Nutrition

10 Vegetarian Restaurants in Boston to Visit for Lunch

In Boston, vegetarian restaurants abound. Here are 10 of them that will have you in and out during the busy lunch rush.


The Cassie at Whole Heart Provisions

The Cassie at Whole Heart Provisions. / Photos by Brian Samuels

If you don’t have enough time to meal-prep your food for the week or are sick and tired of your over-visited neighborhood joint, we’ve rounded up 10 places to grab a quick bite during the lunch rush. Even better, for all you vegetarians out there: They’re meatless. Try one of these 10 vegetarian restaurants next time you have a hankering for a big ol’ plate of veggies.

By Chloe

This New York City import opened its first Boston location on Seaport Blvd. in 2017 and has since taken the local vegetarian scene by storm, even expanding to new locations in Fenway and, most recently, Back Bay. It offers an entirely vegan menu of traditional sandwiches and salads as well as vegan takes on local favorites like clam chowder and lobster rolls that are exclusive to the Boston locations. Customers in a hurry during the work week can take advantage of their extensive list of grab-and-go items.

Various locations, eatbychloe.com 

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By Chloe / Photo by Mikey Pozarik

Clover Food Lab

This vegetarian standby has become almost ubiquitous in Boston ever since a pair of Harvard and MIT grads founded it as a food truck back in 2008. Clover Food Lab has moved on from its mobile days and currently has 12 locations scattered across the city—the Central Square location is even open 24 hours a day. Each spot features a rotating menu of inventive items including soy BLT sandwiches, African peanut soup, and fresh meatballs made with the Impossible burger meat substitute (made entirely from plants, but with a similar mouthfeel to meat).

Various locations, cloverfoodlab.com.

Pure Cold Press

Pure Cold Press opened in Coolidge Corner in 2015 as the only certified Kosher juice and salad bar in the city. Holding fast to its commitment to locally sourced, seasonal ingredients, Pure Cold Press consistently dishes out some of the best vegetarian cuisine the area has to offer. Its menu features several salad options as well as vegan sandwiches like the beet Reuben and the vegan shawarma. Pure Cold Press also has a chic interior that serves as a gallery space for local artists.

326 Harvard St., Brookline, 617 487-8948, purecoldpress.com.

Life Alive

Any list of vegetarian food in the Boston area would be incomplete without a mention of Life Alive, which is slinging funky veggie fare all across the city. The menu is different at each location, but customers are bound to find delightfully creative salads, wraps, and grain bowls wherever they decide to go.

Various locations, lifealive.com.

Healthy grain bowls at Life Alive

Healthy bowls at Life Alive / Photo by Edward DiCroce

Whole Heart Provisions

Chef Rebecca Arnold’s fast-casual veggie spot has something for everyone. The menu may be mostly limited to bowls and snacks, but each signature item is jam-packed with exciting flavors like shishito peppers and crispy chickpeas. Whole Heart Provisions also hosts a Sunday brunch that features traditional pancakes alongside dishes like patatas bravas and seared avocado tacos. The boutique eatery just launched a third location at the Harvard Smith Center to supplement its Allston and Central Square storefronts, so you’ll never be too far from a bowl of veggie goodness.

Various locations, wholeheartprovisions.com.

Mighty Love Food

Mighty Love Food has finally arrived on Milk Street. This highly anticipated plant-based eatery dishes out flavor-packed sandwiches and salad bowls withlocally-sourced ingredients. They also serve nutritious smoothies and juices to keep you energized all throughout the day.

155 Milk St., Boston, 857-239-9791, mightylovefood.com.

Sassafras Somerville

Sassafras rose from the ashes of the beloved Tufts pizza institution Eat at Jumbo’s this summer, and it has maintained a devoted following ever since. While still mostly serving pizza, Sassafras has ditched all of its meat options in favor of exciting new vegan and vegetarian creations. Sassafras pizzas come in personal and sharable sizes so lunch groups, both big and small, can find what they’re looking for.

688 Broadway St., Somerville, 617-571-3611, sassafrassomerville.com.

Rhythm ‘n Wraps

Rhythm ‘n Wraps has expanded from its two food trucks to an Allston brick and mortar location formerly occupied by Cookin’ Café and Grille. It has continued to serve its beloved selection of vegetarian wraps, along with a handful of new meals like a vegetable chickpea curry and a fresh take on the Impossible burger. Rhythm ‘n Wraps’ menu items are perfectly portioned for a lunch visit and packed with ingredients chosen specifically with their health benefits in mind.

1096 Comm. Ave., 857-829-1090, rhythmnwraps.com.

Veggie Galaxy

Veggie Galaxy has long been one of the most popular vegetarian destinations in the city with its meat-free spin on the classic diner. Enjoy friendly service and delightfully retro décor as you dig into vegetarian takes on diner standbys, not to mention the more distinctive items like fried pickles and poutine.

450 Mass. Ave., Cambridge, 617-497-1513, veggiegalaxy.com.

Veggie Galaxy’s Great Galaxy with tempeh bacon / Photo by Katie Langerman

Grasshopper 

This Allston favorite serves up an entirely vegetarian menu of Chinese dishes for any occasion. Enjoy simple snacks like vegetarian dumplings and spring rolls or dive into a more substantial meal like the Grasshopper Supreme, a hearty vegetable medley that includes eggplant, asparagus, and mushrooms in a savory chili-basil sauce. Grasshopper is also known for its exceptional meat substitutes, incorporating things like veggie beef and veggie squid into its rice and noodle dishes.

1 N. Beacon St., Allston, 617 254-8883, grasshoppervegan.com.