Best Healthy Restaurants and Organic Eating in Houston

Organic and locally grown dining, a rarity just a few years ago, is becoming more and more prevalent in the Houston area. Below is a list of restaurants and catering companies specializing in healthy food options for the busy Houstonian.

  • 01 of 05
    Local Foods in Houston
    ••• Catherine X./Yelp

    Local Foods prides itself on its gourmet selections of hearty and delicious sandwiches, salads and sides, all made with — you guessed it — local ingredients. Even the olive oil they use comes from Texas Hill Country. 

    The Crunchy Chicken is a favorite for regulars. Pair it with some seasonal fruit or watermelon gazpacho, and wash it all down with their delicious mintade for a fresh and satisfying meal. 

    Dietary Options
    Vegetarian 
    Vegan
    Gluten-free

    Details
    Locations are in Rice Village, Upper Kirby and Uptown/Galleria areas, and are all open seven days a week for lunch and dinner. 

  • 02 of 05

    When it opened in 2008, Ruggles Green became Houston's very first Certified Green Restaurant. Since then, it has expanded to four more locations, where it offers a menu loaded with local and organic ingredients. Its online menu makes it easy to find gluten-free and dairy-free options, as well as vegetarian dishes and healthy kid's meals.

    Tip: Delivery is available through the Favor app. 

    Dietary Options
    Vegetarian
    Gluten-free
    Dairy-free

    Details
    Various locations are open throughout Houston, including in River Oaks, the Woodlands and CITYCENTRE. View Ruggles Green's website for a list of specific locations and hours

  • 03 of 05

    Located in the heart of Montrose, Baba Yega is a Houston favorite for those looking for fresh, quality food. In addition to their impressive regular menu, they also have vegetarian and vegan menus, as well as an extensive list of gluten-free options.

    What sets Baba Yega apart, however, is its fun and interesting atmosphere. Inside, guests sit among an eclectic-yet-tasteful mix of decor. Outside, patrons can enjoy a small koi pond and parrot cage, where a large macaw greets diners sitting only a few feet away. Covered seating areas and large fans help make the outdoor environment comfortable, even in the dead heat of Houston summers. 

    Tip: Sunday brunches bring a large crowd, so be sure to come early to avoid a long wait. 

    Dietary Options
    Vegetarian
    Vegan
    Gluten-free 

    Details
    2607 Grant St
    Houston, TX 77006
    713-522-0042

  • 04 of 05

    The menu changes by season and includes a mix of health-conscious salads, sandwiches and entrees. Protein for their dishes are responsibly sourced, including grass-fed beef and sustainable fish, and sandwiches are made from only fresh, unprocessed ingredients. 

    Be sure to try one of their delicious pizzas, made with organic tomatoes and spelt and flax dough made fresh daily, paired with one of their many organic, bio-dynamic wines. 

    Dietary Options
    Vegetarian
    Vegan
    Gluten-free

    Details
    1700 Post Oak Boulevard
    Houston, Texas 77056
    281-605-2505

    Continue to 5 of 5 below.
  • 05 of 05
    ••• The Urban Spoon

    This take-out only restaurant is fully committed to a menu that consists of only locally grown and organic foods. In addition to yummy eats like Texas Grass-Fed Beef Hash and Peanut Butter Pancakes, Snap Kitchen also provides consultations with an on-site registered dietician, home/office delivery and a bulk menu.

    Tip: Snap Kitchen's online menu makes it easy to find food that fits your dietary preferences. Choose from a long list of options, and the site will mark the menu items that fit your criteria. 

    Dietary Options
    Vegetarian
    Vegan
    Gluten-free
    Dairy-free
    Paleo 
    Low-carb
    Plant-based
    Low-sodium

    Details
    Various locations are located throughout Houston, including in Upper Kirby, the Museum District, the Heights and Downtown. View Snap Kitchen's website for specific locations and hours