Vegan Picnic

  • Vegan Vegan
    ( 27 reviews )
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1977A Union St, San Francisco, California, USA, 94123

Vegan deli offering hot and cold sandwiches and groceries. Uses plant-based replacements. Feb 2018 reported now offering breakfast, opening times may be variable so check ahead. Open Mon-Fri 9:00am-6:30pm, Sat-Sun 8:00am-6:30pm.

Categories: Vegan, American, Fast food, Take-out, Bakery

27 Reviews

First Review by kristianbauer

The BEST vegan deli - Edit

I heard so many great things about this place that we had to try it. It's small but has very steady traffic and it's so nice to see so many people enjoying vegan food! They have a grab and go refrigerator with pre-made, snacks sandwiches, drinks and desserts. There are more snacks and condiments spread out throughout the store as well as vegan dog food and snacks.

Even at the busiest time (while we were there) service was quick and friendly. Expect to take your food with you to eat somewhere else as seating is very limited. We lucked out and grabbed a table just as we were about to go back to the car to eat.

I make my own vegan salami sub at home and it is a huge favorite of my family and my non-vegan co-workers. The one at Vegan Picnic takes it to another level with their challah bread! I had the spicy "chicken" sandwich on the same bread and it was also very flavorful with the sriracha mayo!

We also shared a grilled cheese because they use Follow Your Heart cheese and we had to try it. It was nice warm and melty as expected!

We took home a couple of Bavarian cream filled donuts and they were really good. It did take eating about 80% of the donut before we got to the cream but it was still good.

I was pretty disappointed with the number of actual 100% vegan restaurants in San Francisco, but this place more than makes up for it. It will be our go to from now on and we expect to stop by before making the drive back home tomorrow.

Pros: Fast, friendly service, Great selection, Great flavor

Cons: Could use more seating

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The best vegan food in town! - Edit

The guy serving us was very friendly and recommend the two top sellers the chicken and stake burgers! In all of my 45 years as a meat eater I have not enjoyed burgers as I enjoyed these. To die for! He even gave us a free jam doughnut, which I only discovered back in the hotel. Cheesecake we bougt was amazing too. Love this place, great food and excellent service. It gets top marks from me!

Pros: All vegan-reassuring. The prices are very reasonab

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Great food and products - Edit

Thanks for saving me starving today. Great food, great people. Next time in San Francisco, we'll come back and try the rest!

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Even my very non-vegan mom loved it! - Edit

What’s not to love? Kind and friendly owner and staff, delicious sandwiches (that mac salad is amazing), and lots of fantastic vegan products for purchase!

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Vegan Heaven - Edit

This place is AMAZING. As a vegan traveling through SF it was the perfect place to stop and get a delicious filling meal. If you’re a doughnut lover like I am you’ll want to grab a doughnut here, fluffy big doughnuts!

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So delicious...and so friendly! - Edit

The women who own this place were so warm and generous and so passionate about veganism. It's clear that each ingredient and recipe has been considered and perfected. The crispy chicken sandwich, macaroni salad, Cole slaw, and egg salad are fabulous, and the Caesar dressing is the best I've ever had. My husband had the fish sandwich and loved that, too. The sugared raised doughnut was slightly dry but otherwise lovely. Make a stop here, and bring non-vegan friends...they'll be wowed!

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so good! - Edit

The food is really great, cute space and they have a lot of vegan snacks to pick up to go. The dessert spread is expansive and delicious!!

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I'm glad I stopped in here - Edit

We were just walking down Union St and stopped in. I had just eaten lunch, but after Jill gave me a sample of a meatball, I suddenly got really hungry for a meatball sandwich. I'm not a fan of macaroni salad or cole slaw, but the sandwich was fantastic! I got a chocolate frosted donut to go and it hit the spot later in the evening. Check this place out.

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Great vegan food, fast service - Edit

Food was flavored well, employees were friendly and prices were reasonable. Check out their croissants! Steak sandwich has just the right flavor of horseradish. Will certainly return.

Pros: vegan, clean, friendly

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Good Vegan Sandwiches and Salads. - Edit

I highly recommend the Kale Caesar Salad. The Chicken sandwich is good as well but very bready due to the bun and batter on the chicken patty, there are definitely times when that's what I need though! The coleslaw is not my favorite, but the macaroni salad is pretty great, especially with the chunks of bacon. I need to try the other sandwiches for a more thorough review. Unlike other reviewers, compared to modern SF prices I do not think the price is too expensive for what you get.

Pros: fresh, good quality, great Parmesan alternative

Cons: small selection

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over priced - Edit

Absolutely a gimmick. Small portion for mega money. Tastes was ooo kkkkk. Don't waste you money.

Pros: vegan, cool location , friendly staff

Cons: small portions , over priced , not fresh tasting

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Guiltlessly Delicious and Addicting - Edit

Just love The Crispy Chicken and VP Meatball. I should try the other sandwiches, as soon as I get over my addiction from the two.

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vegan dream - Edit

amazing food served by amazing people!!! A place to feel comfortable to enjoy your food love it and totally recommend it

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incredible! - Edit

Loved this place. I got the salami sandwich with the macaroni salad on the side and it was out of this world. Their jelly filled donut was really good too. The cole slaw wasn't my favorite so I'd recommend getting the macaroni. Boyfriend got the crispy chicken sandwich and it was ok - a little heaven on the sauce. The grocery portion is awesome too. They have hippeas which are my fave. And vegan jerky that tastes great and has good texture. Super nice staff too!

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'egg sandwich' - Edit

As a non vegan on holiday with my vegan boyfriend I have been trying out as many vegan places to eat as possible and my eyes have really been opened. This place was fantastic, I can't believe my 'egg' sandwich was not egg. Tasted so fresh and the portion size was amazing. The caramel cookies were a dream.

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AMAZING!!! - Edit

Every sandwich I have had from Vegan Picnic is so good! The chicken sandwich and caprese in particular are out of this world. They also have a great selection of pantry groceries and cold groceries. Great feeling to be able to pick out anything on the shelves knowing it's vegan. They also have gluten free items.

Pros: great sandwiches , great selection , staff is very friendly

Cons: none!

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Absolutely amazing - Edit

I'd love this place! They have the best burgers I have ate ever. I couldn't believe it's vegan.

Pros: taste!, nice look

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Wow, so delicious. - Edit

Straight to the point, their crispy chicken sandwich is now one of my favorite sandwiches in SF. It is impressively delicious, I am really in awe of how well curated the meat replacement is and overall the amount of flavors packed into this guy. For those making the transition to a vegan diet (like myself), their menu is loaded with familiar picks from traditional non-vegan cuisine, therefore allowing for a more comfortable, anxiety-free offering.
Now to the real kicker. My significant other is very much a meat lover, and still taking her time to transitioning to the vegan lifestyle. Previously she was a HUGE fan of gourmet crispy chicken sandwiches like the one served at Salumeria in Mission. She was extremely impressed with Vegan Picnic's alternative take.
I highly recommend checking out Vegan Picnic. I look forward to trying their special Chicken and Waffle sandwich and cupcakes!

Pros: Less than 5 minutes wait for food, Familiar cuisine, Very friendly service

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Perfect lunch - Edit

Great spot for a filling lunch, kids are well. Deserts were excellent. Price was typical for good vegan food.

Pros: portion size

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BEST FISH FILLET EVER - Edit

I wish I could have gotten more food here because the fish fillet was SO good. My non vegan family even said they couldn't tell it was vegan. Along with the sandwich was a side of macaroni salad which had little bacon bits. I also got a donut which I had been craving for two weeks. This was the highlight of my visit to San Fransisco.

Pros: Inexpensive, quality food., Friendly service.

Cons: Navigating San Francisco., Opens at 11:30 AM

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Good (Not Great) Food, But . . . - Edit

I'm so glad to have a vegan option in that part of San Francisco. Yay! And the food is good (but not great), particularly the "chicken" sandwich.

But . . . the food is pricey for the serving size. In particular, the sides that come with the sandwich (either coleslaw or potato salad) are tiny - a couple of bites total. Given the prices, I shouldn't leave hungry. But I did.

Also, it's annoying to eat in. They don't have plates and don't offer water. So you're trying to eat your sandwich out of this little bag - good luck if it starts to spill.

I really hope this places makes it. Please increase the serving size and make the in-dining experience better.


Updated from previous review on 2017-06-30

Pros: Good Food

Cons: Pricey for Serving Sizes, Poor Dine In Experience - No Plates, No Water

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These are some REAL sandwiches! - Edit

Great spot for a seriously good sandwich--whether you want hardcore veggie "meat" or something a little more tame, this place has you covered. Only open since Feb 2017, they've already got a great following with vegans and non-vegans alike in the fashionable Union Street neighborhood. We opted for their two biggest sellers, the mock chicken and the mock steak sandwiches, both served hot with great toppings and amazing hallah-style sandwich bread. All I can say is yum! The store also has a full selection of gluten free sandwich options, as well as a great selection of all-vegan groceries, juices, and ready-made fresh items. There's only seating for about 6-8 people so it's mostly take-out but a very cool space. We love to support vegan restaurants, especially when they are this good!

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delicious! donut stole the show... - Edit

Such a tasty and bright little spot. I had a "steak" sandwich with both the sides (mac salad and cole slaw) and a custard donut to go. Holy moly! The sandwich was very good, with a tasty horseradish sauce, and the mac salad took me by surprise. But the donut was mind blowing! Apparently they come from another bakery named Frena. I will absolutely be seeking that place out before I leave SF. Such a delicious lunch!

Pros: everything was very tasty!, dear God the donuts

Cons: pricey, I think I gained 3 pounds

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Sandwiches are to die for - Edit

These gluten free and vegan sandwiches were to die for! I had the bomb and caprese sandwich. They also stock a range of vegan products on their shelves as well.

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Good for Gluten free - Edit

Vegan Picnic is perfect for anyone eating gluten free they have a wide selection of gluten free items on the menu and they use a bread called Bread SRSLY which was the best gluten free bread I had ever tasted. Overall the food is good and the staff are friendly. The one downside is the lack of seating.

Pros: many gluten free options , good sandwhiches , friendly staff

Cons: very little seating

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great - Edit

Working across the street from here for the day. Had the crispy chicken sandwich. Lots of lettuce, tomatoes and sauce on it. Looking forward to coming back.

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Great for a quick bite - Edit

Got a chicken sandwich with mac salad side. Ate at the front on 1 of the 4 stools overlooking Union St. Great meal and relatively inexpensive. Would def come here again!

Pros: Easy to grab a quick bite

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