Enjoy Vegetarian Restaurant - Sunset District

  • Vegetarian Vegetarian
    ( 12 reviews )

754 Kirkham St (at 12th Ave, Sunset District), San Francisco, California, USA, 94122

San Francisco vegetarian Chinese restaurant, its first of 3 locations (though one shut in 2015). Small and casual. Offers a variety of rice, noodle, mock meats, and vegetable dishes. Brown rice available. Bargain weekday lunch specials. No garlic or onion used. Open Tue-Sun 11:00am-2:30pm, 5:00pm-9:00pm.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Chinese, Take-out, Buddhist

12 Reviews

First Review by Yell

Sea Bass? Yes, Please! - Edit

We are always on the lookout for new meat substitutes, so Enjoy Vegetarian Restaurant caught our eye(s) when we were planning our San Francisco excursion. Their online menu included chicken, pork, duck, shark, spareribs, prawn, cuttlefish, and beef. None of the more unusual ones were available on the day we arrived for lunch, but sea bass was on the menu! It took exactly 0.0 seconds to decide what we wanted, and we were not disappointed. It was not a life-changing or world-stopping event, but we weren’t expecting it to be. What we wanted was a delicious meal, and that is precisely what we got. As a bonus, the service was great, the rest of the food was very good, and the prices were very reasonable.

Pros: Variety of proteins, Service, Reasonable prices

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A favorite of mine - Edit

I mostly like the variety on the menu, and freshness and tastiness of the food, and the honest friendliness of the staff. I've been going there for years. They are supporters of the SF Vegetarian Society, and make an effort to provide good food at a reasonable price. It's not 100% perfect (they do have some mock meat, they do cook in canola oil), but you'll find plenty of good items on the menu. Nice casual atmosphere.

Pros: good vegan food, nice workers, not a chain/ not a cult (like loving hut)

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Best vegan Chinese food ever - Edit

This restaurant is located in China Town and serves a great variety of vegan dishes. Most of the dishes were vegan, and the few vegetarian ones were clearly marked.

We ordered eggplant basil dish with brown rice and vegetables noodles. Both were so delicious and freshly cooked!
They say they don't use MSG and the dishes were oily but still light and refreshing.
The jasmine tea they brought us was delicious as well.
Can't wait to go back!

Pros: Delicious freshly cooked food, Close to Chinatown, Fair price

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Mock meat heaven - Edit

Awesome place to go after visiting the Golden Gate Park. The range of mock meats is impressive! I had the eggplant and sea bass dish and gosh, the "fish" felt and tasted so real :) I don't know how they do it. Also tried the shark fin soup (really lots of different mushrooms) which was quite interesting (if you're adventurous with your food).

Definitely recommended.

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Tasty vegan lunch - Edit

I had read about this place on happycow and was pleased to find their food both at the San Francisco World Veg Fest, October 2012. Here's my Enjoy Vegetarian Restaurant review.

The owner and her family managed the booth and served meals at $10 for a combo platter: rice + choice of 3 dishes. Plus you could pay extra for fried spring roll, fried curry potato triangles, and fried sesame balls.

I got brown rice with steamed dumplings (yummy), a soft tofu squares with peas and corn dish (tasty), and sauteed long beans (good). Overall the food was tasty, and the service prompt.

After Veg Fest I walked over to their Sunset location on Kirkham and 13th. It's located in a residential area and seemed to be the only business right there. This particular location is smaller than their Financial District/Chinatown location. Inside were just a handful of tables. Simple decor.

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I ENJOY! Enjoy - Edit

TOfu Skin rolls are good. So far that's my fav.

Have you tried the $3 tamales made with sweet rice and mushrooms? It's wrapped in bamboo leaves.
good clean place to go!

Pros: tasty, friendly, veg

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love the fried rice - Edit

Their fried rice (I think it was the "house special" fried rice) is the best I've ever had. Super delicious--really love the stuff.

Haven't had much luck with the few other things I've tried there, though. They were fine, but not exciting. There must be some other gems hiding in their menu that I haven't yet found...

They seem to be doing good business--it always seems to be packed with Chinese folks, so maybe they've got the authentic stuff. They're a couple of blocks off the beaten path, so they must have a loyal customer base that see them as a destination restaurant.

Pros: great fried rice

Cons: many

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Another Great Vegan Restaurant in the Sunset - Edit

This place is great! I was bummed when Hulu house went out of business, but when it was replaced by Enjoy I was relieved- it is much better! The service is good, the atmosphere relaxed... The food is great! I have had a few things that I wouldn't order again: the sweet corn tofu soup is bland. The taro with gluten puff is not very good.
I like their mock chicken. I like the Kung Pao and I love the wonton soup. Their soups are a great deal- HUGE portions and CHEAP

Oh, and weekdays 11-2pm except on Mondays, (they are closed Mondays!) they have a cheap lunch special that includes spring roll, soup, rice and a full sized entree!


Cons: A few menu misses, avoid the curries

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Enjoy Vegetarian - Edit

This place abounds with mocks meats. Not my favorite place in the city, but if you like your mock meat...

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My Favorite SF Chinese Food! - Edit

I actually didn't discover Enjoy until I'd lived in the city for about 8 months, but when my boyfriend and I finally ate there it quickly jumped to our #1 favorite vegan chinese food in San Francisco.

This place is by far the cleanest, friendliest, most high quality vegan/veggie asian cuisine in the city! The staff are always extremely friendly and very genuinely sweet people. The food is delicious and very affordable. Some of my faves are the lemon chicken and the sweet and sour chicken, and the fried rices!

If I want chinese or asian food in the city I go to Enjoy every single time, without fail. Once you eat here, Shangri-La just seems like a nasty greasy spoon.

I love Enjoy!

Pros: excellent food, great value , friendly staff

Cons: NO CONS!

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Vendor at Veg Festival - Edit

This review is strictly about food quality, not about the establishment. Enjoy had a booth at the Veg Festival in San Francisco October 2008. They offered specials of any 3 items for $9. I had the sweet 'n sour "chicken", steamed veggies, and chow mein. It had lots of flavor without being overly heavy, salty, or too greasy (don't get me wrong, it still had that Chinese take out feel, just without too much to give you that yucky heavy feeling afterward). The veggies were very fresh and crisp. The noodles were probably my least favorite, a little on the bland side, but the veggies and sweet 'n sour dish were very good. It was definitely a splurge for more junk food style meal, but if you're looking for that Chinese take out kind of meal, this will hit the spot. They also provided menus for their regular restaurant - hours are Tues-Sun 11am-230 pm, 5pm-9pm, closed on Monday. Also noted they do not use garlic, onion, or MSG.

Pros: sweet 'n sour yum!, crispy veggies

Cons: bland noodles, not the healthiest option

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Decent - Edit

I live just a short 5-to-10 minute walk from this little joint, and I've been meaning to check it out for months. Today was the day.

Let me just start out by saying that I was really rooting for this place. I love nothing more than a great little gem in a neighborhood (versus an advertised rip-off in the business sector of town). Regardless, they let me down.

Monday through Friday from noon to 2:30, you can get the lunch special. For only $5.50, I was able to dine on soup, springroll, entree, and the always-included tea and orange-slice dessert. I opted for the tofu and vegetable curry, which must have been my mistake. (Maybe I should have gone for the sweet & sour meat option...but I wanted vegetables, and the curry was the only one with them.) The tofu was bland, the curry didn't really even taste like curry, and the vegetables consisted of a ridiculous amount of onion and about two slices of carrot. The soup was sub-par, a broth with 3 peas and one carrot slice. HOWEVER, the spring-roll BLEW MY MIND! It was a little roll of heaven all tucked away in goodness. (If I am ever to return, I might just fill up on those bad boys!)

The service was lacking, and really shouldn't have been an issue.....as I was the only diner there. I was almost done with my water when my food was brought to me, but it never (NEVER) got re-filled. She actually forgot the water in the first place until I got up and requested it. Also, she slung the soup down and it spilled all over the mat in front of me. (And she wasn't angry. She was very friendly and all-smiles.)

All-in-all, it was fair enough for the price. I think I might return to try a "meat" dish....because I WAS the dork who ordered tofu.

Pros: Price, Good Portions

Cons: Taste, Service

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Tatiana 22 Feb 2013 - It is interesting about the onion in your curry....their takeout menu states they don't use any garlic or onion. hmm...  

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