Top 8 Vegan Restaurants in Washington D.C.
Brunch, Fine Dining, Soul Food, and More!
Unlike the faces on Capitol Hill and in the White House, Washington D.C. food scene is quite diverse. You can find burgers, tacos, Asian fusion, soul food, and gluten-free baked goods just down the block from D.C.’s many upscale steakhouses. While D.C. hasn’t been mentioned quite as often as the West Coast vegan destinations and New York City, D.C. has at least one vegan restaurant in every major neighborhood. Whether you’re in town for a university graduation, visiting in the spring to see the cherry blossoms at the Tidal Basin, or visiting to soak up all the wonderful historical monuments, we recommend you make time to visit these vegan restaurants in Washington D.C.
Our Favorite Vegan Restaurants in Washington D.C.
Israeli street food has never tasted so good. You can choose your own base of pita bread, rice and lentils, or mixed greens to suit your cravings. With their variety of bean, nut, and veggie-based dishes, vegans from all over will find a memorable and satisfying option for only $10 a head. However, we recommend you don’t leave without trying their polenta fries—a crispy, lighter, and much healthier option to traditional fries. If you want to have your mind blown, try their breakfast pita with their veggie omelet made from chickpeas. Fun fact: Shouk doesn’t accept tips as they actually pay their employees a fair wage!
Highlights: Shouk Burger, Cashew Labneh, Hummus, Polenta Fries, Breakfast Pita.
Fancy Radish: @fancyradishdc
This vegetable-forward fine dining establishment is owned by the likes of Philadelphia’s James Beard-nominated Chefs Rich Landau and Kate Jacoby. Just down the street from Fare Well, you can come here for a special date night, celebration, or just a fancy Friday and enjoy extraordinary cuisine. A few of their signature dishes overlap from their Philadelphia menus at V Street and Vedge, but most of the menu is specific to this restaurant and changes seasonally.
One of the things you can easily miss on a plant-based diet is the innovative fast casual dining experience. While there are many places you can get a veggie wrap or veggie burger, this plant-based restaurant takes it to the next level with an array of burgers, chick’n sandwiches, salads, breakfast sandwiches, and shakes. Fulfill your craving for junk food without indulging on any junk at this fan favorite vegan restaurant chain out of Philadelphia.
Highlights: Crispy HipCity Ranch, Jerk Caesar Salad, Seasonal Milkshake.
This eatery is 100% plant-based, organic, kosher, and has every item on the menu made from scratch. We love that this menu is packed with vegetables so we can indulge here for a nutritious breakfast, lunch, or afternoon snack without feeling lethargic for a long day of sightseeing.
Highlights: Collard Tacos, Berry lavender Overnight Oats, Avocado Herb Toast.
Chaia believes that we already have to make too many choices in our daily lives. They did us all a favor and created a short and sweet menu for their restaurant. With a choice of five tacos, you can explore a rotating veggie-forward menu that truly celebrates the taco and can be made vegan by request if the menu option isn’t already so.
Highlights: Moroccan Carrot Taco, Braised Mushroom Taco.
Fare Well: @eatfarewell
This vegan diner, bakery, and bar all-in-one is exactly what the tired traveler needs after their arrival to Union Station less than one mile away. It’s also an incredible brunch spot not too far from the National Mall or Eastern Market. Enjoy veganized versions of fan favorites like the Shiitake Ranch (their version of a cobb salad), the Hot Pastrami sandwich (the Rueben), and good ol’ Blueberry Pancakes as they serve breakfast all day!
Highlights: Burrata, Egg Cream, Brown Sugar Butter (to get on any pancake).
Rise Bakery: @risebakerygf
This gluten-free bakery has an incredible array of cookies, cakes, pastries, and breads for the gluten-free traveler. They also have a few vegan options such as dairy-free frostings and chocolate chip cookies.
Highlights: Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie.
To clarify, this small chain is not 100% vegan, but every dish is either vegan or vegetarian and can easily be veganized just by not adding in additional protein or switching out the dressing. Choose from a selection of soups, salads, bowls, and sandwiches off a menu designed by renown chef José Andrés.
Highlights: BEETsteak Sandwich.
Other Vegan Restaurants in Washington D.C.
Pow Pow: vegan Asian fusion that they call “New Asian” cuisine on H Street.
Soupergirl: vegan and kosher soup destination, whom you may know from Shark Tank.
Elizabeth’s Gone Raw: vegan fine dining with a Prix Fixe that’s reservation-only for Fridays and Saturdays.
Sticky Fingers: vegan bakery that also serves brunch in Columbia Heights.
ELife Restaurant: cafeteria-style vegan soul food.
NuVegan Cafe: cafeteria-style vegan comfort food and smoothie bar.
If you have any recommendations of your own, we’d love to know your favorite vegan restaurants in Washington D.C. so we can visit them next time we’re in town. Feel free to share your favorites, or places you hope to visit in Washington D.C. one day, in the comments below.
Learn more about America’s capital in our neighborhood guide, 60 Things to Do in Washington D.C.’s Most Popular Neighborhoods, as well as our guide to the National Mall, Washington, D.C.’s Historical Sites: National Mall, Capitol Hill, and More.
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