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14 Healthy, Awesome San Francisco Restaurants to Try

The top spots to clean your eating act up

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Foods with alleged “immunity-boosting powers” are unlikely to protect you against COVID-19 — after all, if they did, the produce section of your local grocery store would be as empty as the toilet paper aisle. But while meals that are deep-fried, caramel-coated, or composed entirely of potatoes, butter, noodles, and cheese are certainly comforting in times of trouble, it’s not a bad idea to add some greens, grains, or leaner meats to your takeout roster. The 14 restaurants on this list serve food for outdoor dining, delivery, and takeout that’s rather prescriptively referred to as “healthy,” but it all tastes great, too.

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1. Asian Box

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2031 Chestnut Street, San Francisco
CA, 94123

California chain Asian Box has been honored as one of the city’s worst-named restaurants, but it’s a go-to for those who eschew gluten (it’s free of the ingredient) and the picky, as each box can be customized to order. With proteins like pork, chicken, and shrimp as well as a panoply of greens, the potential combinations are enough to keep you from salady boredom. Order takeout online here, delivery is via DoorDash.

2. Wildseed

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2000 Union St
San Francisco, CA 94123
(415) 872-7350
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Wildseed, Adriano Paganini’s plant-based restaurant and bar, quickly built a following among the yoga pants and running shorts set with its menu of local, vegan, and seasonally driven dishes like its “reset” salad (kale, frisee, beets, and more) and its donburi super-grain bowl. Outdoor dining is available, orders for takeout can be placed here, and delivery is available via Caviar.

3. Blue Barn Gourmet

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2237 Polk St.
San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 655-9438
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Blue Barn’s got two locations in SF, at 2237 Polk Street, and another on 3344 Steiner Street. (They have spots in Corte Madera and Novato, as well). All specialize in salads, with at least 10 on the menu at its shops, from a quinoa-laden Waldorf to a spicy tuna with ahi tartare and crispy soba. For now, only takeout is available: order online here.

4. As Quoted

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3613 Sacramento St
San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 914-0689
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Gluten-free toasts and green juices attract the athleisure-clad parents of Pac Heights like bees to raw, organic honey. As quoted is something of a local gathering place for conscious eaters, and while the prices might demand a raw, organic bank account, the quality is tops. Online orders can be placed via Caviar.

5. 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 at 189 6th Avenue, 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 (the Nob Hill location also offers dinner), have curbside pickup (call 415-571-8780 for their 6th Avenue location, 415-580-7463 for Hyde Street), and delivery is available via these apps.

6. Konomama

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4601 Geary Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 933-6295
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This vegan-friendly Japanese curry shop from Ken Ken Ramen’s Takahiro Hori serves a veg-heavy menu of dishes, many which have the gut-friendly addition of homemade sauerkraut. Items like their konomama curry — packed with greens, rice, and chicken-based sauce, can provide a nice reset for troubled stomachs; those who eschew meat can even order extra veggies with their vegan curry for a super-virtuous punch. Order online here.

7. Little Gem

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400 Grove St
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 914-0501
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Little Gem doesn’t scream “health food” restaurant, but its menu is packed with thoughtful, good-for-you food. Popular bowls include bibimbap and hen of the woods mushroom with beans and rice, as well as entrees like brined chicken and salmon with bok choy. Order takeout here. Delivery’s available via Uber EatsDoorDash, and Caviar, and outdoor dining is also available on the weekends, only.

8. Project Juice Test Kitchen

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364 Hayes St
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 423-3414
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California chain Project Juice has several locations across SF, all of which serve fresh-pressed juice blends, smoothies, and a menu of raw foods like Golden Toast (gluten-free toast with turmeric hummus and avocado mash) and their Biome Bagel (a gf bagel with vegan cream cheese and a load of fermented veggies). Order takeout or delivery here, or search Project Juice on the delivery app of your choice.

9. Wholesome Bakery

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299 Divisadero St
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 343-5414
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Wholesome Bakery’s vegan confections are also free of gluten, soy, and trans fats, and they also serve solid selection of sandwiches, bowls, and salads. Online ordering is available here, and local delivery is free.

10. 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 takeout only, call during hours of operation to place an order.

11. Kitava

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2011 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110

Talk about an inspiring transformation: A former McDonald’s on Mission Street was reborn as Kitava, serving healthy, gluten-free, and paleo diet-friendly food in lieu of fast food burgers and fries. The menu is focused on “recognizable, and comforting” food — zucchini noodles with meatballs, general Tso’s-style chicken — all made with oils considered healthier than typical vegetable or canola oil, like extra virgin olive oil or coconut oil cooked at low heat. Takeout is available via Caviar; delivery is handled by Uber EatsGrubHubCaviar, or DoorDash.

12. Hook Fish Co

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4542 Irving St
San Francisco, CA 94122
(415) 569-4984
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Hook Fish Co’s commitment to thoughtfully sourced seafood means there’s no question about where the fish you’re eating came from, a concern for everyone with sustainability on their minds. There’s even a kids’ menu! Takeout orders can be placed online here, and walk-up orders are also allowed.

13. Cha-Ya Vegetarian Japanese Restaurant

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

This all-veggie Japanese restaurant is a good way to shake up your salad routine, and it boasts 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 outdoor dining and takeout with a limited menu and hours Wednesday–Sunday. Call 415-252-7825 to place an order.

14. Sidewalk Juice

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3228 21st St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 341-8070
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This standby has two Mission locations (21st and Valencia and 24th and Folsom), and the fresh juices and smoothie menu have thirsty fans swooning, with drinks like the Green Energy smoothie and Almond Delight. They also sell energy bars, kale chips, and other healthy snacks to keep you going after your juice is all gone. Order online here, walk-up orders are fine, too.

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1. Asian Box

2031 Chestnut Street, San Francisco, CA, 94123

California chain Asian Box has been honored as one of the city’s worst-named restaurants, but it’s a go-to for those who eschew gluten (it’s free of the ingredient) and the picky, as each box can be customized to order. With proteins like pork, chicken, and shrimp as well as a panoply of greens, the potential combinations are enough to keep you from salady boredom. Order takeout online here, delivery is via DoorDash.

2031 Chestnut Street, San Francisco
CA, 94123

2. Wildseed

2000 Union St, San Francisco, CA 94123

Wildseed, Adriano Paganini’s plant-based restaurant and bar, quickly built a following among the yoga pants and running shorts set with its menu of local, vegan, and seasonally driven dishes like its “reset” salad (kale, frisee, beets, and more) and its donburi super-grain bowl. Outdoor dining is available, orders for takeout can be placed here, and delivery is available via Caviar.

2000 Union St
San Francisco, CA 94123

3. Blue Barn Gourmet

2237 Polk St., San Francisco, CA 94109

Blue Barn’s got two locations in SF, at 2237 Polk Street, and another on 3344 Steiner Street. (They have spots in Corte Madera and Novato, as well). All specialize in salads, with at least 10 on the menu at its shops, from a quinoa-laden Waldorf to a spicy tuna with ahi tartare and crispy soba. For now, only takeout is available: order online here.

2237 Polk St.
San Francisco, CA 94109

4. As Quoted

3613 Sacramento St, San Francisco, CA 94118

Gluten-free toasts and green juices attract the athleisure-clad parents of Pac Heights like bees to raw, organic honey. As quoted is something of a local gathering place for conscious eaters, and while the prices might demand a raw, organic bank account, the quality is tops. Online orders can be placed via Caviar.

3613 Sacramento St
San Francisco, CA 94118

5. Nourish Cafe SF

189 6th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94118

Nourish Cafe has two locations in San Francisco: one at 189 6th Avenue, 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 (the Nob Hill location also offers dinner), have curbside pickup (call 415-571-8780 for their 6th Avenue location, 415-580-7463 for Hyde Street), and delivery is available via these apps.

189 6th Ave
San Francisco, CA 94118

6. Konomama

4601 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94118

This vegan-friendly Japanese curry shop from Ken Ken Ramen’s Takahiro Hori serves a veg-heavy menu of dishes, many which have the gut-friendly addition of homemade sauerkraut. Items like their konomama curry — packed with greens, rice, and chicken-based sauce, can provide a nice reset for troubled stomachs; those who eschew meat can even order extra veggies with their vegan curry for a super-virtuous punch. Order online here.

4601 Geary Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94118

7. Little Gem

400 Grove St, San Francisco, CA 94102

Little Gem doesn’t scream “health food” restaurant, but its menu is packed with thoughtful, good-for-you food. Popular bowls include bibimbap and hen of the woods mushroom with beans and rice, as well as entrees like brined chicken and salmon with bok choy. Order takeout here. Delivery’s available via Uber EatsDoorDash, and Caviar, and outdoor dining is also available on the weekends, only.

400 Grove St
San Francisco, CA 94102

8. Project Juice Test Kitchen

364 Hayes St, San Francisco, CA 94102

California chain Project Juice has several locations across SF, all of which serve fresh-pressed juice blends, smoothies, and a menu of raw foods like Golden Toast (gluten-free toast with turmeric hummus and avocado mash) and their Biome Bagel (a gf bagel with vegan cream cheese and a load of fermented veggies). Order takeout or delivery here, or search Project Juice on the delivery app of your choice.

364 Hayes St
San Francisco, CA 94102

9. Wholesome Bakery

299 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94117

Wholesome Bakery’s vegan confections are also free of gluten, soy, and trans fats, and they also serve solid selection of sandwiches, bowls, and salads. Online ordering is available here, and local delivery is free.

299 Divisadero St
San Francisco, CA 94117

10. 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 takeout only, call during hours of operation to place an order.

370 14th St
San Francisco, CA 94103

11. Kitava

2011 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

Talk about an inspiring transformation: A former McDonald’s on Mission Street was reborn as Kitava, serving healthy, gluten-free, and paleo diet-friendly food in lieu of fast food burgers and fries. The menu is focused on “recognizable, and comforting” food — zucchini noodles with meatballs, general Tso’s-style chicken — all made with oils considered healthier than typical vegetable or canola oil, like extra virgin olive oil or coconut oil cooked at low heat. Takeout is available via Caviar; delivery is handled by Uber EatsGrubHubCaviar, or DoorDash.

2011 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110

12. Hook Fish Co

4542 Irving St, San Francisco, CA 94122
Read Review |

Hook Fish Co’s commitment to thoughtfully sourced seafood means there’s no question about where the fish you’re eating came from, a concern for everyone with sustainability on their minds. There’s even a kids’ menu! Takeout orders can be placed online here, and walk-up orders are also allowed.

4542 Irving St
San Francisco, CA 94122

13. Cha-Ya Vegetarian Japanese Restaurant

762 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110

This all-veggie Japanese restaurant is a good way to shake up your salad routine, and it boasts 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 outdoor dining and takeout with a limited menu and hours Wednesday–Sunday. Call 415-252-7825 to place an order.

762 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA 94110

14. Sidewalk Juice

3228 21st St, San Francisco, CA 94110

This standby has two Mission locations (21st and Valencia and 24th and Folsom), and the fresh juices and smoothie menu have thirsty fans swooning, with drinks like the Green Energy smoothie and Almond Delight. They also sell energy bars, kale chips, and other healthy snacks to keep you going after your juice is all gone. Order online here, walk-up orders are fine, too.

3228 21st St
San Francisco, CA 94110

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