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. Flacos
4.5 / 5.0
12 reviews
3. Vegetarian House
4.47 / 5.0
15 reviews
4. Garden Fresh
4.43 / 5.0
21 reviews
5. Millennium
4.39 / 5.0
35 reviews
6. Gracias Madre
4.38 / 5.0
16 reviews
7. The Happy Bamboo
4.35 / 5.0
13 reviews
8. Good Karma
4.28 / 5.0
23 reviews
9. Shangri-La
4.11 / 5.0
19 reviews
10. Tofoo Com Chay
4.06 / 5.0
16 reviews
 

Most Reviewed Restaurants

1. Millennium 4.39 / 5.0
35 reviews
2. Good Karma 4.28 / 5.0
23 reviews
3. Garden Fresh 4.43 / 5.0
21 reviews
4. Golden Lotus 4.03 / 5.0
20 reviews
5. Shangri-La 4.11 / 5.0
19 reviews
6. Ananda Fuara 4 / 5.0
18 reviews
7. Gracias Madre 4.38 / 5.0
16 reviews
8. Greens Restaurant 3.78 / 5.0
16 reviews
9. Tofoo Com Chay 4.06 / 5.0
16 reviews
10. New Ganges 2.77 / 5.0
15 reviews
     

Top Reviewers

greg 133 reviews
tammy 112 reviews
Vegan Living 94 reviews
sunny 81 reviews
chris 79 reviews
LHLisavegan 59 reviews
Becca 39 reviews
Warren 37 reviews
funcrunch 37 reviews
calicokitten 34 reviews
 

UG Editors Choice

Black China Bakery 0 / 5.0
Cha-Ya 0 / 5.0
Garden Fresh 4.43 / 5.0
Malabar Cafe 0 / 5.0
Merit Vegetarian 4.71 / 5.0
Thai Idea Vegetarian 0 / 5.0
Udupi Palace 0 / 5.0
   

Newest Restaurant Additions

JUST FALAFEL - Fremont
Baagan - San Ramon
Baagan - Roseville
Two Mammas' Vegan Kitchen - Oakland
Veggie Grill - Mountain View
Kamakshi's Kitchen - San Carlos
Source Mini - Berkeley
Blossom Vegan - Pleasanton
Cafe Tibet - Berkeley
Easy Creole - Berkeley
 

Top Viewed

1. Cha-Ya 44943 views
2. Vegetarian House 38981 views
3. Garden Fresh 37652 views
4. Saravana Bhavan 36947 views
5. Millennium 32582 views
6. Merit Vegetarian 32511 views
7. Good Karma 31651 views
8. Tofoo Com Chay 23347 views
9. Flacos 21021 views
10. The Happy Bamboo 19865 views
     

Non Restaurants

   

Top Rated

1. Animal Place
5 / 5.0
11 reviews
2. Rainbow Grocery
4.79 / 5.0
14 reviews
3. MaggieMudd
4.78 / 5.0
30 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

DonD

2014-05-09
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
tammy

2014-02-25
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
Botanicus

2013-11-25
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
suribear

2013-10-13
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
suribear

2013-10-13
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
iamaduck

2013-07-15
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
iamaduck

2013-07-15
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
iamaduck

2013-07-15
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 http://abcnews.go.com/Business/foie-gras-doughnut-outdoes-dunkins/story?id=19323684 He banned me from Calafia's FB page for asking about it. 0 out of 5 stars
blafaver

2013-01-24
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
bunnygirl

2013-01-16
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
bunnygirl

2013-01-16
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
bunnygirl

2013-01-16
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
tammy

2013-01-13
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

2013-01-13
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
tammy

2013-01-13
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
Mel

2012-12-30
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
tammy

2012-05-29
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

2012-05-14
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

2012-05-09
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

2012-05-09
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
kittykris

2012-03-29
Casbah Mediterranean Kitchen
What an awesome find of a whole page of vegan menu items out in Livermore. We had the Fesenjan (pomegranate/walnuts/soymeat) & the gheymeh (split peas, potatoes,soy). The owner was so nice & eager to serve our veggie food. He said he doesn't get asked for it much. Complimentary hummus-delish. Come support these guys as they were very eager to serve more vegan food! 5 out of 5 stars
kittykris

2012-03-29
Himalayan Flavor
Pleasantly surprised. Everything vegan is very clearly marked on the menu. All entrees come with a lentil soup that is delicious. The veggie momo (dumpling) appetizer was very good. Service was quick & attentive & friendly. We were too full to try the vegan carrot cake but will definitely be back. 4 out of 5 stars
sunny

2012-03-27
Green Earth Cafe & Bakery
I go there when I'm in the area. Currently I'm crazy about their Lentil soup, bean burger, and salad. Sushi is good but I wish it wasn't sour. I'm not into sour stuff. This is all vegan and organic. The desserts are less sweet than other places. People go crazy over their chocolate cake. ME? I like their banana bread with Twig tea. Wifi available, though it's a kept secret. 5 out of 5 stars
tammy

2012-03-04
Vaishnu Express Cafe
Thrilled to see a veg restaurant in this corner of the north bay. Although decor is sparse, Vaishnu focuses on what's most important: the food. Tried two of the curries and the samosas. Everything was reasonably priced, good-sized portions. We enjoyed everything. In fact, the samosas are huge, and a deal at only 0.75 each. Looking forward to returning and trying more. Note, it is fast food so everything is served on disposable paper trays. 4.5 out of 5 stars
tammy

2012-03-04
Pepples Donuts
Peeple's donuts are a tad on the pricey side, but hugely yummy. Treat yourself... and enjoy a great view of the Bay at the same time. 4 out of 5 stars