Veganism has increased in popularity dramatically over the last couple of decades for a number of reasons. It has many health benefits for humans and does not rely on animal farming, which often involves cruelty, and science has shown that cutting down on humansâ€™ use of animal products helps the environment as well.
Augusta has been later to the vegan restaurant game than some larger cities but weâ€™ve got several and more will be opening soon! Here’s the Augusta, GA Vegan Restaurant Guide.
|Restaurant||Review Status||What Sets Them Apart|
|Humanitree House||Google: 4.8 stars/722 reviews |
Yelp: 4.5 stars/218 reviews
|A variety of pressed juices and juice cleanse programs|
|Dawg! Thatâ€™s Vegan||Google: 5 stars/9 reviews|
Yelp: 1.5 stars/2 reviews
|Holiday catering with classic Southern dishes|
|The SolFood Kitchen||Google: 4.8 stars/148 reviews |
Yelp: 4.5 stars/53 reviews
|Sit down restaurant with vegan, vegetarian, & meat options|
|The Beeâ€™s Knees||Google: 4.3 stars/949 reviews |
Yelp: 4 stars/435 reviews
|Extensive coffee & tea menu|
|Uprooted Vegan Cuisine||Facebook: 5 stars/11 reviews |
Not rated on Google or Yelp
|Catch them at events all over the CSRA!|
|Pascheâ€™s Island Soul||Google: 4.3 stars/47 reviews |
Yelp: 4.5 stars/7 reviews
|Caribbean cuisine with a 5 vegan entrÃ©e options|
|Laziza||Augusta location ratings |
Google: 4.6 stars/222 reviews
Yelp: 4.5 stars/40 reviews
|Mediterranean food with vegan salad, soup, wrap, and bowl options|
|ViBE Smoothie Bar||Â Yelp: 5 stars/6 reviews |
Not rated on Google or Facebook
|Food truck offering plant-based smoothies with protein or wellness boosts|
Humanitree House has truly earned its place as the first on this list! This family-owned restaurant, juice bar, art gallery, performance space, education center (and more!) is wholeheartedly and authentically committed to veganism and all the principles it stands for. All of their foods, juices, and other beverages are 100% vegan. They also strive to use organic and locally sourced ingredients whenever possible.Â
Humanitee House offers a variety of dishes including salads, wraps, sandwiches as well as smoothies, smoothie bowls, and juices. Donâ€™t expect anything dry and bland here! The vegan burger is made with beets, black beans, rice, and a blend of spices that make it both filling and flavorful. The kale salad is marinated in a sweet vinaigrette and topped with peppers, red onions, and craisins, helping you get your veggies in without wincing. Donâ€™t forget to check their fridge for â€œgrab and goâ€ options!
They also have rotating weekly specials, which in the past have included a chipotle burger, tacos, and BBQ jackfruit. Humanitree House knows that veganism can be a great way to get your health back on track. To go for a more intense reset, look into their juice cleanses on their website.
Theyâ€™re pros at juicing, but if youâ€™d like to try it out at home, youâ€™ll need a decent juicer. The Mueller Juicer Ultra Power is a good option and can be found here on Amazon.
Dawg! Thatâ€™s Vegan
Dawg! Thatâ€™s Vegan is one of Augustaâ€™s newest vegan restaurants. They have been serving vegan burgers at the Augusta Farmers market since last summer and opened their location in North Augusta in the fall. They describe themselves as a â€œvegan fast food jointâ€ and the owner/founder, Angel Everett is a veteran. Her goal is to become a fast-food chain, first regionally and then nationally, making delicious vegan food more accessible to everyone.
The Dawg! Itâ€™s Vegan menu includes 9 specialty burgers as well as a â€œbuild your ownâ€ option. Some of the more unusual specialty burgers include the avocado ranch burger, the loosey goosey burger with teriyaki sauce, and the smokinâ€™ choice burger with barbecue sauce. They also have a â€œdawgish vegan hot dogâ€ and the â€œmeatball sammich,â€ topped with vegan mozzarella cheese.
Think eating vegan during the week is too difficult? Try their salad food prep! There are warm and cold options available with a variety of veggies and your choice of dressing. Each $40 order comes with 5 meals worth of salad. They can help you with all of your holiday meals as well, offering vegan versions of all the holiday classics, including macaroni and cheese, green bean casserole, and even salisbury steak!
The SolFood Kitchen
The SolFood Kitchenâ€™s name makes its mission and vision very clear. â€˜SolFoodâ€™ means food from the sun, and also sounds like â€œsoul food,â€ which is what they aim to serve. They describe themselves as â€œa community-driven, all-encompassing, wellness cafe that strives to create a colorful mosaic of global comfort foods.â€ Read more about the philosophy behind The SolFood Kitchen on the â€œOur Storyâ€ section of their website.
While The SolFood Kitchen is not completely vegan, it has tons of vegan and vegetarian dishes that are clearly notated on the menu, making it the perfect place to bring all your friends and family, no matter their dietary choices. Their vegetable and grain bowls, which are vegan on their own, have the option to add tofu, salmon, BBQ jackfruit or grilled chicken.
If you are looking for totally vegan options, look for the smoked harissa cauliflower, plantain tacos, veggie empanadas and spicy garlic edamame on the dinner menu. The mezze platter, which has confit vegetables, white bean dip, stuffed grape leaves, and cassava bread, can be made vegan upon request as well. Great news for dessert lovers too: both the chocolate peanut butter mousse and the strawberry crumble are vegan!
If youâ€™re new to veganism, The SolFood Kitchen is a great place to try. You may also want to check out a beginnerâ€™s guide like this one on Amazon.
The Bee’s Knees
This is not the same Beeâ€™s Knees that you remember from years ago! When it closed in December 2020, very little information was given about the future of the restaurant, which had been in Augusta for 19 years, and it seemed as though the owners were unsure of their next steps as well. Augustans were relieved to hear in the summer of 2021 that the classic Augusta restaurant would be back, only this time rebranded as The Beeâ€™s Knees – Coffee & Curios.
Their new menu is almost totally vegan, with some vegetarian options thrown in, and they now open at 8 a.m., whereas before they were primarily a dinner spot. They have an extensive coffee and tea menu, complete with a signature Beeâ€™s Knees latte, a blend of espresso oat milk, honey, lavender, and bee pollen. The Cowboy Bebop latte also comes with oat milk, along with smoked hojicha matcha, espresso, and caramel. The Wildflower has coconut milk, lavender, lemon, and butterfly pea flower tea. These are truly some of the most flavorful coffees around!
Their food menu is still developing and more options are set to be released soon. Knowing The Beeâ€™s Knees, the best is yet to come, but their current menu is pretty tasty as well! For now, there is a â€œbuild your ownâ€ option where guests can pick whether they want a biscuit, burrito, grit bowl, or hash bowl then choose between 7 specialty combinations of toppings. All 7 are totally vegan, but you can sub in a free-range egg for the JUST Egg scramble or a slice of cheddar cheese for the vegan cheese if they wish. Take a look at their full food menu here.
Uprooted Vegan Cuisine
Uprooted Vegan Cuisine, based in Aiken, has a pretty inspiring story behind it. In 2004, the owner and head chef was diagnosed with renal failure. While she knew she would need a transplant eventually, she decided to switch to veganism and it improved her kidney function drastically. She received a donor kidney in 2019 and now shares her passion for plant-based food with the CSRA through Uprooted!
You can try Uprooted in a few different ways: by placing a weekly order, which must be received by Saturday at 7 p.m. for the upcoming week and picked up on Monday; by going to an event that they will be attending; or by placing a special order for an event or during the holiday season. They are at events throughout the CSRA almost weekly and create a custom menu for each one. Expect a lot of options at these events, too! A recent â€œFamily Fundayâ€ event included 5 entrÃ©es, 4 sides and 4 desserts to choose from.
To place a Monday pickup order, take a look at their website to see the upcoming weekâ€™s options. Uprooted usually offers 3 entrÃ©es, 4 â€œadd-onsâ€ and 1 specialty item each week. The â€œadd-onsâ€ are typically small dishes or simple desserts. The specialty items are desserts that take more complex preparation and require more ingredients, which make them that much delicious, but expect a higher price for these than the others. Take note of the weekly menu items you like so youâ€™ll know what to order for your next event!Â
Pasche’s Island Soul
Pascheâ€™s Island Soul is a Caribbean restaurant located in downtown Augusta, making it a great stop to drop by for lunch if you work nearby! One Google reviewer wrote, â€œLove this Caribbean vibe & music! Very nice sitting in the shade with a breeze in the afternoon. Felt like I was a world away!â€ Who wouldnâ€™t want to take a quick trip to the Caribbean on their lunch break?!
Donâ€™t hesitate to bring your non-vegan friends to Pascheâ€™s, as their menu is about evenly split between vegan and meat entrÃ©es. They serve oxtails, brown fish stew, and jerk chicken, along with a few other Caribbean favorites. A couple of the vegan dishes contain meat substitutes: the vegan Trini sausage & rice and the vegan hamburger steak & gravy. The other three are veggie-based: vegan 3-bean chili, chana aloo curry, and the trifecta bowl.
Take a look at their drink menu too, since you wonâ€™t be able to find these many other places in the area! The mango carrot, sorrel ginger, or guava fruit punch are sure to top off the Caribbean experience. Check out their full menu here.
Augusta is set to get a fully vegan Caribbean restaurant very soon! Soca Vegan Kitchen is set to open in the summer of 2022. Click here for their website!
Laziza Mediterranean Grill
Laziza Mediterranean Grill is another spot that offers both vegan and non-vegan dishes. With locations in both downtown Augusta and Evans, this is a great place to take your whole family or friend group, kids included! Laziza even made it onto Augusta Planetâ€™s 11 Exciting Restaurants in Evans, GA.Â
A lot of Mediterranean food is vegan by nature or can be made vegan very easily. Laziza does a great job of listing the base of a dish, then giving options for protein or toppings, so that everyone can eat according to their preferences. For example, the house, tabbouleh, and Greek salads all come with the option to add cauliflower, falafel, gyro, salmon, chicken kebabs, or chicken shawarma. Their wraps and Laziza bowls have a couple of vegan options as well. Check out their menus here.
Laziza also offers catering! Sometimes itâ€™s hard to know what othersâ€™ dietary preferences are when planning for a large work event or any occasion where you arenâ€™t familiar with all of the guests. Itâ€™s always good practice to offer lots of options and Laziza has you covered! Read more on their website.Â
ViBE Smoothie Bar
Yes, the â€œiâ€ is supposed to be lowercase! ViBE Smoothie Bar is a food truck that goes to various locations and events around the CSRA. Their plant-based smoothies are all made with their superfood batter, a blend of nuts, coconut nectar, dates, hemp, flax, chia, aloe, and maca.Â
They offer classic smoothies with different combinations of fruits and vegetables; protein smoothies which come in a few flavors and give customers a choice of whey, pea, and four sigmatic protein; and boosted smoothies, which have wellness shots and superfoods built into them.
Click here for their website and menu.Â
Want even more vegan options? Augusta Planetâ€™s Ultimate Guide to Burgers in Augusta, GA has a table showing which places offer veggie burgers!Â
And finally, here are some recipe ideas for at-home vegan cooking from the Rainbow Plant Life YouTube Channel.