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The Best Vegan Restaurants in Florida

From the Panhandle to the big city, Florida is a hot spot for plant-based eats.

Florida is quickly becoming one of the country’s sizzling states in progressive vegan eating. From Ahi Watermelon Sushi to Seitan French Dips, it’s no wonder foodies are thrilled to visit the area’s sandy beaches, theme parks, and lively cities. Influenced by Southern culture, Latin America, and traditional European cooking, this roundup of Florida’s top ten vegan restaurants will make you pack your bags and hop on a plane!

Ethos Vegan Kitchen

Orlando

Ethos is Orlando’s longest-running, fully vegan restaurant serving hearty meals of meatloaf and shepherd’s pie, plus all your favorite veganized desserts, like strawberry milkshakes and chocolate cake. Inspired by the vegan Goth movement, this diner utilizes tattoo motifs in its logo and prioritizes beautiful original artwork throughout the diner. Ethos is located in Winter Park, home of Rollins College, just minutes north of Downtown Orlando.

Ethos Vegan Kitchen

Ethos Vegan Kitchen

Golden Dinosaurs

Gulfport

Golden Dinosaurs is a groovy, plant-based eatery in the St. Pete Bay Area. Most of their comfort dishes are handhelds, such as their Seitan French Dip or Cowboy Dan Burger (named after the Modest Mouse hit song). They also serve a vast variety of salads and sides, including Chili Cheese Fries and Popcorn Chicken. Next time you visit the Bay Area, be sure to visit the adorable beach town of Gulfport to get your hands on some delicious vegan dishes.

Golden Dinosaurs

Golden Dinosaurs

Southern Roots Filling Station

Jacksonville

Specializing in gluten-free and vegan food, Southern Roots Filling Station is your premier vegan cafe for delicious vegan baked goods and lunch fare with craft coffee offerings. Enjoy their signature Proud Mary, which includes pumpkin seed pesto, avocado, Kravey Garden microgreens, local lettuce, spiced walnuts, cilantro oil, and garlic cheez, alongside a Cortadito with your non-dairy milk of choice.

Southern Roots Filling Station

Southern Roots Filling Station

Full Bloom

Miami

Kosher-certified and non-GMO international restaurant Full Bloom won the Tripadvisor award for Best Vegan Restaurant in 2021, turning heads across the country. Their menu includes a variety of veganized cultural dishes from around the world. Travel from Peru with their Lomo Saltado to China as you enjoy Mushroom Manchurian Noodles. Finish off your meal with Coconut Flan or Limoncello from their after-dinner alcohol selection.

Full Bloom

Full Bloom

Sweet Pea Cafe

Tallahassee

Sweet Pea Cafe is a locally owned and operated casual farm-to-table cafe in the Panhandle. They source most of their ingredients from nearby Quincy, Florida and the surrounding Tallahassee area. The spot is famous for their handhelds, including a Buffalo Fried Tofu Sandwich and Thaight Budget sandwich, which is topped with house-made peanut butter, sliced red bell peppers, cucumbers, sriracha, and cilantro, served on toasted sourdough bread or a gluten-free brown rice tortilla. They also own and operate a bakery that produces unique vegan goods daily, such as Green Tea Sugar Cookies and Key Lime Tarts with a graham cracker crust. Find Sweet Pea minutes away from Florida State University.

Sweet Pea Cafe

Sweet Pea Cafe

Ionie Retreat and Organic Raw Food Cafe

Sarasota

Ionie Retreat and Organic Raw Food Cafe is a Sarasota-based raw vegan restaurant specializing in fresh-pressed juices, smoothies, entrees, and desserts. Hydrate with their famous “​​Shake Your Tail Feather” smoothie, featuring almond milk, banana, date, cacao, maca, cinnamon, Himalayan pink salt, and cayenne pepper. Or indulge in a raw vegan Orange-Turmeric Cheesecake slice. Ionie also offers an array of on-site wellness experiences, such as infrared sauna sessions, massage, and group therapies.

Ionie Retreat and Organic Raw Food Cafe

Ionie Retreat and Organic Raw Food Cafe

Karma Cream

Gainesville

Walking distance from the University of Florida’s central campus is Karma Cream, an all-vegan organic cafe and ice cream parlor. Their menu features an impressive selection of house-made coffee syrups, including Almond Rose and Curry Spice varieties, which can be added to any standard coffee drink of choice. Sit down and eat or grab and go. Try a vegan grilled cheese with dairy-free affogato for a luxe afternoon treat.

Karma Cream

Karma Cream

Planta

Multiple Locations

Planta is South Florida’s premier vegan upscale dining experience, with a menu designed around sustainability. Start your experience with Ahi Watermelon Nigiri and Mushroom Carpaccio before transitioning to a Spaghettini Alla Carbonara main. Pair with a Matcha Mojito anti-intoxicant tonic.

Planta

Planta

Farmacy Vegan Kitchen

Tampa

Farmacy Vegan Kitchen is a multi-location, quick-service restaurant offering diverse vegan comfort food. Items include everything from loaded cheesesteaks to Buffalo sauce burgers and a rotating baked goods selection. Each of their Tampa locations is inside Duckweed Urban Grocery franchises: Downtown, in the Chanel District, and in Westshore Marina.

Farmacy Vegan Kitchen

Farmacy Vegan Kitchen

Love Life Cafe

Miami

Trendy Miami-based Love Life Cafe is focused on providing clean, delicious, made-from-scratch food using the best ingredients and love. Seed Food and Wine Festival bestowed Love Life Cafe with the “Best Veggie Burger in America” award in 2016 for their signature handheld, which included a superfood patty, homemade guacamole, pickles, plant-based cheddar, marinated kale, and cilantro aioli. They also serve various pizzas, salads, and scrumptious desserts. Their plant-based Japanese pop-up Shido specializes in gourmet vegan sushi.

Love Life Cafe

Love Life Cafe

Allison van Tilborgh

@TheSanfordVegan

Allison is a writer, consultant, and media specialist residing in Sanford, Florida. She is the founder of The Sanford Vegan (an Orlando-based vegan food blog) and Interfaith Now (an international faith-based media outlet). Allison is passionate about global cuisine and loves creating fresh, frugal, and healthy meals for her family. Learn more about her work at allisonvantilborgh.com.

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