580 Geary St, San Francisco, CA | Directions 9410237.786772 -122.413016
Neighborhoods: Northeast, Tenderloin
No one has cooked high-end, modern, exciting vegetarian food longer than Millennium; you could even go so far as to say that they were the first great (and for many years the only great) vegetarian restaurant. The world has caught up to some extent but this is still a very find restaurant.
Elegant and inspired, this meat-free organic restaurant is a vegan's paradise and an omnivore's adventure. – The Scene
The neon-lit sign outside is immediately contrasted by the glamorous, 1920s-styled entryway that the restaurant shares with the Hotel California. In the dining area, fishing nets hang from the ceiling with lights caught within, dimly illuminating the auburn floors and full bar. On one side of the room, a dozen two-top tables line the wall spaced only two feet apart, which forces each couple to compete for volume. Larger parties fill traditional round booths--sans leather seat lining.
Millennium's Executive Chef Eric Tucker breaks tradition in ways less obvious than his omission of meat, dairy and eggs. Pinpointing the type of food served is almost impossible, as the spices and herbs used to compliment entrees are not the standard picks of any one cuisine. For instance, the almond-cake entree is accompanied by hand-picked mushrooms, whole beans, horseradish cashew-cream and cranberry-orange relish. The desserts are just as complex, but not as daring: After all, no meat-eater would take pause over eating a spiced pumpkin cake topped with white chocolate and ginger spread.
Hits: A meal turns into a unique experience and sends diners through countless flavors and cuisines without a trace of any animal products, and it's easy to find a perfect complement to any meal in the long list of organic beers, wines and creative juice cocktails.
Misses: The atmosphere is not as fantastic as the food--the open kitchen, high ceilings and often cramped seating can make the place a little louder than preferred.
Superb Experience – My boyfriend surprised me with reservations here. I was shocked by the extensive menu and sophisticated ambience. Beingabel to choose anything on the menu and know that I will love it was thrilling. We had three courses plus the olive plate. Delicious! Not even the bill could tarnish theentire experience. It was quite the romantic gesture at the perfect veggie restaurant for me!
one of our best meals ever! – We were in San Francisco for our 10th anniversary. Dinner at Millennium was certainly a highlight. bar selection was fantastic - my hunny likes good beers/ales. the food was packed with flavor! we enjoyed a leisurely meal instead of being rushed out of the restaurant - our meal took 2 hours. what a treat! Even non vegetarians will enjoy this place!
A Vegan Elated – Delicious. Simply amazing. A vegan gastronomical joy. There are few pure vegetarian restaurants, but none other compares to Millennium. The dining room is beautiful, no complaints about the service. And lemme tell you: I miss dessert and it's been a very long time since I've had one as decadent and soul-satisfying as the molten-chocolate confection I just had the pleasure to enjoy. Pure, sweet, bliss.
Great Vegan Cuisine!! – Decided to go here for my birthday with 12 of my friends....we weren't able to get the private room (too much money - $750) and were forced to get two separate tables (which did really wasn't great) but the food was great and perfect!! They even made my cupcakes that were delicious!!! Yum!!! Loved it all! Even my drink was good (a bit strong hehe) but great. I will be sure to go back! It is pricey but its worth it!
Food can be great...or just plain wierd. – So I'm vegan, and millennium holds cult status among my friends as "the" place to take veg and non veg friends alike for a swanky evening out. First, the service. Unlike the previous reviewer, I think all the hosts are actually really nice (I think there's two or three), they've managed to squeeze in a place at the bar or even a table whenever possible and remember our names from visit to visit. The servers, on the other hand, can really be inconsistent. As far as favorites go, ask for 'Chris' or 'Melissa', they're the best. Others have just plain attitude, or seem bored with the food and with their job. So on to the food. Some of it is really really good -- especially the salads and the appetizers. The caeser is fabulous. The entrees on the other hand, generally aren't worth ordering (price and taste). There are too many competing flavors, resulting in just wierd combinations that don't taste --or even sound--good. The desserts on the other hand, are generally great -- no complaints here. Wine list is very well chosen.
Make a reservation in advance especially if you want to eat at a decent dinner hour and show up on time -- they run a tight ship and will 'no-show' you at the drop of a hat, especially on busy nights.
Overrated and overpriced – I went with a group of friends and was surprised when we received the check. We did family style so we could taste the different entrees. Though some of the dishes were interesting and had good flavors, every entree was pretty small. It was definitely overpriced for what we got. We all left hungry for more food and ended up getting crepes after dinner!
Good food but pricey – Millennium is conveniently located and has a good ambience. The menu is very eclectic with vegetarian fare from all over the world.
Rude hostess, ok food – I had made a reservation for my husband's birthday dinner and was told that there was valet parking. When we arrived the valet area was blocked (with another car) and so we circled around the block while I phoned to tell them we were trying to park and that the valet was blocked. Her response was that if we weren't there pronto, we would not be seated.! I told her that we were following the instructions and attempting to valet the car and she said she would go outside and get the car moved. OK so then that worked out and we walked in only to be ignored while the hostess flirted with the sous chef...No kidding! It was so extreme it was like watching a movie. She looked confounded when my husband told her we would just wait at the bar.. Anyway, not good enough food to deal with the rude service.. The waitress was fine but slow and the food just so so.
Rudest Manager!! – I have been a regular here for years and it is dear to my heart.
I NEVER had a bad experience until now. Our reservation was off by one person. The hostess was kind and helpful as usual until the manager came over and very rudely informed us that there was nothing she could do. Despite being kind and calm (which we are), the manager became confrontational and downright nasty. The hostess looked horrified at how rude she was. It was shocking. I was practically in tears. She was so nasty--for no reason.
In the end, the hostess seated us. She was very kind and apologized but the manager never said a word to us. This woman is the antithesis of what this restaurant represents. It's a shame. I will continue to recommend and frequent this restaurant as I have too many good experiences to stop over one bad apple.
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