, DC 20009
Greek. Zorba's serves a variety of ethnic vegetarian dishes, such as fasolakia, falafel, spanakopita, and fasolia.