Santa Cruz, 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 Santa Cruz, 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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145 Laurel St (at Pacific Ave), Santa Cruz, California

831-429-8505

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

Longtime operating vegetarian diner with an American food menu featuring veggie burgers, sandwiches, breakfast and brunch food, Cal-Mex food, fries, shakes, and breakfast all day. Offers weekend late risers brunch which includes mimosas and vegan donut holes. Punky, funky music and decor.

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103 Lincoln St (at Pacific Ave), Santa Cruz, California

831-427-9583

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Cuisine: Vegan, American, Organic, Raw, Beer/Wine, Take-out

Part of a collection of restaurants specializing in vegan raw and cooked cuisines. Uses produce from the owners' farm. As of Nov 2016 no longer uses honey.

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514 Front St, Santa Cruz, California

831-458-3023

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Cuisine: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Take-out, Asian, Fusion, Sri Lankan

Sri Lankan and Asian fusion cuisine. Also known as 'Asian Rose' (name for its lunch restaurant).

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725 Front St, No 2, Santa Cruz, California

530-312-0790

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Cuisine: Vegan, American, International, Organic, Juice bar, Fusion, Gluten-free

The whole menu is vegan, gluten free, and kosher and has an African twist. Serves all-day breakfast. Located in Abbott Square Market in downtown. Est. 2017.

5 Reviews

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291 Water St, Santa Cruz, California

831-458-2224

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Cuisine: Lacto, Ovo

Acai bowls cafe also serving smoothies, yerba mate, baked goods, coffee, espresso, and sometimes organic soups. Items with milk can be made vegan with the substitution of hemp milk at extra charge. Free indoor bike parking.

7 Reviews

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1710 Brommer St, Santa Cruz, California

831-465-1105

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Cuisine: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Beer/Wine, Take-out, Mexican, Catering, Non-veg

Serves meat, vegan options available. Casual Mexican food eatery and cantina. Offers a separate vegan menu with dishes like vegan tacos, spinach enchiladas, flautas, burrito, chimichanga, sope, and taco salad. Fresh salsa bar. Separate fryer for vegan food. ATM on the premises. The owners will assist you with your order.

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736 Water St, Santa Cruz, California

831-457-2350

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Cuisine: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, Organic, Beer/Wine, Take-out, Sri Lankan, Non-veg

Serves meat, vegan options available. A Sri Lankan restaurant that uses local as well ingredients imported from Sri Lanka. The menu offers many vegetable dishes and it denotes what is not vegan. Decorated with Buddhist cultural aspects.

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105 S River St (at Front St), Santa Cruz, California

831-425-1700

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Cuisine: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, Japanese, Beer/Wine, Take-out, Non-veg

Serves meat, vegan options available. Has a separate vegetarian sushi list with all veg choices clearly marked. Includes rolls, appetizers, desserts, sides, bento boxes, and salads. Try the vegan tazuna roll which is different every time (chef's choice). Busy on weekends.

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1541 Pacific Ave Ste C (at inside alleyway), Santa Cruz, California

831-423-4200

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Cuisine: Vegan, Chinese

A teahouse that asks the guests to put away digital devices at the door. Offers a large variety of loose leaf teas by the cup or brew. Small plates of food available include dumplings, hummus with raw crackers, and sweets.

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2525 Soquel Dr, Santa Cruz, California

831-316-7575

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Cuisine: Beer/Wine, Caribbean, Jamaican, Non-veg

Serves meat, vegan options available. Jamaican grill. Vegans could get the coconut curry vegetable, coconut veggie stir fry, and the traditional patty plate as well as a few salads. The kid's menu has a vegan option. Confirmed open, July 2016.

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

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