Top 10 Healthy Restaurants in Toronto

Since I get asked so often to recommend healthy eats in Toronto, I decided to round-up all my recommendations here in one blog post.

These places are, in my opinion, the healthiest options in the city! I’ve been to all of them and recommend them to everyone who asks. I’ve also shared my favourite menu items where relevant. Whether you’re a Toronto native or just stopping in for a 12-hour layover, I hope you find something new and awesome!

Spots are listed in no particular order and dining styles ranges from super casual to a little finer. All places are gluten-free friendly If I missed any good ones, leave me a comment so I can check our your faves!

1. Fresh Restaurants

This one is so obvious, but it's impossible to write a healthy Toronto dining guide without mentioning Fresh! I eat at the Eglinton location pretty much every week and actually worked in there kitchen briefly while I was in school!

Style is a mix of salads and buddha-style bowls and classic stuff like fries, onion rings, burgers and wraps. Lots of smoothies, cold-pressed juices and “superfood” stuff.

Highlights:

  • 100% plant-based menu

  • Non-health foodie friendly

  • Cocktails and wine

  • Good for brunch

  • Amazing hot sauce

Considerations:

  • Fryer isn’t gluten-free

  • If it’s busy, seating gets really cramped

  • Limited paleo options

Go-to order:

I have a few…

  • Dragon Broccoli (a big bowl of broccoli with miso gravy and banana peppers, creamy, spicy and super healthy)

  • Black Bean Burrito (I get it “unwrapped” on a bed of lettuce, with a side of brown rice to make my own burrito bowl)

  • Powerhouse Bowl (on rice, with marinated tofu cubes instead of the grilled tofu steaks and with miso gravy sauce instead of the tahini sauce)

  • Monster Protein Salad 

  • Hot drinks: Ginger Fireball or Super Cleanse juice

  • Dessert: Sundae or Classic Hot Chocolate with coconut whipped cream

2. Hibiscus Cafe

This tiny spot in Kensington Market holds a special place in my heart because I used to eat there daily when I worked in the market. The menu has never changed as long as I have lived here.

Style is 90’s-health food. Buckwheat crepes and ginger squash soup dominate.

Highlights:

  • Plant-based menu

  • Gluten-free kitchen

  • Good for brunch

Considerations:

  • Not somewhere to bring non-health foodies

  • Really tiny place, hard to get a table at brunch

  • No paleo options

My go-to order:

  • Soup and Salad (their salad is bean-based and very hearty, not a usual “salad”)

  • Dessert: Sweet Crepe (I like the banana walnut and apple cinnamon the most)


3. Mary Be Kitchen

Mary Be is a super cute cafe-style spot perfect for grabbing lunch or a casual dinner or bringing your laptop to get a few hours of work done. The wallpaper has cabbage on it and there are plants everywhere it’s a super bright space.

Style is simple health food, basic ingredients and basic menu items. Food you can identify and are familiar with.

Highlights:

  • Cider & wine

  • Vegan AND paleo-friendly

  • Non-health foodie friendly

  • Does brunch

  • Great place to get work done (wifi and outlets)

  • Good hot sauce

Considerations:

  • Cafe-style service 

My go-to orders:

  • Red Lentil Dhal (warm stew over turmeric rice)

  • Be Green Combo (choose 3 veggie sides)

  • Dessert: Chocolate Tahini Cookie

4. Kupfert & Kim

Another super obvious pick, K&K is one of the original spots of healthy eats in the city. Most of their locations are focused on take-out but their Richmond & Spadina location has seating. Style is a little more creative with flavour combos from different cuisines.

Highlights:

  • 100% plant-based

  • Gluten-free kitchen

  • Does brunch 

  • Good hot sauce

Considerations: 

  • Cafe-style with no table service

  • Limited paleo options

My go-to orders:

  • Seaweed & Miso Broth Bowl (seaweed, miso, brown rice, kimchi, tofu, sesame)

  • Curry Bowl (tofu, pineapple, red curry, brown rice, salad)

  • K&K Waffle (waffle with berries and cashew cream)

  • Dessert: the banana bread is unreal

5. Impact Kitchen

Another cafe-style spot. Impact Kitchen has two locations and a cult following with lots of different things to try. Style is pretty basic healthy food, recognizable menu items.

Highlights:

  • Gluten-free kitchen

  • Vegan AND paleo-friendly

  • Non-health foodie friendly

  • Does brunch

  • Great place to get work done (wifi and outlets)

Considerations: 

  • Cafe-style

My go-to order:

  • Moroccan Power Bowl (lentil salad, arugula, potato, olives, hummus)

  • Kale Caesar (kale, cashew-based dressing, chickpea croutons)

  • Dessert: MCT Bar (seeds, coconut and dar chocolate)

6. Bi Bim Bap

When I was in culinary school I interviewed the owner of this restaurant for a project and he was totally amazing. It’s great to see a restaurant dedicated to traditional cooking practices (like fermented their own black garlic and soaking the brown rice). I’ve been eating here for years! Style is traditional Korean food.

Highlights:

  • Non-health foodie friendly

  • No paleo options

Considerations:

  • Limited vegan and gluten-free options (make sure to tell them if you have Celiac)

My go-to order:

  • Mushroom BiBimBap (9 different kinds of mushrooms with veggies and rice)

  • Seed Bowl (6 different seeds with veggies and rice)

7. Selam

I love all Ethiopian food, but this new place caught me attention because it’s so health-forward. It’s actually in the basement of another Ethiopian restaurant, which is confusing if you’ve never been there before. The service is VERY personal, they’ll walk you through the whole buffet like you’re an old friend and they are super proud of what they are doing. Style is Ethiopian.


Highlights: 

  • 100% plant-based and gluten-free menu

  • Buffet-style so you can try whatever you want

Considerations: 

  • Kind of hard to find

  • No windows (in a basement)

My go-to order:

  • It’s buffet style but the red lentils are unreal! I also love the purple cabbage and the mushroom dish.

8. Annapurna

This was the first restaurant I went out to when I moved to Toronto and it’s actually the oldest vegetarian restaurant in the city (you’ll be able to tell). They have a no cell phone policy which is insanely refreshing. Super relaxing atmosphere and Ayurvedic-style menu. 

Highlights:

  • Plant-based menu

Considerations:

  • Only for the hardcore health foodie

  • No paleo options

  • Very old-school and traditional, not trendy food


My go-to order:

  • I usually get whatever their daily special is as long as it’s gluten-free. Otherwise…

  • Rice & Sambar with a side of hot pickles. 


9. Virtuous Pie


Fresh on the Toronto scene, this Vancouver native pizza spot has STOLEN my heart. It’s veg-forward, super cute and has a really fun menu.  Style is a modern pizza joint.

Highlights:

  • 100% plant-based menu

  • Gluten-free friendly (let them know if you ave Celiac and they have a special protocol)

  • Cider & wine

  • Non-health foodie friendly

  • House made nut cheese and ice cream

Considerations:

  • Not paleo-friendly

My go-to order:

  • Superfunghi Pizza (wild mushrooms, arugula, cashew mozzarella, truffle)

  • Stranger Wings Pizza (buffalo cauliflower wings, green onion, “bleu cheese” drizzle)

10. Rosalinda

If you’re looking for a nice place to take a date or have a snazzy night out, this place is great. The interior is so chic, the food and drinks are great, and the service is amazing.  Style is modern Mexican.

Highlights:

  • 100% plant-based menu

  • Almost totally gluten-free

  • Amazing cocktails

Considerations:

  • Not paleo-friendly

My go-to order:

  • Order lots and share! I especially love the Tijuana-Style Broccolini, Jackfruit Pibil Taco, and Potato and Mushroom Flautas.

  • Cocktails: Cusco Dreams and the Rosa Margarita and amazing

Let me know what your faves are so I can check them out! I might expand this post later to include new faves.

Ashley Sauvé4 Comments