Cleveland Vegan Restaurant Guide

Looking for the best vegan and vegetarian restaurants in Cleveland? Here are some incredible vegan breakfast, lunch, and dinner options for enjoying to your heart's content in the Hardland of America. Whether you're catching a Cavaliers game or are hitting the town for a night with friends, there's plenty of delicious vegan food in Cleveland to be eaten!
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Cleveland vegan restaurants guide
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Often described as the birthplace of rock and roll, this midwestern metropolis is a continuously evolving cultural hotspot. Cleveland, Ohio was once a center of industry and manufacturing, but is better known now for its fine and performing arts. Parks now outnumber factories as part of the city’s commitment to sustainability and environmental protection, giving it the nickname of “Forest City,” or the “Emerald Necklace,” as a series of eighteen nature preserves that encircle the area.

With such a strong commitment to nature, it should come as no surprise that a burgeoning vegan community is thriving here, too. While there are only a handful of fully vegan establishments in Cleveland proper, you’ll find well over one hundred vegan-friendly restaurants and even more staunchly omnivorous eateries with solid vegan options. No matter what you’re craving, you’re guaranteed to eat well.

100% Vegan Restaurants in Cleveland

These vegan restaurants in the Cleveland area are serving up everything from vegan burgers to vegan latke waffles! Yum!

The Vegan Club

Everyone’s welcome in this club! Touting a menu that’s “so good, you’ll forget it’s vegan,” dishes like an incredibly meaty Bolognese, fishless crab cakes, and dairy-free cheesecake all live up to that promise. This is the kind of place that could convert an omnivore. 

A vegan crab burger topped with onion rings.
The Vegan Crab Burger at The Vegan Club

Cleveland Vegan

Organic and local are the guiding principals behind this thoughtfully curated menu of nourishing eats that don’t cut corners in the flavor department. Originally born from a catering company, they still offer food options for large-scale events and even handle wedding cakes upon request.  

The southwest benedict plate at Cleveland Vegan.
The Southwest Benedict Plate at Cleveland Vegan

Beet Jar

For a healthy yet hearty meal, this quaint café will have you covered. Churning out raw foods, smoothies, and cold-pressed juices without missing a beat, this is a great spot to grab wholesome fuel to stay energized all day. Don’t miss the modest marketplace where you can stock up on ethical housewares, bath and beauty products, and pantry staples. 

The Bravocado sandwich at Beet Jar.
The Bravocado Sandwich at Beet Jar

Green Kitchen at the Little Rose Tavern

Cozy pub grub is the name of the game here, so pull up a stool at the bar and take a big bite out of these classic comfort foods. The homemade pierogi is a stand-out starter, but you’d be crazy to pass on the cheesesteak sandwich that will have you singing praises of “Hail Seitan!” 

The vegan fish no fry at Green Kitchen at the Little Rose Tavern.
The Vegan Fish No Fry at Green Kitchen at the Little Rose Tavern

Birch Café

Fill your belly and your kitchen cabinets all in one place! You should never shop while hungry, so grab a soup and sandwich before perusing the tempting grocery options in-store. This is also a great place to find cruelty-free gifts, either for that special vegan someone, or just for yourself. 

The mashed potato pizza at Birch Cafe.
The Mashed Potato Pizza at Birch Café

Ritual Juicery

Best known for bountiful smoothie bowls in every color of the rainbow, these healthy treats are both fresh and entirely refreshing. For a more savory bite, check out the loaded avocado toast or super stuffed hummus wrap. 

The buffalo tofu wrap at Ritual Juicery.
The Buffalo Tofu Wrap with Hempseed Dip at Ritual Juicery

Vegan Donut Company

It should come as no surprise that this quaint storefront in the heart of Downtown Lakewood knows how to throw dough, since they’ve been frying up the best plant based doughnuts since 2018. Flavors rotate regularly so you’ll want to stop by early and often to get the widest selection.

Assorted vegan donuts from The Vegan Doughnut Company.
Assorted Vegan Doughnuts from The Doughnut Company

Foodhisattva

Creative Asian-fusion dishes like Bangkok tacos and chick’n katsu sando breathe new life and color into familiar favorites. Everything is made from scratch, including their addictive “bong bong sauce,” which is an upgraded version of Yum Yum Sauce. It’s a good thing  you can buy this stuff in bulk too, because you’ll want to put it on everything. 

Bangkok Tacos from Foodhisattva.
Bangkok Tacos from Foodhisattva

Plant Based Burger Company

Burgers are front and center on this menu but there’s so much more to explore. Po’ boys and cauliflower wings beckon, although it’s impossible to resist the allure of hot, gooey mozzarella sticks or crispy onion rings, too. 

The vegan shrimp box from The Plant Based Burger Company.
The Vegan Shrimp Box from The Plant Based Burger Company

Propaganda Coffee

Wake up and smell the coffee, then stay a while to enjoy a tamale pie or latke waffles. In fact, you could linger over an artfully arranged charcuterie board and make a day of it! This is an ideal place to camp out, plug in, and get work done while you’re on the road. 

A black cherry almond scone from Propaganda Coffee.
Black Cherry Almond Scone from Propaganda Coffee

Cloak & Dagger

Though technically not completely vegan, there’s honey used in only a few drinks, which is easily avoided or omitted. This otherwise plant-based bar has craft cocktails and a fully animal-free menu that’s well worth a visit. You definitely don’t want to miss out on the homemade ramen noodles with black garlic miso broth, or shiitake satay anointed with spicy peanut-sesame sauce.

Fix Your Hearts or Die vegan cocktail at Cloak and Dagger.
Fix Your Hearts or Die cocktail at Cloak and Dagger (photo credit: @joshdobayproductions)

More Completely Vegan Restaurants To Try

Turns out Cleveland is super vegan-friendly that we’d be amiss to not mention these other 100% vegan restaurants:

  • Rabbit Food: 100% vegan food truck.
  • Convenient Vegan: Completely plant-based restaurants with catering options.
  • MoBites: Vegan food truck specializing in breakfast and soul food.
  • Koncious Kuisine: Vegan cuisine by chef Sonia Steele, aka “Vegan Vicki.”
  • Good Roots: Formerly known as Ms Julie’s Kitchen, no longer has a dine-in restaurant but offers take-out, grab-n-go, and meal delivery that’s entirely plant-based!

Vegan-Friendly Cleveland Restaurants

While not completely vegan, these Cleveland restaurants feature plenty of amazing vegan options. Whether you’re out with picky family members or just need to find something quick without going out of your way. Don’t panic; while you can likely find a reasonable veggie burger or pasta dish pretty much anywhere, there are a number of noteworthy places to find truly crave-worthy vegan Cleveland eats right alongside more conventional fare. 

TownHall

You can always find a wide array of fast-casual staples with Mexican flare on offer, with surprising specialties like eggless huevos rancheros and dairy-free milkshakes made with Michell’s Ice Cream. Clearly, they put a lot of pride in their plant-based options and take great care to clearly label and separate everything to make ordering easy, safe, and painless. Download their app to quickly customize your dishes and speed through checkout during busy times, too. 

Earth Bistro

Stay grounded with Cuban-American fusion foods. The entire menu can be made vegan on request, so don’t be shy about asking questions! Particularly noted for their abundant breakfast options, you won’t mind waking up early for such savory delights, served up in generous portions that could easily last you until lunch. 

Primoz Pizzeria

Beyond the standard option to swap in vegan cheese, you can pile your slices high with tons of meatless proteins like sausage, bacon, chicken, burger crumbles, and tofu. Go for a set creation from their exclusively vegan menu or build your own exactly the way you like it. As an extra bonus, they also have vegan ranch and bleu cheese to slather over the salads! 

Melt Bar & Grilled

So, a vegan walks into a grilled cheese bar… Okay, this isn’t a great joke so let’s skip to the punchline: Though it doesn’t seem like the most promising choice from the title, this small local chain offers vegan cheese and proteins including chorizo potato hash, seitan, tofu bacon, burgers, meatloaf, and chick’n. Best of all, it’s open late for those after-dinner munchies. This is a perfect spot to meet up with your omni friends and family who appreciate decadent fare. The food is absolutely delicious—just come very hungry!

Johnny Mango World Cafe and Bar

For a global assortment of worldly eats, there’s something here to suit all tastes. That means you can start with nachos, fill up on Pad Thai, and wash it down with a mojito without ever leaving the table.  

Happy Dog

If you’re in need of cheap eats after a long night, these meatless dogs will make you so happy. Load up on as many toppings as you can fit in a bun, including a hearty, well-spiced vegan chili. They’re open until 2am on Friday and Saturday, and midnight on Thursday and Sunday.

More Vegan-Friendly Restaurants

There’s no shortage of restaurants in Cleveland with vegan-friendly menu items. This list is not exhaustive but if you need more options, check out these great places:

  • Barrio: Tacos with vegan options including black beans, tofu, and seared portobello.
  • 56 Kitchen: American eatery with clearly marked vegan menu options.
  • Aladdin’s: Lebanese-American cuisine that’s very vegan-friendly.
  • Sage Karma Kitchen: Very vegan friendly with a great variety of dishes.
  • Boss Chick n’ Beer: Has a separate vegan menu with wings, sandwiches, salads, desserts!
  • Kelly’s Cafe: A dedicated vegan menu offering sweet and savory crepes.
  • Honest: Vegetarian Indian street food with lots of vegan options.
  • BrewDog: Dog-friendly brewery with an entire plant-based section on the menu and 2-4-1 Monday deals.
  • The Fairmount: Voted best neighborhood bar and offers several vegan options on the menu plus even more items that can be made vegan upon request.
  • Sakana Sushi Bar and Lounge: Boasts an entire separate vegan menu with appetizers, soups, salads, sushi, and vegan wok meals!
  • Tommy’s: Has an entire Tofu and Tempeh section on the menu plus many other vegan-friendly items.
  • Larder Delicatessen and Bakery: According to locals, Larder always has some really cool vegan options on the menu as well as a vegan sandwich of the day.
  • Primoz: A vegan pizza lover’s dream with an entire menu dedicated to signature vegan pizzas!
  • Szechuan Garden: Offers an all veg Zen Cuisine menu with all kinds of traditional Chinese meals made vegan and vegetarian.
  • Hot Chicken Takeover: Serves plant-based nuggets with a side of vegan ranch.
  • The Root Cafe: Very vegan-friendly menu with lots of options.
  • Ohio Pie Co: Offer vegan pizzas, party bread and cookies.
  • Brewnuts: Donuts and beer with always at least 2 vegan donut options every day!
  • Nature’s Oasis: Cafe with several bowls, sandwiches and wraps that are completely vegan!
  • The Winchester Music Tavern: Brunch and dinner with a good variety of vegan options on the menu.
  • Sauced Taproom & Kitchen: Separate vegan menu with burgers, pizza, empanadas and more!
  • Taco Tontos: Has several vegan taco choices.
  • Thai Thai: Bangkok street food with several vegan options.
  • Forage Public House: Multiple vegan options on the menu.
  • India Garden: Vegan options available for most dishes!
  • Mitchell’s Ice Cream: Regularly has at least 2 vegan ice cream flavors available.
  • Thai Kitchen: Several sections of the menu can be made vegan upon request.

Cleveland is Cool for Vegans

We hope you found this guide on vegan restaurants in Cleveland to be inspiring, mouthwatering, and helpful! Be sure to check out the Cleveland Vegan Society for more information on resources for vegans in the Cleveland area.

Cleveland is also home to the Cleveland VegFest and many other smaller events organized by passionate vegan advocates eager to build a thriving plant-based community. Take a peek at the Cleveland VegFest we had a pleasure of attending (and speaking at) a few years ago:

Cleveland, Ohio has reinvented itself at least 200 times over the course of its 200-year history. Substantial contributions to the arts, science, music, sustainability, and environmental protection have the city poised as a world leader in innovation. There’s no telling what the next 200 years will bring, but there’s never been a better time to come check it out!

More Vegan Restaurant Guides

If you’re hungry on the road or in a city that isn’t particularly vegan-friendly, check out our Vegan Fast Food Restaurants Guide. These days you can find vegan options literally everywhere if you look! 

Vegan Restaurants Around The World

We hope you enjoyed this guide sharing the best vegan restaurants in Cleveland, Ohio! If we missed any of your favorite Cleveland vegan restaurants, please do show them some love in the comments below. If you’re traveling, we highly recommend our Vegan Resorts and Hotels guide for the most compassionate choices around the world. Many thanks to Hannah Kaminsky for her help with this article. Article edited by Amanda Meth.

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7 comments
  1. So informational & helpful

  2. Andrea White says:

    This will be great to have handy when visiting! Everything looked so good!

  3. How about addresses and contact info

  4. Winchester has an amazing vegan menu and brunch! For sure should have made this list!

  5. Senta Kline says:

    Aladdin’s has a ton of vegan options.

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