I recently decided to make a trip to San Diego, California to have a home vacation away from home. One of the things I was looking forward to the most is discovering new vegan restaurants.
Honestly, I definitely expected to find local vegan hot spots, but what came to my surprise was the vast amount of options to choose from and, how delicious each vegan restaurant turned out to be.
In the following, you will find a list of the best vegan restaurants in San Diego that I tried out and deeply loved. The best part is that each location offers a different type of cuisine to adhere to anyone’s taste buds. Let me know what you think and if you end up trying any of them by commenting below.
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Located by Pacific Beach, San Diego, Soulshine Vegan is one of the restaurants that are a must-try! Not only do they have a unique tropical aesthetic but are also walking distance to the beach: making it a perfect place to have a healthy meal after laying out or surfing.
In addition, 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.
Next time you’re in Pacific Beach, don’t hesitate to stop by and try out their vegan cashew cheesecake that is to die for.
If you’re looking for the best hangout spot, come to Kindred. Not only do they serve plant-based food, but they also have booze up their sleeves.
To begin with, Kindred puts an edgier element to their dishes, and the ambiance is a bit darker but with a fancy twist. When inside the restaurant, you can expect an elegant, modern and trendy atmosphere.
Lastly, their menu mostly consists of American food, but here and there you will find an international choice. Kindred has a wide selection of alcohol from cider, wine, beer, and liquors. You can expect well-decorated cocktails filled with sparkling taste.
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, Trilogy not only offers organic and healthy vegan food, but it’s also ridiculously delicious. They provide food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and all types of cuisines like Asian, Mexican, and American food.
In addition, Trilogy hosts yoga classes, aerial yoga, yoga teacher training, spiritual counseling, has a naturopathic doctor and consists of an eco-conscious boutique.
Go for a coffee, juice, 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.
Located in the Grantville neighborhood, The Purple Mint is no fancy dining but does offer high-quality meals. Their food options vary from Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese, and Japanese food.
When entering, you are welcomed with a friendly, warm, and cozy intimate 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 located between Hillcrest and Bankers Hill and advertised as a vegan fast food place.
Honestly, sometimes, us ‘vegans’ do crave fast food options like burgers or french fries. Yet, let’s face it, if we are genuinely a vegan and adamant about our choices, McDonald’s is never our pit stop.
Thankfully, Evolution resolves that problem for you. They are quick to prepare your meal, and you can either take it with you or sit on their shaded patio outside that is beautifully joined by plants.
Veganic Thai Cafe
I love, love, love Thai food! However, when I transitioned to veganism and became more consciously aware of nutritional facts in Thai food, I was so let down to learn how many additives are involved and also, all the seafood sauces used in the so-called vegetable dishes.
Nonetheless, Veganic Thai Cafe is here to save the day! The restaurant resides in Hillcrest, San Diego, and is a charming place to sit back and enjoy a Thai dish that is well-rounded of goodness.
Veganic Thai Cafe contains an extensive menu offering all types of Thai food and of course, 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 actually full-on plates; therefore, unless you come starving, you should expect some leftovers to take home.
Órale! Are you ready for some authentic Mexican fare? Residing 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 crave 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 don’t hesitate to 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 was formed and is managed by two Italian brothers that are 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.