As plant-based diets go mainstream, restaurants across the “tunaverse” are swimming in creative takes on seafood, featuring plant protein instead of marine life. Whether you’re honoring #MeatlessMonday with the family or just looking to order something new on your next date night, here’s where to dive in and try the growing vegan seafood trend, from coconut calamari to heart of palm crab cakes. Not near any of these spots? OpenTable has you covered with more than 51,000 restaurants around the world.
Vegan Hearts of Palm “Crab Cake” at Crustacean Beverly Hills, Beverly Hills, California
The menu at this newly reopened Asian fusion restaurant includes a vegan crab cake made with hearts of palm and served with a spicy aioli. It also features a crispy vegan roll made with Impossible Meat, marinated cranberries, kale, and haricot vert.
Rave restaurant review: “The service was beyond exceptional!! The entire staff was there to make the experience one to remember. The food was a true delight. The evening was wonderful, and we will be returning again soon.”
Make a reservation at Crustacean Beverly Hills.
Coconut “Calamari” at VIVO, West Bay, Grand Cayman
Deep-fried young local coconut served calamari-style with a side of spicy tomato sauce mimics the crunchy texture of this seafood favorite. Vivo also offers a vegan version of fish ceviche using coconut.
Rave restaurant review: “Beautiful, scenic breathtaking view. Friendly staff and lionfish is the main meat option, but vegan and vegetarian 🌱 dishes are amazing.”
Make a reservation at VIVO.
Zuchettes at Gertrude’s, Baltimore, Maryland
Available in an appetizer portion (zuchettes, pictured above) or as an entrée (“I Can’t Believe It’s Not Crab” cakes), Gertrude’s take on crab cakes features zucchini, crab cake seasonings, and orange-chipotle sauce. The entrée portion is served with chilled Asian noodles.
Rave restaurant review: “Gertrude’s Restaurant never disappoints. At each meal, I am newly reminded of how good the food is every time. And the service is tops…friendly, attentive, helpful. I recommend this spot to all my friends.”
Make a reservation at Gertrude’s.
Vegan Sushi at Planta, Miami, Florida
Nothing fishy about this plant-based restaurant. Fish-inspired menu highlights include the spicy “tuna” roll with ahi watermelon, scallion, spicy mayo, and sesame masago; BBQ “unagi” nigiri with kabayaki and pomegranate; coconut ceviche with corn nuts, date guajillo, pickled cucumber, and tortilla chips; and heart of palm “crab” cakes with sautéed spinach, capers, and white wine.
Rave restaurant review: “Planta is one of our favorite restaurants on Miami Beach. Every single dish we have ordered here has been incredibly delicious. The mock maki and nigiri is one of the most interestingly and innovatively delicious things I have ever had the pleasure of eating.”
Make a reservation at Planta.
Vegan “Calamari” at Salt Seafood & Oyster Bar, New Brunswick, New Jersey.
Made with hearts of palm, sweety drop peppers, white onion, and balsamic vinaigrette, the vegan calamari is one of several vegan specials available at Salt Seafood & Oyster Bar. The rotation also includes a crab-less cake.
Rave restaurant review: “Food was delicious and served in a relaxed and timely manner. Service was excellent. Couldn’t have been more pleased. One of our best anniversary dinners ever. Thank you, Salt.”
Make a reservation at Salt Seafood & Oyster Bar.
Heart of Palm “Crab Cakes” at Mohawk Bend, Echo Park, California
Heart of palm, shaved fennel, pickled red onion, herb mix, and remoulade combine for a vegan take on crab cakes. Mohawk Bend also serves coconut “calamari” with banana peppers and marinara.
Rave restaurant review: “Dinner was a great experience, wait staff was friendly and very helpful as well as knowledgeable. Daughter’s birthday here was very enjoyable, appreciate the vegan/vegetarian choices. Will not hesitate to come here again.”
Make a reservation at Mohawk Bend.
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Susan Johnston Taylor is an Austin-based freelance writer who’s covered food and business for publications including The Boston Globe, Civil Eats, Entrepreneur, Fast Company, Fresh Cup, and Pizza Today. Follow her @UrbanMuseWriter.