print | close window

INFORMATION PROVIDED BY HAPPYCOW.NET - Spread the word! Please tell the businesses you found them on HappyCow.

Santa Cruz (30)

Vegetarian Restaurants: (18 Listings)

Salsa's Taco Bar
1710 Brommer St ~ PH: 831-465-1105
Inexpensive-- Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Mexican, Beer/Wine, Take-out, Catering, Non-veg--- Additional Info: Serves meat, veg options available. A casual Mexican food restaurant and cantina. Uses fresh ingredients and home-made recipes. Offers a separate vegan menu with dishes like vegan tacos, spinach enchiladas, flautas, burrito, chimichanga, sope, and taco salad. Extensive fresh salsa bar. Separate fryer for vegan food. ATM on the premises. The owners will assist you with your veg/vegan order. Has outdoor seating. Wheelchair accessible. Cash only. Mon-Sun 9:00am-9:00pm-- Rating: 4 HappyCow(s)

Cafe Gratitude
103 Lincoln St (at Pacific Ave) ~ PH: 831-427-9583
Moderate-- Vegan, Organic, American, Raw, Beer/Wine, Take-out--- Additional Info: Part of a collection of organic vegan restaurants specializing in vegan and raw and cooked cuisines. Uses produce from the owners' farm. Confirmed open Sept 13, 2013. Mon-Sun 10:00am-10:00pm-- Rating: 4.5 HappyCow(s)

Hidden Peak Teahouse
1541 Pacific Ave Ste C (at inside alleyway) ~ PH: 831-423-4200
Moderate-- Vegan, Chinese--- Additional Info: A teahouse that asks the guests to put away digital devices at the door. Offers a large variety of loose leaf teas by the cup or brew. Small plates of food available include dumplings, hummus with raw crackers, and sweets. Has outdoor seating. Accepts credit cards. Mon-Wed 11:00am-9:00pm, Thu-Sat 11:00am-10:00pm, Sun 11:00am-9:00pm-- Rating: Not rated yet

Alfresco - Kiosk
1520 Pacific Ave (at Locust St) ~ PH: 831-334-0431
Inexpensive-- Vegan-friendly, American, Fast food, Take-out only--- Additional Info: Outdoor kiosk offering healthy wraps, salads, and hot dishes. Accepts credit cards. Mon-Tue 11:30am-6:00pm, Fri-Sun 11:30am-6:00pm-- Rating: 4 HappyCow(s)

Malabar Cafe
514 Front St ~ PH: 831-458-3023
Moderate-- Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Sri Lankan, Asian, Fusion, Take-out--- Additional Info: Sri Lankan and Asian fusion cuisine. Also known as 'Asian Rose' (name for its lunch restaurant). Tue-Sat 12:00pm-2:30pm, 5:00pm-9:00pm. closed Sun-Mon.-- Rating: 4 HappyCow(s)

Saturn Cafe
145 Laurel St (at Pacific Ave) ~ PH: 831-429-8505
Moderate-- Vegan-friendly, American, Fast food, Take-out--- Additional Info: Vegetarian diner with an American food menu featuring veggie burgers, sandwiches, breakfast and brunch food, Cal-Mex food, fries, shakes, and breakfast all day. Offers weekend late risers brunch which includes mimosas and vegan donut holes. Punky, funky music and decor. Mon-Thu 10:00am-12:00am, Fri-Sat 10:00am-3:00am, Sun 10:00am-12:00am-- Rating: 4 HappyCow(s)

Betty's Noodle House
920 Pacific Ave Ste 12 (at downtown) ~ PH: 831-426-2328
Inexpensive-- Ovo, Asian Fusion, Take-out, Non-veg--- Additional Info: Serves meat, veg options available. Asian fusion eatery in downtown Santa Cruz. Offers a menu of salads, appetizers, noodle soups, noodle bowls. Numerous vegetable and tofu dishes. Tue-Sun 11:00am-9:00pm-- Rating: 4 HappyCow(s)

Charlie Hong Kong
1141 Soquel Ave ~ PH: 831-426-5664
Inexpensive-- Vegan-friendly, Chinese, Thai, Asian, Fast food, Beer, Take-out, Non-veg--- Additional Info: Serves meat, veg options available. Asian fast food restaurant with a mostly veggie menu, labeled. Uses some organic ingredients. Has outdoor seating. Wheelchair accessible. Accepts credit cards. Call for hours - tell us-- Rating: 3 HappyCow(s)

Engfer Pizza Works
537 Seabright Ave (at Murray St) ~ PH: 831-429-1856
Moderate-- Vegan-friendly, Lacto, American, Pizza, Beer/Wine, Take-out, Non-veg--- Additional Info: Serves meat, veg options available. Woodfire pizza place, features a Grandpa's flatbed truck from Engfer Iron Works. All the vegetarian pizzas can be made vegan, and offers a vegan tofu "cheese" topping on vegan pies. A wide variety of toppings are available year round and seasonally. Casual atmosphere. Tue-Sun 4:00pm-9:30pm-- Rating: 3.5 HappyCow(s)

Little Shanghai
1010 Cedar St (at Locust St) ~ PH: 831-458-2460
Inexpensive-- Chinese, Asian, Buffet, Beer/Wine, Take-out, Non-veg--- Additional Info: Serves meat, veg options available. Primarily meat based menu but has a large vegetable and tofu section. House specialties include gan sao tempeh, sweet bean buns, sesame balls, and vegetable cho balls (garbonzo flour and veggies deep fried like hush puppies). Weekday lunch is buffet style pay-by-the-item, which includes rice (steamed white, brown, or fried) or noodles, cabbage, and soup. Cafeteria style atmosphere with a slight Asian theme. Owners are old school and accommodating to veg diets. Has outdoor seating. Wheelchair accessible. Accepts credit cards. Open Mon-Fri 11:30am-1:30pm, 5-9pm, Sat 5-9pm.-- Rating: 4 HappyCow(s)

Mobo Sushi
105 S River St (at Front St) ~ PH: 831-425-1700
Moderate-- Vegan-friendly, Ovo, Lacto, Japanese, Beer/Wine, Take-out, Non-veg--- Additional Info: Serves meat, veg options available. Has a separate vegetarian sushi list with all veg choices clearly marked. Includes rolls, appetizers, desserts, sides, bento boxes, and salads. Try the vegan tazuna roll which is different every time (chef's choice). Busy on weekends. Has outdoor seating. Wheelchair accessible. Accepts credit cards. Open Mon-Fri 11:30am-2:30pm and 5pm-10pm, Sat-Sun 12pm-11pm.-- Rating: 3.5 HappyCow(s)

Pearl of the Ocean
736 Water St (at Branciforte Ave) ~ PH: 831-457-2350
Moderate-- Vegan-friendly, Ovo, Lacto, Sri Lankan, Organic, Beer/Wine, Take-out, Non-veg--- Additional Info: Serves meat, veg options available. A Sri Lankan restaurant that uses local organic ingredients and ingredients imported from Sri Lanka. The menu features many vegetarian and vegan dishes with several unique vegetable offerings, and it denotes what is not vegan. Peaceful atmosphere with Buddhist cultural aspects. Has outdoor seating. Accepts credit cards. Open Mon-Sun 11am-2:30pm, 5-9pm, Fri-Sat til 9:30pm.-- Rating: 4 HappyCow(s)

Planet Fresh Burrito
1003 Cedar St ~ PH: 831-423-9799
Inexpensive-- Lacto, Fast food, Take-out, Mexican, Non-veg--- Additional Info: Serves meat, veg options available. Has a vegetarian section on menu with burritos filled with veggies that can be requested vegan. The black beans are vegan, pinto is not (has meat). Could add tofu to a burrito. Accepts credit cards. Call for hours - tell us-- Rating: 4 HappyCow(s)

Seabreeze Cafe
542 Seabright Ave (at Murray St) ~ PH: 831-427-9713
Inexpensive-- Ovo, Lacto, American, Non-veg--- Additional Info: Serves meat, veg options available. American breakfast and lunch cafe. While most dishes contain dairy, egg, and meat, the kitchen will cater for veg and gluten-free diets. Has a tofu scramble and a tofu curry at breakfast and a mushroom burger at lunch (vegan ask to omit cheese). Wheelchair accessible. Cash only. Mon-Sat 6:00am-2:00pm, Sun 7:00am-1:00pm-- Rating: 4 HappyCow(s)

Sitar Indian Cuisine
1133 Pacific Ave ~ PH: 831-427-3000
Inexpensive-- Lacto, Indian, Buffet, Take-out, Non-veg--- Additional Info: Serves meat, veg options available. The daily all-you-can-eat lunch and dinner buffet features all vegetarian food: rice, pakora, naan, salad, dessert area with cut melons, plus several chutneys and sauces. Also a carte menu for lunch and dinner, with a large amount being vegetarian - vegans ask about dairy use. Indian decor and atmosphere with Bollywood MTV playing. Has WiFi. Wheelchair accessible. Accepts credit cards. Open Mon-Thur 11:30am-9:30pm, Fri-Sat 11:30am-10pm, Sun 12-9pm.-- Rating: 4 HappyCow(s)

The Bagelry
320 Cedar St, Ste A (at Laurel) ~ PH: 831-424-8049
Inexpensive-- Vegan-friendly, Ovo, Lacto, American, Western, Fast food, Take-out, Non-veg--- Additional Info: Serves meat, veg options available. Locally owned bagel shop with a few locations. Classic bagels, boiled and hearth baked. All bagels are vegetarian with some vegan choices. Several vegan sandwiches and bagel spreads including Toffuti, plus the in-house-made tofu-tom, tofu del fuego, hummus and new dehli spread. Good selection of veggie toppings from avocado to sprouts to olive spread to sun dried tomatoes. Also offers organic veggies, scrambagels, and bottled juices, including non dairy and vegan bottled smoothies. Bulletin board of local events. ATM on site. Free wi-fi. Has outdoor seating. Wheelchair accessible. Cash only. Mon-Fri 6:30am-5:30pm, Sat 7:30am-5:30pm, Sun 8:00am-4:00pm-- Rating: 3 HappyCow(s)

Windmill Cafe
21231 E Cliff Dr ~ PH: 831-464-4698
Inexpensive-- Ovo, Lacto, American, Non-veg--- Additional Info: Serves meat, veg options available. Breakfast, coffee, and lunch food cafe in the historic Lincoln Windmill building. Offers a tofu scramble, tempeh, Earth Balance margarine spread for toast. Has outdoor seating. Accepts credit cards. Mon-Sun 7:00am-3:00pm-- Rating: Not rated yet

Woodstock's Pizza
710 Front St ~ PH: 831-427-4444
Moderate-- Lacto, American, Beer/Wine, Take-out, Delivery, Pizza, Non-veg--- Additional Info: Serves meat, veg options available. Pizzeria with several CA locations. Has gluten-free crust base and Daiya vegan cheese for extra charge. Choice of salads, or build your own. Free wi-fi. Has outdoor seating. Wheelchair accessible. Accepts credit cards. Call for hours - tell us-- Rating: Not rated yet


Health Food Stores, Vegan Shops, Vegan Bakeries, Vegetarian B&Bs, Veg Catering, Veg*n Organizations: (12 Listings)

Kresge Natural Foods Co-op
600 Kresge Court (at UC Santa Cruz Kresge College) ~ PH: 831-426-1506
Student volunteer operated small shop on campus, offers some bulk grains, dried foods, nuts, shelf grocery, non-dairy frozen desserts. Cash or check only. Students can use their "flexi" meal plans. May be closed on Sunday. Mon-Fri 9:00am-6:00pm-- Rating: Not rated yet

New Leaf Community Market - Downtown
1134 Pacific Ave ~ PH: 831-425-1793
Natural foods market with several locations. Stocks a wide range of natural food and grocery. Accepts credit cards. Mon-Sun 8:00am-9:00pm-- Rating: 4 HappyCow(s)

New Leaf Community Market - Westside
1101 Fair Ave ~ PH: 831-426-1306
Natural foods market with several locations. Stocks a wide range of natural food and grocery. Accepts credit cards. Mon-Sun 8:00am-10:00pm-- Rating: 3 HappyCow(s)

Staff of Life
1266 Soquel Ave ~ PH: 831-423-8632
Natural foods market with deli, bakery, and juice bar inside. Wide selection of natural products and food, including nutritional supplements, vitamins, vegetarian and vegan foods, bulk staples, and more. Specializes in vegan baked goods. Accepts credit cards. Mon-Sat 8:00am-9:00pm, Sun 9:00am-9:00pm-- Rating: 4.5 HappyCow(s)

The Food Bin
1130 Mission (at next to Herb Room) ~ PH: 831-423-5526
Besides the Herb Room, same company. Good size store stocking all kinds of foods, from snacks and bulk grains to nuts, dried fruits, and fresh produce and herbs. Mon-Sun 9:00am-12:00am-- Rating: 4 HappyCow(s)

The Herb Room
1130 Mission St (at next to Food Bin) ~ PH: 831-429-8108
Besides The Food Bin, same company. Well-stocked small shop with an assortment of products from herbs, vitamins, Chinese medicine, natural remedies books, body care, housewares, to teas and more. Mon-Sun 9:00am-12:00am-- Rating: 5 HappyCow(s)

Trader Joe's
700 Front St ~ PH: 831-425-0140
Part of a mid-size specialty food market chain. Stocks many vegetarian and vegan food products, some organic, plus natural personal hygiene products, household cleaners, vitamins, pet food, and more. Accepts credit cards. Open Mon-Sun 8am-10pm.-- Rating: Not rated yet

Whole Foods Market
911 Soquel Ave ~ PH: 831-426-9901
Part of large natural foods supermarket chain. Has fresh fruits and vegetables including organic produce, deli and hot food bars, vitamins, supplements, personal care products, grocery, and much more. Accepts credit cards. Mon-Sun 8:00am-9:00pm-- Rating: Not rated yet

The Adobe on Green Street
103 Green St ~ PH: 831-469-9866
Vegetarian bed and breakfast in downtown Santa Cruz. Must make a reservation to visit. -- Rating: Not rated yet

Downtown Farmers' Market
Center St & Lincoln St ~ PH: 831-454-0566
Large outdoor market featuring many organic growers. Wed 1:30pm-5:30pm-- Rating: 5 HappyCow(s)

Westside Santa Cruz Farmer's Market
Western Dr & Mission St ~ PH: 831-454-0566
Weekly market situated on the northern edge of Santa Cruz's greenbelt. Sat 9:00am-1:00pm-- Rating: Not rated yet

Samba Rock Acai Cafe
291 Water St (at Ocean) ~ PH: 831-458-2224
Serving Brazilian acai bowls in addition to smoothies, yerba mate, a few baked goods, coffee, espresso, and organic soups. Dishes with milk can be made vegan with the substitution of hemp milk at extra charge. Free indoor bike parking. Wheelchair accessible. Accepts credit cards. Mon-Fri 8:00am-5:00pm, Sat-Sun 9:00am-5:00pm-- Rating: 4.5 HappyCow(s)

It is advised to call ahead before you visit any listing in the restaurant directory to confirm the open hours, etc.

If you appreciate this free service and would like to offer your support, please contribute online at: www.happycow.net/supporter.html

All contents copyright © 1999-2014 HappyCow's Healthy Eating Guide. All rights reserved.