Planning a trip to Washington, DC, soon? Don’t worry—the capital of the United States has so much more to offer than monuments and politicians. Be sure to go with an appetite, because the vegan restaurant scene is alive and well with some of the most to-die-for eateries on the East coast.
From delicious Happy Hours to unsurpassable sweet potato fries, these restaurants have menus that will truly make your mouth water. Paired with the unique scenery and beautiful skylines, you won’t even think about leaving without trying a few—or, let’s be honest, all—of these 100% vegan restaurants.
These Are the 5 Best Vegan Restaurants in Washington, DC.
1. NuVegan Café
Craving some vegan comfort food? Look no further than NuVegan Café, which is famous for its food that nourishes the body and nurtures the soul. You’ll be able to dig into popular options like the sweet kale salad, delicious crab cake sandwich, and warm jumbo-size cinnamon rolls.
- 2928 Georgia Ave. Washington, DC 20001
- 2397 6th St. NW Washington, DC 20059
HipCityVeg doesn’t just have a fun fast-food vibe. It also has an impressive sustainability mission that promises “purely vegan ingredients, compostable materials, and delicious food.” Featuring Philly cheesesteaks, udon noodle salads, and banana whip that tastes like vanilla soft-serve, it’s a must-stop that will leave you feeling full and happy all day long. Pro tip: Make sure to try the sweet potato fries. They’re good.
- 712 7th St. NW Washington, DC 20001
- 1300 Connecticut Ave. NW Washington, DC 20036
The first certified organic fast-casual restaurant in North America, Fruitive is entirely plant-based and works hard to be sustainable, ocean-friendly, and a place that puts customers’ health and values first. From satisfying “liquid meals”—aka smoothies, including favorites like Coffee Date and Peaches & Greens—to its famous avocado herb toast and cashew cheese-packed quesadillas, you’ll be able to eat clean and feel good about where your food is coming from.
- 11th St. NW & Palmer Alley Washington, DC 20001
- 1330 Connecticut Ave. NW Washington, DC 20036
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4. ELife Restaurant
ELife Restaurant—previously called Evolve Vegan Restaurant—is DC’s only full-service vegan restaurant featuring a full bar along with a nightly Happy Hour. It’s famous for its soul food, and has both a hot bar and cold bar with an endless amount of mouth-watering options to choose from, including mac and cheese, chicken and gravy, and BBQ ribs.
- 341 Cedar St. NW Washington, DC 20012
- 1231 Good Hope Rd. SE Washington, DC 20020
5. Fare Well
As a vegan diner, bakery, and bar, Fare Well does it all. The retro-chic restaurant specializes in comfort food, from chocolate chip cookie dough pancakes to mushroom scampi pasta. And between the all-day breakfast, delicious burgers, and specialty cocktails, you’ll never want to say farewell to the magical place.
- 406 H St. NE Washington, DC 20002