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Feb 27, 2008 09:29 AM

Best Vegan/Vegetarian in and around SF


I will be in San Fran for 3 days, and my girl friend is vegan, so I was looking to find some options maybe for lunch or something. I have a car so I can drive anywhere but I am staying in the city at Clift Hotel.


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  1. Check out:

    Cafe Gratitude

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    1. re: Robert Lauriston

      We went to SF last weekend and we got reservations at Fleur de Lys and Millenium. The Fleur de Lys vegetarian tasting menu was fantastic - expensive but worth it. Food, service, wine all great (decor not to my taste, but you can't have everything). Millenium was a disappointment - the place was too busy and the service was very spotty. We ordered 2 small plates, 1st course and 2nd course. We waited forever, then got one of the small plates along with the 1st course. Then the second small plate came with the 2nd course. Food was good, but this was not how we anticipated it would be served and should have been told. The waiter rarely came around and it took forever to get a 2nd glass of wine. Still, it would be nice to have a vegetarian restaurant of this caliber in LA.

    2. a couple other vegetarian/vegan friendly options:

      Herbivore, good for lunch (or a casual dinner)
      All about Herbs - sandwiches during the day and vegan-friendly vegetarian for dinner
      Greens - pretty good vegetarian food with a great view

      If you want to do something special, I'd suggest Millennium, it is a much more upscale experience than of your standard vegan/vegetarian places.

      Happy Cow is a pretty good vegetarian/vegan restaurant source:

      Greens Restaurant
      Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA 94123

      Millennium Restaurant
      580 Geary St., San Francisco, CA 94102

      All About Herbs
      704 Post St, San Francisco, CA

      531 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94117

      983 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110

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      1. re: alis

        This is the latest word on Herbivore branch Berkeley. Does it apply to the 2 in San Francisco?

        1. re: wolfe

          Yes, sadly it does describe the SF versions too. I feel there's such a big market for delicious vegan food out there but Herbivore does not fit the bill. Every cooked dish I've had is criminally underseasoned, which could easily be overcome with anyone in the kitchen who would care. The salads are OK.

          1. re: wolfe

            I feel that way; Cafe Gratitude is better (but different).

          2. re: alis

            I'm not sure Greens is very good for vegans.

            1. re: Robert Lauriston

              Greens usually has vegan options up their sleeve that are not printed on the menu. I went for the Saturday prix fixe with two vegans and IIRC, the kitchen had vegan alternatives for all but one of the dishes.

          3. I would second (or third) Millenium (very close to where you are staying), Cha-Ya, and Herbivore. Also, check out Golden Era in the Tenderloin (gritty location, but great vegan Vietnamese)

            1. Lucky Creation is vegan (Chinese Buddhist). It is something of a dive, but it is exotic (well, Chinatown is exotic for some). And you can walk from the Clift -- it's about nine blocks, a pleasant walk uphill.
              It's closed one day week on a weekday -- I forget which day.

              Lucky Creation Vegetarian
              854 Washington St, San Francisco, CA 94108

              1. I would avoid Herbivore. My GF and I have been there a few times the last couple years and have been consistently disappointed. The Millenium is great. Also, for lunch, right around the corner from your hotel are three great Indian restaurants, Shalimar, Pakwani and Lahore Karahi. If you eat fish, Lahore has a killer fish tandoori. All of these Indian restaurants are BYOB.