Bellevue offers globally inspired vegan dining experiences, sampling flavors from South East Asia to the Mediterranean.
In Bellevue, vegan visitors don’t have to sacrifice flavor when going out to eat. In fact, Bellevue has many delicious vegan options to choose from. Bellevue, one of America’s fastest-growing cities, boasts world-class lodging and shopping, pristine parks and beaches, a walkable city center, and buzz-worthy culinary options. Better still, as one of the United States’ most diverse communities, Bellevue’s international food scene is evolving into a vegan’s dream destination. Chefs blend Thai, Indian, Vietnamese, and Mediterranean fare to create unique flavor profiles. Even the city’s swanky steakhouses offer an increasing number of meatless options. Check out these 10 amazing began dining options in Bellevue, WA.
This increasingly popular, family-owned spot was the very first all-vegan Thai restaurant in the Northwest. Located in Old Bellevue, the bright corner café takes vegan Thai cuisine to the next level with a wide variety of dishes such as Panang, Massaman Banana Curry, Sweet and Sour Tofu Stir Fry, Pad Thai, and Tom Yum Fried Rice, plus a daily all-you-can-eat lunch buffet. If you show up midday with an empty belly and time to spare, the lunch buffet is a no-brainer—and you can eat it all, no ingredient inquiries needed.
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Take in the stunning views of the Olympic Mountains, Lake Washington, and the Seattle skyline from the 21st floor of the Bank of America building, where this restaurant sits in the heart of downtown Bellevue. This traditional steak eatery offers a separate plant-based menu featuring items such as the Impossible Burger with French fries, Kimchi Fried Grains and Rice, almond ricotta-stuffed Cheese Ravioli, Lettuce Wraps with shredded vegetables, soy protein, and chili-garlic ponzu, as well as tasty vegan cocktails such as Pomegranate Gin Fizz and Daniel’s Margarita. Here, you can sit back, relax, and let them take care of the rest.
3. Din Tai Fung
No more sitting on the sidelines at dim sum! Din Tai Fung is one of Bellevue’s favorite restaurants for dumplings and for good reason. Din Tai Fung offers a vegan dumpling handcrafted with bright flavors and vibrant green dough. The delicious filling is a balanced mixture of bean curd, baby bok choy, shiitake mushrooms, wood ear mushrooms, glass noodles, and jicama. The tender dumpling skin is made green with spinach juice, and it offers that crave-worthy chewy dough consistency dumpling lovers search for. These dumplings are so incredible, that even the non-vegans at the table will want to eat them!
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Ever wondered what a blend of traditional Vietnamese cuisine with Pacific Northwest innovation tastes like? Look no further: Monsoon’s omnivore menu boasts plenty of vegan dishes with western touches, such as Curry Soup with rice noodles, tofu, kabocha, taro, and carrots; Wokked Lemongrass Tofu with vermicelli noodles and roasted shiitake mushrooms; and Crispy Vegetable Rolls with tofu, taro, carrots, soy vinaigrette, and herbs—all served in a chic, contemporary restaurant setting.
Located across from the beautiful Bellevue Downtown Park, Mediterranean Kitchen serves authentic Middle Eastern cuisine in a quaint setting. Their expansive menu includes a selection of vegan dishes, including specialties such as Fool Moudamas (fava and garbanzo beans tossed in olive oil, lemon juice, parsley, cilantro, and Mediterranean spices), Falafel, Fattoush, and Zahrah (deep-fried cauliflower topped with tahini sauce). Imagine yourself basking in the sunlight of the Middle Eastern Mediterranean coast as you take each bite.
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6. Sukho Thai
This cozy vegan-friendly restaurant offers an all-you-can-eat vegetarian lunch buffet full of familiar Thai dishes as well as a full-service dinner menu that features dishes inspired by the culture and traditions of Sukhothai, Thailand. Go for vegan dishes such as Green Papaya Salad with plum sugar-tamarind sauce, Pomelo and Crispy Rice Salad, or Crispy Garlic Tofu tossed with homemade sweet chili paste and crispy basil—which will have you calling out for seconds.
It’s hard to believe you can now enjoy a vegan meal in a swanky steakhouse such as El Gaucho Bellevue. Here, you can indulge in vegan items from the restaurant’s vegetarian menu, such as Tofu Steak with caramelized onions and charred corn succotash, and Quinoa and Grilled Vegetable Plate with marinated grilled vegetables and chimichurri sauce. Visit for a vegan lunch and stay for happy hour while enjoying the floor-to-ceiling windows and attentive table service.
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One of the Pacific Northwest’s seafood restaurants, Seastar offers a selection of rotating seasonal vegan and vegetarian menu items that change depending on what is fresh and in season. In their high-end, luxurious space, you will find vegan dishes crafted by renowned chef John Howie, such as Zucchini Linguini (with tomato, artichoke, garlic, olives, basil, pine nuts, and extra virgin olive oil) and Cedar Plank Mushrooms (portabella, cremini, and shiitake mushrooms with garlic, herbs, lemon, and extra virgin olive oil). Additionally, Seastar chefs often craft various vegan sushi rolls to accommodate vegan guests.
This ‘more flavor than flash’ gastro tavern, located in the heart of downtown, is a great place for enjoying cocktails and tasty bites with friends. Black Bottle Bellevue’s menu accommodates multiple special diets such as dairy-free, gluten-free, nut & sesame-free, and vegan. They’re dedicating to not sacrificing flavor in their special diet dishes. With items like blistered shisito peppers, broccoli blasted, and baby gems & crispy shaved artichoke hearts, all members of your party will be happy with their meal.
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From burgers to Bánh mì, this 100% plant-based restaurant will have you wondering if you would ever even miss the meat. Inspired by the Hippocrates motto, "let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food", Plantiful Superfoods delivers everyday favorites like pizza prepared in a healthier way for you and the environment. Not only do they have scrumptious food and mouthwatering crinkle-cut fires, they also have acai bowls and smoothies to nourish you on your travels. This restaurant is just a quick drive north from Bellevue in Kirkland, so be sure to check out its lovely waterfront before heading back to Bellevue.