- Adriana Jones
San Francisco has the most restaurants per capita in the United States, and being an environmentally conscious city it makes sense that the area is full of restaurants that encapsulate the eco-friendly and sustainable mindset. Here are the top eco-friendly restaurants in the city.
The Perennial is committed to being part of the movement towards environmental sustainability, especially in regards to farming and food. The restaurant opened in January and has continued to progress environmentally, as every part of the restaurant serves its purpose, all the way down to the food scraps, which are sent back to their farm to be composted.
The Perennial, 59 9th St, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415 500 7788
The Plant Cafe Organic
One of San Francisco’s most well known eco-friendly restaurants, The Plant Cafe Organic has multiple locations around the city and Bay Area. The menu is designed to be environmentally friendly and take sustainable agriculture into account, as well as being friendly to every sort of diet. The menu has a wide range of types of food, enough to accommodate the pickiest eater, and a large number of locations makes it easy to frequent.
The Plant Cafe Organic, Pier 3, The Embarcadero #108, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415 984 0437
Located in the Marina district, Greens is a vegetarian farm-to-table restaurant. The produce for the restaurant is from the Green Gulch Farm in Marin County, as well as other local farmers, and the restaurant itself is built from sustainable materials, including locally crafted chairs and a gigantic redwood sculpture. The menu is seasonal, and the restaurant also has a greens-to-go section for anyone in a hurry.
Greens Restaurant, A, Fort Mason, 2 Marina Blvd, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415 771 6222
Not only is Mixt Greens dedicated to providing top-notch food for their customers, but they also believe in sharing their sustainable philosophies with everyone who visits. With six different locations just in San Francisco, Mixt Greens is the perfect place to stop in for a healthy and sustainable meal on the go as the menu is made up of salads, grain bowls, and sandwiches that can be easily transported.
Mixt Greens, 120 Sansome St, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415 296 8009
Hog Island Oyster Bar
As surprising as it may seem that an oyster bar could be at the top of a sustainability list, the Hog Island Oyster Bar is actually one of San Francisco’s most eco-friendly restaurant locations. The restaurant is centered around a sustainable aquaculture oyster farming practice that involves a partnership with UC Davis to research ocean acidification. The San Francisco branch is located in the Ferry Building and overlooks the water, the perfect location for this sustainable restaurant.
Hog Island Oyster Bar, 1 Sausalito – San Francisco Ferry Bldg, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415 391 7117
Sushi often falls into a less eco-friendly category since fish is difficult to sustainably source, but Tataki Sushi was founded with this in mind. With a menu that is constantly changing because of changes in the availability and endangerment of fish, Tataki fights the traditional sushi menu that often features overfished ingredients. The restaurant also avoids the use of fish caught by any means that would result in bycatch, making it one of the few sushi places in the area that does so.
Tataki Sushi, 2827 California St, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415 931 1182
With a strong connection to local farmers and recycled materials, Outerlands sports a sustainable mindset that helps drive the restaurant’s menu and staff. A highly popular brunch location, Outerlands is making sustainability more accessible for all of its customers by using local resources whenever it can. From sirloin steak to potato dumplings, the menu at Outerlands varies greatly and features something for everyone.
Outerlands, 4001 Judah St, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415 661 6140
Sister restaurant to NOPA, Nopalito shares many of the same local and sustainable purveyors with its sibling. The farms and sources from which they create their meals can all be found online and include everything from produce to their tequila sources. With two different locations, Nopalito offers fantastic Mexican cuisine without any worries about sustainability.
Nopalito, 306 Broderick St, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415 437 0303
The most sustainable of San Francisco’s many pizza joints, Pauline’s Pizza has ingredients that are sourced from their own farm in Berkeley, as well as from the Star Canyon Ranch. The restaurant also has its own wine bar, also locally sourced from organic grapes at their vineyard at Star Canyon Ranch. For your next pizza venture, try Pauline’s Pizza; with handmade dough and nightly specials, it’s worth a taste.
Pauline’s Pizza, 260 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415 552 2050
Part of the W Hotel, TRACE serves Californian cuisine in a modern and well-designed setting. Not only does the restaurant sustainably and locally source all of its ingredients, but it also offers a wine list that contains organic and biodynamic wines. The menu rotates with the seasons and options for many different diets can be found on the menu. The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as weekend brunch, and reservations can be made online.
TRACE, 181 3rd St, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415 817 7836
Located in the Orchard Garden Hotel (one of San Francisco’s most environmentally conscious hotels), Roots serves breakfast in an environmentally friendly space. The produce is locally and sustainably sourced, and the restaurant itself is eco-friendly, incorporating recycled elements into its carpet and furniture, as well as using energy-efficient lighting. The menu is fairly traditional, and the cozy space is perfect for a casual breakfast.
Roots, 466 Bush St, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415 659 0349