10 Delightfully Healthy Restaurants in Boston

Sweetgreen | © Shashi Bellamkonda / Flickr
Photo of Ashley Kane
Freelance Writer20 February 2017

Boston has many delicious eateries. From the Italian restaurants of the North End to the high-end steakhouses downtown and the sports pubs of Fenway – there is plenty of great food. However, it’s not all exactly healthy. Here is a guide to the healthy restaurants around Boston so that you can eat yummy food and feel good about it too.

Life Alive Urban Oasis and Organic Cafe

Cafe, Restaurant, Smoothie Bar, Vegetarian, Vegan, American, $$$
Life Alive is a funky organic café located in Cambridge, right off the Central Square T stop. It serves veggie or vegan wraps and has plenty of delicious warm grain-based meals. Try out one of their many smoothies or teas.

Vee Vee

Restaurant, American, $$$
Vee Vee is a lively Jamaica Plain restaurant that serves up New American fare that is healthy for you. The restaurant cooks and serves local ingredients that are in season and uses sustainable practices and also has vegan and gluten-free entrées. Check out their latest seasonal menu online.

Veggie Galaxy

Diner, Restaurant, Healthy, Vegan, Vegetarian, $$$
Veggie Galaxy
Veggie Galaxy | © John Eckman / Flickr
Veggie Galaxy, a retro diner located in Central Square, has many delicious eats for vegetarians and vegans. They have plenty of from-scratch options including sandwiches, burgers, and breakfast fare. Try their meatless Shepherd’s Pie or the Seitan Cutlet. Be sure to take home one of their vegan donuts or other vegan desserts to enjoy later.


Food Kiosk, Healthy, Salad Bar, $$$
Sweetgreen is a healthy chain with a few locations around Boston. You won’t find salads as delicious as theirs anywhere else. With dozens of toppings and combinations, you can choose a heartier grain bowl or a light salad with fresh, seasonal ingredients.

Dig Inn

Cafe, Restaurant, American, Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten-free, $$$
Dig Inn is a farm-to-table chain with seasonal and locally sourced ingredients. All of their dishes feature vegetables as a central focus. Make your own market bowl, or try one of their crafted dishes with tofu or chicken.


Restaurant, Italian, $$$
Enjoy a vegetarian pasta dish
Enjoy a vegetarian pasta dish | © Gaku. / Flickr
Erbaluce is an elegant Italian restaurant that is able to do the unthinkable and make it taste good – they stay away from butter and cream in their pasta dishes. Instead, they focus on adding flavors with produce and fresh herbs. The menu changes nightly, so stop in or make a reservation to try out their delicious pasta and vegetable entrées.

EVOO Restaurant

Restaurant, North American, American, Contemporary, Vegetarian, $$$
EVOO | © Dennis Yang / Flickr
EVOO Restaurant‘s menu changes daily, focusing on local and organic products in its cooking. The dishes are always eclectic, unique, and delicious. Go in with an open mind and hungry stomach, and you will not be disappointed by the healthy and tasty results. The restaurant’s name is an acronym for “Extra Virgin Olive Oil.”

The Elephant Walk

Restaurant, French, Fusion, Vegan, Dessert, $$$
Elephant Walk Dessert
Elephant Walk Dessert | © Snowpea & Bokchoi / Flickr
The Elephant Walk in the South End makes innovative French-Cambodian cuisine. The restaurant serves various gluten-free and vegan entrées. Choose a healthy quinoa dish or try the delicious, omega-3-rich salmon for a filling dinner. Be sure to try one of their delicious desserts if you feel like having a cheat dish after your health-conscious meal.

Farmstead Table

Restaurant, American, $$$

The homey Farmstead Table serves farm-to-table fare in a cozy setting. Enjoy delicious Brussels sprouts tacos or one of the many healthy vegetarian small plates. The chefs use a French technique to create innovative dishes.

Walnut Grille

Restaurant, Contemporary, Vegan, Vegetarian, American, $$$
Walnut Grille only serves vegetarian and vegan entrées, though there are plenty of options available for patrons. Try the ‘Chicken’ Piccata or the Tofu Marsala. Walnut Grille is a perfect place to try your favorite dishes with a new, healthier twist.

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