CA, San Francisco – The Plant Organic Cafe


Casual, but decadent. Relaxed, yet refined. Delicious, and … delicious. Seriously, most of the sustainable, organic type restaurants I have been to have good intentions, but they often fall a bit short when it comes to the food and atmosphere. But not The Plant. Our special diet gang (at least a dozen of us) descended upon the Plant on a busy Thursday night. Most restaurants meet large groups with stress, but the staff at The Plant seemed more than happy to accomodate not only the number of people in the party, but all of our special diet questions too! We had dairy-free diners, gluten-free diners, vegan diners, sugar-free diners, and in some cases, a combination of all. But we all left completely satisfied and with nothing but good things to say about this restaurant.

I had the Thai Green Curry as my entree. It was outstanding and quite a fair price. To top off my affordable meal, I had a vegan chocolate chip cookie. It was just the right size for my appetite, and positively delicious. They also offer gluten-free cookies, which I would have sampled for fun, but they weren't dairy-free. Everyone else had the raw raspberry cheesecake (nut-based and vegan). They were all thrilled by it.

The Plant Dairy-Free Raw Raspberry Cheesecake

Photo by Tia of Glugle Gluten Free.

I sampled a bite (or two) of the cheesecake, and must admit it wasn't the best raw cheesecake I have ever tried … it had more of a yogurt taste too it rather than a dense cheesecake in my opinion, but it was still quite tasty. Between our group, we sampled nearly every entree and appetizer on the menu, and I didn't hear a single complaint, only raves.

This is actually a great restaurant for mixed palate groups, since they offer meat, seafood (the halibut and ahi were reportedly fabulous), and several vegan/vegetarian entrees. Oh, and the sweet potatoes were the side dish favorite.

The Plant offers Grab & Go options for take out. See their website for full menus, which include salads, pizzas, veggie burgers, small plates, entrees, brunch, and a large wine list.

Location: Suite 108, Pier 3, The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA

Phone: 415 984 1973


About Author

Alisa is the founder of, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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