Best Vegan/Vegetarian Restaurants in San Francisco

Veg Out
July 21, 2016
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."
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.