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Vegetarian Restaurants in San Francisco

Vegetarian, Vegan or Raw Foodie, San Francisco is Your Cornacopia


Vegetarians eaters will find the city of San Francisco a veritable smorgasbord. From small juice and sandwich counters to full fine dining spreads, the city offers a wide range of options, flavors and styles when it comes to vegetarian restaurants. Check out our rundown of the top choices:

1. Greens Restaurant

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Located within the historic Fort Mason Complex, which sits right on the scenic San Francisco waterfront and and is also home to several museums and arts organizations, Greens is a San Francisco institution. Daily specials are built around seasonal organic produce selections, including fresh veggies from the Green Gulch Farm, run by the San Francisco Zen Center, where Greens chef Annie Somerville teaches a variety of vegetarian cooking workshops throughout the year.
Fort Mason, Building A, San Francisco, CA 94123. (415)771-6222 www.greensrestaurant.com

2. Gracias Madre

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Taking traditional Mexican recipes and creating a 100% organic and vegan menu based on them is no easy feat, but Gracias Madre is no ordinary vegetarian restaurant. Located right on Mission Street in the hip Mission District, the restaurant has absorbed the flavors of its neighboring Latin-American businesses and carved out a niche that caters to the city's large vegetarian and vegan community. A majority of the fresh ingredients are grown at the restaurant's own Organic Be Love Farm in Pleasant Valley and so the menu changes often, depending on what is seasonally available.
2211 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94110. (415)683-1346 www.gracias-madre.com

3. Ananda Fuara

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This downtown San Francisco institution has been serving Indian and world-cuisine inspired vegetarian creations since the 1990s and have always had a strong following with the local yoga community. Ananda Fuara is the place to come for those craving things like neatloaf sandwhiches, mushroom burgers or vegan chocolate cake, and the bright Krishna-themed dining area seems a world away from the overwhelming greyness of the surrounding Civic Center area.
1298 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94102. (415)621-1994 www.anandafuara.com

4. Millennium Restaurant

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Those looking for a white tablecloth fine dining experience based on vegetarian and vegan dishes need only to wander a few blocks away from Union Square to get to Millennium. The winner of numerous restaurant awards and a business dedicated to environmentally friendly practices, Millennium offers an extensive menu that will appeal to even the most picky non-vegetarian foodie, including the daily Chef's five course tasting menu.The extensive wine list is full of organic, biodynamic and sustainably grown options as well.
580 Geary Street, San Francisco CA, 94102. (415)345-3941 www.millenniumrestaurant.com

5. Golden Era Vegetarian Restaurant

With a long list of meat-free Chinese and Vietnamese specialities as well as a low price tag, this Tenderloin classic has been a local favorite for years. Vegan desserts from a local Chinese bakery get rave reviews and the lunch special my just be the best vegetarian deal in the entire city. The restaurant's location, just a couple blocks from the Powell Street Cable Car turnaround, mean that it can often be packed by those that work in the area for both lunch and dinner.
572 O'Farrell Street, San Francisco, CA 94102. (415)673-3136 www.goldeneravegan

6. The Plant - Cafe Organic

This casual cafe and juice bar first opened in the Marina District, but proved so popular that there are now locations on the waterfront near Fisherman's Wharf, in the financial district and at the San Francisco Airport. Besides freshly squeezed juices and Blue Bottle Coffee, most locations also serve full menus of lunch and dinner based on organic and sustainable ingredients, including many vegetarian options.
Suite 108, Pier 3, The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94111. (415)984-0437 www.theplantcafe.com
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