10 Best Vegetarian Restaurants In Kansas City, Missouri

vegetarian restaurants in kansas city
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Kansas City, Missouri may be famous in the food scene for their barbecue, but the city’s ever-evolving food scene has allowed flavorful cuisine, both from local and international descent to flourish. Nowadays, with the growing number of people that are adopting vegetarian or vegan diets, the number of vegetarian-friendly restaurants has increased in KC as well. So, whether you’re a vegetarian, a vegan, someone looking out to have a change in lifestyle, or a foodie who wants to try out something new and delicious–make sure to check out our suggestions below for the best vegetarian restaurants in Kansas City, Missouri.

1. Cafe Gratitude

Cafe Gratitude is a creative restaurant in Kansas that serves all organic and plant-based selections. The menu is comprised of a wide range of offerings from starters, salads, sandwiches and wraps, and main course meals, to drinks like tonics, cold-pressed juices, smoothies and shakes, coffee and tea, and wine and beer. One may also find it interesting how the food choices are thoughtfully named; Humble (indian curry bowl), Dynamic (eggplant parmesan), Mucho (mexican bowl), and Effervescent (ginger ale) are some of the customer favorites. Cafe Gratitude also supports sustainability so the restaurant is decorated with tables made from reclaimed wood, lights made from wine bottles, and an entryway made form re-purposed lath.

Cafe Gratitude

Address: 333 Southwest Blvd. Kansas City, MO 64108

Website: Cafe Gratitude

Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 11am - 10pm; Sat: 10am - 10pm; Sun: 10am - 9pm

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2. Blue Nile Cafe

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Being the oldest Ethiopian restaurant in Kansas City, the Blue Nile Cafe offers customers a glimpse of Ethiopian culture with an offering of the country’s richest dishes. The restaurant serves meat and seafood but it also has a wide range of vegan or vegetarian options. Dine from 11am to 3pm to avail of the lunch buffet that includes vegan sambusa, Misir Watt or the Ethiopian stew of sauteed red lentils, Atikeltt or potato carrot and cabbage stew, and various soups flavored with exotic spices, to name a few. Blue Nile Cafe is located in the City Market, giving diners a view into one of the most historic neighborhoods of Kansas.

Blue Nile Cafe

Address: 20 E 5th St., Kansas City, MO 64106

Website: Blue Nile Cafe

Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 11am - 9pm; Sun: 11am - 3pm

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3. The Mixx

The Mixx puts an inventive spin on making salads and sandwiches by allowing customers to create their own combinations, from a list of over 50 ingredients. For the salads, customers can choose from ten dressings that are all vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free. 12 varieties of breads and spreads are available for the create-your-own-sandwich option. Their menu also includes suggested combinations, like the Garden of Eden–a specialty salad of crisp granny smith apples, candied pecans, gorgonzola, and wild field greens tossed with champagne-honey vinaigrette. For those in a hurry, you can also order their food to-go, as The Mixx whips up your food fresh and fast. Visit one of their two locations in KC!

The Mixx

Address: 4855 Main St., Kansas City, MO 64112 / 1347 Main St., Kansas City, MO 64105

Website: The Mixx

Opening hours: 10am - 9pm (daily) / Mon - Fri: 9am - 3pm

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4. Beer Kitchen

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From the name itself, Beer Kitchen specializes in beer, beer, beer! Now you’re probably thinking, what does this restaurant have to do with vegan options? Well, the Beer Kitchen has a vegan menu complete from starters to entrees. They serve chickpea-kale fritters, salads, veggie beet burger, and a few other selections. Apart from the good food, your dining experience gets better with the restaurant’s fun atmosphere.

Beer Kitchen

Address: 435 Westport Rd., Kansas City, MO 64111

Website: Beer Kitchen

Opening hours: Mon - Thu: 11am - 12am; Fri: 11am - 1am; Sat: 9am - 1am; Sun: 9am - 12am

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5. canihaveabite

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canihaveabite is different from the other restaurants already mentioned because the dishes that they make are mostly designed to be taken home and eaten at the convenience of customers. Their meals are packaged using plant-based materials, making it compostable. At canihaveabite, the menu changes on a weekly basis based on what organic produce is in season. Some of the restaurant’s vegan and vegetarian entrees include Spaghetti and Vegan Meatballs, Curry Vegetables and Coconut Rice, and Abuelita’s Pinto Beans and Rice. canihaveabite even offers meal plans like the 3 Day Detox and 28 Day Challenge for those who are looking to improve their eating habits.


Address: 633 E. 63rd St., Kansas City, MO 64110

Website: canihaveabite

Opening hours: Mon - Thu: 10am - 7pm; Fri - Sat: 11am - 5pm (closed on Sun)

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6. The Farmhouse

Steak and eggs at The Farmhouse
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Farm-to-table, tip-to-tail–The Farmhouse restaurant in KC serves under this ideology. This means they partner with local farmers in Kansas and Missouri for the organic crops that are picked by dawn and delivered to the restaurant early in the day. They also use all parts of the vegetables to make their own stocks, sauces, ketchup, seasonal sauces, and purees. Some of the meals that vegetarians can try out are: Vegan Steak and Rice–where the steak is made out of grilled lion’s mane mushroom, Kale and Brussel Sprout Salad, and Veggie Benedict–a vegetarian version of the Eggs Benedict.

The Farmhouse

Address: 300 Delaware St., Kansas City, MO 64105

Website: The Farmhouse

Opening hours: Mon & Tue: 8am - 3pm; Wed & Thu: 8am - 9pm; Fri: 8am - 10pm; Sat: 9am - 3pm, 5pm - 10pm; Sun: 9am - 3pm

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7. The Westside Local

Experience the local scene in this quaint restaurant in KC. Included in The Westside Local’s menu are vegetarian specials like the Roasted Poblano and Spinach Dip, Black Bean Hummus Plate, Veggie Burger, Mushroom Penne, and Westside Mac and Cheese. Apart from the good food, the restaurant also gives out that warm and welcoming vibe that customers love. The restaurant even accommodates private gatherings for small to large groups in their private room or patio.

The Westside Local

Address: 1663 Summit St., Kansas City, MO 64108

Website: The Westside Local

Opening hours: Tue - Thu: 11am - 9pm; Fri & Sat: 11am - 10pm; Sun: 11am - 3pm (closed on Mon)

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8. Enjoy Pure Food + Drink

This next restaurant is a haven for those looking for clean and pure food. Customer favorites include: Take on the World, a bowl of quinoa, avocado, kale, broccoli, shredded beets, almonds, hemp seeds, and ginger-miso dressing; and Terra Bella, vegan lasagna. The restaurant offers six varieties of cold pressed juices that are great for detox. As for their place, Enjoy boasts an ambiance that is as refreshing as the food that they serve. Once there, you’ll find the restaurant’s interior to be decorated in relaxing shades of green, and lined with chic tables and chairs - which definitely ups the delightful dining experience.

Enjoy Pure Food + Drink

Address: 10573 Mission Rd. Leawood, KS 66206

Website: Enjoy Pure Food + Drink

Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 7am - 9pm; Sat: 9am - 9pm; Sun: 9am - 4pm

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9. Happy Apple Cafe

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This next restaurant serves all vegan or vegetarian meals in a small yet inviting and hip environment. The menu changes every month based on a theme–which is rather creative. Happy Apple Cafe serves appetizers, sandwiches and wraps, burgers, desserts, and a whole lot more. Being a small local business, the restaurant provides an intimate and personalized service, making your dining experience extra special.

Happy Apple Cafe

Address: 5536 Troost Ave., Kansas City, MO 64110

Website: Happy Apple Cafe

Opening hours: Tue & Wed: 9:30am - 3pm; Thu & Fri: 9:30am - 3pm, 5:30 - 8pm; Sat: 11am - 3pm (closed on Sun & Mon)

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10. Blue Bird Bistro

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Posted by blue bird bistro on Thursday, 5 July 2018

The last one in our list is an artisan restaurant that serves organic dishes. Vegetarian favorites include: the Tofu Scramble–sautéed soyfood, smoked tofu with breakfast potato; Breakfast Chili–house made bean and veggie chili over a jalapeño corn cake; and Fancy Cake–fruits baked in organic pancake batter. The restaurant’s homely atmosphere makes it the perfect venue for a nice and peaceful breakfast or a special evening’s dinner.

Blue Bird Bistro

Address: 1700 Summit St., Kansas City, MO 64108

Website: Blue Bird Bistro

Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 7am - 9pm; Sun: 10am - 2pm

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Vegetarian-friendly barbecue city

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Lots and lots of people are now choosing vegetarian diets. Some of these people made such choice to support animal-friendly causes, while some, to have a clean lifestyle. And it is a nice thing to know that even a city known to be the barbecue city, can support this cause. We hope our suggestions helped you out in the search for the best vegetarian food in KC. Happy eating!

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