The Ultimate San Francisco Vegan Restaurant Guide

Looking for the best vegan restaurants in San Francisco? This collection of plant-based eateries from the mission to the pier will have you covered for breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, dessert, and drinks to end the night.
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A vegan lasagna from BAIA restaurant in San Francisco.
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Discover the vibrant culinary scene of San Francisco with our guide to the best vegan restaurants in the city. Indulge in a diverse array of enticing vegan and vegetarian dishes that showcase the finest in plant-based dining, making this city a haven for those seeking incredible vegan food.

Certain attractions turn up in every San Francisco guidebook. The sea lions at Pier 39, the cable cars, the Golden Gate Bridge, and so on, and so forth. Someone who’s never even set foot on the left coast could probably list the very same roundup of must-see sights and for good reason.

They’re unarguably iconic pieces of the city that add to its unique allure. However, if you only browse the list of the city’s greatest hits, you’ll miss out on richer adventures that would exceed even the most accommodating itinerary.

If you travel like me, mealtimes and restaurants are the most important part of the itinerary. Your options are nearly endless in this vegan-friendly mecca. Here you can stop just about anywhere and grab a bite to eat.

For a truly unforgettable culinary experience, the 100% plant-based establishments here are worth working into your schedule. So let’s explore the best vegan and vegetarian restaurants in San Francisco!

Best San Francisco Vegan Restaurants Guide.

Best Five-Star Vegan Food In San Francisco

Put on your nice shoes and live like a true gourmet! Exceptionally talented chefs are at the forefront of innovative cuisine, crafting meals beyond your wildest dreams. If you only have time for a quick visit, make sure you hit at least one of these bastions of fine vegan dining.


Founded by celebrity chef Matthew Kenney, you’ll find elevated Italian classics like lasagna, pasta, and pizza, plated with the finesse you’d expect of this James Beard Awards Rising Star nominee. Don’t worry about leaving hungry. Hearty plant-based meatballs served over soft polenta and buttery garlic knots make that an utter impossibility.

Peña Pachamama (Vegan Bolivian Raw and Cooked Food)

For dinner and a show, this North Beach institution is your go-to hot spot. Offering a menu of half-raw, half-cooked food, you can savor Bolivian delicacies while enjoying a night of music, dancing, and special performances. Pass the yucca fries and don’t miss a beat!

Shizen (Vegan Sushi Restaurant)

This is how we roll! It’s hands-down the best vegan sushi in SF. Shizen combines classic Japanese Buddhist culinary techniques with local, seasonal ingredients. This combination sushi bar and izakaya makes maki that you must see to believe. Seaweed pearls, spicy tofu, and actual FIRE? Yes! Order the “Candlestick” roll for a real showstopper that comes to your table spouting actual flames. Shizen SF is a must-visit spot.

Vegan sushi from Shizen sushi restaurant in San Francisco.
Vegan sushi photo credit: @ShizenSF on Instagram


Emphasizing seasonal ingredients with a vegetable-forward menu, this is California cuisine at its best. This is my personal favorite “special occasion” restaurant for celebrations. They offer plenty of botanically blended cocktails to raise a toast with. Even if you don’t have a budget to feast, make sure you go for happy hour to take advantage of discounted bites and drinks.

Delicious And Healthy Vegan Food In SF

Eat well, be well, and enjoy every bite! You can get great meals that won’t weigh you down while still treating your taste buds.

Beloved Café

Deeply nourishing smoothies and superfood bowls are the main draws to this serene oasis in the bustling Mission District. Even if all you do is sit at the hand-carved wooden bar and take in a pot of herb tea, you’ll feel fully recharged from the zen atmosphere.

Cha-Ya SF (Vegan Japanese Restaurant)

From curry udon to stuffed miso-glazed eggplant, the flavors here are rich, not heavy. This family-operated vegan Japanese restaurant crafts contemporary Buddhist cuisine that everyone can appreciate. The Creamy Yasai noodle soup is one of my favorite soups of all time. Cha-ya also has a second location in Berkeley, California on Shattuck Avenue.

Vegan dishes from Cha-ya SF Vegan Japanese Restaurant in San Francisco.

The Happy Vegan

Looking for no gluten, soy, or GMOs? No problem! Though it’s pickup and delivery only, you don’t need to sit down before devouring these loaded bagel sandwiches and toasts. Order ahead for truly fast food that you won’t regret later.


A throwback to the hippie era of the 70s, you’ll find green juices, hot soup, raw desserts, and sprouts galore. Grab an acai bowl and take a hike. You’re just steps away from Land’s End for a hike or Ocean Beach for surfing on a nice day. This spot is a vegan raw food lover’s dream!

Vegan waffles and a burrito from Judalicious restaurant in San Francisco.

Nourish Café

This cafe is home to healthy salads, hearty grain bowls, and baked goods made without refined flours or sugars. Located in two outposts across the city, it may sound spartan at first but makes no concessions when it comes to flavor. The grilled cheese sandwiches made with fresh pesto and tomatoes are downright decadent. The almond cake, drenched in chocolate ganache, is ultra-moist and utterly crave-worthy right down to the last crumb.

Wholesome Bakery (Vegan Bakery)

Best known for their decadent cakes, soft cookies, and buttery scones, you’d never know that these treats are all gluten-free and have no refined sugars. If you forget to leave room for dessert, don’t worry; they also ship their treats nationwide.

Vegan Casual Fare And Comfort Food Classics

From nostalgic, homestyle dishes to simple sandwiches, you can fulfill all your comfort food cravings, no matter how mainstream or obscure. Head to the San Francisco hills to find these treasures.


If you love vegan brunch and all-day breakfast, then you’ll love this plant-based restaurant where everything is made in house. Choose from breakfast burritos, french toast, bagels and cream cheese, hash cakes, and more. Enjoy an extensive selection of single-origin, pour-over coffee, tea, and juices.

Loving Hut

This worldwide vegan restaurant chain with over 200 locations has one independent outpost that calls San Francisco home. The extensive menu runs the gamut from Vietnamese to Chinese, with a dose of classic American fare in the mix. Spoon into steaming bowls of vegan pho while your dining companions dig into pesto noodles. Even for the indecisive diner, you really can have it all!

Mr. Charlie’s

If you miss the nostalgic memories of eating at McDonald’s, you can have that again—but without the cruelty. Check out Mr. Charlie’s for similarly branded but completely vegan burgers, fries, and sandwiches. Grab a “Not a Double Double” cheeseburger, Not Chicken Nuggets, Big Chuck (with two Impossible patties, and Not a Chicken Sandwich to satisfy your fast-food cravings.

Next Level Burger / Next Level Clucker

Starting a revolution with burgers and shakes, this national chain now features a twin concept that focuses on plant-based chicken as well. They’re both housed in the same Whole Foods Market so it’s one-stop shopping for your kale, fries, and nuggets.

Rad Radish

Drop into this fast-casual restaurant located in the Hayes Valley District for delicious vegan comfort food. Grab a breakfast sandwich made with JUST Egg, vegan cheese, and your choice of tempeh bacon or Beyond Sausage. Choose from several signature pizzas, truffled mac and cheese, an Impossible Burger, a crispy chick’n sandwich, oat milk-based soft serve, and much more.

VeganBurg (Vegan Fast Food Burger Restaurant)

Hailing from Singapore, this is the first US location for the burgeoning vegan burger chain. They’re on a mission to make fast food sustainable. They’ve succeeded with their variety of plant-based patties, rich sauces, and toppers, with loaded fries on the side.

Veganburg offers a vegan kid’s meal and a bright, modern, and clean ambiance. They are located right at Haight and Ashbury in San Francisco. The founder of VeganBurg, Alex Tan, is one of the sweetest human beings on the planet. Don’t forget to grab a cone of plant-based soft serve for dessert!

Vegan Mob (Vegan Soul Food)

Taking the Bay Area by storm, you can now find a food truck with the same smoky, slow-cooked BBQ proteins roving the Mission District for a quick fix. Get a combo plate to try a bite of as many sides as possible, because they’re all delicious. Their original location is right across the bay in Oakland, California.

A vegan fried chicken and grilled cheese sandwich from Vegan Mob restaurant in San Francisco.
Vegan soul food photo Credit: @OfficialVeganMob on Instagram

Best Choices For Global Cuisine In The Bay Area

When you’ve got a craving for adventure but don’t want to leave The Golden City, you can get a taste of the whole world right within this 7×7-mile peninsula.

Enjoy Vegetarian Restaurant

Although vegetarian is in the restaurant name, be assured that their expansive menu is indeed all-vegan! Enjoy dishes with mock bbq pork, chicken, tofu, prawns, soy sea bass, spare ribs, and taro lamb. Choose from a large appetizer selection, several Chef Specials, tofu-based dishes, spicy entrees, and noodle and rice-based delights.

Golden Era Vegan Restaurant

It’s the golden age of plant-based foods, and it’s always been that way in this gleaming Civic Center Asian-fusion eatery.

The lemongrass deluxe vegetarian meat dish from Golden Era Vegan Restaurant in San Francisco.
Photo credit: @golden.era.vegan on Instagram

IndoChine Vegan

Craving sizzling teriyaki vegan chicken and sushi rolls? Add a side of kale salad and a tall glass of Thai iced tea, and you’ve found your new favorite spot. For the best experience, invite a group to tackle the extensive menu and enjoy a wider range of dishes.

Lucky Creation (Vegan Dim Sum)

Get your dim sum and then sum when you visit San Francisco’s Chinatown. There’s perhaps no place else on earth where you can get Taro Fish, which is a fried taro root shaped to look like whole sea bass, served family-style. Everyone should be so lucky as to eat here at least once. Any of the entrées are enough for two meals but save room for dessert! The cheesecakes are legendary.

Even if you do leave your heart in San Francisco, don’t leave your appetite at home! The dynamic culinary scene ensures a new and exciting dining experience every time.

Om Sabor

Located in Phonobar, this Latin International Fusion restaurant offers an impressive menu. Enjoy their jackfruit crab cakes, ceviche tostadas or clam chowder (made with oyster mushrooms), truffle mac and cheese, and Impossible Burger with crispy string onions, coconut cheese, and salsa macha aioli!

Sky Cafe

This all-vegan restaurant offers comfort food classics and international dishes. Its rotating menu includes items like a chicken and waffle sandwich, laing (Phillipino dish), pad gra pow (Thai dish), a banh mi with teriyaki tofu, wet burritos, North African “lamb” kebabs, Korean kimchi fried rice, and Japanese Chicken katsu. It’s a perfect spot for those looking to expand their palates and learn more about global cusine!

Thai Idea (Vegan Thai Restaurant)

Thai it, you’ll like it! Indulge your cravings without the fear of fish sauce or shrimp paste holding you back; there are only plant-based proteins in this kitchen. You can’t go wrong with any of the standard curries or noodle stir-fries, but you must try the Wing Bomb appetizer, which are crispy vegan drumsticks glazed in a sticky, sweet, and spicy sauce.

Sadly Closed Doors

Above Ground

Sadly this spot closed in 2021, but we wanted to share it as a historical reference of a beautiful vegan eatery. Brought to you by the masterminds behind Millennium Restaurant, this was their more casual spin-off in the style of a speakeasy, complete with an unassuming, graffiti-covered entryway and low, romantic lighting. The pizzas were their claim to fame, made with thin, darkly blistered crusts and bubbling cashew cheese. Above Ground is dearly missed!

Gracias Madre

The first completely plant-based establishment to put down roots in the storied Mission District, Gracias Madre, has sadly closed their doors after 16 years. They still have two other locations in southern California so make sure to stop by when you’re in LA! Try their handmade tortillas with caramelized onion and sweet potato flautas, soy chorizo tacos, and so much more. Go for brunch to enjoy a horchata latte and keep the good energy flowing.

More Vegan-Friendly Restaurants In San Francisco

San Francisco has you covered when it comes to vegan-friendly restaurants. These options offer a diverse array of plant-based dining options for those seeking delicious vegan and vegetarian fare. Options may change depending on seasons and menu updates, so be sure to check the menu before you head out!

  • Bizza – Choose from several vegan signature pizzas from this pizzeria with toppings like vegan buffalo chicken, pepperoni, steak, ham, bacon, and mushrooms.
  • Burma Superstar – This Burmese restaurant offers several clearly marked vegan dishes like firecracker cauliflower, fried silken tofu, eggplant with garlic sauce, and Burmese fried rice.
  • Chisme Cantina – This Mexican Fusion restaurant serves all-day breakfast with vegan options like fried plantain and jackfruit tacos. Other vegan tacos and burritos are clearly marked with lots of options!
  • Cybelle’s Front Room – This Italian restaurant offers plenty of vegan sandwiches, calzones, pizza, and more.
  • Dinosaurs – This Vietnamese establishment offers sandwiches with vegan fillings like crispy tofu, taro, and portobello mushrooms.
  • Dragoneats – Order a teriyaki tofu vegan banh mi, bowl, or salad at this Vietnamese restaurant.
  • Hinodeya Ramen – This chain ramen bar offers plenty of vegan items like their popular creamy ramen and appetizers like spinach gyoza and veggie tempura.
  • Moya – This Ethiopian restaurant offers a vegan platter, fluffy injera, and chickpea stew.
  • New Eritrea – This Eritrean and Ethiopian restaurant has a vegan section on its menu with plenty of lentil-based stews and vegetables.
  • Oren’s Hummus – If you are craving Middle Eastern food, the menu here has clearly marked vegan items like a hummus bowl, lentil soup, and vegetable skewers.
  • Patxi’s Pizza – Offers a vegan deep-dish pizza, vegan cheese, and plenty of vegan toppings.
  • Señor Sisig – This Mexican-Filipino Fusion restaurant offers a wide array of menu options with tofu as the protein.
  • St. Francis Fountain and Candy – This old-fashioned candy shop offers several vegan options which include burgers, sandwiches, diner-style breakfasts, pancakes, and milkshakes.
  • Sweet Basil Thai Cuisine – Although the menu includes meat, lots of dishes here can be made vegan, and there is a separate vegan menu.
  • Taco Boys – This Mexican restaurant has a separate vegan menu with burritos, tacos, nachos, and quesadillas.
  • The Thonglor SF Thai Restaurant – This Asian restaurant has a separate vegan and vegetarian section on its menu and includes plenty of tofu and vegetable dishes, as well as rice and noodles.

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We hope you enjoyed this guide sharing the best vegan restaurants San Francisco, California has to offer! If we missed any of your favorite San Francisco vegan restaurants, please show them some love in the comments below. Many thanks to Hannah Kaminsky for her help with this article. Video by Michelle Cehn and Toni Okamoto. Cover photo credit: BAIA.

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  1. Andrea Rogozinski says:

    Gracias Madre is permanently closed in the mission district. In Southern California now. ☹️

    • Oh no, I’m sorry to hear that! We will update this information, thanks for letting us know!

  2. Wow, I didn’t realize how many wonderful sounding vegan restaurants can be found in San Francisco! If you ever go a little a more north to Sonoma County, check out the all vegan comfort food restaurant Cozy Plum Bistro!

    • Eric Wheeling says:

      Great list! I would add one, although it’s not technically SF, but bordering, in South San Francisco. Sky Cafe is a casual, laid back spot right in downtown SSF. All vegan with bohemian cafe vibes, a tasty global menu, and live jazz 3 times a week. Weekend brunch is Saturdays and Sundays. You’ve gotta try the vegan eggs benedict. They’re the only place in the Bay with the Yo Eggs poached egg and vegan spam benedict. Happy eating!

    • Thanks so much for the suggestion, Spencer! Cozy Plum Bistro is such a great name for a restaurant.

  3. Love these guides super helpful

  4. I’ve never been to San Francisco, but I know which guide I’ll be printing out when I do go! Super helpful!

  5. Absolutely love this. So so helpful for a future trip! Thank you!

  6. I always look forward to eating as much as I can when I go back to SF! RIP Herbivore, though!!

  7. You forgot Om Sabor, an SF all vegan pop up staple with Latin International fusion that now has a restaurant on the same block as BAIA, check it out!

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