The Ultimate Austin Vegan Food Guide

Welcome to the ultimate guide to the Austin vegan food scene! Discover the best vegan restaurants in Austin, where heavenly plant-based dishes abound. Afterwards, treat yourself to the most decadent vegan ice cream Austin has to offer!
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A vegan burger from Nom Burgers in Austin, Texas.
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An Austin vegan food guide? Forget what you may have heard about the Lone Star State. It may have been founded by lawless cowboys subsisting on meat and potatoes, but that’s certainly not the case anymore, especially in the capital city.

Austin is a thriving metropolis of progressive free spirits, artists, and innovators, on the cutting edge of culture and technology. Naturally, that means that veganism is a big factor in the local food scene.

No matter what restaurant you stumble into, you’re bound to find at least one promising meatless option, if not a full assortment of vegan eats.

That said, why slum around for basic beans and rice when there’s a wealth of 100% vegan establishments to discover? In this article, we’ll uncover some of the best vegan restaurants in Austin. For dessert, we’ll be including the best vegan ice cream Austin serves up!

Vegan in Austin Texas Restaurants and Food and Beyond

Austin Vegan Food: Comfort Food Classics

What kind of Austin vegan restaurant guide would this be if we didn’t mention comfort food? All the classics you’ve been craving since childhood are readily available from a wide variety of genres, at any time of day. The best vegan food Austin has to offer awaits you!

Binge Kitchen

This take-out only spot offers classic southern meals made with modern, upgraded ingredients. I’m talking about buttery simmered cabbage that practically melts in your mouth, crunchy fried okra that could convert a hater, and gooey mac and cheese, just for starters.

Vegan barbecue at Binge Kitchen.
Photo credit: Binge Kitchen

Counter Culture

This food trailer offering takeout and delivery specializes in approachable, comforting classics like thick deli sandwiches and killer mac and cheese, but that’s not all. You can also find raw specialties like zucchini noodles and raw cheesecakes for healthier cravings, or on the flip side, strong mixed drinks if you’d rather re-tox than detox.

A vegan breakfast burrito with sauces from Counter Culture.
Photo credit: Counter Culture

Sunny’s Backyard

This restaurant is billed as a pub, mixing up craft cocktails alongside locally brewed beers, but they’re also slinging food fast and furious from the trailer parked out front. Consider the crispy wonton cheese sticks served with sriracha aioli, giant soft pretzels, and crispy fried banana peppers, just to get started.

A stack of vegan hot chicken sandwiches at Sunny's Backyard.
Photo credit: Sunny’s Backyard

The Vegan Yacht

This establishment isn’t even a boat but has dropped anchor in South Austin after many years of roaming the streets as a food truck. Best known for their Freeto Burrito, a behemoth modeled after frito pie, stuffed with tempeh chili, salted corn chips, avocado, and vegan cheese.

A buffalo burrito at The Vegan Yacht.
Photo credit: The Vegan Yacht

Fast Food for Instant Gratification

When you just want a good burger and fries without a big fuss, there’s more than just Beyond Meat or Impossible patties to choose from. Quick, convenient, and affordable, you can get your grub on in no time. This is Austin vegan food, fast-food style.

Arlo’s

This food truck slings loaded burgers through several trailers situated strategically outside of bars and nearby college campuses for late-night cravings. Whenever other restaurants are closed, you can still count on Arlo’s to be there for you.

A vegan burger at Arlo's Curbside.
Photo credit: Arlo’s Curbside

Nom Burgers

Nom Burgers stacks up beefy patties flanked by thick, soft pretzel buns. Juicy, messy, and just the right kind of greasy, no reluctant omnivore could call this rabbit food.

A vegan double bacon cheeseburger from Nom Burgers in Austin.
Photo credit: Nom Burgers

Project Pollo

Project Pollo is on a mission to make affordable, accessible plant-based fast food for the masses. Unflinchingly targeting mainstream heavyweights, their fried chicken can genuinely hold up to scrutiny against conventional sandwiches.

A vegan burger at Project Pollo.
Photo credit: Project Pollo

Revolution Vegan Kitchen

The folks at Revolution Vegan Kitchen want to start a plant-based revolution with their wide range of tacos, burgers, sandwiches, and snacks. No matter what, you need a side of gooey notzarella sticks to dunk into tomato marinara sauce, ASAP.

Jackfruit carnitas from Revolution Vegan Kitchen.
Photo credit: Revolution Vegan Kitchen

Healthy Vegan Food in Austin

Salt-free, sugar-free, no oil, or otherwise? Don’t worry, we’ve got plenty of healthy options for anyone with more restrictive diets.

ATX FOOD CO.

This place may not have the most memorable name, but you won’t forget about your meal here. You’ll be bowl-ed over by these bountiful grain and salad bowls, each one as nutritious as it is delicious. 

Vegan tacos at ATX Food Co.
Photo credit: ATX Food Co.

Casa de Luz

Casa de Luz first opened their doors in 1991 and has been a pillar of the community ever since. Every day there’s a new menu with one set meal, offered at a single flat rate. Macrobiotic principles dictate a balanced array of beans, grains, nuts, seeds, and vegetables, all organic and gluten-free. Wash it all down with bottomless cups of kukicha or rooibos tea. 

Vegan sushi at Casa de Luz.
Photo credit: Casa de Luz

Conscious Cravings

They have the game all wrapped up. Everything on the menu can be made into a wrap, featuring succulent seitan chimichurri, Indian-style chickpeas, pan-seared tofu, and more.

A house salad from Conscious Cravings vegan cuisine.
Photo credit: Conscious Cravings

Austin Vegan Food: Contemporary Upscale Options

There’s a limit to how fancy we get in this town; you’d be right at home wearing jeans and a t-shirt to the nicest establishments around. As you might expect, there’s no “fine dining” to be found as a purely plant-based experience, but there are certainly some nicer places worthy of celebrations and notable occasions. 

The Beer Plant

This is Austin’s first plant-based gastropub, combining composed plates with craft beer, wine, and cocktails. My personal favorite is the Caesar salad which is big enough to act as an entrée. Little gem lettuce tossed with briny capers, dairy-free parmesan, and a giant fillet of fried seitan chicken makes for an irresistible combination.

The Beer Plant's vegan sausage and potato croquettes.
Photo credit: The Beer Plant

Bistro Vonish

This is elevated cuisine from an unexpected low-key food truck. This chef-driven, plant-based menu pushes the envelope with creative seasonal staples, such as marinated mushrooms grilled over mesquite and pecan wood, or sweet potato arepas topped with tofu cream cheese and a mild jalapeño jam.

A smoked green tomato dish prepared at Bistro Vonish.
Photo credit: Bisto Vonish

Citizen Eatery

The dedicated team at Citizen Eatery ensures they cover all your brunching needs with their solid new American fare, available any day of the week. However, the breakfast-centric menu truly shines during weekend revelry. It’s the best thing to wake up to, whether you’re getting out of bed in the AM or PM.

A vegan egg sandwich from Citizen Eatery.
Photo credit: Citizen Eatery

Rebel Cheese

Rebel Cheese has won awards from mainstream media, competing with the best the state has to offer with its line of house-made cultured cashew cheeses. Enjoy a full sampler of their funky, flavorful wheels or indulge in a deli-style sandwich, which you can pair with an array of carefully curated wines.

Vegan Tex-Mex Restaurants

Spice up your life with the culinary creations of the Tejano people. For a true taste of Texas, these are absolute must-visits when looking for vegan food in Austin. Vegan Mexican food for the win!

Lick It Up

This silly-named restaurant is a more recent addition to the food scene but has quickly expanded to three Austin locations. The menu consists of street food staples like tacos, gorditas, quesadillas, tortas, nachos, flautas, burgers, and burritos. The carne asada fries are an appetizer that eats like a main, absolutely smothering steak-cut fries with seasoned soy chunks, vegan queso, tomatoes, avocado sauce, and crema.

Vegan nachos at Lick it Up vegan Mexican street food.
Photo credit: Lick it up

Mr. Natural

This local Hispanic family-owned restaurant and store has been serving the community since 1988. They offer a wide range of plant-based dishes, including tacos, burritos, sandwiches, salads, and baked goods. Their mostly vegan menu uses fresh, whole, and organic ingredients, and they offer several gluten-free options!

Vegan chicken and waffles at Mr. Natural.
Photo credit: Mr. Natural

Nissi VegMex

Nissi VegMex throws down some of the best, most authentic meatless Mexican from its modest trailer parked on Austin’s east side. From birria tacos to unbeatable crispy “cheek’n” flautas, every single entrée on the menu is a sure-fire hit.

A vegan taco at Nissi Vegan Mexican Cuisine.
Photo credit: Nissi Vegan Mexican Cuisine

The Vegan Nom

They are doing plant-based tacos right every day, but for those on a budget, their $2 migas tacos on Tuesdays are an absolute steal. Don’t forget that every order comes with free Lone Star beer, too.

A vegan taco from Vegan Nom Taco.
Photo credit The Vegan Nom

Vegan Asian Food in Austin

Asians in Austin are the fastest-growing demographic group, doubling roughly every 12 years. It’s no wonder there are some great plant-based eateries with Eastern roots.

Bodhi Viet

This Vietnamese vegan food truck is staffed by volunteers from a local Buddhist temple. This is the place to fill up on pho, banh mi, and boba for pennies on the dollar. Nothing on the menu is more than $7 so go ahead, splurge to get a taste of everything! 

A noodle dish from Bodhi Viet food truck.
Photo: credit: Bohdi Viet Vegans

Best Vegan Ice Cream Austin Has To Offer

It’s hot in Austin pretty much all year round, so there’s never a bad time to cool down with some frozen treats. We all scream for vegan ice cream!

The difficulty comes when choosing where to stop, since you can find dairy-free cups and cones all across the map. 

Gati

Gati began life as part of Thai Fresh, but no restaurant could contain these coconut-based ice cream creations. Now with their own stand-alone shop, there are over 40 rotating flavors that offer more adventurous options like pandan, Thai tea, and black sticky rice horchata.

Milky Way Shakes

With its name as a hint, this establishment focuses solely on creating frosty blended beverages that will fulfill your sweet cravings with just one sip. Taking inspiration from galactic sources, your kicked-up classics are the Chocolate or Vanilla Eclipse, which both come adorned with a dark chocolate crescent moon, adorned with almonds and edible glitter.

A cat-themed vegan matcha milkshake from Milky Way Shakes.
Photo credit: Milky Way Shakes

Plant-Powered Pizza Party

Almost every pizza parlor within city limits offers the option to substitute vegan cheese or omit dairy-based toppings. With an abundance of choices, there is no need to bargain and beg with the waiter. We have numerous plant-based establishments that go well beyond the basics.

Big Nonna’s

A larger counterpart to the original Lil’ Nonna, Big Nonna’s is located up north to spread the pizza love across this fair city. More space means more room for different menu options, so you can also snag a milkshake or ice cream scoops to accompany your meal here.

A vegan pizza at Big Nonna's Pizza.
Photo credit: Big Nonna’s

Lil’ Nonna’s

This establishment fires up a thin-crust pie that would make a true-blue New Yorker proud. Topped with incredible ooey, gooey homemade dairy-free mozzarella cheese, this is a staple that would convert any omnivore.

A vegan beefy burger pizza from Lil' Nonna's Pizzeria.
Photo credit: Lil’ Nonna’s Pizzeria

Possum Pizza

Possum Pizza holds nothing back when crafting their off-the-wall slices, topping them with everything from vegan mac and cheese to plant-based shrimp alfredo. They’ve got all the basics, of course, but this is the place to get something new and exciting.

A vegan mozzarella and basil ghost pizza from Possum Pizza.
Photo credit: Possum Pizza

Vegan Bakeries in Austin

Thought we’d write an Austin vegan food guide without dessert recs? A visit to any of these establishments will bake your day.

Capital City Bakery

Capital City is famous for its fluffy cupcakes, but they also offer essential Texan eats with their sweet and savory kolaches. These local delicacies, popularized by Czech immigrants, resemble a cross between a Danish pastry and a stuffed bun. In my opinion, the jalapeño, meatless sausage, and vegan cheese kolache is the top choice if you can only try one.

A vegan Mississippi mud cake from Capital City Bakery.
Photo credit: Capital City Bakery

Skull and Cakebones

Skull and Cakebones is technically situated out in Dripping Springs, but it’s just a short drive south that separates you from the most tender, flaky, buttery croissants you’ve ever wrapped your lips around. Get them plain, stuffed with chocolate or almond paste, or made into a savory sandwich; you can’t go wrong. You can also find their frosted cupcakes for sale in some local markets, such as Wheatsville Food Coop

A vegan Texas-sized cinnamon roll from Skull & Cakebones plant-based bakery.
Photo credit: Skull & Cakebones

Zucchini Kill Bakery

This uniquely named bakery makes tempting treats that will make you say, “I can’t believe it’s gluten-free!” The punk rock, female-led bakery uses no wheat, soy, or animal products in any of its cakes, cookies, or baked doughnuts. Even if you’re not local, you can order online for nationwide delivery.

Double chocolate vegan donuts at Zucchini Kill Bakery.
Photo credit: Zucchini Kill Bakery

Coffee and Tea

Oat milk is everywhere these days, so you’ll find no lack of dairy-free lattes to help you wake up in a good mood. If you want to pair your cup of Joe with some vegan food, you’ll want to hit these Austin hotspots featuring delectable vegan breakfast, brunch, lunch, and snack options, too.

Dear Diary Coffeehouse

This coffeehouse brews up more than a quick cup of coffee by providing a community space to support local artists. Stick around for regular writing, drawing, and crafting workshops while you drink coffees roasted in-house.

A vegan toasted marshmallow latte from Dear Diary Coffeehouse.
Photo credit: Dear Diary Coffee

Fat Cats Austin

Fat Cats prides itself on serving only fair trade, organic coffee, and tea alongside a variety of treats baked fresh daily. Grab a tender blueberry lemon muffin to pair with your iced matcha lemonade, or a hearty taco crumble, potato and chz empanada to go with a strong cup of cold brew. You’ll never get bored with the constantly evolving menu.

Vegan rainbow sugar cookies for pride month, made by Fat Cats Austin.
Photo credit: Fat Cats Austin

Tellus Joe

Tellus Joe pours creative, colorful, and highly Instagrammable drinks that you won’t find anywhere else. Layering purple ube lattes with coconut charcoal whip or matcha over strawberry puree, the flavors are as bold as their looks. Don’t forget to grab a savory taco for breakfast, or a sandwich for lunch, too.

An iced vegan golden mocha at Tellus Joe.
Photo credit: Tellus Joe

More Vegan-Friendly and Vegetarian Restaurants Austin Has To Offer

When it comes to vegan-friendly restaurants, Austin has you covered. Although this list is not completely comprehensive, it offers lots of great options to consider while in the Lone Star State! Please note that menu items and offerings may change, so please double-check before visiting!

  • Anthem – This Asian fusion establishment offers several apps and sides that are clearly marked as vegan or vegetarian, such as vegan tempura cauliflower, lo mein noodle salad, and sambal fried okra.
  • Biscuits + Groovy – Order biscuits and gravy here, and anything on the menu can be made vegan!
  • Blue Sushi Sake Grill – This sushi restaurant has a pretty impressive vegan maki to choose from, with fillings like vegan tuna and vegan smoked salmon, tempura sweet potato, grilled asparagus, and bbg eggplant eel.
  • Cava – This build-your-own salad concept restaurant offers plenty of vegan toppings that are clearly marked.
  • Clay Pit – Offering Indian contemporary cuisine, Clay Pit has plenty of vegan and vegetarian options that are clearly marked on the menu. Choose from items like crispy cauliflower with curried hummus, channa masala, and aloo ghobi.
  • Flower Child – This casual dining spot offers salads, bowls, and wraps. There are plenty of vegan options, which are all clearly marked.
  • Habesha – This Ethiopian restaurant has a separate vegan/vegetarian section on its menu, with dishes like roasted chickpeas in spices, lentil dishes, and stews.
  • Honest Mary’s – A fast-casual eatery that features bowls and includes a couple of vegan options, plus a vegan butter almond cookie for dessert!
  • Kale Me Crazy – Located near Four Points and Lake Travis in West Austin, this super food cafe offers vegan smoothies, juices, Acai bowls, coffees, and teas. Most of their food can also be prepared vegan upon request.
  • Kerbey Lane – This diner-style restaurant offers some vegan options like breakfast tacos, vegan pancakes, and a vegan bbq sandwich made with homemade veggie chorizo.
  • Koriente – A Korean tea house that offers several vegan and vegetarian options, like their shiitake tofu bowl, fresh spring rolls, and Japchae.
  • Nancy’s Sky Garden – This tea house offers vegan-friendly bowls, soup, and spring rolls with a healthy twist.
  • Nixta Taqueria – This Mexican restaurant includes vegan beet tartare tostadas, smoked cabbage tacos, and a cauliflower taco that can be modified to be made vegan.
  • Peace Bakery – This Mediterranean bakery and deli offers plenty of vegan dishes, from falafel to salads, hummus, and baba ganoush.
  • Pinthouse Pizza – A pizza and craft brew establishment that offers vegan cheese on their pizzas, as well as Beyond Meat sausage.
  • Tacodeli – If you’re in the mood for tacos, Tacodeli has a couple of vegan options for you! Enjoy their Freakin’ Vegan (black bean, pico de gallo, and avocado), and Papadulce (roasted sweet potato, grilled corn, and chipotle-camote sauce).
  • Tarka Indian Kitchen – This casual Indian food chain’s menu includes vegan options that are very clearly marked. Enjoy tikka masala fries, madras soup, coconut curry, a several other vegan dishes.
  • True Food Kitchen – Offering New American-style dishes, True Food Kitchen has plenty of clearly-marked vegan options like charred cauliflower, teriyaki quinoa bowl, Korean noodle bowl, and a pink lime tart for dessert.
  • Via 313 Pizzeria – This pizzeria offers Detroit-style pizza, offering dairy-free cheese, and plenty of vegetable toppings to choose from.

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This guide to vegan restaurants in Austin, Texas was written by Hannah Kaminsky, a vegan blogger, cookbook author, and resident of Austin. Video by Gina House. Cover photo from Nom Burgers’s Instagram.

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9 comments
  1. A great resource! Love it

  2. My sister lives in Austin & I definitely have to use this guide the next time I visit! So many options

  3. Cinnaholic gourmet cinnamon roll bakery in The Arboretum. All vegan. Open 10-10 daily. Rolls, brownies, cookies, Dole Whipped sorbet.

  4. You should totally add Mr Natural to your list!! I hate their name lol bc they are Mexican food!!! Im talking mole enchiladas and ceviche! They may serve cheese and eggs but majority of their menu is vegan and so is their bakery. They have been around since the 80’s, surprised not to see them here!!

  5. Andrea White says:

    My friend took me to so many vegan places in Austin. It was incredible! So many yummy options!

  6. Hi there. Found your through Search looking for Austin Vegan. Have you heard of EatPlantBox.com? Do you consider Delivery Take out places on your list of Austin Vegan Restaurants. I am no seeing a lot of comments… seems like a really inclusive list to not have comments.
    Please advise. Thx

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