The Plant Cafe was honored this year with the Best Vegetarian Restaurant Award by SF Weekly, but the accolades don’t stop there. their almost purely organic and primarily locally sourced menu as well as its many green design features. The owners of the restaurant wanted a new space to reflect their sustainable ideals as well as to provide a hip, green space for people to enjoy good food.
CCS Architecture, who designed their other restaurant at the Marina, took the lead in designing the new structure at Pier 3, which was part of a large revitalization project encompassing the Embarcadero. Two large historic pier warehouses were renovated to create a 112-seat restaurant and a separate, counter-service cafe. The tall 18 foot ceilings, exposed timber beams and the casement windows were retained to maintain the feel of the original pier. Outdoor seating areas were built on the side of the bay, which would normally be chilly, but have canopies and heating for year round comfort.