Best Vegetarian Restaurants in Adelaide

Published by: Bounce7 September, 2022

Planning on visiting Adelaide, South Australia, and looking for vegetarian food? Fear not. Adelaide has a huge selection of vegetarian and vegan restaurants. Not only that, many eateries in Adelaide have excellent plant-based dining options.

The city is so vegan-friendly, that it even hosts an annual Vegan Festival the last weekend in October, which attracts over 15,000 people each year. The festival is two days of live music, kids' entertainment, talks, cooking demonstrations, and lots of great vegan food. In fact, the Vegan Festival has over 80 stalls serving everything from sweets to high-end fusion cuisine.

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Plant 4 Bowden Market

What's it like:

Having the entire market on the list is a bit of a cheat but it is hard to pick just one restaurant here. Not every eatery is strictly vegan (some serve seafood), but they are all dedicated to a healthier style of eating. There is a huge range of food to choose from, starting with bakeries, fast food, traditional meals, Thai, Pakistani, Italian, and so many more.

Our recommendation:

We suggest you come early! There is a warm and friendly casual sitting area inside or outside, and some of the restaurants have their own sitting areas. On Wednesdays and Fridays evenings there is either a DJ or live music and on Thursdays nights it is trivia time.

Location:

5 Third Street, Bowden

Nagev

What's it like:

This is a 100% plant-based cafe that has an impressive selection of absolutely delicious food on its menu. Enjoy wraps, burgers, baked goods, smoothies, shakes, bowls, breakfasts, and a great brunch menu that is available until 3 pm. Nagev is only open for dinner twice a week, which is a shame because their food is so good, and if you can't make it for breakfast or lunch you are missing out.

Our recommendation:

It is not just plant-based food, they offer extensive gluten-free choices too, you just have to let the friendly staff know. With all the mouth-watering food you better believe they have some of the best specialty coffee in the city. Nagev has recently introduced a line of fancy vegan cakes that taste better than they look (we recommend you try one), and you can take them home with you.

Location:

190 Payneham Road, Evandale

Crux

What's it like:

Crux has been one of South Australia's leading vegan restaurants for years, turning out cutting-edge food that makes the eyes pop and your tastebuds dance. Sitting on the seaside at Semaphore Park, you not only get delicious food, but you also get a great view. They have been creating their own line of vegan products like Australia's first gluten-free vegan bacon.

Our recommendation:

A huge highlight is their eggs. Order a delicious eggs Benny and get the satisfaction of popping the poached "egg". Crux also has a fantastic range of drinks like their specialty teas, coffees, and smoothies. The vegan restaurant's kitchen is also 100% free of any gluten. There are so many great choices you may end up eating too much but that is OK, you can walk it off on the beautiful beach.

Location:

5/292 Military Road, Semaphore Park

Plant B

What's it like:

Plant B is one of the best vegan restaurants created to inspire a healthier eating style for adults and kids by eating more vegetables and plant-based foods. Their unique concept is not only about bringing people in to sit down in the restaurant but eating well at home too. They have delivery home plans, gift boxes, and cooking lessons to help promote a vegan and vegetarian lifestyle.

Our recommendation:

Their lunch menu is short and sweet, with burgers, sausage sandwiches, fries, and yummy onion rings. On Friday nights, they host a very cool interactive four-course meal dining experience with cooking demonstrations, recipes you can take home, and, of course, wine. The meals are delicious and nutritious, and the experience is amazing.

Location:

1/96 King William Road, Goodwood

Cumbia Bar & Kitchen

What's it like:

This is not a vegetarian or vegan restaurant, as they serve meat, poultry and seafood, but they have vegan and vegetarian alternatives. So why is it on this list? Because the food is that good. Columbian folklore awaits Adelaide diners at the restaurant situated next to the Adelaide Central Market. The rustic eatery welcomes guests with a fusion of South American cuisine, music, and natural light that reflects off the mosaic tiles.

Our recommendation:

The lunch menu is a little more restrictive for vegetarians, but the breakfast menu is a delight of omelets and toasties. We recommend you try the Avo loco. Almost every dish, although not vegetarian, is gluten-free. This is more of a restaurant where herbivores and carnivores can come together and enjoy some tasty food.

Location:

GR Central Market, 43 Grote Street, Adelaide

Allegra Dining Room

What's it like:

The Allegra Dining Room is vegan fine dining at its best. The hidden gem of a place sits upstairs from the Etica pizza dinner, and only seats 28 people. The chic and refined restaurant has a 100% plant-based menu with ten set items that use locally sourced seasonal produce. It is the innovation of chef Elliot Vials, whose creative talents are on full display.

Our recommendation:

Being a fine dining restaurant, there is nothing but great service from the moment you step in the door (which is like a secret door from the outside). The food is spectacular from the first bite to the last and paired with some of the best wines South Australia has to offer. This really is one of the best vegetarian and vegan restaurants around. Make sure you try every course, from starters to dessert.

Location:

L1/125 Gilles Street, Adelaide

Nutrition Republic

What's it like:

If you are looking for a quick vegan bite or vegan specialty coffee head to Nutrition Republic. The coffee specialty house serves a large variety of coffees, teas, and smoothies that are not only good for you but they are also jam-packed with flavor. If you are hungry you can create your bowl or try one of their sweet or savory choices.

Our recommendation:

At both locations, Goodwood and Bowden, the vegan cafe prides itself on fast and friendly service that keeps customers coming back again and again. If nutrition, taste, and time matter to you, we suggest you grab some takeaways.

Locations:

1/100 King William Street, Goodwood & Plant 4, 5 Third Street Bowden

Sammy's on the Marina

What's it like:

This is another restaurant that is not strictly vegetarian but has some great vegetarian options. This Holdfast Promenade seafood restaurant not only serves award-winning food but has one of the most spectacular views in the city. Yes, you will have to share the view with a carnivore or two but the view and tasty vegan options make it worthwhile.

Our recommendation:

Some of the delicious vegetarian dishes include eggplant parmigiana, curry puffs, and a scrumptious mini bruschetta Pomodoro. If you are looking for one of the best vegetarian restaurants in South Australia, you have to check this place out. The 270˚ view of the ocean and marina is stunning, and you could possibly see a dolphin or two.

Location:

1/12 Holdfast Promenade, Glenelg

Hardy's Verandah Restaurant

What's it like:

A short drive out of town will get you to one of the top-rated restaurants in Adelaide and South Australia. A truly elegant atmosphere awaits you where you will sit and enjoy a breathtaking view of Piccadilly Valley from this refined restaurant in Mount Lofty House. Hardy's is a place you go not just to eat good food, but to have a culinary experience too.

Our recommendation:

The menu changes from month to month, and has one meat, one seafood, and one vegetarian or vegan-friendly option for each course. Of course, an experience like this will cost more, but if you want the absolute best vegetarian or vegan food in a truly opulent setting, Hardy's is worth the money.

Location:

Mount L. House, 1 Mawson Drive, Crafters

Two-Bit Villains

What's it like:

Two-Bit Villains has done the impossible, showing the world you don't have to give up great-tasting burgers, hot dogs, and shakes to eat healthier. They have been serving up plant-based vegetarian alternatives to the classic American style fast food for years using their own secret recipes.

This is one of South Australia's best vegetarian restaurants, especially for the American cousins who visit Adelaide. We bet if you don't tell them it is a vegetarian and vegan-friendly restaurant they won't know the difference.

Our recommendation:

The vegan menu is Ameri-Mexi fast-food and has great fun names for the dishes like the Jail Bird and Fowl Play chicken burgers. Don't just get the big stuff, add some spicy mac 'n' cheese, buffalo wings, loaded fries, and a mouthwatering salted peanut and chocolate sundae to make it a complete meal.

Location:

Adelaide Arcade, Shop w50, Level One, 111/117 Rundle Mall, Adelaide

Sibling Cafe

What's it like:

The vegan café is run by husband and wife, Nathaniel and Caitlin. The menu consists of vegetarian and vegan-friendly plant-based breakfasts and lunch dishes, as well as vegan baked goods.

Our recommendation:

The food tastes great, the cauliflower toastie, garlic bread and grilled zucchini are very popular, and they have an amazing staff. If you like places that make you feel like you are a friend and not just a customer then you have found your spot.

Location:

96 Gilles Street, Adelaide

Cherry Darlings Bakehouse

What's it like:

It doesn't matter if you are vegan or not, anyone that has a sweet tooth needs to try this place. Cherry Darlings Bakehouse is completely vegan with one of the best ranges of savory pies and some of the best tasting sausage rolls out there. And then there is the sweet side of life, donuts, custard tarts, cakes, and to-die-for blondies are just a few of the virtually guilt-free treats.

Our recommendation:

Everything is made fresh daily in Forestville (their home base) to the Port Adelaide location. The owner Timothy Salmon likes to call it "vegan junk food", but it is so much more. Of course, there are still a few calories to deal with but compared to the non-vegan equivalent you can relax and enjoy a second slice of cheesecake.

Location:

6/200 Richmond Road, Marleston

V Spot Pizza Bar

What's it like:

Vegan pizza lovers rejoice! If you don't know already Adelaide City has a 100% vegan pizza joint, this is it. Owner chef Kais loves his pizzas and wanted to combine that with his vegan lifestyle and so V Spot Pizza was born. He has created over 20 vegan pizzas which include mock meats and all possible vegetable choices.

Our recommendation:

The only downside is that the pizzas are only available on Friday and Saturday, but don't worry! The week-long menu is full of great food too. Vegan burgers and kebabs will keep your belly full until you can sink your teeth into those delicious vegan pizzas. Chef Kais uses his own secret recipes for all of the ingredients from the dough to the meat, and it is baked like any pizza should be, in a stone oven.

Location:

385 Magill Road, St. Morris

Delicious food in vegetarian and vegan restaurants

Eating healthier has become easier and tastier, and nowhere is that more evident than in Adelaide. With so many different styles of food, from fast food to high-end dining, eating vegan or vegetarian has never been more popular. And as these great restaurants and cafes have proven veggie and vegan food taste so good it is hard to tell the difference between plant-based and the original.

So go out and try a vegan burger or cake, you just might end up being happy eating the healthier version.

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