You’ve been there before: You’re making dinner plans with a group of friends, some of you are vegetarian and some of you are not, and you’re trying to remember which restaurants offer more than a couple options for the veggie crowd.
Well, we’re here to help, because nothing is more maddening than searching through a dozen menus and reciting options out loud until you find something you can all agree upon.
Here are 17 Denver restaurants that either offer good options for both carnivores and herbivores, including the all-veggie joints (because maybe you or your friends are not the type of meat eaters who absolutely must eat meat at a meal). See more about the all-vegetarian Denver restaurants places here.
(Got one you’d add? Tell me: [email protected].)
Aloy Modern Thai
2134 Larimer St.
You could throw pretty much any Thai restaurant in here, so we picked this big, fun, centrally located one to represent them as a category. You can get any of the curry, noodle, wok fry and fried rice dishes with tofu.
1030 E. 22nd Ave.
This place does vegan sandwiches and pastries. Go crazy.
City O’ City
206 E. 13th Ave.
Huge vegetarian menu with plenty of vegan options, including sandwiches, pizza, pasta, barbecue, tacos, comfort food and Asian food.
Crave Real Burgers
1550 Blake St.
I know what you’re thinking, but you can substitute a black bean soy patty for any burger on the menu.
1400 Cherry Street, Denver
This vegetarian and vegan spot has a regularly changing menu.
2958 Downing St.
It’s “vegan comfort food,” so just image a regular diner menu, but vegan.
1521 N. Marion St.
This little Mexican spot has vegetarian options including tacos, rellenos and enchiladas.
2199 California St.
Super-charming café for when one of you wants ham and cheese potatoes and the other wants grilled tempeh with black bean sauce and quinoa.
3230 E. Colfax Ave.
This Bluebird District Mexican restaurant (perfect for pre-show fueling) offers veggie options for their fajitas, enchiladas, burritos, tamales and tacos.
630 S. Federal Blvd.
The massive menu at this Federal Boulevard Staple offers 12 tofu variation of the standard entrees.
3 S. Broadway
Another good pre- or post-show spot, serving veggie options like the Israeli falafel and it’s top-notch grilled cheese (seriously) next door to the Hi-Dive.
The Ethiopian Restaurant
2816 E. Colfax Ave.
They make it easy and throw all 14 veggie options in their own section of the menu.
3201 E. Colfax Ave.
3470 W. 32nd Ave.
Both locations have a couple veggie pasta dishes. My personal favorite is the truffle asparagus spaghetti: asparagus, arugula, toasted pine nuts, mushrooms and truffle oil over egg spaghetti.
True Food Kitchen
2800 E. 2nd Ave., Suite 101
Technically there’s only one veggie entree, the spaghetti squash casserole, but with creative veggie pizza and bowl options (butternut squash pizza with smoked onion, organic kale, vegan almond ricotta and dried cranberry, anyone?) we’ll count it.
3915 Tennyson St., Denver
The all-veggie sister restaurant of Root Down, which only has one veggie entree right now, opened on Tennyson fairly recently.
837 E. 17th Ave.
Another “vegan comfort food” spot, but as you probably know, this is more upscale than a diner.
1555 Court Place
The gardein portion of the menu takes 13 of the tasty meat-based dishes and swaps in this soy-based chicken substitute.
Obviously, this is not a complete list of every restaurant in Denver that offers more than two vegetarian entrées. If you’d like to tip us off to a particularly good one we’ve missed, send it to [email protected].