The 14 Best Healthy Restaurants in LA Right Now
Vowed to be healthier in 2022? Fortunately, in a city like Los Angeles, it’s easy to eat nutritious food that goes beyond basic salads and is still packed full of flavor. Whether you’re starting a new diet plan like Paleo or Whole30 or you have dietary restrictions like gluten-free or vegan, these are the best healthy restaurants in LA to keep you on track (without making you feel like you’re in health-food purgatory).
1. Honey Hi
Honey Hi isn’t just good for diners, but also the community. The restaurant prepares their food using mostly organic produce purchased at local farmer’s markets and steers clear from refined sugars and additives. There are nutritious sweet potato hash bowls and salads that are definitely worth trying, but Honey Hi also serves up some indulgence with a healthy twist, including gluten free brioche French toast.
1620 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026; honeyhi.co
Healthy and comforting, Bonjuk specializes in Korean rice porridge that is perfect any day but especially on those chilly winter ones. There are almost a dozen porridge options, from vegetable to mushroom and oyster, each of which is listed on the menu along with its nutritional benefits. To complete the meal are also some sweet porridge desserts such as pine nut porridge. Yum.
450 S. Western Ave. #FC3, Los Angeles, CA 90020
3. True Food Kitchen
A restaurant founded by a well-known doctor of integrative medicine is bound to have a focus on health, but True Food Kitchen makes the menu approachable. Here, eating healthy is all about balance and making small changes towards better alternatives instead of extreme diets. Menu favorites include the grass fed burger with a flaxseed bun, hearty salads, flavorful grain bowls and pescatarian dishes full of superfoods.
Multiple locations; truefoodkitchen.com
4. Sumac Cuisine
By now most of us know how healthy the Mediterranean Diet is, and Sumac Cuisine in Hollywood is no exception. Opened by a husband and wife from Lebanon, Sumac prepares food the way the family would prepare it at home. In addition to the usual suspects like fattoush salad, hummus and falafel, Sumac also offers lesser known items like moudardara prepared with organic lentils and rice, green beans stew and more. Our advice? Come here with a friend and order a few different items off the menu to share.
1156 N. Highland Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90038; sumaccuisine.com
This takeout and delivery-only spot puts a healthy twist on kimbap, the seaweed rice rolls that are a staple of takeout meals in Korea. Ganchic’s founder Christina Ko wanted to bring a lighter version of this on-the-go meal to busy Angelenos. Instead of rice that is typical in the kimbap, Ganchic uses quinoa. The filling, which ranges from beef to tofu, and vegan sauces are all made without refined sugar.
672 S. Santa Fe Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90021; ganchic.com
6. Gracias Madre
This plant-based Mexican restaurant from the people behind Cafe Gratitude comes with one of the best patios in West Hollywood, and the food is pretty damn good too. Find ceviche made with hearts of palm, tamale with cashew mozzarella and jackfruit carnitas tacos. Gracias Madre also has a complete allergen information for all their dishes handy for those who have allergy concerns.
8905 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, CA 90069; graciasmadre.co
A daytime cafe from an avant-garde fine-dining chef certainly will not be your regular old cafe. The inventive dishes at this minimalistic eatery feel like they are coming from an upscale restaurant made with the freshest ingredients. While Destroyer is not a vegetarian restaurant, it offers a lot of healthy, vegetable-forward dishes that are full of flavor like the caramelized chickpeas with stewed cherry potatoes and poached egg.
3578 Hayden Ave., Culver City, CA 90232; destroyer.la
This Japanese restaurant is a vegan and gluten-free eatery that also focuses on macrobiotic diet and prepares their food with organic and all natural ingredients. The menu consists of vegan sushi with “eel” made of tofu, “crab cake” made using mushrooms, as well as a good variety of seasonal appetizers and large plates. The brown rice sushi also makes this spot perfect for those who are looking for gluten-free food.
Multiple locations; theshojin.com
This bright eatery is one of the most popular Middle Eastern restaurants in LA right now, and for good reason. Inspired by local, seasonal produce, the menu at Kismet features inventive and beautifully-presented dishes. Though it’s not a vegetarian restaurant, there are plenty of plant forward dishes like sweet potato toasted hazelnuts and Moroccan spiced carrots. For a little taste of everything, there is the mezze meal for two which can be made vegetarian or vegan.
4648 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90027; kismetla.com
10. Âu Lạc
Au Lac’s owner Mai Nguyen switched to a vegan diet when she was diagnosed with cancer and is now a proponent of a healthy plant-based diet as a part of preventative medicine. Started in 1997, the restaurant’s Vietnamese influenced vegan food was one of the pioneers of LA’s vegan food scene. Though they still serve Vietnamese dishes like plant-based pho and lemongrass “fish”, the menu has expanded to include a number of raw food items as well as cold pressed juices and elixirs.
710 W. 1st St., Los Angeles, CA 90012; aulac.com
11. Crossroads Kitchen
Among the many vegan restaurants in Los Angeles, Crossroads Kitchen stands out for its upscale, fine dining vegan cuisine—including options that even meat eaters are obsessed with. Find inventive dishes like the artichoke oysters appetizer made with oyster mushrooms and made to look like real oysters, the vegan cheese plate, or go all in for the fine dining experience with a seven-course tasting menu.
8284 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90046; crossroadskitchen.com
12. Zhengyalov Hatz
Zhengyalov Hatz in Glendale only serves one thing (plus desserts), and that is the store’s namesake flatbread. The vegan flatbread is made with 15 finely minced herbs, sunflower oil and salt. It sounds and looks so simple that it has no business tasting as good as it does, but it is delicious, fresh and vibrant, and healthy to boot.
318 E. Broadway, Glendale, CA 91205; zhengyalov-hatz.business.site
13. M Cafe
M Cafe is LA’s original macrobiotic cafe, having opened their original Melrose location over a decade ago. The macrobiotic menu is plant-focused, offering minimally processed, mostly vegan items alongside sustainable seafood options and there’s no shortage of gluten-free options. There are cold pressed juices, grain bowls and a hearty curry udon for the vegans, but the grilled ahi tuna burger has also been a favorite for years.
7119 Melrose Ave., Hollywood, CA 90046; mcafedechaya.com
14. Rahel Ethiopian Vegan Cuisine
It’s easy to find vegan food with big flavors in Little Ethiopia and Rahel is one of the restaurants offering a completely plant-based menu. The combo is the best way to experience Rahel, with nine items including lentil stew in red pepper sauce, chickpeas and many more. Everything is served with injera, the Ethiopian sour flatbread made with teff flour, which is naturally gluten-free.
1047 S. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90019; rahelvegancuisine.com
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