Last Updated September 2020! We’ve created this ever-growing guide to restaurants, bakeries, cafes, and ice cream shops in Virginia 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 Virginia 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.)
- Bakeshop – This is a from-scratch, family-owned, traditional bakery with the full range of treats. But they also offer oodles of vegan goodies daily. They have vegan cupcakes, cookies, and even ice cream cookie sandwiches. They also take custom cake orders.
- Bakeshop – Their Arlington location was so successful, they opened this second location. It’s a traditional bakery, but they offer a big range of vegan sweets daily. They have vegan cupcakes, cookies, and even ice cream cookie sandwiches. They also take custom cake orders.
- Sugar Shack Donuts – A few years back, their head baker removed the eggs and milk from their yeast dough recipe. So their raised donuts are now vegan, but not all of the toppings. They label the fully vegan donuts, which often include apple fritters, cinnamon rolls, Boston cremes, maple bars, and more. They also have a full line of gluten-free cake donuts (most of which are vegan), but those are only available on Mondays and Fridays. For their coffee drinks, they offer almond, coconut, oat, and soymilks. And guess what – they have vegan burgers, fries, and milkshakes, too!
- Ipanema Cafe – This dark and moody vegetarian restaurant has vegan and gluten-free options for almost everything on the menu. They serve an eclectic little array of sandwiches, salads, and entrees for lunch and dinner, and also offer dessert.
- Sugar Shack Donuts – This is their flagship location. Their raised donut dough is dairy-free and egg-free, so most of their donuts are vegan – it just depends on the toppings. The vegan options are labeled, and often include apple fritters, long johns, Boston cremes, and various iced and glazed options. They also have a full line of gluten-free cake donuts (most of which are vegan), but those are only available on Mondays and Fridays. For their coffee drinks, they offer almond, coconut, oat, and soymilks. And for lunch, they have vegan burgers (regular burgers alos), fries, and vegan milkshakes.
- My Vegan Sweet Tooth ⭐️ – Get ready to cave to your cravings at this bakery and dessert shop. They offer frozen treats and every baked good imaginable – from cookies and cheesecakes to bagels and savory pies. And they do bake custom cakes for weddings and other events.
- The Green Cat Juice Bar & Market – The menu at this wholesome spot includes dairy-free smoothies, smoothie bowls, juices, oatmeals, toasts, salads, soups, raw desserts, and more. They’re plant-based, with many gluten-free options, and open daily for breakfast, lunch, and early dinner.
Most Popular Chains in Virginia 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.