Sacred cow is right. Our chef roomie said it was overpriced and unspectacular, but we went anyway, and sure enough, we were underwhelmed. The waiter was condescending and kept confusing our request for no eggs as a request for no dairy. It took him a trip to the kitchen to get info, and even then, we were confused. The tables were packed together. The food lacked: the portions were a tad small, the seasonings didn't hang together, and the flavor combinations were just not quite right. Good food is good food, and this wasn't it. I've been vegetarian for 35 years, and I guess I've been spoiled by the fabulous veggie cooks among my friends. The view is nice, though, which is good because the decor was very plain, dominated by posters of vegetables done unartistically.
The first appetizer is a tiny dish of oily toasted almonds. We ordered 3 other appetizers. The cheese plate had only one kind of cheese (camembert?) but it was correctly ripe. The Sampler plate had hummus and a filo-cheese wrap (only one) that were good. The spinach salad was edible. We then ordered 4 entrees. The brochette is shish kebab of veggies and tofu on a bed of couscous and sauce, but the tofu just tasted like burned plain tofu. The ravioli were limp and flat with a green filling that just needed something. The goat cheese pizza was pretty good--actually the crust was light and crisp and the toppings were good--but it was small. The so-called curry barely registered on the "curry" flavor scale, although it had coconut milk in it, always a plus. The rice with the curry was crunchy underdone--a cardinal sin with rice, and totally unexpected in a restaurant of this reputation. I wish people wouldn't attempt "ethnic" food unless they understand it--or at least know how to cook rice.
We didn't even want to risk ordering a dessert. This place gets points for using local sources, but since when is an egg a vegetable?
Worst service ever.. I suggest buying the cookbook, making the food yourself, and having a picnic overlooking the bay on your own. The food is good, but it wouldn't be hard to prepare, and the service is absolutely terrible. After waiting for our table for 30 minutes, we asked the hostess why we hadn't been seated yet, and she hadn't even put us in the machine! Our waitress also left quite a bit to be desired, delivering us the wrong food, and altogether forgetting to bring us the bread we had ordered. Every time they had a chance to screw something up, they did. Buy the cookbook online and save yourself the trouble of hassling with their poor service.
vegetarian fare even meat eaters will love!. Wonderful food! We had the cheese plate and the red curry (weird combo, I know). The cheese was scrumptious, although I'd hoped for a bit more salad with it. The curry was filling and flavorful, without being too spicy. Service was friendly but a little slow, but the food and the view made it worth it! I only wish I'd had an emptier stomach for dessert!
The best of everything!. Fantastic choices and perfect veiws. I had my 25th birthday at Greens and everything went like a dream. The little fried zucchini appetizers are to die for. The risotto cakes are so so good. I wish they would bring them back. I also wish I lived closer to Greens so I could go more often! If you haven't given Greens a shot, you should. It's killer!
Great up scale vegie food with class. Went on a Saturday night and had the four course meal with wine matching. We sat at table by the window with view of the bridge and sun setting. It was amazing. We were treated well and the wine kept coming and the food was always good ? for all 4 courses.
Overrated, Overpriced, and Lazy staff.. We went for my birthday on a Saturday night and had to wait 15 min. for our Reserved table. Our hard, cold bread came immediately after our starter, followed by our appetizers less than 2 minutes later, so we barely had a chance to try either. Once our main entree arrived, we didn?t see our server again until she came to ask us what we wanted for dessert. The food was decent, but definitely not worth the price for even the prix fixe menu; especially since they charged us extra for coffee. The service was sub-par and impersonal as we were served sporadically by no less than 5 people during the meal. Also, my girlfriend checked her account, and they added their own $7 illegal gratuity to the bill above what she signed for. If you like to dine at pretentious, dishonest restaurants, pay out your ?ear? for standard food, and pay for parking?enjoy! We will NOT be going back!
Always great food and excellent service, just one complaint though .... My husband and I have been going to Greens for years. We've celebrated many special occasions there and even dined there when we got engaged. Even though we aren't vegetarians we love this place. The food is always excellent and the wait staff is very knowlegeable, efficient and friendly. I recently went there for a good friend's birthday and as expected everything was great except for one thing. Our table was in probably the worst spot on the whole dining floor. It was right at the entrance of the dining area and also where the kitchen was. There was constant foot traffic going past our table ... people being seated, wait staff picking up their orders, etc. I know that I can't always expect the best table in the restaurant when I walk in but I expected a little more consideration since I made the reservation almost a month in advance. There seems to be plenty of open space for them to move this table to a more intimate location.
Not what it use to be..
The first time I was here, I had a wonderful experience and the food was fantastic. That day, I took my brother-in-law and her wife there and we had reservation. My wife called to confirm hours before. When we got there, they said we didn't have a reservation and can't give us a table anymore. So we argued with them a little and later found our reservation. However, they still made us waited for at least half an hour. I think they are overbooking and poor organization.
The food on that day was so-so. The service was no longer as good as it use to be. Our server were unattentive. We had to ask other server several times to get our server to get service. He's never around when you need him and takes forever to have your menu taken and also to pay the bill.
Another change since last time is that they no longer offer free parking. There are plenty of parking at Fort Masion since they are the only one in business at night. And what's worst, they don't even validate parking for you. Parking is $6 there. $6 is not too much considering it's SF, but the place wasn't busy and the lot was empty. They could have offered free like the past. In addition, the person at the front desk said it's about $2 or so. I guess they don't know too much even though they work there.
Upscale Food, Casual Environment. Greens is a great place to have a casual lunch or dinner out, but it's also a good place to have a special night on the town because the food is fabulous and the service is incredible. Our waiter knew which wine we should order with our meals and the rest of the staff was very friendly. My non-veg boyfriend even said it was great!
Scrambled eggs and kebabs?.
Sacred cow of upscale vegetarian restaurants? What? Perhaps in Hicksville, Idaho.
My husband and I went for brunch on Sunday afternoon expecting something magnificent. Something that only 20 years of San Francisco restaurant-teering could supply. We were disappointed.
The menu promised exotic, mouth-watering vegetarian fare. Extraordinary dishes with flavor-bursting descriptions. I read every item nearly TWICE trying to decide.
I should have taken a hint from the 4th grade art on the walls... these people are beginners.
I finally settled on the Pinnacle Scramble. This is what I was promised: Scrambled eggs with roasted yellow finn potatoes, poblano and chipotle chilies, scallions, Vermont cheddar and cilantro. Served on warm corn tortillas with fire roasted salsa, black bean chili and crème fraiche.
This is what I got: scrambled eggs with scallions and corn sitting on top of 2 soggy flour tortillas topped with jarred salsa and fresh avocado. On the side - what tasted like vegetarian Hormel chili and the stringiest crème fraiche I've ever had.
My husband opted for the Mesquite Grilled Brochettes of mushrooms, peppers, yellow finn potatoes, red onions, fennel, cherry tomatoes and marinated tofu with charmoula. Served with cherry-pistachio couscous.
The kebabs were flavorless, save for the little slices of corn cob (which are not mentioned in the description... excess of corn?). The tofu were giant bricks of untreated, unmarinated soy. Nearly straight out of the package. Who eats tofu like that? However, the couscous did have a memorable, sweet flavor that was unexpected. Not enough to save the meal, though.
A few saving graces: the view, the generous mimosas and the peculiar, yet nice wait staff.
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