15 health-conscious restaurants in Raleigh

The City of Oaks is packed with vegetarian, vegan, and other healthy restaurant options.

A spread of vegan dishes on a table.

Every dish in this photo is vegan approved.

Courtesy of @purevegancafe

Whether you’re on a health journey or just looking to try something new, Raleigh is packed with restaurants offering vegan, vegetarian, and nourishing food options. So, without further ado, lettuce dive right into 15 health-conscious eateries fueling the City of Oaks.

Bida Manda | 222 S. Blount St., Raleigh | Vegetarian + gluten-free options | This Laotian restaurant and bar offers a wide variety of vegetarian options like the tofu basil stir-fry.

Bul Box | Multiple locations | Vegan + vegetarian options | Try this: The California box with tofu, kale mix, edamame, chickpeas, spicy cucumber, avocado, roasted beets, and sesame dressing.

Cold Off the Press | 416 W. South St. Ste. 100, Raleigh | Organic, plant-driven | This quick-grab spot packs its raw juices with vitamins, minerals, and living enzymes.

DOSE Elixir Bar | 415 N. Harrington St., Raleigh | Smoothie bar | Raleigh’s first hot yoga studio and smoothie bar uses real ingredients and natural adaptogens. Pro tip: Add anti-inflammatory chaga mushrooms to your next smoothie.

A vegan chicken sandwich in front of a sign that reads "I licked it so it's mine."

Try this: The Crispy Chik’n Sando with housemade honey mustard.

Courtesy of @elementgastropub

Element Gastropub | 421 Fayetteville St. Ste. 103, Raleigh | Vegan | Located in downtown, this casual eatery offers vegan finger foods, sandwiches, desserts, and unique cocktails.

Happy + Hale | Multiple locations | Vegan + vegetarian options | Try this: The coco curry bowl, served with chicken or tofu, green coconut curry, jasmine rice, shredded kale, cabbage slaw, chili lime chickpeas, scallions, and sesame seeds.

Irregardless Café | 901 W. Morgan St., Raleigh | Vegan + vegetarian options | This quaint spot sources its ingredients locally.

Juicekeys | Quail Corners, 5011 Falls of Neuse Rd. Ste. B, Raleigh | Raw, organic | Locally owned and operated, this juice bar specializes in smoothies, power bowls, cold-pressed juices, and healthy foods.

A plate of eggplant steak, garlic green beans, and hand-cut local russet potato fries.

The Fiction Kitchen features Farmer Specials like roasted and seared eggplant steak.

Courtesy of @thefictionkitchen

Lime & Lemon Indian Grill & Bar | 105 Friendly Dr. Ste. 101, Raleigh | Vegan + vegetarian options | Try this: The vegetarian lunch combo includes an appetizer, veg curry, biryani or pulao, naan, and a dessert.

Plates Neighborhood Kitchen | 301 Glenwood Ave. Ste.100, Raleigh | Vegan + vegetarian options | We recommend making a reservation for brunch on Saturday or Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and the vegan sweet potato hash bowl.

Pure Vegan Café | 8369 Creedmoor Rd., Raleigh | Vegan | The menu is 100% plant-based with options like Indian fusion dishes, grilled burgers, and quick bites.

Raleigh Raw | 7 W. Hargett St., Raleigh | Raw, organic | This downtown cafe and juice bar serves natural, unprocessed food and drinks. Pro tip: Pick up a ready-to-go cold-pressed juice from the fridge.


Try this: Goat Cheese Stuffed Peppers (vegetarian).

Courtesy of @sittirestaurant

Sitti | 137 S. Wilmington St., Raleigh | Vegan + vegetarian options | Try this: Falafel with vegetables and the vegetarian tasting plate.

The Fiction Kitchen | 428 S. Dawson St., Raleigh | Vegan | This entirely vegan kitchen whips up Southern classics like fried pimento cheese, chicken and waffles, and crab cakes.

Bonus: Cinnaholic | 1028 Oberlin Rd. Ste. 236, Raleigh | Vegan bakery | OK, this might not be the healthiest option, but this bakery is 100% plant-based and uses dairy, lactose, and egg-free ingredients. Take a peek.

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