The growth of veganism and vegetarianism over the last few decades has led to a welcome explosion in dining options.
The number of plant-based restaurants continues to rise in Sydney and, whilst we hate to generalise, there has been a discernible rise in both quality and popularity of these establishments.
From European bistros and pizzerias, to Vietnamese street-food and Middle-Eastern delights, Sydney is home to some of the finest vegetarian restaurants in the southern hemisphere.
And what’s more, even if you’re not a vegetarian, many of these eateries offer dishes of such quality and invention, and food that is so tasty, unique and refreshingly healthy, that they deserve an appreciably wider audience.
With this in mind, our article will take a look at 15 of the best vegetarian restaurants in Sydney. So, whether you fancy a light lunch on the harbour, a quick snack in the bustling inner-west or a celebratory dinner at a critically acclaimed restaurant, we’ve got you covered.
417 Crown Street, Surry Hills NSW 2010
The first restaurant on our list is this fantastic offering in the heart of vibrant Surry Hills.
Yulli’s is one of Sydney’s most popular vegetarian restaurants, offering a wide selection of delicious dishes such as fried zucchini in filo pastry with tomato salsa and tom tom sauce.
The restaurant is located in a bustling neighborhood with street appeal, character and 24 hour activity. It is the perfect spot to try a taste-packed, affordable vegetarian meal on any night of the week.
395 King St, Newtown NSW 2042 / Tel: 0432 587 769
Like the two excellent Fina’s vegan restaurants in Melbourne, Vina Vegan in Newtown caters for those plant-based diners who love Vietnamese food.
Family-owned and operated since 2009, Vina Vegan was brought to life to share traditional Vietnamese vegan recipes with people who simply wanted to eat better. Vina Vegan strives to serve dishes of the freshest local produce that are entirely plant-based and have their origins in traditional family recipes.
Newtown is probably the most vibrant of Sydney’s inner-west food hubs, and Vina Vegan provides an authentic Vietnamese experience of chattering noise, fragrant smells, laughter, bustling foot traffic and lots of activity.
Vina’s pho noodle soup is a must-try. Warm up in winter with the signature classic broth and your choice of vegan beef or chicken.
A personal favourite is the Peking Not-Duck rolls, made by combining pickled carrot radish, cucumber and crispy vegan duck with a light drizzle of hoisin sauce.
Vina’s vegan spring rolls are very popular (and a little addictive): an enticing combination of mungbean, carrot, tofu, mushroom, taro and vermicelli.
The curry noodle soup is flavoursome and filling: a winning combination of broccoli, carrot, celery, potato, vegan ham, soy chicken and vegan pork in a smooth curry and coconut cream broth. And a restaurant guarantee of no added MSG.
A light and zesty choice is the delightful Papaya Salad. This mix of carrot, papaya, mint, roasted peanut, tamarin juice and vegan beef is fragrant, fresh and tasty.
6 Cowper Wharf Roadway, Woolloomooloo NSW 2011
The next restaurant on our list is the Alibi Bar & Kitchen, which has a rich reputation for producing some of the healthiest and best-tasting vegetarian food in Sydney.
The plant-based and vegan friendly menu is built on a philosophy of clean eating without compromising taste. Some of the best flavors include broccoli steak with walnut cream and kimchi dumplings with red cabbage puree.
What’s more, if you have a sweet tooth, you can’t go wrong with their delicious pumpkin chocolate pie served with coconut and cardamom cream,
37 Glebe Point Road, Glebe NSW 2037
Located close to Thievery on Glebe Point Road, Badde Manors is another excellent restaurant which offers a wide array of fantastic vegetarian food.
On the menu you’ll find carefully crafted dishes inspired with flavors from all over the world, including the Middle East, Asia, The Mediterranean, and Latin America.
Whether you’re looking for something simple like a vegetarian quiche, or something a little more flavorful such as a halloumi wrap, you won’t be spoiled for choice at this restaurant.
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2/4 College Street, Sydney NSW 2000
The next restaurant on our list is the longstanding and award-winning Bodhi. Located in the Cook & Phillip Park, this critically acclaimed restaurant is one of the most iconic vegetarian dining spots in Sydney.
Bodhi offers a plant-based menu with a special focus on pan-Asian cuisine, so expect plenty of incredible steamed dumplings and buns.
What’s more, the chefs are able to adapt to all dietary requirements, meaning that everyone will be able to enjoy the fantastic flavor of the food.
122 Chapel Street, Marrickville NSW 2204
A little different from many of the other restaurants on this list, Two Chaps is a “from scratch” cafe that makes all of its top-of-the-range pastry and bread by hand.
During lunchtime hours, they offer some incredible vegetarian dishes such as Panko crumbed mushroom burgers and their specialty sourdough crumpets with parmesan custard and plum relish.
In addition to their daytime food, Two Chaps also serve dinner two nights a week, providing plenty of delicious pasta dishes, salads, and more.
4/241 Commonwealth Street, Surrey Hills NSW
This vegan deli is the first of its kind in Sydney, and is renowned for serving up some of the best vegetarian and vegan food in the area.
The Shift Eatery is home to the “World’s Best Vegan Bacon & Egg Bagel”, and also serves a range of other exciting options including toasties, salads, and smoothies. The portions are big, the prices affordable, the service is super-friendly and there’s always a fantastic buzz to the place.
You can also pick up a range vegan-friendly products and ingredients to take home from the self-service fridges. And the coffee is first-class too.
Shift Eatery just happens to be one of our favourite cafes in the whole of Sydney.
57 MacLeay Street, Potts Point NSW 2011
This popular bistro is a must-visit if you’re in Sydney. It’s located in the yellow house building at Potts Point, and offers a plant-focused menu celebrating some of the best local and seasonal produce.
Each dish is packed full of flavor and texture, so whether you opt for their watermelon radish with hazelnut and lemon, or their capers, beans and toasted pumpkin ravioli, you’ll be left thoroughly impressed.
11 Hickson Road, Dawes Point NSW 2000
Situated just footsteps from Sydney Harbour and a jaw-dropping view of the iconic Opera House, this restaurant provides a fantastic vegetarian menu that compliments the incredible setting.
Whether you decide to visit for lunch or dinner, you’ll be treated to a set menu with plenty of choices, including BBQ king brown mushroom, roast baby beetroot with wasabi, and much more.
367 Pitt Street, Sydney NSW 2000
Mother Chu’s Vegetarian Kitchen is ideal if you’re looking for a vegetarian restaurant that provides a mixture of traditional and original dishes. All of their meals are made with the best and freshest produce to ensure excellent flavor and quality.
What’s more, Mother Chu’s is renowned for its excellent service and unique atmosphere, so you’ll be sure to have a great time if you decide to give it a go.
341 King Street, Newtown NSW 2042
For those who love authentic Vietnamese cuisine, this next restaurant should be right at the top of your list. The Golden Lotus blends healthy vegetarian foods and fresh ingredients together to create flavorful and nutritious meals.
Whether you’re after a light noodle soup or some spicy Vietnamese street food, this friendly and atmospheric restaurant will fulfil your needs.
40 Reservoir Street, Surrey Hills NSW 2010
This next restaurant is entirely vegan and is one of the most popular spots for great-tasting vegetarian and vegan food when dining out in Sydney. Inspired by Mexican cuisine, Bad Hombres provides a variety of superb dishes for you to try.
Some of the most interesting include stir-fry oyster mushrooms with jalapenos and charred corn with chipotle mayo.
205 Victoria Road, Marrickville NSW 2204
If you’re looking for some comfort food after a long day visiting some of Sydney’s impressive sights, the Neapolitan-style sourdough pizzas at Pizza Madre will be sure to do the job.
Situated right in the heart of the inner west, this restaurant is meat-free, and run by the same people as Two Chaps (see no. 6).
The delicious starters include burrata and wood-fired sourdough, while the pizzas are topped with flavor-packed ingredients such as smoked mozzarella, fermented chilli cream, and fried chickpeas.
27 O’Connell Street, Sydney NSW 2000
The penultimate restaurant on our list is Bentley Restaurant & Bar, located right in the center of the CBD. This restaurant provides an innovative tasting menu that’s fully vegetarian and one that pairs perfectly with the extensive wine list.
Some of the best dishes to try include the celeriac and truffle toast, the smoked potato dumplings, and the refreshing beetroot sorbet.
153 Norton Street, Leichhardt 2040
Our final offering, and by certainly no means the least, is the Golden Gully. Not only does this bar and restaurant provide excellent food, it’s also got a reputation for some of the best Australian wine, beer, and spirits.
The menu is seasonal, so there’s always new vegetarian dishes to try – all of which are made with local Aussie ingredients. There’s also a bar menu which includes tasty treats such as cider-glazed Brussels sprouts and jalapeno poppers.
Frequently Asked Questions
What’s The Best Area For Vegetarian Food In Sydney?
As our list has shown, you can find excellent vegetarian restaurants all across Sydney.
However, if you’re looking to stay in one area, the inner west may be your best option as some of the suburbs like Newtown and Glebe are packed full of top quality restaurants.
Is Sydney Good For Vegans?
There are plenty of options if you’re a vegan. From plant-based burger shops and pizzerias to fine dining restaurants and gelato shops, you’ll have a high number of spots to choose from.