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Restaurant Dining Data Shows Rise in Plant Based Cuisine


Today is World Vegetarian Day, a day that brings global attention to the health and environmental benefits of a vegetarian lifestyle! 

To celebrate non-meat eaters everywhere, restaurant apps, like Grubhub and Open Table took a look at some of the top vegetarian eating trends across the nation - including top vegetarian-loving states, top vegetarian dishes nationally and regionally and more. 

  • Impossible Burger Rises to the Top: This year, The Impossible Burger joins the ranks one of America’s top 5 favorite vegetarian foods in 2019! New York, California and Illinois are ordering Impossible Foods the most compared to the rest of the nation. 
  • Impossible Food vs. Plant-Based Proteins: Impossible Foods reigns supreme across the nation as it’s ordered 9x more often than other plant-based proteins.
  • Top Vegetarian-Loving States: The east coast has been showing vegetarian dishes some love this year compared to the rest of the country. Top vegetarian-loving states include New Hampshire, New Jersey, Connecticut and New York. 


  1. Black beans and rice: 322% more popular
  2. Cheddar cheese curd: 299% more popular 
  3. Mexican street corn: 259% more popular
  4. Impossible Burger: 129% more popular 

Methodology: These food orders rose in popularity the most in 2019 compared to 2018.

According to data from OpenTable, plant-based diets and meat alternatives have become much more prevalent in 2019 than previous years with reviews featuring “plant based” increasing by 200 percent since 2017. Additionally, there were less than 100 reviews before 2016 that mention “vegan”, but that number has since increased by almost 15,000 per month.

“There’s no doubt that plant-based dining is a trend as we’re seeing increasing interest in vegetarian menu options from our diners,” said Caroline Potter, Chief Dining Officer at OpenTable. “In honor of World Vegetarian Day, we thought it was a great moment to celebrate this change in dietary habits by spotlighting restaurants that serve up dining experiences guaranteed to satisfy any plant-based diet or omnivore appetite.” 

Featuring restaurants coast-to-coast across 20 states and Washington, D.C., the list is culled from more than 12 million verified diner reviews of over 30,000 U.S. restaurants. 

From locally grown, organic ingredients at Gracias Madre in West Hollywood, Calif. to the cutting edge vegetable offerings from award-winning chef, Amanda Cohen, at Dirt Candy in New York City, the list is perfect for vegans and vegetarians everywhere and even their omnivore friends at the table. With 16 restaurants on the list, California takes the lead, followed by Pennsylvania and New York with 10 winners each. Washington, D.C. comes in fourth with seven restaurants, Florida is close behind with six and Illinois and Texas each claim four restaurants. 

OpenTable’s list of the 50 Best Restaurants for Vegetarians in America for 2019 is generated solely from diner reviews collected between August 1, 2018 and July 31, 2019. Qualifying restaurants were scored and sorted according to the sum of tags spanning “good vegetarian options”, “vegetarian options” or “vegan.”

Based on this methodology, the 50 Best Restaurants for Vegetarians in America for 2019 according to OpenTable diners, are in alphabetical order as follows:

50 Best Restaurants for Vegetarians in America for 2019

Âu Lạc Plant-Based Food & Drink - Los Angeles, California

Bar Bombon - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Bistro Aracosia - Washington, D.C.

BLACKOUT - Dining in the Dark - Las Vegas, Nevada

Blossom - Multiple Locations 

Brewery Bhavana - Raleigh, North Carolina 

Candle 79 - New York, New York

Catch LA - West Hollywood, California 

Chaatable - Nashville, Tennessee

Charlie was a sinner. - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Delice & Sarrasin - New York, New York

Departure Restaurant and Lounge - Portland, Oregon 

Dirt Candy - New York, New York

Divya's Kitchen - New York, New York

Double Zero - New York, New York

Ema - Chicago, Illinois

Equinox - DC - Washington, D.C.

Farmer's Table - Boca Raton, Florida

Farmers & Distillers - Washington, D.C.

Farmers Fishers Bakers - Washington, D.C.

Farmhouse at Rogers Gardens - Corona Del Mar, California 

Fig + Farro - Minneapolis, Minnesota

Founding Farmers - Multiple Locations 

Gracias Madre - San Francisco, California 

Gracias Madre - West Hollywood, California 

Greens Restaurant - San Francisco, California 

Harvest Beat - Seattle, Washington 

Harvest Seasonal Grill & Wine Bar - Multiple Locations 

Hell's Kitchen - Caesars Palace Las Vegas - Las Vegas, Nevada

Irregardless Cafe - Raleigh, North Carolina 

Jaleo DC - Washington, D.C.

Linger - Denver , Colorado

The Little Beet Table - Chicago, Illinois

Little Goat - Chicago, Illinois

Modern Love - Multiple Locations 

Nix - New York, New York

Oliver's - Santa Barbara, California 

Oyamel - Washington, D.C. 

P.S. & Co. - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Plant Food + Wine - Venice, California

Plant Miami - Miami, Florida

Planta - Miami Beach, Florida 

Root Down - Denver, Colorado 

Sage - A Plant Based Bistro - Culver City, California 

Slanted Door - San Francisco, California 

Tamarind - Tribeca - New York, New York 

Terrain Garden Cafe - Glen Mills, Pennsylvania 

True Food Kitchen - Multiple Locations

Wild Ginger Downtown Seattle - Seattle, Washington

Zaytinya - Washington, D.C.  

The complete list may also be viewed at https://www.opentable.com/lists/best-restaurants-for-vegetarians-us-2019.

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