Toronto Eats: Veggie Edition

 
 

The Best Vegan & Vegetarian Restaurants in Toronto

Toronto’s tastes are as diverse as the city itself. We know that when it comes to dietary choices, a one-size-fits-all approach doesn’t work.

That’s why you’ll find an array of vegan, vegetarian and even raw and gluten-free spots throughout the city. And we’re not just talking about your typical salad-and-side-dressing kind of places: these innovative restaurants are anything but boring and are completely elevating the plant-based food scene. Taste for yourself — these are the nine best vegan and vegetarian restaurants in Toronto


Rosalinda

This vegan restaurant serves Mexican food so good that you won’t even think twice about carnitas or chilli con carne. The greenhouse-like atmosphere in the heart of the bustling Financial District doubles Rosalinda as a lovely spot to gather for after-work drinks and sample one of their craft cocktails.

133 Richmond St W, Toronto, ON M5H 2L3, Canada


Fresh

A Toronto favourite, this hometown chain has five locations across the city. At each, you’ll find hearty bowls and salads packed with goodness without compromising on flavour. Vegan and vegetarian options allow you to be flexible and add a little aged cheddar to your mushroom burger, should you like. Our top pick? The quinoa-battered onion rings with one of their house made sauces for dipping.

147 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON M5V 2L7, Canada - 326 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M5S 1W5, Canada - 894 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1G3, Canada

90 Eglinton Ave E, Toronto, ON M4P 1A6, Canada - 47 Front St E, Toronto, ON M5E 1B3, Canada


Kupfert and Kim

Scope out one of Kupfert and Kim’s five Toronto locations for a quick and healthy lunch on the go. Fill up on plant-based fare made from sustainable ingredients, conveniently packed in a compostable take-out box. They’re so green-minded that diners even get a small discount for bringing their own container. In addition to their salads and bowls, other items on their gluten-free menu include smoothies, cold-pressed juice and a few healthy sweets.

First Canadian Place, 100 King St W, Toronto, ON M5X 1B8, Canada - 140 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON M5V 2L4, Canada - 181 Bay St, Toronto, ON M5J 2T3, Canada - 200 Wellington St W, Toronto, ON M5V 3C7, Canada - Food Court, 20 Bay St, Toronto, ON M6J 2N8, Canada


The Goods

The Goods crafts high-quality and organic dishes daily from scratch in Toronto’s Roncesvalles neighbourhood. Their entirely vegan and mostly raw menu features flavourful salad bowls, filling soups and a selection of smoothies served to go in 100% recyclable and delightfully colourful packaging. Open minded and super flexible, they’ll cater to any food allergies or sensitivities.

79 Roncesvalles Ave, Toronto, ON M6R 2M3, Canada


Grasshopper

Grasshopper is a collection of three unique veggie destinations in Toronto. Their downtown location is ideal for quick bites or a grab-and-go meal, while their Junction Eatery (west end) and Queen Street Salon (east end) are more suited for lingering lunches or dinner paired with evening cocktails. Consistent at all three spots is vibrant and healthy veggie fare inspired by East Asian cuisine.

310 College St, Toronto, ON M5T 1S2, Canada - 3080 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6P 1Z8, Canada - 2252 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4E 1G2, Canada

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Awai

For those with refined tastes, Awai in Toronto’s Bloor West Village, takes veggie cuisine to another level. Chef Nathan Isberg was inspired by Shinto-Buddhist cooking: a tactic that involves as little intervention as possible on ingredients, allowing their full flavour to shine through. And shine, they do. Awai’s dishes are served as multi-course meals, with the option of either five or eight courses.

2277 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6S 1P1, Canada


Hello123

Hello123 serves plant-based cooking in a cozy environment that feels like home, with exposed brick walls, simple wood furnishings and greenery galore. Warm your soul with dishes like a superfood burrito bowl or a lentil and chickpea curry and wrap up with something sweet like a smoothie bowl or their much-loved chocolate avocado mousse.

1122 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1H9, Canada


Planta

With hearty burgers, wood-fired pizzas and fish-free sushi, Planta gives you the full perks of comfort meals with none of the guilt. Planta has three locations throughout the city: Yorkville, Downtown and Queen Street West. All offer a stylish and trendy setting, brimming with plants, of course.

1221 Bay St, Toronto, ON M5R 3P5, Canada - 4 Temperance St, Toronto, ON M5H 1Y4, Canada - 180 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V 3X3, Canada


The Hogtown Vegan

Enjoy Southern food without the eggs, meat or dairy at The Hogtown Vegan, whose specialties include crispy soy wings, unchicken and waffles and mac and ‘cheese’. They serve lighter fare, too, like a Caesar or grilled tofu salad, and host a popular weekend brunch.

1056 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6H 1M3, Canada - 382 College St, Toronto, ON M5T 1S7, Canada


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