40 Vegan / Vegetarian Friendly Restaurants
1301 Franklin St (at 13th, downtown), Oakland, California
Cuisine: Vegan, Chinese, Vietnamese, Buddhist
The weekday lunch features a steam table. Has an all-day special plate in addition to a large menu of dishes with a variety of faux meats in rice and noodle, claypots, main entrees, and more. Operated by disciples of supreme master ChingHai. Short walk from 12th St BART station. Apr 2013 reported to be all vegan.
411 26th St (at Classic Cars West), Oakland, California
Cuisine: Vegan, American, Fast food, Take-out, Mexican, Catering
Vegan food truck now with a permanent spot at Classic Cars West, a classic car showroom and local arts space, since Mar 2016. It's a restaurant and beer garden serving "festive food" like doughnuts, burgers, tacos, and burritos. Note that its food truck continues to operating in and around San Francisco Bay area - check its webpage for updates.
5912 College Ave (at Rockridge area), Oakland, California
Cuisine: Vegan, American, Organic, Beer/Wine, Fusion, Gourmet
Long-established restaurant and wine bar originally on 580 Geary St in San Francisco and relocated to Oakland in summer 2015. Upscale dining without a formal dress code. Brunch on Sun from 10:30am-2pm.
1116 Franklin St, Oakland, California
Cuisine: Vegan, Chinese, Take-out
Vegan restaurant in Oakland Chinatown. Serves vegan versions of Chinese cuisine. Offers inexpensive lunch special which includes soup, spring roll, tea, and rice.
6037 San Pablo Ave, Oakland, California
Cuisine: Vegan, American, Take-out, Bakery
All vegan bakery making donuts from organic ingredients. Also serves coffee and lunch food plus vegan brunch on weekends which features an assortment of pancakes. Previously named People's Donuts.
4001 Linden St (at 40th), Oakland, California
Cuisine: Vegan, American, Macrobiotic, Organic, Raw, Buffet, Asian, Catering
Soups, salads, vegetarian entrees, baked goods, and beverages. See web for daily menu. Previously named Manzanita.
4905 Telegraph Ave (at 49th), Oakland, California
Cuisine: Vegan, American, Macrobiotic, Organic, Raw, Beer/Wine, Delivery, Take-out, Asian, Catering, Fusion
Part of the organic, all-vegan macrobiotic restaurant chain. Located in the Temescal district of west Oakland. Price fixed menu offering two sized plates (moderate or full), with dishes available a la carte. Also available is a simple unseasoned plate. Dessert cases feature raw pies, cookies, cakes. Offers organic wines and beers, teas and filtered water. Relaxing, serene ambiance in a compact, yet not cramped, space. Meditative background music. On street parking.
301 Broadway (at Jack London Square), Oakland, California
Cuisine: Vegan, American, Beer/Wine, Take-out, Bakery, Catering, Southern, Soul Food
Vegan soul food restaurant with plenty of seating. Weekday happy hour with a full bar. Menu features BBQ tofu, southern fried tofu, mac n cheese, red beans and rice, corn bread, potato salad, gumbo, spaghetti with falafel, and burgers. Fresh baked cakes and cookies made-in-house. Has a booth at Grand Lake Farmers Market on Sat. Holds cooking classes.
3700 E 12th St, Oakland, California
Cuisine: Vegan, American, Pizza, Juice bar, Take-out
Vegan restaurant opened since 2014 and under current ownership since 2017. All day breakfast on weekdays and lunch. Located next to the Fruitvale BART station. Has a play area for children and holds events with local artists.
2208 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland, California
Cuisine: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Pizza, Italian, Take-out
Vegetarian pizzeria est. 2017 in a former McDonald's building. Offers pizzas and salads; a daily special which is served veggie (with cheese) or vegan (with or without vegan cheese).
380 17th St, Oakland, California
Cuisine: Vegan-friendly, Mediterranean, Fast food, Take-out, Middle Eastern
Bay area mobile food truck turned brick and mortar, here since spring 2014 Offers falafels and a toppings bar alongside baked goods including vegan.
414 14th St, Oakland, California
Cuisine: Vegan-friendly, American, Fast food, Beer/Wine, Non-veg
Serves meat, vegan options available. Hip pop culture-themed bar and sandwich shop with around half-vegan menu. Offers coffee from Timeless (Oakland's vegan coffee shop). Casual, beer-only alcohol menu. Serves food late into the night.
3265 Lakeshore Ave, Oakland, California
Cuisine: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, American, Pizza, Take-out, Bakery, Non-veg
Serves meat, vegan options available. A worker-owned cooperative bakery and pizzeria, part of a chain of several in the Bay Area. Usually at least a couple baked vegan treats like vegan muffin and vegan cookie, plus a vegan bread - call ahead. Arizmendi is the shortened name of Jose Maria Arizmendiarrieta, a young priest who inspired and helped found the Mondragon Cooperatives in the Basque Country of Spain in the 1950s.
351 12th Street, Oakland, California
Cuisine: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Pizza, Italian, Take-out, Non-veg
Serves meat, vegan options available. Pizzeria with vegan cheese, vegan bleu cheese, and vegan meats (sausage, pepperoni, bacon). Has gluten-free crust (ask if vegan). One side of the menu lists the vegan items and options.
4721 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, California
Cuisine: Beer/Wine, Take-out, Burmese, Southeast Asian, Non-veg
Serves meat, vegan options available. Menu includes a vegetable & tofu section. Has yellow bean tofu (soy-free). The noodle dishes can be made vegan and are marked if cannot be. Servers understand vegan diets - let them know.
3943 Piedmont Ave, Oakland, California
Cuisine: Vegan-friendly, American, Raw, Juice bar, Non-veg
Serves meat, vegan options available. Nut-free and mostly vegan, raw, and gluten free menu. The few non-vegetarian items are labeled as such. This cafe is focused on promoting nutrition and is an affordable place to get a veggie-packed sandwich along with a green smoothie. NOTE: Oct 2016 reported no longer offering mains; only smoothies.
2224 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland, California
Cuisine: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, American, Organic, Non-veg
Serves meat, vegan options available. Brunch and lunch spot with vegan items including: grain bowl, seaweed bowl, vege-power bowl, avocado toast, chia pudding, overnight oats, and add-ons like tempeh and nutritional yeast. Has almond milk for coffee.
2882 Telegraph Ave (at 29th St), Oakland, California
Cuisine: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, American, British, Irish, Non-veg
Serves meat, vegan options available. British pub type restaurant. Vegan items are clearly marked and include a vegan curry and a vegan sausage sandwich.
357A Grand Ave, Oakland, California
Cuisine: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, Beer/Wine, Delivery, Take-out, Ethiopian, Non-veg
Serves meat, vegan options available. Traditional Ethiopian cuisine with vegan options for appetizers and entrees. Also offers a vegan dessert.
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