Long Beach Vegan Scene
You may remember our blog from about a year ago on the Best Vegan Eats in Long Beach. Since then, some of the restaurants have thrived, some have not, and new additions have taken the city by storm. According to HappyCow.net, there are over 60 vegetarian/vegan establishments in Long Beach, and 9 of those are specifically vegan. Whether you are vegan or not, these places are worth trying out. Here are the top picks for vegan eats and treats in Long Beach.
975 E 4th St, Long Beach, California
This Long Beach location is actually the 2nd Seabirds (the first is in Costa Mesa), and it is one of the most popular vegan eateries in the city. Seabirds Kitchen is a vegan-specific restaurant, but don’t be fooled. They have a very broad and diverse menu at hand, catering to Mexican and American style cuisine. Lunch and dinner options are available daily, with brunch on the weekends.
2. Veggie Grill
6451 E Pacific Coast Hwy, Long Beach, California
Established in 2007 in Irvine, this vegan-specific chain restaurant made Long Beach the home of its second establishment. The vibe here is casual-fast dining with American style food such as burgers, sandwiches, buffalo wings, mac n cheese, soups, and salads. Veggie Grill uses mock meats for all of their “meat” options, and there is even a kids menu available.
4403 E 4th St, Long Beach, California
The Grain Cafe is of the most popular and well-known vegan eateries in Long Beach. Their vegan-specific menu covers all meals of the day, with options ranging from waffles and french toast to burritos and pizza. Make sure to save room for dessert, as they offer a wonderful selection of vegan cakes.
244 E 3rd St (at downtown), Long Beach, California
For those vegans who take the raw food approach, this is the restaurant for you. This vegan-specific, raw food restaurant was established in 2017. It is a full-service cafe that even has weekend brunch, but their dessert selection takes the cake (no pun intended). Their dessert selection ranges from 8-layer carrot cake to made-from-scratch almond butter cups. In addition to being a raw food eatery, there is also no honey used in any of their food.
5. The HipPea
2023 E 4th St (at Cherry), Long Beach, California
The HipPea is the perfect all-vegan restaurant for those craving a Mediterranean meal. Their falafels are made in-house and the Israeli style pita is baked to order. Try the hummus, fries, or even a fresh gluten-free chickpea chocolate chip cookie. Though there is the option to dine in, there are only 3 outdoor tables, so ordering your food to go is the best bet.
6. Viva Falafel
4400 E 4th St, Long Beach, California
Still in the mood for falafels? This vegan falafel and pita eatery is giving The HipPea some stiff competition! Viva Falafel is owned by the same chef as The Grain Cafe, and the two restaurants are located across the street from each other.
801 E 3rd St (at Alamitos), Long Beach, California
As the name states, this is a vegetarian restaurant located in the heart of downtown. Though it is not vegan-specific, they are able to make anything on the menu vegan if you wish. Steamed Organic Vegetarian Cuisine is proud to use organic produce from local farmers. Choose to take out or dine-in on their charming backyard-cafe style patio.
340 E 4th St (at Long Beach Blvd), Long Beach, California
As if being one of the most popular Long Beach vegan restaurants wasn’t enough, Ahimsa Vegan Cafe is also located near the water. Ahimsa is different in the way it prepares its meals because they don’t try to cater to the mock meat scene. In dishes like their shrimp spring rolls, Reuben sandwich, or Ahimsa burger, don’t expect the taste of shrimp or beef. Instead, Ahimsa makes each dish their own and makes it so well that you’ll forget that you ever wanted the mock meat taste.
9. Appu’s Cafe
3816 Woodruff Ave Ste 100B, Long Beach, California
This small vegetarian cafe has been open successfully in Long Beach since 2015. Though it is vegetarian, many of the items on the menu can be made vegan upon request. Appu’s Cafe uses all fresh ingredients and their cuisine features an Indian flair.
10. I Love Vegan
2264 Pacific Ave, Long Beach, California
This vegan restaurant, open since 2014, features an exclusively Thai menu. Noodles, curry, pineapple fried rice, you name it! They have it. I Love Vegan provides tofu and soy chicken for protein options if you wish. And what’s even better? They deliver.
11. Wild Chive
Long Beach Area
Currently only a pop-up vegan establishment, The Wild Chive is thriving. With a variety of brunch and dinner options on the menu, the trick is not wondering what to get, it is finding this vagabond eatery! Currently, the Wild Chive can be found at the Marina Farmers Market every Sunday. The brunch is wildly popular and includes choices like vegan Monte Cristo and vegan stuffed french toast. With the continuing increase in popularity, The Wild Chive is working towards a permanent location.
12. Fox Coffee House
437 W Willow St (at Wrigley area), Long Beach, California
Many coffee shops in Long Beach are starting to offer vegetarian and vegan options, but Fox Coffee House is specifically vegetarian from the start. In addition to their coffee, they offer snacks such as chickpea sliders, vegan pot pie, and a range of pastries. Though it is a vegetarian coffee shop, most of their food is actually vegan, so there are plenty of options to choose from.
518 W Willow St, Long Beach, California
Now I know what you’re thinking, “The Long Beach Beer Lab? How does that fit in with vegan restaurants?” Well, surprise! What you may not know is that the Long Beach Beer Lab actually serves vegan beers. And they have a vegetarian/vegan menu to pair with them. The menu is described by one of the owners as “Mediterranean inspired food that is California fresh and wholesome.” If this doesn’t sound like an authentic Long Beach vegan spot, we don’t know what does!