a plate of vegetarian rice and vegan Chickpea curry.

14 Best Vegetarian Restaurants in Honolulu Right Now

Honolulu is popular for its beautiful scenery and pleasant climate. Whether you live there or are just visiting, it is essential to visit some of the best vegetarian restaurants.

Fortunately, vegetarian and vegan restaurants are not too difficult to come by in Honolulu. Various vegetarian foods range from burgers to sushi and noodles to curries.

If you’re looking for some great vegetarian restaurants in Honolulu, you’ve come to the right place. Here are some of our top favorites:

1. Simple Joy Vegetarian Cuisine

Hours Of Operation: Daily: Mon-Sun: 10:30am – 2:30pm, 5:00pm – 9:00pm

RATING: 4.6 out of 5

Location: 1145 South King Street #B, Honolulu, HI 96814

Price: $$

Website: http://simplejoycuisine.com/

This is one of Honolulu’s best vegetarian and vegan places. It is a very popular destination for foodies and offers a selection of vegetables for their delicious dishes and mock meats.

Why we love this place: One of the great things about Simple Joy is the menu selection. There is a range of options, from more traditional curry noodle soup to an interesting banana flower salad. Some classic and popular choices include pot stickers, pad Thai, and spring rolls.

Tips: Be sure to try the Joy Noodle Soup and veggie fried rice. They’re both top-tier options!

2. Loving Hut

Hours Of Operation: Mon-Sat: 10:30am – 2:30pm, 5:00pm – 9:00pm

RATING: 4.5 out of 5

Location: 1614 South King Street, Honolulu, HI 96826

Price: $

Website: https://lovinghut.us/honolulu/

Loving Hut is a completely vegan restaurant with fantastic food options ranging from appetizers to main meals. They also offer lunch specials and combo plates with a Vietnamese flavor and inspiration to the dishes.  

Why we love this place: This is hands down a fantastic place to get value for your money. It has a family-restaurant feel rather than a vegan chain restaurant. The dishes are inexpensive, but there is no compromise on taste and flavor. It is also an excellent restaurant for people needing gluten-free options.

3. Peace Cafe

Hours Of Operation: Mon: 10:00am – 4:00pm, Tues-Sat: 10:00am – 8:00pm

RATING: 4.5 out of 5

Location: 2239 South King Street, Honolulu, HI 96826

Price: $$

Website: https://www.peacecafehawaii.com/

They aim to provide nourishing, healthy, yet full-of-flavor plant-based meals. The signature dish is Tempeh Katsu, which is delicious, and we also like their friendly and approachable service. It is a small cafe with a relaxing setting.

Why we love this place: The idea behind Peace Cafe is what makes it unique for us. Based on the philosophy of peace, joy, kindness, and harmony, this little cafe creates dishes to reflect these concepts. Perhaps some items are a bit pricey; however, the portions are pretty large, so sharing is also a nice option.

4. Umeke Market

Hours Of Operation: Open from Mon-Fri: 8:00am – 10:00am for breakfast, 10:30am – 2:00pm for lunch

RATING: 4.7 out of 5

Location: 1001 Bishop Street #110, Honolulu, HI 96813

Website: https://www.umekemarkethawaii.com/

Umeke Market is the place for your quick, go-to breakfast or lunch order. They have burgers, tacos, as well as lentil and rice dishes which are reasonable portions and prices. Some mock meat options, such as the Korean Fried “Chicken” are also available.

Why we love this place: One of the best things about Umeke Market is you can place your lunch order from about 10:15 am and then simply fetch it curb-side when it’s done. They also have delicious specials every day of the week.

5. Govinda’s Restaurant

Hours Of Operation: From Mon-Fri: 11:00am – 2:30pm

RATING: 4.5 out of 5

Location: 51 Coelho Way, Honolulu, HI 96817

Price: $

Website: https://www.iskconhawaii.com/

The relatively new but very popular restaurant used the label “karma-free food” to describe its extensive range of dishes. The menu offers simple Indian food and follows a donation-based system. The buffet is prepared with no onion or garlic, and each day of the week has a different menu.

Why we love this place: The restaurant is run by ISKON (International Society for Krishna Consciousness) and is considered one of the hidden gems in Honolulu. All the food for the buffet is homemade and definitely is reminiscent of home-style food. You can also take out if you prefer, or you can enjoy your food at their restaurant.

6. Juicy Brew

Hours Of Operation: Tues-Fri: 1:00am – 6:00pm, Sat-Sun: 9:00am – 3:00pm

RATING: 4.7 out of 5

Location: 3392 Waialae Ave, Honolulu, HI 96816

Price: $$

Website: https://www.juicybrew.menu/

This health food and vegan cafe is only about 2 miles from Waikiki Beach. It is a small yet quaint place and sources ingredients from local farms.

Why we love this place: It is considered a hidden gem with food focused on being nutritious and varied. Different menu options rotate throughout the week, so you can try something new every time you go.

Tip: For non-vegetarians and vegetarians alike, try the mock meat version of chicken. The texture is very similar to chicken and is deliciously flavored in each dish.

Acai bowl served in a coconut plate

7. Tane Vegan Izakaya

Hours Of Operation: Tues-Sat: 4:30pm – 10:00pm

RATING: 4.7 out of 5

Location: 2065 S Beretania St, Honolulu, HI 96826

Price: $$

Website: https://www.tanevegan.com/

Tane Vegan Izakaya is a unique restaurant with plant-based sushi and ramen. It is only open late afternoon and evening, so it is the ideal place to try something new for dinner.

Why we love this place: This restaurant makes beautiful, aesthetically pleasing dishes, drawing inspiration from Japanese cuisine. It’s helpful to know that dinner parties of 1 to 4 people can stay for a maximum of 90 minutes, and a party of 5 or more can stay for 2 hours.

8. AV Restaurant

Hours Of Operation: Tues-Sat: 5:30pm – 10:30pm

RATING: 4.7 out of 5

Location: 1135 11th Ave, Honolulu, HI 96816

Price: Up to $$$$

Website: https://www.xorghawaii.com/av-restaurant/

Another great dinner option, this restaurant is an All Vegan (AV) restaurant that has a high-end luxury experience guaranteed. You should make reservations to secure your place.

Why we love this place: What is really interesting about AV Restaurant is that they offer an enormous 14 to 16-course tasting menu that changes frequently. With so many courses, vegan lovers can surely get a taste of everything. Eating at AV Restaurant can only be described as a culinary experience and adventure.

Vegetarian plate with some zoodles, broccoli, carrots, and more.

9. The Ripple Of Smiles

Hours Of Operation: Wed-Sun: 11:00am – 2:46pm (not a typo), 5:00pm – 9:00pm

RATING: 4.7 out of 5

Location: 3040 Waialae Ave, Honolulu, HI 96816

Price: $

Website: https://therippleofsmiles.com/

The Ripple of Smiles is a Vietnamese restaurant with vegan and vegetarian options focused on clean, healthy, and quality meals. The portion size is ideal for one person.

Why we love this place: We like the specific enthusiasm for nourishing and healthy foods here. The outdoor seating has a cozy and easy-going appeal to it, and they also allow dogs to sit with you outside while you enjoy your meal.

10. Leahi Health Aina Haina

Hours Of Operation: Daily: Mon-Sat: 8:00am – 5:00pm, Sun: 10:00am – 3:00pm

RATING: 4.4 out of 5

Location: 820 W Hind Dr, Honolulu, HI 96821

Price: $

Website: https://leahihealth.com/

Leahi Health sources its fruits and vegetables locally, emphasizes organic foods, and even makes their own kombucha. Their ingredients are always fresh and perfectly ripe.

Why we love this place: They offer a variety of must-try smoothies, and the tacos are also a significant feature on their menu, including kale and rainbow tacos. It can become everyone’s go-to green juice spot or the best place to go when craving something fresh and healthy.

11. Heavenly Island Lifestyle

Hours Of Operation: Daily: Mon-Sun: 7:00am – 2:00pm, 4:00pm – 10:00pm

RATING: 4.4 out of 5

Location: 342 Seaside Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815

Price: $$

Website: https://www.heavenly-waikiki.com/

Heavenly Island Lifestyle uses organic and local ingredients for all of its menu items. Although they have meat and seafood options, they also offer a range of vegetarian food as well.

Why we love this place: In the cozy atmosphere of this restaurant, you can become familiar with their happy hour menu from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm daily.

Tip: The restaurant is located in the Shoreline Hotel Waikiki. Indoor and outdoor seating is available.

12. Olena Cafe

Hours Of Operation: Open from Mon-Fri: 7:30am – 5:00pm, Sat: 9:00am – 3:00pm

RATING: 4.7 out of 5

Location: 1631 Kapiolani Blvd Suite #2, Honolulu, HI 96814

Price: $$

Website: https://olenacafe.com/

This cafe is family-owned and is mainly known as a healthy juice bar with food options. Their acai bowls are the main attraction.

Why we love this place: We love the fresh juices and acai bowls at Olena Cafe. In their food, you can see a rainbow of colors representing the variety of fruit and vegetables used. Try the Hawaiian Honey Latte or the cold brew for a quick coffee in the mornings or as an afternoon pick-me-up.

Colorful bowl of acai with smoothie, kiwi, blackberry and strawberry.

13. Floralia

Hours Of Operation: Fri-Sun: 4:00pm – 8:00pm

RATING: 4.6 out of 5

Location: 1124 Kona St, Honolulu, HI 96814

Website: https://floraliapizza.com/

Mainly a weekend place, Floralia is an Italian pizza restaurant. You may have heard of What It Dough, which is its former name. It can be pretty busy, so try to get to the restaurant a little earlier to ensure a table.

Why we love this place: They have some of the best vegan pizzas in Honolulu, with weekend specials that change often. They are actually the first plant-based and wood-fired pizza place in Hawaii. Other foods like pasta and sandwiches are coming soon.

14. The Other Side Diner

Hours Of Operation: Daily: Tues-Thurs: 11:00am – 12:00am (midnight), Fri-Sat: 11:00am – 2:00am, Sun: 11:00am – 11:00pm

RATING: 4.4 out of 5

Location: 42 N Hotel St, Honolulu, HI 96817

Price: $$

Website: https://www.theothersidehi.com/

The Other Side Diner is in Honolulu’s Chinatown and takes a new spin on the traditional American diner. The restaurant’s décor takes on a classic 60s diner, with comic book ads and travel posters. They have added vegetarian and vegan options, which have become very popular.

Why we love this place: They have happy hour every day between 3 and 6 pm and scrumptious brunch menus over the weekend. The diner has an interesting concept – finding out “The Truth” about popular conspiracies, one of them being if plants can really taste better than meat or not.

The Wrap-Up

If you’re looking for some delicious vegetarian fare while in Honolulu, you’ll want to check out these great restaurants! Each offers something unique and sure to please even the most discerning palate.

So, the next time you’re in Honolulu and looking for a good meal, be sure to give one of these eateries a try. Bon appetite!


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