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.

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

95 Reviews

First Review by baruchadam

Our Favorite Family Restaurant - Edit

My daughter even had her Bat Mitzvah dinner here! Consistent quality of food, seemingly unending delicious choices, usually good server recommendations!

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Good Chinese - Edit

My daughter and I ate dinner here while visiting in San Francisco after reading about it here at Happy Cow. We had a very good and filling meal. They seated us quickly and took our order promptly. And the food arrived quickly. It was a little slower getting the check at the end. There was a large variety of choices on the menu. I enjoyed my broccoli dish. It's a nice place in a sort of sketchy neighborhood but a good place for dinner.

Pros: All vegan choices, Great vareity, NIce atmsophere

Cons: Sketchy neighborhood

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Nomnomnom - Edit

We had excellent food and take-away cake. Would recommend!
The surrounding neighborhood was a bit surprising to us as tourists but I guess that's what happens if you don't know a city very well.

Pros: CAKE

Cons: the neighborhood

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yummy! - Edit

Great vegan chinese. Fast service and friendly staff. Very mock meat and tofu heavy.

Pros: fast, delicious

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great vegan food! - Edit

Great restaurant with a variety of Asian foods! Everything is vegan on the menu giving an abundance of choices which vegans don't usually get so that was really nice. The restaurant is really big and very nice on the inside. The dessert menu looked amazing as well but we were too full to order any because of the large dinner portions. Very affordable as well! Huge thumbs up!

Pros: lots of vegan options , affordable

Cons: in a rougher part of town, but still central

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bad experience - Edit

Food is very good outstanding but the costumer service is bad waiter Heidi is rude and need to learn to respect all people not just her own race

Pros: good food

Cons: bad costumer service no smile or thank you have a

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Diamond in the Rough, Very Rough - Edit

My wife and I sought out this restaurant at lunch time based on the reviews. We had to walk through several blocks of dirty streets full of people either sleeping on the sidewalk or playing loud music and harassing people as we walked by.

Once inside, we enjoyed our food. I had the fried rice with seaweed and my wife had the tomato based soup with imitation shrimp. The restaurant itself is clean and comfortable. The service was very good. The food was tasty. No complaints there. I would give the place 4 or 5 starts if not for the location.

After we finished, while my wife used the restroom, I watched the people passing by the front window. One man stopped, put down a plastic tray he was carrying, and began smoking from a glass pipe. He was breaking bad on the sidewalk clear as day. We never felt unsafe, so I don't want to deter anyone from enjoying this restaurant, but this was our experience on a Friday at lunch time.

Pros: the food and service

Cons: the location

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Great food - Edit

Great food, the meatier stuff was excellent and well seasoned. The staff was fantastic and the moderate price was really much lower than the high quality of the food. Would recommend.

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amazing. - Edit

I went to Golden Era on my las trip to San Francisco, I ate there a few times during my stay. The chicken and beef dishes are amazing, spring rolls delicious. I honestly don't think you can go wrong ordering anything on that menu. 100% vegan plant based menu. 100% awesome. I will be back.

Pros: everything is vegan It's the most wonderful place

Cons: there are no cons the atmosphere staff everything

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Very Good w/ Some Sugar Free Options - Edit

Nice restaurant. Good food. Mediocre service.

Pros: Raw Fresh Juices, Smoothies. Fresh produce. Health

Cons: Sugar in all of the sauces. Order without sauce fo

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Really amazing vegan food. Why have anything else? - Edit

I really enjoyed this place. Clean, friendly and comfortable. The food was great, prices reasonable, with lots of options. When you see all the delicious and healthy food that can be prepared vegan, why would you ever need to eat animal products again?

Their cheesecake is really good along with everything else I've tried. My first time and already a favourite spot!

Pros: Delicious vegan food for many eaters. Comforting a

Cons: they may not have things like raw bean salad, quin

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yum! - Edit

great food, great service, & the prices are reasonable. i had the spicy noodle soup & it made me feel amazing. it was actually spicy!!! (i've had a lot of places that don't believe i can handle my spice). if you're in the area, i highly recommend checking it out.

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yes!! - Edit

Great food! Fresh and delicious. Great options and fairly priced

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amazing food!! - Edit

I haven't really found a southeast asian restaurant in SF that I liked after living here for 3 years. I went to golden era skeptical and left feeling very satisfied and loving the food. We ordered drumsticks, spicy clay pot and pan fried noodles. Highly recommend and the prices were very reasonable for SF!

Pros: delicious menu, inexpensive

Cons: bad neighborhood

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Good food and nice interior! - Edit

I liked the food and the menu was very varied, only thing was missing was a good service, waitress could not speak to me in English (she was Asian and really helpful and hard-working), so yep. I ate the pot this and the tea was great - cheap as well, 1€ only, recommend it :D The desserts are great and the pancake with ice-cream was great :D

Pros: Good food, cheap tea

Cons: Not the best service

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The Best Vegan Asian Food!!! - Edit

Couldn't even believe how delicious this food was! My dad and I decided to order the avocado rolls to start then split the chow mien and lemongrass delight, all were super tasty! Since I decided a desert would be nice, we then shared a slice of the mocha cake. I still can't believe we could even eat that much food but I'd have to say that was the best vegan food I've ever tasted! Definitely worth the visit!

Pros: Vegan, Amazing Food, Cheap Prices

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ahhhhhhhmazing!!!!!!! - Edit

Seriously though... haven't had better Asian style food ever in my life!

Definitely satisfied and loved it 😘💓🙏🏼

#govegan

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Great Food and Wonderful for large parties - Edit

I come here often because I know I will like 90% of the menu and there are many options for my friends to choose from. It's also walkable from Bart and possible to find street parking.

Pros: extensive menu, Amble seating , delicious food for a reasonable price

Cons: The service is inattentive , Wifi doesn't always work, When busy it's best to go up to the counter to pay

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Order was misunderstood and they forgot rice. - Edit

Looks like a really nice place, but I placed a takeout order and the lady who answered was impossible to understand. I couldn't tell if she was speaking English or Chinese. She misunderstood what time I wanted to pick up my order and it was not ready. They quickly got it ready, and after I left I realized they forgot our rice and I had no time left to go back for it. I was very disappointed, Asian food without rice!!?? The food we did get was pretty decent or else I would have given 1 star.

Pros: All vegan , authentic

Cons: impossible to understand person answering phone

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Delicious! - Edit

Being so highly recommended on HappyCow, we had to try this restaurant. We arrived around 6pm on a Saturday and there was no wait though a line up developed shortly afterwards. We had the pho, sai gon rice plate, and spicy asian stew. All the dishes were delicious! There are so many other items that we will be returning for more.

Updated from previous review on 2017-07-23

Pros: Swift service, Great value, Delicious faux meats

Cons: Very minor: service could be more friendly

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So Damn Delicious - Edit

My guy found this vegan place when he was looking up places for us to eat. He's not vegan but he always accommodates me. He's too good to me omg. ANYWAYS. We went here and the food we got was hella good. I got some broccoli and soy "beef" and my guy got some sweet and sour chicken. We both got some jasmine green milk tea that was to die for. Speaking of dying my guy didn't realize he was allergic to pineapple so when he was eating - there was pineapple in the dish he got - his throat started to hurt a lot. He's all good now and he kept eating cause the food was THAT good. Literally to die for. To sum up, I highly recommend this place.

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seriously Thee Best Food - Edit

The food was fantastic. The service was friendly and timely. Can't say enough. We will definitely be back!! Coconut veggie curry was to die for.

Pros: it's vegan, delicious food, quick service/price

Cons: none really.

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quiet dining,lots of choices - Edit

Pad thai spicy, generous sautéed tofu, doesn't really need the faux shrimp thats in it. Hubby got lemongrass deluxe which was great and I kept stealing from his plate. Seaweed salad was very light and fresh. Nice experience overall, good service, note: you have to get a key to use their restroom and the walk up Golden Gate is a bit sketchy coming from Market in the evening, but we had no problems and folks minded their own business.

Pros: good size portions, lots of variety, carry out box, nice vibe, conducive to conversation

Cons: none

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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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