Whether you have long-time cuisine commitments or are just looking to accommodate the preferences of your friends and family, you'll be glad to discover that Greater Phoenix's vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free offerings are blossoming on pace with the rest of the city's cuisine scene (which is quite rapid these days). Even The Guardian's noticed: "Phoenix is being reborn as 'a foodie oasis in the Arizona desert' ... the sense of a city on the cusp is palpable."
To help you navigate the variety of restaurants that not only offer vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options, but actually specialize in it, we've complied some of our new favorites as well as old faithfuls for your guide to dining in Greater Phoenix.
GF: Gluten Free, VEG: Vegetarian, V: Vegan
Comfort food, vegan-style: Chef Damon Brasch has created a menu influenced from a mix of cultures and cooking styles offering an authentic spin on vegan.
2022 N 7th St, Phoenix
2240 N Scottsdale Rd, Tempe
This Ahwatukee favorite—now with a central Phoenix location—is known for their vegetarian takes on classics such as breakfast burritos, BBQ sliders and Philly melts (both made with portobello).
4025 E Chandler Blvd, Suite 28, Phoenix
5555 N 7th St, Phoenix
True Food Kitchen (V, VEG, GF)
This collaboration between Dr. Andrew Weil and local restauranteur Sam Fox (Update: True Food Kitchen is no longer part of Fox Restaurant Concepts) features seasonal menus focused on local, fresh ingredients, many of which come from local organic farms. The menu features a variety of tasty vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free creations, but also has meat and seafood dishes for the carnivores in your party.
Biltmore Fashion Park, 2502 E Camelback Rd, Phoenix
Scottsdale Quarter, 15191 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale
This East Valley spot features a plant-based menu sourced from Arizona farms and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Kids get to eat their greens too with a special little bites menu.
2235 S Power Rd, Mesa
Persian Garden Café (VEG, GF)
Chef Mahmoud Jaafari showcases Middle Eastern influences in his vegetarian and vegan made-from-scratch specialties.
1335 W Thomas Rd, Phoenix
Join their food revolution and try Flower Child’s variety of salads, vegetable and grain plates, wraps, soups, and more. They offer vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options among their organic ingredients.
5013 N 44th St., Phoenix
100 East Camelback Road, Phoenix
10460 N 90th St, Scottsdale
21001 N Tatum Blvd #16-1000, Phoenix
Fresh Mint (VEG, GF)
Specializing in vegetarian, gluten-free and kosher dining, Fresh Mint puts a Vietnamese spin on vegetarian dishes.
13802 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale
Café Lalibela (V)
This award-winning spot brings Ethiopian cuisine to tables offering both vegan and meat options. Bring some friends and sample a variety of items from one of their platters.
849 W University Dr, Tempe
Udupi offers a wide variety of gourmet Southern Indian dishes, made authentically and entirely vegan and vegetarian. Not sure what to order? Hit up the fresh lunch buffet to sample house specialties from curries to dosai.
1636 N Scottsdale Rd, Tempe
GrabbaGreen (VEG, GF)
It can be tough to eat healthy when you’re in a hurry and away from home, but GrabbaGreen is here to help. Pop in to one of their two locations and grab a ready-to-eat salad and bottled juice, or stick around for a few minutes and have them whip up a smoothie for you.
4727 E Bell Rd Ste 67, Phoenix
15689 N Hayden (Pima) Rd, Scottsdale
75 E Rivulon Blvd, Gilbert
Loving Hut (V)
This international company, with two greater Phoenix locations, has a vegan menu influenced by cuisines from around the globe. Vegan takes on banh mi, burgers, and Asian cuisine are all found here.
3239 E Indian School Rd, Phoenix
3515 W Union Hills Dr, Glendale
This popular downtown gathering spot serves up seasonal breakfast, lunch and dinner made with ingredients often sourced by local farms and vendors. Need some veggies in your belly? Get the Eat the Rainbow, a variety of farmers market vegetables served with three dipping sauces.
14 E Pierce St, Phoenix
Nourish (V, GF)
All items at Nourish are gluten-free, soy-free and peanut-free, along with vegan, vegetarian, Paleo, raw and more options. In addition to serving a variety of breakfast items, salads, juices, burgers and more, the staff at Nourish can also help with meal planning and wellness and nutrition coaching.
1495 S Higley Rd, Suite 101, Gilbert
Jewel’s Bakery and Cafe (VEG, GF)
Find made-in-house gluten-free baked goods, plus salads, vegetarian sandwiches and more at this Arcadia neighborhood spot.
4041 E Thomas Rd, Phoenix
Kaleidoscope Juice (VEG)
This mother-daughter owned local restaurant offers plant-based options that will hit the spot. Curb your sweet tooth with an acai bowl or superfood smoothie, or go for something more savory like their build-your-own protein bowls.
TastyBox (VEG, V)
On the run? Stop by Phoenix’s TastyBox for a nutrition-packed bento box with vegan and vegetarian options. Choices change seasonally and by day of the week, so check out the menu in advance.
621 N 7th St, Phoenix
24 Carrots (V)
24 Carrots offers a guilt-free dining experience from beginning to end. The menu is crafted from scratch daily with delicious vegan treats. All ingredients are plant-based and ethically sourced.
1701 E Guadalupe Rd, Tempe
What started as a small food truck has expanded into a successful Gilbert eatery. This family-owned favorite offers completely plant-based entrees, including breakfast quinoa bowls and tempeh burgers. Many ingredients at Uprooted Kitchen are sourced directly from produce grown across the street in Gilbert's Agritopia neighborhood.
3000 E Ray Rd, Gilbert
Vegan House (V, VEG)
Enjoy your favorite curries, noodles, soups, and more Thai specialties, prepared entirely vegan and vegetarian, at this downtown spot. Their produce is selected daily from nearby farmers' markets and co-ops.
20 W. Adams St, Phoenix
Desert Roots Kitchen (V, GF)
With an ever-changing daily menu, you can keep coming back for something fresh at this Tempe restaurant. Desert Roots Kitchen puts an emphasis on global cuisine that uses local, farm-fresh ingredients. In addition to being vegetarian and vegan, they cater to gluten, soy, dairy, and nut allergies. Check their online menu every morning at 10 am to see what Desert Roots Kitchen is serving up.
414 S Mill Ave #111, Tempe
The Coronado (V, VEG)
This veggie-centric eatery is a restaurant, coffee shop, and a bar all-in-one. Savor their rosemary-mushroom biscuits and gravy or their grilled squash sandwich while sipping on a Horchatte, their popular latte made with vegan horchata.
2201 N 7th St, Phoenix
Mi Vegana Madre (V)
At Mi Vegana Madre, the offerings range from carne asada (a spicy soy protein), which is grilled and tucked inside a corn tortilla with red salsa, onions and cilantro, to the trendy and versatile jackfruit – available in both carnitas or al pastor style, the latter of which is marinated in spicy chile sauce and topped with onion, cilantro, pineapple and tomatillo salsa. And the's just the tacos. Pro tip: Don't miss the corn and queso empanada, which is baked fresh using corn and coconut-based cheese.
5835 W. Palmaire Ave., Suite E, Glendale