Top Ten Best Vegetarian Restaurants in the San Francisco Bay Area

Featured businesses: Top Ten places, New Additions and Latest Reviews of Bay Area Vegan/Vegetarian Restaurants and businesses

Business must be vegetarian with a minimum of 10 reviews to be featured in a top ten list - This is subject to change at any time

Top Rated Restaurants

1. Merit Vegetarian
4.71 / 5.0
14 reviews
2. Thai Idea Vegetarian
4.55 / 5.0
10 reviews
3. Flacos
4.5 / 5.0
12 reviews
4. Souley Vegan
4.5 / 5.0
10 reviews
5. Vegetarian House
4.47 / 5.0
15 reviews
6. Garden Fresh
4.44 / 5.0
27 reviews
7. Millennium
4.39 / 5.0
35 reviews
8. Gracias Madre
4.38 / 5.0
16 reviews
9. Cha-Ya
4.36 / 5.0
22 reviews
10. The Happy Bamboo
4.35 / 5.0
13 reviews

Most Reviewed Restaurants

1. Millennium 4.39 / 5.0
35 reviews
2. Garden Fresh 4.44 / 5.0
27 reviews
3. Good Karma 4.28 / 5.0
23 reviews
4. Cha-Ya 4.36 / 5.0
22 reviews
5. Herbivore 3.88 / 5.0
21 reviews
6. Golden Lotus 4.03 / 5.0
20 reviews
7. Shangri-La 4.11 / 5.0
19 reviews
8. Ananda Fuara 4 / 5.0
18 reviews
9. Herbivore 3.97 / 5.0
17 reviews
10. Cha-Ya 3.81 / 5.0
16 reviews

Top Reviewers

greg 133 reviews
tammy 114 reviews
Vegan Living 94 reviews
sunny 81 reviews
chris 80 reviews
LHLisavegan 59 reviews
Becca 39 reviews
Warren 37 reviews
funcrunch 37 reviews
grrlburn 34 reviews

UG Editors Choice

Black China Bakery 4.5 / 5.0
Cha-Ya 3.81 / 5.0
Garden Fresh 4.44 / 5.0
Malabar Cafe 3.88 / 5.0
Merit Vegetarian 4.71 / 5.0
Thai Idea Vegetarian 4.55 / 5.0
Udupi Palace 4.1 / 5.0

Newest Restaurant Additions

Go Vegan - Antioch
Taj Grill - Vallejo
Citizen Fox - San Francisco
Frati Gelato Cafe - Napa
Muir's Tea Room - Sebastopol
The Veggie Grill - Walnut Creek
The Veggie Grill - Corte Madera
Small World Cafe - Napa
Lydia's Express - Sebastopol
Babalou's Mediterranean - Walnut Creek

Top Viewed

1. Cha-Ya 45231 views
2. Vegetarian House 39532 views
3. Garden Fresh 38153 views
4. Saravana Bhavan 37029 views
5. Merit Vegetarian 33380 views
6. Millennium 33089 views
7. Good Karma 32020 views
8. Tofoo Com Chay 23537 views
9. Flacos 21628 views
10. The Happy Bamboo 20184 views

Non Restaurants


Top Rated

1. Animal Place
5 / 5.0
11 reviews
2. Body Technician
5 / 5.0
7 reviews
3. The Stanford Inn
4.83 / 5.0
9 reviews
4. Rainbow Grocery
4.79 / 5.0
14 reviews
5. MaggieMudd
4.78 / 5.0
30 reviews
6. Other Avenues
4.56 / 5.0
9 reviews

Newest Additions

Republic of V - Berkeley
From the Garden - San Jose
ultraWriting - San Francisco
Having What You Want - San Francisco
Two Figs Kitchen - San Francisco
Are You Being Served Catering - Novato
Raw Bay Area - Berkeley
Connie Tritt CPA - Richmond
Olive Tree Organic - St Helena
Clean Rooter & Plumbing - San Jose

Latest Reviews and Comments


Small World Cafe
The falafel pita is my favorite. It's really flavorful and packed full of fresh veggies. I get it every time I order. I keep thinking I should try something new but this is already so good, how can anything else be better?? 4 out of 5 stars

Great sandwiches. Pesto one is the best. Will be back. 4 out of 5 stars

Babalou's Mediterranean
They have many choices they call "vegetarian" but most are actually vegan. One dish looked like it had yogurt sauce all over it but the owner said no that they use tahini sauce insteadótotally vegan. We got the delicious vegetarian combo plate (all vegan). They have several sidewalk tables outside, also many indoors where they bring the food you ordered at the counter. We'll go back soon! 4.5 out of 5 stars

My first-time ever to have waffle sandwiches! Yummy. The stamper (artichoke heart pesto sandwich with sundried tomatoes) is my favorite. You can also be creative and order custom vegan sandwiches, too. 4 out of 5 stars
Kevin Schuder

Kitchen 388
Assortment of House-Made Pickles: (Watermelon Rind, Cucumber, Cherry Tomatoes (vegan) $6 Ben's Charred Eggplant: With flatbread, yogurt, zhug (vegan optional) $8 Thrice-Cooked Potatoes: Baked, Smoked, and Fried, with charred scallion aioli (vegan) $9 Exotic-Mushroom Chawan Mushi (Traditional Japanese Egg Custard) $8 Chickpea-Crusted Fried Oyster Mushrooms, Remoulade (vegan) $10 Koji-Marinated Carr 5 out of 5 stars

Ananda Fuara
Had lunch just after noon on a Friday and got the last table. Older posts indicated a smaller number of vegan dishes, however the majority of the menu items are now either vegan or could be made vegan upon request. So seems like they have increased their vegan offerings over the last few years. I thought the dishes the three of us had were all very tasty and menu selection fantastic. I'll go back! 5 out of 5 stars

Republic of V
Cute store! Next time Iím in the area, Iíll definitely plan ahead so I can pick up some stuff from their frozen section (which my local Whole Foods doesnít carry!) 5 out of 5 stars

Calafia Cafe & Market a-Go-Go
Scratched a foody itch, but left me hungry afterward. It was never clear what items were free of dairy and eggs and our server didn't seem to grasp the question. And only vegetarian friendly on the surface - animal lovers note - in a bizarre move, the owner and chef used legal loopholes to supply foie gras to Psycho Donuts for a June 2013 spite-the-vegetarians giveaway promotion. 1 out of 5 stars

Loving Hut
A must-do for vegetarians! This is our favorite veggie restaurant, and it's improved further since new ownership, which is a rare thing. You must try the Sea Fruits Grill. There is a bit of a learning curve, but it's so good and unique! Some other favorites are the clay pot sensation, pho and bun hue. Our kids also enjoy it a lot. We have been to other Loving huts and this is by far the best 5 out of 5 stars

Loving Hut
A must-do for vegetarians! This is our favorite veggie restaurant, and it's improved further since new ownership, which is a rare thing. You must try the Sea Fruits Grill. There is a bit of a learning curve, but it's so good and unique! Some other favorites are the clay pot sensation, pho and bun hue. Our kids also enjoy it a lot. We have been to other Loving huts and this is by far the best 5 out of 5 stars

Good Karma
Love the vibe here. Staff is so friendly and helpful. I think they are also to be commended for becoming a downtown SJ hot spot for draft beers - exposing a bigger clientele to vegan food. 5 out of 5 stars

Psycho Donuts
No longer a local vegan favorite due to the foie gras-filled donut giveaway on National Donut Day, and the atrocious way they interacted with (former) customers via their Facebook page (banning people for even mild criticism, making unfounded claims to the media about "death threats" from animal rights activists, etc.) 0 out of 5 stars

Calafia Cafe & Market a-Go-Go
I went here for the first time recently and enjoyed sampling the vegan menu. But I will no longer go back to this restaurant or recommend it to anyone else due to finding out Chef Ayers serves foie gras "on the sly" Also, he was quoted here He banned me from Calafia's FB page for asking about it. 0 out of 5 stars

Veggie Today
The food was excellent. It is similar to that of the Loving Hut. We ate there with a friend who is gluten free, and we all ate many items from the menu that were gluten free. It was delicious with a lot of variety in the dishes. We will go to this restaurant regularly. 4.5 out of 5 stars

Central Vegetarian Cuisine
Friendly, family run restaurant. Lots of seating. The Vietnamese Crepe is a must have. I despise eggplant, but I tried Central's and it was unbelievably delicious. Their pho is okay. Generous portions. Reasonable prices. 4.5 out of 5 stars

Veggie Today
Bright, spacious, clean restaurant. Friendly-service (if a little frazzled at times) The food was really your standard Ching Hai fare. Not spectacular, not bad. I really liked their Salt and Pepper Tofu (despite its boring name). Their Curried Vermicelli soup was really spicy, but good. Foo young was delicious, as most deep fried things tend to be... 4 out of 5 stars

Timeless Coffee
I had the vegan brunch last Sunday for $11. They only have one brunch item each week. This time "Eggs" Benedict with a side of homefries. It was absolutely delicious. The coffee was great. They have a coconut based creamer. It get's quite crowded though. Tough to secure a table. The baked goods looked great, but I was so full from brunch I didn't have a chance to sample them. 5 out of 5 stars

Vegan Paradice
I had the house-made "meaty" burger, with grilled onions, delightfully saucy, followed by the soft serve vanilla/carob swirl topped with their carob sauce and nuts and crumbled carob chip cookie (they were sold-out of almond roca). Delicious, and very happily received. FYI, burgers served on disposable paper plates and soft serve came in styrofoam cups. Super to have this nearly vegan restaurant in Fairfield!! Small half-star deducted because: 1) the sliced bread didn't really hold up real well and became messy. 2) Honey isn't vegan, and for a place named "Vegan Paradice", it's a crying-out-loud shame that they don't use vegan buns and pizza dough. If this concerns you, be sure to double-check, as I didn't see this noted on their menu or signage in the store. 4.5 out of 5 stars
Vegan Living

Timeless Coffee
Excellent array of vegan sweets--cookies, rolls, cakes, pies. Also serving vegan brunches. Great to have a no dairy coffee shop, not having to watch the barista just to make sure the soy or almond latte request wasn't lost in translation. I take away one star for not having a bathroom, nor soft seating, nor wifi. 4 out of 5 stars

Veggie Today
Will definitely return anytime I am in the area! Friendly service, good food, reasonable prices, good-sized portions. Most of the items on the menu are vegan, except for the chow mein noodles (sigh). Otherwise, highly recommend! Similar food to the Golden Lotus/Era restaurants. 4.5 out of 5 stars

The Veggie Grill
One of my favorite restaurants. I have liked everything I have tried, which is about half of the menu, with the exception of one of the daily soups. The staff is very friendly and helpful. The only draw-back is the parking. Best to park across the street and walk in to Santana Row or go up to the 4th-6th levels at the Winchester parking garage. You likely won't find a spot in the Olin St. garage. 5 out of 5 stars

Vegi Food
Friendly service, quick, simple foods - the potstickers (made in-house) are my favorite item on the menu. 4 out of 5 stars
Jon Spear

Lydia's Kitchen Cafe
Lydia's has flavorful, organic, and nutritious vegan food. There is a good variety of both cooked and raw items, served in a pleasant and informal atmosphere. This is one of my favorite places. (For those of you who are familiar with Cafe Gratitude, I think that Lydia's is everything that CG aspired to be.) 3 out of 5 stars
Vegan Living

Banana Soy Vegan Restaurant
Extensive menu of all vegan offerings in a very tastefully decorated new restaurant in downtown Oakland. Despite the name, this is not a juice or smoothie bar, but rather a full lunch and dinner restaurant with much to choose from. I have enjoyed their spring rolls, dumplings, and yellow curry dishes. Service is timely, with an eye towards polite customer service excellence. Closed Sat/Sun. 5 out of 5 stars
Vegan Living

Potala Organic Cafe
I was never a fan of Macrobiotic Cafe and Organic Grocery, whose offerings I found dull and listless. Potala has added an infusion of flavor and zest, in a pleasant environment with gracious service, at a reasonable price. 4.5 out of 5 stars