San Francisco is littered with ‘healthy’ restaurants, great for anyone with dietary restrictions or thoses just trying to be good. This list highlights some of the best of the best restaurants in the area.
Cafe, Vegan, $$$
'Tuna Salad' at Nourish Cafe | Courtesy of Nourish Cafe
Located in the Inner Richmond district, Nourish Cafe offers fully plant-based meals in a welcoming atmosphere. From acai bowls to veggie wraps, there are plenty of amazing options at the restaurant, and their chocolate chip cookies are simply divine if you’re looking for an alternative to traditional baked goods.
Mostly known for their upscale toast (no joke, it’s really amazing!), Seed + Salt is a vegan, gluten free restaurant that offers many other delicious dishes. From beet burgers to falafel to daily homemade gluten free desserts, it won’t be difficult for you to to find something you’ll enjoy. Seed + Salt offers delivery and is committed to creating good-for-you food and supporting local producers.
With multiple locations around San Francisco and the Bay Area, the Plant Cafe is a great place to grab a quick meal. The cafe serves everything from breakfast burritos and scrambles to turkey burgers and kale salad, and has gluten free and vegan options which are clearly marked.
In the heart of the Mission, Gracias Madre is a treat for anyone who loves healthy Mexican food. Its patrons are often surprised by the fact that the whole menu is vegan, but never disappointed by the quality of the food. As this is one of San Francisco’s most popular vegan restaurants, make sure to either make a reservation or be prepared to wait for a little while.
This fully vegan sushi place is not only phenomenal, but highly original. The atmosphere is wonderful and welcoming, and like many good restaurants in San Francisco, you will have to wait to get in. The menu includes basic vegan sushi items such as avocado and cucumber rolls, but it also features items like the ‘Surprise Ending,’ which is a kind of Russian roulette plate, one of the pieces of sushi is spicy, and it is up to you to figure out which one. Whoever ends up with the spicy piece has to take a shot, so watch out!
San Francisco is crawling with fresh and pressed juice stores, but Urban Remedy is a literally refreshing exception to some of the super-trendy spots. Serving to-go meals as well as juice, don’t skip Urban Remedy if you’re looking for a clean, quick meal. There is also a small location in the Ferry Building, which is the perfect place to grab your lunch (and your dessert, as it is right next to Pepple’s Donuts, one of San Francisco’s best vegan donut shops).
Cha-Ya is a popular spot that serves vegan Japanese food, favorite items include its cha-ya and starlight rolls as well as their soba salad, but none of these will disappoint. Though Cha-Ya is friendly and welcoming environment, it can be busy, so prepare for a wait. This spot is cash only, so be sure to go to the bank before you go into order to avoid their in-store ATM fees.
While many of the healthy restaurants in San Francisco include vegan or plant-based ones, Reverb is one which succeeds in its healthy and sustainable mission without sacrificing meat. It’s the perfect compromise for friends of vegans, because they have varied options for both veggie lovers and meat lovers. If you’re not vegan, treat yourself and get the donuts for dessert.
Each week, Green Heart Foods changes their main blue plate meal and salads and posts the specials on Facebook and Twitter. From pork shoulder to veggie and acai bowls, there is something here for everyone. The restaurant is also available for private parties and cooking classes, as they say, ‘everyone always ends up in the kitchen at parties, why not just start there?’
Anyone on a vegan or gluten free diet will swoon over the menu at Judahlicious. Want pancakes? Check. Also craving waffles? Check. Breakfast burrito too? Check, and those are just the breakfast options! Not only will Judahlicious take care of your body with their delicious and healthy foods, they also watch out for the environment as a member of the San Francisco Green Business Program.