Best Restaurants for Vegetarians in Philadelphia

May 28, 2018
by Zagat Staff

Whether you're a vegetarian, going to dinner with a vegetarian, or just looking to eat something healthy, this city has a lot of excellent restaurants where you can eat meat-free. Here are the best.

V Street
Vegan · Rittenhouse Square · $$

Creative, delicious " vegan riffs on global street food please " vegans and omnivores alike " at this " trendy " Rittenhouse sibling to Vedge, where small plates with " bold " flavors pair with " innovative " drinks; the " cozy ", limited-seat space can feel " tight " but a " cool " bar and a " congenial ", " attentive " staff lend a " fun atmosphere.
Tiffin Indian Cuisine
Indian · Mount Airy · $$
Food 4.1 · Decor 3.5 · Service 4.0

Highbrow " " traditional " Indian dishes with “ equal amounts vegetarian and non-vegetarian options ” are the " much-appreciated " focus of this “ moderately priced ”, " über-friendly " mini-chain; most agree the decor's “ not fancy ”, “ but who cares when the food is good?"; P.S. the Bistro offers a more contemporary vibe plus a bar (other locations are BYO).
Sabrina's Cafe
Brunch · Bella Vista · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.9 · Service 4.1

Why are you reading this? – go! " squeal fans of these " old-school diners " that dispense " gigantic portions " of " over-the-top " Eclectic–New American breakfast and brunch fare at " reasonable " prices in a " vintage " atmosphere equipped with " just the right amount of kitsch "; " come hungry or be ready to split your food with a friend ", but " get there early or you'll be waiting awhile.
Vegan · Washington Square West · $$$
Food 4.8 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.5

It seems "unbelievable to make a radish taste better than lobster” , but at this “endlessly inventive” "holy grail of vegan restaurants" in Washington Square West the “memorable” meatless menu "twists and turns its way through a culinary experience" that "will make you love every vegetable you have ever hated" , "no matter your carnivorous preference" ; add a "serene" vibe in the "beautifully restored" "luxury townhouse" and "exceptional" service and "there is nothing else like it in the city" (at least "on the pricier end of things" ).
Miss Rachel's Pantry
Vegan · Point Breeze · $$$

Vegan caterer Rachel Klein has moved her business into this quaint, sunny-hued South Philly storefront where a long communal table hosts signature fixed-price farm‑to‑table dinners on Fridays and Saturdays. She also offers private cooking classes. P.S. It's certified kosher.
Bar Bombón
Latin American · Rittenhouse Square · $$

Latin favorites such as arepas, tacos and empanadas get the trendy vegan treatment at Nicole Marquis’ snug, sultry spin-off of HipCityVeg on a Rittenhouse corner. A take-out window dispenses coffee, cold-pressed fresh juices and light fare by day.
Middle Eastern · Society Hill · $$
Food 4.3 · Decor 4.4 · Service 4.0

Venture "down a dark side alley, ring the doorbell" and "feel like you've traveled thousands of miles away" at this Moroccan BYO off South Street, where seating is on "large cushions" at "low tables" , there are "rugs everywhere" and "sometimes belly dancers" provide the "delightful entertainment" ; "delicious" fixed-price "feasts" ($25, cash only) complete the "wonderful experience.
Su Xing House
Chinese · Rittenhouse Square · $
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.7 · Service 4.1

Veg head or not ", this Rittenhouse Square vegetarian Chinese is a " breath of fresh air ", serving up " flavorful ", " reasonably priced " chow with a " unique ", " nutritious " twist; while the atmosphere is usually " quiet ", it does " almost always fill " with " believers " (including " hard-core carnivores ") at peak lunch times, thanks to the " incredible" daytime specials.
New Harmony Vegetarian Restaurant
Chinese · Chinatown · $$
Food 4.4 · Decor 3.5 · Service 4.1

This long-running Chinatown BYO vegetarian-vegan "treat" dishes up a "huge" menu of "tasty" mock meats and veggies, plus fresh juices; its otherwise plain-Jane space gets a boost from the "linen tablecloths" , as well as the "nice" staff that will steer you right, notably in the direction of the dim sum buffets.
Blue Sage Vegetarian Grille
Vegan · $$
Food 4.6 · Decor 3.9 · Service 4.4

“Vegetarians and omnivores alike” “have no beef with no beef” at Mike Jackson's BYO "destination" in Southampton, where his "excellent, flavorful" meatless creations are served by a “friendly, helpful” staff; it’s “always busy” and the "small" room "fills up fast" , but most walk out “feeling healthy” and “completely satisfied.”
Charlie was a sinner.
Vegetarian · Washington Square West · $$

Sexy and vegan in the same sentence? – it works at this dark, plush cafe/bar in Washington Square West, putting out small plates (soups, 'crab cakes' made with zucchini) to pair with creative cocktails and a decent wine list.