A Local’s Guide to San Francisco's Best Healthy Restaurants
One of the best things about living in one of America's best food cities is that you have access to every kind of food you could ever imagine. California also happens to be the state that produces the most food, which luckily means it's pretty easy to get your hands on something fresh, local, organic, healthy, etc. here in the city by the bay if that is your thing (it's mine!). In a seemingly endless sea of options, it can be hard to differentiate the good from the bad. Having lived in San Francisco for 8 (whaaat?) years now, I have a handful of spots I find myself going to again and again.
Here are San Francisco's best healthy restaurants!
Note: I’m not big on taking photos of my food (crazy, I know) yet strongly believe you cannot make an educated restaurant decision without visually seeing what you’re working with, so I’m using photos from the restaurants' websites and/or Instagram. Each photo is linked to its owner.
SEED + SALT
2240 Chestnut Street, The Marina
Seed + Salt is hands down one of my favorite and most frequented spots in the city. It’s vegan, plant-based, organic, and free of bad things like dairy, sugar, gluten, and more. They even have delicious gluten free desserts made in house daily using only natural sweeteners! Their menu is very unique and non-boring, offering things like a savory chickpea frittata, a beet burger, a BLT (made with eggplant bacon!) and zucchini spaghetti with buckeye veggie balls.
WHAT TO ORDER: the taco salad, the beet burger (as a wrap is my go-to), or the avocado + chimichurri toast
3906 Judah Street, Outer Sunset
Judahlicious can be a bit of a trek depending on where you live as it is in the outer sunset between Ocean Beach and Golden Gate Park. But they offer raw and vegan cuisine made from scratch so I’d say it is worth it! Their menu includes salads, juices, smoothies, acai, sandwiches, burritos, and more.
2105 Chestnut Street and 3344 Steiner Street, The Marina + 2237 Polk Street, Nob Hill
Blue Barn serves fresh and delicious salads and sandwiches made with quality, organic ingredients. I can’t speak for the sandwiches but the detox salad is so good that I basically have dreams about it. The only downside is it’s almost always busy because it is no secret how great this spot is!
WHAT TO ORDER: the detox salad
2123 Fillmore Street, Pacific Heights or 925 Larkin Street, Lower Nob Hill
Jane is one of my favorite places for breakfast or lunch in the city. The egg white sandwich on fresh baked sourdough with avocado and siracha is so good that I usually get it at least once a week (or I die). At the Fillmore location they also have the most picture-perfect chevron print tables so if you're into taking photos of your food you have got to go here. The only downside is that it's no secret how wonderful the food so it can be incredibly hard to score a table here!
WHAT TO ORDER: the egg white sandwich (gotta be the egg white sandwich!), avocado mash, or anything really!
2211 Mission St, The Mission
Gracias Madre is a popular plant-based, organic, vegan Mexican cuisine on Mission Street in the Mission district. Mexican and vegan are two words you do not often find together which is part of what I think makes this place so unique and special.
189 6th Ave, Richmond & 1030 Hyde Street, Nob Hill
Nourish Cafe is 100% plant-based deliciousness in both the Richmond District and Nob Hill. They use only organic, whole foods and non-GMO ingredients to create delicious, wholesome and healthy foods and their mission is to help you eat healthier and feel amazing through a natural, plant-based diet! Their menu is fairly large and offers a wide variety of options so no one will have trouble finding something here.
WHAT TO ORDER: the nourish bowl or avocado pesto toast
1958 Polk Street, Nob Hill
If you follow me on Insta you've seen this place 100 times because I go almost every single weekend if I am in town. Hawaii-based Basik Cafe makes the best acai bowls you've ever tasted - promise. There's almost always an alarmingly long line but it's worth it and goes fairly quickly. They also offer smoothies but if you go here and do not get an acai bowl you are really doing yourself an injustice so skip the smoothie and get a banyan bowl.
WHAT TO ORDER: the banyan bowl, trust me!
400 Grove St, Hayes Valley
Little Gem is an adorable cafe full of “delicious food that makes you happy”. Their produce is naturally raised and free of additives, preservatives, harmful chemicals, and modification and they always focus on fresh, seasonal ingredients. Everything on the menu is gluten free, dairy free, and refined sugar free and as you can see in the photo above - the venue is beautiful. They offer lunch and dinner every day of the week, with breakfast available on the weekend.
WHAT TO ORDER: avocado toast