Serves meat, vegan options available. Modern Japanese restaurant offering quite a few labeled vegan dishes. Includes starters like vegetable gyoza, Brussels sprout chips, beet fries, tempura, vegan sushi, noodles and vegan ramen. Open Mon-Sat 11:30am-2:00pm, Mon-Sun 5:00pm-9:00pm.

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6 Reviews

First Review by Croissance


Points +8370

03 Sep 2023

One of the most vegan-friendly spots in town

In a town with few restaurants that can be considered truly vegan-friendly, East by Southwest is one of the best options. There are quite a few vegan options clearly marked on the menu, plus a few other items than can be prepared vegan by subtraction.

The vegan gyoza are our favorite starter, and the edamame are good, too. The vegan ramen soup is tasty and generously portioned. The Pad Thai can be made vegan, though it’s a little sweet for our taste. There are several vegan sushi options, such as avocado, kampyo, cucumber.

The place can fill up at mealtimes and there’s sometimes a wait.

Quality of service depends on who you get, but is generally good.

Cons: Serves meat



Points +216

02 Aug 2023


We ate here for dinner and it was delicious. There are multiple vegan options and they are clearly marked on the menu. It was busy on a summer Tuesday, but our wait was only a few minutes.

We had the phad Thai, soba, and fried rice dishes and all were great. The dumpling appetizer is worth the trip on its own and we also had the vegetable sushi.

It is expensive, but worth the splurge.


Points +2116

19 Jun 2023

Excellent vegan options!

The menu is very vegan friendly and the options are well marked. The food is beautifully presented and delicious. The vegan options don’t seem like an afterthought, which is refreshing.

Pros: Lots of vegan options , Friendly service


Points +965

06 Jan 2022

Try for lunch NOT dinner

Based on previous two reviews and images I was expecting a better eating experience. Large location with full bar that was very busy for a Wednesday in January, including takeout. The vegan options, however, were limited for dinner. Turns out that their lunch menu is much more vegan friendly (offers bowls). Dinner menu was really confusing because they lump vegan and vegetarian code (green V) on menu and most lean towards vegetarian. For instance, who wants Pad Thai with no sauce. Taking away flavor to make it vegan is not the solution. I will consider trying for lunch to see if I can mimic experience of previous two reviews, but won’t come back for dinner.

Pros: Location to Main Street, Can accommodate large groups , Clean

Cons: Need to have separate vegan code for menu, Smelt like natural gas when entered -odd, Not great dinner options


Points +119

05 Aug 2019

Best food in Durango

This place had an entire veggie roll section on their menu and all were vegan, as well as having many entrees that are able to be made vegan. HIGHLY recommend, some of my favorite food I’ve had in awhile.

Pros: Lots of vegan options, Nice interior , Great prices


Points +1817

01 Jul 2019

great japanese food in durango

We accidentally found this place (it was not listed on Happy Cow) and I'm glad we did! It has labeled vegan options, the appetizers are awesome, especially brussel sprout chips and the mains are fine as well. The curry was a bit too spicy for me, and the udon too bland, but overall I liked the place!

Updated from previous review on 2019-07-01

Pros: labeled vegan options, great appetizers

Cons: not vegan, mains could be better tasting

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