I went to Las Vegas in October last year, mainly to attend Route 91 Harvest Festival. Usually when I’m visiting a place I check how easy it will be to get vegan food – this never puts me off visiting somewhere, but I just like to be prepared. With Vegas though, I actually never bothered doing this, I figured if the worst came to the worst I could just survive on chips (or fries, rather!) for a few days. It turns out I had absolutely nothing to worry about – being vegan in Las Vegas was not hard at all! Here are a few of my favourite places that we ate at:
3131 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109, USA
On our first day, we dragged ourselves out of bed in time for lunch (damn you jet lag *shakes fist*) and got the Deuce bus down the strip to The Wynn.
“Every restaurant at Wynn Las Vegas and Encore offers a vegan and vegetarian menu that is designed and prepared at the same caliber as any of the signature items served.”
That’s a direct quote from their website so I couldn’t wait to try their dishes. The Wynn is about half way down the strip and has a beautiful waterfall and a gorgeous fountain that dances to music – not to be confused with the Bellaggio fountains. We went to the Terrace Pointe Cafe, which is situated right by the pool. I ordered a burger and fries that comes with a chocolate milkshake. I tried to say I didn’t want the latter, but it’s made with coconut milk and comes with the meal so I decided to try it anyway. It was so good! And the rest of the meal was delicious. Their breakfast menu has vegan ‘Eggs Benedict’ and I so wanted to try it but when I eventually had time to go back it was an hour before they stopped serving breakfast and they didn’t have any tables for an hour – I was starving so we left it. The other time we called to try and reserve a table for breakfast the following day but there wasn’t any so if you’re there later in the week or on the weekend, reserve a table well in advance and please tell me how good their breakfast is!
Slice of Vegas Pizza
3930 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89119, USA
Vegan menu? Yes please. This restaurant is located in between Mandalay Bay and Luxor at Mandalay Place. They have a ‘normal’ menu and then a page long vegan menu. Since we were staying at Excalibur and you can walk through Luxor to get to Mandalay Place, I practically lived here. I think we ate here three times overall as I tried to make my way through the entire menu, which alas I didn’t manage. Their vegan menu covers starters, pizza, pasta, salads, sandwiches and dessert. My mouth is watering just thinking about it! I recommend their meatless meatball, cauliflower and their shoestring fries. Top tip: if you sign up for their wifi, you get an email with $5 off your meal.
Violette’s Vegan Organic Eatery
8560 W Desert Inn Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89117, USA
So this one is about twenty minutes drive from the main Vegas strip. The main reason I looked it up and went twice was 1.) because the food is AMAZING and 2.) because of a great customer service story from my mates a couple of years earlier. Every July, Vegas plays host to thousands of rollergirls attending Rollercon. One evening a few of my mates wanted vegan cakes and food so they ordered from Violette’s via Deliveroo. Deliveroo managed to cancel their order twice and after a lot of calls and a call direct to Violette’s, the owners came to their hotel, after the Eatery had shut, on a motorbike and a car blaring Nelly’s ‘It’s Getting Hot in Here‘ to deliver their food. I feel that customer service like that needs to be rewarded. They have a breakfast menu as well as a substantial all day menu. The food is delicious and well worth the twenty minute journey to get to it, and sometimes, it’s just nice to get away from the glaring lights of the Strip.
3377 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109, USA
Zeffirino is located inside The Venetian. I went to Vegas when I was a lot younger and The Venetian hadn’t been built yet, it was lovely to wander round inside and see it this time round. To be completely honest, the main reason we went to Zefferino was because it just so happened to be Blaze’s birthday when we were out there – it
was more a case of Route 91 Festival clashing with her birthday than us going to Vegas as a birthday treat. Obviously, I still wanted to do something special for her and my parents, who had done Route 66 a few month’s previous and been back to Vegas, recommended Zeffirino. It overlooks a section of the canal so if you get a table upstairs by the balcony you can watch all the gondolas go past. I booked a table for Sunday at midday but I probably didn’t even need to as it ended up being us and one other couple upstairs the whole time we were there. When I made our booking, I added a note about vegan options, turns out their menu already has a vegan option! “Pan Seared Smoked Tofu Filet, with Mushrooms, Braised Onions Asparagus, and Red Wine” How good does that sound? It was absolutely divine, so full of flavour and absolutely scrumptious. This is definitely a more upmarket addition to this list but if you are celebrating something, I’d recommend Zefferino, the setting is wonderful and the food sublime.
UPDATE: As of December 2017, Zeffirino has permanently closed. It was apparently dormant through December with a potential refurb and then it then closed with no public announcement. Sad news indeed as the food there was delicious.
If all fails, there’s a Johnny Rockets in Excalibur and they have a vegan option on their burgers or the mall opposite The Wynn has an Auntie Anne’s Pretzel stand. I’m a sucker for a good American pretzel so the one time I couldn’t get breakfast at The Wynn, I went and got a pretzel. ‘Cause that’s just how I roll.
If you aren’t vegan, I still recommend checking out all the above because the food is just incredible. Blaze isn’t vegan but still enjoyed it all so next time you’re in Vegas, definitely check them out.
Have you eaten vegan food in Las Vegas? What was your favourite place to eat? Let me know in the comments below.