An OG on the vegetarian front since 1979, Greens is the real deal: A legit, upscale restaurant in a beautiful space within Fort Mason that basically showed America that you can still eat really, really well without all the meat and cream and all the other things associated with fine dining back during the fall of disco. Though founding chef Deborah Madison has passed the reigns onto Annie Somerville, the food continues to pull in people from all across the world. You’re not to mess around here: get the price fixe, sit back, and be blown away when you realize all the next-level things she can do without the magic of bacon.
This vegetarian mainstay isn’t open on Christmas, but you can order for pickup from an a la carte menu, with dishes that serve between four and six people. A few of the options include Mushroom Wellington with porcini gravy; Maple and Ginger Glazed Carrots with spiced slivered almonds; a Holiday Grazing Platter with white bean and sage hummus, lavash crackers, fig mostarda, candied nuts, honeycomb, and housemade pickles, plus a Chocolate Ganache Tart with chocolate shortbread crust and holiday cookies by the dozen.
How to order: Order online by 9 am on December 16 for pickup December 23–24.
For the vegetarians in the house, Greens is doing a full to-go menu with dishes like Tassajara Wild Mushroom Terrine with Porcini Mushroom Gravy, Focaccia and Sundried Tomato Stuffing, Creamy Brussels Sprouts, Lemon Chess Pie, Classic Pumpkin Pie, and more. Everything can be ordered a la carte, making it easy if you just want to stock up on sides or desserts.
Cost: Dishes are offered a la carte and range from $12–45.
How to order: Order online by November 17 at 9 am using this form for pick-up on Wednesday, November 23 between 12 pm and 7 pm.
Greens is a restaurant where you could take your meat-loving uncle from Minnesota and he might not even notice that there’s nary a cow, chicken, pig, or fish on the menu. Sure this is partially because of the stunning views of the harbor, the Golden Gate Bridge, and the Marin Headlands, but also because Greens behaves like a normal restaurant that just so happens to serve some of the most inventive vegetarian dishes in town. The menu is constantly changing based on seasonality and availability, but we can promise that even the most die-hard meat enthusiasts will leave saying they just enjoyed one of the best meals they’ve eaten in a long time. And maybe feeling a tiny bit duped once you let them in on the secret (in a good way, of course).
How to enjoy: Make a reservation for indoor or outdoor dining online or order online for takeout.