If you haven’t been downtown Las Vegas yet, I urge you to take a trip down to Fremont St. to visit Le Thai, as well as some of the bars near there. While the canopy area remains a bit cheap and cheesy, the other end has a wonderful variety of local bars and restaurants. Le Thai is one of these gems serving delicious vegetarian and vegan food in downtown Las Vegas.
Often called “old Vegas,” downtown and Fremont St. often get overlooked by tourists, but it’s interesting to see Vegas outside of The Strip. And for vegetarians, Le Thai is a must-try. The food is delicious, the decor is beautiful and the prices can’t be beat. Ask to sit in the back patio and take a much needed respite from the assault of neon in Las Vegas, then order the vegan curry with tofu.
Nearly every dish can be done with tofu here (although some may have hidden fish sauce, so ask your server for specifics). But the vegan curry is safe for all non-meat eaters and is delicious. You can choose your level of spiciness and white or brown rice, all while sitting in an almost-tropical garden so tranquil and lush that it’s hard to believe you’re in the Las Vegas desert.
I hope you find time to make it downtown on your trip to Las Vegas, and to Le Thai for a vegan dinner that won’t break the bank. Enjoy!
I don’t know why I always think of the Hard Rock Hotel as “far away.” While technically off The Strip, it’s a frequent and easy cab destination. And for vegetarians, Culinary Dropout makes it well worth the drive. Overlooking Hard Rock’s pool, Culinary Dropout offers a laidback vibe and a variety of tempting vegetarian options, securing it a spot on the shortlist for my new favorite restaurant.
First up, the decor and atmosphere is great: fun without being over the top, eclectic and shabby-chic in the way most Pinterest boards desperately try to be. Next, the cocktail program: full of unique touches and handcrafted flair. And finally, the menu: just the menu itself will make you laugh, with names like “Ma…The Meatloaf!” Sadly, it’s not vegetarian, but I want to order it just to scream it like Will Ferrell.
On to the vegetarian and vegan menu options. There’s a whole “vegetable and snacks” antipasti section that could easily be made into a meal and is full of vegan options. I highly recommend the roasted beets and marcona almonds, as well as some “good crusty bread.” (Their name, not mine. I told you this place was fun!) If you still have room, try the pretzels and cheese.
For a full meal, I can’t get enough of the Sweet Corn Cannelloni. The Chopped Vegetable Salad also looks promising as a nice light, summer meal. (Make it vegan without the parmesan.) You could also easily omit the bacon for some bangin’ Grilled Cheese Sliders.
Bottom line: there are lots of vegetarian options to choose from, plus some pretty adaptable dishes to widen your horizon. Vegans will also enjoy a variety of options, as will carnivorous friends. Culinary Dropout is a great spot for groups.
I had been waiting to try Nobu at Caesars Palace since I first heard they were coming to Las Vegas. They were known for great food, fresh ingredients and inventive preparation. And they delivered on every single promise, including vegetarian and vegan options.
We visited for dinner, where I started with the edamame. Standard, but good. Next was a vegetable roll that, for once, was not just cucumber avocado. The vegetable Kushiyaki skewers were delicious, with the perfect sweet teriyaki sauce. But my favorite dish by far was the tofu Toban-Yaki, a sizzling hot pot of tofu, broth and vegetables. I wanted to order another one as soon as I’d had the first bite. As I write this my mouth is watering just thinking about it.
We sat at the sushi bar, which I’m not always a fan of (so. much. fish.) but we got to talk to the chef and he wasn’t phased by a vegetarian diner at all. Our server was also quite knowledgeable and attuned to dietary restrictions and allergies. They were able to modify dishes to be dairy-free for my husband without any issues; he even got dessert! Which gave my tofu dish a run for its money as my favorite–I got the cappuccino, which is actually layers of cake crumbles and cream with a whiskey foam. I’d recommend going just for that.
As far as vegetarian sushi options go, this has become one of my top spots in Las Vegas. I can’t wait to try more items, like the vegetable tacos. And the best part is that nearly all of the vegetarian menu items are also vegan, or can easily be made vegan. So save room, and make reservations at Nobu now.
Ah, the restaurants at Wynn and Encore. Paradise for a vegan or vegetarian in Vegas. My latest new friend at their restaurant collection? La Cave at Wynn. Despite the French sounding name, La Cave is an America tapas-style restaurant with a whole bunch of vegetarian and vegan options on the menu.
The menu as a whole can be a bit overwhelming, so just go with the flow and order as you see fit. I got 3 small dishes for myself and shared a few others with a fellow vegetarian diner. All in all i think I tried 5 or 6 dishes, plus dessert. But I’ll get to that in a minute…
We ordered a combination of vegetarian and vegan items, plus a few meats for the hubby. I loved the 3-bean salad as well as the beet salad. (Beets are my new favorite food.) The quinoa and eggplant capponata was also quite good. I also got the vegan tortellini which, truth be told, I didn’t love. However, my husband, who hasn’t had real cheese in forever, couldn’t get enough of it. So it’s a great option for vegans.
The full vegetarian and vegan dinner menu is available online, but subject to change, of course. Their wine list is extensive, including by the glass, and the s’mores dessert flatbread was to die for. If you are a vegan or vegetarian visiting Las Vegas, I highly recommend stopping by La Cave at the Wynn.
Have I mentioned I like Mexican food? OK, good. It’s extremely vegetarian-friendly and easy to find on The Strip, at all price points. Perfect for vegetarians vacationing in Las Vegas! And of course, Vegans too. (Did you know Las Vegas residents are sometimes called Las Vegans?)
Anyway, a few weeks ago I tried YOLOs at Planet Hollywood for lunch. Vegetarian lunch can be harder to find in Vegas than vegetarian dinners, so it was good to try something new. I had their fajitas which were awesome. Why? Because they had lots of veggies! You would be surprised at how many places offer 5 kinds of fajitas, but the vegetarian version is just a big plate of onions. Bo-ring. But YOLOs vegetarian fajitas were fresh, flavorful, and full of variety. Yay!
YOLOs is located on the casino floor, making it easy to get to for lunch, dinner or a quick vegetarian snack. (I highly recommend the guacamole, made tableside.) They’ve also got Happy Hour deals, because, hey, You Only Live Once. So enjoy it, with delicious vegetarian food in Vegas!
Good news Vegas vegans: vegan cheese has come to the Las Vegas Strip! D’Amore’s Famous Pizza now serves vegan cheese on their pies. (They also offer gluten-free crust, too.)
Located inside the Miracle Mile Shops, adjacent to Planet Hollywood, this is a small pizza place where you can buy a slice or a whole pie. They only do full pies with vegan cheese, not single slices, but you could probably do half and half if you had a friend who just had to have real cheese.
D’Amore’s is tucked away in the back side of the mall, near the parking entrance and the Saxe Theater. It’s a casual place, great for a quick vegan lunch or dinner. I haven’t tried the vegan pizza yet, so please let me know how it is if you do!
I love chocolate. To say that I have a sweet tooth is a serious understatement; it’s more like I’ve got a sweet jaw or something. So a restaurant that brings chocolate into nearly every dish? Right up my alley. Add plenty of vegetarian goodies and I’m sold. Obviously you can see why Max Brenner, inside the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace, might be my new favorite place.
First, let’s talk about the menu. It’s huge. Almost overwhelming. So let me help you out: they have vegetarian breakfast/brunch, lunch and dinner dishes, and breakfast items are served extended hours, giving you lots of choices. Also, you must have the waffle fries, it’s not an option.
If you eat eggs, you’re in business here. I will eat eggs, but I’m not a huge fan, so I made my own light lunch, tapas-style and had the hummus, white corn croquettes and aforementioned waffle fries with house dipping sauce.
The margherita pannini was also calling my name, and I can’t wait to go back and try the Veggie Conscious Burger. There are a few vegetarian pizza and pasta options as well. All around, plenty of vegetarian options for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Of course, dessert is the star here. Save room and bring a bunch of friends to Max Brenner so you can try a variety of options.
After lots of research (read: yummy vegetarian dinners in Vegas) Aria has quickly moved to the top of my list for most vegetarian-friendly restaurants in Vegas, and Blossom is just one of the reasons. Located on the first level, just off the casino floor and near Lemongrass, Aria’s Blossom has a large menu built for sharing and full of vegetarian and vegan dining options for dinner in Vegas.
After looking over the menu I had a good idea of what I wanted, but I checked with the server to make sure my options were indeed vegetarian. I started with the egg rolls, which didn’t list meat, but aren’t always all-veggie. As soon as I inquired about the ingredients, she immediately asked if i was vegetarian or vegan and assured me that these were a good choice. I was very impressed with her knowledge of the menu, as well as different diets and how to recognize and anticipate questions to provide recommendations.
I also ordered the salt and pepper tofu and vegetable chow mein. Both were amazing; I even took home leftovers, which I never do. This also means that yes, most dishes are sized for sharing and family-style is encouraged here. That makes it easy to create a meal that vegetarians and meat-eaters can both enjoy. I can’t wait to go back and try even more vegetarian dishes at Blossom.
I love Italian food. I know a lot of vegetarians may get sick of pasta, but as long as you jazz mine up a little, I’d eat pasta every night. (Just kidding. That’s a lot of carbs. But sooooo yummy.) Sirio, an Italian restaurant at Aria, had been on my list to try for awhile. And after eating there once, I’m kicking myself for not visiting sooner.
Sirio is tucked away on the second floor of Aria, near the buffet and theater. Their menu is helpfully labeled with a vegetarian (v) next to every menu item that’s already vegetarian, which is a huge help for vegans and basically a giant neon “welcome” sign for vegetarians in Vegas. They invite you to build your own antipasto platter of vegetarian bites, which sounds like an awesome idea for groups. I went with a salad instead, and it was one of the best salads I’ve ever had. Trust me, as a vegetarian, that’s saying something, especially with an average name like Mixed Garden Salad. I want a garden like that! There was enough “stuff” to keep it interesting, but not too much that I felt stuffed.
Not feeling stuffed was key here, as I next had a small side dish of asparagus and the Capellaci, a spinach and ricotta pasta pocket. Again, I was blown away by something that sounded simple and was full of flavor, texture and interesting presentation.
Not to be outdone, the dessert was an art piece that tasted almost as good as it looked. The sommelier was exceedingly helpful, guiding us to the perfect wine at a reasonable price. All around the food and service was exceptional. I can’t wait to try Sirio again for another amazing vegetarian dinner in Vegas.
Picking up where Switch left off, Andrea’s is the newest addition to Wynn and Encore’s restaurant directory. The vibe is more nightclub than restaurant, but the vegetarian menu is extensive, including sushi and both hot and cold Asian-inspired dishes. Keep in mind that they do not allow children after 9pm and reservations are recommended as Andrea’s just opened at Encore a few weeks ago.
Since Andrea’s is a) new and b) sporting a serious vegetarian menu, I went all out and ordered waaaay more food than necessary. First up, we got the truffle edamame, since I can never resist truffle anything. Then I may or may not have (but definitely did) jump for joy when I saw inari on their vegetarian sushi menu. If you haven’t had it, it’s a must try, but not as readily available in Vegas as other cities. Basically, it’s a think pocket of tofu filled with rice and brushed with sugar water. It might sound a little weird, but it’s yummy. (And vegan.) There were other vegetarian sushi rolls on the menu, but I was so excited I forgot what they were.
Next up were vegan smashed potatoes with spicy aioli, and snap peas with ginger. These were side options meant to accompany other dishes, but I had them on their own and was quite happy. Meat-eaters might want them to go with a steak, or they would be great for a table to share tapas-style. For my last course (told you I ordered too much) I had tofu and edamame fried rice with broccoli. It was enough to share, especially all my other dishes, so I would recommend grabbing some vegetarian buddies and ordering family-style.
Of course, I couldn’t help myself from dessert, which offers 7 or 8 dim sum options (choose 3) or an ice cream cone tree. The ice cream tree presentation is amazing, and they also offer vegan sorbets, but I went for the dim sum. You must try the coconut roll, after 1 bite I wished I got 3 of those instead of trying anything else! If you’re visiting Las Vegas soon, stop by Andrea’s at Encore for a delicious vegetarian meal.