The Plant Cafe, Pier 3

by foodhoe on July 29, 2009

3 Pier, San Francisco, CA 94111 | 415.984.1973‎ | website
Another new restaurant opened near the office.  The real estate adjacent to the extremely popular Ferry Building sure is filling up fast.  The Plant Cafe Organic is in a renovated building full of windows that offer beautiful views of hornblower yachts behind the gussied up promenade and a glimpse of the bay bridge in the distance.  Across the walkway is a walkup counter where you can order stuff at the Grab ‘n Go)

The name says it all.  Plant Cafe Organic… local, organic, sustainable but thankfully it’s not holier than thou. The menu offerings focus on healthy and fresh but there’s something for everyone.  They serve meat as well as vegetarian dishes and it looks like there are some vegan options as well.  Oh and they use the power of the sun to cook your food, apparently the roof is fully rigged with solar panels.

They dropped off a small plate of marinated olives and gigante beans.  Nice touch!

Chris had the Avocado & Ruby Grapefruit salad with wild arugula & shaved fennel tossed in a creamy black pepper and macadamia nut dressing ($9).  The owner came by and said that is her favorite salad, and said it is especially good with the seared salmon.  I checked the menu and noted that would be an extra $9 to add that to your salad.

The plant garden burgers are house-made with lentils, mushrooms, beets, cashews & bulgur wheat and cooked by solar power.   I got the Swiss & Mushroom Plant burger on grilled country sourdough ($13).  It came with a salad of mixed greens dressed with champagne vinaigrette.

The red color comes from beets and looked kind of like raw meat from a distance…  The texture was mushy and soft, not quite firm enough for me.  It was ultimately not very satisfying in the chew factor area and the heady aromas normally associated with a good patty melt just weren’t there either.

There were a lot of other things on the menu that sound good though, so I’ll be back.  I do like having the option on the menu where you can create your own salad ($5.50/small; $7.50/large and add $2.75 for xtra protein of choice).  There are interesting sounding noodle dishes and pizzas and paninis to try.  It’s a bit pricey but unfortunately so are most of the places in the area…

Plant Cafe Organic on Urbanspoon

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Rosa July 30, 2009 at 1:31 am

A nice place with scrumptious looking food!




hungry dog July 30, 2009 at 8:40 am

That salad looks very good to me, but $9 more for a (probably small) piece of salmon? Forget it.
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grace July 30, 2009 at 9:54 am

sounds like a promising and stylish place. i wish i had anything like that near my office…
.-= grace´s last blog ..these ain’t yo mamsta’s biscuits… =-.


Cookie July 30, 2009 at 11:11 am

I totally thought the beets were raw beef! That melted swiss looks SO good!
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Gastronomer July 30, 2009 at 2:31 pm

The plant garden burger sounds like a hot mess. A shame the texture didn’t match up to your expectations. I can imagine that a cheap lunch on the Embarcadero is a difficult find! Unless you want excons making your food 😉


The Single Guy July 30, 2009 at 5:22 pm

I agree, the grapefruit salad looks yummy and your sandwich doesn’t. Maybe it was the bread? It might have been more enticing with another type of bread? The place does look like it’ll be nice on a sunny day because looks like it takes advantage of natural light.
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Carolyn Jung July 30, 2009 at 10:47 pm

I didn’t even know this place existed. Thanks for spreading the word about it. But yes, the color of that beet burger is a little frightening. Kind of like horror movie food. 😉
.-= Carolyn Jung´s last blog ..“I Don’t Really Cook….” =-.


cocochanelella July 31, 2009 at 4:20 am

Cooking with the sun is definitely a San Francisco thing eh? I once follow direction to bake cookies using a pizza box, foil and sun. Think we will see that here soon? =)
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foodhoe August 2, 2009 at 9:04 am

rosa, it really is a beautiful spot, now i just need to figure out the menu…
hungry dog, yeah i figure it must be the dang overhead of the view
grace, it’s dangerous working where i do (at least to my wallet)…
cookie, yeah that beet color is very disturbing
gastronomer, so true! altho I think delancy street is pretty expensive as well
single guy, ya know i looked at yelp to see what people raved about and it was that swiss mushroom thing. as usual, i should know better than to use that very unreliable source for inspiration
carolyn, i love the phrase horror movie food!
coco, solar cooking seems pretty novel! i want to know how your cookies came out…


Westie Breed December 28, 2009 at 8:57 am

I’ve never been to San Francisco. I’ve traveled the world and many states in the U.S. and I hope to get to San Francisco in the near future. I’ll have to check out the restaurant.
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Warren February 2, 2010 at 4:11 pm

I’ll be traveling to San Francisco and then to San Jose in about two weeks. I’ll have to go and check this place out.
.-= Warren´s last blog ..Betaine Hydrochloride: How it Helps with Digestion & Detoxification =-.


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