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I'll be visiting SF for a few days in January and am looking for good places to eat. I'm a vegetarian and also love Italian food. I prefer things simple and unpretentious, but will consider all options far and wide.

I'm looking for suggestions for standard vegetarian fare as well as good pizza and pasta. Also, if anyone knows of a good brunch place that won't be too difficult to get in, that would be very appreciated too.

First time visitor to San Francisco and am really looking forward to it.

Thanks in advance.

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  1. A16. Best pizza in town, some excellent vegetarian appetizers and side dishes. Usually only one vegetarian pasta but the ones I've had have all been great.

    Incanto always has great vegetarian appetizers. The vegetarian pasta or risotto can be great or not, I think it depends on how inspiring the produce is that day.

    L'Osteria del Forno in North Beach is cheap and vegetarian-friendly, though due to the tiny kitchen they usually have only one pasta. Try the porcini pizza.

    Pizzeria Delfina's also very veg-friendly. Pizza's about as good as it gets without a wood oven.

    The best Italian restaurant for vegetarians might be Oliveto in Oakland, easy to get to as it's right by a BART station.

    http://www.a16sf.com/Menu.html
    http://incanto.biz/sample_menu.html
    http://www.losteriadelforno.com/info/...
    http://www.pizzeriadelfina.com
    http://www.oliveto.com/dinnermenu.pdf

    Couple of recent topics on vegetarian restaurants in general:

    http://www.chowhound.com/topics/323577
    http://www.chowhound.com/topics/28929

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    1. re: Robert Lauriston

      A16 is a must. A real treasure.

    2. I would say that you'll be in luck in most restaurants in the Bay Area. However, one of the oldest and still really wonderful truly all vegetarian restaurants in SF (and one of the best in the country) is Green’s at Fort Mason. They use seasonal organic produce and still maintains a strong relationship with the SF Zen Center. For more info:eens Restaurant

      http://www.greensrestaurant.com/

      Btw, not only is the food good but the view is outstanding.

      1. I'll second Greens!

        1. We just had a fabulous dinner at Saha in the Hotel Carlton on Saturday night. Lots of veggie choices, nice room, great service. I live in Chicago and Saha will definitely be on my list again when we return to SF.

          1. Maykadeh Persian Restaurant
            470 Green Street at Grant Ave
            San Francisco
            (415) 362-8286

            Mekong Restaurant at 791 O'Farrell ( just off of Larkin) has a large Thai vegan menu. The pumpkin curry and spicy tofu are highly recommended!

            http://mekong.us/dev/

            Medicine New-Shojin Eatstation
            161 Sutter St (The Crocker Galleria ), San Francisco 94104
            Phone: (415) 677-4405
            Hours: Mon thru Fri: Lunch 11:30 - 2:30, Tea: 2:30 - 5:30, Dinner 5:30 - 9:00 (until 10 pm on Fri & Sat). Closed Sunday. Check website to confirm hours.

            http://sanfrancisco.menupages.com/res...

            Saha Arabic Fusion Restaurant - Hotel Carlton
            (415) 345-9547
            (415) 345-1428
            1075 Sutter St
            San Francisco, CA 94109
            Parking Information: Validated parking: $5.00 at 1101 Sutter Street at corner of Larkin and Sutter
            3 course dinner for $30
            http://www.sahasf.com/dinner2.html

            Sultan
            on Sunday only: by special request: Gujarati menu for dinner
            (In the Mark Twain Hotel, formerly Ramada
            )339 Taylor St
            San Francisco 94102
            415-775-1709

            http://www.chowhound.com/topics/43473...

            Alive! (lunch & dinner Wed-Sun
            )1972 Lombard St. (Webster St.)
            San Francisco, CA 94123
            415-923-1052


            Café Gratitude - Daily for breakfast, lunch, dinner 10am-10 pm
            http://www.withthecurrent.com/cafe.html
            1336-9th Ave (at Irving Street) 415-824-4652 SFCA 94122
            2400 Harrison St. (20th St.
            )San Francisco, CA 94110

            Lucky Creation (11am - 9pm)
            854 Washington at Grant Ave.

            Golden Era Vietnamese
            for tay ho rolls, buddha bun, Viet crepe, springrolls and pho
            572 O'Farrell

            Ala Turca
            869 Geary at Larkin-Hyde

            Taqueria Can-Cun
            for veggie burrito $3.25

            Herbivore for seitan shwarma
            - 531 Divisadero St., San Francisco, CA 94117.
            -983 Valencia (near 21st St.)

            Shangri-La vegetarian restaurant between Irving and 21st.
            2026 Irving Street
            11am - 9pm daily

            Enjoy Vegetarian Restaurant
            754 Kirkham btw 11-12th Ave.

            Feel Real Organic Vegan Cafe
            4001 Judah Street at 45th Avenue

            Judahlicious -juice bar
            3906 Judah at 44th Ave

            Bok Choy Garden
            for vegan Tofu Cheese Rolls
            (415) 387-8111
            1820 Clement St
            San Francisco, 94121

            Minako Japanese (dinner Wed-Sun)
            2154 Mission St.
            San Francisco, CA 94110
            415-864-1888

            Yaya Cuisine (dinner, Tues-Sun)
            2424 Van Ness Ave.
            San Francisco, CA 94109
            415-440-0455

            Millenium
            *- 580 Geary St., San Francisco, CA 94102.
            415-345-3900.

            Greens Restaurant *- Fort Mason, Bldg. A, Buchanan at Marina Blvd., San Francisco, CA 94123. 415-771-6222. Call for hours.

            Kaleva Restaurant - 35 6th St., San Francisco, CA 94103. 415-348-1381.
            http://www.kalevarestaurant.com/
            Sunday - dinner only

            Ananda Fuara
            (breakfast, lunch Mon-Thurs; dinner, Mon-Tues. & Thursday, closed on Sunday:
            )1298 Market St.
            San Francisco, CA 94102
            415-621-1994

            http://daveola.com/Vegetarian/Restaur...

            Lettus
            3352 Steiner St
            San Francisco, CA 94123
            (415) 931-2777

            www.lettusorganic.com

            Papalote
            1777 Fulton at Masonic Ave.
            3409 24th Street
            soyrizo burrito
            marinated tofu taco
            grilled veggie taco
            tofu mole

            1. If you taste this, let us know how it compares to your Chicago pizza for deep dish:
              Little Star Pizza
              846 Divisadero Street between Fulton and McAllister Streets
              415.441.1118
              400 Valencia St. @ 15th St.

              www.littlestarpizza.com

              or,
              Pizzetta 211
              211 - 23rd Avenue
              San Francisco, CA 94107
              (415) 379-9880

              3 Replies
              1. re: Cynsa

                There's no reason for a visitor who lives in Chicago to go to Little Star.

                1. re: Robert Lauriston

                  With only a few days for a first-time visit, she probably won't have time for Little Star.

                  Perbacco
                  230 California St.
                  (415) 955-0663

                  www.perbaccosf.com

                2. re: Cynsa

                  Kaleva is closed, and I couldn't recommend Lettüs.

                3. If you would like to go ALL OUT for one night, Fleur de Lys also offers a pre-fixe Vegetarian menu. It's a beautiful dining room with a bit of a dated feel, but the service is excellent and Hubert Keller is very well known internationally for his cuisine.

                  1. Oh Yeah - Medicine Eatstation! I'll second that.

                    1. For vegetarian Japanese food, Minako is very special. The space is small, with basic decor, and the food comes out slowly. But the food is excellent.

                      Millenium (On Geary and Jones)is a nice vegan restaurant with very creative preparations--a good middle ground between a casual cafe and the outstanding-but-very-expensive Fleur de Lys.

                      Weird Fish, on Mission near 18th St, has vegetarian "fish and chips," made with tempeh. They also have a tasty tofu/sweet potato stack for an appetizer. If you are travelling with a fish eater, the tilapia fish and chips is excellent.

                      For a casual brunch in the Mission, check out two hipster places: St. Francis Fountain, on 24th St, and Boogaloo's on Valencia at 22nd St. Both have an excellent tofu scramble, with a big side of home fries.

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                      1. re: bernalman

                        Very mixed reports here on Millennium.

                        1. re: Robert Lauriston

                          I don't recommend Millenium to meat-eaters, but no other restaurant in SF has its range of complex, well-prepared vegan dishes.

                          My partner is vegetarian, and often when we go to highly-regarded restaurants (for meat-eaters), I have a great meal, while he has the sole vegetarian entree, which is often not of the same quality as the other entrees. For too many SF restuarants, the token vegetarian entree is an afterthought. It's usually pasta, risotto, or a grilled vegetable plate. At Millenium, vegetarians can choose from the whole menu. My partner usually has a better dining experience at Millenium than at whatever the latest, hottest place is, so I always recommend that visiting vegetarians have a meal there.

                      2. I'm not a vegetarian but do care about heart-healthy eating so rarely eat high on the saturated-fat hog, so to speak.

                        I love Tommaso's in North Beach on Kearny between Broadway and Pacific (closed for vacation till 1/10, I believe): House specialties include at least three varieties of marinated fresh (cooked) vegetables; meatless pizza--from California's oldest brick oven--is also available. Last but not least, the delicious pasta-broccoli dish. No reservations.

                        I found Millennium not only disappointing and somewhat "chilly" but also very expensive.

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                        1. re: Fine

                          I agree-- Tommaso's pizza is quite good.

                          Only caveats-- the wait at Tommaso's can be long, and service is brusque.