Whether for health, ethical, or medical reasons, more and more people are choosing to remove meat and dairy from their diets. While this might sound incredibly limiting, vegan dishes can be just as delicious as their meat-and-dairy-filled counterparts.
If you’re on the lookout for a tasty and exciting vegan restaurant in Canberra, you’ve landed in the right place. We’ve consulted with locals and have scoured reviews to put together this list of the top vegan eats in the Canberra region.
Let’s get right into it.
What makes a great vegan restaurant?
The best vegan restaurants in Canberra please the health-conscious and meat-eaters alike. But, how can you differentiate the best from the average? Keep an eye out for the following must-have traits.
- An innovative menu. If you’re looking for a vegan-friendly restaurant that will not only deliver a tasty, cruelty-free meal, but also convert your meat-loving friends, look for a place with an innovative menu. The best vegan chefs are happy to experiment with flavours and textures, and can transform the humble vegetable into something truly extraordinary.
- A variety of foods. Everyone has their own personal tastes, meaning some foods are simply off the menu. Look for a vegan restaurant that makes use of a wide variety of ingredients.
- A vibrant atmosphere. No matter how tasty the food, if the restaurant lacks a vibrant atmosphere, your meal can be ruined. The best vegan establishments in Canberra are busy, exciting, and full of life.
- Friendly, knowledgeable staff. Got questions about the menu? Have a special request? You should feel comfortable asking a restaurant’s staff.
- Fairly priced. Vegans don’t want to overpay either. The best meat-free eateries in Canberra charge a fair price for their fare.
The best vegan restaurants in Canberra
RiotACT’s editorial team has combed through 20 years of on-site comments to compile a list of the most recommended businesses according to you.
To be listed in our Best of Canberra series, each business needs to have consistently received positive feedback on RiotACT and maintain a minimum average of 4/5 stars on both Google and Facebook reviews.
Ready to try out Canberra’s best vegan dining spots? Each of these offer a vegan-friendly menu and a great atmosphere.
For 25 years Serif Kaya has been producing quality Turkish food at Ottoman. Beautifully situated in Barton, the restaurant grounds are surrounded by gardens and the elegant dining rooms are warm and inviting. The homemade dips are definitely a favourite among regulars with vegan options available. Google reviewer Glen says: ‘Quality modern Turkish food. Location is superb. Really loved the cuisine. Calm ambiance. Delightful.’
Modern Japanese cuisine created by Head Chef Hao San in the open plan kitchen that serves as an amphitheater- like setting for dinners. With a great bar and drinks selection that includes, Japanese beer sake and whiskey as well as vegetarian and vegan menu options. Facebook reviewer Laura Le says: ‘Raku is a breath of fresh air in the Canberra restaurant scene. Impeccable attention to detail, a unique and perfectly executed menu.’
This restaurant chain has hot the ACT with a great menu that includes vegan, vegetarian and a kids selection. Serving traditional street food inspired by the street food vendors in Thailand with fresh ingredients and lots of spice! Google Reviewer Selena says: ‘Service was ridiculously fast even though they were very busy and All dishes were delicious.’
With his very own farm, Peter Harrington creates high quality food with locally sourced produce. The 10-course degustation and a beautiful truffle menu is thoughtfully designed by head chef Thomas Heinrich. Facebook reviewer Halycon says: ‘Some of the most beautifully prepared food I ever had the pleasure to eat.’
With an online app it’s easy to order and earn loyalty points with their great vegan menu. Best of all Brendan and his team will deliver to your door. Google reviewer Dannehbe says: ‘Best vegan selection of mock fish in Canberra. Amazing service, delicious food, and of course, a whole menu of food that no one died for.’
Great quality Italian restaurant that serves traditional and vegan friendly food. The casual atmosphere is comfortable and the service is friendly. Perfect place for a summer night or a cheeky weekend warmer. The manager, Jon is friendly and attentive which means a well received return visit. TripAdvisor reviewer Lynnbb2017 says: ‘This has to be one of Canberra’s best Italian eateries! Well priced, great menu and friendly, professional staff.’
Sisters, Daya and Mini, have been serving amazing Vegan Fiji Indian cuisine for 27 years. This family owned restaurant loves to host family celebrations, birthdays and casual fuss free date nights. It’s all about flavour, good company and friendly service. Google reviewer Lee Len’s says: ‘The food is consistently delicious, the service is consistently exceptional I wish there were more stars to rate them with!’
Since 2012 Siva has been serving up vegan Malaysian food for those who want to dine in or take away. Authentic Malay cuisine that has attracted an almost cult following among Canberran’s. Catering for function and events they can tailor a menu to suit your needs. Facebook reviewer Helen says: ‘The food was superb and the service was tip top!’
Husband and wife team Emily and Russell open this Vegan Cafe in 2011 focusing on locally sourced cruelty free produce that’s innovative! The serve Red Brick Espresso coffee which is also a local brand and if you get upset about the 10% surcharge know that it goes to their staff and not their own hip pocket. Google reviewer Ashleigh says: ‘My absolute favourite treat spot in Canberra. The cheesecakes are incredible and the savoury menu is amazing too!’
Traditional Cantonese cuisine that is modern yet has a home-cooked-by-your-Grandma kind of feel. The manager Adrian is accommodating for those with food allergies and will happily point out vegetarian and vegan options available. Google reviewer Bec says: ‘Lovely Deco! Reasonably priced food, a nice place to go with loved ones and colleagues.’
If you prefer to eat from home, check out our article on the best food delivery services in Canberra.
Your experience with vegan restaurants in Canberra
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Have you had experience with any of the vegan restaurants listed above? If so, share your feedback in the comments below.