Vegan and Vegetarian Restaurants

Alternative Diet Restaurants in Albuquerque

Albuquerque has long had a number of vegetarian restaurants, and now vegan restaurants have also begun to open their doors. Whether you are strictly vegan or are a vegetarian, there are restaurants that cater to you, or ones that are vegetarian friendly. This list is by no means comprehensive, but it will get you started. Indian and Asian restaurants are always a workable option.
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    ••• Annapurna Cafe

    2201 Silver SE
    Albuquerque, NM 87106
    (505) 262-2424


    5939 Fourth Street NW
    Albuquerque, NM 87107
    (505) 254-2424


    1620 St. Michael's Drive
    Santa Fe, NM 87505
    (505) 988-9688

    Although Annapurna's touts itself as a vegetarian cafe, there are quite a few vegan options. This popular eatery ow has two Albuquerque locations and one in Santa Fe. Its emphasis is on ayurvedic cooking, and there are a variety of gluten free menu items.

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    El Patio

    ••• El Patio restaurant offers affordable New Mexican meals to UNM students. By Aileen O'Catherine
    142 Harvard SE
    Albuquerque, NM 87106-3521
    (505) 268-4245

    El Patio is a university neighborhood classic. Their New Mexican menu has a number of vegetarian dishes such as spinach enchiladas and an avacado burritos. Vegans can request dishes without cheese and feel safe that the beans and sauces are not cooked with lard.

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    Farina Alto
    ••• Farina Alto

     10721 Montgomery NE
    Albuquerque, NM 87111
    (505) 298-0035

    Farina Alto Restaurant offers vegetarian options. About half of the pizzas can be made vegan by using Daiya non-dairy cheese. 

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    Flying Star Salad
    ••• Greek Goddess Salad. Courtesy Flying Star

    Multiple Locations

    Flying Star has a variety of salads and each day they feature a vegetarian soup. There is a commitment to providing vegan options, and they also have gluten free dishes. Try their Mediterranean Nosh, a hummus plate which is simply delish. Desserts are a definite plus. Their Satellite Coffee locations offer some sandwiches and salads which are veg friendly as well. Try the Rabbit Wrap.

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    Guava Tree Cafe
    ••• Aileen O'Catherine

    118 Richmond NE
    Albuquerque, NM 87106
    (505) 990-2599

    The Guava Tree Cafe in Nob Hill offers Caribbean and South American cuisine in a relaxed atmosphere. Their Arepa Machilla contains black beans, sweet plantains, roasted veggies and fresco cheese, and their La del Gata contains avacado, sweet plantains, sweet peppers and cheese. Get either dish without cheese to make it vegan. Arepas are small versions of tortillas, puffy dough cakes that once filled, provide a satisfying meal.

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    906 Park Ave. SW
    Albuquerque, NM 87102
    (505) 765-1514

    Find tasty granolas, breakfast burritos, sandwiches, salads, pastries and a good selection of vegetarian options. For a vegan option, try their wraps or black bean burrito (minus the cheese) or one of their salads. Their vegan veggie tomato soup is a daily staple. Java Joe's has great coffee and teas.

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    ••• © Aileen O'Catherine
    Vegetarian isn't difficult to do at any of these New Mexican spots. Vegan can be harder, but it isn't impossible. At the Frontier, get the tortilla soup, and if you're a vegan, ask for no cheese. They also make an amazing spicy bean soup.
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    4411 San Mateo NE
    Albuquerque, NM
    (505) 888-9534

    2225 Wyoming NE
    Albuquerque, NM 87112
    (505) 294-7585

    Souper Salad has a huge salad bar and daily soups. It's all you can eat of pasta, potato and green salads. The vegetarian friendly buffet style restaurant has some vegan options, such as the salads and a potato bar.

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    Thai Vegan

    Interior Thai Vegan Restaurant
    ••• Photo © Aileen O'Catherine
    5505 Osuna Road NE
    Albuquerque, NM 87105
    (505) 884-4610

    3804 Central SE
    Albuquerque, NM 87106
    (505) 200-2290

    Thai Vegan is my favorite vegan restaurant. You'll be amazed at all the options, and how good everything tastes, from the salads to the house specialties. Mix it up with just appetizers and noodles, or get a combination plate if you've got a large appetite. You can't go wrong with this jewel of a restaurant.

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    ••• The buffet line offers a variety of foods and many types of pizzas. © Aileen O'Catherine

    5920 Holly NE
    Albuquerque, NM 87113
    (505) 821-9300

    Tomato Cafe is a buffet style restaurant with plenty of vegetarian options. For vegans, the posole is always good and they'll do a vegan pizza on request.