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17 LA Restaurants Offering Healthy Foods With Plenty of Flavor

Where to find a vegetable-focused Mediterranean feast, staple jerk catfish, traditional gambas with plenty of garlic, and more

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After a year of consuming comfort foods to help keep 2020 at bay, some folks are ready to move to a healthier menu for a little while. After all, this is Southern California, where eating less fatty, less processed foods does not mean a lack of flavor or experience. The region’s combination of locally-grown produce, livestock, and seafood (plus LA’s many innovative chefs) means a healthy meal doesn’t need to feel like a sacrifice here.

For your summer convenience, here are 17 sit-down restaurants with delicious food that just happens to be healthy, presented north to south.

Added: Avra Beverly Hills Estiatorio, Gasolina Cafe, Heritage Long Beach, Post & Beam, Qusqo Bistro, Shiku, Surawon Tofu House, Swift Cafe

Removed: Crossroads Kitchen, Green Temple Vegetarian Restaurant, Han Bat Sul Lung Tang, Kitchen Mouse, Seabirds, Sqirl, Sun Cafe Organic

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Gasolina cafe

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21150 Ventura Blvd
Woodland Hills, CA 91364
(818) 914-4033
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Chef Sandra Cordero’s Gasolina Cafe is quite the spot, thanks to her Spanish menu that includes grilled asparagus, striped sea bass with a salsa verde, or traditional gambas with plenty of garlic.

2. California Chicken Cafe

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15601 Ventura Blvd
Encino, CA 91436
(818) 789-8056
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Whether one prefers rotisserie chicken on a plate, in a tasty wrap, or on a bed of crunchy greens, local micro-chain California Chicken Café has endless ways to create a delicious meal.

3. Kismet

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4648 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 409-0404
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It’s a vegetable-focused Mediterranean feast at Kismet, where the dinnertime menu varies from lamb meatballs to Morrocan-spiced carrots, or the fresh squid a la plancha. Chefs Sara Kramer and Sarah Hymanson make sure to put flavor and detail at the heart of everything they and their team make.

Kismet’s Turkish-ish Breakfast
Kismet
Bill Addison

4. Tocaya Organica

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6550 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 472-5802
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If it seems like there’s a Tocaya Organica everywhere, that’s because the company’s been expanding at a rapid rate throughout the Southland. The chain has hit a comfortable stride by serving organic tacos, burritos, bowls, and salads, with just the right amount of flexibility for differing diners.

Tocaya Organica
Tocaya Organica Hollywood
Emilynn Rose

5. Forage

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3823 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(323) 663-6885
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Take a tray and choose from the many healthy options at Forage, including its signature market lettuce salad with radish and shallot. Or go for the salmon bowl with brown rice, pickled radish, egg, and garlic.

6. Botanica Restaurant and Market

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1620 Silver Lake Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(323) 522-6106
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Part celebrity magnet, part healthy dining destination, Botanica has cemented itself into an all-day Silver Lake fixture that offers a takeaway marketplace to boot. The rotating menu clearly wants vegans to feel comfortable with a roasted cauliflower and other hearty mains, but meat eaters as well by offering grilled proteins like spice-brined chicken, and a green curry cod.

Botanica Restaurant and Market
Botanica Restaurant and Market
Farley Elliott

7. M Café

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7119 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 525-0588
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M Café touts macrobiotic cuisine, translating to food without refined sugars, eggs, dairy, red meat, or poultry. That means fish is still on the table, with plenty of delicious options from sushi to grain bowls to please just about everyone.

The M chopped salad at M Cafe in Los Angeles
The M chopped salad at M Cafe
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8. Avra Beverly Hills Estiatorio

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233 N Beverly Dr
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(310) 734-0841
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Beverly Hills’ Avra not only has one of the more spacious and well-lit dining rooms in the city, it’s also got some of the city’s freshest fish, much of it prepared on a charcoal grill. The raw bar is front and center along with New York strip steaks and oven-baked sea bass, just keep in mind that this is Beverly Hills, and you’ll likely be spending accordingly

Avra Beverly Hills
Avra
Justin Levy

9. Surawon Tofu House

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2833 W Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90006
(213) 383-7317
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Surawon, like many soondubu jjigae restaurants, amplifies the flavor of its tofu by producing its own silken version on the premises, then flavoring it with rich spicy broth and ingredients like mushrooms and seafood. Every order comes with an array of pickled and seasoned banchan that will provide a nutritious meal.

Soontdubu and fried mackerel combo at Surawon in Koreatown.
Surawon Tofu House
Matthew Kang

10. Shiku

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317 S Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 265-7211
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Former Baroo chef Kwang Uh and his wife/chef partner Mina Park know the backbone of a great Korean meal is banchan, the seasoned and often pickled or fermented vegetables that are essential for every meal. Uh and Park’s stand at Grand Central Market boasts some of the finest banchan in LA for takeaway, though you get banchan with some of the dosirak too, including vegan fried temple mushrooms.

11. Qusqo Bistro and Gallery

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11633 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 312-3800
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Qusqo’s chef/owner Lucy Haro developed a menu with traditional Peruvian dishes that can easily be customized with meat or to simply add more vegetables. Try the beefy and saucy lomo saltado, fried plantains, and ceviche.

12. Flower Child

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1332 2nd St
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 382-2901
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The work of True Food Kitchen’s Sam Fox, Flower Child boasts naturally-raised proteins and local produce in farmer's market-inspired digs. The expansive space — that’s also kid-friendly — offers plenty of salads, bowls, plates, and wraps with such proteins as grass-fed steak, sustainable salmon, and organic tofu.

Salad from Flower Child in Santa Monica, California.
Flower Child
Flower Child

13. Post & Beam

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3767 Santa Rosalia Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90008
(323) 299-5599
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Post & Beam’s menu is an ideal choice for produce, seafood, and meats like the staple jerk catfish, espresso-rubbed hangar steak, or the grilled vegetable skewer with romesco.

Post & Beam’s catfish in Crenshaw, California.
Jerk catfish from Post & Beam
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14. Swift Cafe

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4279 1/2 Crenshaw Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90008
(323) 815-4418
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Chef Kyndra McCrary worked with a nutritionist before opening up Swift Cafe in 2019, and she brings that experience to her daytime menu. Her protein-filled bowls are one of the many stars on Swift’s menu, but her jerk chicken and salmon gremolata with mixed greens are also standouts. Always check her instagram to see if she’s making the seafood pasta or gumbo, too.

Gumbo from Swift Cafe in Leimert Park.
Gumbo from Swift Cafe
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15. The Butcher's Daughter

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1205 Abbot Kinney Blvd
Venice, CA 90291
(310) 981-3004
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Originating in New York, Butcher’s Daughter found a spot on Abbot Kinney, and built a menu that locals favor. They start early, where lattes, juices, smoothies, and pancakes are available, while others prefer the later menu that prioritizes burgers, stone-oven pizzas, and a solid wine list.

The Butcher’s Daughter
The Butcher’s Daughter
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16. Coni' Seafood

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3544 W Imperial Hwy
Inglewood, CA 90303
(310) 672-2339
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Inglewood’s longtime staple Coni’seafood is still as popular as ever, with expansions in the LAFC stadium, and in Del Rey. That means more of the city can sample owner Coni’s mariscos menu, including fresh grilled fish, ceviches, and aguachiles.

Coni’ Seafood restaurant’s grilled fish
Pescado zarandeado at Coni’ Seafood
Crystal Coser

17. Heritage

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2030 E 7th St
Long Beach, CA 90804
(562) 343-1068

Chef Philip Pretty’s second Long Beach restaurant — his Heritage Sandwich Shop operates on the other side of the same building — will always have his selections from local farmers markets including Pasture bird poultry to scallops or smoked pork belly. Depending on the harvest, some vegetables and herbs come straight from Petty’s on-site garden.

Heritage Long Beach
Heritage in Long Beach
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1. Gasolina cafe

21150 Ventura Blvd, Woodland Hills, CA 91364

Chef Sandra Cordero’s Gasolina Cafe is quite the spot, thanks to her Spanish menu that includes grilled asparagus, striped sea bass with a salsa verde, or traditional gambas with plenty of garlic.

21150 Ventura Blvd
Woodland Hills, CA 91364

2. California Chicken Cafe

15601 Ventura Blvd, Encino, CA 91436

Whether one prefers rotisserie chicken on a plate, in a tasty wrap, or on a bed of crunchy greens, local micro-chain California Chicken Café has endless ways to create a delicious meal.

15601 Ventura Blvd
Encino, CA 91436

3. Kismet

4648 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027
Kismet’s Turkish-ish Breakfast
Kismet
Bill Addison

It’s a vegetable-focused Mediterranean feast at Kismet, where the dinnertime menu varies from lamb meatballs to Morrocan-spiced carrots, or the fresh squid a la plancha. Chefs Sara Kramer and Sarah Hymanson make sure to put flavor and detail at the heart of everything they and their team make.

4648 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90027

4. Tocaya Organica

6550 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
Tocaya Organica
Tocaya Organica Hollywood
Emilynn Rose

If it seems like there’s a Tocaya Organica everywhere, that’s because the company’s been expanding at a rapid rate throughout the Southland. The chain has hit a comfortable stride by serving organic tacos, burritos, bowls, and salads, with just the right amount of flexibility for differing diners.

6550 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028

5. Forage

3823 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026

Take a tray and choose from the many healthy options at Forage, including its signature market lettuce salad with radish and shallot. Or go for the salmon bowl with brown rice, pickled radish, egg, and garlic.

3823 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026

6. Botanica Restaurant and Market

1620 Silver Lake Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026
Botanica Restaurant and Market
Botanica Restaurant and Market
Farley Elliott

Part celebrity magnet, part healthy dining destination, Botanica has cemented itself into an all-day Silver Lake fixture that offers a takeaway marketplace to boot. The rotating menu clearly wants vegans to feel comfortable with a roasted cauliflower and other hearty mains, but meat eaters as well by offering grilled proteins like spice-brined chicken, and a green curry cod.

1620 Silver Lake Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026

7. M Café

7119 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046
The M chopped salad at M Cafe in Los Angeles
The M chopped salad at M Cafe
M Cafe website

M Café touts macrobiotic cuisine, translating to food without refined sugars, eggs, dairy, red meat, or poultry. That means fish is still on the table, with plenty of delicious options from sushi to grain bowls to please just about everyone.

7119 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90046

8. Avra Beverly Hills Estiatorio

233 N Beverly Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Avra Beverly Hills
Avra
Justin Levy

Beverly Hills’ Avra not only has one of the more spacious and well-lit dining rooms in the city, it’s also got some of the city’s freshest fish, much of it prepared on a charcoal grill. The raw bar is front and center along with New York strip steaks and oven-baked sea bass, just keep in mind that this is Beverly Hills, and you’ll likely be spending accordingly

233 N Beverly Dr
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

9. Surawon Tofu House

2833 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90006
Soontdubu and fried mackerel combo at Surawon in Koreatown.
Surawon Tofu House
Matthew Kang

Surawon, like many soondubu jjigae restaurants, amplifies the flavor of its tofu by producing its own silken version on the premises, then flavoring it with rich spicy broth and ingredients like mushrooms and seafood. Every order comes with an array of pickled and seasoned banchan that will provide a nutritious meal.

2833 W Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90006

10. Shiku

317 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013

Former Baroo chef Kwang Uh and his wife/chef partner Mina Park know the backbone of a great Korean meal is banchan, the seasoned and often pickled or fermented vegetables that are essential for every meal. Uh and Park’s stand at Grand Central Market boasts some of the finest banchan in LA for takeaway, though you get banchan with some of the dosirak too, including vegan fried temple mushrooms.

317 S Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90013

11. Qusqo Bistro and Gallery

11633 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

Qusqo’s chef/owner Lucy Haro developed a menu with traditional Peruvian dishes that can easily be customized with meat or to simply add more vegetables. Try the beefy and saucy lomo saltado, fried plantains, and ceviche.

11633 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025

12. Flower Child

1332 2nd St, Santa Monica, CA 90401
Salad from Flower Child in Santa Monica, California.
Flower Child
Flower Child

The work of True Food Kitchen’s Sam Fox, Flower Child boasts naturally-raised proteins and local produce in farmer's market-inspired digs. The expansive space — that’s also kid-friendly — offers plenty of salads, bowls, plates, and wraps with such proteins as grass-fed steak, sustainable salmon, and organic tofu.

1332 2nd St
Santa Monica, CA 90401

13. Post & Beam

3767 Santa Rosalia Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90008
Post & Beam’s catfish in Crenshaw, California.
Jerk catfish from Post & Beam
Post & Beam

Post & Beam’s menu is an ideal choice for produce, seafood, and meats like the staple jerk catfish, espresso-rubbed hangar steak, or the grilled vegetable skewer with romesco.

3767 Santa Rosalia Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90008

14. Swift Cafe

4279 1/2 Crenshaw Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90008
Gumbo from Swift Cafe in Leimert Park.
Gumbo from Swift Cafe
[Official Photo]

Chef Kyndra McCrary worked with a nutritionist before opening up Swift Cafe in 2019, and she brings that experience to her daytime menu. Her protein-filled bowls are one of the many stars on Swift’s menu, but her jerk chicken and salmon gremolata with mixed greens are also standouts. Always check her instagram to see if she’s making the seafood pasta or gumbo, too.

4279 1/2 Crenshaw Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90008

15. The Butcher's Daughter

1205 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291
The Butcher’s Daughter
The Butcher’s Daughter
Tony B. via Yelp

Originating in New York, Butcher’s Daughter found a spot on Abbot Kinney, and built a menu that locals favor. They start early, where lattes, juices, smoothies, and pancakes are available, while others prefer the later menu that prioritizes burgers, stone-oven pizzas, and a solid wine list.

1205 Abbot Kinney Blvd
Venice, CA 90291

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16. Coni' Seafood

3544 W Imperial Hwy, Inglewood, CA 90303
Coni’ Seafood restaurant’s grilled fish
Pescado zarandeado at Coni’ Seafood
Crystal Coser

Inglewood’s longtime staple Coni’seafood is still as popular as ever, with expansions in the LAFC stadium, and in Del Rey. That means more of the city can sample owner Coni’s mariscos menu, including fresh grilled fish, ceviches, and aguachiles.

3544 W Imperial Hwy
Inglewood, CA 90303

17. Heritage

2030 E 7th St, Long Beach, CA 90804
Heritage Long Beach
Heritage in Long Beach
Courtesy of Heritage

Chef Philip Pretty’s second Long Beach restaurant — his Heritage Sandwich Shop operates on the other side of the same building — will always have his selections from local farmers markets including Pasture bird poultry to scallops or smoked pork belly. Depending on the harvest, some vegetables and herbs come straight from Petty’s on-site garden.

2030 E 7th St
Long Beach, CA 90804

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