UPDATED JANUARY 11, 2023
Ready to ring in the new year with a resolution to eat healthy? Surf City USA® chefs are dishing up meals that prove dining out can be a smart splurge on your journey to more mindful eating. Whether your goal is to start the day with a balanced breakfast, add greens, or pack your plate with lean proteins, there’s a restaurant for you. Discover a diverse array of healthy eateries in Huntington Beach that are big on both flavor and nutrition.
Jan's Health BarBack to Top of List
At this quintessential Main Street spot where the name says it all, choices seem limitless. Classic salads, sandwiches served on cracked wheat bread and wraps are all quick and easy staples before a trip to the beach. Early risers can also linger over a fresh juice that delivers your daily dose of veggies in flavor combos like the Carizma (carrot, orange, ginger and lemon) or the Garden Frenzy (spinach, kale, cucumber, celery, carrot, beet, apple, pineapple, orange, ginger, lemon and parsley). For a boost of heart-healthy fats, pair it with an avocado toast served on Sunflour cracked wheat and a side of seasonal fruit.
Good Vibes Plant-Based Kitchen + BarBack to Top of List
Nourish your body and soul at this downtown vegan restaurant that sources its ingredients from local farmers markets. In addition to noodles, rice bowls, tacos and sandwiches that feature plant-based proteins, Good Vibes offers power bowls packed with a rainbow of fruits that will give your day a splash of color. From purple açai and hot pink dragonfruit to green matcha, the six different bowls look almost too good to eat. Each begins with a base of granola layered with toppings like graviola, strawberry, banana, blueberries, almond butter and even kale.
Green Tomato GrillBack to Top of List
Curb your cravings at this north Huntington Beach eatery on Goldenwest Street, known for its from-scratch approach to fast food. A fast-casual joint that centers its menu around vegetables and meat butchered and marinated in-house, Green Tomato Grill infuses every dish — from melts and wraps to rice bowls and stews — with incredible flavor. While everything can be made to order for specific dietary needs, those on a paleo or keto diet can check out chef-designed menu items like the lettuce-wrapped grass-fed grill burger or the chimichurri bowl, which tosses proteins like salmon, tofu and chicken with an aromatic sauce and mixed veggies.
Olive PitBack to Top of List
In north Huntington Beach off Bolsa Chica Street, home-style Greek food inspired by the chef’s family gatherings is created with ingredients that are low-fat, low-cholesterol and always natural. Dips like the olivada, melitzanosalata (eggplant) and tabouli (parsley and bulgar wheat) lean on nutritious ingredients to deliver big flavors. Meanwhile, the avgolemono soup is a classic comfort food that brings together chicken, lemon and rice for a silky bowl of nourishing broth. For a heartier meal, kabob and entree plates give diners a pick of protein like grilled salmon and seared tuna, paired with two small bites including stewed green beans and roasted artichoke hearts.
Luna GrillBack to Top of List
Go Mediterranean for a meal at this Beach Boulevard kitchen — and don’t skimp on the appetizers. Stuffed grape leaves are rich in vitamins and antioxidants, while two kinds of hummus can be enjoyed with sliced veggies for a vegan and gluten-free dish. And, of course, you can’t go wrong with a modern Greek salad featuring house-made pickled onions, crispy chickpeas and a house vinaigrette. The restaurant also makes an effort to lower sodium in its dishes by swapping out salt for fresh herbs and spices.
Esther's PlaceBack to Top of List
The Old World Village shop is beloved by locals for its selection of sandwiches and shakes. Each of the nine sandwich options is served on whole wheat bread with lettuce, tomato and sprouts, which are full of vitamins, minerals and amino acids. Try the veggie delight, a customer favorite with fresh produce, avocado and mustard, and make it a combo with a smoothie shake. All smoothies, like the Energy Plus with spirulina, banana, lecithin, and papaya and boysenberry juice, can be boosted with add-ons such as bee pollen or protein powder.
Northside CaféBack to Top of List
This neighborhood cafe on Bushard Street, just up the road from Huntington State Beach and the wetlands, serves up organic coffees with a selection of breakfast and lunch items perfect for a grab-and-go meal. Salads go far beyond your basic greens, with mouthwatering mixes like the hacienda black bean with achiote grilled mushrooms, pepitas seeds and crispy corn strips. Add lean proteins like grilled chicken, salmon or shrimp to any salad, or hold the cheese for a vegan option. All produce is delivered from local farms daily to bring diners bright, fresh flavors in every bite.
LemonadeBack to Top of List
Lemonade is a fast-casual restaurant chain offering seasonal healthy, fresh and clean food. Enjoy your meal with the perfect view of the Huntington Beach Pier from Lemonade's dining room. With over 20 mix and match options, there is something for everyone at Lemonade, including a variety of hand made lemonade flavors. Located at Pacific City.
Luv NutritionBack to Top of List
The mission at Luv Nutrition is to pour more LUV into your everyday life. Health is the fastest way to feel amazing. And when you feel amazing, you LUV more. Walk through their doors and you will experience LUV not only from their staff, but from their nutritious and delicious smoothies.
Sessions West Coast DeliBack to Top of List
Just steps from the Huntington Beach Pier, Sessions West Coast Deli commits to its community by creating a hub for local surfers, skaters, and area beachgoers looking for great sandwiches. They have a high-quality deli menu and a vibe that matches the surrounding area.
Açaí BowlsBack to Top of List
Açaí bowls are a delicious morning staple here in Huntington Beach. Packed with antioxidants thanks to the beloved Brazilian acai berry, the sweet concoctions are usually topped with fruit and granola and are a welcome twist on your average breakfast smoothie. See the top places to get your fix and fuel your day here.