Where to find top vegetarian and vegan restaurants while on the road

The Springs in downtown Los Angeles is one of 15 California eateries that made OpenTable's list of best vegetarian and vegan restaurants.

The Springs in downtown Los Angeles is one of 15 California eateries that made OpenTable’s list of best vegetarian and vegan restaurants.

(Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times)

Vegetarian and vegan travelers take heart: OpenTable on Thursday released its list of the 52 best vegetarian and vegan restaurants in America.

Fifteen are in California, which gives you new places to experience on your next weekend getaway within the state. The picks are based on more than 5 million restaurant reviews by OpenTable diners around the country plus input from experts, according to a statement.

The list of winners provides a real-time guide to places where plant-based eaters can find good options.

When you’re traveling, it’s hard to locate good vegetarian restaurants, and they often aren’t around the corner from your hotel. It’s even harder for vegan diners.


More than half of the restaurants on the list opened in the last five years, and seven opened in 2015. Also, 21 of them are vegan.

California leads the pack with the highest number of vegetarian eateries, followed by New York with 13, Philadelphia with six and Maryland with four.

Some are old favorites, such as Moosewood in Ithaca, N.Y., which led the way when it opened in 1973. Others are newer, such as plant-based Vedge in Philadelphia, which recently opened a V Street bar too.

Below are the California restaurants that made the cut. Check out the full list — with reviews, addresses and menus you can click on — at OpenTable’s Top Vegetarian & Vegan Friendly Restaurants in the U.S.

Al’s Place, San Francisco

Cafe Gratitude, San Diego (there’s also one in L.A. and another due to open in Newport Beach next year)

Civico 1845, San Diego

Crossroads, Los Angeles


Firefly Restaurant, San Francisco

The Gadarene Swine, Studio City

Gather, Berkeley

Gracias Madre, West Hollywood


Greens Restaurant, San Francisco

Plant Food and Wine, Venice

Ravens Restaurant-Stanford Inn by the Sea, Mendocino

Sage Vegan Bistro, Culver City


Saha, San Francisco

The Springs, Los Angeles

SunCafe, Studio City



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