You’ll find limitless ways to indulge in food-obsessed San Francisco, but the city also offers plenty of healthful eats, whether you’re on the run or looking for a multi-course meal to remember. The use of fresh, local and organic ingredients is the norm here, not the exception, and these five restaurants serve especially nutritious options that will leave you refueled and satisfied.
Yuzuki Japanese Eatery
The name of this understated yet welcoming Japanese restaurant that serves authentic cuisine in a serene setting in the Mission District means “healing moon.” Expect a meal with clean, subtle and elegant flavors from the former executive chef of some of Osaka’s top restaurants. You can’t go wrong with the silky, house-made tofu (made using labor-intensive traditional methods), king trumpet mushrooms with sesame sauce, elegant koshihikari rice in an earthen pot or ginger sorbet. $$$ 598 Guerrero St., 415.556.9898
Seed + Salt
This self-described “clean” quick-service restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner is a godsend for vegan and gluten-free eaters (and their dining companions). The chef and owner spent two years developing the recipes for the menu, which is also void of cane sugar and GMOs. Small with high ceilings and abundant sunshine, this is a spot to sample seriously tasty and healthful ingredients like coconut yogurt, cashew dill cream cheese, beet burgers and eggplant bacon. $$ 2240 Chestnut St., 415.872.9173
A pioneer in the national farm-to-table revolution, this beautiful restaurant from has been serving delicious, gourmet vegetarian food since 1979. Savor a nourishing, hearty meal (made with fresh produce from an organic farm in Marin) from acclaimed chef Annie Somerville while taking in waterfront views of the Golden Gate Bridge. $$$ Fort Mason, 2 Marina Blvd., Fort Mason, 415.771.6222
Get a cultural experience and a wholesome bite at this casual downtown outfit serving onigiri, a traditional fast food that’s incredibly popular in Japan. Pure brown rice is pressed and filled with a savory gourmet filling such as snow crab, ginger-honey braised beef or sour pickled plum and then wrapped in seaweed. Two or three of these rice balls make for a quick and tasty hand-held meal, no soy sauce required. $ 343 Kearny St., 415.671.4706
At its newest location on hip Valencia Street, this local chain expands beyond cold-pressed juices with the city’s first super food smoothie bar plus meals and snacks to go. Everything here is organic, gluten-free and (mostly) vegan. The smoothies are made with homemade almond milk, raw coconut water and juices from local produce. Grab one of the outside seats and nosh on kelp noodle pad Thai or a filling Southwestern burrito. $ 790 Valencia St.