The Vegetarian Guide to San Francisco


Why go vegetarian?, Health questions?, What to eat , Media, Want to meet other vegetarians?, Promoting vegetarianism, Upcoming events, More Bay Area restaurant resources, Traveling outside San Francisco?, Vegetarian cats and dogs

Why go vegetarian?

If you could make a single change so powerful that it would add years to your life, preserve precious natural resources like our clean water and air, and single-handedly spare dozens of animals each year from tremendous suffering, would you make that change? Each time we sit down to eat, we make a statement about the type of world we want to see--about how we believe animals, our environment, and other people should be treated. Going vegetarian or vegan is easier than you think and is a concrete step you can take to make the world a better place. Visit the sites below to learn more.

Order a free vegetarian starter guide
from Compassion Over Killing
from Mercy for Animals
from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals
from Vegan Outreach

"Veganism in a Nutshell" CD

Meet Your Meat
My Friends at the Farm

Peaceable Kingdom

Health, environmental and other benefits of going vegetarian or vegan


Health Questions?

Information about the health benefits of a vegetarian diet and for answers to your nutrition questions.
Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine

The American Dietetic Association's position paper on vegetarian diets

On the Atkins diet, or know someone who is?


What to eat

Most vegetarians grew up eating meat and made the choice to stop. Expanding culinary horizons and learning how to cook vegetarian or vegan foods is a big obstacle for many people. Thankfully, there are lots of great resources to help.

Cooking Classes
Compassionate Cooks
Offers fantastic vegetarian cooking classes in Oakland. Check the site for schedule and for great recipes, too. Also check out their fantastic new DVD on vegetarian cooking!

Recipes and Meal Ideas

Restaurant vegetarian starter kit
for restaurants looking to expand their vegetarian offerings



VegNews Magazine
E: The Environmental Magazine
PETA's Animal Times

Vegetarian- and animal rights-related books:

Independent Media offers community-run independent media on progressive issues throughout the Bay Area. The Animal Liberation news and resources page has information about many local vegetarian-oriented events.

VegVideo is an SF-based public-access show airing in San Francisco, Berkeley, Sacramento, Palo Alto, and many other community television stations around the Bay Area, as well as in other cities around the country. VegVideo educates the public about the realities of factory farming and the alternative of a compassionate vegetarian diet. Visit to see the show's current schedule in your area.


Want to meet other Bay Area vegetarians?

Promoting Vegetarianism

SF Bay Area and National Organizations
Working with local activists or organizations can be a great help, whether you need help getting started, want to bounce ideas off people, or want strength in numbers. Contact these groups to find out how you can help them and how they can help you.
Make sure to join the BAARN email list to connect with local activists.

Activism Tips
There's no doubt the world would be a better place if more people were vegetarian--for starters, fewer animals would suffer, our environment would be better preserved, and our health would be better off. Whatever your motivation in being vegetarian or promoting vegetarianism, there are so many things you can do to help--from requesting more meatfree options at restaurants to dropping brochures on vegetarianism off at local cafes. Visit the sites below for more ideas.

Feel free to email us at if you'd like to discuss opportunities for activism locally.


Upcoming Events

More Bay Area restaurant resources "The Ultimate Guide to Vegetarian Living in the San Francisco Bay Area" local restaurant reviews from a vegan's perspective.


Traveling outside San Francisco?

Vegetarian cats and dogs

The idea of feeding dogs or cats a vegetarian or vegan diet may sound crazy or extreme, but people choose to feed their animal companions a plant-based diet for the same reasons they choose it for themselves--to boycott cruelty to farmed animals, to boycott factory farms that pollute our environment, and for health reasons (to avoid the not-fit-for-human-consumption ingredients, including cancerous lesions, rendered dogs and cats from shelters, and more gross stuff that can be found in most pet foods). For more information, whether you're sold or still have doubts, read Obligate Carnivore, by Jed Gillen, and try out a vegan starter pack for cats or dogs at This is also a great site to order food to be delivered to your door.

Locally, you can buy vegetarian dog food at Rainbow Grocery, among other places.

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