Photo Credit: The Perennial

Nowadays, it isn't difficult to find vegetarian food - but discovering some fare that will blow your mind requires some trial and error. Since the culture in San Francisco is supportive of plant-based diets, many restaurants cater to the ever-expanding vegetarian population. If you’re in the area, keep reading for some savvy suggestions for your next meal.  

Piccino

1001 Minnesota Street Piccino

 is an obvious go-to for seasonal Italian cuisine. The decor and the serving materials are all rustic minimalist. One cannot go wrong with any of the thin-crust pizzas or the inventive salads. For mushroom-lovers go for the Funghi, and for those a bit more daring, the Oya pizza has snap peas and a cilantro pesto that almost takes like an Indian chutney. It doesn't hurt either that the staff are both funny and intensely likable.

Gracias Madre

2211 Mission Street

If you’re in the market to satisfy your Mexican craving, look no further than Gracias Madre . Their entire menu is completely vegan and organic, and the vibe is mysterious yet inviting. It attracts a cheerful crowd, too. Their scrumptious tacos use cauliflower in intriguing ways, and come with a wonderful cashew cheese. And the desserts are delectable, especially their flan.

The Perennial

59 9th Street

Although, The Perennial does not aim to attract a solely environmentally conscious crowd, they do aspire to be as eco-friendly as possible. One of their most notable accomplishments is that they're the first restaurant to use Kernza (a carbon-sucking grain that's wonderful for the air we breathe). Some standout dishes include the Crisp and Tender Grains and Cauliflower Toast.

All Good Pizza

1605 Jerrold Avenue

The quirky outdoor set-up of worn-down wooden tables, combined with the fact that the food comes out of a little revamped shipping trailer only adds to the charm of this Bayview eatery . All of their vegetarian dishes are delicious, but the kale pizza with white truffle oil is extraordinary.

El Techo

2516 Mission Street

The rooftop restaurant in Mission boasts delicious Latin inspired street food and always has an energetic, fun-loving crowd. The Chile Relleno, their Quesadilla de Calabazas, as well as their Sangria is a party in your mouth. Remember to bring a jacket and enjoy the lovely views of San Francisco.

Burma Love

211 Valencia Street

The restaurant is furnished with mesmerizing woodwork on the tables that represents the Irrawaddy river and a lovely chalk painting of activist Aung San Suu Kyi made by one of their employees. The ambience is cool and collected, yet playful with tropical house music bumping in the background. It tends to get packed, but after you try their Rainbow Salad and Samusa Soup, you will never look back.

Beretta

1199 Valencia Street

Don’t let the size of Beretta's  drinks fool you, because they are mighty strong. Many of the regulars choose their alcoholic beverages from the“Bird Menu,” their secret drink menu. Their small plates are tasty, but the Bartender’s Special pizza with vegan sausage is mouthwatering. Your omnivorous friends will not be able to spot the difference, and even if they do, they won’t complain because it’s so darn good.

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