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17 Essential Vegetarian Restaurants in Houston

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Texas has a (rightfully earned) reputation as the land of meat, but vegetarians don’t have to settle for boring salads in Houston. Space City is home to a bounty of excellent eateries that can keep vegetarians, vegans, and plant enthusiasts fed all day long.

Whether you’re looking for an excellent breakfast or upscale dinner spot, this map of Houston’s essential vegetarian restaurants has a spot that will fit the bill.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Govinda's Vegetarian Cuisine

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1320 W 34th St
Houston, TX
(832) 831-9951
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This buffet, operated by Houston’s Hare Krishna congregation, serves up a bountiful all-you-can-eat vegetarian buffet for both lunch and dinner. All the dishes here, like barbecue tofu, okra & potato masala, and saag paneer are made from scratch with fresh ingredients, and the roti is top-notch.

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2. Onion Creek

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3106 White Oak Dr
Houston, TX
(713) 880-0706
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This cozy Heights spot isn’t exclusively focused on vegetarians, but there are plenty of excellent meat-free dishes. For a particularly indulgent meal, try the black bean burger, served on wheat and topped with smoked provolone and kale pesto.

3. Pat Greer's Raw Vegan Kitchen

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412 W Clay St
Houston, TX
(713) 807-0101
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The menu at this 100% raw, 100% vegan eatery is a little far out, but it’s definitely worth a try. A constantly rotating menu of soups, salads, veggie burgers, and a selection of freshly made kombucha are on offer.

4. Les Givral's Sandwich and Cafe

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2704 Milam St Ste 2
Houston, TX
(713) 529-1736
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Tofu dishes are abundant at this Vietnamese eatery, including an iteration of pho that skips the meat. The tofu banh mi, though, is one of the city’s best vegetarian dining options priced at around $3.

5. Aladdin Mediterranean Cuisine

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912 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX
(866) 417-8367
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Build your own vegetarian platter at Houston’s best Mediterranean eatery, and make all your falafel dreams come true. More than a dozen veggie options, including hummus, fried cauliflower, and roasted potatoes are on offer, along with a selection of fresh veggie-packed salads.

6. Local Foods

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2555 Kirby Dr
Houston, TX
(713) 255-4440
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Healthy fare reigns at Local Foods, which means that the meat-free options are plentiful. Dig into a quinoa burger served on a pretzel bun or vegan taco salad for lunch, and fuel the rest of your afternoon with a honey iced coffee mixed with almond milk.

7. Brasil Cafe

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2604 Dunlavy St
Houston, TX
(713) 528-1993
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Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Brasil is an all-day option for hangs with your veggie-obsessed crew. The black bean burger here is frequently lauded as one of the best in the city, and for dinner, enjoy a selection of small plates like Indian-spiced cauliflower and fried goat cheese fritters.

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8. Kiran's

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2925 Richmond Ave Ste 160
Houston, TX
(713) 960-8472
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Now open in its shiny new home, Kiran’s is home to one of the city’s most sophisticated vegetarian menus. Order the Vegetarian Feast, a combination of veggie-based dishes like palak paneer, black lentil dal, aloo palak, and bhindi masala paired with saffron rice pulao, paratha, and more accompaniments.

9. Pepper Tree Veggie Cuisine

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3821 Richmond Ave
Houston, TX
(713) 621-9488
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The menu at this Asian fusion eatery is 100% vegan, so no need to worry about an errant animal-based ingredient in your dinner. During lunch, an epic buffet is piled high with soups, salad fixings, hot entrees, and desserts. For dinner, try tofu curry or a steaming bowl of vegan noodle soup, and save room for a slice of Pepper Tree’s famous coconut cake.

10. Loving Hut

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2825 S Kirkwood Rd Ste 100
Houston, TX
(281) 531-8882
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Enjoy sushi, wontons, pad thai and more excellent Asian fare at this 100% vegan restaurant. If you avoid soy and gluten, many of the dishes on the menu can be prepared without either ingredient.

11. green seed vegan

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4320 Almeda Rd
Houston, TX
(844) 365-8346
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Meat-free fare gets the bistro treatment at Green Seed Vegan. In addition to a selection of paninis and handhelds, the restaurant also offers a raw vegan menu with dishes like coconut meat tacos topped with sunflower-walnut chorizo, avocado, and cashew sour cream.

12. Shri Balaji Bhavan

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5655 Hillcroft St
Houston, TX
(713) 783-1126

Walking into Shri Balaji Bhavan is like walking into dosa heaven. The popular Hillcroft eatery serves up a totally vegetarian menu, ranging from ridiculously spicy thali to one of the city’s best versions of dal fry. Don’t be surprised, though, if you don’t end up eating your weight in the restaurant’s freshly-baked breads.

13. Udipi Cafe

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5959 Hillcroft St
Houston, TX

Anthony Bourdain stopped by the city’s outpost of this Indian cafe when he was visiting Houston, so you know it’s legit. Budget-friendly soups, dosa, and curries are all on offer, along with a selection of desserts, including excellent gulab jamun.

14. Himalaya Restaurant

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6652 Southwest Fwy
Houston, TX
(713) 532-2837
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This much-lauded Indian and Pakistani eatery is the perfect spot to eat alongside carnivores. Vegan items on the menu are clearly noted, and Himalaya’s versions of dal fry, aloo gobi, and homemade paneer masala are among the best in the city.

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15. Mala Sichuan Bistro

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9348 Bellaire Blvd
Houston, TX
(713) 995-1889

At this Sichuan standout, the mapo tofu, drenched in a mouth-tingling Sichuan pepper sauce, is the kind of dish that inspires constant cravings. Don’t sleep on the tofu skins, either.

16. Sunshine's Health Food Store and Vegetarian Deli

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3102 Old Spanish Trl
Houston, TX

This longstanding health food store is also home to one of the city’s best vegetarian cafes. After grabbing the quinoa and chia seeds for at-home cooking, treat yourself to an avocado po’ boy, grilled veggie wrap, or vegan spaghetti made with soy crumbles.

17. Maharaja Bhog

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8338 Southwest Fwy
Houston, TX

Based in Mumbai, Houston is home to the only U.S. outpost of Maharaja Bhog. The restaurant is known for its vegetarian thali dishes (also known as a selection of dishes served on a large platter) that is best eaten with your hands. The housemade paneer and curries are exceptional, especially the tangy and spicy Afghani-style chickpea curry.

1. Govinda's Vegetarian Cuisine

1320 W 34th St, Houston, TX
Govinda's/Facebook

This buffet, operated by Houston’s Hare Krishna congregation, serves up a bountiful all-you-can-eat vegetarian buffet for both lunch and dinner. All the dishes here, like barbecue tofu, okra & potato masala, and saag paneer are made from scratch with fresh ingredients, and the roti is top-notch.

1320 W 34th St
Houston, TX

2. Onion Creek

3106 White Oak Dr, Houston, TX

This cozy Heights spot isn’t exclusively focused on vegetarians, but there are plenty of excellent meat-free dishes. For a particularly indulgent meal, try the black bean burger, served on wheat and topped with smoked provolone and kale pesto.

3106 White Oak Dr
Houston, TX

3. Pat Greer's Raw Vegan Kitchen

412 W Clay St, Houston, TX

The menu at this 100% raw, 100% vegan eatery is a little far out, but it’s definitely worth a try. A constantly rotating menu of soups, salads, veggie burgers, and a selection of freshly made kombucha are on offer.

412 W Clay St
Houston, TX

4. Les Givral's Sandwich and Cafe

2704 Milam St Ste 2, Houston, TX

Tofu dishes are abundant at this Vietnamese eatery, including an iteration of pho that skips the meat. The tofu banh mi, though, is one of the city’s best vegetarian dining options priced at around $3.

2704 Milam St Ste 2
Houston, TX

5. Aladdin Mediterranean Cuisine

912 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX

Build your own vegetarian platter at Houston’s best Mediterranean eatery, and make all your falafel dreams come true. More than a dozen veggie options, including hummus, fried cauliflower, and roasted potatoes are on offer, along with a selection of fresh veggie-packed salads.

912 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX

6. Local Foods

2555 Kirby Dr, Houston, TX

Healthy fare reigns at Local Foods, which means that the meat-free options are plentiful. Dig into a quinoa burger served on a pretzel bun or vegan taco salad for lunch, and fuel the rest of your afternoon with a honey iced coffee mixed with almond milk.

2555 Kirby Dr
Houston, TX

7. Brasil Cafe

2604 Dunlavy St, Houston, TX
Cafe Brasil
Cafe Brasil

Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Brasil is an all-day option for hangs with your veggie-obsessed crew. The black bean burger here is frequently lauded as one of the best in the city, and for dinner, enjoy a selection of small plates like Indian-spiced cauliflower and fried goat cheese fritters.

2604 Dunlavy St
Houston, TX

8. Kiran's

2925 Richmond Ave Ste 160, Houston, TX

Now open in its shiny new home, Kiran’s is home to one of the city’s most sophisticated vegetarian menus. Order the Vegetarian Feast, a combination of veggie-based dishes like palak paneer, black lentil dal, aloo palak, and bhindi masala paired with saffron rice pulao, paratha, and more accompaniments.

2925 Richmond Ave Ste 160
Houston, TX

9. Pepper Tree Veggie Cuisine

3821 Richmond Ave, Houston, TX

The menu at this Asian fusion eatery is 100% vegan, so no need to worry about an errant animal-based ingredient in your dinner. During lunch, an epic buffet is piled high with soups, salad fixings, hot entrees, and desserts. For dinner, try tofu curry or a steaming bowl of vegan noodle soup, and save room for a slice of Pepper Tree’s famous coconut cake.

3821 Richmond Ave
Houston, TX

10. Loving Hut

2825 S Kirkwood Rd Ste 100, Houston, TX

Enjoy sushi, wontons, pad thai and more excellent Asian fare at this 100% vegan restaurant. If you avoid soy and gluten, many of the dishes on the menu can be prepared without either ingredient.

2825 S Kirkwood Rd Ste 100
Houston, TX

11. green seed vegan

4320 Almeda Rd, Houston, TX

Meat-free fare gets the bistro treatment at Green Seed Vegan. In addition to a selection of paninis and handhelds, the restaurant also offers a raw vegan menu with dishes like coconut meat tacos topped with sunflower-walnut chorizo, avocado, and cashew sour cream.

4320 Almeda Rd
Houston, TX

12. Shri Balaji Bhavan

5655 Hillcroft St, Houston, TX

Walking into Shri Balaji Bhavan is like walking into dosa heaven. The popular Hillcroft eatery serves up a totally vegetarian menu, ranging from ridiculously spicy thali to one of the city’s best versions of dal fry. Don’t be surprised, though, if you don’t end up eating your weight in the restaurant’s freshly-baked breads.

5655 Hillcroft St
Houston, TX

13. Udipi Cafe

5959 Hillcroft St, Houston, TX

Anthony Bourdain stopped by the city’s outpost of this Indian cafe when he was visiting Houston, so you know it’s legit. Budget-friendly soups, dosa, and curries are all on offer, along with a selection of desserts, including excellent gulab jamun.

5959 Hillcroft St
Houston, TX

14. Himalaya Restaurant

6652 Southwest Fwy, Houston, TX
Yelp/Michael S.

This much-lauded Indian and Pakistani eatery is the perfect spot to eat alongside carnivores. Vegan items on the menu are clearly noted, and Himalaya’s versions of dal fry, aloo gobi, and homemade paneer masala are among the best in the city.

6652 Southwest Fwy
Houston, TX

15. Mala Sichuan Bistro

9348 Bellaire Blvd, Houston, TX

At this Sichuan standout, the mapo tofu, drenched in a mouth-tingling Sichuan pepper sauce, is the kind of dish that inspires constant cravings. Don’t sleep on the tofu skins, either.

9348 Bellaire Blvd
Houston, TX

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16. Sunshine's Health Food Store and Vegetarian Deli

3102 Old Spanish Trl, Houston, TX

This longstanding health food store is also home to one of the city’s best vegetarian cafes. After grabbing the quinoa and chia seeds for at-home cooking, treat yourself to an avocado po’ boy, grilled veggie wrap, or vegan spaghetti made with soy crumbles.

3102 Old Spanish Trl
Houston, TX

17. Maharaja Bhog

8338 Southwest Fwy, Houston, TX

Based in Mumbai, Houston is home to the only U.S. outpost of Maharaja Bhog. The restaurant is known for its vegetarian thali dishes (also known as a selection of dishes served on a large platter) that is best eaten with your hands. The housemade paneer and curries are exceptional, especially the tangy and spicy Afghani-style chickpea curry.

8338 Southwest Fwy
Houston, TX

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