Dining Guide

Welcome to our dining guide where you can find a list of restaurants in several areas offering vegan food.

Areas and categories:

Entirely Vegan Cuisine | Vegetarian with Vegan Options | Vegan Items Labeled | Vegan Items Offered but Not Labeled or Will Change Something to Vegan on Request

Entirely Vegan Cuisine | Vegan Items Offered but Not Labeled or Will Change Something to Vegan on Request

Swannanoa & Black Mountain:
Vegetarian with Vegan Options | Vegan Items Offered But Not Labeled or Will Change Something to Vegan on Request


Entirely Vegan Cuisine

148-C Weaverville Hwy, Woodfin, NC 28804
Veg Card Discount: $10 off the first 4 weeksEden Out is a 100% vegan bulk prepared meal delivery service with local and organic ingredients. It is a great option for those who want to eat healthy food easily and conveniently. They offer a weekly seasonal menu with a variety of creative and delicious cooked and living foods and gluten-free options. The food includes entrees, sides, desserts, salads, and much more.

Elements Real Food
233 South Liberty St.
Veg Card Discount: 5% off
Elements is an organic and local cafe and juice bar with 100% healthy and satisfying vegan food. They specialize in raw food, completely organic cold pressed juices, raw superfood nut milks, smoothies, salads, sandwiches, and entrees. They have gluten free choices available.

610 Haywood Rd.
Veg Card Discount: free coffee with book purchase
They are a collectively-owned radical bookstore and community event space in Asheville, North Carolina. Since 2008 they have supported grassroots movements in Southern Appalachia while developing a workplace on the basis of cooperation, empowerment and equity. They have some beverages and packaged snack options.

165 Merrimon Ave.PlantCheese
Veg Card Discount: 10% off (alcohol not included)
Plant is a locally-owned independent restaurant offering 100% plant based cuisine with local, organic, and seasonal produce whenever possible. All of their food is made from scratch with a multicultural influence. They also offer organic wine (1/2 price wine bottles on Wednesdays), local beer, and specialty cocktails. Plant is consistently ranked among the highest-rated vegan restaurants in America.

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Vegetarian with Vegan Options

Chocolate Fetish
36 Haywood St.
(828) 258-2353
The Chocolate Fetish offers a variety of vegan options including cake, hot chocolate, ice cream, cookies, and truffles. They also offer a variety of wine, beer, coffee, and tea.

Dobra Tea Dobra
78 N Lexington Ave
(828) 575-2424
707 Haywood Rd.
Dobra Tea House has a wide selection of teas from all over the world. They use organic, high-quality ingredients, locally sourced whenever possible. All their food is gluten-free and vegetarian, with some vegan fare available including hummus, salads, spring rolls, soups, handmade desserts, and more.

French Broad Chocolates
10 South Pack Square
(828) 252-4181
They offer a variety of vegan options including a chocolate cake, hot chocolate, ice creams and sorbets, cookies, and truffles. They also offer a variety of wine, beer, coffee, and tea.

The Hop Ice Cream
640 Merrimon Ave.

The Hop West
721 Haywood Rd.
Veg Card Discount: 10% at all Hop locations
The Hop offers several daily flavors of vegan ice cream and sorbet. They also offer specialty desserts and beverages such as espresso drinks, milkshakes, soda floats, and more. Almond, coconut, and soy milk options are available, and coconut whipped cream also!

Laughing Seed
40 Wall St.
Veg Card Discount: 10% off
Laughing Seed offers Asheville organic, local farm-to-table cuisine with an international flair. They have many vegan and gluten-free options as well as house-made desserts. Their extensive drink menu includes elixer tonics, live juices, kombucha, tea, smoothies, wine, beer, mead, cocktails, and much more.

Rosetta’s Kitchen & The Buchi Bar
116 N Lexington Ave.
1 University Heights
UNCA Campus *open during the school year
Veg Card Discount: 10% off, beverages excluded
Rosetta’s is a vegetarian restaurant serving whole foods at lunch, dinner, late-night, and Sunday brunches. They offer some international-inspired dishes as well as veganized southern comfort foods and much more. They have gluten-free choices available. They also have beer, kombucha, bottled juices, and sodas as well as house-made cakes, cookies, bars, and pies.

Trade and Lore Coffee
37 Wall Street
Veg Card Discount: 10% off
Trade and Lore Coffee serves fine coffee and tea. They carry a daily selection of vegan and gluten free pastries, cakes, and chia pudding and vegan bagels. They also host gourmet vegan pop-up meals occasionally.

Ultimate Ice Cream
197 Charlotte St.
1070 Tunnel Rd.
Ultimate Ice Cream carries a great-sized daily assortment of vegan sorbets and ice creams with a variety of alternative milks used. They also offer several toppings that are vegan such as their chocolate sauce.

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Vegan Items Labeled

Avenue M
791 Merrimon Ave.

Avenue M offers creative, casual fare prepared using locally sourced ingredients served in a relaxed atmosphere.  They have several vegan items on the menu.  Their drink menu is extensive with specialty cocktails, wine, beer, and martinis.  They offer daily drink specials.

Blue Dream Curry House
81 Patton Ave.
Asheville, NC 28801

Blue Dream Curry House has a variety of international curries and small bites that are delicious and affordable.  They have optional additions to curry including Smiling Hara tempeh and No Evil Foods plant meat.  They also carry select wine, beer on tap, and an assortment of nonalcoholic beverages.

Chai Pani
22 Battery Park Ave

Chai Pani offers brightly flavored Indian street food.  The cuisine is innovative, fun, affordable, and delicious.  The traditional family meals highlight India’s amazing culinary diversity.  They have received press from GQ, The New York Times, Huffington Post, and more.

Early Girl Eatery
8 Wall St.
444 Haywood Rd, #101
Early Girl Eatery is a farm-to-table restaurant serving southern comfort food.  They make their food from scratch using locally sourced ingredients.  They serve breakfast all day and also have a lunch and dinner menu.  They carry an assortment of non-alcoholic beverages as well as beer and wine.

Green Sage Cafe
5 Broadway St.
633 Merrimon Ave
1800 Hendersonville Rd.
70 Westgate Pky.
Green Sage Cafe uses healthy and natural ingredients to make nourishing food to serve to the community using sustainable practices.  They serve breakfast all day, as well as lunch and dinner.  They have many vegan choices on their menu including sandwiches, salads, rice bowls, and so on.  They have a large drink menu including freshly made juices, beer, wine, and much more.

Gypsy Queen
807 Patton Ave
Veg Card Discount: 10%
Lebanese street food including wraps, salads, dips, bowls, and platters. Many delicious vegan options.

India Garden
156 South Tunnel Rd.
India Garden offers a richly varied menu using all-natural ingredients, wholesome sauces, and flavorful spices.  All of their food is freshly prepared on-site without additives or preservatives.  Customers can choose their preferred level of spice.  They have a drink menu with a selection of beers.  They offer catering for special events.

Mela Indian
70 N Lexington Ave.
Mela offers authentic Indian food made from scratch with local and organic ingredients.  They offer a lunch buffet with a wide assortment of offerings cooked in the tandoori oven.

Mellow Mushroom
50 Broadway Ave.
Mellow Mushroom respects those following a vegan diet and provides a large selection of high-quality, nutritious vegan dishes.  They request vegans tell their server they are vegan.  Vegan cheese can be substituted in any dishes on the menu. Some featured vegan dishes include pretzels, hummus, hoagies, pizzas, calzones, and salads.  *Please inform server to not use butter or parmesan on pretzels, pizzas, and calzones.

Neo Burrito
1341 Parkwood Ave.
Neo Burrito is a local business that has a sustainable philosophy and a no-waste policy.  They have a burrito by the pound menu in which you can choose your ingredients (vegan ingredients are labeled.)  They also serve tacos, salads, and more.

Nine MileNineMile
233 Montford Ave.
751 Haywood Rd.
(828) 575-9903
Nine Mile is a full-service vegetarian-friendly restaurant and bar.  Their cuisine consists of Caribbean-inspired pasta dishes, rice dishes, a handful of traditional pasta dishes, daily specials, and an array of locally made desserts.  They offer a variety of local and microbrews and a specially picked assortment of wine.  The West Asheville location offers Caribbean cocktails.

10 North Market Street
Located in the heart of downtown Asheville in a restored 1919 building, Polanco exemplifies the best of Mexican specialties from chef Ricardo Carrasco.  They have many vegan options.

75A Haywood St.
Roman’s is a local deli and catering business.  They used locally fresh baked breads and have Vegenaise available.  They have sandwiches, salads, soup, and sides with vegan options.

Simple Café and Juice Bar
643 Haywood Rd
Veg Card Discount: 10% off

The Noodle Shop
3 Pack Square
Veg Card Discount: 10% off lunch, 15% off dinner
The Noodle Shop is an Asian fusion restaurant featuring vegan appetizers, noodle bowls, soup bowls, and entrees with tofu, textured vegetable protein, and a wide assortment of vegetables.

The Cantina Biltmore
10 Biltmore Plaza
The Cantina Biltmore is a colorful taproom doling out Mexican favorites, including fajitas, burritos, tacos in a relaxed setting.  They are willing to veganize dishes for you upon request and have several sides which are vegan as well. They have a fresh mex and tequila bar.

Vortex DonutsVortexDoughnuts
32 Banks Avenue, Suite 106
Has an entire tray of vegan donuts every day.  They occasionally sell out, so get there early!

West End Bakery
757 Haywood Rd
West End Bakery is more than a bakery.  In addition to occasional vegan baked goods, they usually have a vegan lunch option; and some of their menu items can be made vegan. They carry house-made from scratch bread made with 100% organic flour.  They source many organic ingredients.

West Village Market
771 Haywood Rd.
West Village Market deli serves vegan breakfast burritos, build your own sandwiches, salads, and sides. They have healthy and delicious choices within the market.

Zen Sushi
640 Merrimon Ave.
Zen Sushi has plenty of vegan options, good food, and good service.  They are known for their modern interpretation of classic dishes and the insistence on only using high-quality fresh ingredients.  They have vegan sushi rolls, salads, appetizers, soup, and entrees.

Zia Taqueria
521 Haywood Rd.
Zia Taqueria is a Mexican restaurant.  They have a separate veg menu – ask for it.  It is easy to create your own tacos from the veg menu. All vegan and vegetarian items are clearly marked.  Every Tuesday is vegan night; they have a tasty vegan special menu, in addition to their daily vegan-friendly menu.

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Vegan Items Offered but Not Labeled or Will Change Something to Vegan on Request

Asiana Grand Buffet
1968 Hendersonville Rd.
Asiana is a Chinese buffet with an assortment of vegan options.

Bonfire BBQ
1056 Patton Ave
Has many items marked vegetarian. They carry No Evil Foods and the Beyond Burger for possible vegan options. Ask your server. The one BBQ meal using No Evil Foods uses honey-BBQ sauce.

Brixx Wood Fired Pizza
30 Town Square Blvd #140
Brixx is an Italian chain restaurant serving fresh wood-fired pizza, pasta, salads, and sandwiches.  They have vegan cheese available for no extra charge.

City Bakery
60 Biltmore Ave.
(828) 252-4426
88 Charlotte St.
City Bakery is independent and family-owned. They produce high-quality fresh homemade breads. They can veganize several sandwiches and salads on the menu.

Heiwa Shokudo
87 N Lexington Ave.
Heiwa Shokudo translated from Japanese means “Peaceful Dining.”  It is an authentic Japanese restaurant that focuses on providing quality, taste, good health, and a friendly warm atmosphere.  Many of the ingredients are organic including the miso and tofu. There are many delectable vegan options.

371 Merrimon Ave.
Homegrown is a local eatery that follows the slow food philosophy that “everyone has a fundamental right to pleasure and consequently the responsibility to protect the heritage of food, tradition, and culture that make this pleasure possible.” They make local food affordable and convenient with delicious and healthy meals. They have an ever-changing menu of soups, salads, sandwiches, hot plates, and lots of side dishes.

Jack of the Wood Pub
95 Patton Ave.
Jack of the Wood is a cozy Celtic-style pub located in downtown Asheville.  They serve fresh, locally sourced pub fare and often have live music.  They specialize in handcrafted English ales.

77 Biltmore Ave.
Mamacita’s is a locally owned, independent restaurant serving fresh, made from scratch, traditional and creative Mexican street food in a casual, convenient downtown Asheville location.  The cuisine includes burritos, tacos, quesadillas, pupusas, nachos and mucho mas.  Their mission is to serve affordable food that tastes great and is sourced responsibly; this means using as much organic produce and non-GMO products as possible.

20 Wall St.
The Marketplace specializes in American farm-to-table fare.  Their menu changes according to what is in season.  It is healthy, locally sourced, unique, and delicious. Generally, they have a few small plates and one large plate that are vegan.

Thai Kitchen
535 Merrimon Ave.
Veg Card Discount: 10% off
Thai Kitchen offers an assortment of authentic Thai food dishes ranging from stir-fries, curry dishes, noodle dishes, spring rolls, soup, salad, and more.

Over Easy Cafe
32 Broadway St.
Over Easy Cafe serves breakfast, brunch, and lunch.  They use organic and local ingredients whenever possible.  They carry organic, fair-trade coffee, fresh juices, and smoothies.  They also serve locally baked breads.

Posana Cafe
1 Biltmore Ave.
Posana Cafe is a contemporary American restaurant with a focus on serving local, seasonal, sustainable fare.  They source unprocessed, premium ingredients from nearly 65 different local purveyors & farmers and their gardens in West Asheville. The menu changes regularly and seeks to accommodate a variety of diners’ needs.

Salsas Mexican Caribbean Restaurant
6 Patton Ave.
Salsas is a Mexican Caribbean Restaurant with creative, innovative, and colorful fare created by Chef Hector Diaz.  They have quite a few vegan options with a variety of vegetables on the menu.

Short Street Cakes
225 Haywood Rd.
Short Street Cakes is a family-owned cake shop located in West Asheville, North Carolina.  Their cakes are 100% natural and made from scratch, and represent the very best in the classic tradition of Southern cakes.  They have about a dozen vegan simple and classic whole cakes that can be pre-ordered.  They also bake fresh cupcakes daily with at least one vegan option and gluten-free options available for dining in or to-go.

Social Lounge
29 Broadway St.
Social Lounge is a cocktail bar with late-night bites and brunch. Customers can also order from the full Strada menu. Most of their food is not vegan but they do have a grilled portobello dish. They serve beer, wine, and cocktails.

Stone Ridge Tavern
1003 Brevard Rd.
Certain items such as the spinach salad and portobello burger could be altered to make them vegan.  *The marinara sauce on the spaghetti is not vegan.

Storm Rhum Bar & Bistro
125 S. Lexington Ave.
Suite 103A
Storm has a couple of vegan dishes on their menu.  They serve simple dishes with bold, complex flavors and incorporate local ingredients into their cuisine.

Suwana’s Thai Orchid
11 Broadway Ave.
Veg Card Discount: 10% off
Suwana’s offers authentic Thai cuisine with attentive servers and staff.  The head chef Suwana Cry has operated restaurants in her native Bangkok as well as in Africa, Indonesia, Louisiana, and now Asheville. She fuses high-quality ingredients from various ethnic cuisines into the smooth and savory flavor of Thai food.

Taqueria Con Cuida
185 Clingman Ave.
(828) 352-8226
Taqueria Con Cuida is located within The Grey Eagle. They offer dine-in, take-out, and catering.

Tupelo Honey Cafe
12 College St.
Tupelo Honey Cafe serves fresh, creative southern food that is good for the soul.  The flavorful comfort food is available for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  Their menu changes with the season and location.  They also carry craft beers and cocktails.

Universal Joint Asheville
784 Haywood Rd.
The Universal Joint is a friendly neighborhood spot – comfortable, cozy, and always inviting, offering an ever-changing draft beer list and daily specials that will satisfy your palate.  They have waiter service and outdoor seating.  Their menu can be altered to make a few dishes vegan including items such as falafel, veggie burger, and spinach salad.

Urban Burrito
640 Merrimon Ave.
Suite 203
129 Bleachery Blvd
Suite M
Urban Burrito is a Mexican-style grill with fresh dishes made with the finest ingredients. The food is fast and the service is friendly. The salsa bar includes five fresh daily house-made salsas.  The drink selection includes domestic, micro-brewed, and imported beers.  Non-alcoholic beverages include bottled juices, bottled water, and soft drinks.

401 Haywood Rd.
Walk offers American fare and has a few vegan choices or dishes that can be veganized including a veggie burger, tempeh avocado sandwich, tacos, salads, sautéed kale, and more.

Westville Pub
777 Haywood Rd
Pub fare with a few items that can be made vegan. Good beer selection.

White Duck Taco Shop
1 Roberts St.
12 Biltmore Ave.
White Duck Taco Shop is a casual Mexican restaurant serving a variety of tacos a la carte.  They also have soup and salad.  They are committed to buying 99% American-made products and keep affordable pricing.

85 Walnut St.
Zambra is a tapas and wine bar in downtown Asheville providing contemporary twists on Spanish and North African cuisine.  They always make sure to have several vegan dishes available and are able to alter some of their dishes upon request.  They serve hundreds of wines from the Iberian peninsula.

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Vegan Items Offered But Not Labeled or Will Change Something to Vegan on Request

West First Wood-Fired
101 1st Ave W
West First Wood-Fired creates handcrafted food with a Mediterranean aesthetic and feature whole-wheat thin-crust pizzas, organic pasta, rustic salads and soups, and bread.  They have select vegan items on the regular menu, and they now carry vegan cheese.

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Swannanoa & Black Mountain

Vegetarian with Vegan Options

Vegan Items Offered But Not Labeled or Will Change Something to Vegan on Request

Fresh Wood-Fired Pizza and Pasta
100 South Ridgeway Ave.
They serve wood-fired pizzas prepared using centuries-old traditions from Naples, Italy with the freshest local ingredients, served with a contemporary, gourmet flair. They have gluten-free choices and use locally grown produce.  They also carry microbrews and select wines.

The Trailhead Restaurant and Bar
207 West State St.
The trailhead has a tempeh sandwich and salads.  Ask about vegan cheese or meat options.

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