Going out to eat can be a little tricky when you’re vegan. From finding options you can eat to ensuring you’re supporting businesses with values that align with your own, it’s bound to cost you a bunch of time and Google searches to find the right place. 

Luckily, there is no shortage of vegan restaurants here in Asheville, NC for you to enjoy. The city is known for its culinary excellence and fresh, farm-to-table dining options, making it a sustainability-focused foodie’s dream. Here’s a list of some of our favorite vegan restaurants for you to try in Asheville (in no particular order — they’re all fantastic!):

5 Vegan Restaurants in Asheville, NC That We Love

1. Plant

Plant is an exclusively vegan, fine-dining, dinner-only restaurant with a particularly romantic atmosphere. The chefs operate under the food criteria of 100% vegan, 90% organic, often local, and mostly gluten-free. Nationally acclaimed and recognized by PETA, they’re serious about sustainable and cruelty-free food options.

Although Plant’s menu is on the smaller side, the dishes are amazing because they are made-to-order and cooked fresh right in front of you (literally — there is kitchen-side dining!). From masala uttapam and applewood smoked mushrooms for dinner, to saffron crème brûlée for dessert, each dish reflects multicultural influences, and is sure to both taste delicious and look beautiful on your plate.

2. Laughing Seed Café

Laughing Seed Café is an international lunch and dinner café with vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and nut-free plates. Located on historic Wall Street in Downtown Asheville, the restaurant may be quaint, but the views and atmosphere can’t be beat. We highly recommend a seat on the patio!

Laughing Seed Café has a variety of foods for everyone to enjoy. There are some adventurous options like a BBQ jackfruit sandwich or Indian-style pakoras fritters, but there are also soups, salads, grain bowls, pizzas, and pastas that can please even the pickiest eaters. Top your meal off with a craft beer, hard kombucha, or freshly squeezed juice made with locally sourced produce. 

3. Rosetta’s Kitchen & Buchi Bar

Looking for southern comfort and soul food? Let us introduce you to Rosetta’s Kitchen. With appetizers like tempalo wings, entrees like peanut-butter baked tofu smothered in gravy, and a la carte cast iron cornbread, Rosetta’s Kitchen crafts 100% vegan soul food for lunch, dinner, and late night. It operates DIY-style, so expect to order at the counter, fill your own water, bus your own table, etc. However, we find this only adds to its southern charm, along with the art shows, musicians, and zine library hosted there.

Downstairs, you’ll find the Buchi Bar, which is the restaurant’s full bar and full-service dining room. Check it out for local beer, wine, mead, and kombucha cocktails (we love the margarita-inspired Buchirita!). And above all, we love Rosetta’s Kitchen & Buchi Bar because of its dedication to paying it forward. They believe food is a human right, so any donation over $6 provides a meal for someone who cannot afford one.

4. Green Sage Café

Green Sage Café is the best vegan restaurant in Asheville with all-day breakfast. The meals there are nutrient-rich, chemical-free, 95% organic, and thoughtfully sourced. With indoor and patio seating, it’s a great place to grab a cup of coffee or tea (or a coconut milk milkshake!) and start your day off right. 

Our favorite vegan menu options include coconut chia pudding with berries, hummus wraps, and smashed falafel burgers. There are also some cultural, plant-based bowls like the Havana Bowl, with marinated tofu, roasted sweet potatoes, rice, avocado salsa, pumpkin seeds, and carribean jerk sauce. But trust us when we say this: you can’t go wrong with any item on the menu!

5. Sunflower Diner

Sunflower Diner is a hidden gem located inside the West Village Market. After transitioning to a fully vegan restaurant back in September 2020, it’s home to vegan menu items made with 100% organic produce. It’s also home to some beautiful artwork; the windows are covered with painted sunflowers and the perfect spot to snap a picture with your friends before grabbing a bite.

Pick up a Mexican chocolate waffle for breakfast, or a mushroom spinach quesadilla made with sunflower-cashew cheese for lunch. A slice of vegan pecan pie is a must as well. You can thank us for those recommendations later. 

Asheville, NC hosts many amazing vegan restaurants and is a beautiful place to call home. If you’re looking for a sustainable mountain community to call your own, consider Couch Mountain.

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