The city of Bend in Oregon is brimming with miles of hiking trails, ancient lava tubes, a diverse cultural landscape, and even the furthest-reaching beer trail in the West – the Bend Ale Trail. But Bend, Oregon isn’t just a recreation hub. This city also has a surprisingly good dining and restaurant scene.

The great thing is you can find vegan and vegetarian restaurants in Bend, Oregon too, as well as excellent eateries that serve both meat and vegetarian dishes. But the appealing vegetarian options at those restaurants means we just had to include some of those non-vegetarian restaurants on our list too.

So let’s dive into our six favorite vegetarian restaurants in Bend, Oregon, and find your ideal dining experience!

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Six Exceptional Vegetarian Restaurants In Bend, OR: Food Worth Waiting For!

1. Lively Up Yourself

We believe that vegetarians shouldn’t have to compromise on health and taste when visiting somewhere new. And that’s why we’ve put together this list to help discover restaurants like Lively Up Yourself that serve nutritious, healthy and delicious vegan comfort food.

This food cart is located at Midtown Yacht Club, not far from Goodrich Pasture Park, and shares its seating area with other food carts in the area. So why not order some of their delicious vegan food and sit a while and people watch, or if you’re off on one of Bend’s many adventures, you can simply grab and go.

Some of the popular dishes here include the St. Louis Style Ribz where you’ll get to dig into four pieces of jackfruit and seitan ribz, nicely coated in a sweet and tangy St. Louis Style BBQ Sauce which is then served with kettle chips and ranch for dipping.

Another great pick is their Breakfast Burrito consisting of seasoned tofu, peppers, onions, potatoes & oat breakfast sausage, topped with hot salsa and ‘cheeze’ sauce.

This vegan restaurant in Bend, Oregon is open everyday from Monday to Saturday from 11am to 9pm and on Sunday from 11am to 8pm.

Address: 1661 NE 4th St, Bend, OR 97701

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2. Toasty

Toasty is a convenient food truck situated just a short walking distance from Bend Whitewater Park which is a river ideal for tubing, rafting and kayaking. And we think Toasty is the ideal stop after those activities as you’ll surely work up a monster appetite!

At this place you’ll find a super colorful vintage caravan serving some great Mexican-influenced dishes with a creative vegan twist to each.

This vegan food truck was initially started by two sisters who just had avocado toast in mind. But what started as a though has evolved into a menu full of brunch, lunch, and dinner dishes, and now you can get your hands on mouth-watering burritos, salads, and tacos. And if thirsty, why not pair those with some beer, cider or wine as that’s available too?

Some of the top picks here include the Scramble On Toast which consists of tofu scramble, ‘cheddar’, onion, avocado, microgreens, salsa and lime crema. Another standout dish is their Nacho Crunchwrap prepared with beyond ‘beef’, ‘cheddar’, beans, cashew queso, avocado, tostada and other delicious fillings.

This is easily one of the best vegan and vegetarian restaurants in Bend, Oregon, and they’re open on Monday from 12pm to 7pm, from Tuesday to Saturday from 11am to 8pm, but is closed on Sundays,

Address: 536 NW Arizona Ave, Bend, OR 97701

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3. Active Culture

Located just a few minutes walk from Drake Park, at the end of Deschutes River, Active Culture offers healthy, nutritious and wholesome food ranging from super filling bowls to burritos, açai bowls, nachos, quesadillas, salads, tacos, and even bagels and smoothies.

Although not solely vegetarian, Active Culture had to be included on our list of vegetarian restaurants in Bend, Oregon due to their rich variety of plant-based dishes.

This restaurant is situated in an old gas station, painted in black with some decorative barrels as you drive in. However, don’t let the outside fool you – this old gas station is home to great food, a relaxed atmosphere, and warm and friendly staff that are happy to accommodate any requests.

Some popular vegetarian items on the menu include their Huevos Rancheros which consists of organic black and red beans, organic eggs, cheddar cheese, ranchero sauce, crumbled goat cheese, avocado, sour cream, cilantro and seasoning which is then served with either tortilla chips or organic roasted potatoes.

Some other great options are their Saucy BBQ Burrito made with organic brown rice, organic black and red beans, cheddar cheese, slaw, red onion, sour cream, guacamole, cilantro, seasoning, BBQ beet sauce and then served with tortilla chips.

Or how about their delicious Deluxe Egg-el Sandwich made with organic scrambled eggs, melted cheddar cheese, avocado smash, tomato, red onion and sprouts.

When it comes to drinks, if you’re looking for a pick-me-up during the day then why not grab one of their smoothie options. And there’s no better option than their very own ‘Pick-Me-Up’, which is prepared with organic house-made almond milk, kale, watermelon and pineapple. You can also grab some of their tasty craft cocktails, or choose from their nice selection of local beer on tap.

If you’re visiting with little ones, you’re in luck as Active Culture also has an appealing Kids Menu which has items like the Teeny Quesadilla, Kids’ Acai Bowl and many more.

But something that will please both adults and children are the crave-worthy frozen yogurt that also comes in 12 gelato flavors! Just for the gelato alone we had to include Active Culture in our list of the best vegetarian restaurants in Bend, OR!

Active Culture is open everyday from 9am to 9pm.

Address: 285 NW Riverside Blvd, Bend, OR 97701

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4. Chow

Fun, arty, upbeat and homey are what best describes Chow‘s unique charm, and you can experience it early as they open at 7am!

This place is a great choice for a classic comfort food breakfast or brunch, as Chow specializes in locally sourced American cuisine. While not solely vegetarian, we think you won’t be disappointed by the awesome vegetarian options on offer here, and the separate vegan menu.

Chow’s eclectic interior décor is a fun touch, but the outdoor patio – with its murals, picnic tables, and patio heater to keep you warm and toasty during the colder days – is where you should head! Regardless of where you choose to sit, the staff here are very attentive, knowledgeable and will accommodate most dietary requests.

Some popular items on the menu are their Huevos Rancheros made with black beans, cotija, pepperjack cheese, two poached eggs, roja and verde sauce. Another great option is their Veggie Benny which consists of a fried rice cake, snow peas, pickled carrots, spinach, water chestnuts, red bell peppers, Shoyu sake glaze and marinated organic tofu.

Chow also has a separate menu for gluten-free and vegan dishes and is open everyday from 7am to 2pm.

Address: 1110 NW Newport Ave, Bend, OR 97701

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5. Noi Thai Cuisine

We’ve so far included a few casual dining spots, but we just had to include one fine dining place in Bend with great vegetarian choices. But it’s not just the food you should visit for, but also the upscale setting, unforgettable experience and daily happy hour – more on that later!

Situated just a few minutes from Deschutes Historical Museum, Noi Thai Cuisine is a classy and elegant fine dining restaurant with top-notch service, as well as a separate vegetarian menu! In fact the intimate and elegant atmosphere here makes it our top pick for a romantic evening with your loved one.

Established in 2012 by JJ Chaiseeha, this restaurant’s owner has shown great passion in showcasing delicate authentic Thai cuisine to the Bend dining scene. And you’ll see that for yourself once the dishes start arriving.

As for the vegetarian options, we think you’ll be impressed by the flavors and textures of the Pineapple Fried Rice which is made with ingredients like jasmine rice infused with yellow curry flavoring, pineapple, carrots, cabbage, cashew nuts, tofu, onion, broccoli and raisins. Not only does that sound good, it looks good too – that dish is actually served on a pineapple!

Another popular vegetarian pick is their Drunken Noodles which consists of tofu, bell peppers, basil, broccoli, cabbage, carrot, tomatoes and bamboo shoots.

And if you’re looking to save some bucks, then Noi Thai Cuisine also has a daily happy hour menu from 2.30pm to 6pm – what’s not to like!

Address: 550 NW Franklin Ave Suit 148, Bend, OR 97703

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6. Cafe Yumm!

Looking for something quick, healthy, nutritious and filling? Look no further than Café Yumm as this place serves super fast food in huge portions. Perfect for those with limited lunch time, or who need to head off on an adventure!

This unassuming restaurant doesn’t have much indoor seating, but the staff here are warm and friendly and will assist you with any request. And as an added bonus, Café Yumm only serves certified organic produce in their made to order Asian-inspired bowls, wraps, salads and soups.

One popular vegetarian dish here is the Smoky Bowl which consists of organic brown rice, their signature Yumm Sauce, chipotle chili, salsa and other deluxe toppings. We think you’ll love their Deluxe Quesadilla too, as the combination of cheddar cheese, tomatoes, olives, avocado and cilantro is a winner in our eyes.

Although not solely vegetarian, we just had to include Café Yumm on our list of vegetarian restaurants in Bend, Oregon for the freshness and flavors in each bite. This place is open from Monday to Friday from 10am to 7pm and on weekends from 10am to 4pm.

Address: 1500 NE Cushing Dr #130, Bend, OR 97701

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