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The Best New Restaurants of 2022

Each year, Vegetarian Times celebrates the best new restaurants in the U.S. serving the plant-based dining community. This year, our list contains 11 fantastic examples of culinary craft, innovation, and resilience.

Opening a restaurant is an intimidating undertaking in the best of times. Data from the National Restaurant Association indicates that at least 1 in 3 new restaurants will close within their first year — and that’s considered a conservative estimate. Restaurant owners are dealing with high costs, fickle social-media-driven trends, and the challenges of a global pandemic that may be waning but is far from over. And when a chef or owner decides to follow their conscience to open a fully plant-based restaurant, they’re accepting a few extra bumps along the already-tough road.

But, for those of us who have put up with countless restaurant meals where we find ourselves with no plant-based options, ordering an uninspired salad (“hold the cheese”) or plate of fries as a main course, opening the menu at a restaurant that’s fully meat-free can feel like stumbling on a treasure chest. “So you mean I can have anything?,” we ask our server, amazed. It feels like we’re being welcomed to the table — the very essence of hospitality.

The 11 restaurants on this year’s Best New Restaurants list all embody this sense to the core. Places on our list come in all different shapes and kinds, from cozy neighborhood cafes to ambitious fine dining. There are elite, big-name chefs and first-timers still working day jobs on the side. But every one of them invites diners of all kinds to enjoy meals that are beautiful, delicious, and carefully crafted. And each takes a stand in their own way for a way of eating that leaves the planet a little bit better.

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  1. Our party of 13 had a delightful time at Olivia’s on a recent July Wednesday evening. The menu was personally planned with LA and Nina a few days before the gathering, and allowed for some last minute changes. The menu was even especially printed for each one in our party, so we could follow the five course meal which included nine different options plus wine. The meal, served family style, made for a friendly sharing experience among the group. The settings, the service, the timing were impeccable! We knew we were in for a treat with the Fried Olives and Crispy Chicken, but just as delightful, were the Little Gem Caesar and the Nduja Pineapple Pizza. To top it all off, the most unusual deserts of Olive Oil Cake and Yucca Chocolate Torte were heavenly. Chef Mario greeted us at the end of the meal, and we all gave him well-deserved applause. Thank you so much. Lois Arkin and the Los Angeles Ecovillage party.