18 Healthy San Francisco Restaurants Where You Can Get Good-For-You (And Equally Delicious) Eats
The first few months of the new year usually come with resolutions to drink less, exercise more and eat better. And while we’re all for healthy food, it needs to taste great too or we’ll be back to binging on carbs and sweets in no time. That’s why we rounded up 18 healthy restaurants in San Francisco where you can order meals and snacks that are as good for you as they are delicious. (And don’t worry, we’re talking more than just salads and raw veggies.)
Editor’s note: With restrictions constantly changing, these restaurants are working hard to adapt and follow the latest safety protocols. Before you head out for a sit-down meal outside, check the restaurant’s site or social (or give them a call) to make sure they’re currently doing outdoor dining. And always check their rules about mask requirements and distancing measures.
The vibe: This is one vegetarian restaurant where you’ll forget you ever liked eating meat. Everything on the menu feels fresh and healthy but is also hearty and delicious.
What to order: Mexican corn cakes; beet poke; and rigatoni bolognese
Dining options: Now accepting reservations and walk-ins for outdoor dining; pickup or delivery with Caviar and DoorDash
2000 Union St.; 415-872-7350 or wildseedsf.com
2. LITTLE GEM
The vibe: One of our go-to spots when we’re in the mood for a meal that feels clean, natural and in-season, this gem of a restaurant is known for its dishes that are mostly gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan.
What to order: King of Hayes salmon; Catalan salad; macro bowl; bibimbap
Dining options: Pickup or delivery with Caviar, DoorDash and UberEats
400 Grove St.; 415-914-0501 or littlegem.restaurant
3. THE PLANT CAFE ORGANIC
The vibe: Organic, locally sourced, GMO- and hormone-free—The Plant Cafe checks all the right boxes. Expect an expansive menu of fresh Cali cuisine and Asian-inspired flavors.
What to order: Power bowl; cauliflower wings; strawberry smoothie
Dining options: The Dogpatch location’s patio is currently open for outdoor dining; pickup at Dogpatch or delivery with Caviar, DoorDash and UberEats
2335 Third St.; 415-801-5089 or theplantcafe.com
The vibe: When the craving strikes for a not-boring salad, this is your place. They’re also happy to accommodate any dietary restrictions—including vegan, paleo, keto, Whole30 and gluten-free.
What to order: Beetnik, Falaf and Namaste salads; Picnic chef-curated market plate (Mission & Oakland locations); kombucha
Dining options: Outdoor dining at Cow Hollow, Mission and Oakland locations; pickup or delivery with Caviar, DoorDash and GrubHub
Various locations; mixt.com
The vibe: Their claim to fame is being the birthplace of avocado toast in SF. Whether or not that’s true, we love this tiny nook of a place for its light bites that are both refreshing and delicious.
What to order: Eggy toasty; açai bowl; caprese bowl
Dining options: Sidewalk patio now open for outdoor dining; pickup or delivery with UberEats
2760 Octavia St.; 415-640-9047 or toastysf.com
6. AS QUOTED
The vibe: This pristinely designed space is one of our favorite meet-up spots, but until indoor dining is a thing again, we’ll have to settle for eating our organic salads, plates and open-face sandwiches at home. They have plenty of GF and vegan options too.
What to order: Chinese chicken salad; almond butter & honey toast; zucchini pappardelle; beet latte
Dining options: Pickup or delivery with Caviar
3613 Sacramento St.; 415-914-0689 or eatasquoted.com
7. NOURISH CAFE
The vibe: Wholesome, organic and plant-based menus are the name of the game at these two cute, no-frills cafes known for their seed- and nut-based, faux tuna salad.
What to order: Nourish bowl; Nourish banh mi sandwich; dragonfruit bowl
Dining options: Outdoor seating is available; pickup or delivery with Caviar, DoorDash and GrubHub
189 6th Ave., 415-571-8780; 1030 Hyde St., 415-580-7463 or nourishcafesf.com
The vibe: This Cali-fresh, Greek-inspired mini chain is a local favorite for its concise menu of salads, sandwiches and fries (if you’re feeling like a not-so-healthy splurge) using locally sourced ingredients. They’re happy to make your salad dairy-free, and if you’re vegan, swap any meat for sweet potatoes.
What to order: Chicken sandwich; veggie salad; frozen Greek yogurt drizzled with olive oil
Dining options: Order ahead for pickup; delivery with Caviar and DoorDash
Various locations; souvla.com
The vibe: We love this local hotspot for coffee, pastries and cookies, but they also offer plenty of healthy options for days when we’re in the mood for clean eating.
What to order: Warm quinoa bowl; dragonfruit smoothie bowl; rainbow salad
Dining options: Outdoor seating is now open at the Fillmore and Larkin cafes; pickup or delivery with Caviar, DoorDash and GrubHub
Various locations; itsjane.com
The vibe: The city’s premier vegetarian restaurant since 1979, this choice waterfront spot is an institution known for its wide variety of seasonal veggie offerings and global flavors.
What to order: Green goddess hummus; warm cauliflower salad; winter vegetable biryani
Dining options: Outdoor dining opening soon; pickup or delivery with Caviar, DoorDash and GrubHub
2 Marina Blvd., Building A; 415-771-6222 or greensrestaurant.com
11. PROJECT JUICE
The vibe: One of our go-to spots for organic, cold-pressed juices when we’re in the mood for being super healthy, Project Juice also serves up delicious smoothies, superfood bowls, paleo waffles and gluten-free toasts to fill you up. Because let’s be honest—juice alone is never enough.
What to order: Combo packs with assorted juices; protein-packed bliss balls; unicorn parfait
Dining options: Pickup or delivery with DoorDash
Various locations; projectjuice.com
12. BOWL’D ACAI
The vibe: This popular food truck travels all over the Bay Area to serve up its organic açai bowls with gluten-free granola. (They also do smoothies, bone broth and a delicious poke bowl.) Check the truck schedule online to see when this one-stop-shop for healthy eats hits your ’hood.
What to order: The Original Gangster açai bowl; Great White poke bowl; beef broth
Dining options: Pickup or delivery with Postmates and DoorDash
The vibe: If you have any dietary restrictions, Kitava is your jam. The healthy eats at this restaurant are free of gluten, dairy, corn, soy, peanuts, refined sugars and seed oils. They’re also great for anyone following a paleo, vegan, keto or Whole30 diet, which might sound boring, but the simple menu items here are still delicious.
What to order: Cuban bowl; General Tso’s chicken; crispy Brussels sprouts
Dining options: Pickup or delivery with Caviar, DoorDash, UberEats and GrubHub
2011 Mission St.; 415-780-1661 or kitava.com
14. PROPER FOOD
The vibe: Good news for any downtown workers who miss Proper’s healthy grab-and-go lunches—the chain’s SF locations are open for delivery. Check their site to what day of the week they’re delivering to your area and place your meal order ahead of time. At-home lunches just got way more interesting. (Breakfast and family dinners are also available.)
What to order: Couscous & spinach salad with honey coriander chicken; winter citrus salad with agave curried salmon; jerk chicken dinner
Dining options: Delivery only
Various locations; properfood.com
15. URBAN REMEDY
The vibe: More than just a juice bar, this is a great option if you’re looking for a clean, quick meal. Fresh, organic, and ready to eat, Urban Remedy juices, light bites and snacks are perfect for days when you’re on the go.
What to order: Glow green juice; benedict brunch cup; soba noodle with sesame almond sauce
Dining options: Pickup or delivery through Urban Remedy website
Various locations; urbanremedy.com
The vibe: Some days you just want a good salad, and that’s when this national chain comes in handy. Choose a premade option of build your own, and add a warm bowl to your order while you’re at it.
What to order: Miso bowl; crunchy omega boost; green goddess avocado salad
Dining options: SoMa location (171 2nd St.) open for pickup; delivery through Sweetgreen website
Various locations; sweetgreen.com
The vibe: Shizen is the place to go for vegan sushi, and now’s your chance to indulge without having to deal with the long wait for a table at this popular spot. Shizen masters complex, layered flavors with raw, fried, fermented, smoked and pureed veggies in its nigiri and sushi rolls.
What to order: Green mango nigiri; tomato nigiri; Surprise Ending roll; Secret Weapon roll
Dining options: To-go orders by phone only
370 14th St.; 415-678-5767 or shizensf.com
The vibe: An urban greenhouse, art venue and plant-based restaurant, Arcana is slated to officially open its doors this March. Expect a mix of sweet and savory bowls blending Middle Eastern and Latin American flavors.
What to order: Menu of breakfast, chilled and warm bowls coming soon
Dining options: Coming soon
2512 Mission St.; 415-992-2565 or arcanasf.com
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