We may be biased, but we think Sonoma County is one of the best places for vegetarian foodies in the state (and maybe the country)! From 100% vegetarian/vegan taco trucks to casual dining spots and full fine dining restaurants, there are so many great vegetarian foodie options in Sonoma County.
The following are a few of our favorite spots that we think provide a pretty great start for any vegetarian foodies looking to eat well without having to worry about whether a dish is truly vegetarian or not. Every single place on this list is 100% vegetarian or vegetarian/vegan.
Cozy Plum Bistro (Santa Rosa)
Cozy Plum Bistro is heralded as being one of the best vegetarian and vegan restaurants in the North Bay. This isn’t your typical vegetarian eatery with a few simple, basic menu items such as salads and quinoa bowls. Cozy Plum takes vegetarian cuisine to a new level. Thanks to Chef Charles’ inspired and creative talents, each dish at Cozy Plum is an explosion of color and flavor.
Cozy Plum hugs the line between casual cafe and polished bistro, and elevates classic food items like tacos, burritos, and a Philly Cheesesteak sandwich, creating healthier, fresher versions.
La Bodega (Sebastopol)
In 2020, La Bodega made the decision to implement a 100% vegetarian menu at its Sebastopol restaurant. The restaurant has always been a popular choice for locals seeking hearty or comfort food dishes. With the added perk of being owned by Sonoma Wine Shop, the wine selection at La Bodega is large and the prices on bottles are better than most places in Sonoma County (thanks to the business purchasing wines for two locations, a retail shop, and their wine club).
Vegetarian dishes at La Bodega include hearty items such as stuffed cabbage, Sheperd’s pie, “Red, White, and Green” lasagna (made with chard, bechamel sauce, ricotta, pesto, cauliflower, and marinara), wild mushroom and artichoke raviolis, and other handmade pasta dishes.
The restaurant is open for dinner by reservation Thursday through Sunday from 4 to 9 p.m. and also offers “take and bake” menu items (call for current selections).
Little Saint Restaurant and Marketplace (Healdsburg)
Little Saint is finally open! The long-awaited plant-based restaurant and marketplace moved into The Shed’s former space in Healdsburg in April 2022 after more than a year of anticipation.
Little Saint is really a farm-forward gathering place, operating a 100% plant-based restaurant, cafe, 16-seat cocktail bar, wine shop, coffee bar, market (Little Saint Provisions) and fresh flower shop. The plant-based restaurant features ingredients largely sourced from Little Saint’s own farm, while the focus on all ingredients and products used at Little Saint are local, sustainable, and ethically produced and sourced.
Little Saint is open for dinner by reservation Thursday through Monday, while the marketplace’s craft cocktail bar is open with no reservations required and the coffee bar, wine shop, and market are open daily.
Cafes and Casual Grab-and-Go Eateries
The Branch Line (Santa Rosa)
The Branch Line, launched by the owners of The Pharmacy, opened on 4th Street in Railroad Square in early 2022. The space, formerly occupied by Flying Goat Coffee for more than a decade, has been reinvented as a colorful cafe, juice bar, and grab-and-go plant-based eatery.
Branch Line doesn’t offer hot foods or dine-in seating/service. It’s more of a cafe with casual grab-and-go food items, and has quickly become a go-to spot for morning coffee, bagels (with avocado and greens? Yes please), or fresh pastries, and in the afternoon, for fresh, healthy to-go salads, bowls, and juices.
Magdalena’s Savories and Sweets (Petaluma)
This 100% vegan bakery and restaurant bakes up savory and sweet vegetarian and vegan breakfast, lunch, and dessert items such as breakfast sandwiches and rolls, sandwiches, pan pizza, cinnamon rolls, and salads. The eatery also serves a selection of unique and yummy appetizers and comfort food dishes with a vegan twist, such as vegan Jalapeño mozzarella sticks and vegan mac and cheese made with cashew cheese and Miyoko Creamery mozzarella.
A few of our favorite menu items include Magdalena’s Vegan Avocado Toast (made with Red Bird Bakery bread, Miyoko Creamery “butter” spread, cherry tomatoes, and secret sauce), the Artichoke Heart and Pesto pan pizza, the breakfast Soyrizo and Pickled Jalapeño Roll, and the Vegan Mexican Hot Chocolate Pudding (topped with coconut cream).
Magdalena’s is open for onsite dining Wednesday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., as well as for take-out (orders can be placed online). The ambiance and style are fast-casual.
The eatery also serves local beer (such as Lagunitas), local wine, and local coffee (including a nitro mushroom-based coffee).
Slice of Life (Sebastopol)
Slice of Life has been serving Sonoma County patrons since the 1970s, though it was taken over by new owners a few years ago. The restaurant is a favorite spot for local vegetarians with a large menu that includes a variety of veggie burgers, pizza, salads, wraps, bowls, and other dishes. They also serve beer and wine (including vegan wines).
Some of our favorite Slice of Life menu items include the avocado tempeh wrap, kale Caesar salad, and pancakes (which are also gluten-free).
Food Trucks and Drive-Thrus
Tacos Sagrado (Sonoma County)
The only vegan taco truck in Sonoma County, Tacos Sagrado is popular even with non-vegans, thanks to creative and tasty flavor combos, ingredients, and toppings like chipotle cashew crema sauce, sweet potato citrus red onion, and garbanzo-bean-flour-fried avocado – a few of the most delicious things you’ll find on a Tacos Sagrados taco. A few favorite menu items (confirmed by our local vegan foodie friends) include the fried avocado tacos (as droolworthy as they sound and oh so filling!), jackfruit carnitas, and trumpet mushroom ceviche.
While Tacos Sagrado has a kitchen in downtown Santa Rosa (on West Third Street), they don’t yet have a dine-in location or a permanent food truck location, so currently, the best way to score some of this Mexican vegan goodness is to order from the taqueria on Grubhub or Doordash. The business will also soon be appearing regularly at Jasper’s in Sebastopol on Thursdays.
Tacos Sagrado’s Instagram account is the best place for updates on where the truck will be popping up around Sonoma County.
Amy’s Kitchen Drive Thru (Rohnert Park)
Amy’s Kitchen is a longtime vegetarian food provider and an organic, non-GMO food advocate in Sonoma County, having provided Sonoma County businesses as well as businesses all over the United States with vegetarian, organic, and non-GMO food products since 1988. The business launched its first vegetarian “Drive Thru” restaurant in 2015 in Rohnert Park and now has four drive-thru restaurants located around the Bay Area.
These drive-thru locations serve 100% vegetarian food made from 100% organic and non-GMO ingredients. The menu includes veggie burgers, pizza, burritos, soup, salads, brown rice bowls, mac and cheese, French fries (regular and sweet potato), chil-cheese fries, milkshakes, and a variety of beverages from soda and nitro-brewed coffee to kombucha.
Amy’s Rohnert Park Drive Thru is open for lunch and dinner from 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week.
Looking for More Vegetarian or Vegan Dining (and Sipping) Options?
Sonoma County has several great non-vegetarian restaurants that offer extensive vegetarian or vegan menu options as well as a large number of wineries that make vegan wines.
See these additional articles for more places to add to your Sonoma County Vegetarian Foodie Trip itinerary.
Written by Brooke Herron
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