Top 10 Vegan Restaurants in Louisville You Need to Visit

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The vegan food scene in Louisville has gone a long way since its humble beginnings. Louisville locals and visitors now have access to a diverse and vibrant selection of vegan restaurants to try out. Whether you are just starting out the vegan lifestyle in small steps with Meatless Mondays or you have been a dedicated vegan for years, there are numerous dining options in Louisville to choose from. Not sure where to start? Check out these popular vegan restaurants in Louisville the next time you want to go out to eat. 

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1. Honest

Popular Indian restaurant that serves mouthwatering vegan dishes

plate of food
Head to Honest for some of the best Indian food in Louisville. Image courtesy of Yelp.

9008 Taylorsville Rd | Louisville | honestrestaurantsusa.com

First on our list is Honest. It’s a casual and laid back restaurant that is perfect for kicking back and relaxing with friends. 

This popular Indian restaurant serves fresh vegetarian food that will fill you right up. All of the dishes are made from scratch daily and are cooked to order. There are absolutely no frozen or processed ingredients used in their dishes. 

The menu features several sections for Bhajiv Pav, Pulav, South Indian dishes, sandwiches, and Chaat. Whatever you order, you are sure to leave filled and satisfied. Check out their full menu now!

“I'm happy to be able to give my first review of 2020 a solid five stars. Honest is a great addition to a burgeoning Indian food scene in the Hurstborne area (Shalimar and Shreeji are also legit), with a very extensive menu of vegetarian snacks, breads, and entrees, served in a large, open space that could probably use a little more in the way of ambiance, but is nonetheless comfortable.” - Yelp Review

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2. Eat A Pita

Greek and Mediterranean restaurant that is vegan and vegetarian friendly

2286 Bardstown Rd | Bardstown Road | eatapitaville.com

Have you ever tried Greek or Mediterranean food before? Whether you’ve never tried falafel before or you are a huge kebab fan, you need to give Eat a Pita a chance. This vegan-friendly restaurant brings the savory cuisine of Greece right to Louisville. 

On the menu, you’ll find a wide selection of vegan dishes like the Baba Ghanouj, Tabouleh Salad, and Grilled Veggie Pita. There are even two separate sections on the menu for Vegan Pitas and Vegan Burgers. Thirsty? Try a glass of Mediterranean Tea or a glass of Fresh-Squeezed Lemonade. Yum!

“After getting Eat A Pita to go for dinner, I definitely think it'll be a regular place we go! They have so many options on their menu, and an entire vegan section, which was great. I'm gluten free and I appreciated all of the options I had to choose from.” - Yelp Review

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3. Shahar Cafe

Vegan restaurant that is known for its healthy dishes and sweet desserts

Photo of Shahar Cafe - Louisville, KY, United States. Menu
Try out Shahar Cafe’s famous vegan burger! Image courtesy of Yelp.

1511 Bardstown Rd | Highlands-Bonnycastle | shaharcafe.com

Shahar Cafe is a popular vegan restaurant in the Highlands-Bonnycastle neighborhood. It offers a fun, laid back vibe that is perfect for a casual meal. You can stop by for breakfast or lunch to enjoy some savory plant-based food. 

The menu features mouthwatering dishes like the Impossible Burger, Breakfast Burrito and Sausage, Egg & Cheese Sandwich. Have a sweet tooth that needs to be satisfied? Try some Cinnamon Rolls or a slice of Oatmeal Cream Pie! Enjoy!

“This is my favorite Vegan restaurant in Louisville! I am gluten-free and they now offer the Impossible Burger open-faced, which comes in a basket on a bed of lettuce and all of the regular burger toppings. If you have never been, try this place out!”- Yelp Review

4. Naive Kitchen + Bar

Contemporary veggie-focused cafe that serves delicious smoothies

1001 E Washington St | Butchertown | eatnaive.com

If you’re looking for a fun contemporary cafe to try, you’ll love Naive Kitchen + Bar. Located in Butchertown, Naive Kitchen + Bar serves savory veggie-focused dishes that perfectly pair with their fresh-pressed cocktails. From the Braised Chard Bowl to the Tuscan Kale Salad, all of the dishes here are bursting with flavor. 

At night, Naive turns into a lively bar where you can let loose and have fun with your friends. Happy Hour is held Tuesday-Friday from 4pm-6pm. You’ll find great deals like $6 margaritas and $7 Braised Garlic Bread. Check out the full menu now!

“Went to Naive to celebrate my sister for her birthday dinner and so glad we did! We are all vegetarian and there were great choices! Shared the tomato toast and shaved salad and really enjoyed both! We loved our veg burgers too!” - Yelp Review

5. Roots

Modern eatery that is known for its vegetarian and vegan Asian-infused dishes

Sizzling Sticky Rice in pan
Try some Sizzling Sticky Rice! Image courtesy of Yelp.

1216 Bardstown Rd | Highlands-Tyler Park | heartandsoy.net

Roots is focused on mindful and compassionate cooking. In response to Louisville’s lack of upscale vegetarian dining options, Roots was born in order to fill the gap for locals. Its menu features delicious tapas-style dishes that are both creative and simple. 

Some of our favorite plates include the Steamed Edamame, Crispy Avocado and Tomato Rolls, Fried Tofu Squares, and Crispy Pita Chips. But you really can’t go wrong with anything here. Eat up!

“I needed a late vegan dinner while traveling through Louisville and Roots was perfect! Everything I tried was very delicious. I was happy with the portion size and it was cheaper than I expected, too. The staff was friendly. I would definitely come back here if iIm ever in the area again.” - Yelp Review

6. Shreeji Indian Vegetarian Street Food

Low-key counter-service restaurant that serves mouthwatering vegetarian Indian cuisine

plate of beans and bread
Swing by for a quick bite! Image courtesy of Yelp.

1987 S Hurstbourne Pkwy | Louisville | shreejiindianrestaurant.com

Shreeji Indian Vegetarian Street Food is Louisville’s top destination for Indian desi street food. This popular restaurant offers a wide selection of South Indian dishes, chaats, Pani puri, vada pav, and Punjabi plates. Shreeji also offers a small selection of Chinese dishes. 

All of the dishes are made from fresh, high-quality ingredients that will satisfy your appetite. Some of our favorite plates include the Cheese Pavbhaji, Split Bean Bhel, and Papdi Chaat. Have a bit of a sweet tooth? You’re in luck! Shreeji also offers sweet treats like the Gulab Jamun and Ras Gulla. Yum!

“My wife and I were craving Indian food and wanted something quick so we decided to give Shreeji a try and it exceeded expectations.  I have to be honest we were a little intimidated by the menu options, even with a little bit of knowledge of Indian dishes. Thankfully, the staff were very helpful and were willing to answer any questions we had.” - Yelp Review

7. Heart & Soy

Popular vegetarian restaurant that is part of Roots

Fill yourself up with some Hue Spicy Noodle Soup. Image courtesy of Yelp.

1216 Bardstown Rd | Highlands-Tyler Park | heartandsoy.net

Heart & Soy, which is connected to Roots, is another popular vegan restaurant in Louisville that you need to try. Just like Roots, Heart & Soy is dedicated to delivering top-notch vegetarian dishes to locals. 

Some of our favorite dishes on the menu include the Korean Rice Bowl, Vegan Vietnamese Sandwich, Orange Tofu, and Crispy Shiitake Mushrooms. Some of the dishes can also be made without gluten, making it a great spot for those with dietary restrictions. Check out the full menu now!

“This place was incredible. All I can seem to think about is that they make their own tofu. How cool is that? In addition to making their own tofu, the had a beautiful stash of takeaway items available in the front cooler like taro pudding and a delicious mango rice pudding (wishing I bought more of this).” - Yelp Review

8. Flora Kitchenette

Popular breakfast spot that has plenty of vegan dishes for you to enjoy

1004 Barret Ave | Germantown | floravegankitchen.com

Next up is Flora Kitchenette. Located in Germantown, Flora Kitchenette offers a 100% vegan breakfast and brunch selection. 

On the menu, you’ll find mouthwatering dishes like the Vegan Biscuits and Gravy, Vegan “Clam” Chowda, and Greek Salad. Those with a sweet tooth can also treat themselves to some chocolate chip cookies, cake donuts, or CBD muffins! 

Need a little help waking up? Flora Kitchenette has you covered. Iced lattes, espressos, Americanos, and batch brew coffee are all available. If you’re more of a tea person, you can order some chai or kombucha. Reserve a table now!

“I think we have found our new breakfast/brunch spot! The fact that everything on the menu is vegan and most things are offered gluten-free, I could choose from almost everything on the menu! The space is really bright and full of local art, and I loved the touch of the fresh colors on each table.” - Yelp Review

9. Half-Peach Bakery & Cafe

Vegan caterer and bakery that uses fresh homegrown ingredients for all of its dishes

yule log
Bring a vegan Yule Log to your next event! Image courtesy of Yelp.

170 Sears Ave | Saint Matthews | halfpeachbakery.com

Half-Peach Bakery & Cafe is Louisville’s premiere destination for delicious vegan treats. All of the dishes are 100% vegan and are free of preservatives. You’ll find savory vegan creations like the French Toast Bread Pudding, Spinach Artichoke Pizza, and Chikn & Dumplings Soup on the restaurant’s extensive menu. 

Preparing for a special occasion? Half-Peach Bakery also specializes in custom cakes and desserts! All of their cakes are made from scratch using natural ingredients. In the past, they’ve made yule logs, tiramisu, and pineapple upside down cake. Call them today to see what they can make for your next event!

“Wow, I love this place! I found them on instagram when I was looking for a vegan and gluten free dessert for Christmas, and their Yule log (that was available gluten free, as well as regular) caught my eye. It was delicious!” - Yelp Review

10. V-Grits

Modern brewpub that serves delicious made-from-scratch vegan comfort food

mac and cheese and quesadilla
The Crunchwrap and Mac & Cheese are always great choices. Image courtesy of Yelp.

1025 Barret Ave | Original Highlands | vgrits.com

Last, but certainly not least, on the list is V-Grits. This popular Louisville restaurant is known for its made-from-scratch vegan comfort food and craft beer. V-Grits is open for lunch and dinner from Tuesday to Sunday. 

On the menu, you’ll find mouthwatering dishes like the Netflix & Chili Bowl, Autumn Harvest Salad, and Fried Green Tomato Sandwich. V-Grits also offers an extensive beer selection with numerous options that will pair well with your meal. Looking to give back to the community? Order a beer! A portion of every pour of their Chimera beer goes to a local non-profit! Check out the full menu now! 

“They change the menu seasonally. I have to say my absolute favorite dish is their Beans 'n Greens. Well, it's a side but it is so incredible I often just order double side as a meal. I literally have my hubby take me first thing when we get into Louisville so I can have some deliciousness.” - Yelp Review

Louisville’s vegan scene has grown exponentially over the past decade. What vegan restaurants in the city do you plan on trying? Let us know in the comment section below! We love hearing about all of your foodie adventures!


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