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Psst… Best Vegetarian and Vegan Restaurants in Denver

Vital Root | The Denver Ear

If you are tired of the limited vegetarian and vegan dishes and flavors offered in most restaurants around Denver, then this article will change your future dining experience.

We’ve listed the best vegetarian and vegans restaurants in Denver, so that your healthy choices will also mean delicious ones!


City, O' City

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Location: 206 E 13th Ave, Denver, CO 80203

Hours: Daily 7am – 2am

Vegan or Vegetarian: Offers Both

Menu Highlights: Cinnamon Roll Waffle, made with brown sugar, cream cheese drizzle and walnut praline, and the Med Plate, made with house made hummus, caponata, tapenade, sundries tomatoes and fresh cucumber served on flatbread with a side of vegan Tzatziki.

City, O’ City uses local produce and even has their very own urban micro farm which provides most of their produce in the summer. The extensive menu features over 50 menu items for lunch and dinner and 16 items for breakfast!

This restaurant is often considered a staple of the city due to its constant support of its local residents. An example of that is exhibited with their monthly in-house gallery shows that only feature local artists.

Govinda's Garden Café | The Denver Ear

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Location: 1400 Cherry St, Denver CO 80220

Hours: Wednesday – Friday 11:30am – 2pm & Wednesday – Saturday 5:30pm – 9pm; Closed on Monday, Tuesday & Sunday

Vegetarian or Vegan: Offers Both

Menu Highlights: Very Veggie Quiche, a flaky crust filled with fresh veggies in a creamy filling, and the Spinach Lasagna, made with fresh organic spinach in a creamy filling, baked with Italian sauce.

Govinda’s Garden Café, established in 1989, is Denver’s original and oldest vegetarian buffet. Govinda’s Garden offers dishes made from 100% plant-based vegetarian and vegan ingredients that are fresh, natural and organic.
They recycle and compost everything and use biodegradable and recyclable take out containers. They also do not use any meat , fish ,eggs, dairy, garlic or onions in their menus.
Sputnik Denver | The Denver Ear

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Location: 3 S Broadway, Denver, CO 80209

Hours: Monday – Friday 10:30am – 2am; Saturday & Sunday 10am – 2am

Vegetarian or Vegan: Offers Both but also Non-Vegetarian

Menu Highlights: Winter Rice Bowl, made with field roast vegan sausage, pan-fried with steamed broccoli, green beans, cauliflower and wild rice, served with a side of gravy, and Israeli Falafel made with garbanzo and Fava bean fritters, Sambal, cucumber salad, fries and pickles, Tzatziki sauce, wrapped in a tortilla and lightly pressed.

Sputnik is a full service bar and restaurant that offers a fresh and eclectic take on traditional bar food, with many vegetarian and vegan options, a full espresso bar, and a free Wi-Fi.

True Food Kitchen | The Denver Ear

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Location: 2800 E 2nd Ave #101, Denver, CO 80206

Hours: Monday – Friday 11am – 10pm; Saturday 10am – 10pm; Sunday 10am – 9pm

Vegetarian or Vegan: Offers Both

Menu Highlights: Charred Cauliflower, made with harissa tahini, medjool date, dill, mint, and pistachio, and Butternut Squash Pizza, made with smoked onion, organic kale, vegan almond ricotta, and dried cranberry.

True Food Kitchen in Denver is a branch of Fox Restaurant Concepts, based out of Phoenix, Arizona. The restaurant emphasizes healthy food and offers a wide, healthy selection of vegan, vegetarian, or gluten-free options.

Vital Root | The Denver Ear

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Location: 3915 Tennyson St, Denver, CO 80212

Hours: Sunday – Thursday 8am – 9pm; Friday & Saturday 8am – 10pm; Closed on Monday

Vegetarian or Vegan: Offers Both

Menu Highlights: Perfect Egg Sandwich made with Curry egg, sun-dried tomato, french feta, sunflower seed bread & chili-walnut oil, and Breakfast Burrito, made with scrambled egg, black bean Sofrito, Soyrizo, potato, Cotija cheese and avocado Crema & Fresh Young Coconut for your beverage.

Vital Root offer plant-focused dishes alongside a wholesome juicing program and ayurvedic-inspired menu designed in collaboration with neighbors Vital Center for Mind-Body Health.

Helmed by acclaimed Chef and Restaurateur, Justin Cucci, (Linger, Root Down, Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox), Vital Root utilizes herbs grown on premise, spices, and healthy, alternative flours and sweeteners.

WaterCourse Foods | The Denver Ear

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Location: 837 E 17th Ave, Denver, CO 80203

Hours: Daily 9am – 11pm

Vegetarian or Vegan: Vegan

Menu Highlights: Italian Grinder, made with shaved marinated portobello mushrooms with sautéed onions and bell peppers on a hoagie roll, topped with housemade giardiniera and served with a side of au jus, and the Orange Teriyaki Bowl, made with crispy seitan, steamed broccoli, and carrots in a house made Teriyaki sauce, served with brown rice.

WaterCourse Foods was established in 1998 and is Denver’s first original vegan restaurant and maintains a completely vegan menu. The menu’s dishes are made from daily fresh ingredients and reduces its negative environmental impact by recycling nearly everything that is considered waste in their restaurant, including fryer oil that is converted into bio-diesel.