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15 Essential Vegan and Vegetarian Restaurants in Portland

Some of Portland’s best vegan eats: fried “chicken” tacos, curry plates, chili oil wontons, and more

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Portland has a longstanding reputation as a vegan haven, with an abundance of animal-product-free options — pizza, burgers, tacos, ice cream. From meat-free dim sum to barbecue, Portland’s vegan and vegetarian restaurants stand out, thanks to creative chefs leading the kitchens and the city’s proximity to farm produce and renowned meatless alternatives.

Updated quarterly, Eater’s vegan and vegetarian essentials map highlights 15 of the major players in Portland’s vegan dining scene, including takeout and delivery strategies. As always, the restaurants on this map are not ranked; rather, they’re organized geographically.

The latest CDC guidance for vaccinated diners during the COVID-19 outbreak is here; dining out still carries risks for unvaccinated diners and workers. Please be aware of changing local rules, and check individual restaurant websites for any additional restrictions such as mask requirements. Find a local vaccination site here.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Aviv

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100 NW 10th Ave
Portland, OR 97209
(503) 206-6280
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Drawing inspiration from Middle Eastern cuisine, Aviv is best known for its soy curl shawarma fries topped with house-made hummus, tahini, zhoug, and amba. Customers can order takeout and delivery and enjoy outdoor seating at the Pearl and Killingsworth locations. The small plates section on the dinner menu offers an opportunity to nibble through some of Aviv’s greatest hits — falafel, Ota tofu feta, cashew labneh, and mushroom calamari. Owner Tal Caspi’s Impossible Burger concept, Boiga Boiga (previously known as Rad Burger), operates out of both shops.

2. Mis Tacones

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3536 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Portland, OR 97212
(503) 282-1833
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Popping up at Local Lounge on the first and third Saturday of the month, Mis Tacones serves tacos, tortas, nachos, and burritos — all filled with extra juicy house-made seitan and garnished with pico de gallo and cashew crema. Made with Three Sisters Nixtamal, the rustic hand-pressed to order tortillas are no joke, and first timers can order an assortment of the Los Angeles street style meets Baja California, Mexico style tacos. Inspired by Gay4U in Oakland, owners Polo Bañuelos and Carlos Reynoso provide free meals to trans people of color; a pay-it-forward system is in the works. Keep an eye on Facebook and Instagram for announcements.

3. Ditto

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1027 NE Alberta St
Portland, OR 97211
(503) 708-0550
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Although Ditto is a vegan hot spot for perfectly golden grilled cheese sandwiches — best enjoyed with a cup of tomato soup for dunking — the menu includes breakfast and diner-style items since moving to Alberta. At the new spot, decked out with a 1971 GMC school bus painted black and adorned with pink and purple illustrations, Betsy Kniffin slings comforting sandwiches packed with egg-like patties, tempeh bacon, barbecue soy curls, grilled jalapenos, and scallion cream cheese. Watch Instagram stories for the latest menu. Service industry workers can enjoy 10 percent off on Mondays by showing their food handler’s or OLCC cards.

4. Ice Queen

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1223 SE Stark St
Portland, OR 97214

Located in the vegan mini mall on Stark, Ice Queen’s storefront — decorated by local tattoo artist Heysus with cartoon chracters enjoying popsicles — is home to a variety of creative vegan popsicles, from the creamy oat milk horchata laced with cinnamon to the briny Tickle My Pickle made with avocado and pickle juice. Owner Rebecca Smith partners with other vegan businesses to create playful specials, like the Shoofly vanilla sprinkle cake bar and the Hail Snail cinnamon roll bar. Ice Queen popsicles are also available at other vegan restaurants and local retailers.

5. Fermenter

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1403 SE Belmont St
Portland, OR 97214
(971) 229-1465
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Operating out of the former Farm Spirit dining room on Belmont, Aaron Adams’ “friendly neighborhood beneficial bacteria emporium” features a fermentation-heavy menu of koji smoked barbecue sandwiches, cultured hazelnut kefir cheese spreads, and an impressive array of sauerkraut. Inventive vegetable specials with thoughtfully layered ingredients — like red leaf lettuce, roasted beets, and pickled cauliflower, dressed in black lemon hazelnut ranch and sprinkled with dill and crunchy sourdough bits — offer a nod to Farm Spirit’s tasting menus. Fermenter is open for takeout, delivery, and patio dining.

6. Plant Based Papi

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1412 SE Morrison St
Portland, OR 97214

Jewan Manuel transforms ingredients like hearts of palm, oyster mushrooms, and jackfruit into vegan tacos, seafood, and brunch fare at his vegan pop-up turned brick and mortar on Morrison. The menu changes regularly, but Plant Based Papi continues to wow with its comfort foods menu — from luxurious hearts of palm “lobster” ravioli slathered in alfredo sauce to crispy jackfruit “chicken” tacos drizzled with agave and jalapeno crema. SULA lemonade is available as a beverage pairing. Customers can order online or at the shop for takeout.

7. Mama Đút

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1414 SE Morrison St
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 954-1222
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Originally a Vietnamese pop-up serving dishes centered around Thuy Pham’s house-made vegan pork belly, Mama Đút is now a full-blown restaurant on Morrison. Popular items like jackfruit bao buns from the pop-up days remain on the menu, while specials — think: chicken-fried mushrooms on a pandan croissant waffle garnished with sweet-spicy mango dressing and fermented veggies — get snatched up quickly. The shop also sells kale kimchi, ube sprinkle cookies, and Thai tea limeade. A second location will open on Alberta this summer.

8. Mirisata

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2420 SE Belmont St
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 233-4675
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Collectively owned by its employees, this pop-up turned restaurant on Belmont made a splash in Portland with Sri Lankan vegan plates and street eats, including spicy pigeon pea fritters, Impossible beef rolls, and curried polo cutlets with green chili sauce. Mirisata’s specialty is the rice and curry plate of fragrant and soul-soothing curries accompanied by house-made relishes and sides. The curries change weekly, but the cashew curry and oyster mushroom curry are among the standouts. The restaurant is open for takeout, delivery, and patio dining.

9. Boxcar Pizza

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2701 NE Sandy Blvd
Portland, OR 97232
(503) 954-2836
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Located within The Zipper, Boxcar Pizza — Odie O’Connor’s quarantine project while his popular wood-fired pizza cart Baby Blue Pizza was temporarily closed — is Portland’s only all-vegan Detroit-style pizzeria. Boxcar wows with a spongy, golden brown, thick crust loaded with coconut-based mozzarella, finished with everything from marinated “steak” with roasted tomatoes and house-made chimichurri to buffalo “chicken” with generous dollops of dairy-free blue cheese. Specials like the over-the-top mac and cheese pie with East Village seitan bacon are announced on Instagram.

10. The Sudra

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28 NE 28th Ave
Portland, OR 97232
(971) 302-6002
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The Sudra’s long-standing favorites, like lentil kofta and jackfruit vindaloo, continue to impress years later, while Indian takes on brunch fare — like tikka masala veggie pakora hash and JUST Egg and tofu paneer scrambles with sweet tomato achaar — are served daily from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Mississippi location. The beverage menu includes mango lassi, chai, beer, and wine. Sanjay Chandrasekaran’s celebrated vegan restaurant is open daily for takeout and delivery via numerous services. Both locations offer a few outdoor tables.

11. Epif

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404 NE 28th Ave
Portland, OR 97232
(971) 254-8680
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Built around a giant tree limb, Epif offers a vegan twist on traditionally meat- and seafood-heavy South American fare. Pepe Arancibia serves up baked empanadas with house ají verde salsa, pimentones rellenos (stuffed pickled sweet peppers), vegan quiche made of house-made mung bean “eggs,” and aquafaba-based pisco sours. The colorful dining room remains closed, but customers can order takeout and delivery or dine at one of five outdoor dining nooks. To make a reservation, call (971) 254-8680.

12. Ichiza Kitchen

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5411 NE 30th Ave
Portland, OR 97211
(503) 702-8374
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Cyrus Ichiza showcases an impressive range of East Asian and Southeast Asian cuisines — such as succulent chili oil wontons, rabbit-shaped bawan tapioca dumplings, takoyaki grilled Japanese pancake dumplings, and fiery Buldak “chicken” rice bowls — out of Ichiza Kitchen‘s spacious digs along Killingsworth. House-made kimchi, oolong teas, and t-shirts are also available for pickup or delivery. Customers may enjoy takeout at the outdoor tables, but table service remains on hold.

13. Kati Portland

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2932 SE Division St
Portland, OR 97202
(503) 477-6059
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While diners won’t be able to enjoy pad see ew and coconut-based Thai iced teas beneath Kati’s playful “pad thai” marquee just yet, the meatless Thai restaurant on Division continues to offer takeout and delivery. The restaurant is all-vegetarian; customers can request no eggs for entirely vegan dishes. The menu includes tom yum soup, larb tofu salad, green veggie curry, and pad kee mao fried rice noodles, as well margaritas and palomas to go from neighboring sister restaurant Mestizo.

14. Doe Donuts

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4110 NE Sandy Blvd
Portland, OR 97212
(503) 333-4404
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Portland has a number of doughnut shops, but this is the only vegan-dedicated doughnut shop in town. Doughnut aficionados can always count on Doe Donuts for unique flavors, such as the earl grey-based Portland fog and mango sticky rice, in addition to seasonal ice cream scoops and ice cream sandwich specials. The rotating menu always includes one savory creation — like pierogi or jackfruit carnitas doughnuts — for those who don’t have a sweet tooth. The Hollywood shop is open for walk-ins and Doordash delivery.

15. Dirty Lettuce

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5240 NE 42nd Ave
Portland, OR 97218
(769) 243-5325
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Hailing from Mississippi, Alkebulan Moroski serves an entirely vegan Southern menu, including tangy barbecue ribs and crispy-fried catfish made from house-made seitan meticulously crafted to resemble traditional meats. The rotating selection of sides — which are just as delicious as the proteins — features mac and cheese, fried okra, and sour cream and onion mashed potatoes. Located at Shady Pines vegan cart pod, Dirty Lettuce offers online ordering. A second location on Fremont, specializing in New Orleans jazz brunch and packaged vegan meats for home cooking, is coming soon.

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1. Aviv

100 NW 10th Ave, Portland, OR 97209

Drawing inspiration from Middle Eastern cuisine, Aviv is best known for its soy curl shawarma fries topped with house-made hummus, tahini, zhoug, and amba. Customers can order takeout and delivery and enjoy outdoor seating at the Pearl and Killingsworth locations. The small plates section on the dinner menu offers an opportunity to nibble through some of Aviv’s greatest hits — falafel, Ota tofu feta, cashew labneh, and mushroom calamari. Owner Tal Caspi’s Impossible Burger concept, Boiga Boiga (previously known as Rad Burger), operates out of both shops.

100 NW 10th Ave
Portland, OR 97209

2. Mis Tacones

3536 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Portland, OR 97212

Popping up at Local Lounge on the first and third Saturday of the month, Mis Tacones serves tacos, tortas, nachos, and burritos — all filled with extra juicy house-made seitan and garnished with pico de gallo and cashew crema. Made with Three Sisters Nixtamal, the rustic hand-pressed to order tortillas are no joke, and first timers can order an assortment of the Los Angeles street style meets Baja California, Mexico style tacos. Inspired by Gay4U in Oakland, owners Polo Bañuelos and Carlos Reynoso provide free meals to trans people of color; a pay-it-forward system is in the works. Keep an eye on Facebook and Instagram for announcements.

3536 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Portland, OR 97212

3. Ditto

1027 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211

Although Ditto is a vegan hot spot for perfectly golden grilled cheese sandwiches — best enjoyed with a cup of tomato soup for dunking — the menu includes breakfast and diner-style items since moving to Alberta. At the new spot, decked out with a 1971 GMC school bus painted black and adorned with pink and purple illustrations, Betsy Kniffin slings comforting sandwiches packed with egg-like patties, tempeh bacon, barbecue soy curls, grilled jalapenos, and scallion cream cheese. Watch Instagram stories for the latest menu. Service industry workers can enjoy 10 percent off on Mondays by showing their food handler’s or OLCC cards.

1027 NE Alberta St
Portland, OR 97211

4. Ice Queen

1223 SE Stark St, Portland, OR 97214

Located in the vegan mini mall on Stark, Ice Queen’s storefront — decorated by local tattoo artist Heysus with cartoon chracters enjoying popsicles — is home to a variety of creative vegan popsicles, from the creamy oat milk horchata laced with cinnamon to the briny Tickle My Pickle made with avocado and pickle juice. Owner Rebecca Smith partners with other vegan businesses to create playful specials, like the Shoofly vanilla sprinkle cake bar and the Hail Snail cinnamon roll bar. Ice Queen popsicles are also available at other vegan restaurants and local retailers.

1223 SE Stark St
Portland, OR 97214

5. Fermenter

1403 SE Belmont St, Portland, OR 97214

Operating out of the former Farm Spirit dining room on Belmont, Aaron Adams’ “friendly neighborhood beneficial bacteria emporium” features a fermentation-heavy menu of koji smoked barbecue sandwiches, cultured hazelnut kefir cheese spreads, and an impressive array of sauerkraut. Inventive vegetable specials with thoughtfully layered ingredients — like red leaf lettuce, roasted beets, and pickled cauliflower, dressed in black lemon hazelnut ranch and sprinkled with dill and crunchy sourdough bits — offer a nod to Farm Spirit’s tasting menus. Fermenter is open for takeout, delivery, and patio dining.

1403 SE Belmont St
Portland, OR 97214

6. Plant Based Papi

1412 SE Morrison St, Portland, OR 97214

Jewan Manuel transforms ingredients like hearts of palm, oyster mushrooms, and jackfruit into vegan tacos, seafood, and brunch fare at his vegan pop-up turned brick and mortar on Morrison. The menu changes regularly, but Plant Based Papi continues to wow with its comfort foods menu — from luxurious hearts of palm “lobster” ravioli slathered in alfredo sauce to crispy jackfruit “chicken” tacos drizzled with agave and jalapeno crema. SULA lemonade is available as a beverage pairing. Customers can order online or at the shop for takeout.

1412 SE Morrison St
Portland, OR 97214

7. Mama Đút

1414 SE Morrison St, Portland, OR 97214

Originally a Vietnamese pop-up serving dishes centered around Thuy Pham’s house-made vegan pork belly, Mama Đút is now a full-blown restaurant on Morrison. Popular items like jackfruit bao buns from the pop-up days remain on the menu, while specials — think: chicken-fried mushrooms on a pandan croissant waffle garnished with sweet-spicy mango dressing and fermented veggies — get snatched up quickly. The shop also sells kale kimchi, ube sprinkle cookies, and Thai tea limeade. A second location will open on Alberta this summer.

1414 SE Morrison St
Portland, OR 97214

8. Mirisata

2420 SE Belmont St, Portland, OR 97214

Collectively owned by its employees, this pop-up turned restaurant on Belmont made a splash in Portland with Sri Lankan vegan plates and street eats, including spicy pigeon pea fritters, Impossible beef rolls, and curried polo cutlets with green chili sauce. Mirisata’s specialty is the rice and curry plate of fragrant and soul-soothing curries accompanied by house-made relishes and sides. The curries change weekly, but the cashew curry and oyster mushroom curry are among the standouts. The restaurant is open for takeout, delivery, and patio dining.

2420 SE Belmont St
Portland, OR 97214

9. Boxcar Pizza

2701 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland, OR 97232

Located within The Zipper, Boxcar Pizza — Odie O’Connor’s quarantine project while his popular wood-fired pizza cart Baby Blue Pizza was temporarily closed — is Portland’s only all-vegan Detroit-style pizzeria. Boxcar wows with a spongy, golden brown, thick crust loaded with coconut-based mozzarella, finished with everything from marinated “steak” with roasted tomatoes and house-made chimichurri to buffalo “chicken” with generous dollops of dairy-free blue cheese. Specials like the over-the-top mac and cheese pie with East Village seitan bacon are announced on Instagram.

2701 NE Sandy Blvd
Portland, OR 97232

10. The Sudra

28 NE 28th Ave, Portland, OR 97232

The Sudra’s long-standing favorites, like lentil kofta and jackfruit vindaloo, continue to impress years later, while Indian takes on brunch fare — like tikka masala veggie pakora hash and JUST Egg and tofu paneer scrambles with sweet tomato achaar — are served daily from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Mississippi location. The beverage menu includes mango lassi, chai, beer, and wine. Sanjay Chandrasekaran’s celebrated vegan restaurant is open daily for takeout and delivery via numerous services. Both locations offer a few outdoor tables.

28 NE 28th Ave
Portland, OR 97232

11. Epif

404 NE 28th Ave, Portland, OR 97232

Built around a giant tree limb, Epif offers a vegan twist on traditionally meat- and seafood-heavy South American fare. Pepe Arancibia serves up baked empanadas with house ají verde salsa, pimentones rellenos (stuffed pickled sweet peppers), vegan quiche made of house-made mung bean “eggs,” and aquafaba-based pisco sours. The colorful dining room remains closed, but customers can order takeout and delivery or dine at one of five outdoor dining nooks. To make a reservation, call (971) 254-8680.

404 NE 28th Ave
Portland, OR 97232

12. Ichiza Kitchen

5411 NE 30th Ave, Portland, OR 97211

Cyrus Ichiza showcases an impressive range of East Asian and Southeast Asian cuisines — such as succulent chili oil wontons, rabbit-shaped bawan tapioca dumplings, takoyaki grilled Japanese pancake dumplings, and fiery Buldak “chicken” rice bowls — out of Ichiza Kitchen‘s spacious digs along Killingsworth. House-made kimchi, oolong teas, and t-shirts are also available for pickup or delivery. Customers may enjoy takeout at the outdoor tables, but table service remains on hold.

5411 NE 30th Ave
Portland, OR 97211

13. Kati Portland

2932 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97202

While diners won’t be able to enjoy pad see ew and coconut-based Thai iced teas beneath Kati’s playful “pad thai” marquee just yet, the meatless Thai restaurant on Division continues to offer takeout and delivery. The restaurant is all-vegetarian; customers can request no eggs for entirely vegan dishes. The menu includes tom yum soup, larb tofu salad, green veggie curry, and pad kee mao fried rice noodles, as well margaritas and palomas to go from neighboring sister restaurant Mestizo.

2932 SE Division St
Portland, OR 97202

14. Doe Donuts

4110 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland, OR 97212

Portland has a number of doughnut shops, but this is the only vegan-dedicated doughnut shop in town. Doughnut aficionados can always count on Doe Donuts for unique flavors, such as the earl grey-based Portland fog and mango sticky rice, in addition to seasonal ice cream scoops and ice cream sandwich specials. The rotating menu always includes one savory creation — like pierogi or jackfruit carnitas doughnuts — for those who don’t have a sweet tooth. The Hollywood shop is open for walk-ins and Doordash delivery.

4110 NE Sandy Blvd
Portland, OR 97212

15. Dirty Lettuce

5240 NE 42nd Ave, Portland, OR 97218

Hailing from Mississippi, Alkebulan Moroski serves an entirely vegan Southern menu, including tangy barbecue ribs and crispy-fried catfish made from house-made seitan meticulously crafted to resemble traditional meats. The rotating selection of sides — which are just as delicious as the proteins — features mac and cheese, fried okra, and sour cream and onion mashed potatoes. Located at Shady Pines vegan cart pod, Dirty Lettuce offers online ordering. A second location on Fremont, specializing in New Orleans jazz brunch and packaged vegan meats for home cooking, is coming soon.

5240 NE 42nd Ave
Portland, OR 97218

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