The Best Vegetarian Restaurants in Los Angeles

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Photo: Eric Wolfinger
Photo: Eric Wolfinger

If you’re seeking the best vegetarian restaurants in Los Angeles, look no further. You’ll find fabulous plant-based fare at our top picks, which range from Tal Ronnen‘s upscale West Hollywood eatery  to the haute bay Area transplant Cafe Gratitude, where you’ll proclaim “I am happy” after dining on a raw wrap of spinach, local tomatoes, cucumber, kalamata olives, cashew feta, coconut yogurt tzatziki, red onion, capers and sundried tomato. Bon appetit! 

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1 Crossroads

Chef Tal Ronnen's stunning West Hollywood eatery is easily the most glamorous vegetarian eatery in Tinseltown. Whether you're enjoying Ronnen's elegant, exquisitely prepared fare in the central dining room or from the stylish 11-seat bar or the Wine Room, a stunning space which features a retractable roof for open-air dining and a herringbone-patterned wine wall or from the Private Dining Room for Ten, which features an antique glass wall and original Toulouse-Lautrec print, you'll be dining happy. Make sure to order the "crab cakes" made of granny smith apples, hearts of palm, heirloom beets and horseradish aioli and which taste like the real deal. Crossroads is open for lunch and dinner.
8284 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046 (323) 782-9245

2 Gracias Madre

Gracias Madre is another chic option for a vegetarian dining experience, serving up plant-based Mexican food in a stylish setting, tucked away on Melrose Avenue in West Hollywood. The restaurant, whose name and concept was inspired by some of the recipes from the families of its employees and the love of their mothers, Gracias Madre, prides itself on serving organic, farm fresh, locally sourced food. We were definitely impressed by items like the Ensalada Asada, grilled summer vegetables with cacahautes sauce, pumpkin seeds and cilantro, as well a the butternut squash and caramelized onion quesadilla. Yum.
8905 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90069 (323) 978-2170

3 Mohawk Bend

Echo Park's super-cool healthy eating institution Mohawk Bend isn't strictly vegetarian, though it tries to be as often as possible, which earns top marks in our book: it notes that all menu items are vegan unless marked otherwise, and its menu items tend to be organic, craft-made & locally sourced. It's also a really stunning place to dine: in the past, it was a retrofitted 100-year-old old Vaudeville theater. You have the option of dining in a cozy booth, enjoying the fresh air on its patio or dining in the upscale, skylit atrium of the Ramona Room. Wherever you sit, we highly suggest you order the Vegan Burger, a delicious patty made of lentil, walnut and brown rice, avocado, tomato, arugula and caramelized onions served with a rosemary aioli.
2141 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026 (213) 483-2337

4 Cafe Gratitude

How are you feeling today? Whatever your mood, Cafe Gratitude has a solution. Gratitude is a collection of 100% organic vegan restaurants that first opened in the Bay Area; its menu of healthy and sustainable cuisine landed in uber-cool Venice in 2012. You'll find everything from breakfast to lunch to dinner, smoothies and desserts on the vast menu; standouts include the "Liberated" - marinated kelp noodles, heirloom cherry tomatoes, local black and green olives, wild arugula, basil hempseed pesto, cashew ricotta, Brazil nut and parmesan, and the "Fabulous" raw lasagna - squash blossoms, heirloom tomatoes, cilantro pumpkin seed pesto, fresh corn, summer squash noodles, cashew queso fresco, salsa verde and raw cacao. Best of all the eatery doesn't just offer juices and cleanses - it also offers wine, which should be called "Lucky" - don't you think?
512 Rose Ave, Venice, CA 90291 (424) 231-8000

5 M Cafe

M Café offers a contemporary macrobiotic menu that would keep even the famously healthy Gwyneth Paltrow happy. The menu builds on the foundation of Michio Kushi: its items are prepared without any refined sugars, eggs, dairy, red meat or poultry. At the recently opened Brentwood location (there are two others in Beverly Hills and in West Hollywood), you'll find a full menu of breakfast items, sandwiches, sushi and baked goods, but we think what really sets M Cafe apart are its 'bowls.' You'll have your choice of Koda Farms organic heirloon-variety Kokuho Rose brown rice or steamed organic quinoa when you order one of these delicious and completely filling items. If you're finding it hard to choose, we recommend the Thai Curry Bowl with seasonal steamed vegetables, yellow coconut curry broth, frizzled onions, roated cashews, cilantro and lime.
11678 San Vicente Boulevard, Brentwood, CA 90049 (310) 207-1122
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