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11 Delicious Vegan & Vegan-Friendly Nashville Restaurants

Line dancing, hot chick’n, and an all-night party scene that will surely give you blisters in those cowboy boots are usually what come to mind when people think of Nashville. But what about vegan food? Could the land of honky tonk be vegan-friendly? 

Get ready to fuel all that dancing with a diverse menu of vegan options — from pancakes and biscuits for brunch to authentic Mexican tacos — I promise you’ll find something to enjoy in Nashville! Even if you only have one-day in Nashville, don’t skip it! You might not make it everywhere on this list, but that just gives you an excuse to come back.

If you’re doing a speedy two-step through the city and need to know what not to miss, you’ve come to the right place! Check out these 11 restaurants for the best vegan food in Nashville.

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The Best Restaurants for Vegan Food in Nashville

Vegans won’t go hungry in Nashville — start your eating adventure at one of these 11 amazing vegan and vegan-friendly restaurants (not listed in any particular order). 

#1 Succulent Tacos

900 Rosa L Parks Blvd, Nashville, TN 37208
After wandering Broadway, another popular spot to check out in Nashville is the Farmer’s Market, right next to Bicentennial Park. The market is home to many shops and restaurants (it is open all week, but to see it come alive, visit Friday – Sunday), but you have to beeline it to Succulent Tacos, the only fully vegan Mexican spot in town!

These plant-based Mexican-inspired dishes are created with locally sourced ingredients, right down to the soft corn tortillas. The restaurant started as a pop-up but opened for business in the market in 2020.

All of their tacos are stellar, but to ensure I’m right, you should sample at least three of them along with an order of sweet and savory Esquites (Mexican street corn). Word of warning, go easy on the tomatillo salsa; it enhances the veggie flavors but definitely adds a kick!

#2 AVO

3 City Ave #200, Nashville, TN 37209
Sandwiched between sand volleyball courts, a vegan ice cream spot, and a slew of murals on bustling Charlotte Ave is this vegan fave — AVO. This little business district exudes creativity; all businesses operate out of shipping containers. You might not think too much is going on from the outside, but with one step inside, it’s like a whole new gorgeously styled world.

The anything but ordinary menu focuses on making whole foods the stars — you won’t find any fake meat here. Originally, AVO started as a raw vegan restaurant, and it still holds onto much of those roots, but also incorporates cooked dishes. To start, dive into a plate of comforting nachos piled high with their spicy house-made queso and cauliflower walnut chorizo. If you’ve been living it up on fried food a little too much, this is one spot to find a little balance. 

One bonus: a special brunch is served Saturday and Sunday until 3 PM, featuring sweet French toast, savory breakfast burritos, and creative cocktails.

vegan raw tacos topped with pickled onions, guac, veggies, queso, and a white cream at avo in nashville

#3 KOKOS Ice Cream

3 City Ave STE 700, Nashville, TN 37209
Textured pink wallpaper, pops of tropical vibes, and brass fixtures all sound like some chic (and expensive) spot you might find in The Gulch! What if I told you it’s in a shipping container? I know, mind blown, right? Right next to AVO is this sophisticated vegan ice cream shop (the only fully vegan ice cream shop in Nashville) — it is seriously dripping with charm! As soon as you walk in, you’ll fall in love and want to order one of everything.

Their house-made coconut-based ice creams rotate regularly and feature fun and seasonal flavors like lemon pie, caramel latte, and cherry cordial, sweet potato holiday nog — they even have gluten-free cones! Since the flavors regularly rotate, if you find something you love, you might want to grab a hand-packed pint to take home!

#4 Guerrilla Bizkits

1006 Fatherland St Suite 207, Nashville, TN 37206
A punk rock biscuit joint in the city of country music? Heck yes! You must visit here if you ever thought rich buttery biscuits were off the table for vegans. The husband-and-wife duo behind this biscuit bakery left their careers to bring Nashville their signature mountains of fluffy dough — these aren’t baby biscuits!

They come in three delicious flavors — Straight Edge (buttermilk), Blackout (cherry jalapeño), and Loaded (cheddar and garlic). You can dive right into a warm biscuit with jam or make it a little sammie with the addition of sausage and cheese. And, if you love them so much you want to take some home, you can!

The biscuits are also available frozen in compostable packaging to boot! 

#5 Sunflower Bakehouse

2414 Lebanon Pike, Nashville, TN 37214 (Bakehouse)
2834 Azalea Pl, Nashville, TN 37204 (Restaurant) 
OMG! This bright and welcoming bakery and café is nothing short of a miracle for anyone vegan and gluten-free (even if you’re not, you must come here, these baked goods are top-notch). Anyone who has sampled vegan and gluten-free desserts knows that sometimes the flavor profile is closer to sweet cardboard than rich, decadent cake; at Sunflower Bakehouse, nothing could be further from the truth.

The Bakehouse (there is also a restaurant, more on that later) has a gigantic lineup of cupcakes (lemon curd, Funfetti, peanut butter chocolate), cookies, parfaits, scones, plus an entire food menu that features an all-day vegan breakfast!

You can’t leave without grabbing at least one of their build-your-own biscuit sandwiches. Load that fluffy biscuit sandwich up with vegan sausage, Follow Your Heart cheese, avocado, and more — these sandwiches are show stoppers! Aside from the Bakehouse, there is also a restaurant (south of downtown) with a huge vegan menu and some of their signature baked goods.

Even if you’re not gluten-free, you must come here, and I’m not the only one who thinks that — these baked goods have won multiple awards as the best desserts in Nashville for multiple years!

#6 Woodlands Indian Vegetarian Restaurant

3415 West End Ave, Nashville, TN 37203
Tucked just outside the Hillsboro Village neighborhood, this fantastic vegetarian Indian restaurant has an impressive lineup of vegan and gluten-free options – come ready to eat!

The menu is extensive; I wish I would’ve come with someone because there were so many things I wanted to try — curries, veggies, Pakoras, Dosas, Chaat, and Indo-Chinese dishes. My eyes were way bigger than my stomach — it was so hard to choose. Don’t skip the golden and crispy veggie Pakoras — these fried delicacies are served with a sweet chili sauce and mint chutney — the perfect combo.

Even on a 90-degree day in Nashville, this spot has a constant stream of traffic coming in and out, and with one taste, you will know why.

#7 Graze

1888 Eastland Ave, Nashville, TN 37206
There aren’t many places where you can wander in seven days a week and be greeted with the sweet smell of freshly brewed coffee and rich maple syrup. Graze is one of the best spots in Nashville for vegan brunch (just make it in there by 3 PM) — Nashville hot chick’n biscuits, blueberry pancakes, and savory breakfast tostadas are just a start!

If you make it in after brunch, no worries; the deliciousness keeps going with a variety of burritos, sandwiches, salads, and more. There is so much to enjoy on this menu that you’ll want to sample a little bit of everything, and you can! Check out their a la carte menu — a single sweet blueberry pancake? Yes, please! A fluffy house-made biscuit with jam? Heck, yea! Or maybe an order of tempeh bacon? Go for it! You can literally create a vegan smorgasbord. 

#8 The Wild Cow

1100 Fatherland St SUITE 104 11/22, Nashville, TN 37206
For over 13 years, the Wild Cow has been shaking up the Nashville vegan food scene with their vegan delights and fierce loyalty to the community. The welcoming diner invites you to say awhile — cozy booths with unique handmade wood designs, surrounded by pictures of actual happy cows — how can you not love that?

The menu features a variety of sandwiches, salads, and bowls, all created with an abundance of local ingredients — as I said earlier, supporting the community is a cornerstone of their business. From the tofu sourced from White Squirrel Farms to Beehive’s veggie meats, it takes a village to create these vegan eats. Make sure you save room for a slice of their house-made pie!

vegan veggie bowl filled with tofu, roasted veggies, and topped with a red sauce held in front of a photo of a cow at wild cow in nashville

#9 The BE-Hive Deli & Market

2414 Gallatin Ave, Nashville, TN 37206
Dope plant food is the name of the game at The BE-Hive, and dope plant food is precisely what you’re going to get! I don’t think even the most carnivorous would believe that these epic creations come from plants!

The bright red BE-Hive storefront is a tiny but mighty beacon in a sea of gray buildings lining the bustling Gallatin Ave. The vegan deli is always buzzing, so don’t be surprised if you struggle to get a parking spot (head over to Walgreens if you can’t find one). Their menu proudly features house-made meats — pepperoni, chorizo, chick’n, turkey, and more! Get ready to indulge in some of the best vegan junk food in Nashville — loaded nacho tater tots, Nashville hot chick’n Caesar salad, classic Italian sub, steak & chz, plus so much more — you might want to come twice.

Oh, and if you love their meats, they also sell them at The Turnip Truck Market and a few other spots around town.

#10 The Southern V

1200 Buchanan St, Nashville, TN 37208
Since 2015 this vegan Southern comfort spot has been showing diners that they don’t have to give up any of their traditional favorite dishes just because they’ve decided to go plant-based.

Their menu features all the fried and BBQ goodness that you could want! For breakfast (Saturdays only), indulge in a giant golden Belgian waffle topped with crispy seitan chick’n and rich maple syrup.

For lunch, you honestly can’t go wrong with anything, but I was smitten with the BBQ jackfruit sandwich — the sweet and smoky BBQ paired with the creamy slaw is on point! Save a little room for dessert; it’s hard to say no to a slice of moist bundt cake topped with icing! One note, they are currently only operating for carry-out service; you can order online or in person. They have a small outdoor patio if you want to enjoy your food immediately.

vegan bbq jackfruit sandwich with slaw in front of a wood panel background at southern v in nashville

#11 Jamaica Way Restaurant and Catering

900 Rosa L Parks Blvd Suite 120, Nashville, TN 37208 (Inside the Farmer’s Market)
If you find yourself back at The Farmer’s Market, there is one more spot that you must try —Jamaica Way! Don’t be surprised if the line greets you before you make it to the entrance; there’s a good reason people are willing to queue up to sink their teeth into these savory Jamaican dishes — heck, this place was even featured on The Food Network’s Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives TV show.

Their menu is super vegan-friendly (with gluten-free options) — spicy jerk chick’n (soy), veggie fried chick’n, curry tofu, and veggie stew, just to name a few. Along with these dishes, you also get to choose two side dishes — you can’t go wrong with their tender collard greens (I really should’ve gotten a double portion) and sweet, melt-in-your-mouth plantains. 

vegan jerk chickn with veggies and plantains and collard greens in a white to go box from Jamaica Way in nashville

Need an Eco-Friendly Hotel in Nashville?

Although there isn’t a vegan hotel in Nashville, this spot is in a great location and has enacted multiple programs to support the community and Mother Nature.

Virgin Hotels Nashville

1 Music Square W, Nashville, TN 37203
Right in the heart of Nashville, this chic spot is perfect for relaxing by the pool or being right in the heart of the action! On top of that, the hotel also has multiple programs in place to conserve energy, provides EV charging stations for guests, purchases locally made products, uses eco-friendly cleaning products, and provides guests with cruelty-free and eco-friendly products. They also offer guests the opportunity to “green their stay” by purchasing carbon off-sets.  

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