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Best Vegan and Vegetarian Restaurants in Charlottesville

Best Vegan and Vegetarian Restaurants in Charlottesville

Looking for a healthy dining option? Many restaurants offer a variety of heart-healthy options. We think you’ll enjoy finding one with locally-sourced, seasonal ingredients, lots of personality, and a chef-owner nearby. Here are our recommendations for two of the best vegan and vegetarian options in town.

 

1. Sultan Kebob

Authentic Turkish cuisine with several outstanding vegetarian entrees. We recommend the baba ghanoush and hummus casserole. Like Hemingway’s cafe in Paris, Sultan Kebob is clean and well-lit. The atmosphere is reverent to the tradition of the Ottoman Empire. One block of the Downtown Mall in “The Glass Building,” we heartily recommend this unique dining experience.

Price Range:

$-$$

Hours:

Monday – Friday: 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Address:

333 2nd Street SE, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Call 434-981-0090

2. Firefly

A super-cool eatery and hang-out built in an old warehouse on Carlton Avenue along the border of Charlottesville’s chic Belmont and Woolen Mills neighborhoods. While not exclusively vegetarian, Firefly is renowned for its green specialties and relaxed vibe. Try the caprese salad or No Bull Veggie Burger. And don’t forget their wildly-popular tater tots! Dine indoors in a family-friendly tavern/arcade setting or out on an elegant terrace.

Price Range:

$-$$

Hours (Change Seasonally):

Monday – Friday: 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday: 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Closed Sunday

Address:

300 East Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

(434)202-1050

 

3. Vu Noodles

Tucked behind The Jefferson Theater along Water Street you can easily miss one of Charlottesville’s most distinctive dining experiences. Here since 2016, hidden behind a green lattice in a 100 year-old theater managers’ apartment made of red brick, Julie Vu and her husband quietly make the purest Vietnamese food in town. 

In an unmistakable way, Vu Noodles is Julie Vu. Her dishes, from carmelized onion noodles in ginger soy to her Pho’ and Banh, exude her colorful personality that aims to please.  “I believe in a nice hefty meal, but my food is not gonna weigh you down,” she says. Specializing in vegan dishes, her recipes produce colors and flavors that arrive, welcome, and press you in this restaurant’s intimate space.

Four small tables hidden behind a curtain of bean sprouts and a gurgling koy pond transport you far from CAT’s primary artery (Water Street) and enter you an unexpected garden. Spring rolls, fried tofu, and a variety of teas, coffee and seltzers complete the serving.

Price Range:

$-$$

Hours (Change Seasonally):

Tuesday – Thursday: 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Friday – Saturday: 11:00 am – 7:00 pm

Closed Sunday & Monday


Address:

111 Water Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

(434) 465-1267

4. Twisted Branch Tea Bizarre

On the east end of the Downtown Mall, a new consciousness awaits you up the staircase of a second floor walkup.  For 20 years the Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar has welcomed its guests into an eclectic space that includes a tree of life, teke tones and prayer flags, well-worn furniture, the quest and industry in the aroma of exotic teas, and a low-fi chill soundtrack. Maybe you’ve happened onto San Francisco in 1970?

“I love when clueless people wander in. It’s fun to lead them thru a tea bazaar experience,” says proprietor Gwen Hall.

One of several experiences to enjoy is the Tea Bizaar’s vegetarian menu. Filling, nourishing, blending, this is a splendid menu that includes a hummus platter, dahl & rice, and a falafel pita. Additional salads and sandwiches and a tempting dessert menu with Green Tea Ice Cream and Vegan Spice Cake complete the offering. This is all delicately prepared behind an open bar, as if it were made in your intellectual-hippy aunt’s kitchen in the next room

Price Range:

$-$$

Hours (Change Seasonally):

Monday – Thursday: 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

Friday – Saturday: 11:00 am – 10:00 pm

Closed Sunday


Address:

414 E. Main St. Charlottesville, VA 22902, Upstairs

434-293-9947

 

 

 

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