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The Best Restaurants with Vegan Options in Philadelphia

In recent years, a huge shift has changed Philly's food scene. Vegetarian and vegan restaurants are springing up all over, and even the most meat and seafood-centered places incorporate vegan-friendly dishes the menu. But where are the smartest, savviest diners eating out? Welcome to the Tastemaker Lists. We’ve pulled data from thousands of restaurants to find the top spots among OpenTable's most expert, seasoned diners. Offering some of the best plant-based Japanese, Italian, Indian, and American cuisine, their restaurants will satisfy even the most discerning vegan foodie. Read on for our top picks in Philadelphia.

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12 Restaurants
Updated February 26, 2020
Restaurants:Talula’s Garden, Positano Coast by Aldo Lamberti, White Dog Cafe - University City
Price Range:$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:American, Italian, Contemporary American
Neighborhoods:Washington Square, Old City, University City
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Talula’s Garden

$$$$
American
Washington Square
4.8
11275 reviews
Describing itself as "a farm-to-table celebration of all things seasonal," Talula’s Garden has the homecooked and healthy vibe down — so much so that they even have their own forager! Dripping in gold fairy lights and filled with greenery and reclaimed wood furniture, stepping into Talula’s is like entering a magical wonderland. Vegans have plenty of choice, and the chefs are happy to transform vegetarian dishes into vegan-friendly ones where possible. Go for the autumn cauliflower pea soup with diced brown butter pears, local cauliflower, and topped with a perfect sprinkling of crushed hazelnuts. The crispy soy balsamic brussels sprouts and Thai spice delicata squash are pretty special too.

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Positano Coast by Aldo Lamberti

$$$$
Italian
Old City
4.5
3407 reviews
Positano’s decor and cuisine certainly evoke the spirit of the Amalfi Coast. Expect jars of lemons, blue tiling, and plenty of photographs of one of the most beautiful cities in the Mediterranean. Choose from fresh and fragrant share plates, like the tender sauteed broccoli rabe and the quinoa salad, and dine family-style. The veggie plate comes stacked with fennel, zucchini, mushrooms, and artichokes. End your meal with a shot of their famous limoncello.

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White Dog Cafe - University City

$$$$
Contemporary American
University City
4.6
4732 reviews
Opening its doors way back in 1983, the White Dog Cafe has become a firm favorite for healthy fare made from locally sourced ingredients. They also focus on running an eco-friendly operation and have a rather extensive information on their website about their sustainable practices. The sprawling University City location features quirky dining spaces, each with unusual themes and features. Book a table in the solarium for conservatory chic, or in the living room to admire the Warhol-esque surroundings. White Dog Cafe has a separate vegetarian menu and many plates, including a generous selection of vegan dishes.

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Effie's Restaurant

$$$$
Greek
Center City
4.6
709 reviews
If you're on the hunt for earthy, home-cooked authentic Greek cuisine, then Effies is the spot. This wonderful yet underrated vegan-friendly restaurant offers a delectable array of Greek vegan delights including an olive, red pepper, and garlic hummus trio, wonderfully crisp Greek salads, and some of the best zucchini chips in town. If you want to sample a little bit of everything, then we recommend their Thessaloniki plate, which comes with dolmades and roasted peppers. Just ask your server for the vegan version.

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Amada PHL

$$$$
Spanish
Old City
4.7
7882 reviews
Chef Jose Garces offers his take on traditional Spanish tapas by incorporating some of his American and Ecuadorian roots into the mix. This trendy restaurant has a rather electric atmosphere, and the open kitchen adds to the buzz of the main dining room. If you prefer things a little quieter, then book a table in the second dining room. Amada has over 60 tapas dishes, a few of which are vegan-friendly. A lunch favorite is the ensalada verde with asparagus, favas, avocado, and green beans, while the roasted cauliflower with pickled mustard seeds is a good choice for an evening meal.

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Marathon - 19th & Spruce

$$$$
American
Rittenhouse Square
4.6
593 reviews
With a tagline of "serving the neighborhood" and ties to urban farming and the Eat Local movement, Marathon strives to support sustainable food practices and that community feel. The 19th and Spruce location is bright and airy, with high ceilings and a huge glass window. Salad lovers can get their fix with the baby kale and quinoa bowl that overflows with grilled asparagus, zucchini, portobello mushrooms, carrots, red onion, oven-dried tomatoes, and a lemon vinaigrette. The monster green smoothie is also a must at Marathon — arguably one of the best vegan restaurants in the city.

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Buddakan - Philadelphia

$$$$
Asian
Old City
4.7
9968 reviews
Once a simple post office, the space is now a glittering uber-stylish vegan restaurant complete with water features, onyx, and a giant golden Buddha. The food is every bit as impressive as the decor, with a selection of vegan-friendly dishes to choose from. Pair the edamame bean dumplings and truffled shallot broth with Chinese eggplant and wasabi mashed potatoes, and you’ll be leaving with a full belly and big smile.

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Pumpkin BYOB

$$$$
Contemporary American
Rittenhouse Square
4.8
2239 reviews
Pumpkin, sometimes called Pumpkin BYOB or Pumpkin Philly, is a well-known food hot spot located in South Street. Opened way back in 2004, this eatery is rather unusual in that it is cash-only and has no liquor license. Don't let this put you off as you can BYOB. While the main dishes don't appear particularly vegan-friendly, you can ask the chefs to tweak them, and the appetizers do not disappoint. Try the parsnip and apple soup as well as their grilled cauliflower with smoked hummus pistachio dukkah and sorrel.

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Bud & Marilyn's

$$$$
American
Center City
4.6
4517 reviews
With its chintzy walls, retro decor, and rather garish floral seats, Bud and Marilyn’s has become somewhat of a hipster hangout. This eatery has an unusual menu — think old-fashioned American favorites with a fresh new twist. While the vegan menu features just salads and grilled veg, these aren't your average lettuce and tomato combos. The B&M wedge salad comes with crisp iceberg lettuce, Thai basil goddess, avocado, nueske’s bacon (yep, it’s vegan), and crispy onions. Or try the grilled heirloom carrots with sunchokes, ginger-tahini dressing, mizuna, mint, and crunchy seed mix.

At the moment, there's no online availability within 2.5 hours of your request. Do you have another time in mind?

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The Love

$$$$
American
Rittenhouse Square
4.8
5230 reviews
Aimee Olexy and Stephen Starr are the dynamic duo behind The Love’s delectable offerings. As Philadelphia natives, they’ve created a 100-seat sanctuary that teeters between fine-dining and elegant-chic fare. Dishes here are daring: Take the butternut squash & honey crisp apple soup, which features coffee bean crème, crunchy oats, and pepitas. We suggest loading up on vegan-friendly side dishes such as the torched broccoli with house hot sauce, the cider-braised mustard greens, and the fried brussel sprouts.

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Zama

$$$$
Japanese
Rittenhouse Square
4.7
1980 reviews
Located in the pretty streets of Rittenhouse Row, Zama offers traditional Japanese cuisine with a huge selection of vegetable dishes. The small and cozy interior, complete with wood tables and minimalist design, will transport you from Philly to Tokyo. Here you can feast on cucumber, shiitake, ume-shiso, avocado, and futomaki, as well as miso, edamame, and house tofu with a wild mushroom sauce. The sake menu is also rather extensive, and we really recommend sampling some of this fermented wine with your vegan dishes.

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Talula's Daily - Secret Supper Club

$$$$
Contemporary American
Washington Square
4.8
672 reviews
Tallulah's Daily is an unusual blend of an all-day cafe, local deli, and what they call an "intimate dining spot." Don't let the super casual interior fool you, as this best vegan restaurant packs a mighty punch when it comes to its offerings. The menu changes on a monthly basis, and the restaurant only uses locally sourced and sustainable food for their creations. Vegan options are not plentiful; however, call in advance and the staff will be happy to cook up a vegan meal to your tastes.

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