Known primarily for gambling and nightlife, the city of Las Vegas, Nevada has as many as 41 million visitors each year and ranks as one of the world’s most visited tourist destinations. Also known as Sin City, it currently has over 600,000 residents and a metropolitan population of over two million.
Did you know that Vegas is one of the most vegan-friendly cities in the USA? In recent years, the city has seen a significant increase in demand for plant-based and vegan options, leading to a surge in the number of vegan-friendly restaurants and cafes. The number of vegan restaurants is up 400% since 2016! Eating vegan in Vegas has never been easier! That’s right, you can let loose in Sin City while still showing compassion to animals by enjoying all the delicious plant-based options. In addition to its many vegan restaurants, Las Vegas also has a thriving community of vegan food enthusiasts, who regularly gather to share their love of plant-based cuisine. The city is home to several vegan-focused events and festivals, such as the annual Vegas VegFest, which showcase the best of the city’s vegan food scene. Finding vegan options in Las Vegas is easy!
While visiting in January, I experienced the nightlife for the first time and had such an amazing time walking downtown. My family and I worked up an appetite from walking so we found a restaurant nearby (True Food Kitchen) with vegan options. Even though it wasn’t a fully vegan restaurant, I appreciated the effort to make an inclusive menu with plenty of options to choose from. We all went quiet after taking a few bites of the plant-based food and fell in love with every bite. Not only was it delicious, but the presentation of the food was displayed beautifully.
Here’s our take on the best vegan food in Las Vegas!
Established in 2018, Tacotarian is a plant-based Mexican eatery with more than 14 vegan tacos and other Mexican street food favorites. There are four Tacotarian locations throughout Las Vegas which makes it easy to reach if you are exploring around the city. A highly coveted menu item is their Fried Oreos and even if you don’t love Oreos, these will change your mind! My favorite dish was the Birria Platter paired with a refreshing Horchata.
Chef Kenny’s Asian Vegan Restaurant
If you’re craving some delicious comfort food then you must visit Chef Kenny’s Asian Vegan Restaurant!! Located in the Spring Valley neighborhood, Chef Kenny’s has everything you need from Vegan Pho, Vegan Sushi Rolls, to my personal favorite, Vegan Orange Chicken.
Cuisine: Fresh Street Food
VegeNation has a wide range of globally-inspired vegan dishes to choose from so whatever you might be craving, this is a perfect option to meet your needs as well as those you might be dining with. Something I love about this restaurant is how community-based it is. VegeNation works with local small businesses to source beer, booze, coffee, tea, artisan cheeses, seasonal herbs and art. Also, they are always seeking to cook with locally grown vegetables by working with school garden programs, community gardens, and freight farms. A few popular menu items are the Chicken and Waffles, Buffalo Cauliflower Wings, and Mac-N-Cheese Pizza.
Tarantino’s Vegan, a family owned restaurant, is the first 100% plant-based Italian restaurant in Las Vegas. I absolutely love their motto: Powered by Plants. Nourished by Nature. If you’re looking for a proper Italian dish then this is the place for you. The Caesar Salad dressing is so good they sell bottles of it to take home! They also offer traditional dishes like Lasagna, Chick’n Parmigiana, and Manicotti.
Diakon Vegan Sushi
Known for their nutritious black rice, Daikon Vegan Sushi has the best plant-based Japanese food in Vegas. Whether you’re looking for sushi rolls, ramen, or sesame chicken made with seitan, they have you covered. In addition to its food offerings, Daikon also offers a variety of vegan-friendly drinks, including sake, beer, and tea. Be sure to save room for the Coconut Tapioca Pudding made with salted caramel tapioca!
Panchos Vegan Tacos Restaurant
Cuisine: Authentic Mexican
If you’re looking for authentic Mexican food then Panchos Vegan Tacos is the place to go. You can find plant-based versions of traditional Mexican dishes such as tacos, burritos, and enchiladas. Check out their weekly specials if you’re looking for a deal like Taco Tuesday. The location is perfect if you just flew into Las Vegas hangry and ready to get some good plant-based food in your belly.
Crossroads Kitchen Las Vegas
Crossroads Kitchen is an upscale vegan restaurant with mouthwatering Mediterranean meals. It’s known for its innovative and sophisticated approach to plant-based dining. Some of their most popular dishes include artisanal pizzas, handmade pastas, and flavorful entrees, all of which are made with a focus on bold flavors, vibrant colors, and satisfying textures.
Vegas Vegan Culinary School & Eatery
Vegas Vegan Culinary School & Eatery is the first woman-owned, non-accredited vegan cooking school and deli in the USA. So not only do they offer a variety of daily fresh items to choose from, but they also offer 25+ monthly classes taught by house chefs, celebrity chefs, and vegan chefs from around the world. Some popular items include the Philly Cheesesteak Sub, Egg-less Egg Salad Sandwich, and Extra Cheesy Mac & Cheese.
NoButcher is a vegan restaurant chain that offers a wide range of meat-free dishes that are designed to taste like traditional meat dishes, but are made entirely from plant-based ingredients. Some of the most popular menu items include the Pulled NoPork Sandwich, Italian Cold Cut Sandwich, and NoPastrami Cold Cut Sandwich. Overall, NoButcher is a great choice for those looking for a delicious and innovative vegan dining experience.
True Food Kitchen
Cuisine: Health-conscious fare
True Food Kitchen is a health-driven restaurant that features seasonal and fresh ingredients, with an emphasis on whole foods and plant-based options. This restaurant offers a variety of vegan dishes, including a Winter Harvest Salad, Teriyaki Quinoa Bowl, and my personal favorite, the Roasted Butternut Squash Pizza. I also recommend trying the Roasted Brussel Sprouts as a starter.
Keri Schubkegel is a freelance writer who travels the USA with her husband and two plant-powered dogs in their self-converted campervan. She seeks new experiences and perspectives to fuel creativity and thrives in a minimalistic and self-sufficient way of living. Living on the road has given her the freedom to pursue her passion for writing, photography, and travel while also being able to live in accordance with her beliefs about animal rights and environmental sustainability. She loves to explore new vegan restaurants, help others adopt a whole food plant-based diet, and offers a unique perspective on nomadic living as well as the challenges and benefits of being a vegan in a non-traditional way. She also enjoys reading, hiking, yoga, and learning about the many benefits plants have on our body.