Since opening in 1979, Greens Restaurant has been a standard-bearer of fine vegetarian dining fit for foodies, serving vegetarian dishes that use local, organic products and seasonal produce on a daily, changing menu. The restaurant serves a large array of plates with items such as warm salads, cheese platters, risotto, curry, and chocolate desserts. Overlooking the bay, the restaurant has a stunning view of the Golden Gate Bridge, the Marina, and the Marin Headlands. Although Greens is on the pricier side, the food and the service are well worth it, and there is even a to-go counter for pick up orders.
Cha-Ya is a Japanese restaurant serving all vegetarian meals, such as vegetable sushi, fried tofu, curry udon, vegetable tempura, and salads. With big portions, Cha-Ya’s menu is quite large for a solely vegetarian venue, producing more than 40 original items.
Cha-Ya, 762 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA, USA +1 415 252 7825
Serving Mexican cuisine, Gracias Madre is a solely vegan restaurant. It may be hard to imagine good Mexican food without meat, but Gracias Madre shows customers how it’s possible, with dishes such as butternut squash quesadillas, cauliflower tacos, and coconut bacon BLT wraps. All the vegan food at Gracias Madre is made with local, organic produce and is served in large portions. The menu lists items like Nacho Cheese which appear to contain diary, but the restaurant’s cheeses and milks are made with nuts. There is also outdoor seating.
Gracias Madre, 2211 Mission St, San Francisco, CA, USA +1 415 683 1346
Enjoy Vegetarian Restaurant
In both Chinatown and the Inner Sunset, there is Enjoy Vegetarian Restaurant, which offers over 125 mock-meat vegetarian dishes of Chinese classics. Popular menu items for the restaurant include a spinoff of traditional Chinese dishes, instead making them with soy products, yams, or mushrooms, and faux meat and seafood dishes such as the restaurant’s signature items: Mongolian beef, Kung Pao chicken, and Golden Knoll and eggplant with sea bass. Enjoy Vegetarian Restaurant has a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Customers can also order food for pick up or delivery.
Udupi Palace is an Indian restaurant serving up vegetarian dishes from samosas to curries. The restaurant’s specialties are dosas, which are essentially crepes, and uttapams, which are thicker than dosas and similar to a pancake. The South Indian cuisine at Udupi Palace consists of a variety of chutneys, which are dipping sauces, curries, rice, bread, and Indian desserts. The delicious and rich spices in Udupi’s food keeps both meat-eaters and vegetarians coming back for more.
Udupi Palace, 1007 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA, USA +1 415 970 8000
Thai Idea Vegetarian
Thai Idea Vegetarian has an all vegetarian menu featuring Thai dishes. Although the restaurant is located in the Tenderloin, the interior is pristine and matches the plates’ elegant presentation. The menu at Thai Idea Vegetarian does contain classic curry and noodle Thai dishes, but also experiments with some delicious flavor combinations like pumpkin curry and Panang avocado shrimp. In fact, some of the most popular items on their menu are their original creations: Firecracker Balls, which are deep-fried veggie Ahi tuna with spicy sauce, and Wing Bomb, veggie chicken wings.
Thai Idea Vegetarian, 710 Polk St, San Francisco, CA, USA +1 415 440 8344
Golden Era is a vegan and Asian-fusion restaurant that has been in the city since 1999. Golden Era’s food is influenced by Thai, Chinese, and Indian flavors with a menu containing a large selection of dishes such as rice plates, noodles, soups, salads, an extensive beverage list from smoothies and juices to iced tea, and even vegan desserts.
Golden Era, 395 Golden Gate Ave, San Francisco, CA, USA +1 415 487 8687
Shangrila Vegetarian Restaurant
In the Outer Sunset, Shangrila Vegetarian Restaurant is a vegetarian joint that serves Chinese cuisine. Shangrila Vegetarian Restaurant combines traditional and modern dishes by using fresh produce, beans, nuts, tofu, whole grain products, and other natural ingredients to create healthy and delicious vegetarian dishes. With mock meat items, the restaurant’s menu consists of over 100 dishes such as tofu, traditional soups, chow mein, vegetable and rice plates, and other specialty dishes.
The name Ananda Fuara means ‘fountain of delight,’ which was given to the restaurant by Sri Chinmoy, a spiritual teacher, poet, athlete, and musician. Ananda Fuara offers Asian, Indian, and American-inspired vegetarian dishes in a comfortable atmosphere that focuses on meditation and, of course, delicious food.
Ananda Fuara, 1298 Market St, San Francisco, CA, USA +1 415 621 1994
Lucky Creation Vegetarian Restaurant
Lucky Creation Vegetarian Restaurant is a small vegetarian restaurant in Chinatown serving mock meat-style Chinese cuisine. Lucky Creation’s menu has an assortment of soups, noodles in soup, pan-fried noodles, clay pot dishes, rice plates, and a large selection of entrees like imitation meat platters.