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good date restaurants for vegan/vegetarian and carnivore?

ReneeParadis Aug 3, 2011 05:29 PM

any suggestions for good date restaurants in San Francisco where one party is vegan or vegetarian and the other is very much not? I blanch at most vegetarian or vegan restaurants but I don't want to suggest a place with just one vegan option that's basically "roasted vegetables on plate."

  1. choctastic Apr 8, 2012 12:37 PM

    Epic Steakhouse is apparently really good at accommodating vegan diners. My vegan friend goes there with his carnivore girlfriend and he raves about this roasted veggie dish that they make for him. Being vegan myself, I'm skeptical about going to a steakhouse (I'm afraid they might not want me there?), but I am always keeping this rec in the back of my mind, just in case.

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    1. re: choctastic
      Robert Lauriston Apr 9, 2012 08:21 AM

      The vegetable dishes I had at Epic were great. Unintuitive as it sounds, I think it could work really well.


    2. LaBuonaForchetta Apr 6, 2012 12:47 PM

      DOSA is a good date spot for both vegetarians/vegans and carnivores. The restaurant has a great atmosphere, and the menu would definitely suit both needs. They even have a "dietary specifications" guide that outlines which dishes are or can be made vegan or vegetarian. I'm a total carnivore myself, but absolutely loved both the vegetarian dosa we ordered and the lentil dumpling appetizer (dahi vada). Many of the dishes are smaller plates, so you could order a meat dish for yourself and share a few veggie options. The prices are also reasonable, and they have a good wine list.

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      1. re: LaBuonaForchetta
        bbulkow Apr 8, 2012 09:03 AM

        I think this is the best response. You want a menu that calls out the vegan bits on a date, so you don't get involve in any drama or make them feel uncomfortable asking.

        1. re: LaBuonaForchetta
          calumin Apr 8, 2012 10:36 AM

          I agree that Dosa on Fillmore is a good spot for both vegetarians and meat-eaters.

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          merrill13 Apr 6, 2012 11:12 AM

          Gather restaurant serves meat but also have good vegan options:
          As for an all vegan restaurant suitable for a carnivore, consider Souly Vegan, which specializes in southern soul food. Nothing like a deep frier to make vegan food more appealing:

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          1. re: merrill13
            Robert Lauriston Apr 6, 2012 01:13 PM

            I've seen Souley Vegan's food many times at Beer Revolution, it looks pretty unappetizing. And I happily eat vegan meals about half the time.

            1. re: Robert Lauriston
              vulber Apr 8, 2012 07:48 AM

              i admit that it looks unappetizing, but it actually tastes quite delicious

              1. re: vulber
                Robert Lauriston Apr 8, 2012 10:29 AM

                The people I've asked about it at Beer Revolution didn't have much good to say.

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                  drewskiSF Apr 8, 2012 04:09 PM

                  i'm with Vulber. I think it does taste pretty good, but does vary depending on what you get.

                  i didn't enjoy the brunch items i've tried (tofu scramble was super oily, pancakes somewhat dense and chewy), but the regular menu items like the Southern Fried Tofu & BBQ Tofu are winners (except the mac & cheese always (3 or 4 times) seems to have overcooked pasta.)

                  1. re: drewskiSF
                    hyperbowler Apr 10, 2012 02:28 PM

                    I found their sides and cornbread to be their strengths. Short of the "it's fried so it must be good" rule, I don't get why everyone likes the The Southern Fried Tofu. It's just a piece of unseasoned tofu surrounded by chicken-thigh shaped fried stuff.

          2. Windy Aug 3, 2011 06:58 PM

            Vegan versus vegetarian matters. Most French restaurants will do vegetarian entrees on request, but not without butter. Chapeau! is a great place for a vegetarian.

            Places I'd enjoy:

            Helmand Palace might work; not sure if they use dairy in their vegetarian dishes.

            Piccino Restaurant & Coffee Bar
            1001 Minnesota St, San Francisco, CA 94107

            3215 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

            1. Pei Aug 3, 2011 06:19 PM

              I just took a mixed omnivore/vegan crowd to Tajine, which isn't exactly a date restaurant, but which made them mention how much they love Aziza. So there's a good suggestion for you that's more "Date" than "Family"

              1. Robert Lauriston Aug 3, 2011 06:04 PM

                Check out Barbacco's menu, lots of vegetarian dishes.

                I took a vegetarian to Incanto, which is perhaps the most carnivore-friendly restaurant in the Bay Area, and she loved it. The number of vegetarian dishes varies, but tonight I count five of eight appetizers, three of six pastas, and one of four entrees. The back room's probably better for a date, the front has more of a bustling bistro atmosphere.

                230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

                1. wolfe Aug 3, 2011 05:51 PM

                  Similar request.

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                  1. re: wolfe
                    ReneeParadis Aug 3, 2011 05:52 PM

                    thanks, I checked that thread out--just seeing if there are newer places or other suggestions when the occasion is "date" rather than "family".

                  2. scarmoza Aug 3, 2011 05:48 PM

                    Gracias Madre is all vegan and a nice place in general. I recommend the pozole and the plantain empanada. They also have good beers, wine, and soju cocktails.

                    Gracias Madre
                    2211 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

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                    1. re: scarmoza
                      ReneeParadis Aug 3, 2011 05:52 PM

                      gracias madre is pretty much the textbook definition of a vegan restaurant I blanch at, but thanks for the suggestion.

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