Nearly every Portland menu has 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. If you’re looking for vegetarian or vegan food carts, use our food cart finder.
Fresh and Healthy
Anyone who appreciates vegetables must visit the Portland Farmers Market, 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.
In downtown Portland, The Whole Bowl draws crowds for its simple rice-and-bean bowls topped with garlicky sauce. If you need a place to sit and relax, visit The Veggie Grill, on Southwest 5th and Taylor.
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 their Southeast Hawthorne or Northwest 23rd Avenue locations.
Start the day with a tofu scramble at Cup & Saucer, an omnivore diner serving breakfast and lunch on Southeast Hawthorne. This beloved local café also serves hearty breakfast bowls, corn cakes and traditional favorites like buttermilk pancakes and French toast.
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 fried chicken you can handle. The all-vegan restaurant serves soy and seitan-based meat seasoned with secret spices.
Stop by DC Vegetarian for a grilled cheese sandwich, reuben, BLT or classic burger. Their plant-based subs and hearty sandwiches have won the hearts of vegetarians and meat-eaters alike. Visit DC Vegetarian’s Facebook or Instagram for hours and current specials.
Nectar Café in Portland’s Hollywood District has a more expansive menu than their name may suggest. For a light bite, order a smoothie or 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-area 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‘s menu is entirely plant-based and 100% gluten-free and Blossoming Lotus has options for gluten-free, soy-free and raw/live diners.
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’s Sweetpea Baking Company, while downtown’s Petunia’s Pies & Pastries offer 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 healthy (barbecue tofu with greens and black-eyed peas) to rib-sticking (a “chili pie” of vegetarian chili over corn chips, topped with vegan sour cream). Its sister bar Sweet Hereafter, on Southeast Belmont Street, also offers vegan bar snacks and a great patio.
Almost every Portland restaurant offers plant-based options, and dozens of local businesses are entirely vegan. (There’s even a vegan mini-mall!)
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As the demand for gluten-free options has grown, Portland’s forward-thinking foodies have set their tables for diners with dietary restrictions.
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.
For bubbly, chewy woodfired pizza, head to Baby Blue Pizza, a food cart on Southeast Hawthorne. Choose from pizzas topped with plant-based pepperoni, sausage or chicken parmesan in addition to classics like the Margherita.
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.
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 simply red sauce, roasted mushrooms, basil and black olives.
Virtuous Pie is the only U.S. outpost of the Canadian restaurant chain known for its handcrafted pizzas and vegan ice cream. Their menu also includes salads, mac & cheese and garlic knots.
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