The Best Vegan and Vegetarian Restaurants in Nashville

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No matter what kinds of foods you gravitate toward, it’s hard to resist the veggie-focused restaurants in town. Nashville has made healthy strides in the past few years, ramping up its number of vegetarian and vegan restaurants as well as the quality (and creativity) of the dishes served. Whether you dabble in vegetarianism, are a fully committed vegan, or fall somewhere in between, here’s where to go for a plant-based, meat-free meal.

VEGETARIAN: No meat of any kind (red meat, poultry, seafood) and sometimes no animal byproducts (eggs, dairy, honey)

VEGAN: No meat of any kind (red meat, poultry, seafood) or animal byproducts of any kind (eggs, dairy, honey)

The Best Vegan AND Vegetarian Restaurants in Nashville


Avo

VEGAN

When it opened in Charlotte Pike’s OneC1ty complex in 2015, Avo became Nashville’s first fully vegan restaurant. Every morsel on the menu, from the kimchi spring rolls to the raw pad Thai to the avocado margarita, is plant-based and naturally gluten-free. (There’s even a vegan version of the famous boozy bushwacker, made with coconut milk.) Leave room for one of the specialty desserts, which include a chocolate tart and a dairy-free cheesecake.

Neighborhood: West End 

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E+Rose Wellness

VEGETARIAN

E+Rose Wellness is a plant-based eatery founded by a registered dietician. Their menu is thoughtfully curated and carefully crafted. Guests can expect made-to-order superfood bowls, superfood smoothies, toasts, and beverages. If you’re on the go, pre-made juices, salads, wraps, soups, and noodle bowls are available at both locations!

Neighborhood: Gulch | Wedgewood-Houston | Downtown | Brentwood

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Graze

VEGAN

What this plant-based bistro and bar lacks in size (it took over Silly Goose’s quaint quarters in East Nashville), it makes up for in menu options. Graze whips up small plates, seitan sandwiches, inventive salads, veggie burritos, fresh cocktails and more, plus a killer weekend brunch—try the brunch tostadas.

Neighborhood: East Nashville

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Grins Vegetarian Cafe

VEGETARIAN

Grins Vegetarian Cafe is located on the Vanderbilt campus but welcomes anyone craving fresh vegetarian (and certified kosher) fare. Opened over a decade ago by Fido’s Bob Bernstein, this friendly cafe serves breakfast items, paninis, wraps salads and specials. Note that Grins closes for Jewish holidays and follows Vanderbilt’s schedule for holidays and seasonal breaks.

Neighborhood: West End 

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The Southern V

VEGAN 

The Southern V is located off Buchanan Street near Germantown, offering a 100% plant-based, Southern-style menu. With items like fried chick’n, chick’n strips, and BBQ jackfruit nachos, you’d probably think you’re at a Nashville hot chicken joint instead of a vegan eatery. Have no fear, though—everything is made from plants!

Neighborhood: North Nashville

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Sunflower Cafe

VEGAN + VEGETARIAN

Berry Hill’s Sunflower Cafe has been a popular spot for healthy fare since 2012. Most menu items are vegan (exceptions include optional gluten-free bread and cheese), and there’s an emphasis on local ingredients like produce. Known for its gourmet veggie burgers, the cafe also offers tasty wraps, giant salads, rice/quinoa bowls and vegan barbecue.

Neighborhood: Berry Hill

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Vegan Vee

VEGAN

Vegans with a relentless sweet tooth, this one’s for you. Vegan Vee is a vegan and gluten-free takeout bakery with limited hours—if there’s a line, use the opportunity to strategize your order. The muffins, bagels, doughnuts and cookies will get the job done, but the real magic lies in the daily specials: s’mores cups, maple pecan waffles, blueberry streusel bars, ginger creme pies, matcha green tea “cheesecake” bars and so much more.

Neighborhood: Sylvan Park

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Vege-licious, LLC

VEGAN + VEGETARIAN

Vege-licious, LLC is known for their hearty plant-based soul food! The 100% vegan cafe serves all sorts of homestyle delights like mac-n-cheese, fried chicken, BBQ, and more. Stop by for a quick bit or a long delicious meal! Guests can expect affordable prices and mouth-watering dishes!

Neighborhood: North Nashville 

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The Wild Cow

VEGAN + VEGETARIAN

The Wild Cow is a health-focused east side hot spot that serves up delicious vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free food. Among its lunch and dinner options are vegan queso, salads, sandwiches, bowls, tacos, wraps, smoothies and wraps. In addition to sourcing many local ingredients, The Wild Cow donates 2% of its Thursday sales to its designated local charity of the month.

Neighborhood: East Nashville

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Woodlands Indian Vegetarian Cuisine

VEGETARIAN

Woodlands is a longtime favorite of those who love vegetarian and/or Indian cuisine. This popular joint is tucked away in the bottom of the Continental condo building. Word on West End is that the original menu remains mostly intact!

Neighborhood: West End 

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Best vegetarian & vegan Dishes

  • MOTO: Blueberry Lasagna (with wild mushrooms and blueberry balsamic)
  • Tavern: Tuscan Kale & Parmesan Salad (with toasted almonds, currants, lemon and olive oil)
  • Mas Tacos: Fried Avocado Tacos (with shaved cabbage, onion and spicy dill yogurt)
  • Two Ten Jack: Yasai Shoyu Ramen (with vegetable broth, burnt corn, collards, beni shoga and mayu)
  • The Pharmacy: Falafel Burger (chickpea patty, yogurt raita, goat cheese, tomato and onion)
  • Two Boots: “V for Vegan” (with artichoke, red onion, shiitake mushrooms, sweet red pepper pesto, basil pesto and vegan cheese)

Is there another tasty veggie dish or restaurant in town? Tell us in the comments below!

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