Vegan & Vegetarian Restaurants in Santa Monica
Golden Mean Cafe (1028 Wilshire Blvd (at 11th St), Santa Monica, CA)
Cuisine: Vegan, American, Bakery, Catering, Take-out.
This casual vegan cafe that opened its doors in the spring of 2009 offers an extensive menu. There are salads, pizza, sandwiches, wraps, main plates, and baked goods. Among the drinks served are smoothies and shakes, organic coffee and teas. The small café features a second floor loft where guests can read while seating on pillows.
Rejuice (3238 W Pico Blvd (at besides Trader Joe's), Santa Monica, CA)
Cuisine: Vegan, American, Organic, Juice bar, Take-out
This dining establishment has been operating since the summer of 2012, serving a wide assortment of fresh juice and smoothies in addition to vegan sandwiches (marinated tempeh, portabello mushroom, tomato & veggies) and a quinoa kale salad. Even though juices are usually pre-pressed, you can get one customized as well. This bar is perfect for quick and casual meal. Guests order at the counter. The place shares parking lot with Trader Joe’s.
Satdha Kitchen (2218 Lincoln Blvd, Santa Monica, CA)
Cuisine: Vegan, Organic, Thai, Take-out
Opened in the fall of 2013 this plant-based Thai food restaurant is run by the experienced owner who had studied cooking. Visitors can relax in a spacious setting with large windows enjoying really unique Thai vegan dishes served only at this place, such as beet dyed rice noodle, "catfish" eggplant, faux egg, Thai "quiche" (tofu), and watercress jicama salad. For dessert we recommend trying the tapicoa.
The Veggie Grill - Santa Monica (2025 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA)
Cuisine: Vegan, American, Fast food, Beer/Wine, Take-out, Catering
Those who prefer quick meal on the go can try vegan fast food offered at this cafe chain restaurant. There you can have a variety of veggie burgers, sandwiches, hot plates, sweet potato fries and kids menu, along with salads and desserts.
Beaming (1426 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, CA)
Cuisine: Vegan-friendly, American, Organic, Raw, Juice bar, Take-out.
In the menu of this juice and smoothie bar customers will find a selection of cold pressed organic juices, smoothies, plus there is a nice selection of take-out salads, soups, and entrees.
Chandni (1909 Wilshire Blvd (at 19th St), Santa Monica, CA)
Cuisine: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Indian, Buffet, Beer/Wine, Take-out.
Meaning "moonlight" in Hindi Chandni is a vegetarian Indian restaurant famous for its all-you-can-eat daily lunch buffet. An a la carte dinner menu features a variety of appetizers, vegetable and lentil dishes, assorted hot breads, and desserts. Among the customers' favorites are the samosas, garlic naan (not vegan), and eggplant bharata. The restaurant offers casual dining. There is a parking lot behind the restaurant.
Erven (514 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA)
Cuisine: Vegan-friendly, American, International, Beer/Wine, Fusion
Just recently opened restaurant features new American fusion cuisine. Food is all vegan, except some wines. The restaurant features two sections: a quick service deli and a sit-down area with full menu. Lunch prices are rather affordable.
LifeFood Organic (306 Pico Blvd (at 4th St), Santa Monica, CA)
Cuisine: Vegan-friendly, American, Organic, Raw, Juice bar, Take-out
This is the second location of LifeFood in LA which was opened in 2014. The organic cafe has a take-out counter to order fresh juices, smoothies, raw desserts, and a variety of other raw foods and health products. In addition to vegan and raw items the café also serves some dishes with dairy and bee products.
Samosa House (2301 Main St, Santa Monica, CA)
Cuisine: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Indian, Buffet, Fast food, Take-out.
Just recently opened in August 2016, this vegetarian Indian eatery offers some of the best casual dining in the city. It is located in the premises of the now closed Rawvolution. The restaurant offers combo plates, as well as dishes from the steamboat, plus rice and naan (dairy) or roti (vegan). Customers can also choose the items from an a la carte menu of chaat snacks on the wall.
Thai Vegan (2400 Main St, Santa Monica, CA)
Cuisine: Vegan-friendly, Thai, Fast food, Delivery, Take-out
This nice vegan eatery has been serving vegan food since April 2011. Sometimes it offers packaged non vegan snacks (make sure you check label). It is mostly takeaway serving dishes with vegetables, tofu, or add-on mock meat, plus there are several wooden tables and tall stools for seating on site.
Dogtown Coffee (2003 Main St, Santa Monica, CA)
Cuisine: Lacto, Ovo, American, Fast food, Take-out, Non-veg
Though this local coffeehouse does serve meat, vegan dishes are offered as well. The menu of the surf and skate culture themed coffeehouse is rather simple featuring tempeh, veggie sausage, and vegan mayonaise in wrap and sandwich. "Vegan burrito" offered there is not truly vegan as it comes in a honey wheat tortilla, but you can ask to have the filling in a bowl instead. Prices are affordable, the atmosphere is casual. The place is located just a block away from the ocean and has wall mural art and Wi-Fi.
Goji (408 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA)
Cuisine: Vegan-friendly, American, Juice bar, Take-out, Non-veg
The restaurant with bright interior and seating inside offers casual dining serving both meat and vegan dishes. There is a selection of wraps, a salad, an acai bowl. Guests can choose from a variety of smoothies and add-ons. If you would like to have a meal on the go there is grab n go case and chips.
Greens Up! - Main Street (3101 Main St, Santa Monica, CA)
Cuisine: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, American, Organic, Salad bar, Take-out, Non-veg
At the restaurant customers can have not only meat meals, but also vegan options. The salad bar restaurant offers a variety of salads from fresh local ingredients, and seasoned with organic and in-house dressings. If you want a vegan salad order the Thai salad, or you can have your own customized salad. The restaurant serves large portions. There is also a muddling bar with farmers market fruit and herbs added to organic ice tea and California lemonade. Bags and cups made from plants are biodegradable. Prices range from cheap to moderate. The location features Wi-Fi. Another location of this restaurant is on Montana Avenue.
Kreation Organic Kafe (1023 Montana Ave Unit B, Santa Monica, CA)
Cuisine: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, Organic, Mediterranean, Juice bar, Middle Eastern, Non-veg
At this small and casual cafe and juice bar you can order meat and vegan meals. Menu includes breakfast omelets, cold & hot tapas offered with bread, and salads, as well as organic coffee, teas, and a variety of juices. The café uses ingredients sourced primarily from local farmers and markets. There is sidewalk seating and back patio community table available. Prices are moderate but the dinner will cost more.
Kye's (1518 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, CA)
Cuisine: Take-out, Asian, Catering, Fusion, Non-veg
The location offers meat dishes in addition to vegan ones, including vegan brownie and wraps served in nori (seaweed) with romaine lettuce or collard green. There are also gluten free items in the menu.
Le Pain Quotidien (316 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA)
Cuisine: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, American, Organic, Western, Bakery, Non-veg
This international restaurant chain offers meat and vegan options, plus artisan bakery. The menu features some ovo-lacto vegetarian dishes in addition to vegan ones marked by carrot sign. Occasionally this small location serves vegan scones. It should be noted that the venue gets very crowded at mealtime.
Literati Cafe (12081 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA)
Cuisine: Lacto, Ovo, American, Juice bar, Take-out, Non-veg
Although the café doesn’t feature vegan baked goods it offers several vegan dishes marked in the menu, along with meat options. Westside cafe serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. There are almond, soy, and rice milk always available for coffee and smoothies.
Mrs. Winston's (3150 Ocean Park Blvd, Santa Monica, CA)
Cuisine: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, American, Salad bar, Juice bar, Take-out, Non-veg
Small natural foods and snacks store has a large salad bar that offers a variety of vegetarian and vegan items as well as lots of sprouts. There are also soups served as well as a fresh juice bar. You can have your own salad and sandwich customized. Another location is on Colorado Blvd.
Rosti Tuscan Kitchen (931 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, CA)
Cuisine: Lacto, Ovo, Pizza, Italian, Delivery, Take-out, Non-veg
At this Italian restaurant you can savor home style meat and vegan dishes. The venue has separate menus for vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free diets. The vegan menu includes starters, sandwiches, soup, pizza, salad and pasta.
Simply Salad (1401 2nd St, Santa Monica, CA)
Cuisine: American, Fast food, Salad bar, Take-out, Non-veg
The salad bar restaurant serves meat, but vegan meals are also available. Customers are allowed to choose their own ingredients. The place serves tofu and beans, veggies, soy cheese, hummus.
Sunny Blue (2728 Main St, Santa Monica, CA)
Cuisine: Vegan-friendly, Japanese, Fast food, Take-out, Non-veg
Among the vegan options available at this small eatery is Omusubi, seaweed wrapped around rice ball with a filling inside. 4 other vegan dishes served there are hijiki, peas, and corn; mushroom; ume; and wasabi. The venue has standing room only.
Sweetgreen (1343 4th St, Santa Monica, CA)
Cuisine: Lacto, American, Organic, Salad bar, Take-out, Non-veg
Salad chain restaurant from D.C. serves both meat and vegan dishes. Visitors can either order from pre-designed salad menu or have their own salad customized. The place features tofu.
Swinger's Diner (802 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA)
Cuisine: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, American, Fast food, Delivery, Take-out, Non-veg
Dive into retro diner decor and atmosphere that Swinger's Diner has to offer. Among vegan options available there are vegan nachos, veggieburgers, and other sort of fast foods. The place features agave nectar as sweetener option. Parking is available at the back of the restaurant.
The Hive (606 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA)
Cuisine: American, Juice bar, Take-out, Non-veg
Opened in April 2015 at the location previously occupied by Simply Raw, this casual eatery has meat and vegan options available. In addition to fresh juice, smoothie, and kombucha the bar also has a food menu featuring a vegan burrito.
Tiato (2700 Colorado Ave, Santa Monica, CA)
Cuisine: Lacto, Ovo, American, International, Beer/Wine, Take-out, Non-veg
Both a restaurant and marketplace, it has a mixed cuisines menu with marks for gluten, vegan and dairy diets.