Bristol is bursting with fabulous vegetarian and vegan food, living up to the title of vegan-friendly capital bestowed on the city by the Chef’s Pencil 2018 survey. We’ve decided to mark World Vegetarian Day by celebrating a selection of the most popular vegetarian dishes available at Bristol restaurants, as chosen by our members and followers on social media. Vegetarian or not, we guarantee you’ll be desperate to dig into some of these… 

Caponata and Fresh Bread at Watershed Café Bar

Watershed's selection of light bites is nearly entirely vegetarian, with this Caponata one of the top picks. It's made with aubergines, onions, tomatoes, raisins and served with fresh bread. 

Caponata at Watershed

Image credit: Watershed

Vegan ‘Del Ray’ Burger at Quay Street Diner

Find this epic burger made with a Moving Mountains® B12 Burger™ along with lettuce, red onion, tomato, pickles and house sauce at Quay Street Diner, a Californian-inspired diner where the veggie and vegan options are as exciting as the classic meat dishes.

Vegan 'Del Ray' Burger at Quay Street Diner

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Creamy Chargrilled Sweetcorn Risotto at The Canteen

This creamy chargrilled sweetcorn risotto is served for lunch from 12 – 3pm and comes with Old Winchester cheese, peas and a poached egg.

Creamy chargrilled sweetcorn risotto at The Canteen

Image credit: The Canteen 

Vegan Thai Green Curry at Old Market Assembly

Another lunchtime favourite is the Old Market Assembly’s Vegan Thai Green Curry with Autumn Vegetables and Basmati Rice. Vegetables change depending on what’s in season. 

Vegan Thai green curry at Old Market Assembly

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Vegetable Crumble at No. 1 Harbourside

A proper hearty Vegetable Crumble that’s perfect for autumnal weather. It’s filled with courgette, pea, leeks, spinach, spring onions and asparagus, Homewood Farm Somerset ewe’s curd and kale in a rich roast tomato sauce, topped with gluten free oats, pumpkin and sunflower seeds.

Vegetable crumble at No. 1 Harbourside

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Saag tofu with aromatic brown rice at Suncraft

Like all dishes at Suncraft, the saag tofu with aromatic brown rice, lemon balm and mint raita, watercress, nasturtium and chilli salad is both plant-based and gluten-free. More Indian dishes are being introduced to the menu, with this one being a comforting but not heavy addition that’s high in iron. The nasturtium is grown hydroponically onsite.

Saag tofu with aromatic brown rice at Suncraft

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Feelin’ Gravy at Pieminister (Broad Quay & Stokes Croft

As well as their five veggie pies (two of which are vegan), Pieminister’s poutine-style loaded fries Feelin' Gravy are a hit. They are a heavenly combination of fries loaded with caramelised onions, cheesy sauce and gravy. 

Feelin' Gravy at Pieminister

Image credit: Pieminister 

Dolmades at The Real Greek

With a dedicated vegan menu, The Real Greek has lots to offer vegetarians. One of the most popular dishes is the dolmades, which are vine leaves stuffed with rice, tomato and fresh herbs.

Dolmades at The Real Greek

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Cauliflower Ceviche at Masa + Mezcal

@Shonette on Twitter praised the whole plant-based menu at Mexican cantina Masa + Mezcal, with a special shout-out for the Cauliflower Ceviche. 

Cauliflower ceviche at Masa and Mezcal

Image credit: Masa + Mezcal

The Diva Quiche at The Vegetable Diva

This is a fusion recipe combining founder Sonya's Indian heritage to make a delicious West Country quiche using seasonal vegetables from the café’s very own no dig Diva fields. The quiche is made using carrot roasted in cumin and crushed coriander seeds with a base layer of spiced tomato, all topped with cubed feta and seeds.

The Diva Quiche from The Vegetable Diva

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Veggie Thali from The Thali Restaurant (Easton & Montpelier)  

The vegan showstopper, veggie paneer dish and veggie sides all got a shout out from @GoBathBristol on Twitter for being utterly delicious.

Veggie thali at The Thali Restaurant

Image - The Thali Restaurant

Veggie Kotthu at The Coconut Tree (Clifton & Gloucester Road)

The most popular veggie dish at The Coconut Tree is the Veggie Kotthu, a fine example of Sri Lankan hybrid food, served all over the country as luxury street food. It's made with finely chopped roti (flatbread) cooked with egg and mixed vegetables.

Veggie Kotthu at The Coconut Tree

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Vegan Doner Kebab at Koocha Mezze Bar

Koocha brings a plant-powered taste of Persia to Bristol. As recommended by @lucyvharrison and @nataliebrereton on Twitter, their vegan doner kebab is made from Seitan and served with all the trimmings in a pitta.

Vegan doner kebab from Koocha Mezze Bar

Image credit: Koocha Mezze Bar

Beetroot, berries, hazelnut and seaweed at Root

Nominated by @antimitch on Twitter and described as ‘verging on iconic’ by @CrumbsMag, this is one of the most popular dishes from Root’s seasonal menu.   

Beetroot, berries, hazelnut and seaweed at Root

Image credit: Alexander J Collins 

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Watershed Cafe Bar
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Cafe bar serving up quality food and drink in a relaxed Harbourside location

Quay Street Diner
Quay Street Diner

Quay Street is a vibrant and independent Californian Diner inspired by the sunny shores and fresh produce of the Golden State.

The Canteen
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Nestled in the belly of Hamilton House in the thriving mix of Stokes Croft, Canteen brings you good things like affordable home-cooked food, free live music every night, space for local art and a place to meet, plot and play.

The Old Market Assembly
Roast Dinner

The Old Market Assembly has teamed up with The Canteen to offer a drinks and pizza menu via Uber Eats and Deliveroo. Pints will be available, as well as bottles.

No. 1 Harbourside
Sunday Roast

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Pieminister - Broad Quay
Pieminister - Broad Quay

Award winning pies, craft ales, salads, hot pots, cocktails & good times. Perfect for a spot of lunch, after work cocktails and food or even a pre theatre dinner.

Pieminister - Stokes Croft
Pieminister - Stokes Croft

Pieminister produces delicious handmade pies using only the finest ingredients sourced from the west country.

The Real Greek
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The Real Greek

The Real Greek has found a new home in Bristol. Ambassador of Greek food & Greek hospitality in the UK, The Real Greek food centres on the delicious, healthy diet of the Eastern Mediterranean, staying true to the Greek ethos for food and family. EAT TOGETHER!

Masa + Mezcal
Masa + Mezcal taco

Masa + Mezcal is a lively Mexican Cantina in the heart of Stokes Croft specialising in Mexican inspired food, Mezcal, and locally produced beer.

The Vegetable Diva
The Vegetable Diva

During this time The Vegetable Diva are offering home delivery which includes exciting grocery boxes.

Street Food

Suncraft is a forward thinking, health conscious plant based restaurant and takeaway serving up flavours from around the world.