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The Best Vegetarian Restaurants in Toronto

Posted by Liora Ipsum / March 13, 2015

vegetarian restaurants torontoThe best vegetarian restaurants in Toronto continue to get better and better. Offerings now go beyond mock meat, rice and quinoa bowls have evolved and become more widespread and now almost everything gets paired with a smoothie or cold pressed juice.

Here are the best vegetarian restaurants in Toronto.

See also:

10 under the radar vegetarian restaurants in Toronto
The top 10 vegan non-vegan restaurants in Toronto
The Best Veggie Burger in Toronto
The Best Salad in Toronto
The Best Juice Bars in Toronto

Fresh

Fresh

With four locations across the city, Fresh has established itself as Toronto's go-to for mostly-vegan offerings, including tacos, burgers and massive rice bowls. They also offer smoothies and recently unveiled a cold-pressed juice line. More »

Porter House

Porter House

This Brit-styled public house on Dundas West serves hearty and wholesome pub grub (like lentil pies and bean curd 'pulled pork' sandwiches) that is so good, even meat eaters wont be left for want. More »

Woodlot

Woodlot

The restaurant on Palmerston near College isn't exclusively vegetarian, but it offers a meatless menu, so vegetarians need not scrutinize each dish before ordering. Dishes evolve seasonally, but their gnocchi are always a sure bet. More »

Kupfert & Kim

Kupfert & Kim

What started as a single vegan, gluten-free lunch counter in the PATH has blossomed into a popular multi-location chain of eateries. Menus vary by location, but the crowd faves are the grain bowls, burgers and tacos. More »

Hogtown Vegan

Hogtown Vegan

Veganism need not be synonymous with clean eating - sometimes cravings call for greasy brunch foods, dirty plates of nachos or unchicken and waffles. This is exactly where this Bloordale eatery excels, and to boot, there's plenty of beer and cocktails. More »

Veghed

Veghed

This take-out counter on Dundas West serves up an ever-changing menu featuring unique dishes like pakora bennies or pad thai salad. This spot is helmed by accomplished chef/owner Ren Mercer, who's got 20-plus years of experience working in high-end restaurants. Expect the unexpected. More »

The Goods

The Goods

What started as an office lunch delivery service is now a retail storefront on Dundas West, where you'll find vibrant grain and salad boxes, soups, and smoothies jam-packed with superfoods. More »

Hibiscus Cafe

Hibiscus Cafe

The Kensington Market stalwart is a family owned and operated cafe best known for gluten-free, organic vegetarian fare. The menu boasts crowd pleasers like buckwheat crepes, soups, salads and vegan ice creams. More »

Grasslands

Grasslands

This vegan restaurant on Queen West is a sleek, licensed establishment that acknowledges that even meatless eaters like to imbibe with dinner, or enjoy fun bar snacks like nachos and sliders. More »

Grasshopper

Grasshopper

The vegetarian restaurant on College Street serves up a broad selection of meat-free foods. Nibble on snacks like chick un-nuggets, or enjoy hearty entrees like chili bowls, banh mi, or burgers. More »

Bolt Fresh Bar

Bolt Fresh Bar

This casual takeout counter on West Queen West sells juices, smoothies, salads and grain boxes. The acai bowls are a standout on the menu - they're more like an acai parfait, layered with crunchy granola, yogurt and fresh fruit. More »

Pulp Kitchen

Pulp Kitchen

Two locations on the east side specialize in healthy, hearty fare like juice cleanses, soups, protein-packed, salads, wraps and burritos. Try the PK burrito, loaded with black beans, brown rice, roasted corn and tomatoes. More »

Spark Fresh Bar

Spark Fresh Bar

At first glance, Bloorcourt's Spark appears to be your average indie cafe. Along with espresso drinks you'll find-above average food options, including an entirely vegetarian roster of tacos, sandwiches, salads and grain boxes. More »

Live

Live

The original organic and raw restaurant on Dupont at Bathurst is so popular it sprouted a satellite location in Liberty Village, as well as a lineup of grocery store products. Menu standouts include mung bean pancakes and manicotti stuffed with cashew dill 'ricotta". More »

Urban Herbivore

Urban Herbivore

Plant-based sandwiches and salads are among the specialties at this lunch counter with locations in Kensington Market and the Eaton Centre food court. Also find fresh baked goods, pressed juices, and creamy pureed soups. More »

Discussion

26 Comments

Longhairdontcare / March 13, 2015 at 03:44 pm
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Veghed on Dundas is an INCREDIBLE place doing some of the best vegetarian food in Toronto imo.
Carly / March 13, 2015 at 03:56 pm
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Ummm... how was Vegetarian Haven missed?!
Darren replying to a comment from Carly / March 13, 2015 at 04:21 pm
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They didn't pay for the promotional spot?
DY / March 13, 2015 at 04:26 pm
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no mention of utopia either, unreal veggie options

also what fucking fresh did they tag? certainly not the OG
Neesa / March 13, 2015 at 04:30 pm
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Disgraceland is not entirely vegetarian/vegan but their menu is 85% vegan or can be made vegan. Also amazingly delicious vegan ribstake
Kamal nk / March 13, 2015 at 04:36 pm
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Lola's Kitchen is missing
Serial Diner / March 13, 2015 at 05:02 pm
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Nope. No vegetarians north of Eglinton. Nope. Nothing to eat here....
dingus / March 13, 2015 at 05:04 pm
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How was Grasshopper in there but not Vegetarian Haven...
CJ / March 13, 2015 at 05:34 pm
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*The original Live is actually at Dupont and Spadina. And on the map you have placed it north of Casa Loma.
@Gemma Teller / March 13, 2015 at 06:28 pm
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"We take care of our own"
S replying to a comment from Kamal nk / March 13, 2015 at 07:33 pm
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Lola's Kitchen isn't missing.... it's not vegetarian lol. Has some good veggie options but it isn't vegetarian.

Glad Grasslands is on here (it's my favourite) but it's missing my second favourite, Loving Hut!
Paul / March 13, 2015 at 07:45 pm
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Bloomers should be on here.
Ashley / March 13, 2015 at 08:09 pm
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Glas wine bar in leslieville does the most delicious vegetarian tasting menu! Along side a menu that includes meat, if you so choose...
Joy / March 13, 2015 at 08:39 pm
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How is Green Earth not on there?!
Plorry replying to a comment from CJ / March 13, 2015 at 08:58 pm
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Weird! Looks like everything migrates north as you zoom out, then gets accurate when you zoom in.

Some funky map-fu going on here.
jim / March 13, 2015 at 09:17 pm
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grasshoppers microwave is the best chef in the gta
tangerine / March 13, 2015 at 09:27 pm
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LOL FRESH IS #1?? I am skeptical that an actual vegetarian complied this list. (#2-6 are great picks though)
sharon DiGenova / March 13, 2015 at 09:39 pm
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Where the fuck is the Porterhouse, EL RUDDY and the The Goods??!!?!!
Andy / March 14, 2015 at 08:19 am
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Yet another adult that can't see the map right in front on their eyes. Also you can click "more" on each restaurant to get the full write up with address.

Anyway back to Saturday morning cartoons. Toodles.
Nicole / March 14, 2015 at 10:18 am
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Where is Buddha Vegetarian?! I've been to most of these places on the list, and I can say that Buddha Vegetarian is by far the best Veg restaraunt
Julian / March 14, 2015 at 07:06 pm
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Everybody's got something that they think got left off this list, but holy hell, missing Cafe 668 is a travesty! Try the Black Bean Eggplant or the Mango Tofu and thank me later.
Dan / March 15, 2015 at 09:18 am
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Um, why is Woodlot on this list? Make NO sense. Sure, Woodlot has a separate vegetarian menu but it's not a vegetarian restaurant. All of the other restaurants on this list are VEGETARIAN RESTAURANTS.

At this point, I'm assuming Woodlot is paying blogto for placement on these rankings. This isn't the first time I've seen Woodlot end up on an inappropriate list.
underwhelmed / March 15, 2015 at 01:20 pm
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Does anyone else find Fresh's food utterly bland, uninteresting, and overpriced? I can't help feeling that the success of this place has to do more with their marketing scheme ("it's really good for you!"), than with the actual quality and sophistication of their food. Sorry, but throwing a few vegetables on some brown rice, and then adding a little sauce on top, does not really count as cooking (and it's nowhere near worth $13).
Nicole / March 15, 2015 at 08:56 pm
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There is lift north of Eglinton. And it's called Public Kitchen.
JamesH / March 16, 2015 at 11:10 am
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Udupi Palace is better than any of these places
Vegan Store / April 3, 2015 at 08:49 am
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Hmm, I love plant based sandwiches and salads a whole lot, the combination of these two is just too good to make my day an accomplished one. Though most refers to these combinations as “Urban herbivore”, but I call it my chummy tasty pie. One lovely and exquisite place where you can be sure to find Vega meals like this again is on Vegalyfe.com, an Asian concentrated online and offline shop for vegan meals and dishes.

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