A Seattle Restaurant Guide that’ll have you saying, “Kale, Yeah!”

Countless vegan and vegan-friendly spots call Seattle’s diverse restaurant scene home. With flawless fast-food imitations to comfort foods perfect for the gray days indoors, it’s easy to find ourselves looking out for all of the exciting new imitations we “can” have alongside our ethical, sustainable lifestyle. Inevitably, we realize that junk food veganism isn’t always in line with our healthy dietary intentions and... Oops. Romaine calm—our veggie-forward restaurant guide is here to help find your vegan vibe in Seattle, from raw veggies and macro bowls to avocado curry and fresh spring rolls.

Holistic Wellness Vibes: HeartBeet Organic Superfoods Cafe

HeartBeet’s cozy spots in the Queen Anne and West Seattle neighborhoods proudly serve mostly raw and organic ingredients. Billed as one of the “healthiest quick-service food concepts in existence,” HeartBeet has a very detailed online menu. Every offering is dairy-free and vegan, and also labeled for Halal, Kosher, and Gluten where applicable. Stop in for an elixir shot or superfood smoothie, creative takes on salads like the Avo-Berry Kaleslaw, a bowl of PB-&-J N'ice Cream, or “experience inner bliss” with a Buddha Bowl. Because health is holistic, HeartBeet also offers a variety of juice cleanse programs and a water wellness program.

Pay it Forward Vibes: Broadfork Cafe

Focused on community and connection with organic, sustainable, and local ingredients, Broadfork Cafe is a warm, cozy atmosphere of wood grain and live plants. This University District spot has a deliciously broad menu, starting with smoothies, kombucha, or their 100% certified organic juices. Then, order a yam and kale, Tofu Salad, or Macro.2 Bowl, or one of their many burritos, soups, and salads.
Their name might have you thinking about a giant fork, but for the less agriculturally-inclined, a Broadfork is, in fact, a farming instrument. Their inspiration, though, is in serving the broader community: Customers can pay it forward with a $5 Community Meal.

One Moment At A Time Vibes: Araya's Place

This family-operated restaurant is named after their mother, whose world travels were an adventurous and passionate search for how great ingredients and fine company. Her children continue the tradition, believing that the dinner table is one of the few places we can and must slow down in these modern times.

Enjoy the Madison Valley location’s bright, airy vibe indoors, or sit on the patio, tiered water feature and all. You’ll find a cozy, moodier take in their University District location. Seating for large groups is at both.

Dine in or take out with a spread of mango salad, Tom Yum, avocado curry, and fried rice and noodle dishes you’d come to expect from a great Thai place. Check out their all-you-can-eat lunch buffet Monday through Saturday. Or slow down and pick up a “Family Meal” special, serving three to five.

Spring Rolls and Grassroots Vibes: ChuMinh Tofu & Vegan Deli

This understated gem in the International District serves up authentic Vietnamese vegan food, including an all-you-can-eat buffet. ChuMinh’s fresh spring and summer rolls, lotus root and jackfruit salads, and real fruit smoothies show us why Vietnamese cuisine is known as some of the healthiest in the world. Everything at ChuMinh is made from scratch, including their tofu, for sale by the block.

With their mission to serve delicious food in a welcoming environment in mind, the ChuMinh team and grassroots volunteers serve free meals to people in need in the Chinatown International District every Sunday.

Gursha Vibes: Amy's Merkato

Seattle’s very first Ethiopian market has since grown into Amy’s Merkato, bringing Ethiopian culinary traditions to Seattle’s Hillman City. Ethiopian food is traditionally prepared to share with a group in dishes like wot, an Ethiopian or Eritrean stew ubiquitously served with injera–a spongy, fermented flatbread. Gursha or “mouthful,” is an intimate gesture of friendship or love, directly feeding another at the table by hand with the injera.

Enjoy yellow split pea wot, or red lentils with sautéed roasted garlic and onions, berbere sauce, and Amy’s special blend of spices. Look out for dishes like a zesty hummus platter, made vegan without tzatziki. Amy’s Merkato also maintains a wide array of goods including spices, Turkish coffee pots and stovetop espresso makers, incense, and teaware to bring these traditions home for the full experience.

Cultivating Community Vibes: Cafe' Flora

Cafe Flora is a family-friendly, community-based restaurant bringing locally-farmed vegetarian and vegan offerings to the table. The team at Café Flora believes “breaking bread together builds powerful bonds,” as seen in their ongoing support of local nonprofits and community groups. And Flora is a popular weekend brunch spot for good reason. Enjoy a kale-and-farro salad in a black garlic vinaigrette, harvest polenta, or crispy Brussels sprouts tossed in soy maple chili glaze.

Bonus: If you’re flying in or out of Seattle, check out “Floret” in Concourse A for scratch-made, seasonal cuisine reminiscent of the original spot that you simply won’t find anywhere else in Sea-Tac (or most airports, for that matter).

Bountiful BNW Brunch Vibes: Bounty Kitchen

Bounty Kitchen is home to quality, healthy eating “in flavor and harvest” in Seattle’s Capitol Hill, Denny Triangle, and Queen Anne neighborhoods. Bounty Kitchen believes in elevating and celebrating the best of the Pacific Northwest’s fresh, local, and organic bounty. Bounty Kitchen’s approach is inspired by a blend of modernity and old-fashioned techniques like pickling and fermentation. Their ever-changing menu features vegan offerings including greens and grains in their Havana Libre bowl, or a Tai peanut and basil salad. With patio seating and variations on cozy, chill vibes, each Bounty Kitchen is a popular go-to for brunch all day, every day.

Creative Chops Vibes: Plum Chopped

Renowned chef and restauranteur Makini Howell’s flagship fine-dining restaurant and cookbook impressed none other than Stevie Wonder, who hired her as his personal chef on tour. Now Plum Chopped’s menu items are all references to the Songs in the Key of Life world tour, like the Well Aren’t You Fancy (“if a cheese plate were a salad”), and Black Goddess, a protein-packed Greek salad. It’s easy to find something delicious and wholesome with Plum’s focus on organic and local fruits and herbs, seasonal veggies, and non-GMO soy. Don’t miss this one—Makini and her portfolio of vegan restaurants garner national press and recognition for good reason.

About the Author:

Dylan M. Austin

Dylan is a jack of all trades, master of some across writing, photography, branding, and content marketing. His written works and creative projects often center the LGBTQIA+ community, sobriety, and veganism. He is finishing his first book whenever possible between Tweeting unsolicited opinions and the excessive purchasing of houseplants.