Let’s talk vegan! Dining out with a dietary restriction can be beyond difficult — you want go to all the super awesome places, but don’t want to search to find the one thing on the menu you can eat. But wait, the news on this front is amazing, my friends! Las Vegas has become a mecca for delicious, creative and high-level vegan cuisine. Both main dishes in everyday eateries, as well as entire restaurants devoted to plant-based deliciousness!
With the help of the VegansBaby.com Las Vegas Dining Guide 2022, we’ve compiled a list of nine fully vegan eateries. Each one boasts a unique experience or taste. My recommendation? Try them all! In fact, do it this month: January is Vegan Dining Month presented by Vegans, Baby and sponsored by Pleese Foods. All month long, participating restaurants are offering special vegan dishes or menus. Visit Vegans, Baby for the map of participating restaurants.
BLACKOUT (Dining in the Dark)
3871 S. Valley View Rd.
Blackout is a dining experience, for sure and it’s name describes it well. You dine in the dark — pitch black to be exact — and don’t know what you’re eating until the menu is revealed once the meal has concluded. You do get to choose a profile you prefer (sweet, spicy, savory), but beyond that your senses (less sight) guide you. The big secret here (spoiler alert) is that all the dishes are plant-based. I would recommend keeping that to yourself if you go with a group, especially any friends who believe that eating vegan is all tofu and lettuce. Blackout offers both lunch and dinner.
Chikyū Vegan Sushi & Izakaya
1740 E. Serene Ave.
Sushi isn’t something that most people think can be vegan. Sure, there’s always the ole spring roll, but how do you make raw fish vegan friendly? The amazing folks at Chikyū have figured it out and it is fantastic to boot! So fantastic that it was named the best sushi (vegan or not) in Las Vegas on Yelp’s Top 50 Places to Eat in Las Vegas 2020. Their creative take on traditional dishes is so spot on, you may not know the difference.
7355 S. Bualo Dr.
When an eatery uses the hashtag #PartyInYourPlants, you know you are in for something special! Graze focuses on plant-based foods (that shouldn’t come as a surprise) and boasts typical small eats with a wonderful vegan twist. Korean BBQ Nachos, Chimichurri Fries, and Deviled Hummus are standouts among their fare. So much to say yes to on a single menu! Grab a glass of wine and try the Chocolate Mousse for dessert!
3565 S. Rainbow Blvd.
Like sushi, the word deli is synonymous with meats — the total opposite of what you would think of as vegan. Enter NoButcher, a former pop-up that has now become the first plant-based deli in Las Vegas. The eats here are casual, as one would expect for a deli — sandwiches, sides, and dessert — and contain all of your favorites like Pulled (no)Pork, Cold Cuts, etc. Their vegan meats and cheeses are also available for you to take home.
1745 S. Rainbow Blvd.
POTs describes itself as Las Vegas’ only Egyptian restaurant, that also happens to be vegan. One of their signature dishes Koshari, was named the Best Healthy Carb Load in 2019 and the eatery topped Yelp’s Best 50 Places to Eat in Las Vegas in 2020. From your faves like Hummus and Baba Ganoush to street food like Koshari and Shawarma, you can also partake in a fantastic dessert or coffee.
333 W. St. Louis
Soul food is a must and you can now get a vegan version in Las Vegas at Souley Vegan! Traditional favorites like Gumbo, Jambalaya, and Po’ Boys are available alongside new favorites like Creole Nachos. All 100% plant-based. The steak platter (served with greens, naturally), Buffalo Strips, Gator Bites, and F.L.O.C. are all highly recommended. Don’t forget to ask for Swamp Sauce!
7960 S. Rainbow Blvd.
Plant-based Italian? Can we get a hell yeah? Creamy and delicious, just as one would expect, this is the place to go for all your vegan italian needs. The eatery is self-described as fast-casual and offers many of your faves. Chicken Parm, Lasagne, and Manicotti are all on the menu and many of their offerings are gluten-free as well — a huge win for dietary restrictions of all kinds! Don’t forget the Tiramisu and Cannoli to polish off your meal.
3149 N. Rancho Dr.
Veganos is a Mexican kitchen, but really it is so much more! While you may fall in love with the burritos, quesadillas, tacos, and pazole, you will stay (or come back multiple times) for the burgers and pizza. The pizza is reportedly one of the best in the city and boasts plant-based pepperoni, BBQ chicken, and steak, among other offerings.
Violette’s Vegan Organic Cafe & Juice Bar
8560 W. Desert Inn Rd.
Violette’s is a super fun eatery, that operates under the slogan “good vibes, great food.” Their menu is extensive, offering burgers, all-day breakfast, and entrees like tacos and country fried steak, plus juices and smoothies. Nearly everything on the menu is made from scratch and fair warning, just looking at their instagram account will make you want to order everything. As a bonus, Violette’s is also kid-friendly.