With More People Going Veg, Consider These Restaurants Ripe With Satisfying Plant-Based Options
Written By: Anna Keeve Vegan Options San Diego
Whether it’s a date night or a night out on the town with the crew, you want to kick off the evening with an epic dinner spot. And maybe your night out is the dinner spot, so choosing wisely is a must. In the dynamic food-preference culture we live in, stresses and pressure can come from choosing a restaurant that satisfies everyone’s dietary needs. The good news is, there are plenty of upscale and hip San Diego establishments offering dedicated vegan items, so you and your veg-going guest(s) can enjoy an awesome dining experience without having to start an order with “Would it be possible to have…?” To help you choose the perfect restaurant for your next night out, check out this list of some SD locales that have solid plant-based offerings.
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Jayne’s is a quaint hidden gem in the Normal Heights neighborhood. Their secret garden-like surroundings will ease you into the perfect mood. Foodies and wine lovers adore this spot for the great service, knowledgeable staff and diverse eats. They offer the Impossible Burger, a plant-based patty that was created to look, taste and ‘bleed’ like the real-beef-deal. Needless to say, diners loved it and the burger has been one of Jayne’s top-selling items since.
Native Knowledge: Parking can be a serious party-mood killer in that area of Normal Heights, but valet is available on Friday and Saturday’s; however, given the extensive and expertly picked wine list, you can easily breeze through a few bottles, so you will likely want to Lyft/Uber.
4677 30th St
San Diego, CA 92116
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While Herb & Wood does not have dedicated “V” items on its entrée menu—although they have been known to offer a vegan special periodically—they do have a number of small plates that are vegan-friendly, but not marked/labeled. You can easily piece together a few small plates from their toasts, greens and vegetables sections to make a delicious meal, requesting to opt out of certain ingredients where applicable. Their avocado toast is perfection, and the Roasted Cauliflower is light and flavorful.
Native Knowledge: For dinner, go for a table on their indoor/outdoor seating area; the ambiance is elegant, and it’s a tad bit quieter than the interior dining space that can get very loud at peak hours.
Herb & Wood
2210 Kettner Blvd
San Diego, CA 92101
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With the proliferation of newer restaurants in Little Italy, Civico 1845 is an authentic-feeling Italian spot in the heart of Little Italy is sure to please herbivores and meat-eaters alike. The best news is that Civico 1845 offers a separate and dedicated vegan menu for both lunch and dinner. It includes no shortage of classic Italian fare, like their hefty and filling Lasagna Romagnola, stacked with vegan Italian sausage ragut and vegan Parmesan. If you’re in the mood for a lighter entrée, try the Violet Gnocchi that offers a healthy dose of vegan mozzarella and San Marzano tomatoes.
Native Knowledge: For sips, they only serve beer and wine and bubbles.
1845 India St
San Diego, CA 92101
If you are looking for a fun spot to grab a cool treat in Coronado, stop by MooTime Creamery. Despite the name, they do in fact have some dairy-free options, like their sorbets which are some of the best in town. You pick your base and they mash in an assortment of toppings, then plunk it into a big cup.
1025 Orange Ave
Coronado, CA 92118
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Warning: this restaurant is LOUD! But once you get over the initial shock of having to yell with your dinner mates, one can enjoy the modest portions and thoughtful American-inspired cuisine. With several dedicated and clearly marked vegetarian and vegan options to choose from, you will find a selection of apps to share, and some unique dishes like the Lentil Croquettes. Plus, these days a trendy restaurant is not complete without a craft cocktail list, and Clara does not disappoint. The restaurant nabbed Bartender Seth Marquez (of Campfire and Sycamore Den) to create and curate its ingredient-driven beverage program.
Native Knowledge: Clara severs up a Friday and Saturday late-night discounted beverage and food menu that consists of several dedicated vegan items. Try their “Thai CBJ,” the quintessential hipster-inspired PB&J or their vegan Lettuce Wraps that pair nicely with some vino.
300 Carlsbad Village Dr, Ste 213
Carlsbad, CA 92008
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The sophisticated yet down-to-earth vintage vibe at Master’s will leave you wondering how you have not discovered this gem sooner! Let’s start with the most important thing first: Master’s offers up a legit “Vegan Cheese Board” that consists of a variety of nut-based cheeses. Why more places don’t offer this type of thing on their menu? We don’t know, but guaranteed vegan or not, you will enjoy the welcomed change and rare ability to order a plant-based ‘cheese board’ at a restaurant. They have a number of additional items in a dedicated “Vegan” section on the menu and their smart and attentive servers are keen to modify anything on request to fit your dietary needs, like the delicious Quinoa Black Bean Burger (ask for no cheese), which is a welcome change to he rampant “bleeding” and faux “meaty” burgers than some people like to avoid.
Master’s Kitchen & Cocktail
208 S Coast Hwy
Oceanside, CA 92054
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This recently opened neighborhood ice cream joint in the heart of University Heights is the perfect post-dinner stop. With a variety of flavors that rival the ever-popular Salt & Straw, Stella Jean’s wins when it comes to vegan options, about five of which they have on their rotating menu. The ultra-creamy Matcha Pistachio and Chocolate With Spiced Pecans are a must-try. As a bonus, their freshly-baked waffle cones are vegan and gluten-free.
Stella Jean’s Ice Cream
4404 Park Blvd, Ste B
San Diego, CA 92116