Don't Miss The Top 5 Austin Vegan Restaurants!

Dated: May 18 2022

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Whether you follow a vegan, vegetarian diet, or you just eat food, don’t skip any of the top five vegan restaurants in Austin, Texa!.  Austin's restaurant scene is known around the world, and we have outstanding restaurants of all types.  It was difficult to choose just five of our best vegan spots to feature here.

1. Mr. Natural

Mr. Natural has been serving vegan Tex-Mex out of locations on South Lamar and Cesar Chavez for many decades.  The same family has operated this essential Austin restaurant since 1988.  Visit Mr. Natural for a casual, counter-serve experience at breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Menu items include vegan and vegetarian versions of Tex-Mex classics like breakfast tacos, fish tacos (made with seitan), queso, burritos, enchiladas, chile rellenos and flautas.  Their vegan tamales are famous.  When you don’t feel like making tamales from scratch, Get a tamales plate or buy a few packs from their refrigerated section..

Mr. Natural also features a full vegan bakery with all of the typical panaderia finds: conchas, donuts, empanadas and cinnamon rolls.  The bakery offers fancy cakes for special occasions and can accommodate gluten-free and sugar-free diets.  The vegan tres leches is a must-try.

2. Citizen Eatery

Citizen Eatery is a modern style restaurant in the Brentwood neighborhood on north Burnet Road.  Enjoy all day breakfast plus a lunch and dinner menu.  There's plenty of free parking, and happy hour is from 4:00 - 6:00 on weekdays.

Citizen Eatery sources high quality and fresh ingredients that are prepared with skill.  For an appetizer, try the fried mushrooms with an outstanding house-made espresso barbeque sauce.  The paleo bowl is packed with grilled veggies, and the salads at Citizen Eatery are one some of my favorite menu items.

Three types of vegan burgers are also offered here, as well as a BLT and barbeque sandwich.  Citizen Eatery's vegan burgers have received the seal of approval from many of my omnivore friends.

3. Casa De Luz

Another favorite vegan spot in Austin is Casa de Luz.  The verdant and peaceful garden that holds the restaurant is only part of a larger community space, which includes a playground, gathering spaces and offices of various wellness practitioners.

Casa de Luz falls on the healthiest end of the spectrum for vegan dining.  They serve a fixed menu for each meal: breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Meals include whole grains, soaked beans or lentils, blanched greens and salad.  Soup is included alongside the main plate, and there are several types of tea from which to choose.

The chefs here prepare all meals from scratch; fats are derived from avocados or whole nuts and seeds; they don’t use bottled oil.  Meals cost a set price, visitors pick up their own food at the counter, and tipping is not required.  Visit Casa de Luz for a healthy meal and atmosphere which nourish both the body and the soul.

4. The Vegan Yacht

The Westgate neighborhood in South Austin is home to a fun place called The Vegan Yacht.  The mascot of this welcoming neighborhood spot is a giant blue octopus, emblazoned on the side of the building riding a bicycle.

The Vegan Yacht serves the best chili in Austin; it’s made with locally produced organic tempeh, which is then smoked in-house.  The smoked tempeh makes the chili hearty and flavorful.  The Yacht features an assortment of wraps and burritos.  They also have a dish called Freeto Pie, which is the vegan version of the Texas classic frito pie.  The Yacht’s mac and cheese and vegan queso are outstanding.

When you stop at The Yacht, don’t miss the locally owned vegan grocery store next door, Maha Market.  Maha carries a variety of fresh and frozen food, pantry staples, snack and desserts from local bakeries.  You can also source eco-friendly home goods and body care products at Maha Market.

5. Bouldin Creek Cafe

Bouldin Creek Cafe is an Austin institution; they’ve been serving up vegan and vegetarian fare on South First Street for over twenty years.  Although the restaurant is not fully vegan, Bouldin Creek belongs on this list, because everything on the menu has an outstanding vegan version.

Bouldin Creek serves breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week and is an especially popular weekend brunch spot.  Some of their best menu items are breakfast tacos, available vegetarian or vegan, and their tofu scramble.  For lunch or dinner, check out their salads, which are big enough for a full meal.  Their Veggie Royale burger is award-winning.

When it’s time for dessert, check out the rotating variety of baked goods sourced from local bakeries.  Bouldin Creek also carries Austin-made Sweet Ritual vegan ice cream.

Whether you follow a vegan diet or simply love food, check out all of the restaurants on this list.  Please add your thoughts about these and any others you recommend below in the comments.  Happy eating!

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Carrie Sietsema

I am proud to be a native Austinite! Living in the Austin community for forty years has given me a deep understanding of this dynamic place. I love the way Austin has grown, changed and become more di....

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