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July 9, 2018
Tasty tofu skewers at Greens Restaurant. Photo courtesy of Greens Restaurant.

8 Vegan Restaurants in San Francisco You Have to Try

With 40 percent of Bay Area land dedicated to farming, San Francisco has always been spoiled with an abundance of delicious, organic plants. That's why vegan visitors should be extra excited to dine in San Francisco. Whether you're in the mood for a (vegan) burger and fries or a fine dining experience overlooking the bay, San Francisco will wow you with its vegan-friendly options. Here are our picks for the best vegan dining in San Francisco.

Ananda Fuara (1298 Market St.) 

The name of this restaurant, which means “fountain of delight,” was given by the spiritual teacher Sri Chinmoy. In honor of his philosophy, Ananda Fuara strives to serve its food in an atmosphere of tranquility. Vegan and “vegan upon request” options are clearly labeled on the menu, which focuses on modestly priced curries and sandwiches. One popular specialty are their baked potatoes, available with several hot curry toppings. The long list of elaborate vegan desserts are worth a trip all on their own. Try the cardamom rose cake, the gluten-free chocolate peanut butter crinkles, or the award-winning chocolate cake. Ananda Fuara is one block from Civic Center station, serviced by both Muni and BART.

Enjoy Vegetarian Restaurant (839 Kearny St.) 

Named one of CNN Travel’s Best American Chinese Restaurants in 2017, Enjoy adheres to both kosher and Buddhist food preparation guidelines. Their menu is mostly vegan, with some classic Chinese meat-based dishes reproduced with soy products. The hot and sour soup is excellent. They are open for lunch and dinner, and also offer online ordering and catering. The California Street cable car passes just three blocks south of the restaurant, and the 8 Muni bus runs right down Kearny Street.

Golden Era Vegan Restaurant (395 Golden Gate Ave.) 

This Civic Center restaurant serves Vietnamese, Indian, Thai and Chinese food for modest prices. Golden Era pleases vegan diners who are fond of traditional Asian recipes because it re-creates the meat ingredients by using soy and spices. Their dessert menu is unusually extensive for an Asian restaurant. Golden Era is just three blocks from the Civic Center Station, serviced by Muni and BART.

Greens Restaurant (2 Marina Boulevard , Fort Mason, Building A)

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This classic vegetarian mecca was named one of the Bay Area’s top 25 restaurants by Zagat in 2015, and it’s easy to see why. Originally opened as part of the city’s Zen Center, Greens sits at a gorgeous location overlooking the San Francisco Bay and the Golden Gate Bridge. The individual attention offered by this fine restaurant means that many dishes appearing on the menu can be made vegan upon request. The Spring Thai Red Curry with mesquite-grilled Hodo Soy tofu is a perennial favorite, and chef Annie Somerville prepares it with organic vegetables from the farm that has supplied the restaurant for 30 years. Greens will be reopening in August 2018 after some necessary repairs. The 43 Muni bus makes a loop into Fort Mason. 

Indochine Vegan (508 Valencia St.)

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Indochine draws on culinary traditions from across Asia and presents its all-vegan menu in a vibrant Mission District setting. The wide range of choices include over a dozen types of vegetable rolls, as well as many varieties of nigiri, clay pot and noodle offerings. One popular option is the Spicy ChaCha, morsels of yam swathed in crumbs and deep-fried with spices and bell peppers. You can get to Indochine by taking the J line Muni streetcar to 16th and Church Streets or by taking BART to 16th and Mission Streets.

leCupboard Café (1298 Church St.)

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This breakfast and lunch cafe in Noe Valley features a selection of carefully sourced and assembled vegan dishes. Its breakfast parfaits are unique, including one with coconut yogurt and Medjool dates, walnuts, activated almond butter and sprouted whole grain rolled barley seksu. leCupboard Cafe has a thriving catering business, as well as a number of automated vending locations throughout the area. One-dish lunches are bright and imaginative, with affordable prices. leCupboard Café is one block from the J line Muni station at Church and Clipper Streets.

Shizen Vegan Sushi Bar and Izakaya (370 14th St.)

All dishes at this upscale spot are vegan, served in artistic arrangements almost too beautiful to eat. The green mango nigiri with citrus avocado puree is worth a try, as is the “Plot Twist” tempura roll with sweet potato, smoked bean curd, pickled mango, tomato, onion, yuzu, shiso, and jalapeño. Shizen is one of the Bay Area’s most acclaimed vegan restaurants and they don’t take reservations, so there's often a wait to be seated. However, their app lets you know where you are in the list, and there’s plenty of interesting shopping in the vicinity. Shizen is close to the 16th Street BART station. The 14 and 19 Muni bus lines will get you there, too.

VeganBurg (1466 Haight St.)

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The “world’s first 100% plant-based burger joint” offers a luscious array of a dozen vegan burger variations, including a soy-free version made with brown rice and artichokes. Side dishes include french fries with sauces like jalapeno aioli or creamy garlic sauce, and soft-serve frozen dessert cones. Everything on the menu is completely vegan. The 6, 7 and 43 Muni bus lines will drop you near this Haight-Ashbury favorite. 

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