Top Vegan, Vegetarian & Gluten-Free Restaurants in Parksville Qualicum Beach

Many restaurants, pizzerias and bakeries in and near Parksville Qualicum Beach specialize in vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free meals.


These handcrafted meals allow diners of any dietary need to savour the internationally-inspired local cuisine that establishes our region as a top destination for foodies. Browse the list below of some of the most popular vegan, vegetarian or gluten-free options near Parksville Qualicum Beach, and be sure to view our complete list of restaurants for more local flavours.

1. Salt Pizzeria

For vegetarian-friendly pizza, Parksville’s Salt Pizzeria is an absolute must visit. This casual pizzeria is ranked as the #1 overall restaurant and #1 pizza spot in Parksville on TripAdvisor, thanks to their menu of creative, handcrafted pies made using 100% organic flour and fresh, local ingredients. Salt’s inventive pizza options include several tasty vegetarian options, like the mushroom-topped Funghi. 201-897 Island Hwy W, Parksville | View Menu

2. Courtyard Coffee

This locally owned Qualicum Beach café serves a rotating seasonal menu of wholesome dishes and drinks made using fresh, local ingredients (including locally roasted coffee from Tofino’s Rhino Coffee House). Vegan, vegetarian or gluten-free options are available to-go or to enjoy on-site, either indoors or outside on their lush, sun-drenched patio. 673 Memorial Ave, Qualicum Beach | View Menu

3. Realm Food Co

Organic, farm-fresh food is the focus of Realm Food Co in downtown Parksville. Crafted using ingredients sourced from Vancouver Island farms, Realm’s colourful menu items include many plant-based and gluten-free options, including sandwiches, wraps, bowls, tacos and even sweet, gluten-free desserts. 180 Craig Street, 2, Parksville | View Menu

4. Mekong River

For Vietnamese dining on Vancouver Island look no further than Mekong River. This no frills Parksville Vietnamese restaurant is ranked #1 on TripAdvisor and features 11 options on their vegetarian menu, with over 16 gluten-free dishes available, including the Spicy Tofu Stir-Fry. 625 Island Hwy E, Parksville | View Menu

5. Lefty's Fresh Food Restaurant

This Parksville staple opened in 1996 and specializes in Canadian “left coast” breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner favorites. Open seven days a week in the heart of downtown Parksville, Lefty’s menu of fresh, housemade dishes includes a number of vegetarian options. Gluten-free substitutions are available for a number of dishes on the menu as well, including their popular Meglio de Pepperoni pizza. #101-280 E. Island Hwy, Parksville | View Menu

6. Bayside Restaurant & Lounge

Soak up the sites and sounds of the Parksville coast as you feast on fresh, seasonal dishes on the waterfront patio at The Bayside Oceanfront Resort’s on-site restaurant. Bayside is accommodating to diners with a variety of dietary needs, with vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options clearly marked on their menu. 240 Dogwood Street, Parksville | View Menu

7. Trees Restaurant & Bakery

This half restaurant, half bakery concept bakes the bread and buns used in their meals fresh daily, with gluten-free bread and bun options available to enjoy in-house or take home. Trees’ breakfast, lunch and dinner menu features a mix of vegan and vegetarian options as well, including a hearty Beachcomber Bake-It breakfast plate. 1385 Alberni Hwy, Errington | View Menu

8. White Elephant

Parksville’s White Elephant features a wide selection of gluten-free options on their menu of authentic Thai cuisine, including several different preparations of sautéed rice noodles and soups. Vegetable and tofu alternatives are available to make most dishes vegan and vegetarian friendly. 144 Weld St, Parksville | View Menu

9. El Faro Market

This 100% gluten-free restaurant serves an appetizingly unique fusion of healthy, Mexican and traditional English dishes, including an assortment of vegan and vegetarian jasmine rice bowls topped with fresh vegetables, housemade sauces and other ingredients. The best part? You can purchase bags of El Faro’s gluten-free flour from their on-site, full-service market for at-home gluten-free cooking and baking. 631 Island Hwy E, Parksville | View Menu

10. Cuckoo Italian Trattoria & Pizzeria

Located just behind the iconic Old Country Market in Coombs, this charming restaurant offers an elegant, authentic Italian dining experience steered by Italian-born Head Chef Fausto Bellicini. Vegan diners can opt for dairy-free cheese on their hand stretched pizzas, with gluten-free alternatives available for pizza, pasta, focaccia, bread, beer and desserts. 310 Alberni Hwy, Coombs | View Menu

For even more restaurant choices, check out our complete list of dining options in Parksville Qualicum Beach.

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