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By: Jennifer Agress

Greater Miami & Miami Beach is a warm and sunny destination year-round, attracting people who love to be outdoors and active. It’s only natural, then, that fresh and light fare is extremely popular here. If you’re looking for something healthy and delicious to eat, you’ll find plenty of great restaurant options in nearly every neighborhood, some specializing in raw and plant-based foods. Here are some of the best.

Plnthouse pairs healthy dishes with beautiful views

Miami Beach

To combine that chic South Beach lifestyle with healthy eats, head to Plnthouse at the 1 Hotel South Beach. Just steps from the sand, this poolside eatery pairs refreshing ocean breezes and waterfront views with cold-pressed juices, fresh smoothies, açai bowls, avocado toast with shaved vegetables, yogurt with chia seeds and almond-ginger clusters, and even a Keto-friendly cobb salad with blackened shrimp, blistered peppers and a bacon-mustard vinaigrette.

Step away from bustling Collins Avenue, and you’ll find even more options. On Belle Isle, Full Bloom serves plant-based food with Latin-inspired flavors such as yellow and red chia arepas with jackfruit “carnitas” and refried beans, vegetable fajitas and tricolor Peruvian quinoa. Icebox Cafe rose to fame more than a decade ago, after Oprah Winfrey publicly declared her love for its desserts. This popular casual-chic restaurant focuses on lighter takes on traditional comfort foods, such as buffalo wings made with cauliflower and a not-so-traditional salmon burger.

Planta Burger
The Planta Burger features chicken-fried mushrooms

Miami Beach’s vegan food scene got even hotter when nightlife king David Grutman brought Planta South Beach to South Beach’s South of Fifth (SoFi) neighborhood. Led by Executive Chef David Lee, this A-list Toronto transplant serves a fully plant-based menu with options such as the signature Planta burger, chicken-fried mushrooms, and cauliflower tots with truffle-almond parmesan.

A little farther north, in the Mid Beach area, Essensia Restaurant & Lounge is a farm-to-table Mediterranean concept at The Palms Hotel & Spa. At this serene, tropical spot, dishes and cocktail garnishes are made with ingredients handpicked from the hotel’s onsite organic chef’s garden, and an organic and sustainable wine list offers the perfect pairing for every plate.

Purple Dream Smoothie at Love Life Cafe
Fuel up with the Purple Dream Smoothie at Love Life Cafe


Tucked away on an unassuming street in Wynwood, Love Life Cafe puts an emphasis on both healthy eating and a healthy planet. Come here for a yoga class or to shop at one of the environmentally friendly pop-up boutiques. If you’re hungry, stop for a breakfast, lunch or dinner that will keep you well-fueled for whatever the day holds.

Craving fresh fish and colorful toppings? Visit Ono Poke for poke bowls made with sushi-grade fish, rice and toppings such as edamame, pickled ginger and avocado. Get to the bright pink-and-green, Hawaiian-inspired shop early – it closes for the day as soon as it runs out of seafood.

Miami’s original plant-based restaurant, Plant Miami, sits inside the zen garden of The Sacred Space Miami. Executive Chef Horacio Rivadero creates plant-forward magic out of a palette of raw foods; there are no ovens in this kitchen. Colorful vegan cheese plates with white truffle, smoked cheddar and mixed peppercorn cashew cheese are a favorite, as are banana leaf tamales, waffles with coconut whipped cream, and passion fruit flan. The restaurant also runs a state-of-the-art raw food cooking school called Plant Culinary Miami, so fans can learn how to make the items on the menu.

Seasons 52
Healthy and seasonal dishes at Seasons 52

Coral Gables

Among the many dining choices on Miracle Mile in Coral Gables is Seasons 52, which is known for its regular rotation of seasonal menus. This upscale grill and wine bar (featuring a list with more than 100 bottles) offers lunch and dinner dishes made with ingredients at peak ripeness, as well as popular dessert “shots” (the Key Lime pie is a favorite) in scaled-down portions. The menu includes plenty of vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free and lactose-free dishes.

On nearby Alhambra Circle, the charming Green Gables Café serves an organic menu with hormone- and antibiotic-free ingredients. Start your day with a paleo-friendly breakfast bowl, gluten-free pancakes or an antioxidant-rich smoothie. Later, stop by for lunch and enjoy carrot-ginger soup, “wonder bowls” or a chipotle turkey burger on a sprouted-wheat bun. Banana Berry is a one-stop spot for a full meal, fresh juice, coffee or refreshing smoothie. You can choose from a range of healthy salads, soups and “nutribowls,” but the cafe’s most popular options are smoothies and açai bowls topped with greens, banana, pineapple, mango, peanut butter, granola and more.

Rotisserie Chicken at Grown
Don't miss healthy fast-service restaurant Grown

South Miami

Just off of U.S. 1 in South Miami is Grown, the brainchild of former Miami HEAT star Ray Allen and his wife, Shannon, who have five children – including one with type 1 diabetes. The couple struggled to find healthy, convenient quick-service restaurants in the area, so they created one. Their fast-casual spot offers a menu of local and organic smoothies, cold-pressed juices, salads, soups, sandwiches and an extensive vegan menu.

Tuna Bowl at Michi's
Check out Michi's low-calorie creations


When “Michi’s Kitchen” YouTube star Michelle Posada turned 18, she decided to act on her passion for cooking: She bought a food truck. Today, she owns Michi’s in Doral, where she makes low-calorie versions of everything from Italian and Latin-American classics to Hawaiian poke bowls, smoothies and more.

Pura Vida
Try dishes made with locally-grown produce at Pura Vida

Mutiple Locations

Some health-focused places have opened multiple locations throughout Greater Miami & Miami Beach. At Dr. Smood, get “smart food for a good mood” in Wynwood, Brickell, Coral Gables, South Miami, Sunset Harbour and Aventura. The menu focuses on six health benefits: immunity, energy, general health, beauty, detox and power.

With eight locations in Miami, the “less is more” approach to cooking at Carrot Express has locals lining up outside the door for stuffed sweet potatoes, salads, bowls, veggie burgers and more. Husband-and-wife duo Omer and Jennifer Horev run five Pura Vida restaurants in the area, serving allergy-friendly menus made with fresh, Florida-grown produce.

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