30 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.
1116 Franklin St (at 11th St), Oakland, California
Cuisine: Vegan, Chinese, Take-out
Vegan restaurant located in Chinatown. Serves vegan versions of Chinese cuisine. Offers inexpensive lunch special that 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. All-you-can-eat buffet lunch on weekends. 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, Western, Juice bar, Take-out, Catering
Vegan restaurant opened Apr 2014. 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. April 2017 reported new ownership, please let HappyCow know of any changes.
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.
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.
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.
6247 College Ave, Oakland, California
Cuisine: Vegan-friendly, Chinese, Non-veg
Serves meat, vegan options available. Menu comprises vegetarian and seafood dishes. Some faux meat dishes such as Szechuan chicken, sweet & sour chicken.
2204 Broadway (at downtown), Oakland, California
Cuisine: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, American, Fast food, Take-out, Non-veg
Serves meat, vegan options available. Sandwich shop with multiple locations. Has a vegetarian section on the menu, all of which could be made vegan. Vegan choices include breaded vegan chicken, meatless meatballs, and turkey.
3263 Grand Ave, Oakland, California
Cuisine: Thai, Take-out, Non-veg
Serves meat, vegan options available. Small Thai food restaurant near Lake Merritt with an extensive vegetarian menu. Staff know about vegan dietary requirements. Offers traditional dishes developed by Neecha's grandmother. Vegetarian menu includes a variety of appetizers, soups, and entrees.
6211 Shattuck Ave (at Alcatraz Ave ), Oakland, California
Cuisine: Vegan-friendly, Pizza, Delivery, Take-out, Non-veg
Serves meat, vegan options available. Small neighborhood pizza joint always has at least one vegan pizza special on the menu. Uses caramelized onions instead of cheese.
3814 Piedmont Ave, Oakland, California
Cuisine: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Indian, Fast food, Delivery, Take-out, Pakistani, Non-veg
Serves meat, vegan options available. Specializes in Indian cuisine and offers a separate vegan menu of dishes made with vegetables, lentils and beans, tofu, and spices. No nuts. Has gluten free. Very casual.
229 Brush St, Oakland, California
Cuisine: Lacto, Beer/Wine, Take-out, Catering, Spanish, Non-veg
Serves meat, vegan options available. Spanish paella bar with a taverna menu that's mostly seafood but offers 1 vegan paella. The potato appetizer is vegetarian with the option to be served vegan. Has a drinks bar. Dining is on hardwood tables and benches. Not suitable for children.
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