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A vegetarian sandwich from Bouldin Creek Cafe.
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14 Vegetarian-Friendly Restaurants in Austin

Where to find the best meat-free dishes in Austin, including pizza, tacos, hand rolls, and sandwiches

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A vegetarian sandwich from Bouldin Creek Cafe.
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No matter how many high-rises and Hermès stores pop up around town, Austin still gestures towards its hippie roots with a bounty of vegetarian-friendly fare. From classic spots that have been here longer than you probably have to newer, high-end restaurants, there are many options for meat-free food around the city.

The OG standbys for vegetarian food are places like Mr. Natural, which has been serving on operating since 1988. Looking for comfort fare? The Soup Peddler’s grilled cheeses and the Meteor’s vegetarian pizza options are the definitions of comfort. All-day breakfast dishes (like zucchini and cheese migas) from Bouldin Creek Cafe are sure to please as well. Nixta Taqueria’s take on tacos has some dishes for non-meat eaters too.

Also, check out Eater Austin’s map of the best vegan restaurants.

With updates by H. Drew Blackburn and Nadia Chaudhury.

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Sangam Chettinad Indian Cuisine

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For those seeking out vegetarian-focused Indian food, this Milwood restaurant is the place to be. The mostly South Indian menu (with some northern dishes) offers so many vegetarian dishes, like stuffed eggplants, creamy aviyal with vegetables with coconut milk and yogurt, biryani, dosas, and much more. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor dine-in services.

Honest Mary's

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The create-your-own bowls at the fast-casual mini-chain restaurant make it easy to stay green while providing more exciting options than salads. The Farmers Market bowl with forbidden rice, sweet potatoes, kale, avocado, and crispy chickpeas is a healthy go-to. Not up north? There’s this location in the Arboretum and others in Cedar Park and Rosedale. Takeout and delivery orders can be placed online or in person; there are indoor dine-in services.

Phonatic Vietnamese Cuisine

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This vegetarian-friendly Vietnamese mini-chain restaurant is a fantastic option for fragrant, flavorful vegetarian pho. The tofu banh mi is a winner, too. There are three locations: this one in Allandale and the others in Round Rock and Cedar Park. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor dine-in services.

Nixta Taqueria

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Find high-end but approachable tacos at the Chestnut Mexican restaurant, where chef Edgar Rico coaxes incredible flavors out of ingredients like cauliflower and beets. The beet tartare tostada has already won over at least one beet-hater. Don’t miss the coconut milk paletas for dessert. Takeout and delivery orders can be placed online; there are outdoor dine-in services.

The MLK-183 Japanese restaurant within the Springdale General includes so many vegetarian hand rolls like the yuzu-avocado, umami cucumbers, and the pretty edible flowers and vegetables one. There are also sides like edamame, seaweed salads, and tofu Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in areas.

The East Austin restaurant melds Mexican and Indian cuisines into wide-ranging vegetarian dishes. Expect dishes like saag or paneer enchiladas, daals, and pakoras. There’s a second location near Southpark Meadows. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are DoorDash and Favor deliveries; and there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Veracruz All Natural

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Egg and/or vegetable tacos are perfect for vegetarians, so it’s worth heading to any of the several Veracruz All Natural spots around town, such as this one in East Austin, for great breakfast, lunch, and dinner tacos. The migas is a must for breakfast taco fans, and then there are others like the El Diferente with refried pinto beans, potatoes, mushrooms, peppers, corn and avocado; or the La Reyna with eggs, mushrooms, carrots, spinach, cheese, and more. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are always outdoor dine-in areas with some spaces with indoor dine-in.

Mr. Natural

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For affordable, fast, and healthy food, head to this East Austin Tex-Mex and Mexican spot for solid vegetable-topped soy burgers, breakfast burritos, and delicious smoothies. And, hey, it’s Ethan Hawke-approved. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor dine-in services.

De Nada Cantina

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This Govalle restaurant is another destination for vegetarian-friendly tacos, all on blue corn tortillas. There’s the Camote with roasted sweet potatoes, a chimichurri, smoked black beans, and a spicy slaw; or the Verduras with a mushroom picadillo and grilled zucchini. There are also quesadillas and the option to switch to vegan cheese too. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

El Mesón Tequileria

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This South Lamar Mexican restaurant is full of vegetarian options. The queso fundido, an appetizer of gooey melted Monterey Jack cheese served on a skillet with optional roasted polanos and sauteed onions, plus flour tortillas, is one of the many stand-out dishes. The chile ancho relleno and vegetable fajitas are great options for entrees. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor dine-in services.

Bouldin Creek Cafe

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The neighborhood cafe serves up a wide array of vegetarian dishes, from sandwiches to even vegan-friendly breakfast tacos made with tofu scramble. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Soup Peddler Real Food & Juice Bar

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This Austin chain started because, per the name there was a literal guy peddling around town on a bike, selling soup. The vegetarian soups and sandwiches are a great option to go with one of its many smoothies, but the green apple and muenster grilled cheese sandwich might be the best thing on the entire menu. Takeout and deliver orders for pick-up and deliveries can be taken online; there are outdoor dine-in areas.

The Meteor

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A great vegetarian option is always meatless pizza, and this Bouldin Creek cafe has a handful of options. There’s the Hey Butter Butter with butternut squash, brown butter, mozzarella, sage, hot honey, and pine nuts; and the Mediterraneanish with olives, artichokes, feta, red sauce, and more. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in areas.

Taste of Ethiopia

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There are so many wonderful vegetarian options at the St. Edwards neighborhood Ethiopian restaurant. There’s the gomen with spiced steam collard greens or the fesolia with stewed vegetables, all of which pair wonderfully with injera bread. There are indoor dine-in services.

Sangam Chettinad Indian Cuisine

For those seeking out vegetarian-focused Indian food, this Milwood restaurant is the place to be. The mostly South Indian menu (with some northern dishes) offers so many vegetarian dishes, like stuffed eggplants, creamy aviyal with vegetables with coconut milk and yogurt, biryani, dosas, and much more. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor dine-in services.

Honest Mary's

The create-your-own bowls at the fast-casual mini-chain restaurant make it easy to stay green while providing more exciting options than salads. The Farmers Market bowl with forbidden rice, sweet potatoes, kale, avocado, and crispy chickpeas is a healthy go-to. Not up north? There’s this location in the Arboretum and others in Cedar Park and Rosedale. Takeout and delivery orders can be placed online or in person; there are indoor dine-in services.

Phonatic Vietnamese Cuisine

This vegetarian-friendly Vietnamese mini-chain restaurant is a fantastic option for fragrant, flavorful vegetarian pho. The tofu banh mi is a winner, too. There are three locations: this one in Allandale and the others in Round Rock and Cedar Park. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor dine-in services.

Nixta Taqueria

Find high-end but approachable tacos at the Chestnut Mexican restaurant, where chef Edgar Rico coaxes incredible flavors out of ingredients like cauliflower and beets. The beet tartare tostada has already won over at least one beet-hater. Don’t miss the coconut milk paletas for dessert. Takeout and delivery orders can be placed online; there are outdoor dine-in services.

Uroko

The MLK-183 Japanese restaurant within the Springdale General includes so many vegetarian hand rolls like the yuzu-avocado, umami cucumbers, and the pretty edible flowers and vegetables one. There are also sides like edamame, seaweed salads, and tofu Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in areas.

Nasha

The East Austin restaurant melds Mexican and Indian cuisines into wide-ranging vegetarian dishes. Expect dishes like saag or paneer enchiladas, daals, and pakoras. There’s a second location near Southpark Meadows. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are DoorDash and Favor deliveries; and there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Veracruz All Natural

Egg and/or vegetable tacos are perfect for vegetarians, so it’s worth heading to any of the several Veracruz All Natural spots around town, such as this one in East Austin, for great breakfast, lunch, and dinner tacos. The migas is a must for breakfast taco fans, and then there are others like the El Diferente with refried pinto beans, potatoes, mushrooms, peppers, corn and avocado; or the La Reyna with eggs, mushrooms, carrots, spinach, cheese, and more. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are always outdoor dine-in areas with some spaces with indoor dine-in.

Mr. Natural

For affordable, fast, and healthy food, head to this East Austin Tex-Mex and Mexican spot for solid vegetable-topped soy burgers, breakfast burritos, and delicious smoothies. And, hey, it’s Ethan Hawke-approved. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor dine-in services.

De Nada Cantina

This Govalle restaurant is another destination for vegetarian-friendly tacos, all on blue corn tortillas. There’s the Camote with roasted sweet potatoes, a chimichurri, smoked black beans, and a spicy slaw; or the Verduras with a mushroom picadillo and grilled zucchini. There are also quesadillas and the option to switch to vegan cheese too. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

El Mesón Tequileria

This South Lamar Mexican restaurant is full of vegetarian options. The queso fundido, an appetizer of gooey melted Monterey Jack cheese served on a skillet with optional roasted polanos and sauteed onions, plus flour tortillas, is one of the many stand-out dishes. The chile ancho relleno and vegetable fajitas are great options for entrees. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor dine-in services.

Bouldin Creek Cafe

The neighborhood cafe serves up a wide array of vegetarian dishes, from sandwiches to even vegan-friendly breakfast tacos made with tofu scramble. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Soup Peddler Real Food & Juice Bar

This Austin chain started because, per the name there was a literal guy peddling around town on a bike, selling soup. The vegetarian soups and sandwiches are a great option to go with one of its many smoothies, but the green apple and muenster grilled cheese sandwich might be the best thing on the entire menu. Takeout and deliver orders for pick-up and deliveries can be taken online; there are outdoor dine-in areas.

The Meteor

A great vegetarian option is always meatless pizza, and this Bouldin Creek cafe has a handful of options. There’s the Hey Butter Butter with butternut squash, brown butter, mozzarella, sage, hot honey, and pine nuts; and the Mediterraneanish with olives, artichokes, feta, red sauce, and more. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in areas.

Taste of Ethiopia

There are so many wonderful vegetarian options at the St. Edwards neighborhood Ethiopian restaurant. There’s the gomen with spiced steam collard greens or the fesolia with stewed vegetables, all of which pair wonderfully with injera bread. There are indoor dine-in services.

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