Veg Restaurants: Central and Western Mass

If you are purchasing from restaurants, please support the vegan and vegetarian establishments on this list. Many are offering contact-free takeout and delivery. Some are offering outdoor and/or indoor seated dining following COVID-19 precautions. Please check their websites for details. Most descriptions on these pages are based on pre-pandemic menus and conditions, which are evolving during the pandemic.

All restaurants on these pages have committed to serving exclusively vegetarian foods (no meat, fowl, or fish). Many are vegan (no dairy, eggs, or honey). Be sure to call first to confirm hours, as hours can change without notice.

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Central Mass

Belmont Vegetarian Restaurant
157 Belmont St (Rt. 9, corner Eastern Ave., near UMass Memorial)
Worcester, MA 01608

All vegan, Jamaican/Caribbean cuisine, serves mainly take-out, with two booths for eating in.  Order and pick up at the counter. Daily changing menu with dishes such as vegan pepper steak, BBQ chunks, curried chicken, rice, tofu dishes, vegetable stew, cabbage, soup, patties, and mac ‘n’ cheese. The combo plate comes with all of the day’s selections. Delicious, satisfying food, served with a spirit of kindness. Read the 5-star love on Yelp. Free parking on the street.

Flame On Vegan
365 Walnut Extension
Agawam, MA 01101 (near Springfield)

All vegan. Offering Puerto Rican-Carribean-American-Italian cuisine comfort foods such as french fries cut straight from the potato with vegan hotdog topped with chili beans and sautéed onion, vegan french toast, and kamut porridge. Or try their green spaghetti with homemade meatballs and sausage and tomato sauce, pizza loaded with broccoli, peppers, onions, and fresh tomatoes, and a specialty “vegetable monsoon” of chickpeas with a garden of fresh vegetables and spaghetti in a thick and flavorful broth.

Jennifer Lee’s Allergen Friendly & Vegan Shoppe*
* This location closed during the pandemic. A new Worcester store is planned to open Winter, 2022.
Worcester Public Market, Canal District, Kelley Square
50 Green Street
Worcester, MA 01604

All vegan. This allergen-friendly bakery makes an array of cookies, cupcakes, muffins, donuts, and other baked goods that are free of the top nine food allergens while maintaining and exceeding the taste and appeal of conventional baked goods.

Loving Hut Chandler
415 Chandler Street
Worcester, MA 01602

All vegan, Asian cuisine.  “Dedicated to providing a compassionate culinary experience.”  Spacious restaurant offering an extensive menu of delectable foods.  Their fresh spring rolls are a standout.  Choices galore of faux meat dishes and abundant fresh vegetables.  Service is very friendly, gracious, and accommodating from the vegan family who owns the restaurant.  Run by followers of Supreme Master Ching Hai, the spiritually inspired menu expresses their teaching to not kill or harm living creatures. They teach that keeping a vegetarian diet is a gift which we give to ourselves to feel better, lighten karmic indebtedness, and advance entrance into realms of inner experience.  They also do outreach with a food booth at area events.

Loving Hut Hamilton
56 Hamilton Street
Worcester, MA 01602

Vegan Asian cuisine. This little storefront location is a favorite for locals seeking delicious veggie, tofu, and faux meat dishes in savory sauces.  Spring rolls, chickun fingers and nuggets, seaweed vegetable tofu soup, and fried veggie drumsticks are a few of their many offerings.  Big bowls of pho, the flavorful broth with veggies, keep people coming back for more.

The Vegan Nest Café
Opened July, 2021
54 High Street
Clinton, MA 01510
See description below.

The Vegan Nest Café
6 Waldo Street 
Worcester, MA 01608

All vegan, using ingredients that are 100% non-GMO and mostly organic, this café celebrates a holistic and compassionate way of living that encourages good health, mindful living, and kindness. All of the plant-based meats, cheeses and sauces are hand-crafted in-house from scratch. This includes such items as creamy mac and cheese, vegan pastrami, egg & cheese on a grilled croissant, and a brunch crepe served with organic tofu scramble, maple sausage, and cashew mozzarella. They also offer grain & greens bowls, smoothies, and more. They offer weekly delivery of a savory “nesting box” of locally sourced, organic produce and pantry items along with housemade meats and cheeses, or a sweets box of their custom organic baked goods. Their focus is to provide health-promoting whole plant foods that are delicious and accessible.

Walnut Grille dinnerWestern Mass

Bela Vegetarian Restaurant
68 Masonic Street
Northampton, MA 01060

Cash only and fragrance-free. Local and organic ingredients are used whenever possible in their tofu, tempeh, and seitan entrees, soups, burgers, beans, veggies, pasta. In addition to their regular menu, this small, longtime NoHo establishment is known for its board of innovative daily specials which keeps regulars returning again and again to explore tofu, tempeh, polenta, pasta, and legumes in intriguing combinations and sauces, as well as creative and satisfying salads, dressings, and desserts. Their walls display the works of local artists. 

Black Bougié & Vegán
Springfield, MA

All vegan, offering catering and weekly meal prep from their menu of healthy salads and bowls, and hearty Jamaican dishes. Dishes include Caribbean Plantain Stew, West African Peanut Stew, Stuffed Peppers, Cauliflower Tikka Masala, Jambalaya Pasta with Creole Spices, Chickpea Quinoa Salad, and Edamame Mango Salad to name just a few of their inventive and colorful dishes. Follow this ordering process.

Café Evolution*
* The guiding lights of Cafe Evolution have moved on as of September 24, 2021.
Wild Chestnut Café will continue the vegan love in the same location, opening date to be announced.
22 Chestnut Street
Florence (Northampton), MA 01062

All vegan. This beloved Pioneer Valley institution offers up vegan love and funky, earthy decor with spacious seating in booths, at tables, or on a sofa. Menu includes salads, soups, peanut noodles, veggie chili, sandwiches and veggie burgers served on homemade organic sunflower oat bread, nachos, chili burrito, daily blackboard specials, and decadent vegan baked goods. Most produce and grains are organic. Sunday brunch offers pancakes, french toast, scrambled tofu, vegan omelets, breakfast burritos, and bagel sandwiches. The great food and friendly staff, along with comfy ambiance and a homey feeling make this a magnet meeting place.

Earthfoods Café at UMass Amherst
156 Bartlett Hall on the UMass Amherst Campus​
Amherst, MA 01003
Open from the second week of each semester until the last week of classes.  Closed over Winter and Summer breaks.

This nonprofit, student-run vegetarian/vegan collective has been serving economical, healthy food to the student body and surrounding community since 1976. They offer a daily entree special made fresh each morning such as Chickpea Pot Pie, Yellow Thai Curry, Seitan Stroganoff, Tofu Scramble with Roasted Potatoes, Mac ‘n Squash, and Chana Masala. The previous day’s special is available at a discount. Menu staples available every day are rice, beans, kale, and salad. Large and small portions are offered for most items. A daily dessert special is offered, such as Rosemary Chocolate Chip Cookies, Pina Colada Cupdakes, Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins, or Pumpkin Brownies, with the previous day’s dessert at a discount.

70 Railroad Street
Great Barrington, MA 01230

All vegan small restaurant, tea salon, and elixir bar using 100% organic ingredients to prepare high vibration foods for health and well-being.

Flame On Vegan
365 Walnut Street Extension
Agawam, MA 01101

All vegan, offering pub-style comfort foods made-to-order, with a Sunday Soul Food Platter. Breakfast anytime includes a chickpea omelet filled with cheeze and veggies and served with sausage patties and bacon strips. Menu includes a burger, chickpea “tuna” wrap, vegan fish & chips, and a crispy chick’n sandwich made with fried oyster mushrooms. Grinders include a shrimp po’ boy and Philly cheeze steak, and a gooey-rich brownie cookie and a banana pudding jump out as desserts.

Garden of Eat’n
439 White Street
Springfield, MA 01108
Closed on Saturdays and Sundays

All vegan, dedicated to organic ingredients for the health of body, mind, and soul. Breakfast is served all day, and may include chickpea omelet, porridge, waffles, and pancakes. The lunch menu has a daily theme: Monday can bring burgers like a Taco Supreme, a 10 inch, soft shell spelt taco with sautéed kale and veggies, veggie burger, mushrooms, and plantain, topped with homemade “cheese” sauce. There is West Indian Wednesday, Pasta Thursday, and Pizza Friday (closed Saturday and Sunday.) Selections such as Chickpea Burger that comes on a plantain bun instead of bread with a side of salad and “cheese” nachos, or Veggie Lasagna that is all vegetables layered and baked are among the favorite selections. The Garden’s Detox Drink is made with a variety of Alkaline greens. The small cafe space with basic decor also is well utilized for classes and community projects.

Haymarket Café
185 Main Street
Northampton, MA 01060

A social mecca with a coffee shop/café on the main level and a restaurant on the lower level. The restaurant offers an eclectic menu of entrees such as Coconut Curry with jasmine or brown rice, cauliflower, zucchini, mushrooms, peas, green curry, ginger, lime, and coconut milk, and Sambar, a thick and flavorful South Indian lentil soup. Their Jalapeno Burger blends chickpeas/quinoa/brown rice and tops it with vegan basil mayo, lettuce, tomato, caramelized onion and cashew vegan cheese. Breakfast offerings include Steel-cut Oats served with fruit compote, granola and soy milk, and Tofu Vegan Scramble with portobella mushrooms, roasted red peppers, soy sausage, shallots, served with house-made sourdough toast, fresh fruit, and roasted potatoes. Cozy atmosphere adds to the attractiveness of this NoHo favorite, named after Haymarket Square in Chicago where, in 1886, workers took to the streets on behalf of workers’ rights. The owners believe that waitstaff’s income should be consistent and guaranteed, and not reliant on tips. Thus, they pay a living wage, and service is included in the menu prices, so no need to tip.

Nourish Wellness Cafe and Juice Bar
10 Bridge Street
Northampton, MA 01060   

Uses locally grown, organic ingredients.

Pulse Cafe
270 Russell Street
Hadley, MA 01035

All vegan. Pulse Cafe brings to the table handcrafted, 100% plant-based goodness inspired by local farm-fresh abundance, global flavors and good-for-you comfort food. Pulse Cafe’s special features include their very own Five College Farms organic, heirloom tomatoes served fresh in their many salads, burgers, and wraps, and brewed into their woodfired pizzas and calzones. Artisan nut and plant-based cheeses, handcrafted plant-meats, cold-pressed organic juices, juice cleanses, and smoothies along with their freshly-baked to-die-for cheesecakes and exclusive plant-based market make this an experience you won’t want to miss. Their Sunday brunch special menu—think seasoned tofu benedict with house-made hollandaise sauce, and chk’n and waffles with cashew gravy—carries out their mission to inspire holistic, plant-based wellness that is good for body, mind and spirit. Pulse makes their holistic, farm-to-table menu and Pulse Market one of the outstanding attractions of the Pioneer Valley.

All vegan, this original diner has had a complete renovation but keeps an old-time diner vibe, with booths along the window wall, and padded stools along the counter. The menu is based on whole-food plant ingredients, and offers healthy vegetable soups, salads, sandwiches, bowls, and burgers, plus vegan versions of the comfort foods you may crave, like Buffalo Cauliflower Nuggets with vegan sour cream, and “Garbage” Fries piled high with toppings. Energize with one of the Buddha Bowls, such as the Mediterranean Bowl composed of grains, chickpeas, greens, mushrooms, and salad, or the Baked Potato Broccoli Cheddar Buddha Bowl. Room for dessert? How about their Cashew Creme Cheesecake with sweet balsamic reduction. Thrive’s food earns five-star raves in customer reviews as they carry out their goal to encourage cruelty-free living while preserving the planet’s natural resources through an animal-free menu, mindful ingredient sourcing and eco-friendly packaging. Thrive Diner offers another good reason to live in or visit the Berkshires.

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