Best Vegan/Vegetarian Restaurants in San Francisco

Veg Out
July 21, 2016
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by Zagat Staff

With access to bountiful local produce all year round, no wonder Bay Area chefs find inspiration for beautiful vegetarian dishes here. These top-rated, veggie-centric restaurants find ways to incorporate classic and ethnic flavors into masterful dishes.

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."
Udupi Palace
Indian · The Mission · $$
Food 4.4 · Decor 3.3 · Service 3.9

"Even carnivores love" the vegetarian fare at these "authentic" South Indians serving "huge, spicy uttapams" , "dosas packed with flavor" and other "delicious dishes" ; "don't be fooled" by the shabby exteriors, as there's "fast" , "cheerful" service, a "family-friendly" environment and "unbeatable quality for the price."
The Flying Falafel
Vegan · SoMa · $
Food 4.4 · Decor 2.8 · Service 4.2

"Crispy" , "awesome" falafel is the star at this Mid-Market option for all-vegan Mediterranean and Middle Eastern plates with gluten-free choices; there's "really great service" at the counter, so even if it's "very much a hole-in-the-wall" , the wallet-friendly food is "sooo worth it."
Cha-Ya
Japanese · The Mission · $$
Food 4.3 · Decor 3.6 · Service 3.9

An "absence of pretension and meat" defines these vegan Japanese spots where the "unusual" food is "expertly prepared" and "surprisingly filling" ; though the "decor leaves a lot to be desired" and a few find the dining "a bit bland" , it's "popular with a young crowd" thanks to "reasonable prices."
Gracias Madre
Organic · The Mission · $$
Food 4.2 · Decor 4.1 · Service 4.0

Vegans call this "trendy" Mission cantina a "lifesaver" for serving "innovative" yet "comforting" meatless Mexican eats "without alienating omnivores" by being too "hippie-dippie" ; it's "not a venue for an intimate rendezvous" , but the "fun setting" has its own "allure" , as do moderate prices.