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  • Writer's pictureAnna Keeve

The best restaurants in Oceanside, CA right now—recommendations from a local



Nestled along the sun-kissed shores of California, Oceanside beckons with its laid-back vibe and vibrant culinary scene. From pristine beaches to bustling streets, this coastal gem offers a perfect blend of relaxation and adventure. But some may fine it surprising that what also sets Oceanside apart is its array of top-notch restaurants, catering to all tastes and dietary preferences. There is a lot to eat your way through in this city, but I've outlined the resturants that I find myself and friends going back to time and time again. Let's embark on a culinary journey through some of my favorite eateries in Oceanside right now, where there is something for everyone—including delicious vegetarian and vegan options. (If you want a list a bit more vegan-centric / vegan-specific, checkout this article I wrote for VegNews Magazine.)

Allmine

Savoring the Flavors of Natural Wine and Artisanal Pizzas

Step into Allmine, where the allure of natural wine, artisanal pizzas and Italian-inspired dishes beckon. did I mention the fresh baked bread? Ah, it's everything. This cozy spot—which boasts just the right amount of trend—has a menu that caters to both vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike. One of my go-to favorites is the Rabbit Hole pizza, a delightful blend of flavors that can be made vegan upon request (just hold the ricotta). Another veg dish is the Basil Hummus, a vegan delight featuring basil, garlic, flatbread, and dukkha, for a truly satisfying meal. Make sure to snag a jar of their housemade infused oils to spray over the top to at a hint of heat. And for those (non-veg eaters) craving a taste of Italian indulgence, the Lasagna Bolognese is a must-try, complete with a captivating presentation (you will have to see it for yourself) and finished in a creamy Mornay sauce.

Privateer

A Neighborhood Joint

At Privateer, the welcoming ambiance and diverse menu make it a beloved neighborhood haunt. The Falafel Burger (which is vegan), is a mouthwatering creation that satisfies even the most discerning palates. With its commitment to offering options for all dietary preferences, Privateer ensures that every diner leaves with a smile. Plus, don't miss out on the weekly comedy shows every Tuesday night, adding a dash of entertainment to your dining experience.


The Plot

Elevating Plant-Based Cuisine to New Heights

Prepare to be wowed at The Plot, a culinary gem that proves vegan cuisine can be both innovative and delicious. This trendy hotspot, perfect for gatherings big and small, boasts an expansive outdoor patio and a lively atmosphere. Indulge in plant-based delights like vegan chicken & waffles and some of the most exquisite vegan sushi you'll ever taste. As a zero-waste restaurant, The Plot is not only committed to serving exceptional food but also to making a positive impact on the environment—a dining experience that's as ethical as it is enjoyable.


Communal Coffee

A Trendy Retreat for Coffee and Eats

While Communal Coffee is renowned for its exceptional brews, it's the Plant-Based Frittata Sandwich that steals the show for vegetarians and vegans alike. Packed with protein and bursting with flavor, it's a breakfast or lunch option that's sure to satisfy. Whether you're here for a work meeting or a casual catch-up with friends, the inviting indoor and outdoor seating areas provide the perfect backdrop for relaxation and conversation. And for those craving a vegan pastry to accompany their coffee, Vigilantee Coffee is just a stone's throw away, offering a tempting selection of treats to complement your hipster caffeine fix.

In Oceanside, culinary delights await at every corner, with a plethora of options to suit every palate and dietary preference. From cozy cafes to chic eateries, the city's dining scene is a testament to its diverse and vibrant culture. So whether you're a devoted vegan or simply seeking a delicious meal with plenty of options, Oceanside invites you to indulge in a feast for the senses unlike any other.

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I'm a freelance writer and journalist covering lifestyle topics, typically through the lens of sustainability, and all-things veg-friendly. I started Life's Alternate Route as a resource to keep your veg-curious living informed and inspired. From food, to travel, and more...

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