Top 7 Vegan Restaurants in Jacksonville for a Nutritious Meal

October 12, 2020
Food & Drink
jason wolfe

In Jacksonville, you can find a diverse array of restaurants suited to any taste bud or preference. Whether you are a practicing vegan or you just want to try out a vegetarian dish, you can easily find one in this vibrant and bustling city. The next time you’re stuck on where to go out to eat, try out one of these popular vegan places in Jacksonville.

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Sometimes, it’s nice to treat your friends and family members. Give your loved ones the gift of a delicious vegan meal by purchasing a virtual GiftYa card for them. GiftYa cards are completely customizable and can be applied to any of the below restaurants. Since they are virtual, your loved one doesn’t have to worry about losing them. Wherever they carry their cell phone, they will also have their GiftYa card on them. 

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1. Southern Roots Filling Station

Casual vegan cafe in Jacksonville serving breakfast and lunch

Treat yourself to a delicious vegan pastry. Image courtesy of Southern Roots Filling Station.

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1275 King St., Westside

Most locals consider Southern Roots Filling Station to be one of the best vegan cafes in Jacksonville — and for good reason. At Southern Roots, you can find savory sandwiches, filling bagels, energizing coffees, and more. All of their dishes are made from scratch and created from as much locally-sourced, organic food when possible. In addition to their vegan options, Southern Roots also offers numerous gluten-free options. 

Not sure what to order? Start your day off with a boost of energy by ordering a Cappuccino or Cold Brew. The Chai Latte and Mate Latte are popular teas that are great for people who don’t like coffee. For breakfast, you can find delicious vegan dishes like the Coconut Chia Pudding and Good Morning Granola Bowl. Lunch options like the Tofu Egg Salad Sandwich and Protein Bowl are great for an afternoon pick-me-up. 

“Such a great little spot. I've come to love and frequent the riverside location. Friendly staff and delicious baked goods. My favorite is the cold brew accompanied by a biscuit! I've had quite a few of the baked goods and they never disappoint. Pop in to see what they have for the day. Their lavender and vanilla coffee strips are delicious as well.” - Yelp Review

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2. True Food Kitchen

Popular vegan restaurant known for its laid back atmosphere

The Ancient Grains bowl is a filling and nutritious option. Image courtesy of Yelp

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5205 Big Island Dr., Southside

Looking for a contemporary, laidback spot to enjoy some delicious vegan food? Head to True Food Kitchen. At True Food Kitchen, each dish is designed to delight your taste buds while also providing great nutritional value to your body. Everything from the Ancient Grains Bowl to the Korean Noodle Bowl are sure to offer a delightful dining experience. True Food Kitchen also offers vegetarian, gluten-friendly, and meat-friendly options for friends who aren’t vegans. 

“I gotta somehow get them to tell me the recipe for the vegan almond ricotta they make in house. Blows my mind how similar to real cheese it tastes, but even better bc it's not real cheese.” - Yelp Review

Purchase a GiftYa card for True Food Kitchen. 

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3. Shakti Life Kitchen

Organic raw vegan spot that delivers fresh food around Northeastern Florida

The Organic Raw Vegan Mediterranean Hummus makes a great snack! Image courtesy of Yelp.

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5500 Beach Blvd, Southside

At Shakti Life Kitchen, you will find an expansive selection of locally-crafted, organic, plant-based dishes. All of the restaurant’s vegan dishes are meant to nourish the spirit and uplift the soul. Delicious vegan chips, snacks, entrees, and desserts await you at this popular vegan restaurant.

Shakti Life Kitchen offers home and office delivery. Simply pick whatever dish you want from the restaurant’s online menu before placing an order for delivery or pick up. Savory selections like Cheezy Taquitos and Italian Day Salad are featured on the menu. Craving something sweet? Try the Apple Cobbler Cups or Dark Chocolate Macaroons. If you find yourself really enjoying Shaki Life’s dishes, you can even order a full meal plan. 

“I tend to grab a few snacks made by Shakti Life Kitchen when I'm at Native Sun and every single one has been incredibly delicious. The Cheezy Kale Chips and the Apple Cobbler Cups are to die for! I've been wanting to try their Chick-un Salad and Sausage Pizza Rolls for some time now, they both look great!” - Yelp Review 

Purchase a GiftYa card for Shakti Life Kitchen.

4. Sushiko Japanese Restaurant

Vegan-friendly Japanese restaurant that offers something for everyone

People who follow a vegan menu have a whole section to themselves. Image courtesy of Yelp

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3620 St. Johns Ave., Avondale

Sushiko Japanese Restaurant is the perfect sushi place for vegans and meat lovers alike. With a separate vegan menu designed for your diet, you can easily find a delicious dish that will delight your taste buds. 

You can start your meal off right with some vegetable tempura or edamame. Small salads like the Tempura Avocado Salad and Cucumber Salad are also perfect for starting off your meal. For something filling, try the Vegetable Hibachi or the Vegan Love Boat if you’re open to sharing a dish with a friend. You also have a wide selection of sushi including tofu, kimchi, and cucumber rolls. Want some dessert? You will want to try the fried oreo! 

“Hands down THE BEST sushi in Jax. They have an entirely separate vegan menu that includes 60+ unique rolls. My wife and I have been going here for years and it never disappoints. They were also one of the first places to adapt to Covid precautions and although nothing beats an in-person experience, the quality of food and service still remains.” - Yelp Review

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5. European Street Cafe

Jacksonville Beach cafe offering hearty sandwiches

Grab a veggie sandwich for lunch. Image courtesy of Facebook

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992 Beach Blvd, Jacksonville Beach

Located on Jacksonville Beach, European Street Cafe offers an award-winning selection of vegan, vegetarian, and meat-friendly dishes. If you’re set on ordering a vegan dish, you can head straight over to the Veggie Lovers section. There, you will find delicious selections like the New Day Salad and Athena’s Gift. The New Day Salad features fresh spring mix topped with raw vegan sausage crumbles and olive salad. Athena’s Gift also features vegan sausage that was made from spiced nuts. 

“With Covid. It's more important than ever to support local! We brought our houseguest here for lunch. Their sandwiches are so huge, we all had half to save for the next day. I enjoy all the vegetarian choices they have. My absolute favorite is the tempeh Ruben sandwich. Love at first bite!” - Yelp Review

Purchase a GiftYa card for European Street Cafe. 

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6. Ibex Ethiopian Kitchen

Ethiopian restaurant serving delicious late-night bites

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The Chef’s Special Combination for Two is perfect for a date night. Image courtesy of Yelp

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5111 Baymeadows Rd, Southside

Ibex Ethiopian Restaurant offers a selection of vegan and meat-friendly dishes. As the recipient of the Judge’s Choice category in the 2015 Gastro Feast Event, it is no wonder that Ibex gathers growds of hungry customers everyday. At Ibex, you can find delicious and authentic Ethiopian dishes like the Vigan Selection Red Lentil Miser and Rice Sambuca. A comprehensive vegan selection is also offered at Ibex. The Red Lentil Miser and Ibex Vegetarian Platter, for instance, are both popular dishes among vegans. 

“I love this place! The taste and the people keep me coming back. I almost always get the veggie platter with injera but occasionally  get the meat sampler which is amazing as well. Its half veggies and 3 samples of meat, I believe beef.” - Yelp Review

Purchase a GiftYa card for Ibex Ethiopian Kitchen. 

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7. Epik Burger

Popular burger joint offering savory vegan options

The Vegan Philly Burger is a perfect meal for lunch or dinner. Image courtesy of Yelp

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12740 Atlantic Blvd

At Epik Burger, you can find a number of delicious and savory vegan burger options. The Vegan BBQ Burger, Guacamole Vegan Burger, and Vegan Philly Burger are several popular options at Epik Burger. Coming with people who aren’t vegan? No worries. You will find plenty of burgers filled with juicy, authentic meat. 

“I've always seen this place and finally had the push to try it ! Glad I did because they surprisingly enough have a great deal of vegan selections. (Especially for a burger spot). The vegan philly burger is delicious! The customer service is awesome as well.” - Yelp Review

Purchase a GiftYa card for Epik Burger. 

Dining out in Jacksonville is always a good time. Whether you’re in the mood for a savory vegan burger or a light salad, Jacksonville offers a diverse selection of restaurants. What’s your favorite vegan place in Jacksonville? Drop us your recommendations below!

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