Best Vegetarian Restaurants & Dishes in Nashville

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Whether you’re vegetarian or not, the amazing veggie restaurants and dishes in Nashville are worth a try. Sometimes the hardest thing about trying a new restaurant is knowing what to order, especially when it’s a vegetarian restaurant with unfamiliar ingredients. Below we’ve listed the top vegetarian restaurants including a “what to order” section to make things a little easier for you. At the bottom of this article you’ll find what we think are the best vegetarian dishes at popular, non-vegetarian restaurants. And NO, they aren’t all salads!

Best Vegetarian Restaurants in Nashville

Wild Cow

Wild Cow is a little joint on the East side that serves up some delicious vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free food. It’s a really popular lunch spot and dinner hangout, which is open until 10pm on Fridays and Saturdays.

What to Order: Fresh Quarter Dip or Seitan Tacos

Woodlands Indian Vegetarian Cuisine

Woodlands is easily one of the best vegetarian as well as Indian restaurants in Nashville. This veg-friendly joint is tucked away in the bottom of a condo building off West End. We’ve been there countless times and the service has always been impeccable and fast. Also, they have a bring-your-own-wine policy!

What to Order: Vegetable Jalfrezi (#65) or Gobi Manchurian Dry (#18)

Sunflower Cafe

Sunflower Cafe is the newest vegetarian restaurant in Nashville, which opened in 2012. Located in Berry Hill, this place focuses on vegetarian cuisine from locally-grown produce. Sunflower Cafe’s menu focuses on wraps, bowls and veggie burgers.

What to Order: Thai Ginger Tofu or Arugula Bistro Burger

Grin’s Vegetarian Cafe

Located on the Vanderbilt campus, Grin’s Vegetarian Cafe, which is also kosher, was opened over a decade ago by Bob Bernstein. Bernstein’s other restaurants include Fido, Bongo Java, and Hot and Cold. Grin’s is open from 7:30am to 9pm during the week, so you can get your veggie breakfast, lunch or dinner fix. Be sure to check their hours before you head there — they close for some holidays and student breaks.

What to Order: Superfood Wrap


Avo is Nashville’s only full plant-based (vegan) restaurant. Besides a few beers, all of their food is also naturally gluten-free. If you’re looking for healthy vegan and vegetarian cuisine, you can’t go wrong at Avo.

What to Order: Any of the desserts + the Avocado Margarita

Top 10 Vegetarian Dishes in Nashville

When you’re out and about at non-vegetarian restaurants, there are still plenty of great veg options. Here are ten different vegetarian dishes at ten different places, all of which are incredibly tasty.

  1. Acme Feed & Seed: The Hatchery
  2. MOTO: Blueberry Lasagna
  3. The Dog: Not Dog
  4. Tavern: Tuscan Kale & Parmesan Salad
  5. Pinewood Social: Vegetarian “Banh Mi”
  6. Mas Tacos: Fried Avocado Tacos
  7. Sloco: Vegan Meatball Sub
  8. Two Ten Jack: Yasai Shoyu (vegetarian ramen)
  9. The Pharmacy: Falafel Burger
  10. Two Boots: “V for Vegan” (pizza slices)

Did we leave out your favorite vegetarian place or dish? Let us know in the comments below!

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