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

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Last update: 20 March, 2019

Portland, Oregon is known as a foodie town. It is also one of the top cities in the world for being vegan (and gluten-free) friendly. Whether you are a local or just visiting, this restaurant review is for you.

This is an insider’s guide to 100% vegan restaurants that have gluten-free options. The list is in no particular order and will be added to regularly, so pin for later and do check back!

This is not a sponsored post; all opinions are my own.

Vegan Restaurants Portland Oregon

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).

St. John’s Location

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 other vegan-friendly restaurants.

Side note: I will post about the other vegan restaurants in the area 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!

St John's Naked Bike Riders
Incredible dishes at The Sudra
Incredible dishes at The Sudra

Northeast Location

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

Hands-down Favorite

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 crazy delicious.

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 befitting this more upscale restaurant. The staff is friendly and attentive. Seating is snug but comfortable.

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 organic. Additionally, they have their items well labeled with many gluten-free and soy-free options, which is more icing on the cake.

I have eaten here three times: once for an executive board meeting, once with guests from Japan and Thailand, and once with my daughter to celebrate her birthday.

Brunch

When I went for my board meeting, I was the only vegan. My colleagues were so nice to arrange 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.

I would definitely go back for brunch.

Spinach & Mushroom Scramble at Blossoming Lotus
Spinach & Mushroom Scramble
Live Nachos Carnitas Enchiladas at Blossoming Lotus
Live Nachos & Carnitas Enchiladas at Blossoming Lotus

Lunch

For lunch with my daughter, I had the carnitas 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, but they were a bit lacking in flavor.

Carrot Juice Red Curry & Green Bowl
Carrot Juice Red Curry & Green Bowl

Dinner

The dinner menu was basically the same as the lunch menu. This time I had the Bibimbap. To drink, I had the Pearfect Day Mocktail. Both were good.

Others in our group had the Cheeseburger, Carnitas Enchiladas, Green Bowl, and Carrot Juice Red Curry.

My husband is the one that had the enchiladas, and he agreed with me that they were good but bland.

For dessert, we all shared cheesecake, which was really tasty.

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

Shawarma fries, gluten-free pita & lavender rose tea at Aviv
Shawarma fries, gluten-free pita & lavender rose tea
House-made pistachio ice cream & malabi at Aviv
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.

Off the Griddle

This restaurant is in Southeast Portland. It *technically* isn’t 100% vegan. However, it’s so close that I felt it was still a good addition to this list.

Everything is vegan EXCEPT that they offer eggs as an ad-on, and in a couple of dishes there is dairy cheese. Really, I would call this a vegan restaurant with vegetarian options.

They also offer gluten-free and soy-free options, which is great. Happy dance!

Inside Off the Griddle
Inside Off the Griddle

Off the Griddle has a brunch menu from 9 am to 2 pm and a dinner menu from 4 pm to 11 pm on Fridays and Saturdays. Sunday through Thursday their hours are 4 pm to 10 pm. The restaurant is closed on Tuesdays.

Brunch

My daughter and I made it for the last hour of the brunch menu on a Friday. When we got there, the place was nearly full. Clearly, it’s a popular place.

Hashtastic & Full Mess at Off the Griddle
Top: Hashtastic Bottom: Full Mess

We had the Full Mess, which is a scramble, and the Hashtastic, which is, naturally, a hash.

The Full Mess comes with a biscuit or toast, and I was pleasantly surprised that I could get a gluten-free biscuit. Score! It was really good, too. To top it off, there was no additional charge for the gluten-free option. Score again!

We traded bites, and we agreed that both dishes were good. I wasn’t fond of the hollandaise sauce, on the Full Mess, but that’s a very minor nit-picky thing and really just a reflection of my own personal taste. I would certainly go back.

Dinner

Their dinner menu looks like a lot of fun and yumminess with loads of comfort foods. I definitely want to give that a go sometime.

Go to their website here.

Building & Entrance to Virtuous Pie

Virtuous Pie

This little gem was recommended to me by my friend, Susan (thanks for the hot tip!).

I know I had heard the name of this restaurant prior to that, but didn’t realize it’s 100% vegan, AND they have lots of gluten-free options, too.

It’s actually located across the street from Aviv, which means parking is tricky. You pretty much have to find a spot on one of the side streets, which wasn’t a big deal.

Interior of Virtuous Pie + Menu

Superb Gourmet Pizza

My daughter and I both ordered the Superfunghi pizza with gluten-free crust.

I’ve had a few vegan, gluten-free pizzas, but this was, by far, the best. My daughter totally agreed.

Gluten-free anything is usually subpar, but I liked Virtuous Pie’s GF crust. I didn’t feel like I was missing out. The pizza itself was delicious. The truffle almond ricotta really made it.

We can’t wait to go back and try some of the other pizzas on offer.

Superfunghi Gluten-Free Pizza with Hazelnut Latte & Bourbon Vanilla Ice Cream
Superfunghi Gluten-Free Pizza with Hazelnut Latte & Bourbon Vanilla Ice Cream

Yummy Ice Cream

After we finished off our pizzas, we just couldn’t leave without trying their plant-based, gluten-free ice cream. We shared two scoops: Hazelnut Latte and Bourbon Vanilla.

It was quite good and the perfect way to finish our meal.

We will definitely go back!

For more info, go 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!

Vegan Gluten Free Guide Portland Oregon

If you’re going to be staying in the Portland area, here is a link to some accommodations. Booking.com is my go-to for making reservations.

 


Booking.com

Until next time…

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