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20 Essential Restaurants for Vegans and Vegetarians in Nashville

Meatless meals are getting much easier to find in Music City

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The spread at Succulent Vegan Tacos inside the Nashville Farmers’ Market
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Upgrading from former subpar offerings like wimpy side salads and stacks of side dishes thrown together haphazardly, Nashville finally has a worthy plant-based dining scene for vegetarians and vegans visiting or living in Music City.

Here are 20 solid restaurants who serve an array of menu items where vegetables — not meat — get their chance to shine.

New to the list this time —the BE-Hive Deli and Market, Deep Sea Vegan, E+Rose Wellness Cafe, Succulent Vegan Tacos, and True Food Kitchen.

Mysore Palace leaves the list due to closure. also depart the list in this update.

*Restaurants are listed alphabetically, not ranked.

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Luring in thirsty guests with its widely acclaimed avocado margaritas, Avo packs a non-alcoholic punch for vegetarians with abundant brunch, lunch, and dinner menus. Plant-based plates here include kimchi spring rolls, Lion’s Mane mushroom “crab” cakes, and nachos blanketed in coconut queso and walnut chorizo.

Barcelona Wine Bar

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Barcelona Wine Bar's tapas-style menu is friendly to both vegetarians and meat-eaters. There are a number of vegetarian options among the small plate menu, making it easy to build a full, tasty meal. The menu changes often, but a few examples of guest starring vegetables on the menu: zucchini a la plancha, king trumpet mushrooms with roasted garlic, classic patatas bravas, and a vegetable paella.

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The BE-Hive Deli & Market

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Popular fake meat purveyors BE-Hive opened up a deli and market back in 2018, and even the most dedicated meat maniacs flock for a taste of their rotating crunchwraps and steak and chz and hot Italian sandwiches. Open all-day Wednesday through Friday only, the deli and market sells all of their popular proteins, from their famous seitan vegan to takes on to pepperoni, bacon, and chorizo.

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Butcher & Bee

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The chefs over at Butcher & Bee have a wizardous way with vegetables. From avocado crispy rice

to an undeniable fire-roasted carrot mezze and turnips pomodoro, B&B makes vegetarian dining a breeze for even the most devout meat-eaters.

Chaatable

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Maneet Chauhan’s latest restaurant’s interior is a splashy display for the senses — and one that serves a rainbow of food options for visiting vegetarians. With an emphasis on regional flavors of India, Chaatable serves vegetable-centered snacks like crispy okra, spinach onion pakora, and larger dishes like cashew coconut curry and cauliflower kabobs.

Deep Sea Vegan

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Co-Owners and twins Kelvis and certified deep-sea scuba diver and vegan chef Kendall Duffie pop up on select weekends at Hunters Station in Eastville, and it’s always a sold-out event. Popular menu items include the deep-sea “fish” sandwich, seaside “cheeseburgers”, and Sicilian “sea dogs”. Keep an eye on Deep Sea’s Instagram for future dates and online ordering options.

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E+ROSE Wellness Cafe of Brentwood

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With multiple locations around town, E+Rose is a plant-based fast-casual restaurant founded by a registered dietician. On the menu, find made-to-order superfood bowls and smoothies, toasts, and beverages from nut milk and cold-press juices to wellness shots. Or, grab on-the-go packaged juices, salads, wraps, soups, and noodle bowls at any location.

Gojo Ethiopian Restaurant

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This South Nashville Ethiopian standout’s vegetarian menu section features a selection of traditional dishes like the shiro wet — ground, seasoned chickpeas with onion and garlic. The garlic-ginger sautéed cabbage with turmeric and vegetarian combo are other local favorites.

Graze Nashville

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Owned by the same folks as the Wild Cow, Graze also serves up a plant-based menu for dinner and weekend brunch. Menu highlights include the hot tempeh sandwich — a vegetarian take on hot chicken; a chorizo and potato burrito — made with seitan chorizo; and a mock tuna melt.

Jamaicaway Restaurant and Catering

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Many people flock to Jamaicaway for a fix of their vegetarian Caribbean food. Meatless offerings like curry tofu, spicy jerk gluten, and barbecue soy chikn are quite popular among the regulars.

The Southern V

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The North Nashville restaurant is 100% vegan and manages to combine classic unhealthy favorites with slightly better-for-you, cruelty-free ingredients. Think loaded barbecue jackfruit nachos, mac and cheese, and a convincing vegan take on Nashville hot chicken that people say tastes remarkably like the real thing.

Succulent Vegan Tacos (at Nashville Farmers' Market)

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Find Mexico City-style vegan tacos brimming with seitan al pastor, chipotle carrots tinga, and soy asada alongside esquites and black beans at Nashville’s first-ever plant-based taqueria. Founded by Adriana Ortega and Ronald Cerdas, who moved to Nashville more than two decades ago from Mexico City and Costa Rica, respectively, Succulent is open Tuesday through Sunday for lunch inside the Nashville Farmers’ Market.

Sunflower Cafe

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Nestled in a cute cottage in Berry Hill, Sunflower Café offers a wide variety of veggie burgers, salads, vegetarian barbecue (yes, that is a thing), and more. Visit sister restaurant Sunflower Bakehouse in Donelson for additional options: completely vegan and gluten-free options baked goods like cupcakes, scones, cookies, and upside-down cakes.

Taj indian restaurant

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Ask a local where to find the best Indian food in Nashville and Taj will likely be near the top of the list. This south Nashville restaurant is one of the most popular places to enjoy Indian cuisine, and a wait is common during peak dinner times. An array of vegetarian menu items center around paneer, eggplant, and lentils with varying levels of spice and heat are available here.

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True Food Kitchen

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Much of the menu at Green Hills’ True Food Kitchen is vegan or vegetarian friendly. Try the Korean noodle bowl or the spaghetti squash casserole comprised of DiNapoli tomatoes, caramelized onion, zucchini, and fresh mozzarella. Then save room for vegan key lime pie, cookies, and ice cream.

Vegan Vee

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Vegan Vee is a gluten-free and vegan bakery that makes tempting American and European-style desserts. Its storefront bakery serves up muffins, donuts, cookies and more on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, but the bakery also provides goods to the Wild Cow, Thistle Stop Cafe, the Produce Place, Hendersonville Produce, and Headquarters Cafe.

Vege-licious, LLC

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The North Nashville vegan restaurant opened in summer of 2018 — serving their own meatless versions of hot chicken, lasagna, burgers, and Philly cheesesteaks. Find totally vegan-friendly takes on mac and cheese and even cheesecake here, too

Vui's Kitchen

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Fresh Vietnamese restaurant Vui's Kitchen in Berry Hill, Franklin, and East Nashville offers plenty of vegetarian-friendly options. Most of its menu items can be made vegetarian upon request, like the lemongrass tofu banh mi or the pho with tofu, mushrooms, and vegan broth.

The Wild Cow

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The Wild Cow serves vegan and vegetarian food with most of its produce grown locally and organically. Consider trying the buffalo tempeh strips, vegan queso-topped nachos, or the sweet potato and black bean tacos.

Woodlands Indian Vegetarian Cuisine

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The Indian vegetarian fare at Woodlands is some of the best-liked vegetarian-friendly food in town. The lunch buffet during the week offers a way to sample a bunch of their dishes. If visiting at dinner and must choose, some favorites include the aloo gobi or the vegetable korma.

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Avo

Luring in thirsty guests with its widely acclaimed avocado margaritas, Avo packs a non-alcoholic punch for vegetarians with abundant brunch, lunch, and dinner menus. Plant-based plates here include kimchi spring rolls, Lion’s Mane mushroom “crab” cakes, and nachos blanketed in coconut queso and walnut chorizo.

Barcelona Wine Bar

Barcelona Wine Bar's tapas-style menu is friendly to both vegetarians and meat-eaters. There are a number of vegetarian options among the small plate menu, making it easy to build a full, tasty meal. The menu changes often, but a few examples of guest starring vegetables on the menu: zucchini a la plancha, king trumpet mushrooms with roasted garlic, classic patatas bravas, and a vegetable paella.

Barcelona/Facebook

The BE-Hive Deli & Market

Popular fake meat purveyors BE-Hive opened up a deli and market back in 2018, and even the most dedicated meat maniacs flock for a taste of their rotating crunchwraps and steak and chz and hot Italian sandwiches. Open all-day Wednesday through Friday only, the deli and market sells all of their popular proteins, from their famous seitan vegan to takes on to pepperoni, bacon, and chorizo.

The BE-Hive/Facebook

Butcher & Bee

The chefs over at Butcher & Bee have a wizardous way with vegetables. From avocado crispy rice

to an undeniable fire-roasted carrot mezze and turnips pomodoro, B&B makes vegetarian dining a breeze for even the most devout meat-eaters.

Chaatable

Maneet Chauhan’s latest restaurant’s interior is a splashy display for the senses — and one that serves a rainbow of food options for visiting vegetarians. With an emphasis on regional flavors of India, Chaatable serves vegetable-centered snacks like crispy okra, spinach onion pakora, and larger dishes like cashew coconut curry and cauliflower kabobs.

Deep Sea Vegan

Co-Owners and twins Kelvis and certified deep-sea scuba diver and vegan chef Kendall Duffie pop up on select weekends at Hunters Station in Eastville, and it’s always a sold-out event. Popular menu items include the deep-sea “fish” sandwich, seaside “cheeseburgers”, and Sicilian “sea dogs”. Keep an eye on Deep Sea’s Instagram for future dates and online ordering options.

Deep Sea Vegan/Facebook

E+ROSE Wellness Cafe of Brentwood

With multiple locations around town, E+Rose is a plant-based fast-casual restaurant founded by a registered dietician. On the menu, find made-to-order superfood bowls and smoothies, toasts, and beverages from nut milk and cold-press juices to wellness shots. Or, grab on-the-go packaged juices, salads, wraps, soups, and noodle bowls at any location.

Gojo Ethiopian Restaurant

This South Nashville Ethiopian standout’s vegetarian menu section features a selection of traditional dishes like the shiro wet — ground, seasoned chickpeas with onion and garlic. The garlic-ginger sautéed cabbage with turmeric and vegetarian combo are other local favorites.

Graze Nashville

Owned by the same folks as the Wild Cow, Graze also serves up a plant-based menu for dinner and weekend brunch. Menu highlights include the hot tempeh sandwich — a vegetarian take on hot chicken; a chorizo and potato burrito — made with seitan chorizo; and a mock tuna melt.

Jamaicaway Restaurant and Catering

Many people flock to Jamaicaway for a fix of their vegetarian Caribbean food. Meatless offerings like curry tofu, spicy jerk gluten, and barbecue soy chikn are quite popular among the regulars.

The Southern V

The North Nashville restaurant is 100% vegan and manages to combine classic unhealthy favorites with slightly better-for-you, cruelty-free ingredients. Think loaded barbecue jackfruit nachos, mac and cheese, and a convincing vegan take on Nashville hot chicken that people say tastes remarkably like the real thing.

Succulent Vegan Tacos (at Nashville Farmers' Market)

Find Mexico City-style vegan tacos brimming with seitan al pastor, chipotle carrots tinga, and soy asada alongside esquites and black beans at Nashville’s first-ever plant-based taqueria. Founded by Adriana Ortega and Ronald Cerdas, who moved to Nashville more than two decades ago from Mexico City and Costa Rica, respectively, Succulent is open Tuesday through Sunday for lunch inside the Nashville Farmers’ Market.

Sunflower Cafe

Nestled in a cute cottage in Berry Hill, Sunflower Café offers a wide variety of veggie burgers, salads, vegetarian barbecue (yes, that is a thing), and more. Visit sister restaurant Sunflower Bakehouse in Donelson for additional options: completely vegan and gluten-free options baked goods like cupcakes, scones, cookies, and upside-down cakes.

Taj indian restaurant

Ask a local where to find the best Indian food in Nashville and Taj will likely be near the top of the list. This south Nashville restaurant is one of the most popular places to enjoy Indian cuisine, and a wait is common during peak dinner times. An array of vegetarian menu items center around paneer, eggplant, and lentils with varying levels of spice and heat are available here.

Taj/Facebook

True Food Kitchen

Much of the menu at Green Hills’ True Food Kitchen is vegan or vegetarian friendly. Try the Korean noodle bowl or the spaghetti squash casserole comprised of DiNapoli tomatoes, caramelized onion, zucchini, and fresh mozzarella. Then save room for vegan key lime pie, cookies, and ice cream.

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Vegan Vee

Vegan Vee is a gluten-free and vegan bakery that makes tempting American and European-style desserts. Its storefront bakery serves up muffins, donuts, cookies and more on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, but the bakery also provides goods to the Wild Cow, Thistle Stop Cafe, the Produce Place, Hendersonville Produce, and Headquarters Cafe.

Vege-licious, LLC

The North Nashville vegan restaurant opened in summer of 2018 — serving their own meatless versions of hot chicken, lasagna, burgers, and Philly cheesesteaks. Find totally vegan-friendly takes on mac and cheese and even cheesecake here, too

Vui's Kitchen

Fresh Vietnamese restaurant Vui's Kitchen in Berry Hill, Franklin, and East Nashville offers plenty of vegetarian-friendly options. Most of its menu items can be made vegetarian upon request, like the lemongrass tofu banh mi or the pho with tofu, mushrooms, and vegan broth.

The Wild Cow

The Wild Cow serves vegan and vegetarian food with most of its produce grown locally and organically. Consider trying the buffalo tempeh strips, vegan queso-topped nachos, or the sweet potato and black bean tacos.

Woodlands Indian Vegetarian Cuisine

The Indian vegetarian fare at Woodlands is some of the best-liked vegetarian-friendly food in town. The lunch buffet during the week offers a way to sample a bunch of their dishes. If visiting at dinner and must choose, some favorites include the aloo gobi or the vegetable korma.

Adya Kusyk/Type-A Explorations

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