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Vegan and Vegetarian Restaurants

Alternative Diet Restaurants in Albuquerque


Albuquerque has long had a number of vegetarian restaurants, and now vegan restaurants have also begun to open their doors. Whether you are strictly vegan or are a vegetarian, there are restaurants that cater to you, or ones that are vegetarian friendly. This list is by no means comprehensive, but it will get you started. Indian and Asian restaurants are always a workable option.

Annapurna Vegetarian Cafe

Annapurna Cafe
2201 Silver SE
Albuquerque, NM 87106
(505) 262-2424


5939 Fourth Street NW
Albuquerque, NM 87107
(505) 254-2424


1620 St. Michael's Drive
Santa Fe, NM 87505
(505) 988-9688

Although Annapurna's touts itself as a vegetarian cafe, there are quite a few vegan options. This popular eatery ow has two Albuquerque locations and one in Santa Fe. Its emphasis is on ayurvedic cooking, and there are a variety of gluten free menu items.

El Patio

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142 Harvard SE
Albuquerque, NM 87106-3521
(505) 268-4245

El Patio is a university neighborhood classic. Their New Mexican menu has a number of vegetarian dishes such as spinach enchiladas and an avacado burritos. Vegans can request dishes without cheese and feel safe that the beans and sauces are not cooked with lard.

Flying Star Cafes

Flying Star Salad
Courtesy Flying Star
Multiple Locations

Flying Star has a variety of salads and each day they feature a vegetarian soup. There is a commitment to providing vegan options, and they also have gluten free dishes. Try their Mediterranean Nosh, a hummus plate which is simply delish. Desserts are a definite plus. Their Satellite Coffee locations offer some sandwiches and salads which are veg friendly as well. Try the Rabbit Wrap.

Java Joe's

906 Park Ave. SW
Albuquerque, NM 87102
(505) 765-1514

Find tasty granolas, breakfast burritos, sandwiches, salads, pastries and a good selection of vegetarian options. For a vegan option, try their wraps or black bean burrito (minus the cheese) or one of their salads. Their vegan veggie tomato soup is a daily staple. Java Joe's has great coffee and teas.

Loving Vegan

Vegan Soup
© Aileen O'Catherine

3409 Central NE
Albuquerque, NM 87106
(505) 890-1555

Loving Vegan specializes in Asian fusion, with sushi as the main menu item. You'll find Bento boxes, egg rolls, soups, and seaweed salad. The variety of choices in flavor is amazing, and you won't want for variety in mixing and matching, no matter whether your'e looking for a plate large or small.

New Mexican Restaurants

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Vegetarian isn't difficult to do at any of these New Mexican spots. Vegan can be harder, but it isn't impossible. At the Frontier, get the tortilla soup, and if you're a vegan, ask for no cheese. They also make an amazing spicy bean soup.

Nu Asia

4200 Central SE
Albuquerque, NM 87106
(505) 508-1908

You'll find the flavors of Asia at this Nob Hill restaurant. You'll find the flavors of the Phillipines, Malaysia, India, Thailand, China and Japan, all in vegan "meats" that include fish, chicken, and beef along with traditional tofu.

Souper Salad

4411 San Mateo NE
Albuquerque, NM
(505) 888-9534

2225 Wyoming NE
Albuquerque, NM 87112
(505) 294-7585

Souper Salad has a huge salad bar and daily soups. It's all you can eat of pasta, potato and green salads. The vegetarian friendly buffet style restaurant has some vegan options, such as the salads and a potato bar.

Thai Vegan

Interior Thai Vegan Restaurant
Photo © Aileen O'Catherine
5505 Osuna Road NE
Albuquerque, NM 87105
(505) 884-4610

3804 Central SE
Albuquerque, NM 87106
(505) 200-2290

Thai Vegan is my favorite vegan restaurant. You'll be amazed at all the options, and how good everything tastes, from the salads to the house specialties. Mix it up with just appetizers and noodles, or get a combination plate if you've got a large appetite. You can't go wrong with this jewel of a restaurant.

Tomato Cafe

© Aileen O'Catherine
5920 Holly NE
Albuquerque, NM 87113
(505) 821-9300


Tomato Cafe is a buffet style restaurant with plenty of vegetarian options. For vegans, the posole is always good and they'll do a vegan pizza on request.

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