The Vegan Las Vegas full disclosure. I’m not fond of giving up on my need for those things that were once crawling the earth. Instead, I have asked guest writer Diana Edelman to give us a healthy serving of vegan options for the Las Vegas visitor. She is the founder of Vegans, Baby and we have had many a conversation where she has shared her passion for animal rights, responsible travel and living a vegan lifestyle. Naturally, she is the go to person for vegan cuisine on the and off the Las Vegas strip.
Could Las Vegas be the next big city to dive head-first into the vegan dining scene? If the latest outcropping of vegan kitchens and new vegan menus being tacked onto some of popular spots in town is any indication, it’s definitely stepping up its game.
Vegan on the Las Vegas Strip
The go-to properties on The Strip for vegan dining are -- hands down -- Wynn Las Vegas and Encore Las Vegas. Thanks to Steve Wynn, it’s mandatory that every dining venue on property offers a vegan menu of sorts. You can’t go wrong with any of these spots, but the personal favorite is Terrace Pointe Cafe for breakfast (hello, tofu scramble), the poolside seating and bottomless mimosas. Jardin also does its part with a full day of vegan options serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.
For Mexican, Hussong’s Cantina at Mandalay Bay Shoppes, has a large selection of vegan dishes, from “fish” tacos that taste like the real thing, to massive salads. It covers the gamut of Mexican dishes you’d expect to be served, with a vegan slant like Daiya cheese or gardein meats.
A few doors down from Hussong’s is the Italian/pizza joint, Slice of Vegas. While their pies will set you back a bit (we’re talking around $20 for a two-person pizza), they nail Italian vegan offerings from pizza to pastas. Check out their meatless meatballs or chick’n wings, and then indulge in those vegan Italian cravings.
Downtown Las Vegas Popular Vegan Option
If you’re staying Downtown, or simply want to check out the bustling Downtown scene, VegeNation is the most popular vegan spot in town. Helmed by Chef Donald Lemperle, this vegan restaurant is a favorite among plant-based and meat-eaters thanks to the fun and flavorful street food-esque dishes being served up, like the Downtown Tony (portobello sliders of deliciousness). It’s got a regular popup menu feature, killer happy hour and events most nights of the week to make this a go-to spot for locals.
Sourcing most of its food locally, this is the most sustainable restaurants on the list, too.
Off the Las Vegas Strip Vegan Option
Hop in an Uber and head to Spring Valley for dining at Violette’s Vegan Organic Eatery and Juice Bar. It may be a little off-Strip, but the all vegan menu features both healthy and comfort foods, like mac and cheese and a bacon cheeseburger. With live entertainment every Friday, free coffee and a build-your-own breakfast, Violette’s offers something vegan for everyone.
Want more vegan dining options in Las Vegas? Check out Vegans, Baby, the online guide to being vegan in Las Vegas.
More Vegan Choices In Las Vegas
- At Wynn and Encore resorts, you can’t miss the mushroom grits with pecorino at La Cave or the veggie dim sum at Wing Lei and Mizumi. The mushroom risotto at SW Steakhouse will make dinner at this beef haven pleasant.
- The Veggie House is a no frills and proud of it. Located in a typical strip mall they offer all the classic Szechuan dishes with Vegan “beef” and “chicken” as well as the wide array of vegetables that accompany a classic vegan diet. 5115 Spring Mountain Rd. (702) 431-5802
- Canyon Ranch Grill at the Spa at Venetian is not strictly Vegan but their healthy choices should be on your radar. Breakfast demands the tofu scramble!
- Usually overshadowed by its neighbor, Lotus of Siam, Komol Thai offers a full menu of vegetarian options with the right amount of Thai kick. 953 E. Sahara Ave. (702) 731-6542
- Head into Nobu at Caesars Palace for the Tofu toban-yaki. Fresh tofu with grilled mushroom, asparagus in a sake, soy, yuzu sauce, a satisfying entrée. Nobu is a safe bet for Vegans looking to have a meal out with non-Vegan friends. The menu is filled with possibilities.
- The Tex-Mex Vegan Wrap at Divine Café at Springs Preserve is your Vegan option if you take the kids out for some exploration. Black beans and corn succotash wrapped together with some Spanish rice, julienne romaine and a cumin vinaigrette make you forget about the burritos you craved in your former life as a meat eater. Springs Preserve, 317 S. Valley View Blvd (702) 893-6444 divinecafelv.com.