The Best Vegan Restaurants in D.C.

Vegan Restaurants

Everyone enjoys getting together with friends or family and eating a good meal from time to time. It’s typically a fun experience from start to finish, from the light-hearted conversations to the tasty food and getting to try new cuisines. Finding vegan restaurants or establishments that offer vegan options is not always easy.

Whether you’re grabbing takeout on the way home or planning to meet some friends for a quick bite, being mindful of everyone’s menu preferences is a must. Many people choose vegan or vegetarian diets, and knowing the difference between the two can help ensure you choose a restaurant everyone can enjoy. The diets are similar, but the simplest differentiator is that vegans do not consume animal products or bi-products like eggs, honey, or dairy while vegetarians do not eat animals but may eat their bi-products.

The good news is that Washington, D.C. is home to plenty of great vegetarian and vegan restaurants, as well as locales that offer vegan and vegetarian options. There’s always something for everyone, especially at these locations near our DARO Apartment communities.

Dupont Circle Neighborhood Vegan Restaurants

DUPONT CIRCLE NEIGHBORHOOD

Nearby DARO communities: 

Sweet Green

Whether you order online, grab take-out, or dine-in, Sweet Green offers a menu almost as sweet as the name suggests. That includes protein-packed greens and everything from chicken chimichurri plates to harvest bowl salads made with almonds and kale, and much more. Their homemade spicy pesto sweet potatoes are great as a side dish or perfect for a sweet treat. 

Hip City Veg

This small, plant-based fast-food chain has two D.C. locations and offers various specialty burgers and sandwiches. At Hip City Veg, you can choose from zesty, spicy, and tangy sauces for your burgers. The flavors complement their organic smoked tempeh and tofu options, or you can order a grilled jerk chick’n or udon salad if you’re looking for a more organic meal. 

Frutive

Frutive is a great alternative to your chain pizza locations. They offer plant-based pizzas made with whole wheat crust and delicious superberry bowls made with oat or almond milk. For early mornings, you can grab steel-cut oats with granola, chia seeds, and your favorite fruits.

Vegz

Offering both vegan and vegetarian options, Chef Swarn Singh created Vegz from the comfort of his mother’s kitchen. You’ll find delicious homemade hummus pita, freshly cut parmesan fries, and papdi chat as appetizers, then circle into your main course and enjoy items like masala dosa and paneer uthappam crepes, mixed vegetable korma, and other Indian-styled options.

Teaism

Located in both DuPont Circle and Penn’s Quarter, Teaism serves mouthwatering dishes that are perfect for a mixed diet and keep you coming back for more. As you go through the menu, try their palak paneer, a vegan cheeseburger, and some tasty sweet potatoes with miso. Don’t forget to try their specialty boba tea or other drink options.

The Little Beet

The Little Beet is a vegetarian-based restaurant with a new menu. They offer a wide variety of make-your-own bowl options, including basmati rice, quinoa, and leafy field greens to start things off. You can choose between warm or cold veggies to mix in and include proteins like baked falafel or sweet ‘n’ spicy tofu. If you’d prefer to order something off the chef’s specialties, you can opt for a brussel hustle bowl, yuzu poké bowl, or a short list of other options.

Vegan Restaurants in the Cleveland Park Neighborhood

Nearby DARO communities:

Indique

Staying true to Indian cuisine, Indique mixes in unique flavoring to bring you meals you won’t forget. Their dinner menu provides spicy street snacks such as vegetable mini dosa, and their main courses bring you options like bagara baingan which is made with baby eggplant. Enjoy their morel vegetable stew on rainy or cooler days, and punjabi chole for a delicious take on potatoes and chickpeas.

True Food Kitchen

True Food Kitchen thrives on bringing you “crave-able food that boosts your mood.” A few vegan favorites on the menu are the teriyaki quinoa bowl and ancient grains bowl. They also serve a homemade butternut squash pizza made with caramelized onions and roasted garlic that’s perfect for sharing. You dine with True Food for brunch, lunch, or dinner, then take your leftovers home with you for a second round at their appetizing menu. 

Mount Pleasant & Columbia Heights Neighborhood

The Best Vegan Restaurants in D.C.

Nearby DARO communities: 

Nu Vegan Cafe

Formerly known as Woodlands Vegan Bistro, Nu Vegan Café is D.C.’s number one spot for vegan soul food. Menu items include herb-infused seitan roast, vegan chick’n drummies, ginger spiced tofu, black bean burgers, and more vegan favorites. No matter what you’re craving, when it comes to vegan restaurants, Nu Vegan has a dish for everyone and every food mood.

Sticky Fingers Sweets & Eats

You can find all of your vegan baked goods at Sticky Fingers. Choose from flavors of cupcakes, small and big bites, and bakery sweets. A sticky finger lunch favorite is their black bean and green chile quesadilla, and you can’t help but follow it up with one of their crumb cakes or sticky buns. If you’re feeling extra generous and buying treats for everyone, try some of their classic cookies or not-so-daily-donuts on select days.

Are you moving to the Washington, D.C. area or simply looking for a new community to call home? Contact DARO Apartments to speak with a leasing specialist. We’re happy to discuss your needs and desired location, then schedule a time to tour one of our open floor plans. We can’t wait to meet you! 

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