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18 Restaurants Around the Country Serving Up Special Vegan Holiday Menus


With the holidays comes an exciting array of new vegan drinks at Starbucks. Howevercoffee chains aren’t the only places serving up special holiday treats. We’ve rounded up 10 restaurants, cafes and bakeries from around the country that debuted special holiday-themed menu items, prix fixe menus and mail-order meals to ensure that no matter what part of the country you’re in, holiday treats are within reach. If you’re unable to make it to one of these restaurants, take a look at similar recipes from the Food Monster App.

1. Millenium in Oakland, California

Potato Pumpkin Vadas/Facebook

Millennium Restaurant has rolled out a festive menu full of winter delights like Potato & Pumpkin Vadas, Shaved Puntarelle & Fuyu Persimmon Salad, Seared Chestnut Polenta Cake, and gorgeous dessert offerings including Sweet Potato Pecan Pie, Calville Apple Cobbler, and Pear Upside Down Cake. Starters run from $6-$14, while mains top out at $24 and desserts cost between $7.50 to $20.00.

You can find Millennium at 5912 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618 Monday-Thursday from 5:30pm – 9:30pm, Friday-Saturday from 5:30pm – 10:00pm, and Sundays for brunch from 10:30am – 2:00pm and dinner from 5:30pm – 9:00pm. Millennium Restaurant is closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

If you fancy creating your own vada, cobbler, or upside down cake, try these recipes: Baked Vada, Pumpkin and Apple Crumble, and Ginger-Spiced Pear Upside Down Cake.

2. The Chicago Diner in Chicago, Illinois

The Chicago Diner/Facebook

The Chicago Diner has put out their seasonal specials menu, including a hearty Shepherd’s Pie, Lasagna and a new flavor of their famous milkshakes: Pumpkin Pie. You can grab their delectable starters for $8-$9, mains from $9-$14, and drinks, including cocoa and milkshakes, from $6-$8.50.

The diner has two locations in Halstead at 3411 N. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60657 and Logan Square at 2333 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL 60647. Both locations are open Monday-Thursday from 11am-10pm, Friday 11am – 11pm, Saturday 10am – 11pm and Sunday 10am-10pm. Their holiday hours are: Christmas Eve: 10am – 4pm, Christmas Day (Monday): closed, Dec. 26: 10am – 10pm, New Year’s Eve: 10am – 4pm, New Year’s Day: closed and Jan. 2: 10am – 10pm.

If making your own hearty meal and shake sounds more appealing, try our recipes for Lentil and Mushroom Shepherd’s Pie, Creamy Pumpkin and Spinach Lasagna, and Eggnog Milkshake.

3. Fare Well in Washington, D.C.

Fare Well/Website

Fare Well is offering a selection of holiday cocktails and a seasonal dessert crisp as well as a holiday cookie tin from their bakery. Cocktails are $12, dessert is $8, and the cookie tins are $30.00.

You can find them at 406 H St. NE Washington, DC 20002 Monday-Friday from 8am – 10:30pm and Saturday-Sunday from 9am-10:30pm. Fare Well has not posted its holiday hours.

If recreating your own holiday cocktails, crisps and cookies sounds more up your street, try our recipes for Spiced Rum Egg Nog, Caramel Apple Crisp and Spritz Cookies.

4. Hip City Veg in Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia

Hip City Veg/Website

HipCityVeg has debuted a number of winter holiday treats, including a Merry Mint Chocolate Shake, Vegan Hot Chocolate, Snickerdoodle cookies, and Quinoa Chili. Prices of these limited edition menu items are not disclosed.

You can find them in Washington, D.C. at 712 7 St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001 Monday-Sunday from 11am-10pm and in Philadelphia at 121 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107 Monday-Friday from 7am-8pm and Saturday-Sunday from 8am-8pm, at 214 S 40 Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 Monday-Sunday from 11am-11pm, and at 127 S 18 Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103 Monday-Sunday from 10am-10pm. At present, HipCityVeg’s holiday hours have not been posted.

Game to try making these tasty seasonal treats? Check out our recipes for Green Monster Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream, Thick and Creamy Hot Chocolate, Mexican Hot Chocolate Snickerdoodles, and Sweet Potato and Quinoa Chili to get you in the holiday spirit.

5. Sticky Fingers Bakery in Washington, D.C.

Sticky Fingers Bakery/Website

Sticky Fingers Bakery  is offering both in-house sweets and mail order treats for the holiday season. In-house sweets include Gingerbread Cupcakes, Peppermint Brownies and Merry Cran + Ginger Muffins. Cupcakes are $3.50-$4.00, brownies are $3.50 and muffins are $2.25. Mail-order treats include a Sticky Fingers Holiday Cookie Tin featuring a pound of the bakery’s Sugar, Mini Chocolate Chip, Phat Mint, Ginger and Thumbprint cookies. The in-house treats range in price from, and the mail-order cookie tin is $30.00

You can find Sticky Fingers Bakery at 1370 Park Rd NW Washington DC 20010 Tuesday-Thursday from 8am-8pm, Friday from 8am-9pm, Saturday from 9am-9pm, and Sunday from 9am-8pm. Sticky Fingers Bakery is open from 9am-4pm on Christmas Eve, from 9am-5pm on New Years Eve, and is closed Christmas Day and New Years Day.

Want to try your hand at making your own holiday-themed cakes and bakes? Try our recipes for Mint and Chocolate Cheesecake Brownies, Gingerbread Christmas Cookies, and Cranberry and Mint Cream Scones.

6. Sweets by CHLOE in New York City

by CHLOE/Website

Sweets by CHLOE is offering holiday-themed sweets, including a Chocolate Peppermint Candy Cane Cake, a Hanukkah Cupcake, and a Christmas Cupcake. Slices of cake are $6.50 and cupcakes are $3.50-$3.75.

You can find Sweets by CHLOE at 185 Bleecker Street B, New York, NY 10012 Monday-Friday 11am-11pm and Saturday-Sunday 10am-11pm. Sweets by CHLOE has not yet posted their holiday opening hours.

If baking your own holiday treats is more your style, check out our recipes for Triple Chocolate Peppermint Bundt Cake, Jewish Bimuelos: Fried ‘Honey’ Puffs, and Bûche de Noël: Christmas Log Cake.

7. Counter Culture in Austin, Texas

Counter Culture/Website

Counter Culture is offering holiday meals to go, with scrumptious offerings like Glazed Seitan “Ham,” Cauliflower Gratin, Corn Pudding and Sticky Toffee Pudding. One meal is $22 and feeds one person, and desserts cost an extra $6-$7.50.

You can find Counter Culture at 2337 East Cesar Chavez Street, Austin, TX 78702, where they are open Monday-Sunday from 11am-10pm. Counter culture closes at 7pm Christmas Eve, reopens December 27 and is open with limited hours from 11am-5pm on New Years Day. 

If you want to craft your own special holiday meal, try our recipes for Stuffed Seitan Roast, Potato and Mushroom Gratin and One-Pot Pecan Sticky Toffee Pudding.

8. Red Lentil Vegetarian Restaurant in Watertown, Massachusetts

Red Lentil Restaurant/Facebook

Red Lentil Vegetarian Restaurant is offering a 3-course vegan prix fixe menu with wine included on Christmas Eve, with delicious dishes like Sweet Potato Cauliflower Soup, Sage Pecan Sausage Wellington, and Crème Brûlée. The meal is $40 per person.

Red Lentil Restaurant can be found at 600 Mount Auburn Street, Watertown, Massachusetts, 02472. They are open Monday-Thursday from 11am-9:30pm, Friday 11am-10pm, Saturday 9am-10pm and Sunday 9am-9:30pm. Red Lentil Restaurant is open Christmas Eve for dinner, but has not disclosed its Christmas Day and New Years hours.

If you want to make your own holiday feast, try our recipes for Creamy Potato and Cauliflower Soup, Pecan and Mushroom Wellington, and Soft Nougat Crème Brûlée.

9. Walnut Grille in Newton Highlands, Massachusetts

Walnut Grille/Facebook

Walnut Grille is offering a vegan-friendly vegetarian Christmas Eve Buffet featuring delights like Gobi Manchurian, Tofu Tikka Masala, Sweet Potato Mash and Santa Chocolate Ice Cream. The buffet is $29.99 per person.

You can find the Walnut Grille at 1203 Walnut Street, Newton Highlands, MA 02461 where they are open Monday-Friday from 11am-10pm and Saturday-Sunday from 9am-3pm. They have not yet posted their Christmas hours.

If you can’t get to Newton Highlands in time to take part in this tasty feast, try whipping up your own with our recipes for Cauliflower Manchurian, Paneer Tikka Masala, and Cacao Nib and Mint Chocolate Ice Cream.

10. Radio Room in Portland, Oregon

Radio Room/Facebook

Radio Room in Portland, Oregon is serving up a tasty Christmas brunch and dinner menu complete with vegan-friendly dishes like Thai Pumpkin Soup, Stuffed Portabella, Tempeh Sausage and Polenta and Poached Pear. Soups and salads are $6-$9, mains are $17, brunch dishes are $13 and dessert is $8.

You can find Radio Room at 1101 NE Alberta St., Portland, OR 97211 open Monday-Sunday 9am-2am, including Christmas Day.

If you want to serve up your own tasty Christmas brunch or dinner, check out our recipes for Healing Pumpkin Turmeric Soup, Ultimate Stuffed Mushrooms, a Breakfast Sandwich with Tofu Egg and Tempeh, and Spiced Poached Pears with Berry Coulis.

11. The Good Karma Cafe in San Jose, CaliforniaPlate of Food From The Good Karma Cafe in San Jose

Keeping it Kind

The Good Karma Cafe in San Jose offers a Smoked Applewood Tempeh with sautéed apple, and caramelized onions to mention some, for $12. They also have a Raw Pie for $8, with cashew cream. Sounds too good to miss!

You can find The Good Karma Cafe at 37 South 1st St, San Jose, CA 95113 open 11:00 AM to 10:00 Monday through Saturday and 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Sunday.

Are you tempted by these options? Try making the Slow Cooker Tempeh Braised With Figs and Port Wine, Polenta Bake With Caramelized Onions and Portobello Bacon, and Creamy Raw Chocolate Espresso Pie. 

12. Candle Cafe in New York, New YorkEntrée from Candle Cafe

Candle Cafe

The Candle Cafe is offering a special menu for the Jewish Holiday, that includes Sweet Potato and Apricot Tzimmis for $18 per pint and $34 per quart, and Chopped “Liver” for $24 pint and $46 quart (if you dare to try!). For dessert you can go for the Cheese Blintzes with tofu cream cheese and blueberry compote which will cost you $24/half dozen.

You can find Candle Cafe at 307 3rd Ave. New York, NY 10021 open from Monday to Friday from 11:30 AM to 10:00 PM, Saturday from 9:00 AM to 10:00 PM, and Sunday from 9:00 AM to 9:30 AM.

If you want to make look-a-like dishes of your own, try Cream Cheese Blintzes With Blueberry DrizzleLion’s Mane Mushroom ‘Liver’ and Onions, and Latkes With Fennel and Avocado Tartare.

13. Crossroads in Los Angeles, California

Vegan Crabcakes from Crossroads Kitchen in LA


The Los Angeles-based restaurant Crossroads offers a fall menu, where you can get everything from Butternut Squash Pizza for $15, or the Kabocha Squash Ravioli with oregano cream and harissa toasted pumpkin seeds for $19.

You can find them at 8284 Melrose Ave. Los Angeles, CA. 90046.

If you want to recreate some Crossroads classics from home, check out Pumpkin Ravioli in White Wine Butter Sage SauceBalsamic Butternut and Brussels Sprouts Flatbread Pizza,  and Chicken and Waffles.

14. Vedge in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania An entrée from Vedge in Philadelphia


Get yourself a Autumn Squash with farrotto, pumpkin broth, pumpkin seeds for $12, or maybe some Wood Roasted Carrots with pumpernickel, garbanzos, carrot mustard, carrot kraut for $15 from this Philadelphia based restaurant, Vedge.

You can find Vedge at 1221 Locust Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Want to make some Vedge-like dishes from your own kitchen? Check out Farro and Mushroom Stuffed SquashRosemary Roasted Carrots With Creamy Thyme and Rosemary Sauce, and Sauerkraut Salad With Apples and Walnuts.

15. Watercourse Foods in Denver, ColoradoPlate of Potatoes and Biscuits and Gravy from Watercourse Foods in Denver, Colorado


At Watercourse Foods you can get yourself a Big Rig with Country-fried seitan steak with gravy and hot chili agave nectar, scrambled tofu, and more for $14, and finish it with a Pumpkin Cheesecake for $8 at this location in Denver.

You can find these savory soul foods at 837 East 17th Ave., Denver, CO 80203.

If you can’t make your way to Denver, enjoy this ‘Chicken-Fried’ Seitan Steak With Buffalo Vinaigrette‘Cheesy’ Tofu Scramble, and Pumpkin Cheesecake With a Gingersnap Crust.

16. Cafe FloraVegan Meal at Cafe Flora in Seattle Washington

Cafe Flora

Autumn Field and Forest Ravioli ($7) or Golden Beet and Asian Pear Salad ($13) anyone? You can get these delightful dishes and more in Seattle at Cafe Flora, where they also will be serving specials during New Years Eve and New Years Day.

Cafe Flora is located at 2901 East Madison Street, Seattle, WA 98112.

17. Elizabeth’s Gone Raw in Washington, D.C.Salad from Elizabeth's Gone Raw in Washington, DC

Elizabeth’s Gone Raw

This season, try some raw food at this Elizabeth’s Gone Raw in Washington, D.C. You can get a fixed tasting menu with food like Stuffed Black Mission Fig, Cauliflower Panna Cotta, and Pineapple Ginger Spice Sorbet for $55.

You can find Elizabeth’s Gone Raw at 1018 13th Street NW, Washington DC.

If you want some raw options to serve from the comfort of your own home, check out Raw Medicinal Cacao Chai Cheesecake, Raw Buttery Cauliflower, and Raw Twisted Pad Thai With Spicy Peanut Sauce.

18. Franchia in New York, New YorkVegan Meal at Franchia in New York


This New York-based restaurant, Franchia, offers seasonal highlights with everything from Kale Dumplings to Crispy Korean Chili Tofu, or maybe some Manchurian Cauliflower Sticks? The prices is not stated on their website.

You can find Franchia at 12 Park Ave, New York, NY 10016.

Want some plant-based Asian-inspired dishes of your own? Try Chinese Eggplant With Garlic SauceSweet and Sour Sesame Broccoli and Tofu, and Roasted Tofu and Grilled Seitan Dumplings.

Find even more Recipes for the Ultimate Vegan Christmas Menu by downloading the Food Monster App, which is available for both Android and iPhone, and can also be found on Instagram and Facebook. The app has more than 10,000 plant-based, allergy-friendly recipes, and subscribers gain access to new recipes every day. 

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