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Jun 1, 2011 07:28 PM


Help! Although I am a devoted carnivore, I'll be hosting a group of eight equally devoted vegans for lunch. I need a recommendation for a pure vegan restaurant (no cross contamination) with table service that preferably accepts reservations. Westside or Hollywood area preferred.

Any help greatly appreciated.

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  1. Native Foods (Westwood and now in DT Culver City) and Real Food Daily are my vegan sister's favorites for more restaurantish vegan places, but she really likes Veggie Grill which is order-at-the-counter and casual. Shojin in J-town is the best vegan experience a vegan friend at work ever had, but it's not Westside or Hollywood. Still, I think this would probably impress your clutch of rabbits the most. ;)

    Native Foods Restaurant
    1110 1/2 Gayley Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90024

    Real Food Daily
    514 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

    333 S Alameda St Ste 310, Los Angeles, CA 90013

    Real Food Daily
    414 N La Cienega Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90048

    4 Replies
    1. re: bulavinaka

      Second Shojin. An impressive array of 100% creative, vegan Japanese cuisine. It's on the small side, but if you call ahead, they'll have a table ready for you. It's located in a mall, so you may not feel like you're destined for greatness while taking the escalator up a level, but the chef is friendly and attentive and the food equally worthwhile.

      333 S Alameda St Ste 310, Los Angeles, CA 90013

      1. re: PlomeekSoup

        third SHOJIN.
        their dinner menu is far more interesting and extensive than is their lunch menu, imho.
        last time i was there they had no liquor license.

        also, still not the westside, but definitely closer to the westside, if your friends would be open to ethiopian food, RAHEL on fairfax serves good ethiopian vegan food.

        1. re: westsidegal

          Second RAHEL. The food is delicious and the staff are really friendly. Plus the place is large enough to accommodate your group.

      2. re: bulavinaka

        Shojin is great.

        I personally prefer Veggie Grill (El Segundo, WeHo, Santa Monica) to Native Foods if casual vegans is needed. But I could see preferring Native -- I just happen to like VG better.

        333 S Alameda St Ste 310, Los Angeles, CA 90013

      3. If perhaps you want to expand that to raw as well, Leaf on Washington in Mar Vista/Culver City area is great, and I'm neither vegan or eat raw. But beware, their chocolate rasberry cheesecake is AMAZING, unfortunitly it's also probably 5000 calories... :(