Veg Restaurants: Metro West

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.

vegan tempeh reuben sandwichClover Burlington
100 Burlington Mall Road in Burlington Marketplace
Burlington MA 01803
No phone; email
See description below.

Clover Sudbury
536 Boston Post Road – inside Whole Foods Market
Sudbury, MA 01776
No phone; email
See description below.

Clover Westford
160 Littleton Road – inside Whole Foods Market in the Westford Valley Marketplace
Westford, MA 01886

Clover Food Lab, known as Clover, serves vegan and lacto-ovo vegetarian fast food to an enthusiastic following. The food gets raves for being fresh and delicious, service is fast and friendly. Their rotating and seasonal menu uses mostly organic ingredients sourced locally. It includes breakfast items like overnight oats and chia seeds with peanut butter and banana, vegan apple cherry muffins, and watermelon soda. Lunch/Dinner menu offers hot soup in winter, sandwiches, platters, and healthy side dishes like black bean, corn, and roasted tomato salad. The chickpea fritter sandwich is the star, the BBQ seitan is tasty and tender, and the tempeh BLT pleases even the omnivore. The rosemary fries are a whole potato freshly cut hourly and deep fried with fresh rosemary. Clover gives fast food a good name. Certified kosher.
Note that Clover prepares their Impossible Burger by mixing non-vegan ingredients in with the vegan burger mix.

57 Central Street (Rt. 135)
Wellesley, MA 02482

All vegan. An extensive menu of organic, cold-pressed juices and power smoothies, breakfast bowls, grab-and-go snacks, hearty salads, and sandwiches pack in nature’s healthiest ingredients in inventive combinations. Nutrient dense, anti-oxidant rich, energy packed, whole superfoods are put together in delicious and satisfying options like Vanilla Berry Chia Pudding, Raw Brownie Bites, Veggie Quinoa Sliders, and Ginger Tempeh Rolls.

352 Washington Street, opposite Wellesley Hills Commuter Rail Station
Wellesley, MA 02481

Offering an extensive menu of crepes, acai bowls, bagel sandwiches, various toasts, salads, and wraps.

Dosa Temple
59 Pond St. (Rt. 126 South, in the Pond Plaza Shopping Center, next to Market Basket)
Ashland, MA 01721

This restaurant offers a wonderful variety of delicious South Indian Cuisine at low prices.  Most items on the all-vegetarian menu can be made vegan. Try the dosa (paper thin rice and lentil crepe with various stuffings), and the veggie pakoras.  The decor is simple, the flavors are elegant.  Their 25 item lunchtime buffet is one of the best, and most mouth-watering, bargains to be found.

Green Leaf Vegetarian and Vegan Restaurant
62 Water Street
Framingham MA 01701

Housed in a roomy and comfortable space built originally as a Friendly’s, this MetroWest gem offers an extensive, inventive, delectable menu with something for everyone. The Protein Packed Salad brings together baked organic tofu, avocado, quinoa, kidney beans, jicama, and other veggies in a delicious dressing. Tender button mushrooms stuffed with onion, garlic and marinated artichoke hearts are drizzled with maple balsamic reduction as one of many standout appetizers. The Marinated Tofu Reuben Sandwich with warm sauerkraut, avocado, tomato and toppings ranks among world’s best. Grilled Cashew Polenta with fresh herbs, sautéed spinach, and butternut squash gravy and drizzled with arugula pesto, and Tex-Mex Pizza with refried beans, corn, portobello mushrooms, salsa, green onion, and vegan cheese piled on a thin crust pizza are two of the many entrees that keep customers coming back. Fresh juice blends, smoothies, an array of vegan desserts, and a weekend brunch make this a hot spot for MetroWest diners seeking nutritious food that delights both the palate and the imagination. Order and pay at the counter, and dine in the spacious dining room.

Masao’s Kitchen
581 Moody Street,
Waltham, MA 02453
Commuter Rail: Waltham station on Fitchburg line, then walk 6/10 mile south on Moody St.
Monday – Saturday, 11:30 – 4:30 PM.  Closed Sunday; no dinner hours.

All vegan cuisine based on macrobiotic teachings and the use of fresh, whole, organic ingredients means this food is health-promoting as well as simply delicious. A serve-yourself buffet, pay by the ounce, offers steamed greens, an orange vegetable mix, a daily legume stew, sea vegetables, salad in a light dressing, and a rotation of seitan cutlets (amazingly good), barbecued tofu in a flavorful sweet-sour sauce, or tempeh in red cabbage. Also delicious is their bowl of noodles with broth, greens, tofu, and tempura or their pan fried noodles with veggies, tofu, and ginger. Sprinkle pumpkin or sesame seeds over your plate for extra flavor and nutrition.  Desserts with no refined sugar are available for a a sweet ending to your meal.  Friendly and pleasing atmosphere, kind and gentle staff; this place feeds more than the appetite.  Leave feeling truly nourished.

Nirvana Tea House & Cafe
969 Main Street (Rt. 109, next to Millis Public Library) (Entrance is on side of building facing parking lot.)
Millis, MA 02054

All vegan. Offered in a beautifully decorated peaceful environment, their Tea Menu presents an extensive carefully curated selection of teas from around the world. Their Food Menu presents healthful dishes such as fresh fruits with cashew cream, or organic matcha green tea baked into sweet lemon poppy tea cake. Choose from varied avocado toasts, a Mediterranean platter, and salads or wraps made with such items as seasonal greens, organic tricolored quinoa, bbq jackfruit, edamame (whole soybeans) and pomegranate-infused balsamic dressing. Nutrition-dense entrees include a Bhutani bowl of  organic Bhutanese red rice, sautéed sweet potato, cherry tomatoes, green onion, cucumbers, purple cabbage, golden raisins, sliced almonds, baby spinach, radishes, and sesame tahini dressing. 

Peppino’s Dosa
434 Moody Street
Waltham, MA 02453
Commuter Rail: Waltham station on Fitchburg line, then walk 4/10 mile south on Moody St.

An entirely vegetarian menu of North and South Indian cuisine, with vegan items clearly marked. Traditional dishes such as chaat, tandoori, dosa, curries, biryani, stuffed breads, plus an array of Chef Peppino’s Specials keep guests coming back to work though the extensive and appealing menu. Also serving beer, wine, and cocktails.

Ritu ki Rasoi
207E Cambridge Street (by Burlington Auto Supply, rear)
Burlington, MA 01803
Tuesday – Thursday, Lunch 11:30am – 2:30pm; Dinner 5pm – 9pm
Friday, 11:30am – 2:30pm; 5pm – 9pm
Saturday, 12 noon – 3pm; 5pm – 9:30pm
Sunday, 12 noon – 3pm; 5pm – 9pm

This family-run restaurant offers a full range of authentic Indian vegetarian street foods (chaats) along with delectable South Indian entrees-with a daily entree special- along with quick meal platters, breads, and appetizers.  They also offer a taste of world fusion cuisine with an Indo-Chinese section on the menu. Emphasis is on fresh ingredients.

Udupi Bhavan*
* Closed permanently September 2020 during the pandemic
378 Maple Avenue
Shrewsbury, MA 01545

Specializing in authentic South Indian specialties like dosas, the paper-thin crepes made from a slightly fermented batter of protein-rich split peas and rice.  Cooked on a hot griddle and rolled into a crispy tube, they are served plain or filled.  Another specialty is Uthappams, the rice and lentil pancakes served with various vegetable fillings and toppings.  A full menu of exquisite offerings with house specialties, curries, breads, appetizers and soups.

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