Here’s Every Vegan Option at Bonefish Grill (2021)

Bonefish Grill isn’t particularly exciting for vegans: There’s no mock meats or vegan desserts. Heck, the fries aren’t even vegan. That said, they make it pretty easy to get a bunch of vegetables and rice. And if you’re there for brunch, the avocado toast is awesome.

Vegan options at Bonefish Grill:

  • Bonefish House Salad
  • Florida Cobb Salad (No Cheese or Protein)
  • Seasonal Avocado Toast (No Cheese)
  • Jasmine Rice
  • Green Beans (No Butter)
  • Steamed Broccoli (No Butter)
  • Sauteed Spinach
  • Steamed Asparagus
  • Chimichurri Sauce
  • Mango Salsa
  • Beverages

Below, I’ll share more about how to order these items vegan, along with some other menu items that are surprisingly NOT vegan. I’ll answer some common questions about the French Fries, Grits, and bread. And I’ll end with a look at the whole-food plant-based options!

Bonefish Grill Vegan Menu

The following vegan menu was compiled with the help of the nutrition information on the Bonefish Grill website.

Restaurant menus change and often vary by location. I recommend double checking any important information with staff at your location!

1. Salad

You’ve got two solid vegan salad options:

  • Bonefish House Salad – This one comes vegan. You get mixed greens with hearts of palm, tomatoes, kalamata olives, and pepitas, with a citrus herb vinaigrette dressing. At my location, you can get this in a smaller size or as a large salad entree.
  • Florida Cobb Salad (No Cheese or Protein) – Another salad entree. You get chopped greens with avocado, mango, and tomato. Ask for “No Cheese” and no added protein. For the dressing, make sure you’re getting the citrus herb vinaigrette.

2. Seasonal Avocado Toast (No Cheese)

This option may only be available at brunch. The avocado toast is made from sliced French baguette. When you ask for “No Cheese,” then you’ll just get the avocado, roasted tomato, and a drizzle of olive oil on top. It also comes with a grilled lemon on the side.

3. Jasmine Rice

Just a simple side of about 210 calories of white jasmine rice. Definitely helps you to fill out the meal while there are no big vegan protein sources or anything here.

4. Seasonal Vegetables (No Butter)

Depending on the season, you’ll likely be getting one of the following veggies:

  • Green Beans
  • Steamed Broccoli

You need to hold the butter. But this is simple to do. Even if you’re ordering online, there is an option you can click for “No Butter,” so this is easy to get vegan.

Note: You may also see “Sauteed Spinach” on the menu. As far as I could gather, this option is also vegan. But I would ask to confirm this at your specific location.

5. Steamed Asparagus

This side comes with 6 pieces of asparagus. You shouldn’t need to custom order this—it’s supposed to be dairy-free in the standard preparation. That said, I’d just say “No Butter” to make sure. Sometimes those kinds of details can vary from location to location.

6. Vegan Sauces

There are two good vegan sauces to choose between:

  • Chimichurri Sauce
  • Mango Salsa

7. Beverages

There are lots of vegan drink options:

  • Orange Juice
  • Barq’s Root Beer
  • Coke Zero
  • Coke
  • Diet Coke
  • Dr Pepper
  • Lemonade
  • Seagram’s Ginger Ale
  • Sprite
  • Coffee
  • Espresso
  • Hot Tea
  • Iced Tea
  • Bottled Water

Alcoholic Drinks: They’ve also got Brunch Cocktails, Happy Hour Beverages, Beer, Wine, and more. To check whether alcoholic beverages are vegan, look at Barnivore.com.

But What About…

You might think the following items would be vegan, too—but unfortunately they’re not:

  • The French Fries are not vegan. They appear to be fried in animal fat. They are not on the vegan menu, and they contain a bit of cholesterol.
  • The Grits are not vegan. I’m not sure exactly what ingredient they contain, but they are not on the vegan menu, and they contain cholesterol.

What Kind of Bread Is Served at Bonefish Grill?

It’s difficult to track down good information on Bonefish Grill’s bread online. Here’s what I can tell you:

  • Way back in 2012, a Bonefish rep responded on social media that their bread served with olive oil for dipping is their “Signature Artisan Bread.” They declined to share the recipe, as it is proprietary information.
  • For the avocado toast, a French baguette is used, and this bread is confirmed vegan.
  • I’ve done a lot of research about bread for my blog post on whether bread contains egg. And after doing that, I can tell you: Most fresh-baked white bread is vegan. As long as there’s no obvious butter or parmesan cheese topping, I’d feel comfortable assuming it’s vegan.

Whole-Food Plant-Based Options

What if you’re not just vegan but also trying to avoid processed foods? Can you get a whole-food plant-based (WFPB) meal at Bonefish Grill? That means no processed sugar, oil, or flour. Let’s talk a look…

WFPB options at Bonefish Grill:

  • Bonefish House Salad
  • Florida Cobb Salad (No Cheese or Protein)
  • Green Beans (No Butter)
  • Steamed Broccoli (No Butter)
  • Steamed Asparagus

As you can see, there are quite a few options for vegetables here. They may not all be available when you visit, as the seasonal veggies are rotated. But there are at least be a couple whole-food sides and big salads you can get at Bonefish Grill.

Bonefish Grill on Environmental Sustainability

If you’re vegan for ethical and environmental reasons, sometimes there are factors beyond the menu that can make a restaurant more or less appealing to support. For example, Arby’s has made fun of veganism before. Jimmy John’s founder hunts exotic animals. And so on.

With Bonefish Grill, it’s more of a positive thing I found. Now, it’s not that impressive—but I found their statement on the environmental impacts of their food and how it’s produced. This seems to be at least 1 step more “conscious” than your average restaurant chain:

“Aquaculture supports seafood production and helps reduce overfishing in open waters. In addition, much of the aquaculture fish supply is certified for sustainability. Aquaculture farms use the natural environment to raise their fish and supply the most genuine environment possible…” (source)

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