Chez Panisse (credit: Connie C. Kim/CBS Local)

Living in the Bay Area can be a veritable paradise for the health-conscious. Eating organically is one way to reduce your intake of pesticides. The Bay Area is located adjacent to an area ripe with fertile farmland and is full of people passionate about creating a sustainable food system. Catering to both vegetarians and omnivores, here is a list of five of the best restaurants with organic food in the Bay Area.

Chez Panisse
1517 Shattuck Ave.
Berkeley, CA 94709
(510) 548-5525
www.chezpanisse.com

Since opening its doors in 1971, Chez Panisse has been devoted to serving only the finest locally sourced, seasonal, organic foods. The menu changes daily depending on which foods are freshest. There is a prix fixe menu each evening, with fancier fare offered Friday and Saturday, and a more rustic dinner on Mondays. The restaurant is open Monday through Saturday and accepts reservations up to one month in advance.

Flea Street Cafe
3607 Alameda De Las Pulgas
Menlo Park, CA 94025
(650) 854-1226
www.cooleatz.com

Jesse Ziff Cool boasts an impressive 35-year Peninsula-area career in organic food. With multiple restaurants, cookbooks and a thriving catering business, Cool has been a local pioneer in the sustainable foods movement. Flea Street Café, like all of Cool’s business ventures, is entirely devoted to locally sourced, sustainable, organic ingredients. Vegetarians and meat lovers alike will delight in Flea Street’s vibrant seasonal offerings with everything from braised short ribs to stuffed squash blossoms.

Greens Restaurant
2 Marina Blvd.
Fort Mason, Building A
San Francisco, CA 94123
(415) 771-6222
www.greensrestaurant.com

Located on the Marina in Fort Mason, Greens Restaurant offers diners some of the most picturesque views of the San Francisco Bay. A 35-year-old fixture in the city, Greens serves up organic all-vegetarian fare. Much of the fresh produce used in the restaurant comes from the North Bay’s Green Gulch Farm. With generous portions and a diverse menu, omnivores will not miss the meat. Arrive early for dinner to snag a table with a view of the sparkling bay and Marin Headlands.

Millennium
580 Geary St.
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 345-3900
www.millenniumrestaurant.com

Millennium serves up some of the finest gourmet vegetarian fare in the Bay Area. The restaurant is dedicated to a completely sustainable menu which entails everything from organic ingredients that are locally sourced, to recycling and composting the restaurant’s waste. No dishes contain animal ingredients, so vegans can relax with a rare opportunity to enjoy everything on the menu. Several dining options are available from a five-course chef’s tasting menu, to the Frugal Foodie meal which includes an appetizer, entrée and dessert. Pre-selected wine pairings are available for an additional charge.

Pathos Organic Greek Kitchen
2430 Shattuck Ave.
Berkeley, CA 94704
(510) 981-8339
www.pathosrestaurant.com

Located in downtown Berkeley, Pathos dishes up a selection authentic organic Greek favorites ranging from moussaka to dolmades. The wine list contains a satisfying selection of Greek wines as well as ouzo and metaxa. Diners can enjoy a variety of delicious lamb and beef dishes, as well as a few vegetarian options. Pathos is open Wednesday through Sunday and reservations are recommended.

Joanna Metheny is a freelance writer covering all things South Bay. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.