Find the best vegan food in this vegan Venice dining and restaurant guide.
Updated: July 2019
Since I traveled to Venice in May of 2015, veganism has grown across the world. Back when I visited Venice, there weren’t any fully vegan or vegetarian restaurants at all. None. Zip. Nowadays, there are a few vegan restaurants in Venice where you won’t have to worry about finding plant-based eats. While I’ve updated this vegan Venice restaurant guide to include some of these new veggie establishments, I’ll keep the spots where we found yummy vegan food in Venice. I’ve organized this by neighborhood so you can easily find vegan places to eat in Venice Italy, no matter where you’re wandering.
How to Dine Vegan at Almost Any Restaurant
At nearly every restaurant in town, you’re able to make it work. You might end up eating a lot of pasta and pizza, but you’re in Italy, right? If you’re dining at a non-vegan restaurant, just make sure there isn’t egg in your pasta or cheese on your pizza. Ordering a marinara pizza with added vegetables on top is always a safe bet. We found vegan spaghetti and gnocchi quite easily. Bruschetta bread is always naturally vegan, as long as you omit the Parmesan cheese. And there’s tons of accidentally vegan fruit gelato on every corner. Pretty much all fruit gelato is vegan, except for coconut (it can have milk).
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Sometimes restaurants, gelaterias, and cafes make it even easier for the vegans in the crowd by adding signs featuring a little “V” in front of certain items, whether it’s sticking out of the gelato or on the menu. Veganism is growing worldwide, and Italy isn’t immune from this compassionate phenomenon. So, please don’t worry if you’re traveling to Italy as a vegan. It’s one of the easiest places to maintain your vegan diet abroad.
Vegan Venice in Dorsoduro
Dorsoduro was the district where we stayed at an apartment for three nights. There are many reasons to stay in Dorsoduro over any other neighborhood in Venice. Thankfully, we found some vegan food there without any difficulty. I’m pleased to add some options for Dorsoduro to this Venice food guide for vegans.
OKE Pizzeria e Ristorante
We loved OKE Pizzeria so much that we ate there twice. It was ridiculously close to our apartment, so it was easy to dine there or bring pizza back to our apartment. We stumbled upon this restaurant without any research ahead of time.
In my planning, I read that the Dorsoduro restaurant, La Piscina, had a separate vegetarian menu with vegan items marked. This was not the case as they didn’t know anything about a vegetarian menu when we asked. So, we ended up walking down the street on our first evening in Venice without a clue about what we were going to eat for our first meal there. And then we found OKE Pizzeria.
From the menu, we could tell that they cared greatly about their food and their customers. OKE Pizzeria is committed to using organic and locally grown ingredients wherever possible. They also take food allergies very seriously, including those to gluten and dairy. When we ordered our pizza and asked for no dairy, they understood this request right away. Justin and I ordered pizza marinara with additional vegetables on top. Oke Pizzeria has an awesome patio right on the water, so it was the perfect place to have our first dinner in Venice.
They also do takeout orders. On another day, we picked up some pizza and ate it on our apartment’s balcony. This time, we ordered a vegetable pizza without the cheese, and it was so yummy.
La Tecia Vegana
La Tecia Vegana is high on our list to sample when we return to Venice someday. It didn’t exist when we were there, but it’s one of the few entirely vegan restaurants in Venice. It’s near Santa Margherita Square and the main train station. The menu comes in multiple languages and it’s some of the best vegan Venice food you’ll try, judging from some reviews that I’ve read. They’ve got seitan and polenta, vegan lentil burgers, eggplant lasagna, vegan tiramisu, and more. It’s all of your favorite Italian eats without the meat.
Gelateria Il Doge
They have lots of vegan gelato flavors. There are a lot of fruit flavors, but also dark chocolate and hazelnut. It’s one of the best places to find vegan gelato in Venice.
Vegan Food in Venice: San Marco
This might be one of the most touristy spots in Venice with St. Mark’s Basilica, the Bridge of Sighs, and Doge’s Palace. Don’t dine in Piazza San Marco as it’s incredibly overpriced. However, you can find a few decent spots for vegan food in San Marco.
After our sunset gondola ride, we found ourselves wandering around trying to find restaurants that either didn’t exist or we couldn’t find. Again, we stumbled upon this restaurant, Le Café, in Campo San Stefano. There were several options on the menu that could easily be prepared vegan.
Justin and I ordered some drinks and sat on the patio, overlooking the bustling piazza. As for the food, we got some bruschetta to start, and ordered more pizza with mushrooms and peppers. Everything was delicious, and it was a great place to enjoy a meal.
While we didn’t dine there, Pizzeria L’Angelo is a wonderful choice for vegan Venice food. There are vegan sandwiches, wraps, and two types of vegan pizza with vegan cheese. This is a takeout place, so it would be great to eat on the go.
Basara is a Japanese restaurant in Venice near Piazza San Marco. They’ve labeled all of the vegetarian choices on the menu, and many of these are vegan-friendly. If you’re not feeling like eating any more pizza or pasta, perhaps some vegan sushi will interest you!
Gelato Fantasy is one of the best places to find vegan ice cream in Venice. They have six to eight different flavors of vegan gelato, including vegan cones. It’s a great choice to visit on a hot day while wandering the canals.
When you only have a few days in a place, you don’t get to go everywhere. San Polo was a district where we didn’t spend much time, so we didn’t end up eating any food there. However, if you do find yourself in San Polo, there are some choice for veggie eats.
Frary’s serves Mediterranean food, which provides another lovely break from all of the pizza and pasta. They advertise lots of vegetarian and vegan items on their menu, including a vegan meze plate, hummus, falafel, and even baklava for dessert.
This is a small health food shop with a vegetarian deli and salad bar. You pay by weight and there are vegan options. I can’t vouch for it personally, but it sounds like a great place. You can eat inside or take the food away and have a picnic at a nearby park.
Justin and I were walking around and stopped here because it was convenient and had a nice patio in a cozy piazza. We ordered minestrone soup, pasta in tomato sauce, and gnocchi in tomato sauce. We were assured that the soup, the pasta, and the gnocchi would be prepared without any dairy or eggs. Hopefully, this was the case. Be sure to double check when you arrive and make sure that your pasta and gnocchi are prepared in a tomato sauce without egg.
We didn’t dine at all in Cannaregio, but there are actually a few vegetarian restaurants in Venice that you’ll find here. They all have vegan options, of course.
Sullaluna is a cozy Italian bookshop with a vegetarian cafe that focuses on local produce. They have a few vegan dishes that you can choose on the menu. You can find hummus, pizzette without cheese, and soy milk for your cappuccino.
Fiumefreddo Bio is a small vegetarian restaurant with vegan dishes. Some examples of the vegan food there include vegan parm, quinoa meatballs, a vegan burger, potato and beetroot lasagna, and cannelloni.
Gam-Gam is an Israeli restaurant in the Jewish ghetto area of Venice. You can find hummus, falafel, couscous, and more. It is a Kosher restaurant, and it’s closed on Fridays and Saturdays.
L’Angolo Della Pizza
There are three vegan pizzas here and a falafel that’s vegan, as long as you omit the mayonnaise.
There are some vegan choices on the menu, like soup, salad, saffron rice, and pasta.
If you’re looking for where to eat in Venice, don’t count out Lido. There are two restaurants with lots of vegan options on the neighboring island of Lido. We had planned to visit Lido but simply ran out of time. It gives us a place to go back to when we return to Venice.
Buddha Soul Resto
Buddha Soul Resto is an Asian and Italian restaurant on Lido. They have a few vegan items, including seitan and potatoes, a tofu dish, vegetable rice, and a few Indian dishes that you can request to be prepared vegan. Please note that it’s closed on Monday.
El Pecador is a fast food restaurant inside a double decker bus. How cool is that? You can find vegan burgers here.
While Venice might not be as vegan-friendly as cities in Italy like Florence or Rome, you can still find tons of options. I’m hoping that the amount of vegan restaurants in Venice will increase over the coming years, and I’d love to go back to try them.
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