10 Vegan Friendly San Diego Restaurants


San Diego Skyline

The Vegan Wannabe recently asked me if I knew of any good vegan restaurants in San Diego. My answer is YES! Here are 10 places I recommend.

  1. If you want the full shebang (great ambiance, amazing food, wine), then Muzita Bistro is your place! It’s my favorite San Diego restaurant and they’ve got lots of vegan options. And if you’ve never had Ethiopian Cuisine, it will be an experience to remember.
  2. You can always eat vegan at an Indian restaurant, and Indian Palace in Hillcrest is fabulous! The service is friendly, the food is top-notch and the atmosphere is elegant. The Baingan Bartha (an eggplant dish) and the Yellow Dal are my go-to dishes.
  3. If you’re in the mood for Asian Fusion, then Sipz is your place. Their Cashew Stir Fry and Pot Stickers are to die for! They’ve got locations in North Park and Clairemont/Kearny Mesa.
  4. Fuhrman followers will love the super healthy meals at Casa de Luz. I can’t give you an entrée recommendation, however; because their menu changes everyday. Click HERE for my review.
  5. If you want that tie die, Birkenstock, hippie vibe coupled with awesome raw vegan food, then Peace Pies is your destination. My one suggestion for this place is to save room for dessert – everything they do with chocolate is out of this world! Click HERE for my review.
  6. For fabulous yet healthy fast food, go to Native Foods. Although I’ve never been to the San Diego location, I eat at the one near my house all the time. My favorite entrée’s are the Portobello and Sausage Burger (not real sausage, of course) and the Sesame Kale Macro Bowl.
  7. My favorite vegan-friendly Mexican fast food is Wahoo’s Fish Taco. Get the Bonzai Veggie Bowl and you won’t be disappointed. They have locations in Encinitas, La Jolla and Mission Valley.
  8. You can even eat vegan at the Hard Rock Café, which has a veggie sandwich, veggie burger and some vegan friendly salads.
  9. PF Changs is another great choice. They have a terrific vegetarian menu and on request can make any dish vegan. My favorite dish is the Coconut Curry Vegetables.
  10. If you’re hankerin’ for pizza, then go to Zia Gourmet Pizza. They have three amazing vegan pizzas, including a unique one with spinach, rosemary potatoes and cranberries.

Click HERE for another post with San Diego restaurant suggestions.

The San Diego skyline photo is by Betsy Malloy at About.com California Travel.

About celestedimilla

Hey there. I’m Celeste, California girl, writer, psychotherapist and burgeoning plant-based foodie.
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13 Responses to 10 Vegan Friendly San Diego Restaurants

  1. You are AWESOME and so sweet to do this! I hope I can try at least one of these places before I leave on Tuesday! I’m near the convention center with no car, so unfortunately the food options have been slim around here and I’ve had to get crafty. All for for the love of the animals though, so I’m not complaining 🙂

    • Oh, I didn’t realize that you were already in San Diego. No car does make things difficult – San Diego is so spread out that it’s hard to get around without a car. What convention are you at?

    • If you ever get to San Diego again, let me know and maybe we can go someplace together. Unfortunately I can’t get out there over the next two days, but it sounds like you’re managing as best as you can. It’s just a shame that you’re in one of the most beautiful cities in the world and stuck mostly in a convention center. But, I’m sure you’re getting a lot out of the convention.

  2. Maryanne says:

    I visited San Diego as a teenager and it’s absolutely beautiful!

    When I’m traveling, I always look for healthy places ahead of time so I can plan around the meals, but the good news is nowadays every place can offer vegan or vegetarian options.

    • Hey Maryanne! I hope you get back to San Diego someday. And you’re right, most places have vegan options these days. Still, some restaurants do the vegan thing a lot better than others do!

      • Maryanne says:

        Ha-ha, that’s so true! What irks me most is that so many places consider “cheese” a vegetarian option and it’s not (unless the cheese is rennetless or vegetable rennet). I love going to the restaurants that are totally vegan, then you don’t have to second guess or educate the waiter 😉

      • Some places even consider fish vegetarian – I don’t get that one.

  3. Mychael M. says:

    As Colleen Patrick-Goudreau said “Last time I checked, fish were not in the Plant Kingdom.” Celeste, glad I found your blog. I am also a San Diego Vegan. My family and I have been searching out vegan and vegan-friendly restaurants in the area lately. My wife and I visited Del Mar Rendezvous last weekend (delmarrendezvous.com) They have a whole menu that is vegetarian and lots of vegan options. I even checked our wine (Melville Pinot Noir) by writing to the winery. It was vegan and I have sent that info to Barnivore.com.
    Hey, Celeste, thanks again for your great blog.

    • Hey there Michael! It’s wonderful to meet another SoCal vegan! I actually live in Orange County, but I go to San Diego a lot because my sister lives there. Since you live in SD, you probably know more about the vegan restaurant scene there than I do. I’ve never been to Del Mar Rendezvous, but it sounds great. I’ll put that on my list of “must try” restaurants. And if you’ve got any other San Diego restaurant suggestions I’d love to hear them! And don’t you just love Goudreau? I discovered her podcasts recently and she’s awesome!! Thanks for your lovely comment and for following. Celeste:)

      • gratefulvegan812 says:

        Colleen Patrick-Goudreau- yes! Her podcasts got me over the hump into ethical veganism, gratefully. Celeste, I just found out about a new site: veganfoodiseverywhere.com Should help us vegans find vegan food anywhere we happen to be around this beautiful earth. Check it out!
        BTW, last night we ate Sala Thai, which in in the College Area (SDSU) While it is not vegan, there are many vegan choices. All of their curries are plant-based. And it is delicious Thai food. Cheers!

    • Hey Mychael! I noticed that I misspelled your name in my last note – sorry! Anyway, thanks for telling me about veganfoodiseverywhere.com. That sounds like a wonderful resource. I’ll be checking it out later today. And I love Thai food, so thanks for the tip about Sala Thai. I don’t know how much you’re into cooking, but I’ll be writing a review of Colleen Patrick-Goudreau’s ‘Color Me Vegan’ soon (maybe today if I get to it). And happy Father’s Day!! I hope you’re celebrating in style. Celeste 🙂

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