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Rainbow Grocery Cooperative

Rainbow Grocery Cooperative

Grocery Store and Organic Grocery
Mission District, San Francisco
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    Bommy
    "Fantastic bulk bin selection of teas"(3 Tips)
    Andrew F.
    "olive bar and the cheese department."(3 Tips)
    hill b.
    "Great bulk section, cheese selection, honey, bath and body products."(2 Tips)
    Maya B.
    "Best grocery store in SF hands down."(2 Tips)
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  • Rebecca A.heart icon on user image
    Rebecca AllenAugust 15, 2017
    Rainbow Grocery is pretty much my reason for visiting San Francisco on a regular basis. Best grocery store in the world, hands down. All vegetarian, ethical and loads of fun.
    Upvoted Apr 26
  • Daniel G.heart icon on user image
    Daniel GraysonJuly 28, 2018
    I’m now obsessed. Bulk olive oil, soy sauce, every kind of rice and nut, and the prettiest damned produce I’ve ever seen.
  • Wilson F.heart icon on user image
    MAGNIFICENT worker owned and operated shop. Stumbled upon it by chance and left wanting to eat/taste/drink it all. This is the definitive go-to grocery emporium for fresh, natural produce lovers.
  • Liz M.heart icon on user image
    Bulk stuff is not necessarily cheaper than TJs or WhF, but they win at obscure stuff like nutritional yeast, vegan kimchi, local honey, fancy loose tea, vegan fresh meals, bulk moisturizer (!). Yep.
  • Andrew Z.heart icon on user image
    Andrew ZaengleinApril 13, 2018
    I love the grind your own fresh hazelnut and dark chocolate butter! Way better than that Nutella stuff.
  • Ashley M.heart icon on user image
    Ashley MowreyMarch 12, 2015
    Bulk bin everything. Weird, new, and random vegan things. Literally the best vegan cheese selection you'll find. Actually, their whole cheese selection is legit. Locally made and owned everything.
  • Megan B.
    Megan BryanApril 14, 2020
    I shop at this grocery store because of the convenient location, the food lunches, the good beer selection with good prices, and the deli and meat counter is one of the best in the city!
  • Shannon Z.heart icon on user image
    Shannon ZAugust 23, 2016
    Produce almost as good as the farmers market (but 3x more in price, and worth the convenience).
  • Ben 🐱 W.heart icon on user image
    Ben 🐱 WillisFebruary 5, 2017
    Use their bulk foods to get great quality and cost effective foods. Experiment!
  • SFist
    SFistAugust 3, 2014
    Comparable to any cheese hawker you might find in France. The staff is remarkable and gracious with their cheese prowess, reigning over a selection that includes on average 350 varieties. Read more
  • Harini S.
    Harini SaladiOctober 25, 2013
    Has @siggisdairy, Straus @milk and @FieldRoast. Lots of fresh vegetables, fruits, cheeses and everything you could ask for. I'm so glad I can walk to this place :)
  • Jennifer  K.heart icon on user image
    Jennifer  KimSeptember 9, 2014
    Best damn grocery store in SF -- they have Xanthm gum in bulk so you don't have to spend a million dollars on a large bag. Waay better than Whole Foods
  • Arlo J.heart icon on user image
    Arlo JamrogJanuary 6, 2016
    Been here 25+ times
    Pro tip: their bulk coffee (by the likes of four barrel, de la Paz, stumptown, etc) is a lot cheaper than buying in cafes.
  • Tammy W.heart icon on user image
    Tammy WallsNovember 19, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    There is so much to like about this place. One of the largest bulk sections around! All of the produce is organic. YUM !!
  • Kevin O.heart icon on user image
    Kevin O'MalleyDecember 2, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Great bulk section and huge offering of organic and healthy products.
  • Kelly S.heart icon on user image
    Kelly SchwerinApril 6, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Great organic and local options, and their cheese shop is outstanding. Wish they carried local, organic meats. But all veggie here.
  • Nisha M.heart icon on user image
    Nisha MenezesMay 9, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Spice section is the best I've seen.. berbere & harissa spice powders just arrived. Veggie section is loaded with fresh greens and a large variety of mushrooms.. organic grocery heaven!
  • Yotam T.heart icon on user image
    Yotam TroimFebruary 23, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Probably the best grocery store in San Francisco.
  • Tom D.
    Tom DawkinsDecember 30, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Best retail business opportunity in SF: open an ethical meat store next door to Rainbow, be guaranteed plenty of business from people sick of shuttling between Rainbow and Trader Joes or Bi-Rite.
  • Valeria K.
    Valeria KholostenkoOctober 26, 2011
    Great place to shop for groceries in SF! They have everything. Also, if you're lucky get the non-gluten free pastry with poppies and cherries, it is to die for!
  • Jared Z.heart icon on user image
    Jared ZimmermanDecember 9, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    This grocery store is worker owned and 99.8 percent vegetarian. The only meat you'll find here is their pet food and the animal rennet in some of their clearly marked cheeses.
  • Bommyheart icon on user image
    BommyAugust 3, 2014
    Amazing place to get groceries. Fantastic bulk bin selection of teas, spices, oils, nut butters, and grains.
  • Dale T.heart icon on user image
    Dale TegmanNovember 2, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    The anchor of all natural food stores in SF. Huge bulk section, awesome specials area, sale produce and dry goods, organic everything. NO MEAT! 20% off when you buy $100 of supplements.
  • Alex Y.heart icon on user image
    Alex YuleFebruary 6, 2018
    Come for the nutritional yeast, stay for the Bulk everything.
  • Roberto C.heart icon on user image
    Roberto CosenzaDecember 23, 2014
    Nice selection of natural foods. You can refill your soap containers but doing so it's more expensive than it should
  • Gayle M.heart icon on user image
    Gayle MacciaJuly 16, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Everything is organic and fresh from the farm. Terrific varieties, all vegetarian.
  • Heidi L.heart icon on user image
    Heidi Lindström-GomezJanuary 12, 2015
    Love this store. Organic produce is of best quality. Wish there were more of these stores around .
  • Pam ☕️ O.heart icon on user image
    Pam ☕️ ONovember 4, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    The various styles of kimchi in the fermented foods bulk bin aisle blow my mind.
  • Zain S.heart icon on user image
    Zain ShahJuly 14, 2016
    Cheap healthy organic foods from local farmers!
  • Bravo
    BravoNovember 12, 2010
    A post modern collection of everything natural, local and healthy in San Francisco. You can find anything. Just don’t ask for steak! -Yigit Pura, Top Chef Just Desserts
  • Andrew F.heart icon on user image
    Andrew FisterNovember 15, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    There are always free samples at the olive bar and the cheese department. Sometimes there are free samples in front of the customer service desk and the freezer section.
  • Amélie B.heart icon on user image
    Amélie BeerensJanuary 2, 2015
    This kind of grocery store is just amazing! Choices, nice service... very helpfull!
  • Rob R.
    Rob RayDecember 7, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Parking can be a beast, but if you're looking for something more natural/healthier, they probably have it. Also, they're really great about bulk orders, just call and ask.
  • Carl N.
    Carl NelsonJuly 1, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Amazing vegetarian co-op grocery store. Love their cheese department especially.
  • Rita P.
    Rita ParadaMarch 18, 2012
    Best Hungarian paprika you can get in San Francisco. You can also get quark and cheese curds here.
  • cynthia w.heart icon on user image
    cynthia wangSeptember 15, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Favorite grocery (next to Berkeley bowl). No meat products. Acquire your prosciutto somewhere else.
  • Jennifer C.heart icon on user image
    Jennifer CarterMarch 26, 2016
    Loads of healthy, ethical products. Great for vegetarians and vegans
  • Lindsay W.heart icon on user image
    Lindsay WilliamsJuly 28, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    Fantastic vegan selection! The vast array of tofu keeps me coming back.
  • Mikahla V.heart icon on user image
    Mikahla VicinoNovember 24, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    For all of your bulk vegetarian needs.
  • Bravo
    BravoJanuary 27, 2010
    Worker-owned, with the freshest local produce outside of the farmer's market. Great cheese selection. Bulk area is expansive and prices are fair. -Preeti Mistry, Top Chef
  • Daniel H.
    Daniel HaranMay 5, 2013
    Best chocolate selection, including American craft chocolatiers. Try Madre and Taza!
  • Amy R.
    Amy RappaportSeptember 25, 2014
    The dried pea soup is the best I have ever had and perfect for backpacking
  • Melissa W.
    Melissa WJune 11, 2016
    They have bulk oils and soaps. Miso pastes are not bad. Smoked salt is 👌🏻
  • Scott A.heart icon on user image
    Scott AndreasApril 22, 2018
    Bulk section’s great.
  • hill b.heart icon on user image
    hill billyAugust 30, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Great bulk section, cheese selection, honey, bath and body products. Quality establishment.
  • Rosemarie M.
    Rosemarie McKeonDecember 6, 2011
    small sitting / waiting area w electrical outlets but no WIFI. Love bulk lotion and you can bring own bottle, weigh, fill and weigh before pay!
  • Thaisa F.
    Thaisa FernandesSeptember 27, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Best market in town. Everything is sooooo good <3
  • Jonathan Y.
    Jonathan YankovichMarch 16, 2012
    Try the Walnut butter, it's in the back by the bulk. Comes from Berkeley!
  • Lucy D.
    Lucy DJuly 4, 2013
    if you need rennet for cheese making, ask for it at the cheese counter. Liquid rennet for $7
  • Liz L.
    Liz LunaJune 17, 2013
    Love the rock music always playing in the refrigerated dairy section!
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