Best Vegetarian Restaurants in New Orleans for an Unforgettable Meal

September 10, 2020
Food & Drink
jason wolfe

Finding delicious vegan food is easy if you know where to look

Residents and visitors in New Orleans have access to a vibrant and exciting selection of vegetarian restaurants around the city. Whether you are trying out the vegetarian lifestyle on a trial run or you are a dedicated vegan, there are numerous dining options to choose from. 

Need to find a gift for the avid vegetarian in your life? Consider purchasing them a GiftYa virtual gift card. GiftYa cards are perfect for any occasion, including birthdays, graduations, or just because! They can be used at almost all of the below restaurants. This gives your loved one the perfect opportunity to try out different vegetarian restaurants in New Orleans before finding their go-to place. 

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Killer Poboys

Popular poboy shop known for its delicious vegetarian sandwiches

Treat yourself to a hearty sub. Image courtesy of Yelp

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219 Dauphine St, French Quarter

Located in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Killer Poboys offers a number of vegetarian-friendly sandwiches. From the Whiskey Grilled Cheese poboy filled with aged cheddar to the Roasted Sweet Potato, you are sure to find a savory vegetarian option that satisfies your appetite. The Roasted Cauliflower Sandwich, which is filled with pickled radish, avocado, and dried kale, is a popular vegetarian option. 

You can also select a local craft beer, cider, or wine to enjoy alongside your poboy. An wide assortment of sides such as smothered greens and cookies are also available for you to complement your poboy. 

“Wow. Amazing sandwich. I've been just once and will return. I got the shrimp and everything about it was good. Flavors, texture, size, consistency, bread...not positive but it may have even whispered the secret in my ear to make me a better man.” - Yelp Review

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Breads on Oak Cafe & Bakery

Organic cafe in New Orleans that serves vegan breakfast and lunch plates

Start your morning off right with a selection from the bread sampler. Image courtesy of Yelp.

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8640 Oak St, Leonidas

Named the Best Bakery in Louisiana by both Buzzfeed and Yelp, the Breads on Oak Cafe & Bakery serves organic, plant-based breads, pastries, breakfast plates, and lunch selections everyday from 8 AM to 3 PM. Coffee, espresso, beer, and wine are also offered. Everything in the bakery is vegan, making it the perfect destination for a quick vegan breakfast or a filling vegetarian lunch. 

Oak Cafe & Bakery features a fine selection of organic breads. The Seeded Multigrain, for instance, is made with organic flour that has been packed with oats, sunflower seeds, and flax. The Pecan Raisin bread is filled with organic raisins and pecans. Sandwiches, soups, quiche, and salads are also available at this cozy cafe. 

“In total, we bought two Pumpkin Cheddar Biscuit, a Veggie Quiche, and two brioche buns (Boston Cream and Tiramisu). My parents are I had the "savory" treats as brunch on our drive back home. My mom who is usually picky really liked the quiche. My dad and I both enjoyed the biscuits as well!” - Yelp Review 

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The Daily Beet

Nutritious cafe known for its cold-pressed juices, smoothies, and more

Fuel up with a healthy salad and smoothie. Image courtesy of Yelp

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1000 Girod St, Warehouse District

This health-conscious, vegetarian restaurant offers delicious dishes that will leave you feeling filled and satisfied. Stopping by for breakfast? Try the Morning Bowl. This nutritious dish is packed with quinoa, black beans, corn, tomatoes, and avocado chipotle sauce. The classic Avocado Toast is also a fine selection. 

For lunch, you can select a hearty bowl or a light salad. All bowls are served on a bed of greens. You can also add a pasteurized egg to your bowl! The Summer Kale salad is filled with zante currant, toasted sunflower seed, and pecorino. Don’t forget to order a smoothie or cold-pressed juice to go along with your dish. Their coffee and tea is also great for giving you that midday energy boost you need to finish your work day. 

“The first meal I tried was their avo toast with egg ($2 extra) which came on a thick piece of bread and a perfectly cooked egg. It was not too salty and had great flavors. They also have different kinds in case you want to mix it up. I had it with the cold brew which was refreshing.” - Yelp Review

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Green Goddess

Creative and unique restaurant hidden in a romantic alleyway

Enjoy a unique dining experience in the heart of the French Quarter. Image courtesy of Yelp

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307 Exchange Pl, French Quarter

Found in the heart of the French Quarter is an eclectic and vibrant vegetarian restaurant named the Green Goddess. Guests can stop by for lunch, dinner, or just drinks. All of the popular dishes at this restaurant contain a traditional New Orleans backbone in their ingredients. Many of the cuisines on the menu are a mix of French, Cajun, and Soul foods. In addition to their inventive menu items, the restaurant offers an extensive wine, beer, and cocktail list. 

“OMG — a life-changing meal. The biscuits and mushroom gravy were excellent, the two poached eggs perfectly cooked, and the cheesy grits transcendent. Best grits I've had in my life, though the cheesy grits at Lüke a couple days later were close.” - Yelp Review

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Carmo

Tropical-inspired vegan-friendly restaurant in New Orleans

Enjoy a tropical dish during your next visit. Image courtesy of Yelp

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527 Julia St, Warehouse District

Carmo infuses their food with recipes from around the world including Southeast Asia, West Africa, and the Caribbean. This tropical restaurant is sure to leave you feeling inspired and satisfied. Vegans, vegetarians, and omnivores can all enjoy the unique dishes presented at this popular New Orleans restaurant. 

Some of their most popular vegetarian dishes include the Creole-Seared Avocado, Carmo Salad, and Armenian breads. Coming with a group? Share a plate of Kottu Roti or Pao de Queijo with them. At this restaurant, you are definitely going to be tempted to try out your friends dishes after seeing them being brought to the table. 

“The Peruvian ceviche was fresh and you got a boatload of large soft pieces of tasty fish! The pao de queijo were absolute crack-I could eat buckets of these dense cheesy bread roll puffs!” - Yelp Review

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Bennachin Restaurant

Hole-in-the-wall restaurant in New Orleans that serves vegetarian West African cuisine

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Feast upon a hearty vegetarian meal at Bennachin Restaurant. Image courtesy of Yelp

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1212 Royal St, French Quarter

Since 1992, Bennachin Restaurant has brought a taste of Africa to the hungry residents of New Orleans. All of the restaurant’s dishes are filled with freshest ingredients. While Bennachin does offer some meals with meat, a number of them either do not contain meat or can be modified without meat. For instance, the Domoda is a peanut stew that is filled with beef and served with rice. However, you can request this dish without meat if you prefer. Other selections like the Kone Ni Makondo and the Jama Jama Ni Makondo do not contain any meat. 

“This place is so delicious! It's a blink-and-you'll-miss-it spot in the quarter, but worth keeping an eye out for. I absolutely love jollof rice, so as soon as I saw it on the menu I knew that's what I was trying and I can't even tell you how much I loved it. I ate every last bit on my plate, and wanted to take my plate to the back and ask for more.” - Yelp Review

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True Food Kitchen

Popular restaurant in New Orleans that serves vegetarian dishes

Unique dish featuring an assortment of ingredients. Image courtesy of Yelp

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801 Saint Charles Ave, Warehouse District

True Food Kitchen serves delicious vegetarian dishes in a laidback and vibrant atmosphere. Guests can either dine in or order a family meal to-go. You can choose the Pizza & Salad combo, which lets you choose two different pizzas and two salads, or any one of the Family Meal for Two, Family Meal for Four, or Family Meal for Six combos. 

True Food Kitchen also offers a fine selection of tea, wine, craft cocktails, beer, and seltzer. Whether you are in the mood for a healthy salad or a savory pizza, True Food Kitchen has everything you could want in a vegetarian restaurant. 

“For my main dish I got the Asian noodle bowl. This packed a HUGE flavor punch and the noodles were made from sweet potatoes. You can add your choice of protein, but I kept it plant-based with crispy tofu. Finally, we rounded out this meal with a gooey brownie sundae. Again, TFK mixes creativity and wellness because this brown was made with ... quinoa. Don't ask me how they did it, but it was fantastic.” - Yelp Review

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In a place like New Orleans, there is no shortage of delicious and savory vegetarian options to choose from. What are your favorite vegetarian dishes? Let us know in the comments!

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