I recently made a trip to San Diego, California, to have a home vacation away from home. One thing I was looking forward to the most is discovering new vegan hot spots. I expected to find local vegan restaurants, but what came to my surprise was the vast amount of options to choose from and how delicious each one turned out to be.
In the following, you will find a list of the best vegan, plant-based, or vegan-friendly restaurants in San Diego that I tried out and deeply loved. The best part is that each location offers a different cuisine to adhere to anyone’s taste buds.
By Pacific Beach, Soulshine Vegan is one restaurant that is a must-try! Not only do they have a unique tropical aesthetic but is also walking distance to the beach: making it a perfect place to have a healthy meal after surfing.
Also, Soulshine Vegan offers a variety of menu options that could fit anyone’s preference for vegan cuisine. Whenever you choose an item, you can best believe that the food you’re digesting is top-notch and nourishing for your body and health. Their menu includes organic and gluten-free options like juices, smoothies, bowls, salads, and desserts. (ps: try their ice cream!)
If you are looking for a late-night hangout spot that also serves vegan food, come to Kindred in South Park. The restaurant and bar are best known for its specialty cocktails and entertaining weekends.
To begin with, Kindred puts an edgier element to their dishes, however still prepared with a fancy style in mind. When inside the restaurant, you can expect an elegant, modern, and stylish atmosphere.
Their menu mostly comprises American food, but here and there you will find an international option. Kindred has a wide selection of alcohol from cider, wine, beer, and liquors.
Trilogy Sanctuary takes the mindful eating idea to a whole other level. The famed cafe is in the La Jolla neighborhood and has a killer rooftop patio with an ocean view.
In the first place, the Trilogy not only offers organic and healthy vegan food, but it’s also ridiculously delicious. They provide food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and many cuisines like Asian, Mexican, and American food.
Also, Trilogy hosts yoga classes, aerial yoga, yoga teacher training, spiritual counseling, has a naturopathic doctor and includes an eco-conscious boutique.
Go for a coffee, grab pressed juices, do some yoga or work from your laptop, Trilogy Sanctuary is a place you’re welcome to lounge around all day.
The Purple Mint Bistro
The family-owned restaurant The Purple Mint adds a twist to authentic Asian cuisines. You can expect to have the choice of eating some of your favorite traditional Asian foods without GMOs and the added saturated fats.
In the Grantville neighborhood, The Purple Mint is no fancy dining but offers high-quality meals. Their food options vary from Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese, and Japanese food. (best known for their mock duck!)
When entering, they kindly welcome you with warm smiles in a cozy ambiance. The restaurant is simple, but their recipes are not. If you’re looking to get the best out of your buck for vegan food, come here.
On the go? In a hurry? Looking for a delicious vegan meal but don’t want to deal with the wait? Come to Evolution. It’s a tiny spot between Hillcrest and Bankers Hill and advertised as a vegan fast food place.
Honestly, it comes as no surprise that often craving fried foods occurs. Evolution is the best option since it is a plant power fast-food restaurant and serves comfort food.
Just like other fast-food places, Evolution is quick to prepare your meal. You can either take it with you or sit on their shaded patio outside with lovely plants.
Veganic Thai Cafe
In University Heights is a savory vegan restaurant called Veganic Thai Cafe. The food restaurant is a casual place and great for a lunch pit stop.
Veganic Thai Cafe contains an extensive menu offering much Thai food and including your favorite traditional ones like Pad Kee Mow or Pad Thai. I tried their ‘beef’ red curry with a side of white rice, and oh my universe, the beef tasted like red meat.
You might like to hear that their meals are not small dishes. They are full-on plates; therefore, unless you come starving, expect some leftovers to take home.
Órale! Are you ready for some authentic Mexican fare? Living in North Park of San Diego, Ranchos Concina is your vegan stop for Mexican cuisine!
Here’s what to expect from them: everything! All kinds of dishes like enchiladas, tacos, pozole, margaritas, and flautas. You can really take care of your cave of Mexican food at Ranchos Concina without feeling guilty afterward since a majority of their menu options are vegan and vegetarian-friendly.
Ranchos Concina is a popular spot so call beforehand for a reservation and take advantage of their outdoor seating.
Throw on your fancy shoes or your favorite classy red dress and come through to Civico 1845 for a romantic or special occasion vegan Italian meal.
Feeling like you’re in a small boutique restaurant in Italy, Civico 1845 brings the Italian fare and traditional decor to Little Italy of San Diego. The restaurant embodies fresh, light, authentic, and vegan Italy flavored meals.
Civico 1845 ran by two Italian brothers passionate about bringing healthy food to the table while not sacrificing the taste. The menu has various Italian options like pasta, salads, desserts, and a wide selection of wine.
Just like Ranchos Concina, call ahead for a reservation if you’re looking to come by on the weekend or an evening. You can sit inside where you can enjoy an intimate setting or devour your meal on their outside patio that’s well-decorated with vines and contains a unique scenery.