Richmond, VA Vegan Restaurants

Richmond is the historic capital of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Whether you are there to enjoy the history and architecture or the scenery of Virginia Beach and Shenandoah Valley, Richmond offers a range of American cultural and historical attractions such as Virginia Museum of Fine Arts or Virginia State Capitol. Richmond also boasts upscale shopping, a vibrant nightlife scene and diverse dining options. For individuals on a vegan diet, there are several options in Richmond.

821 Cafe

821 Cafe is a vegan-friendly cafe located near the corner of West Cary Street and South Cherry Street in Richmond, Virginia. Vegan breakfast items includes tofu scramble and a vegan breakfast burrito. Combine your breakfast with a vegan sausage, tofu, vegan chili, bagel with hummus or peanut butter, rosemary potatoes or a bowl of fresh fruit. The cafe serves vegan appetizers such as a hummus plate, fried tofu nuggets, french fries with vegan chili, black bean burrito with tofu, and nachos with vegan chili or black beans. For larger entrees, the cafe offers an array of vegan subs, burgers and sandwiches such as such as tofu po' boy sub (southern fried tofu with spicy grilled onions and peppers), vegan burger (with sprouts, spicy mustard, avocado and tomato), buffalo tofu (beer-battered tofu with spicy buffalo sauce and veganise ranch) or peanut butter sandwiches (with jelly or banana). Sandwiches and burgers are served with a choice of french fries, potato chips, vegan chili, herbed orzo or fresh fruit. 821 Cafe is available for private parties, catering and box lunches. The cafe is open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. from Tuesday to Sunday. 821 Cafe 825 W. Cary St. Richmond, VA 23220 804-649-1042 821caferva.com

Cafe Gutenburg

Cafe Gutenburg opened in 2003 in downtown Richmond and is located near the 17th Street Farmer's Market. The cafe's owners Jen Mindell and Garrett Berry described the fare as "fun, fresh and lively New American Cuisine [for] a community that wants and deserves to be inspired by their food again." The Richmond Times-Dispatch asserts that the cafe offers a "thoughtfully chosen wine and beer list and a menu featuring everything from vegan dishes, all-day brunch and entrees ready to conquer any carnivore." Vegan appetizers available include soup, sweet potato fries, meze plate (grilled flatbread with hummus and vegetables), mock duck or tofu satay with cucumbers and jade parsley sauce, lettuce wraps with tofu and tofu sliders (without garlic mayonnaise). Cafe Gutenburg's vegan breakfast menu features Belgian-style waffles, corn-cakes with mixed berry compote, sausage with corn-cakes, spinach and tomato, tofu scramble on corn-cake or biscuits and gravy. Cafe Gutenburg is open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. from Wednesday to Sunday, and 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday. Cafe Gutenburg 1700 E. Main St. Richmond, VA 23223 804-497-5000 cafegutenberg.com

The Belvidere at Broad

Owned by David and Julie Hassen, The Belvidere at Broad is a vegan-friendly fine-dining restaurant in downtown Richmond that uses "local ingredients by global flavors and French culinary techniques," according to a write-up in the Richmond Times-Dispatch. The Belvidere offers vegan-friendly options such as organic white bean hummus plate (with no feta cheese), vegetarian nicoise salad (with no hard-boiled eggs and fresh mozzarella), mixed greens salad (with no parmesan cheese), roasted beet salad (with no Maytag bleu cheese), Caesar salad and organic vegetable lasagna. Choose sweet potato fries, grilled asparagus, fresh fruit, roasted root vegetables, home fried potatoes, sliced tomatoes or mixed green salad as vegan side dishes. The Belvidere is open from 5:00 p.m. to close from Tuesday to Saturday and offers a Sunday brunch from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Parking is available along West Broad, North Henry and Marshall Streets. The Belvidere at Broad 506 W. Broad St. Richmond, VA 23220 804-344-0644 thebelvidere.com

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