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17 Spots for Virtuous Cuisine and Healthy Eats in San Diego

Smoothies, rainbow-hued salads and more

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“New Year, New You,” as the saying goes. If, after a month of holiday indulgences shaping up and eating clean appeals, this handy feel-good food guide highlights local restaurants, juice bars, and cafés that specialize in health-conscious eats and fine virtuous cuisine – from power bowls to poke and everything in between.

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1. EVE Oceanside

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507 N Coast Hwy
Oceanside, CA 92054
(760) 231-1052
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With a similar menu of plant-based eats to its Encinitas sister restaurant, alongside the Elixir & Tonic bar, where prescribed drinks can be ordered, EVE Oceanside also has 30 taps of kefir soda, kombucha, and cold brew. 

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2. Choice Juicery

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430 Carlsbad Village Dr
Carlsbad, CA 92008
(760) 994-0013
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Grab sushi, smoothies, bowls, and superfood snacks (check out the gluten-free toast menu) or crafted almond milk to go at this bright and breezy juice bar mini-chain. Want to kick bad habits and get back to feeling great? Then try Choice’s one- or three-day juice cleanse. 

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3. Lotus Cafe & Juice Bar

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765 S Coast Hwy 101
Encinitas, CA 92024
(760) 479-1977
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This much-loved Encinitas spot has been serving tasty vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free cuisine for well over a decade. The menu takes diners from breakfast through lunch and dinner; on the drinks side, there’s everything from ginger and wheatgrass shots to smoothies, plus kombucha on tap.

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4. GOODONYA Organic Eatery

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1051 S Coast Hwy 101
Encinitas, CA 92024
(858) 264-8550
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Gluten-free, dairy-free, and nut-free options abound at this oft-packed café. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner; they’re dedicated to using 100% non-GMO and 99% organic and locally sourced produce in every dish. Try the avocado toast with avocado, tomato, and feta.

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5. Flower Child

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2690 Via De La Valle
Del Mar, CA 92014
(858) 314-6818
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This cheery and bright two-level counter-service space in Flower Hill Promenade is geared towards healthy eaters with a menu that spans vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free but also features naturally-raised proteins ranging from sustainable salmon to grass-fed steak.

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6. Ranch 45

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512 Via De La Valle Suite 102
Solana Beach, CA 92075
(858) 461-0092
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Fuel up on the breakfast power bowl, which features scrambled Eben-Haezer egg whites, quinoa, spinach, and seasonal veggies, or grab a cup of bone broth made from scratch with aromatic herbs and flavorful Brandt Beef bones, during lunchtime at all-day café, Ranch 45.

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7. Sweetfin

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3705 Paseo Pl Suite 1100
San Diego, CA 92130
(858) 810-6050
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Whether you opt for a signature or build your own bowl, when it comes to seafood Sweetfin’s menu uses only sustainable fish sourced from certified companies, including the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch.

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8. Beaming Organic Superfood Cafe

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7863 Girard Ave suite 201
La Jolla, CA 92037
(858) 263-1702
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Beaming’s plant-based menu is organic, gluten, and dairy-free and features a signature açaí bowl, superfood smoothies, salads, entrees, soups, plus cold-pressed juices, elixirs, and baked goods.

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9. Trilogy Cafe

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Rooftop & Level 3, 7650 Girard Ave Suite 400
La Jolla, CA 92037
(858) 633-3893
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As much-loved for its rooftop aerial yoga studio as its vegan cafe, Trilogy is open for breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner. Standouts include the two perfect tacos with quinrizo and eggplant bacon, seasonal soup, or any of the bountiful bowls.

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10. The Yasai

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4646 Convoy St
San Diego, CA 92111
(858) 573-9090
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The latest from owner/executive chef Junya Watanabe is an ode to vegan and plant-based cuisine, Japanese style. Expect everything from nigiri sushi topped with tempura kabocha pumpkin to classic rolls, salads, gyoza, and no-chicken karaage.

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11. POWERHAUS PIZZA & SMOOTHIES

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1550 Garnet Ave
San Diego, CA 92109
(858) 886-7666
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Owner Anisha Blodgett’s wholesome menu of pizzas, smoothies, wraps, and salads made with superfoods, heart-healthy fats and plant-based proteins keeps meat-eaters, vegetarians, vegans, and gluten-free diners alike happy – and coming back for more – at this pretty café in Pacific Beach.

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12. The PurpleMint Kitchen

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5299 Linda Vista Rd
San Diego, CA 92110
(619) 272-0006
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Dig into crispy avocado spring rolls, veggie pho, and black rice noodles at this new vegan neighborhood spot in Linda Vista, which also has a sister location in Grantville.

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13. Pachamama

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3737 Adams Ave
San Diego, CA 92116
(619) 738-3737
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Argentinian recipes inspire much of the menu, along with cuisines from other South American countries at this new-ish spot in Normal Heights. Specializing in 100% organic and almost entirely vegan or vegetarian dishes, pasture-raised chicken, grass-fed beef, and sustainable salmon are available, too.

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14. Cafe Gratitude

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1980 Kettner Blvd
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 736-5077
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Designed to Revitalize body, mind, and spirit, Café Gratitude’s ‘I Am Renewed’ raw juice and meal plan cleanses are gluten-free and feature seasonal plant-based ingredients. Even better? They’re both fifty percent off during the entire month of January. 

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15. Parakeet Cafe

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1680 India St
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 255-1442
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San Diego’s second Parakeet outpost boasts an all-day menu featuring everything from toasts topped with avocado and beet-cured salmon to quinoa bowls and a raw zucchini noodle salad. Plus, trendy turmeric lattes, adaptogenic mushroom drinks, and probiotic mimosas.

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16. Freshii

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119 Broadway
San Diego, CA 92101
(858) 380-4470
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Canadian fast-casual transplant Tocaya has got delicious, convenient, and affordable eats covered. Alongside its signature and customizable bowls, burritos, salads, wraps, soups, the eatery also offers pre-packaged daily meal boxes.

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17. Tocaya Organica

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755 Fifth Ave
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 343-2898
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For a healthy take on modern Mexican food, Tocaya’s menu of salads, tacos, bowls, and burritos caters to a full range of dietary needs, with plenty of vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options. Best-sellers include the Tocaya Salad and Fajita del Rey Bowl.

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1. EVE Oceanside

507 N Coast Hwy, Oceanside, CA 92054
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With a similar menu of plant-based eats to its Encinitas sister restaurant, alongside the Elixir & Tonic bar, where prescribed drinks can be ordered, EVE Oceanside also has 30 taps of kefir soda, kombucha, and cold brew. 

507 N Coast Hwy
Oceanside, CA 92054

2. Choice Juicery

430 Carlsbad Village Dr, Carlsbad, CA 92008
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Grab sushi, smoothies, bowls, and superfood snacks (check out the gluten-free toast menu) or crafted almond milk to go at this bright and breezy juice bar mini-chain. Want to kick bad habits and get back to feeling great? Then try Choice’s one- or three-day juice cleanse. 

430 Carlsbad Village Dr
Carlsbad, CA 92008

3. Lotus Cafe & Juice Bar

765 S Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas, CA 92024
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This much-loved Encinitas spot has been serving tasty vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free cuisine for well over a decade. The menu takes diners from breakfast through lunch and dinner; on the drinks side, there’s everything from ginger and wheatgrass shots to smoothies, plus kombucha on tap.

765 S Coast Hwy 101
Encinitas, CA 92024

4. GOODONYA Organic Eatery

1051 S Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas, CA 92024
Facebook

Gluten-free, dairy-free, and nut-free options abound at this oft-packed café. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner; they’re dedicated to using 100% non-GMO and 99% organic and locally sourced produce in every dish. Try the avocado toast with avocado, tomato, and feta.

1051 S Coast Hwy 101
Encinitas, CA 92024

5. Flower Child

2690 Via De La Valle, Del Mar, CA 92014
Fast-Casual Flower Child Concept Blooms in Flower Hill Promenade Jim Sullivan

This cheery and bright two-level counter-service space in Flower Hill Promenade is geared towards healthy eaters with a menu that spans vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free but also features naturally-raised proteins ranging from sustainable salmon to grass-fed steak.

2690 Via De La Valle
Del Mar, CA 92014

6. Ranch 45

512 Via De La Valle Suite 102, Solana Beach, CA 92075
Haley Hill Photography

Fuel up on the breakfast power bowl, which features scrambled Eben-Haezer egg whites, quinoa, spinach, and seasonal veggies, or grab a cup of bone broth made from scratch with aromatic herbs and flavorful Brandt Beef bones, during lunchtime at all-day café, Ranch 45.

512 Via De La Valle Suite 102
Solana Beach, CA 92075

7. Sweetfin

3705 Paseo Pl Suite 1100, San Diego, CA 92130
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Whether you opt for a signature or build your own bowl, when it comes to seafood Sweetfin’s menu uses only sustainable fish sourced from certified companies, including the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch.

3705 Paseo Pl Suite 1100
San Diego, CA 92130

8. Beaming Organic Superfood Cafe

7863 Girard Ave suite 201, La Jolla, CA 92037
Facebook

Beaming’s plant-based menu is organic, gluten, and dairy-free and features a signature açaí bowl, superfood smoothies, salads, entrees, soups, plus cold-pressed juices, elixirs, and baked goods.

7863 Girard Ave suite 201
La Jolla, CA 92037

9. Trilogy Cafe

Rooftop & Level 3, 7650 Girard Ave Suite 400, La Jolla, CA 92037
Facebook

As much-loved for its rooftop aerial yoga studio as its vegan cafe, Trilogy is open for breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner. Standouts include the two perfect tacos with quinrizo and eggplant bacon, seasonal soup, or any of the bountiful bowls.

Rooftop & Level 3, 7650 Girard Ave Suite 400
La Jolla, CA 92037

10. The Yasai

4646 Convoy St, San Diego, CA 92111
Courtesy Photo

The latest from owner/executive chef Junya Watanabe is an ode to vegan and plant-based cuisine, Japanese style. Expect everything from nigiri sushi topped with tempura kabocha pumpkin to classic rolls, salads, gyoza, and no-chicken karaage.

4646 Convoy St
San Diego, CA 92111

11. POWERHAUS PIZZA & SMOOTHIES

1550 Garnet Ave, San Diego, CA 92109
Courtesy Photo

Owner Anisha Blodgett’s wholesome menu of pizzas, smoothies, wraps, and salads made with superfoods, heart-healthy fats and plant-based proteins keeps meat-eaters, vegetarians, vegans, and gluten-free diners alike happy – and coming back for more – at this pretty café in Pacific Beach.

1550 Garnet Ave
San Diego, CA 92109

12. The PurpleMint Kitchen

5299 Linda Vista Rd, San Diego, CA 92110
Courtesy Photo

Dig into crispy avocado spring rolls, veggie pho, and black rice noodles at this new vegan neighborhood spot in Linda Vista, which also has a sister location in Grantville.

5299 Linda Vista Rd
San Diego, CA 92110

13. Pachamama

3737 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92116
Haley Hill

Argentinian recipes inspire much of the menu, along with cuisines from other South American countries at this new-ish spot in Normal Heights. Specializing in 100% organic and almost entirely vegan or vegetarian dishes, pasture-raised chicken, grass-fed beef, and sustainable salmon are available, too.

3737 Adams Ave
San Diego, CA 92116

14. Cafe Gratitude

1980 Kettner Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101
Courtesy Photo

Designed to Revitalize body, mind, and spirit, Café Gratitude’s ‘I Am Renewed’ raw juice and meal plan cleanses are gluten-free and feature seasonal plant-based ingredients. Even better? They’re both fifty percent off during the entire month of January. 

1980 Kettner Blvd
San Diego, CA 92101

15. Parakeet Cafe

1680 India St, San Diego, CA 92101
Instagram/@danielle.gutierrez11 via Facebook

San Diego’s second Parakeet outpost boasts an all-day menu featuring everything from toasts topped with avocado and beet-cured salmon to quinoa bowls and a raw zucchini noodle salad. Plus, trendy turmeric lattes, adaptogenic mushroom drinks, and probiotic mimosas.

1680 India St
San Diego, CA 92101

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16. Freshii

119 Broadway, San Diego, CA 92101
Facebook

Canadian fast-casual transplant Tocaya has got delicious, convenient, and affordable eats covered. Alongside its signature and customizable bowls, burritos, salads, wraps, soups, the eatery also offers pre-packaged daily meal boxes.

119 Broadway
San Diego, CA 92101

17. Tocaya Organica

755 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
Facebook

For a healthy take on modern Mexican food, Tocaya’s menu of salads, tacos, bowls, and burritos caters to a full range of dietary needs, with plenty of vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options. Best-sellers include the Tocaya Salad and Fajita del Rey Bowl.

755 Fifth Ave
San Diego, CA 92101

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