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Whether you are a vegetarian, vegan, experimenting with a more plant-based diet, or simply seeking out a delicious salad, grain bowl, smoothie, or açaí bowl, Boston has a terrific assortment of veggie spots to check off your list. Below are some of my favorite juice bars, veggie establishments, and cafes for all things plant based!

Mother Juice

Newbury Street, Harvard Square, Logan Airport, Boston Public Market, and High Street Place

A fantastic juice bar with plant-based meals any vegan or vegetarian will love, Mother Juice has five Boston locations! We love the smoothies, grain bowls, juices, and snacks. Be sure to try the plant-based taco bowl!

Life Alive Organic Cafe

Back Bay, BU/Brookline, Central Square, Davis Square, Harvard Square, Kendall Square, Dedham, Lowell, Salem, South End

Try Life Alive for plant-based grain bowls, wraps, smoothies, juices, and soups. We especially love the breakfast hash, the green goddess grain bowl, and the miso tofu ramen.

Beatnic (formerly By Chloe)

Back Bay 

Enjoy fast food vegan dishes at Beatnic, from burgers and fries to mac and cheese and “chicky” dippers. You’ll find salads and wraps on the menu, too. We highly recommend the quinoa taco and the veggie burgers!


Government Center and Wellesley

Both healthy and delicious, Cocobeet‘s philosophy is that the world’s best foods — fruits, vegetables, whole grains, seeds, and nuts — will help you gain and maintain energy and fully power your body’s systems. We love their full range of plant-based salads, meals, smoothies, juices, and açaí bowls — don’t pass on the kale salad and quinoa sliders!

Clover Food Lab

Downtown Crossing, Financial District, Kendall Square, Prudential Center, Central Square, East Cambridge, Longwood, Harvard Science Center, Harvard Square, Newtonville, Burlington

One of the original Boston vegetarian spots — which started as a food truck 15 years ago! — Clover is a veggie-focused “fast food” chain with all sorts of creative dishes that taste truly delicious. We love their classics, like hummus and the chickpea fritter sandwich, plus favorites like the verde rice and bean bowl and the hearty vegetable stew. (Clover also puts together amazing subscription-based meal boxes for overwhelmed moms who need a break!)


Arsenal Yards, Assembly Row, Back Bay, Beacon Hill, Burlington, Chestnut Hill, Downtown Crossing, Fenway, Harvard Square, Ink Block, Kendall Square, Dedham, Longwood, Lynnfield, Seaport, State Street, Summer Street, Peabody, Post Office Square, Prudential Center, Wellesley

Beloved by vegetarians and omnivores alike, Sweetgreen‘s many Boston locations are your place for all things salads and bowls. Choose from the menu or make your own. We love the guacamole greens salad with tofu instead of chicken and the warm “shroomami” grain bowl. Order a side of the sweet potatoes with ranch dip, and grab a kombucha while you’re at it!

Juice Press

Back Bay, Chestnut Hill, Post Office Square, Seaport

Juice Press focuses on juices and foods that are nutrient dense, fresh and high quality, and free of preservatives, gums, processed sugars, and GMOs. Stop by when you need a fruit or protein smoothie, an acai bowl, a cold-pressed juice, or a warm soup or chili. 

Pressed Cafe

Boston, Burlington, Chelmsford, Newton

We love Pressed Cafe‘s all-day fast casual menu for its vegan and vegetarian meals, plus smoothies and juices. Try the spicy Greek burrito for breakfast or the grilled tofu “red dragon” bowl for lunch.

Veggie Galaxy

Central Square

Diner comfort food made from scratch — and all vegetarian or vegan? Yes, please! Veggie Galaxy is a diner and vegan bakery serving breakfast sandwiches and French toast to classic sandwiches like BLTs and Reubens. And don’t skip dessert — there’s a Taza chocolate layer cake waiting for you!

Lulu Green

South Boston

Lulu Green was founded on providing next-level healthy eats and cold-pressed juices using fresh, organic, seasonal ingredients. The extensive brunch, lunch, dinner, coffee, and cocktail menus prove that they are redefining plant-based cooking! Try the cauliflower melt or the hot honey glazed chick’n sandwich when you stop in for lunch or brunch, and go for the bibimbap or bolognese during the dinner hour! The smoothies and acai bowls are perfect anytime!  

Grasshopper Restaurant


Grasshopper is one of the original vegetarian restaurants in Boston and features traditional Asian favorites made vegetarian or vegan. Favorites here include the stir-fry with curry coconut sauce and the house vermicelli noodles with roasted veggie-“pork” and spring rolls.

Red Lentil


Red Lentil is a long-time Boston vegetarian favorite for both lunch and dinner. Beyond the scrumptious dinner fare — with dishes like vegan caesar salad and an out-of-this-world pistachio and coconut herb-encrusted tofu with pan-seared corn cake — they have the best vegan and gluten-free coconut cream pie! Be sure to make a reservation ahead of time!

True Bistro


It’s not every day you find a date-night worthy fine-dining restaurant that is totally plant based! True Bistro‘s dinner menu is one to get excited about — start with the crispy oyster mushrooms and grilled Japanese eggplant, then move on to the Thai red curry and the fire-roasted pepper ravioli with corn. Delicious!

This article was published in 2017 and has been updated for 2024!


Marianna Pease
Marianna Pease is a divorced single mom by day and a writer by night. After going through a divorce while navigating the pandemic during new motherhood, she has written a book about her emotional healing in hopes to give back to others so they might have a guiding light or glimmer of hope (forthcoming). Follow her journey on instagram @heypandemicmom. Additionally, she runs the long-time vintage clothing store www.oonascollection.com. Visit her site www.marinnapease.com. She lives in Boston with her daughter.



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