Insider’s Guide: 100% Vegan Restaurants in Portland, Oregon

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Portland, Oregon is known as a foodie town. Thankfully, it is also vegan and gluten-free friendly.

This is an insider’s guide to 100% vegan restaurants. The list is in no particular order and will be added to regularly, so do check back!

Vegan Restaurants Portland Oregon
St John's Naked Bike Riders
Great vegan eats at The Sudra
Great vegan eats at The Sudra

The Sudra

The 100% vegan cuisine at The Sudra is Indian inspired. There are two restaurant locations: one in Northeast Portland and one in St. John’s (click on the locations for maps).

I prefer the St. John’s location just because it’s such a quaint neighborhood. It’s a fun area to walk around with cute shops and several vegan-friendly restaurants.

I will post about the other vegan restaurants when I can get back to St. John’s to try them out!

Anyway, the last time I ate at The Sudra in St. John’s, the nearby park was the starting point for the World Naked Bike Ride.

I kept wondering why people were walking down the street in the craziest outfits–until I saw a sign on the door of a pizza joint.  You just never know what you’ll see in Portland!

The NE Sudra is more centrally located, on the east side of the Willamette across from downtown.

The Sudra is my favorite vegan restaurant.  I’ve eaten at both of them a couple of times each, so I’ve tried several of their dishes, and they are all AMAZING. When I took my non-vegan husband to one, he had to go back the next weekend for more! I kid you not. It’s that good.

Whichever location you choose to go to, you will not be disappointed!

For more information, here’s their website.

Blossoming Lotus

Blossoming Lotus is a tiny vegan oasis located near the Lloyd Center on the east side of the Willamette River. It’s decorated in a sage-y green and black that evokes a casual elegance. The staff is friendly and attentive. Seating is snug but comfortable.

I have eaten here twice: once for an executive board meeting and once with my daughter to celebrate her birthday.

I have to say it’s really nice to be able to go somewhere and KNOW that everything on the menu is plant based and even organic. Additionally, they have items labeled as gluten-free and soy-free which is more icing on the cake.

When I went for my meeting, I was the only vegan–my colleagues were so nice to go to a vegan restaurant. Since it was a Saturday, we were given the brunch menu.

I had the Spinach & Mushroom Scramble, which was absolutely AMAZING! So. So. GOOD. Everyone else said their food was delicious, too; it all certainly looked good.

For lunch with my daughter, I had the enchiladas, and she had the live (raw) nachos. We both drank lavender lemonade and then shared a pot of Assam tea.

She loved her nachos, and I liked my enchiladas–they weren’t as good as the scramble, but I’m picky about Mexican food. They had several other dishes I’d like to try though. Next time!

Both times I ate here lunch plus a beverage was about $20-$25 per person, but there’s a range of possibilities with some lower-cost small plates. Remember: You’re paying for quality food here.

If you want to check out their menus and such, take a look at their website.

Spinach Mushroom Scramble at Blossoming Lotus
Spinach Mushroom Scramble at Blossoming Lotus
Live Nachos & Carnitas Enchiladas at Blossoming Lotus
Shawarma fries Aviv
Shawarma fries, gluten-free pita, lavender rose tea
vegan-ice-cream-malabi
House-made pistachio ice cream & malabi

Aviv

Aviv is a plant-based Israeli-inspired restaurant. It’s small, but there’s ample elbow room. The space is an eclectic mix of woods, mismatched grandma-style dishware, and modern touches. Very hip, very Portland.

Parking is tough, though, so give yourself enough time to find a spot on the street.

We had a family dinner here. The food was great, and the drinks were sublime. They had a nice selection of tea–I enjoyed the Lavender Rose.

The desserts were incredible. They make their own ice cream in a variety of interesting flavors. We shared a scoop of pistachio and took home a pint to enjoy later.

Oh! And they had gluten-free pita (bonus points for that).

Here’s the link to their website.

I will update this post as I try some of the other 100% vegan restaurants in town, so bookmark this page (and Pin it) for later!

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