Know Before You Go
The statewide mask mandate has been lifted. However, some restaurants may request or recommend mask-wearing.
Additionally, some restaurants may require proof of vaccination and/or a negative COVID test for entry (see a running list from Eater Portland).
Please check with individual businesses on their policies and hours of operation before visiting, and continue to be patient, flexible and kind, especially if asked to mask up or share your vaccination status. These measures are in place to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Nearly every Portland menu features vegetarian and vegan options made from fresh, local ingredients, and some restaurants serve vegetarian food exclusively. Below are a handful of the many vegetarian restaurants in Portland — get out and experience the side of Portland vegetarian diners cherish. If you’re looking for vegetarian or vegan food carts, check out our food cart finder.
Fresh and Healthy
Anyone who appreciates vegetables must visit the Portland Farmers Market at PSU, where the freshest seasonal produce — from asparagus to zucchini — stands side by side with baked goods, cheeses and prepared foods like tamales and hand pies.
Harlow serves smoothies, wraps, salads and bowls made from fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Grab something to go, or relax and enjoy some people watching at either their original spot or their second location on Northwest 23rd Avenue.
If you’re staying on the north side of town or craving a Southern-style breakfast, visit Dirty Lettuce for all the biscuits, grits and (meat-free) fried chicken you can handle. Their soy- and seitan-based meat is seasoned with secret spices and packed with flavor.
If the taste of fast food is what you are craving Next Level Burger re-imagines classic diner chow with six types of juicy patties, hot dogs, chili cheese fries and creamy milkshakes.
Stop by DC Vegetarian for a grilled cheese sandwich, Reuben, BLT or a classic burger. Their plant-based subs and hearty sandwiches have won the hearts of vegetarians and meat-eaters alike.
Nectar Cafe in Portland’s Hollywood District offers a diverse, expansive menu: for a light bite, order a smoothie or a pastry. If you want to fuel up for the day, try the buffalo soy curl wrap or one of their waffle creations. You can also purchase a painting from a Portland-based artist — browse art for sale on the café’s walls while you wait for your meal.
More About Portland’s Vegetarian Restaurants
What restaurants have vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options?
Harlow serves an entirely plant-based and gluten-free menu. Blossoming Lotus has options for gluten-free, soy-free, raw and live diets.
For more gluten-free restaurants, read our guide to gluten-free dining in Portland.
Where can I find a list of all the vegan and vegetarian restaurants in Portland?
Where can a vegetarian and a meat eater enjoy a meal together?
The city’s growing selection of vegan restaurants includes Blossoming Lotus in the Irvington neighborhood, where you’ll find satisfying international dishes like Jamaican jerk tempeh, pad thai and lasagna with seasonal vegetables and tofu ricotta.
Sandwiches with house-made seitan and vegan baked goods attract diners to Southeast Portland’s Sweetpea Baking Company, while downtown’s Petunia’s Pies & Pastries offers vegan and gluten-free delights as well as beer, wine and cocktails.
At The Bye and Bye, a vegan bar on Northeast Alberta Street, late-night noshes range from the healthy (barbecue tofu with greens and black-eyed peas) to the rib-sticking (a “chili pie” of vegetarian chili over corn chips, topped with vegan sour cream). Its sister bar Sweet Hereafter, located on Southeast Belmont Street, also offers vegan bar snacks and plentiful outdoor seating.
Vegetarian and Vegan Pizza
If you’re tired of cheese pizza with the same old veggies, visit one of Portland’s vegan pizzerias, where you’ll be spoiled for choice.
Boxcar Pizza serves up vegan Detroit-style pizzas with traditional and not-so-traditional toppings. Try the “BBQ, Bacon, Ranch, Jalapeno, Cheeseburger” (yes, all of that comes on one pizza), or the best-selling Bianca, made with mozzarella, ricotta, sausage, garlic and fresh basil.
Almost every Portland restaurant offers plant-based options, and dozens of local businesses are entirely vegan. (There’s even a vegan mini-mall!)
Explore a new side of Portland dining with these fresh, healthful eats.
As the demand for gluten-free options has grown, Portland’s forward-thinking foodies have set their tables for diners with dietary restrictions.
If you’re in the mood for something different, head to Secret Pizza Society for a Chalupa Batman pizza made with taco tofu, or the Absolom topped with soy curls and a chili maple drizzle. There are options for less adventurous eaters as well — the Mount Boring is topped with red sauce, roasted mushrooms, basil and black olives.
Portland is home to the only U.S. outpost of Virtuous Pie, a Vancouver-based restaurant chain known for its handcrafted pizzas and vegan ice cream. Their menu also includes salads, mac and cheese, and garlic knots.
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