Find great vegan food in Ottawa

The vegan wave is turning into a tsunami: new vegan establishments pop up on a regular basis, and inventive chefs make our heads turn with original recipes and inventive taste combinations. The era of making-do with a few blocks of tofu is long past, and Ottawa is right there in the game. Immerse yourself in its enviable vegan scene.

Alice Restaurant Inc

40 Adeline St, Ottawa, ON K1S 3L3

The open spaces and friendly servers of Café My House complement what is surely some of the tastiest and brightest (the colours are amazing) vegan food ever served on Wellington Street. If you're just a bit peckish, why not try some snacks like jack fruit tacos or kale chips? For the truly ravenous, there's the Cauliflower Buffalo Wing Sandwich, the Venice Beach bowl or a dozen other scrumptious options.

The Table Organic Restaurant

1230 Wellington St W, Ottawa, ON K1Y 3A1

The Table is a buffet-style restaurant, where the weight of your plate determines what you pay. While it bills itself as a vegetarian restaurant, there are plenty of options for the vegan-minded (and gluten-free) among us. Come try the Tamale Pie on a cold winter afternoon, and finish it off with the delicious agave squares. If you prefer to follow pie with pie, you'll discover there are dozens on the menu. You won't want to miss the raw chocolate banana.

The Green Door Restaurant

198 Main St, Ottawa, ON K1S 1C6

This is another pay-by-weight restaurant, and why not pile it on? Quinoa tabbouleh, kidney bean chili, Thai curry – all the classics, enviably made, are here to be enjoyed. If you can find a table. It's a popular spot, and there is often competition for space. Make sure to leave room for dessert because the chocolate swirl cheesecake awaits.

Govindas Vegetarian Buffet

212 Somerset St E, Ottawa, ON K1N 6V4

Operated by the Hari Krishnas, Govinda's is a non-profit establishment with a stated mission to deliver healthy food affordably. Although you might find the buffet-style offerings – hot and cold – limited, you will also find them tasty and plentiful. Come fill your belly with curried lentils and your mind with peace with their all you can eat buffet. The atmosphere is tranquil and at under 10 dollars the price is just right.

Blossom Vegetarian Cafe

209 Gilmour St, Ottawa, ON K2P 0N9

Blossom Vegetarian Cafe is an affordable casual option for the urban vegan. Come check out its chalkboard menu, and see what is on offer for the day. How about a Blossom Bowl with grilled tofu and slivered Napa purple cabbage? The wraps and sandwiches – like roasted beet hummus or black bean burrito – are just as tasty. Top it off with one of those refreshing smoothies.

Peace Garden

47 Clarence St, Ottawa, ON K1N 9K1

"Be Kind to the Animals" – this is the title of a painting that hangs in the Peace Garden, a tranquil 'Coffee and Tea House/Juice Bar' in the ByWard Market that also serves food. You'll find the sense of enlightened tranquillity evident in the service and dishes served here. Come relax and indulge in healthy, freshly made vegan dishes like the Pecan Cheddar Burger or the Avocado Tofu Garden Sandwich.

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