You may be surprised to learn that there is an abundance of colorful, creative, and delicious vegan cuisine among the fried clams and chowder found on most Cape and Island restaurant menus. Vegan restaurants on Cape Cod and the islands are available from Bourne to P-town and Martha’s Vineyard to Nantucket. Ingredients are often locally sourced, and local chefs are moving beyond hummus and mixed greens to meet the demands of vegan patrons.
A vegan diet is free from any ingredients derived from animals or animal products. There is considerable evidence illustrating the benefits of a plant-based diet, including a reduced risk for cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and cancer, along with increased cognitive function and improved mental health.
An estimated 79 million vegans worldwide are traveling, dining out, and looking for an increased variety of vegan menu options, from pizza to fine dining. To keep up with the growing demand there are more vegan restaurants on Cape Cod now opening.
Options for Vegan Restaurants on Cape Cod and the Islands:
Fresh Roll is located in Mashpee and features a diverse and unique 100% plant-based menu based on Cambodian street food. Fresh Roll has a devoted following of vegan and omnivore fans who cannot get enough of Fresh Roll’s flavorful signature dishes like “vegan scallops,” spring rolls wrapped in rice paper, noodle bowls, and curries.
In the Mashpee Commons, Siena is a beloved Tuscan restaurant that offers several vegan pasta options on its menu, along with traditional northern Italian fare. Pasta Puttanesca and a summer pasta tossed with fresh corn and roasted tomatoes are popular. Siena will try its best to make menu adjustments to accommodate vegan diners. There are gluten-free options as well.
Pickle Jar Kitchen
Falmouth’s Pickle Jar Kitchen is famous for, you guessed it, homemade pickles. They also have several vegan options, including a vegetable quinoa tabouleh and hummus wrap with a lemon emulsion and a crispy tofu salad.
Golden Swan Indian Cuisine
One of only a few Indian restaurants on the Cape and Islands, Golden Swan in Falmouth has many vegan options. They are happy to adjust non-vegan menu options to accommodate patrons.
Spoon and Seed
Spoon and Seed in Hyannis has a dedicated following and is a popular destination for breakfast, lunch, and brunch. The menu features fresh, locally sourced farm-to-table ingredients. Spoon and Seed’s popular vegan options include The Brooklyn Pocket (stuffed with veggies, caponata spread, and “purple rain slaw) and the Marrakesh Bowl – broccoli, leeks, curried carrots and parsnips, and crispy Brussel sprouts served with falafel.
Bread and Roses
Located on Main St. in Hyannis, Bread, and Roses is a funky café and bookstore offering coffee, small plates, and vegan menu items like a Portuguese Burrito made with Just Egg and vegan chorizo.
Pizza Barbone serves up wood-fired vegan pizza made with dairy-free cheese, a roasted beet salad with green apple and hazelnuts, and vegan appetizers like fried Brussel sprouts and roasted cauliflower with pickled onion and golden raisins (be sure to ask them to prepare it without the ricotta salata).
Lovers of Mexican food will be happy to know that family-friendly Sam Diego’s in Hyannis has a vegan section of its menu and fills burritos and tacos with vegan black and refried beans and grilled vegetables.
Inaho Japanese Restaurant in Yarmouth Port is a cozy favorite for sushi on Cape Cod. But they also offer a large selection of vegan dishes like crispy vegetable tempura, boiled edamame, vegetable sushi rolls, and eggplant miso.
Sunbird in Orleans is known for its ultra-creative breakfast and lunch menu and many vegan dining options. Plant-based diners come for the chilled grain and bean bowls, fresh beet and tomato salad, and seasonal vegan jam bars.
Fare and Just Kitchen
A new edition to the vegan restaurants on Cape Cod, Fare and Just Kitchen, recently opened in Brewster. Their menu is 100% plant-based, gluten-free, and peanut-free. The restaurant is take-out only and includes a large selection of smoothies, grain, and veggie bowls served up with lentil “meatballs,” falafel, or veggie burger.
There is a Red Nun in both Chatham and Dennis Port, and both are local favorites for burgers. The good news is that they have an array of different vegan burger options and great salads. Their famous Buddha Bowl is a crowd favorite—nutty quinoa, roasted veggies, and beans topped with homemade tahini dressing.
Local Scoop and The Ice Cream Café
No trip to Cape Cod would be complete without ice cream. Orleans is lucky to have two choices for vegan ice cream. The Local Scoop has hard and soft-serve vegan ice cream options with a large selection of toppings from which to choose. The vegan ice cream at Ice Cream Café is so delicious that it is a popular choice among non-vegans. Both shops make their own ice cream and rotate the flavors frequently.
Main Street in Harwich Port has become a vibrant destination for locals and tourists. J Bar is a quick-serve option for smoothies, healthy vegan fare, salads, sandwiches & coffee drinks. Get your order to go and enjoy a casual stroll down the street or to the beach.
Apt Cape Cod
Brewster’s Apt Cape Cod is another farm-to-table gem with a host of vegan options for breakfast and brunch. Even the chef’s tasting menu at dinner has a vegan option.
Cuvée at the Chatham Inn (not to be confused with the Chatham Bars Inn right down the road) is perhaps the Cape’s quintessential fine dining experience. The 4-course menu options and 7-Course Tasting Menu are a modern, globally inspired, and locally acquired representation of Cape Cod cuisine. The chef is happy to plan an entirely vegan menu upon request.
Good Eats on 6
If you are looking for exceptional vegan pizza, vegan garlic knots, or vegan meatball subs, Good Eats on 6 is the place to go. A funky, bright yellow building located on Rt. 6 in Eastham, Good Eats has a warm and friendly staff who prepare great pizza and sandwiches at a great price.
Wellfleet’s BŌL opened with the mission of providing a menu completely free of inflammatory food, inspired by its owner’s struggle with chronic Lyme disease. Almost all of the menu items are vegan and gluten-free. “Curated with the benefits of colorful superfoods and thoughtfully designed to combine ingredients that work together to make you feel great. The vegan menu changes often to reflect our seasons”.
Grab N’ Go Health Bar
Provincetown’s premier juice and smoothie bar is located in the heart of town. Grab N’ Go Health Bar Offers an incredible selection of juices & smoothies as well as veggie & vegan meals. Build your own salad, acai bowls, or oat bowls, and be sure to try the homemade vegan soft serve.
Located right on Commercial St. in Provincetown, Canteen’s menu includes a fresh spin on all the Cape Cod standards – lobster rolls, raw bar, and fish sandwiches. It also offers several vegan dining options, including small plates, greens, and grain bowls. There is also a fabulous cocktail menu if you want to pair your tofu kimchi grain bowl with a lavender Paloma.
Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket
Those in search of vegan dining options on the islands need not despair. In recent years, many places have added plant-based dishes to their menus, with more to come as the lifestyle gains popularity.
Juice By The Sea
Pink Avo Toast, Adaptogen Lattes, and a Tofu Bahn Mi are among the vegan dining options at this popular Oak Bluffs vegetarian and vegan café.
Who doesn’t love a fresh and original salad prepared with love? MV Salads’ tagline is “We’re rooting for you.” Their gorgeous menu is based on the premise of serving good food that is good for the planet and prepared with kindness. MV Salads in Oak Bluffs is a favorite among celebrities visiting the Vineyard, and who can argue when the food is so divine?
Nantucket’s Oath Pizza has elevated the age-old craft of pizza making to another level – a level that includes vegan options and loads of fresh veggies to choose from as toppings. They have an extensive salad menu too.
Also on Nantucket is Lemon Press. Coffee, cold-pressed juices, parfaits, avocado toast, smoothie bowls for breakfast- elegant small plates, and vegan dinner options with a craft cocktail menu could be a fulfilling beach read.
The Beet on Nantucket features the bold flavors of Latin, Asian, and Filipino cuisines crafted into robust, healthy meals with a collection of creative vegan menu options.
Full vegans and the vegan-curious will enjoy the assortment of vegan restaurants on Cape Cod and Islands. Take advantage of the local produce and the ingenuity of local chefs as you expand your horizons and your palate by “Eating all the Rainbow.”
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Sweet Izzy in Harwich Port is 100% vegan (and gluten-free) – amazing ice cream.