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- Greens RestaurantMember ofVegetarianLocal CultureOutdoor Enthusiasts+ 11Jul 22, 2013
Built in part by the San Francisco Zen Center in the 70s, this icon of vegetarian cuisine in the United States is also located in one of the city's center of culture, Fort Mason. Come to dine on ground-breaking healthy gourmet meals amidst a backdrop of reclaimed lumber decor and a view of sailboats on the San Francisco Bay. Or plan a visit to coincide with watching live theatre, visiting several museums and art galleries, or taking part in any number of special events throughout the year.
- Greens Restaurant
- Greens RestaurantOct 08, 2012
It is a sad state of affairs when eating healthy = paying through the nose, if not paying more than usual, especially in areas where the living costs are through the roof, where real estate is king, and you are not.
So even with that said, the top two old school "upscale" American veggie restaurants in town are Greens and Millenium (more so vegan). Bottom line, I did not like Millenium at all, but actually enjoyed Greens way more. Probably because Greens is vegetarian, and much of the food contains ample cheese, possibly a lotta butter (animal dairy and phat) to make it totally BathSaltalicious, but yet doesn't drive me delusional nor insane.
If you get a table by the window, you'll be treated to a waterfront view, or the docks. It's Fort Mason, not Half Moon Bay.
Summer Sampler: Italian butter beans with pickled red onions, meyer lemon and tarragon; spring pea and radish salad with argula and mint; grilled artichoke with lemon oil; three beet salad; grilled herb slab; Cypress Grove goat cheese; olives - $16.75
Italian butter bean soup - with rainbow chard, herb croutons, Arbequina olive oil (cup $7.50, bowl $8.50)
Red Curry - Summer vegetables with coconut milk, lemongrass, ginger, galanga, chiles and Thai basil, served with cashew jasmine rice and Thai cucumber salad - large $22, small $18
Farro Risotto - with wild mushrooms, savory spinach, leeks, roasted garlic, and shaved Roncal ($22)
Comp "amuse bouche" freebie thingy quickbite: small portion of salted almonds. Very simple yet delicious.
The summer sampler was more than just "an overpriced dish of figs on a plate" or stealing the idea of "farm to table". Executive chef Annie Somerville seems to have a knack for getting some decent greens from local sources, and at least you are really tasting the flavors of the season after the arrangement and handling. Way more intricate than say, some random Fresh Choice buffet salad you customize re: sucka MC remix yourself (only to have it look so fugly your flabby stomach laughs back at you).
Italian butter bean soup was...to use an overused term..."rich & creamy". It was as if they took a mondo slab of butter and mixed that in. Think of a thick minestrone, but without the tomatoes, with great texture. Definitely BathSaltaLicious.
Red Curry looked pretty much like an Americanized Thai restaurant veggie curry rice plate. $22? I must have overpaid...because don't these normally cost $6 to $7 at some skeevy divey looking random Thai joint that's sugared up and not spicy enough? At that price I could have gotten a Thai iced tea, a coconut sour spicy soup with my entree somewhere else. But well, blow me down....this Greens version wasn't bad at all. The curry wasn't mindblowing authentic, but what made this version tasty were the quality vegetables. Sure I would have preferred rice that was cooked to my liking, but for an American place doing an A$N take on a dish, it's otherwise acceptable.
The Farro Risotto was unbelieveably amazing, where the risotto isn't the typical Abborio rice, but a type of barley grain (think of the barley tea in some Korean restaurants, or places that do that purple rice with barley and red bean). Wild mushrooms very delicious, and the Roncal (thinly sliced sheep milk cheese) made this a winner.
Hint: save some $ and park outside the entrance gate to Fort Mason (if on a weekend evening). The lot closes by 10 pm or so.
- Greens RestaurantJul 05, 2012
Yeah, the standard of the food is good, and the waiting staff are great, but as a vegan, I was pretty disappointed with this place. There was only one vegan starter and one main course, plus one more of each 'if we missed out the cheese'. Also, no one there had a clue which wines were vegan, and I suspect they hadn't even checked whether they were vegetarian.
However, I must say that the poached pear with chocolate mousse was exceptional. Still, I'll be sticking to Golden Era and Lucky Creation in future.
- Greens RestaurantMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 2Oct 16, 2013
Greens is one of the best vegetarian restaurants around, anywhere. And here in Fort Mason you get great views of the Bay, and top-notch service. It's the place to go for brunch with the gal pals, a special birthday, or heck anytime. They also have Greens to Go, where you can pick up a veggie sandwich to take out for a picnic.
- Greens RestaurantOct 08, 2012
Setting on the water was great. Food was really good and interesting combinations and options it was hard to choose so we ordered several appetizers and entrees and just shared.
Pricey but worth making the pilgrimage to the place where locally sourced, slow food veggie movement got started.