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19 AAPI-Owned Vegan Restaurants Nationwide to Dine at ASAP

Book a reservation today and show your support to these AAPI-owned eateries.

Multiple vegan dishes from Au Lac
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Au Lac Photo by Ryan Tanaka

Book a reservation today and show your support to these AAPI-owned eateries.

Get ready! We’re visiting some of the best AAPI-owned vegan restaurants in the US! Fasten your seatbelts—we’re traveling to Chicago, Denver, LA, Miami, NYC, Portland, and beyond. From authentic eats to fusion fare, these restaurants have the hookup on delicious plant-based food for your next dining endeavor. Check out our list of 19 AAPI-owned vegan restaurants across the US.


Chicago, IL

Owned by Bill Choi, Amitabul specializes in plant-based Korean fusion. Diners at this AAPI-owned vegan restaurant may enjoy Spicy Kimchi Bi Bim Bop, Grilled Curry Tofu Stir, Jade Maki Sushi, and Cold Buckwheat Noodle Salad, to name a few.

Amitabul vegan sushi with sauces on plate

Courtesy of Amitabul

Au Lac

Los Angeles, CA

This long-time Cali staple laid its vegan roots in 1997. Founded by Mai Nguyen, the AAPI-owned vegan restaurant features plant-based Vietnamese cuisine. Au Lac menu favorites include Spicy Calamari, BBQ Pork Rolls, and Garlic Basil Noodles.

Multiple vegan dishes from Au Lac

Photo by Ryan Tanaka

Chef Kenny’s Vegan Dim Sum

Las Vegas, NV

Craving plant-based Chinese cuisine? It’s time to check out Chef Kenny’s Vegan Dim Sum! Crush your cravings with dishes like BBQ Pork Buns, Shrimp Dumplings, Spicy Crispy Beef, and Curry Duck from this takeout eatery.

Chef Kenny’s Vegan Dim Sum meal on plate

Courtesy of Chef Kenny’s Vegan Dim Sum

Golden Era

San Francisco, CA

We’re heading out on our own eras tour and the Bay Area’s Golden Era is our first stop! Loaded with Asian-fusion dishes, the menu features everything from Chinese Sweet & Sour Chicken and Spicy Lemongrass Tofu to Spicy Asian Stew and Gourmet Fried Rice. We’ll take one of each!

Vegan dish from Golden Era in bowl

Courtesy of Golden Era


New York, NY

Before you google “vegan food near me,” just head to this AAPI-owned restaurant—you’re going to love it! HanGawi features a delicious array of Korean-inspired dishes. Think Mongolian Hot Pot, Tofu Clay Pot Ginger Stew, and Plant-Based Bulgogi Stone Bowl Rice.

HanGawi vegan dishes on table

Courtesy of HanGawi

Kati Vegan Thai

Seattle, WA

It’s in the name, but this AAPI-owned restaurant specializes in vegan Thai cuisine with impeccable values to boot. Perusing the Kati Vegan Thai menu, you will find tasty soups, crave-worthy rice dishes, stir-fries, tofu curries, noodle creations, and a variety of sweet treats.

Kati Vegan Thai dish on plate with chopsticks

Courtesy of Kati Vegan Thai

Kensho Vegan Sushi

Westminster, CA

This is your sign to get yourself to this woman-owned restaurant! Tasty vegan fare from Kensho Vegan Sushi ranges from Bento Boxes to OmniPork Gyoza, plus a variety of plant-based sushi rolls. Jalapeno Popper roll, anyone?

Sushi rolls on plates from Kensho Vegan Sushi

Courtesy of Kensho Vegan Sushi

Lion Dance Café

Oakland, CA

Lion Dance Café was founded by C-Y Chia and Shane Stanbridge in 2020. The vegan menu embraces local ingredients while paying tribute to the creative cooking practices of their upbringings. Laksa (a spicy coconut and rice noodle soup) is a menu favorite!

Lion Dance Café vegan dishes on table

Photo by Ariana Zhang

Mama Dut

Portland, OR

The vegan, Vietnamese-inspired menu at Mama Dut features everything from sweet and savory bakery items to banh mi sandwiches. Craving the latter? This AAPI-owned vegan restaurant is a must-try! Think Tofu Lemongrass, Pork Belly, and 5-Spice Mushroom Banh Mi variations.

Mama Dut entree on table

Courtesy of Mama Dut

Minty Z

Miami, FL

With Coconut Grove and Midtown locations, Minty Z’s tasty Asian fusion cuisine is taking over The Sunshine State. Hey, they don’t call it Miami’s Hottest Plant-Based Dining Experience for nothing. Menu options include Cantaloupe Tartare, Sesame Seitan Wings, and Kung Pao Tofu.

Minty Z vegan dish in basket

Courtesy of Minty Z


Portland, OR

Next, we’re heading to Portland, Oregon to visit Mirisata. This worker-owned co-op features an all-vegan menu of Sri Lankan specialties. Imagine enjoying Impossible Beef Rolls, Vegan Fish Patties, Deviled Pork, and Chick’n Curry. Yum!

Vegan dish from Mirisata

Courtesy of Mirisata

Pow Pow

Washington, D.C.

With two locations in our nation’s capital city, Pow Pow is bringing Asian plant-based cuisine to the D.C. area! This AAPI-owned vegan restaurant adapts Chinese, Japanese, and Korean cooking techniques with an American flare. Dishes include Taiwanese Cashew Fried Mozzarella and Natalie Porkman (a sweet and sour vegan pork dish).

Noodle pull from bowl at Pow Pow

Courtesy of Pow Pow


San Francisco, CA

Created as a responsible dining option in the name of ocean conservation, this vegan restaurant has some of the best sushi around! The Candlestick (a plant-based roll loaded with spicy tofu, avocado, cucumber, seaweed pearls, shichimi togarashi, and fire sauce) is our fave!

Shizen plate full of vegan food

Courtesy of Shizen


Los Angeles, CA

The plant-based sushi from Shojin will make you do a double take, and the first bite will have you coming back for more! This AAPI-owned vegan restaurant also offers a variety of tasty gluten-free ramen bowls loaded with toppings featuring realistic hard-boiled vegan eggs.

Shojin vegan sushi dishes

Courtesy of Shojin

Spicy Moon

New York, NY

When in The Big Apple, your vegan-friendly New York options are endless. But, be sure to delight your taste buds at Spicy Moon. Enjoy dumplings, buns, spring rolls, noodle bowls, and tofu entrees from this woman-owned vegan Szechuan restaurant.

Noodle pull from bowl at Spicy Moon

Courtesy of Spicy Moon

Tane Vegan Izakaya

Honolulu, HI

From the same ocean conservationists that brought you Shizen in San Fran, we introduce Tane Vegan Izakaya. Of the group, Chef Kin Lui brought his plant-based vision back to his hometown of Honolulu. Tane features vegan ramen, fish-free nigari, and a variety of sushi rolls.

Tane Vegan Izakaya rolls of sushi on plates

Courtesy of Tane Vegan Izakaya

The Sudra

Portland, OR

Known for its plant-based Indian-inspired menu, The Sudra is one of the best vegan restaurants in Portland! We’ve got our eye on the Ginger Agave Roasted Carrot Salad, Savory Tempeh and Brussels Sprouts Fried Rice, and Lentil Tamarind Soup.

The Sudra vegan dish on plate

Courtesy of The Sudra

The Wild Chive

Long Beach, CA

Featuring globally inspired vegan comfort food, The Wild Chive is a must-try. This restaurant is owned by Soozee Nguyen, who grew up enjoying traditional Vietnamese cooking. Menu offerings include everything from Stuffed French Toast to Wild Shroom Burgers.

Sandwich from The Wild Chive

Courtesy of The Wild Chive

Wellness Sushi

Denver, CO

Operated by husband-and-wife duo Chef Steven and Phoebe Lee, Wellness Sushi is Denver’s first vegan Japanese eatery. Made with complex, satisfying flavors, the restaurant’s menu includes Krunchy Krab and Royal Potato sushi rolls, ramen, and other Japanese dishes.

Wellness sushi on plate

Courtesy of Wellness Sushi

Anja Grommons

Anja Grommons


During her studies to become a registered dietitian, Anja—a longtime vegetarian—transitioned to a vegan diet. Living in Kalamazoo, Michigan at the time (Go Broncos!), she met Maggie and Tammie through VegOut Kalamazoo (one of VegOut’s first focus cities) and began collaborating with the duo. When she’s not writing about new vegan eats, practicing as a pediatric clinical dietitian, and virtually coaching fellow plant-based eaters, you can find her creating veg-centric recipes, trying new cruelty-free products, and spending time with her partner Addison and cat Kovu.

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