7 weeks in Los Angeles. 16 restaurants. Over 20 vegan food consumed.

Most were delicious, some were questionable.

On this page, you’ll find all of the restaurants I went to. They are not all vegan restaurants but most are plant-based. Be prepared—I’m giving my honest review without any advertising influence.

Note that I went to some places a few times so I may not eat all the food listed in one go (I wish I have more stomachs!)

For each food, I give a subjective rating so please take it with a pinch of salt.

Towards the end, I recommend which one you should try if you can only choose one!

Let’s start with the first vegan restaurant I went to in Los Angeles.

Veggie Grill

This is a chain of vegan restaurants that you can find easily all over Los Angeles.

The Tuna Melt Wrap was my first taste of Veggie Grill.

It contains the Good Catch™ tuna with diced onion, capers, celery, and fresh dill topped with American cheese, pickles and tomato. You can also have it as a salad instead of a wrap.

I thought it was just alright nothing amazing. It did taste like tuna but I wasn’t crazy about it.

Tuna Melt (6/10)

One day, I didn’t want to go out so I ordered from Veggie Grill via Uber Eats.

I decided to try the Far East Bowl — grilled tempeh with brown rice, roasted broccoli, pickled vegetables, fresh herbs, and Thai coconut curry sauce.

This was a really good one. Mostly because of the tempeh. I love tempeh. It was very wholesome and I would recommend if you’d like a healthy bowl.

Far East Bowl (8/10)

There’s a Veggie Grill in Hollywood so one day I decided to try the Kimchi Beef Bowl.

Ingredients: Kimchi couscous, roasted ginger yams, roasted baby tomatoes, and roasted garlic broccoli topped with marinated bulgogi beef.

The bulgogi ‘beef’ was really good but I felt they should add even more of that. Overall, the dish felt light, maybe because the couscous didn’t make it very filling. I think it would be much fuller with rice but to be fair, this was just nice.

Kimchi Beef Bowl (7/10)

Wolfie’s Nashville Hot Chicken

This is an ALL VEGAN restaurant selling burgers and fries. Typical American food but vegan.

I was genuinely surprised that everything was vegan. That made it harder to choose a meal.

I ended up going with one of their bestsellers (golden tip if can’t decide: ask for their bestselling items).

The Buffalo Sandwich contains fried ‘chicken’ patty, buffalo sauce, ranch slaw and dill pickles on a sesame seed bun.

Buffalo Sandwich (10/10)

Sattdown Jamaican Grill

I think this was my first time eating Jamaican food and I loved it!

It’s basically soy chicken (I think) stir fry with bell peppers, garlic, ginger and onions in jerk seasoning. This was served with rice, a side of vegetables, and fried plantains.

Vegan Jerk (10/10)

SunCafe Organic

This cafe was located at Ventura Boulevard in Studio City.

I went there twice.

The first time I had Mac & Cheese and it was AMAZING.

Ingredients: Quinoa pasta with tomato & cashew mac sauce baked in a cast iron skillet.

Mac & Cheese (9/10)

I also had a cheeky chocolate cupcake ($5) made with organic gluten-free flour, organic cane sugar and house-made butter.

Chocolate Cupcake (6/10)

SunCafe Organic made a really good impression and I really wanted to go there again so I went the second time.

This time I tried the Zucchini Lasagna with a side of tempe bacon.

Ingredients: Zucchini slices layered with pesto, spinach, cashew ricotta, sunchorizo, marinara and cashew cheese served with kale salad.

What I loved about this dish was the condiment. It’s so creamy and flavourful.

Suffice to say, SunCafe Organic does vegan organic healthy food very well!

Luna Grill

This wasn’t on my list of go-to restaurants but it was one of those circumstantial events. Basically, if it were not for the sake of following someone else who’s not vegan, I wouldn’t have gone here.

Luna Grill is a mixed restaurant with very few vegan options. I had their falafel salad bowl. It’s just vegetables and salad, very basic. No interesting flavours. It’s just a basic bowl.

Falafel Bowl (4/10)

Star Wars Land, Disneyland

Yes, there’s vegan food at the “happiest place on earth”!

I’m glad that we stopped for lunch, particularly at the food court in Tatooine.

It’s basically ImpossibleTM Meatballs, hummus and pita but they named it quite fancy—Felucian Kefta & Hummus Garden Spread.

It was actually really good. The ‘meatball’ had quinoa in it. Definitely a high-protein meal.


After a day in Disneyland, we decided to have a Thai dinner.

Granted, neither this nor Disneyland was in Los Angeles particularly as they were located in Anaheim but I thought I’d just include them in this review.

Surprisingly, their Vegan Pad Thai was tasty. The portion was big. I remember I couldn’t finish the whole thing and I ate it for lunch the next day.

Vegan Pad Thai (8/10)


The first thing I ate at Disneypark was the Chili Corn Cob which I had never actually tasted before. It’s more common to find corn cob slathered with butter or margarine. So this was new for me. I believe it’s because Los Angeles has quite a big Mexican community and so I think it introduced this kind of corn cob.

Chili Corn Cob (10/10)

I also had the Impossible Victory Falafel which contained falafel, cauliflower, garlic spread, hummus, coconut yogurt tahini sauce, and pickled veggies.

By now, you may notice that Falafel wrap of some kind is the easiest go-to vegan meal you can find in LA.

Wild Living Foods

If you happen to be in Downtown LA, you might want to check out Wild Living Foods serving fully organic plant-based raw foods.

Not all of their food is vegan as some contain honey, which is clearly marked with the bee symbol.

I remember craving sushi that day so I had the Sushi Dynamite Roll which contained cashew cheese, red cabbage, tomato, avocado, ginger, red onion, coco jerky, ranch, hemp oil, and flax oil.

To be honest, it tasted bland and I felt that there should be more flavour to it.

I might have chosen the dish they didn’t really properly master. Perhaps I should’ve gone with one of their traditional dishes like the wraps, pizzas and enchilada.

Sushi Dynamite Roll (3/10)

I wasn’t alone in feeling that there was something lacking in their food.

My friend ordered Wild Living Food’s Aztlan Warm Bowl which had marinated kale, quinoa, corn salsa, guacamole, pico de gallo, chorizo, chipotle dressing, and sour cream.

It was an interesting pink-looking bowl. According to her, it wasn’t very tasty.

Aztlan Warm Bowl

Not all of it was bad though. I was quite pleased with the drink I ordered. A daring drink, I must say.

It was the Marathon Elixir, which was a mix of moringa tulsi brew, mushroom cacao, cacao maca, he shou wu, coco oil, vanilla bean, cold brew coffee, and coco sugar.

This had a very strong taste so I don’t think it’s for everyone but I liked it.

Marathon Elixir (7/10)

Chickpea Vegan

There were times when I was too lazy to either cook or eat out and this was one of them.

I decided to get something from Chickpea Vegan via Uber Eats.

I got the typical Falafel Bowl (I know, at this point, my middle name ought to be falafel). But hey, it tasted good and it was very filling. I ordered two sets mainly because of the buy 1 free 1 promotion that was going on.

Chickpea Vegan Falafel Bowl (7/10)

It’s also featured in this video:

Wild Oak Cafe

This cafe is located in Glendale and you would need a car to get there.

Like Luna Grill, this wasn’t on my list but unlike said restaurant, Wild Oak Cafe was a pleasant visit!

They had vegan options and I opted for the Veggie Portobello Burger. I love mushroom burgers. The patty is just pure mushroom. Also in between the Brioche Buns, they added roasted poblano aioli, roasted bell peppers, cheddar chees, and grilled onions.

I also had their Matcha Latte and it was just perfect.

Matcha Latte

Sage Plant Based Bistro

If you only have time (or money) for one vegan restaurant in Los Angeles, I would say forget everything else and go to Sage Plant Based Bistro.

I highly recommend going with a friend, as I did, so that you could taste a few dishes.

Between the both of us, we devoured the 3-Wing PlatterEggplant Artichoke Parmesan Pizza, and their ice creams. I rate them all 10/10 each!

3-Wing Platter ingredients: tempura cauliflower in spicy buffalo, sweet & sour and BBQ sauce with celery, carrots, and ‘ranch’.

Eggplant Pizza ingredients: mozzarella, breaded eggplant and artichoke hearts, drizzled with cashew ‘alfredo’ and pesto.

M Cafe

Located along Melrose Avenue, M Cafe serves macrobiotic vegetarian dishes.

I had their vegan Teriyaki Bowl containing brown rice, tempeh, seasonal vegetables, pickled carrot & daikon, shiso leaf, teriyaki sauce, and sesame.

It was okay, not bad but not amazing either.

I also got their refreshing cold-brewed super green tea to wash it all down.

Cafe Gratitude

I practice gratitude every day but I’m not too keen on it being on a menu.

I think it’s a little too much and perhaps borderline pretentious.

But that’s the concept of Cafe Gratitude—each dish is an affirmation.

I daresay I wanted to feel whole that day when I visited Cafe Gratitude located near Venice beach.

So I had the ‘I AM WHOLE’ Macrobiotic Bowl with a mix of brown rice and quinoa, stewed adzuki beans, braised yams, sautéed kale, sea palm, kimchee, garlic tahini, gomasio, tamari almonds, and sprouts.

As you may tell based on the ingredients, it’s a very healthy bowl.

I don’t quite know how to rate healthy bowls but I guess my guide is the dressing. Their dressing was just okay, not too memorable to warrant a higher rating.

‘I AM WHOLE’ Macrobiotic Bowl (7/10)

As for drinks, I went for ‘I AM LOVE’ Hibiscus Iced Tea because although the hibiscus is a national symbol of Malaysia, I had never tasted it before. It didn’t really have a profound taste like Rose for example but it was a refreshing drink nonetheless.

‘I AM LOVE’ Hibiscus Iced Tea (6/10)

For dessert, my friend and I decided to try the ‘I AM ADORING’ Raw Tiramisu. The verdict? Disappointing. It looked good. But it didn’t taste as good. It was just more cream and less of the coffee. I felt it was a waste of 11 dollars.

Dear Bella Creamery

This was a FULLY VEGAN ice cream parlour!

Dear Bella Creamery was a 20-minute walk from my accommodation and yes, I walked there just to get ice cream.

I was kind of desperate; it was a hot day.

I visited the parlour twice on different days and so I got to try two flavours.

  1. Rocky Road — rich chocolate ice cream with mini marshmallows and toasted almond bits
  2. Cookie Monsta — cookie butter coconut milk ice cream with chocolate chip cookie and chocolate sandwich cookie crumbles

They each deserve a 10. I honestly can’t decide which one I like best. Both were delicious in their own unique ways.

The Waffle Hollywood

This was my last food splurge in Los Angeles.

It had been a while since I had waffles and I was craving them.

Luckily, I found a waffle place that had a vegan option.

Apparently, vegan waffles were difficult to find in Los Angeles. I’m guessing because it’s not so much a healthy dish and the people there seemed to prefer healthy salad bowls as they value their bodily aesthetics more than anything.

I don’t think you can go wrong with a Classic Waffle with strawberries and maple syrup. I definitely enjoyed it very much.

Classic Vegan Waffles (8/10)

Wow that was a lot!

Thank you for sticking through and I hope that this list can help you decide where to eat in Los Angeles as a vegan.


If you can only choose one, go to Sage Plant Based Bistro at Sunset Boulevard.

If you want vegan ice cream, go to Dear Bella Creamery.

For burgers, go to Wolfie’s Nashville Hot Chicken.


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