For a city with such a large population, Miami’s catalog of dedicated vegetarian and vegan restaurants pales in comparison to that of other major metropolitan centers. Part of this is, no doubt, because many of the dominant Caribbean and Latin cultures represented in Miami favor a flesh-heavy diet. (These dining establishments shouldn’t be discounted outright by those avoiding animal products — many delicious vegetable, fruit, and side dishes are meat-, dairy-, and egg-free.)
Despite the comparative dearth, a handful of specifically vegetarian staple establishments have long survived in Miami, and, with an economic climate now much more hospitable to independent businesses and young entrepreneurs, the number of meatless restaurants continues to increase. Here are some of the major vegetarian and vegan restaurants in Miami.
Beehive Juice Bar
This tiny cafe is crammed into the back of a small, old-school health store on the border of Coral Gables, near the University of Miami. Don’t let the slightly dusty shelves fool you — the place has earned hardcore devotees for its creative, chef-invented daily specials, smoothies, and juices.
Website: Facebook page
Address: 5750 Bird Rd., Miami
The Cafe at Books & Books
The cafe at Books & Books’ location on Lincoln Road on South Beach is a treat for omnivores and meat-eschewers alike. An entire section of the menu is devoted to tasty vegan options, from a platter of animal-free appetizers like black bean hummus and corn salad, to sandwiches, salads, and composed entree plates.
Address: 933 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach
This upscale Italian restaurant features much of the usual egg- and flesh-centric staples, but consider that a nod towards the South Beach marketplace. Chef Giancarla Bodoni is passionate about the raw vegan lifestyle, and an entire living foods menu features dishes like vegan fettucine alfredo and caprese.
Address: 1311 Washington Ave., Miami Beach
This tiny, family-run Little Haiti establishment is barely visible from the street, but does a brisk lunch business among in-the-know locals thanks to its healthy food and huge portions at a low price. The cooks here specialize in Caribbean-style takes on vegan fare, and the daily selections are served buffet style. Order a small plate for about $5 or a large for a couple bucks more, and make a meal (or two) out of selections like jerk tofu, beans and rice, and fresh ginger juice.
Address: 136 NW 62nd St., Miami
Green Gables Cafe
This breakfast and lunch spot is a newcomer to the scene in downtown Coral Gables. The cafe does serve some meat, but everything here is organic and sustainable. Vegan and vegetarian appetizers, salads, sandwiches, and hot entrees abound, and gluten- and wheat-free selections are also clearly labeled on the menu.
Address: 327 Alhambra Circle, Coral Gables
Here Comes the Sun
This old-school North Miami holdout doesn’t offer any of the frills or nouveau cuisine dishes that you’ll find at new-age health food establishments — but you will find heaping plates of vegetables, macrobiotic seaweed, and frozen yogurt at Here Comes the Sun. The sweet potato fries with “Sun sauce” are a must.
Address: 2188 NE 123rd St., North Miami
La Vie en Raw
Another relative newcomer, this small, full-service restaurant has a somewhat unlikely location on S.W. Eight Street, at the edge of Coral Gables. It isn’t cheap, but the inventiveness is worth the price. Everything here is 100 percent raw and 100 percent vegan, from soup to nuts (and dessert). That means anything from beet “raw-violi” to raw “i-screem” made from cashew milk.
Address: 3808 SW 8th St., Coral Gables
This tiny establishment, like many of the newest on this list, focuses on raw and vgan foods. Much of the menu focus here is on smoothies, which, frankly, are a little pricey for sustenance that doesn’t require chewing — some $6.50 to $11, not counting any optional superfood add-ons. Still, the other soups and salads, at $6 and $10, respectively, are more reasonably priced and toothsome, and there’s even a selection of raw personal pizzas for a little more.
Address: 1247 SW 22nd St., Miami
Mi Vida Cafe
Next to a cool vintage shop in the Upper Eastside, this is another new player in the Miami meatless scene. It serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner Mondays through Saturdays, with a menu focusing on re-creating old favorites with vegan ingredients. Think Italian-style eggplant rolls stuffed with tofu and sauce, or seitan marsala.
Address: 7244 Biscayne Blvd., Miami
Alright, this isn’t a restaurant at all, but rather an independent record store and a hub for all underground, artistic, and forward-thinking communities in Miami. Still, the cafe here serves up a variety of light vegan fare, including espresso creations with your choice of dairy-free milks, as well as cupcakes, vegan jerky, and a revolving menu of other cool snacks to fuel your browsing.
Address: 5505 NE 2nd. Ave., Miami
Here are a few other vegan- and vegetarian-friendly eateries to try, including ones that serve meat but offer multiple animal-free options:
— American Noodle Bar, 6730 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 305-396-3269
— The Gourmet Carrot, 959 West Ave., Miami Beach, 305-534-4211
— Granny Feelgood’s, 25 W. Flagler St., Miami, 305-377-1104
— The Honey Tree, 5138 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 305-759-1696
— Jugos Naturales/Vegetarian Restaurant, 115B SW 107th Ave., Miami, 305-553-0078
— Juice and Java, 1346 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 305-531-6675
— The Last Carrot, 3133 Grand Ave., Miami, 305-445-0805
— The Lost & Found Saloon, 185 NW 26th St., Miami, 305-576-1008
— Pasha’s, multiple locations
— Salad Creations, multiple locations
— Sunlight Miami, 1211 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, 305-763-8003
— Vegetarian Restaurant by Hakin, 73 NE 167th St., North miami beach, 305-405-6346
— Wok Town
View Vegetarian Miami in a larger map