In 2009, longtime vegan Tamearra Dyson left the medical field to pursue her passion and bring soulful plant-based foods to the masses. She’s since expanded from her original location in Oakland to ghost kitchens in San Francisco, LA, and Vegas, where you can order up inventive Louisiana Creole staples like gator bites where the gator is subbed for house-made hot links and battered mushrooms, a satisfying New Orleans okra gumbo, and crispy, house-made seitan chick’n and waffles. Make sure you tack on sides like cinnamon brown sugar yams, country collard greens, cornbread, and a sweet potato biscuit. Souley Vegan’s menu also spans salads, burgers, and beverages, including a zesty cayenne lemonade.
How to enjoy: Choose your location online and select from one of the pickup and delivery options.
Italian comfort food goes vegan at this restaurant from plant-based celebrity chef Matthew Kenney that lives in the massive space that was once home to Jardiniere. The dishes are seasonal, but you can expect classics like a lasagna with Impossible bolognese, a spicy “sausage” and peppers pizza, and a chocolate ganache torta with hazelnut cream, as well as an excellent cocktail list and a sustainable wine and beer program.
How to enjoy: Reserve a table online for brunch or dinner or order online for pick-up or delivery.
Greens is a restaurant where you could take your meat-loving uncle from Minnesota and he might not even notice that there’s nary a cow, chicken, pig, or fish on the menu. Sure this is partially because of the stunning views of the harbor, the Golden Gate Bridge, and the Marin Headlands, but also because Greens behaves like a normal restaurant that just so happens to serve some of the most inventive vegetarian dishes in town. The menu is constantly changing based on seasonality and availability, but we can promise that even the most die-hard meat enthusiasts will leave saying they just enjoyed one of the best meals they’ve eaten in a long time. And maybe feeling a tiny bit duped once you let them in on the secret (in a good way, of course).
How to enjoy: Make a reservation for indoor or outdoor dining online or order online for takeout.
The people who love Golden Era reeeeally love Golden Era. And once you walk into the clean, bright space (grab a booth if you’re comfortable dining indoors) and start feasting on the vegan Asian-fusion dishes, you’ll understand why. The menu is extensive, but favorite dishes include the golden rolls (fried, but egg-less), the papaya salad, the spicy sweet and sour soup, and the spicy Mongolian delight. Oh, and the smoothies are legit if you just need a healthy pick-me-up; the avocado one could be a meal on its own.
How to enjoy: Walk-ins only. Order online for takeout or get delivery via Grubhub or DoorDash.
When it comes to taking care of our bodies and our planet, Wildseed, the hottest vegan restaurant in San Francisco, is doing everything right. Not only does the restaurant work exclusively with local and seasonal produce as a way to support farmers and leave a smaller carbon footprint, but all of the dishes are fresh, flavorful, and satisfying—like the king trumpet mushroom ceviche and fall pie with Brussels sprouts, truffled bechamel, red onions, apples, chili flakes, cashew mozzarella, parmesan, and lemon agrumato. Wildseed feels like any other popular restaurant with friendly service, a lively crowd, and welcoming vibe—we’re pretty sure this is key to creating a shift in the way people perceive eating better for themselves and the earth; the restaurant needs to feel welcoming, the food needs to taste good, and ideally, there will be lots of excellent cocktails. Wildseed delivers on all three.
How to enjoy: Reserve indoor or outdoor dining on Yelp. Order pickup online or get delivery with delivery apps.
Gracias Madre’s slogan is “Our mission is love” and that mission is delivered in the form of 100% organic, gluten-free, non-GMO, plant-based Mexican dishes in a bustling environment that feels inviting and casual (lots of wood, communal tables, and a somewhat open kitchen towards the back). The menu is seasonal and changes based on what’s available at their organic farm in Pleasants Valley, in addition to being totally vegan. Go for plantain French toast or potato and tempeh chorizo hash for brunch or sweet potato flautas and a zucchini squash quesadilla for dinner. Gracias Madre also has a full bar with plenty of tequila and mezcal options, including a weekday happy hour from 2–6 pm and Margarita Mondays when margaritas are $5 all day.
How to enjoy: Reserve indoor dining online or walk-in for outdoor dining. Call 866-612-7021 for pickup or get delivery from Caviar.