The Ultimate Guide to the BEST Vegan Food in Denver

The Ultimate Guide to the BEST Vegan Food in Denver is updated to account for adjustments due to COVID as of January 7, 2021. Sadly, we had a few restaurants close last year but we continue to remain strong as a city with excellent vegan options!


Matt and I moved to Denver in the summer of 2014. It feels like it was just yesterday that we were packing up the car for our cross-country drive.

Naturally, we HAD to check out every vegan or vegetarian restaurant in town and the surrounding areas. After finding our favorites, we knew that we had to spread the word!

Read on for our version of the The Ultimate Guide to the BEST Vegan Food in Denver.

The Ultimate Guide to the BEST Vegan Food in Denver

πŸ’š = 100% Vegan. 🌿 = Vegetarian.
🚌 = Food Truck. 😊 = Vegan-Friendly.

WaterCourse Foods πŸ’š

WaterCourse dates back to 1998 and they are still thriving so you know you’re going to find some goooood eatin’ here. They also make yummy oat milk lattΓ©s (ask for lavender syrup). They serve baked goods from their vegan bakery, β€œMake, Believe” and they have an impressive cocktail menu.

The Ultimate Guide to the BEST Vegan Food in Denver. A burger and fries from WaterCourse Foods.
A burger and fries from WaterCourse Foods.

Piante Pizzeria πŸ’š

Piante makes the most delicious vegan pizza in town! Their first location opened up in Breckenridge in 2017 and now they recently opened a new location in Denver.

The Ultimate Guide to the BEST Vegan Food in Denver. Buffalo Soldier Pizza from Piante Pizzeria.
The Buffalo Soldier Pizza from Piante Pizzeria

Native Foods CafΓ© πŸ’š

This is a fast-casual vegan chain restaurant with locations in 4 states (California, Colorado, Chicago and Oregon). They serve salads, sandwiches, wraps, soups and desserts. They have a variety of signature plant-based proteins like their tempeh, seitan, ‘Native Chicken,’ ‘Native Bacon,’ and cashew cheese.

The Ultimate Guide to the BEST Vegan Food in Denver. Chicken and waffles from Native Foods Cafe.
Chicken & Waffles from Native Foods Cafe

Somebody People πŸ’š

Somebody People is our favorite date-night restaurant. The food is phenomenal, always fresh and innovative. They also have a sophisticated cocktail menu that makes me feel so fancy!

MetaBurger πŸ’š

MetaBurger now has 2 locations and, LUCKY for us, we live only 10 minutes from their newest location in Edgewater. Their burgers are SO GOODβ€”and they have a huge variety of toppings and combinations to choose from.

The Ultimate Guide to the BEST Vegan Food in Denver. Lunch at MetaBurger - vegan hot dog, two milkshakes, and meta-bites.
A Hot Dog, Burger, 2 Milkshakes and ‘Meta-Bites’ from MetaBurger

Make, Believe Bakery πŸ’š

Make, Believe bakery is a 100% vegan bakery that recently opened under the owners of WaterCourse Foods. Their products are also available at Watercourse Foods and City O’ City (which is located right next door).

So Radish πŸ’š

A little bit outside the city in Arvada, but totally worth the trip. They have some quirky decor and a really awesome brunch menu.

Urban Beets Cafe πŸ’š

Also in Arvada, Urban Beets Cafe is a 100% plant-based cafe and juice bar that has a unique, rotating menu. The food is delicious and the restaurant is extremely welcoming and cozy.

The Ultimate Guide to the BEST Vegan Food in Denver. Pierogies from Urban Beets Cafe in Arvada, CO.
Pierogies from Urban Beets Cafe

Our Daily Bread Bakery & Deli πŸ’š

Our Daily Bread Bakery & Deli is a vegan restaurant in Lakewood serving fresh breads, sandwiches, baked goods, salad bar, and daily soup. They grind their own wheat and use no preservatives.

Nooch Vegan Market πŸ’š

Nooch Vegan Market is a small vegan grocery and retail store where you can find all kinds of 100% vegan items. It’s so fun to shop at Nooch because you can rest assured everything they sell is VEGAN!

They have a huge selection of unique, specialty items that you can’t find anywhere else! Pro tip: don’t forget to bring your own reusable shopping bag.

Pescky Kitchen (Pop-up) πŸ’š

This vegan pop-up makes the most delicious vegan chicken wings and strips. Other mouthwatering items include the mac & cheese and the pulled pork sandwich. Order online and pick-up at their pick-up location β€” but order quick! Their food is SO GOOD that they sell out fast.

More info about where to order Pescky Kitchen can be found on their instagram.

The Ultimate Guide to the BEST Vegan Food in Denver. Crunchy vegan chicken strips from Pescky Kitchen.
Extremely Delicious Vegan Chicken Strips from Pescky Kitchen

City O’ City 🌿

City O’ City is consistently packed and the wait can be long at prime times – which is understandable because they serve up some bangin’ eats. It’s a must go place, so do not miss out if you can!

It’s primarily vegetarian but most dishes can be made vegan when asked, and it’s ALL delicious! This restaurant inspired our BEST tofu scramble – so if you can’t stand the wait, you can make it at home instead πŸ™‚

The Ultimate Guide to the BEST Vegan Food in Denver. Vegan fish and chips from City O' City.
Lunch out on the patio at City O’ City

Vital Root 🌿

Opened in 2016, an awesome new vegetarian restaurant in the highlands neighborhood. Situated on Tennyson St., Vital Root is surrounded by trendy restaurants and local shops. Order at the register and sit down in the artsy dining room or outside on the herb-decorated patio.

Vital Root is a fairly new restaurant, opening its doors in June 2016, but it does not disappoint with its creative and healthy dishes. They have plenty of raw options and 99% of their menu can be made vegan.

The ULTIMATE Guide to the BEST Vegan Food in Denver. Sangria on the patio at Vital Root.
Sipping sangria as we wait for our food outside on the back patio at Vital Root.

Whole Sol Blend Bar 🌿

Smoothie bowls, juice, and other healthy snacks. LOTS of vegan options such as their Just Egg Breakfast Sandwich and variety of Avocado Toasts.

WongWayVeg πŸ’š 🚌

WongWayVeg is awesome! We are absolutely addicted to their Boulder Philly. Their menu is filled with plant-based deliciousness. This is our FAVORITE food truck in town and one that you do not want to miss.

Find out where you can track down WongWayVeg by following them on Instagram.

The Ultimate Guide to the BEST Vegan Food in Denver. The famous Boulder Philly from WongWayVeg Vegan Food Truck.
Boulder Philly and veggie tots from WongWayVeg Vegan Food Truck

Mu Denver πŸ’š 🚌

Mu Denver is an asian food truck that serves up “the BEST vegan ramen in Denver” according to the reviews on their facebook page. They are regularly parked outside of Nooch Vegan Market.

Follow Mu Denver on instagram for the latest news and locations.

Vegan Van πŸ’š 🚌

The first time we found the Vegan Van, they were completely sold out of food because of a huge rush of hungry vegans! We finally got to try their food at VegFest and it did not disappoint. You can find them parked around town and sometimes they even show up outside Nooch.

Find out where you can track down the Vegan Van by visiting the calendar on their website: www.veganvan.com/calendar

The Ultimate Guide to the BEST Vegan Food in Denver. Seitan wings, corndog, burger and fries from Vegan Van Food Truck.
Seitan wings, corndog, burger and fries from Vegan Van Food Truck

El Five 😊

If you’re looking for a restaurant that’s a more upscale for a special occasion, El Five is your best best. It’s not 100% vegan but they have a good selection of vegan options, including wine and cocktails.

VooDoo Donuts 😊

VooDoo Donuts has a wide selection of vegan donuts to choose from. And they aren’t cake donuts either, they are the fluffy ones with the creamy filling – soooo good.

The Alamo Drafthouse 😊

Located in the Sloan’s Lake neighborhood, the Alamo Drafthouse is a movie theater that serves food and drinks while you’re watching the movie. Their menu has a separate section for everything vegan like cauliflower wings and avocado toast.

Blue Sushi Sake Grill 😊

Located right on the 16th Mall in Downtown Denver, Blue Sushi has several unique vegan sushi rolls on their menu. This place is awesome for happy hour, too.

Honorable Mentions:

  • Bang Up to the Elephant πŸ’š – now all vegan! A fresh take on tropical dishes and drinks.
  • Charcoal Bistro 😊 – They have a separate vegan menu and vegan specials.
  • Hops & Pie 😊 – They offer pizza with housemade sausage, smoked tofu, and daiya cheese. Also, a “vegan sloppy jane” made with tempeh.
  • Fire on the Mountain 😊 – Delicious seitan wings or cauliflower wings with several vegan sauces to choose from
  • Root Down 😊 – Good for Brunch, Mimosas, Tofu Scramble (same owner as Vital Root)
  • Linger 😊 – Unlimited mimosas during brunch! Soyrizo. (same owner as Vital Root)
  • Sputnik 😊 – Dive-bar with a separate vegan menu
  • Indian Restaurants:
    • Spice Room 😊 – Traditional Indian food. They have A LOT of great vegan options to choose from on their menu and most items can be made vegan by request.
    • Yak and Yeti 😊 – Indian restaurant with lots of vegan options.
    • Himchuli 😊 – they host a monthly vegan buffet night, every third Tuesday of the month!

The Ultimate Denver Vegan Restaurant Guide Interactive Map

Check out the map below to see what’s going on in Denver. We threw in a few extra all-vegan restaurants from surrounding cities because they were just way too good to leave out!

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7 Comments

  1. Reply

    Doug

    May 19, 2017

    This is great! Thanks so much for sharing this.

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      pasta-based

      May 24, 2017

      You’re welcome, Doug!!

  2. Reply

    Suellen

    May 19, 2017

    Thank you so much

    • Reply

      pasta-based

      May 24, 2017

      You’re welcome, Suellen!!

  3. Reply

    Shatone

    October 28, 2017

    This info is very much appreciated!
    Thanks for taking the time to do this πŸ™‚

  4. Reply

    Miya

    June 22, 2019

    Thanks it’s delicious. I’m grateful to you

  5. Reply

    Lindsay

    October 21, 2020

    What a helpful article! Thank you for this!!!

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