I’m finally bringing you all of my favorite healthy Austin restaurants for 2022 – yay! We have a lot of places for fresh, healthy lunches here in town.
I’ve somehow put off writing it until now… Why? I guess I thought it sounded a little boring, to be honest! But as I was thinking through the types of restaurants that I frequent, and if I take away the taco trucks and pizza restaurants, I realized that I go to lots of these healthy restaurants ALL THE TIME. Fresa’s is my jam. Sweetgreen is in Austin on South Congress and I’m obsessed. I’m at Soup Peddler weekly. I love lunch dates at Swedish Hill and Vinaigrette and Austin Daily Press. And the healthy brunch options at Elizabeth Street Cafe, Forthright, and Cafe No Se are phenomenal.
Related: 20 Best Austin Restaurants for 2022
27 healthy Austin Restaurants for 2022
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1. True Food Kitchen
Gorgeous, delicious, and upscale – this is a great place to go for a healthy lunch in Austin! I’ve eaten here with friends who have strict diets they have to stick to, and True Food Kitchen has been so accommodating. It’s a pretty easy menu to find something for everyone.
By the way, I know that most of the restaurants on this list are fast-casual lunch spots, but True Food is slightly more upscale if you’d like a healthy Austin dinner restaurants with a server.
What to order: Ancient Grains Bowl (miso sesame glazed sweet potato, turmeric, charred onion, snap pea, grilled portobello, avocado, hemp seed)
True Food Kitchen
11410 Century Oaks Terrace Ste 100, Austin, TX 78758
There are Juiceland locations everywhere in Austin, so it’s an easy choice if you need a vegan restaurant in Austin! You can get pretty much any fresh-pressed juice or smoothie that you want, but don’t forget about turning the smoothies into bowls! If you need a real meal (like lunch), I’ve found that ordering the Originator smoothie as a bowl is a great option. I’m forced to eat it more slowly, and the crunchy/fruity toppings make it feel more like a real meal than a smoothie with a straw.
What to order: they have a special smoothie every day that’s discounted…check that first!
7329 Burnet Rd, Austin, TX 78757
3. Honest Mary’s
If you want some quick and healthy food in Austin, you’re going to LOVE Honest Mary’s! It’s a fast-casual eatery that uses fresh ingredients and gets the food to you quickly. Most of their bowls can be made paleo-friendly, if you wish. Or just fill your bowl with delicious gluten-free grains, protein, yummy veggies, and superfood toppings to fit your lifestyle.
What to order: Sedona Lime bowl with Basmati Rice, Organic Spinach, Black Beans, Texas Sweet Potatoes, Toasted Pumpkin Seeds, Cashew Lime Crema Sauce (I like adding the hormone-free steak)
4800 Burnet Rd C300, Austin, TX 78756
4. Citizen Eatery
Need a vegan restaurant in Austin? Try Citizen Eatery. (See my full blog post about Citizen Eatery right here.) Citizen Eatery is 100% meat-free, but you’re not going to find gross alternatives like lots of soy. They keep things healthy and fresh and are really conscious about what goes into their food.
What to order: The Citizen Burger with Fries
5011 Burnet Rd, Austin, TX 78756
If you or anyone in your group has an allergy or serious health concern, Picnik will be your best option for allergen-free dining in Austin. The entire (delicious) menu is peanut-free, gluten-free, and soy-free. Plus, they have lots of egg-free and dairy-free options. Oh, but you can still get fun stuff like margaritas, wine, queso, and dessert here! It’s a great option if you’re dining keto, too. (Also, here are 15 keto-friendly restaurants in Austin.)
What to order: start with the hot spinach dip and then order the crispy fish tacos.
4801 Burnet Rd, Austin, TX 78756
6. The Steeping Room
I didn’t go here for a long time because I thought it was only a tea room – but it’s so much more! The Steeping Room has a HUGE food menu of delicious, health-forward foods.
What to order: the curry bowl…it’s vegetarian and gluten-free!
The Steeping Room
4400 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78756
7. Texas French Bread
Texas French Bread is not only one of the classic Austin restaurants you need to visit, it also has some delicious and healthy options. (Think: more deli/bakery, so not suuuuper healthy, but kind of light and healthy-ish.)
What to order: a club sandwich with chicken, chipotle, bacon, and avocado.
Texas French Bread
2900 Rio Grande St, Austin, TX 78705
Sweetgreen is from the DC area and opened up in Austin recently, and I understand the obsession. These salads are exactly why I love paying someone else to make them for me…haha! They just taste so much better! The warm bowls (lookin’ at you, Chicken Pesto Parm) are also crazy delicious, and full of greens and energizing foods.
What to order: The Chicken Pesto Parm tastes exactly like comforting chicken parm, but it’s in a healthy bowl form of only 525 calories…meaning you won’t feel like you need to take a nap after eating it.
2234 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78705
9. Austin Daily Press
There’s lots of flavors packed into these pressed panini sandwiches, tortas, and tacos. While you can totally find some indulgent menu items, there are plenty of healthy options at this Austin restaurant.
What to order: Thai Salad and a cauliflower chorizo (vegan) torta
Austin Daily Press
1900 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd B, Austin, TX 78702
10. Bento Picnic
These awesome Japanese bento boxes are made without hormones, additives, or anything yucky. The boxes are customizable, so anyone can eat here! This is another great option for a group that has mixed dietary preferences.
What to order: The Noodle Bento with Udon Noodles, Carrot Burdock Bliss, Forager’s Kinoko Salad, Sunomono Salad & Tamagoyaki Egg.
2600 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702
This coffee shop and Japanese eatery is going to KNOCK YOUR SOCKS OFF! Seriously – everything here is amazing! Get the curry bowls, full of veggies and protein, the chicken yakitori (make it a salad), or the amazing teriyaki rice bowls. (See my full Sa-Ten blog post here.)
What to order: chicken katsu curry bowl + a side kale salad.
916 Springdale Road Bldg 3, #101, Austin, TX 78702
12. Soup Peddler and Juice Bar
I seriously should be part owner of Soup Peddler. I’m pretty sure I’ve had everything on the menu at least 3 times by now. I just love this place because it’s delicious, healthy, cheap, fast, and they have locations all over Austin! The smoothies are great for breakfast, and I love getting a cup of soup for a quick lunch or dinner.
What to order: Tropicalia for a refreshing summer smoothie (mango, pineapple juice, kale!), and the soups are always rotating but the Mulligatawny, Veggie Chili, and Chicken & Corn Chowder are my go-tos.
The Soup peddler and Juice Bar
1401 Rosewood Ave A-2, Austin, TX 78702
Head to Koriente for some delicious and comforting pan-asian fare. You can customize your meal by swapping the white rice for brown, adding veggies, and turning any dish into a vegetarian option.
What to order: the Koriente Curry – it’s healthier than a typical curry, but just as warming and satisfying.
621 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78701
This is the sweetest downtown cafe and I absolutely adore their breakfast! Weekday breakfasts in Austin can be hard to find, so if you’re in town and need a place to go on a weekday morning, stop by Forthright to start your day.
What to order: the coconut chia yogurt bowl.
35 Brazos St, Austin, TX 78701
15. Malibu Poke
This is my favorite poke place in Austin because the fish is so dang fresh! You’ll taste the difference. Everythign on the menu is totally customizable, so you can create an entree to fit any lifestyle like keto, paleo, gluten free, vegan, and more.
What to order: if you’re overwhelmed by the options, go for one of the chef’s options. I love the Red Miso Salmon bowl because it’s so flavorful.
211 Walter Seaholm Dr LR 115, Austin, TX 78703
16. Swedish Hill
Let me be honest here: Swedish Hill is a kind of an expensive lunch option…but it’s really delicious and beautiful. 😉 The deli counter has a bunch of salads, and you can pick 3 of them ($15 as I’m writing this) for a little salad sampler. They also have delicious sandwiches, and amazing pastries if you need something sweet for dessert.
What to order: the Clarksville crunch salad is my favorite!
1120 W 6th St, Austin, TX 78703
17. Flower Child
I can’t even count how many times I’ve ordered Flower Child to-go for my busy weeknight dinners. It’s sooo so tasty and delicious, I don’t even realize it’s really healthy too! It’s also such a gorgeous downtown Austin patio for a lovely lunch.
What to order: I’m obsessed with their kale salad because it has grapefruit and white cheddar in it…a little tart, a little salty, and sooo tasty.
500 W 2nd St Suite 133, Austin, TX 78701
18. Fresa’s (South First)
No words to describe how much I LOVE Fresa’s chicken! (I think I’ve mentioned it on this blog at least 35 times, like in my Austin queso guide and in my guide to South First St and my where to eat with a big group in Austin post.) You could totally go indulgent or healthy here, so it’s a great place to dine with a mixed crowd! I love the Super Bol and the Power Bol on a healthy day, and the tacos, queso, and margaritas on an indulgent day.
My friends who need paleo restaurants in Austin will order the half chicken + sweet potatoes.
What to order: The Power Bol (Agave-Lime Chicken, Power Greens, Sweet Potato, Avocado, Adobo Chickpeas, Roasted Cauliflower, Pickled Red Onion w/ Sherry Shallot Vinaigrette.)
1703 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704
19. Bouldin Creek Cafe
Here’s a 100% vegetarian option! BCC is old-school Austin, and I adore everything about it. It’s a great healthy Austin brunch spot, even if you’re not vegetarian.
What to order: the veggie burger is made in-house and it’s phenomenal, and anything with the chipotle pecan pesto is worth ordering. Also get the vegan oatmeal cream pie. (Not healthy…just delish. One of my favorite cookies in Austin.)
Bouldin Creek Cafe
1900 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704
20. Café No Sé
This is seriously one of the most beautiful cafés in Austin. It’s on SOCO, a really popular tourist street in south Austin, and literally everything I’ve tasted here has been phenomenal.. If you’re looking for an upscale and trendy lunch spot for your next girelfiend date, pick Cafe no Se!
What to order: any of their salads for lunch, or the avocado toast with soft boiled egg for breakfast.
Café No Sé
1603 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704
21. Casa De Luz Village
This place is super cool. It’s a daily plant-based menu (check online to see what’s available) that’s always fixed price. You show up, pay the fee, and everyone at the table eats what they’ve prepared for the day! You always get free hot tea with your order, and it’s a really kind and welcoming community.
What to order: whatever they have available that day!
Casa De Luz Village
1701 Toomey Rd, Austin, TX 78704
Craving a big, beautiful salad? Vinaigrette is your place! They have a huge menu, and every single salad I’ve tried (which is a bunch) has been super satisfying.
What to order: the Apple Cheddar Chop with grilled tenderloin.
2201 College Ave, Austin, TX 78704
23. Elizabeth Street Cafe
Hi most instagrammable restaurant in Austin! This is a French Vietnamese restaurant, so it’s a great place to go for pho, banh mi, and French pastries. But they also have healthy options, like ginger-steamed snapper and green mango cucumber salad.
What to order: their vegetable pho is delicious, filling, and not too heavy!
Elizabeth Street Cafe
1501 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704
24. Two Hands
Two Hands goes in the same category as Café No Se (another healthy restaurant on South Congress.) It’s a beautiful, bright, trendy café on South Congress. This is the type of place you might imagine going on a Sunday morning after a yoga class. Two Hands is an Australian cafe, so make sure you order a flat white with your breakfast!
What to order: acai bowl or avocado toast.
1011 S Congress Ave Suite 170, Austin, TX 78704
25. Modern Market Eatery
I LOVE this place! The salads, the protein bowls, the pizza, the fun and friendly service – it’s all phenomenal. You could eat healthy here…or not. It’s a great place to bring the family because everyone can find something they like.
What to order: the flatiron salad is perfect when you’re in the mood for meat-and-potatoes but you want the energy from a salad.
3201 Bee Cave Rd #144, Austin, TX 78746
26. Blenders and Bowls
Yumm, another smoothie option for ya! Blenders and Bowls is the perfect place to go after a killer workout for a clean, refreshing pick-me-up.
What to order: The Sesher – this bowl is full of acai, banana, and chocolate almond milk, and topped with hemp protein and local honey.
Blenders and Bowl
3736 Bee Cave Rd Suite 8, West Lake Hills, TX 78746
Cava is where you need to go if you want food that’s both healthy AND satisfying. Pick a base, add a spread, layer on some grilled protein, and then top it all off with some colorful veggies.
What to order: build-your-own-bowl based on your preference, but if you eat meat, add the lamb meatballs!
3201 Bee Cave Rd STE 100, Austin, TX 78746