Boston Restaurants with Healthy Items Satiate the Heartiest Appetites

10best has your picks for Boston's best healthy restaurants. Forget going meat-free, and find spots that make meat a part, not the star of your plate. Enjoy the local seafood used by Boston area chefs in so many of their dishes and feel good about your order. Or ask the staff to alter their preparation methods or sauce accompaniments to suit your needs. 

If you love the flavors of Italian food, but not the heavy sauces, make your way to Rialto where the menu is comprised of dishes that focus on making meals the way they do in northern Italy-fresh and healthy. 

Global cuisine is big in flavor and often low in fat. Enjoy a meal at La Brasa, and you'll find many of their local ingredients prepped in ways that are arouse your taste buds while  being kind to your waistline. Mediterranean inspired cuisine comes to life at suburban Juniper where their dips, appetizers and mail dishes offer many healthy choices. And at fast casual SA PA you'll find Vietnamese food that comes out fast, fills you up and leaves you without the need for an extra workout. 

A simple way to stay healthy is to order grilled seafood, and Boston has just the place to do so: Legal Seafoods' Legal Harborside location. Here you get a great view and can order your fish grilled without additional sauce, allowing you to take in the healthy omega 3's without adding anything extra. 

Earl's Kitchen + Bar
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Boasting a scratch kitchen that emphasizes the use of fresh local ingredients churning out regional specials from the kitchen and craft cocktails from the bar, you'll find yourself impressed with your experience at Earl's Kitchen + Bar. Focused...  Read More



Only in the diverse, eclectic neighborhood of Jamaica Plain could a tapas bar converge with a book and record store and be a huge success. Tres Gatos is that restaurant. With menu items that range in price from under $10 to the mid teens, you...  Read More

Sa Pa
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Healthy and fast have finally found cohesion at SA PA. This fast casual, modern Vietnamese spot in Downtown Crossing and Cleveland Circle churns out super fresh & healthy dishes using top-quality ingredients. You'll be amazed that you can...  Read More

Beat Hotel
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Beat Hotel is ideally located in Harvard Square where the diversity of the population is mirrored in neighborhood spots, including Beat Hotel. With menu options as diverse as the population of Cambridge, Beat Hotel includes several healthy...  Read More

Legal Harborside
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Those seeking to enjoy Legal's like the locals do will love the floor to ceiling windows, outdoor patio and the casual, fun, family friendly, moderately priced menu offered on floor one. The basic New England selection of seafood is complimented...  Read More

Alden & Harlow
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Alden & Harlow is one of those cool spots where you just feel like you fit in. From the inviting bar that runs the length of the restaurant to their mix of high-top and low-top dining tables you'll feel at home at Alden+ Harlow. The menu is...  Read More

West Metro


Juniper is a suburban hot spot you'll want to try. A no reservations policy makes snagging a table tough during prime time, but their inviting bar serves a sensational selection of food. More casual fare is served bar-sdie along with your pint...  Read More



La Brasa is an East Somerville spot making a big splash on the dining scene in the Boston area. With culinary influences that span the globe, you'll find yourself dining around the world within the walls of this one spot. Order meals with...  Read More


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