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Surviving as a Vegetarian in Las Vegas

Last update: April 2021


Note:  If you know of good places not listed here, or places I list which are no longer good, please let me know!

Get Diana Edelman's Las Vegas Vegan Dining Guide 2021.

Las Vegas casinos don't care about vegetarians.  All other metro areas in the U.S. accommodate vegetarians readily, but restaurant managers on the Vegas strip didn't get the memo that going meat-free among Americans is now mainstream:

  • 54% always or sometimes eat vegetarian or vegan.
  • 25% always or sometimes eat vegan.
  • 6% (1 in 16) are vegetarian or vegan.
  • 3% (1 in 33) are vegan. (source for figures)

Heck, even casino mogul Steve Wynn, poker pro Daniel Negreanu, and boxer Mike Tyson have gone vegan, so it's clear that this idea is definitely a new normal.  Except on the Vegas strip.

So you're going to have to put a little more effort into getting fed here than you would in other tourist cities.  First, if you're willing to venture beyond the strip, then you have lots of options, detailed below.  You won't starve on the strip, but the options just aren't as good (also detailed below).  In a pinch you can always order a pizza without meat (and without cheese, if you're vegan, and if you stay away from Mr. Gatti's, which uses meat in its tomato sauce).  Incidentally, before the buffets were closed for COVID, no Strip buffet was ever especially good for vegetarians.  They typically put chicken powder in the Asian vegetables, lard or meat in the refried beans, and chicken stock in the Spanish rice—and they never labeled it as such.

This page is divided into two sections:

  1. Truly veggie-friendly places with several choices, where you might actually want to go to eat.
  2. Places with only 1 or 2 veggie "options", useful only for avoiding starvation.

In each section, the restaurants are listed roughly in order from North to South.  My Vegas Strip Map will help you get oriented.  I also made a special Google map of Indian lunch buffets.

Please let me know of any corrections or worthy additions to this list.  (e.g., If it's not on the Strip or downtown, then it should be way better or way more vegetarian than what you can get on the Strip or downtown.)

Truly veggie-friendly

(multiple and/or exceptional vegetarian offerings)

Downtown

Vegenation616 E. Carson Ave. #120 (3 blocks form the Fremont St. Experience) • 702-366-8515 • 11a-8p every day) • website

Extensive menu that's all 100% vegan.  4.5 stars on Yelp with 1763 reviews, I've never seen any other business match that.  It's worth staying downtown instead of on the strip just to be close to Vegenation.


On the strip


FASHION SHOW MALL, 3200 S. Las Vegas Blvd.

  • India Masala • Fast-casual restaurant.  Tons of vegetarian options, though only one vegan.
  • OPA! of Greece • Wraps, falafel, hummus, chickpea salad.
  • Pizza Press • Daiya cheese option!


Near the Strip (listed from North to South)

None of these is completely vegetarian, except Paradise City.

Paradise City Creamery197 E. California Ave. #140 (halfway between the Strip and Downtown) • 702-731-6542, Fri/Sat 5-10pm

Vegan ice cream, founded by a Las Vegas stripper.  (added 9/2020)


Komol (Thai)953 E. Sahara Ave.(0.75 mi. E. of the Strip) • 702-731-6542, 11am-10pm x7

Komol has a generous vegan and vegetarian sections on its menu. Vegetarians used to having to pick the one veggie item at a restaurant will be overwhelmed with the choices here.  The atmosphere is also nice and the food is satisfying.  A warning, I got one of the dinner sets (#3, I think) and it came with a soup that was mostly oil.  It looked like they used four parts oil and one part water.  The waiter noticed I didn't eat it and he graciously offered to bring me a normal soup, which I was happy to accept.  Note that Namaste Indian (below) is in the same shopping center.


Mount Everest India Cuisine • 3641 Sahara @ Rainbow (2 miles West of the Strip; take the #204 bus from Sahara Casino) • 702-892-0950 • M-F 11am-9pm

Offers a whopping 18 vegetarian items on their menu.


Ronald's Donuts  • 4600 Spring Mountain Road (1.5 miles West of the Strip, near Arville St.), 702-873-1032

If you're not a veg*n for health reasons, you'll love this place, since you can't get more junk food than white flour, sugar, and oil.  Most of the donuts and pastries here are vegan, and are on two completely separate shelves from the non-vegan stuff. Also note that Veggie Delight is only a block away from Ronald's, so if you're already making a trip out for one of these places, the other one is close.  Note that they tend to close EARLY, like around 4pm, and 2pm on Sundays.


India Palace505 E. Twain Ave (1 mile E. of the Strip; on Spring Mtn./Sands/Twain, which is all the same street. Get on the #203 bus on Spring Mtn. or Sands. It runs about every 30 mins. and gets there in 5 mins.) • 702-796-4177

The vegetarian section of their menu boasts a whopping 17 vegetarian entrees, not even counting the veggie options on the South Indian part of their menu like dosas.

Mint Indian Bistro ★★★ • 730 E. Flamingo (1.5 miles E. of the Strip; catch the #202 bus on Flamingo) • 702-894-9334

Editor's pick!  Their menu explicitly lists seven vegan entrees, as well as an additional two more vegetarian entrees.  They also have vegan naan (!), and explicitly list which appetizers and breads are vegan.  Wow!  Why can't all restaurants be like this?  But I'm not done yet: their $10.99 lunch buffet is almost entirely vegetarian and has several explicitly-labeled vegan items.  Eighteen thumbs up.


India Oven + India Masala1040 E. Flamingo Rd. (2 mi. E. of the Strip; take the #202 Flamingo bus)  702-431-8313, 11:30-3pm, 5:30-10pm

These two restaurants merged.  Serves north + south Indian cuisine.


Gandhi India's Cuisine • 4080 Paradise Rd. (1 mile E. of the Strip along Flamingo; catch the #202 bus on Flamingo) 702-734-0094, 11am-2:30, 5-10:30 x7

A whopping 19 vegetarian choices are listed explicitly on their menu.  And like just about every Indian restaurant in town, they have a lunch buffet.  Really nice interior and tableware, would impress a date.


Paymon's Mediterranean Café4147 S. Maryland Parkway (just S. of Flamingo; 2 mi. E. of the Strip), 702-731-6030

Offering Greek, Italian, Persian, Middle Eastern, and Indian fare, much of it vegetarian, and much of that vegan.  The vegan & vegetarian items are clearly identified on the menu, leaving out the guesswork.  A 29-time "Best of Las Vegas Winner" from the Las Vegas Review-Journal (as of 2021).


Abyssinia Ethiopian • 4780 W. Tropicana (next to Orleans casino; take the #201 Tropicana bus) 702-220-5304 • Open 11am-4am daily

One of the better Ethiopian restaurants, with a large vegetarian section, and my go-to for Ethiopian since Cottage Café closed.  Get the Veggie Combo.


South

Whole Foods Market6689 Las Vegas Blvd. S (in Town Square Shopping Center • Take the Deuce or Strip Xpress bus)  702-589-7711, 8am-10pm every day

Large organic / natural foods grocery store. 


West

Go Vegan Café5875 S. Rainbow Blvd. #104 (4.6 miles east of the Strip, from Mandalay Bay)

This is it, baby.


Viva Mercado • 3553 S. Rainbow (4 miles West of the Strip)
    702-871-8826, M-W 11-10, Th-Sat 11-11, Sun 11-10

A veggie-friendly Mexican restaurant. Their sopa and rice contain chicken broth, but at least they tell you that in large bold letters on the menu so you know what not to order. Their beans are fried in canola oil and they have a vegetarian section on their menu with seven different entrees.  The overwhelming majority of the menu is meat-laden, but it's still a relief when a restaurant takes specific notice of vegetarian diners by printing a note about ingredients and offering a complete vegetarian section on its menu, which is certainly enough for them to get a listing on this page.


Paymon's Mediterranean Café8380 W. Sahara Ave. (6 miles W. of the Strip), 702-804-0293

Offering Greek, Italian, Persian, Middle Eastern, and Indian fare, much of it vegetarian, and much of that vegan.  The vegan & vegetarian items are clearly identified on the menu, leaving out the guesswork.  A 29-time "Best of Las Vegas Winner" from the Las Vegas Review-Journal (as of 2021).


Whole Foods Market • 8855 W. Charleston (9 miles West of the Strip), 702-254-8655, 8am-10pm every day AND 7250 W. Lake Mead. @ Tenaya (9 miles West of downtown; map),• 702-942-1500, 7am-10pm x7

Two West locations for this large organic/natural foods grocery store.


On the Strip (from North to South)


 
Fashion Show Mall
3200 Las Vegas Blvd. S.;
near Nordstrom & Bloomingdales
California Pizza Kitchen.  Four veggie pizzas and several veggie pastas, including portabello mushroom-stuffed ravioli(!) (unfortunately for vegans, it's also stuffed with cheese). The mall's Food Court also offers wraps, subway sandwiches, and Asian food.
Mirage
3400 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
California Pizza Kitchen. (see review above)
Planet Hollywood
P. F. Chang's (Chinese). Menu has a vegetarian section with five separate entrees. Also has five veggie sides and four appetizers. Everything on the menu that's vegetarian is denoted with a special mark. And brown rice is available instead of white! Spice Market Buffet.  No Strip casino buffet is particularly good for vegetarians, but Planet Hollywood's isn't as bad as most.  It features Mediterranean station with falafel, hummus, dolmas, baba ganoush, and tabouleh.
Park MGM
In Hawaiian Marketplace,
3743 S. Las Vegas Blvd.

(702) 798-7889
Tamba, an Indian restaurant in the Hawaiian Marketplace across the street from the Park MGM.  Fourteen of their entrees are vegetarian, and they have a lunch buffet.  They can also boast about winning a fistful of awards.  Park MGM also gets a shout-out for having the only non-smoking casino in Vegas.
Mandalay Bay The Border Grill has Portabello Mushroom Mulitas ("grilled marinated mushrooms layered with black beans, roasted peppers, and pickled onions served with roasted tomato sauce braised greens, and guacamole").   Kind of pricey at $16, but on the South Strip your options are limited.  They also have Chile Relleno ("roasted poblano peppers stuffed with manchego, panela, and cotija cheeses, served with roja and tomatillo salsas, rice, and black beans").


Closed / Out of Business

if you can no longer find these on the web, that's why

Bombay Indian (north of Wynn) • Cottage Café Paradise Rd.Erby's Vegetarian Cafe & Juice Bar 4596 W. Spring Mntn. (2 mi. W. of the Strip)Gaylord's IndianGo Raw CaféLong Life Vege Restaurant 4130 S. Sandhill; closed in 2011Miko's IzakayaNamaste Indian • Origin India • P.F. Chang's 4130 S. Sandhill; closed in 2011Raw Truth Cafe East location • Rainbow's End Natural Foods (1100 E. Sahara, closed circa 2020)Red Velvet CaféShalimar Fine Indian Cuisine 3900 Paradise RdVeggie Delight 3504 Wynn (Chinatown)


 

Survival only

(typically only one or two veg. options on the menu)


On the Strip
listed from North to South

Most Strip hotel restaurants now have at least one thing that's vegetarian. I'm not going to list the one or two vegetarian options for each the dozens of Strip restaurants out there, but instead I'll list (1) entrees that are a little more interesting than normal, (2) cheap eats, esp. familiar fast food.

Circus Circus (across the street from Circus Circus at 322 W. Sahara; cross Sahara to get to it) Capriotti's Sandwich Shop has a vegetarian section on its menu, with four sandwiches.
Slots-A-Fun (between Circus Circus and Westward Ho) Has a Subway sandwich shop.
Fashion Show Mall 3200 S. Las Vegas Blvd. Chipotle
India Masala (tons of vegetarian options, but only one vegan)
Johnny Rockets (one veggie burger)
OPA! of Greece (wraps, falafel, hummus, chickpea salad)
Pizza Press (Daiya cheese option!)
Solo Qui (pasta with marinara sauce, panini).
x Panda Express: Nothing is vegetarian; every seemingly-vegetarian item has secret meat and/or fish ingredients.
Treasure Island / Venetian Subway across the street from Treasure Island, next to the Venetian. Beware of the Grand Lux Café which perverts things you'd expect to be vegetarian. (e.g., the Crispy Sesame Tofu has oyster sauce, that fact isn't disclosed on the menu, and not all of the staff are even aware of this and might give you the wrong answer if you ask about it).
Casino Royale Subway inside the Casino Royale.
Harrah's Chipotle (burritos) between Harrah's and Casino Royale
O'Sheas Subway inside O'Sheas.
Bally's Sidewalk Café has a portobello mushroom sandwich.
Planet Hollywood (formerly Aladdin) No Vegas buffet is good for vegetarians, but the Spice Market Buffet has many Mediterranean options that the others don't. Yolo's restaurant has portobello mushroom fajitas.
Harley Davidson Café
3725 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Harley Davidson Café has an $11 Veggie Wrap with roasted carrots, zucchini, yellow squash, shredded lettuce, and portobello mushrooms, wrappend in a tomato basil tortilla with a cream cheese ranch spread, served with seasonal fruit. Also has a $9 veggie burger, grilled on the same grill as the meat.
New York New York
Food Court across the street from NY NY, 24 hours
In the food court across from NY NY, Del Taco offers cheap 1/2-lb. bean & cheese burritos.  Vegans should ask them to hold the cheese and sour cream.)  There's also a Subway here (and a Panda Express, which looks vegetarian, but has secret meat and fish ingredients).

In NY NY itself, their burger shop has veggie burgers on the menu.  And I found this on a messageboard: "Il Fornaio at New York NY has vegan minestrone and a vegan salad. Everything is made on site, and they are very good about answering questions."
MGM Grand
Subway Sandwiches in the Grand Canyon Shops next to the MGM Grand.


Airport

Subway Sandwiches in Terminal C.


Downtown

The Beat Coffeehouse
(520 Fremont)
Roasted veggie sandwich and veggie pizza on the menu.

Walgreens

Has a Subway sandwich shop.

Four Queens
(Fremont & 3rd)

Has a Subway sandwich shop.

The Plaza (Fremont & Main)

Has a Subway sandwich shop.


East


Merkato & Axum Ethiopian Restaurants • 855 & 8630 E. Twain (2 mi. E. of the Strip), 702-796-1231 & 640-9440

If you want Ethiopian, Abyssinia (above) is a much better choice.  Merkato and Axum are right across the street from each other, in a not-so-great neighborhood, and the atmosphere and food are both below average.  At Merkato the cooked greens were quite rancid. (Leave a bag of frozen vegetables on the counter for a couple of days and then open it, and it's the same smell.)  Merkato's food was also super-greasy.  I saw a roach scurry across the bar.  The vegetarian section of the menu was rather sparse, and the description for one of the items in it was vegetables and beef!  At Axum, I've never had drier, nastier injera in my life.

Related articles & Sites

Vegans Baby. A guide much like the page you're reading now, but way more current.

The Vegas Vegan. Blog of a local resident, with restaurant reviews.



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