Best Vegan Restaurants | Sarasota, Florida

Sarasota is a city that was once known for its retirement community and early bird specials. It was common to hear, “I know Sarasota. My grandparents live there.” Not exactly the cool, sexy vibe most millennials wanted to hear. However, the face of Sarasota is changing.

It is on the map for young professionals, families, beach lovers, and artists. Sarasota is also becoming a buzzword among pop culture thanks to the MTV show, Siesta Key. That topic is for another time…

Sarasota is home to some killer vegan and vegan friendly restaurants. MoHere are our top picks.

Lila's Restaurant Sarasota

Lila

Restaurant type: Vegan-friendly

Located off Main Street, Lila is a vegan friendly, environmentally conscious restaurant that supports local organic farmers. Lila is known for their creative plant based menu. She’s the cool kid of vegan friendly spots in Sarasota.

Simon’s Coffee House

Restaurant type: Vegan-friendly

Simon’s is a family owned and operated that serves farm fresh dishes. This casual breakfast/lunch spot has been a favorite among locals for years. The menu changes daily and offers vegan, vegetarian, gluten free, and raw options.

Simon, the owner, is usually seen greeting and seating guests. That deserves major points in our book.

Green Zebra Cafe

Green Zebra Cafe SarasotaRestaurant type: Vegan-friendly

This little vegan friendly gem is on St. Armand’s Circle. It’s a casual, counter service restaurant that is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Green Zebra is locally owned and operated, serving vegan and raw options.

Why do we love it? Aside from the ridiculously good food, it’s eco-friendly. The furniture is repurposed and the materials are recyclable. Besides, have you ever been to St. Armand’s Circle? Enjoy a stroll around this Sarasota mainstay before or after you check out our friends at Green Zebra. You won’t be disappointed.

Extra points: Time things just right to catch the sunset after dinner. Sarasota is nestled along the western coast of Florida, so watching the sun melt into the ocean’s horizon is priceless.

Ionie Café

Restaurant type: Vegan

Ionie Café is part of the Ionie Mind and Body Retreat. The café serves raw, vegan, gluten-free dishes that are made fresh to order. Grab a crystal light bath before or after your meal. Ionie believes that a raw vegan diet can heal. You will too after eating here.

Beauty of Sprouts

Restaurant type: Vegan & raw vegan

This cozy, raw vegan restaurant is in downtown Sarasota. The owner, Rano, is the chef and server. Her passion for her food is contagious. Beauty of Sprouts is a casual spot for lunch or dinner. Table for one? Don’t sweat it. Rano will educate you on method behind her magic.

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