Keto-Friendly (Low Carb) Restaurants in San Francisco

Followers of the keto diet know that it can help you drop pounds quickly. That fact gave it a number three ranking (tie) for the best fast weight loss diet by U.S. News and World Report.

It’s not the easiest diet to follow, which makes the convenience of restaurant meals or takeout a smart option. And fortunately, you have many to choose from in San Francisco.

Food Options

Essentially, the keto diet is low carb and high fat. Those with a sweet tooth can satisfy their cravings with foods and beverages containing stevia derivatives like Truvia. Our roundup of restaurants includes ones offering dishes with plenty of fresh produce and delectable meats. Many also cater to other dietary needs, such as vegetarian and gluten-free.

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Healthy Choices

Kitava (2011 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110) offers an eclectic menu of keto-friendly, gluten-free, and paleo entrees. Choose from healthy favorites such as the Cuban bowl, teaming with plantains, avocado, and cauliflower rice, dressed with a cilantro-garlic mojo sauce. You can also order a la carte options like curried veggies or garlicky greens.

Its name says it all. Kitchen Keto (1760 Cesar Chavez, San Francisco, CA 94124) has you covered with dishes such as its Cauliflower Rice Stir Fry and Pulled Pork Salad. Customers will appreciate the detailed nutrition information for tracking your fat, carb, and protein intake. The restaurant is 100 percent keto so that you can feel confident in your meal choice.

Sweetgreen (171 2nd St., San Francisco, CA 94105) believes in sourcing smarter and supporting local farmers. The menu options sound as good as they look with choices such as Rustic Tomato Harvest Bowl and Chicken Chimichurri with Cauliflower Rice. You can also make your own creation from their selection of fresh ingredients. Have it your way!

Casual Dining

The New Spot on Polk (2401 Polk St, San Francisco, California 94109) has it all with breakfast, lunch, dinner, and even a juice bar. Their menu features several keto-friendly options, including classics like Ceasar and Cobb salads, along with their takes on the Sante Fe and Chopped salads. The restaurant is also gluten-free friendly.

Brenda’s Meat & Three (919 Divisadero St., San Francisco, CA 94115) is another full-service restaurant with a clever philosophy that brings a Southern twist to the keto diet. Enjoy signature dishes, such as their Spicy Fried Chicken or Blackened Catfish. Your meal comes with your choices of three vegetable sides, such as Fried Okra or Vegan Collard Greens.

Homestyle Korean cooking may not be the first thing you think of as a keto-friendly option. You’ll find plenty of tasty choices, along with several gluten-free selections, too at Matko (1 Market St., San Francisco, CA 94105). How about Kimchi Tofu or Soy Sauce Chicken with your pick of Korean small plates?

Elegant Dishes and Date Night Meals at Home

Kaisen DON (1939 Ocean Ave., ​San Francisco, CA 94127) offers excellent choices for keto-friendly dishes with a seafood flare. They have a wide selection of maki, hand rolls, and sashimi platters. They also have their signature Chirashi bowls, such as their Omega-3 Don with salmon, flying fish roe, and fresh cucumbers.

Rustic never tasted as good as the Italian favorites from Tratto (501 Geary St., San Francisco, CA 94102). The restaurant offers a full menu, available for delivery. They take comfort food to a new level from the Roasted Farmer’s Market Vegetables to the Swordfish with Caponata.

Make at Home Choices

Bouche (603 Bush St., San Francisco, CA 94108) has a different take on restaurant meals. You supply the meats and veggies, and they will provide the sauce to easily create a memorable dish. They currently offer five choices, including their scrumptious Lardo sauce, their riff on the classic French Espagnole. They also have a full dinner menu with keto-friendly entrees like Cauliflower Steak with a Satay Sauce.

Sometimes, weekly delivery is the best way to go. Those on a keto diet can’t do much better than the customized meal plans from LoCal Foodz Cali. Their keto-friendly option includes means with 60–80 percent fat, 15–35 percent protein, and 0–5 percent carbs. A la carte and bulk purchases are also available.

Plentiful Kitchen (1946 Grove St., San Francisco, CA 94117) takes eating at home to the next level with your personal chef preparing meals the way you like them, the keto way. Get weekly plans with tempting dishes, such as Basil Cream Eggplant Gratin served with a Pomegranate Arugula Radicchio Salad. They also offer meals in a jar filled with nourishing ingredients.

Those following a keto diet will have no end of tasty choices in San Francisco, whether you want a light salad or a full course meal. Delicious flavors are on the menu. All restaurants are open for takeout, curbside pickup, or delivery through third-party services.