Gallery: The Plant Cafe Organic: SF’s Ultra Green Restaurant

 
The owners of the restaurant wanted a new space to reflect their sustainable ideals in addition to providing a hip, green space for people to enjoy good food.

The Plant Cafe was honored this year with the Best Vegetarian Restaurant Award by SF Weekly, but the accolades don’t stop there. San Francisco Waterfront Partners also named it the greenest restaurant in San Francisco as a tribute to both 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.

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  1. fstirling December 16, 2010 at 12:12 pm

    This restaurant looks amazing. It’s so wonderful to see a restaurant going above and beyond to minimize their eco footprint, but also maximize awareness about the issue of sustainability. Reading this article reminded me of the Green Restaurant Association, a non profit that certifies restaurants as Green Restaurants and provides consumers with all the details of the restaurants environmental practices. Seeing as Plant is already as environmentally friendly as it is, it couldn’t hurt to look into becoming officially certified! Keep up the great work!

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