BAIA

4.6
199 reviews
$30 and under
Italian

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Good Vegetarian Options
BAIA is a plant-based Italian-inspired concept by celebrity chef Matthew Kenney, offering a selection of dishes that that can satisfy your craving for elevated plant food. Additionally, the menu comprises a sustainable Italian wine and beer program, to-go craft cocktails and unique takes on classic pizzas, seasonal vegetables, and comfort Italian dishes. Diners can expect to see their favorite Italian classics reinvented with plant-based cheeses, fresh pasta preparations, and more.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

Offers

1,000-Point Tables

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Sun - Thu 4:00PM - 5:00PM 8:30PM - 9:00PM

What 199 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.7
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 21 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service!

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Generally good experience, but the lemon thyme ravioli dish we got was definitely undercooked. Had a similar experience with the lasagna last time I came.

SO
SortOfVegan
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience2

As three groups of friends who don't eat meat or dairy, BAIA was an incredible restaurant to go to celebrate our friend's recent engagement! From our first bites of Arancini, we were hooked on the food. Everything tasted great, but there was a good bit of nervousness from our lactose intolerant friend, because the only affirmation that their menu is dairy free comes from a small stanza in the bottom of the menu. No one on staff bothered to explain or answer the question of why the menu says parmesan or ricotta but somehow manages not to be dairy. We had to forge our own path of blind faith to just let ourselves eat the food, which on one hand turned out to be fine, but on the other hand was not the most comfortable way to start a meal for people with dietary restrictions.

Regarding ambiance, it took about an hour for our heater to get turned on properly, while the other heaters were all kept on around us. We were having too good of a time catching up to bother repeating our requests until we got to the last third of our meal, and it wasn't a deal breaker. Two things that would up the ante of the outdoor dining experience would be to find a way to have some light music playing in the background, because all of the other elements add up to make it feel like the absence of ambient music is something very obviously missing. Second would be to make sure to check the tables for cleanliness, as we sat down to a dusty table. It was solved with a wipe on our end, but for a $200 meal, I wouldn't normally expect it.

The staff was incredibly kind, and everyone looked to be hard at work. The restaurant itself smells amazing and makes you very excited to sit down and eat. The Arancini and Lasagne are incredible and I would come back if only just to eat them again. Keep up the great work!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great date night/special occasion spot!

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vipFHuang
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Beautiful interior (after the renovation), but overall was disappointed at the experience. We were seated on the second level, and despite the dining space not being overly crowded, the acoustics were really strange and lots of random noises and I could not hear my friend across the table.
We ordered four dishes + one dessert to share: the Fiori di Zucca was a delight; the "Mysticanza" artichoke salad was really plain and boring; the Agnolotti pasta with green peas was okay, but the lemon/peppery flavor was too strong and lacks a proper balance; the Parmesan (baked eggplant casserole) was extremely disappointing - the breading felt chewy and undercooked.

Initially we ordered the Spumoni dessert, but was served a completely frozen piece of mouse - turned out that all the Spumoni that night could not be served properly. We decided to try the chocolate torte instead - it was creamy and velvety, but again, lacked balance and felt flat.

Would only consider going back for a purely exploratory perspective.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience3

It was nice to be indoors after all this time but the brunch menu was a bit too limited. The pizzas and salads are very good.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely ambiance and decor for a special Mother’s Day brunch. I’ll be back for a meal shared with friends or on a date. Beautiful space and still carried a great ambiance despite social distancing.
The upstairs perch is fun for people watching while the booths convey an intimate gathering. Tasty food and great service. High marks!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The most stunning and delicious vegan Italian that we have ever had! The atmosphere was elegant and upscale. You MUST go!

LJ
LindaJ
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great place for date night! Interior, food, service, and etc were all good!

MA
vipMarkAnthony
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Plant based restaurant with delicious Italian comfort food and wonderful service that meat eaters and vegans can enjoy.

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Paula
Charlotte
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Would go again and would recommend to vegan, vegetarians, and foodies alike.

SB
SandraB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great atmosphere, and great service!!!

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vipNobleBrown
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Overall the food and experience was excellent. Unfortunately, the highly recommended lasagna was gummy. I tried to get our friend to send it back, but he was too polite. The eggplant parmesan, however was EXCELLENT - how they made the eggplant to have a meaty texture and such a crispy outside while topped with that flavorful sauce is a miracle! Service was excellent, and our table (outside) was warm and quiet. Nice selection of wines and drinks. We will definitely be back.

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lajjas
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Was a good restaurant and appetizers were lovely. The service was amazing, the server made our evening. The only thing that didn’t work was the pizza - it felt like we were eating dough. Overall a good replacement to Jardinere

RH
RealHumanPerson
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was so happy to find a new type of vegan spot in SF. We went for our anniversary and it was perfect fpr a special occasion. Loved all the pastas and apps. Wonderful service. Beautiful location. Excited to maybe pick up some of their pizzas to go sometime. Can't stress enough how fun it is to have a fancy vegan spot that's easy to book and delicious.

MW
MichaelW
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food5service1ambience1

Waiter spilled oil on my jacket
No one apologized
Manager came 30 mins later , apologized

At end of meal , manager asked if we’d like desert , and offered to refill my moms wine glass

We were charged for both

LOL

food is good, service is a joke

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Portions are too small.

HA
HadarA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Finally, a superb vegan Italian restaurant! The good is wonderful, whether you want to indulge in fresh pasta or pizza, or eat a vegetable-rich meal.

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Carichelle
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Baia was a delightful experience. Great wine list, delicious food, and good service! Will definitely come again.

MK
MicheleK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing restaurant! Food is fabulous. Delicious, creative and beautifully presented. Open a second location in Los Angeles!

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vipSharonS
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on 3 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A really wonderful food adventure. The plant-based nature of their food is understated; it says so on the menu but one would never know based on the food choices (mozzarella, ricotta, meatballs, sausage, etc). Everything our group of 5 ordered was delicious! Service excellent. I will definitely go back.

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AJacks
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 2 May 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience4

The food was good, it wasn't great. Portions are fine. Cocktails were absolutely incredible. I would go back for cocktails and appetizers, but not for dinner. Service was just ok. Polite, but left a lot to be desired. The bussers were nice and super attentive. The server, not so much. Long stretches of time without the server checking in. We ordered food in courses and everything came out at the same time. I expect that service would be more thoughtful at a restaurant of this caliber. Granted, everyone is figuring out the rhythm of in restaurant dining and there are little issues that I am sure will resolve over time. We asked for the check when we ordered dessert because we didn't want to sit waiting for the check as the tables on either side of us had to. It is worth trying, for both vegan and no vegan diners.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 2 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved everything we ordered. Just a wonderful experience.

AH
vipAHAH
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience1

A decent place to grab a drink, but not to have a nice dinner. It looks and feels like an airport lounge.

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MCortez
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Delicious vegan food. We had brunch and everything we ordered was tasty. Can't wait to try their dinners.

TM
vipTrixieM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 28 April 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Outdoor covid seating

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vipChrisF
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on 28 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing vegan food. Brunch or dinner, you can't go wrong.

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Rick
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on 28 April 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We were all impressed with the vegetarian-only menu, and all selections we ordered were flavorful. Personable waitstaff.

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tootsweet59
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

There’s not much charm to sitting outdoors here but the service was very good, and the food was delicious. I had no idea we were eating vegan until the end! We ordered two kinds of pasta and the sauces were absolutely delicious. Would have loved a bigger portion, but we added a tasty market vegetable side that was perfectly charred and tender.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 26 April 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience4

I’ll start by saying, I’m a former hospitality/food service employee for many years. The server was absolutely clueless about everything during our entire experience. The first time we’ve gone there. He was unclear if he was taking care of us despite him taking our beverage and drink order while we awaited two additional guests to join us. Greeted us multiple times. Forgot he greeted us, come back confused and then forget the orders every time he came back to the table (despite writing it down on paper). There was a manager/host (unclear on role) who stepped in to grab some drinks, etc. but quite frustrating to order multiple times. Some items never arrived. Lastly, at the end of the meal after advising the dessert we’d hoped to try was unavailable, he propositioned my partner to take him to Macy’s on a shopping spree whilst grabbing his arm and rubbing against him ... all the while, we were simply trying to settle the check quickly and efficiently to get the hell out of restaurant and this all around bizarre experience. Safe to say, we won’t be returning to this establishment.

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
1 review
Dined on 25 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was attentive, and the food was impeccable!

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vipAlexandriaT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 25 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible!! Lauren and her team are absolutely amazing!

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Rose81
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first time and the service, the food and the ambiance was exceptional. We will be back now we have a fancy favorite Italian plant based resturant to go to 😊 Keep making exceptional food!

YC
YoliC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything, EVERYTHING about our experience at Baia was superb. Easy to make a reservation, Warm welcome, spectacular seat (overlooking the bar), the caesar salad had parmesan so authentic that I had to confirm it was ALL plant-based. We devoured our pasta dish so fast that we ordered another one instead of dessert! 🤣

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Yaron
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurants I visited in the Bay Area!

MS
MaggieS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love everything about Baia. Been a fan since they opened and still a fan. Amazing food and great service. Love the decor inside. The only thing I wish is the neighborhood would be a bit better so people could sit outside without having homeless people harassing the them. But it's not Baia's job it's the city's

CJ
CassidyJ
Portland
1 review
Dined on 23 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My partner and I celebrated my recent birthday at BAIA and had the best time. We arrived early and requested switching our outdoor reservation for an indoor table and they accommodated us well. We ordered the garlic knots, antipasti, malfadine pasta, and agnolotti pasta. We also enjoyed wine and cocktails. The ambience was wonderful and it felt very COVID safe -- as it was the first time we'd dined inside in over a year. Thank you, BAIA, for such an enjoyable experience.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 22 April 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Bland food overpriced terrible service

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 20 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is always a win :) my fav vegan italian spot!

LB
LauraB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 20 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant was awesome for gluten free healthy eating!

FAQs

BAIA does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. BAIA also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (415) 861-0625.

BAIA is rated 4.6 stars by 199 OpenTable diners.

BAIA does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://egiftcards.spoton.com/2135/5f1f331c24b4c46869f32eaa?returnUrl=https%3A%2F%2Folo.spoton.com%2F5f1f331c24b4c46869f32eaa&source=olo-web.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.