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Best Healthy Restaurants?

My husband and I are coming to San Fransisco for about 4 days this summer from Toronto Canada. My husband is a foodie, and he already has some restaurants lined up that we will be going to. I am a yoga teacher and health nut, and I would love to try out any healthy options that SF has available. I like vegan restaurants, because they are often more healthy than regular restaurants, and I don't need eggs or dairy to feel satisfied. I am open though- as long as the place is healthy then I'm good. I like all styles of food, my husband is a meat-eater, but he likes vegan and vegetarian food too.

Please let me know if there are any healthy places we MUST try out in SF over our short stay! (Any great yoga studios I should also check out? :) ) Thank you!

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  1. Millenium is in a class of its own.

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    Millenium Restaurant
    580 Geary St, San Francisco, CA 94102

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    1. re: escargot3

      I second the recommendation for Millenium.
      There is really nothing else like it.

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      Millenium Restaurant
      580 Geary St, San Francisco, CA 94102

    2. You might want to venture out to Napa to eat at Ubuntu. It's in a class by itself among vegetarian restaurants. You could take a yoga class upstairs as an appetizer.

      Gather in Berkeley is a good place for vegans and carnivores to eat together. It probably takes the organic / locavore / sustainable thing the farthest yet.

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      Ubuntu Restaurant & Yoga Studio
      1140 Main Street, Napa, CA 94558

      1. You might try the new Gracias Madre, it's a vegan Mexican restaurant.

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        Gracias Madre
        2211 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

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        1. re: JasmineG

          I was in SF visiting my son last week and we walked by Gracias Madre in the Mission...looks very interesting and then on Sunday 6/20, the SF newspaper had a review of it...they liked it! Hope to go on my next visit...along with trying Burmese food! Ugh...so many to try and such little time!!!
          Here's the article:

          http://articles.sfgate.com/2010-06-20...

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          Gracias Madre
          2211 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

        2. It's not a must-try, and you go there pretty much only for the food, and not the service or atmosphere, but Cafe Gratitude is a raw, vegan, restaurant that always surprises me at how good they can make their food taste without cooking it and not using any animal products. A bit pricey though, and the service might drive you crazy

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          1. re: vulber

            I've gone to Cafe Gratitude for the atmosphere. Definitely an only-in-the-Bay Area experience, though it's a bit like a Marin joke come to life.

            1. re: Robert Lauriston

              ..."like a Marin joke come to life."Couldn't agree more!

              1. re: casalbore spirit

                second that...love that description!

              2. re: Robert Lauriston

                OH, dear: I hope this doesn't imply that your new venture will thumb its nose at organics, etc., a la Mr. Bauer, who went so far as to keep hidden the fact that Gracias Madre's full name includes "organic" and its web site mentions that all wines are organic.!

                (Will be there with bells on regardless, but hope springs .....)

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                Gracias Madre
                2211 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

                1. re: Fine

                  I would guess Robert was referring more to the fact that all of the dishes are named after affirmations 'I am bountiful' "I am generous" etc and that even if you just point and try to avoid it, the waitstaff practically forces you to say it. And when the food is delivered, they repeat it back to you "you are bountiful" 'you are generous'.... Organics seem so ubiquitous in the bay area at this point that I think it would make more sense to point our restaurants that don't use them.

                  1. re: Meredith

                    I was unable to refrain from "I am nauseous."

                    1. re: Meredith

                      My experience is totally different from yours. I virtually never find organic selections, with the rarest of exceptions, and when I do, it's usually just "organic mixed greens." And one may pretty much forget it when it comes to ethnic, which remains my preference.

                      True, some (a handful, in my experience) places have a statement on the menu saying they try when possible, but that's pretty meaningless--like someone saying "I try to be truthful."

                      1. re: Meredith

                        Yeah, that "you are" business is exactly what I was talking about. Food aside, Cafe Gratitude is a fun place to take a tourist. And they probably don't have raw-food restaurants at home, either.

                        Gracias Madre sounds much more like a normal restaurant. No wacky dish names, and they even cook some of the food.

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                        Gracias Madre
                        2211 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

                  2. re: vulber

                    I actually find Cafe Gratitude more delicious and varied than Millenium, which really stunned me. I do have to grin and bear it to get past the ordering by affirmation process, but I find the food is well worth it, even for someone who usually prefers meat to vegetables.

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                    Millenium Restaurant
                    580 Geary St, San Francisco, CA 94102

                  3. Outerlands. Absolutely, definitely Outerlands. You will both be in heaven. I just ate there for lunch and every bite was amazing. The down side is they don't take reservations, its way off the beaten track, and the dinner seating is very limited, so you either have to go early or expect a wait. Or else go for lunch on a (rare) sunny day in the Sunset and take advantage of the sidewalk seating.

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                    Outerlands Cafe
                    4001 Judah St, San Francisco, CA 94122

                    1. Ananda Fuara is nothing fancy but its my favorite "healthy' vegetarian/Vegan restaurant. If you need a lunch spot I recommend it. Located in Civic/Tenderloin area near Asian Museum.
                      They do rotating dal (curries) soups which are excellent, best Samosas and all the salads are organic and really fresh I love the Infinite Blue with lemon tahini dressing I could eat this at least once a week. The neatloaf is excellent and even non vegetarians love this. This place has been around for decades, they are a Sri Chinmoy community so it might be considered a bit funky or new age like but they are peaceful and sweet that make wholesome, healthy food.
                      Personally I think it is much better than Cafe Gratitude.

                      I agree with Robert try to get over to Ubuntu, it lovely.

                      Universal Cafe is one of my all time favorites I was just there two weeks ago and it was as good as ever. They do seasonal and organic so the menu is always changing but there are at least two-three vegan or vegetarian dishes on the menu to choose from. I recommend going for dinner they also have a nice wine list, make a reservation.

                      Ananda Fuara- call ahead they close for their holidays.
                      1298 Market St
                      (415) 621-1994

                      Universal Cafe
                      2814 19th St
                      (415) 821-4608

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                      Ubuntu Restaurant & Yoga Studio
                      1140 Main Street, Napa, CA 94558

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                      1. re: Lori SF

                        If you count its original incarnation as Dipti Nivas on Church St., Ananda Fuara has been around since the late 70s.

                        1. re: Robert Lauriston

                          I am so happy you mentioned Dipti Nivas!!! I remember going there as a child with my great-aunts and I loved it. I couldn't remember the name, but I remember it was on Church St. and that it had a link to Carlos Santana. It was the first place where I tried alfalfa sprouts. I'll have to try Ananda Fuara since I had no idea about the link to the vegetarian restaurant on Church St.

                        2. re: Lori SF

                          I second Universal Cafe. I've had lovely and light fruit plate breakfasts (fruit, honey, fresh white cheese, toast) there that were stunning and left me feeling great. Dinner is wonderful there too. It's one of my top favorites in my 6 years so far in SF.

                        3. How is the SF Cha-Ya? I have enjoyed the Berkeley home branch.

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                          Cha Ya Vegetarian Japanese
                          762 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110