10 Best Vegan-Friendly Restaurants in Boston

By Emily Millian
01/23/2023
Best Vegan Restaurants in Boston
Littleburg | Credit: Brian Samuels Photography

The metropolis of Boston has a vibrant food scene with something for everyone—including for people hungry for plant-based cuisine. There are strictly vegan restaurants in Boston as well as places with creative vegan options. Whether you’re looking for a fast and meatless lunch or a date-night spot that impresses, check out our picks for where to go for satisfying vegan fare anytime.

Littleburg Vegetable Kitchen

Littleburg Vegetable Kitchen
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Originally started as a pop-up by Oleana alum Graham Boswell, Littleburg brings vegan fare to the forefront. Inspired by Greek home cooking, the menu serves up a plethora of plant-based dishes with flavors that are traditionally meat-focused. All made without animal products, Littleburg specialties include can’t-miss creations like Pide (Turkish stuffed flatbread) and a shawarma pita filled with yuba (savory tofu skin). With a takeout location in Union Square, Littleburg aso takes orders weekly for home delivery throughout the Boston area. 

Life Alive Boston
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A self-proclaimed “urban oasis” with locations throughout Boston and Cambridge, Life Alive encourages us to add a few more veggies to our lives. Organic, vegan, and flavorful grain bowls, salads, and soups that are not just nourishing, but absolutely scrumptious. (One of our all-time favorites will forever be the Thai Peanut Sutra.) It’s also a juice bar with vibrant smoothies and acai bowls. The colorful cafes are comfortable spots to rest and refuel.

Stoked Pizza | The Best Restaurants around Harvard Square Cambridge
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A killer pizza parlor with a fully separate—and fully delicious—vegan menu? Yes, really. With locations in Brookline and Harvard Square, Stoked Pizza Co. gives old school pizza-party vibes but with 100% more vegan comfort food. Most Stoked pizzas have a vegan cheese alternative, including the cult-favorite Cheeseburger topped with tangy pickles, chipotle aioli, and ground Impossible meat. Along with the crushable pies, Stoked also dishes up meat-free apps, like Carolina BBQ Cauliflower Bites and Chili Cheese Fries topped with spicy beans, barley, and vegan queso. 

Blue Nile

Blue Nile Vegetarian food Boston
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Ethiopian restaurant Blue Nile delivers tons of flavor and plenty of vegan options. At the Jamaica Plain nook, meals center on tangy injera, a springy sourdough flatbread meant for sopping up all the goodness of dishes like Misir Wat, split red lentils cooked in spicy berbere sauce seasoned with ginger, garlic and cardamom; and Tikil Gomen, a stew of cabbage, onions, potatoes, and chili peppers. We love the colorful combo plate, which comes with four veggie options, so we can get a taste of everything. 

Walnut Grille

Walnut Grille - The Best Restaurants in Newton
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Just a quick trip outside the city in Newton Highlands, Walnut Grille provides top-notch vegetarian and vegan experience. For lighter, on-the-go fare, peruse the fresh-pressed juices and smoothies. Heartier plates span the globe in flavor, from the vegan Russian dressing-drizzled house veggie burger to Tofu Tikka Masala and Portobello Steaks. The restaurant features local farms and seasonal flavors throughout the menu. Along with the vegan and vegetarian options that fill the menu, many of the dishes at Walnut Grille can be made gluten- and soy-free. 

Koshari Mama

Koshari Mama Boston | Best Vegetarian Dining in Boston
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Nestled between Somerville’s Union and Porter Squares, Koshari Mama serves up vegan-friendly Egyptian street food. Mother-daughter duo Sahar Ahmed and Dina Fahim have diners coming back for their unique-to-Boston vegan fare, like the namesake Koshari, a bowl of lentils, rice, pasta, chickpeas and crispy fried onions; and sandwiches such as an earthy Mushroom Shawarma. Pro tip: do not skip the house-made sauces like the mild tomato garlic El-hady and the super-spicy Narr. 

Sarma | Best Vegan Restaurants in Boston
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Highly acclaimed chef-owner Cassie Piuma and business partner Ana Sortun take veggies very seriously at Sarma. The Mediterranean meze may not be fully vegetarian or vegan, but the menu includes a plethora of plant-based options (just like sister spots Oleana and Sofra Bakery & Cafe), and plenty of produce from Siena Farms, the Sudbury property owned and cultivated by Sortun and her husband. We love the Sarma staple Green Papaya Fattoush with celery root, herbs, peanuts, and sumac; along with seasonal bites like Broccoli Burnt Ends with pomegranate barbecue sauce, coconut grits, smoked black-eyed peas, and mint. 

Spoke Wine Bar

Spoke Wine Bar
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Spoke Wine Bar may be known for an eclectic selection of European wines and hyper-seasonal small plates, but the Davis Square spot takes as much care of vegan and vegetarian diners as it does any omnivore. The award-winning co-chefs approach dishes to highlight each and every ingredient, whether it’s a Tagine Bean Dip with apricot and focaccia; Celery Stir Fry with yuzu, chestnuts, and maple; or Enoki Cakes with sausage spice and pineapple sauce. Frequently changing combinations are excitingly paired with by-the-glass pours of wine and low-octane cocktails.

Saus - Best Veggie Burgers in Boston
Saus | Credit: Chris McIntosh

Over in Somerville’s Bow Market, Saus is the ultimate destination for plant-based comfort food. The menu is 100% vegetarian and vegan options for everything upon request. Famous for hand-cut fries and signature dips, Saus’s scratch-made condiments are largely vegan-friendly, too. For the main event, we love the Saus Veggie Burger and the Cauli-Falafel, a sandwich made with herbaceous veggie fritters and zesty toppings like pickled cabbage and garlic-chickpea mayo.

Taco Party

Taco Party in Boston
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What began as a food truck is now one of the coolest vegan restaurants around (and is now accessible from the Green Line, to boot). Taco Party in Somerville’s Ball Square is like an ’80s rec room in decor and atmosphere, with a bar and an entirely plant-based menu. While the namesake dish may be the initial attraction (we love the spicy Lentils Al Pastor Taco with grilled pineapple), the tortas are equally as tasty. Cocktail fans, don’t overlook the slim list of drinks, including a strong and salty house Margarita and a boozy, creamy Horchata.

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