The Plant - Cafe Organic
The Plant - Cafe Organic
  • Address:
    Pier 3, The Embarcadero
    San Francisco, CA 94111
    Neighborhood:
    Financial District / Embarcadero
  • Cuisine:
    Organic
    Price: $30 and under

The Plant - Cafe Organic

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.theplantcafe.com/
  • Phone: 4159841973x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Hours of Operation Lunch: Monday - Friday 11 am-3pm
    Dinner: Seven Days a week.
    Sunday through Thursday: 5pm-9pm
    Friday and Saturday 5pm-9:30pm
    Midday Menu: Thursday- Sunday 3pm-5pm
    Brunch: Saturday and Sunday 10am-3pm
    Cafe:
    Seven days a week: 7:30am-8pm. All take out orders via the Cafe. Full menu available for take-out.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Organic, American, Vegetarian
  • Executive Chef: Sascha Weiss, Executive Chef-Sam Berenson, Chef de Cuisine
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: We offer catering platters to be picked up or delivered. Please view our website for details (http://theplantcafe.com/cater_appetizers.htm).
  • Special Events: Jeff Walter, Our events coordinator will gladly assist with your next event. Contact us at events@theplantcafe.com and lets us make your private event a memorable one.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between Washington and Broadway
  • Public Transit: F Market MUNI


    Embarcadero BART
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking Details: Inside Pier 3 = $5 an hour

    Street Parking in the evening

    Pay Lot across the street
A word from The Plant - Cafe Organic
Michelin recommended. A California based Organic restaurant company, we offer all healthy dishes, fresh juices, salads, sandwiches, soups, entrees & desserts as well as Sustainable seafood and 100% organic poultry.

Extensive lunch and brunch menu with a distinct full dinner menu seven days a week.

We follow a farm-to-table philosophy relying on quality local produce. In many cases, food has been grown only a day or two before it is served to our guests. If it is not available locally, we search the globe in our quest for the best organic, natural or artisan quality ingredients as reflected in our coffees, teas, and spirits.

We host a full bar with organic cocktails and local, sustainable wines. We pride ourselves in offering food for all including sustainable seafood, local organic poultry, specialty pizza and delicious vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free choices.
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The Plant - Cafe Organic reviews from OpenTable diners
192 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4.1
    Service3.5
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (126)scenic view (123)great for lunch (90)fit for foodies (82)great for brunch (53)special occasion (31)romantic (27)neighborhood gem (26)good for groups (23)kid-friendly (17)hot spot (8)vibrant bar scene (3)late-night find (3)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Who has two hours for lunch?
    megregVIP
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    While the food here is always consistently good, fresh and seemingly healthy, the super long wait for food delivery and waiter attention left a lot to be desired. On a Monday at that, after 1pm, with a reservation.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fix the entry!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 1999VIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Off to a not-great start: 15 minute wait on a Sunday afternoon even with reservations and many open tables. The entry is one of the most poorly designed spaces I've seen recently: customers entering, waitstaff bustling through and 2-3 greeters huddled around the reservation computer ... all in the same space! Very congested, confusing, and irritating for all. The greeters seemed befuddled ... couldn't sort out who was which party. Did not provide the customer with any sense that things were under control. The food was OK ... not great. The entry experience colored the entire experience. And it was an important interview ... did not set a good tone.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect evening dining
    dpadilla0071
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    I had a friend visiting from from the Tyrol region of Italy, so I decided to take her to The Plant. We had a fantastic three course meal while enjoying the view of the bay, seated on their wonderful outdoor patio. At the end of the meal she said "You somehow found the perfect restaurant for me. Everything on the menu looks incredible." To make her happy, you get five stars! Food, service, ambience and pricing were all spot on. This is waterfront dining perfection at a fraction of what it should cost. Also, the location is great because it weeds out most of the tourist population that buzzes around the Ferry Building.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Daughters Birthday Celebration
    ANDNEWS
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Our experience was very good. We would like to see a more extensive bar menu. Service was excellent and a very friendly atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Looks great, delivers less
    CaptainParker
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    We arrived on time for our reservation, but had to wait almost 30 minutes. The hostess strung us along with few updates. We got a table by the water, which was nice. Our waiter was awful, recommended the wrong wine, and ignored us throughout the evening. But, the food was good and we enjoyed our meal. The other issues detracted from our overall experience greatly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food, hostess needs training
    luv2dine22
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Great food, seats by the water. Service was good. Getting seated and dealing with the hostess was a nightmare.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Brunch on terrace
    LouisJaffe
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    In the right weather, the terrace is very pleasant. Nice place to meet for brunch when it opens, 10am. Food-wise I find this the least reliable of the 3 branches of this local chain I patronize regularly. (I have to be gluten-free for medical reasons, and The Plant flags gluten-free items on its menu.)
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great view, slow service
    Erin
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    I loved the food and the view was stunning! However, the service was very slow. We ordered drinks at the beginning and they came out 25 minutes later, after we received our appetizers (which we'd ordered 10 min after the drinks). The drink was also watered down. Unfortunate service but the place has a lot of potential!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Plant is a special place!
    luv2sampledishes
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    We had a wonderful experience at Plant. Our server was quite attentive but not intrusive. Our veggie burgers were delicious. We sat on the patio and delighted in the gorgeous hanging baskets overflowing with flowers as well as the view of the Bay. We love Plant!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Mission neighborhood local
    NeoklassiksoulVIP
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Great food and a good wine selection make this location great for food and drinks. Open kitchen and family style tables available. A nice combination of seating options to choose from. Personnel very friendly and approachable. Thoroughly enjoyed our meal there and a bill of 130 USD all in for three plus drinks was good value.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Awesome Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    We are gluten free and dairy free. The food was gourmet, allergy friendly and we sat with a view of the bay. One of our favorite places to eat in the city. The raw desserts are amazing.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    Great location and menu. The Plant is probably a bit overpriced, but there isn't much like it around. Great place for lunch with friends or colleagues on a nice day. On our most recent visit, both of our orders were a bit off- soup never came until the end of the meal (but was nicely comped because of this) and I was given a full sandwich instead of the half I ordered (but only charged for the half). Seems the kitchen may have been a bit frazzled-- but really not much to complain about!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • honestperson
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    I went there on Sunday. The waitress was very nice. I couldn't sit outdoor as we have more than 4 people. I wish they change the policy.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • fantastic place to eat
    Mary
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    For the Pier location: Amazingly delicious food, reasonably priced, mostly organic, healthy options, great service, great ambience, what more can you ask for? I will be returning often to this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Farmers Market Lunch
    Anonymous
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    This is a nice place for a light lunch or brunch after a hectic morning at the farmers market at the Ferry Building. It is close to the market (so you don't have to lug your farmers market purchases too far) but far enough from the crowds to be relaxing, especially on the deck.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place, terrible hostess
    KFISH
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    The restaurant was great, probably because we had a reservation. The hostess was super rude to the people ahead of us. They simply asked for a table for 4 and she snaps "do you have. Reservation?" When they said no, she said there was quite the wait. Restaurant was empty the entire time we dined. I get that reservations come first, but not serving these people? Ridiculously snobby and made me seriously think twice about coming back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DL
    Dfree
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Food was amazing. Service was not great. They served soup without a spoon and couldn't find a spoon. By the time they did, the soup was cold and the rest of the party had nearly finished their meals. Also an order for a plant burger with soup instead of the sides got mixed up for soup and a side of potatoes... Odd. By the time the correct order came out everyone else was done eating. That said once the food was eaten it tasted great and the restaurant is in a great location along the water.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable Evening
    lynnelizVIP
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    I spent a lovely evening with friends who are eating Paleo. The food fit the bill and it was a lovely evening with great food.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Excellent!
    SFFoodie
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    We had the hummus platter and the Plant burger with white cheddar and avocado. Both were absolutely amazing! We will definitely return to the Plant for another delicious meal!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • wait for 15 min with reservation
    honestperson
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    I called the Plant to change numbers of people a day before. They didn't correct it. The hostess had us wait for at least 15 minutes despite of the reservation.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Unprofessional service, good food
    pickyeaterVIP
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    Our waiter was just bizarre. He seemed to want to be helpful, but wasn't. More training, please! The food was very good.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, service & water view.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    The Plant went out of their way to give us a perfect reunion with friends from England on their first time in San Francisco. Could not be more beautiful, delicious or gracious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Going down hill
    SFVisitor
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    I love the Plant -- but lately the food, the service and the general cleanliness of the Plant on the Embarcadero have gone downhill. Not good. I don't want to go back. The service has gotten worse and worse -- they act as if they are doing you a favor to wait on you.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • greendiner
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    The wervice was sketchy. We ordered family style and we had to ask twice for serving utensils while the food was gettng cold. Small portions. Fish and duck were overcooked.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty veggie fare,awful smooth jazz
    walera
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    I've eaten dinner at Plant several times and have enjoyed the food each time. I like sitting in outdoor are closer to water (protected w/plastic and heaters when cold.) This time we ate inside at tall bar stools at main shared table, was fine. I had Quinoa bowl with tofu - good - a little salty. Dessert of bread pudding with sea salt caramel was delicious. Overall good experience. Only complaints are the music - smooth jazz/sax the entire time was god awful and almost ruined the night. Other complaint was they wouldn't serve us coffee with dessert because they said "coffee service was closed!" (at 9:45) Other complaint was that they were mopping the floor and cleaning up around us before we were finished (around 10) which felt rude.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food & Healthy
    Emily
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    I love the plant and sitting by the bay is so lovely. This is a great spot for anyone looking to eat out and eat healthy.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome Plants Burgers
    tejal
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Plant Burgers are the best. i tried the wasabi plant burger and it was the best. Their organic juices are great too :)
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best veggie burger ever
    FerliseVIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Begin with beautifully prepared scallops with a luscious aioli - so nice. Then enjoy well prepared flavorful duck breast on creamy polenta. But my friend's beet, mushroom, lentil and bulgur wheat veggie burger was omg over the top INCREDIBLE. A must try.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We were starving when we left
    foodcritic
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    We ordered the tasting menu which turned out to be very tiny. There was soup (cold) and "lasagna" also cold. The food was okay. Not outstanding, but very expensive for what it was. Don't go there if you're hungry.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 123 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service3.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 932 reviews are from the The Plant - Cafe Organic reviews archive.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    This is the second time I have eaten here. On both occasions, the hostess was efficient but not welcoming. Overall, the food was good, our waitress was helpful, but this time, our service was very slow. Several of our dishes arrived cold, one of our dishes was order late and one of our dishes had ingredients different from what was listed on the menu. The food was tasty, but not outstanding. The wait staff was insufficient to handle the number of people.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Outdoor Patio
    Delightful
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    The Plant Cafe has a wonderful outdoor space with a beautiful view of the waterfront. The restaurant has a lot of vegetarian options and a great selection of healthy juices. The plant burger is great. The cocktails have quit interesting combination; my friend had one with kombucha which she said was yummy.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious, convenient, great price
    VeganYums
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    I met a college friend who I hadn't seen for 20 years at the Plant Café - perfect place - close to the Ferry, hotels, excellent healthy menu. I'm vegan and the choices were fantastic - and fantastically priced. I initially thought we should meet at Greens, but this was way more convenient and affordable and easy for all of us to get to, coming from different directly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Lunch Spot
    ALH233VIP
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    I went to lunch with 3 friends during the work week. The service was fast so that we were able to get back to the office within an hour or so of arriving. I think we felt a little rushed even. We set at a great outdoor table. We all enjoyed our food, but two of my friends ordered the soup/sandwich lunch combo and both wished there had been more sandwich they enjoyed it so much.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Fantastic Cocktails
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    I love this particular "Plant" because they serve fantastic cocktails & it has a wonderful view.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love the food, service is meh
    Emily
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    I love the food and the atmosphere at Plant Cafe Organic, where vegans and omnivores can eat in harmony. I'm a little put off by the attitude, though. With numerous tables open, some folks who came in while we were waiting for our (reserved) table were told there was a 20-minute wait. Why? I also take issue with any restaurant that won't seat me until the entire party arrives. And the table service was only mediocre. Wish they would improve the overall customer care, but I'll keep going back no matter what 'cause the food is so dang good.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and views
    sfnoona
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    As a vegan always looking for good options and Plant Organic does not disappoint. Also outside seating provides wonder views of the bay!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wdsddsVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Great food / options for a vegetarian or vegan. Nice view.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great delight
    OpenTable Diner Since 2001VIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    We've been to Plant Cafe for lunch / brunch in the past but never dinner. This was a first but definitely won't be the last. Our server was terrific and very helpful. We all ordered different dishes and no one was disappointed. The quinoa bowl I had was superb. Only complaint is having to leave restaurant to find a restroom which turned out to be closed for cleaning a number of times over a 3 hour period.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Deanna
    deannaVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    We have been here many times before but this was the first time disappointed. My husband i enjoyed the scallops and crabcake. My chicken salad was dry and tastekess. When i ordered extra dressing i got soy sauce. My husband was not thrilled with duck dinner.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not recommended
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Food was only mediocre -- nothing was very tasty -- and the service was the worst I've had in quite some time. We had a dull, indifferent waiter who took about 15 minutes to bring the water we'd requested, another 20 to take our order and another 20 minutes after that to place our order with the kitchen (which I know because he came back to our table to confirm it, even though he had appeared to be writing it down when he took it). When I gave him my credit card to pay, he had it for 10 minutes before bringing it back to the table, having "stacked" three receipts for different tables and looking unsure which table got which receipt/credit card after he'd run the tabs. First day on the job, perhaps? I sure hope so.
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    • Noise LevelModerate