re: Bonnie D
I renew my statement that RFD serve food meant for people with delicate palates -- and that's not a compliment.
I'll throw in Madeleine Bistro in Tarzana -- though some misfires, there's a lot of good stuff on the menu. And if you're more about the setting than the food, the Inn of the Seventh Ray is one of the more romantic settings in LA.
M Cafe de Chaya is excellent. They do serve raw fish as it's a macrobiotic restaurant, not a vegan one. But my vegan visitor loved it.
M Cafe de Chaya
7119 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90046
Theres a Vegan Glory on Beverly close to the beverly center.
Ive had a few things there, its pretty good.
8393 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048
Newsroom on Robertson is good, but I don't know if I'd say "nice."
If you want "nice," try Inn of the Seventh Ray.
If you'd like a tasting menu, both Grace and La Cachette will do vegan tasting menus upon advanced request.
If you want some Americanized Chinese food, Mao's Kitchen in Venice or Hollywood have vegan dishes.
If you're up for Ethiopian, try Rahel.
More casual, HealthyCA on Lankershim.
In Westwood, there is also the obvious option of Native Foods.
Cru in Silverlake is nice. It's a raw/vegan restaurant, and even though I am neither a raw foods eater or vegan, I really enjoyed it. It's BYOB, so no corkage for wine (at least that's how it was 6 months ago). The food was excellent and the atmosphere is cozy. Here are some pics and a review:
Second Rahel's. It's yummy.
Golden Bridge (which is actually a yoga place but...) has some really delicious vegan food as well (including vegan cupcakes which I didn't try but they looked good) -- service is cafeteria-style and not sure if it does dinner or just lunch.
Scoops on Heliotrope and Melrose (which I first learned of on these boards -- thx CHs) is just ice cream -- but their vegan ice cream is spectacular. Absolutely as good as their regular ice cream. Great creative flavors like strawberry-balsamic, chocolate-guinness, etc
if ethiopian food is accecptable,
i third rahel.
be sure to ask for some awazay (a condiment) to have with your meal.
be sure to get some of their shiro.
be sure to notice how much better their injera is than anyone else's injera.
sort of a hippy place, but i love it, is
on second st. in hermosa beach right around the corner from the sand.
cute converted house
nice table service
most of the food is excellent.
(stay away from the asian-themed foods)
whatever happened to elf in echo park? isn't that supposed to be a more upscale vegan restaurant. i've never been there but it's been on my list to go for 2008.