These are some favorite vegan-friendly restaurants around Lake Tahoe, based on visitor input. If you have other suggestions, please tell us! And to encourage kind options, always remember to give positive online reviews to restaurants that offer good vegan options, and vice versa.
★My Thai Noodle
Much of My Thai's menu can be made vegan by replacing meat with tofu or extra broccoli, and asking for vegan sauce. Their brown rice is vegan, white is not; yellow curry is vegan, others aren't. Popular noodle dishes include Pad Thai and Pad See Ew (just ask for no fish sauce and no egg).
You'll find some vegan sushi here, such as the Garden Hand Roll, Tempura Veggie Long Roll, and of course the edamame appetizer.
★Azul Latin Kitchen
Vegan options aren't marked, but servers can point them out. Some favorites include the Veggie Fajitas ($20 but splitable), the Azul Bowl ($18), vegan chili ($9), and sweet potato tacos/burrito (substitute guacamole for dairy).
Serves breakfast and lunch. Vegan favorites include the Vegan Burrito ($9) and Vegan Scram ($9).
Black Cabin Coffee
Offers a vegan soyrizo breakfast burrito ($9) with avocado, black beans, roasted peppers/onions, and hash brown.
Near Heavenly Village:
Blue Dog Pizza (near Raley's) offers pizzas with vegan cheese. Nearby Baja Fresh has a few vegan options, such as the Baja Veggie Taco Combo for $9 (hold the parmesan). Fatburger inside of Harrah's now sells the Impossible Burger. Maya's Mexican Grill (across the street from Heavenly Village) has a veggie burrito ($9). And the Naked Fish (just west of Raley's Center) has vegan sushi options. If you looking for a quick bite, add avocado (or double avocado) to a Veggie Delight at Subway (near Raley's), or check Raley's sushi counter for veggie rolls.
★Artemis Lakefront Cafe
Greek food. Vegan favorites include the Super Veggie Pita, the Falafel Pita, the Mediterranean Power Bowl, and the Mezze Platter (a plate of appetizers that makes a great main dish). Always specify vegan so they hold feta/etc. For breakfast there's a tofu breakfast scramble.
Indian restaurant offering at least 10 veggie dishes. Ask them which ones are vegan, and which naan/rice are vegan.
Yes, it's a chain, but a good one for vegans. Try the Veggie Bowl with a mix of black+pinto beans, brown rice, fajita veggies, tomato salsa, corn salsa, and guacamole (guac is included with the Veggie Bowl at no extra charge). Add a bag of chips, and head over to the beach (the inside seating at this Chipotle is kinda cramped).
They have vegan pizza slices and a salad bar (not currently self-serve due to pandemic). Also vegan sushi and vegan donuts — plus everything you'd need to make a healthy plant-based picnic!
If you appreciate unpretentious places, you'll find one (very filling) vegan choice here: the Super Veggie Burrito (ask for no dairy). Help yourself to chips/salsa.
Their new online menu specifies which dishes are vegan — nice!
This is one of our top two picks for vegan options in SLT (the other is Frescana in Meyers). Vegan dishes are marked on the menu. The only downside is that Freshies is small and can be super busy on weekends/holidays.
★Aloha Ice Cream
Located in the same building as Freshies, they offer coconut-milk-based ice creams, mud pie, frozen chocolate-dipped bananas, ice cream cake by the slice, and more. Be sure to mention vegan when ordering.
★Lotus Pho 2
Located in the same building as Freshies. Until their other location reopens at Raley's Center, this is the only Vietnamese restaurant in SLT. Lucky for us, their Veggie Pho is great. Be sure to ask for vegan broth.
Highly recommended. Several vegan choices including the Mexican Volcano (substitute the honey-mustard dressing with Annie's Goddess dressing), the Veggie Crunch Sandwich, and Tempeh Burger. Whatever you order, be sure to specify vegan so you get options for guacamole, hummus, vegan cheese, etc. You can also get food to go, and walk a block east to the Lakeview Commons Beach. Alternatively, Regan Beach has picnic tables, but is a short drive.
★Tahoe Bagel Co
Offers a Veggie breakfast sandwich, vegan cream cheese for their bagels, and oat/almond/soy/coconut milks for their hot drinks.
The Free Bird (Cafe)
Small cafe. Along with the usual dairy alternatives, you'll usually find vegan baked goods. BTW, does anyone know a cafe that doesn't charge extra for plant-based milks? If so, please let us know.
Off The Hook Sushi
Japanese restaurant with some veggie sushi options (be sure to specify vegan), and a vegetable udon.
★Bare Roots Coffee
Small cafe with excellent vegan apple and peach turnovers daily.
This Mexican restaurant has six awesome vegan options. Visit their website and click Menu→"Lo Vegano" (The Vegan) for descriptions. Burrito with vegan beef or potato+soychorizo ($10), Taco plate with same options ($13), Vegan mozzarella quesadilla ($14), Super nachos ($14).
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★Artemis Mediterranean Grill
Excellent Greek/Mediterranean restaurant — just wish they'd offer vegan sauces other than ketchup. Vegan favorites include the Super Veggie Pita, the Falafel Pita, the Mediterranean Power Bowl, and the Mezze Platter (a plate of appetizers that makes a great main dish). Always specify vegan so they leave off feta/etc.
★Orchids Thai Cuisine
Comfortable Thai restaurant, popular with both visitors and locals. Many dishes can be made vegan by asking for tofu or extra veggies rather than meat, and asking for vegan sauce. Some favorites include Spicy Basil Vegetable (the rice version).
★My Thai Cuisine
Authentic Thai restaurant, definitely recommended. Much of their menu can be made vegan by replacing meat with tofu or extra broccoli/veggies, and asking for vegan sauce. Their brown rice is vegan (white is not). The only vegan curry is yellow. Some popular noodle dishes include Pad Thai and Pad See Ew (just ask for no fish sauce and no egg).
With self-pour beef/wine/kombucha, outdoor seating, a firepit, and pizzas that now offer vegan cheese and Impossible meat, AleWorX has become pretty awesome.
Alpina Coffee Cafe
Offers a vegan breakfast burrito with plant-based sausage.
Offers six veggie burgers, including the Santa Fe (with avocado and jalapenos), the Sweetness (with fresh grilled pineapple), and the Desert Delight (with grilled cactus). The veggie patties are a bit on the small side unfortunately, but a side of shoestring fries and/or fried mushrooms can make up for it.
Mexican with a modern feel and casual vibe. Vegan favorites include the Verde Burrito (say "no dairy" and they'll offer cashew cheese for $2), and the Cauliflower Rice Bowl. Unfortunately, with a $2 charge for cashew cheese when meat and dairy are being omitted (as opposed to somewhere like Chipotle where guac is included for veggie dishes), we can't call Verde "vegan friendly" and would opt for nearby Maria's, or Frescana in Meyers. Both those Mexican restaurants have dedicated vegan menus.
★Lake Tahoe Pizza
Traditional pizza parlor offering daiya (vegan cheese) and a salad bar. This was the only pizza place near the Y before AleWorX came along, but many people still prefer their thicker crust. Open for dinner only. They also offer pizzas to cook at home ("take and bake").
Traditional coffee shop feel. Open for breakfast and lunch only. Vegan options include Vegan French Toast and Garden Burger ($12). Ernie's is also listed on the Oatly Finder, so they may have vegan hot drinks.
Some ideas if you're just looking for a quick bite: Add avocado (or double avocado) to a Veggie Delight at Subway (across the street from Raley's), or check Raley's sushi counter for veggie rolls. Taco Bell (in Raley's parking lot) has a Bean Burrito that's vegan — order it fresco style, add guacamole, jalapenos and extra onions! Kitty-corner from Raley's you'll find Grass Roots Grocery which often has homemade tempeh sandwiches with Vegenaise.
One of our top two picks for vegan options in Tahoe. Dedicated plant-based menu! Some favorites include the Beyond Crispy Taco and K's Vegan Veggie Taco ($6 each — one of each makes a great combo), the Burrito Morado ($15 but huge), the Beyond Guac Burger (ditto), the Vegan Sunrise Veggie Bowl, Vegan Avocado Toast, and the WFPB Bowl. Indoor or outdoor seating, or get takeout and head to Tahoe Paradise Park.
Freel Perk Cafe
In the same building as Frescana, Freel Perk often offers vegan cake by the slice, Alternative Baking Company vegan cookies, and breakfast bowls you can veganize by swapping dairy for oat/soy/etc milk.
Cool Meyers spot best known for evening music, but also good for lunch (open 2pm to 2am). Currently just "okay" for vegan — see their menu on Yelp for what you can expect. The Reuben can be made into a Veggie Reuben with Portobello mushroom, or the Taco Salad can be made vegan by holding the cheese.
Incline Village (East to west)
Tunnel Creek Cafe
Offers a whole grain vegan burger with spicy brown mustard, lettuce, and tomato on a toasted vegan whole grain bun.
★Mountain High Sandwich Co.
Our top pick for Incline Village. Some recent highlights include the House Smoked BBQ Tofu, Chickpea Salad Sandwich, All Good Veggie Sandwich, Veggie Ruben, Harmony Wrap, and for breakfast the Avocado Toast or Dreamy Coconut Chia Seed Pudding.
Lone Eagle Grille
Upscale restaurant with separate vegetarian/vegan menu available upon request. Carrot Risotto, fancy Beyond Burger, Tomato & Roasted Pepper Bisque, and Vegetable Linguini are some current offerings. Nicey but pricey.
Asian fusion restaurant. Tell them you're vegan and they can adjust many of their menu items to accomodate.
Offers an excellent vegan pizza.
Inclined Burgers and Brews
Offers a Beyond Meat burger (hold the cheese).
As with most Thai restaurants, many of the menu items here can be made vegan. Just substitute tofu or extra broccoli for meat, and ask for vegan sauce.
Offers a vegan tofu scramble for breakfast. No lunch options yet.
Thania's Juice Bar
Vegan tamales and smoothie bowls.
Kings Beach (East to west)
Rather upscale yet casual restaurant with a Vegan Udon Noodle Bowl and another noodle bowl that you can add tofu to.
Southwestern (non-traditional Mexican) restaurant with a Veggie Fajita. It's an upscale restaurant (the fajita is $23).
Traditional Mexican restaurant with vegetarian options that can be made vegan by holding the dairy.
Tahoe Central Market
Market with a deli and juice bar. Didn't see any vegan menu items at the deli, but you could put together a picnic with grocery items, and there's the juice bar.
Tahoe City (East to west)
Sugar Pine Cakery
Bakery with some vegan options.
Vegan friendly Thai restaurant. As with most Thai restaurants, just tell them you're vegan and most of their menu items can be adjusted.
Jake's On The Lake
A few vegan options including Vegan Buddha Bowl and Veggie Udon.
Hacienda Del Lago
Mexican restaurant with vegetarian options that can be made vegan by holding the dairy.
Tahoe City Sushi
Offers vegan sushi with a dedicated vegan menu - be sure to ask for it!
Fat Cat Bar & Grill
Offers the Beyond Burger and a tofu lettude wrap.
Syd's Bagelry and Espresso
Cafe with non-dairy milks and some vegan food options.
The Pioneer Cocktail Club & Kitchen
Veggie (cauliflower/mushroom) tacos are the only vegan menu item, but you can also do a no-cheese veggie pizza.
The Blue Agave
Traditional Mexican restaurant with vegetarian options that can be made vegan by holding the dairy.
The Dam Cafe
A few vegan options, but the Vegan-Rito (vegan burrito) is the winner here.
New Moon Natural Foods is a health market (great place to buy vegan groceries when visiting Tahoe City), but in the back corner you'll find the Uncommon Kitchen, which is our favorite place in Tahoe City for vegan to-go.
West Shore Market
Deli with a veggie sandwich option.
Fire Sign Cafe
Breakfast and lunch, with vegan options including a Vegan Tofu Scramble and Black Bean Burger.
For healthy plant-based meals, nothing beats preparing your own!
Well, recipes from the movies we recommend ☺
You're gonna quickly see that you're not giving up anything by going plant-based! Remember to bookmark recipes you'd like to try.
These are sites mentioned by Tahoe's Plant-Based Cooking Club, so you may be more likely to find WFPB (whole foods, plant based) recipes on them.
Not a specifically vegan recipe site, but search for "vegan + your desired dish" and you can find just about any recipe veganized. For example: vegan chocolate cake
Great Reddit channel for cooking inspiration/ideas.
Could you use some guidance from a real person? Challenge22 can help.
Experimenting with easy recipes is the surest way to find vegan meals you love. However, if you have zero interest in cooking, these services deliver boxes of ready-to-heat, plant-based meals to you:
The best plant-based products on Earth grow directly out of the earth, and can be found in the produce area and bulk bins of any decent supermarket. But here are some favorite packaged foods you might also want to try.
It's not exactly healthy (lots of coconut oil), but hopefully you're not eating cheese for your health. At least this one's made with plants, not pus.
Miyoko's is expensive (~$10), but it's amazing. Try it for your next special occassion. It's expensive because it's made with nuts.
Oat doesn't just make one of the best-tasting vegan milks, it's also one of the best choices for the environment. We recommend Oatly's medium-thick version in the bluish container (not "whole", not "skinny", but "semi"). Find your nearest retailer with the Oatly Finder. Bonus: it's fortified with calcium and B12!
One big difference you'll notice among plant-based milks is the amount of sugar. Some are as sweet as soft drinks, others are similar to cow secretion, and others (like this pea-protein-based Ripple, which also contains calcium+B12) go sugar free. It may take a little experimentation to find your sweet spot.
If you're a coffee drinker, you'll have no trouble finding soy/almond/coconut/oat and other vegan creamers. Here's one we like.
Egg from plants (rather than the backside of a chicken) with zero cholesterol. Great for scrambles, omelettes, pancakes, etc.
Ugh, I can't believe I ever ate butter — the solidified secretion of a cow's nipple, gross. Try this.
Violife gets our vote for best plant-based parmesan cheese. Note that it requires a grater. Follow Your Heart is a good pre-grated alternative.
Tofurkey's Italian sausage makes an excellent addition to any pasta dish. But don't be surprised if you find yourself eating them straight out of the package.
No, they don't taste like hot dogs — it's difficult to simulate the taste of pig faces, butts and guts with plants. But think of Field Roasts as something new, and they taste great!
If you were ever a chicken nugget addict, you'll love gardein.
We like to cut these up and add 'em to quinoa/avocado/veggie bowls, salads, etc. They have a spicy taste, and a crunchy/fried texture.
Tired of tofu? Pumfu may sound strange, but it's an amazing product. 100% organic pumpkin seeds and filtered water, no other ingredients. And it doesn't taste like pumpkin or tofu – we can't describe it, just try it!
Wow, we just said it's difficult to simulate the taste of dead animals with plants, but the scientists at Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods have done it — without the hormones, antibiotics, blood, cholesterol or cruelty!
The main ingredient in hummus is protein-packed garbanzo beans (aka chickpeas). Most brands are vegan.
An amazing, special occasion spread. The only drawback is that it's too good to eat in moderation.
If making a plant-based pizza, Daiya cheese comes pre-shredded. Or you can just buy one of their pre-made frozen pizzas, add some fresh veggies on top — and maybe some more Daiya on top of that! For frozen, we also recommend the Sweet Earth Veggie Lover from Target or Whole Foods (add your own Tofurkey Italian Sausage).
The best chocolate cake ever is vegan! Although Just Desserts products are sold many places, we seem to find this vegan gem most consistently at Safeway/Albertsons.
The Cowboy Creamies from Sugar Plum Bakery are amazing. Actually, everything they sell is amazing! In addition to delivery, some local markets sell their stuff.
It's called Coconut Bliss because it's made with coconut milk, but it comes in several flavors, including this decadent dark chocolate.
This brown rice ramen from Costco is a cheap, lazy, healthy vegan's dream. Just add some vegetables (e.g. brocolli, mushrooms, bean sprouts, bok choy), maybe a meat alternative (e.g. Pumfu or tofu) and you've got a gourmet meal in 5-10 minutes. Drain for stir-fry style. Add soy sauce or bouillon for quick and easy seasoning. Note: we haven't found a cheaper source than Costco, and IN-STORE IS CHEAPER than online. Costco is also the place for quinoa and more.
If you're into beans for protein (or anything that takes long to cook), an Instant Pot could be a worthwhile purchase. If you're a 1-2 person household, go with the mini version.
Last, but certainly not least for many of us, be aware that not all alcohols are vegan. For vegan wine, you're typically safe with organic brands. Most beers are vegan, but some contain ingredients like gelatin. You can confirm that your drink is worthy of your affection at Barnivore.com, or try something new from Food52's list.
3rd Party Recommendations
"Best Vegan Foods" lists:
Supermarkets with "shop by vegan" functionality: