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
181 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4.1
    Service3.6
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (115)scenic view (109)great for lunch (82)fit for foodies (76)great for brunch (44)neighborhood gem (30)special occasion (29)romantic (28)good for groups (20)kid-friendly (15)hot spot (7)vibrant bar scene (3)late-night find (2)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Fantastic experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and view.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    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
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
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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
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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
    • Food
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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
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
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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.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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!
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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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.
  • Perfect evening!
    Patty
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    The Plant didn't disappoint! The food was outstanding, our server was very kind, and the atmosphere, well what can you say about a restaurant located on the Embarcadero with a fantastic view of the Bay Bridge and Treasure Island?! I highly recommend this incredible restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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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
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    • 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
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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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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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
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    • 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
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    • Noise LevelModerate