Vegan Venice Restaurant Guide: The Best Vegan Food in Venice Italy

Venice Vegan Restaurant Guide

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

Vegan Venice Guide: OKE Pizzeria

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.

Vegan Venice Guide - Vegan Restaurants in Venice - OKE Pizzeria
Vegan Venice Guide - Vegan Restaurants in Venice - 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.

Vegan Venice Guide - Vegan Restaurants in Venice - OKE Pizzeria
Vegan Venice Guide - Vegan Restaurants in Venice - OKE Pizzeria

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.

Vegan Venice Guide - Vegan Restaurants in Venice - OKE Pizzeria
Vegan Venice Guide - Vegan Restaurants in Venice - OKE Pizzeria

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.

Le Café

Vegan Venice Guide - Vegan Restaurants in Venice - Le Cafe

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.

Vegan Venice Guide - Vegan Restaurants in Venice - Le Cafe
Vegan Venice Guide - Vegan Restaurants in Venice - Le Cafe

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.

Vegan Venice Guide - Vegan Restaurants in Venice - Le Cafe
Vegan Venice Guide - Vegan Restaurants in Venice - Le Cafe
Vegan Venice Guide - Vegan Restaurants in Venice - Le Cafe
Vegan Venice Guide - Vegan Restaurants in Venice - Le Cafe

Pizzeria L’Angelo

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

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

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.

San Polo

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

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.

Castello

La Spighe

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.

Al Burchiello

Vegan Venice Guide - Vegan Restaurants in Venice - Al Burchiello

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.

Vegan Venice Guide - Vegan Restaurants in Venice - Al Burchiello
Vegan Venice Guide - Vegan Restaurants in Venice - Al Burchiello
Vegan Venice Guide - Vegan Restaurants in Venice - Al Burchiello
Vegan Venice Guide - Vegan Restaurants in Venice - Al Burchiello

Cannaregio

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

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

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

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.

Osteria Giogione

There are some vegan choices on the menu, like soup, salad, saffron rice, and pasta.

Lido

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

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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23 Responses

  1. What a great guide for vegans planning to visit Venice. Love the pics of all that delicious food! :-)

  2. Hung Thai
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    Oh wow, I did not know vegan food can look so tasty :) – But I guess Italians really know how to make pizzas look good, and they normally don’t have any meats right? Great post!

  3. Charles McCool
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    Looks like I eat mostly vegan in Italy without realizing it. I love my bruschetta, drinks, and pasta!

  4. Ivan Jordon
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    Oh my. I’ve always wanted to go to Venice. So jealous! Maybe next year… if I’m lucky.

  5. Joyce
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    Just find your blog through Pinterest. Love it! From a fellow vegan travel blogger (using Divi theme haha!)

  6. Marissa
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    I’m not vegan, but all this food looks delicious! It’s making me hungry! :)

  7. Kerri
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    Just goes to show that food can look and taste good, if people take the time and effort to listen to what customers want. I love the photo of you with the pizza on the small balcony. Love balconies. #weekendwanderlust

  8. annette charlton
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    My family and I are not vegan and have no food allergies, so for us planning around our diet whilst travelling is never a consideration. Your post however, made me realise that it is no so easy for many others, especially if touring foreign countries. How wonderful that you were able to enjoy fab food and good service in great looking locations!

  9. Shivya Nath
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    This looks delicious. Great list!

  10. Wendy@TheNomadicVegan
    | Reply

    Hi Lauren,
    Glad to see you ate well in Venice! While it’s not as vegan-friendly as more southern parts of Italy, I also came across some delicious vegan finds when I was there last year. I even had a vegan spaghetti carbonara! http://www.thenomadicvegan.com/vegan-carbonara-in-venice/

  11. Carolina
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    Hello Justin and Lauren! Nice guide, I wish to suggest a vegan – friendly restaurant close to Rialto bridge, they have seasonal vegan menu and tasty vegan sweets! Here’s the link to the website/english menu: http://www.ristorantemarioallafava.it/?lang=en

  12. M
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    Thanks for the post, I am moving to the region and excited to check out many vegan friendly spots! When I was in Venice I was able to visit Pinzimonio, which is fully plant based, and Bio Sound System (vegetarian/vegan). Both were excellent so I just wanna give them a shout out in these comments :)

    • Lauren
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      Thank you! Those didn’t exist when I was there but I’m happy to hear that the city is getting more vegan options! Thanks!

  13. Suzanne
    | Reply

    This is amazing! Thank you so much. I’m off to Italy in a month and I was worried I’d be eating lettuce for days.

    • Lauren
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      You don’t have to worry about that! Italy is so vegan friendly. Let me know if you need any suggestions for other places. I’m publishing a vegan guide to Florence on the blog tonight!

  14. Brooke Ihms
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    Thank you for this post! I am dairy-free and so looking forward to trying some of these places during my trip in June.

    • Lauren
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      Thanks, Brooke! I’m publishing a vegan guide to Florence tonight if you happen to be going there, too!

    • Laura
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      Just wanted to flag that the pizza base from Le Cafe is not dairy free – confirmed Friday 21/04/17

      • Lauren
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        Oh no! What’s in it that doesn’t make it vegan? We seemed to be able to order it with marinara sauce when we went!

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  16. Daria
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    Hi guys! I’m from Venice and like to share my favourite place fro vegetarian meal is La zucca, next campo San Giacomo dell’Orio (10 min from Rialto bridge, in the San Polo district and a bit apart from crowded areas). They do serve meat and seafood as well, but specialised I seasonable vegetarian dishes.
    Should you be back in Venice go and try it, the environment is really traditional as well.
    Check it out: http://www.lazucca.it
    Have a good lunch!

  17. Mike Farmer
    | Reply

    This is all very helpful!
    Thank you,
    Mike

  18. Jane M
    | Reply

    Hey guys,
    Thanks for this great guide. I’m heading to Venice tomorrow for a few days and looking forward to getting some of that delicious vegan food in my belly!

    Jane M

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