listed from North to
Komol Restaurant (Thai)
953 E. Sahara Ave.(0.75 mi. E. of the Strip) •
702-731-6542, 11am-10pm x7, website
Komol has a generous vegetarian section on their menu.
Vegetarians used to having to pick the one veggie item at a restaurant
will be overwhelmed with the choices here. The atmosphere is also
and the food is satisfying. A warning, I got one of the dinner
(#3, I think) and it came with a soup that was mostly oil. It
like they used four parts oil and one part water. The waiter
didn't eat it and he graciously offered to bring me a normal soup,
which I was happy to accept. Note that Namaste Indian (below) is
in the same shopping center.
Namaste India Cuisine
953 E. Sahara (0.75
mi. E. of the Strip), 702 892 9695, website
11:30-2:30 daily, 5:30-10:00 Sun-Thu,
Thirteen vegetarian entreés on the menu, not counting
the South Indian dosas. The menu also reassuringly mentions that
they can prepare dishes vegan. And like all other Indian
restaurants in town, this one has a lunch buffet.
Rainbow's End Natural
1100 E. Sahara (1.5
mi. W. of the Strip), 702-737-7282, website
Cafe: M-F 10-5, Sat 11-4, closed Sunday;
Store: M-F 9-9, Sat 9-8, Sun 11-6
Not quite what you'd expect from a natural foods place
-- there is no
bicycle rack, and in the café your smoothie will be served in a
styrofoam cup and your meal will come with plastic utensils. Although
there's sit-down seating, you order at the counter. In some places of
the store the shelves are only half-stocked, and the cooler doors list
prices for products which aren't inside. I saw a staffer snap at a
woman who asked for advice on what kind of supplements she should get.
However, the café food is completely vegetarian, largely vegan, and
delicious. My taro burger was everything you'd want in a taro burger.
Do note the limited hours!
Spring Mountain & Wynn Road (1.5
miles W. of the Strip; get on the #203 bus at Sands/Spring Mountain
next to the Fashion Show Mall or the Wynn) • 702-310-6565 •
A little-known, tiny Vietnamese/Chinese café,
specializing in faux
meats. Everything on the menu is at least vegetarian, and can be made
vegan for $1.00 to $1.50 extra. The menu is extensive and the food is
good, and brown rice is an option. Vegans should note that the
smoothies are made with milk unless you specifically request
otherwise. Also note that this place is just a block away from
Ronald's Donuts (see below).
4600 Spring Mountain Road (1.5 miles West of the Strip, near Arville St.), 702-873-1032
If you're not a veg*n for health reasons, you'll love
this place, since you can't get more junk food than white flour, sugar,
and oil. Most of the donuts and pastries here are vegan, and are
separate shelves from the non-vegan stuff. Also note that Veggie
Delight is only a block away from Ronald's, so if you're already making
a trip out for one of these places, the other one is close. Note that they tend to close EARLY, like around 4pm.
505 E. Twain Ave (1 mile E. of
the Strip; on Spring Mtn./Sands/Twain, which is all the same street.
Get on the #203 bus on Spring Mtn. or Sands. It runs about
every 30 mins. and gets there in 5 mins.) • 702-796-4177, website
The Vegetarian section of their menu boasts a
whopping 17 vegetarian entrees, not even counting the veggie options on
the South Indian part of their menu like dosas.
Mint Indian Bistro ★★★
730 E. Flamingo (1.5 miles E. of
the Strip; cach the #202 bus on Flamingo)
Editor's pick! Their menu explicitly lists seven vegan entrees,
as well as an
additional two more vegetarian entrees. They also have vegan
(!), and explicitly list which appetizers and breads are
vegan. Wow! Why can't all restaurants be like this?
But I'm not done yet -- their $10.99 lunch buffet is almost entirely
vegetarian and has several
explicitly-labeled vegan items. Eighteen thumbs up.
Gandhi India's Cuisine
4080 Paradise Rd. (1
mile E. of
the Strip along Flamingo; catch the #202 bus on Flamingo)
702-734-0094, 11am-2:30, 5-10:30 x7
A whoping 19 vegetarian choices are listed explicitly on
menu. And like just about every Indian restaurant in town,
they have a lunch buffet.
Gaylord's India Restaurant
3700 W. Flamingo (in
the Rio, 1 mile W. of the Strip) • 702-777-7923 • 777-2277, website
Elegant dining, with entrees at around $16. Dinner
brunch buffet Fri/Sat/Sun 11:30-2:30pm. A staffer came to our
take our picture to try to sell it to us.
4165 S. Paradise Rd. (1.5
miles E. of the Strip along Flamingo), 702-792-2207, website
Menu has a vegetarian section with five separate
entrees. Also has five
veggie sides and four appetizers. Everything on the menu that's
vegetarian is denoted with a special mark. And brown rice is
available instead of white!
4480 Paradise Rd. (1.5 miles E. of the Strip, across from the
Hard Rock, next to CVS) • 702-73-INDIA • website
Elegant Indian dining. Voted Best of Las Vegas in the
local paper. The
atmosphere is impressive in every way -- the lighting, the furniture,
the tableware, everything. There are eight vegetarian entrees (avg.
$14) though I expect a bit more than that in an Indian restaurant.
Still, the food was good, and if you want a lovely dining experience,
this is it.
Cottage Café - Ethiopian
4647 Paradise Rd. (1.5
miles E. of the Strip between Harmon & Tropicana, 1 block S. of
Hard Rock), 702-650-3395
is about 1/3 vegetarian, but
what you really want is the Vegetarian Combo, a generous serving of all
the other dishes. The food is superb and it's my favorite of all the
many Ethiopian restaurants I've been to. (It's also my favorite
restaurant of any kind in Vegas.) But note that some others had a
different experience, as evidenced by some negative reviews on Yelp. Open until 10pm or midnight (it
4780 W. Tropicana, next to Orleans
casino; take the #201
702-220-5304 • Open 11am-4am daily • website
One of the better Ethiopian restaurants, with a large
vegetarian section. Most dishes are $5, and the veggie combo is
E. Windmill (5
miles from Mandalay Bay) • 702-823-2779 • website
have a separate vegetarian menu (which you have to ask for), unusual
for a Japanese restaurant, so if you've always wanted Japanese
vegetarian, here's your rare opportunity. Here's the full PDF
scroll down to the last two pages for the vegetarian section. I'm
still suspicious that some of the items might be made with fish stock,
because it's hard to separate Japanese from fish, and since when I
inquired about that for the sukiyaki, even the proprietor had to ask
the cook to make sure there was no fish stock. They don't bother
to list their hours on their website. They boast about being
owned by a traditional Japanese family but at least one of the
proprietors is American-born, and speaks less Japanese than I
do. He did bad-mouth Koreans who open Japanese restaurants
to me, though, so at least that part is traditional.
Go Raw Café
2381 Windmill Lane,• 702-450-9007, 8am-8pm
Mon-Sat, 8-5 Sun, website
(See the description for their other location above,
Whole Foods Market
6689 Las Vegas Blvd. S, in Town Square Shopping
Take the Deuce or Strip Xpress bus. 702-589-7711, 8am-10pm every
Large organic / natural foods grocery store.
listed from North to
2218 Paradise Rd.
11:30-2:00 & 5-10pm daily
around the corner from the Stratosphere is your only option this for
north, and it's a good one. The vegetarian entrées are the first thing
on the menu, and there are 15 of them, all priced at $14.
the Stratosphere itself, the veggie options are nearly
non-existent. So once I skipped their restaurants and went to their
indoor mall, ordering a veggie burrito with no cheese from the Mexican
fast food place there. The cashier even put "No Cheese" on the ticket,
but when I finally got it, a good 15 minutes later, I found the cook
smothered it with cheese anyway.
252 Convention Ctr. Dr.
Ethiopian restauarant at 252 Convention Center Drive, just
South of the Riveria) On the downside, the there's only one
vegetarian dish on the
menu, the Veggie Combo. The plus side: One's all you need, and it's
awesome. Two or more people can share the one big plate of spinach,
spicy lentils, and potatoes served over a big pancake called injera.
You rip a piece of injera, pinch the veggies, and eat with your hands.
India Masala is a fast-food place inside the
Riviera, though it's priced like a sit-down restaurant.
Fashion Show Mall
3200 Las Vegas Blvd. S.;
near Nordstrom & Bloomingdales
Red Velvet Café. Lots of entreés are marked "Vegan option available." They have lots of vegan desserts, too.
Pizza Kitchen. Four veggie pizzas and several
pastas, including portobello mushroom-stuffed ravioli(!) (unfortunately
for vegans, it's also stuffed with cheese).
The mall's Food Court also offers wraps, subway
sandwiches, and Asian food.
In the shopping center
just north of Encore
Cuisine. The North Strip got a lot more veggie
friendly when Bombay opened in Nov. 2010. They have a large veg.
section on their menu, vegan roti, and a lunch buffet with about 8 of
the 20 items being vegetarian.
3400 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
California Pizza Kitchen. (see review above)
3570 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Cheesecake Factory. Despite
the name, it's a full-service restaurant. PETA says: "This savvy
purveyor of fine fare offers no fewer than 16 vegetarian entrées on its
menu. Included in the animal-friendly lineup: roasted artichokes served
with a vinaigrette, grilled vegetable pizza, portobello mushroom
burgers, Asian vegetable stir-fries, roasted vegetable pasta dishes,
and grilled eggplant sandwiches!"
F. Chang's (Chinese). Menu has a vegetarian section with five
separate entrees. Also has five veggie sides and four appetizers.
Everything on the menu that's vegetarian is denoted with a special
mark. And brown rice is available instead of white!
Spice Market Buffet. No Strip casino
buffet is particularly good for vegetarians, but Planet Hollywood's
isn't as bad as most. It features Mediterranean station with falafel,
hummus, dolmas, baba ganoush,
In Hawaiian Marketplace,
3743 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
an Indian restaurant
in the Hawaiian Marketplace across the street
from the Monte Carlo. About 10 of their 30 entrees are
vegetarian, and they have a lunch buffet. They also have one of
annoying/frustrating websites on the planet.
The Border Grill has Portabello Mushroom
Mulitas ("grilled marinated mushrooms layered with black beans,
roasted peppers, and pickled onions served with roasted tomato sauce
braised greens, and guacamole"). Kind of pricey at $16, but on the
South Strip your options are limited. They also have Chile Relleno
("roasted poblano peppers stuffed with manchego, panela, and cotija
cheeses, served with roja and tomatillo salsas, rice, and black beans").
Mount Everest India
3641 Sahara @ Rainbow
miles West of the Strip; take the #204 bus from Sahara Casino)
702-892-0950, hours not listed on their
Offers a whopping 18 vegetarian items on
3553 S. Rainbow (4
miles West of the Strip)
702-871-8826, M-W 11-10, Th-Sat 11-11, Sun
A veggie-friendly Mexican restaurant. Their sopa and
chicken broth, but at least they tell you that in large bold letters on
the menu so you know what not to order. Their beans are fried in canola
oil and they have a vegetarian section on their menu with six different
entrees. The overwhelming majority of the menu is meat-laden, but it's
still nice when a restaurant takes specific notice of vegetarian diners
by printing a note about ingredients and offering a complete vegetarian
section on its menu.
Red Velvet Café
7875 W. Sahara Ave. (6 miles W. of the Strip)
702-360-1972, they don't bother to post their hours on their website, website
Disapointingly, there's nearly nothing on the menu
that's vegetarian or vegan by default, but several menu items are noted
with "Vegan option available." They do have lots of vegan
desserts, which is rare. And they have lots of good reviews on
the veg site HappyCow.
Go Raw Café
Lake East Drive (7.5 miles W. of the Strip)
702-254-5382, 9am-9pm Mon-Sat, closed Sun, website
A raw foods restaurant which appears to be all vegan as
full menu is listed on their website, which is a nice touch. I've eaten
at the West location (see below) several times and the food is always
very impressive -- even my non-vegetarian, now-raw friend suggested we
eat there more frequently. Prices are a tad higher than you might
expect, but if you want gourmet vegan raw food, this is it.
Whole Foods Market
8855 W. Charleston (9 miles West of
the Strip), 702-254-8655, 8am-10pm every day
AND 7250 W. Lake Mead. @
Tenaya (9 miles
West of downtown; map),•
702-942-1500, 7am-10pm x7
Two West locations for this large organic/natural foods
Long Life Vege Restaurant 4130 S. Sandhill; closed in 2011
Shalimar Fine Indian
Raw Truth Cafe
Erby's Vegetarian Cafe
& Juice Bar 4596 W. Spring Mntn. (2 mi.