Full disclosure, I’m not a true vegan. Sure, I came of age as a young adult in Portland, around tons of friends who were veggies and vegans, but the plant-based lifestyle has been an acquired taste for me over the years.
Although I’ve always loved anything made with chickpeas, I fell accidentally into becoming a pescatarian about three years ago when the doctor wanted to put me on Lipitor to manage creeping cholesterol. I didn’t want to depend on a pill for the rest of my life, so I embarked on a health journey focused around plants in my diet — and it worked.
It truly helps that Seattle is a place where fresh, local, and quality ingredients are valued. Today, my diet depends heavily on plant-based foods, but seafood, and a few pieces of bacon sneak in very sparingly.
All this to say my palette requires a pretty high standard for vegan cuisine, as I measure it up to everything else on the menu in Seattle. So, the list below offers a great lineup of vegan restaurants in Seattle that even meat-eaters can enjoy.
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Is Seattle Vegan-Friendly?
Seattle is incredibly vegan-friendly! Virtually any decent restaurant in and around Seattle offers vegan options — especially with the growing popularity of Beyond and Impossible meat. For example, Homegrown’s smashed chickpea sandwich, Rocket Taco’s sweet potato, and black bean burrito and Bamboo Sushi’s Vegan Pho are outstanding options that I scarf down very regularly (these are not billed as vegan/vegetarian places).
Even in more remote areas, not too far from Seattle, like Lake Crescent Lodge at Olympic National Park, I’ve enjoyed vegan meatloaf that was delicious.
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Must-Try Vegan Restaurants in Seattle
If you’re in need of more than just 12 fantastic spots to check out, don’t miss the full vegan travel guide to Seattle — it’s jam-packed with everything a veggie-loving visitor needs.
1711 N 45th, Seattle WA || (206) 547-1348
This is the restaurant to check out for the most sophisticated vegan food in Seattle. Their mission honors utilizing local farms, with one five-course seating most nights, featuring a fixed menu to cut out waste of food that isn’t ordered. My last experience included beet poke sprinkled with seaweed and pepitas that rocked my world, as well as tender melt-in-your-mouth ravioli and carrot cake with wild foraged huckleberry frosting. The Wallingford neighborhood establishment also serves a simpler lunch menu that is outstanding.
#2 Plum Bistro
1429 12th Ave, Seattle WA || (206) 838-5333
Iconic black-owned and operated establishment in the heart of Seattle’s popular Capitol Hill neighborhood. The Plum brand has branched out into a few other shops that serve varieties of vegan fare, but the original restaurant is the place to go for excellent food and a dining experience complete with craft cocktails. All the offerings are excellent, but the mac-and-cheese is particularly mouth-watering. Main article image is courtesy of Plum Bistro.
5301 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle WA || (206) 343-1415
I’ve always been a fan of Hawaiian style pizza, and this vegan version measures up to the best of them in Seattle—rich and tangy red sauce combined with a fluffy crust. The mac-and-cheese ties with Plum for the best vegan version in Seattle. Can’t go wrong here.
801 NE 65th St, Seattle, WA 98115 || (206) 524-0204
A longstanding fixture in Seattle’s vegan community, with a broad menu. Brunch here is lovely and the sandwiches are tasty. The perfect blend of crunch and flavor of the club sandwich is a delight to eat. This restaurant is located a few blocks from beautiful Green Lake—on a nice day, it makes for a great outing to dine on yummy vegan fare and then stroll around the picturesque lake.
4757 12th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98115 || (206) 522 6966
This space weaves vine plants with local art and offers a menu full of flavors, including their zingy Firefly Kitchen’s Kim Chi—which pairs well with anything so I always order extra. Ancient grain bowls, homemade salad dressings, and desserts are all delicious. Add a carrot ginger shot for good measure. The fair prices and friendly, low key atmosphere make this a favorite of mine for quick day-to-day nourishment.
#6 Cycle Dogs
5410 17th Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107 || (206) 372-8510
When you’re craving giant, juicy vegan burgers and loaded French fries covered in cheese and special “hangry” sauce, there’s only one space to go in Seattle — Cycle Dogs! This plant-based bar and kitchen in Ballard originally started with the owner selling vegan hog dogs from his bike! The hog dogs were a hit and helped launch the Cycle Dogs into a full restaurant with a massive lineup of vegan junk food and some of the best cocktails in town Also, don’t miss their special vegan brunch menu on the weekend!
3 locations in the Seattle area
Seattle is known for abundant Thai food that can’t go wrong but taking it the extra vegan step brings about some fun for the palette. Try the vegan satay with delicious peanut sauce or their version of Pad Thai.
1190 Thomas St., Seattle WA || (206) 900-7954
Another great Thai option, in the South Lake Union area of town. Inventive food that emits the feeling of freshness. The cauliflower bombs are the bomb, with a great spicy zing that packs a punch.
#9 Cafe Flora
2901 E Madison St., Seattle WA 98112 || (206) 325-9100
This was one of the first restaurants I ever enjoyed when moving to Seattle in 2011. The atmosphere feels like dining in a garden house adjacent to a palace. The full-service joint is known as a vegetarian restaurant, but almost everything on the menu can be prepared vegan. A solid place that’s known for great food and ambiance.
213 Broadway E, Seattle, WA 98102 || (206) 217-1965
Delicious concoctions of Indian-inspired flavors with dahl, naan, and the works. Spiced potato medallions are fun to eat, and I love the Dahl Mellow Yellow. Unless bland food is the plan, starting at medium-hot for spice is essential—the bold and brave can push on to the punch “Indian-hot” has to offer.
Two Terrific Vegan Fast-Food Chains in Seattle
There are plenty of great vegan restaurants in Seattle, but if you’re looking for something quick, check out these two!
Any restaurant embedded inside a Whole Foods can’t be bad, right? This is a small plant-based burger chain with stores in Portland, Austin, New York, and California. The nuggets taste just like childhood memories of McDonald’s and the shakes, especially the Oreo, are delicious. No matter what you choose, you won’t be disappointed.
#12 Veggie Grill
Great for peckish needs while wandering around University Village — a fun outdoor mall area. They have a Reuben sandwich that is delicious, and the experience is friendly and fresh. You can also find veggie-packed salads and bowls. Their menu has a great diversity of options!
Vegan-Friendly Hotel Suggestion in Seattle
There is no better vegan-friendly spot to base yourself in Seattle!
2120 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98121
This modern hotel is located between downtown Seattle and Capitol Park, putting it in the perfect location to explore Seattle! Aside from having the perfect location, it’s also vegan-friendly! Veggie visitors can enjoy multiple vegan breakfast options at the onsite restaurant and snacks from their grab and go café.
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About the Guest Author
Matthew Kessi is a travel writer known for infusing a thought-provoking perspective into helpful information about exploring the Pacific Northwest — with a focus on the spirituality found in nature. He has spent a lifetime traveling the planet — over 60 countries — and this global awareness helps inspire a fresh look at his beloved Oregon and Washington. Matthew is on a quest to help you find meaningful connections through travel, so check out his site at www.kessiworld.com and follow his adventures on Instagram @Kessiworld_pacificnorthwest