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We’ve created this ever-growing guide to restaurants, bakeries, cafes, and ice cream shops in New Jersey that are friendly to dairy-free diners. It’s a collection based on research and reader recommendations (send yours!), that’s divided into local restaurants (first) and chains (second).

Note: You can ignore the date on this post going forward. We’ll update the information below whenever we’re alerted to a new restaurant recommendation, change, or closure. 

Local New Jersey Restaurants Recommended for Dairy-Free Eats

We’ve listed these recommendations alphabetically by city, and then by the restaurant or shop name.

⭐️ = Restaurant is either dairy-free, has a dairy-free menu, has dairy-free labels on their menu(s), or lists top allergens with menu items. (At the time of our last review.)

Asbury park

  • Kaya’s Kitchen ⭐️ – The menu at this location isn’t quite as extensive as their Belmar spot, and it serves breakfast and lunch (not dinner). But the options are still satisfying vegan takes on dishes that are traditionally loaded with dairy, eggs, and/or meat. You can order French toast, breakfast burritos, burgers, cheesesteak sandwiches, and more.

Belmar

  • Kaya’s Kitchen ⭐️ – This cozy BYOB restaurant serves a very eclectic all-vegan menu for lunch and dinner. They offer soups, salad bowls, and a huge list of internationally-inspired entrees. Hungarian Pierogies? Check. Enchiladas? Check. Philly Steak Sandwich? Check. Dozens more comforting dairy-free and meatless dishes? Check. They even offer burgers, pizzas, and the “World’s best vegan cheesecake.” Gluten-free options are generously noted on their very long menu.

Cliffside Park

  • Om Sweet Home ⭐️ – This is a specialty bakery that runs a celiac-safe, vegan facility. All of their products are dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free, soy-free, palm oil-free, non-GMO, organic and use their house-made butter alternative. They have an array of sweets and savories daily, and also take custom cake orders. And they have a mini marketplace of specialty vegan products.

Lavelette

  • The Music Man Singing Ice Cream Shoppe – This is a is a vaudeville style Nightly Broadway Cabaret that also serves ice cream. They offer Dole Whip, dairy-free oatmilk soft serve (made with Planet Oat), Italian ice, and Italian ice shakes or freezes.

Matawan

  • Papa Ganache – This homey little vegan bakery is jam packed with treats! They make cupcakes, beautiful cakes, cookies, pies, cheesecakes, muffins, donuts, and more. They also serve an array of gluten-free items that are baked in a dedicated gluten-free kitchen. Their sweets are balanced with a savory menu, that includes comforting dishes like soups, chicken nuggets, quiche, and eggplant parm.

Ocean City

  • Heart Beet Kitchen – This is their second location, and it’s seasonally open from late spring into fall. Like their Westmont cafe, this lunch spot is completely vegan and gluten-free, and serves a casual array of plant-based entrees. They also have a full menu of smoothies, made with almond or soymilk, and specialty lattes.

Red Bank

  • Good Karma Cafe – This little restaurant is 90% organic and 100% vegan. They offer a big array of healthy “live” dishes for raw foodists, and nutritious cooked comfort foods for chilly days. They also whip up juices and smoothies, and make all types of desserts, ranging from cheesecakes to raw cookies. Gluten-free options are clearly labeled on their menu.

Ridgewood

  • Pizza Fusion – It’s easy to order dairy-free pizza at this small chain. All of their pizza doughs are vegan, their pizza sauce is vegan, and they offer two dairy-free cheese alternatives: Daiya and Follow Your Heart. They can also customize sandwiches and salads as needed. And for dessert, they have gluten-free vegan brownies!

Rutherford

  • Rutherford Pancake House – No one in this small town shall go without pancakes! This casual restaurant does serve classic buttermilk pancakes, but they also flip vegan and gluten-free vegan pancakes. They also serve vegan French toast, waffles, and scramblers, and that’s just breakfast! They also serve vegan-friendly items for lunch and on their burger menu, where vegan cheese is an option. Even more menu items can be made dairy-free, on request.
  • Sweet Avenue Bake Shop – This little vegan bakery whisks you away with a huge array of cupcakes, cake truffles/balls, cakes, cookies, cookie sandwiches, brownies, and more. They also offer gluten-free options for almost every sweet. They do take custom cake orders, but make basic celebration cakes with writing or flat image designs (like Disney). This isn’t a wedding cake or unique design cake shop.

Westmont

  • Heart Beet Kitchen – This vegan cafe serves healthy, delicious food that’ss also gluten free, peanut free, plant based, organic, and locally sourced. They serve brunch, lunch, and dinner with a simple, fresh take on comfort food. They also offer a big smoothie menu, specialty lattes, kombucha, and a case of sweet bakery treats.

National Chains with Several New Jersey Locations

There are many more chains in this state, but these are the ones we recommend most for dairy-free options.

This Guide is Continuously Updated with Recommendations

We welcome you to recommend other dairy-free friendly restaurants. Leave a comment or contact us and tell us why you like a certain restaurant. Restaurant owners and employees are also invited to reach out and let us know how you welcome dairy-free customers.

Please kindly let us know in the comments if any of these restaurants close. We want to keep this list current for you, but aren’t always notified when a restaurant closes. Let us know and we will quickly update!

This Guide is for Informational Purposes Only

Menus, ingredients, kitchen procedures, management, and restaurants are subject to change at any time. Always read the menu and discuss your dietary needs with the staff before ordering. Make sure that they can accommodate your situation.

There is always a risk for potential cross-contamination of allergens in any commercial kitchen. If cross-contamination is an issue for you, always speak with the manager to ensure that your meal can be safely prepared. Listings here do not guarantee that a restaurant is safe enough for your individual needs. Only you can make that decision.

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About Author

Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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