San Diego, California, USA Vegan Friendly Restaurants

Top 10 Vegan / Vegetarian Restaurants

Whether you're vegetarian, vegan, or just searching for plant-based dining options, it's nice to have personal recommendations. That's why HappyCow has created this list, featuring the ten best vegan restaurants in San Diego, CA, as determined by the highest scores calculated from HappyCow community member reviews.

Even curious carnivores should agree that the tasty vegan options available at these restaurants would please even the most discerning palate. From breakfast to brunch, dinner to late-night snacking, and every meat-free meal in-between, we're sure that you'll find the very best veggie dining experiences using our Top 10 list as your guide.
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2204 Sunset Cliffs Blvd (at Ocean Beach), San Diego, California



Cuisine: Vegan, American, Fast food, Take-out

Plant-based fast food restaurant est. 2016 offering a menu of burgers, fries, salads, and shakes. Build your own burger option by choosing a patty (temph, black bean, or "beefy"), or select one from the menu. Has drive-up and order system. Its flagship location.

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4661 Park Blvd (at University Heights), San Diego, California



Cuisine: Vegan-friendly, Ovo, Organic, Thai, Beer/Wine, Take-out

Vegetarian Thai restaurant. Uses organic vegetables (when available) and non-gmo tofu. Most food is vegan and gluten free. Since 2012.

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2965 5th Ave, San Diego, California



Cuisine: Vegan, American, Organic, Raw, Fast food, Juice bar, Take-out, Bakery

Vegan fast food with drive-thru option. Features a variety of dishes, from rawcos (raw tacos) and raw stuffed veggies, to soup du jour and a selection of burgers. Serves fresh organic juices, signature smoothies and shakes, European-style desserts, and vegan soft serve. Most food is in-house-made from scratch even the ketchup and ranch dressing. Brunch weekends 11am-2pm. Gluten-free options. Uses biodegradable packaging. Est. 2009 originally as Nature's Express.

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1503 30th St (at South Park District), San Diego, California



Cuisine: Vegan, American, Beer/Wine

A cocktail bar that serves brunch, bar snacks and vegan cheese, some meals, kombucha on tap, craft beer handles. Decor is French gothic inspired with skulls, demon wolf mascot, bare-chested shock rocker art. Plays psychedelic metal on the sound system. Est. Dec 2015.

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4230 Voltaire St (at Ocean Beach), San Diego, California



Cuisine: Vegan, American, Organic, Raw, Juice bar, Take-out

Raw food cafe serving meals and dessert pies using fair trade and local ingredients.

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2949 Fifth Ave, San Diego, California



Cuisine: Vegan, American, Pizza, Beer/Wine

Plant-based restaurant with Mid-West-meets-California flair. House specialties include Nashville hot shrooms, cast iron mac and cheese, and cashew mozzarella. Has a rotating beer and wine list as well as happy hour Wed-Fri 4-6pm and Sunday brunch till 3pm.

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2611 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, California



Cuisine: Vegan, American, Fast food, Take-out, Mexican

Vegan caterer & food truck turned brick-n-mortar, at this location since Feb 2018. Focus is on sandwiches and burgers, like vegan Philly cheesesteak and French dip, along with tacos and other Mexican dishes.

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1417A University Ave, San Diego, California



Cuisine: Vegan, Thai, Delivery, Take-out

Veggie Thai food restaurant est. 2015. Serving all-vegan food.

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1980 Kettner Blvd, San Diego, California



Cuisine: Vegan-friendly, American, Raw, Juice bar, Take-out, Mexican, Fusion, Honey

Part of a collection of organic plant-based restaurants originating from Northern California; this branch est. 2015. Menu comprises both raw food as well cooked vegan food. Everything is vegan except for occasional honey.

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3351 Adams Ave (at Normal Heights), San Diego, California



Cuisine: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, Take-out

Veggie cafe operated by students of Sri Chinmoy since 1986. Menu features wraps, sandwiches, main entrees. Closed August month.

So, there you have it - our list of the very best vegan food that San Diego, CA has to offer. We hope that you enjoy your dining experience.

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