I use to love traveling for work and the sole reason was other cities had bomb vegan restaurants and my own hometown didn’t. In recent years, however, this has slowly started to change and I have rounded up a list of some of my favorite vegan restaurants in Milwaukee!
I’m starting off with my favorite Milwaukee vegan restaurant. It is the perfect mix of convenient, fast food meets sit down cuisine. You go up to the counter, order, pay, and they deliver it to you based off a number you place on your table.
The inside decor is a blend of industrial meets natural forest beauty, and they also have a large outdoor patio. Free (working) wifi is available, so its a great place to come if you still need to get work done during your lunch hour.
Beerline Cafe is one of the only true vegan restaurants; you can walk in and get ANYTHING made vegan. All you have to say is “I’d like that vegan” without having to explain to the people working what that means or what substitutes a vegan meal requires! It’s an all-vegan and vegetarian restaurant, not a place that just offers V and VG options!
Alcohol –Beer and Wine Only
Food – Salads, Crepes (Savory and Sweet), Cromelettes & Omelettes, Scrambles, Paninis & Sammies, Wraps, Tacos, Mac and Cheese, Fruit, Fresh Juices, Numerous sides and much more! The full menu can be found here!
4.5 Stars out of 202 Reviews
- Vegan Portobello Cheesesteak Crepe
- Vegan Nachos
- Any daily soup
2076 N Commerce St, Beerline B
Hours: Mon-Sat 7 AM-9 PM and Sunday 7 AM – 7 PM
Reviewers have said:
- This is the vegan place you bring people to and they understand why one would choose to be vegan.
- The service was fast and above all friendly. The dining room is neat as a pin (as my grandmama would say) and adorable.
- If you’re after a healthier breakfast or lunch, fresh ingredients, etc., check out Beerline! You def won’t be disappointed and I can’t wait to go back.
2. Beans and Barley
Beans and Barley is one of those charming places that is not only a restaurant but is additionally a supermarket. Healthy food options are sold along with books, bath and body products, toys, and more!
Beans and Barley is a bit of an OG staple for vegans and vegetarians around the are. This establishment started as a health food store back in 1973. In 1993 they had an unfortunate fire but rebuilt and have been a hot spot ever since!
Once you walk in the door, you will notice bar seating directly in front of you, which is ideal if you don’t want to wait for a table. A quick scan around will draw your eyes to the large windows that make up one entire wall of the restaurant, and beyond the windows, you will notice outdoor patio seating.
You can sit at the bar or at the tables in the restaurant area and a waiter will serve you for the remainder of your time there!
Alcohol- Full Bar
Food – Oatmeal, Salads, Veggie Stir-fry, Roasted Veggie Sandwich, Balsamic Tofu Sandwich, Portobello and Hummus Sandwich, T.L.T aka Tempeh lettuce and tomato Sandwich, Walnut or Tofu Burger, Tempeh Reuben, PB&J, Burritos (black bean or black bean & sweet potatoes), Mexican Rice, Guacamole, Salsa, Black Bean Tostada, Juice & Smoothie. The full menu can be found here!
You will want to make sure to ask for your meal to come vegan because this is more of a place with vegetarian and “normal” meat options. Be on the lookout for sour cream or cheese and specify that you want things without them here!
4 stars out of 445 reviews
- All the Salsas and Chips
- Black Bean Burrito
Restaurant Info1901 E North Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53202East Side, Lower East Side414) 278-7878Hours – Open Daily 8 AM – 9 PMNo Wifi
Reviewers have said:
- I love this place and have been going there for years.
- Lots of Vegan/Vegetarian options and the services were incredible. Can’t say enough good things about this place.
- They have great food and are widely known for their burritos. Food is fresh and they have a large selection of things to order.
3. On The Bus
On the bus is one of the new options, located inside the Milwaukee Public Market! The “restaurant” is literally an old school 1971 VW Bus that wraps into a counter! To the side of their sectioned off are you will quickly see they have a mini-fridge section and shelves with vegan items you can take home. Take a good look around because you can buy items which are not provided in standard grocery stores. These items include all the things vegan like cheese, candy, wine, and even ice cream!
This place is all 100% vegan even though they may use terms like mayo or pesto! You can order straight off the menu, and you don’t have to worry about requesting any substitutions. Did I mention they have great vegan chocolate bars?!
To order here go up to the counter, pay and they will call off your name when your meal is ready! Take a seat upstairs in the cafeteria or go outside and enjoy your grub on one of the many picnic tables.
Alcohol – No (but it’s located inside the public market where you can find wine, beer, and full bars)
Food – Smoothies, Acai & Pitaya Bowls, Date Shakes, Toast Covered Options (savory and sweet),
Hot Sandwich – Seitan Reuben, Seitan Jamaican Jerk Chicken Sandwich, Portobello Truffle Sandwich, BBQ Seitan Sandwich, Basil Pesto Sandwich
Cold Sandwich – Buffalo Chickpea, Tuna Salad, Club, Sun-dried Pesto, BLT,
4 stars out of 87 reviews
- Seitan Reuben
- Buffalo Chickpea
- Basil Pesto
Located inside Milwaukee Public Market
400 N Water Street, Milwaukee
Wifi – Yes
Hours: M – F 10 am to 8 PM, Saturday 8 AM – 8 PM, Sunday 9 AM – 6 PM
Reviewers have said:
- Meat is one of my favorite things, and so I rarely go for food which is vegetarian or vegan, unless it’s uber delicious and this place, here my friends, qualifies as so!
- The seitan was spicy, the peppers were good; I also enjoyed the ciabatta bread it came on. I had an amazing experience with this restaurant it is definitely a place you should go.
- To top off the excellent food, the service was friendly, and the shop itself is adorable.
4. The National Cafe
The National Cafe is truly a delight for people with any type of dietary restrictions. Not only do they have vegan food, but they produce vegetarian, dairy-free, and gluten-free dishes. All food is made from scratch and is locally sourced!
Eating here feels like you are eating in your best friend’s kitchen, and it is beyond homey. The decor and the warmth of the servers are all around welcoming!
While it is a made from scratch cafe, they don’t have as many fully vegan options as other places. You will HAVE to make quite a few substitutions and additions to create a genuinely vegan meal here, but if you ask, they can make anything vegan, even huevos rancheros. Order from the counter, grab a table and let your tummy get ready for the food to be brought out to you.
Alcohol – Beer and wine
Food – Tofu Scramble, Breakfast Burrito, Mediterranean Panini, Soup and Salad, Rice Bowls
4 stars out of 274 reviews
- Vegan Soup of the day
- Huevos rancheros- made vegan
- The Hot Mess – substitute ting to make it vegan
839 W. National Ave, Milwaukee WI 53204
Hours: Tue-Sun 7:30 AM – 3 PM
Reviewers have said:
- One of my favorite cafes in Milwaukee. So yummy, all of the food is high quality and a good portion is local, great for lunch and brunch
- A lot of what’s on the menu looks really good, basic diner fare with a few surprises
- Hands down my new favorite breakfast and brunch spot in Milwaukee.
- This is not the type of place that you order typical diner food, this is someplace you order things you don’t find everywhere.
5. Strange Town
Strange Town calls themselves the plant-based bistro, and they have a menu that changes weekly! You go up to the counter, order, and take a seat. While you are waiting for your food, try one of their signature cocktails!
Not hungry? No worries, just go up to the bar where there is plenty of space! They have an impressive list of freshly shaken cocktails, and they are a standout feature in themselves; did I mention they have CBD kombucha on tap?
People usually come here for lunch or dinner, and all the dishes are 100% plant-based so you can go in and order ANYTHING off the menu. Strange Town takes all the guess work out, and you can be confident you won’t eat any animal products; there is nothing strange about that just pure simplicity.
The only strange thing about this place is the food ingredient parings they come up with! Their dish combinations are indeed a work of art, and it would even leave Pablo Picaso speechless. If you are looking for something truly innovative that you can’t get anywhere else, then you HAVE to come here. With such a large variety, the only problems you will have here is narrowing down your meal to one dish.
Alcohol – Full Bar
Food – (Changes weekly, so click here to see an example menu from their website) Salads, Sandwiches, tostadas, samosas, mushroom bruschetta, wild mushroom torta, in house-pickled veggies, hummus plate, tacu tacuuu, olives, cucumbers, “yogurt” dressing, spicy options, mushroom tartine with cashew ricotta, air fired yuba noodles, vegan curry, kale Cesar, mushroom creme soup, avocado salsa, Thai spiced quinoa, eggplant, butternut squash pasta dishes, mushroom polenta, Roasted root vegetable galettes stuffed with rainbow carrot, Ursa kale, and gold ball turnip.
4.5 stars out of 80 reviews
- Tacu Tacuu
- Cauliflower wings
- Anything with their flavored tofu
- Any dessert
2101 N Prospect Ave
Hours: Lunch 11 AM – 3 PM
Dinner 5-10 PM
Bar 11 am – 11 PM Mon-Thur & 11AM – 12 PM Fri – Sat
Reviewers have said:
- Delicious vegan food not trying to masquerade as meat, just elevating those plants to high heaven.
- Their hummus plate is the best I have ever had
- The service is impeccable and space is very intimate. They spin vinyl as well which is neat.
And in spite of me enjoying meat, I didn’t miss it because the quality of their food and variety of flavors made me feel like absolutely nothing was missing. I love the decor, very warm and inviting; just a cute spot I could see myself even coming alone for a glass of wine and a little appetizer. I will definitely be back. Maybe once a week if I can afford it
6. Bombay Sweets
Bombay Sweets is one of those hole-in-the-wall restaurants arranged in a beautiful setting. It is based around the idea of enjoying simple Indian cuisine, where even the food is served on paper plates. All offerings are strictly vegetarian and vegan. Dishes are known around MKE as having some of the best North and South Indian cuisine.
Most dishes can be made from vegetarian to vegan!
Alcohol – No
Food – Wide variety of Indian bread, Rice Platters, Parotha Platters, Vegetarian Thai Platter, Veggie Platters. The full menu can be viewed here!
4 stars out of 116 reviews
- Raj Mah
- Lemon Rice
- Aloo Parotha
3401 S 13th Street
Wifi – No
Hours: 7 Days a week 10 AM – 10 PM
Reviewers have said:
- Super-duper ultra-cheap and you will get your serious fill of delightful Indian fare
- We drove all the way from Madison and it was worth it.
- Hands down, this is one of my favorite go-to spots in the area and I’ve been coming here for years. I’d like to think of this place as a real “no-frills, all flavor” sort of place. It’s chill, down-to-earth, and totally lunch or diner-esque
Celesta prides itself on being “otherworldly food, always house-made, soulful and with bold flavors.” They believe plant-based cuisine is the future of dining, and they pride themselves on being the pioneers of the vegan kitchen.
Their menu is 100% vegan and plant-based, which means you can order everything and anything off the list, and you know it is going to be vegan. They take old school, comfort food classics, and made them into new aged vegan delights.
Pairing vegan ingredients in a way that not only matches comfort food but physically looks like it, is no small feat. Patience, hard work, and some soul is clearly seen through the dishes you order here.
Alcohol – Yes, full bar!
Food – Ramen, Southern Plate, Buffalo Tofu, Taco Plate, Lasagna, Mac and Cheese, Turkey Club, Soup and Salad, Lima Fries, Hummus, Brunch, Fish Fry and more!
4.5 stars out of 73 reviews
My Recommendations :
- Mac and Cheese
Restaurant Info1978 N Farwell Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Lower East Side, East Side
Wifi – Yes
Hours: Mon – Closed
Tue – Sat 11 AM – 10 PM
Sunday – 10 AM – 2 PM
Reviewers have said:
- My husband, who is not vegan or even vegetarian, enjoyed the food very much, which says a lot! He especially liked the Roasted Za’atar Cauliflower, as did I! The Ramen was also very tasty and contained a great deal of creativity, which is always a plus in my book! Everything was well-seasoned and well-plated as well as fresh.
- I’m not close to being vegetarian or vegan, and I’ll definitely be back!
- Fabulous food made with such care. Unique dishes with great flavor. Amazing old fashioned, smooth & not sweet. Truly enjoyed this gem in Milwaukee. Make sure you stop soon. Worth it!!!
Many vegan restaurants are popping up around the area, and more restaurants are willing to make substitutes for vegans! When you have fast-food chains like Burger Kind and Qdoba hopping on the plant-based meat alternative train, it is without a doubt more five-star cuisine establishments are going to be popping up. It is truly an exciting time to be a vegan, and I can’t wait to see what new restaurants come to the 414.
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