Veganuary is the new January! This movement that encourages people to try a vegan lifestyle for the month of January. There are a handful of true vegan restaurants on Cape Cod but many more offers a variety of vegan options.
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.
Vegan Restaurants on Cape Cod and the Islands:
439 Nathan Ellis Highway, Mashpee, MA
Fresh Roll is located in Mashpee and features a diverse and unique 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.
Based on a mission of giving, a percentage of Fresh Roll’s proceeds are donated to help feed those in need. You will also find them at the Chatham, Osterville and Falmouth farmers markets in the summer months.
17 Steeple Street, Mashpee, MA
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.
Golden Swan Indian Cuisine
323 Main Street, Falmouth, MA
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. Some of the menu items are made with cream, so it’s always best to check with the waitstaff.
Spoon and Seed
12 Thornton Drive, Hyannis
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.
302 Cafe at the Bread and Roses
302 Main Street, Hyannis
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.
Whether you order at the cafe or a Grab & Go, you can add $5 to your order to donate a premade sandwich to someone in the local community.
390 Main Street, Hyannis, MA
Pizza Barbone serves up wood-fired vegan pizza with options that are cheese-free or made with dairy-free cheese. There are vegan appetizers to choose from like a roasted beet salad with green apple and hazelnuts or fried Brussel sprouts. If you choose the roasted cauliflower with pickled onion and golden raisins , make sure to ask them to prepare it without the ricotta salata.
950 Iyannough Road, Hyannis, MA
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.
Their popular “All You Can Eat” Chile, Soup & Taco Bar is loaded with vegan possibilities. Locals who frequent the establishment, also take advantage of their Sundowner’s and Luncheon Club Cards.
157 Route 6A, Yarmouthport, MA
Inaho Japanese Restaurant in Yarmouth Port is a cozy favorite for sushi on Cape Cod. Like any Japanese restaurant, they also offer a large selection of vegan dishes like crispy vegetable tempura, boiled edamame, vegetable sushi rolls, and eggplant miso.
The restaurant is actually closed for the whole month of Veganuary but will be reopening February 5th.
85 Route 6A, Ste 10, Orleans, MA
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
2628 Main Street, Brewster, MA
A recent addition to the vegan restaurants on Cape Cod, Fare and Just Kitchen, opened in Brewster one day before all restaurants were shut down statewide due to the COVID pandemic. To date they remain primarily take-out, although there is outdoor seating in the warmer weather.
Their menu is 100% plant-based, gluten-free, and peanut-free. The restaurant menu includes a large selection of smoothies, grain, and veggie bowls served up with lentil “meatballs,” falafel, or veggie burger.
Red Nun Bar & Grills
746 Main Street, Chatham, MA
673 Main Street, Dennis Port, MA
The Red Nun Bar & Grills in both Chatham and Dennis Port are local favorites for burgers. While there are not many burger joints on our list of vegan restaurants on Cape Cod, both the Red Nun locations do offer an array of different vegan burger options as well as vegan apps and salads.
Their burgers range from Veggie Thai to Veggie BBQ, some list cheese on the menu but can certainly be made vegan without this addition. Their famous Buddha Bowl is a crowd favorite—nutty quinoa, roasted veggies, and beans topped with homemade tahini dressing.
537 Route 28, Ste 1, Harwich Port, MA
Main Street in Harwich Port has become a vibrant destination for locals and tourists. J.Bar is committed to serving only plant-based, non-processed ingredients, using the finest raw and living superfoods available.
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.
Cuvée at Chatham Inn
359 Main Street, Ste 2, Chatham, MA
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.
While not a vegan restaurant, the chef is happy to plan an entirely vegan menu upon request. Cuvee is dedicated to sustainability, maintaining their own gardens, beehives, and compost and support local agriculture.
Good Eats on 6
3620 State Highway, Eastham, MA
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.
The restaurant has reopened under new management, now offering local delivery from 4pm to 9pm. A great treat on a cold evening in Eastham, Orleans or Wellfleet!
317B Main Street, Wellfleet, MA
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”. You will also have to wait to try this when they open in the Spring!
Grab N’ Go Health Bar
212 Commercial Street, Provincetown, MA
Provincetown’s premier juice and smoothie bar is located in the heart of town. Open seasonally, 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. Be sure to try the homemade vegan soft serve when they reopen in the Spring.
225 Commercial Street, Provincetown, MA
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.
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
7 Circuit Ave, Oak Bluffs, MA
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.
55 Circuit Ave, Oak Bluffs, MA
Another seasonal vegan favorite, MV Salads. 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?
44 Straight Wharf, Nantucket, MA
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.
41 Main Street, Nantucket, MA
Also on Nantucket is Lemon Press which will be opening for the season in April. 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.
9 S Water Street, Nantucket, MA
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.
Exploring Vegan 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.”
You can visit vegan restaurants on Cape Cod or explore local farmers’ markets for fresh produce and even try cooking some delicious vegan meals using locally sourced ingredients.