Nowadays, eating vegetarian is not that difficult anymore. Most restaurants have a few veggie options on the menu, and luckily there are a lot of restaurants where meat-free food has even become the norm. Below we share 12 vegetarian restaurants in Rotterdam that we think are definitely worth a visit! Some of the restaurants are even completely vegan, with delicious plant-based dishes.
Do you want to discover more vegan restaurants in our city? Then check our article with the best vegan restaurants in Rotterdam!
This hotspot has something for any time of the day; breakfast, lunch, dinner or to drink a cup of coffee. Backyard is plant based, but it is possible to order dairy as an add-on if you want. Backyard believes in a sustainable future and wants people to learn that eating plant based can be easy and delicious. On their menu it says: “A place where everyone can eat delicious food, whether you are a vegetarian, vegan or a meat eater going on an adventure.”
To get an idea of their menu, try a tasty burger, Tom Kha soup, fried rice (with a fried egg perhaps?) Or a ‘Mexican Fiesta’.
Korte Hoogstraat 14, 3011 GL Rotterdam
To avoid food waste, they have applied a special concept at Spirit. Here you pay for breakfast, lunch or dinner based on the weight, instead of the dish. The food from the buffet is delicious and everything is 100% organic and 100% vegetarian. Here, you can be certain that everything you eat is healthy, seasonal and good for the environment.
Mariniersweg 9, 3011 NB Rotterdam
3. Vegan Junkfood Bar
It may be an all-vegan restaurant instead of just vegetarian, but it should certainly not be missing from the list if you are looking for a tasty meat replacement. Are you craving a good burger, shoarma or hot dog? But is eating meat just not an option for you? At the Vegan Junkfood Bar they know how to imitate the dishes so well that even the meat eaters won’t notice the difference. Certainly the perfect place if you want to convince your friends or partner of how delicious vegetarian food can be.
Schiedamse Vest 144, 3011 BG Rotterdam
Based on the Asian cuisine, they cook delicious vegetarian and vegan dishes at Leaf. Think spring rolls, chicken satay with peanut sauce, dumplings, Vietnamese Bún, different types of curries and tasty sticky rice with mango and coconut. Yum! The meat substitutes here are based on soy and really can’t be distinguished from real meat or fish.
At Leaf, they started a very nice initiative, in which you can help people who don’t have a lot of money. You can write on a heart the meal that you have bought, hang it on a board, and the person who doesn’t have a lot of money then picks a heart and eats for free. Leaf itself pays 10% of the meal.
Oostmolenwerf 19, 3011 TL Rotterdam
5. The Harvest
Next to being almost entirely vegetarian, The Harvest is also very healthy! According to their four values – seasonal products, sustainability, nutritious and enjoyment – they cook local and delicious meals here.
You can make your own Harvest Bowl in just three simple steps: first you choose the basis of the dish, then two dishes from the greengrocer and finally you can choose a vegetarian dish or – for non-vegetarians – a piece of meat . There are also ready-made bowls to choose from!
Proveniersstraat 36a, 3033 CK Rotterdam
6. Atithi Indian restaurant
Most Indian dishes are 100% vegetarian. Vegetables, herbs and spices predominate in the Indian cuisine, so there are many tasty dishes for vegetarians. In Rotterdam there are a number of great Indian restaurants that are certainly worth a visit.
For instance, Atithi Indian restaurant. The restaurant is located in the center of Rotterdam, close to the Erasmus Bridge.
The menu features dishes from every corner of India. Try their veggie pakodas as a starter and the delicious Paneer Makhani as a main course. You’ll love it!
Vasteland 5a, 3011 BJ Rotterdam
7. Gare du Nord
A really unique concept; at Gare du Nord you eat in a (stationary) train compartment! It is a 100% vegan bio bistro and the food here is natural, super healthy and also sustainably grown. Although the restaurants is located in the middle of the city, it feels like an oasis of peace with its green environment.
Anthoniestraat 2, 3032 CP Rotterdam
8. Sugo Pizza
You may already know Sugo, because this restaurant is located at multiple locations in the Netherlands, namely in Amsterdam, Eindhoven, Utrecht and of course in Rotterdam! At Sugo you can enjoy a pizza al taglio; a pizza variant that is baked on large rectangular plates and cut into long pieces. The good thing about Sugo is that there are just as many veggie options as options with meat. Maybe a pizza with caramelized onion and walnut, pesto and tomato or mushroom and truffle; sounds good right?
Aert van Nesstraat 20, 3012 CA Rotterdam
Westblaak 87, 3012 KG Rotterdam
SLA is the perfect place for tasty and rich salads, as it is an organic salad bar. In addition to the salads, you can also order seasoned juices and soups here. Everything is green, healthy and delicious. All SLA products are organic, plant-based and ideal for vegetarians.
Oude Binnenweg 150-a, 3012 JH Rotterdam
With their home-made dishes, inspired by the flavors of Tel Aviv, you are in the right place as a vegetarian and hummus lover.
For example, choose some bread with delicious spreads (hummus!), fries with garlic sauce, falafel balls and a tasty WES croquette. All perfect for sharing. Are you with a large group? Then choose a 2 or 3-course dinner and be surprised by the chef.
Benthuizerstraat 94a, 3035 CR Rotterdam
Bertmans may not be 100% vegetarian, but the options for vegetarians are endless. The products are fresh and of high quality and the starting point of the dishes is always that it should be surprising and nutritious. Soups, bowls, curries, burgers and a whole lot of vegetables is what you can expect at Bertmans.
Karel Doormanstraat 292, 3012 GP Rotterdam
We love the concept of Rozey! This is the very first restaurant in the Netherlands where you can enjoy unlimited veggie and vegan dishes for a fixed price, all evening. On weekdays you can order anything you want for € 32.50; this applies to eating and drinking. At the weekend it costs € 37.50. You don’t have to worry that the quality doesn’t live up, because the dishes are well thought out and taste great!
Wijnhaven 85, 3011 WK Rotterdam
Bonus: In de keuken van Floris
It is a unique place where you start eating at a fixed time and where the dishes are predetermined by the restaurant. The fixed 8 or 9-course menu is prepared in the open kitchen, in the middle of the restaurant, so that everyone can follow the process closely. To ensure that everyone can enjoy a beautiful evening at Floris, you have the option to order the 8 or 9-course menu completely vegetarian.
Honingerdijk 259, 3063 AM Rotterdam
Those were our favorite restaurants where you can eat delicious vegetarian food in Rotterdam! Of course there are many more places that are not yet listed. Let us know if we have missed your favourite!