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17 Excellent Restaurants for Vegetarians in San Francisco

These restaurants make plants the star, not the side

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There are plenty of good reasons to go vegetarian, whether for one meal, one week, or life. For starters, vegetables are delicious. There’s also the argument that eating vegetarian, plant-based, and/or vegan can be a powerful tool for staving off environmental collapse – or at least, so chef Dave Chang and author David Wallace-Wells say.

In the East Bay there those pushing the good word along includes Oakland’s Don Bugito and La Venganza. The South Bay boasts an impressive selection of vegetarian Indian restaurants from Santa Clara to Palo Alto. And don’t get it twisted: the North Bay isn’t just for seafood. But if you’re looking for a vegetarian meal here in San Francisco, try these 18 excellent vegetarian options in the city’s meat-free scene.

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1. Greens Restaurant

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Building A
San Francisco, CA 94123
(415) 771-6222
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Since 1979, Greens restaurant has been a proving ground for wickedly talented women chefs — starting of course with founding chef Deborah Madison, who’s kitchen family tree also includes Annie Somerville, Denise St. Onge, and current Greens executive chef Katie Reicher. The landmark restaurant has been all vegetarian since day one, and continues to star pristine local produce in spring rolls, salads, and atop pizzas. This original SF vegetarian gangster’s dining room offers stunning views of the bay and Marin Headlands beyond, though you can also dine al fresco if you’d prefer.

2. 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 veg scene, with a menu of local, vegan, and seasonally driven dishes like “neatball” masala and a rigatoni bolognese (with Impossible “meat”). Orders for takeout can be placed here. There’s also indoor and outdoor dining seven days week, with reservations here and a waitlist here.

3. 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 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. Online ordering is available here.

4. Nourish Cafe SF

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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. Both locations, which are completely plant-based and serve juice, smoothies, bowls, and sandwiches for breakfast and lunch.

5. Thai Idea Vegetarian Restaurant

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710 Polk St
San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 440-8344
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While most Thai restaurants have plenty of meatless options, this Tenderloin restaurant removed the guesswork, as all its offerings are meat-free (yes, that even means fish and seafood are off the menu). Dishes include classics like papaya salad and pad Thai, and the spot also offers fresh takes on standards like fried rice and faux meat. Order can be placed online for takeout or called in to 415-440-8344.

6. Golden Era Vegan

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395 Golden Gate Ave
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 487-8687
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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.

7. 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 “chick’n” shawarma and falafel that’s free from meat cross-contamination. Takeout and delivery are both available here.

8. 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.

9. 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 its Divisadero Street cafe you can find a solid selection of sandwiches, bowls, and salads, but Wholesome’s real strength are its baked goods, including indulgence-worthy brownies, cookies, and cakes. Online ordering is available here, and local delivery is free.

10. Beit Rima

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138 Church St
San Francisco, CA 94114
(415) 703-0270
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Beit Rima serves its exceptional hummus, falafel, and mezze to its many Bay Area fans from its Castro and Cole Valley locations. It has a vegetarian-friendly menu, with the majority of items inherently free of meat. Must-orders include the ful (smashed fava bean spread with lemon relish, with a highly recommended optional soft boiled egg), shakshuka, and delicata squash with brown butter lebneh and pine nut dukkah.

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11. Shizen

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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 boasts a menu of rolls filled with creamy tofu and topped with imitation fish eggs (made of tapioca), as well as tempura-fried veggies, bean curd skewers, and miso ramen. The restaurant is once again open for indoor dining.

12. 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 takeout with a limited menu and hours Wednesday–Sunday. Call 415-252-7825 to place an order.

13. Judahlicious

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3906 Judah St
San Francisco, CA 94122
(415) 665-8423
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Owner Michael Petite doles out vegan breakfast and lunch items at this Judah Avenue raw cafe. Waffles, smoothies, and bowls are all staple fare. Petite recently opened Beach’n, another vegan shop, just a few blocks toward the water, to bring more of the vegan flock to the avenues.

14. Enjoy Vegetarian Restaurant

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754 Kirkham St #3619
San Francisco, CA 94122
(415) 682-0826
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Enjoy Vegetarian Restaurant — which is run by a family of devout Buddhists — is also kosher, making the restaurants a hit with those of many faiths. Where this Chinese-influenced spot really shines is its soup, all of which are made with flavorful, hearty broths that put meat-based broths to shame. Call 415-682-0826 for takeout, or order online here.

15. Udupi Palace

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1007 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 970-8000
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Udupi Palace has faced some controversy over labor issues in the past, but promises in 2015 to turn over a new leaf suggest that vegetarians are free to enjoy the South Indian restaurant’s giant dosas, spicy curries, and sweet chutneys free of guilt over human or animal exploitation. Entree prices top out at around $14, even for dinner, so they’ll also fill you up without breaking the bank. Takeout orders can be placed online here.

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16. 3rd Cousin

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919 Cortland Ave
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 814-3709
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This Bernal Heights restaurant is not exclusively vegetarian, nor need it be. Chef-owner Greg Lutes’ Michelin Guide New Discoveries 2021 restaurant has an expansive patio, a YOLO (you only live once) wine pairing, and, thankfully, vegetarian items for the high end diners such as potato leek soup, casarecce (available gluten-free, too), and porcini mushroom and black truffle ravioli “francese.”

17. The Vegan Hood Chefs

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(415) 574-8203
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Rheema Calloway and Ronnishia Johnson, the talented chefs behind this pop-up turned mainstay at Speakeasy in Bayview, can not be praised enough. They cater, host classes online, and are big brunch advocates — plus their mac n’ cheese, a coconut milk-based riff, entirely changed the vegan game in San Francisco.

1. Greens Restaurant

Building A, San Francisco, CA 94123

Since 1979, Greens restaurant has been a proving ground for wickedly talented women chefs — starting of course with founding chef Deborah Madison, who’s kitchen family tree also includes Annie Somerville, Denise St. Onge, and current Greens executive chef Katie Reicher. The landmark restaurant has been all vegetarian since day one, and continues to star pristine local produce in spring rolls, salads, and atop pizzas. This original SF vegetarian gangster’s dining room offers stunning views of the bay and Marin Headlands beyond, though you can also dine al fresco if you’d prefer.

Building A
San Francisco, CA 94123

2. 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 veg scene, with a menu of local, vegan, and seasonally driven dishes like “neatball” masala and a rigatoni bolognese (with Impossible “meat”). Orders for takeout can be placed here. There’s also indoor and outdoor dining seven days week, with reservations here and a waitlist here.

2000 Union St
San Francisco, CA 94123

3. Vegan Picnic

1323 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94109

This fully plant-based “vegan comfort food” spot’s Cow Hollow 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. Online ordering is available here.

1323 Polk St
San Francisco, CA 94109

4. Nourish Cafe SF

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. Both locations, which are completely plant-based and serve juice, smoothies, bowls, and sandwiches for breakfast and lunch.

189 6th Ave
San Francisco, CA 94118

5. Thai Idea Vegetarian Restaurant

710 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94109

While most Thai restaurants have plenty of meatless options, this Tenderloin restaurant removed the guesswork, as all its offerings are meat-free (yes, that even means fish and seafood are off the menu). Dishes include classics like papaya salad and pad Thai, and the spot also offers fresh takes on standards like fried rice and faux meat. Order can be placed online for takeout or called in to 415-440-8344.

710 Polk St
San Francisco, CA 94109

6. 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

7. The Flying Falafel

1051 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94103

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

1051 Market St
San Francisco, CA 94103

8. BAIA

300 Grove St, San Francisco, CA 94102

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

9. 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 its Divisadero Street cafe you can find a solid selection of sandwiches, bowls, and salads, but Wholesome’s real strength are its 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

10. Beit Rima

138 Church St, San Francisco, CA 94114
Caleb Pershan

Beit Rima serves its exceptional hummus, falafel, and mezze to its many Bay Area fans from its Castro and Cole Valley locations. It has a vegetarian-friendly menu, with the majority of items inherently free of meat. Must-orders include the ful (smashed fava bean spread with lemon relish, with a highly recommended optional soft boiled egg), shakshuka, and delicata squash with brown butter lebneh and pine nut dukkah.

138 Church St
San Francisco, CA 94114

11. Shizen

370 14th St, San Francisco, CA 94103

Craving tofuna? Shizen’s vegan sushi bar and izakaya boasts a menu of rolls filled with creamy tofu and topped with imitation fish eggs (made of tapioca), as well as tempura-fried veggies, bean curd skewers, and miso ramen. The restaurant is once again open for indoor dining.

370 14th St
San Francisco, CA 94103

12. 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 takeout with a limited menu and hours Wednesday–Sunday. Call 415-252-7825 to place an order.

762 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA 94110

13. Judahlicious

3906 Judah St, San Francisco, CA 94122

Owner Michael Petite doles out vegan breakfast and lunch items at this Judah Avenue raw cafe. Waffles, smoothies, and bowls are all staple fare. Petite recently opened Beach’n, another vegan shop, just a few blocks toward the water, to bring more of the vegan flock to the avenues.

3906 Judah St
San Francisco, CA 94122

14. Enjoy Vegetarian Restaurant

754 Kirkham St #3619, San Francisco, CA 94122

Enjoy Vegetarian Restaurant — which is run by a family of devout Buddhists — is also kosher, making the restaurants a hit with those of many faiths. Where this Chinese-influenced spot really shines is its soup, all of which are made with flavorful, hearty broths that put meat-based broths to shame. Call 415-682-0826 for takeout, or order online here.

754 Kirkham St #3619
San Francisco, CA 94122

15. Udupi Palace

1007 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110
Udupi Palace

Udupi Palace has faced some controversy over labor issues in the past, but promises in 2015 to turn over a new leaf suggest that vegetarians are free to enjoy the South Indian restaurant’s giant dosas, spicy curries, and sweet chutneys free of guilt over human or animal exploitation. Entree prices top out at around $14, even for dinner, so they’ll also fill you up without breaking the bank. Takeout orders can be placed online here.

1007 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA 94110

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16. 3rd Cousin

919 Cortland Ave, San Francisco, CA 94110

This Bernal Heights restaurant is not exclusively vegetarian, nor need it be. Chef-owner Greg Lutes’ Michelin Guide New Discoveries 2021 restaurant has an expansive patio, a YOLO (you only live once) wine pairing, and, thankfully, vegetarian items for the high end diners such as potato leek soup, casarecce (available gluten-free, too), and porcini mushroom and black truffle ravioli “francese.”

919 Cortland Ave
San Francisco, CA 94110

17. The Vegan Hood Chefs

San Francisco, CA 94124

Rheema Calloway and Ronnishia Johnson, the talented chefs behind this pop-up turned mainstay at Speakeasy in Bayview, can not be praised enough. They cater, host classes online, and are big brunch advocates — plus their mac n’ cheese, a coconut milk-based riff, entirely changed the vegan game in San Francisco.

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