The Best Vegan Restaurants in San Francisco

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After the weather and proximity to the ocean, my favorite thing about San Francisco is how many good restaurants there are. Food in general is just better in California – the produce is fresher, the avocados are tastier and the cheese is unreal (irony: talking about how delicious cheese is when talking about vegan restaurants).

Despite not being vegan, I appreciate a good vegan meal. I don’t appreciate fake cheese made with weird preservatives or vegan butter and stuff like that, but a cheese made from cashews or cauliflower? Sign me up. I haven’t been to too many vegan restaurants in the city yet, but here are The Best Vegan Restaurants in San Francisco (so far).

In early December, a new vegan restaurant opened a few blocks from me: Seed + Salt. Seed + Salt is a little pricey, truth be told, but everything is vegan, gluten free, refined sugar free and super clean.

I had the S+S Beet Burger which is made of beets, walnuts, lentils, brown rice, raisins and lots of seasonings. You can get any of their sandwiches on gluten free bread or as a collard wrap. They were out of the collard wrap the day I went so I just had mine on greens. They brought my friend Sam a fresh quinoa chocolate chip cookie as an apology that they got her order wrong or something and we all had a few bites. Definitely delicious.

I want to go back and get one of their breads + spreads. They also have seasonal salads, fresh pressed juices, smoothies and vegan breakfast options like chia puddings and power bowls with cashew creme.

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Beet Burger from Seed and Salt.

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Quinoa Chocolate Chip Cookie from Seed + Salt.

Right before Christmas, Kay and I went to Gracias Madre, a vegan restaurant in the Mission. I had possibly the best margarita I have had in SF (but then again, I really don’t order margaritas unless I’m at a Mexican place, and even then, it’s typically wine). Maybe I just really needed it that day.

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Gracias Madre – some of the best Mexican in the city.

Anyway, we started with guacamole and tortillas (fresh corn tortillas instead of fried corn chips… such a nice departure) and the Coliflor con Queso Fundido, or baked cauliflower with cashew cheese.

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If you don’t Instagram your guacamole did it even happen?

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Cauliflower is so 2015.

We then got a kale salad because healthy living bloggers and Platillo de Legumbres (I think). Sorry for these dark iPhone photos.

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Platillo de Legumbres from Gracias Madre.

Last weekend, Kay and I ate at another vegetarian/vegan restaurant, totally unplanned. We had walked by Cha-Ya in the Mission, she mentioned how we should go sometime… and then we just did. Saturday was my long run day and my metabolism was definitely humming but the best thing about vegan food is that it’s usually light enough you don’t over do it.

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A vegan Japanese feast.

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Seasonal special: pumpkin skewers.

We started with the seasonal special, which was pumpkin skewers with a barbecue sauce. We then had a Starlight Roll, Avocado Nigiri (which you can typically get at any sushi place – and I recommend doing so if you’re on the West Coast) and a Sushi Bowl. So we basically had an avocado each over the course of dinner and I’m not feeling bad about it.

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Avocado Nigiri is love.

I’m actually going to Millennium on Thursday, which is another well-known vegan restaurant in the city, but sadly is closing in April. Other vegan restaurants I want to try out include Judalicious in the Sunset and Greens in the Marina.

Chat with me:
Do you ever eat at vegan restaurants? What is the best restaurant you have eaten at lately? Do you have any more vegan restaurant recommendations in the Bay Area for me?

39 comments on “The Best Vegan Restaurants in San Francisco

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Susie @ SuzLyfe on January 28, 2015 7:36 am

Vegan food has certainly come a long way, and San Fran is an excellent place to explore its possibilities. I have difficulty with the vegan thing at times because I can’t do beans very well, or high fat things, but I so appreciate them when they are so beautifully executed.
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Whitney Carney on January 28, 2015 8:19 am

All of this food looks delicious! I love vegan food..but also love cheese. I love your irony. The best and only 100% vegan restaurant I have been to is Mission Savvy in Charleston. I have done a juice cleanse from there before and they also have great food (taco salad with walnut meat..yum!)
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Jessie on January 28, 2015 8:20 am

Not so sure Joshua would be game on visiting this restaurants if we ever happened to be in SF… guess that just means I need a buddy to come with me? :)
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Shashi at RunninSrilankan on January 28, 2015 8:27 am

When I visited San Fran a few years ago, I thought the food was just so much fresher too! I wish I had known about the restaurant serving pumpkin skewers – such a fun idea!

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Sangam on January 28, 2015 8:36 am

Can you take me to all these places when I visit? :)

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jess meddows on January 28, 2015 9:00 am

Okay, I’ve saved this for next time we’re in San Fran. I’m vegan too, and I love the food in San Fran! I think my favourite so far has been Greens – fantastic location as well as food. For comfort food, Soul Groove was nice, too. :)
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Lisa @ RunWiki on January 28, 2015 9:36 am

I was thinking of planning a weekend away in San Fran with my husband- this will be a very useful tool for the dinning out planning. We have fallen in love with a few local Vegan restaurants — Dr. Weils and one down the street from house called Love. It makes my mouth water thinking about them-.
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AJ @ NutriFitMama on January 28, 2015 9:37 am

OMG all the food.! San Francisco is a total foodie city- I love it! I am definitely going to try some vegan food next time I’m out that way- looks like they know what they’re doing out there ;)
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Jill on January 28, 2015 9:54 am

I have been to one vegan restaurant here in Baltimore but it wasn’t the best experience. I didn’t really like the type if food they were serving (barbecued meat alternatives). But I love fresh vegetarian options and everything you photographed looks amazing. I think the west coast has better veg options than over here simply due to the more produce they have available year round.
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Dietitian Jess on January 28, 2015 10:24 am

This is great! I’m going to San Fran in May and love restaurant suggestions from locals :)
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Jessica on January 28, 2015 10:35 am

I want to go to San Fran SO BAD!!!! It’s my next city to travel too and I can’t wait! I’ll def check out these restaurants!
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Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl on January 28, 2015 11:39 am

When I make it to San Francisco one day, I am totally keeping this list in mind. Everything looks and sounds so good!
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Jess @hellotofit on January 28, 2015 1:12 pm

From a small town in VA, I don’t think a vegan restaurant has made it’s way over here yet :P those foods look delish, though! I hear EVERYTHING is better in Cali :) hehe. Happy Wednesday!
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Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine on January 28, 2015 1:14 pm

Seed + Salt sounds awesome! It’s hard to find a vegan/gf place with breakfasts! Looks like DF has some stellar options!
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Cassie on January 31, 2015 9:31 pm

Yeah why is a GF breakfast so hard??

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brittney @ corral b on January 28, 2015 1:15 pm

i love cafe gratitude in berkeley! i haven’t been there since i moved out of california, but they have some great vegan options. i definitely want to try gracias madre next time i’m in the bay area!
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Cassie on January 31, 2015 9:30 pm

Oooh I want to try that one, too!

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Tianna on January 28, 2015 1:46 pm

I haven’t been vegan since high school, but I still enjoy occasional vegan/vegetarian meals and that Japanese vegan restaurant looks awesome! Thanks so much for sharing :)

stop by and chat ♥
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Cassie on January 31, 2015 9:30 pm

I love vegan meals even though I’m not one :)

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Anastasia on January 28, 2015 2:09 pm

I wish I had this list before I went to SF in December because everything looks so good! I ended up eating at Bun Mee and Nopa, both of which were awesome. I loved all the food I had while I was visiting.
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Cassie on January 31, 2015 9:29 pm

I want to go to both! Where else did you eat?

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ganeeban on January 28, 2015 2:17 pm

There is one in Sacramento that is pretty divine. I eat veggie for a week once a month and I’ve stopped there before. They have vegan options too. I get their infamous Sweet Potato sandwich, it’s amazing. We also have a few local vegan bakeries, which coincidentally I actually a dessert from last night. By no means am I a vegan, but I do enjoy their style of eating from time to time. That and I love Vega One products, I’m like a faux vegan sometimes ;) xoxo, ganeeban
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Cassie on January 31, 2015 9:29 pm


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Kay @ Kay Bueno on January 28, 2015 2:23 pm

Ugh. I just want to eat all these again. So delicious.

I need to get myself over to S+S.
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Cassie on January 31, 2015 9:24 pm

Girl tell me when and you know I’m there.

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Ashley @ A Lady Goes West on January 28, 2015 2:53 pm

Oh how I love living in San Francisco and all of our amazing restaurants. I’ve actually never been to a Vegan spot, nor any of the ones you mention. Pumpkin skewers? Yummy! I really have hardly found one bite of food I didn’t like in SF! :)
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Cassie on January 31, 2015 9:24 pm

You have to try them! They are all so great. I also want to go to Verbana – heard they do great veg!

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Erin @ Her Heartland Soul on January 28, 2015 3:24 pm

So jealous of all your restaurants!
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Cassie on January 31, 2015 9:23 pm

I know, how can I ever leave?

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Kim on January 28, 2015 4:34 pm

I need to go to San Fransisco now!!!! I am not vegan, but am vegetarian and all this food looks and sounds amazing!!!!
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Cassie on January 31, 2015 9:10 pm

You wouldn’t have a bad veg meal here! ;)

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Nicole @ Foodie Loves Fitness on January 28, 2015 4:58 pm

Yum, I love Gracias Madre! As a veg myself I obviously love going to all vegan/vegetarian restaurants, but if I’m going with my hubby, I usually try to make sure it’s not too out there hippie dippy because he’s not really into that (I am!)… One time I took him to my favorite vegan restaurant in Amsterdam (I eat there every time I’m there for work – so good!) and I didn’t fully realize until he was there with me how totally funky it is… The owner was making our meals with a baby strapped to him in cloth, people at the table next to us were during drugs, Bob Marley was jamming, and I just looked at him and was like, “Oopsies… but the food is really good!”
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Cassie on January 31, 2015 9:17 pm

My friends whose BFs/husbands are not into vegan places always go with me! We joke they wouldn’t even know if it wasn’t outwardly vegan!

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Farrah on January 28, 2015 7:12 pm

Soo very much agreed with you on the food in CA. I was entirely too spoiled while I was there, and still hoping that I’ll someday make it back there, even if the cost of living is astronomical!

Those pumpkin skewers sound awesome. <3

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Cassie on January 31, 2015 9:16 pm

My dad calls the high cost of living the sunshine tax!

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Mattie @ Comfy & Confident on January 28, 2015 9:21 pm

I don’t typically eat at Vegan restaurants but there is a great one in Boston that I have gone to a few times. The food is great and you would never know it was vegan which is even better.
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GiGi Eats on January 28, 2015 10:03 pm

If I ever go to San Fran with a vegan friend, I will def have to take him/her to one or more of these! I will just have to bring a can of fish ;)
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