• Cafe Equator

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Serves meat, vegan options available. Thai cuisine daily for lunch and dinner. Menu includes a large vegetarian section where the food is prepared with vegetable stock, no meat, or fish products. Open Mon-Sat 11:00am-9:00pm, Sun 12:00pm-9:00pm.

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12 Reviews

First Review by arcfjss


Points +1219

01 Apr 2023

Grateful for Cafe Equator

Outside of New Orleans proper, vegan dining options are severely limited. Cafe Equator has been serving up reliably vegan fare outside of the city for well over a decade.



Points +20

16 Sep 2022

Good veggie selection

Make sure you order under the veggie side of the menu. They ensure no animal products when ordered in that way. I got the lunch size Veggie Thai Basil and it came with white rice and a mini fried veggie spring roll. I’ll visit this place again.

Pros: Good selection on vegan entrees, Staff is knowledgeable about vegan options

Cons: Parking, Crowded for lunch


Points +64

27 Dec 2019


Food was delicious. They do serve meat, but have a vegetarian section on the menu. It notes that they use veggie stock in every dish in this section, no chicken stock, fish sauce or shrimp paste unless requested. Food came out really fast, staff is very friendly.

Pros: Lots of veggie options


Points +64

23 Jul 2019

Light on the veggies

I told the waitress I wanted rice with a lot of vegetables. She told me to read the menu (not very helpful). I ordered the veggie basil rice and added mushrooms. The dish was good but had only a little amount of vegetables.


Points +75

29 Oct 2017

Fresh and delish!

There are many vegan options and they are all wonderful! The plum salad dressing is awesome. The staff is very knowledgeable as far as what can be made vegan. A frequent place for me.


Points +2076

13 Aug 2016

Great place for vegans to dine with omnis

Cafe Equator near New Orleans is a Thai restaurant that is very veggie friendly...I'm usually hesitant to go with Thai cuisine because fish/oyster sauce seems to pop up in many dishes. The restaurant gives this note on the menu: Vegetarian items on this list prepared with vegetable stock, no meat or seafood products (ie. fish sauce, or shrimp paste) unless specified. I ordered the basil eggplant with tofu from the large vegetarian section of the menu. The veg was so tender with the delicate flavor of basil imparted in every bite and the tofu was fried and perfectly crispy. The portion was very generous and it came with a side of rice so I left with a full belly. Yum

Pros: Excellent food

Cons: Parking, A little expensive


Points +16

20 Aug 2014

Very good

I was happy to find a restaurant to serve vegan friendly options. I enjoyed the food. The place felt warm & relaxing, enjoyed the low music playing in the background. The service was very good, waitress was very kind. Enjoyed my experience there & plan on going back.

Pros: excellent service , good food, vegan friendly options

Cons: wish there were more food variety options


Points +48

28 Nov 2012

wonderful! (but beware the iced tea;)

First time here and really enjoyed the food. Very happy to find another vegan friendly place. Pickens are slim in Nola! Love that they segregate their menu into a veg section. But beware when ordering iced tea. If you do not specify, you will get some sort of Thai tea w/cream in it!
We had the tofu soup, Vegetarian Delight, Ginger Veg and the Basil Fried Rice. The Basil Fried Rice is good enough to stand alone as a meal (SO YUM!) and the Ginger Veg was delicate and sweet (another instant fave).
I highly recommend this place to all hungry vegans!!

Pros: vegan , delicious, nice ambience

Cons: iced tea has cream in it


Points +78

21 Oct 2012


we went here on a saturday evening and the place was full of people. The waitress was really nice and quick. A lot of vegetarian food on the menu and i choose a really simply dish with veggies, tofu and soyasauce! But it was great!

It's healthy, full of fresh vegetables and also a nice place! Go!
Compare to the other thai restaurants we went ( And we go often!) it's a good deal!


Points +13

29 Feb 2012

Delicious & VERY veg-friendly

I found this place on HappyCow today because I wanted something new. It's close to my office and my bf gave up meat for lent so he has been eating wherever I want. Veggie rolls for an appetizer were delicious. We had the pad thai with tofu and the basil eggplant dish with rice and they were both AMAZING. The server even asked if they could use egg. Tons of vegetarian and vegan options and it is delicious. Perfect portions - I left full but not stuffed. We were also shocked to see that it was only $24 for both of us for lunch!! Will be going back again very soon.

Pros: Delicious, Healthy Options, Good Portion Sizes

Cons: Small Parking Lot


Points +52

28 Oct 2010

Sooo Delicious!

My boyfriend and I went here on our first night in New Orleans. Great atmosphere, awesome food. I got 3 Seasons Veggies (you MUST get this if you like pineapple:) and my boyfriend got vegan Pad Kee Mow. As our appetizer we ordered Equator Veggie Rolls which came with a scrumptious sweet and tangy dipping sauce I could not get enough of. I would have loved to go back, but this restaurant is in Metairie and the next day we made our way to Mid City and the French Quarter(on vaca with no car). Will go back if in town again!


Points +21

17 May 2010

Excellent Food and service

Cafe Equator has a large selection of vegetarian dishes. My wife and I shared two of those entrees and our taste buds were treated to one of the most savory and intricately spiced Thai dishes we have had in a very long time. The menu clearly identifies which entrees are vegetarian and, to provide reassurance, explains what the dishes do _not_ contain. There also is a separate section of Authentic Thai entrees that, at first glance, appear to be vegetarian, but the creator of the menu has taken the time to explain that they are not so as they contain fish-based products, e.g. fish sauce, that can not be eliminated.

I highly recommend this restaurant not only for the high quality of the food, the large selection of vegetarian dishes, but also for the thoughtfulness of the creator of the menu. I look forward to eating at Cafe Equator again later this week!

Pros: excellent food, friendly staff, knowledgeable waitstaff

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