Best Places for Vegan & Vegetarian Food in West Hollywood
Is there anywhere better than California to be a vegan?
It’s hard to say definitively, but West Hollywood has some of the most delicious vegan options anywhere in L.A. In fact, if cutting down on your meat and dairy consumption is something you’re looking to do, then this is absolutely the place to start experimenting with making vegan options a part of your healthy diet.
From a crave-able vegan sausage breakfast sandwich to a creative, hearty carbonara with “avocado egg,” you’ll be back to these dishes time-and-time again.
A great place for both gluten-free pastas and vegan options, Pura Vita combines creative culinary replacements for meat and wheat with an atmosphere reminiscent of a Manhattan wine bar. It was the very first 100-percent plant-based Italian restaurant in the country, and today, Chef/Owner Tara Punzone (a vegan herself) plates up traditional Italian favorites, like a fantastic carbonara. It’s a spaghetti noodle with a macadamia-nut-based romano cheese, shitake mushroom bacon and an “avocado egg” to keep that same delicious, gooey texture.
Olivetta is perfect for a mixed group of both meat-eaters and vegans, particularly if your group is celebrating or looking for fine dining. Old world ingredients meet a Mediterranean design, and the wine list is a standout in the neighborhood. Their menu has plenty of vegetarian options, as well as clearly listed vegan choices. Check out the Wood Fired Sweet Potatoes and Brussel Sprouts, or the Bucatini pasta with the arugula-cashew pesto.
Exposed white-brick walls, iron and wood furnishings and iron chandeliers give this space a blend of California chic and old Mexico tavern, and the food is consistently lauded by food critics, with good reason. Try the Jackfruit Tacos prepared “carnitas” style as a vegan option. They come with cashew crema in place of queso, bright acid from pickled cabbage, crispy onions and black beans. The margaritas are cruelty free, too.
On a sunny day, the patio seating here is divine. Inside is lovely, too. The interior design focuses around alternating herringbone patterns and gleaming, white subway tiles, with brass lighting accents. You won’t leave hungry. The menu includes more than a dozen vegan options, including huge, shareable burritos. Try the “Mexicano” if you love smoke and spice. It comes with an arbol salsa, and is served over black beans and cilantro lime rice with diced red onion.