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15 Stellar Houston Vegetarian Restaurants

Where to indulge in Houston’s best meatless bites

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Opting for a meatless meal doesn’t have to mean dining on a dish of cold vegetables or an unimaginative veggie burger. As Houston’s dining scene continues to thrive in the creativity department, the bounty for where to score vegetarian eats is plentiful.

Whether you are in search for something spicy and exotic sans meat, or a casual neighborhood joint to satisfy soup, salad and sandwich cravings, check out this map of essential vegetarian restaurants around Houston.

Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; it may pose a risk for the vaccinated, especially in areas with substantial COVID transmission.

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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 77018
(832) 831-9951
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Visit the ISKON Hare Krishna Temple and stay for the all-vegetarian lunch and dinner buffet (available for dine-in and to-go) at Govinda’s on the property. Dishes like saag paneer, daal makhani and chana masala revolve throughout the week, but visit on a Sunday, Wednesday or Friday and find a completely vegan menu.

2. Verdine

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449 W 19th St Suite C-200
Houston, TX 77008
(713) 876-4768
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No craving will go unsatisfied at this 100% plant-based restaurant helmed by vegan chef extraordinaire Stephanie Hoban. Dig into the ‘Chikn’ Parmesan, butternut quesadillas, and the famous Bistro burger built with an organic lentil-walnut mushroom patty.

3. Flower Child

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1533 N Shepherd Dr Suite 100
Houston, TX 77008
(346) 230-4478
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Flower Child is a reliable healthy-fresh dining destination with plenty of vegetarian plates to choose from in the way of wraps, rice bowls and salads. Go for avocado hummus to start, and then either salads or bowls like the “Glow Bowl” with spicy sweet potato noodles, bok choy, zucchini, onion, jalapeño, shiitake mushroom, coconut milk, and sunflower butter.

4. Onion Creek Coffee House, Bar and Lounge

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3106 White Oak Dr
Houston, TX 77007
(713) 880-0706
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Onion Creek’s menu is vast and the vegetarian choices are aplenty. Find items like the Vedge sammich with buffalo cauliflower, the garlic and kale pesto hummus wrap cradled tight with vegetables, and a Beyond Burger patty with vegan harvarti.

5. sweetgreen

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1303 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77006
(832) 720-6500
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Sweetgreen is popular for its menu of warm hearty bowls, including the meatless Shroomami which packs in fresh flavor with chunky ingredients. Roasted sesame tofu and warm portobellos are added in with bright raw beets, cucumber, basil and sunflower seeds atop a bed of warm wild rice then tossed with miso sesame ginger dressing.

6. Local Foods Upper Kirby

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2555 Kirby Dr
Houston, TX 77019
(713) 255-4440
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Like its name suggests, this fast-casual eatery proudly promotes farm-fresh ingredients from local purveyors, and there are plenty of solid vegetarian options. The quinoa burger makes for a hearty lunch, while the Winter Harvest bowl, loaded with beets, Brussels sprouts, Texas grapefruit and Texas goat cheese can be made even more filling with the addition of tofu.

7. Pondicheri

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2800 Kirby Dr b132
Houston, TX 77098
(713) 522-2022
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In addition to the many traditional Indian eats at this hip café helmed by Anita Jaisinghani, find meatless wonders which incorporate seared “chickfu” — chickpea tofu. Try “frankies”, a popular Mumbai street food in which a wrap is stuffed with hearty goodness, and the aromatic “chickfu” curry served with turmeric rice.

8. bellagreen

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2305 W Alabama St
Houston, TX 77098
(713) 533-0777
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There is pasta… and there is Bellagreen’s paleo spaghetti squash Bolognese. In lieu of a meatless pizza or veggie burger — both of which are top notch here — opt for a plate of the saucy Bolognese, tossed together in a fiery chipotle-pepper infused marinara with roasted vegetables.

9. Kiran's

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2925 Richmond Ave
Houston, TX 77098
(713) 960-8472
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Enjoy a number of Indian delicacies sans meat at the hands of chef Kiran Verma, a true master at her craft. There is vegetable and paneer biryani, a festive mix of saffron basmati rice with apricots, cranberries, cashews and yogurt and the masala dosa, a spiced-potato stuffed lentil and rice crepe presented with sambar and coconut chutney.

10. HS Green Fresh Food Kitchen

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5092 Richmond Ave
Houston, TX 77056
(713) 904-3547
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Clean eats café H.S. Green is a standout for all things fresh, so naturally there are prime vegetarian picks. The veggie wrap is generously stuffed with eggplant and sauteed chickpeas, while the veggie power bowl with quinoa is loaded with superfoods. Like to snack? Find tasty snackables sans meat, like the “guacamame” — a creamy mix of guacamole and edamame.

11. Loving Hut

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2825 S Kirkwood Rd #100
Houston, TX 77082
(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 as well.

12. green seed vegan

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4320 Almeda Rd
Houston, TX 77004
(844) 365-8346
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Do vegan victoriously at Green Seed Vegan where the 100% vegan menu touts fresh-pressed paninis with vegan cheese and portabella cheesesteaks, plus raw vegan choices like the Raw-rrito made with seasoned coconut meat, zucchini bacon and cashew cream.

13. Chef Kenny's Vegan Asian Cuisine

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6128 Wilcrest Dr
Houston, TX 77072
(281) 617-7983
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This all-vegan restaurant is a one-stop shop for Asian food cravings of all types. Begin with vegan cream cheese wontons and fried dumplings and continue the journey with vegan sushi rolls, coconut shrimp and spicy Mongolian beef.

14. Sunshine's Vegetarian Deli & Health Food Store

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3102 Old Spanish Trail
Houston, TX 77054
(713) 643-2884
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Score some of the best vegetarian eats in Houston at Sunshine’s Health Food Store where comforting plates like vegan spaghetti, vegan enchiladas, BBQ mushrooms and the spicy black bean Tex-Mex burger with chipotle veganaise are worth stopping for after you shop.

15. Maharaja Bhog

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8338 Southwest Fwy
Houston, TX 77074
(713) 771-2464
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Houston is home to the only U.S. outpost of Maharaja Bhog, a Mumbai-based restaurant. The eatery is known for its vegetarian thali dishes (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 77018

Visit the ISKON Hare Krishna Temple and stay for the all-vegetarian lunch and dinner buffet (available for dine-in and to-go) at Govinda’s on the property. Dishes like saag paneer, daal makhani and chana masala revolve throughout the week, but visit on a Sunday, Wednesday or Friday and find a completely vegan menu.

1320 W 34th St
Houston, TX 77018

2. Verdine

449 W 19th St Suite C-200, Houston, TX 77008

No craving will go unsatisfied at this 100% plant-based restaurant helmed by vegan chef extraordinaire Stephanie Hoban. Dig into the ‘Chikn’ Parmesan, butternut quesadillas, and the famous Bistro burger built with an organic lentil-walnut mushroom patty.

449 W 19th St Suite C-200
Houston, TX 77008

3. Flower Child

1533 N Shepherd Dr Suite 100, Houston, TX 77008

Flower Child is a reliable healthy-fresh dining destination with plenty of vegetarian plates to choose from in the way of wraps, rice bowls and salads. Go for avocado hummus to start, and then either salads or bowls like the “Glow Bowl” with spicy sweet potato noodles, bok choy, zucchini, onion, jalapeño, shiitake mushroom, coconut milk, and sunflower butter.

1533 N Shepherd Dr Suite 100
Houston, TX 77008

4. Onion Creek Coffee House, Bar and Lounge

3106 White Oak Dr, Houston, TX 77007

Onion Creek’s menu is vast and the vegetarian choices are aplenty. Find items like the Vedge sammich with buffalo cauliflower, the garlic and kale pesto hummus wrap cradled tight with vegetables, and a Beyond Burger patty with vegan harvarti.

3106 White Oak Dr
Houston, TX 77007

5. sweetgreen

1303 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006

Sweetgreen is popular for its menu of warm hearty bowls, including the meatless Shroomami which packs in fresh flavor with chunky ingredients. Roasted sesame tofu and warm portobellos are added in with bright raw beets, cucumber, basil and sunflower seeds atop a bed of warm wild rice then tossed with miso sesame ginger dressing.

1303 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77006

6. Local Foods Upper Kirby

2555 Kirby Dr, Houston, TX 77019

Like its name suggests, this fast-casual eatery proudly promotes farm-fresh ingredients from local purveyors, and there are plenty of solid vegetarian options. The quinoa burger makes for a hearty lunch, while the Winter Harvest bowl, loaded with beets, Brussels sprouts, Texas grapefruit and Texas goat cheese can be made even more filling with the addition of tofu.

2555 Kirby Dr
Houston, TX 77019

7. Pondicheri

2800 Kirby Dr b132, Houston, TX 77098

In addition to the many traditional Indian eats at this hip café helmed by Anita Jaisinghani, find meatless wonders which incorporate seared “chickfu” — chickpea tofu. Try “frankies”, a popular Mumbai street food in which a wrap is stuffed with hearty goodness, and the aromatic “chickfu” curry served with turmeric rice.

2800 Kirby Dr b132
Houston, TX 77098

8. bellagreen

2305 W Alabama St, Houston, TX 77098

There is pasta… and there is Bellagreen’s paleo spaghetti squash Bolognese. In lieu of a meatless pizza or veggie burger — both of which are top notch here — opt for a plate of the saucy Bolognese, tossed together in a fiery chipotle-pepper infused marinara with roasted vegetables.

2305 W Alabama St
Houston, TX 77098

9. Kiran's

2925 Richmond Ave, Houston, TX 77098

Enjoy a number of Indian delicacies sans meat at the hands of chef Kiran Verma, a true master at her craft. There is vegetable and paneer biryani, a festive mix of saffron basmati rice with apricots, cranberries, cashews and yogurt and the masala dosa, a spiced-potato stuffed lentil and rice crepe presented with sambar and coconut chutney.

2925 Richmond Ave
Houston, TX 77098

10. HS Green Fresh Food Kitchen

5092 Richmond Ave, Houston, TX 77056

Clean eats café H.S. Green is a standout for all things fresh, so naturally there are prime vegetarian picks. The veggie wrap is generously stuffed with eggplant and sauteed chickpeas, while the veggie power bowl with quinoa is loaded with superfoods. Like to snack? Find tasty snackables sans meat, like the “guacamame” — a creamy mix of guacamole and edamame.

5092 Richmond Ave
Houston, TX 77056

11. Loving Hut

2825 S Kirkwood Rd #100, Houston, TX 77082

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 as well.

2825 S Kirkwood Rd #100
Houston, TX 77082

12. green seed vegan

4320 Almeda Rd, Houston, TX 77004

Do vegan victoriously at Green Seed Vegan where the 100% vegan menu touts fresh-pressed paninis with vegan cheese and portabella cheesesteaks, plus raw vegan choices like the Raw-rrito made with seasoned coconut meat, zucchini bacon and cashew cream.

4320 Almeda Rd
Houston, TX 77004

13. Chef Kenny's Vegan Asian Cuisine

6128 Wilcrest Dr, Houston, TX 77072

This all-vegan restaurant is a one-stop shop for Asian food cravings of all types. Begin with vegan cream cheese wontons and fried dumplings and continue the journey with vegan sushi rolls, coconut shrimp and spicy Mongolian beef.

6128 Wilcrest Dr
Houston, TX 77072

14. Sunshine's Vegetarian Deli & Health Food Store

3102 Old Spanish Trail, Houston, TX 77054

Score some of the best vegetarian eats in Houston at Sunshine’s Health Food Store where comforting plates like vegan spaghetti, vegan enchiladas, BBQ mushrooms and the spicy black bean Tex-Mex burger with chipotle veganaise are worth stopping for after you shop.

3102 Old Spanish Trail
Houston, TX 77054

15. Maharaja Bhog

8338 Southwest Fwy, Houston, TX 77074

Houston is home to the only U.S. outpost of Maharaja Bhog, a Mumbai-based restaurant. The eatery is known for its vegetarian thali dishes (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 77074

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