It can be hard eating out as a vegetarian. Many options in restaurants have hidden animal ingredients and it is nearly impossible to know for certain whether what you are eating is truly vegetarian. Thankfully, Denver has its share of delicious and moderately priced vegetarian restaurants to make your dining experiences easier and more pleasurable.
Though not exclusively vegetarian, they serve a wide variety of vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and raw vegan cuisine. Root down is the perfect place to go with your friends, as they cater to all dietary preferences so everybody can find something to enjoy. The first Tuesday of every month is Raw Food Night, where they serve a variety of fresh, organic, raw-vegan cuisine.
Lotus Vegetarian Restaurant
Lotus serves exclusively vegan cuisine, with a Vietnamese theme. They incorporate a variety of vegan “meats” into their dishes for protein. They are very moderately priced, averaging $8-$9 per plate. The menu is extensive, incorporating all of the classics such as spring rolls, tempura, pad Thai, and more. The food here always tastes incredibly fresh and the flavors are so diverse, even your omnivorous friends can find something to enjoy.
Watercourse Foods is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner seven days a week. The food is American themed, with dishes like seitan Buffalo wings, veggie burgers, nachos, and Reuben’s. They even have vegan milkshakes available! Watercourse also owns a bakery, coffee shop, and food cart, all of which are exclusively vegetarian and vegan.
Leaf Vegetarian Restaurant
Located just 30 miles northwest of Denver, in Boulder, CO Leaf Vegetarian Restaurant is a must try for all interested in healthy eating. They have their own farm where most of their produce is grown, so the salads are about the freshest you can find at a restaurant. They have a variety of vegan and raw vegan options available, as well as gluten-free. Despite their upscale menu, the food is very reasonably priced. It ranges from $9-$14 for lunch and $15-$16 for dinner.
Native Foods Café
Native Foods Café is a bit of a classic for vegetarians and vegans across the nation. Native Foods is one of the few vegan fast food restaurants available. You can sit down to eat, or take your food to go. The entire menu is vegan, though their flavors will appeal to vegetarians and omnivores as well. They have a phenomenal dessert menu, with all the desserts free of refined sugars! Despite being a chain restaurant, Native Foods is one that has yet to compromise their flavor for profits.
Root Down: http://www.rootdowndenver.com/
Lotus Vegetarian Restaurant: http://denverlotus.com/
Watercourse Foods: http://watercoursefoods.com/
Leaf Vegetarian Restaurant: http://leafvegetarianrestaurant.com/
Native Foods Café: https://www.nativefoods.com/about-us/