13 Best Healthy Restaurants in Austin

13 Best Healthy Restaurants in Austin

Whether you’re a tourist or a local, everyone knows that Austin is a mecca for delicious and flavorful food. From organic grain bowls and salads to bento boxes and more, Austin delivers some of the most unique healthy dishes in the most interesting neighborhoods. You may be familiar with some of these beloved Austin staples, such as Counter Culture and Bouldin Creek, but if not you’re in for a treat! These are 13 healthy restaurants in Austin you should definitely check out.

1. ATX Food Co.

517 South Lamar Blvd. Unit 1 Austin, Texas 78704 

[Photograph provided by ATX Food Co. via Facebook]
ATX Food Co. is a plant-based food truck located off South Lamar that offers a wide variety of bowls, tacos, smoothies, coffee and more. Their menu is entirely vegan and sourced from GMO-free farms. We recommend trying the BBQ Brisket taco, a tempeh-based barbecue brisket on a spelt tortilla topped with pickled cabbage, sesame seeds and a house-made spicy ginger dressing—a love letter to Texas barbecue with no guilt.

Open: Monday-Friday 10am-9 pm

Saturday-Sunday 10am-4 pm

Payment types: Cash or card

2. Counter Culture 

2337 E Cesar Chavez St. Austin, Texas 78702 

[Photograph provided by Counter Culture via Facebook]
Counter Culture is a female-owned plant-based restaurant located in east Austin. They offer a variety of organic, locally sourced dishes as well as gluten-free and soy-free options for breakfast, lunch or even brunch. You can stop by on Saturdays and Sundays from 11-3pm to try their weekend brunch menu, offering various healthy yet fulfilling options. We recommend trying the Tofu Rancheros, an organic sprouted tofu sauteed with salsa, corn, black beans and poblano peppers, garnished with sliced avocado and served on a warm corn tortilla.

Open: Tuesday-Sunday 11am-10pm (closed on Mondays)

Payment types: Cash or card

3. Bouldin Creek Café 

1900 South 1st St. Austin, Texas 78704 

[Photograph provided by Bouldin Creek Cafe via Facebook]
Bouldin Creek Café is another plant-based woman-owned restaurant located in south Austin. This Austin staple is loved by locals and tourists alike. This fun bohemian establishment features an all-day breakfast menu, tasty appetizers, salads, sandwiches, entrees and more. We recommend trying the Greek Quinoa Bowl, a house-made quinoa tabbouleh composed of kale and hummus and garnished with fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, kalamata olives and pine nuts on a bed of organic spring mix, served with a house-made garlic tahini dressing.

Open: Monday-Sunday 8am-10pm 

Payment types: Cash or card

4. Flower Child 

500 W 2nd St. Unit 133 Austin, Texas 78701

[Photograph provided by Flower Child via Facebook]
Flower Child is a popular plant-based restaurant with locations across the United States. There are two Austin locations, one downtown as listed above and a north Austin location at The Domain. They offer plates, salads, wraps, and other entrees but are most well known for their grain-based bowls. Flower child also offers traditional healthy protein options such as chicken, steak, salmon, shrimp and tofu. We recommend trying their Grilled Chicken Thigh “Yaki” Noodles with wok-seared vegetables, spicy sesame garlic sauce and chopped roasted cashews. Compliment this meal with an on-tap ginger kombucha.

Open: Monday-Sunday 11am-9pm

Payment types: Cash or card

5. Vinaigrette 

2201 College Ave. Austin, Texas 78704 

[Photograph provided by Vinaigrette via Facebook]
Vinaigrette is an upscale, health-conscious salad bistro located in south Austin, with their flagship location based in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Their beautiful outdoor patio complements the decadent flavors found in their organic salads, sandwiches and soups. We recommend trying their fresh Greek salad composed of organic cucumber, tomato, bell pepper, red onion, feta cheese, and kalamata olives dressed in their classic vinaigrette. Pair it with the protein of your choice, and you have a decadently balanced meal. 

Open: Friday-Sunday 11am-9pm

Payment Types: Cash or card

6. The Well 

440 2nd St. Austin, Texas 78701 

[Photograph provided by The Well via Facebook]
The Well is another upscale, health-conscious restaurant offering breakfast, lunch, smoothies and an array of grab-and-go meals. Located in downtown Austin, their menu prioritizes the customer’s health by featuring entirely gluten-free, soy-free and refined sugar-free dishes often hard to find at most restaurants, especially in Texas. We recommend trying the B.A.E. Toast made with nitrate-free uncured bacon and avocado topped with scrambled eggs and marinated tomato. Compliment this toast with one of their cold-pressed, organic juices.

Open: Monday-Tuesday 8am-3pm

Wednesday-Sunday 8am-10pm

Payment types: Cash or Card

7. Baby Greens 

10611 Research Blvd. Austin, Texas 78759 

[Photograph provided by Baby Greens via Facebook]
Baby Greens is a fast-food plant-based establishment serving a series of fresh, made-to-order salads and wraps. Located in north Austin, this drive-thru restaurant features an adorable patio and an exciting take on fast-food by using only the freshest and organic ingredients. We recommend trying the Southwest wrap composed of organic romaine lettuce, black bean salsa, sliced avocado, jicama, tomatoes, carrots and tortilla strips complemented with Chile lime dressing and a fresh-squeezed lemonade to wash it all down.

Open: Monday-Friday 11am-7pm

Saturdays 11am-3pm

Payment types: Cash or card

8. Mr. Natural 

1901 E Cesar Chavez St. Austin, Texas 78702

[Photograph provided by Mr. Natural via Facebook]
Mr. Natural is a family-owned restaurant dedicated to promoting healthy entrees, bakery items and more. There are two locations, the flagship location listed above and another store located on South Lamar Blvd. This local Austin establishment is a restaurant, bakery and health-food store that specializes in curating plant-based, gluten-free, and sugar-free items. What sets Mr. Natural apart from most health-conscious restaurants is that their menu features almost entirely Mexican cuisine. We recommend trying their East Side Taco made with organic scrambled eggs, pan-fried potatoes, vegan bacon, and Monterey Jack cheese. It is a savory and healthy dish for those looking to include their favorite Mexican dishes into their diet.

Open: Monday-Saturday 8am-8pm (Closed on Sundays)

Payment types: Cash or card

9. Pacha Organic Café 

2915 Guadalupe St. Austin, Texas 78705

[Photograph provided by Pacha Organic Cafe via Facebook]
Pacha Organic Café is a locally owned business dedicated to serving organic dishes to the Austin community for more than two decades. Located on Guadalupe Street in north campus near the University of Texas, Pacha Organic Café offers brunch-inspired dishes, sandwiches, entrees, bakery items and more. If you’re going out to brunch with friends, we recommend trying their organic Mama Quilla Omelet composed of fresh tomato, onion, bell peppers, mushrooms and goat cheese topped with their Yellow Bird jalapeño sauce and a side of grilled potatoes.

Open: Monday-Friday 8am-8pm

Saturday-Sunday 8 am-3pm

Payment types: Cash or card

10. Bento Picnic 

2600 E Cesar Chavez Austin, Texas 78702 

[Photograph provided by Bento Picnic via Facebook]
Bento Picnic offers some of the healthiest Japanese-inspired items across the Austin area. Order to-go and take their bento boxes on a picnic at Zilker, or come and hang out on their low-key east Austin patio. Bento Picnic is dedicated to serving only the best items to their customers, providing farm-to-table vegetables, responsibly sourced proteins and gluten-free items. We recommend trying their Rice Bento, composed of brown rice, locally sourced vegetable Goma-ae (a Japanese spinach salad), mushroom salad, market salad and a surprise treat. Bento Picnic takes some of the simplest ingredients to create a flavorful Japanese cuisine that you likely won’t be able to find anywhere else.

Open: Tuesday-Saturday 11am-8pm (closed on Sundays and Mondays)

Payment types: Cash or card

11. Café No Se 

1603 S Congress Ave, Austin, Texas 78704

[Photograph provided by Cafe No Se via Facebook]
Café No Se is a trendy café located within the famous South Congress Hotel, offering some of the best organic and gluten-free items you can find. They offer an array of brunch, lunch and dinner items as well as baked goods. If you’re stopping by for lunch with friends, we recommend the salmon burger composed of a blackened salmon patty, a house-made apple and kale slaw, topped with sliced avocado, tomato and drizzled with garlic aioli, and a sweet chili sauce completed with a fresh toasted buttermilk bun. 

Open: Sunday-Thursday 7am-8pm 

Friday-Saturday 7am-9pm

Payment types: Cash or card 

12. Honest Mary’s 

9828 Great Hills Trl Suite 300, Austin, Texas 78759 

[Photograph provided by Honest Mary’s via Facebook]
Honest Mary’s is a grain-bowl restaurant dedicated to serving organic and ethically sourced proteins. Currently, there are two locations, one near the arboretum, as reflected above and another located in the Rosedale neighborhood. Honest Mary’s offers a variety of signature bowls, or you can opt to create your own. We recommend trying their gluten-free Golden Grain bowl made of tricolored quinoa, organic apples, arugula, beets, chickpeas, locally sourced goat cheese, and pecans topped with an apple cider vinaigrette.

Open: Monday-Saturday 11am-9pm (closed on Sundays)

Payment types: Cash or card

13. Maha Coffee 

2324 S Lamar Blvd Austin, Texas 78704 

[Photograph provided by Maha Coffee via Facebook]
Maha Coffee is a Mexican-American woman-owned café dedicated to serving only the freshest ingredients to customers across Austin. Located off South Lamar boulevard, Maha coffee serves trendy inspired dishes to hip south Austinites looking to become spiritually aligned with both their physical body and mind. What sets Maha Coffee apart from most coffee shops is that they share their establishment with a yoga studio, serving cold-pressed juices, gluten-free items and organic treats for the ordinary customer or yoga enthusiast. We recommend trying their B.A.L.M, an organic cold-pressed juice composed of apple, beet, lemon and mint and pairing it with their delicious gluten-free taco made of black beans, avocado and potatoes. 

Open: Monday-Friday 7:30am-2pm

Saturday-Sunday 8am-2pm

Payment types: Cash or card

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