San Francisco has more than 3,000 places to grab a bite to eat, and a large number of them offer vegan dishes. You will also find several wonderful exclusively vegan restaurants in San Francisco.
On this list, you will find some of my favorite vegan places, all of which have a large selection of dishes.
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Greens is without a doubt our favorite upscale vegan restaurant in San Francisco. Chef Deborah Madison started it in 1979 with the plan to feature local ingredients and create dishes that surpassed any meal in the world.
My husband and I love going here since we know that we will have great food, tasty drinks, incredible service and some of the best views of the bay and the Golden Gate Bridge all at the same time.
Most of the dishes here are vegetarian, but you'll notice on the menu which ones can be converted to vegan. During our last visit, I'd estimate more than half of the menu items can easily be turned into vegan dishes.
Some of our favorites include Empanadas Salvadorenos, Green Gulch Little Gem Wedge Salad, and Szechuan Braised Tofu.
With their fantastic service, views, and fresh dishes, there is no question why this is my favorite place for a tasty vegan meal.
Average price: $6 - $15 for small plates; $11 - $18 for first course; $21 - $32 for main course
Address: Building A, 2 Marina Blvd in the Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture
Gracias Madre is a Mexican restaurant that focuses on local, organic vegan cuisine. Their food is delicious and their menu extensive, starting with the best guacamole in town to their delicious enchiladas con mole.
They are open every day for both lunch and dinner from 11 am to 9 pm, and brunch on weekends from 11 am to 3 pm.
Don't miss out on their great drink menu and the happy hour specials on weekdays from 3 pm to 6 pm.
Average Price: $11 to $15
Address: 2211 Mission Street
This Asian-fusion vegan restaurant is another great find in the Mission District. They serve up a large selection os dishes, including Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese, and Japanese-inspired cuisine.
Many of their dishes include organic tofu or soy protein in addition to fresh, local veggies. Their eggplant tofu is amazing, and I also recommend trying their basil mushroom dish.
Indochine Vegan is open every day except Monday, for lunch from 12 pm to 3 pm, and for dinner from 5 pm to 10 pm. Check out their daily specials.
Average Price: $11 - $14
Address: 508 Valencia Street
Ananda Fuara is another one of the best vegan restaurants in San Francisco. You will find this one in the Civic Center District.
They serve classic American fare, including salads, sandwiches, and dinner plates (served all day long). Almost everything on their menu is listed as vegetarian but can be turned into a vegan dish.
I love their chicken pesto wrap and I often order their famous "neatloaf" sandwich. They are open Tuesday through Sunday from 11 am to 8 pm, and on Sundays from 11 am to 3 pm. Closed Mondays.
They also offer a special brunch menu on Saturday and Sunday mornings.
Average Price: $11 to $14
Address: 1298 Market Street
District: Civic Center
This fully vegan sushi bar is perfect for those who love the taste of sushi and want to keep their commitment to being vegan.
How do they make their dishes vegan? They use mountain yams, konjac (a root vegetable), soybean curd, and other vegan ingredients. The art they create is what makes it one of the top vegan restaurants in San Francisco.
You must check out their original rolls, including the Boddy & Soul, the Candlestick, and the Proud Peacock. I also love to order their dish called Surprise Ending. It includes a single plate, with pieces of sushi that look exactly alike. However, some are hot, and some are mild. Each time you sample one, you will be surprised at the ending.
Shizen is open every day for dinner, from 5 pm to 9 pm (from 4 pm on weekends).
Average Price: Rolls range from $6 - 17
Address: 370 14th Street
District: Mission District
Not only is this one of the more affordable vegan restaurants in San Francisco, it's great Vietnamese food. None of the fresh, herby flavors of traditional Vietnamese dishes are compromised by featuring vegan ingredients.
Check out their amazing take on spring rolls, spicy noodle soup, and lemongrass "chicken." They've also got plenty of gluten-free options.
Open every day from 11 am to 7:30 pm.
Average Price: $10 - $13 per plate
Address: 395 Golden Gate Avenue
District: Civic Center
The Loving Hut in San Francisco is part of the largest chain of vegan restaurants in the world, but this franchise is family-owned and offers a menu that varies from other Loving Huts in other major cities.
The focus here really is the food and not the atmosphere, although its location in the Inner Sunset makes for the perfect hearty vegan meal after wandering around Golden Gate Park.
Open every day except Tuesday from 11 am to 9 pm.
Average Price: $13 for rice plates, $15 - $17 for main dishes
Address: 524 Irving Street
District: Inner Sunset
This local family-owned favorite introduced vegan food to Chinatown and has since opened a second location. They draw their inspiration from Buddhist roots.
The extremely varied menu offers more than 100 delicious dishes to choose from, mostly vegan and some vegetarian. They manage to achieve authentic Chinese flavors with absolutely no onion, garlic, or MSG in any of their food.
Open every day, for lunch from 11 am to 2:30 pm, and for dinner from 5 pm to 9 pm. The Sunset location is closed on Mondays.
Average Price: $14 - $17 for main dishes
This delightful, colorful gem in the heart of the city is not strictly vegan, as they do serve some dishes with meat. However, they are really known for their amazing vegan tacos.
Choose from fried jackfruit, eggplant, or plantain. Any of these is a winner. They also serve up some nice side dishes that can be made vegan and/or gluten free.
Open every day except Sundays from 11:30 am to 9 pm.
Average Price: $11.50 for a plate of two vegan tacos
Address: 882 Sutter Street
District: Lower Nob Hill
Cha-Ya, one of the best vegan restaurants in San Francisco, specializes in contemporary Japanese cuisine. Based on a Zen Buddhist diet, everything they serve here tastes fresh and healthy.
Apart from their vegan sushi rolls, they are known for their stuffed eggplant tempura, sukiyaki, and noodle soups.
They are closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, but open Wednesday through Friday from 5 pm to 8 pm, and on weekends from 12 noon to 8 pm.
Average Price: $14 - $16
Address: 762 Valencia Street
If you didn't think a completely plant-based menu could satisfy your cravings for that classic creamy Italian pasta, or a perfectly baked pizza with cheese, think again.
BAIA is one of the more chic, upscale vegan restaurants in San Francisco. While it is pricier than the other places on this list, they've successfully reinvented Italian comfort food, and it's really worth it for a special treat and a fun night out.
Open every day for dinner from 5 pm to 9 pm, and additionally for brunch on weekends from 11 am to 2:30 pm.
Average Price: Pastas and pizzas starting at $18; five-course fixed menu at $95 per person
Address: 300 Grove Street
District: Hayes Valley
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