12 Best Healthy Restaurants in Portland

Healthy eating options packed flavor from locally-sourced food is just a short walk away in most Portland neighborhoods.
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When choosing from the best healthy restaurants in Portland, you’ll realize there are plenty of healthy options with no shortage of taste or quality. Whether you’re looking for a vegan, vegetarian, or even a gluten-free meal, any one of these restaurants will satisfy your hunger. Give one of these places a try, and you’ll never wonder where to go for the best plant-based dining experience in town.

Laughing Planet

Laughing Planet has various locations around Portland and sources many of its ingredients and grains for their dishes from their very own estate-grown organic farm. The cafe and retail store are vegan-forward and feature organic wines, beers, house-made seitan pastries, vegan cheese, and ice cream. A full menu rotates daily according to the season.

Kure Juice

Located in several spots around the Portland area, Kure Juice Bar serves up organic, vegan, and vegetarian-friendly products on the smoothie side. The drinks are often cold-pressed. Açaí Bowls are nutrient dense and topped off with fruit and protein options. Kure has many delicious options for those who need a quick pick-me-up. For the indecisive, a local favorite is the P.B. & Awesome and the Bowl of the Golds.

Rabbits Cafe

Named after the Richard Adams novel character Watership Down, Rabbit’s Café is a family-owned restaurant that features a menu of soups, salads, sandwiches, and pizzas. There are also gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian options, so there’s truly something on the menu for everyone. This sustainably minded restaurant puts out dishes from locally sourced ingredients  and kitchen waste is composted and returned to the field. 

Blossoming Lotus Cafe

Blossoming Lotus Cafe is an all-vegan restaurant located in the Buckman neighborhood. Dishes range from soups, salads, starters, and entrees and also include visions of Asia, Africa, America, and the Caribbean. A favorite dish at Blossoming Lotus is the vegan Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich, and to wash it all down, there are a great variety of beers and wine to go with your meal.

Carioca Bowls

Carioca Bowls is a unique restaurant that provides flavorful and healthy food for just about anyone. Entrees like the Brazilian protein bowls are fan favorites paired with side dishes like black beans, brown rice, and other tasty offerings. This restaurant has many mouth-watering options to offer, and is equally nutritious. 

Garden Bar

Garden Bar is a restaurant that specializes in salads, sandwiches, and soup. They have a variety of different options for their menu, which includes vegetarian options as well. They also offer catering services for parties or get-togethers. One of the more popular dishes is the Garden Bar fettuccini, which is a tasty meal. Although the Garden Bar may not be significant in size, it still offers a great atmosphere and fabulous place to eat.

Café Yumm!

Cafe Yumm! has a variety of organic and delicious options that are sure to please any palate. The food is always freshly prepared, and the staff is happy to cater to special requests. Some of the best items on the menu include everything from hearty soups and salads to sandwiches and wraps. The atmosphere at Cafe Yumm! is friendly, welcoming, and comfortable. If you’re in need of a meal or a relaxing dinner out with friends, Café Yumm! will not disappoint.

Veggie Bowl

Do you like vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free dishes? Well, look no further than Veggie Bowl. The Portland-based restaurant caters to the no-meat crowd and offers plenty of great dishes made from fresh vegetables, such as their “Teriyaki Tofu” and “Falafel Wrap.” The Plant-based alternatives are delicious low-calorie options that feature local, sustainable, and organic ingredients.

Canteen

Located in Southeast Portland and Lake Oswego, Canteen dishes up a variety of menu items like fresh juices, smoothies, salad, and bowls with unique names like Bangkok or the Boss. They also offer breakfast options filled with fresh ingredients, protein, and other healthy foods to fuel you for the day.

Pixie Retreat

Plant-based and organic, Pixie Retreat’s mission is to deliver nourishing menu items with sweet and savory flavors made from scratch. Options like the Kale Salad and Mac Nut Cheez or the Millet Burger are perfect dishes for a healthy meal. To finish off your meal, try out the Almond Butta Cup or the Peppermint Pixie, grain-free and organic treats sweet enough for dessert. 

Fermenter

Situated in the Belmont neighborhood is your neighborhood beneficial bacteria emporium, Fermenter, a vegan organic cafe with plenty of options and a fermenting process that makes them a healthy restaurant stand out. Foods like tempeh, koji, kombucha, and cheeses are just a few of the menu regulars that speak to their mission, with a taste value that’s hard to beat. Literally everything, save for honey and salt, is made by hand in small batches onsite ready for takeout or eat-in. Ingredients are hyperlocal from the Cascade region and reflect why Fermenter is one of the best healthy restaurants in Portland

Epif

Epif is a cozy bar and eatery whose primary focus is to deliver vegan South American dishes and pisco-style cocktails in their colorful space. Inspired by the Andes Region of South American, Epif presents small plates with polenta and dishes like Pimestones Rellenos. For dessert, Maracuya or Chocolate Canela are the cherry on top of a charming dining experience. If customers want to try several pisco cocktails, a flight is available for purchase or as standalone drinks as well.

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