Oh How the (Veggie) Tables Have Turned at These Orlando Vegetarian Restaurants

October 29, 2020
Food & Drink
jason wolfe

Vegetarians don’t always have it easy when it comes to eating out at restaurants. While you can always ask your server about which items on the menu are safe for vegetarians or even for specific dishes to be modified to your specific dietary needs, it’s very rare that you’ll find a restaurant with a wide array of options that have been especially designed for vegetarians. We happen to know of a few Orlando restaurants that do exactly that, however. The best news? These seven restaurants have some of the best vegetarian food you’ll find in the entire city!

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Finding your way to a vegetarian restaurant that offers up more than just a few measly salads and maybe some mac n cheese can be difficult when you’re a vegetarian. Finding vegetarian options that aren’t somehow even more expensive than the traditional menu items can be more difficult. Luckily for you, GiftYa understands exactly how frustrating finding the right restaurant for you can be as a vegetarian, and that’s exactly why they’ve created a source that will not only help you find restaurants near you, but also help take a chunk out of your bill with an e-gift card to those restaurants. Snag one for yourself or a friend today!

Nile Ethiopian Restaurant

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7048 International Dr. | I-Drive | nileorlando.com

Every vegetarian knows that one of the most difficult parts of eating out at restaurants while you’re on a vegetarian diet is that it’s incredibly difficult to enjoy international cuisine alongside your meat-eating friends.

Most cuisines around the world use meat or fish in many of their meals, so when those cuisines are brought over to the U.S., so you’d be hard pressed to find a restaurant that actually offers up some authentic food that’s vegetarian-friendly.

At Nile Ethiopian Restaurant, however, you won’t have this problem. Their menu includes a wide array of both vegetarian and vegan options for you to enjoy in their most authentic, delicious glory. They also have meat options, so if you’re bringing along a pal who prefers meat in their diet, they’ll be set, too!

“Excellent Ethiopian food. Very wide variety of vegetation choices available in platter for two that fed our family of 2 adults and a 6 year old. All dishes we're flavorful. Service was excellent.” - Yelp Review

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Greens & Grille

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 Website: greensandgrille.com

Address: 4101 Millenia Blvd, Ste 114, Orlando, FL 32839

Neighborhood: Millenia

A common misconception about vegetarians is that they can only really indulge in vegetables in their diet. This, of course, is far from true, but that doesn’t mean that there’s anything wrong with indulging in a salad every now and then.

Greens & Grille offers up salads that will satisfy both meat lovers and vegetarians. You have the option to enjoy a salad made from one of their set recipes or to put together the perfect salad complete with all of your favorite ingredients.

Customize your salad to your liking, and once you’re finished, you can choose to eat it out of a bowl or even to have it wrapped up into a tortilla and grilled so you can enjoy it as a little pocket salad!

“The menu was huge! But everything is made to order and customizable. You can build your own or opt for one of their signature items. I ordered the veggie wrap which was delicious!” - Yelp Review

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Woodlands Indian Cuisine

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Website: woodlandsusa.com

Address: 6040 S Orange Blossom Trl, Orlando, FL 32809

Neighborhood: South John Young

You can find Woodlands restaurants scattered in countries all over the world, but it’s actually pretty rare to find one in the United States, but interestingly enough, you can find one right in the heart of Orlando!

What’s so special about Woodlands Indian Cuisine, you may ask? Well, only that it is a vegetarian’s dream as far as tasting a wide array of diverse flavors in a hearty vegetarian meal goes.

At Woodlands, you’ll discover an entirely vegetarian menu fixed with all of the traditional flavors and spices you might find throughout India. Curries, naan, and pullavs are all right there at your fingertips to enjoy as a vegetarian.

“Probably one of the BEST Indian cuisine restaurants we've been to! We weren't expecting a vegetarian Indian cuisine to have such depth of flavor and spice.” - Yelp Review

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Yard House

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 Website: yardhouse.com

Address: 8367 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32819

Neighborhood: I-Drive

Whoever said that beer is best served with a side of meat was absolutely incorrect. In truth, beer is best served straight from the tap and alongside whatever food you happen to be craving at the moment - whether that includes meat or not.

Yard House offers up the best of any cuisine imaginable. Have friends who eat meat while you yourself are vegetarian? No problem! They can cook up a little bit of something to satisfy everyone in your party.

They also have the world’s largest selection of beers on draft, and they have no qualms about serving it to you whenever you’re in the mood for some (unless you’re underage) - so order it alongside their weekend brunch if that’s what you’re craving!

“So we ordered from the gardein menu and from the snack menu. We had the buffalo cauliflower, the gardein Korean wings and some guacamole and chips. Everything was up to if not above our expectations.” - Yelp Review

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Pho & Roll

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 Website: phoandrollorlando.com

Address: 3334 Curry Ford Rd, Orlando, FL 32806

Neighborhood: Downtown South

Of all the cuisines you’d expect to find quite a few vegetarian options on their menu, a fusion of Vietnamese and Thai food probably isn’t very high on your list. Here at Pho & Roll, however, you’ll discover that they actually have an entire section of their menu dedicated to vegetarian options.

Spearheaded by their head chef “Tom,” Pho & Roll offers up a delicious fusion of the cuisine Tom was raised on when he grew up in Chiang Mai, Thailand and the Vietnamese cuisine he picked up over the course of the more than thirty years he’s been a chef.

You can get all of the classic options served up in a vegetarian style, including summer rolls, egg rolls, pho, and even curry. When you stop by, be sure to ask them why exactly they say “pho and roll!”

“We always encounter good service and the food is simple and clean. Delicious options for our vegetarian preferences ensure that we never leave disappointed when we stop by for a meal.” - Yelp Review

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Toasted

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 Website: igettoasted.com

Address: 10783 Narcoossee Rd, Orlando, FL 32832

Neighborhood: Lake Nona

We hate to be the bearers of bad news, but vegetarian does not a healthy meal make. Okay, whether or not this is bad news is up to vegetarians to decide for themselves, but in our books, there’s nothing wrong with indulging in some comfort food every now and then.

And comfort food is exactly what Toasted has to offer you. With a menu limited to two choices - a toasted grilled cheese or a toasted burgers - technically a grilled cheese is all they have to offer here in terms of comfort food, but it sure is comforting.

Choose between The Big Cheese, the Truffle Melt, the Fig and Goat, and The 101 to have your taste buds meet up with some of the most delicious, cheesy goodness you could imagine. You can also take a look at their vegan menu for more options, and even opt for a vegan burger instead of grilled cheese!

“I've never been a big sandwich person but these toasted sandwiches are so good.  Our favorites are the truffle melt, fig and goat and the buffalo chicken.  The truffle fries are crispy and fresh.  All of this plus a fantastic outdoor view.” - Yelp Review

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Anh Hong Restaurant

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Website: anhhongorlando.com

Address: 1124 E Colonial Dr, Orlando, FL 32803

Neighborhood: Lake Eola Heights

Keeping in line with our theme of diverse vegetarian restaurants today, Anh Hong Restaurant offers up some of the most delicious, authentic Vietnamese food in all of Orlando. You may find yourself overwhelmed with the sheer number of options on their menu.

Luckily, though, not everything on their menu is vegetarian, so if you ask your server about which options are vegetarian-friendly, you should be able to narrow down your options into something a little more digestible. 

Chef Anh is the master of his trade, here, and for good reason. He grew up watching his grandmother cook in his family’s restaurant back in Vietnam, and he has spent years learning how each individual spice and herb from Vietnam affects the way a dish tastes. You won’t find Vietnamese food more authentic than this in Orlando.

“I love this place. It's our go-to Vietnamese spot. Since my partner is full-vegetarian and I'm mostly, we have only tried vegetarian dishes. A lot of times at restaurants, the veggie dishes get the short end of the stick but not here.” - Yelp Review

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Most vegetarians will tell you that it’s not exactly easy to be a vegetarian who goes out to restaurants. Your options are usually limited and rarely have the same thought put into their recipes that other menu items might. These restaurants, however, offer up some of the best vegetarian food in Orlando. Let us know which one has your favorite meal in the comments below!

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