It makes sense that Miami would be a city that advocates for clean eating during the day, especially since its wild party vibes tend to take over at night. After an evening of fun (and maybe too many drinks), it’s only natural you’d want to give your organs a break from processing anything heavy. Or maybe you’re just a fan of vegetarian and vegan eating overall. Luckily, some great vegan and vegetarian restaurants—and some with the option to eat vegan/vegetarian—have popped up around the city in recent years. Crazy that vegan spots have locked down flavors so well these days you may not even know whether what you’re eating is mushroom or beef.
Located in Wynwood (and in Tulum!), Charly’s Vegan Tacos is an authentic Mexican eatery that manages to make you feel like you’re beachside, sipping straight from a coconut while scarfing down your meal. In other words, it might be meatless, but it’s all so, so good. The avocado fries served with house-made marinara are a must, as is the elote (grilled corn on the cob) with tofu, garlic aioli, toasted peanut soil, coriander, and chili powder. The burritos don’t disappoint, but you cannot leave without ordering the smoked portobello tacos (three to an order). With slow-roasted onions and mushrooms cooked in garlic and black pepper oil, this is the true winner and one we could devour over and over. Charly’s also offers up “Dirty” and “Healthy” bowls that’ll keep you full all day.
Known as the "Good Kitchen" for its use of organic and local ingredients, Plnthouse at the 1 Hotel is proud of its extensive healthy menu and options for every kind of eater. All menu items are labeled as vegan, vegetarian, gluten free, keto, or paleo—so diners know exactly what it is they’re getting. There’s also a grab-and-go menu that includes cold-pressed and fresh juices as well as a smoothie program. You have the option here to add mood and energy boosters, superfoods, and other supplements to your drink. Let’s not forget the plant-based cocktails, with all the flavor but none of the guilt that comes from drinking a sugary, fruity cocktail.
The famed Malibu Farm has made its way from the West Coast to Miami, where anything is possible. And though this café, overlooking the ocean and located in the Eden Roc Hotel, isn’t fully vegan or vegetarian, its options are darn good. The restaurant specializes in a raw vegan chia pudding with maple and banana, and has a great crudité with seasonal veggies, chickpeas, and green goddess dressing on the lunch menu. If you’re looking for something a little more substantial, the veggie wrap with hummus, tomatoes, onions, and grilled veggies will do the trick.
Midtown's Thatch is a dream in pale pink, and the market boasts green juices (FYI: if you are local and return the bottle, you’ll get $1 off your next green juice), vegan pastries (the cinnamon bun is tiny, but mighty), smoothies, and coffee with alternative milk options. The full-service sit-down side of the restaurant opened in 2019, with lunch and dinner menus featuring plant-based options such as veggie burgers, coconut "ramen," and pizza baked with naturally-leavened dough.
Planta South Beach
This restaurant is not only a 100 percent plant-based eatery, it’s also beautiful—a visually-pleasing space with lots of pink, white, and green. At Planta, plant lovers and carnivores alike can indulge in all their favorite foods, guilt free. The restaurant uses innovative meat-free options to create dishes such as the Crispy “Chicken” Sandwich, with buttermilk-fried cauliflower, daikon, carrots, cilantro, challah bun, and tajin fries. There's even a full sushi bar, where everything you put on your plate looks (and tastes!) like the real thing.
If you happen to plan your visit on a Sunday or Monday, take advantage. The restaurant’s “Sunday Sauce" is an Italian celebration that features plant-based variations of classic Italian dishes like spaghetti and meatballs, cauliflower parmesan, and pizza. “Maki Mondays” mean scarfing down all-you-can-eat maki rolls and bottomless sake, which sounds like the kind of party that’ll help get your week started.
Also new to Midtown, The Vegan Choice is inspired by one family’s travels and their youngest daughter’s decision to go vegan at just 15 years of age. The restaurant space might be small, but the menu includes dishes from all over the world, like Lebanese mezze from the Middle East, a Ramen bowl from Japan, Mexican sopes, and even a Texas Beyond Smokehouse burger with TVC crispy bacon and potato salad. Vegan croissants are on deck here, too—a welcome addition to any breakfast with coffee and a juice.
Just down the street from Midtown in Edgewater, Plant Miami is located inside the Sacred Space (a venue where wellness events, weddings, and workshops are held). Taking a modern and seasonal approach to plant-based eating, the eatery emphasizes organic living foods and commits to the art of conscious cuisine. Not only will you find vegan dishes here, kosher is important to the folks at Plant Miami as well.
Think vegan restaurants have fewer options? Think again. Plant Miami offers up some of the most creative dishes around, like jackfruit tacos al pastor, smoked beet tartare, banana leaf tamale, and a passion fruit flan with toasted macadamia gelato. Plus, they pair dishes with biodynamic, sustainable wines and craft cocktails. Swoon.