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Diners' Choice: Vegetarian-friendly restaurants in Essex

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for the best vegetarian restaurants in Essex? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of The New London Restaurant and Lounge restaurant
4.8
4.8 (923)
£26 to £40
British
Chelmsford
About the restaurant
The award-winning New London restaurant has been on Chelmsford’s dining and social scene since October 2013 and it still is a relaxed yet sophisticated dining venue. The venue is full of elegance and glamour – now more than ever after an incredible redesign in March 2018.

We have a reputation for seasonally inspired menus with a unique approach to homemade food which makes the New London restaurant a special place to visit.

We pride ourselves on our excellent service with a personal touch. All our staff are proud of, and knowledgeable about, our dishes, wines and cocktails.

We offer only the best locally sourced and seasonal British produce including fresh seafood, locally sourced ingredients and foraged herbs. All our dishes are served in the inimitable style that has helped it garner so many compliments and awards since opening.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 5, 2024
This restaurant is by far the best in Chelmsford. All four of us had the most amazing food. We all had something different so we could have a little taste of different meals. Each one was perfect. Beautifully presented by our lovely waiter Andy. We were looked after from the moment we got there until we left. Highly recommend this fab restaurant. We have visited we different friends on many occasions and every one of them have had a wonderful time. Thank you to Justin , Andy and your fantastic team. You did us proud as always.
A photo of Le Bouchon Brasserie & Hotel restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1121)
£41 and over
French
Maldon
About the restaurant
Please note that Afternoon Tea cannot be booked online. This must be booked through the Hotel directly.

Le Bouchon Brasserie and Hotel is a grade II listed, 300 year old Georgian building which has undergone an extensive refurbishment programme restoring the building to its former glory. The renovation period was used to combine some of the original period features of the building with furnishings and classically styled decoration that complements the original style of this house.

Le Bouchon Brasserie offers a blend of both French and British cuisine, set in a relaxed and intimate environment. Enjoy a meal from our A la carte menu or choose from our wide selection of set menus available at different times during the week.


Top review
ElisabethB
Dined 5 days ago
The food and service at Le Bouchon is always excellent. The ambience is normally calm, quiet and classy. We like to arrive early and have a drink in the comfortable bar area, though on the most recent occasion there was a noisy group waiting for a private event and we moved early to our table. Le Bouchon is an occasional treat for us as it is not cheap, but is a favourite for a special occasion - or, in the recent case, with a special visitor.
A photo of The House by Hilly Gant restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1141)
£41 and over
British
Braintree
About the restaurant
We've been serving the people of Braintree and beyond since 2015 and in that time have humbly become ‘one of Essex’s best restaurants.’ We have received recognition from the AA, having been awarded an AA Rosette for ‘culinary excellence’ for five consecutive years, and then in 2023 we received our second rosette, putting the restaurant amongst the top 10 restaurants in Essex. Our food is of course one of our main focuses, but we don’t just stop there. Attentive, relaxed and friendly service is as important as the food and our objective is to make your visit an enjoyably memorable one. Our exceptional wine supplier, Peter Watts Wines (based up the road in Coggeshall) allows us to offer you delicious wines of an exceptional quality. Then add some cocktails, jazz, personality, creativity, a few hidden quirks and we like to think this all culminates to create a truly wonderful experience. Life is about memories; we want to be part of your best ones.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Lovely for a special occasion, food is exceptional
A photo of The Cricketers Arms in Rickling Green restaurant
4.7
4.7 (562)
£25 and under
Gastro Pub
Saffron Walden
About the restaurant
RESTAURANT NOTE: Our outside tables are not bookable, they are available on a first come first served basis. Should you wish to reserve a table in our marquee, you must contact us directly please by phone 01799 619260 or email info@thecricketersarmspub.co.uk

Whether you’re after a comforting home - cooked meal after a long day at work or fabulous fine dining for a special celebration, we’ve got something for every occasion. Choose from our locally sourced, innovative menu and excellent wine list in our oak beamed bar or stylish restaurant.

Top review
Welbeck
Dined 2 days ago
Yet again another delicious Sunday lunch at this gem of a place. Andy and his staff always make you feel so welcome with a cheery smile and friendly atmosphere. The food here is just amazing, all freshly cooked to order, and prob one of the best Sunday lunches I’ve ever had. Yes maybe slightly on the pricey side, but hey, so worth it in every way. Thank you guys again for a fabulous time with you, hope to see you again soon. 👍🤗
A photo of Green Room Restaurant restaurant
4.6
4.6 (763)
£26 to £40
Modern European
Colchester
About the restaurant
The Green Room is changing with a fresh new look, extensive wine list and new style menu with something to suit every ones appetite!

Our Small plates menu will be starting Saturday 11th February.

Top review
JamesC
Dined 3 days ago
Have been to this venue twice and enjoyed it immensely. Drinks, especially cocktails, are good and the service is excellent. I wouldn’t say food was exquisite, but they do have some original dishes whether starters or mains. More than anything, it’s the ambience that attracts me. If you sit in the glass foyer in front of bar, it’s feels both spacious and private!
A photo of Carluccio's - Fenwick Colchester restaurant
4.6
4.6 (366)
£26 to £40
Italian
Colchester
About the restaurant
Here at Carluccio's, we’ve always been true to our Italian heritage and what food really means to us. The best ingredients, from the best regions, cooked with love.
Top review
Recuperate
Dined on Jun 27, 2024
The meal that the three adults had was 😃 great. The service was great also.
A photo of Bill's Restaurant & Bar - Chelmsford restaurant
4.4
4.4 (841)
£25 and under
Contemporary British
Chelmsford
About the restaurant
Put those bags down and take a load off your feet, you’re at Bill’s now. Drop in before catching a film, after shopping, or just because you don’t fancy cooking. We’ve got tables outside (fancy), tables inside (obviously) and enough room for everyone.
Top review
warrenh
Dined 2 days ago
Food great service attentive, bills always has a relaxed atmosspher
A photo of KUSHI Lakeside restaurant
4.4
4.4 (17)
£26 to £40
Indian
Grays
About the restaurant
Nestled in the bustling hub of Lakeside, Grays, KUSHI takes inspiration from the beauties of Asia, bringing authentic Bangladeshi flavours and first class service to our stunning space. Featuring authentic Bangladeshi cuisine with a contemporary flair of the far east, expertly curated cocktails! the restaurant benefits from a lively ambiance with DJs and live music in the weekends, weekend afternoon tea and bottomless brunches.

Our Chefs use only high quality ingredients, offering an excellent range of seasonal dishes and creating a bangladeshi twist to pan asian food, our must try Chicken Tikka Sushi and Butter Baos.

Our Multi Award Winning KUSHI locations taking on 2024 with a space to dine in with friends and family then on the weekends turn in to a speakeasy lounge environment for the diners who just want to relax.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 15, 2024
Food at its best, menu wise so much choice, the new updated Kushi is clean modern refined with a touch of class. A must are the Bon bons they are out of this world. Cocktails to die for, Staff are polite and hard working just making the overall experiance of your evening amazing. This is now definitely our monthly go to.
A photo of Minoa restaurant
4.3
4.3 (29)
£26 to £40
Pan-Asian
Marks Gates
About the restaurant
Embark on a culinary journey through the vibrant flavours of Asia at our exquisite pan-Asian fine dining establishment in Essex. Indulge in meticulously crafted dishes inspired by the rich culinary traditions of China, Japan, Thailand, and beyond, all expertly prepared with the finest ingredients and presented with artistic flair. From delicate sushi creations to aromatic stir-fries and tantalising curries, each dish promises a symphony of taste sensations that will transport you to the heart of Asia.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
amazing food, best crispy tofu and mock chicken. I have very fussy kids and if they gave thumbs up then imagine how good was the food.
A photo of Dusty Miller restaurant
4.1
4.1 (105)
£25 and under
British
Harlow
About the restaurant
Lukasz Szumski’s culinary career began early at the age of 18, as a chef in the Chicago Rib Shack, Obica Mozzarella Bar and other great brands, Lukasz sought opportunities to develop his creativity

Lukasz Szumski has developed his culinary techniques with a passion for locally sourced products. In 2022, Lukasz established The Dusty Miller restaurant, where he elevated the restaurant to its current state and continued to update the menu every week. Everyone has something to treat themselves.

The Dusty Miller Gastropub menu has a lot of options for everyone for gluten-free, vegan or meaty options.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 2, 2024
Very good food, and especially very good service from a delightfull lady.
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