Thinking about a vegan cleanse, 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 bowls in the Inner Richmond to hearty Mexican in the heart of the Mission, the range of local vegan options has you covered, from cleanse-friendly to comfort classics.
Entirely vegan Timeless Coffee pairs a rotating selection of sweet and savory eats with fresh coffee in an inviting setting. The hazelnut chocolate sauce–topped sourdough French toast is sure to cure the Sunday scaries, and nothing says hello weekend like the barbecue "chicken" pizza on Fridays. Stop by on weekday mornings for breakfast burritos and bagel sandwiches. // 2965 College Ave. (Berkeley) and 4252 Piedmont Ave. (Oakland), timelesscoffee.com
You've undoubtedly treated yourself to a donut or two from their Ferry Building kiosk, but head over to Donut Farm's casual Oakland kitchen for breakfast and lunch plates like griddled mac 'n' cheese, jackfruit tacos, and massive scrambles paired with hashbrowns. While you're there, you may as well grab a box of sweet curry, lavender earl grey, and creamsicle donuts. // 6037 San Pablo (Oakland), vegandonut.farm.
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
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), shizensf.com
Stop by Cha-Ya for veggie filled Japanese dishes like soups, sushi, and salads that won't break the bank. Tuck into a piping hot boiled gyoza and vegetable hot pot best enjoyed from the high-top seating overlooking Valencia Street, or a couple small plates at lunch. Just remember to bring cash to this casual no-card spot! // 762 Valencia St. (Mission), facebook.com
For those days when you want a meal that falls somewhere between raw, superfood bowl, and chili cheese fries, Indochine doesn't disappoint. At this Valencia Street vegan restaurant, with a vibe just casual enough for a quick lunch but still appropriate for dinner out, you'll find a lengthy menu of healthyish Asian dishes ranging from spring rolls to Szechuan green beans and tofu to spicy sushi rolls. // 509 Valencia St. (Mission), indochinevegan.com
Inner Richmond locals know all about Nourish Cafe and their massive plant-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) and 1030 Hyde St. (Nob Hill), nourishcafesf.com
Vegan beach bums flock to Judahlicious for healthy eats in a laid back, order-at-the-counter setting. Munch on heaping plates including the grilled veggie–filled, walnut parmesan–topped Nekked burrito and raw Dahnu wrap stuffed with almond pâté, and of course Judahlicious's signature "jungle-style" raw açaí bowl. In true plant-based fashion, Judahlicious relies on organic produce and works towards zero waste. // 2906 Judah St. (Outer Sunset), judahlicious.com
Juices, açaí 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
If you think vegan food is all açaí 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
CyBelle's Front Room
Expect carb-centric, drool-worthy vegan eats at this unassuming pizza—plus everything else—joint. Though it's not entirely vegan, they offer a multipage plant-based menu of decadent dishes. Munch on mac 'n' cheese–topped monster pizza slices, Impossible burger loaded fries, and inject hot pink Unicorn Beignets with salted caramel sauce before going into a food coma. // 1385 9th Ave. (Inner Sunset), cybellesfrontroom.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
Next Level Burger
Appropriately housed at the base of Whole Foods, Oregon transplant Next Level Burger serves up a range of patties, including mushroom and quinoa, Beyond burger, and crispy chik'n, topped with decadent sauces and organic veggies, alongside hot dogs and fries. Don't forget to treat yourself to one of their 14 soy- or coconut-based milkshakes. // 450 Rhode Island St. (Potrero Hill), nextlevelburger.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
This entirely gluten-free and plant-based bakery serves up beautiful sweet treats including brownies, layer cakes, and cookie sandwiches so good you'd have no idea they're not the real deal. Not in the mood to indulge? The sunny shop also offers up savory snacks like pizza hand pies and quiche, and a seasonal harvest menu with healthy toasts and salads. // 299 Divisadero St. (Lower Haight), wholesome-bakery.myshopify.com