Restaurant recommendations for a vegetarian
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.
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.
Couple of recent topics on vegetarian restaurants in general:
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
Btw, not only is the food good but the view is outstanding.
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.
Maykadeh Persian Restaurant
470 Green Street at Grant Ave
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!
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.
Saha Arabic Fusion Restaurant - Hotel Carlton
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
on Sunday only: by special request: Gujarati menu for dinner
(In the Mark Twain Hotel, formerly Ramada
)339 Taylor St
San Francisco 94102
Alive! (lunch & dinner Wed-Sun
)1972 Lombard St. (Webster St.)
San Francisco, CA 94123
Café Gratitude - Daily for breakfast, lunch, dinner 10am-10 pm
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
869 Geary at Larkin-Hyde
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
1820 Clement St
San Francisco, 94121
Minako Japanese (dinner Wed-Sun)
2154 Mission St.
San Francisco, CA 94110
Yaya Cuisine (dinner, Tues-Sun)
2424 Van Ness Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94109
*- 580 Geary St., San Francisco, CA 94102.
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.
Sunday - dinner only
(breakfast, lunch Mon-Thurs; dinner, Mon-Tues. & Thursday, closed on Sunday:
)1298 Market St.
San Francisco, CA 94102
3352 Steiner St
San Francisco, CA 94123
1777 Fulton at Masonic Ave.
3409 24th Street
marinated tofu taco
grilled veggie taco
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
400 Valencia St. @ 15th St.
211 - 23rd Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94107
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.
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.
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.
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.