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5.6 /6 Wonderful 145 Reviews

Hendersons Vegan Restaurant

New Town Vegan £££ +100
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About Hendersons Vegan Restaurant

Dear diners, for bookings for more than 4 people, please call the restaurant directly.

With a reputation for quality built up over 50 years of serving happy locals, Hendersons Vegan Restaurant are certainly no vegan band-wagon jumpers on Thistle Street. This New Town restaurant is simply a family-run place serving truly first-class food in a friendly environment. Its consistent quality and suddenly fashionable philosophy have made it known to diners well beyond Edinburgh, so you’d best book a table well in advance if you want to taste superlative vegan and vegetarian fare for yourself.

Opening Hours

  • Monday 09:00 - 21:00
  • Tuesday 09:00 - 21:00
  • Wednesday 09:00 - 21:00
  • Thursday 09:00 - 21:00
  • Friday 09:00 - 22:00
  • Saturday 09:00 - 22:00
  • Sunday 09:00 - 21:00
Hendersons Vegan Restaurant, 25c Thistle Street, EH21DX Edinburgh

Further Information

Whether vegan, vegetarian or neither, chances are you’ve heard about Hendersons already. Now operating a handful of eateries around the city, Hendersons has been serving Edinburgh delicious food for half a century now. Long before veganism was in and being vegetarian was a buzzword, Hendersons had already perfected food according to their own philosophy: delicious, handmade, satisfying and healthy. That philosophy remains strong today, meaning that their groundbreaking Hendersons Vegan Restaurant on Thistle Street in the New Town isn’t just a trendy vegan joint, but rather a favourite, family-run restaurant where carnivores and others can enjoy seriously good food and a welcoming atmosphere.

The draw of Hendersons Vegan Restaurant is becoming strong far beyond Edinburgh, attracting curious diners from across the UK and the Continent, so it’s best to book ahead if you want a taste for yourself. Perhaps the jewel in the crown is their famous vegan haggis, but Hendersons offer a classy menu that stands alongside most elegant New Town restaurants anyhow, vegetarian or not. The smoked tofu has a complexity akin to a well marbled steak, a Moroccan pomegranate salad is bursting with fresh flavours, moreish marinated olives, quality garlic bread and fine wine make it easy to forget this Thistle Street restaurant is any different from other top eateries in Edinburgh.

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145 Reviews

5.6 /6 Wonderful 145 Reviews
Waiting Time: no waiting time
Food: heavenly
Service: extraordinary
Noise: quiet
Quality/Price: cheap
Atmosphere: excellent
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1 review so far 6
18.07.2017 08:05

Great food and friendly staff. We had the buffalo cauliflower, veggie rolls, haggis and kofta. All were delicious. Very nice atmosphere in the evening. Would definitely go again.

1 review so far 6
18.07.2017 08:03


1 review so far 6
15.07.2017 09:43

Really lovely fresh vegan food. Drinks are a bit expensive for what they are. Nearly £3 for a glass of water? Everything else amazing tho and fab service

1 review so far 6
15.07.2017 09:39

Very good meals (ate lunch downstairs as well). Small but pleasant space, short but tasty menu. Good location just off St. Andrews Park. Enjoy it!

1 review so far 5
05.06.2017 11:49

We booked a table for two to celebrate an anniversary, for the second night in a row (because why not?). We arrived expecting great things from this establishment dedicated to plant based foods (a step above a traditional restaurant offering a vegan menu at the bottom of a list of meat options!). We loved our experience! We dined on raw zucchini ravioli with pesto, cauliflower "steaks" with mushrooms, a tris of spreads served with oat cakes, and finished the meal with a slice of avocado and lime cheesecake. All gluten and dairy free, all delicious! The atmosphere was soft and inviting with wood accents and hints of green from plants sitting in small pots. Friendly and timely service. Book ahead for dinner on a weekend! We saw a handful of people turned away because they didn't have a reservation. Highly recommend Henderson's Vegan.

1 review so far 6
20.03.2017 10:52

The food was delicious and the portion sizes were excellent (usually vegan restaurants are quite low on portion size). The staff were really lovely and helpful too and made the vening just that little bit better. One tiny point - and it's not really a point - is that the lights were quite bright (and the music was quite loud) and that surprised me for evening service. It perhaps would have been nicer had the lights and music been turned down a little? But it's a very minor point and the food and service were great. We'll definitely return!

1 review so far 6
23.02.2017 09:15

We had a great experience at Hendersons Vegan. We went on a Sunday evening and the atmosphere was very intimate (probably because of the small size of the place) and welcoming. The waitress was extremely polite and always very helpful. My mum got a parsnip and apple risotto while I got the tofu teriyaki. Both dishes were of very good quality and the ingredients all very fresh. The dessert was the best part though. We both got a chocolate and nut cake which was amazing!! One of the best vegan dessert I had. Highly recommended.

1 review so far 6
18.06.2016 08:18

Best meal I've had in a long time, and refreshing as a health conscious vegetarian to have so much choice! We had the sharing platter for 2, which was delicious, and I had the teriyaki tofu as a main which was unbelievable. The notella tart was really good too, and it was all light enough that I didn't feel totally stuffed after. The service was attentive without being annoying and I think we'll be back on a regular basis! Other restaurants take heed: food doesn't have to be creamy and stodgy to taste good!

1 review so far 6
14.04.2017 10:09

We had a wonderful meal at Hendersons Vegan Restaurant! The food was tasty, nicely presented and full of variety! I'm not a Vegan per se but would be tempted to eat at Hendersons everytime I'm in Edinburgh! Friendly and welcoming as well!

1 review so far 6
28.05.2016 11:47

Loved our meal at Hendersons. Only trouble was having to choose because everything sounded and looked so good. Between us we had lentil and coconut soup, which was wonderful and came with the most delicious bread; focaccia with tomato and onion - really fresh and tasty; Thai curry which was excellent; and chocolate cake with coconut cream to finish - also delicious and decadent but without feeling heavy. Great location, friendly and efficient service. Will definitely go back the next time we're in town.

3 reviews so far 6
23.12.2016 14:51

My wife and I have been to Hendersons 3 times now and have had an excellent time every time we have been, including this one. The drinks and food are both delicious, with a good variety of options, the turmeric latte this time was particularly good. Portion sizes are generous, and the prices are good as well, I would highly recommend visiting!

1 review so far 6
03.12.2016 08:09

Have been to the salad bar before and wanted to try the vegan restaurant for a while. I found the staff very friendly, and its nice being able to have a selection on the menu (as a vegan) that I didn't need to ask if it was suitable or not. On top of all that, the food is amazing! Would highly recommend

1 review so far 6
27.12.2016 17:00

This was my third time going to Hendersons and it was equally lovely. Of the three times I've been there, I've had plenty of different foods and today was wonderful. We had the vegan haggis and mash with gravy and also, the nut roast. Two hot chocolates and some bread. Delicious food with friendly and helpful staff members.

1 review so far 6
11.07.2016 12:02

Hendersons Vegan Restaurant is a wonderful place to eat. Incredible food, fast service, and lovely customer service. I'm not vegan or vegetarian, and still found the food delicious.

1 review so far 6
28.11.2016 08:23

Amazing place! Delicious food and the atmosphere is so chilled and peaceful. The food is always exceptional, delicious and good for you!! The soul bowl changes all the time to another delicious main meal and I could devour the zoodles for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Hendersons vegan is a winner!

1 review so far 6
27.04.2017 23:30

Beautiful vegan meal at Hendersons Vegan Restaurant with lots of choice on the menu and wonderful customer service. Would highly recommend the haggis and polenta.

1 review so far 6
16.05.2016 07:55

Turned up a little early, our table had just cleared, the table was quickly made up for us, Henderson's serves superb food, is in a great location and the service is fantastic. I will return and would recommend to anyone. Don't hesitate just book it, you will love it.

1 review so far 6
26.06.2017 13:28

Great food, friendly staff. It is lovely to be able to choose from different starters, mains and desserts, all vegan! Desserts are all very tempting, but the chocolate and nut cake chocolate/banana pot are very filling. If you're a keen dessert person, make sure to leave some space!

1 review so far 6
01.08.2016 11:14

Delicious food, great service. The tofu teriyaki was delicious and filling, not like my previous experience of tofu! The waitress was friendly, and regular checked how we were doing. Coffee and cake is a must. Really easy being gluten free in a restaurant as good as this one.

1 review so far 5
02.05.2016 17:28

Menu offered variety. Staff were friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. Restaurant newly refurbished, limited number of tables so booking ahead recommended. Service was reasonably quick. Food was fresh and tasty. Wine and beer was good if not a little pricey but probably as expected for city centre prices! Coffee was flavoursome and hot. Definitely go again, very enjoyable.

4 reviews so far 6
01.07.2016 18:34

Henderson's is an exceptional restaurant. The food is fantastic, the staff is friendly, the setting is comfortable. My family and I ate at Henderson's five times during our recent two-week holiday in Scotland. Even if you're not a vegan, you'll love this place. Highly recommended.

2 reviews so far 6
06.06.2016 21:12

Lovely menu with lots of choice, nice décor and atmosphere, great service! The teriyaki tofu was a particular hit, along with the banana chocolate mousse special dessert. A must-go spot for Edinburgh vegans, and the vegan-curious. Very popular, so be sure to book in advance!

1 review so far 5
29.10.2016 16:24

Great little restaurant, with a great menu and delicious vegan food. All the dishes were very tasty and we weren't disappointed with the portion size either. The website doesn't make it clear that this is a separate restaurant from Henderson's and has it's own entrance (round the corner). Otherwise a good experience overall.

1 review so far 6
20.06.2017 11:19

Good choice, nice venue, friendly helpful staff. My only small negative was the main course - the cauliflower steaks were really good but not amazing. I felt like it was missing a little something. Everything else was great though, especially the starters and desserts!

1 review so far 6
25.10.2016 21:27

Two vegetarians interested in vegan; delightful staff; knowledgeable staff about the menu; excellent food. Fascinated by eg hazelnut milk and coconut ice cream - the latter being absolutely delicious. All in all a treat to repeat again and will certainly recommend to others.

2 reviews so far 6
23.07.2016 21:22

Lovely meal yet again. Both my mum and I had the tofu teriyaki, which was delicious. We even got a doggy bag to take what we couldn't manage home. We finished it off with coconut milk lattes and cakes. Great atmosphere, friendly service!

1 review so far 5
04.05.2016 23:48

We had a day out in edinburgh and wanted to book a meal I a vegan restaurant. Our search brought us to Hendersons and we weren't disappointed. The menu was varied with enough choice and our food was delicious. The service was exceptionally friendly too! We would definitely recommend eating here.

1 review so far 6
23.05.2017 09:03

Delicious food, great staff, fantastic ambience. My non-vegan friend loved it and we have made another reservation for tonight! We even dropped in for lunch- Henderson's is my favourite restaurant in Edinburgh and I go there every time I am in Scotland.

1 review so far 6
23.07.2016 07:46

Hendersons is a lovely place chilled atmosphere great vegan food loved the polenta chips, courgette zoodles and teriyaki tofu dishes. Connor our waiter was excellent, friendly and helpful and recommended a bar to visit later which was a good tip.

1 review so far 4
23.02.2017 20:39

The service was Efficient and friendly, and the place had good ambiance. The food was tasty and in a right portion. Hope I'll have a chance to go there again. The take away box was not well designed so my dessert I took away kept being exposed all the way, and found after arriving home it was in a mess....

1 review so far 6
13.02.2017 09:26

Execellent service and fresh choices. Very intimate place with a good range of food and beverages. Will add this to my "must come back" list. The teraki tofu is very good and the sharing platter is made that day

1 review so far 5
20.07.2017 12:02

Amazing vegan food and friendly, helpful staff. Very much a café type place so probably best suited for bfast and lunch rather than dinner. I loved all the dishes and the creations were very tasty - my companions were pleasantly surprised as they are not vegan!

1 review so far 6
09.05.2016 21:03

Excellent as always. Love this restaurant. I wish there were more vegan places like this. We had 3 courses and drinks for a special lunch and the atmosphere was so chilled and relaxing we didn't want to leave.

1 review so far 5
09.09.2016 07:17

Fantastic vegan meals, which were very rich and filling. Needed a little more time between starter-main-dessert, we needed some resting time! Service was fantastic but should be noted that service charge is already added, however we were informed of this when the bill came.

1 review so far 4
09.07.2016 16:16

Though dish was a bit small for the price but light and refreshing, part of meal was cold but to.d it would be hot.. All tasted good though. Overall pleasant but tad expensive. Didn't like cake at all... Chocolate and hazelnut, too sweet and stodgy.never believe wait staff that tell you it's all lovely ;)

1 review so far 6
15.10.2016 23:58

Our first visit (one vegan and one not) and we were both in heaven, cosy space, delicious food,it was so hard to decide what to choose - we need to return to try all the options!

2 reviews so far 6
30.07.2016 09:36

We enjoyed our stay very much, the food was fantastic, all vegan which is an extra bonus, and the stuff is very friendly and helpful. We couldn't resist and had a desert, which was excellent too.

1 review so far 6
12.05.2016 15:17

1 vegan, 1 vegetarian and 2 carnivores had an absolutely delicious meal at Hendersons. Flavours were fab, as were the juices. Everyone very happy with their meal. Service was good and the menu was varied.

1 review so far 6
27.06.2016 12:50

The food was really tasty and there was a good range of options. The friendly staff and nice décor created a welcoming and relaxed atmosphere. I would definitely recommend to friends - vegan or not.

1 review so far 6
03.12.2016 15:18

We really enjoyed the delicious food on offer. Although we are not vegan the change of style was great. The ambiance was relaxed and the staff were very friendly and helpful. Would certainly go again.

1 review so far 6
21.10.2016 07:11

Lovely setting, delicious food. It's changed my view on vegan diets - I wouldn't even have noticed the delicious shepherds pie and chocolate mousse dessert didn't contain diary. Beautiful meal. V clever use of ingredients👍🏻

1 review so far 5
02.07.2016 08:58

The restaurant is quite small and beautiful. Good staff and really tasty food. I ordered sweet potato and courguette with coconut sauce thinking that it was a hot meal, but it wasn't. It was lovely, anyway. We will go back, no dubt

2 reviews so far 4
05.07.2016 23:35

Food excellent. Service very poor. I believe they were starting new waiting staff on the night so there is some scope for leniency here, however even the senior member of staff handled errors very poorly. Only because of the excellent food I will return soon and hope for a better overall experience.

1 review so far 5
29.01.2017 15:58

Presuming that 6 is the highest (which is not specified here), overall it was a great experience. Good food, welcoming staff, lovely location. It can be challenging to find a vegan restaurant with a varied menu, but Hendersons ticked the box.

1 review so far 6
03.01.2017 08:14

Amazing little restaurant tucked away down a cobbled side street.. Cute but cosy decoration, lovely friendly service and out of this world vegan food! The vegan haggis, root mash and red wine gravy 😍❤️

6 reviews so far 6
01.07.2016 12:03

Fantastic vegan food in beautiful cosy restaurant. Menu was varied with a great choice, especially the desserts. Staff were helpful and friendly. Definitely not just for vegans - for anyone who loves delicious food!

1 review so far 6
02.06.2017 09:51

Excellent food, imaginative menu, lovely ambience. Very reasonable prices and good location being in the centre of town. Plenty of choice between full meals or little and lighter bites. Will definitely go again!

1 review so far 6
02.12.2016 22:36

As a non vegan I found the food delicious, the service was first class and I would highly recommend this restaurant. This was my second time in Hendersons and I will definitely return.

1 review so far 6
03.01.2017 08:27

We had a great time at Henderson. They serve large portions and have a great variety of soft drinks, alkohol and vegan coffees. Really sweet and friendly waitress. And good taste in music.

2 reviews so far 6
13.12.2016 11:46

Superb food - absolutely delicious - and it's so fab knowing that everything in this restaurant is vegan. Always enjoy the experience here and am looking forward to the next time already.