Eat Clean in 2020 at These Healthy San Diego Restaurants

It might not always seem like “dining out” and “eating healthy” go hand-in-hand — but in Southern California, home to one of the largest populations of vegans in America, there’s no shortage of places where you can fill up on delicious cuisine and adhere to any dietary restrictions you need to follow. Check out our list of the most sought-after spots for clean eating in San Diego.

TruFood Kitchen

After a day of shopping at Fashion Valley Mall, stop into True Food Kitchen, where “healthy is a science.” With a rotating seasonal menu, you will always enjoy abundant ingredients at the peak of freshness; True Food Kitchen offers plenty of vegetarian, gluten free, and vegan options and even serves organic juice from an in-restaurant juice bar.

7007 Friars Rd Suite 394, San Diego, California 92108 (.9 miles away)  

Tender Greens

Tender Greens’s Mission Valley location offers a selection of nourishing pre-made salads, such as a chicken Cobb and tuna Niçoise, along with sandwiches, soups, and the namesake greens. Beverage options are equally health-conscious, running from kombucha to fresh, house-made hibiscus tea.

1640 Camino del Rio N, Suite FS-7, San Diego, CA 92108 (1.6 miles away)


Evolution is one of the city’s premier vegan counter-service spots, serving burgers, sandwiches, juices, and smoothies to go. It also sets itself apart from the pack by using biodegradable packaging when possible, as well as offering a covered patio that is pet-friendly.

2965 5th Ave., San Diego, Ca  92103 (2.1 miles away)


Once voted one of Yelp’s top 100 inexpensive American restaurants, as reported in the Wall Street Journal, Plumeria cooks up Asian dishes that are completely vegetarian and often vegan — from Thai samosas and papaya salads to basil fried rice. Organic produce is used whenever possible.

4661 Park Blvd., San Diego, CA 92116 (2.9 miles away)

Cafe Gratitude

As the name suggests, thankfulness is the underlying theme of Cafe Gratitude. The finest organic ingredients go into each meal, thanks to local farmers, sustainable agriculture, and environmentally friendly products. Choose from specialty bowls, sandwiches, wraps, unique entrées and more.

1980 Kettner Blvd., San Diego, CA 92101 (3.2 miles away)

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As the name suggests, Veggilish is all about putting delicious, mouthwatering spins on veggies and produce. Brussels sprouts, zucchini, carrots, and broccoli are just a few of those you can order, paired with bases and sides such as gluten-free noodles, cotija cheese, house-made guac, and sauteed tofu.

1146 Seventh Ave, San Diego, CA 92101 (4.3 miles away)

Peace Pies

In addition to being vegan, gluten-free, and soy-free, Peace Pies is arguably San Diego’s leading raw-food restaurant. Swing by either of its two locations for unique and creative dishes such as zucchini-noodle lasagna, mango-curry wraps, and almond-butter bars, along with “uncookbooks” for making your own raw meals.

4230 Voltaire Street, San Diego, California 92107 (4.9 miles away)
133 Daphne Street, Encinitas, California 92024 (25 miles away) 

Seasons 52

Date night just became healthier. Seasons 52 strives to provide ingredients that will leave you feeling better than you did when you walked in. With an ever changing menu, Seasons 52 will always offer new and fresh recipes based around in-season ingredients.

789 W Harbor Dr. San Diego, CA 92101 (5.1 miles away)


Craving Mexican? Puesto can help satisfy all of your healthy taco desires. With vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options, it’s an easy choice for fresh and healthy Mexican cuisine. Pro tip: Try the Avocado Margarita (we hear it’s better than toast!).

789 West Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101 (5.2 miles away)

Native Foods

Native Foods is such a popular clean-eating restaurant chain that it’s opened locations in Chicago and Colorado, as well as throughout the West Coast. Nachos with cashew cheese, veggie burgers, and Buddha bowls are some of the items on the menu, which is entirely plant-based. 

5604 Balboa Avenue, San Diego, California 92111 (6.6 miles away)
3369 Rosecrans Street, San Diego, California 92110 (2.9 miles away)
127 North El Camino Real, Encinitas, California 92024 (23.2 miles away)

Lotus Cafe

Home to a plethora of vegan options at an affordable price, Lotus Cafe is a San Diego favorite. Sip on a selection from the fresh juice bar or stop by for a breakfast tofu scramble. Lotus Cafe will satisfy your craving no matter your dietary restrictions.

765 South Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas, CA 92024 (23.9 miles away)

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