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The best healthy restaurants in Boston

Healthy eating doesn’t have to be boring. These healthy restaurants in Boston offer delicious choices.

Written by
Time Out Boston Staff
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Boston has plenty of opportunities for you to induge—have you tried the best barbecue, best fried chicken, or best desserts in Boston? For those looking to eat right and stick to the diet, however, these healthy restaurants in Boston offer solid dining options that manage to be responsible yet delicious. The best seafood restaurants and Indian restaurants in Boston tend to have healthy options, but our list of healthy Boston restaurants will get you started. Looking to supplement some healthy eats with an active outing? Get outside and check out one of the best hikes near Boston.

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A healthy cafe we love so much that we welcomed it into Time Out Market

  • Restaurants
  • Fenway/Kenmore

A colorful mix of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern dishes are served throughout the day at anoush'ella's South End location and at Time Out Market. Make a quick, healthy meal of warm flatbread and flavorful dips, customizable salads and grain bowls, and other dishes made with organic ingredients.

Best healthy restaurants in Boston

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  • Vegetarian
  • Harvard Sq
  • price 1 of 4

Clover has quickly become something of an empire, with locations scattered around the Boston area. Healthful vegan and vegetarian concoctions are Clover's calling card; while waiting in line you may hear chatter about the chickpea fritter, BBQ seitan, a battered blue oyster (mushroom) sandwich, and the potato tempeh salad. Soups, like African peanut, are vegan, as are a range of salads, like lentil and kale or carrot and fennel. 

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  • Vegetarian
  • Central Sq
  • price 1 of 4

This eclectic cafe with multiple locations offers quick, nutritious meals with organic ingredients for vegetarians and vegans. Takeout is available, but the funky vibe makes it a great place to sit and enjoy the filling wraps, salads, and veggie bowls. You might need to reference their food glossary to learn about the benefits of all the uncommon ingredients (e.g. burdock, kabocha, and gomasio), but friendly staffers are happy to explain. Be sure to check out the extensive juice and smoothie menu.

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  • Restaurants
  • Vegan
  • Somerville
  • price 2 of 4

True Bistro offers a high-end, seasonal vegan dining experience that also appeals to non-vegan, healthy eaters. The menu changes frequently, based on what’s fresh and in season. Fresh salads and small plates, such as seared cauliflower with crispy aloo and assorted chutneys, or Devils on Horseback with cashew cheese and smoked tofu, lead the way for larger plates like mushroom shepherd’s pie, housemade capellini, and tempeh skewers. Brunch is offered Saturdays and Sundays.

  • Restaurants
  • Vegetarian
  • Harvard Sq
  • price 1 of 4

A fast and easy option for a healthy meal, Whole Heart Provisions takes the fast casual concept and makes it vegetarian and vegan. Build your own veggie bowl starting with a base of grains or greens, then load it up with smashed cucumbers, bulgogi beets, roasted broccoli, japanese eggplant, chickpeas, cured tomato, and more. Vegan proteins, crunchy toppings and flavorful sauces make each bowl a satisfying meal.

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  • Bakeries
  • price 1 of 4

At one of Tatte's many locations around the city you can enjoy fresh-baked European-style pastries, cookies, pain au chocolat, and more. But a range of salads and sandwiches offer a healthy option, and the welcoming vibe of the Parisian-style cafe will have you feeling good all around.

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  • Vegetarian
  • price 2 of 4

This casual sit down spot in Newton offers healthy, vegetarian versions of classic faves such as meatloaf, lasagna, and pizza. Soups, salads, and sandwiches are on the menu as well, all made with fresh, often local veggies and other organic ingredients. Whether it’s garden quesadillas, tuscan fig and oyster mushroom pizza, or portobello steak, Walnut Grille offers a range of innovative vegetarian selections for lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch.

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  • Restaurants
  • Vegan
  • Government Center
  • price 2 of 4

Cocobeet is known and loved by healthy eaters—vegan or otherwise—for its extensive range of cold-pressed juices and smoothies. It has also built up a following for its Pure Foods menu of organic, vegan, grab-and-go meals. There are options for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snack time, all made with natural ingredients. A changing menu features variations on avocado toast, refreshing salads, quinoa burgers and “un-tuna” sandwiches, plus energy-boosting raw snacks.

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  • Italian
  • South End
  • price 3 of 4

Chef Colin Lynch, a Barbara Lynch protege, whips up straightforward coastal Italian fare. While the house-made pastas and other favorites like homemade mozzarella and crostinis are a bit indulgent, the ever-changing crudo menu offers a lighter but delicious counterpoint.

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  • Restaurants
  • Japanese
  • Back Bay
  • price 4 of 4

Go ahead and indulge in wagyu beef dumplings or a cheeseburger roll, but this renowned izakaya has plenty of healthy options in the form of super fresh nigiri and sashimi. Keep it light and you'll deserve to pair your meal with a selection from the impressive sake menu.

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  • Vegan
  • Fenway/Kenmore
  • price 2 of 4

While many of the offerings at this 100% vegan chain are indulgent comfort faves like burgers, mac n’ cheese, subs, and vegan clam chowder, other options like soups, creative salads, and tacps offer a healthful, meat-free option. The to-go menu offers a quick option for healthy takeout.

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