Our Top 40 Vegetarian Restaurants in Sydney March 2, 2017

by Rose Lifestyle

Vegetarians rejoice! Gone are the days when you dragged your carnivorous friends from restaurant to restaurant because there was nothing for you to eat besides “bowl of chips.” Nowadays, Sydney boasts some of the best vegetarian restaurants in the country. From fine dining to hole-in-the-wall cafes, we’ve found the top 40 joints serving vegetarian fare that will make even your proudest meat-eating friends jealous. Hell, they might even turn!

 For your reference, we’ve included a little price guide as well. Our extremely scientific key is as follows:

$$$ – date night, graduation ceremony, promotion
$$ – treat yo’ self
$ – pay day’s still a month away

top vegetarian restaurants sydney

Two Chaps

122 Chapel Street Marrickville 2204

For the finest pasta this side of the equator – prepared daily, and from scratch –look no further than Two Chaps. Did we mention they’re also open for breakfast? Serving locally sourced, organic produce by day and dinner twice a week, you’ll almost never have to leave. Seriously, try the hash browns.

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The Dandylion

277 Bondi Road Bondi 2026

Friday night? Hot date? The Dandylion has you covered. The team has travelled from Milan to New York to Ubud and promises to deliver the crème de la crème of contemporary vegan and vegetarian cooking. Our tip? Their signature share plate. You’ll be talking about it for hours afterwards.

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Photo by: Fiona Susanto, courtesy of Broadsheet

Earth To Table

85 Bronte Road Bondi Junction 2022

For the raw foodies out there, Earth To Table is a must. But what makes chef Julie Mitsios’ fare stand out from the rest? Her raw cakes. Holy moly. We’re talking chocolate cheesecakes, lemon meringue cakes and banana cream pies. You don’t even have to feel guilty. Everything is gluten, dairy and refined-sugar free.

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Yellow

57 MacLeay Street Potts Point 2011

A year into your relationship and looking to tell your partner you think they are the most award-winning, acclaimed, warm and contemporary person you’ve ever met? Dine at Yellow and let the restaurant do the talking for you, as they realise the accolades match up!

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Sadhana Kitchen

147 Enmore Road Enmore 2042

One of the best-kept secrets in the Inner West, Sadhana Kitchen isn’t your average raw vegan café. In the mood for a cheeky degustation? Check. High tea with your nearest and dearest? Sure. Stuck at your desk dreaming about last week’s brunch? They’ll even deliver the food to you.

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Yulli’s

417 Crown Street Surry Hills 2010

Our go-to vegetarian dining experience in Surry Hills, Yulli’s is casual, quirky and feels like your favourite cool aunty’s house. The cuisine is impeccable and the beer extensive. That’s with a “T” and not “P”. Bring a date. Return for the honeymoon.

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Bodhi Restaurant and Bar

2-4 College Street Sydney 2000

Did you say, “vegan yum-cha?” Yas kwane! Bodhi Restaurant and Bar offers an incredible Pan-Asian menu complete with imitation meat that will have you playing “spot the difference between this tasty morsel and the real thing” in an open-star, tranquil, setting.

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Venus Wholefoods

425 Bourke Street Surry Hills 2010

For those who want salads that punch far above their weight, Venus Wholefoods is the Muhammad Ali of the salad world. Complete with vegan-friendly meat, pop in for that nutritious and filling lunch you’ve been looking for.

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Soul Burger

111 Glebe Point Road Glebe 2037

We don’t say this lightly: Soul Burger are burger pioneers. Their entirely plant-based menu will delight the vegetarians in your party and shock those who prefer meat. Why? Because they won’t be able to taste the difference.

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Suzy Spoon’s Vegetarian Butcher

49-51 Hutchinson Street St Peters 2044

Attending a BBQ? Want something even tastier than “the real thing”? Drop by Suzy Spoon’s Vegetarian Butcher for all your sausage, patty, schnitzel, rasher, and seitan needs. And while you’re there, grab a burger. The grub is that tasty, there’s always room for more.

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Acme

60 Bayswater Road Rushcutters Bay 2011

Wonderfully inventive, Acme serves progressive Italian dishes with an Asian twist. The menu is concentrated, but this is a good thing. We promise, you can’t really go wrong.

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Bar H

80 Campbell St, Surry Hills NSW 2010

Just when you think you’ve been everywhere and Sydney has nothing else to offer, Bar H delivers! This trendy wine bar blends Japanese, Chinese and indigenous ingredients in a wonderfully relaxed setting.

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Billy Kwong

1/28 MacLeay St Potts Point 2011

Billy Kwong is a staple on the vegetarian Sydney dining scene. And for good reason; celebrating collaboration and community, this restaurant combines Australian and Chinese food so well your friends who brought you will be saying, “I told you so.”

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Chiosco by Ormeggio

Spit Road Mosman 2088

Where else can you gaze at the lushest harbour in the world while chowing down on top-notch, homemade Italian pasta? Introducing Chiosco by Ormeggio. The kicker? This restaurant is hatted. The other kicker? You don’t even need to wear shoes.

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Da Orazio Pizza and Porchetta

75-79 Hall Street Bondi Beach 2026

Fresh from the surf and looking for somewhere serving traditional Italian so you can tell your mates about those sick barrels? Da Orazio Pizza and Porchetta provide. This warehouse-style space serves food so good no one will interrupt your chat, as they’ll be too busy savouring their choice. A great option for pleasing both omnivores and vegetarians.

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Ester Restaurant and Bar

46 – 52 Meagher Street Chippendale 2008

Beautifully minimal and refreshingly casual, Ester doesn’t rely on trendy gimmicks. Their food, like their fit-out, is honest and direct. This is one fine dining experience you have to indulge in.

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Jacks Newtown

170 Missenden Road Newtown 2042

A strong contender for best burgers in Sydney, Jacks Newtown is refreshingly basic. With only three burgers on the menu, all you have to do is point. The only problem is you might get a sore arm from pointing every day of the week.

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LuMi Bar and Dining

56 Pirrama Road Pyrmont 2009

Offering a zany, well-lit, intimate dining experience, LuMi combines Italian food with a forward-thinking Italian twist. Headed by chef Federico Zanellato, LuMi will seduce you with its menu. What’s on offer? A five or eight course degustation. Perfection.

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Mary’s

6 Mary Street Newtown 2042

As if manifesting from the belly of Newtown itself, Mary’s burgers are effortlessly grunge. Come for the amazing greasy food, stay for the loud hip hop and metal.

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Ora

17B Whistler Street Manly 2095

You went to yoga at first light then went for a job and finished with a dip at Shelly Beach. How could your morning possibly get any better? Enter Ora. This organic café serves up some of the healthiest breakfasts around. Go on. Treat yourself.

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Lentil as Anything

391 King Street Newtown 2042

Named after the iconic band Mental as Anything, this pay-what-you-feel restaurant is a godsend that promotes local artists as well as multiculturalism and acceptance. A culinary trip to Sydney isn’t complete without it.

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Nourishing Quarter

315 Cleveland Street Redfern 2016

In many ways, we wish every restaurant were as inviting, quirky and wholesome as Nourishing Quarter. Serving vegan Vietnamese cuisine in what must be one of the best date spots in Sydney, Nourishing Quarter is one of a kind.

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INDU

350 George Street Sydney 2000

INDU offers a generous reprise from the city’s hustle and bustle outside. Focusing on fragrant food from coastal village India, INDU blends Eastern mysticism with Western curiosity. Our tip? The watermelon salad.

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Shenkin Kitchen

129 Enmore Road Enmore 2042

This family affair combines Middle Eastern and European cuisine and the results are drool-worthy. Great for people-watching (admit it, we all do it), this Instagram-friendly venue won’t disappoint.

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Zaaffran Restaurant

Harbourside Shopping Centre, 10 Darling Drive, Darling Harbour, Sydney NSW 2000

One of Darling Harbour’s go-to spots, Zaaffran is refined Indian dining at its classiest. We recommend enjoying their innovative dishes that delight and surprise on their outdoor balcony at sunset with someone you love.

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Green Gourmet

115 King Street Newtown 2042

Did somebody say tofu ice cream? This Chinese vegan institution is the place you’ve never been to but always wished you had. Their buffet is to die for and if you’re still standing, try their cakes.

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Green Palace

182 King Street Newtown 2042

Low frills with exceptional taste, what’s not to like? Green Palace do the essentials right. However, if you’re unsure, their friendly staff will point you in the right direction. Their soy, vegetarian duck, pork and chicken are sensational.

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Mother Chu’s Vegetarian Kitchen

367 Pitt Street Sydney 2000

Ever been stuck in the city, unsure where to eat? Mother Chu’s is a mixed Asian vegetarian establishment that feels like a family dining room and offers delicious cuisine at reasonable prices. Sit down and take a breath. Welcome to flavour country.

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Iku

25A Glebe Point Road Glebe 2037

Nutritious, organic and always tasty, Iku has become a staple of the food-conscious greenies of Sydney. Always dairy and gluten free, their lasagne is divine. For some extra privacy, head out the back of the Iku in Glebe and down the stairs and transport yourself to a green and timber wonderland that feels vaguely like Brisbane!

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Harvest Vegetarian Restaurant

71 Evans Street Rozelle 2039

This long-standing restaurant offers unpretentious vegan and vegetarian food that constantly delights and surprises. So relaxed, you might feel like you’re at a friend’s house. Harvest offers cooking classes too.

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Funky Pies

144-148 Glenayr Avenue Bondi 2026

This hole-in-the-wall pie shop is worth the trip out east. Super cheap and super tasty, Funky Pies serve their wares with lashings of mashed potato and gravy. With a sun-drenched outdoor table, simply sit and watch the world go by.

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Govinda’s

112 Darlinghurst Road Darlinghurst 2010

If you haven’t been to Govinda’s then you haven’t been to Sydney! A cultural institution, Govinda’s offers an affordable vegetarian Indian-style buffet in a cosy setting where you can relax and watch a movie!

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Laurie’s Vegetarian

286 Bondi Road Bondi 2026

Located in the heart of Bondi, Laurie’s vegetarian restaurant is an “eat-where-the-locals-eat” establishment that provides a healthy range of curries, salads and burgers. Perfect for those post-swim cravings and extremely affordable, we guarantee you’ll be telling your friends. See you at Laurie’s in no time.

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Badde Mannors

37 Glebe Point Road Glebe 2037

Ask your parents where their favourite eatery growing up was and they’re likely to say Badde Mannors. Serving global vegetarian meals in a quirky, wholesome setting, Badde Mannors is like taking a trip back in time.

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The Green Lion

726 Darling Street Rozelle 2039

Sydney’s first vegan pub, The Green Lion is socially conscious food at its best. Always delicious and never preachy, The Green Lion has achieved what many said was impossible. What’s more: it’s here to stay.

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Golden Lotus

343 King Street Newtown 2042

This vegan eatery produces fresh, authentic Vietnamese cuisine. Always a great option when you need a refresher from the chaos of life, Golden Lotus also offers catering for those looking to bring the Zen to them.

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Stanbuli

135 Enmore Road Enmore 2042

Taking its name from the local lingo of Istanbul’s streets, Stanbuli offers an exciting Turkish restaurant. With a refined décor and food that’s designed to share, we challenge you not to enjoy the treats found inside. One last thing: their beetroot salad with green olives, pistachios and Tulum cheese is out of this world.

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Gigi’s Pizzeria

379 King Street Newtown 2042

By now, the story is almost legendary. One day, this extremely popular Sydney restaurant decided to go vegan and the results have been nothing short of amazing. Don’t believe us? There are lines out front every day of the week.

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My Little Panda Kitchen

Currently Online

My Little Panda Kitchen is perfection. Creating 100% vegan cakes that look as beautiful as they taste, they could be pieces of art! In fact, they are. So before you eat them, make sure you put them on Instagram. Not to be missed.

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Something For Jess

Abercrombie St & O’Connor Street Chippendale 2008

Something For Jess is the kind of café you take your out-of-town friend to when you’re trying to impress. Seasonal and organic, the hip, cosy atmosphere and friendly staff are only rivalled by the dishes they bring out.

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2 comments

Nora says:

Nearly all of these places are vegan, when are you going to do vegan hello fresh??!!

Tim Gallantree says:

half of these i’ve looked at aren’t vegetarian

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