11 Best Vegan Restaurants in Dubai

Written by Arpan Ghosh

Today is World Vegan Day, a day to celebrate plant-based foods and the health benefits they provide. However, you need not limit your exploration of meatless dining to just one day. These are some of the best vegan restaurants in Dubai that serve fantastic plant-focused meals, from alternative takes on classic dishes (such as vegan burgers or ‘steaks’) to completely unique creations.

1. Akiba Dori 2. Bounty Beets 3. Common Grounds
4. Comptoir 102 5. Il Borro Tuscan Bistro 6. Leen's Casual to Gourmet
7. Little Erth by Nabz & G 8. Local 9. Ronda Locatelli
10. Seva 11. Wild & The Moon

Akiba Dori

Akiba Dori

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Japanese food typically conjures up images of sashimi and Wagyu beef. However, there is a strong vegetarian component to the cuisine that is seldom celebrated. Akiba Dori, located within Dubai Design District, features stylish decor inspired by the vibrant streets of Tokyo and Japan’s love of pop culture. The menu, while featuring an extensive range of meat and seafood dishes, also has several vegan options, from maki rolls and salads to vegetable curry and a vegan pizza.

Bounty Beets

Bounty Beets

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If you are looking for a healthy and nutritious meal that is made with organic produce, with plenty of vegan and gluten-free options, then you will find a true bounty at Bounty Beets. This laidback bistro at the Mena Seyahi Resort in Dubai Marina features a nature-inspired aesthetic and dishes that include avocado toast and a tofu ‘scramble’.

Common Grounds

Common Grounds

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Tom Arndel and Sergio Lopez are synonymous with casual dining concepts that make use of the highest quality ingredients and deliver in terms of both flavour and nutritional value. From their first restaurant - Tom & Serg - they have branched out to open several more dining venues around Dubai, including the trendy cafe Common Grounds in Mall of the Emirates (which also has outlets in DIFC and JLT now. Here you will find some truly fantastic coffee, along with a variety of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options.

Comptoir 102

Comptoir 102

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This popular Jumeirah hangout is split between a craft and novelty store and an award-winning cafe that offers organic healthy food. A variety of dining preferences are covered, with sugar-free, dairy-free, gluten-free and vegan options on the menu. If you want to pick up ingredients to create your own vegan delights, there is an organic grocery and market on-site. And Comtpoir 102 also fulfills your home decor and gifting needs with a selection of handcrafted items that includes furniture, clothing and jewellery.

Il Borro Tuscan Bistro

Il Borro Tuscan Bistro

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One of the best Italian restaurants in Dubai, Il Borro launched a new vegan menu last year, showcasing authentic flavours that don’t need to be dressed up in rich cheese and cream. Fresh, seasonal ingredients are a big part of the experience, so you can expect to enjoy dishes such as beetroot tartare, steamed pumpkin, risotto with roasted peppers and eggplant parmigiana, all in a gorgeous waterfront setting that harkens back to the Tuscan countryside.

Leen's Casual to Gourmet

Leen's Casual to Gourmet

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This restaurant’s unique name is a play on the name of its founder (Claudio Leenders) and speaks to its concept - offering refined dining in a relaxed, casual atmosphere. Part of the gourmet experience comes from its vegan and gluten-free offerings, as well as options such as superfood bowls that feature one-of-a-kind South American ingredients.

Little Erth by Nabz & G

Little Erth by Nabz & G

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Helmed by chef duo Nabih and Ghalia, this restaurant in Jumeirah Lakes Towers presents vegan fare in a completely new and scrumptious light. While there are non-vegan options on the menu, the vegan dishes take centre stage and include the likes of spaghetti with vegan meatballs, vegan curries and vegan desserts that swap out sugar and cream for ingredients such as dates and sweet potato.

Local

Local

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As the name implies, the ingredients used in this restaurant at Tryp by Wyndham are sourced from local farmers or grown on-site. Each dish is bursting with fresh flavours, and the introduction of a vegan menu makes it an even better choice for a meal that tastes good and makes you feel good as well.

Ronda Locatelli

Ronda Locatelli

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Michelin-starred chef Giorgio Locatelli conceptualised this stunning restaurant at Atlantis the Palm that services up award-winning Italian fare. It also holds the distinction of having the largest vegan menu in the city, with a selection that spans more than 40 dishes. Whether you just want to grab a casual bite or to enjoy a full three-course spread, Ronda Locatelli has you covered.

Seva

Seva

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Formerly known as Life’n One, this wellness centre at the heart of Jumeirah features a yoga and meditation studio as well as an outdoor plant-based cafe. Menu items include some of the usual suspects such as avocado toast, smoothies and vegan burgers, as well as the intriguing ‘eggless omelette’ and a range of popular vegan desserts.

Wild & The Moon

Wild & The Moon

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Based in Alserkal Avenue (with a second outlet in DIFC), Wild & The Moon is a joint venture between chefs, nutritionists and nature lovers to create a dining concept that provides a well-balanced and delicious meal for guests while also being good for the planet. The restaurant offers mains, desserts and snacks, and also has a retail concept where you can pick up protein powders, specialist teas and organic chocolate.