how adventurous are you in terms of ethnic cuisine?
would you consider ethiopian food?
if so, terrific vegan ethiopian food is available at RAHEL
1047 S Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90019
fits both your budget and is practically walking distance from your starting point.
i love their food
the only 'more refined' ethiopian, i believe, is meals by genet.
normally meals by genet is closed on mondays and tuesdays, and irrc they really only offer one vegetarian option: their veggie combination plate.
when i last had the genet combo plate, i left the restaurant hungry.
also, MBG is higher-priced than rahel.
marginally over your budget,
OBIKA MOZZARELLA BAR
in century city.
LOTS of vegetarian options, but not vegan
or, a little bit farther away,
SHAMSHIRI GRILL in westwood.
persian food, there is a whole section of their menu devoted to vegetarian dishes and
in addition, practically all of their appetizers are vegetarian.
I believe that ANGELI CAFFE in west hollywood may meet all of your criteria, dunno if they still have space though. normally they are not open on mondays, but they WILL be open on valentine's day, this monday.