plant-based dining

Cincinnati Plant-Based Dining Guide: The Best Spots for Vegan Food

A year ago I decided to clean up my diet by challenging myself to eat clean for 90 days. Although it was a struggle at first, 90 days turned into a year. That’s when I decided that a plant-based diet and lifestyle was more healthier and would be a long-term change for me.

Because I enjoy eating out, I went on the hunt to find plant-based eateries in the city. It wasn’t too difficult since Cincinnati has emerged as a vibrant hub for plant-based dining, offering an array of vegan and vegetarian options that cater to all tastes. Just because you change your diet doesn’t mean you can’t find healthier options and still enjoy getting out once in awhile. Whether you’re a dedicated vegan, a vegetarian, or just curious about plant-based cuisine, I hope that you will find some new places to try in this guide to the best plant-based restaurants in Cincinnati. Enjoy exploring and tasting your way through the Queen City’s finest plant-based eateries! Bon appetit!

 Rooted Juicery + Kitchen 

Locations: Oakley, Downtown, Mariemont 

Rooted Juicery + Kitchen is a must-visit for anyone looking to enjoy food in its most natural state. Known for its fresh juices, smoothies, and bowls, Rooted also offers a selection of raw, vegan, and gluten-free desserts. Favorites include the Almond Thai Bowl and the coconut bliss bar. The atmosphere is upscale and healthy, making it a great spot for a casual lunch or a quick smoothie on the go. 

 Amma’s Kitchen 

Location: Reading Road 

Amma’s Kitchen specializes in vegetarian and vegan Southern Indian cuisine. The restaurant is renowned for its vegan lunch buffet available every Wednesday. With a variety of flavorful dishes like dosas and curries, Amma’s Kitchen offers a unique and satisfying dining experience. 

Happy Chicks Bakery 

Location: Northside 

Happy Chicks Bakery is a plant-based paradise offering an array of vegan baked goods. From cupcakes and cookies to savory items like croissant grilled cheese with kale pesto, this bakery has something for everyone. All ingredients are vegan, organic, and locally sourced, ensuring high-quality treats that are as delicious as they are ethical. 

Loving Hut 

Location: Pleasant Ridge 

Loving Hut is part of a global chain of vegan restaurants, each with its unique menu. The Cincinnati location features dishes such as the Buffalo Wrap and Portabella Panini, catering to both newcomers to vegan cuisine and long-time enthusiasts. 

 Herban Vegans 

Location: Oakley Kitchen Food Hall 

Herban Vegans offers an inventive menu focused on vegan seafood alternatives like shrimp and fish tacos. Their dishes are perfect for those looking to explore new flavors while sticking to a plant-based diet. 

ESSEN Kitchen 

Location: Findlay Market 

Located in the bustling Findlay Market, ESSEN Kitchen offers a 100% plant-based menu that changes with the seasons. Popular dishes include the ESSEN Burger and their signature Bento Lunch Boxes, making it a great spot for a wholesome and hearty meal. 

 Melt Revival 

Location: Northside 

Melt Revival is a beloved Northside staple that has embraced a plant-based menu. The restaurant offers a variety of vegan and vegetarian dishes, such as Vegan Biscuits and Gravy and Sweet Potato Hash Browns. Melt Revival is perfect for a hearty lunch or brunch. 

 The Kitchen Factory 

Location: Northside 

The Kitchen Factory is famous for its vegan pizzas and creative sandwiches. Highlights include the “Dig the Fig” pizza and the Vegan Meatball Sandwich. With a cozy atmosphere and late-night hours, it’s a great spot for a casual meal. 

 Tickle Pickle 

Location: Northside 

Tickle Pickle offers a range of vegan burgers and shakes in a casual, laid-back setting. It’s an excellent choice for those looking to enjoy classic American comfort food with a plant-based twist. 

 Maplewood Kitchen and Bar 

Locations: Downtown, Mason 

Maplewood Kitchen and Bar brings a West Coast vibe to Cincinnati with its focus on fresh, seasonal ingredients. Vegetarian-friendly options include Avocado Benedict and Cold Pressed Juice Mimosas, making it a popular spot for brunch. 

Looking for more healthy food options around Cincinnati? Check out this blog.