It used to be incredibly tough to find a vegetarian dining joint pretty much anywhere-Ottawa included. While some restaurants may have been outliers from the meat-eating trend, it isn’t until recently that vegetarian restaurants have really taken off in popularity and demand. Now more than ever, people are looking to do their part in saving the world by avoiding food that ever had a face, and Ottawa has been listening. But there’s a problem: Not every restaurant that offers vegetarian-friendly options really excel at it. In fact, it seems like many consider a vegetarian’s diet to be an afterthought when constructing their menus. So how do you pick out the genuine vegetarian dining locations from the pretenders? Just check out our list below for the most acclaimed, most delicious and-most importantly-meat free dishes in the Ottawa region!
1). Pure Kitchen
357 Richmond Rd, Ottawa, ON K2A 0E7, Canada
Unexpected takes on traditional vegetarian fare are offered at Pure Kitchen, a restaurant that is sure to be a hit even for kids and meat-eaters! Not only is the menu strictly composed of meat-free decadence, but gluten-free options are always available, and always delicious. You should never have to sacrifice your moral or dietary cause for flavor, and at Pure Kitchen you won’t have to. Appetizers, entrees, and even a juice bar are sure to knock it out of the park. Bring your meat-eating friends to try something new; they’ll be surprised at how much they love it.
2). The Green Door
198 Main St, Ottawa, ON K1S 1C6, Canada
Organic. Vegetarian. Gluten-free. If any combination of these words applies to your diet, then The Green Door is the place to stop for your next mealtime outing. The menu is constantly changing to reflect the availability of the freshest produce, with a total of over 1,000 dishes in the Green Door’s repertoire. Since 1988, The Green Door has been bringing dishes based on a macrobiotic diet to the people of Ottawa, and they have been eating it up for nearly three decades! Transparency is their credo, and if you go to the restaurant’s website, you can see everything that goes into their products. Want to know what you won’t see? Preservatives or fillers.
3). Blossom Vegetarian Café
209 Gilmour Street, Ottawa, ON K2P 0N9, Canada
Homemade, locally-sourced and absolutely delicious, Blossom Vegetarian Café really offers all that you need to feel good about the food that you’re eating. Patrons praise this restaurant as a local gem, and even the best vegetarian restaurant in Ottawa, and it’s not hard to see why. Their incredible takes on vegetarian dishes are sure to please every person in your dining party, including the meat-eaters.
4). Rawlicious Ottawa
381 Cooper St, Ottawa, ON K2P 0G8, Canada
If you’re trying to keep a more vegan diet than a vegetarian one, or even just feel like dining on some incredibly tasty, guilt-free fare, then Rawlicious on Cooper Street should be at the top of your list of considerations! It can be especially tough going out to eat when you abide by a raw diet, but Rawlicious makes it not only easy for Ottawans, but also affordable and fun! Only organic, gluten free and raw ingredients go into the creation of these inspired vegan dishes, which is something that you can always feel good about.
5). The Table
1230 Wellington St W, Ottawa, ON K1Y 3A1, Canada
The pay-by-weight buffet at The Table allows you to help yourself to your favorite vegetarian entrees, appetizers and desserts, while sampling new things as well. Only the freshest and most high-quality ingredients go into every dish that is served here, and you can taste the robust, natural flavors of these meat-free options at the first bite! The buffet caters not only to vegetarians, but also vegans and those with dietary restrictions such as a gluten-free diet. This local treasure should be visited at least once by every Ottawan-especially those who don’t consume meat products. You’ll really be missing out if you don’t pull up a chair at The Table.
6). Hareg Café & Variety
587 Bank St, Ottawa, ON K1S 3T4, Canada
Traditional Ethiopian fare is served at Hareg Café, which offers some of the best coffee you’ll have in your life as well as an excellently-priced buffet that lets you serve yourself from a wide array of vegetarian and vegan dishes. This unpretentious eatery allows you to relax and share stories while enjoying some of the best vegan grub around, at a price that will leave you astonished-in a good way.
989 Wellington St W, Ottawa, ON K1Y 2Y1, Canada
SimplyRaw Express has made quite a name for itself as a gluten-free, organic and plant-based restaurant. Freshness and flavor abound on their wide menu, which ranges from quinoa bowls to cold-pressed juices and smoothies. Clean eating is important to the people of this casual Ottawa eatery, and you can tell that they take it seriously. They even offer workshops to help you achieve this lifestyle in your day-to-day life. SimplyRaw Express even offers “guilt-free cheesecake,” which we think is awesome! Who says that clean eating can’t be decadent and flavorful?
8). Govinda’s Vegetarian Buffet
212 Somerset St E, Ottawa, ON K1N 6V5, Canada
Who doesn’t love a good buffet, right? But a buffet stocked with vegetarian and vegan-friendly options? Count us in! Amazing prices, all-you-can-eat vegetarian/vegan fare and impeccable service makes it easy to eat vegetarian while on the go, and you never have to sacrifice flavor for your conscience! The dishes offered here are healthy, plentiful and always fresh
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