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14 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 dining: meatless taquerias, cream-less creameries, plant-based pizzas. Nowadays, even the meatiest of restaurants offer a handful of vegan options, but Portland vegans and vegetarians are lucky to live in a city with many exclusively meatless restaurants spanning across multiple cuisines. Whether you’re looking for pizza, burgers, noodle bowls, tacos, or ice cream, Portland restaurants have got you covered.

Updated quarterly, Eater’s vegan and vegetarian essentials map highlights 14 of the major players leading the way in Portland’s vegan dining scene, thanks to creative chefs leading the kitchens and the city’s proximity to farm produce and renowned meatless alternatives. As always, the restaurants on this map are not ranked; rather, they’re organized geographically.

Note: Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; it may pose a risk for the vaccinated, especially in areas with substantial COVID transmission. The latest CDC guidance is here; find a COVID-19 vaccination site here.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Plant Based Papi at Fortune

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614 SW 11th Ave
Portland, OR 97205
(503) 384-2347
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At Fortune — the newly reopened moody nightclub inside the Sentinel Hotel — Jewan Manuel transforms ingredients like hearts of palm, oyster mushrooms, and jackfruit into vegan tacos, seafood, and brunch fare. Since its pop-up phase, Plant Based Papi has wowed vegans and non-vegans with its rotating menu of comfort foods — from broccoli-cashew cheddar soup in a bread bowl to crispy jackfruit “chicken” tacos drizzled with agave and jalapeño crema. Fortune’s bar menu is fully vegan, as well, with highlights like the tropical Luck of Lucien and smoky Condessa Shuffle.

2. The Sudra

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906 N Fremont St
Portland, OR 97227
(503) 719-4279
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A long-standing favorite in the Portland food scene, The Sudra is by no means a traditional Indian restaurant; instead, it offers creative vegan Indian fare with Southwestern influences — a nod to Sanjay Chandrasekaran’s heritage and experiences in New Mexico. The mainstays, like lentil kofta and jackfruit vindaloo, continue to impress years later and are best enjoyed as a thali with black-eyed pea korma, red lentil tamarind stew, coconut yogurt, and chutneys. The Sudra has four locations: Mississippi, 28th Ave, Pearl, and Beaverton. Rabbit’s Cafe — Chandrasekaran’s bowl and smoothie cafe — is open downtown and will soon open on Killingsworth.

3. Obon Shokudo

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720 SE Grand Ave
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 206-7967
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Obon Shokudo found success at farmers markets before opening its restaurant on Grand Avenue. Humiko Hozumi and Jason Duffany specialize in vegan Japanese homestyle eats, like curried kabocha squash korokke and kenchinjiru miso vegetable stew. From ginger pistachio miso to umeboshi pickled plum, there’s a unique selection of onigiri to choose from. One of Obon’s greatest strengths is its Japanese curry, simmered with spices and vegetables, and served with sprouted brown rice and panko-breaded tofu katsu. And the dog sushi freebie is always a hit among Portland pups.

4. Jade Rabbit

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1517 SE 10th Ave
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 720-0253
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Formerly known as Ichiza Kitchen, Jade Rabbit showcases an impressive range of East Asian and Southeast Asian cuisines that represent chef Cyrus Ichiza’s multi-cultural identity. Since moving to the kitchen on Hawthorne, the menu is only available for pickup and delivery. Highlights include meatless renditions of classic dim sum — like siu mai with vegan shrimp and tapioca roe — and entrees such as the Fiery Wind slow-cooked noodle soup served with extra meaty, fermented soy chicken. The restaurant also sells jars of house-made chili oil, frozen Filipino adobo stew, and mock meats by the pound.

5. Cultured Kindness

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1217 SE Stark St
Portland, OR 97214

Cultured Kindness — the newest addition to the Vegan Strip Mall — built its reputation at farmers markets and local retailers before opening a fully vegan cheese shop and deli. Ranging from soft brie to smoky gouda, the small-batch vegan cheeses display a distinct funkiness reminscent of traditional milk-based varieties; cheese maker Justin Miller ferments cashews with the same cultures found in dairy cheese to achieve this effect. In addition to classic wheels and seasonal wedges, the deli carries sandwiches, spinach and artichoke dip, and cheesecake.

6. Ice Queen

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1223 SE Stark St
Portland, OR 97214

Located at the Vegan Mini Mall on Stark, Ice Queen’s walk-up window — decorated by local tattoo artist Heysus with cartoon chracters enjoying popsicles — is home to a variety of playful vegan popsicles, from the creamy oat milk horchata laced with cinnamon to the briny Tickle My Pickle made with avocado and pickle juice. Watch Instagram as owner Rebecca Smith regularly announces mindblowing specials — imagine a tamale in paleta form with a chocolate core — and will soon be moving to a new space. Ice Queen popsicles are also available at other vegan restaurants and local retailers.

7. Fermenter

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1403 SE Belmont St
Portland, OR 97214
(971) 229-1465
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Belmont’s “friendly neighborhood beneficial bacteria emporium” features a fermentation-heavy menu of koji smoked tempeh barbecue sandwiches, cultured hazelnut kefir cheese spreads, and an impressive array of sauerkraut. The inventive vegetable plates with thoughtfully layered ingredients — like purple Napa cabbage, pickled apples, and kombucha-braised watermelon radish, dressed in celeriac buttermilk and sprinkled with hazelnut crumble — are reminiscent of the tasting menus at the now-retired Farm Spirit. Fermenter Workshop will be a one-stop-shop for fermented provisions, kitchen tools, and hands-on classes.

8. 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 vegan whoopie pies, shortbread cookies, and hot dog milk buns. A second location will be opening on Alberta.

9. Miami Nice

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2117 NE Oregon St
Portland, OR 97232
(971) 379-5197
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Valerie Espinoza recreates her favorite flavors from Miami in entirely vegan form — the resulting menu features slow roasted jackfruit Cubano sandwiches, golden empanadas stuffed with soy picadillo, Bistek a la Plancha seitan steak with maduros, and soy curls marinated in guava barbecue sauce. Miami Nice is currently in residency at Culmination Brewing and Bit House Collective, where diners can rinse down the vegan Cuban bites with cold beers or cocktails.

10. 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, 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 highlights. Mirisata recently opened its second location as a food cart in Hillsboro.

11. 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 is Portland’s only all-vegan Detroit-style pizzeria. A departure from Baby Blue’s wood-fired sourdough pies — Odie O’Connor’s first pizza concept — 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 seitan bacon are announced regularly on Instagram.

12. 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 slings baked empanadas with house ají verde salsa, pimentones rellenos (stuffed pickled sweet peppers), vegan quiche made of mung bean “eggs,” and sopaipillas (fried pumpkin bread) drizzled with apple juice-based vegan honey. One of the bar’s specialties is aquafaba-based pisco sours, including an infused pisco flight with flavors like earl grey and apple cinnamon. The heated outdoor pods make for a cozy dinner spot on 28th Ave’s restaurant row.

13. 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 — and it doubles as a vegan ice cream shop. Doughnut aficionados can always count on Doe Donuts for unique flavors, such as the earl grey-based Portland fog and blueberry pancake old fashioned. The rotating menu always includes one savory creation — like breakfast scramble or jackfruit carnitas doughnuts — for those who don’t have a sweet tooth. In addition to classic scoops and soft serve swirls, Doe carries unique seasonal flavors like tahini black sesame.

14. Dirty Lettuce

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4727 NE Fremont St
Portland, OR 97213
(971) 888-4158
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Hailing from Mississippi, Alkebulan Moroski serves an entirely vegan Southern comfort foods menu, centered around tangy barbecue ribs and crispy-fried chicken made from hand-made seitan meticulously crafted to resemble traditional meats. The rotating selection of sides — which are just as delicious as the proteins — includes mac and cheese, fried okra, and sour cream and onion mashed potatoes. Since opening a brick and mortar on Fremont, Dirty Lettuce has begun offering its signature fried chicken, braised greens, and cornbread mix as packaged goods for nationwide shipping.

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1. Plant Based Papi at Fortune

614 SW 11th Ave, Portland, OR 97205

At Fortune — the newly reopened moody nightclub inside the Sentinel Hotel — Jewan Manuel transforms ingredients like hearts of palm, oyster mushrooms, and jackfruit into vegan tacos, seafood, and brunch fare. Since its pop-up phase, Plant Based Papi has wowed vegans and non-vegans with its rotating menu of comfort foods — from broccoli-cashew cheddar soup in a bread bowl to crispy jackfruit “chicken” tacos drizzled with agave and jalapeño crema. Fortune’s bar menu is fully vegan, as well, with highlights like the tropical Luck of Lucien and smoky Condessa Shuffle.

614 SW 11th Ave
Portland, OR 97205

2. The Sudra

906 N Fremont St, Portland, OR 97227

A long-standing favorite in the Portland food scene, The Sudra is by no means a traditional Indian restaurant; instead, it offers creative vegan Indian fare with Southwestern influences — a nod to Sanjay Chandrasekaran’s heritage and experiences in New Mexico. The mainstays, like lentil kofta and jackfruit vindaloo, continue to impress years later and are best enjoyed as a thali with black-eyed pea korma, red lentil tamarind stew, coconut yogurt, and chutneys. The Sudra has four locations: Mississippi, 28th Ave, Pearl, and Beaverton. Rabbit’s Cafe — Chandrasekaran’s bowl and smoothie cafe — is open downtown and will soon open on Killingsworth.

906 N Fremont St
Portland, OR 97227

3. Obon Shokudo

720 SE Grand Ave, Portland, OR 97214

Obon Shokudo found success at farmers markets before opening its restaurant on Grand Avenue. Humiko Hozumi and Jason Duffany specialize in vegan Japanese homestyle eats, like curried kabocha squash korokke and kenchinjiru miso vegetable stew. From ginger pistachio miso to umeboshi pickled plum, there’s a unique selection of onigiri to choose from. One of Obon’s greatest strengths is its Japanese curry, simmered with spices and vegetables, and served with sprouted brown rice and panko-breaded tofu katsu. And the dog sushi freebie is always a hit among Portland pups.

720 SE Grand Ave
Portland, OR 97214

4. Jade Rabbit

1517 SE 10th Ave, Portland, OR 97214

Formerly known as Ichiza Kitchen, Jade Rabbit showcases an impressive range of East Asian and Southeast Asian cuisines that represent chef Cyrus Ichiza’s multi-cultural identity. Since moving to the kitchen on Hawthorne, the menu is only available for pickup and delivery. Highlights include meatless renditions of classic dim sum — like siu mai with vegan shrimp and tapioca roe — and entrees such as the Fiery Wind slow-cooked noodle soup served with extra meaty, fermented soy chicken. The restaurant also sells jars of house-made chili oil, frozen Filipino adobo stew, and mock meats by the pound.

1517 SE 10th Ave
Portland, OR 97214

5. Cultured Kindness

1217 SE Stark St, Portland, OR 97214

Cultured Kindness — the newest addition to the Vegan Strip Mall — built its reputation at farmers markets and local retailers before opening a fully vegan cheese shop and deli. Ranging from soft brie to smoky gouda, the small-batch vegan cheeses display a distinct funkiness reminscent of traditional milk-based varieties; cheese maker Justin Miller ferments cashews with the same cultures found in dairy cheese to achieve this effect. In addition to classic wheels and seasonal wedges, the deli carries sandwiches, spinach and artichoke dip, and cheesecake.

1217 SE Stark St
Portland, OR 97214

6. Ice Queen

1223 SE Stark St, Portland, OR 97214

Located at the Vegan Mini Mall on Stark, Ice Queen’s walk-up window — decorated by local tattoo artist Heysus with cartoon chracters enjoying popsicles — is home to a variety of playful vegan popsicles, from the creamy oat milk horchata laced with cinnamon to the briny Tickle My Pickle made with avocado and pickle juice. Watch Instagram as owner Rebecca Smith regularly announces mindblowing specials — imagine a tamale in paleta form with a chocolate core — and will soon be moving to a new space. Ice Queen popsicles are also available at other vegan restaurants and local retailers.

1223 SE Stark St
Portland, OR 97214

7. Fermenter

1403 SE Belmont St, Portland, OR 97214

Belmont’s “friendly neighborhood beneficial bacteria emporium” features a fermentation-heavy menu of koji smoked tempeh barbecue sandwiches, cultured hazelnut kefir cheese spreads, and an impressive array of sauerkraut. The inventive vegetable plates with thoughtfully layered ingredients — like purple Napa cabbage, pickled apples, and kombucha-braised watermelon radish, dressed in celeriac buttermilk and sprinkled with hazelnut crumble — are reminiscent of the tasting menus at the now-retired Farm Spirit. Fermenter Workshop will be a one-stop-shop for fermented provisions, kitchen tools, and hands-on classes.

1403 SE Belmont St
Portland, OR 97214

8. 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 vegan whoopie pies, shortbread cookies, and hot dog milk buns. A second location will be opening on Alberta.

1414 SE Morrison St
Portland, OR 97214

9. Miami Nice

2117 NE Oregon St, Portland, OR 97232

Valerie Espinoza recreates her favorite flavors from Miami in entirely vegan form — the resulting menu features slow roasted jackfruit Cubano sandwiches, golden empanadas stuffed with soy picadillo, Bistek a la Plancha seitan steak with maduros, and soy curls marinated in guava barbecue sauce. Miami Nice is currently in residency at Culmination Brewing and Bit House Collective, where diners can rinse down the vegan Cuban bites with cold beers or cocktails.

2117 NE Oregon St
Portland, OR 97232

10. 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, 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 highlights. Mirisata recently opened its second location as a food cart in Hillsboro.

2420 SE Belmont St
Portland, OR 97214

11. Boxcar Pizza

2701 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland, OR 97232

Located within The Zipper, Boxcar Pizza is Portland’s only all-vegan Detroit-style pizzeria. A departure from Baby Blue’s wood-fired sourdough pies — Odie O’Connor’s first pizza concept — 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 seitan bacon are announced regularly on Instagram.

2701 NE Sandy Blvd
Portland, OR 97232

12. 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 slings baked empanadas with house ají verde salsa, pimentones rellenos (stuffed pickled sweet peppers), vegan quiche made of mung bean “eggs,” and sopaipillas (fried pumpkin bread) drizzled with apple juice-based vegan honey. One of the bar’s specialties is aquafaba-based pisco sours, including an infused pisco flight with flavors like earl grey and apple cinnamon. The heated outdoor pods make for a cozy dinner spot on 28th Ave’s restaurant row.

404 NE 28th Ave
Portland, OR 97232

13. 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 — and it doubles as a vegan ice cream shop. Doughnut aficionados can always count on Doe Donuts for unique flavors, such as the earl grey-based Portland fog and blueberry pancake old fashioned. The rotating menu always includes one savory creation — like breakfast scramble or jackfruit carnitas doughnuts — for those who don’t have a sweet tooth. In addition to classic scoops and soft serve swirls, Doe carries unique seasonal flavors like tahini black sesame.

4110 NE Sandy Blvd
Portland, OR 97212

14. Dirty Lettuce

4727 NE Fremont St, Portland, OR 97213

Hailing from Mississippi, Alkebulan Moroski serves an entirely vegan Southern comfort foods menu, centered around tangy barbecue ribs and crispy-fried chicken made from hand-made seitan meticulously crafted to resemble traditional meats. The rotating selection of sides — which are just as delicious as the proteins — includes mac and cheese, fried okra, and sour cream and onion mashed potatoes. Since opening a brick and mortar on Fremont, Dirty Lettuce has begun offering its signature fried chicken, braised greens, and cornbread mix as packaged goods for nationwide shipping.

4727 NE Fremont St
Portland, OR 97213

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