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Aug 3, 2011 05:29 PM

good date restaurants for vegan/vegetarian and carnivore?

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."

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  1. 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

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

      1. re: wolfe

        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. 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. 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. 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