Everything Vegan at Red Lobster (Mid-2019)

Red Lobster Vegan Options Logo

Red Lobster isn’t very vegan friendly to put it lightly. While Red Lobster doesn’t have vegan meals but they do have a few vegan sides to choose from which can…uhh…get you by as a vegan.

Just to be out front about it, if you’re a vegan you probably won’t have a great meal if you have to eat here.

There’s simply not enough vegan options at Red Lobster to build a great vegan meal, especially if your local restaurant ruins a side that’s supposed to be vegan with butter, making it only vegetarian. I’ll talk more about that later.

Vegan Main Course (Entree) Options at Red Lobster:

  • Dragon Broccoli Stir-Fry

This should be vegan everywhere, but judging by the disconnect from what Red Lobster Corporate says and what people seem to experience at local restaurants (mentioned this more below), you may want to ask to confirm.

Unfortunately that’s probably the only Vegan “Main-Course” type of thing they have, as while some folks have claimed you can have vegan pasta, both Red Lobster corporate as well as a couple local Red Lobsters confirmed to me that they cannot be made vegan.

Vegan Side-Dishes at Red Lobster:

  • Baked Potato (plain)
  • Sea-Salted French Fries
  • Fruit Cup
  • Rice Pilaf (see below)
  • Seasoned Fresh Broccoli (see below)
  • Side Salad with no Cheese or Croutons, with Champagne Vinaigrette.
While all the above should be vegan according to Red Lobster Corporate, many people have experienced in their local Red Lobsters that the cook adds butter or other animal products to the Rice Pilaf, and sometimes to the Seasoned Broccoli, so it’d be prudent to ask if they make it with butter or if it’s vegan at your local Red Lobster.

Red Lobster’s Biscuits aren’t vegan as they contain dairy.

Other Interesting Vegan Things to Spice up a "Meal":

  • Allegedly Fresh-made Lemonades
  • Marinara Sauce
  • Pico de Gallo
  • Margaritas

And that about wraps it up, with the only things left that are reliable vegan being sodas, water, and of course, ketchup.

Hopefully they make their Biscuits, or their Pastas, or something else is able to be made Vegan in the future, as even that two changes would make Red Lobster not so bad. But in its current state, I wouldn’t dare go to Red Lobster as a Vegan, and I’d probably be frustrated if family went and I decided to tag along.