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

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(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.)

·Amsterdam Falafelshop

2425 18th St. NW, Washington, DC 20009

(202) 234-1969

1830 14th St., NW, Washington, DC 20009

(202) 232-6200

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.

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

Bombay Club

815 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20006-4008

(202) 659-3727

Indian. Regional Indian cuisine is served in club-like ambiance at the Bombay Club. Varied vegetarian dishes are featured from all of India.

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

·Chez Hareg Gourmet Bakery

2312 4th St. NE, Washington, DC 20002

(202) 832-2253

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.

Open daily
Limited service
vegan options
take-out, catering, espresso/cappuccino, smoothies
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $$

City Lights of China

1731 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20009

(202) 265-6688

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.

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

DAS Ethiopian Cuisine

1201 28th St., NW, Washington, DC 20007

(202) 333-4710

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.

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

··Elizabeth's Gone Raw

1341 L St., NW, Washington, DC 20005

(202) 347-8349

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.

Open Friday for dinner. Closed Saturday through Thursday
Full service
wine/alcohol
VISA/MC, $$$

··Everlasting Life Vegan Restaurant

341 Cedar St., NW, Washington, DC 20012

(202) 882-8999

Vegan/soul food. Everlasting Life features all-vegan soul food. Enjoy BBQ Tofu, Seaweed Wrapped Oven-Fried Soyfish, or Orange Chick-Un. Favorites include Collard Greens, Macaroni & Cheese, and Kale Salad. They feature fress-pressed juices as well. The restaurant is located near the Takoma Park Metro station.

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

Founding Farmers

1924 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20006

(202) 822-8783

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.

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

Ghana Café

1336 14th St., NW, Washington, DC 20005

(202) 387-3845

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.

Open daily for lunch and dinner through late night
Full service
vegan options
catering, beer/alcohol, special beverages
VISA/MC, $$

Harmony Café

3287 M St., NW, Washington, DC 20007

(202) 338-3881

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.

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

·Indian Delight

1100 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20004

(202) 371-2295

Union Station, 50 Massachussetts Ave., NE, Washington, DC 20001

(202) 842-1040

1101 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20036

(202) 463-7121

Vegetarian/Indian. Eleven vegetarian entrées, plus appetizers, soup, salad, and dessert are offered on the Indian Delight menu. Daily specials are also available. The Pennsylvania Avenue restaurant is located inside an old post office. Please note that the Connecticut Avenue location now offers meat dishes as well as vegetarian fare, but the meat and meatless meals are still kept separate.

Open daily for lunch and dinner
Cafeteria
vegan options
take-out, no credit cards
$

Julia's Empanadas

2452 18th St., NW, Washington, DC 20009

(202) 328-6232

6235 Georgia Ave., Washington, DC 20011

(202) 387-4100

3239 14th St., NW, Washington, DC 20010

(202) 328-0008

1221 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20036

(202) 861-8828

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.

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

··Khepra's Raw Food Juice Bar

402 H St., NE, Washington, DC 20002

(202) 803-2063

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.

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

Lebanese Taverna

2641 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20008

(202) 265-8681

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.

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

Luna Grill & Diner

1301 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20009

(202) 835-2280

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.

Open Monday through Friday for three meals. Open Saturday and Sunday for brunch and dinner
Full service
vegan options
take-out, catering
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $$

Muse at the Corcoran Gallery of Art

500 17th St., NW, Washington, DC 20006

(202) 639-1786

Natural foods café. Muse is a café located inside the Corcoran Gallery of Art. This lunch eatery is very veggie-friendly and clearly demarcates vegetarian and vegan items on the menu. At Muse, the emphasis is on fresh, local, and seasonal ingredients, which is why the menu is constantly changing. They are located just a few blocks from the Farragut West and Farragut North Metro stations.

Open Wednesday through Sunday for lunch. Closed Monday and Tuesday
Full service
vegan options
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $

My Little Bistro

353 Cedar St., NW, Washington, DC 20012

(202) 722-4787

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.

Open Sunday through Friday for three meals. Closed Saturday
Limited service
vegan options
take-out, delivery, catering
VISA/MC, $-$$

·Pedro & Vinny's

1500 K St. NW, Washington, DC 20005

(202) 276-1799

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.

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

Restaurant Nora

2132 Florida Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20008

(202) 462-5143

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.

Open Monday through Saturday for dinner. Closed Sunday
Full service
reservations recommended, formal but no dress code, fresh juices, wine/beer/alcohol
VISA/MC/AMEX, $$$

·Science Club

1136 19th St. NW, Washington, DC 20036

(202) 775-0747

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.

Open Monday through Saturday for dinner through late night. Closed Sunday
Full service
vegan options
beer/wine/alcohol, special beverages
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $$

·Secrets of Nature Health Foods

3923 S. Capitol St., SW, Washington, DC 20032

(202) 562-0041

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.

Open Monday through Saturday for three meals. Closed Sunday
Counter service
vegan options
take-out, catering, fresh juices
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $

··Senbeb Café

6224 3rd St., NW, Washington, DC 20011

(202) 249-0917

Vegan/soul food. Senbeb Café; offers wraps and mock meat sandwiches. Look for the daily specials. Senbeb is close to the Takoma Metro Station.

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

Smoke & Barrel

2471 18th St. NW, Washington, DC 20009

(202) 319-9353

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.

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

··Soupergirl

314 Carroll St., NW, Washington, DC 20012

(202) 609-7177

1829 M St., NW, Washington, DC 20036

(202) 733-4401

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.

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

··Sticky Fingers

1370 Park Rd., NW, Washington, DC 20010

(202) 299-9700

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.

Open Monday through Friday for three meals. Open Saturday and Sunday for brunch, lunch, and dinner
Limited service
take-out, delivery, catering, soymilk, special beverages
VISA/MC, $-$$$

Teaism

2009 R St. NW, Washington, DC 20009

(202) 667-3827

800 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20006

(202) 835-2233

400 8th St. NW, Washington, DC 20004

(202) 638-6010

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.

Open daily for three meals. Connecticut Ave. location open Monday through Friday for two meals and afternoon tea
Deli-style
vegan options
take-out
VISA/MC/AMEX, $-$$

·vFalafel

2157 P St., NW, Washington, DC 20037

(202) 296-2333

Vegetarian/Middle Eastern. vFalafel is a vegetarian eatery serving falafel, of course! Enjoy falafel sandwiches, burgers, and pitas. They also have a fresh and bountiful salad bar. vFalafel is quite inexpensive but very delicious. They are located in Dupont Circle.

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

··Woodlands Vegan Bistro

2928 Georgia Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20001

(202) 232-1700

Vegan/soul food/juice bar. Woodlands Vegan Bistro 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. Woodlands is located in the Park View area, near Howard University.

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

Yes! Organic Market

3425 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20008

(202) 363-1559

1825 Columbia Rd., NW, Washington, DC 20009

(202) 462-2069

Natural foods. Soups, sandwiches, and fresh-squeezed juices are featured at Yes!

Open daily
Take-out
fresh juices
VISA/MC/AMEX, $

Zorba's Café

1612 20th St., NW, Washington, DC 20009

(202) 387-8555

Greek. Zorba's serves a variety of ethnic vegetarian dishes, such as fasolakia, falafel, spanakopita, and fasolia.

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

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