We’ve kept our vision. We’ve just kept doing what we’re doing all these years and we’re still doing it.
We’ve been cooking delicious vegetarian dishes for thirty years in our beautiful Fort Mason setting, in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, right on San Francisco Bay. We’re owned by the San Francisco Zen Center. When we opened in 1979, everyone working at Greens was part of the Zen Center community. So we’re owned by the San Francisco Zen Center, we’re in Fort Mason Center (a non profit center for education, the arts and the environment) and we’re in a national park!
There are so many great vegetarian restaurants now. Our focus has always been on using beautiful, locally grown and produced ingredients and supporting people we know.
Greens is an environment unto itself. The wall of windows that look out to the bay define the space. Our redwood sculpture and seating areas are totally unique.
Farmers, cheese makers, olive oil producers, wine makers and any of the people who dedicate themselves to producing delicious food and wine. I love talking with home cooks about ingredients at the Ferry Plaza Farmers’ Market. I learn so much from people who love to cook at home. Our long relationship with Green Gulch Farm (Zen Center’s organic farm in Marin County) is a great source of inspiration.
We use as much organic produce as possible. Much is grown sustainably, by growers who use organic practices but are not certified organic.
Most of our produce comes from within 150 miles of Greens. Some of the farmers we buy from at the Ferry Plaza Farmers’ Market travel from the Central Valley so they’re further away.
Yes, we do everything we can to serve guests with dietary needs. Gluten free meals are frequently requested and we’re able to accommodate the requests with brown rice, quinoa, polenta. We have lots of delicious wheat free choices.
It’s such a beautiful place and the view is stunning. We've got a special dish for everyone, and we can arrange for the champagne and flowers to arrive at the perfect moment. Many couples have gotten engaged at Greens! Our biggest reward is when they return every year to celebrate their anniversary, then bring their children for family celebrations.