While Texas is known for its barbecue, Austin constantly ranks as a top city vegetarians. In fact, thanks to the city's variety of restaurants that offer meat-free options, Austin was ranked #13 in WalletHub's list of best cities for vegans and vegetarians in 2017. Whether you're new to a plant-based diet, are a lifelong vegetarian, or just looking to try something new, here's a list of the best vegetarian restaurants in Austin.

Bouldin Creek Cafe

It's often assumed that vegans don't have lots of choices, but Bouldin Creek puts that claim to shame. This cafe offers a three-page menu with meals that appeal to any taste. Aside from the food, this cafe receives good marks on its service and ambiance. Be sure to reserve a spot on Yelp to avoid a long wait!

Mr. Natural

While Mr. Natural is more known for its vegan desserts, which there are plenty, it also offers Mexican-inspired meals for lunch. For $8.95 you can enjoy a salad, entree, and two sides. Popular options are the Potato Patties, Vegan Tamales, and Vegan Enchiladas. 

Mother's Cafe

With its diverse menu featuring Tex-Mex and Italian meals, this restaurant tucked in Hyde Park is a must-try for both herbivores and carnivores. An extra-special touch is a live harpist playing during dinner. Be sure to save room for dessert because the Vegan Belgian Chocolate Cake is amazing! 

True Food Kitchen (Austin)

This health-focused, seasonal restaurant chain is a true delight. From the location to the ambiance to the food, True Food Kitchen (Austin) is a one-of-a-kind dining experience. Prices are a bit on the higher end, but there are plenty of vegan and vegetarian options available. 


Vegetarian or not, sometimes you just want a burger. Not a flimsy one, either, and that's when Arlo's comes in. This trendy food truck serves vegan junk food such as burgers and tacos that have a meat-like texture from noon to 2:00 a.m everyday. 

Casa de Luz 

Casa de Luz is raved about because it's a wonderful place in Austin to get vegan food. This restaurant not only serves meat-free, organic, and gluten-free meals at affordable prices, but their food concept is macrobiotic, which means that they only use foods that are rich in nutrients and have balanced yin-yang properties.

Koriente Restaurant

This Asian restaurant offering tasty bowls may be the best of both worlds as there's plenty of meat and meat-free options available. Some vegetarian meals that don't have to be customized are the Koriente Curry and Shiitake Tofu while other menu options can be made meat-free, too. 

Citizen Eatery

This restaurant is living proof that vegetarian food is delicious and can be attractive to all flavor palettes. Citizen Eatery is known for its beautiful ambiance, all-day breakfast, and delectable burgers. A couple of their most popular menu items are the Chorizo Omelette and the Assam Burger.

Ready to feast upon delicious vegetarian food? Then check out one of the best vegetarian restaurants in Austin!

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