Thinking about a vegan cleanse for spring, or a full-on plant-based conversion? The Bay Area's bountiful veg-based dining destinations mean you don't need to limit your social life or breakup with Postmates just because you're committing to vegetables.
From raw vegan breakfast bowls in the Marina to hearty Mexican in the heart of the Mission, the range of local vegan options has you covered, from cleanse-friendly to comfort classics.
This gorgeous, walk-in only restaurant uses vegetables in place of fish so artfully, you'll do a double take at both their rolls and traditional-looking sushi bar. On chillier days, the sushi spot's housemade ramen hits the spot with rich broth and a soy cake on top that tastes just like pork (for your meat-loving dinner companion). // 370 14th St. (Mission), facebook.com/ShizenSF
This Mission eatery's fried cauliflower (with cashew-based queso and a side of fresh AF guac) paired with warm tortillas is the ultimate margarita pairing for vegan Taco Tuesdays. Speaking of margs, all drinks here are soju-based for more sipping and less buzzing. // 2211 Mission St. (Mission) gracias-madre.com
Seed + Salt
The only place in SF for raw breakfast, lunch, and dinner, this order-at-the-counter healthy haven serves up richly flavored vegan dishes from a raw superfood bowl to a filling beet burger. Crazy-good chocolate chip cookies sell out by 3pm, so get there early and stock up. // 2240 Chestnut St. (Marina), seedandsalt.com
Juices, acai bowls, and a rotating soup of the day are the options at the Hayes Valley and Castro outposts of the Bay Area's mini juice empire, which also has juice-and-smoothie-only bars around the Bay Area. Grab-and-go smoothies like the Mint Chip Shake and Chocolate Protein are divine, while a variety of superfood and breakfast bowls are reason to wait it out for one of two outdoor tables. // Multiple locations, projectjuice.com
In need of a plant-based comfort food fix in the East Bay? Souley Vegan is the place for cruelty-free takes on Southern classics like vegan mac 'n cheese and fried tofu. The restaurant is an easy go-to for dinner, and it fills up on weekends with hip kids queuing up for the most decadent vegan brunch in the Bay. // 301 Broadway St. (Oakland), souleyvegan.com
Inner Richmond locals know all about Nourish Cafe and their massiveplant-based bowls, salads, and sweet treats. This vegan joint is an easy pick for a healthy and mostly raw mid-week lunch or early dinner; try the signature Nourish Bowl or Bibimbap Salad. Weekend brunch is popular among health-conscious families. // 189 6th Ave. (Inner Richmond), nourishcafesf.com
If you think vegan food is all acai bowls and spiralized zucchini, try the #thisismyaddiction breakfast dish (the ultimate vegan calorie bomb) at the East Bay's newest vegan deli. Butcher's Son makes all its "meats" and "cheeses" in house to serve up plant-based takes on deli classics as well as out-of-this-world pastries. // 1941 University Ave. (Berkeley), thebutchersveganson.com
It's a rare vegan who doesn't swear by Veggie Grill's fast-casual vegan magic. And while lucky Marin and East Bay residents have their own in Corte Madera and Walnut Creek, a schlep from SF is worth it for a fix of their buffalo wings, crispy cauliflower, and seasonal entree specials. // Multiple locations, veggiegrill.com
Ask any Bay Area vegan for the ultimate date-night spot and they will all agree: Millenium. In 2015, this SF special occasion vegan institution moved across the Bay Bridge to Oakland where it's serving a similar menu; highlights include crusted king trumpet mushrooms and maple-glazed tempeh, as well as an impressive beverage program. // 5912 College Ave. (Oakland), millenniumrestaurant.com