It’s easy to have a great vegan meal when eating out with friends. More and more restaurants are adding vegan items to the menu, and many chefs are happy to prepare a custom dish if you ask for one. Ethnic restaurants are a great option to explore. Indian restaurants offer savory stews and curries made with lentils, beans, potatoes, and vegetables. Italian restaurants have a variety of pasta dishes and salads. Thai restaurants serve noodle, curry, and mixed vegetable entrees, usually available with tofu. And Mediterranean restaurants carry falafel sandwiches and vegetarian platters. Several fast food and restaurant chains also serve vegan dishes -visit our Fast Food page for a detailed listing- but these local restaurants go above and beyond those common options. And if you know a restaurant with great vegan food in the Fresno/Clovis area that we’ve missed, please contact us. Bon appétit!
Specializes in both Northern and Southern Indian cuisine. Outstanding selection of vegan dishes, and more can be made upon request with advance notice. Lunch buffet available for $8.99 (includes salad, vadas or pulugulu, sambar soup, veg curry, channa masala, and several chutneys). All soups, most appetizers, and most dosas are vegan as well.
Our resident tamale specialists. Casa de Tamales also operates a booth at the Vineyard Farmer’s Market (NW corner of Blackstone & Shaw in Fresno) every Saturday morning. Regular menu includes three vegan tamales: “soy chorizo con papas” topped with fresh guacamole, “savory sweet corn” topped with green tomatillo sauce and fresh avocado (ask for no cheese or cream), and “portobello & asparagus” sautéed with guajillo chiles, filled in red chile masa and served with guacamole. Tamales served on a limited basis include the “farmer’s market” (mixed vegetables) and “pumpkin”. Rice and beans contain no animal products.
Bakery/eatery offering unique vegan sweets and tasty lunch standards. Vegan baked goods include éclairs (look for ground pistachios on top), cupcakes, cookies, strudels, and a rotating variety of fresh breads. Also serves a tasty vegan sandwich, soup du jour, and a handful of salads. The menu changes regularly, so ask a staff member for details. (Note: this establishment is only open for lunch.)
Traditional Armenian dishes with the usual vegetable options. Vegetarian platter includes hummus, baba ghanoush, yalanchi, and tabbouleh (ask for no pilaf). Other offerings include a falafel sandwich, dolma, and white bean salad.
A casual California-style bistro serving up organic sandwiches with fresh flavors and local ingredients. Every delicious bun is made daily on site. Your best option here is the “Vegan Joe”, a custom sandwich not listed on the menu. The Soup du Jour is always vegan, but be sure to ask for “no crema” on top. Also consider trying the Bistro Fries (be sure and ask for a vegan dip to go along with these tasty fingerling potatoes) and the Market Salad (specify vegan). For dessert, enjoy the Chocolate Ganache – made with organic TCHO semisweet non milk chocolate – and instead of the typical cream ask for organic olive oil. Locate the Dusty Buns bus via Twitter @dustybunsbistro.
Traditional Ethiopian cuisine with an excellent variety of vegan dishes. Consider trying the yellow split peas, brown lentils, mashed chickpeas, collard greens, and string beans. All vegetable entrees can be ordered individually or as part of a four-entree combination platter. All orders served on top of vegan injera bread.
Typical Chinese American cuisine with several dishes that can be prepared vegan. Consider trying the walnut tofu, mixed vegetables, Szechuan vegetables, almond chow yuk, veg tofu, bean sprout chop suey, or stir friend green beans.
Vietnamese restaurant offering many dishes from other Asian cuisines. Most entrees are usually prepared with egg and/or fish sauce, so be sure to specify that you want all dishes prepared vegan. Consider ordering the Vietnamese egg rolls (aka spring rolls), mixed vegetable pho, pad thai, pad see-ew, lard na, Thai curry noodles, drunken noodles, chow fun, one of several fried rice dishes, lemon grass tofu, Mongolian vegetables, Mongolian tofu, pad prik, pad almond, pad cashew, pad pak, pad kow pode, pad kings, kra tie prik tai, pad kana, jub chai, pad ped, gang keaw warn, pa nange, gang ped, and pad pak curry.
Japanese sweet shop specializing in fresh mochi made daily on site. Mochi flavors include blueberry, strawberry, apple cinnamon, traditional red (adzuki) bean, and more. Ask the owner for details. On a hot day, consider trying some of their refreshing shaved ice.
Serves Northern Indian cuisine with the usual vegetable options made vegan on request. Try the samosa, bhindi masala (okra), aloo gobi (cauliflower and potatoes), lahori cholay (chickpeas), daal chana (lentil and chickpeas), aloo anda curry, or veggie biryani.
Chinese American restaurant with a wide variety of vegan dishes featuring tofu, seitan, and other vegetable meats.
Fresno’s only 100% vegan restaurant. Features a variety of pan-Asian dishes all for around $7. (Note: this is no longer a cash only establishment! Visa is accepted.) Specialties include the Eastern Paradise (curried fried rice), Blissful (lemongrass, soy meat, steamed greens, and rice), Angelic Chow Fun (pan-fried noodles, tofu, soy meat, veggies, and onion), and The Dharma (curry claypot with potatoes, carrots, and soy meat).
Delicious Ethiopian cuisine with excellent vegan offerings, all clearly marked. Enjoy misir kik wat (spicy lentils), tekil gomen (cabbage and potatoes), kosta (collard greens and spinach), and several other dishes including a unique tofu and mushroom entree.
Typical Mediterranean cuisine featuring the usual vegetable dishes: hummus, baba ghanoush, falafel (as a side or sandwich), dolma, fattoush salad, tabbouleh, garden salad, french fries, and a vegetarian plate. (Note: this establishment is only open for lunch.)
A combination lounge and Thai restaurant with a variety of vegan options upon request. Dishes that can be made vegan include: satay tofu, spring rolls, mixed green vegetables, pad kee mao, pad seeu, various curries, and sweet rice with mango.
Sushi bar with selection of other Japanese cuisine. The menu includes several vegan items and a few others that can be made vegan on request. Options include the age dashi tofu, house salad, sunomono salad, seaweed salad, vegetable udon, and a number of maki rolls.
Organic American restaurant specializing in breakfast and lunch foods. For breakfast try the Vegan’s Delight, Just the Plants, or fruit crepes. At lunchtime consider the pasta puttanesca, pad thai (no eggs), soup & sandwich (specify vegan), Vegan Wrap, and Chickpea of the Sea. There is always a large selection of tasty, dairy-free smoothies. Most desserts are dairy- and egg-free but do contain honey.
Popular Chinese restaurant chain featuring tasty vegan options in an upscale environment. (Note: all menu items listed as “vegetarian” are also vegan.) Consider ordering Chang’s Vegetarian Lettuce Wraps, edamame, Coconut Curry Vegetables, Stir-Fried Eggplant, Buddha’s Feast, Vegetarian Fried Rice, or Ma Po Tofu. If you’re hungry for noodles, ask your server if the chef can prepare a custom vegan rice noodle dish.
Mediterranean restaurant serving the typical vegetable dishes. Options include hummus, baba ghanoush, warak inab (aka yalanchi or dolma), fatoush salad, Mediterranean salad, tabbouleh, falafel sandwich, and a vegetarian platter.
Organic raw foods cafe and health food market. 100% vegetarian. Offers a rotating menu of three entrees and a soup that changes daily. Revive Cafe also serves excellent smoothies, juices, and desserts. All staff understand requests for vegan options and will point out those items with milk or honey ingredients.
Buffet-style restaurant offering an excellent salad bar and a handful of vegan soups, breads, and entrees. All dishes are clearly labeled vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, etc. to address dietary concerns.
Traditional Northern Indian cuisine. The menu features numerous entrees that can be prepared with vegetable oil (instead of butter/ghee) upon request. Ask your server about the vegetable pakora, vegetable samosa, tiki chana, chana poori, vegetabe curry, mushroom mattar, bangan bhartha (eggplant), bhindi masala, channa masala (chickpea), alu gobhi (cauliflower and potato), mixed vegetable, and yellow dal (lentil).
Thai cuisine with some Chinese offerings. Servers fully understand requests for meals “without animal products”. Dishes that can be vegan on request include: fried tofu, cucumber salad, pad thai, lard-na, pad see-ew, pad kee mao, Thai Country fried rice, several types of curry, Kung-Pao, The Basil, Stir Fried Ginger, pad prik khing, pad phed, pad prik, garlic and pepper, Cashew Nut, and Vegetable Deluxe.
American restaurant and sports bar with a number of good options. Vegan snacks include truffle fries (without shredded parmesan), guacamole and chips, sweet potato fries (sans maple bacon cream dip), hummus, and chilled edamame. The Summer salad, mixed field greens, and chopped salad are also vegan. Menu features an entire section of dishes using Gardein brand grain meat. Many of these dishes include dairy and/or egg products, so be sure to ask your server which items can be prepared without them.
Salvadorean and Mexican dishes served in a casual and unassuming setting. Be sure to try the the zucchini and loroco pupusas (without cheese), either a la carte or as part of the “Tipicos Salvadoreños” platter #1. The platter comes with two pupusas, fried plantain, pickled cabbage, and refried beans (specify no sour creme). A tasty vegan burrito can also be made on request, but be aware that Zamora’s rice is made with chicken broth.