Favorite vegan or near-vegan restaurants in Bay Area?
- anyhow Aug 18, 2009 10:30 AM
This is new territory for me. I will appreciate any suggestions to help my guests enjoy their first visit to SF.
Thanks in advance ...
I'm pretty much the opposite of a vegan, but occasionally I like to eat at Cha-Ya. I've tried only the Berkeley original, not the SF branch.
Cafe Gratitude is silly but fun and some of the food is pretty good.
I think Millennium is the only upscale vegan restaurant in the area so any shortcomings may be beside the point.
Well, of course if they go to Napa, Ubuntu can't be missed.
Here's all the restaurants in the Bay Area flagged as vegan in the Chow Places/Restaurants database
That first, Souley Vegan is closed. So is Tofu Yu. Can't update the database at this time.
Maybe others can comment on these places not yet mentioned ... in SF itself ... vegan or with vegan options
- Loving Hut (the Pt Richmond version was ok)
- Gracias Madre (don't think it opened yet)
- The Plant Cafe
- The Usual Suspects Cafe
- The Cafe at Cafe du Nord
- Pot de Pho (are they still in business?)
- Mixt Greens
- Golden Era
- Bang San Thai
- Metro Kathmandu
- Underdog (vegan hot dogs)
- Love n Haight deli
- Ike's Place
- Atlas Cafe
- B's BBQ
- Papalote Mexican Grill
- Shangri-La (I've read lots of favorable stuff about it on yelp)
- All about herbs
- Dosa on Fillmore
- Pena Pachamama (fun but the food is only ok)
- Mission Street Food
There's another recent CH vegan dining thread in the Bay Area. See below.
Millennium is inventive, and the kitchen uses seitan, tofu, and tempeh in many of its dishes. Ubuntu, while not vegan, is vegetarian, and many of the dishes can be made vegan; they just may not taste the same.
Lucky Creation is a dive, but tasty. Golden Era serves all-vegan Vietnamese. Shangri-la out on Irving offers vegan and vegetarian Chinese. Cafe Gratitude, featuring raw cuisine, may be a little loopy, but the food is ok. Saha offers a blend of vegan, veg, and non-veg cuisine.
Millennium is definitely worth a visit. Although it's not cheap, the food can often be amazing.
Lucky Creation, as mentioned, is a dive, but the food is pretty good.
I would avoid Herbivore. I have never had a good meal there. The food tends to be very, very bland.
There's a place in Point Richmond called Symphonie. I've only been there once, and I did enjoy the meal. I haven't felt compelled to return. But I'm not a vegan, so I don't know how it compares to other vegan eateries.