Last Updated September 2020! We’ve created this ever-growing guide to restaurants, bakeries, cafes, and ice cream shops in Washington 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 Washington 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.)
- Araya’s Place ⭐️ – The Northwest’s original vegan Thai food restaurant was founded in 1987 in Seattle, but they now have a location in Bellevue too. Their menu includes the whole array of Thai favorites, but made with tofu and mock meats, and without any fish sauce or sneaky dairy. They serve a la carte dishes for lunch and dinner, a lunch buffet, and of course, dairy-free desserts.
- The Steak House at Silver Reef Casino – This is a 5 mile jaunt west off of the highway through what looks like, well nowhere, but it is easily worth the detour. Not only is the atmosphere intimate, attractive, social, and relaxing, but the service and food are top notch and easily allergy-friendly. We needed both dairy-free and gluten-free options and the entire staff was attentive with every detail and offered numerous options. If you miss the feel of an old-fashioned upscale steak house with highly professional staff, then you must visit this restaurant. Not to mention, the serving sizes are huge, and the prices are fair.
- Skinny D’s Yogurt ⭐️ – This is a self-service yogurt shop with a unique “customizer” that allows you choose their dairy-free base, which is made with coconut. Their non-dairy flavor options are broad, including white chocolate, banana cream pie, cookies ‘n cream, irish cream, salted caramel, and many more. They also offer sorbets.
- King Solomon’s Reef – For an old school diner experience with vegan options, this is the spot. They have vegan chili fries, burgers, sandwiches, and more on their menu. And several more options can be made dairy-free on request.
- Araya’s Place ⭐️ – Billed as the Northwest’s original vegan Thai food restaurant, this institution is still family-run (since 1987) and now has four locations, including two in Seattle. Their menu includes the whole array of Thai favorites, but made with tofu and mock meats, and without any fish sauce or sneaky dairy. They serve a la carte dishes for lunch and dinner, a lunch buffet, and of course, dairy-free desserts.
- Bastille Cafe & Bar ⭐️ – This Parisian-style establishment is a neighborhood hang out with a full allergen menu. They clearly note top allergen concerns and good options for special diets, including dairy-free, egg-free, wheat-free, nut-free, and vegan. In 2020, they temporarily closed, but we hope they are reopening.
- Broadfork Cafe ⭐️ – Enjoy lunch, coffee, or a smoothie at this casual vegan restaurant with two locations (Upstown and the University District). Their menu has a plant-forward mix of bowls and nutritious sandwiches and wraps.
- Cafe Flora – This bright, bustling vegetarian restaurant has menus that are liberally labeled for vegan, gluten-free, and nut-free needs. In fact, most of their menu items are vegan, including the desserts from their own bakehouse. They serve lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch. And yes, they have vegan cinnamon rolls and waffles!
- Cupcake Royale – They have one vegan option daily, but this cupcake shop has several locations around the city. So it’s a convenient place if you’re craving a dairy-free, egg-free chocolate cupcake that’s hand-swirled with vegan chocolate frosting and sprinkled with cocoa nibs. In terms of special orders, their un-frosted pumpkin, cherry chocolate, and compost cupcakes are made without dairy and eggs and their un-frosted stout, carrot, and apple cupcakes are dairy-free (but contain eggs) – according to their allergen chart. But double check before ordering!
- Flying Apron ⭐️ – No dairy, eggs, or gluten? No problem at this vegan, gluten-free certified bakery with two locations: one in the Fremont area and one in West Seattle. They make everything from scratch, right down to their hot sauce. You can choose from an array of fresh pastries, muffins, cakes, pies and specialty treats daily. And you can order savory items, like sandwiches, salads, pizza, and even lasagna. They also bake custom order cakes for weddings and other special events.
- Frankie & Jo’s ⭐️ – Because every major city needs a vegan ice cream shop, or three. This local chain can be found in Capitol Hill, Ballard, and University Village neighborhoods. They use a cashew-coconut milk base to make several decadent daily and seasonal flavors. They also have some date-sweetened flavors, and a sorbet. All scoops can be ordered in a cup or waffle cone.
- Full Tilt Ice Cream – Kids and adults will enjoy this old school playground. They have new and vintage arcade games, sodas, beer, and ice cream – including vegan options. Adults can even order a vegan beer float! They have four locations around the city. Their flagship spot is in White Center, but you’ll also find them in the U-District, Ballard, and Columbia City neighborhoods.
- Mighty-O Donuts ⭐️ – This vegan donut shop now has multiple locations around the city, and even sells their donuts to local cafes. They sell a variety of cake, raised, and even filled donuts, all made without dairy or eggs. But please note that they do use wheat flour and soy flour for baking.
- No Bones Beach Club ⭐️ – The world’s first plant based tiki bar will hopefully be reopening by the end of 2020. They had to permanently close their Portland location due to the tough year, but Seattle is still hopeful. They serve a line of flavorful cocktails made from local spirits and a coastal inspired vegan menu with fun and unique dishes.
- Pantry by Plum ⭐️ – The creativity of Plum Bistro spilled over into this casual, all-vegan cafe. They serve salads, sandwiches, and other entrees, and have an array of juices and baked goods. They also swirl their own line of Sugar Plum dairy-free ice cream.
- Pi Vegan Pizzeria ⭐️ – This bare bones little pizza joint crafts a rather elaborate menu. They offer a range of appetizers, salads, and pizzas, with a big selection of vegetables, faux meats, sauces, and dairy-free cheeses. In fact, they offer Teese cheddar, cashew ricotta, Good Planet mozzarella, tofu feta, and Daiya for topping. They also have a cheesy “stuffed crust” available.
- Plum Bistro ⭐️ – This upscale vegan restaurant serves lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch in a chic industrial space. The fare has American comfort appeal, but with unique culinary touches and pretty presentation.
- The Cookie Counter ⭐️ – This cute, cozy shop is a purely vegan bakery and ice creamery. They serve an array of baked sweets, including cinnamon rolls, scones, popsters, and of course, cookies. You can order them to go with a dairy-free espresso drink. They also scoop their own, house-made, dairy-free ice cream, which you can enjoy in a cup, by the pint, or as an ice cream cookie sandwich.
- Wayward Vegan Cafe ⭐️ – The hearty meals at this vegan restaurant are fit for a saillor. the menus include all-day breakfast & lunch, with vegan versions of classic comfort foods, like pancakes, “eggs” benedict, and grilled sandwiches.
- Grilla Bites – The menu at this popular, healthy brunch and lunch spot is varied and includes ample dairy-free, vegan, and even gluten-free options. The sandwiches are served on vegan multi-grain bread, but you can swap in their gluten-free bread, if needed. They also have soy cheese alternative available for substituting on any burger, veggie burger, traditional sandwich, or tofu sandwich. For beverages, they blend dairy-free smoothies, brew organic fair trade coffee and pour dairy-free milk options.
- Sweet Treats Cookie Dough ⭐️ – Thank you to Stacey for recommending this sweet shop. She says their dairy-free flavors are delicious! They offer vegan versions of classic chocolate chip, snickerdoodle, cookies and cream, and cinnamon maple cookie dough.
Most Popular Chains in Washington for Dairy-Free Diners
There are many more chains in this state, but these are the ones we recommend most for dairy-free options.
At the Airport
Sea-Tac (Seattle Tacoma)
- Floret – The sister restaurant to Cafe Flora (in Seattle) is located in Concourse A, nearby gate A1. They boast a fully vegetarian menu with vegan options. They have dine-in and grab-and-go selections.
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.