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Heart-Healthy Restaurants
SAN FRANCISCO/BAY AREA


View the Top 10 Heart-Healthy Restaurants in San Francisco


A heart-healthy diet should be low in sodium, cholesterol and saturated fat—but that doesn't mean it has to be low in taste. These restaurants in San Francisco/Bay Area offer meal choices that will help you to both eat well and live well.


SAN FRANCISCO CITY

AL's Place New American
15/20
Dining Room at AL 1499 Valencia St.
San Francisco, CA 94110

Elevated garden fare with a side of (beef) cheek, courtesy of Aaron London. More...

Anchor Oyster Bar & Seafood Market Seafood
14/20
579 Castro St.
San Francisco, CA 94114
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Anchor Oyster Bar & Seafood Market lures locals with a simple bait-and-hook: sparkling fresh oysters and seafood. More...

Angelina's Deli-Cafe California
Quick Bite
6000 California St.
San Francisco, CA 94121
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Neighborhood deli and café serving fresh salads and to-go items, sandwiches and baked goods. More...

Angkor Borei Restaurant Cambodian
13/20
3471 Mission St.
San Francisco, CA 94110
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Casual and easygoing space known for its flavorful Cambodian cuisine. More...

Aziza Moroccan
15/20
Dining Room at Aziza, San Francisco, CA 5800 Geary St.
San Francisco, CA 94121
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Slow and romantic California-inspired Moroccan cuisine. More...

Burma Superstar Burmese
13/20
Dining Room at Burma Superstar, San Francisco, CA 309 Clement St.
San Francisco, CA 94118
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Burmese cuisine, as authentic as you can get it stateside, is served up to a mixed crowd including college students and older couples. More...

Catch California
14/20
Dining Room at Catch, San Francisco, CA 2362 Market St.
San Francisco, CA 94114
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This bustling Castro restaurant has a fireplace on the patio and seafood on the menu. More...

Cha-Ya Vegetarian Japanese Restaurant Vegan
13/20
1686 Shattuck Ave.
Berkeley, CA 94709

Flavorful and satisfying vegan Japanese cuisine in Berkeley’s Gourmet Ghetto. More...

Delica rf1 Japanese
13/20
Ferry Building Marketplace
1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111
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The sleek eating area of this Japanese deli includes a fantastic view of the bay. More...

Dosa on Fillmore Indian
14/20
Dining Room at Dosa on Fillmore, San Francisco, CA 1700 Fillmore St.
San Francisco, CA 94115
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Anjan and Emily Mitra’s South Indian gem of a restaurant is a hit on Fillmore. More...

Fresca Peruvian
13/20
Dining Room at Fresca, San Francisco, CA 3945 24th St.
San Francisco, CA 94114
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Nouveau Peruvian restaurant with a ceviche bar and flavorful cuisine. More...

Lucky Creation Chinese
12/20
854 Washington St.
San Francisco, CA 94108
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Healthful and tasty vegetarian Chinese cuisine in no-frills environs. More...

Nopalito Mexican
14/20
Dining Room at Nopalito, San Francisco, CA 306 Broderick St.
San Francisco, CA 94117
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This colorful Mexican kitchenette serves elegant and exciting south-of-the-border fare. More...

Pacific Catch California
13/20
2027 Chestnut St.
San Francisco, CA 94123
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Pacific Catch finds its niche with sparkling fresh seafood served up in casual, healthy dishes that span the Pacific Rim from Mexico to Asia. More...

Pluto's Hofbrau
Quick Bite
3258 Scott St.
San Francisco, CA 94123
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Caféteria-style joint serving salads, sandwiches and hearty sides. More...

Pluto's Hofbrau
Quick Bite
627 Irving St.
San Francisco, CA 94117
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Casual neighborhood joint known for its made-to-order salads, sandwiches and hofbrau hot plates. More...

Pomelo Global
12/20
1793 Church St.
San Francisco, CA 94131
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Friendly neighborhood eatery serving globe-hopping, seasonal dishes. More...

Samovar Tea Lounge Tea Room
13/20
Yerba Buena Gardens, Upper Level
730 Howard St.
San Francisco, CA 94103
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The tearoom with a fabulous view of Yerba Buena Gardens is known for serving excellent teas, with a menu of dishes meant to complement them. More...

Seed + Salt Vegetarian
Quick Bite
Dining Room at Seed + Salt, San Francisco, CA 2240 Chestnut St.
San Francisco, CA 94123
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Thoughtful and artful chef-crafted vegan, gluten-free, trans fat-free and GMO-free food. More...

Shangri-la Vegetarian
13/20
2026 Irving St.
San Francisco, CA 94122
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Drawing non-carnivores since it opened in 1978, this diminutive eatery serves mostly vegan, kosher Chinese specialties using fresh local ingredients. More...

Slanted Door Vietnamese
15/20
Dining Room at Slanted Door, San Francisco, CA Ferry Building Marketplace
1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111
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Where Charles Phan brings California flair to authentic Vietnamese flavors and techniques. More...

Sushi on North Beach Katsu Japanese
14/20
745 Columbus Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94133
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Chef-owner Katsu Matsuda serves some of the sweetest, freshest sushi in the city out of this casual North Beach eatery. More...

Tender Greens Café
Quick Bite
30 Fremont St.
San Francisco, CA 94105

A San Francisco branch of the fast-casual, sustainable dining concept known for salads and grilled proteins. More...

Urban Picnic Vietnamese
Quick Bite
125 Kearny St.
San Francisco, CA 94108
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Hip downtown spot offers an array of healthful, Vietnamese-inspired choices for lunch. More...

VeganBurg Vegan
Quick Bite
Dining Room at VeganBurg, San Francisco, CA 1466 Haight St.
San Francisco, CA 94117

Vegans, sate your burger lust at this airy eatery in the Upper Haight. More...

MARIN COUNTY

Avatar's Restaurant Indian
13/20
2656 Bridgeway
Sausalito, CA 94965
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Flavor fusions you can’t refuse at this Sausalito restaurant. More...

Bangkok Thai Express Thai
13/20
857 Fourth St.
San Rafael, CA 94901
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Eclectic décor and aromatic, deeply flavorful Thai cuisine are a winning combination. More...

Barrel House Tavern California
13/20
660 Bridgeway
Sausalito, CA 94965

An outdoor deck with a view, an approachable menu and fun cocktails make Barrel House Tavern a destination worth visiting. More...

Fish. Seafood
Quick Bite
Dining Room at Fish., Sausalito, CA 350 Harbor Dr.
Sausalito, CA 94965
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This dockside Sausalito restaurant serves sustainable seafood in all its forms, from fish ‘n’ chips to pristine raw oysters. More...

Insalata's Mediterranean
15/20
Dining Room at Insalata 120 Sir Francis Drake Blvd.
San Anselmo, CA 94960
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Chef-owner Heidi Krahling's Mediterranean fare is some of the most exciting in Marin County. More...

Kamikaze Japanese
13/20
Montecito Center
223 Third St.
San Rafael, CA 94901
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Sushi restaurant that also features a strong range of cooked dishes. More...

Osteria Stellina Italian
14/20
11285 Hwy. 1
Point Reyes Station, CA 94956
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Chef-owner Christian Caiazzo has turned tiny Point Reyes Station into a destination thanks to his rustic Italian cuisine. More...

Picco California
14/20
320 Magnolia Ave.
Larkspur, CA 94939
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Executive chef Bruce Hill (Bix, Zero Zero) presents satisfying small plates and large plates in an upscale setting. More...

Robata Grill & Sushi Japanese
13/20
591 Redwood Hwy.
Mill Valley, CA 94941

Japanese dishes, sushi and a wide range of grilled foods from the special robata grill---hence the name. More...

Sol Food Puerto Rican
Quick Bite
901 Lincoln Ave.
San Rafael, CA 94901
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This Sol Food location is a sit-down restaurant offering the vibrant, full-bodied food of Puerto Rico. More...

Sushi to Dai For Japanese
13/20
816 Fourth St.
San Rafael, CA 94901
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High-caliber sushi and imaginative rolls are only part of a large menu that includes cooked dishes as well. More...

Sushi Ran Japanese
14/20
107 Caledonia St.
Sausalito, CA 94965
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Sushi lovers will appreciate the range available, while others will go for the creative, tasty small plates. More...

Table Cafe California
Quick Bite
1167 Magnolia Ave.
Larkspur, CA 94939
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Table Café is a charming little place that offers imaginative dishes fusing California, Asian and Indian flavors. More...

Taki Japanese
13/20
Pacheco Plaza
452 Ignacio Blvd.
Novato, CA 94947
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Japanese fare; ultra-fresh, generous portions of sushi; and a relaxing atmosphere await diners at this Novato favorite. More...

EAST BAY

Burma Superstar Burmese
13/20
4721 Telegraph Ave.
Oakland, CA 94609
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Enjoy shorter wait times than those in San Francisco for Burmese favorites such as rich samusa soup. More...

Chaat Cafe Indian
Quick Bite
1902 University Ave.
Berkeley, CA 94710
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This outpost of the Bay Area chain features small plates like tandoori wraps and lentil dumplings. More...

Chez Panisse California
16/20
Dining Room at Chez Panisse, Berkeley, CA 1517 Shattuck Ave.
Berkeley, CA 94709
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A temple to gastronomy and sustainability, and refreshed and reopened after a 2013 fire, this casual, upscale Berkeley restaurant is thought to have inspired a culinary revolution. More...

Chez Panisse Cafe California
15/20
1517 Shattuck Ave.
Berkeley, CA 94709
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This casual, à la carte sibling to Chez Panisse (located upstairs from the restaurant) offers fresh and memorable fare highlighting the season's best. More...

Chow American
13/20
La Fiesta Square
53 Lafayette Cir.
Lafayette, CA 94549
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Approachable, healthy American fare with Italian, Asian and Mexican influences in Lafayette. More...

Gather California
14/20
Dining Room at Gather, Berkeley, CA 2200 Oxford St.
Berkeley, CA 94704

A lively and bustling restaurant that gives equal thought to vegan/vegetarian and omnivorous dishes. More...

Pyeong Chang Tofu House Korean
13/20
4701 Telegraph Ave.
Oakland, CA 94609

Come here on a rainy winter night to enjoy piping hot bowls of Korean soft tofu soup and bibimbap. More...

The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards Contemporary
14/20
5050 Arroyo Rd.
Livermore, CA 94550
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Casually elegant surroundings, notable food and a great wine list. More...

Tacubaya Mexican
Quick Bite
1788 Fourth St.
Berkeley, CA 94710
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This Mexican spot on Berkeley's bustling Fourth Street serves outstanding tacos, tamales and churros in a bright, busy space. More...

Udupi Palace Indian
12/20
1901 University Ave.
Berkeley, CA 94704
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The Berkeley outpost of this mini-chain serves inexpensive, vegetarian South Indian food on a busy stretch of University Avenue. More...

Uzen Japanese
14/20
5415 College Ave.
Oakland, CA 94618

One of the best sushi venues in the East Bay. More...

PENINSULA

Asian Box Vietnamese
Quick Bite
Town & Country Shopping Center
855 El Camino Real, Ste. 22
Palo Alto, CA 94301
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Easy 1-2-3 ordering defines this build-your-own-box, Asian-street-stall inspired eatery. More...

Calafia Cafe & Market A-Go-Go New American
13/20
Town & Country Village
855 El Camino Real, Ste. 130
Palo Alto, CA 94301
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Former Google chef Charlie Ayers offers fast and healthy options for "Meat Eaters" and “Plant Eaters" alike. More...

Flea Street California
14/20
Dining Room at Flea Street, Menlo Park, CA 3607 Alameda de las Pulgas
Menlo Park, CA 94025
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Neighborhood spot featuring seasonal food that highlights local products. More...

Pluto's Hofbrau
Quick Bite
482 University Ave.
Palo Alto, CA 94301
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Cafeteria with made-to-order salads popular with students on a budget. More...

Sushi Sam's Japanese
15/20
Dining Room at Sushi Sam 218 E. Third Ave.
San Mateo, CA 94401
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This unassuming spot in quaint downtown San Mateo is one of the Bay Area's best kept sushi secrets. More...

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