Cafe My House
1015 Wellington Street West (Hintonburg)
Loved in it’s original location and now a go-to in Hintonburg and for all of Ottawa. It features a very boho and slow living vibe as though you were suddenly in Portland or L.A. All vegan menu with creative additions such as the delicious cheese board and pickles, bean based sausage and jackfruit tacos. You’ll enjoy the moonlit like atmosphere and sweet cocktails in mason jars. Lover’s of the original Bank St. CMH can still get the waffle BLT and tempeh benedict for brunch hours. Full selection of nut based raw cheezecakes. Take a date in the evening and your crew for brunch.
357 Richmond Rd. (Westboro)
Elgin location opening in 2016 in Maxwell’s location
Opened by Ottawa’s Pure Yoga studio, Pure Kitchen is a modern, classy, almost all-vegan spot. Health conscious choices like big fresh bowls and soups decorated with edible flowers. naughty choices like quinoa onion rings and cauliflower buffalo wings. Clean white walls and partly open kitchen and beautiful bar seating. Patio overlooks Westboro in summer. Take out sandwiches, juices and smoothies. Equator coffee and their own fresh fun menu. You can take your family there to win them over or simply enjoy a dessert such as a vegan macaron de Paris and local bubbly like Hinterland Whitecap from Prince Edward County.
Simply Raw Express
989 Wellington Street West (Hintonburg)
A little cafe and juice bar in Hintonburg opened by Simply Raw’s Natasha Kyssa. Heart warming additions like quinoa bowls or light raw salads, juices or delicious raw desserts. You can also pick the essentials for juices in the fridge or have it made to order. Get your copy of Natasha’s cookbook in store, as well as kitchen items like spiralizers or ingredients and teas.
The Green Door Restaurant
198 Main Street (near Saint Paul University)
The Green Door is the restaurant in Ottawa to start out as a veg curious, vegetarian or vegan. Even the most carnivorous of your loved ones will love this place. Features a huge selection of hot bar foods like curries and stews as well as many salads, soups and fresh desserts. Features the home grown garlic of the owners and lots of olive oil. Many great beers and wines to try. Friendly, bustling and laid back atmosphere. At least 70% of the food is vegan. So many ethnic and Canadian style comfort foods alike. You can’t go wrong here. My very first vegetarian dining experience back in high school.
The Table Vegetarian Restaurant
1230 Wellington Street W.
The Table is a prime pay by weight restaurant right in Hintonburg/Wellington West. Super cozy and relaxed feeling and food to match. Large hot bar stews, tagines, soups and many salads, dressing bar and delicious mostly vegan desserts. They list the ingredients which is appreciated by new vegans and those with allergies. They have a frozen take home section as well as take out bags of their signature ginger snaps. The owner runs an annual free of charge Dec. 31 meal to support Ottawa’s less fortunate.
209 Gilmour Street
Small and sweet vegetarian cafe. Sunny patio in summer and cozy dine in as well. Grab a hearty seasonal veggie brown rice bowl with a variety of toppings like Caribbean or Asian. The sandwiches and soup are very creative. Most things are vegan and they are delicious. A Sri Chimnoy restaurant but not affiliated with PSP or Peace Garden. Gluten-free options found there as well. Lunch hours only!
Perfection Satisfaction Promise
167 Laurier Avenue East (Sandy Hill)
This is the coziest place on campus for Ottawa University students and passers bys. It has a bright colourful atmosphere and a comfort food type menu. Most dishes are based on rice or mashed potatoes with toppings to choose from including their unique avoca-tofu, tofu tamari and many others. Almost every dish is vegan or can be made vegan. They have daily specials featuring Indian, Mexican and Canadian infused dishes. Their Dahl and desserts are amazing. Casual eating and take out. Run by adherents of Sri Chinmoy. Closed on Wednesday and Sunday.
47 Clarence Street (Byward Market)
A little gem in the Byward Market Time Square building. A cousin to Perfection Satisfaction Promise and also apart of the Sri Chimnoy group so you’ll see the staff wearing colourful saris as you do at Perfection. There is always a delicious daily special and soups simmering in slow cookers (help yourself!) and lovely salads, sandwiches, samosas and vegan truffles. Ask the staff to be sure what you are ordering is vegan as they occasionally change ingredients. Located by the indoor fountain and surrounded by plants and filtered sunshine!
La Belle Verte
166 Eddy Street, Gatineau, QC (Secteur Hull)
A great, health conscious restaurant with some beautifully coloured and flavoured dishes. Almost entirely vegan. Has a selection of raw desserts and gluten free choices too. The ambiance is very casual and bohemian yet it’s gaining popularity with the government workers in Quebec’s Place de Ville..so mind the crowd, it’s a good thing! If home made kale chips, dahl, coconut based soups, pressed sandwiches and rice bowls sound good to you, come on down. Try the pizzas! Dine in and take out available.