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

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!


Two Mammas Vegan Kitchen
3700 East 12th St., Oakland
(510) 606-0596


Banana Blossom Thai Cuisine
4228 Park Blvd., Oakland
(510) 336-0990

Delicious Thai curries and noodle soups.

Blackberry Bistro
4240 Park Blvd., Oakland
(510) 336-1088

Tofu scramble and great coffee.


55 Webster St., Oakland
(510) 444-1233

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
550 Second St., Oakland
(510) 832-9463

All vegetarian wine bar and restaurant. Serves small plates, soups, and entrees and has a robust menu of organic and sustainable wines.

Souley Vegan
301 Broadway, Oakland
(510) 922-1615

Vegan soul food restaurant with favorites like BBQ tofu, southern fried tofu, vegan mac ‘n cheese, and more.

Venga Paella
229 Brush St, Oakland, CA 94607
(510) 628-0018

A Spanish paella bar with a taverna menu and at least one vegan paella on the menu nightly.


Arizmendi Bakery
3265 Lakeshore Ave., Oakland
(510) 268-8849

Delicious veggie pizzas, vegan soups, and vegan muffins and scones. Also found in SF, Berkeley, and San Rafael.

Enssaro Ethiopian
366 Grand Ave., Oakland
(510) 238-9050

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
(510) 268-8957

Scrumptious pakora, samosas, and aloo gobi! Also has Montclair and Alameda locations.

Holy Land Falafel
677 Rand Ave., Oakland
(510) 272-0535

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
(510) 835-8322

Authentic, delicious Asian dishes.

Merritt Station
614 Grand Ave., Oakland
(510) 444-3400

Coffee shop with soy milk, bagels with vegan cream cheese, and Tofurky sandwiches. Plus free wifi!

Mezze Restaurant and Bar
3407 Lakeshore Ave., Oakland
(510) 663-2500

Mediterranean influenced, great vegan risotto and more, wine list—excellent date spot!

Neecha Thai
3236 Grand Ave., Oakland
(510) 451-9419

Extensive vegetarian options with meat alternatives, curries, and great soups.

Veg 388
Kitchen 388
388 Grand Ave.
Oakland, CA 94610

Veg 388 is a five night a week popup restaurant at Kitchen 388 that features inventive and inspired vegan and vegetarian cuisine.

Yayu Ethiopian Café
3343 Lakeshore Ave., Oakland
(510) 465-9298

Some of the best veggie Ethiopian food around. Excellent injera.


6464 Moraga Ave., Oakland
(510) 339-8000

Fast, casual Middle Eastern fare like falafel, hummus plates, sandwiches, soups, and salads.

Italian Colors Restaurant
2220 Mountain Blvd., Oakland
(510) 482-8094

Classic Italian with veg options.

Montclair Bistro
6118 Medau Pl.,  Oakland
(510) 482-8282

Vegan eggplant cannelloni special (call ahead) and many other daily vegetarian options.


Pepples Donut Farm
6037 San Pablo Ave., Oakland
(510) 338-6319

Two words: vegan donuts. But that’s not all, they do an amazing brunch and lunch too.

Shangri-La Vegan
4001 Linden St., Oakland
(510) 547-1842

Macrobiotic and whole food soups, salads, entrees, and vegan baked goods. All –you-can-eat buffet lunch on weekends.


Baja Taqueria
4070 Piedmont Ave., Oakland
(510) 547-2252
Yummy and filling vegetarian and vegan burritos.

Barney’s Gourmet Burgers
4162 Piedmont Ave., Oakland
(510) 655-7180

Several veg and vegan burgers. Other locations all over the Bay Area.

Cato’s Ale House
3891 Piedmont Ave., Oakland
(510) 655-3349

Big, friendly bar with very filling vegan sandwich options and Monday night trivia.

Messob Ethiopian
4301 Piedmont Ave., Oakland
(510) 428-1122
Very good vegetarian appetizer and entrée options.

Raj Indian Cuisine
4092 Piedmont Ave., Oakland
(510) 601-9922
Cheap (but good!) Indian food attached to a friendly bar.

Timeless Coffee Roasters
4252 Piedmont Ave., Oakland(510) 985-1360

Cozy cafe & full bakery serving house-roasted java & homemade vegan/vegetarian dishes & pastries


Cactus Taqueria

5642 College Ave., Oakland
(510) 658-6180

Yummy and filling vegetarian and vegan burritos.

Great Wall Chinese Restaurant
6247 College Ave., Oakland
(510) 658-8458

Menu is mostly vegan with meat alternatives, though there is some fish on the menu.

Zachary’s Chicago Pizza
5801 College Ave., Oakland
(510) 655-6385

Deep dish Chicago-style pizza with vegan crust and Daiya vegan cheese and other vegetarian pies.


Addis Ethiopian
6100 Telegraph Ave., Oakland
(510) 653-3456

Scrumptious veggie platter.

Asmara Restaurant
5020 Telegraph Ave., Oakland
(510) 547-5100

Delicious and filling veg sampler platter.

Barlata Tapas Bar
4901 Telegraph Ave., Oakland
(510) 450-0678

Incredible vegan paella and Spanish wines.

Burma Superstar
4721 Telegraph Ave., Oakland
(510) 652-2900

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.

Cafe Colucci
6427 Telegraph Ave., Oakland
(510) 601-7999

Excellent vegetarian options and sample platter.

400 40th St.,  Oakland
(510) 597-0400

Serves vegan mac and cheese and vegan soups daily.

Lanesplitter Pizza and Pub
4799 Telegraph Ave., Oakland
(510) 653-5350

Great vegan pizza, homemade vegan “ricotta,” and lots of beer. Multiple locations in the East Bay.

Red Sea Ethiopian
5200 Claremont Ave., Oakland
(510) 655-3757

Order the vegetarian sample platter and prepare to be stuffed!


Blue Oak Cafe at the Oakland Museum of California
1000 Oak St., Oakland
(510) 238-2200

Blue Oak Cafe has vegetarian soups, salads, and sandwiches daily.

Cosecha Café
907 Washington St.,  Oakland
(510) 452-5900

Gourmet Mexican food with many vegetarian and vegan options.

Golden Lotus Vegetarian Restaurant
1301 Franklin St., Oakland
(510) 893-0383

Vegetarian Vietnamese food with a large variety of meat alternatives.

Ike’s Lair
2204 Broadway, Oakland
(510) 338-6789

Best vegan sandwiches ever. And possibly the most filling. Locations all over the Bay Area.

The Lake Chalet
1520 Lakeside Dr., Oakland
(510) 208-5253

Gorgeous restaurant on Lake Merritt with delicious veg options and cocktails.

La Borinqueña Mex-icatessen & Specialty Shop
582 7th St., Oakland
(510) 444-9954

La Borinquena Mex-icatessen, in Old Oakland since 1944, hand crafts vegetarian & vegan tamales made with fresh corn masa stone ground in-house.

Layonna Vegetarian Health Food Market

443 8th St., Oakland
(510) 763-3168

Not a restaurant, but deserving of mention! In the heart of Oakland’s Chinatown, Layonna offers vegetarian alternatives to meat, including drumsticks, chicken-free tenders, fish-free tuna, and much, more. Supplies a number of Bay Area restaurants.

Nature Vegetarian Restaurant

1116 Franklin St., Oakland
(510) 238-9688

All vegetarian Chinese restaurant with mock meats.

Rico’s Diner
400 15th St., Oakland
(510) 444-8424

Tofu scramble, vegan pulled-pork sandwiches with curly fries…what else do you need?

Rudy’s Can’t Fail Café
1805 Telegraph Ave., Oakland
(510) 251-9400

Fun place to grab vegan buffalo wings, chili, and more. Also in Emeryville.

Sobo Ramen
988 Franklin St, Oakland, CA 94607
(510) 832-7626

Japanese inspired Ramen Shop located in the heart of Oakland’s Chinatown with delicious vegan options.

Spice Monkey
1628 Webster St., Oakland
(510) 268-017

Veggie empanadas, vegan pot pie, and more. Great atmosphere.

59 Grand Ave., Oakland
(510) 465-4600

Great vegan options for gourmet Vietnamese food.


If you really need to leave Oakland, here are some highlights from other cities:

Cafe Gratitude
1730 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, CA 94709
(510) 725-4418

100% organic vegan restaurant specializing in gourmet raw and cooked cuisines

Central Vegetarian Cuisine
1613 Park St
Alameda, CA 94501
(510) 522-3745

2132 Oxford St.,  Berkeley
(510) 647-8684

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
(510) 981-8081

All vegan authentic Mexican food.

Gracias Madre
2211 Mission St., San Francisco
(415) 683-1346

Organic, house-made, Mexican food. All vegan. Expect to wait for a table!

Herbivore Restaurant

Multiple locations in Berkeley and San Francisco
All vegan, casual comfort food. Mashed potatoes and gravy, anyone?

Loving Hut
Multiple Bay Area locations

Cheap, filling, yummy, casual Vietnamese restaurants with many meat alternatives on the menu.

Millennium Restaurant
580 Geary St.,  San Francisco
(415) 345-3900

Gourmet, five-star, formal dining like you’ve never imagined. All vegan. Reservations strongly recommended.

11 Division St, San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 864-9000

1511 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley, CA 94709
(510) 849-0000

Mainstream international comfort vegetarian/vegan food prepared in unique ways using seasonal, often locally sourced organic ingredients

Saturn Cafe
2175 Allston Way, Berkeley
(510) 845 8505

All-vegetarian diner featuring vegan burgers, milkshakes, and a great brunch menu.

Vegetarian House
520 E. Santa Clara St., San Jose

Vietnamese and some Western specialties. All vegan.

Veggie Grill
3055 Olin Ave, San Jose
(408) 296-6473

All vegan fast food chain with to die for sandwiches, salads, and soups. Try the Crispy “Chickin” Sandwich and Buffalo wings.

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