One of the two Herbivore vegan restaurants in San Francisco city; there is another in Berkeley. Serves contemporary vegetarian cuisine for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Wide range of offerings from fresh squeeze juices and pancakes to sandwiches, salads, main entrees, and cocktails. Breakfast served daily til 2pm. Casual, modern decor. Prices cheap to moderate. Price: Moderate more-less
Vegan, Organic, American, International, Juice bar, Beer/Wine, Take-out
531 Divisadero St (Fell, Western Addition District)
San Francisco, California 94117
415-885-7133
OPEN NOW

Mon-Thu 9:00am-10:00pm, Fri-Sat 9:00am-11:00pm, Sun 9:00am-10:00pm

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Reviews

First Review by Janelle
EllenPerl
EllenPerl
  • vegan
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+18

Amazing blueberry corn bread!!

5
Posted on 12 / 05 / 2014

Amazing service, diverse menu, incredible cornbread. Love this place.


reallyjilly
reallyjilly
  • vegan
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+25

Love Herbivore

5
Posted on 09 / 29 / 2014

Sorry - I couldn't figure out how to change the restaurant - this should have been Mission District Herbivore. But I love them both! I'm not a big fan of fake meat (which they have a lot of here), but I love a restaurant where I can order and eat ANYTHING on the menu! This is my first visit to the Mission District restaurant, and we had a good time here. I had the falafel wrap and it was very good (and huge). A couple of people had large plates of pasta that looked great. This is a small, basic restaurant, all vegan and very affordable.
Updated from previous review on Monday September 29, 2014

Pros: Large menu, Friendly staff
Eva*
Eva*
  • vegan
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+29

Nice place

3
Posted on 09 / 28 / 2014

Went here for lunch and both ordered a cheese steak sandwich and - yay - a Dutch beer. Nice people, good service and free water, but the sandwich was a bit too sticky as in that I'd like to have had some more veggies on it. I could hardly eat the whole thing and got offered a doggybag so I could Enjoy the other half elsewhere. But maybe that's just the way of eating i'm used to now ;)

Pros: Good service, Serves alcohol, Doggybags
Cons: Would've liked more veggies

JodiS
JodiS
  • vegan
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+20

Disappointing

2
Posted on 09 / 23 / 2014

I remember coming to herbivore about ten years ago and being blown away. On my most recent trip to san francisco I came here twice and was pretty disappointed. The menu is just boring and the food was mediocre at best. I ordered penne with meatballs and the sauce was ok but the meatballs were not good and I could barely eat it. My husband ordered the bbq seitan sandwich, which was ok, but nothing special. On my next visit I tried their brunch. I ordered tofu scramble with potatoes and french toast. The potatoes were underdone and very bland. I ordered a brownie to go which was pretty dry. Again, just very mediocre and not what it used to be:(


dkinjer
dkinjer
  • mostly-vegetarian
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+79

Good vegan food

4
Posted on 08 / 05 / 2014

This is not a fancy place, but pleasant for lunch or an informal dinner. We ate here two times. One time I had the pizza and a small salad and thoroughly enjoyed. If you eat real cheese, don't order a vegan pizza, but if you don't eat real cheese, this was very satisfying, the bread used was thin and crisp. The other time I ordered the grilled beef and vegetable tahini salad. It was good, but could have used more tahini. I would have ordered the phillo (that's how they spell it) dough pie, but was told that it is not whole grain flour. My spouse ordered a combo - soup and a grilled sandwich one time and enjoyed it but not amazing and the second time he had beef stroganoff, which was good, and garlic bread, which wasn't anything so impressive.

Pros: a lot of variety on the menu
Cons: a bit expensive for the type of place, not such amazing decor
corinal
corinal
  • vegan
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+134

Excellent food with huge variety!

4
Posted on 06 / 01 / 2014

It was so difficult to choose what to order because there were so many things I wanted to try! We ended up ordering the cheese steak sandwich, which was delicious and really hit the spot! We also had the meatball sandwich, which was nice and cheesy, but didn't have veggies so I preferred the cheese steak sandwich. Ordered macaroni salad as a side and it was delicious! I really need to make that at home.

The raspberry cheesecake was good and the German chocolate cake was mediocre - it could have had more flavor.

The atmosphere was really fun with good music and we enjoyed sitting outside in the private back yard shaded by trees.

The staff were super friendly and one of the guys who was cleaning the table ended up chatting with me and the next thing I knew he brought me out a sample of the broccoli soup (very creamy and tasty!). He also highly recommended the chicken shawarma for next time.

Pros: Wide variety of vegan food, Excellent sandwiches, Great atmosphere
Cons: Desserts could have been more flavorful
grantxvx
grantxvx
  • vegan
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+48

Nice!

5
Posted on 05 / 09 / 2014

We've been here a few times. The first time I got an amazing chicken caesar salad, which I still think about today. The next time we got many entrees and everything was very good. Nice little neighborhood, too!


csbench
csbench
  • vegetarian
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+57

Kinda Haphazard But Pretty Good

3
Posted on 03 / 22 / 2014

Pretty Good Food...lentil load was a little dry and lacking in spice. Shooting tools were tasty though. Meatball sandwich "meat" was not really ball-shaped, by any means, but it was sweet, savory, and pleasant. Restaurant was pretty understaffed, but server was efficient and pleasant. So..you know, pretty ok good.

Pros: Varied Menu
JonJon
JonJon
  • vegan
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+2605

Nice vegan place

4
Posted on 12 / 16 / 2013

I tried this restaurant after a full day visit of the city and I was very hungry. This place totally met my expectations in terms of vegan american food, with big portions. I ordered a burger with fries which was good (even if a little bit dry). The staff was friendly, the place was pleasant and prices were fair. Try it without fear.

Pros: good food, friendly staff, big portions
Cons: burgers and fries may be a bit dry
kayceemcdougal
kayceemcdougal
  • vegetarian
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+11

Delicious!

5
Posted on 06 / 01 / 2013

My husband and I visited Herbivore when we were in San Francisco on our honeymoon. We loved it so much that we went back again a day later! The food was outstanding and the vibe was great, very relaxed. We loved that they offered juicing as we had been having a hard time finding places that did on our trip. Everything we had was so good and fresh. Makes us sad we don't live in San Fran as this would definitely be a go to place for us.

Pros: Excellent food, Great selection, Friendly staff
aphasia
aphasia
  • vegan
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+20

not organic

3
Posted on 05 / 29 / 2013

not sure why the listing above says Herbivore is organic-- to my knowledge it is not.


vaportrail
vaportrail
  • vegan
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+30

Best Selection

5
Posted on 03 / 15 / 2013

This place has the largest-variety menu that I have ever seen in ANY restaurant. Everything from pizza to burrito, to asian food. I had a very tasty pho-type noodle soup with a side of garlic bread. The staff that served me was friendly and competent.

Pros: great food, great selection, friendly staff
Cons: none
Salazar
Salazar
  • vegan
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+49

Service is horrendeous

2
Posted on 03 / 13 / 2013

A couple weeks ago my partner and I ate there, for probably about the 20th time. The service has always ranged from "relaxed" to "slow", but something was really wrong this time. One waitress took our order, then totally ignored us. When we finally flagged her down, she told us we'd been reassigned to another waitress. The other waitress then gave us the worst service I have ever had in my life. Like, both waitresses were sitting at one of the back tables themselves eating, while we were waiting for our food, which was sitting on the counter in from of the cooks. We had to finally ask one of the cooks if we could take our own plates to the table. That's just one example--had to ask for my beverage literally three times before it arrived, lots of other ways the device just sucked.
I think what happened is when both waitresses realized that there'd been a problem, they both thought "oh well, they're not going to tip well, so why even bother giving them a modicum of service."
And the grossest part? One waitress (long blond wavy hair, in her mid 20s I would guess) was at the table by the bathroom. She saw my husband heading for the bathroom, and jumped up and ran into the bathroom before him. She was in there quite a while. Then the toilet flushed, and half a second later she opened the door. There is no way she washed her hands after she used the toilet!
BTW, husband and I ate at the Berkeley Herbivore about a week later. Service and food were both great.

Pros: food, location
Cons: service, service, service
  • Salazar Salazar

    I'm responding to my own post, in order to give an update. I have dined at this restaurant a couple times recently (it is late July, 2014) and had excellent service.

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Blondies
Blondies
  • vegan
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+79

I loved Herbivore!

5
Posted on 03 / 02 / 2013

Yum, yum, yum! My husband and I went out of our way to eat here and I was thrilled that we did. The food was very good! We even stayed for desert...brownies with coconut ice cream :o) My only complaint is that the service was not all that great. We had two people waiting on us, one was nice enough, the other wasn't so much. Too bad because otherwise it would have been a great total package experience.

Pros: Very good food, Nice atmosphere
Cons: Staff not always friendly
pipistrella
pipistrella
  • vegan
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+20

Very unfriendly staff.

2
Posted on 01 / 19 / 2013

I can't say a lot about the food, i just had a grilled tempeh burger, which tasted good, but the staff was so unfriendly that it totally ruined my experience at the Herbivore.


no whey!
no whey!
  • vegan
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+96

Greasebomb

2
Posted on 01 / 13 / 2013

My first time in San Francisco, so I found this place online and the menu had me drooling. Their options sound like an exciting, balanced variety. I admit I didn't read any reviews before ordering..

The staff was friendly and helpful, and that combined with the potential awesomeness of *other* dishes on the menu keep me from giving Herbivore two stars. I ordered a sandwich, side of macaroni salad, and slice of carrot cake. The cake was lovely (but with lemony icing?) and the rest was very disappointing.

I'm not concerned with avoiding unhealthy or guilty pleasure food. I completely embrace junk food. But what I ordered turned out to be a slimy mess! I had to wash my hands halfway through my sandwich because my hands were completely glazed.
I made it 2/3 through my meal and my stomach was not pleased. Grease bomb. The cake, I had for breakfast the next day and it was redeeming. I'd give this place a second chance sometime, but I was disappointed with what I had.

Pros: fast, carrot cake
Cons: slimy
HannesRR
HannesRR
  • vegan
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+72

Good Food

5
Posted on 12 / 01 / 2012

I had pancakes and scrambled eggs with spinach and mushrooms. Booth were very good.


SoledadMoretti
SoledadMoretti
  • vegan
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+40

My favorite in San Francisco

5
Posted on 11 / 23 / 2012

I love herbivore. I've been to San Francisco twice, and both time repeated my visit to this great restaurant.
Kid friendly food, very tasty, plenty of options, entrees, main dishes.
Very well served, friendly staff (also spanish speaking). It's clean and affordable.

I highly recommend it.

Pros: great food, affordable, many options
suzkay
suzkay
  • vegan
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+20

Another visit needed?

3
Posted on 08 / 24 / 2012

My hubby and sister and I were thrilled to see the many choices on Herbivore's menu. Between us, we ordered the BBQ sandwich, the meatball sandwich and the tempeh BLT. Two of us had green salads with our sandwiches. The service was very speedy. The food? The sandwich bread was very fresh and tasty, the salads also fresh with a light lemon dressing. The meatball sandwich needed improvement. It didn't have much flavor and had a very mushy texture. We had to ask for marinara sauce because they didn't include it on the sandwich. The report from my husband on the BBQ sandwich was that it was also lacking in flavor, but then he usually compares BBQ sandwiches to those at Dharmas in Santa Cruz. My sandwich was good, but heavy on the bread. We still feel we'd give Herbivore a second try and next time just try something different. The fact that we all wanted sandwiches was unusual.

Pros: robust menu, quick service, friendly staff
VeganRocker
VeganRocker
  • vegan
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+24

Fantastic

5
Posted on 05 / 05 / 2012

Great food and a massive selection. Lovely decor...staff were nice, if a bit cold. But the food was great. Especially the chocolate raw cheesecake! I want that recipe! Reasonable prices too.

Pros: big selection, great food, big portions
Jenny Lemons
Jenny Lemons
  • vegan
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+26

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

5
Posted on 04 / 26 / 2012

OMG I loved this restaurant!! I had a salad and sandwich and coffee, all of which left me wanting more! Their menu is HUGE with EVERYTHING from pastas, stirfrys, tacos, and of course the usual salads, soups, and sandwiches. I'm dying to go back.

Pros: ALL vegan, huge menu, great service
Chia
Chia
  • vegetarian
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+3378

Good food

5
Posted on 01 / 16 / 2012

I had read about this place on happycow, and stopped in for breakfast/brunch on a past trip to San Francisco. Here's my Herbivore - Divisadero review.

Prior to visiting, I had heard this place was similar to Real Food Daily in Los Angeles area, but I have to say Herbivore is different. The food we tried was flavorful. Friends and I came for brunch, ordered the banana pancakes, burritio, soysausage plate, and basil-pesto tofu scramble. Each came with a side of pan-fried potatoes.

I would recommend the burrito and soysausage plates. The basil-pesto scramble had a bit salty after taste. The pancakes were yummy.

The setting is casual and relaxed, kinda trendy. Aside from the slow service on the day we went (only 1 waitstaff on duty), I was satisfied.

A good place to try vegan American food.

Pros: good portions, varied selection, fresh juices
Cons: slow service
Bat City Realty
Bat City Realty
  • vegetarian
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+11

FAB

4
Posted on 09 / 16 / 2011

Visiting San Francisco, staying in the Castro area. Restaurant was a close cab ride, or a 15 to 20 min walk away. Nice clean atmosphere with friendly staff. Fast service, fresh and good food, large variety and lots of salad with meal. Two people with wine, appetizer, salads, main, and desert all under 50.00.

Pros: close to Castro area, All Vegan, Friendly and fast and not expensive
Cons: A little to much Salad
Michael X. James
Michael X. James
  • vegan
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+273

AMAZINGLY AWESOME food

5
Posted on 09 / 12 / 2011

I was in San Francisco for 4 days/nights and I went to Herbivore at least once each day. Soooo many choices and everything is amazing. The chocolate shake is the best shake I've every had (vegan or not). The only thing better than the strawberry shake is the chocolate shake. I wish I had more time there to try every single thing on the menu but whether I was there for breakfast, lunch, dinner or just a quick snack, it was all really really good.

Pros: Chocolate Shake, Strawberry Shake, Several options
marturey
marturey
  • vegan
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+117

Excellent Brunch!

5
Posted on 08 / 27 / 2011

The food was delicious and the portion sizes were large. Easily the best potatoes I've ever eaten. I had an enchilada which tasted great. It had tempeh inside. The restaurant was casual, clean, and the staff were friendly. I'd definitely recommend.

Pros: great food, prices are reasonable, good location
Cons: wish it was open later than 10pm
ashwinn
ashwinn
  • vegetarian
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+211

Good... but going downhill?

3
Posted on 07 / 24 / 2011

This place is AMAZING for brunch. The Vegan Frenchtoast and Tofu Scrambles are worth traveling for. But I have noticed a decline in service/food quality... lately. Even so, gimme some of that French Toast! request that they make it crispy on the outside. Soft tofu batter isn't that good :)

Pros: Brunch, Frenchtoast, Tofuscramble
Cons: Service, Everything but brunch
kimward8
kimward8
  • vegan
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+389

Good

5
Posted on 07 / 13 / 2011

I had a chocolate and vanilla milkshake. They would have been good, except they were made with coconut milk based ice cream, and I don't like coconut flavour. I'm very dissapointed in this overall trend toward coconut milk ice cream rather than soy ice cream, because it ends up with any flavour tasting like it should be hyphenated with coconut. But this is not herbivore's fault. The ravioli with pesto sauce was great, the sauce was like a creamy pesto sauce and it was a big portion. I also had an excellent Indonesian noodle salad with tamarind sauce, rice noodles, veggies and tofu.


annthurium
annthurium
  • vegan
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+22

Herbivore gives vegan food a bad name

2
Posted on 06 / 17 / 2011

Herbivore serves exactly the kind of bland veggie mush that meat-eaters might expect when they hear the phrase, "vegan food." Every time I end up eating there, I hold out hope that maybe things have improved, but no. It's always the same overcooked veggies, so-so spices, and lackluster service.


VeganJenJen
VeganJenJen
  • vegan
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+33

Awesome! Have the pancakes!

5
Posted on 06 / 05 / 2011

I was determined to have pancakes while on holiday in America and herbivore certainly delivered. I had the fruit pancakes, which came with cooked bananas, maple syrup, and fruit between each of the (3 large) pancakes. It was excellent. My husband had the lasagne with garlic bread, which I tasted and would also highly recommend. The menu is huge and varied, so you'll defintely find something you fancy. It's it's brilliant to have such choice as a vegan. The donuts (plain glazed and chocolate) were also brilliant. The staff were lovely and the place itself was really nice.

Pros: Amazing choice, Pancakes!, Good prices
EP
EP
  • vegetarian
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+31

Herbivore power

5
Posted on 05 / 22 / 2011

Let me start from the end- the dessert was not too sweet....which is a good sign. I could really taste and enjoy the carrot walnut cake, without being overwhelmed by the usual oversugary taste.
And the dinner was wonderful, just what a traveler forced to 'hunt and peck' standard menus for decent food needs.
Don't hesitate- you will be rewarded with an extensive menu to long and varied to quote- just go.
Nice touch- they are not 'purist preachers'- you can get a beer or an excellent espresso if you wish...
Enjoy, truly,
EP

Pros: Extensive Veg menu, Naturally, mildly sweet desserts, Lovely, friendly service
PunchEgret
PunchEgret
  • vegan
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+17

awesome!

4
Posted on 05 / 17 / 2011

terrific vegan restaurant. got a tempeh breakfast burrito w/ potatoes that rocked my world. my tablemate's meal looked delicious as well. cozy atmosphere. good service. fresh!

Pros: awesome food
Veggie Salvadorean
Veggie Salvadorean
  • vegetarian
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+48

Bad Service, Mediocre Food

2
Posted on 01 / 25 / 2011

I've visited this Herbivore twice during my lunch break when I used to work down the street.

I ordered the Pad Thai, and a bottle of Wolaver's IPA. The beer is always fantastic! But nothing too special about the Pad Thai. I ordered it just to compare the taste and flavors of the Pad Thai between Herbivore and other Thai restaurants. If anything, Herbivore's lacked gusto. The service wasn't too impressive. It took a while for the check to arrive, and the server's attitude was pretty careless. I found the busboy friendlier.

How wretched was the service the second time? With the restaurant virtually empty, I sat outside. The busboy brought me my water, and after five minutes of being outside, there wasn't a server in sight so I took off.


Cons: Service lagged.
procrastinasian
procrastinasian
  • vegan
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+179

Exceeded my expectations!

5
Posted on 01 / 02 / 2011

My husband and I (both vegan) ordered a blueberry donut (made by Pepple's Donuts), a breakfast burrito with a side of potatoes, and a chicken sandwich with sides of green salad and macaroni salad.

I'd order any of those items again, though I might not order the donut as it was $2.50 and you can get 'em at Whole Foods for $.99.

The ambiance was very nice - high ceilings, the tables feel spaced out pretty well overall, and there's a nice patio area with six tables out back, although it was too cold to sit out there on the day we went. I like the open kitchen area.

Pros: delicious food, reasonable prices, large portions
SynthVegan
SynthVegan
  • vegan
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+2502

OMG I loved this place!

5
Posted on 09 / 15 / 2010

The restaurant seemed to be in a young neighborhood (at least it was full of young people when we went) and was welcoming. The restaurant was busy, especially for 9PM on a Tuesday! I was starving when I got there, so I ordered the BBQ seitan "chicken" sandwich - the meal also came with potato salad and a side salad. After my first bite (of all three things) I declared this as my favorite vegan meal of the day! The potato salad was so tasty and I really liked the side salad, but the sandwich was definitely the winner! The sandwich consisted of BBQ seitan (cooked VERY well), lettuce, tomato, pickles, and vegan mayo. I don't really know how to describe how great this sandwich was, but I'm just going to say WOW for now. I think Herbivore is a must for everyone to try.


novackofo
novackofo
  • raw
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+74

Consistent, Fresh and Delicious

5
Posted on 07 / 24 / 2010

Herbivore has been a good friend to all vegans in San Francisco for many years. I always feel comfortable here and i know the food is fresh, vegan and healthy. They have a vast menu and the service is accommodating. Their prices are very affordable. I love dining here and taking my friends. My non-vegan friends always find delicious food.

Pros: reasonable, fresh, delicious
Kumquat
Kumquat
  • vegan
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+37

Very good

4
Posted on 03 / 18 / 2010

Stayed a weekend in SF and visited here for breakfast twice. The first day we had a very yummy scramble. I still dream about the breakfast potatoes. The service was quick and our waiter was exceptionally friendly.

Before we left town, stopped in to pick up some doughnuts. The waitress that day was incredibly rude. We are very low-key people, so someone had obviously peed in her rice milk that day. She's the only reason I wouldn't give Herbivore 5 stars. I only had the one meal (HUGE portion) and doughnuts, but that was enough to make me want to come back.

Pros: All vegan, Doughnuts!
Cons: Hit and miss waitstaff
kjunspiis
kjunspiis
  • non-vegetarian
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+7

YUMMY!!!

5
Posted on 01 / 26 / 2010

My vegan husband, carnivorous mother and I traveled to SF from Atlanta this past weekend, and targeted Herbivore as one of our "go-to" restaurants this weekend (since breakfast is my husband's favorite meal of the day). We caught the bus across town (we were staying in SOMA), and were not disappointed! The French Toast was delish, with grilled bananas and plump blueberries, and the scrambled tofu platters were really tasty as well. We sampled the "green juice", which was refreshing, and left with a coconut chocolate chip cookie which made for a nice snack. All in all, I would recommend this restaurant to anyone - on our next trip we'll have to go back for dinner. Great job!!!

Pros: good variety on menu, great portions, friendly staff
Cons: can't think of any
Veganopoly
Veganopoly
  • vegan
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+32

Great Food and LARGE Portions!

4
Posted on 01 / 06 / 2010

My wife and I tried Herbivore whilst spending Christmas vacation in San Fran. Everything we tasted was delicious and their portions are HUGE for the amount of money you're spending. They ROCK!

Pros: Large portions, Tasty, 100% Vegan
Cons: Divisadero
sfliberal
sfliberal
  • vegan
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+42

My Go-To Restaurant

5
Posted on 11 / 08 / 2009

I feel so lucky to live 2 blocks away from Herbivore on Divisadero. As a Vegan, it's always wonderful being able to order anything off the menu. My favorite is brunch here. Their fruit pancakes (with a side of tempeh bacon), TLT (Tempeh, Lettuce and Tomato), Southwestern Scramble, Corn Cakes and crepes are all fabulous. I love their fresh juices such as the Carrot, Apple and Ginger. Other dishes I love at Herbivore include the Grilled Soy Chicken Sandwich, Soy Chicken Shawerma, Lentil Loaf with Mashed Potatoes, Penne with Creamy Marinara Sauce, Crisp Tacos Appetizer, Ravioli and Pad Thai. They also carry Black China Bakery desserts and People's Donuts. Their soups and salads are also really good. I love the back patio on a nice weekend morning for brunch. Cool, comfortable decor and great location. Restaurants like these make me even more thankful that I live in San Francisco.

Pros: All Vegan, Wide Selection, Great Patio
natz
natz
  • vegetarian
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+88

Fantastic

5
Posted on 10 / 27 / 2009

We ate here for brunch in Oct 09 and found it to be fantastic value and great service! The waitress helped us with recommendations and on portion sizes and the location and decor was impressive. Vegan milkshakes and doughnuts were great. Would go back for dinner next time. Highly recommended.

Pros: Great food, excellent service, clean and tidy
VeganTex
VeganTex
  • vegan
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+156

Herbivore

4
Posted on 10 / 10 / 2009

My most visited SF vegan restaurant! The food is just a little above average, but Herbivore has great variety and fantastic dessert. Same review for the Mission location.


Guest
Guest

Downward Spiral

2
Posted on 08 / 27 / 2009

My family and I have been coming here for years--first as visitors to the city and now as residents. The food and service used to be wonderful. Now, you never know what you're going to get. On our last visit, the service was TERRIBLE as was the food. My french toast was soggy, our daughter's pancakes were undercooked, and my husband's toast never arrived (after two requests). There was never a mention of why the toast didn't arrive or that it wasn't going to arrive. The cornbread muffin was dry and tasteless. (How do you mess up a corn bread muffin!!??) The service has been pitiful as of late. This is is huge disappointment as the service used to be GREAT. I'm sad to say that I will not be going here anymore. Three bad visits in a row it just too much for me. I'd rather say home, make dinner, and have all the cleanup to deal with than be disappointed by Herbivore once again.

Pros: Delicious Shakes, 100% Vegan
Cons: Terrible Service, Unpredictable Food Quality
Veganoid
Veganoid
  • vegan
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+36

I Like.

4
Posted on 04 / 20 / 2009

I'd planned on dining at Herbivore ever since I'd first started planning my trip to San Fran. I was extremely excited to eat there. The food sounded so good, and I'm always down to try any new vegan restaurant. My group and I ordered several dishes to share. I was impressed by the quality of the food. It tasted fresh, flavorful and delicious. I'll definitely swing by Herbivore again on my next visit!

Pros: Delicious Food, Great Atmosphere, Friendly Staff
krock
krock
  • vegan
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+25

WORTH THE WAIT

5
Posted on 04 / 06 / 2009

We travelled all the way from Australia and were very excited to go here and it DID NOT DISAPPOINT!!! The lasagne was fantastic and very filling and more than enough. The soups are to die for and the service was great. The outside dining area was gorgeous and relaxing. My hot tip... order the cup of soup and half sandwich combo only $7.95 and filling!!! YUMMMMMMMMM

Pros: quick, yummy, great atmosphere
Cons: expensive cake
jack520
jack520
  • vegan
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+22

One of the Finest Vegan eating places.

5
Posted on 01 / 20 / 2009

I was there last week, and fell in love with their food. I had the ceviche, which tasted just scrumptous. it was lime marinted oyster mushrooms, tofu, red onions, tomatoes, cucmbers, cilantro and jalepeno peppers...I thine proceeded to have the red curry char broiled vegatables with potatoes and cilantro with quinoa,,,ohhhh the taste is to die for... I then followed that up with a baked falafel, though not as good as the falafels I had in the west bank, these were baked and not deep fat fried. The service was great, and yes the waitress had to go ask the chef a few questions...overall this is my favorite Vegan resturant in Northern California.

Pros: excellent food, good value, larger servings
Cons: very casual eating place, Should use more whole wheat versus white
Hallie
Hallie
  • vegan
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+47

brunch

3
Posted on 12 / 05 / 2008

Their brunch is amazing! Pesto tofu scramble is unbeatable; Southwestern tofu scramble is really good too; french toast is really yummy, nice and thick, not too sweet, just right; sausage biscuits are kind of dry, but so tasty that it doesn't matter, just dip them in the gravy they come with.
Everything comes with sides (except the french toast) and are really filling.

I can't stress enough how good the vanilla shakes are.

Pros: brunch is awesome, decent prices/portions, usually good service
Cons: lunch/dinner menu is hit or miss
nhevalow
nhevalow
  • vegan
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+16

FABULOUS!!

5
Posted on 11 / 12 / 2008

I was in San Francisco for a weekend, and I visited Herbivore 3 times while I was there. I had the Savory Filled Crepes with Basil Pesto sauce, the ravioli, and took home all 4 donut flavors. Everything was fantastic, the staff is very friendly, and the atmosphere is great. This place makes me want to move to San Fran!

Pros: Creative Menu, Awesome Staff, Hip Design
Cons: Not in my city :-(
larryabailey
larryabailey
  • vegan
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+103

Herbivore Going Downhill

2
Posted on 08 / 05 / 2008

Three out of the five people in our party could not eat their meal at the Herbivore on Divisadero in San Franciso. My daughter had the Pad Thai that came without any seasoning, tofu, etc. and tasted like a soggy dish rage. She sent it back and got a very small diner salad. Even thought she told the waitress that dish was not prepared correctly and had no tofu, seasonings, etc. the waitress sill charged for the meal. My daughter's boyfriend ordered the Lentil Loaf. The Lentil Loaf was something like out of the early ages of vegetarian foods (frozen, or prepared in a cellophane wrapper) and tasted yuk. It was suppose to come with a Beet Sauce, but it came with a salsa (maybe to cover for the yuk). The "seasonal vegetable" turned out to be sautéed Chard (one of the few vegetables he could not eat - it was a shame that the waitress didn't tell us what the "seasonal vegetable was"). He was only able to eat the mash potatoes and gravy. My partner ordered the Homemade Veggie Berger and it was mediocre at best (the cook should be sent to the little Cozmic Cafe in the little California town of Placerville to find out what a modern-day Homemade Veggi Berger should taste like). All in all the meal was very disappointing. I noticed that there were very few customers; I guess the word gets out quickly. I have eaten at this restaurant many times, and each time the service and food is getting worse.

Pros: Location
Cons: Chefs, Staff, Food
condekedar
condekedar
  • vegan
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+1023

Not as good as Valencia branch

3
Posted on 07 / 15 / 2008

I had already tried the other Herbivore on Valencia, so I came to this one to see if there were any differences. The Divisadero location is nicer and trendier, and the interior space is slightly more upscale as well. However, the service wasn't nearly as good as at Valencia. At first our waitress was attentive, but gradually seemed to lose interest, prolonging our presence for longer than we thought.

Also, the food didn't seem as good as at the Valencia location. My zataar appetizer was overly-seasoned and the bread was too chewy and hard. My gnocchi was sparse (there were maybe a dozen pieces of gnocchi, floating in a sea of tomato sauce) and not filling and definitely overpriced at $13. However, my partner's "chicken" sandwich was good, just as good as at the Valencia location. Judging from these two visits, I would have to recommend the Valencia location over this one.

Pros: Location, Ambience
Cons: Service, Some foods mediocre
jamber79
jamber79
  • vegetarian
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+196

good food, not so good staff

3
Posted on 06 / 19 / 2008

While visiting from L.A. we rushed over to get there by 2:00, when they stop serving breakfast because I read that the breakfast is better than the lunch/dinner menu. Arrived at 1:50, there were only a couple of people eating there. The hostess handed me a breakfast menu, but when I began ordering my items, the waiter interuppted me to say that breakfast was over. I told him it was before 2 and he left to go check with the cooks, and reluctantly let us order breakfast. I felt very uncomfortable by that point and didn't really enjoy my time there. However, the food was very good, so I think they should lighten up on the restrictiveness, and aim to please the customers.

Pros: nice casual atmosphere, food
Cons: wait staff
AnonymousTasteTester
AnonymousTasteTester
  • vegan
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+44

Look No Further

5
Posted on 03 / 23 / 2008

I eat here every single time I visit the city. I've always absolutely loved everything I've ever tried here. Some of my faves are the savory breakfast crepesand Shawarma (sp?). My husband loves their veggie burger and loaf w/potatoes and gravy. Good coffee. Delicious chocolate cupcakes, which we always get to go since we're too stuffed to enjoy them after we eat. The place always seems to be understaffed, but the servers are extremely on top of their game and always deliver great service. I can't say enough about this place -- LOVE IT!

Pros: Fabulous food, Great service, Hip and clean
Cons: Absolutely nothing
cheeky
cheeky
  • vegetarian
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+78

The Best a Vegan Can Get

5
Posted on 03 / 20 / 2008

Herbivore is a San Francisco Treat. During my short visit to the Bay Area, I packed in two visits to Herbivore. The first for dinner - amazing! Great variety, flavor, and original dishes. Dessert was also a big win - who doesn't love an oversized piece of chocolate cake!

Breakfast was just has marvelous. My vegan treats - pancakes, faken'bacon, potatoes - all sorts of treats. Lovely atmosphere, great people and fantastic food. love this place.

Pros: Orginal dishes, great flavor
Cons: 3,000 miles away from my house.
tao_of_veggie
tao_of_veggie
  • vegetarian
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+11

Good times

3
Posted on 12 / 12 / 2007

Second time here and the dishes were all pretty good. Friendly and attentive wait staff. Parking can be difficult on the weekends.


gr8vegan
gr8vegan
  • vegan
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+1641

Great place was PACKED

5
Posted on 12 / 05 / 2007

This is an awesome vegan place! #3 on my list in SF so don't miss it! The food is fresh and flavorful. The place was short staffed when we were there so I cut them some slack. TIP: Its always best to just pay before your done eating when you don't see your waitress that often :) If I lived in SF I'd definitely eat here once a week :) Its a great place to be a regular at.


ardnaxela
ardnaxela
  • vegan
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+18

yum yum

5
Posted on 09 / 22 / 2007

i ate there 3 times on a 2 day trip. their lemon poppyseed "ice cream" is awesome.... and well, so is everything else i ate! occationally i catch myself dreaming of herbivore.

Pros: service, value, tasty food
Cons: it's in CA, i'm in GA
Rawie
Rawie
  • raw
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+30

Hervivore - The Earthly Grill

5
Posted on 08 / 30 / 2007

Though I only ate there once it was very pleasant the waiter, our service was great, the waiter was very helpful, answered all our questions and recommended dishes to newcomers. the atmosphere is very nice too. We had the Raw Red beet and Spinach Salad with Coconut Noodle Soup.


bagwasher
bagwasher
  • vegan
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+41

We ate here twice

4
Posted on 08 / 29 / 2007

On a recent trip to San Francisco I ate here twice with my family and we enjoyed it. It was not the best restaurant ever, but a good choice for a vegan family. With such a large choice there was even something to please the omnivore. The macaroni cheese was enjoyed by the kids, although it was not the typical nutritional yeast sauce that we had expected. One plate was plenty for 2 8 year olds to share. The veggie burger was a disappointment. We enjoyed the desserts too and took cookies to go.


Yell
Yell
  • vegan
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+75

Pretty Good

4
Posted on 08 / 23 / 2007

Herbivore is great for vegans. Their is a great selection and it's priced very reasonably. I've never been let-down by a dish there.

I would recommend the fruit skewers dessert (can't recall the name). For only $4.95, it's a heck of a lot of food and it's VERY tasty!

It gets pretty busy here sometimes, but you can escape a lot of that if you dine in the garden out back.

Pros: Price
Cons: pretty standard stuff
tofutodd
tofutodd
  • vegan
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+89

Jack of all trades master of none?

4
Posted on 06 / 13 / 2007

Ok, I have only been here once, so my title may not be fair, but judging from the other reviews the food can be hit or miss. I had the mashed potatoe pie and was disapointed. I think there was supposed to be tofu in there, and crust, but all I could taste were mostly bland potatoes. The serving was also small, but acocmpnaied with a healthy potion of greens and a salad. Plus the fair price smoothie, I was content. The menu is broad and gets a vegan real excited, however I have concerns other dishes may disapoint like mine. Also, I was suprised to see table service for some reason, I wasn't expting a tip.

Pros: All vegan!, lots of fake meats!, diverse american menu
Cons: sit down service (tip), small portions vs price
Vegan Mom
Vegan Mom
  • vegan
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+86

Depends upon what you order...

4
Posted on 04 / 14 / 2007

We have been to Herbivore a number of times (both locations) and, for the most part, were very happy with the food. Whenever we go, my kids are thrilled they can order anything from the menu! However, the last time, we were less than happy. All four of us there that time felt the meal was poor. Most of the time we have gone, we've had breakfast. We'll stick to that and go elsewhere for lunch from now on. The burger smelled bad and had the look of raw meat. The burrito was good, but had an unusual spice and by the time she got to the end, it didn't taste good any longer. The macaroni and cheese was okay, but far too big. The noodles were the same. They give way too much food and charge too much. Stick to the brunch!

Pros: 100% vegan, brunch, nice variety
Cons: lunch was really bad, can be pretty slow, portions/price too big
aaronsk
aaronsk
  • vegetarian
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+66

Loved it!

5
Posted on 02 / 20 / 2007

I had breakfast here on a recent trip to SF, and really enjoyed it. The Southwest Scrambled Tofu was excellent and the portions are huge! My only complaint is that the guacamole was not homemade. I will definitely eat here again.

Pros: great food, good value, friendly staff
Cons: packaged guac
juliotnunes
juliotnunes
  • vegan
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+279

Herbivore

5
Posted on 12 / 29 / 2006

Six enthusiastic thumbs up (party of 3) for our meals at Herbivore. We had the burrito, lasagna, and avocado sandwich--all of which were fantastic. The service was prompt and friendly, and the atmosphere was cozy.


Janelle
Janelle
  • vegan
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+49

Totally yummy!

5
Posted on 05 / 09 / 2006

Ok, so, honestly, while working a conference in SF last month, my colleague and I couldn't wait to go to this other restaurant that will remain nameless, (but it starts with a M, and ends with a m), so when we went, the atmospere was almost scary, but what was really awful was how rude the gal at the front desk was.....like we weren't even there. So, we left. And remembered Herbivore. Fate is funny, isn't it? We found our way there and proceeded to eat ourselves silly. The food was spectacular! The chocolate cake, oh my goodness!! I wish they'd deliver to LA! As good as the food was, it was the gal who helped us that just sealed the deal. She was so nice, funny, and she 'talked' to us!! Imagine that. We had a great time with her! That (obviously) makes all the difference in the world, doesn't it? I wish I could remember her name, 'coz she deserves recognition, but I hope she'll know. Wonderful food, wonderful VEGAN food, wonderful vibe. Could you please open an Herbivore in LA? Please??!! A MUST for anyone visiting SF.

Pros: Delicious!, Delicious!, Delicious!

 

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