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Araya's Vegetarian Place  
Totally vegan all you can eat Thai Buffet that is plentiful and colorful.
Araya's Madison Valley - The newest in the bunch and just across the street from Cafe Flora, tucked behind some shops and in the same place Rovers was for many years. The food is completely vegetarian and always delicious. Just recently they began the famous lunch buffet like the other location.

Blue C Sushi  
Many vegetarian choices at conveyor belt prices. Friendly good service. Nice ambiance.
Three locations. Great veggie options and definitely more upscale than the usual Mexican joint.
Cafe Turko   
My new fav. Total home cooking by a big family and you can taste the love. Many many vegetarian options. The appetizers are the best. You can order a sampler of various hummos with the most vibrant colors. The spinach is sublime. It almost feels as if you’re sitting in someone’s private home.
Chuminh Deli    
This small cafe is run by Buddhist women who state "They care more about the health and well-being of their customers, than getting rich". It is purely vegetarian and the varied menu changes daily. There are steaming bowls of Pho and sandwiches as well as plates of a little of this and a little of that if you wish. They make their own soymilk in three flavors (pandam, unsweetened and sweetened) and are more than happy to let you taste all of them. The traditional Vietnamese desserts are to die for! They have a small parking lot in front which is the International District is a big bonus.
After a couple years, they’ve expanded to the place next door and now have a completely vegetarian daily buffet. The food is made with love and is different than the usual Vietnamese faire. I wish they’d spend as much time on mopping the floors and wiping down the tables as they do on their food.

Fonda la Catrina  

Directly across from Fran’s Chocolate Factory in Georgetown is this jewel of a Mexican restaurant. It is NOT AT ALL the gloppy Tex-Mex style of eatery so common on the West Coast. Many veggie options available and all are delicious!
The Grill from Ipanema  

The salad bar is a vegetarian's dream come true, however, they specialize in Rodizio (the skewers of meat that they bring to your table) so be prepared to overlook that. On weekends they offer their buffet salad bar for lunch where you can eat your brains out on wonderful artichoke bottoms, hearts of palm, roasted eggplants and red peppers drizzled with yummy olive oil, etc. They spare no cost in serving the most wonderful high-end veggies. They also have Brasilian drinks (both alcoholic and not) that you've probably never had before.
Honey Court   
REAL Chinese food. Not vegetarian, but they are very willing to make wonderful dishes to order. The portions are immense.
Vegetarian Thai Cuisine. Huge menu that is prepared beautifully and all our dishes were spiced to perfection.
Lovely sushi and they were willing to remake some of the dishes (i.e. agedashi dofu) without bonito dashi for us! Not many busy places will do that for new customers!! 5 stars right there!! The veggie tempura was plentiful and delicious also.
Molly Moon's Homemade Ice Cream  
Huge portions of organic ice cream in a warm homemade waffle cone. Salted Caramel is their top seller and my #1 choice each time. We always get a couple pints to take home. The prices are very reasonable for the quality and quantity.
Moonlight Cafe    
Who knew there was something more than PHO??!! Very extensive Vietnamese dining and the vegetarian menu has 105 items on it and so far, everything we've ordered has been scrumptious. Parking is right out front which is not the norm in the Int'l. District.
Poppy is not vegetarian, but a vegetarian has no trouble eating well there. Lovely local items artistically prepared to perfection await you at this trendy Capitol Hill location. Chef/owner Jerry Traunfeld, famous master of The Herbfarm, has once again made his culinary mark in Seattle dining.
Portage Bay Cafe  
Wonderful breakfast served all day with seasonal menus. Not your run of the mill fare. Many veggie and organic items and the portions are large. Not open for dinner.
Saigon Deli  
My husband and I are always on the lookout for the best Bahn Mi sandwiches and so far, Saigon Deli is #1 hands down. They are also the cheapest, which is a bonus! Parking is ample and normally we just eat in the car 'cuz we just can't wait to dig in. The French bread is perfectly warm and crunchy and the tofu and veggies are yummy. The spiciness is just right too. The deli case is filled with wonderful authentic desserts and you know by the line of people, that you're in the right place.
Senor Moose Cafe  
Be prepared to wait, especially for brunch, but who cares when you will have the best home-cooked Mexican food north of ME-HI-KO! Very unique dishes with numerous vegetarian choices.
Harvest Beat    
I'm so jealous.....this is what I've always dreamed of doing. Harvest Beat is a homey large square room with high tables and chairs. The owners prepare exquisite organic, vegetarian, seasonal meals in a prix-fixe arrangement four nights weekly with two seatings each evening. There are four courses served with love and patience. You sit with other diners and chat in the mellow surroundings. Not cheap....but it shouldn't be for what you receive. (Across the street from Molly Moon....but you probably will be too full to indulge after your Harvest Beat dinner!)  
Tamarind Tree  
Eclectic Vietnamese dining in a tucked away funky spot on the north side of Jackson in the I.D. Amazing food and lots of veggie options. 
Tutta Bella Neapolitan Pizzeria  
As an East Coast pizza lover, I thoroughly approve of this spectacular pizzeria. There are numerous vegetarian options and two of the four salad choices are vegetarian. This is one of only ten pizza establishments in the United States that has received approval by the Associazione Vera Pizza Napoletana from Naples Italy. 
This place on the Ave. rocks! It's quick and because all they do is Udon, they know how to do it right. You take your tray and slide down telling the master chefs what you want in your custom bowl. You can choose various sizes, veggie broth, add-ons, etc. Viola…'s ready and so delish. It's like being in Japan, only better----I've never seen veggie broth in an Udon shop in Japan!! 
Veggie Grill  
The California chain has finally arrived and there are two locations in Seattle. Everything on the extensive menu is vegan and very flavorful. Soups are changed daily and you can ask for a taste first. There are wraps, burgers (the buns are wheat and tasty), salads, soups and four desserts to choose from. Even the self-serve drinks are healthy and delicious. I hear one will be opening on the Eastside soon! 
We are always on the lookout for a good Middle Eastern restaurant and Vios did not disappoint. The waitstaff was awesome and the food was mainly vegetarian! It was packed with neighborhood folks with kids and babies (all well behaved!) and such a great vibe. Everything we ate was terrific. 
Yoroshiku: (4649)  

The name is a play on the numbers and means ‘please take care of me’. The owner is from Sapporo Japan, where I lived for many years, and many of the dishes are from that northern island. There are a number of vegetarian dishes on the menu such as ramen (delicious) and the famous OKONOMIYAKI which is a veggie savory ‘pancake’ that is so famous in Japan. Normally it’s made with meat, but Yoroshiku has a veggie version also. Arigato!!.



Chaat House - Bellevue  

Brand new in Bellevue just south of the Fred Meyer’s in the Overlake area. It’s very authentic and a bit different than all the other Indian places in town. You order at the counter and they call your number when it’s done. 100% vegetarian!! Not fancy, but yummy. A huge Indian supermarket is in the same strip mall.
Coco's - Bellevue  

Ramen is the big thing right now and there are many restaurants highlighting this Japanese delicacy. I keep trying them all and Coco’s is about the best so far! The place is very large, not super gorgeous, but I’m going for taste, not decor on this one. You place your order at the counter and they deliver the goods in no time. The vegetarian ramen is excellent—full of flavor and veggies.
Din Tai Fung - Bellevue  

All over Asia and finally in Washington is this dumpling specialty house. It's located on the second floor of Lincoln Square (across from Bellevue Sq.) at the south end of the walkway bridge to the Hyatt Hotel. It's a bit tricky to locate the first time. Although not a vegetarian restaurant, they have many scrumptous offering that are vegetarian/vegan. Only one of the dumpling choices (10 pc. per order) is vegetarian but the numerous side dishes are. Be sure to tell the wait person that you want vegetarian veggies as they use chicken stock in the veggies otherwise. Each dumpling is guaranteed to arrive at your table within ten minutes of being made!!! On November 20th, the larger University Village restaurant will be opening.
Firenze Ristorante Italiano  - Bellevue  

Just in case you don't know, Firenze is how Italians say 'Florence'. This is an upscale fabulous restaurant on the north edge of Crossroads Mall. The Vegetarian Risotto is TO DIE FOR. It's pricey but when the quality of food is this good, it doesn't matter. Probably the best Italian food on the Eastside.
Fogo de Chao - Bellevue  

Located in the new Lincoln Plaza (across from Bellevue Square) this authentic Brasilian restaurant has only one location in WA at present. People are surprised when I tell them how much I adore this “meat-lover’s” restaurant, but I assure you, they daily Market Table Buffet is spectacular! It’s displayed as if you were at a wedding with dozens of fresh hot and cold items that are completely vegetarian. The staff is very friendly and the M-F price is a steal!
Garlic Crush - Bellevue, Issaquah, Redmond  

Small space with ample parking right next door. The food is amazing and the long lunch lines attest to that. Many veggie options available and the prices are fair.
Kanishka Cuisine of India - Redmond  
Daily buffet is hearty and oh-so-filling. Many many vegetarian options and big kudos to Kanishka for using real saffron (the world's most expensive spice) in their yummy rice pudding.
Kizuki - Bellevue  

Finally vegetarian ramen!!! This place really makes you feel as if you are in Japan with its large attentive staff (most of whom speak Japanese). There is only one vegetarian ramen (with a soymilk base) and it's pretty good, although a bit bland for my taste. Don't forget to get some add-ons for the ramen, like the yummy half cooked egg and/or extra green veggies. A few of the side dishes are also veggie and the Spinach with Goma Ae is to die for!!!
Malay Satay Hut - East Bellevue/Redmond  

This unique restaurant is very vegetarian friendly with many colorful and exciting dishes. The mango tofu dish is amazing and excites every taste bud.
Mayuri Indian Restaurant - Bellevue  
Unbelievable authentic Northern and Southern Indian buffet seven days a week. I have NEVER been disappointed in my 100+ visits there!
Monga - Redmond  
Light Taiwanese food with many vegetarian options. Parking is plentiful. 
Pabla Veggie Cuisine - Renton  
Completely vegetarian daily buffet and menu items for dinner. Always good and always the same! I like surprises but I know what lunch will be anytime I go as whatever they serve today, is what they had last time too! 
Pomegranate - Redmond  
Lisa Dupar has had a successful catering business for decades so naturally her adjacent restaurant would be a hit. Try the flatbreads. The menu changes often and while dining you can watch the bakers work through the glass along the huge back wall.
Santa Fe Grill - Totem Lake  
Many veggie options and GINORMOUS portions. Unlike the majority of Mexican restaurants, Santa Fe Grill does NOT use lard in their frijoles and does NOT us chicken stock in their rice. Virtually all of the Mexican places we've asked at, do use lard and chicken stock so yippee!
Santouka - Bellevue  
Yummy ramen in Bellevue with two varieties to choose from. You can choose from either a creamy soymilk base or spicy water base plus there is a nice green salad with a delish Japanese dressing.
Square Lotus - Factoria  
Vietnamese cuisine at its best. Huge vegetarian menu as well as regular menu. Many dishes have meat substitutes made from chewy gluten and soy products that are very delicious.
Stone Tofu House - Redmond  
In downtown Redmond near Value Village is this lovely restaurant that we as vegetarians always eat well. Make sure to tell them that you don't want any fish dishes in the Panchan they bring at no charge first. Also, you can get seconds/thirds on your favs. The Chapchae is yummy (no meat) and so is the Seafood Pancake (of course minus the seafood!!) I normally order Tofu Mushroom Soup with comes in a mini caldron bubbling away with another caldron full of white rice that sticks to the cast iron sides and continues to cook forever. At the end, you take your long metal spoon and scrape the sides so you can eat the crunchy rice adhering to the perimeter……delish! They are very accommodating and although Korean food tends to be animal-protein heavy, I promise you'll leave very full with your vegetarianism still in tact!
Sushiland -  
The sushi revolves on a conveyer belt and you take the small plates one by one, stacking the used dishes to be counted when finished. If you desire something not revolving, just ask and it will appear.
Sukho Thai - Bellevue  
They bill themselves as a Vegetarian/Pescatarian restaurant. Very friendly staff.
Taj Palace - Bellevue  
From the moment you enter this attractive restaurant, you are welcomed warmly by the owner. The lunch buffet has many vegetarian choices, and some nice desserts. A great find.
Thai Kitchen - Bellevue  
Large portions of perfectly prepared food. One full page of vegetarian items and awesome desserts.
Tropea - Redmond  
The yummiest Italian food we’ve found and has been in Redmond since 1996. They are very accommodating and have numerous veggie options. Nice large portions and the chocolate mousse is TO DIE FOR!

South Seattle

Blossom - Renton  
Purely vegetarian, this large and tastefully decorated restaurant is a must! The menu is very large and the prices are fair. The menu is Buddhist, hence no onions or garlic is used. The PHO is some of the best I've ever had and chock full of goodies. Parking is out front so no worries there.
The Lemongrass - Renton  
In the Uwajimaya strip mall is a wonderful full service Vietnamese place. They have many vegetarian items including our favorite sandwiches---Bahn Mi.
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