Golden Era Vegan Restaurant

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395 Golden Gate Ave, San Francisco, California, USA, 94102

Long-time established pure veg Asian cuisine restaurant. Its menu features a varied range of choices from rice and noodle dishes to soy meats, hot pots, refreshing beverages and vegan desserts. Offers bargain lunch specials. Moved here Nov 2014 from its former location on O'Farrell St. Open Mon-Sun 10:30am-8:30pm.

Category: Vegan, Chinese, Take-out, Asian, Vietnamese

Reviews (72)

First Review by baruchadam

Delicious food! - Edit

I ordered express and everything was really tasty.

We tried the Pho, Pad Thai, Coliflower bits, drumsticks and wonton and gotta say everything was delicious. I totally recommend this place.

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10 years later, still fantastic - Edit

I first visited Golden Era about 10 years ago at their previous location, when visiting a friend in SF. I remember the food as being fantastic asian fusion and planned to go back if the opportunity to travel to San Francisco again ever presented itself. This past march that opportunity came and our final culinary stop was Golden Era. We ordered the spring roll appetizer and two entrees to share. If was more than enough. The service was prompt, food was great. Super tasty, filling and fresh.

Pros: Good Value, Lots of choices, Tasty food

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The best Asian vegan restaurant in SF? - Edit

The Pad Thai with "shrimp" was excellent. Really enjoyed the meal, just as the place overall. I feel like it would make a great fit for a business meeting just as a romantic dinner. Most importantly though, the food is great.

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Delicious Asian Vegan Food - Edit

I read about this place on Happycow and decided to eat here on a recent San Francisco trip. Here's my Golden Era Vegetarian review.

We walked over from our hotel, a nice walk. For our lunch we ordered a vegetable steamed bun, the pho noodle, and the yum yum noodle. The pho noodle was very good and tasty. The broth was authentically Vietnamese, and the side plate of fresh basil, mung bean sprout, lemon, and slices of green jalapeno peppers was a nice (standard) accompaniment.

The yum yum noodle is a standard cold vermicelli noodle sprinkled with fried bits of veggies, accompanied by fried eggless rolls, and topped with shredded fresh lettuce, carrots, and cucumber. It came with a savory tangy sauce that you pour over the noodle. Delicious.

I was very happy that we stopped in for lunch. The food is good! The space is large and the feel is tranquil, has an old school (but interestingly decorated) Chinese restaurant vibe.

Updated from previous review on 2012-01-12

Pros: hearty portions, good flavors, inexpensive

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Golden era - Edit

The food was taistess and very oily. In addition the service was not very helpful and they forgot the drinks we ordered. After reading all the good reviews on HappyCow we were surprised and disappointed by the food this restaurant offers.

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Pleasantly surprised - Edit

With a bit of inhibition at first glance, I was pleasantly surprised by the selection, creativity and quality of the food at Golden Era.

Pros: Massive selection, Quality food, Large portions

Cons: Don't judge a book by it's cover, Be patient with your food, Atmosphere is not awesome, but not bad either.

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Real Food! - Edit

As noted in other posts it's in kind of sketchy location alongside the tenderloin but wow this place is amazing, authentic entrees and healthy smoothies.. I'm hooked ?

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Mmmm..: - Edit

Solid. Clean. Good service. Good food

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Tasteful and filling - Edit

Great venue and menu. Prices are not bad either.
I really enjoyed my time and food there. Generous portions.
Staff are friendly, but not over attentive.
Only around the corner from the restaurant there are lots of people loitering.

Pros: Varied menu, fresh ingredients., Staff, Cleanliness

Cons: Metal chopsticks

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My favourite vegan place in SF - Edit

I went here last December and loved it. The restaurant space was really comfortable and clean, the waitress was friendly without being overbearing, and the food was delicious. I still dream about their imperial rolls.

Updated from previous review on 2016-09-22

Pros: DELICIOUS, friendly staff, nice space

Cons: somewhat slow service

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Very nice - Edit

Cleaners, fast, and delicious! Will return often.

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Great place - Edit

I found this place close to my hotel. I was very happy! The place is very nice, super clean and modern. The staff? Adorable! The food is delicious! I went twice in two days and I had tasty food, in a nice environment. There should be more places like this one. The menu is extensive and offers a wide choice of Thai food, the dessert are amazing.

Pros: great food, nice place, adorable staff

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Good location, ok food - Edit

Right there near Civic Center, near Asian museum and the symphony, etc. So I have been there many times. I was happy for them that they were able to relocate and reopen after losing their other space, but my recent visits have been disappointing. Basically, there is too much mock meat, and when I asked the server for something without it, she recommended a vegetable dish.. oily and came with lots of fake meat I just had to push aside.

Pros: vegan food, good location, plenty of seats

Cons: too much mock meat, no brown rice? I forget

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Delicious!! - Edit

I had the rice plate "Sai Gon" and it was great! The fried soy was a little oily but yummy. The dessert of mango sticky rice was the best I've had!
Clean and nice place

Pros: Food, Clean

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Fresh food with loads on mock meat, Good service, Welcoming place - Edit

I went there with a non vegan friend. It was an anjoyable meal, but would have been better had they not used so much mock meat.
We ordered the Mushu Rolls (very good, rolls made with a sort of savory pancake, very interesting and tasty), the Pho noodle soup (made with a delicious soup, fake meats, loads of fresh greens and soy sprouts) and the Banh Xeo (vietnamese stuffed pie).
The food was good and fresh, but I would have preferred to have tofu in the dish instead of the mock meats - it's just my personal preference, I don't like mock meats.
Service was friendly and fast and the place is nicely decorated, clean and welcoming.
When we went there (Wednesday for dinner) the place was not noisy and it was easy to talk.
I think you could ask to replace the mock meats with tofu, haven't tried this but I will definitely ask next time :)
I would recommend this place to those who like mock meats (my only con for this place) and want to try Vietnamese specialties.

Pros: Friendly and fast service, Fresh food, Fair prices

Cons: Too much mock meats

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too noisy - Edit

Every conversation and clanking fork is amplified in this extremely noisy location, which made eating here an unpleasant experience.

Pros: vegan, I had earplugs with me

Cons: nerve-jangling

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One of my favorites - Edit

I love this place. I go here a lot, especially with friends. Eat a lot and quickly so you can catch that movie!

Pros: Wonderful selection, big portions and very colorfu, Fast, Not too busy. Great for groups

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excellent! - Edit

I went there today to have a late lunch with my husband (he is not vegan). We really enjoyed the food. This is the fourth asian restaurant I try in the bay area, they were good but this one is the best of my list.
The mushroom curry was delicious and the sweet sour soup my husband had was far better than the ones he tried in the other places.
I definitively recommend this place, it deserves a 4.5 stars.

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Tasty - Edit

Really great. Rice was delicious. Kids loved every bite of their appetizers and entrees. The oyster mushroom dish was heavenly. Service was also fast.

Pros: rice dish, cheese cake, oyster mushroom dish

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silver rating for golden era - Edit

This restaurant is another nice Asian restaurant similar to Loving Hut with many almost identical dishes. (In fact I'm told one of the spouses owns a LH franchise). We had the Tofu salad and the lunch special (Tofu, green beans,rice,broccoli) and neither was spectacular. Neither was spectacular but still a good place for vegan food. It is clean and pretty and almost adjacent to civic center. Go to the Asian Museum afterwards for the full experience. Very noisy when busy and the display of vegan Frank's in a can is off-putting.

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great local spot - Edit

Good food in a decent atmosphere. Service was good but a little slow.

Pros: selection, taste

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A delight - Edit

Golden Era was all it was described as being. These folks understand what it means to be a vegan and have created a host of wonderful choices, many of which are gluten-free. Great food, generous portions, reasonable prices and a pleasant atmosphere. We're in SF for just a week and have many option to try out, but we will probably go back again. An excellent place for the serious vegan...

Pros: Lots of options, Delicious food, Generous portions

Cons: Needs a warmer atmosphere

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Great Chinese Vegan Food / Nice Setting - Edit

Large menu, new decor. We enjoyed our meal and were glad we made the trip out of our way for lunch here. Pot stickers and the spicy soup were particularly good. Worthwhile going

Pros: choices, decor

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really good vegan food! - Edit

The atmosphere is kinda bright and not much character, but the food is excellent! All vegan. And, it's not loud. Good service. Good price.

Pros: Great vegan food!, Good service, Reasonably priced

Cons: Atmoshpere is kind of lacking

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Tasty Food - Edit

This place was really cool. The interior was really nice and welcoming. The menu was a mixture of different Asian foods. The portions they served were HUGE! The only downside is that they were kind of located in a crummy part of town.

Pros: cheap

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A great place for vegans! - Edit

I tried their meals when they were still at the older place and I appreciated the experience. The food was of good quality and creative, the staff was friendly and all is vegan. If I come back to SF, I will certainly try this new version of the restaurant!

Pros: all vegan, creative food, friendly staff

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I'm so glad they reopened - Edit

I was so sad when they closed and was eagerly waiting for them to reopen. The new location is so nice and a perfect place to stop after going to the Asian Art Museum.

The first time I went they didn't have any lunch specials but now they have a very affordable 2 item lunch option.

In terms of the regular menu, it is a bit inconsistent. The first time the food was so salty, so the next time I asked them if they could make it less salty and they said they couldn't. The food seemed less salty but was much spicier. When I mentioned it to the server, she was quite nice and went to talk to the chef and he said that it was the normal level of spiciness, but that next time they might be able to make it less spicy.

The desserts look delicious, but I was too full to eat them. There are so many interesting things on the menu to try, I'm looking forward to going back.

Pros: much nicer locations, good food

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