I am finding more and more vegan-friendly dining options available in Napa. My promise to you is that I will continue eating and sharing my experiences with you! But since I can only eat so much…I’d love to hear your experiences. Good, bad or indifferent, please share your adventure with us in the Comments below!
Oxbow Public Market
Oxbow Public Market – located at 610 1st Street, Downtown Napa. They also offer patio seating that is dog-friendly! And the convenience factor is very high – not only do they offer all of these restaurants under one roof but they offer some shopping as well. If you make a trip to Napa, you have to experience the Oxbow Public Market.
- C Casa is also owned by Cate & Co. and offers several unique vegan “tacos” and small plates ranging from the white beans, roasted fingerling and new potatoes, and avocado plus a salad or two. Just be sure to mention that you are vegan so they can leave off the cheese! Very tasty and affordable.
- Hudson Greens & Goods is conveniently located in Oxbow Public Market. Their juice bar is open from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. and offers a vegan protein powder that you can substitute for their whey powder. I love the smoothies but be prepared…you will be paying tourist prices for your smoothie!
- Kitchen Door has a large dining room and wonderful outdoor patio seating on the Napa River. When you sit down be sure to mention to your server that you are vegan. They are happy to discuss the options with their Chef. The chilled vegetable and rice noodles is excellent as is the warm mushroom fried rice bowl. They can also adjust a couple of their salads to make them vegan-friendly.
- Live Fire Pizza opened in 2017. They celebrate the wonderful bounty of Northern California with help from their wood fired oven. The menu offers some delicious vegan options including the Fried Brussel Sprouts & Cauliflower small plate and their cheeseless, mushroom-friendly Napa Vegan pizza. They offer beer and wine and a great casual dining experience. One of their business partners is vegan so between all of us vegans, we may be able to talk them into adding more veg-focused choices to their menu!
- The Model Bakery like Kara’s Cupcakes does not offer any vegan baked sweet treats and seem to have no intention of changing…I’ve been asking for 6 years. But they do bake several accidentally vegan-friendly breads that are made with organic ingredients and delicious. I love the olive loaf! They have a location in St. Helena also.
- Ritual Coffee Roasters works one on one with small coffee farmers in a fair trade type relationship throughout Africa and Central and South America. This really shows through in the flavor of their coffee. It is possibly the best coffee I have tasted…ever. They do not offer any flavored syrups but instead let the taste of the coffee take center stage. They offer soy and almond milk options for their espresso drinks.
- Three Twins Ice Cream – Organic ice cream that does not contain corn syrup or anything artificial. They make a couple delicious vegan nice creams and sorbets but they offered it so inconsistently I gave up asking.
Juice & Smoothies
- Hudson Greens & Goods is conveniently located in Oxbow Public Market. Their juice bar is open from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. and offers a vegan protein powder that you can substitute for their whey powder. I love the smoothies but be prepared…you will be paying tourist prices.
- Jamba Juice has two Napa locations – Silverado Plaza in North Napa and South Napa Market Place in South Napa. They now offer almond and soy milk that can be used to veganize many of their smoothies. All of their Classic smoothies can be made with almond or soy milk in lieu of the frozen yogurt or sherbet. Their Specialty Smoothie Protein Berry Workout is already vegan as are their all-fruit and fruit & veggie smoothies. With some adjustments, you can also enjoy their Whole Food Nutrition smoothies. All of their freshly squeezed juices are good to go and they also offer a soy protein to boost your liquid meal. For all of you chocolate fans, you will have to skip it. It is made with a dairy base. When I need a break from my leafy smoothies, their PB&J made with almond milk is my favorite!!!
- Nektar Juice Bar is located in the Bel Aire Plaza shopping area at 3900 Bel Aire Plaza, Suite F. They are the only all vegan choice in Napa. They offer delicious juices, smoothies and granola bowls. The Tropical Cooler is my typical go-to smoothie but when I really want to splurge I go for the delicious Health Nut (minus the agave)!
- Whole Foods Juice Bar is located in the same shopping center as Nekter. The Nekter smoothies tastewise are still my favorite but for just a little bit more cost, some of the ingredients in the Whole Foods’ smoothies are organic. I usually get one if I am in the middle of grocery shopping and realize that I am making poor food choices because I am hungry!
- Bui Bistro is a downtown Vietnamese restaurant with nothing vegan on the menu. However, they offer a tofu curry and can veganize most of their salads, their vermicelli and a few other menu items. The banana flower can be made vegan and is gorgeous and delicious. The staff is not well versed in vegan options but they will check with the Chef and provide some choices.
- Calistoga Thai Kitchen is located in Calistoga at 1359 Lincoln Street and is one of the only spots I’ve been able to find vegan food. They make everything fresh to order so are able to veganize much of their menu by substituting vegetables or tofu. I love their curry dishes and sticky rice with mango.
- Chetuphon Thai Bistro opened in October 2017 in the South Napa Century Center at 155 Gasser Drive, Suite A. I spoke to the owner, Karen, and she confirmed that most menu items can be “veganized” using tofu or vegetables. The location is near the Cinemark cinema so it makes for a perfect date night.
- Golden Harvest Restaurant is located at 61 Main Street in St. Helena. They have a menu of Chinese food and will go over the vegan-friendly options with you. It is a very casual experience but the food is tasty.
- Mango on Main is my favorite Thai bistro located in downtown Napa at 1142 Main Street. Mee not only runs the dining room but is also married to the Chef and is well versed on their vegan options. They are willing to “veganize” nearly everything on their menu. I highly suggest the Peanut Bomb tofu, Massamun, Kari Curry (ask for tofu instead of chicken!) and Indochine corn fritters! My husband loves the samosas. They now have vegan items labelled on their menu. Michelin Recommended 2011-2016; Trip Advisor Hall of Fame 2011-2017 & voted Best Asian of the Napa Valley 2016-2017.
- Thai Kitchen Restaurant is a very small, casual spot that several vegans I know eat at frequently. It is located in North Napa at 1222 Trancas Street.
- Miminashi is located at 821 Coombs Street in downtown Napa. They offer some excellent vegan options that include my favorites – wok-fried edamame made with sunflower oil instead of butter; the Japanese pickle platter & the Yaki Onigiri grilled rice patty. The Citrus & Gem Lettuce salads are vegan without making any substitutions. They occasionally offer a sweet potato croquette that is not on the menu. The Maitake Mushroom & Radish skewers can be made without the miso butter. The vegetable fried rice is vegan if made without the egg and their Katsudon recipe can be adjusted to be vegan which makes it the Don Buri – a combination of fried rice & vegetables. They almost always offer a dairy-free soft serve sorbet. The lemongrass is my favorite flavor so far! The dining room is stunning and is the perfect place to gather with omni friends.
- Aroma offers Indian food and is located at 3012 Jefferson Street in a small shopping center behind a gas station. But don’t let that stop you from going in! Their vegetarian section offers 16 entrees and seven of them are labeled vegan-friendly. They also offer brown rice and one vegan whole wheat bread. My suggestion is the Gobhi Manchurian. A delicious blend of batter fried cauliflower in sweet chili sauce.
- Himalayan Sherpa Kitchen is nestled in downtown St. Helena at 61 Main Street. They offer delicious Nepali/Indian cuisine and all of their produce is organic! The food is excellent; I love their Alu Bhanta. Fun fact: the co-owners started out as trekking guides in Nepal before settling in the Wine Country!
- Yak & Yeti Restaurant offers Indian, Nepalese & Tibetan cuisine on their menu at 3150B Jefferson Street in Napa. I went over the entire menu with KC, one of the co-owners. Many of the vegan dishes are labelled but certainly not all of them! They can make most of their “creamy” dishes by substituting coconut milk. The Rooti & Papad breads are vegan. The basmati & brown rices are made with a hint olive oil (not ghee or butter). What else can you eat?…Vegetable Tandoori, Vegetable Biryani (olive oil must be substituted for the ghee), Mango Chutney or Mixed Pickles, Daal soup, Vegetable Pakoras, Vegetable Samosas, Chef special Chaat (with no yogurt), Samosa Chat (no yogurt or mint sauce), Tofu Chili, Veggie Momo and curries include Chana Masala, Tofu Chili, Alu Bahnt, Alu Cauli Kerau and Tofu Tikka Masala. For dessert, the mango Kulfi is dairy-free. The mint sauce is not vegan and the housemade dressing contains honey. And the chai tea is made with regular milk. However the tamarind sauce & a tomato sauce with ginger are both excellent! The food is really good but I would suggest, if like me you usually order your food mild, be sure to up it to medium!
- JuJu’s Mediterranean Kitchen is tucked away behind the Napa Crossing shopping center at 3375 California Way. They use local ingredients and have close to a dozen vegan choices that are labeled on their menu. JuJu’s offers catering, take-out, a small dining room and a market. You’ll also see JuJu at the Napa Farmers Market!
- Heritage Eats is located in the Bel Aire Plaza shopping area at 3900 Bel Aire Plaza near Nektar Juice Bar. The restaurant is very meat-centric but they offer a delicious Crispy Falafel Pita – the crunchy slaw and tahini dressing both contain honey. The dish can be made without those items if you choose. They added grilled veggies to mine and it was amazing. Several of the sides and sauces are also vegan-friendly.
- Small World Café is located in downtown Napa at 928 Coombs Street. They offer a free “buffet” of spicy and pickled ‘sides’ and have 4 or 5 vegan options available. My absolute favorite is the falafel platter since it contains a little bit of everything and is gluten free if you skip the pita bread. These are the best falafel balls in Napa!
- Live Fire Pizza opened in Oxbow Public Market in 2017. They celebrate the wonderful bounty of Northern California with help from their wood fired ovens. The menu offers some delicious vegan options including the Fried Brussel Sprouts & Cauliflower small plate and their cheeseless, mushroom-friendly Napa Vegan pizza. They offer beer and wine and a great casual dining experience. One of their business partners is vegan so between all of us vegans, we may be able to talk them into adding more veg-focused choices to their menu!
- MOD Pizza offers the mini, mod and mega sized pizza crusts. Regardless of the number of toppings you add, the price stays the same. All dough is vegan including the wheat and gluten-free options. They provide one tapioca/arrowroot based non-dairy cheese. Vegan base sauces include red, BBQ and garlic rub. And the vegan finishing sauces include the balsamic fig glaze, Sriracha, Frank’s hot sauce and olive oil. All of the veggie toppings are vegan except the croutons.
- Velo Pizzeria is located in downtown Napa at 807 Main Street. Their regular pizza crust is made with evaporated milk but their gluten-free crust is vegan. They offer vegan cheese and can load up the pizza with vegetables. I ordered a pizza from them once when they were busy and they mistakenly made it with regular cheese. They replaced it right away but pay attention when they serve your order…just in case!
- Whole Foods offers vegan-friendly wheat pizza crust and tomato sauce. You can customize your pizza by purchasing any item that they offer in the store including Miyoko’s VeganMozz, Daiya shredded mozzarella, etc. You can purchase vegan pepperoni and deli slices to add also. The pizzas can be very expensive since you pay the base price for the pizza plus the additional items you choose. But you do get whatever you want!
- Chipotle Mexican Grill now has 2 locations in Napa – 304 Soscol Avenue, Suite F near downtown Napa and 1703 Trancas Street, Suite D across from Whole Foods/Trader Joes. They now offer non-GMO ingredients, buy many of their products locally (within 250 miles), offer transparency (the list of ingredients for…everything is on their website), they use responsibly and pasture raised animals for their meat (I know, I know but one step at a time), inspect their producers at least once a year, are removing artificial ingredients from their tortillas and other items, offer non-GMO, organic tofu, do not use lard in their pinto or black beans… If you have to eat fast food, there is no other choice…And once you watch their series Farmed and Dangerous on Hulu, you will love them!
- Gott’s Roadside is now serving the Impossible burger at their Napa and St. Helena locations. Let them know you are vegan & they will make it without the secret sauce & cheese. They also clean their griddle with club soda and grill with oil instead of butter. Beef burgers and vegan burgers do not share the same cook space. It can be served in a lettuce wrap or on a whole wheat or sourdough bread. Lettuce, tomato & pickles can be added or be creative with their avocado, pico de Gallo or vegan kimchi. This has been added to their permanent menu in Napa and St. Helena.
- Melted is a sandwich shop located in downtown Napa at 966 Pearl Street. The menu offers two vegan sandwiches that are made on gluten-free vegan waffles – the Crawford’s Pantry and the Aunt Weaver Stamper. All sandwiches come with a side of basil tomato soup for dipping. They also offer two vegan smoothies – the Dan Rather is as delicious as any milkshake I’ve ever had and is made with bananas, chocolate and peanut butter. The Nosferatu is my favorite – made with prickly pear, lychee, raspberry and pomegranate – it is so sweet and refreshing! They are always happy to “veganize” any of their sandwiches if you just ask but the Aunt Weaver Stamper with its artichoke hearts, vegan pesto, sundried tomatoes and vegan swiss, gets me every time! They added a hash brown patty that can be made with vegan cheese!
- Century Center Food Corral is located in the South Napa Century Center on Gasser Drive between Chetuphon Thai Bistro and the Century Theater. I’ve stopped by a couple times and have not found the food trucks to be very vegan-friendly. However, Platanito Pupusas is always very friendly and happy to make their pupusa plate vegan. They now also offer vegan jackfruit tacos on homemade tortillas! Sunshine Smoothies is now open and their smoothies are vegan-friendly!
Bakeries, Nice Cream and Sweet Treats
- Baskin Robbins is located on 3373 Solano Avenue at the corner of Redwood and Solano tucked back in the rear of the Redwood Plaza shopping area. They always carry one or two flavors of dairy-free nice cream; flavors do range depending upon the season. My last visit, they offered watermelon with edible seeds and daiquiri ice – both made with soy so a bit creamier than a fruit sorbet. The store owner’s name is Troy and he and his manager Stephanie are friendly and offer excellent customer service.
- Ben & Jerry’s is located in downtown Napa at 1136 Main Street. They now offer several vegan flavors in pints and will be serving PB&Cookies in the Scoop Shop. To offer full disclosure, B&J’s is owned by Unilever.
- Miminashi located in downtown Napa at 821 Coombs Street offers Japanese soft serve. The flavors rotate but they always have one non-dairy option available at their soft serve take-out window. Yum!
- Sweetie Pies Bakery is located in downtown Napa at 520 Main Street. They offer large vegan chocolate cupcakes made with soy buttercream frosting, cookies and berry muffins. The staff have told me that they usually have a vegan-friendly soup and Roasted Veggie and Goat Cheese sandwich for lunch that could be modified but I have never had lunch there. Bakeries are for sweet, baked goods in my book! Vegan breakfast options in Napa are slim pickings but they do offer oatmeal (make sure it isn’t made with dairy milk), toast with jam, fresh fruit bowls and the vegan berry muffin. They also make special occasion vegan cakes – chocolate or white that is filled with chocolate soy pudding and topped with their delicious soy buttercream frosting. It is out of this world! Their consistency in having the vegan options available is really bad. In fact, they really pissed me off recently when I was told their baker was too busy to bake anything vegan!
- Three Twins Ice Cream – Organic ice cream that does not contain corn syrup or anything artificial. They typically have 1 vegan nice cream made from rice milk and 1 or 2 dairy-free sorbets.
- Molinari Caffe is located behind Main Street at 828 Brown Street. Rick added a bakery in 2017 but still has no vegan options besides fresh fruit & Bob’s Red Mill prepackaged oatmeal. I am working hard on getting him to add vegan doughnuts made by Vegan Donut Gelato to his menu so be sure to ask every time you visit to show there is a demand! He recently created a wine infused coffee that my husband loves.
- Napa Valley Coffee Roasting Company Skip the Starbucks and instead head across Main Street to the corner of 1st and Main in downtown Napa to the locally founded Napa Valley Coffee Roasting Company. They are a small, eclectic little coffee shop with good coffee, a friendly staff and offer almond and soy milk for their espresso drinks! They also have a place in St. Helena at 1400 Oak Avenue. They often offer vegan baked goods at the St. Helena location but get there early…they go fast!
- Peet’s is located at 3678 Bel Aire Plaza next to the Napa Whole Foods. They are a bit too mainstream for my tastes BUT, that being said, the first Peet’s opened at the corner of Walnut and Vine in Berkeley in 1966 and very quickly gained a loyal following. They even called themselves the Peetniks. So even though they have grown too large for my tastes, they did start out in the Bay Area in one of my favorite cities! So if you have to go with a name you recognize, choose Peet’s over that other option! They also offer almond and soy milk plus their vegan Apricot oatmeal scone (tasty and low in calories), vegan chocolate chip, ginger and oatmeal raisin cookies, fruit bowls and steel cut oats.
- Ritual Coffee Roasters is located at 610 1st Street in the Oxbow Public Market. They offer fair trade coffee (without the official Fair Trade Seal of Approval) that is unbelievable! They do not offer any sugary syrups for the espresso drinks which is how it should be – the coffee is that good. Almond and soy milk options for lattes and cappuccinos. In talks with the owner about finally offering vegan pastries.
- Stumptown Coffee is available at both Model Bakery locations and they do offer a couple non-dairy milks for lattes.
- Downtown Joe’s is located downtown along the Napa River and has a huge outdoor patio area. They offer a vegan blackbean burger with avocado and a Rosemary Polenta with portobello mushrooms, steamed veggies and marinara. The winter beet or Italian dinner salad and veggie quesadillas should be easy to veganize and they offer some sides that include the fruit cup and homes fries/hash browns. I’m not a big fan of the food but the place is always full and is very popular with locals & tourists…
- Napa Palisades Saloon opened in July in downtown Napa at 1000 Main Street, Suite 100. This is a true “bar” experience with 6 or 8 tables, a large bar that seats about 15 and 8 flat screen TVs. Several items on the menu are vegan or can be easily “veganized”. The falafel burger (minus the dairy) includes a plate full of veggies and pickles, the fries, spicy chickpeas, green beans and delicious avocado toast (again, minus the dairy) are all vegan-friendly.
- Napkins Bar and Grill is located in downtown Napa at the corner of 2nd and Main Street. It can be described as a brunch café, a sports bar, a full service restaurant, a bar and a night club. The menu offers a few options like the house made guacamole, their house salad, sea salt French fries and grilled seasonal vegetables. And for dessert they offer a delicious, refreshing orange sorbet. They offer a full bar with wine, beer & cider, spirits and some amazing cocktails. Some of the cocktails are not vegan-friendly so be sure to ask your server. They are very welcoming to vegans and Chef Jacinto will whip you up something special. The owner, Ali Yildirim, is updating his seasonal menu and will be adding more vegan options that are well labelled. It is a perfect spot to stop in when you want to share a good meal with your omnivorous friends. Please tell Ali that you heard about him from my blog. He will love that!!
- Silo’s is located at 530 Main Street in the Historic Napa Mill. My friend Kellie is a singer and performer there and is also vegan so their Chef has put together some delectable small plates! Go for the live music, vegan “bar food” and inspired cocktails! Vegan options include the Fortunate Son handmade Vietnamese spring rolls with sweet chili glaze, Kashmir Trio house made hummus and flatbread crackers and Call Any Vegetable chargrilled broccolini, napa cabbage slaw and spicy vinaigrette.
- St. Clair Brown’s Winery – This urban winery is located in downtown Napa at 816 Vallejo Street. In addition to the winery tasting room, they offer a garden eatery across the street in their culinary garden. Three beers from their local brewery are also available. Their goal in planting this garden is to make locally-grown produce more accessible to those of us who live and work in the City and to demonstrate the ease of growing our own food even in a small urban space. Please note that the menu changes often but the main ingredients in the hummus, almonds and olives will ALWAYS be vegan. Yay! They can also remove the cheese from their veggie plate.
- Archetype is located on Main Street in beautiful St. Helena. Sous Chef Brian is married to a vegan and is known for creating delicious vegan dishes (they are NOT listed on the menu) that include their Taco Thursday AND brunch! I am still working on scheduling a visit but my friend Veronica raves about the food! I am so pumped to have access to vegan brunch in Napa Valley! As usual, to ensure it is going to be a wonderful experience, call first & let them know you are vegan.
- Denny’s – with only Sweetie Pie’s vegan berry muffin or oatmeal made with water at various locations, Denny’s is the first full service restaurant I have found in Napa that I can get breakfast! Several skillets can be veganized and paired with their plain (not gluten-free) english muffin or bagel, fresh fruit, applesauce, grits or oatmeal. You can also build a vegan burger & pair it with fries – seasoned or plain. Don’t expect a gourmet experience but, hey, you can get breakfast!
- EmmyLou’s Diner is a small diner in a shopping mall off Imola Avenue. I met friends there recently and they made me a skillet without the eggs. It is as casual a place as you will find (think Denny’s but smaller & less greasy) but it was nice to be able to have breakfast with non-vegan friends. What really impressed me about the place is that it is the FIRST omni restaurant that has ever discounted my meal for the ingredients I asked them to remove!
- Sweetie Pie’s Bakery has a few options for breakfast that include oatmeal (make sure they use non-dairy milk), toast with jam, fresh fruit bowls and the delicious vegan berry muffin.
- Bistro Don Giovanni is located at 4100 Howard Lane in North Napa on the way to Yountville. I have been there several times with my friend Marissa for drinks – their cocktails are wonderful! On my last visit the General Manager, Filippo Bevilacqua, discussed their menu with me and assured me that many of their pasta dishes can be veganized. The restaurant and bar are always BUSY – packed on the weekends – and it has a really good energy. Though it wasn’t exactly true that the menu has many vegan options, there are three salads that can be made vegan-friendly. The beet salad is amazing though remember to ask for dairy free dressing. The corn pasta paired with olive oil and whatever veggies they have in the kitchen is also simple and delicious!
- Celadon is located in the Historic Napa Mill at 500 Main Street in downtown Napa and bills itself as Global Comfort Food. Based on the menu, it looks like the Cauliflower “Steak” may be the only item available to vegans. A local vegan friend that I trust not only eats here often but also refers other vegans.
- Harvest Table bills itself as a California bistro using local ingredients located in St. Helena. I recently revisited their menu and they offer the Impossible Burger with vegan cheese now.
- Hurley’s restaurant is located at 6518 Washington Street in beautiful Yountville. Chef Bob Hurley’s menu offers a lot of seafood so it is an excellent spot to visit if you are dining with omni-friends or family. Chef Hurley has a Moroccan Vegetarian Tagine and a Summer Veg Risotto that can both be “veganized” along with several of the salads. If you are feeling daring, he will also prepare a special dish just for you based on what he has in the kitchen that evening! The summer vegetable Risotto is excellent.
- Torq is located in the space that was formerly occupied by the famous vegetarian restaurant Ubuntu at 1140 Main Street in downtown Napa. Though the name is Gaelic for wild boar, Chef Sean O’Toole confirmed that they offer excellent vegan options. I do have vegan friends who have dined there though there is nothing on the menu that is clearly marked vegan and I have never gotten them to respond to my inquiries. I have no intention of eating there but it may be perfect for an omni experience!
- Park 121 Cafe & Grill is located in the Cornerstone Sunset Gardens & Marketplace off Highway 121 in Sonoma. They are open 7 days a week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and are the perfect stopping point for a meal or snack while out wine tasting. The menu has an incredible number of vegan options that include the delicious warm farro & vegetable bowl, all salads on the menu can be veganized, the citrus vinaigrette dressing, the vegetarian sandwich without cheese & chipotle sauce and seven of the house-made anti pasti. The vegan anti pasti platter includes 4 vegan choices that include spiced almonds, roasted golden beet salad, lima beans & herbs, eggplant agrodolce, soy glazed mushrooms, olives with orange zest and rosemary-scented red bell peppers. They even offer vegan cider provided by Sonoma Hard Cider. And after your meal remember to enjoy the gorgeous gardens and do a bit of shopping!
Over the last several years my list has really grown. I hope this will provide you with plenty of delicious options while visiting Napa Valley. Enjoy your stay and as always…eat, drink and be vegan!