The Best Vegan Restaurants in Sydney

Eat, Sydney / 24 September 2022

These vegan restaurants will have everyone at the table fighting for the last spoon.

Sydney has had a booming vegetarian dining scene for quite some time, but recently we’ve seen herbivore foodies searching for something more… ethical. Enter the vegan dining circuit. Today there is certainly no shortage of venues offering plant-based menus around the city; from vegan Yum Cha to Mexican and Italian restaurants offering all of our favourite dishes, minus the meat and animal products. Whoever said you can’t be vegan and a foodie will be eating their words, or their mung beans, as we’ve put together this list of the best vegan restaurants in Sydney.


INDU, CBD

If you’re after an authentic Sri Lankan feast showcasing seasonal flavours and heart-warming spices, look no further than INDU. Hidden on Angel Place in the CBD, step into their dimly lit dining room and be transported to Sri Lanka as the aromas take you back to your fondest travel memories. Their menu boasts a large number of vegan options that give even the staunchest of meat-eaters food envy. From Amma’s famous daal with red lentils, mustard seeds and fresh ground coconut to the devilled pumpkin with ginger, coconut chutney and crispy shallots, you’ll be in vegan heaven. For a full-on vegan feast, INDU hosts dedicated Vegan Nights that highlight seasonal produce and authentic flavours over a 4-course menu for just $70pp. Find out more here.

INDU George Street Entry Via, 350 Angel Pl, Sydney NSW 2000

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Gigi’s Pizzeria, Newtown

Operating as a 100% plant-based pizzeria in the vegan hotspot of Newtown, Gigis is a must-visit for vegans and carnivores alike. With no mozzarella, salami or pepperoni in sight, you’ll feast on delicious woodfired pizzas that are true to the traditional Neapolitan style we know and love. Feast on the likes of the Marinara Tradizionale, a stone roasted pizza topped with San Marzano tomato, garlic and fresh oregano, or the Funghi e Radicchio, made with swiss brown mushrooms, dairy-free blue cheese, parsley, radicchio and roasted walnuts. The creative and reasonably priced selection of pizzas makes Gigis one of the best vegan restaurants in Sydney. 

Gigi’s Pizzeria 379 King Street, Newtown NSW 2042, Phone: 9557 2224

Yulli’s, Surry Hills

As far as vegan-friendly restaurants in Sydney go, Yulli’s is one of our absolute favourites. The Crown Street stalwart has been serving up delicious vegan eats for years, delighting Sydney diners with innovative fusion dishes that pack a flavourful punch. Expect tapas-style share plates with an Asian twist, including everything from San Choy Bow with five-spice tofu to Zucchini Flowers filled with beetroot and truffle oil plus so much more. You’ll also find a selection of vegan-friendly wines on the menu and a lavish banquet menu for just $44 per person. Because no one should be left hungry, they also offer a dedicated gluten-free menu to feed your coeliac friends. For beer lovers, head to their Alexandria brewery to experience an all-vegan menu of bites along with a rotating selection of Yulli’s brewed beers on tap.

Yulli’s, 417 Crown Street, Surry Hills 2010, Phone: 9319 6609

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Alibi Bar and Kitchen, Woolloomooloo

Alibi is the latest vegan restaurant to arrive at designer hotel Ovolo Woolloomooloo. As the brainchild of famous vegan chef Matthew Kenney, expect an exciting and totally unique dining experience that is a true celebration of plant-based food. From beetroot tartare to char-grilled okra and smoky eggplant, expect to dine on creative and memorable dishes that you will want to tell all your friends about. The bespoke cocktail menu takes its inspiration from local and international flavours, serving up signatures like the Rhubarb and Rose Martinez, and old favourites like the Manhattan and Espresso Martini. Alibi is the ideal place to impress, challenge, and welcome your senses to the world of plant-based fine dining. 

Alibi Bar and Kitchen Ovolo Woolloomooloo, 6 Cowper Wharf Roadway, 2011, 02 9331 9088

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The Green Lion, Marrickville

The Green Lion is Sydney’s first plant-based bistro pub, set in the heart of Marrickville. Your mind isn’t playing tricks on you when you read the likes of beef tacos, mac and cheese and beef burgers on the menu (trust us, these dishes taste too good to be true). These pub favourites are made using clever meat and dairy replacements, meaning that you really can have your cake and eat it too. They also offer a range of 100% vegan ready meals and desserts too, which you can find instore or buy online. 

Green Lion 14 Chalder St, Marrickville NSW 2204

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Soul Burger, multiple locations

As one of the best vegan restaurants in Sydney for casual dining and takeaway, Soul Burger are all about ‘selling real burgers with real meat built from real plants’. To the unsuspecting eye, you might think this is your everyday burger joint, with items including ‘battered fish’, ‘grilled pork’, ‘Southern fried chicken’ and ‘pulled pork’ burgers all featuring on the menu. Don’t be fooled though. There isn’t a meat product or by-product in sight. For some the best vegan burgers in Sydney, you can get your fix at various locations, including Newtown, Glebe, Randwick and Parramatta. 

Soul Burger (see locations here)

Looking for more burger content? Read our guide to the best burgers in Sydney here.

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Yellow, Potts Point

Yellow is the renowned vegan restaurant and wine bar nestled amongst the leafy streets of Potts Point. Opened by Brent Savage and Nick Hildebran from Bentley Restaurant + Bar, Monopole and Cirrus, Yellow takes inspiration from the European dining scene, with an added vegan twist. The heroes of the award-winning menu are unique, heirloom vegetables grown by local suppliers; enjoy dishes like globe artichoke with whipped dutch potato, and red clover sprouts with cultured cashew and pumpernickel. As one of the best vegan fine dining restaurants in Sydney, you can indulge in an outstanding 6-course tasting menu for $105 per person, with the option of adding matching wine or non-alcoholic drinks to complement your vegan bites.

Yellow57 Macleay St Potts Point NSW, 02 9332 2344. 

Mark and Vinny’s, Surry Hills

“Don’t be upsetti and eat some spaghetti”; words to live by, vegan or not! This lively spaghetti and spritz bar is the perfect spot for both vegan and non-vegan friends to dine together, with the menu offering 50/50 plant-based and meat options. Situated on buzzing Waterloo Street in Surry Hills, this neighbourhood gem dishes up old-school pasta classics alongside modern variations. Their famous vegan egg yolk is sure to fool even the most trained eye, so be sure to order the charcoal bucatini to try it for yourself. They also serve up a delicious Lasagne Vegana, with semi-dried tomato and mushroom ragu, truffle bechamel, plant-based mozzarella and basil pesto, because no one should miss out on lasagna.

Mark and Vinny’s, G08, 38-52 Waterloo St Surry Hills, 02 9007 7789.

Funky Pies, Bondi Beach

Fair-trade fast-food is what it’s all about at Funky Pies in Bondi. This 100% vegan pie house will banish any bad memories you had of mystery-meat servo pies. All of their flakey vegan treats are created on site by a small but dedicated team of vegan pie connoisseurs. We suggest trying the ‘G’day Satay’ for a spicy, potato treat. You’re truly living the Aussie dream when you enjoy your Funky Pies’ treat while watching the waves crash at Bondi Beach. But if you’re in a rush, they offer all of their pies takeaway as well. They’ve also got some delicious drinks and desserts on the menu, but we all know who steals the show. 

Funky Pies 2/144-148 Glenayr Avenue, Bondi Beach, 0451 944 404.

Green Gourmet, St Leonards

The name matches the exterior at this 100% vegan Chinese restaurant. Following a nourishing for the mind, body, and soul philosophy (abstaining from the use of onion and garlic in their cooking for ancient spiritual purposes) their twelve-page menu will have you spoilt for choice. Famed for their innovative use of tofu, you can dine on their beloved vegan Yum Cha menu, go al a carte, or try their banquet menus starting at just $40. Green Gourmet offers a takeaway and catering service, as well as wholesale to a handful of premium grocers. You can find their restaurant in St Leonards, or visit their stall at the Sydney Vegan Markets at Sydney Olympic Park. 

Green Gourmet 538 Pacific Highway, St Leonards, 9439 6533

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Golden Lotus, Newtown

It wouldn’t be a list of the best vegan restaurants in Sydney without mention of Newtown institution Golden Lotus. The Vietnamese eatery serves authentic dishes from Saigon, minus the meat and animal products. On the 100% plant-based, colourful and vibrant menu you’ll find dishes like vegan duck pancakes to vegan chicken or tofu pho and our personal favourite, the combination laksa. This affordable vegan-friendly restaurant is a must-visit for plant-based folk. 

Golden Lotus, 341 King St, Newtown, 0459 576 888

Bad Hombres, Surry Hills

For our margarita and taco-loving friends, Bad Hombres is our go-to for vegan Mexican. You will find all of the cuisine’s best dishes on the menu, from nachos and chips guac to Birria tacos and quesadillas. With a Mexican-inspired cocktail menu and natural wine selection mixed with a party playlist, you will want to stay for hours. 

Bad Hombres, 40 Reservoir St, Surry Hills, 0405 274 515

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Eden, Bondi Beach

This plant-based eatery opened in just 2019 and has quickly become one of the best vegan restaurants in Bondi. Located on the always-bustline Campbell Parade, Eden takes inspiration from across the globe offering share plates celebrating local produce, botanical cocktails and organic wine, made to share. Choose from dishes like the Shroom Ragu, Sizzling Meatballs, Fysh Tacos, as well as a range of vegan pizzas and desserts. The light-filled dining room dotted with greenery and beautiful furniture is just another reason to spend your Summer afternoon with friends at Eden.

Want to discover the best vegetarian restaurants in Sydney? Read our guide here.

 

Frequently asked questions:
What is the best vegan fine dining restaurant in Sydney?

To enjoy vegan fine dining, visit Yellow in Potts Point, Alibi Bar and Kitchen in Woolloomooloo or Indu in the CBD.

What is the best casual dining vegan restaurant in Sydney?

Yulli’s in Surry Hills offers a delicious vegan casual dining menu, as well as Golden Lotus in Newtown and Soul Burger (multiple locations). 

What is the best vegan Yum Cha restaurant in Sydney?

For the best vegan Yum Cha in Sydney, visit Green Gourmet in St Leonards.

What is the best vegan Italian restaurant in Sydney?

For vegan pizza, be sure to visit the 100% plant-based Gigi’s Pizzeria in Newtown, and for vegan pasta, try Mark and Vinnys in Surry Hills.

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