Vegan and vegetarian food is surely not the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Las Vegas, Nevada. Bright lights, slot machines, and grand hotels are the usual picture. If you find yourself in this city of entertainment, make sure to get away from the storm of tourists to try out some of the best vegan and vegetarian restaurants in Las Vegas.
Address: 616 E. Carson Ave., Las Vegas, NV
Phone: 702-366- 8515
Hours: 8am-9pm Daily
A newer restaurant in the revitalized downtown part of Las Vegas, Vegenation caters to the Zappo’s tech crowd as well as the business customers in the nearby high rises and tourists. Vegenation provides a solid, diverse menu of vegan dishes that include comfort foods, ethnic dishes, and the expected salads. The meat substitute dishes are excellent and sauces are true to their non-vegan exemplars. The ambiance is somewhat upscale when compared to the fast-food counter style of the majority of the establishments on this list. There is a bright array of pro-vegan art on the walls, to lend the restaurant an air of being an ideology, not just a restaurant.
Address: 707 Fremont St. Suite 1310, Las Vegas, NV 89101
Phone: 702-810- 5641
Hours: Mon-Thu 11am-9pm, Fri-Sat 11am-10pm, Sun 11am-8pm
Also in the now revitalizing Downtown area, Simply Pure is located in the Container Park. This compact commercial enclave houses a number of non-vegan eateries. Simply Pure is in one of the smallest locations in the Container Park and is certainly the smallest eatery on this list. There is scarcely room to wait in line and still be inside if more than two people are in line. Unless it is very slow, you will likely have to eat outside, perhaps on a different floor than the restaurant itself. That said, the container park is a fun, safe and vibrant place to visit and all the eating spaces are comfortable and easy to navigate.
The food here is quite good. Chef Stacey Dougan has an ethnically diverse menu. A nice feature of the menu are some samplers, which allow you to try multiple dishes at once for a reasonable price. These samplers may be viewed as entree samplers or a multi-course meal. In any case, they offer a good value and are great if you are sharing. There are also fresh juices and cheesecakes with fresh fruit sauces for dessert.
Address: 8560 W. Desert Inn Rd. Ste. D5, Las Vegas, NV
Phone: 702-685- 0466
Hours: Mon-Thu 11am-9pm, Fri-Sun 8am-10pm
Owned by a famous poker player, Violette’s Vegan is an inviting place that appears to be a gateway for carnivores into vegan food. The menu is fairly large and is quite diverse. There are salads, for those who like vegetable that act like vegetables. There is also a large menu of comfort food and restaurant favorites from Positively Pad Thai, to Country Biscuits and Gravy – all organic and all vegan.
Violette’s also has organic juices and smoothies. One of the more unique features of Violette’s is the kids’ menu, with kids’ favorites like spaghetti and meatballs (the Champ), a vegan burrito (No Meato Bandito!) and mac and cheese. Violette’s also has a good selection of sides/appetizers that pub fans will enjoy, like chili cheese fries and mashed potatoes with gravy. The décor is colorful and fun. There are tables and also some bar seating.
Address: 401 S. Maryland Pkwy, Las Vegas, NV 89101
Phone: 702-202- 3100
Hours: Weekdays 7am-10pm, Weekends 10am-10pm
The Bronze Cafe has two locations. One at the LGBTQ Center on Maryland Parkway, and another small location in the Market on Fremont. The Bronze Cafe has a varied menu. In fact, it has a decent amount of non-vegetarian, non-vegan food (actual chicken and some sandwich meats). There is a good variety of sandwiches and salads as well as smoothies and other drinks. They also have a healthy selection of vegan pastries and energy treats.
This cafe is popular for a reason, the popular items are very good, even for non-vegetarians. However, there is some drop off in quality after you leave the most popular items. Be sure to ask the staff what the popular items are.
Address: 7780 S. Jones Blvd. Las Vegas, NV and 6410 N. Durango Dr., Las Vegas, NV 89149
Phone: 702-614- 3380
Hours: 11 am-9pm Daily
Billed as “Plant Based Fast Food”, Vegeway is actual fast food – it even has a drive through. This restaurant was created and is run by the chef/owner of Veggie House, another spot on this list. There are many options on the menu that are vegan versions of meat items (vegan burgers for example). If you want a wide variety of salads and quinoa, you looking in the wrong place.
VegeWay literally recreates fast food (some items seem to be an attempt at vegan versions of In N Out fare) without using meat. A lot of the food is fried, which may run counter to the image that vegan fare is mostly “twigs and berries” and other healthy fare. Simply put, if you are an omnivore looking to reduce your meat consumption or a vegan who goes through fast food withdrawals, one of the VegeWay locations might scratch that itch with vegan versions of your fast food favorites.
Go Vegan Cafe
Address: 5875 S. Rainbow Blvd. #104, Las Vegas, NV 89118
Phone: 702-405- 8550
Hours: Mon-Sat 9am-8pm, Sun 9am-5pm
Go Vegan Café is more than its name implies. Go Vegan Café is a café, a salad bar, a dessert bar, and a market. The salad bar, a reasonably stocked salad bar is about the size of most salad bars. You buy by the pound at the salad bar. The breakfast menu includes gluten free waffles, chia pudding, a good assortment of tofu scrambles/omelets, and a breakfast burrito. The regular menu includes vegan sushi, cheese fries, Mediterranean platters, and more. They also have a fairly deep menu of sandwiches, burgers and pizzas. There is also a “raw” menu for those who don’t want any processed items.
Finally, they have a large selection of smoothies, coffees, and offer whole coconut beverages. The contents of the Go Vegan Café belie its small size from the outside. This place has a lot to offer.
Veggie House Vegetarian Restaurant
Address: 5115 Spring Mountain Rd., Las Vegas, NV
Hours: 11:30am-9:30pm Daily
Veggie House, operated by Chef Kenny who also created VegeWay, is located on the second floor of a cramped building full of mostly other Asian restaurants. Veggie House is a very popular place in Chinatown that has earned its reputation as being simply delicious. Their menu is that of a classic Asian restaurant with items like General Tso’s Chicken, Kung Pao and other favorites.
They have lunch specials and a la carte items. Service is quick, and the décor is . . . not unexpected for this part of town. The fact is, that many of the best vegan spots in Vegas have pretty Spartan décor. Veggie House at least has a theme (a sort of tropical Asian theme). There is ample seating. People, myself included, love the Kung Pao chicken. This is the type of spot that could convert a carnivore into a vegan.
Address: 3768 Maryland Parkway, #650, Las Vegas, NV 89119
Phone: 702-836- 1945
Hours: 10am-9pm Daily
VeggieEat Xpress is located in an Asian Market in an older part of Las Vegas, near the Boulevard Mall. Much like a Whole Foods, with its dining area with different windows for different cuisines, this market (99 Ranch Market) has a number of vendors who share a space with VeggiEat Xpress. There is ample seating in the food court area. VeggieEat Xpress seems a little bit out of place in this location, as it is right next to a vendor with roasted ducks and chicken on display and is also in view of the seafood section of the market, full of live and dead seafood waiting for purchase.
VeggiEat’s menu is that of a typical Asian restaurant. There are a number of soups (including a very popular vegan pho), rice and noodle dishes and sandwiches. The appetizer menu is also deep, including Veggie Chicken Yakitori and Veggie Shrimp Rolls. The prices are reasonable, but not cheap. The lunch specials are a particularly good value. The service is friendly and reasonably prompt.
Address: 3504 Wynn Rd., Las Vegas, NV
Phone: 702-310- 6565
Hours: Wed-Sun 11am-9pm
Another Chinatown spot, Veggie Delight is somewhat hidden on the west side of a long strip-mall type building on Spring Mountain and Wynn. To get to it, one must park on the strip facing Spring Mountain and walk around the corner of the building to the part facing Wynn. Aptly described as a “hole in the wall”, Veggie Delight is a low priced vegan restaurant offering a fairly large menu.
The menu includes a fairly large selection of Vietnamese dishes, a well-appointed Chinese menu along with soups, sandwiches, and appetizers. The dishes are good representations of the carnivorous versions found in other similar non-vegan restaurants. Be advised: Veggie Delight is a CASH ONLY establishment.
Address: 4865 S. Pecos Road Suite 5, Las Vegas, NV, 89121
Phone: 702-898- 9001
Hours: Mon-Thu 10am-8pm, Fri-Sat 10am-9pm, Sun 10am-5pm
Panchos is a classic, authentic Mexican taco shop, with vegan and carnivore selections. The location is a bit tricky (it is behind a gas station and not easily visible from the street). The décor and the aromas are accurate and authentic. This family-run establishment is beloved for simply good, authentic Mexican food. They have the standard Mexican dishes, aguas frescas and even desserts. Salsas are fresh with the appropriate amount of spice.
Panchos has had a tumultuous past life, with a few location changes and moves. The ownership seems to feel that they have righted the ship – they are adding a second location and are starting to advertise franchise opportunities. Hopefully, this means it will be easier and easier to get Panchos Tacos everywhere you go.