Last Updated September 2020! We’ve created this ever-growing guide to restaurants, bakeries, cafes, and ice cream shops in Oregon 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 Oregon 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.)
- Pegasus Pizza – This family-owned pizzeria is a popular local chain. They offer Daiya dairy-free cheese alternative so you can build your own pizza or calzone.
- Sweet Life Patisserie ⭐️ – This bakery and coffee house is a real treat. They offer daily dairy-free and egg-free desserts, which usually includes pie, cupcakes, and some other single-serve sweets. You can enjoy them with a cup of coffee or a la mode, with a scoop of Coconut Bliss ice cream. Many of their pies and other desserts can be special ordered dairy-free, egg-free, and/or gluten-free. And they also bake amazing custom cakes.
- Sizzle Pie – This regional, vegan-friendly chain has one Eugene location. They offer a vegan menu of pizzas and salads, with vegan ranch and Caesar dressings, several pizza sauce options, faux meats, and three types of dairy-free cheeses. Consequently, they can make almost every pizza dairy-free on request. All of their desserts are vegan, too, including cookies and cinnamon nots with icing and chocolate sauce.
- Elephants Delicatessen ⭐️ – Most of their locations are in Portland, but they have one on Kruse Way. The menu is labeled for dairy-free, wheat-free, vegetarian, and vegan. They have a good handful of dairy-free items, and several more that can easily be made dairy-free (without cheese). The also offer “alternative milk” for their coffee drinks, and use Monin syrups, which are all dairy free.
- Kyra’s Bake Shop ⭐️ – Everything at this cute little bakery is gluten-free, and they have many dairy-free options. They have a nice little lunch menu with salads and sandwiches on their house-made vegan bread. And they offer daily dairy-free cupcakes (with eggs) and vegan cupcakes, along with some other sweets. They do take custom orders, and can bake that special wedding cake.
- Affogato – This cozy little cafe is in the St. Johns area of downtown Portland. It’s known for the smoothest coffee and creamy house-made gelato. They are typically scooping at least one coconut-based, vegan gelato flavor (often two), which you can enjoy by the scoop, hand-dipped in dark chocolate, or drizzled with espresso (affogato style). For their coffee, they offer oat, almond, soy, and hemp milks.
- Blossoming Lotus ⭐️ – They have two locations downtown, one is a full-service restaurant serving lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch. The other is a café and juice bar, open midday for counter-service and grab-and-go options. But both are completely vegan with a plant-based and organic focus. They serve an eclectic little mix of macrobiotic-style entrees, smoothies, and medicinal teas. Indulgences come in the form of daily desserts and a brunch menu with cinnamon rolls and coconut whip-topped pancakes.
- Departure – This upscale pan-asian restaurant has an innovative menu, an elegant lounge, and a stunning view of the city. Most of their menu is naturally dairy-free, but they also clearly label for vegan and gluten-free options.
- Eb & Bean ⭐️ – For dairy-free froyo with all the fixins’, this is the spot. At each of their three shops, they have daily vegan flavors, made with almond or coconut milk, hand-made vegan waffle cones, and ample dairy-free toppings. Some dairy-free highlights include coconut milk caramel sauce, cookie dough, and four types of magic shell (chocolate, newtella, peanut butter, and raspberry). They also have vegan, gluten-free froyo cookie sandwiches at their SE Division location.
- Elephants Delicatessen ⭐️ – They have locations dotted around the city, each with an everyday menu that’s labeled for dairy-free, wheat-free, vegetarian, and vegan. They have a good handful of dairy-free items, and several more that can easily be made dairy-free (without cheese). The also offer “alternative milk” for their coffee drinks, and use Monin syrups, which are all dairy free.
- Fifty Licks – It isn’t often that you hear of a brewer turned ice cream maker, but to Chad Draizin, it’s all about food science. So he was also up to the challenge of making vegan ice cream for all three of his shop locations. We most recently spotted four coconut milk-based flavors on his menu, including Golden Milk and Choco-Coco-Mel (chocolate with a caramel ribbon). Your vegan scoop can be enjoyed in a cup or plain cone, or you can enjoy it with one of their specialty drinks.
- Harlow ⭐️ – Their menu is 100% gluten free, dairy-free, and plant-based, and they focus on sourcing local and organic ingredients. They serve all-day breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with a comforting array of scrambles, bowls, plates, and soups. For sips, they have a full juice bar, smoothies, specialty coffee and tea drinks, cocktails, and mocktails.
- Homegrown Smoker ⭐️ – Because we know you’ve been craving vegan barbecue! This small Southern-style restaurant serves burgers, wings, plates, and your favorite “guilty” sides, but everything is made with plants.
- Hurry Back Ice Cream ⭐️ – Through rain and sleet, this food truck is open year round in the Sellwood district. They offer rotating non-dairy “the absence of cow” flavors, which are made in small batches with coconut milk, cream of coconut, and cane sugar. Enjoy your scoop in a cup, cone, or waffle bowl, and optionally top it with rainbow sprinkles, chocolate sprinkles, or chocolate sauce – all are dairy free. You can also order a float with Henry Weinhard’s root beer, cherry or orange cream soda.
- Little Chickpea ⭐️ – Bean ice cream might not be mainstream, but you can get it by the scoop in Portland. This dairy-free ice cream shop ‘milks’ chickpeas to create frozen treats, and refines what’s leftover into gluten-free flour for making their waffle cones and cookies. In fact, this is also a gluten-free bakery with pastries and savory baked goods. They also make espresso drinks and lattes with oat milk.
- Los Gorditos – At last count, they had five locations scattered around the city. Each location has a menu of various vegan tacos, burritos, and other plates made with plant-based proteins. Several other menu items are naturally dairy-free, and you can ask to substitute their dairy-free cheese alternative in several of their “meat” dishes. Gluten-free menu items are labeled.
- Petunia’s Pies & Pastries ⭐️ – You’ll be in the pink when you enter this vegan, gluten-free bake shop. Pop in for a cupcake, brownie, doughnut, breakfast pastry, cookie, or slice of cheesecake, layer cake or pie. You can enjoy it a la mode with one of their house-made ice cream flavors, or with a tea or coffee drink made with oat, almond, soy, or coconut milk. They also bake breads, offer savory breakfasts, and sell take & bake meals. And yes, they take custom orders and bake wedding cakes.
- Piece of Cake Bakery – This quirky cakery has a couple vegan cakes or pies by the slice daily, and makes an array of vegan spelt cakes on order. They can also take orders for gluten-free and sugar-free cakes. They bake cakes for all occasions, from pretty wedding cakes to fun birthday cakes.
- Sizzle Pie – Dairy-free options abound at this small pizzeria chain. They have five locations in Portland, each with a vegan menu of pizzas and salads. They offer vegan ranch and Caesar dressings, several pizza sauce options, faux meats, and three types of dairy-free cheeses. Consequently, they can make almost all of their pizzas dairy-free on request. All of their desserts are vegan, too, including cookies, cinnamon nots with icing and chocolate sauce, and cheesecakes!
- Sweet Lemon Vegan Bistro ⭐️ – This bright little restaurant serves lunch five days a week. Their menu has a fresh Asian influence with wraps, salads, soups, noodles, and rice dishes. They also serve daily desserts, including cake by the slice.
- Sweet Pea Baking Co. ⭐️ – This warehouse-style space houses a vegan counter-serve cafe and a full bakery. They serve a sizeable breakfast and lunch menu with waffles, sandwiches, and more. They also have a case filled with daily pastries – from donuts to danishes, and even cake slices – that you can enjoy with a dairy-free latte. They also take custom cake orders for special occasions.
- Virtuous Pie ⭐️ – This vegan pizzeria is a small Canadian chain, but they have one U.S. location in Portland. Their menu is filled with artisan touches, like truffle almond ricotta, herbed potato cream, and creamy cashew cheese. They also use faux meats, a diverse range of produce, and various sauces on their creative array of pizzas. For dessert, they have a full dairy-free ice cream selection, complete with house-made, gluten-free waffle cones.
- Vtopia ⭐️ – Of course Portland has to have their own all-vegan cheese shop! This restaurant and deli revolves around dairy-free cheese, with more than a dozen house-made slices available by the ounce. They also have a full menu of mac and cheeses, and lasagnas available to order.
Most Popular Chains in Oregon for Dairy-Free Diners
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.