Healthy Dining in Cow Hollow/Marina

June 3, 2015
by Zagat Staff

Eating out doesn't have to put a dent in your diet. Cow Hollow and Marina are full of health-conscious-yet-delicious dining options.

Atelier Crenn
French · Cow Hollow · $$$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.8

Dominique Crenn "stretches the boundaries" of French cooking at this Cow Hollow "treat" , where the "spectacular" tasting menu and "elegantly orchestrated" service are like "a piece of performance art" that makes foodies "swear they’ve died and gone to culinary heaven" ; with only a "low-key, natural" setting and a chef-penned poem to introduce the "enchanted evening" , it’s a "memorable" way "to be surprised at every course" – even at "once-in-a-lifetime" prices.
Greens Restaurant
Vegetarian · Marina District · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.3

"You can taste the Zen" marvel fans of this Marina "vegetarian institution" that transforms "fresh-from-the-garden" organic produce (some from its own Green Gulch Farm) into "outrageously good" , elegantly plated meals that even "satisfy the pickiest meat eaters" ; an "innovative" wine list and "friendly" service in a "serene" setting with "polished wood" and "magnificent" "views overlooking the Golden Gate" seal its status a "consistent winner."
Mediterranean · Cow Hollow · $$$
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.1 · Service 4.2

Regulars "order a lot of small plates to share" at this Cow Hollow Mediterranean where chef Mark Gordon "keeps whipping up delectable new dishes" with "organic and seasonal" leanings; prices can be "fairly high" , but a "romantic interior" and "incredible servers" are part of the package.
Pacific Catch
Seafood · Marina District · $$
Food 4.2 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.1

“Fresh” is the operative word at this “casual” seafood chain offering a “delicious” variety of Pan-Pacific–accented catch – along with signature Hawaiian poke starters – at an “affordable” price point; “handy” locations and “knowledgeable” staffers complete the “pleasant” picture.
The Plant Cafe Organic
Organic · Marina District · $$
Food 4.0 · Decor 3.6 · Service 3.7

Clean-living converts swear by the "tasty" , "organic" Californian cuisine for which these crunchy cafes are known, including "housemade veggie burgers" , "fresh vegetable juices" and other "affordable" staples served in a "cool atmosphere" ; skeptics who insist it's "nothing special" add that service varies from "accommodating" to "spotty" , but the opportunity "to eat out with friends and not blow your diet" is nice "even if you are a meat lover."