Traveling to Las Vegas as a vegan and wondering where to stay and eat? Check out this guide to visiting Vegas as a vegan!
I’ve road tripped from Austin to Las Vegas twice now since going vegan and have tried quite a few vegan restaurants (and restaurants with vegan options) in Vegas and want to share my experiences. (Check out my vegan in Vegas post from our last trip as well.)
Where To Stay
If you’re visiting Vegas as a vegan, I recommend staying somewhere in downtown Las Vegas on or near Fremont Street. Why? Because there are quite a few vegan food options within walking distance, some of which are open late as well. Both times I’ve stayed in Vegas as a vegan, I stayed at El Cortez in their Cabana Suites, and I love that Vegenation and Simply Pure are only a block away, among other options as listed below. (Note: I am not sponsored by or affiliated with El Cortez or any of the restaurants listed.)
El Cortez is an old hotel (it’s the oldest hotel & casino in Vegas that’s still open), but the Cabana suites are across the street from the casino and are new and non-smoking. The rooms are small, but I love the kitschy feel of El Cortez and don’t spend a lot of time in the room while in Vegas, so I don’t really mind. There are other hotel & casinos on Freemont though like Golden Nugget, Four Queens, and others–if you’ve stayed at any of these, let me know how it was!
If you want to stay on the strip instead of downtown, The Wynn is the place to stay, since the owner Steve Wynn is vegan and has a rule that all restaurants in The Wynn and Encore must have a vegan option. I ate at Allegro in The Wynn during my last trip and was unimpressed though. I called ahead to make sure they had vegan/gf options but when I got there there was only one–penne pasta with olive oil and vegetables, for $25. My server was not very helpful either.
Downtown/Fremont Street Vegan Options
Vegenation (Open early)
A big part of the reason I love travelling to Las Vegas is Vegenation–Lucas and I like this 100% vegan restaurant so much that we had our wedding reception there! Some of my fave dishes are the breakfast tofu scramble (and French press coffee), buffalo cauliflower, and eggplant stacks. If you’re not gluten free, I heard good things from Lucas and friends about the Daniel Negreanu meatball grinder, french toast, and chick’n and waffles as well. I also love that they have vegan drinks like pina coladas, bloody marys, and sangria.
If you’re in Vegas, another must-try vegan restaurant is Simply Pure–their nachos are so dang good! If you’re not gluten free, you have to try their lasagna as well. Honestly I wish I had eaten here more during this trip…guess we’ll have to make another trip back soon!
Bronze Cafe at The Market (Cafe is open early, Market open 24 hours)
If you’re staying near Fremont Street, The Bronze Cafe at The Market is a godsend. Though it’s an omnivore spot, the cafe has vegan smoothies, breakfast, salads, sandwiches, coffee and tea, and a whole display of vegan pastries. I tried the Negocio salad, and it was one of the best salads I’ve had lately–it had so much flavor and was super filling. Sadly though I didn’t get to try any of their pastries because they were out of the gluten free ones the whole time we were there. The market itself also has water, drinks, fruits and veggies, and other snacks and groceries. The Bronze Cafe’s menu online is not at all up to date, so I uploaded one I picked up.
Evel Pie (Late night)
I love Evel Pie–they have a delicious gluten free/vegan deep dish crust that’s crispy, garlicky, and so delicious, and the spot itself has a fun Evel Knievel theme and full bar. It reminded Lucas and I of Hoek’s Pizza in Austin (but with more vegan options.) They also have classic NY style vegan pizza (which isn’t gluten free.) We ended up getting it 3+ times while we were there, one of which was on the last night when I was feeling super tired and lazy, so I had it delivered to El Cortez with Door Dash.
Nacho Daddy (Opens early, late night)
Nacho Daddy is the perfect place to go to with non-vegans because it’s an omnivore restaurant but they have a whole vegan menu with homemade vegan queso, nachos, fajitas, tacos, burritos, and more, and they also have yummy margaritas! It’s open late, and there’s also a location on the strip.
Triple George Grill
I planned a dinner at Triple George Grill with everyone who was in town for our wedding since it was so close to the hotel, and they have a vegan/gf menu. I had the penne primavera, and it was decent but nothing special, but the kale salad was really good. They also have a vegan/gf burger and a couple of other non-gf vegan dishes. It’s a good option if you want to have a nicer dinner at an omni spot.
Cheffini’s Hot Dogs
We haven’t tried Cheffini’s Hot Dogs, (I don’t think anything is gf), but it’s in the Container Park and offers vegan dogs.
Pop Up Pizza at The Plaza (Late night)
With Evel Pie so close to El Cortez, we didn’t go to Pop Up Pizza during this trip (we did during our last trip), but if you’re near The Plaza hotel, they have NY style pizza with vegan cheese.
More 100% Vegan Options in Vegas
If you have a car while you’re visiting or are willing to take a cab/Lyft/Uber, there are even more vegan options to try in Vegas!
Go Vegan Cafe (Open early)
Go Vegan Cafe has so many delicious gluten free options–they have gf burritos, waffles, pizza, burgers, tacos, and more. I ended up ordering the same thing I got the last time we went–the Mexicali Breakfast Burrito with tofu scramble, rice, beans, cheese, and guacamole, and Lucas and I also got an order of waffles to share–everything was so good, I was in vegan and gluten free heaven!
Pancho’s Vegan Tacos
We decided to stop at Pancho’s Vegan Tacos on our way out of Vegas, and I’m so glad we did–it was delish! My favorite thing was chick’n street tacos and the rice and beans, but everything was good. They had so many options–tacos, burritos, tamales, enchiladas, tortas, soups, and more–we will definitely go back next time we visit!
Lucas and I drove to Violette’s Vegan for lunch one day, and I got the pad thai, he got the beef with broccoli, and we shared zucchini sticks, and everything was tasty! Expect to wait quite a while for your food though because it gets busy.
We didn’t get a chance to try Veggie House, but I’ve heard good things about this all vegan Chinese restaurant. I’m not sure about their gluten free options though–if you’ve tried it, let me know.
We also didn’t try Vegeway, an all vegan fast food restaurant with two locations in Vegas–it looks really good, but I’m not sure if they have gluten free options either. Anyone tried it?
I’ve highlighted the 100% vegan spots/places we tried, and the vegan options near Fremont Street, but there are also plenty of other omni places with vegan options in Vegas–check out Vegans, Baby for more!
Have you visited Vegas as a vegan? Any favorite meals? Know of any other spots downtown that I missed? Let me know in the comments!