Locally Owned Restaurants in
Oceanside, California with Vegan Options
If you’ve never been to Oceanside… it’s a beautiful coastal city located in California directly between Los Angeles and San Diego, bordering several gates of Camp Pendleton. It’s known for it’s O’side original authenticity, thriving art & surfer culture, and passionate business owners. What you might not know is that it’s home to a newly emerging vegan restaurant scene. Many restaurants I choose to support are either mom n’ pop owned, 100% vegan or choose to operate in a sustainable way…or all of the above! You’ll notice a few franchises listed that are locally owned. Don’t forget that they still need your love right now too!
Here’s a growing list of restaurants, food stands & coffee shops I’ve tried in Oceanside, California that are 100% vegan and either have listed vegan options on their menus or are places that I’ve found my own personal hacks at & how to order. I’ve curated content over the past two years by documenting my experiences navigating the world through a plant based lens & am updating with each new dining experience. Enjoy!
Vegan Restaurants in
Here’s a current list of places I’ve tried that are 100% vegan safe restaurant options in Oceanside, California. The dishes below are some of my personal favorites and with new restaurants being established each season, the list is just getting started…. Stay tuned for more coming soon!
Eve Vegan Eats
Location: 507 N Coast Hwy, Oceanside, CA 92054
Atmosphere: This is such a cozy open space with a fun, bohemian feel. I stop in often and always seem to notice new décor & trinkets being added. This is always a fun place for a meeting or date when you’re trying to unwind without interruption & I absolutely adore their cute dishware.
Pro tip: If you’re getting takeout, check out the menu online & order ahead so you can save time.
What to Try: Their Vegan Margherita & Peppadew Pesto flatbread pizzas frequent favorites and you absolutely must try it with seitan or coconut bacon for the full effect. When I’m out for lunch, I’ll grab a pulled Jackfruit Sandwich or Havana Affair Bowl (coconut cilantro lime brown rice, quinoa, cuban style black beans, roasted yams, picked Cuban slaw, wakame chuka, plantains & cuban mojo sauce). They have a broad selection of kombucha flavors on tap, so don’t be afraid to try something outside your comfort zone!
The Green House Oceanside
Location: 212 N Coast Hwy, Oceanside, CA 92054
Atmosphere: This place is filled with luscious green leafy plants and eco-conscious retail items. We walked around before ordering and found everything from cute, inspiring t-shirts to coffee cups with little creatures hidden at the bottom making it the perfect stop for your next gift for your animal/earth activist friends (or yourself!). Their green chairs make the perfect cozy spot to wait while your food is being prepared and the staff is super friendly, ready to answer any questions you have about the menu.
What to Try: I tried the Bird on the Wire (ciabatta roll, chk’n patty, american cheeze, ranch, lettuce, pickle, onion, tomato & avocado) & A got the classic 53rd & 3rd (corn rye, Unreal Corn’d Beef in Au’ Jus, sauerkraut, 1,000 island, pickle, pepperoncini, romaine, pepperjack). We both added extra vegan bacon for $1 (worth it!!) and could barely finish our sandwiches in one sitting because they were so filling!
Location: 1733 S Coast Hwy, Oceanside, CA 92054
Atmosphere: This place feels exactly the way it looks & sounds: fun, plant-filled & bright with phenomenal dishes while keeping humans in check about the animals and the earth by being a zero-waste vegan restaurant. The staff always has superb recommendations and it seems like there’s always a new snack from the chef to try while we wait on our food. It’s a great safe & easy choice for vegans or when it you want to step up the dining experience for any occasion.
What to Try: This place is date night approved. Whenever ‘A’ & I are craving a night out and something really fun, we’ll run down here for our favorites like the chronic (cräb, spicy tüna & avocado – tempura fried, topped with spicy mayö & sweet n’ spicy citrus) veggie sushi options, veggie stir fry (agave cashew glace, “dirty rice,” tofu, yellow pickles) & chickën & waffles, which is A’s favorite and the perfect choice for any meat lover looking to convert for a night. A frequent favorite of mine to get as an appetizer is their elote (mexican street corn with quephaux fresco, yum yum & cilantro). I recently went back and tried their biscuits and gravy (fresh biscuits, country gravy, fried chickën) because it totally reminded me of something my mom would make back home in Ohio. While their take offered a more “chik’n fried” method versus the use of sausage I was accustomed to before becoming vegan, it which was like having a savory little bite of home, itself.
Locally Owned Restaurants With Vegan Options in
Here’s a list of places that I’ve vetted & offer vegan options as is or with modification that are located in Oceanside, California. Modified items will be in bold so you don’t forget when it’s time to order (I’ve totally done that). Stay tuned for more!
Location: 323 N Coast Hwy., Ste., Oceanside, CA 92054
Atmosphere: This cafe is the perfect stop for a mid-morning meal with friends/family or the quickest ones to grab lunch when I’m on-the-go during the work week. They have a great selection of bagels, sandwiches, smoothies, & coffees making this an easy meeting space for powerful plant based baes & omnivores alike.
What to Try: My favorite order is the veggie bagel with lettuce, tomato, onion, sprouts. Add avocado. No cheese. (Bagel options: Be sure to ask the staff about which bagels are available that are vegan that day, if you get someone new or you need an easy fallback, a plain bagel is always a safe option here).
Pro Tip: This sandwich goes perfect with a Yerba Mate (Most flavors are vegan except for honey used in ‘Enlighten Mint’) & their pickles.
Alberto’s Mexican Food
Location: 1602 Mission Ave, Oceanside, CA 92058
Atmosphere: This is the ultimate late-night hangout spot to chill with the homies. It’s always busy during late-nights but totally worth the wait. Thankfully, they have multiple drive-thru windows to serve you when you don’t feel like leaving the car and everyone in line stays patient because they know Alberto’s is always serving up something good.
What to Try: Order the bean burrito with french fries & guacamole. No other modifications needed because their beans & fries are confirmed to be made without animal products. Be sure to ask for the red & green sauce to top it off and come hungry because their burritos are not for the faint of heart. I do wish they had vegan chipotle sauce…but hey, a girl can dream right?
Bagby Beer Co.
Location: 601 S Coast Hwy, Oceanside, CA 92054
Atmosphere: Their patio out back is so spacious and welcoming bringing you closer to the earth while you enjoy their brews over savory plant based dishes. I haven’t tried any off their website’s menu below, but I’ve had their vegan grilled cheese & tomato soup when I met up with a friend last year which was amazing and perfect on a chilly fall day.
What to Try: This place is very vegan-friendly with several listed options you can order including:
Plant Based Tikka Rolled Tacos, Pizza (Add veggies, vegan sausage & vegan mozz), Plant Based Anything’s Possible Burger, & Vegan Mac. Stay tuned for more photos!
Location: 215 N Coast Hwy, Oceanside, CA 92054
Atmosphere: I am so on board with their pay-what-you-pour concept! My first experience at one was this Oceanside location on historic 101 Coast Hwy. Upon walking in you’ll be given a wristband tied to your credit/debit card to manage your food and drink tab. From there, you’ll get to walk right up to barrels full of rotating craft beer, wine and even kombucha!
What to Try: Aside from the ever-changing beverage options, there is a small selection of vegan options including the Fresh Tomato & Avocado Soup, Ironman Salad (spinach, kale, almonds, ground flaxseed, quinoa, cranraisins, strawberries, & tumeric-maple vinaigrette), Thai Peanut Salad (field greens, napa cabbage, carrots, green onions, red pepper, red cabbage, chopped roasted peanuts & spicy thai dressing), my personal favorite the Vegan Wild Mushroom “French Dip” (portobello, oyster, & button mushrooms with sautéed onion, spinach, vegan cheese, and porcini au jus on a hoagie bun).
Beach Hut Deli
Location: 280 Mission Ave #105, Oceanside, CA 92054
Atmosphere: This place practically oozes cool surfer vibes with eye-appealing surfboard decorations, quick walk-up service style that’s perfect to help you make it back in time for your lunch break while enjoying some time near the ocean. While not initially seeming vegan-friendly, it was a pleasant surprise to find a new place to try. The staff was super kind and were excited to learn how I veganized one of their salad items after them telling me there were no options and what the plant based life is like. Spoiler alert: It’s great. Unfortunately none of their breads are vegan (yet), so salad is the only option for vegans that I know of to date.
What to Try: The Super Salad (a mixture of quinoa, edamame, corn, and bell pepper, topped with tomatoes, onions, sliced avocado, and feta cheese. Served with a side of lemon garlic Italian dressing) No Cheese (yep, that’s it!). This salad packed a punch with plenty of protein to help fuel me during the last half of the work day.
Location: 401 Seagaze Dr., Oceanside, CA 92054
Atmosphere: This place is nothing short of an outstanding authentic Italian experience.The mosaic coal fire pizza oven sets the tone when you walk in. This place is definitely a higher caliber, yet still humble enough to feed the whole family on any given weeknight. I absolutely adore the faux news articles on the walls in the back room keeping the original purpose of the building as an old newspaper company alive.
What to Try: They are so vegan friendly, that they’ve dedicated an entirely menu to us and the GF peeps. So far, everything I’ve tried has been beyond satisfying so I’d highly recommend just about anything on their menu. My favorites are the Vegan Verdure Rigatoni Pasta & the Vegan Pomodorina Pizza (oven roasted cherry tomatoes and garlic). Here’s the entire vegan menu for quick reference below.
Bliss Tea & Treats
Location: 301 Mission Ave, Oceanside, CA 92054
Atmosphere: By curating the ultimate fairytale decor for each season inside & out, Bliss has created the perfect space to help you find “your happy place”. I always find myself feeling relaxed & refreshed after my visits. Whether you’re looking for a quiet place to sip tea over a good book, next date idea, somewhere refined intimate to catch up with colleagues & friends, or even a fun place to host your kid’s next birthday party this is the spot to go.
What to Try: Ask for their vegan tofu pinwheels with their savory vegan tomato bisque. It’s an amazing combo during lunchtime, staying light enough to help you stay full while keeping your momentum through the day. When it comes to teas and lattes, you really can’t go wrong and they can share recommendations based on your custom palette. This is a frequent favorite and a place open to adding new vegan options with more support & feedback from customers.
Pro Tip: This is also a great stop to grab tea accessories & sets for your favorite connoisseur when the holidays come around (I found a tea my mom had been looking for online and was able to gift it to her during my last visit. She loved the tea & the fabulous look of their box sets).
Location: 101 N Cleveland St, Oceanside, CA 92054
Atmosphere: This coffee shop offers respite for those that love a warm open fire & a little adventure. The woodsy, essentialist feel brings a sophisticated take on your everyday coffee run.
What to Try: A few of my favorites include a regular nitro cold brew coffee with a shot of vanilla. I also love the Tribute Latte with Almond Milk. The orange essence is something we keep on hand at home now, for when we can’t make it in. I come here because they always seem to have a great selection of rotating gluten free & vegan pastries from Split Bakehouse like a Pumpkin Loaf, Blueberry Lemon Scone, & Raspberry Pop Tart.
Location: Pickup at 3830 Oceanic Dr., Ste. 411 Oceanside, CA 92057, or to-go on select days at Pier View Coffee Company 300 Pier View Way, Oceanside, CA 92054 while supplies last.
Atmosphere: While these rotate at various locations, the culture they bring into every business is nothing but authentic, O’side love. New flavors pop up each week, especially during the holidays so be sure to check out their IG stories to stay tuned for whatever comes next!
What to Try: All of them!! In all honesty, I haven’t had a flavor I didn’t like yet! Some of my favorites are the Raised Yeast Cranberry (limited run topped w/ housemade candied orange peels & fresh sage), The Lavender Donut, Animal Cookie, & The OG Sprinkle.
Don’s Country Kitchen
Location: 1938 S Coast Hwy, Oceanside, CA 92054
Atmosphere: This modern farm-style diner has a generally upbeat feel. It’s the brunch spot for small group dining and is somewhere you can easily get lost in conversation with friends over mimosas.
What to try: While they have no official vegan option, this place is still veg-friendly! Order a veggie scramble with hash browns, mushrooms, bell peppers, jalapenos, onions & avocado. Pair it with wheat toast (no butter) and a grapefruit “man-mosa”.
Einstein Bros Bagels
Location: 2183 Vista Way, Oceanside, CA 92054
Atmosphere: This place is great for a quick bite and is very vegan friendly offering many bagel options and even a couple menu items (with one modification).
What to Try: Vegan friendly bagels include: Cinnamon Raisin, Cranberry, Everything, Garlic, Plain, Poppy, Pumpernickel Sesame, Cinnamon Raisin, Everything, Sourdough, Blueberry, Chocolate Chip*, French Toast, Pretzel, Plain Thin, Whole Wheat Thin, Apple Cinnamon, Power Protein Bagel. You can also use potato rolls & tortillas. Spreads you can try are Natural Peanut Butter and Natural Strawberry Jelly. Sauces you can try are Chipotle Salsa, Spicy Brown Deli Mustard, Salsa Verde. Veggie toppings for sandwiches include avocado, capers, cucumber, leaf lettuce, pickle spear, red onion, spinach, & tomato. My go-to order is the Avocado Veg Out (your choice of bagel, tomato, lettuce, cucumbers and red onions with avocado. No Shmear). You can do Kettle Chips on the side or a fruit cup. An alternate option is Avocado Toast .
Location: 301 Mission Ave, Oceanside, CA 92054
Atmosphere: This place is very cozy & trendy. It’s a great selection for a lunch meeting or family dinner setting. They have plenty of vegan options & vegan sushi with dine-in or takeout almost always being a slam. My boyfriend and I love it for our constant fallback when we find ourselves in the old “where do you want to go?” loop and it’s just a few steps from the beach if you’re looking to kill time while waiting for your takeout order.
What to Try: Hands down, The Spicy Juan (avocado, sprouts, fried green onion, sauteed broccoli, coconut creamy poblano saucy, topped with zucchini, sweet potato, wontons, lime, tobanjan, & micro greens)! If you’re feeling like something out-of-the-box, you’ll also love the Hippie Roll (sweet potato, shitake mushroom, avocado, cucumber & tempura crunchies), New Zealander Roll (tempura string beans, tempura sweet potato, tempura carrots, topped w/ kiwi [GF] vegan eel sauce, mango salsa & togarashi) . They have an entire section of their menu dedicated to vegans & vegetarians so be sure to check out what else they have online (be sure to select ‘more menus’ from the dropdown, then ‘vegetarian & vegan’).
Jitter’s Coffee Pub
Location: 510 N Coast Hwy, Oceanside, CA 92054
Atmosphere: This coffee shop is a cozy, standing for everything against large corporations like Starbucks and Barnes & Noble. It offers a great spot for writers and other creatives to seek refuge to be inspired. It also makes for the perfect meeting place when you’re looking to be in a more warmer setting. The team here is all about sustainability & supporting local which is something I think we can all agree on. Jitters is known for using coffee ice cubes, making their cold drinks that much stronger and they are always expanding their selection of vegan pastries & prepacked lunches to have on hand.
What to Try: I usually do a regular vanilla iced coffee with whatever kind of vegan pastry they have on hand. Often times that means a cookie or a turnover. Either way, I always leave happy, relaxed & ready to start my day!
Maan’s Mediterranean Grill
Location: 4259 Oceanside Blvd Suite 107, Oceanside, CA 92056
Atmosphere: This is a cute hole-in-the-wall Mediterranean restaurant stop. It’s quiet enough for for an intimate dining setting & speedy enough to keep the to-go orders going.
What to Try: There are plenty of vegan friendly options like Hummus (tahini sauce , lemon juice, fresh garlic, topped with EVOO,, decorated with parsley & sumac), Baba Ganoje (aubergine eggplant blended with tahini sauce , lemon juice, fresh garlic, EVOO, decorated with parsley & Sumac), Spicy Hummus (blend of chickpeas puree, tahini sauce , lemon juice and fresh garlic , hot sauce puree , decorated with parsley olives and Parika), Dolmas (stuffed & marinated grape leaves with rice, topped with EVOO, decorated with parsley & Sumac,, Falafel (mixture of garbanzo bean deep fried & served with tahini & mango sauces, decorated with parsley & sumac), Starter Mixer Appetizer (hummus , Baba ganouj , Falafel , Dolmas served with Pita Bread) Veggie Kabobs (marinated grilled veggies including peppers, onions & sekuas, served with rice, hummus, pita bread, Tzatziki sauce, and decorated with parsley & sumac), Falafel Veggie Wrap (falafel, pita bread, parsley, tomato, Mediterranean pickles & tahini sauce).
Location: 208 N Coast Hwy, Oceanside, CA 92054
Atmosphere: This is a cute little made-to-order kind of Korean spot with enough toppings to satisfy every veggie lovers dream bowl. Whether you’re new to bibimbap or into clean eating, It’s a great lunch spot, especially if you’re in a rush. Between the bomb food & sweet staff, I always leave here feeling so happy! There are plenty of vegan options & they have a sauce section on the side so be sure to grab a few extra.
What to Try: Order a half & half order of either kind of rice and the spring mix. Choose your favorite veggies (kale, carrots, corn, jalapenos, cucumber, pineapples, onions, potatoes, bean sprouts, spinach, mushroom) & choose sauce (sriracha, soy sauce, regular or spicy teriyaki) Avoid kimchi
Location: 1006 Mission Ave Suite A, Oceanside, CA 92054
Atmosphere: My first thought upon walking in was that this this place looked so bright & clean with delicate lighting and a peaceful environment which was accomplished with a minimalist decor. I have to say, the food was an equal representation of all that!
What to Try: So far, there are two official vegan options and both are amazing: Stir Fry Tofu & Vegetable Bowl (carrots, green & yellow onion, zucchini, mushrooms, bean sprouts, broccoli w/ a side of steamed rice.) and the Vegan Ramen (creamy animal free broth w/ cabbage, carrots, onion, green onion, squash, bean-sprouts, wood ear mushrooms, corn & vegetable kale noodles)
Location: 202 N Coast Hwy, Oceanside, CA 92056
Atmosphere: This warm, open cafe offers a lovely respite from any hectic day with it’s earthy tones accomplished through wooden planking & modern brick walls. The staff is extremely helpful on avoiding non-vegan dishes or helping you simply your modified order.
Pro Tip: If you’re in a rush, head to the line ahead of time. This place gets quite busy during breakfast and lunch rushes.
What to Try: They have a few plant based options including the Veggie Burrito (no egg or cheese, add soyrizo & jalapeno), Veggie Hash. (No egg, no cheese, add soyrizo & jalapeno). They also have healthier options like Fruit salad or Forked Avocado & Herbs on Toast. Check locations for various tofu wraps as well. Side note: The coffee bar is also an amazing way to expand your palate if you’re used to drinking the same flavors.
The Miller’s Table
Location: 514 S Coast Hwy a, Oceanside, CA 92054
Atmosphere: This artisan, DIY inspired space has just the right attention to care & detail, to take your next meal experience far beyond your expectations. They have a wonderful selection of chilled fine wines and are well known for handcrafted sandwiches and charcuterie boards. This restaurant is also sustainable in the fact that they use every part of the vegetables to avoid significant food waste.
What to Try: They have a wide selection of plant based items to try and are always adding new items. I’ll grab their Build Your Own Vegan Grilled Cheese with mushrooms and whatever soup is on that day that’s vegan which is usually something savory like coconut cauliflower or butternut squash. My to-go favorites are the Vegan Banh Mi & Eggplant Hummus(Homemade Roasted Garlic Cauliflower & Eggplant Hummus, Roasted Spiced Eggplant with Garlic & Oven Sweetened Tomato Almond Pesto, Kalamata Olive, Baby Arugula, Roasted Peppers Prager Brother’s Ciabatta) Sandwiches paired with their housemade potato chips (LOVE).
The Privateer Coal Fire Pizza
Location: 1706 S Coast Hwy, Oceanside, CA 92054
Atmosphere: The energy upon walking in is very warm and alluring making this the perfect spot for your next date, family dinner, or business meeting.
What to Try: Some of my favorites are the Blockhead Pie (house marinara, confit garlic, red onion, black olives, roasted mushrooms, bell pepper, spinach, vegan walnut pesto) and Falafel Salad (falafel bites, tomatoes, . If you’re feeling like trying something fun, go for the OKC Pie (ask your server for availability).
Pacific Coast Spirits
Location: 404 S Coast Hwy, Oceanside, CA 92054
Atmosphere: This one-of-a-kind distillery offers a full restaurant in addition to craft cocktails distilled in-house. It’s consciously decorated with soft lighting and sustainable plants to set the mood for any kind of night out.
What to Try: Before they added more veg-friendly options to the menu, I tried the House Hummus & Crudite (chickpeas, olive oil, sumac served with seasonal crudite & toast points) & an Avocado Tostada (avo + beans + crispy tortilla shells). Ask your server for their updated vegan recommendations.
Pho Bowl & Grill
Location: 1006 Mission Ave Suite C, Oceanside, CA 92054
Atmosphere: This shop has a calm and happy atmosphere with clean minimalist decor. It’s perfect for a quiet lunch spot solo or with friends. Every time we go in, we get to know the owner or employees a little better making us want to come back time & time again. The owner even shared some tips last time to make it even better while enjoying their pho at home.
What to Try: Vegetable Pho (Chay) which comes in a veggie broth served with broccoli, bok choy, tofu, noodles carrots & mushrooms. On the side, you’ll get bean sprouts, mint, thai basil, jalapenos, and limes. Be sure to ask for their already fish-less hoisin sauce & sriracha.
Location: 508 Mission Ave., Oceanside, CA 92054
Atmosphere: This restaurant is the perfect space for a casual lunch with a friend or solo, but is also a great spot to enjoy dinner with family or your next date. It’s thoroughly busy and well worth the wait if you catch them on a hectic day. They are pros at handling vegan orders and will even mention if you are accidentally ordering items that contain animal products if you mention it beforehand. I am always impressed by their grace taking orders while slammed and the care they put into the dine-in experience. This has been my favorite thai restaurant since I discovered it a few years ago and is always a fun treat whenever A & I are feeling like like ordering something savory to go and look forward to dine-in service returning inside so we can finally enjoy a proper date there 🙂
What to Try: Their fried tofu makes for a delicious appetizer paired with sweet & sour sauce to start you out. My go-to order usually falls under the stir-fry menu and some of my favorites include: Eggplant, Basil & Garlic, Ginger Perfect…”A” loves the Sweet and Sour. They also have amazing curry & fried rice flavors to try along with noodle based dishes like Phad Thai. When you’re feeling more like soup, you can try their Tom Yum or Tom Kha (Coconut Soup). They serve up generous portions, but if you’re feeling something on the sweeter side, you can dive into one of their freshly made, rotating “Nice Cream” flavors.
Farmer’s Market Finds
Each week, MainStreet Oceanside hosts a morning farmer’s market on Thursdays in the Downtown district from 9am-1pm. It features many great deals on local produce, fresh flowers & retail items. My favorite part of this market is that they have rotating food stands with plenty of vegan friendly options. Check out highlights below to see some of the recent vendors.
Type of Business: Traditional Kenyan Food Stand
What to Try: Black Eyed Peas, Curry Cabbage, Plantain Stew, Coconut Rice, Collard Greens & Kenyan Hot Sauce.
Why I Love It: Sylvester is so awesome! Every time I walk up to his stand, he has a positive attitude. His food is tastes so clean, with natural ingredients and no preservatives. If you look into his Instagram, you’ll also see him doing awesome things out in the community by giving back through his business.
Type of Business: Organic S’mores Kits
What to Try: The Plant Based Kit! It’s made for vegans and makes four delicious cruelty free s’mores. You get graham crackers, coconut oat dark chocolate, pretzel chips, cayenne, cinnamon, brown sugar, caramel sauce & gelatin-free marshmallows, & even dark chocolate peanut butter cups!
Why I Love It: The owner is just as sweet as her kits, so it’s easy to want to support her growing business! She takes extra care to ensure each item is gently packed and thinks of everyone including us vegans and those that are GF.
Stay Tuned For More Additions
Please note, it is always important to ask your server whether certain dishes are vegan if you are unsure. There may be menu changes this site is unaware of after posting as most ingredients are locally sourced and do rotate based on the season. As always, any non-vegan catches like this that you share are greatly appreciated for the greater good!
Don’t see your favorite spots featured? Drop them in the comments section below to see more content like that added! I love a good challenge! Feel free to also share which options are your favorites if you’ve tried them!
As always, thanks for your love & support.
‘Til next time!