Restaurants in Naples for the Health- and Earth-Conscious Crowds



With its Midwestern United States roots and retirement community, Naples tends more toward the meat, seafood, potatoes and pasta genre than health conscious dining. That has been changing slowly and subtly over the past decade as the movement to know the origins of what you are eating has gained steam. Like most places nationwide, the "eat local" initiative has sparked a healthy trend in dining out - healthy for diners as well as Mother Earth. 

At the same time, aging populations and food allergies have caused restaurants to address dietary needs such as low sodium, low cholesterol, gluten free and peanut free. Organic growing is on the rise, making it easier for restaurants to source pesticide- and chemical-free products. 

In Naples, the leader in the field of healthy eating was Food & Thought, which opened nearly a decade ago as a market for organic food with a hot food component. More recently The Cider Press Cafe opened with an all vegan, all raw menu.

In between, restaurants all over town have cleaned up their menus to offer not just token vegetarian dishes but well thought out meals with the guest's well being in mind. 

This list picks the best of what Naples has to offer as far as locally sourced, healthy dining. Besides the strictly organic and vegetarian spots, it samples some fine houses that source carefully and even chain dining option that earns inclusion by its faithful adherence to good health.


Seasons 52
Photo courtesy of Seasons 52


The warm brick dining room invites with a wood smoke-scented atmosphere of fire and low lights. In the Seasons 52 house of dining well, management and staff like to say that their flatbreads and Mini Indulgences desserts are their signature...  Read More


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East Naples
Three60 Market
Photo courtesy of Chelle Koster Walton


Waterside and occupying a cheerfully painted old Florida-style house, this place could not be more inviting. Showcases and tables hold sandwiches, soups, salads, pasta, bakery goods and hot dishes made from scratch fresh daily. The goodness...  Read More


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Old Naples
Chez Boet
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Chez Boet labels its cuisine "French home cooking," but also delves into the north African cuisine that one finds in Paris. Hummus accompanies the crusty bread; tagine - slow roasted stew with couscous - is a specialty. The lamb variety is...  Read More


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Old Naples
Jane's Café
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The setting feels like provincial France, but the menu tips its hat to British and American fare with healthy notes for breakfast and lunch. Everything is freshly prepared at Jane's - from the quiche du jour and roasted beets salad with feta...  Read More


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Sea Salt-Naples
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Chef Fabrizio Aielli comes from a stellar background that covers Italy, the Caribbean and two of his own highly hailed Washington, DC, restaurants. At Sea Salt, he conceived dining centered around the sea. To carry the concept, he stocks...  Read More


=H2O+
Photo courtesy of The Ritz Carlton, Naples


The bright, simple restaurant atop the Ritz-Carlton, Naples spa naturally complements a vigorous workout or relaxing spa treatment. But visitors are finding that =H2O+, despite its slightly mystifying name, deserves a visit from anyone, any day,...  Read More


Body & Soul Cafe
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Formerly, InnerG, this small takeout place with a few counter seats has a devoted following to its particular brand of plant-based, organic cuisine that caters to specific food allergies. Besides its dine-in and pick-up options, Body & Soul...  Read More


The Cider Press Cafe
Photo courtesy of Chelle Koster Walton


The tagline gives a clue: "Florida inspired, plant based, modernist cuisine." This is extreme healthy dining - all vegan, all raw. So all dishes are cold and free of gluten and dairy products, but don't think bland or boring. Anything...  Read More


Food & Thought
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It's thoughtful that a restaurant would strive to serve the best possible food for our good health. But it's even better that Food & Thought's dishes reflect the kind of creative thinking that raises them above typical health food juice-bar...  Read More


The Local
Photo courtesy of Chelle Koster Walton


Whether you choose deeply comforting food or a low-calorie or vegan dish, The Local promises the freshest, most local, homemade products available. So it's not only healthy for diners, but for Mother Earth as well. Owner-chef Jeff Mitchell...  Read More


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Meet Chelle Koster Walton

Chelle Koster Walton – the Local Expert for Naples, Florida and the Caribbean – has been covering the destination for 30 years. Her top-selling Sarasota, Sanibel Island, and...  More About Chelle

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