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Top Ten Vegetarian Restaurants in RVA

When I moved to Richmond over two years ago, I was nervous about there being enough local vegetarian options, but I’ve been beyond pleasantly surprised at the variety and quality!

Here’s a list of my Top 10 favorite spots to get veggie eats:

10 Mekong

A co-worker told me about this gem and this Vietnamese restaurant is not to be missed! It’s not strictly vegetarian but there are numerous options filled with fiery flavor. Mekong is also known for its extensive beer selection as well. Located conveniently on Broad Street, you may have driven past it one hundred times and never known!

Ipanema Cafe

Ipanema Cafe is solely vegetarian / vegan with a few seafood options. It’s located on the VCU Monroe Park Campus, slightly hidden at basement level on Grace Street. There’s a cute little patio and stellar menu. Working at VCU, I love scheduling lunches with friends at this delicious and convenient spot.

The Daily Kitchen and Bar

The Daily resides in Carytown and is a hot spot for Sunday brunch as well as just about any other time of day. If you’re looking for a menu filled with organic, local and all-natural options, along with Gluten Free, Vegan and even Paleo dishes, The Daily is where you need to be. They also have a beautiful outdoor patio that’s pretty large, and great for people watching in Carytown.

Harrison Street Cafe

Also located in the VCU Monroe Park Campus area, Harrison Street Cafe only offers vegetarian options. It’s another one of my favorite lunch spots due to its affordability and menu. With a slogan like “Good Eats, No Meats,” you’ve gotta give it a try.

821 Cafe

821 Cafe has a cozy hipster feel. It’s not large, and the tables in the center of the restaurant are more or less picnic style. So be prepared to be close to your neighbors. The menu is huge and they serve breakfast all day. Prices are extremely reasonable and the vegan chili is delish!

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Ellwood Thompson

Ellwood Thompson is a health food store with a wide variety of pre-made sandwiches and salads, along with other things. They also have both a hot and cold bar (selection doesn’t rival Whole Foods, but is still pretty good), including breakfast in the morning. Their coffee / smoothie bar is also worth a visit. Ellwood Thompson is not the cheapest, but if you need something healthy quick, it’s a good pit stop.

Fresca on Addison

This was one of the first vegetarian restaurants I visited when I moved to Richmond. You can get almost anything  made Vegan or Gluten Free as well. It’s quite small, with an tiny outdoor patio open when the weather is nice. The food is simple and it’s got  deli vibe, but everything I’ve had there has been quite tasty!

Lemon Cuisine of India

I just recently discovered Lemon and it’s quickly become a favorite of my man and I. He’s happy with the meat options, large portions and amazing naan, and I love that I can try so many new flavors and variety. It’s a nice place to do a sit down meal (think date night) or you can get it to go. Insider scoop: I’m 85% sure the portions are larger when you get it to go.

Lamplighter Roasting Company

Lamplighter is a very popular spot with the locals and depending on when you go, it can be insanely packed…for good reason. The food and coffee are both incredible. You can get simple vegetarian items, at a reasonable cost, that come out quick and yummy. There are now three locations, Morris Street, Addison Street and Summit Ave (in Scott’s Addition). There are both meat and meatless options, so read the ingredient list carefully. Suggestion: try the Thai Coffee!

Akida Japanese Restaurant 

If you like sushi, this is my favorite spot in Richmond. Food is great, and not super expensive so you can try a bunch of different rolls. It’s in the Museum District where parking can be tricky, and it’s a very small restaurant, so plan to go when you have time to wait if there aren’t any tables available. I promise, it’ll be worth it! We also get food to go from here, and it’s made very quickly.

Have you tried any of these spots? What are your favorites? Comment below!


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