Las Vegas is known for its bright lights, around-the-clock entertainment, extravagant casinos, and culinary delights. But vegans and vegetarians need not fear being left behind. It’s "viva las vegans" here!
With nearly two dozen plant-based eateries, the city is so veg-friendly that it’s wise to plan for the dining experience you want. So, what is the key component of a great dining experience when you’re vegetarian or vegan? Is it cruelty-free edibles, burgers that taste like meat, a whole-food plant-based feast, an atmosphere of like-minded diners, or something else entirely? Rest assured you can find exactly the sort of tasty meal you want in Sin City.
Vegan street food? That’s right. In a city with plenty of vegan-friendly dining options, VegeNation stands out for its fresh take on global street food. Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the community-based restaurant serves only plant-based food. Take note of the details that go into the atmosphere while also serving a purpose. The chef uses herbs in the indoor garden that hangs from the wall in the dishes. Also, VegeNation is likely among the most purpose-driven eateries in the city. It’s true to the values it espouses and tries to use locally sourced ingredients it its dishes when possible.
Chef Kenny's Asian Vegan
Dining at an all-vegan sushi restaurant in any city used to be out of the question. However, vegan sushi is gaining popularity, and celebrated Chef Kenny Chye brings a diverse sushi menu to his Chef Kenny’s Asian Vegan. It serves up totally plant-based sushi that’s among the best you can find anywhere. Beyond sushi, the chef’s specialty menu has such memorable dishes as veggie geese and spicy vegan orange beef. A variety of traditional Chinese tofu and vegetable dishes are offered, too. Located on Spring Mountain Road, it’s off the strip, but worth your while.
Blackout Dining in the Dark
If you want a truly special, high-end dining experience in Sin City, Blackout Dining in the Dark provides an unforgettable night. Situated just off the Las Vegas strip, the reservation-only restaurant welcomes you to eat in the dark, which helps heighten your sense of smell and taste throughout the meal. Dressy attire is requested. Expect big portions for each part of the seven-course meal. Mystery menus aren’t revealed to the end of the evening, so trust your palate and the fact that everything served at this elegant, upscale restaurant is completely plant-based. Book as early as possible to ensure you get a reservation for the night you want to eat here.
Chef Stacey Dougan creates dishes that are appealing to meat-eaters and vegans alike at Simply Pure. As an expert gourmet vegan chef and nutritionist, Chef Stacey also holds hands-on cooking classes at the restaurant, and she holds a fine dining event at the restaurant once per month with a theme, wine pairing, and a special menu. The everyday menu includes a decadent lasagna, paninis, and tacos. Even simple dishes like the grilled cheese sandwich are infused with rich flavors. Nothing tastes fake about the faux meats in any of the dishes.
With two locations, Veganbites does its part to change the city’s nickname to Sweet City. Veganbites Bakery was the original locale, and Veganbites Restaurant is the second location on the west side that offers a breakfast and lunch menu. The tofu caprese salad rivals any with buffalo mozzarella, and the lemon crème gnocchi may cause some involuntary declarations of pleasure. With plant-based cheesecakes, swiss rolls, double-layer cakes, brownies, cookies, cupcakes and more, it seems you could go there for dessert every day of the year and never have the same thing twice.
Think you can’t find authentic Egyptian food in Las Vegas? Think again. POTs is the only Egyptian restaurant in the City of Lights, and it serves a 100-percent vegan menu. If you’re not familiar with Egyptian food, don’t worry. The knowledgeable staff can help you find just the right dish for your taste, and the menu is clearly labeled to make ordering easy for those with a nut or gluten allergy. Hummus, pickled eggplant, and falafel samosas are among the available dishes.
The Modern Vegan
Irreverent and fun in its tone and mission statement, The Modern Vegan has a large menu that offers a mix of healthy fare and plant-based indulgences. With one look at its offerings, you’ll get the idea that it’s a fusion of nearly any kind of cuisine you can imagine. American comfort foods like corn dogs and mac-and-faux-cheese balls are served alongside internationally inspired salads. Large portions and a chill atmosphere are the norm at this upbeat vegan diner.
Violette’s Vegan Organic Café & Juice Bar
You don’t have to be a vegan to appreciate the great food at Violette’s Vegan Organic Café & Juice Bar. The light-hearted, large menu includes a spaghetti and vegan meatball dish called The Godfather and an eggplant parmesan called Mama Mia. The biggest revelation here is the simple mission of the eatery to “create a community around delicious vegan food”. Its inclusive stance shows in the staff that welcomes all and is happy to help with any dietary requirements or restrictions patrons may have.
Since 2017, Veganos Kitchen has been serving dishes that are a fusion of Mexican and American cuisine in North Las Vegas. With a fun tone that’s set by its colorful walls and subtle Mexico-inspired decor, the eatery is known for its chorizo taco, California burrito, nachos, Hawaiian-style beans and rice, and sandwiches. Vegan breakfast options are plentiful, too. All food is made to order, yet it is still served in a timely manner.
You don’t have to go south of the border to get delectable vegan Mexican food. All the possible variations of tacos at Tacotarian are mind-boggling, so don’t be afraid to ask for your taco just the way you want it. There are timeless classics like a bean and vegan cheese taco, but adventurous eaters don’t want to miss the Taco de Jamaica with hibiscus flower, pineapple, opinions, and cilantro. Tacotarian prides itself in offering Mexican food to feed the soul and has a playful mission to “turn Vegas vegan one taco at a time.” The churros and guacamole that’s made fresh daily help in that mission, too.
As the original, gourmet cinnamon roll bakery, this celebrated vegan sweet shop is a legend in Las Vegas, but it’s part of a west coast chain of vegan bakeries that began in Berkeley, Calif., in 2010. With over 20 different frosting flavors to choose from, those with a sweet tooth can easily satiate it here. In addition to selling decadent cinnamon rolls, Cinnaholic offers brownies, cookies, baby buns, and chocolate chip cookie dough. It is located on Grand Canyon Drive in western Las Vegas.
Pancho’s Vegan Tacos
To say that Pancho’s Vegan Tacos brings something special to Las Vegas is an understatement, so it’s probably not a surprise that it is a popular stop for both locals and tourists. With three different locations in the Las Vegas area, it prides itself in being the only spot to find authentic vegan Mexican food in the city. With a protein-rich, to-live-for menu of plant-based meals that are healthy, delectable, and aesthetically pleasing, Pancho’s Vegan Tacos has themed days of the week and offers a discount for Meatless Monday each week.
Go Vegan Café
Those in search of a casual, off-the-strip spot that’s vegan with gluten-free and raw options, the Go Vegan Café will hit the spot. Breakfast is served all day, so get your feel of vegan pancakes, tofu scrambles, or breakfast burritos. The eatery also has a salad bar, pizzas, and a menu of Mexican food called Viva Las Vegan. With a reward points system to acknowledge and encourage regular customers, the café on Rainbow Boulevard also sells pantry items, vegan-themed shirts, and drinks.
Café No Fur
Perhaps more in keeping with the theme of Sin City than any other vegan eatery in Las Vegas, Café No Fur is an atmospheric restaurant with vegan-themed posters on the wall. Just to note, food is presented by somewhat scantily clad servers. There is a deeper meaning behind that choice, though, since the theme is not wearing fur. Did that dish include chicken? You may think some of the entrees have meat in them, but don’t worry. It’s a 100-percent vegan restaurant that’s becoming a low-key landmark for plant-based foodies who enjoy casual comfort fare.
As a Las Vegas vegan restaurant that’s often frequented by omnivores and vegetarians alike, Veggie House dishes up veganized Chinese meals. With faux versions of shrimp, scallops, geese, duck, fish, and beef, most diners cannot tell the difference between the traditional dishes and their meat-laden counterparts at other Asian restaurants. Regulars swear by the variety of tofu dishes, too. Located off the strip on Spring Mountain Road, you can dine in at Veggie House, but take-out and delivery options are also available.