Best vegetarian restaurants in melbourne

15 Best Vegetarian Restaurants in Melbourne

If you’re searching for the best vegetarian restaurants in Melbourne then you’re in luck because the Victorian capital is leading the way with spots like Smith & Daughters, Transformer and Vegie Bar—changing the way we think of dining without the meat forever. From fine dining to cheap eats, our team of expert foodies and author Aimee O’Keefe have tested the best vegetarian restaurants in Melbourne before putting together this list of their favourites.

Best Vegetarian Restaurants in Melbourne at a Glance

Our list of the best vegetarian in Melbourne goes like this.

Now that we’ve looked at our favourites, let’s check out the complete list.

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Shakahari Carlton | Image: Supplied

1. Shakahari

With an exclusively vegetarian menu, Shakahari creates Asian-inspired food using only fresh and natural ingredients. The Carlton gem is known for its fresh and exotic flavours, but it can be hard to describe precisely what you’ll find as menus are changed quarterly to take advantage of seasonal fruit and vegetables. The last time we visited, we loved the Laksa Hebat with Japanese udon noodles, spinach, mushrooms and bean sprouts in a ginger flower and lemongrass-flavoured coconut stock topped with fried tempeh, tofu, seitan and fresh herbs. Utterly delicious.

Address: 201 Faraday Street, Carlton
Hours: Mon-Sat 10am-10pm, Sun 5-10pm
Phone: (03) 9347 3848

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2. Mukka Indian Restaurant

Indian cuisine matched with cool décor, Mukka is the perfect spot for quality, hearty vegetarian food in Melbourne. With around a 50 per cent split of meat-free options, this Indian eatery caters for all. A traditional affair, the menu includes classic options like the Veg Korma as well as some hints of traditional Indian street food. Our favourites include the Tandoori mushroom skewers and the paneer tikka. Pair your meal with a rose and cinnamon lassi and you’re good to go.

Address: 365 Brunswick Street Fitzroy
Hours: Mon-Thurs 5-9:30pm, Fri – Sat 12-4pm & 5-10pm, Sun 12-4 pm & 5-9pm
Phone: (03) 9917 2224

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3. ONDA Bar & Eatery

With a strong South American influence, ONDA Bar & Eatery is one of our favourite vegetarian restaurants in Melbourne. Bringing a touch of soul and familiar hospitality to the table, the menu is a sophisticated mix of traditional and modern dishes with a 50 per cent vegetarian mix full of Spanish and Argentinian specialties. The whole roasted eggplant with jalapeno puree, chimichurri, and lemon balm is a particular favourite of ours. Prices are very reasonable at around $60pp.

Address: 280 Bridge Road, Richmond
Hours: Tues-Fri: 5-10pm, Sat 12-10pm, Sun 12-3pm
Phone: (03) 9429 8589

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Attica | Image: Attica

4. Attica

If you’re looking for the best fine-dining vegetarian in Melbourne, Attica is the restaurant you’ll want to visit. The world-recognised diner offers a separate degustation menu for vegetarians with surprising dishes that make extensive use of native ingredients as well as an Australian interior with Australian designer tableware and chairs. The long multi-course meal is an experience in itself, one of the most awarded restaurants in Australia, bookings are essential and open at 9 am each morning for 3 months ahead. Think bunya nuts and murnong rather than foie gras, caviar or lobster.

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Address: 74 Glen Eira Road Ripponelea
Hours: Tues-Sat 6-10pm
Phone: (03) 9530 0111

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5. Smith & Daughters

This vegan institution is anything but bland. Award-winning chef Shannon Martinez’s commitment to bringing the world good food and vibes has transformed an older restaurant into one of the best vegetarian spots Melbourne has on offer. Smith & Daughter’s mix of Mediterranean and Italian-inspired menu has a lot to offer. You can’t go past the Bucatini Cacio e Pepe and house-made Wakame, black garlic and tomato Focaccia, the authentic flavours effortlessly transporting you to the streets of Italy. A trip here promises a tasty meal and a good time for anyone.

Address: 107 Cambridge St, Collingwood
Hours: Weds-Sat 5.30-11pm
Phone: (03) 9123 1712

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6. Trippy Taco

For us, Mexican is the go-to for vegetarian food. And when it comes to great vegetarian Mexican food in Melbourne, Trippy Taco knows how to satisfy those inevitable cravings. Nestled within the quaint stores and cafes on Gertrude Street, the cantina-style space is relaxed, quick and delicious. They serve up huge tacos with vegan and gluten-free options, as well as burritos and desserts. The Nutella melt, which is Nutella spread on a grilled large flour tortilla is heavenly!

Address: 234 Gertrude Street Fitzroy
Hours: Sun-Fri 12-3pm & 5-9pm, Sat-Sun 12-9pm
Phone: (03) 9415 7711

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7. Transformer

Pushing the boundaries of what we expect from vegetarian restaurants in Melbourne, Transformer is the queen of the Fitzroy dining scene. A former electrical transformer workhouse, the restaurant takes inspiration from a range of cuisines, including a mix of flavours from the Middle East, Mediterranean and Asia. Try the goats and sheep halloumi with grapefruit, black olive, almond puree and honey and finish the meal off with one of Transformer’s unique cocktails.

Address: 99 Rose Street, Fitzroy
Hours: Weds-Fri 6-10.30pm, Sat-Sun 12.30-10.30pm
Phone: (03) 9419 2022

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8. Shop225

If you’re looking for the best vegetarian, vegan, or gluten-free pizza in Melbourne we can’t go past this small and cosy place that sources local ingredients and prides itself in a light, fluffy and easy-to-digest crust. The traditional homemade pasta and pizzas have attracted a cult following since its opening in 2016. The Il Dottore pizza is a must, with Pomodoro, fior di latte, homemade Calabrian sausage, Italian porcini and parsley – all can be made vegan and gluten-free. If you want the best vegetarian restaurants in Melbourne for pizza, this is one of our favourites.

Address: 225 Melville Road Pascoe Vale South
Hours: Mon-Thurs 5-9:30pm, Fri-Sun 12-9.30pm
Phone: (03) 9077 4904

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9. Combi

Raw vegan foodies unite! Combi embodies free-spiritedness with adventure and serves a diverse menu built around healthy and organic eating. Known for its selection of raw cakes and smoothies and acai bowls, Combi is a summer hot spot (or the ultimate place to go to pretend it’s summer) for anyone looking for a fresh and healthy pick-me-up. Combi now has various locations across Australia, slowly but surely becoming ingrained in the quintessential Aussie summer experience. Our go-to? The peanut butter cup smoothie is the perfect healthy, refreshing treat that hits the spot every time.

Address: 138-140 Ormond Road Elwood
Hours: Mon-Fri 7am-3pm, Sat-Sun 7.30am-3pm
Phone: (03) 9531 0084

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10. Sister of Soul

Sustainable, community-driven and open all day. Sister of Soul has a fully vegetarian menu with plenty of vegan and gluten-free options. Even better, the crew team up with community gardens and donate their green waste weekly! Our favourite pick is from the breakfast menu – the apple crumple pancake. Made with buckwheat and topped with stewed apples, the crumble is what makes it so special, made from almonds, walnuts, coconut and hemp seeds and finished off with cinnamon gelato.

Address: 73 Acland Street St Kilda & 77 Swan Street Richmond
Hours: Mon-Fri 9.30am-9pm, Sat-Sun 8.30am-9pm
Phone: (03) 9593 8550

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11. Evies Disco Diner

Open for lunch, dinner and late into the night, Evies Disco Diner is an ’80s flashback with quality vegan diner-style food options. Before hitting the d-floor grab a vegan chilli-cheese dog with tofu con carne and cashew sour cream or a deluxe vegan milkshake. Perfect for a well-deserved splurge meal, you won’t be having regrets after a visit to this Melbourne vegetarian restaurant.

Address: 230 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy
Hours: Wed 4-11pm, Thur-Fri 4pm-1am, Sat 11:30am-1am, Sun 11am-5pm
Phone: (03) 9419 4192

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12. Vegie Bar

Almost an institution in its own right, Vegie Bar is often considered the pulse of the Melbourne vegetarian food scene. Located in the heart of Brunswick Street, it’s strictly vegetarian and vegan and has a down-to-earth vibe. Drawing on inspiration from Asian flavours, try the curries and fried noodles for the classic Vegie bar experience. We love the chickpea makhani, a creamy Indian-spiced chickpea curry. Although the place is super big, beware as it gets busy and crowded! You will undoubtedly leave this meat-free restaurant in Melbourne feeling very full, both in your stomach and your heart – a visit making you feel as though you are part of a wider vego family.

Address: 380 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy
Hours: Sun-Thurs 11.30am-9pm, Fri-Sat 11am-9.30pm, Sun 11am-9pm
Phone: (03) 9417 6935

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13. Horn Please

A good one for those that need to satisfy both the carnivore and the herbivore – this Fitzroy North venue effortlessly combines local ingredients and Indian cuisine. The street food section of the menu is as outstanding as it is authentic. Try the Papdi Chaat, a bowl of fried wafers, soft potato cubes and chickpeas covered in chutney, yoghurt and pomegranate seeds. Easily one of the best vegetarian restaurants Melbourne has to offer.

Address: 167 St Georges Road, Fitzroy North
Hours: Mon-Fri 6-10 pm, Sat 12-3pm & 6-10pm, Sun 12-3pm & 5.30-9pm
Phone: (03) 9497 8101

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14. Ballard’s

The epitome of unpretentious vegan dining in Melbourne, Ballard’s offers cosy vibes, affordable dishes and an extensive list of vegan wines. We love the ragu gnocchi with house-made potato gnocchi, roast tomato, red wine braised mushroom, leek & parmesan foam with the sprouted black barley salad with artichoke cream, broccoli and cranberry on the side.

Address: 915 High St, Thornbury
Hours: Tues-Thurs 6-10pm, Fri-Sat 6-10.30pm, Sun 5.30-9pm
Phone: 0406 095 604

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15. Maha Restaurant

Described as an experience for the senses, Maha is another fine dining experience for the Melbourne vego connoisseurs. The restaurant prides itself on its array of dishes with strong Middle Eastern flavours, set in a creative and contemporary space. The restaurant has set menus inspired by the best seasonal produce available. Make sure to book well in advance to secure a spot at Shane Delia’s little masterpiece.

Address: 21 Bond Street, Melbourne
Hours: Mon-Sun 12-3pm & 6-10pm
Phone: (03) 96295900

How Man of Many Chose the Best Vegetarian in Melbourne

This list was compiled through online research, commentary and expert reviews. Moreover, author Aimee O’Keefe drew on their own expertise – as a pescetarian based in North Melbourne, she knows a thing or two about where to go for top-quality vegetarian food in and around Melbourne.

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General FAQs

What is the best vegetarian restaurant in Melbourne?

According to quality and overall dining experience on Google Reviews, the best vegetarian restaurant in Melbourne is Attica, in Ripponlea.

What suburb is best for vegetarian food in Melbourne?

If you are looking for vegetarian food in Melbourne, your best bet is to head to Fitzroy, with an array of vegetarian spots on Brunswick Street alone.

What is the top-rated vegetarian restaurant in the Melbourne CBD?

The top-rated vegetarian restaurant in Melbourne according to Google Reviews is Smith & Daughters. The Italian-inspired eatery has an extensive menu without using any animal products.

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Aimee O'Keefe

Aimee O’Keefe is a Sydney-based freelance writer with a background in content marketing, lifestyle, architecture and travel coverage. She completed a Bachelor's degree in Media and Communications at the University of Sydney and has worked with Universal Magazines, various leading digital marketing agencies and The Local Project.