alphabetical listing of vegan-friendly restaurants
in case you prefer browsing one long list! Note: This doesn't include coffee shops or fast food.
AJ Bombers - A famous burger joint in Milwaukee on Water Street. They have a vegan black bean burger option as well. Oh, and peanuts...lots of peanuts.
Aladdin - Located in the Milwaukee Public Market, you'll find standard lunch favorites, along with a deli case to purchase all the hummus you want. In addition, they sell other middle eastern groceries.
Alem Ethiopian Village - They offer both meat and veggie options, but are very friendly to vegans. If you can't decide what to get, try the Vegetarian Sampler. They also have an all-vegan lunch buffet Tuesday through Friday--check the site for hours.
Ambrosia Juice Co. - Located in Kenosha, this restaurant specializes in fresh juices and smoothies and also offers a few vegan food options.
Anodyne - They have a cafe in the Bay View and Walker's Point neighborhoods that offer soy/almond milk in their coffee drinks. Last I checked they often carry a small selection of East Side Ovens vegan bakery.
Apollo Cafe - Located on Brady Street and open until 3am Thurs-Sat, you can get your fix of hummus, falafel or veggie dolmathes (stuffed grape leaves) even after bar close!
Appe Thai - A Thai food restaurant in Brown Deer--they mark all the dishes that can be made vegetarian. Just remember to ask about egg or dairy and request no fish sauce.
bd's Mongolian Grill - A create-your-own-stirfry place that has tons of veggies, tofu, and vegan sauces. See their site for nutritional info.
Babe's Ice Cream - Located in the Bay View neighborhood, Babe's has at least two or three soy ice cream options each day, and now they're also offering vegan ice cream cakes, shakes, and ice cream sandwiches, as well as vegan ice cream sundaes with your choice of toppings (even vegan brownie bits!). Great people--they're always happy to help a vegan out! They are usually open from the end of February through October--check their site for details on hours.
Bangkok House - Thai restaurant (my favorite) located in St. Francis in a strip mall, but don't let that fool you. They have great food and a separate section of the menu for vegetarian items. Be sure to ask for no fish sauce.
Beans & Barley - A long-time east side staple in Milwaukee, this restaurant & adjoining market has been well-loved by vegetarians for years. Featuring vegan sandwiches, burritos & fajitas, salads & chili, smoothies, and juices. Beans offers a delicious array of vegan soups, a great selection of vegan desserts (the peanut butter chocolate cake is not to be missed), and a really nice breakfast menu. Breakfast available until 11am weekdays; until 2pm (expanded menu) weekends.
BelAir Cantina - They offer several vegan options for tacos or burritos but make sure to ask for them to be vegan so they don't add crema or give you the "wrong beans." They also have an extensive tequila menu, along with specialty margaritas and other drinks.There are now locations on Downer and in Wauwatosa as well!
Beerline Cafe - New in 2015 to the Riverwest neighborhood, this all-vegetarian restaurant has lots of vegan options and specializes in crepes and paninis.
Blaze Pizza - Located in Bayshore Mall, they offer daiya vegan cheese and veggies as vegan toppings!
Blooming Lotus Bakery - All-vegan, grain-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, peanut-free, egg-free and cane sugar-free bakery. They have breads as well as desserts.
Bombay Sweets - Vegetarian Indian restaurant on the south side of Milwaukee. Ask them about their vegan options. You can also order food to-go or they will cater for you.
Bounce Milwaukee - Looking to take the kids for a day of fun with bounce houses, laser tag, wall climbing, video games and more? Or maybe you want to have some fun yourself and have some food and drinks while you're at it? Bounce Milwaukee has vegan food options--you can get Daiya cheese on pizza (love the DaVinci pizza), get awesome tater tots or even a hummus wrap.
Brewed on Brady - This cafe offers soy milk in their coffee drinks and several vegan food options including breakfast, sandwiches, soups, burritos and desserts.
Cafe Centraal - A large Bay View establishment with a huge beer selection and a few vegan options. Ask the wait staff about adjustments to menu items. Avoid the veggie burger (has dairy in it).
Cafe Corazon - Mexican restaurant with locations in Riverwest and Bay View with several vegan options. They have soy chorizo as well as beans, tofu and grilled vegetables. Very tasty and vegan-friendly! Love this place :)
Cafe India - Two locations--one in Walker's Point (small informal cafe) and a newer location with ample indoor seating and an outdoor patio in Bay View on Kinnickinnic and Ward. Both offer many vegetarian options and several vegan ones. They clearly mark all the vegan options on the menu and there are many! The naan has dairy in it, but I believe the roti is vegan. It's always best to check first as menu items can change!
Cafe Lulu - Located at the intersection of KK and Lincoln in the Bay View neighborhood, Lulu's offers a few vegan items including salads (omit cheese) and my favorite the Hummus pita with tomato and kalamatas. Also, their signature Asian Slaw is vegan and amazingly delicious!
Cafe Manna - All vegetarian restaurant with many vegan options located in Brookfield. The menu changes seasonally. They are the first Certified Green Restaurant in Wisconsin.
California Pizza Kitchen - One of these franchises is located near Bayshore Mall. They indicate very clearly within their vegetarian menu online (scroll all the way to the bottom for "vegan") which items can be made vegan.
Casablanca - All vegetarian middle eastern lunch buffet. Ask your server what isn't vegan, because most of it is. Note: desserts usually contain honey. Also, several fancier middle eastern vegan options for when it's not lunch time. But lunch is best...be prepared to be full!
Centro Cafe - This is a tiny Italian restaurant in the Riverwest neighborhood. Great care is taken with all of their dishes and they offer many vegan options. Get there early because this place fills up fast!
Cold Spoons - A cute little place offering a changing rotation of 24 flavors of gelato and sorbetto. All 12 of the sorbettos are vegan, and they sometimes offer one or two gelatos that are soy-based (and vegan).
Colectivo - (formerly Alterra) They have several locations throughout the city of Milwaukee, offering soy milk in any of their coffee drinks. Their chai concentrate is Rishi (local, and vegan), and they sometimes have a couple of vegan smoothies on the menu. Vegan food options are very limited, though--even the "bretzels" (soft pretzels) have butter, but the bread is generally vegan. They have a hummus wrap that's available year-round and occasionally some specials. Ask your server if you're looking for vegan options.
Colour Palate - Hand-crafted salads, soups and breads. Located downtown on Water street. Several vegan options marked on the menu. Tempeh and Gardein proteins available.
Comet Cafe - East side restaurant and bar serving a mix of meaty foods and vegan/vegetarian offerings. Fantastic vegan hazelnut burger, gyro, reuben and many tasty brunch options. Regularly features a selection of vegan desserts, baked at their sister restaurant, Honeypie. Breakfast available daily until 3pm; expanded brunch menu on weekends.
Company Brewing - Located in the Riverwest area, they have a few fancy vegan dinner and brunch options. They also brew beer and have a full bar. Music shows are offered multiple times per week.
County Clare - This Milwaukee Irish Inn and restaurant has been in business for years--they have a restaurant, pub, B&B and they also offer tours in Ireland (which I did back in 2004). They have a completely separate vegetarian menu now, with some options available vegan.
Dan Dan - New in 2016, they are located on Erie street near MIAD. They do American-type gourmet Chinese dishes and offer several vegan options including vegan cheesecake for dessert. Their lunch menu is a bit more limited, but still offers solid choices. All vegan items are clearly marked on the menu.
Dog Haus - With five locations in the city, a fantastic Chicago style vegan hot dog is never too far away!
Dr. Dawg - A restaurant dedicated to hot dogs with a location in Glendale. They offer two types of Field Roast brand vegan sausages served with caramelized onions or other chicago style toppings on a poppy seed bun. They also have a field roast veggie burger.
EE Sane - Many people feel this is the best thai food in Milwaukee. Many of their standard dishes can be made vegan with tofu. You can see a copy of their menu here.
East Side Ovens - You can find them at the South Shore Farmer's Market in the summer/fall months or at their location on Saturday mornings. Otherwise, you can find their bakery goods at Outpost Natural Foods, Whole Foods, and Beans and Barley to name a few. They will do special orders if you call ahead. They now have a retail location in Cudahy.
Elephant Cafe - A Thai and Laotian cafe on the East Side of Milwaukee with several vegan options. Be sure to ask for no fish sauce.
Ethiopian Cottage - Great Ethiopian restaurant on the east side, offering several vegan options.
Fresh Cafe and Juice Bar - Located in Mequon, this cafe has many healthy vegan and raw options available. It appears they also sell fruit bouquets and centerpieces, but I didn't see details on the site aside from beautiful images. Update Dec 2011--the website URL doesn't seem to be working, so I linked to an article about the restaurant. They are still open.
Fuel Cafe - Cool coffeehouse where none of the furniture or the dishes match, but there is always good art on the walls. They have a few vegan lunch options and a fantastic vegan chili served only on the weekends.
Good Harvest Market Cafe - This is a cafe located within the Good Harvest Market in Pewaukee, WI. The cafè has multiple vegan options, including the popular "Very Vegan" sandwich, as well as vegan hot bar/salad bar options during the week.
Goodkind - New to the Bay View neighborhood in 2014, this restaurant has already become a favorite to many restaurant reviewers. As of right now I haven't eaten there yet, but they usually have at least one vegan entree every day and they serve food until 1am!
Grassroots - New in 2016, they are located in Brookfield Square and offer salads, wraps and juices with lots of vegan options.
The Green Kitchen - Located in the Milwaukee Public Market near downtown, they offer a make-your-own salad option, freshly made juices, two vegan sandwiches and two vegan wraps. I go here for lunch all the time--all the choices are delicious.
Hamburger Mary's - They have a vegan black bean burger here, plus they do fun bingo nights for various fundraisers! Make sure to ask about the bun--it might not be vegan.
Hector's - Several vegan enchiladas available if modified. Ask your server about vegan options.
Hello Falafel - Opened in late spring of 2016, this all-vegetarian restaurant specializes in falafel dishes and fresh juices. Most of their menu can be made vegan and is labeled as such. Located in the Bay View neighborhood.
Hi Fi Cafe - Coffee shop and cafe in the Bay View neighborhood offering vegan chili, falafel, and some sandwiches that can be modified to be made vegan.
Holey Moley Coffee & Doughnuts - Located in the Third Ward on Milwaukee Street (in the old Milwaukee Cupcake Company location), this unique coffee and doughnut shoppe opened up in the Summer of 2014 offering at least one vegan doughnut option per day and the ability to pre-order vegan doughnuts to show off to your coworkers! On Saturdays they have a huge vegan selection. Get there early or order ahead because they sell out fast!
Honeypie - Bay View restaurant featuring from-scratch menu items and locally-sourced ingredients. Loads of vegan dessert options (the baked goods you enjoy at Comet are all “born” here!), and a few vegan sandwiches. On weekends, try the veganized breakfast burrito for a new twist on an old favorite. Breakfast available daily until 3pm; expanded brunch menu on weekends.
Hue Vietnamese Cuisine - Locations in both Bay View and now Wauwatosa neighborhoods, Hue has several vegan options. Ask your server to point out the vegan choices. They have a vegan Pho and they have "veggie meat" that's delicious and strangely realistic.
Ian's Pizza Milwaukee (two locations) - Ian's has proclaimed 2017 the Year of the Vegan! Obviously they are really vegan friendly! Get vegan slices on demand 7 days a week between their two locations: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday at the North Ave location and Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at the Juneau Ave location or order a whole vegan pizza at any time.They have several flavors including lasagna, vegan sausage & pepperoni, vegan mac 'n cheese pizza, salad pizza, and tons of other great veggie toppings. Ian's uses Daiya cheese, and they have recently added Beyond Meat vegan chicken as a topping! Also ask about their vegan breadsticks and dipping sauces. They now carry Blooming Lotus grain-free, vegan desserts.
Izumi's - Japanese restaurant with excellent veggie Maki. I like the caterpillar maki. Last I checked, they were the only place for vegan miso soup. Double check with your server!
Jing's - Located in the third ward area, Jings is a Chinese restaurant with some tasty vegan options. The Kung-Pao tofu is a must!
Jow Nai Fouquet - A Thai place on the east side where most dishes can be adjusted to be vegetarian--ask for no fish sauce.
Juiced Mobile Juice Bar- This used to be a juice truck, but they now have a location on Farwell on the east side of Milwaukee. You can order fresh juices, many of them 100% organic. You can also order 3, 5, or 7-day juice cleanses!
Juniper61 - Located in Wauwatosa, this is the sister restaurant to Cafe Lulu (in Bay View). They have all the vegan items marked on the menu and have some really creative flavors. There aren't a ton of options, but what they have is delicious. No brunch items that I can see on the menu.
Kanpai - Located in the Third Ward, this restaurant opened in September 2012 and hosted a CUFA (Citizens United for Animals) fundraiser with great vegan options. You can choose veggies to make maki rolls or order one of the vegetable small plates. Very tasty!
Kiku - Japanese restaurant downtown that has several veggie maki options, as well as other dinner options.
The King & I - A Thai food restaurant in the downtown area, a perfect place to walk to before catching a show at one of the many awesome theaters in Milwaukee. They have a separate vegetarian section to the menu, but remember to ask for "no fish sauce."
Kyoto - Japanese restaurant located on 76th and Layton in Greendale near Southridge Mall. Nice atmosphere, good veggie maki selection and excellent presentation. I also got to try "frushi" here (fruit sushi) which was fantastic.
La Fuente - One of Milwaukee's classic Mexican restaurants. They offer several vegetarian and vegan options--you might have to ask the server for the vegetarian menu.
Lazy Susan - Another newer slow-food restaurant in Bay View specializing in small plates offers at least one vegan entree daily with a constantly changing menu. Offers dinner and Sunday brunch.
Little DeMarini's - Many years ago, there was a place in the Bay View neighborhood called Mama DeMarini's and they offered the first vegan pizza options in Milwaukee and they were delicious. That place closed down awhile back, but those recipes have been revitalized at Little DeMarini's in a new location also in the Bay View neighborhood. They offer vegan pizza and pastas--they also have a vegan pesto that's amazing. If you're feeling like lots of veggies, try the Vegan Italian Garden Pesto Pizza--it's piled high! Or create your own with a large selection of veg toppings (although no fake meats). If you like thin crust pizza, this is a must-try!
Maharaja - Located on the east side, they offer a lunch buffet throughout the week and regular lunch and dinner entrees. Generally, I don't find as many vegan options in the buffet usually, but you can always order from the menu. I was recently told that they have dairy products in their rice. Definitely ask about which options are made without butter (ghee), yogurt, or other dairy.
Maxie's Southern Comfort - Features low-country creole and cajun foods. They have a separate vegetarian section to their menu featuring veggie jambalaya, tofu sandwiches and more. Ask your server how to make these vegan.
Milwaukee Beer Bistro - Located in the Riverwest neighborhood, they offer entrees infused with beer. There are a few really tasty vegan options available and they are often gluten-free as well. They used to offer 5-course vegan meal events, but it has been awhile.
Molly's Gluten-Free Bakery - Located in Pewaukee, WI, this bakery specializes in gluten-free baked goods, but they also have a decent selection of egg and dairy-free items as well. Keep an eye out for the chicken/cow symbol to see which are available vegan-style. They do offer catering, so contact them for more info.
Genghis Khan Mongolian BBQ - I haven't been here in over 10 years, but their website shows several vegetarian options that may be vegan--ask your server to be sure.
The National - A cafe serving brunch and lunch. Several vegan options for each meal and a nice atmosphere.
Odd Duck - This farm-to-table restaurant opened in Bay View in April 2012. Although there aren't tons of vegan selections, what they do have is extremely flavorful and delicious. They also have very creative drinks, if you're so inclined.
Outpost "Fork in the Road" Cafe - These are small cafes located within the three different Outpost Co-op Natural Foods grocery stores. They offer a couple vegan options and it's worth a visit just for the Joey's Tofu Steak Sandwich.
Pacific Produce, Bánh Mì Nhu Ý (Vietnamese) - A huge Asian grocery store and restaurant(s) located in Greenfield on 27th Street.
Palomino - Bar and restaurant with a southern feel. They serve usually up until 11pm and have a small selection of vegan options at both brunch and dinner. Vegan fried pickles are amazing! I also recommend the black-eyed pea falafel and the vegan wings.
P.F. Changs - Yep, we've got one of these--it's a chain, but the food is good and they have several dishes marked as vegetarian which are also vegan.
PitaBros - They used to have a food truck, but now they have an actual restaurant. Create your own falafel sandwich--steer clear of the tahini (last I checked it wasn't vegan), but they can usually advise you on what toppings you can choose from. Their falafel is outstanding!
Pizza Man - A local vegan reached out to the chef there and got this info on options: "We have three crust options at Pizza Man (thin, pan/deepdish & gluten free), and all are free of dairy and egg. For sauces, the only one you should avoid is our pesto, which has romano cheese in it.The classic sauce (old school, thicker & sweeter tomato & herbs), Italia sauce (more Italian style, brighter tomato with garlic and olive oil) and our Bianca/garlic sauce (it’s pureed very smooth in a blender so it looks and feels creamy but has no dairy) are all great options for you. We very often make pizzas for our guests that omit cheese, so the kitchen is well versed in these types of requests. We also have a much more extensive selection of vegetables and non-meat & dairy options that many other pizzerias, which most of our vegan guests greatly appreciate. If you were ever in the mood for something other than pizza, we also have a great entree call the Leaf Eater, which is vegan and has been a huge hit since we added it to our menu three years ago."
Ramallah Grille & Sweets - Located on the south side of Milwaukee, I hear this restaurant offers some fantastic falafel!
Real Chili - This Milwaukee legend now offers a vegan chili I'm told. Their online presence is minimal, so be sure to confirm on your first visit.
Refuge Cafe - Boasting healthy food, they have several locations including several downtown and one in Bay View. They offer several fresh juices and some smoothies that may be able to be made vegan. They have one vegetarian wrap that potentially could be vegan without cheese and a stuffed pepper/avocado with quinoa that appears to be vegan. Ask your server for details!
Riverwest Co-op Cafe - A small cafe located within the Riverwest Co-op natural foods grocery store. They offer special meals on different nights and have some great sandwiches and brunch offerings. Even though it's very small, they deliver up some amazing vegan food!
Roman Candle Pizzeria - A newer pizza place located in Whitefish Bay (and Madison) that offers a ton of vegetarian options and some vegan options. They don't have vegan cheese, but they do have a pizza called the "vegan destroyer" that sounds really good!
Royal India - On the south side of Milwaukee on 27th Street, I was told this was one of the more authentic Indian restaurants in town. Ask your server to point out the vegan options.
Sababa - A newer middle eastern cafe in downtown Milwaukee. I haven't been there yet, but they have the usual suspects of falafel, hummus, baba ganoush and some other seemingly vegan items. If you visit, report back!
Screaming Tuna - A Japanese restaurant located in the 3rd Ward area on the river--most of the vegetarian items can be made vegan by request. The waitstaff is helpful and the food was excellent--My favorite place for sushi!
Shahrazad - Lots of vegan options at this east-side middle eastern restaurant at a reasonable price.
Shi Chai - A hookah bar and cafe located on Center Street, I hear their "Mr. Vegan" sandwich is amazing!
Singha Thai - Located on Highway 100, this is another fantastic Thai restaurant in our area. Lots of veggie options with tofu. Ask for no fish sauce when ordering.
The Soup House - This downtown soup restaurant has a vegan option each day and a nice atmosphere.
The Soup Market - They have three locations including Bay View, The Milwaukee Public Market, and Hales Corners. They often offer vegan soups--check the website for their soup forecast.
The Soup Otzie's - Remember that Seinfeld episode with the soup Nazi...yeah, the name is kinda like that, but the people are nicer. They offer vegetarian options everyday with vegan options fairly often. Download their monthly menu to plan a visit!
Stack'd - Located in the 5th Ward, they offer a full bar along with a full kitchen serving several vegan options including a black bean burger and portabella stack. They offer some vegan cheese and mayo toppings. Vegan items are marked clearly on the menu.
Stir Crazy - Create your own stir-fry at this chain restaurant in Brookfield. Ask your server to point out which options already marked "vegetarian" are also vegan.
Taj Mahal - Delicious Indian restaurant on Hwy 100. Check out the site for their menu and a coupon for your next visit. Excellent lunch buffet seven days a week! As always, ask about which options are dairy-free.
Tandoor - Indian restaurant on Hwy 100. Lunch buffet on weekends with several vegan options. The regular menu has many vegetarian and vegan options. Ask your server about dishes without dairy.
Thai-Namite - A Thai/Sushi place on Brady that also offers take-out. If you order Thai, be sure to ask for no fish sauce. They have several vegan options, but clarify with your server if you have any questions.
Tom + Chee - This is a grilled cheese and tomato soup chain restaurant that offers vegan grilled cheese and tomato soup! They are located in Elm Grove off of Bluemound Road. Here's a direct link to their allergen listing so you can see exactly which items are vegan. TIP: Be sure to ask for vegetable oil instead of butter when they cook it!
Transfer Pizza - Another pizza place that offers soy cheese (they use Teese last I checked) and tons of veggie toppings. Their standard crust is vegan, but their gluten-free crust is not (contains eggs).
Ugly's - A downtown bar and pub that carries a vegan burger that's labeled as vegan in the menu. I haven't tried it yet and I'm not sure about any other menu items, but it's a start!
Urban Beets Cafe and Juicery - Opened in early 2016, this cafe offers an ALL-VEGAN menu with many gluten-free options. Check out the sandwiches, fresh juices and smoothies. I was amazed by their avocado reuben!
Vanguard - Located in Bay View, this bar offers counter service dedicated to house-made sausages. If you can get past all the meaty options, you'll find a whole page of vegan menu options from sausage and burgers to their spectacular tofu!
Wolf Peach - A fancy place to go where you can share flavorful small plates with friends. The menu is always changing, but they always offer several incredible vegan options.