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A fried “chick’n” sandwich with agave mustard from Bubbie’s Plant Burgers
A fried “chick’n” sandwich with agave mustard from Bubbie’s Plant Burgers
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Where to Find Satisfying Vegan Meals Around D.C.

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A fried “chick’n” sandwich with agave mustard from Bubbie’s Plant Burgers
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There was a time not long ago when vegans in the D.C. area were stuck with a meager side salad as their main course. Today, restaurants are increasingly embracing all-plant meals, from Beyond Meat burgers and dairy-free soft serve to rutabaga fondue and Buffalo cauliflower. Additions to the latest update of this list include “fish and chips” at SpacyCloud, pesto pizzas at Epicure Cafe, beet-based burgers at Bubbie’s, vegan tasting menus at Nara-Ya and Oyster Oyster, and jackfruit biryani at Punjab Grill.

D.C. allows indoor dining at 25 percent capacity, and alcohol consumption is allowed until midnight. Many restaurants offer outdoor seating, but this should not be taken as endorsement for dining out, as there are still safety concerns. The Washington Post is tracking coronavirus cases and deaths in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. More information can be found at coronavirus.dc.gov. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. PLNT Burger (Multiple locations)

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Inside the Whole Foods, 833 Wayne Ave
Silver Spring, MD 20910
(240) 685-6286
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Celebrity chef Spike Mendelsohn is now focusing on Beyond Meat burgers at his expansion-minded stall planted inside Whole Foods all over the DMV (plus one in Pennsylvania). PLNT Burger forms plant patties to order and griddles them on a flattop. The burgers get paired with crispy sides like Spanish onion “bloomies” and oat milk soft serve developed by Dolcezza Gelato. Order online for pickup or delivery.

A mushroom bacon burger from PLNT Burger with a side of “bloomies”
A mushroom bacon burger from PLNT Burger with a side of “bloomies”
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2. Soupergirl

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314 Carroll St NW
Washington, DC 20012
(202) 609-7177
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The entirely vegan (and kosher) menu from Sara Polon plays up local ingredients with a mix of fresh soups in varieties like lentil apricot and carrot dill. Also spot Soupergirl products in local stores or order online.

3. Donut Run

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6904 4th St NW
Washington, DC 20012
(202) 506-3264
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This vegan doughnut shop from self-trained bakers Shawn Petersen and Nicole Dao has brought serious buzz to Takoma since an early 2021 opening. Customers who wait in the socially distanced line can expect plump, classic-looking rings with a ridiculously light interior and glazes in fun flavors like French toast or mango-coconut. — Gabe Hiatt

An overhead shot of light-brown glazed French toast doughnut from Donut Run
An overhead shot of light-brown glazed French toast doughnut from Donut Run
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4. NuVegan Cafe (Multiple locations)

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2928 Georgia Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 232-1700
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Soy substitutes for fried chicken and crab on platters and sandwiches from this vegan soul food spot near Howard University. Order online from the Georgia Avenue shop or a sibling location in College Park, Maryland. — G.H.

5. sPACYcLOUd Lounge

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2309 18th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(703) 403-4134
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This vegan hangout/skate shop in Adams Morgan serves a believable “fish and chips” built with vegan fillets and peasant potatoes. Russian native Maria Brezinsky also makes a mean black bean burger and grilled veggie sausage topped with curry ketchup. Snag a seat here. The sustainability-centric small business was just picked to collaborate on a new Vans shoe and T-shirt line.

6. Oyster Oyster

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1440 8th St NW
Washington, DC 20001

Oyster Oyster chef Rob Rubba’s ever-changing prix fixe menu ($55 per person) celebrates in-season produce from small farms. His vegan mushroom cheesesteak slathered in a “whiz” made out of a buttery, roasted sunflower seed sauce also makes sporadic appearances. Open for outdoor dining, takeout, and private parties.

Oyster Oyster chef Rob Rubba prepping to-go orders from his lengthy open kitchen.
Oyster Oyster chef Rob Rubba prepping to-go orders from his lengthy open kitchen
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7. Bubbie's Plant Burgers at Plant Food Lab

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1829 M St NW Suite 100
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 758-2894
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Owners Margaux Riccio and Shaun Sharkey now have a brick-and-mortar home in Dupont Circle for their popular pop-up centered around beet-based patties, Impossible meat burgers, cashew-based cheese, pulled jackfruit barbecue, and fried “chick’n” sandwiches. The Plant Food Lab Incubator space will serve as the test site for new businesses selling versions of American drive-in food or New York-style deli sandwiches that vegans can eat. Order for takeout or delivery here.

Bubbie’s owners Margaux Riccio and Shaun Sharkey
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8. Chaia Tacos (Multiple locations)

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3207 Grace St NW
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 333-5222
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Almost everything at this vegetarian taco shop can be made vegan, from the braised mushroom tacos to black bean quesadilla to the creamy cauliflower soup and cinnamon-coconut cookies. A second outpost sits on the edge of Chinatown. Order online for pickup or delivery.

9. Elizabeth's Gone Raw

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1341 L St NW
Washington, D.C. 20005
(202) 347-8349
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Elizabeth’s Gone Raw offers an upscale vegan dinner inside a historic townhome on Friday and Saturday nights. The multi-course meal ($85 per person) features vegan dishes like cauliflower mushroom cakes. Organic wine pairings are available for an additional $60. An a la carte carryout and delivery menu (Wednesday to Saturday) includes fennel and green apple empanadas and a bag of coco“not” bacon; $1 of each sale helps care for a pig named Martha at Woodstock Sanctuary. Order via Tock.

10. Little Sesame (Multiple locations)

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1828 L St NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 975-1971
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With humble beginnings as a basement pop-up, Little Sesame now has a pair of locations and a Spring Valley pop-up to serve its cult following. While the shop is not strictly vegetarian or vegan, the menu is full of all-plant options like seasonal hummus bowls, pita sandwiches, salads, meze, and dairy-free tahini soft serve. Order online for pickup or delivery.

A hummus bowl from Little Sesame is flanked by juice, salad, pita bread, and pickled vegetables
A hummus bowl from Little Sesame
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11. Shouk (Multiple locations)

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655 K St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 652-1464
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This casual, homegrown shop for modern Israeli street food that expanded from Mt. Vernon Triangle to Union Market offers pitas stuffed with veggie burgers and other options like eggplant, falafel, roasted cauliflower, or mushroom shawarma. Shouk just offers loaded gluten-free hummus bowls. Order online.

Falafel from Shouk
Falafel from Shouk
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12. Equinox Restaurant

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818 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20006
(202) 331-8118
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Famous for a vegan brunch with items like turmeric-scented fusilli with forest mushroom bolognese, chef Todd Gray has been crafting high-end veggie dishes for over 20 years. Gray and Ellen Kassoff, his business partner and wife, have made eliminating food waste a priority. The eight-course menu ($40) served on its lush patio also translates to takeout.

13. Beefsteak

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800 22nd St NW
Washington, DC 20052
(202) 296-1439
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José Andrés’s fast-casual, vegetable-based chain has consolidated into one D.C. location in Foggy Bottom. It slings robust veggie bowls, salads, soups, and burgers. While there is meat on the menu, it’s not hard to keep your order vegan, with “faux joe protein,” hummus, and plenty of produce and grains. Order online for pickup and delivery.

A beetsteak sandwich at Beefsteak
A beetsteak sandwich at Beefsteak
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14. Fare Well

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406 H St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002
(202) 299-9700
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Doron Petersan’s H Street cafe, the sibling spot to Sticky Fingers Bakery, weaves together a vegan bakery, diner, and bar. The all-day breakfast menu on weekdays features comfort fare like breakfast carrot cake pancakes and tofu scramble chilaquiles. Order online for takeout and delivery or plant down on its parklet.

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15. Fancy Radish

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600 H St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002
(202) 675-8341
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The debut D.C. restaurant from perennial James Beard award finalist Rich Landau and Kate Jacoby serves up pastrami-spiced carrots, rutabaga fondue, and spicy dan dan noodles in a dreamy garden-like setting. Order carryout, delivery, or dine in.

Stuffed avocado with pickled cauliflower and romesco at Fancy Radish
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16. Fruitive (Multiple locations)

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1094 Palmer Aly NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 836-7749
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This organic fast-casual restaurant from Virginia Beach now has an outpost in Dupont to go with its first D.C. store in CityCenter. Its best-selling dish is avocado toast on flax and spelt bread. There’s also kale salads and new cashew cheese-topped pizzas. “Liquid meals” include a Dragonberry smoothie that’s electric pink. Order delivery via Doordash online, or sign up for a new prepared meals service.

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17. Pow Pow

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1253 H St NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 399-1364
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This kosher, vegan-friendly shop channels Asian flavors and techniques in a variety of starters and bowls, like Taiwanese fried cashew mozzarella and the yoga dragon bowl with grilled chicken substitute tossed in peanut sauce. Order online for pickup or delivery. A second location is opening soon downtown.

18. Hipcityveg (Multiple Locations)

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712 7th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 621-8057
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The Philadelphia-based, fast-casual restaurant now has two D.C. outposts — in Chinatown and Dupont Circle — delivering burgers and sandwiches like a smokehouse burger with Beyond Meat and a crispy chick’n ranch. Pair them with green smoothies, soy milkshakes, and banana whips. Order online for pickup or delivery.

A smokehouse burger with a Beyond meat patty, fried onions, barbecue sauce, and cheese made from a potato base.
A smokehouse burger with a Beyond meat patty, fried onions, barbecue sauce, and cheese made from a potato base.
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19. Punjab Grill

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427 11th St NW
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 813-3004
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Penn Quarter’s opulent North Indian restaurant sends out “goat” biryani under acclaimed chef Jaspratap “Jassi” Bindra’s watch. Available at for dinner and brunch, the vegan dish is a gorgeous compilation of jackfruit, saffron, basmati rice, coconut beetroot raita, and naan parda. Order the $26 dish twice and get the second half off. A family-style “maharaja” portion feeds four to six. Reserve a spot in the 4,000-square-foot stunner or order takeout.

20. NaRa-Ya

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88 District Square SW 3rd Floor
Washington, DC 20024

For an impeccable mea-less meal served in a lavish waterfront setting, the Wharf’s new Japanese tasting room is the way to go. Executive chef Lucas Irwin’s vegan tasting menu ($75) includes courses like a seven-seaweed salad, green tea soba noodles in a shiitake green tea dashi (chazuke) filled with “ultra-baby” bok choy, pickled carrot flowers and turnips, bright vegetable rolls, and a sultry chocolate ganache-and-raspberry coulis finale served with a smooth wooden spoon. Indoor dining only.

Tables by the windows at NaRa-Ya look over the Potomac River
Tables lined with hot pink leopard seats look over the Potomac River at NaRa-Ya.
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21. Epicure Cafe

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11104 Lee Hwy.
Fairfax, VA 22030
(703) 352-9193
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Formerly a two-story biker bar, Epicure Cafe is now an art collective, open mic spot, and restaurant covered in a canopy of twinkling lights. Mediterranean dishes often have a musical theme, like the “Jessie’s Girl” falafel wrap or the pesto-and-feta “Bohemian Rhapsody” pizza. The “Angry Vegan” cocktail (bourbon, lemon, ginger beer, bitters, and “magic”) is also a hit. Order takeout online or dine-in across its upstairs patio.

Epicure Cafe’s rooftop summer garden
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1. PLNT Burger (Multiple locations)

Inside the Whole Foods, 833 Wayne Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20910
A mushroom bacon burger from PLNT Burger with a side of “bloomies”
A mushroom bacon burger from PLNT Burger with a side of “bloomies”
Rey Lopez/Eater D.C.

Celebrity chef Spike Mendelsohn is now focusing on Beyond Meat burgers at his expansion-minded stall planted inside Whole Foods all over the DMV (plus one in Pennsylvania). PLNT Burger forms plant patties to order and griddles them on a flattop. The burgers get paired with crispy sides like Spanish onion “bloomies” and oat milk soft serve developed by Dolcezza Gelato. Order online for pickup or delivery.

Inside the Whole Foods, 833 Wayne Ave
Silver Spring, MD 20910

2. Soupergirl

314 Carroll St NW, Washington, DC 20012

The entirely vegan (and kosher) menu from Sara Polon plays up local ingredients with a mix of fresh soups in varieties like lentil apricot and carrot dill. Also spot Soupergirl products in local stores or order online.

314 Carroll St NW
Washington, DC 20012

3. Donut Run

6904 4th St NW, Washington, DC 20012
An overhead shot of light-brown glazed French toast doughnut from Donut Run
An overhead shot of light-brown glazed French toast doughnut from Donut Run
Rey Lopez/Eater D.C.

This vegan doughnut shop from self-trained bakers Shawn Petersen and Nicole Dao has brought serious buzz to Takoma since an early 2021 opening. Customers who wait in the socially distanced line can expect plump, classic-looking rings with a ridiculously light interior and glazes in fun flavors like French toast or mango-coconut. — Gabe Hiatt

6904 4th St NW
Washington, DC 20012

4. NuVegan Cafe (Multiple locations)

2928 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001

Soy substitutes for fried chicken and crab on platters and sandwiches from this vegan soul food spot near Howard University. Order online from the Georgia Avenue shop or a sibling location in College Park, Maryland. — G.H.

2928 Georgia Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001

5. sPACYcLOUd Lounge

2309 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

This vegan hangout/skate shop in Adams Morgan serves a believable “fish and chips” built with vegan fillets and peasant potatoes. Russian native Maria Brezinsky also makes a mean black bean burger and grilled veggie sausage topped with curry ketchup. Snag a seat here. The sustainability-centric small business was just picked to collaborate on a new Vans shoe and T-shirt line.

2309 18th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

6. Oyster Oyster

1440 8th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Oyster Oyster chef Rob Rubba prepping to-go orders from his lengthy open kitchen.
Oyster Oyster chef Rob Rubba prepping to-go orders from his lengthy open kitchen
Rey Lopez/Eater DC

Oyster Oyster chef Rob Rubba’s ever-changing prix fixe menu ($55 per person) celebrates in-season produce from small farms. His vegan mushroom cheesesteak slathered in a “whiz” made out of a buttery, roasted sunflower seed sauce also makes sporadic appearances. Open for outdoor dining, takeout, and private parties.

1440 8th St NW
Washington, DC 20001

7. Bubbie's Plant Burgers at Plant Food Lab

1829 M St NW Suite 100, Washington, DC 20036
Bubbie’s owners Margaux Riccio and Shaun Sharkey
Rey Lopez/Eater D.C.

Owners Margaux Riccio and Shaun Sharkey now have a brick-and-mortar home in Dupont Circle for their popular pop-up centered around beet-based patties, Impossible meat burgers, cashew-based cheese, pulled jackfruit barbecue, and fried “chick’n” sandwiches. The Plant Food Lab Incubator space will serve as the test site for new businesses selling versions of American drive-in food or New York-style deli sandwiches that vegans can eat. Order for takeout or delivery here.

1829 M St NW Suite 100
Washington, DC 20036

8. Chaia Tacos (Multiple locations)

3207 Grace St NW, Washington, DC 20007

Almost everything at this vegetarian taco shop can be made vegan, from the braised mushroom tacos to black bean quesadilla to the creamy cauliflower soup and cinnamon-coconut cookies. A second outpost sits on the edge of Chinatown. Order online for pickup or delivery.

3207 Grace St NW
Washington, DC 20007

9. Elizabeth's Gone Raw

1341 L St NW, Washington, D.C. 20005

Elizabeth’s Gone Raw offers an upscale vegan dinner inside a historic townhome on Friday and Saturday nights. The multi-course meal ($85 per person) features vegan dishes like cauliflower mushroom cakes. Organic wine pairings are available for an additional $60. An a la carte carryout and delivery menu (Wednesday to Saturday) includes fennel and green apple empanadas and a bag of coco“not” bacon; $1 of each sale helps care for a pig named Martha at Woodstock Sanctuary. Order via Tock.

1341 L St NW
Washington, D.C. 20005

10. Little Sesame (Multiple locations)

1828 L St NW, Washington, DC 20036
A hummus bowl from Little Sesame is flanked by juice, salad, pita bread, and pickled vegetables
A hummus bowl from Little Sesame
James Jackson/Eater DC

With humble beginnings as a basement pop-up, Little Sesame now has a pair of locations and a Spring Valley pop-up to serve its cult following. While the shop is not strictly vegetarian or vegan, the menu is full of all-plant options like seasonal hummus bowls, pita sandwiches, salads, meze, and dairy-free tahini soft serve. Order online for pickup or delivery.

1828 L St NW
Washington, DC 20036

11. Shouk (Multiple locations)

655 K St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Falafel from Shouk
Falafel from Shouk
Rey Lopez/For Shouk

This casual, homegrown shop for modern Israeli street food that expanded from Mt. Vernon Triangle to Union Market offers pitas stuffed with veggie burgers and other options like eggplant, falafel, roasted cauliflower, or mushroom shawarma. Shouk just offers loaded gluten-free hummus bowls. Order online.

655 K St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

12. Equinox Restaurant

818 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20006

Famous for a vegan brunch with items like turmeric-scented fusilli with forest mushroom bolognese, chef Todd Gray has been crafting high-end veggie dishes for over 20 years. Gray and Ellen Kassoff, his business partner and wife, have made eliminating food waste a priority. The eight-course menu ($40) served on its lush patio also translates to takeout.

818 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20006

13. Beefsteak

800 22nd St NW, Washington, DC 20052
A beetsteak sandwich at Beefsteak
A beetsteak sandwich at Beefsteak
R. Lopez

José Andrés’s fast-casual, vegetable-based chain has consolidated into one D.C. location in Foggy Bottom. It slings robust veggie bowls, salads, soups, and burgers. While there is meat on the menu, it’s not hard to keep your order vegan, with “faux joe protein,” hummus, and plenty of produce and grains. Order online for pickup and delivery.

800 22nd St NW
Washington, DC 20052

14. Fare Well

406 H St NE, Washington, D.C. 20002

Doron Petersan’s H Street cafe, the sibling spot to Sticky Fingers Bakery, weaves together a vegan bakery, diner, and bar. The all-day breakfast menu on weekdays features comfort fare like breakfast carrot cake pancakes and tofu scramble chilaquiles. Order online for takeout and delivery or plant down on its parklet.

406 H St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002

15. Fancy Radish

600 H St NE, Washington, D.C. 20002
Stuffed avocado with pickled cauliflower and romesco at Fancy Radish
Fancy Radish/official photo

The debut D.C. restaurant from perennial James Beard award finalist Rich Landau and Kate Jacoby serves up pastrami-spiced carrots, rutabaga fondue, and spicy dan dan noodles in a dreamy garden-like setting. Order carryout, delivery, or dine in.

600 H St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002

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16. Fruitive (Multiple locations)

1094 Palmer Aly NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Fruitive
Fruitive [Official photo]

This organic fast-casual restaurant from Virginia Beach now has an outpost in Dupont to go with its first D.C. store in CityCenter. Its best-selling dish is avocado toast on flax and spelt bread. There’s also kale salads and new cashew cheese-topped pizzas. “Liquid meals” include a Dragonberry smoothie that’s electric pink. Order delivery via Doordash online, or sign up for a new prepared meals service.

1094 Palmer Aly NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

17. Pow Pow

1253 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002

This kosher, vegan-friendly shop channels Asian flavors and techniques in a variety of starters and bowls, like Taiwanese fried cashew mozzarella and the yoga dragon bowl with grilled chicken substitute tossed in peanut sauce. Order online for pickup or delivery. A second location is opening soon downtown.

1253 H St NE
Washington, DC 20002

18. Hipcityveg (Multiple Locations)

712 7th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
A smokehouse burger with a Beyond meat patty, fried onions, barbecue sauce, and cheese made from a potato base.
A smokehouse burger with a Beyond meat patty, fried onions, barbecue sauce, and cheese made from a potato base.
HipCityVeg [official]

The Philadelphia-based, fast-casual restaurant now has two D.C. outposts — in Chinatown and Dupont Circle — delivering burgers and sandwiches like a smokehouse burger with Beyond Meat and a crispy chick’n ranch. Pair them with green smoothies, soy milkshakes, and banana whips. Order online for pickup or delivery.

712 7th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

19. Punjab Grill

427 11th St NW, Washington, DC 20004

Penn Quarter’s opulent North Indian restaurant sends out “goat” biryani under acclaimed chef Jaspratap “Jassi” Bindra’s watch. Available at for dinner and brunch, the vegan dish is a gorgeous compilation of jackfruit, saffron, basmati rice, coconut beetroot raita, and naan parda. Order the $26 dish twice and get the second half off. A family-style “maharaja” portion feeds four to six. Reserve a spot in the 4,000-square-foot stunner or order takeout.

427 11th St NW
Washington, DC 20004

20. NaRa-Ya

88 District Square SW 3rd Floor, Washington, DC 20024
Tables by the windows at NaRa-Ya look over the Potomac River
Tables lined with hot pink leopard seats look over the Potomac River at NaRa-Ya.
Rey Lopez/Eater D.C.

For an impeccable mea-less meal served in a lavish waterfront setting, the Wharf’s new Japanese tasting room is the way to go. Executive chef Lucas Irwin’s vegan tasting menu ($75) includes courses like a seven-seaweed salad, green tea soba noodles in a shiitake green tea dashi (chazuke) filled with “ultra-baby” bok choy, pickled carrot flowers and turnips, bright vegetable rolls, and a sultry chocolate ganache-and-raspberry coulis finale served with a smooth wooden spoon. Indoor dining only.

88 District Square SW 3rd Floor
Washington, DC 20024

21. Epicure Cafe

11104 Lee Hwy., Fairfax, VA 22030
Epicure Cafe’s rooftop summer garden
Epicure Cafe/official photo

Formerly a two-story biker bar, Epicure Cafe is now an art collective, open mic spot, and restaurant covered in a canopy of twinkling lights. Mediterranean dishes often have a musical theme, like the “Jessie’s Girl” falafel wrap or the pesto-and-feta “Bohemian Rhapsody” pizza. The “Angry Vegan” cocktail (bourbon, lemon, ginger beer, bitters, and “magic”) is also a hit. Order takeout online or dine-in across its upstairs patio.

11104 Lee Hwy.
Fairfax, VA 22030

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