This is only a small sampling of all the delicious veg food to be found in the Bay Area. For a more comprehensive list, visit BayAreaVeg.org.
Restaurant menus change frequently. It’s advisable to call ahead or check online to confirm hours and veg menu items.
Remember: Most Chinese, Indian, Ethiopian, Thai, and Middle Eastern restaurants, and sushi bars and taquerias offer vegetarian and vegan options. Don’t panic if you’re out and about but your guide is at home!
Banana Blossom Thai Cuisine
4228 Park Blvd., Oakland
Delicious Thai curries and noodle soups.
4240 Park Blvd., Oakland
Tofu scramble and great coffee.
JACK LONDON SQUARE
55 Webster St., Oakland
Bocanova offered a vegetarian prix fixe menu throughout Oakland Veg Week and a Meatless Monday tasting menu. Call in advance.
Encuentro Cafe and Wine Bar
202 Second St., Oakland
All vegetarian wine bar and restaurant. Serves small plates, soups, and entrees and has a robust menu of organic and sustainable wines.
301 Broadway, Oakland
Vegan soul food restaurant with favorites like BBQ tofu, southern fried tofu, vegan mac ‘n cheese, and more.
LAKESHORE/GRAND LAKE THEATER
3265 Lakeshore Ave., Oakland
Delicious veggie pizzas, vegan soups, and vegan muffins and scones. Also found in SF, Berkeley, and San Rafael.
246 Grand Ave., Oakland
Mediterranean restaurant with delicious falafel and weekend vegan brunch options. Also in Berkeley.
366 Grand Ave., Oakland
Love their big veg sampler platter. Their veggie combo plate is divine. Don’t miss their veggie sambusa.
Flavors of India
3276 Lakeshore Ave., Oakland
Scrumptious pakora, samosas, and aloo gobi! Also has Montclair and Alameda locations.
Holy Land Falafel
677 Rand Ave., Oakland
Some of us feel this is the best falafel in the world. Also features great vegan soups and has a Berkeley location.
Lin Jia Asian Kitchen
3437 Lakeshore Ave., Oakland
Authentic, delicious Asian dishes.
614 Grand Ave., Oakland
Coffee shop with soy milk, bagels with vegan cream cheese, and Tofurky sandwiches. Plus free wifi!
Mezze Restaurant and Bar
3407 Lakeshore Ave., Oakland
Mediterranean influenced, great vegan risotto and more, wine list—excellent date spot!
3236 Grand Ave., Oakland
Extensive vegetarian options with meat alternatives, curries, and great soups.
Yayu Ethiopian Café
3343 Lakeshore Ave., Oakland
Some of the best veggie Ethiopian food around. Excellent injera.
6464 Moraga Ave., Oakland
Fast, casual Middle Eastern fare like falafel, hummus plates, sandwiches, soups, and salads.
Italian Colors Restaurant
2220 Mountain Blvd., Oakland
Classic Italian with veg options.
6118 Medau Pl., Oakland
Vegan eggplant cannelloni special (call ahead) and many other daily vegetarian options.
Pepples Donut Farm
6037 San Pablo Ave., Oakland
Two words: vegan donuts. But that’s not all, they do an amazing brunch and lunch too.
4001 Linden St., Oakland
Macrobiotic and whole food soups, salads, entrees, and vegan baked goods. All –you-can-eat buffet lunch on weekends.
4070 Piedmont Ave., Oakland
Yummy and filling vegetarian and vegan burritos.
Barney’s Gourmet Burgers
4162 Piedmont Ave., Oakland
Several veg and vegan burgers. Other locations all over the Bay Area.
Cato’s Ale House
3891 Piedmont Ave., Oakland
Big, friendly bar with very filling vegan sandwich options and Monday night trivia.
4301 Piedmont Ave., Oakland
Very good vegetarian appetizer and entrée options.
Raj Indian Cuisine
4092 Piedmont Ave., Oakland
Cheap (but good!) Indian food attached to a friendly bar.
5642 College Ave., Oakland
Yummy and filling vegetarian and vegan burritos.
Great Wall Chinese Restaurant
6247 College Ave., Oakland
Menu is mostly vegan with meat alternatives, though there is some fish on the menu.
Zachary’s Chicago Pizza
5801 College Ave., Oakland
Deep dish Chicago-style pizza with vegan crust and Daiya vegan cheese and other vegetarian pies.
6100 Telegraph Ave., Oakland
Scrumptious veggie platter.
5020 Telegraph Ave., Oakland
Delicious and filling veg sampler platter.
Barlata Tapas Bar
4901 Telegraph Ave., Oakland
Incredible vegan paella and Spanish wines.
4721 Telegraph Ave., Oakland
Many vegetarian and vegan Burmese options including a vegetable tofu section. Don’t miss the vegetarian samusa
soup, tea leaf salad, and coconut rice! Also found in SF and Alameda.
6427 Telegraph Ave., Oakland
Excellent vegetarian options and sample platter.
400 40th St., Oakland
Serves vegan mac and cheese and vegan soups daily.
Lanesplitter Pizza and Pub
4799 Telegraph Ave., Oakland
Great vegan pizza, homemade vegan “ricotta,” and lots of beer. Multiple locations in the East Bay.
Red Sea Ethiopian
5200 Claremont Ave., Oakland
Order the vegetarian sample platter and prepare to be stuffed!
Blue Oak Cafe at the Oakland Museum of California
1000 Oak St., Oakland
Blue Oak Cafe has vegetarian soups, salads, and sandwiches daily.
907 Washington St., Oakland
Gourmet Mexican food with many vegetarian and vegan options.
Golden Lotus Vegetarian Restaurant
1301 Franklin St., Oakland
Vegetarian Vietnamese food with a large variety of meat alternatives.
2204 Broadway, Oakland
Best vegan sandwiches ever. And possibly the most filling. Locations all over the Bay Area.
The Lake Chalet
1520 Lakeside Dr., Oakland
Gorgeous restaurant on Lake Merritt with delicious veg options and cocktails.
La Borinqueña Mex-icatessen & Specialty Shop
582 7th St., Oakland
La Borinquena Mex-icatessen, in Old Oakland since 1944, hand crafts vegetarian & vegan tamales made with fresh corn masa stone ground in-house.
1116 Franklin St., Oakland
All vegetarian Chinese restaurant with mock meats.
400 15th St., Oakland
Tofu scramble, vegan pulled-pork sandwiches with curly fries…what else do you need?
Rudy’s Can’t Fail Café
1805 Telegraph Ave., Oakland
Fun place to grab vegan buffalo wings, chili, and more. Also in Emeryville.
1628 Webster St., Oakland
Veggie empanadas, vegan pot pie, and more. Great atmosphere.
59 Grand Ave., Oakland
Great vegan options for gourmet Vietnamese food.
GREATER BAY AREA
If you really need to leave Oakland, here are some highlights from other cities:
Central Vegetarian Cuisine
1613 Park St
Alameda, CA 94501
2132 Oxford St., Berkeley
All vegan cinnamon rolls and baked goods, plus coffee.
In San Francisco and Berkeley
Japanese to knock your socks off. All vegan.
3031 Adeline St., Berkeley
All vegan authentic Mexican food.
2211 Mission St., San Francisco
Organic, house-made, Mexican food. All vegan. Expect to wait for a table!
Multiple locations in Berkeley and San Francisco
All vegan, casual comfort food. Mashed potatoes and gravy, anyone?
Multiple Bay Area locations
Cheap, filling, yummy, casual Vietnamese restaurants with many meat alternatives on the menu.
580 Geary St., San Francisco
Gourmet, five-star, formal dining like you’ve never imagined. All vegan. Reservations strongly recommended.
2175 Allston Way, Berkeley
(510) 845 8505
All-vegetarian diner featuring vegan burgers, milkshakes, and a great brunch menu.
520 E. Santa Clara St., San Jose
Vietnamese and some Western specialties. All vegan.
3055 Olin Ave, San Jose
All vegan fast food chain with to die for sandwiches, salads, and soups. Try the Crispy “Chickin” Sandwich and Buffalo wings.
Download a handy printable guide of Bay Area vegetarian and veg-friendly restaurants. If you own or know of a restaurant that is not listed, or would like information on how to add meat-free meals to your menu, please contact us.