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How to Find the Best Vegetarian Food at Universal Studios Hollywood

by Mommy Frog on January 9, 2024 Los Angeles

Vegetarian Food at Universal Studios Hollywood - PinterestUniversal Studios has been adding more and more meatless and plant-based options to its restaurant menus. We’ll help you find the tastiest vegan and vegetarian food at Universal Studios Hollywood. We’ll also let you know how to find these menu items and which modifications or requests you may need to make to ensure you are meeting your dietary needs. Note that specific offerings may change as some menus do change seasonally.

The Best Vegan and Vegetarian Food at Universal Studios Hollywood

Admittedly, there are more options listed as vegetarian than vegan. We will do our best to spell them out for you. You can follow this link to the Universal Studios Dietary Food Guide. It lists gluten-free vegetarian, vegan and dairy-free options in the park, but it may not be fully up to date as menus can change over time. You can also find all the restaurant menus with prices on the Universal Studios Hollywood app. Even if you do not see a vegan or vegetarian item, when you order you can often modify dishes to cut out or substitute for ingredients that don’t work for you. A few items are available in more than one location.

Vegan and Vegetarian Food at Upper Lot Restaurants

This is not a complete list, but it will get you started. Let’s go restaurant by restaurant, starting in the Upper Lot to highlight some meatless menu options that you can get. You can request to talk to a chef about ingredients if you have further questions. The people ringing you up may not always have all the details you are interested in.

The Three Broomsticks in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter

How to Find the Best Vegetarian Food at Universal Studios Hollywood - Irish Stew, vegan Butterbeer and Shepherd's pie

How to Find the Best Vegetarian Food at Universal Studios Hollywood-Asparagus platter and kids mac and cheeseSome of the best plant-based options can be found in this English pub. There are several breakfast items (until 11 a.m. on select days) that are not listed as vegetarian or vegan on the menu, but likely could be modified.

Vegan

  • Dairy-free Vegan Butterbeer (we cannot tell the difference between it and the original!)
  • Shepherd’s Pie (you may need to order in person, as we did not see this on mobile order)
  • Irish Stew (may be seasonal)
  • Asparagus Vegetable Platter (may be seasonal)

Vegetarian

  • Mac and Cheese for tadpoles

Minion Café

How to Find the Best Vegetarian Food at Universal Studios Hollywood - Nutella banana puddingVegan

  • Fresh Fruit Cup

Vegetarian

  • Classic Grilled Cheese with tomato soup(contains milk)
  • Loaded Nachos (request no chicken)
  • Mac and Cheese (request no toppings)
  • Unicorn Cupcake
  • Nutella Banana Pudding
  • Mini Churro Bites

Hollywood and Dine

How to Find the Best Vegetarian Food at Universal Studios Hollywood - Secret Ingredient soup

This location has a seasonal menu that may include a lot of Asian dishes in the winter months, starting with Lunar New Year.

Vegan

22" Chili Cheese Dog — The app has a "V" for vegan, but the description says it's an all-beef hotdog topped with beef chili and cheddar cheese (so just confirm in the restaurant that all items are in fact vegan or that there is a vegan version of the same dog)

Vegetarian

  • Secret Ingredient Noodle Soup — we found this very tasty! (may be seasonal)
  • Creamy Sesame Noodle Soup (may be seasonal)
  • Cinnamon Tiger Tail Donut (may be seasonal)
  • Funnel Cake

Mel's Diner

How to Find the Best Vegetarian Food at Universal Studios Hollywood - Beyond Burger

Vegan 

  • Beyond BBQ Cheeseburger served with french fries (if vegan, order without fries)

Vegetarian

  • Funnel Cake
  • Triple Chocolate Chip Cookie
  • Fudge Brownie

Krusty Burger in Springfield USA

Vegan

  • Mother Nature Burger on a vegan whole-wheat bun (if vegan, request no french fries)

Vegetarian

  • Marge's Loaded Peanut Butter Brownie
  • Triple Chocolate Chip Cookie

Luigi's Pizza in Springfield USA

It's worth asking about dairy-free cheese to see if they have it when you visit.

Vegetarian

  • The Meat Hater's Pizza topped with mushrooms, bell peppers, tomatoes, olives and red onions
  • Marge's Loaded Peanut Butter Brownie
  • Triple Chocolate Chip Cookie

Cocina Mexicana

You can substitute Beyond Meat Al Pastor in taco salads, taco platters, beef birria tacos, sopes or nachos.

Vegan (as is)

  • Tortilla Chips & Guacamole or Pico

Vegetarian

  • Mini Churro Bites

How to Find the Best Vegetarian Food at Universal Studios Hollywood - churro bites

French St. Bistro

Vegan

  • Vegan Banh Mi with zucchini, mushrooms, carrots, beets, jalapeños and cilantro topped with an olive oil blend, vegan mayo, lemongrass soy sauce and vinegar
  • Norman's Fruit Bar

Vegetarian

  • Mushroom Quiche
  • Protein Box
  • Spiral Croissant Trio
  • Dessert Crepes — Strawberry & Chocolate or Banana & Nutella
  • Housemade Beignets

Palace Café

How to Find the Best Vegetarian Food at Universal Studios Hollywood - Vegan Banh Mi

Vegan

  • Vegan Banh Mi with zucchini, mushrooms, carrots, beets, jalapeños and cilantro topped with an olive oil blend, vegan mayo, lemongrass soy sauce and vinegar
  • Fruit Cup

Universal Tower Snack Shop

Vegan

  • Fresh Fruit Cup
  • Pretzel (Salted or Cinamon)
  • Protein Box with mixed nuts, hummus, carrots, dried apricot and pretzel sticks

Vegetarian

  • Stuffed Pretzel (Plain Cheese or Jalapeno Cheese)
  • Triple Chocolate Chip Cookie
  • Fruit Bar

City Snack Shop

Vegetarian

  • Beignets
  • Giant Bavarian Pretzel
  • Dessert Crepe — Strawberry & Chocolate or Banana & Nutella
  • Triple Chocolate Chip Cookie
  • Spiral croissants

Vegan and Vegetarian Food at Lower Lot Restaurants

Here are the vegan and vegetarian options in the Lower Lot.

Toadstool Café in Super Nintendo World

How to Find the Best Vegetarian Food at Universal Studios Hollywood - Soups at Toadstool Cafe

Kicking off the Lower Lot with the newest themed restaurant in Super Nintendo World, Toadstool Café has several vegetarian dishes and one vegan option. You can also modify the burger to get a vegetarian patty. If you are a Super Mario Fan, you’ll love the theming. See more pics of the restaurant and toadally cute vegetarian desserts, plus learn how to get a same-day reservation, in our Super Nintendo World food post. (Reservations can fill up quickly.)

How to Find the Best Vegetarian Food at Universal Studios Hollywood - Salads at Toadstool Cafe

Vegan

  • Tomato Soup (Unfortunately, as tomato soup fans we have to say that we loved the vegetarian mushroom soup much more than this. They both come in the cutest toadstool bowl with a lid though. Now you get to keep the bowl. There is no option to purchase the soup without the bowl, bringing the price of a small bowl of soup to $19.99. So keep that in mind.)

There are more options for people who eat dairy.

How to Find the Best Vegetarian Food at Universal Studios Hollywood - Mario Beyond Burger

Vegetarian

  • Toadstool Cheesy Garlic Knots
  • Super Mushroom Soup
  • Piranha Plant Caprese
  • Yoshi's Favorite Fruit and Veggie Salad
  • Mario Burger (vegetarian burger option available +$2.00)
  • Kids Power-Up Spaghetti Marinara
  • ? Block Tiramisu
  • Mt. Beanpole Cake
  • Princess Peach Cupcake

Jurassic Café (note some newer items since our last update)

How to Find the Best Vegetarian Food at Universal Studios Hollywood - Waffle

Vegan

  • Isla Burger with Beyond Meat +$1.50
  • Fruit & Veggie Salad

Vegetarian

  • Tropical Roasted Chicken Salad (request no chicken)
  • French Fries
  • Berries & Cream Waffle (until 11 a.m. on select days) — Belgian waffle, blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, whipped topping
  • Vegetarian Breakfast Burrito (until 11 a.m. on select days) — Vegan Chorizo, scrambled eggs, fried potato tater, shredded Jack and cheddar cheese, flour tortilla
  • Yogurt Parfait (until 11 a.m. on select days)
  • Isla Salad
  • Brazilian Cheesy Bread
  • Hummus
  • Cookies
  • Coconut flan
  • Fossil Cake Jar
  • T-Rex cake

Studio Café

How to Find the Best Vegetarian Food at Universal Studios Hollywood - Vegetarian Breakfast Burrito

Vegan

  • Vegan Banh Mi with zucchini, mushrooms, carrots, beets, jalapeños and cilantro topped with an olive oil blend, vegan mayo, lemongrass soy sauce and vinegar
  • Fruit Cup

Vegetarian

  • Vegetarian Breakfast Burrito (until 11 a.m. select days) — Vegan Chorizo, scrambled eggs, fried potato tater, shredded Jack and cheddar cheese, flour tortilla
  • Yogurt Parfait (until 11 a.m. select days) — Vanilla yogurt, granola, blueberries and strawberries

Mummy Eats

Vegetarian

  • Vegetarian Corn Dog

Panda Express

Vegetarian

  • Veggie Spring Rolls
  • Fried Rice
  • Chow Mein

Mobile Order

As more restaurants add mobile order, you might be tempted to use that service. We have not seen as many options for vegan and vegetarian food at Universal Studios available on mobile order as we do when ordering in person. So if you don't see something that works for you when mobile ordering, you may want to order in person. Ordering in person is the best way to ask questions about ingredients.

If you are looking for vegan and vegetarian food at Universal Studios Hollywood, always be sure to ask questions as there may be substitutions not listed on the menu. If you are looking to save money on Universal Studios Hollywood tickets and hotel stays, check out our hoppin' deals at Undercover Tourist. That way you can expand your dining budget! 

Related: Yummiest Places to Eat at Universal Studios Hollywood

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