Best Healthy Restaurants in Toronto

Healthy bowl in one of the best healthy restaurants in Toronto

Best Healthy Restaurants in Toronto

By: Julie Mancuso, owner of JM Nutrition, registered dietitians and nutritionists at JM Nutrition, Ahsan Zaman, public health consultant

 

What are the best healthy restaurants in Toronto?

As the owner of a Toronto nutritional counselling service, I have been asked so many times over the years that I have lost count. 

Knowing where to find the best healthy food restaurants or healthy take-out is especially important for those who are beginning to make healthy changes to their eating habits, as well as their lifestyles. This allows them to still enjoy a meal at a restaurant or taking one to go, without having to sacrifice their health, wellness and nutrition goals.

Healthy Food in Toronto, According to Dietitians and Nutritionists

To serve this purpose, our team of dietitians, nutritionists and consultants has compiled a list of the best healthy restaurants in Toronto.

Over the years, we have paid numerous visits to each of these restaurants, trying a variety of menu items. This, we feel, puts us in a good position to make the recommendations. 

 

Best Healthy Restaurants in Toronto

 

Kupfert & Kim

Locations visited: 83 Critchley Ln., Toronto, ON M5S 3L3, 140 Spadina Ave., Toronto, ON M5V 2L4

With numerous locations, Kupfert & Kim is no doubt one of the stand-out healthy restaurants in Toronto. If you’re looking for healthy restaurants in downtown Toronto especially, look no further. Conveniently, you will find a number of Kupfert & Kim locations here.

As the logo clearly indicates, Kupfert & Kim is a wheat-free and meat-free quick service restaurant. It aims to give Torontonians minimally processed foods to enjoy. This is a perfect go-to option when you’re on-the-go, but still want to eat healthy.

As the restaurant’s slogan says, “We make delicious, minimally-processed food that is awesome for humans, animals and our planet.”

Recommended food items:

What’s more, the restaurant offers a number of delicious and healthy offerings. You’ll find bowls, toasts, smoothies and more.

Our team recommends Almond Banana Toast, Cauliflower Tahini, Miso Ginger Broth Bowl, Guac Burger and K&K Lasagna.

 

Mad Radish 

Location visited: 2293 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4P 2C6, 120 Bloor St E, Toronto, ON M4W 1B7

We visited Mad Radish when it first opened in the Yonge and Eglinton neighbourhood. And we have been making periodic visits since.

Admittedly, we tried several food items here, some more than once. And that’s because they were that good. Mad Radish offers mid-towners a range of bowls, sandwiches, soups, snacks and sides.

And if you’re looking for the best healthy restaurants in downtown Toronto exclusively, not to worry, Mad Radish has a location at Bloor St. E and Church St.

Recommended food items:

Piri-Piri Chicken (bowl or sandwich), Viet Noodle Bowl, Smashed Chickpea, Coconut Curry Chowder

The restaurant also prides itself on more than just food. Responsible sourcing is taken seriously, as is compostable packaging. You can even place an order on the restaurant’s own app. Ordering healthy food has never been more simple.

 

Rolltation Sushi Burrito

Locations visited: 2291 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4P 2C6, 758 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4Y 2B6

If you’re looking for healthy food in Toronto with an Asian twist, make a pit stop at Rolltation Sushi Burrito. The restaurant provides fresh and healthy Asian-inspired food. It also carries house-made sauces inspired by “a fusion of flavours from the east.”

You’ll find delicious sushi burritos, poke bowls, hot bowls, salad bowls and more. 

Recommended food items:

Spicy Habanero Chicken Karaage, Kimchi Beef, California Roll Sushi Burrito, Teriyaki Chicken Poke Bowl, Wasabi Mayo

 

Fresh

Locations visited: 101 Eglinton Ave E, Toronto, ON M4P 1H4, 326 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M5S 1W5

First opened in 1999, Fresh has been serving Toronto and the GTA modern plant-based food and organic, freshly made fruit and vegetable juices. Fresh restaurant is a pioneer in the healthy food niche in Toronto. As such, a list of the best healthy restaurants in Toronto would not be complete without it.

Fresh’s mission is to show that a plant-based diet can be just as enjoyable, satiating and vitalizing as any other.

In addition, all menu items are made daily using whole and natural ingredients. The menu is extensive, so finding a favourite is a cinch. It also changes fairly regularly, at least since we began frequenting it some years ago.

Recommended food items:

Avocado Crispy Rice, Buffalo Cauliflower Salad, Rainbow Smoothie, Big Salad, Powerhouse Bowl, Date Almond Power Shake

 

Copper Branch 

Locations visited: Commerce Court, 199 Bay St., Toronto, ON M5L 1E2, Canary District, 470 Front St E, Toronto, ON M5A 0E6

The many locations of Copper Branch all across Canada are no doubt a testament to its popularity and success.

Serving whole and plant-based foods, Copper Branch offers an extensive menu. You’ll find virtually every type of meal here: breakfast, snacks, sides, lunch and dinner items, desserts, coffees, teas and more.

We’ve tried a number of items from the menu and none disappointed. In fact, some were so good that we order them every time we visit.

Recommended food items:

Quinoa Chili, Carrot Keftedes with Aioli Sauce, Aztec Power Bowl, General  Copper Bowl, Aristotle Bowl

 

Hello 123 

Location Visited: 1122 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1H9

Uniquely, Hello123 is both a plant-based restaurant and bar.

Although we only visited Hello123 a few times, the menu items we chose were all excellent. If you’re looking for a more distinctive experience, put Hello123 at the top of your list. You won’t regret it. 

Recommended food items:

Irene’s Massive Breakfast, Hello Burger, Superfood Burrito Bowl

 

Thrive Organic Lakeshore

Location Visited: 3473 Lake Shore Blvd W, Etobicoke, ON M8W 1N5

Thrive Organic on Lakeshore is certainly one of the best healthy restaurants in Toronto, It is also one of the favourites of the owner of JM Nutrition. And with good reason.

The restaurant menu caters to those looking for healthy food that is organic, vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, local and so on.

In addition, Thrive Organic offers an extensive, easy-to-customize menu. It features appetizers, salads, bowls, tacos, pizzas, burgers, wraps, drinks, smoothies, cold-pressed juices and more.

We have tried numerous items off the menu and they’re all delicious. In fact, the food was so good that we made several trips here from our Mississauga office, which is some distance away.

Recommended food items:

Alkaline Salad, Hercules Bowl, Mushroom Tacos, Squash Quesadillas, Mayan Bowl, Bella Sprouted Pizza

 

Impact Kitchen

Location visited: 1222 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4T 1W3

Located just a stone’s throw from our midtown Toronto office before our move to downtown Toronto, Impact Kitchen was one of the more convenient neighbourhood places where we could pop into for some healthy food. As a result, we have frequented it many times.

The soups and stews, along with a wide selection of bowls, are the items that stand out to us. All items we tried were tasty and healthy.

If you’re looking for a healthy restaurant in Toronto, strongly consider Impact Kitchen. 

Recommended food items:

Almond Butter & Chia Jam Toast, True Roots Power Bowl, Zesty Mexican Power Bowl, Macro Power Bowl, Thai Butternut Squash Soup with Gluten-Free Sourdough Bread, Turkey Chili

 

Basil Box 

Location visited: 351 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M5B 1S1

If you’re searching for healthy restaurants in downtown Toronto, sooner rather than later, you’ll stumble upon the extensively and well-reviewed Basil Box.

Open 7 days per week–something we appreciate–Basil Box is a healthy food chain from that takes its inspiration from the markets of Southeast Asia.

Best of all, at Basil Box you can play chef and build the box that you desire from scratch. Simply select your vegetables, protein source(s) and sauce to create a meal with your name on it.

Recommended items:

Keto Box from Signature Boxes, Tom Yum Noodle Soup, Pad Thai

 

Farm’r Prepared Meals Market

Location visited: 140A The Esplanade, Toronto, ON M5A 4P5

Farm’r Prepared Meals Market is another good pit stop for those looking for a healthy restaurant in downtown Toronto.

Previously a farm-to-table restaurant, Farm’r was forced to close its location due to COVID-19. To keep the idea going, however, they re-opened as healthy to-home delivery restaurant.

At the time of writing, the restaurant is moving to a new location. Wherever they move, we will certainly follow.

Farm’s Prepared Meals Market offers a number of delicious prepared meals that we like to take to-go. 

Recommended food items:

Roasted Carrot and Paprika Soup, Veggie Coconut Curry, Quinoa Stir Fry

 

The Goods

Location visited: 279 Roncesvalles Ave, Toronto, ON M6R 2M3

With a strong belief in the idea of disease prevention, The Goods serves vegan, organic foods made with functional healing ingredients.

The Goods also offers sugar-free, gluten-free, sesame-free, nut-free, soy-free and low-glycemic options. This certainly epitomizes the notion of a healthy restaurant. As a result, it is no doubt one of the best restaurants for healthy food in Toronto.

Recommended food items:

The Gateway Smoothie, Kings Noodle Salad Bowl, Nori Bowl, Be Well Soup

 

Urban Herbivore

Location visited: 64 Oxford St, Toronto, ON M5T 1P1

Located near Spadina and College, Urban Herbivore is certainly a healthy restaurant in downtown Toronto that we recommend.

As the name suggests, Urban Herbivore offers healthy plant-based foods from local, organic ingredients. The restaurant’s philosophy centres around providing customers with high-quality foods without any additives or preservatives.

Although our visits here have been few, at least at this time, we do have a few favourites. 

Recommended food items:

Beluga Bowl, Moroccan Stew, Heart Beet Smoothie

 

Tractor Everyday Healthy Foods

Location visited: 151 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M5C 2W7

Tractor Everyday Health Foods is another healthy restaurant in downtown Toronto.

After its success in Vancouver, British Columbia, the family run restaurant opened in Toronto.

Tractor Everyday Health Foods certainly lives up to the healthy restaurant label with their philosophy: 

“Our definition of healthy food encompasses a high proportion of veggies combined with a balance of lean meats and fish, whole intact grains and heart-healthy nuts and fats.”

Recommended food items:

Red Lentil & Greens Soup, Mushroom Ditalini, Fig & Farro, Beet & Pear

 

District Restaurant and Bar

Location visited: 303 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V 1J5

Winner of Best New Restaurant of 2017, District Restaurant and Bar is arguably Toronto’s healthiest cocktail bar. It proudly serves their customers an inclusive menu offering a plethora of healthy options that also include vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free foods.

Admittedly, our collective visits to the restaurant have been very limited, but the items that were ordered were all excellent.

Recommended food items:

Truffle Brussels Sprouts, Avocado & Beet Salad, Broccoli Tacos, Szechuan Stir Fry

 

nutbar

Location visited: 1240 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4T 1W5

nutbar is a superfood snack café/healthy coffee shop with the philosophy that focuses on a healthy mind and body. Located in Midtown Toronto, the restaurant uses the most nutrient-rich organic foods for their snack-based menu.

The nutbar menu contains a number stand out items. All of them excellent.

Recommended food items:

Beet Toast, Ultimate Recovery Smoothie, n’oatmeal, Turmeric Latte

 

Good Grains

Location visited: 4134 Dundas St W, Etobicoke, ON M8X 1X3

This vegan quick-serve restaurant offers a variety of food products to satisfy all palates. The numerous unique dishes comprise fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes and diverse spices.

The Good Grains website proudly states that most of their freshly made meals are soy-free, gluten-free and nut-free. In addition, the foods are free of refined sugars and any kind of animal products. This is something we appreciate and value.

Recommended food items:

Freekeh Herb Chickpea Salad, Kaleidoscope Slaw, Pear and Parsnip Bisque, Taste of the Mediterranean Hummus 

 

iQ

Location visited: 613 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V 1M5

This seasonal restaurant serves daily in-house cooked foods that are plant-forward. iQ also serves quality dairy, poultry and fish options.

Besides its food, what we like about the King Street West restaurant is that it has partnered with local farmers, producers and purveyors to brings its customers local, high-quality food.

Recommended food items:

Peanut Butter Oats, Sababa Bowl, Avocado & Salmon Toast, Spicy Kale Caesar Bowl

 

Aamazing Salad

Location visited: 82 Adelaide St E, Toronto, ON M5C 1K9

AAamazing Salad certainly warrants a spot on the best healthy restaurants in Toronto list. The restaurant provides fresh and nutritious meals to its customers with health at the forefront. This is something we approve and commend.

What’s more, Aamazing Salad co-operates with SickKids, where every penny earned on their meals is donated to the SickKids Foundation.

The restaurant menu has a wide variety of salads, bowls, soups, wraps and more. 

Recommended food items:

Energy Salad, Rainbow Wasabi bowl, Spinach Tofu Soup, Queen Wrap, Spinach Tofu Soup

 

Fennel Organic Eatery

Location visited: 322 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M5S 1W5

Located on the edge of downtown Toronto, Fennel Organic Eatery is a healthy restaurant in Toronto that sources local, organic ingredients, bringing customers healthy and tasty meals.

Interestingly, the 100 percent vegan menu here changes daily. The restaurant also prides itself on using no preservatives and no added refined sugar, which we applaud. We must also commend the many unique items on the menu.

If you’re looking for healthy food in Toronto, you need to make a stop here. We are confident you won’t be disappointed. 

Recommended food items:

Baked Eggplant with Tomatoes, Roasted Tempeh with Zucchini, Pepper, Onion, Brussel Sprouts & Mushrooms, Danish ‘Redkol’ Cabbage with Granny Smith Apple and Onion

 

Freshii

Locations visited: numerous

We can safely assume that anyone who has an interest in healthy food in Toronto has likely heard of or visited the ubiquitous Freshii.

The constantly evolving menu and consistently tasty offerings make Freshii a shoe-in for a place on the best healthy restaurants in Toronto, or anywhere else for that matter.

For those few who have never visited, the restaurant offers a wide variety of healthy breakfast selections, salads, wraps, bowls, burritos, smoothies, juices, kids’ meals and more. Freshii has something for just about everyone. 

Recommended food items:

Oaxaca Bowl, Buddha’s Satay, Teriyaki Twist, Green Eggs & Kale, Cali Smoothie Bowl

 

Conclusion

Our list of the best healthy restaurants in Toronto is by no means exclusive.  We are certain that there are other healthy food restaurants that may merit their inclusion on this list. For the restaurant to be included, we feel that a few visits must be paid to each restaurant. In addition, at least several menu items must tried for us to be able to render a fair appraisal.

As always, it is our goal to give as many healthy local Toronto restaurants a try, so we can help inform our clients and Torontonians in general. As a result, we look forward to adding to the list in the near future.

If you feel, we missed a Toronto restaurant that should be included, please contact us, and we will put it on the list of the Toronto restaurants to try next. 

 

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Julie Mancuso is a graduate of the University of Toronto, founder and owner of JM Nutrition, a nutritional counselling service by registered dietitians and nutritionists. For 15+ years, JM Nutrition has helped thousands reach their health, wellness and nutrition goals. Julie and her team regularly lend their expertise to a variety of health publications such as Reader's Digest, Livestrong, Business Insider, Food Network, Today's Parent, MyFitnessPal, Toronto Star, Elle Magazine, Best Life, Weight Watchers and many more.