The Best Vegan Restaurants In The Bay Area, San Francisco

Hannah Grace

The Bay Area offers one of the most vegan-friendly food scenes in the country. The plentiful vegan restaurants in San Francisco and beyond produce all types of cuisine, from Chinese to Mexican and desserts. Staying away from animal products, vegan restaurants use plenty of vegetables, fruits, and delicious plant-based meat substitutes. Everyone, including meat lovers, can find something delicious at these vegan restaurants; you may even forget that you are eating vegan!

Herbivore Restaurant

1. Herbivore

Restaurant, Vegan

Herbivore will serve you a vegan breakfast, lunch or dinner as well as drinks and snacks. The restaurant has two locations in San Francisco plus one in Berkeley, and they all boast an extensive menu filled with food for a variety of tastes. From freshly squeezed carrot juice to spicy buffalo ‘chicken’ bites to ravioli with artichoke and spinach, this restaurant has something for everyone. It is a haven for vegans because of its extensive menu; where else can you find a gluten-free, vegan ‘raw raspberry cheesecake’ or a vegan blueberry-banana milkshake?

2. Millenium Restaurant

Restaurant, Healthy

Among its seemingly countless accolades, Millenium Restaurant has been named one of the Top 25 Vegetarian/Vegan Restaurants by the Huffington Post and the best vegetarian restaurant in the world by the Daily Meal. Though it is pricier than many other options in the area, this San Francisco restaurant seems to live up to the hype. Lime leaf coconut curry, sweet potato pupusas, and a kale mint chip ice cream sundae are among the few but eclectic, unique menu items that Millenium offers.

3. Gracias Madre

Restaurant, Dessert Shop, Mexican, Vegan

Enchiladas at Gracias Madre
© Jules Morgan
Gracias Madre totally debunks the idea that good Mexican food must include carnitas, ground taco meat, and carne asada. The restaurant’s menu includes delicious quesadillas with sweet potato, onions, cashew cheese, and pumpkin seed salsa; tacos with mushrooms, asparagus, and broccoli; and, of course, an entirely vegan flan. The restaurant is located in the Mission and contains understated but beautiful wooden tables and chairs, warm lighting, and a bustling but relaxed atmosphere. They do not take reservations, but the food here is well worth the wait.

4. Garden Fresh Chinese Vegan Cuisine

Restaurant, Chinese, Vegan

While many restaurants in downtown Palo Alto boast hour-long waits for dinner and interiors that could also function as art galleries, Garden Fresh is a great find with its outdoor string lights, small yet functional interior, and friendly wait staff. While meat lovers may need some convincing to try the entirely vegan ‘Veggie Ham’ or ‘Orange Veggie Chicken’, eating at Garden Fresh will surprise even the most seasoned of steak lovers. The restaurant has an extensive menu, including vegan prawns, and the service is quick and pleasant. Garden Fresh also has two locations in Mountain View.

5. Cinnaholic

Bakery, Vegan, American

Customers at Cinnaholic often leave thinking, ‘Are you sure that was vegan?’ After picking from an extensive list of both icings and toppings (think almond icing with chocolate chips, or chocolate icing with intense cookie dough) you will receive a glorious cinnamon bun that puts Pillsbury to shame. The bakery even has ‘baby buns’ if you are not hungry enough for a full-size masterpiece. The small bakery has an orange awning and smells wonderful. Located close to the University of California, Berkeley campus as well as near many other restaurants, Cinnaholic makes the perfect end to an afternoon in the city.

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