The Best Vegan & Vegetarian Restaurants in Silicon Valley

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From vegan comfort food to healthy power bowls to upscale vegetarian dining, there are tons of vegan and vegetarian restaurants in Silicon Valley to satisfy your cravings. Here’s your guide to the Bay Area’s best!

 

Good Karma Artisan Ales & Cafe

Cafe, Beer/Wine, Asian, Mexican, Vegan, Vegetarian $$$

 

 

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37 S 1st St, San Jose, CA 95113
(408) 294-2694
http://goodkarmasj.com

Good Karma is as much your friendly neighborhood bar as it is a restaurant. It has an fantastic selection of craft beer, and vegan food prepared from organic ingredients. When you walk into Good Karma, you immediately feel a fun energy. For some, the eclectic decor and loud music might be a bit too much, but it’s more than made up by the friendly and welcoming staff.

The food is deceptively simple, but flavorful and nutritious. It’s great place if you want just a beer and a light meal – think Buddha Bun, Knife & Fork Nachos, or the Quesadillas – or a more substantial lunch/dinner. You can Build-Your-Own rice/quinoa plate with your choice of Chile Verde, Dal, Red Curry, Jamaican Jerk, and much more. Or wrap it in a burrito!

This is not the place to take a large group. The space is fairly small, with limited seating outside. I recommend grabbing one of the tables outside, and watching the people of San Jose come and go.

Live in the Bay recommendations: Buddha Bun (Bao) stuffed with mushrooms, tofu, cabbage, jicama, carrots and peas) and served with housemade sweet savory sauce, Kale Salad, Rice Plate with Dal.

 

Mint & Basil

Restaurant, Malaysian, Thai, Vietnamese $$$

 

 

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5130 Cherry Ave #30, San Jose
(408) 809-4910

1741 N. Milpitas Blvd, Milpitas
(669) 235-5285

http://mintnbasil.com

This is a great place for vegetarian food with Vietnamese, Thai and Malaysian influences. The restaurants are clean and fresh looking. The menu is expansive and runs about five pages, not including the drinks page that includes Vietnamese coffee, Thai Iced Tea and fresh young coconut. On a cold rainy day, nothing beats a bowl of their pho which is surprisingly flavorful for vegan. But my favorites are the four different kinds of rolls, the Thai-inspired curry dishes, as well as the variety of noodle dishes.

Live in the Bay recommendations: Crispy Tofu, Winter rolls, Peace Curry, Combination Vermicelli Bowl.

Crepes Bistro

Bistro, Cafe, Creperie, Juice Bar, Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten-free $$$

 

 

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57 Washington St, Santa Clara, CA 95050
(408) 260-6885
https://www.crepesbistro.net

This European-style bistro is so much more than just crepes. It serves a  locally-sourced, organic, vegetarian menu with many vegan, egg-free, and gluten-free food options, including breakfast oatmeals, smoothies, freshly-squeezed juices, lunch salads, soups and power bowls. The crepe selection includes savory (spinach, tomatoes, and cheese) as well as sweet crepes (strawberry, banana and Nutella). The crepe batter is without egg, and almost all of the crepes can be made vegan by leaving out the cheese or by replacing whipping cream with coconut cream. The crepes are large, and easily shared between 2 people. Finally, they have delicious açaí bowls topped with fresh fruit and honey.

Live in the Bay recommendations: Happy Berry smoothie, Sweet Works crepe, Açaí original bowl.

 

Veggie Grill

Diner, American, Vegan, Vegetarian $$$

 

 

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Westgate Mall, 1692 Saratoga Ave #94, San Jose, CA
(408) 374-4152

Santana Row, 3055 Olin Ave #1030, San Jose, CA
(408) 296-6473

https://www.veggiegrill.com

Veggie Grill is a vegan chain first started in 2007 in southern California. It has a casual dining vibe. The menu includes vegan burgers and sandwiches, tacos, power bowls as well as seasonal specials.  The restaurant uses mock meats like the Beyond burger patty, Gardein Chickn (fried or grilled), and vegan ground beef (crumbles) in some of their dishes. If you are watching your weight, this restaurant lists the calories on their menu so you know exactly how many you are eating.

Live in the Bay recommendations: All the items on the Shares menu, especially the Crispy Cauliflower and Tempura Green Bean Stack. Grilled Quinoa + Veg Burger. Rustic Farm Bowl. Masala Bowl. You can pair your meal with a side of mac-n-cheese and salad.

 

The Happy Hooligans

Restaurant, American, Mexican, Vegan $$$

 

 

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1711 Branham Ln # A9, San Jose, CA 95118
(408) 694-0740
https://www.happy-hooligans.com

The Happy Hooligans is the place to go when you’re craving comfort food. They have all the things you’ll find on an American diner menu — mac ‘n cheese, burgers, fish & chips, chick’n & waffles, and burritos — and it’s all vegan. It’s hard to feel deprived with food this delicious and flavorful. Even non-vegans will enjoy it. The desserts are to die for. The cheesecake was surprisingly light and tasty.

Live in the Bay recommendations: Buffalo Cauliflower Bites, Pesto Fries, Hurrican Hugo’s Burrito.

 

Garden Fresh

Restaurant, Chinese, Vegan $$$

 

 

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11245 W El Camino Real, Mountain View, CA 94040
(650) 254-1688
http://www.gardenfresh.us

This no-frills Chinese restaurant is strictly vegan although you will find menu items like any Chinese restaurant.  The chef has mastered the centuries-old tradition of making vegan “meat”. Everything can be made with tofu instead of the meat substitute if you’re like me and prefer simpler vegetarian dining. The food is flavorful and made with fresh ingredients.  The restaurant is quite small and can get busy on the weekends. In order not to be disappointed, go early or on a weekday.

Live in the Bay recommendations: Veggie Fish with fresh vegetables and sweet and sour sauce, Mango shrimp, Moo Shu Vegetables, Curry Tofu, Basil Tempura. It’s all good!


Curry Up Now

Restaurant, Bar, Indian Street Food, Vegan, Vegetarian $$$

 

 

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There are 7 locations in the Bay Area, with one more coming soon. The South Bay/Peninsula locations are:

3250 Zanker Rd, #30, San Jose, CA
(408) 770-3541

321 Hamilton Avenue, Palo Alto, CA
(650) 300-4690

129 South B Street, San Mateo, CA
(650) 316-8648

https://www.curryupnow.com

I had to add this restaurant chain just because Indian food is a natural for vegans and vegetarians without having to compromise on flavor.

Curry Up Now was founded in 2009 by the husband and wife team, Akash and Rana Kapoor, and partner Amir Hosseini, as a food truck. Since then, they have expanded to brick and mortar restaurants in San Francisco, Oakland, San Mateo, Palo Alto, and San Jose. The San Mateo and San Jose locations have adjoining cocktail bars called Mortar & Pestle.

The restaurant chain serves up Indian Street food with inspiration from American, Mexican and Chinese cuisines.  The restaurants, although not strictly vegan or vegetarian, have plenty of vegan options like their chaats, Vada Pav, and the Hella Vegan Burrito or Bowl. The restaurants are bright and clean, and have a great vibe. The dishes taste authentic, and are prepared from fresh ingredients.

Live in the Bay recommendations: Deconstructed Samosa Chaat, Vada Pav, and The Hungry Planet Bowl.

 

True Food Kitchen

Restaurant, American, Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten-free, Keto, Paleo $$$

 

 

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Stanford Shopping Center, 180 El Camino Real Ste 1140, Palo Alto, CA 94304
(650) 272-5157
https://www.truefoodkitchen.com

Another restaurant that is not strictly vegan or vegetarian, but it’s a place everyone will like, and everything on the menu can be made vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, keto, paleo, you get the idea. It’s one of my favorites to take visitors because there is something for everyone. The atmosphere is bright and friendly, and it has some of the healthiest food you can find in the Bay Area.

True Food Kitchen is a chain that was founded by Dr. Andrew Weil, doctor of integrative medicine who I’ve followed for some time. His big idea is that you should eat foods that are anti-inflammatory and prepare them in such a way that the body can absorb the nutrients in order to maintain optimum health. So, you know, in addition to being tasty, it’s going to be good for you.

The restaurant serves up American fare from burgers to kale salads to buddha bowls. The menu changes seasonally, so you’re not going to get bored of this place.

Live in the Bay recommendations: All the appy’s are fabulous, especially the roasted brussel sprouts, edamame dumplings, charred cauliflower. For entree, try the Unbeetable Burger, if you love beets like I do. Tasty with a complexity of flavors.

 

Do you have a recommendation?

Tell us your favorite in the comments below! We’ll be sure to check it out!

 

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