We’re right there with you, daydreaming of double-patty cheeseburgers and Salty Donut doughnuts. But what if we told you we’ve found equally satisfying meals that are just as “clean” as they are delicious? Here, the 17 best healthy restaurants in Miami for a nutrient-packed, good-for-you meals (that also happen to include pancakes).
The 17 Best Healthy Restaurants in Miami
1. Pura Vida
Miami Beach favorite Pura Vida—with locations across South Florida, including Aventura, the Design District and West Palm Beach—offers flavorful acai bowls, fresh-squeezed juices and a variety of salads, bowls and wraps made with local veggies. We’ll take the gluten-free avocado toast with a bottle of OJ anytime.
3818 NE First Ave.; Miami; 305-200-3109 or puravidamiami.com
2. My Ceviche
If you’re a seafood lover, My Ceviche is one of the best spots in Miami to get your fix. Choose from a selection of fresh-caught fish and then add coconut jasmine rice or cilantro quinoa and a sauce such as aji amarillo, rocoto or tradicional (a mix of lime juice and avocado). It’s the biggest, tastiest bowl of fish and veggies you’ll ever eat, we promise.
Various locations; myceviche.com
Think of Grown as fast food made healthy. Here, the fast-casual spot serves organic food without GMOs, preservatives, hormones, or processed sugar—from warm black bean and squash quinoa bowls to chickpea tuna sandwiches and even gluten-free grilled cheese or gluten-free panko chicken tenders. Owned by Shannon Allen and her two-time NBA champion husband Ray, the Grown family is on a mission to inspire Miami-Dade to embrace a healthier lifestyle—one slice of avocado toast at a time.
Various locations; grown.org
4. Azabu Miami Beach
Looking for an upscale restaurant with healthy, veggie-forward options? This Michelin-starred concept from NYC is split between an elegant dining room, a chic cocktail bar and an 11-seat secluded sushi den inspired by a Tokyo izakaya. The best part? In any setting, you’ll savor some unforgettable fresh fish. We’re big fans of the salmon tataki drizzled in a kelp dashi dressing.
161 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach; 786-276-0520 or azabuglobal.com
5. Carrot Express
If you’re unsure what you’re in the mood for, but you know for certain you want to stick with whole foods and veggies, Carrot Express should be your go-to. With numerous locations across town (Aventura, Coral Gables, Miami Shores, South Beach, Midtown and more), Carrot Express is more than a juice bar—this restaurant is jam-packed with flavorful, chef-driven dishes served in a casual atmosphere at affordable prices. Next time you go, look out for the savory salmon burger with harissa aioli and the LIV wrap with a grilled chicken breast, avocado, quinoa, kale, and basil pesto.
Various locations; eatcarrotexpress.com
7. Planta Miami Beach
At Planta, a Toronto-based restaurant that recently opened an outpost in Miami Beach, the meat-free burgers are made with black beans, mashed lentils and beetroot, and topped with a gooey vegan “cheese” made of carrot and potato. Plus, the restaurant is chock-full of other vegetarian and vegan plates, such as cauliflower “tater” tots, fruit and vegetable sushi, ceviche made with coconut instead of fish, and a creamy bucatini with zucchini spirals. We’ll take one of each, please.
850 Commerce St., Miami Beach; 305-397-8513 or plantarestaurants.com
8. Plant Miami
This Wynwood eatery is a mecca for beautifully designed plant-based dishes. The entire menu is gluten-free, too. (Psst: Make sure to top off your meal with the seasonal fruit cheesecake or the banana-nut pancakes. Hey, you deserve a treat after being so healthy.)
105 NE 24th St., Miami; 305-814-5365 or thesacredspacemiami.com
9. Icebox Cafe
There’s a reason this place always has a line out the door: delicious, creatively prepared veggies and proteins that hit the spot. Clean eating is made easy here thanks to tuna Niçoise, braised brisket lettuce wraps and curried chicken breast. (And yes, an occasional glass of sauv blanc is totally part of a balanced diet.)
Various locations; iceboxcafe.com
10. Zuuk Mediterranean Kitchen
Healthy, customizable bowls are ubiquitous these days, but these creative Mediterranean-inspired versions are one of our go-to lunches for a reason. With ingredients like baked falafel, roasted red pepper hummus and turmeric basmati rice, you’re bound to end up with a rainbow-hued, vitamin-packed result.
Various locations; zuukkitchen.com
11. Bunnie Cakes
Clean eating or not, we still have to satisfy our sweet tooth every now and then. That’s where Bunnie Cakes comes in. This petite, bright-pink shop has been turning out gluten-free treats since before it was cool. There are dozens of cupcake flavors—like guava, key lime and banana chocolate chip—that could easily go head-to-head with their gluten-packed counterparts and come out on top.
8450 NW 53rd St., Doral; 786-577-3243 or bunniecakes.com
12. Delicious Raw
This trendy fast-casual eatery is an absolute pro at incorporating fruits and vegetables into just about everything. Get yourself an order of the vegan pad Thai with crisp veggies and black bean noodles, or the “Pure Panino,” with roasted vegetables and vegan pesto. Trust us, you can’t go wrong.
Various locations; delraw.com
13. Planta Queen
Think of Planta Queen as Planta’s better half. The sister restaurant, also based in Toronto with a location right here at home in Coconut Grove, offers flavorful, plant-based renditions of your favorite Asian recipes. In other words, all the same great taste with nutritious, wholesome ingredients. From eggplant nigiri and crispy rice with spicy ahi watermelon to udon noodles and spinach and black bean dumplings, take comfort in knowing you’re fueling yourself with the absolute best.
3015 Grand Ave., Coconut Grove; plantarestaurants.com
14. Manna Life Food
It doesn’t get any healthier than Manna Life Food. This vegan, gluten-free specialty spot offers a range of savory and sweet bites like avocado arepas, plant-powered bowls with quinoa, tofu and veggies, and waffles with berries and coconut whipped cream. Everything is made in house from scratch, with zero artificial flavors, additives and refined sugars.
80 NE 2nd Ave., Miami; mannalifefood.com
15. Juice & Java
One of South Florida’s longest-running health food concepts, Juice & Java is all about fast, fresh food. But there’s more to be had than simple grilled chicken and greens—this spot adds a creative spin to nutritious plates, from chicken pesto omelets to goat cheese toast with sweet potato and even avocado cups filled with cherry tomatoes, feta and microgreens. No matter what you’re in the mood for, we’re willing to bet Juice & Java serves it.
Various locations; juiceandjava.com
16. Lilikoi Organic Living
Everything about this restaurant is delicious—and with a menu of vibrant dishes, this place will leave you feeling great. Quinoa and hummus wrap? Coming right up. Vegan carbonara with coconut bacon flakes? You betcha. Sourdough pancakes with Nutella and coconut whipped cream? On our way.
500 South Pointe Dr., Miami Beach; lilikoiorganicliving.com
17. Wabi Sabi By Shuji
Helmed by chef Shuji Hiyakawa, this fast-casual sushi spot is a pescatarian’s dream come true, serving up excellent tuna and avocado bowls, fruity cold-pressed juices infused with yuzu, and matcha mochi.
851 NE 79th St., Miami; 305-890-7228 or wabisabibyshuji.com
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