Vegan Options At Red Lobster

When living a vegan lifestyle, you will have to be wary of where you eat and what options are available to you. Luckily, with our vegan options guides, you will be able to find a dish for you at some of the most popular restaurants.

In this guide, we will look into the vegan options available at popular restaurant, Red Lobster.

Red Lobster is an American seafood restaurant known for its casual dining experience and plenty of surf and turf dishes for diners to enjoy. As a seafood restaurant, you may be wondering whether there are any 100% vegan friendly options available for someone who enjoys a plant-based lifestyle. 

Despite there being no ingredients posted on the Red Lobster menu itself, the restaurant chain offers allergen information for all of their dishes on the website, and we have done all of the research for you! 

Vegan Options at Red Lobster

When sticking to a vegan diet and lifestyle, it can be hard to find restaurants with different options on the menu that are suitable. It may surprise you that there are over 7 options suitable for vegans at the Red Lobster restaurants, and guess what, they are not all side salads! 

Sea-Salted French Fries

One of the most flavorful vegan options at Red Lobster are the Sea Salted French Fries. This is a side dish on the menu, and is made with 100% vegan friendly ingredients. However, the french fries are cooked in a deep fat fryer that is shared with seafood products and those containing dairy, so if you are worried about cross contamination, you may have to avoid these. 

Plain Baked Potato (Without Butter or Sour Cream)

You could also order the plain baked potato for a great vegan option! However, you will have to order the baked potato without butter or sour cream, but you can top it with Pico de Gallo or salsa for a hint of spice.

Garden Salad

With many restaurant chains, the side salad will always be a safe option for vegans and vegetarians. The Garden Salad at Red Lobster is 100% vegan friendly, as long as you ask for the cheese to be removed. But don’t worry, you can add a vegan dressing such as the champagne vinaigrette for a burst of flavor. 

Dragon Broccoli

The Dragon Broccoli is one of the more interesting vegan options on the menu at Red Lobster. This dish is basically broccoli florets covered in a spicy soy and ginger sauce, and topped with green onions. This dish is delicious, with a lot of spice and flavor! 

However, this Dragon Broccoli is fried and will be cooked in a shared fryer with seafood and products that contain milk so if you are worried about allergies or cross contamination, then it may be best to skip this one. 

Seasoned Broccoli

Not as exciting as the Dragon Broccoli, you could order the Seasoned Fresh Broccoli from Red Lobster if you want a 100% vegan dish. However, this is not filling enough on its own, so you should pair this dish with another for a full meal. 

Rice Pilaf

The Rice Pilaf is a great side dish, however it is just simply plain rice, so it may be best to pair this with another dish such as the Dragon Broccoli. 

Marinara Pasta

Whilst there is no Marinara Pasta dish on the Red Lobster menu, you can ask your server if they will make this up for you, as the restaurant has all of the ingredients to hand. Marinara sauce is 100% vegan friendly, and can be paired with some spaghetti for a more filling meal. 


Good news! If the vegan food options at Red Lobster do not excite you too much, there are also three vegan margarita options! According to the Red Lobster allergy guide online, the Red Lobster Peach Margarita, Perfect Patron Margarita and Raspberry Margarita are all actually vegan friendly and suitable for a vegan lifestyle, whether they are made frozen or on the rocks!  


Although there are 7 different vegan options at Red Lobster, the majority of them are side dishes, vegetable or broccoli dishes and are not all that exciting or filling. However, there is the option to pair a few together for more flavor, and you can enjoy the bursting flavors of Red Lobster’s delicious margaritas! 

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