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14 Great Vegan Restaurants to Try in San Francisco

These are the best places to get your plant on

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Non-meat eaters are currently enjoying a golden era in San Francisco. More restaurants than ever before are attempting to lure the vegan or vegan-curious to the table with promises of improved health, environmental friendliness ... or just plain, old delicious food. San Francisco is home to locations of vegan chains like VeganBurg, Next Level Burger, Loving Hut, and Project Juice, of course, but the city’s local restaurants are where you can find the best and most original vegan dishes.

On this list, you’ll find longstanding Asian venues known for their double-take worthy mock meats, health-focused juice and salad cafes, and high-end restaurants that attempt to appeal to all diners (vegan or not).

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1. Wildseed

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2000 Union St
San Francisco, CA 94123

Wildseed, Adriano Paganini’s plant-based restaurant and bar, is one of the buzziest players on the scene, with a menu of local, vegan, and seasonally-driven dishes like “neatball” masala and a rigatoni bolognese (with Impossible “meat”). The Meyer lemon cheesecake feels and tastes so genuinely cheesy you’ll think a mistake has been made.

2. Vegan Picnic

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1323 Polk St
San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 508-6736
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This fully plant-based “vegan comfort food” spot’s Cow Hollow is location has temporarily closed, but its Polk spot is open for takeout and delivery. Its menu offers a bounty of mock meat offerings, like fake tri-tip, counterfeit crab cakes, and faux chicken with gluten-free waffles.

3. Nourish Cafe

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189 6th Ave
San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 571-8780
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Nourish Cafe has two locations in San Francisco: one in the Inner Richmond, and another at 1030 Hyde Street in Nob Hill. Completely plant-based, the restaurants serve juice, smoothies, bowls, and sandwiches for breakfast and lunch (the Nob Hill location also offers dinner).

4. Golden Era Vegan

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395 Golden Gate Ave
San Francisco, CA 94102

Long before the Impossible Burger, Golden Era was confounding vegans with its fake “chicken” and “beef” in flavorful Chinese dishes. It’s worth nothing that this spot is owned and operated by followers of Supreme Master Ching Hai, so while the food is indeed delicious, folks uncomfortable with religious propaganda should probably steer clear.

5. The Flying Falafel

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1051 Market St
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 964-1003
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The Flying Falafel’s Middle Eastern menu is all vegan, and much of it is available with gluten-free options, as well. That means a “chick’n” shawarma and falafel that’s free from meat cross-contamination.

A table of food from The Flying Falafel The Flying Falafel

6. BAIA

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300 Grove St
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 861-0625
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The first weekend vegan Italian comfort spot Baia opened for takeout in the massive Hayes Valley space that once housed Jardiniere, it sold out of popular dishes like its plant-based mozzarella sticks in a flash. The restaurant is the first SF spot in plant-based empire-builder Matthew Kenney’s domain, and the first outing by SF tech/philanthropy vets Kyle and Tracy Vogt, who worked with Kenney to develop the all-vegan menu.

Vegan Italian food from Baia Courtesy Matthew Kenney

7. Wholesome Bakery

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299 Divisadero St
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 343-5414
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Wholesome Bakery isn’t just vegan, it’s free of gluten, soy, and trans fats. At the Divisadero Street cafe you can find a solid selection of sandwiches, bowls, and salads, but go for the baked goods, including indulgence-worthy brownies, cookies, and cakes. Online ordering is available here, and local delivery is free.

8. Shizen Vegan Sushi Bar and Izakaya

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370 14th St
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 678-5767
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Craving tofuna? Shizen’s vegan sushi bar and izakaya is so modern and Zen that you’ll forget all about fish. In addition to rolls filled with creamy tofu and topped with imitation fish eggs (made of tapioca), the menu offers a variety of tempura-fried veggies, bean curd skewers, and miso ramen. For now, Shizen is open only for reservations — which are available online but can be difficult to snag.

9. Above Ground

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2170 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 934-9300
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The food at Mission District craft brewery Above Ground is all plant based, from its burgers (Beyond Meat and mushroom patties are both available) to its pizza and pasta (much of which is also gluten free). If nuts are also a worry, about half of the pizza menu is also completely nut free, so this spot is an allergy sufferer’s dream. 

10. Gracias Madre

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2211 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 683-1346
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The owners of Gracias Madre have found themselves embroiled in numerous controversies over the years, but since its opening in 2010 the restaurant has been a standby for vegans who crave Mexican food and don’t want to grill restaurant staff on matters like bean preparation. Vegetables are the centerpiece of most dishes, and there are enough nut-cheese preparations to make some meat eaters feel like they’re not missing all that much.

Vegan Tacos Gracias Madre Gracias Madre

11. Vegan Mob (food truck)

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701 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA 94110

Oakland barbecue sensation Vegan Mob has yet to expand to SF with a brick-and-mortar restaurant, but for now fans can find a food truck parked on the corner of Valencia and 18th streets. Place your order online for pick up and choose from taco, sandwiches, or any of the mob plates, which come loaded with your favorite protein and a few sides.

12. Senor Sisig Vegano

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701 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA 94110

In the same Mission District parking lot where you’ll find Vegan Mob’s SF food truck, you can also find Senor Sisig’s vegan outpost. The food truck serves a meat-free menu of Filipino-inspired dishes including burritos stuffed with adobo garlic rice and fries topped with your choice of protein, nacho cheese, sour cream, guac, and pico de gallo.

Vegan pork California sisig burrito Señor Sisig

13. Cha-Ya Vegetarian Japanese Restaurant

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762 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 252-7825

Cha-Ya serves some of the tastiest — and prettiest — vegan Japanese fare you can find in the city, including delicate salads, hearty noodle dishes, and inventive sushi rolls. They’re open for dine-in on a first come, first served basis. The restaurant closes at 8 p.m. but get there by 7:45 p.m. if you want to place your name on the list.

14. Enjoy Vegetarian Restaurant

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754 Kirkham St
San Francisco, CA 94122
(415) 682-0826
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Enjoy Vegetarian Restaurant has two locations in San Francisco, one in the Sunset and one in Chinatown at 839 Kearny Street. Both restaurants — which are run by a family of devout Buddhists — are are also kosher, making the restaurants a hit with those of many faiths. Where these Chinese-influenced spots really shine are their soups, all of which are made with flavorful, hearty broths that put meat-based broths to shame. (Note: When Eater SF last visited Enjoy, every item on offer was vegan, but it’s been said that items that contain a small amount of egg or dairy have appeared on the menu. Strict vegans should confirm with waitstaff before ordering.)

1. Wildseed

2000 Union St, San Francisco, CA 94123

Wildseed, Adriano Paganini’s plant-based restaurant and bar, is one of the buzziest players on the scene, with a menu of local, vegan, and seasonally-driven dishes like “neatball” masala and a rigatoni bolognese (with Impossible “meat”). The Meyer lemon cheesecake feels and tastes so genuinely cheesy you’ll think a mistake has been made.

2000 Union St
San Francisco, CA 94123

2. Vegan Picnic

1323 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94109

This fully plant-based “vegan comfort food” spot’s Cow Hollow is location has temporarily closed, but its Polk spot is open for takeout and delivery. Its menu offers a bounty of mock meat offerings, like fake tri-tip, counterfeit crab cakes, and faux chicken with gluten-free waffles.

1323 Polk St
San Francisco, CA 94109

3. Nourish Cafe

189 6th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94118

Nourish Cafe has two locations in San Francisco: one in the Inner Richmond, and another at 1030 Hyde Street in Nob Hill. Completely plant-based, the restaurants serve juice, smoothies, bowls, and sandwiches for breakfast and lunch (the Nob Hill location also offers dinner).

189 6th Ave
San Francisco, CA 94118

4. Golden Era Vegan

395 Golden Gate Ave, San Francisco, CA 94102

Long before the Impossible Burger, Golden Era was confounding vegans with its fake “chicken” and “beef” in flavorful Chinese dishes. It’s worth nothing that this spot is owned and operated by followers of Supreme Master Ching Hai, so while the food is indeed delicious, folks uncomfortable with religious propaganda should probably steer clear.

395 Golden Gate Ave
San Francisco, CA 94102

5. The Flying Falafel

1051 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94103
A table of food from The Flying Falafel The Flying Falafel

The Flying Falafel’s Middle Eastern menu is all vegan, and much of it is available with gluten-free options, as well. That means a “chick’n” shawarma and falafel that’s free from meat cross-contamination.

1051 Market St
San Francisco, CA 94103

6. BAIA

300 Grove St, San Francisco, CA 94102
Vegan Italian food from Baia Courtesy Matthew Kenney

The first weekend vegan Italian comfort spot Baia opened for takeout in the massive Hayes Valley space that once housed Jardiniere, it sold out of popular dishes like its plant-based mozzarella sticks in a flash. The restaurant is the first SF spot in plant-based empire-builder Matthew Kenney’s domain, and the first outing by SF tech/philanthropy vets Kyle and Tracy Vogt, who worked with Kenney to develop the all-vegan menu.

300 Grove St
San Francisco, CA 94102

7. Wholesome Bakery

299 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94117

Wholesome Bakery isn’t just vegan, it’s free of gluten, soy, and trans fats. At the Divisadero Street cafe you can find a solid selection of sandwiches, bowls, and salads, but go for the baked goods, including indulgence-worthy brownies, cookies, and cakes. Online ordering is available here, and local delivery is free.

299 Divisadero St
San Francisco, CA 94117

8. Shizen Vegan Sushi Bar and Izakaya

370 14th St, San Francisco, CA 94103

Craving tofuna? Shizen’s vegan sushi bar and izakaya is so modern and Zen that you’ll forget all about fish. In addition to rolls filled with creamy tofu and topped with imitation fish eggs (made of tapioca), the menu offers a variety of tempura-fried veggies, bean curd skewers, and miso ramen. For now, Shizen is open only for reservations — which are available online but can be difficult to snag.

370 14th St
San Francisco, CA 94103

9. Above Ground

2170 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

The food at Mission District craft brewery Above Ground is all plant based, from its burgers (Beyond Meat and mushroom patties are both available) to its pizza and pasta (much of which is also gluten free). If nuts are also a worry, about half of the pizza menu is also completely nut free, so this spot is an allergy sufferer’s dream. 

2170 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110

10. Gracias Madre

2211 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110
Vegan Tacos Gracias Madre Gracias Madre

The owners of Gracias Madre have found themselves embroiled in numerous controversies over the years, but since its opening in 2010 the restaurant has been a standby for vegans who crave Mexican food and don’t want to grill restaurant staff on matters like bean preparation. Vegetables are the centerpiece of most dishes, and there are enough nut-cheese preparations to make some meat eaters feel like they’re not missing all that much.

2211 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110

11. Vegan Mob (food truck)

701 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110

Oakland barbecue sensation Vegan Mob has yet to expand to SF with a brick-and-mortar restaurant, but for now fans can find a food truck parked on the corner of Valencia and 18th streets. Place your order online for pick up and choose from taco, sandwiches, or any of the mob plates, which come loaded with your favorite protein and a few sides.

701 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA 94110

12. Senor Sisig Vegano

701 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110
Vegan pork California sisig burrito Señor Sisig

In the same Mission District parking lot where you’ll find Vegan Mob’s SF food truck, you can also find Senor Sisig’s vegan outpost. The food truck serves a meat-free menu of Filipino-inspired dishes including burritos stuffed with adobo garlic rice and fries topped with your choice of protein, nacho cheese, sour cream, guac, and pico de gallo.

701 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA 94110

13. Cha-Ya Vegetarian Japanese Restaurant

762 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110

Cha-Ya serves some of the tastiest — and prettiest — vegan Japanese fare you can find in the city, including delicate salads, hearty noodle dishes, and inventive sushi rolls. They’re open for dine-in on a first come, first served basis. The restaurant closes at 8 p.m. but get there by 7:45 p.m. if you want to place your name on the list.

762 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA 94110

14. Enjoy Vegetarian Restaurant

754 Kirkham St, San Francisco, CA 94122

Enjoy Vegetarian Restaurant has two locations in San Francisco, one in the Sunset and one in Chinatown at 839 Kearny Street. Both restaurants — which are run by a family of devout Buddhists — are are also kosher, making the restaurants a hit with those of many faiths. Where these Chinese-influenced spots really shine are their soups, all of which are made with flavorful, hearty broths that put meat-based broths to shame. (Note: When Eater SF last visited Enjoy, every item on offer was vegan, but it’s been said that items that contain a small amount of egg or dairy have appeared on the menu. Strict vegans should confirm with waitstaff before ordering.)

754 Kirkham St
San Francisco, CA 94122

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