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
195 reviews since May 26, 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 (128)scenic view (123)great for lunch (92)fit for foodies (86)great for brunch (56)special occasion (33)neighborhood gem (28)romantic (28)good for groups (26)kid-friendly (16)hot spot (10)vibrant bar scene (4)late-night find (4)notable wine list (2)Show More
  • Great food and ambiance
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    This was a fun spot. I had the spicy red thai curry which was excellent, my friend had the cobb salad which looked yummy. The cheesecake was to die for. I thought the service was excellent also.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place to eat in touristy area
    GBearVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The Plant - Cafe Organic has great food and it's a very pretty place in a cool location. Our server Katie was excellent and the the hostess was cool. The hostess or assistant who showed us to our table was rather brusque for such a laid back place. Bathroom is a shared one that is public in this area of the piers. Was pretty gross and had a long line for women and a short line for men. This is normal for all the restaurants in this area though so not an issue with the restaurant but rather just something to be aware of here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointeddiner
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    The Plant Embarcadero is dependably good, modestly priced and particularly easy for someone who is gluten free. The food is not highly imaginative, but it is very tasty-- with some things (e.g., scallops) quite delicious. Another nice feature is that some dishes come in two sizes, so if a person prefers smaller portions, half the meal is not relegated to a doggy bag
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • They Get It Mostly Right
    thehuey
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Last week I visited The Plant Organic Cafe for dinner, and as soon as I arrived I could tell I was going to really like this place. And they did not disappoint, well, at least not too much. The food was very good and oh so healthy, they had a healthy selection of some very good wines, and the ambience was wonderful. The service was a bit slow and we had a tough time flagging down our waitress at times (the restaurant was not that busy, so I'm not sure what was going on). Overall, a 4-star very good experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Healthy Foodies
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    The freshly squeezed juice is always a hit and energizing infusion. The food is good, but you have to like healthy food. Eating outside near the water was lovely. You look at the docked boats - but still outside ! Nice!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Loved the Plant Cafe. Being vegan there is not a challenge! Great starters, great entrees, great meal! Wine list prices were high but a decent selection. I recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great spot!
    TandH
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Went here with a group of six for a friend's birthday and several dietary restrictions. Food and service were amazing. I will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great vegetarian food
    HappyguyVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Great vegetarian food, with a lovely atmosphere on the bay and wonderful staff. We had veggie burgers and they were outstanding! The staff were very cool and friendly too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Really Good food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    We loved this place....great food, view, just wonderful!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful view & great food
    rubyscooby
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    I can't believe it's taken me so long to go here. The outdoor dining patio was beautiful and had heat lamps. They also allow dogs. What could be better. Great food to boot also!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Could've been better
    feedthegirl
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    I usually go to their financial district location for salads (always delicious!), so a friend and I decided to try brunch. We weren't too impressed. Coffee arrived well after the food, which tasted good, but seemed like it sat at the pass for a while because the things that should've been hot on my plate were not. I must say that, though tepid, my eggs were perfectly poached. Our server seemed nice enough and was very accommodating, but the man who served our coffee seemed a bit annoyed that we asked for cream. I may stick to their other location though.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great view, food and staff
    franciossa
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    reasonable prices, great location on the water, not touristy, friendly staff, good food, simple but tasteful atmosphere
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hold the Attitude
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    The food was ok. Not amazing, but definitely worth eating. I was with my wife. I remember one comment she made. "they hire people to work at this place, and they are all good looking, but that's it". There were two women who looked like hostesses, who stood around most of the time we were there, while we waited for service. And, that could be excused. But, the waiters had attitude too. Like, we should worship them, for coming to eat in their restaurant. I would definitely not go back here. I don't appreciate the attitude. It's nothing they actually said, but it's in the tone of voice, and mannerisms, if you know what I mean. Again, the food was ok. But, I'm sure there are many other veggie-friendly places down in SF.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • portions small
    lfuuu
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    went for brunch - salad was really tasty, but when you order the large size, you expect it to fill you. it had only a hint of everything, and i left just as hungry as i arrived. no need to skimp - it's lunch! please make the salads bigger...
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Fantastic experience
    UCJac
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We loved the food and the ambiance! Will go back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and view.
    OvoLactoVeggie
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    What's not to like about fresh, organic and locally-sourced food served by attentive and friendly wait staff in a lovely setting? Good for vegetarians and omnivores alike. The covered deck seating is a real plus. And there's so much to do and see on the Embarcadero before and after your meal!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fresh food and a view
    Bellagio60
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We were a party of three couples who arranged to meet. Food for all was fresh, prepared and presented well with more than adequate portions. Service was friendly and helpful and the views were classic scenic SF bay. Strongly recommend but make reservations for peak times. We did. But they were very accommodating when we arrived early. Its clearly a popular spot with the locals.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Happy
    StevAVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Great for my husband who is vegan and for others great choices well done and cant beat the view
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great as usual!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We have been here several times over the last few years and have enjoyed it every time. Lots of gluten-free options, and vegan, for those interested. All very tasty, excellent service and nice bay front location.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food.
    Hamptoner
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Great food. Especially the vegan brownie. Looking for organic restaurant and this was the place to go. Many people ordering take out.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    The Plant Cafe Organic offers good, clean healthful food with yummy flavors. And the atmosphere created by their employees is at once efficient and easy-going. Great balance!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Trip To SF
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We saw this restaurant after our Diner at La Mar, just next door, the previous night. I think this restaurant has everything to be in travel guides, but the lack of service just down us hopefully for them it was just that night.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • good for vegans and organiic food
    luv2eatATniceplaces
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Go here for outdoor seating, good wine selection (though limited) and pizza. Appetizers are good too. The juices are a hit and miss. Coffee is awesome, especially the french press if you like it strong.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just OK
    SallyK
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    It was OK. My acai bowl was a bit watery and they put melon in it (really not a common fruit for acai bowls and throws off the texture). I was already almost halfway done with the bowl before receiving honey and coffee. Not sure if I ordered wrong or not - but seemed way overpriced for what I received.
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  • Excellent!!
    Alexandra
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Plant Cafe is one of my favorite places to eat, both for the creativity and quality of their dishes (organic, local, seasonal, sustainable) and the beautiful setting right by the water. As an added bonus they provide for special diets. We love to cumulate a visit to the Ferry building and Farmers market, with a meal at Plant Cafe.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Beautiful view but...
    Digitalmama
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    ...unfortunately the food was not what I had hoped it would be. I ordered scrambled eggs for breakfast. The portion of eggs seemed small, like one egg rather than two. The eggs were overdone for my taste and were cold, as were my potatoes and toast. On the other hand, the pretty portion of fruit salad was a bit warm. I guess it all sat too long before coming out, but it was a disappointment. How ever, the setting was quite lovely.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great healthy dinner
    Marcell
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    4 of us all had something different and we all loved what we had. What a great healthy meal
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bad service
    CheckPlease
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    The hostess was rude. We waited 15 minutes to get seated despite having a reservation. After getting seated, we waited another 15 minutes for anyone to acknowledge us. The food was okay.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for visitors
    Lauraeats
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    I liked this restaurant. I brought two relatives who were visiting from Hawaii here for a Sunday lunch and we were able to get seating on the deck. We loved the view and found it quiet enough for easy conversation. The food was very tasty and nicely presented. And this is where my one complaint comes in. The portions are very small. My brother had the Special of scrambled eggs, toast and potatoes. The amount of scrambled eggs was shocking; nothing more than a small cupcake size helping. Anyone eating here should be prepared to order a side dish or two to fill up the empty spaces. Actually, I'm fine with that, since the food is quite good, as long as I know prior to ordering that the portion sizes require that.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Horrid service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    From the hostess who kept seating people who didn't have reservations before she seated us (while there were more than a handful of open tables), to the waiter bringing the check without asking if we wanted coffee/dessert, the service at this restaurant was sorely lacking. The final straw for me was the advertised "Pot of Tea" for which I was charged $4, came as a mug, with no saucer, and without sugar. There was no where to put my tea bag and I had to ask twice for sugar. I don't care if this place was trendy (years ago, I might add)...the service was far, far below par. Would not eat here again. My friend finally played the pregnancy card to get us seated. REALLY???? There were tons of open tables!
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  • Plant never lets us down
    DWCakesVIP
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    I've dined there on several prior occasions and have enjoyed it (brunch twice which is yummy). This time I brought a work friend from out of town. The views of the Embarcadero are great, we had a very attentive server and our dinners were awesome. I would have the coconut crusted halibut again - and my friend had the quinoa bowl, which she liked as well.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worst weekday lunch service
    SFEaterVIP
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    We arrived for our 12:30 reservation and were told to wait on a wooden bench. At 12:50, we approached the hostess because we saw many empty tables set up. She asked us to sit down again. We were finally seated at 1pm but then ignored for another 10 mins at the table. We made our selections from menus on the table and I then went to try to find a server. One came a few minutes later to say hi but without any water. Then he didn't know the soup of the day. After the meal, we waited a long time and had to flag him for the check. He came over without it, and seemed confused. We finally left at 2pm late for a meeting. Overall terrible service for the busy weekday lunchtime waterfront crowd. The restaurant was NOT busy the entire time.
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  • newholidaytradition
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    The location is great and outdoor dining a plus. The juices are great ...but food is hit or miss. The wait staff should be more knowledgeable of dishes, so can give more reliable input when asked. The lobster crab sandwiches were like canned seafood pulverized to sawdust. Cobb salad was fresh but ruined by wrong dressing (Asian sesame accidentally). Been eating here for some time...don't know if kitchen staff changed but food not so good as before. Will try again.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lived up to its billing
    SteveEatsOut
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    I met a friend here for lunch. I'd requested an outdoor table, and they had one available. I had the veggie burger, which was simply amazing. I've never had anything quite like it. We both enjoyed the soup, and the service and ambiance were top notch. I'll be back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lots of GF & Vegan options
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Service at this place was slow. We were seated before the rest of our party got there and the server didn't stop by for at least 10 minutes. When we asked our server about the happy hour deal, she wasn't very knowledgeable and seemed cold. She didn't offer to show us the HH menu. By the time we got around to order our drinks, we missed HH deal. The Plant has lots of gluten free, vegetarian, vegan options. We enjoyed our appetizers of hummus and spring roll. They were nice size portions. For our entrees, I had the salmon and BF had the tempeh. My salmon was seared nicely but I would prefer to have it a little bit more rare. I had a bite of my BF's dish and liked the curry sauce. Overall the food was good but service was quite slow.
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    scenic view
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  • Great lunch spot
    MidgeVIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Very nice location, right on the Embarcadero. Sat outside facing the water. Lovely spot. My group ordered pizza, the Plant Burger and a salad. All were delicious. The staff were excellent as well - great service. I definitely recommend this place!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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  • SFConstant
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    While the food was good, the service needs work. We waited 20 minutes before our server even stopped to ask if we wanted a drink much less provide water or silverware. The only reason he came by is because we stopped another server and told him that no one had come over. Had the duck which was delicious but ordered appetizer and entrees at the same time because we didn't know when we would see our waiter again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Some Mis-Steps This Time...
    Joan88
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Loved that our reserved table was waiting for us despite long lines. We were right on time and seated immediately on the patio...however, though one sunshade was pulled down, when we requested ours down we were told they really don't like to lower the shade as once it goes down it stays down for the day! The bright, hot sun was uncomfortable, so we asked to be moved to a shady table and after a long wait were moved. The coffee orders were mixed up, the fruit pancakes were very ordinary. We were able to visit with dear friends! Think we'll try somewhere else next time!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Healthy and Delicious!
    mrskashby
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    This was our second time visiting The Plant and both times we had a great experience. They offer a varied brunch menu, including healthy juices and smoothies, and the view from the patio is fantastic. Service was also outstanding; we'll definitely be back next time we're in SF!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Nice location and view. Nice vibe. Food was good, maybe tasting a little to "healthy." I had the veggie burger which was made with beets and walnuts. Interesting. The side potatoes were very good as was the kale / beet juice I ordered. The person who seated us apparently forgot that I told her of my Open Table reservation because: 1. I got an email from Open Table asking if I had honored my reservation, and 2. She placed us at a long table with other people when there were other 2 person tables available and I wanted to have a business discussion with my lunch mate. Oh well. Our waiter was knowledgable and friendly. Overall, our experience was "good" but not "great" due to the seating snafu. I'll try them again another time.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.