Best Vegan Food in Truckee (Lake Tahoe)

Visiting Truckee/North Lake Tahoe soon and hoping to find some delicious plant-based grub while you’re there? Or perhaps you’re a local looking to eat more vegan dishes when dining out. Look no further…HERE the best vegan food in Truckee!

Collage of best vegan food in Truckee.

Residing in the Bay Area, I am lucky enough to visit Tahoe regularly. And while plant-based food is not ubiquitous around Lake Tahoe, there are plenty of delicious dishes to seek out!

Truckee is a small, thriving town just northwest of Lake Tahoe. Home to Donner Lake, Truckee also boasts gorgeous trails, ski mountains, and an adorable downtown full of shops & restaurants. It is certainly one of the best places to stay (and eat!) in Lake Tahoe.

Best Vegan Food in Truckee, CA


cauliflower al pastor tacos at Como
cauliflower al pastor street tacos from Como

One of the tastiest dishes in downtown Truckee is the CAULIFLOWER AL PASTOR STREET TACOS from Como. Crispy, spicy, sweet, and flavorful, they are perfection.

The guacamole and salsas are killer too. Burritos can be made vegan as well, either with the aforementioned cauliflower, or mushrooms.

Como has outdoor seating and take out on weekdays only.


wood fired cauliflower at Stella, some of the best vegan food in truckee
wood fired cauliflower from Stella, Photo by Susa Theis

This eclectic restaurant blends Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, and Mexican cuisines with ingredients sourced primarily from local farmers and the result is DELICIOUS!

The seasonal menu features plenty of plant-based items. For starters, the make wonderful dips like hummus and baba ghanoush as well as falafel and lentil soup. But the MUST-TRY appetizer is the wood fired cauliflower with garlic cashew cream and chile poblano sauce!

Entrees include the seasonal salad loaded with goodness and the veggie tacos (braised tofu or mushroom).

In addition to indoor dining, Stella also has outdoor seating on the garden patio.

Mountain Lotus Provisions

These fresh veggie rolls are on the Mountain Lotus menu.
fresh veggie roll
Meatless Mondays menu rotates each week, with cuisines like this Thai meal.
Meatless Mondays Supper Club rotating menu: Thailand

Mountain Lotus Provisions is a mobile kitchen with a “plant slant”;). The menu includes tasty dishes like the Hawaiian Loco Moco (a Beyond patty over coconut rice with a handful of accoutrements), Avocado Toast, Bun Mi Burger, the fresh veggie roll, and a soup of the day. All dishes can be make vegan if they aren’t already.

In addition, the restaurant celebrates Meatless Mondays “Supper Club” with a rotating menu. Each week, chef picks a new Pacific Rim cuisine and offers a 3 course meal. Order deadline is Thursday for pick up Monday between 5-7. Menu is posted online.

This food truck is located at 10124 E. Street in historic downtown Truckee and is currently open Thursday-Sunday from 12-6.

Mountain Lotus also offers catering services.

Red Truck

Falafel bowl at Red Truck at the Truckee airport.
falafel bowl

This unassuming cafe located in the Truckee airport is an awesome spot for a casual lunch. Order at the counter and enjoy your meal at an outdoor picnic bench on the lawn while watching the planes take off and land. And yes, you can visit the cafe even if you’re not catching a flight!

Vegan entrees at Red Truck include the bowl or burrito. Both come with dal, quinoa, fattoush (bread salad), and cabbage. Just hold the yogurt tahini sauce if you are sticking to plant-based. The vegan protein is falafel (which is DELICIOUS!), or you can opt for seasonal vegetables (I order both!).

Warning: the planes can make it a wee bit loud;).

Squeeze In

southwest bowl at Squeeze In in Truckee
Southwest Bowl with grilled vegan patty

For the best brunch in Truckee, head to Squeeze In, located in the historic downtown.

The huge, FUN menu features dozens of plant-based options like the sweet potato breakfast bowl, the southwest bowl, avocado toast, breakfast tacos, and breakfast burritos.

This joint is open daily from 7 am to 2 pm. Outdoor seating is only available in the summer.

Little Truckee Ice Creamery

Sorbet at Little Truckee Ice Creamery, some of the best vegan food in Truckee

Little Truckee Ice Creamery is a favorite for adults and kids alike. By far the best ice cream around, they always offer two plant-based flavors: typically a sorbet and a coconut milk-based flavor.

The creamery has two locations, on the North shore of Donner Lake and a truck in historic downtown Truckee (truck not open in winter).

During winter months, operating hours vary. Check their site or give a call to confirm.

New Moon Natural Foods (+ The Crescent Cafe)

Holla Back Girl
vegan tempeh chicken salad

New Moon Natural Foods is an independent, local grocery store on the commercial end of Donner Pass Road in Truckee. In addition to beautiful produce and healthy groceries, New Moon also has coolers with fresh, pre-made vegan meals and snacks to grab.

In addition, The Crescent Cafe inside New Moon offers four plant-based sandwiches, plus smoothies and fresh juices. The Holla Back Girl Vegan Reuben is LEGIT, with grilled marbled rye bread, grilled marinated tempeh, vegan provolone, kraut, and thousand island. The tempeh “chicken salad” is another solid choice, made with celery, red onion, and dried cranberries.

New Moon is the perfect stop to stock your cooler before an epic day of outdoor Tahoe adventure.

Best Vegan Food on the Way to North Lake Tahoe

Nectar Cafe in Auburn

vegan dishes at Nectar in Auburn, CA

I would be remiss if I didn’t tell y’all about a gem of pit stop on the way to Tahoe…Nectar Cafe in Auburn! This vegetarian cafe has tons of plant-based choices. In fact, I can never pick just one so I often order 2-3 and either share with my husband or pack up leftovers.

Highlights include the tempeh reuben, buffalo cauliflower salad with vegan ranch, shepherd’s pie, and the taco salad with house made vegan chorizo.

Nectar Cafe is open for indoor dining again, and has outdoor tables as well. Take out is super easy; simply call when you’re about 30 minutes away.

Hopefully this list of the best vegan food in Truckee is helpful as you plan your mountain meals! And please, let me know if I am missing your favorite vegan dish in Truckee by commenting in post below. I plan to keep it updated regularly so check back next time you visit!

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6 thoughts on “Best Vegan Food in Truckee (Lake Tahoe)”

  • You forgot some good ones!
    Truckee- the mill juice shop (juice, smoothies, food)
    Truckee- golden rotisserie (veggies burrito, no dairy)
    Truckee- Burger Me (homemade vegan patty)
    Truckee- flame of India (many vegan options)
    Truckee- Thai delicacy (vegan curry)
    Tahoe city- Uncommon Kitchen ( many vegan options)
    Tahoe City- Dam Cafè ( vegan breakfast burrito)

    I’m sure I’m forgetting some

  • You forgot a super good vegan place in Truckee. Small but great all vegan stuff. sandwiches, bowls, smoothies, greendrinks et….

    The Mill at old pioneer center next to Daves deli.

    might be fairly new. check it out !!

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