Charleston’s Top 3 Healthy and Organic Restaurants

Sure, the South is famous for its crispy fried chicken, grits dripping with butter and/or cheese and plenty of barbequed meat, but if it’s lighter, healthy fare you’re looking for, you’ll be pleasantly surprised! Times are changing and there are more restaurants than ever before that cater to those who don’t want to sacrifice their health when dining out.

We know how important it is to maintain a healthy diet, especially when you’re challenged with health conditions (like cancer that our founder, James Templeton, experienced -- read more about his journey HERE). It’s why the Templeton List was developed.

Our dedicated team has vetted the healthiest restaurants all across America according to strict standards of ingredient, preparation, and environmental guidelines. Enjoy a guilt-free dining experience in a restaurant that works hard to provide healthy, organic, fresh and fabulous food!

Here are our Top 3 picks for healthy, organic restaurants in Charleston, South Carolina:

East Bay Meeting House

160 East Bay Street
Charleston, South Carolina 29401

Southern hospitality meets European cafe culture! Serving breakfast, lunch, dinner AND afternoon tea, this gentile restaurant will rescue you from a hectic pace and serve you well with their extensive menu and exceptional service.

You’ll find Simple and Gourmet Sandwiches and Hot Paninis on the lunch menu, along with a variety of delicious and healthy soups and salads.

Dinner main course entrees include Shrimp Scampi (shrimp over angel hair pasta, white wine, garlic and parsley), Beef Bourguignon (beef, pinot noir, cognac, mushrooms, carrots and pearl onion, along with mashed potatoes), and Chicken Francese (free range chicken over angel hair pasta, butter, lemon, capers, white wine, and parsley). The South never tasted so good!

The Grocery

4 Cannon Street
Charleston, South Carolina 29403

This unique restaurant, opened in 2011, takes pride in featuring ingredients from area farmers, fishermen, foragers and artisans.

The Grocery’s lunch menu includes unique items such as Twice Cooked Duck Wings (Roman vinaigrette, cucumber, dill), Smoked South Carolina Mahi (Everything Crackers, pickled beets, trout roe, and dill), Squid Ink Tagliatelle (shrimp, lemon, Calabrian chilies, parsley), and Golden Tilefish (with roasted sunchokes, shrimp velouté, and pickled shrimp relish).

Dinner items are equally as tantalizing with menu options like Soft Shell Crab Trio (Old South, Old School, Old World), Lamb Sugo an Papparelle (ricotta salata, black olive, pistachio), and Braised Beef Cheek (asparagus, celery root soubise, horseradish gremolata). Memories are made here!

Butcher & Bee

1085 Morrison Drive
Charleston, South Carolina 29403

Plates are served family-sized for the table and include specials like Beef Tartare (house mustard, capers, preserved lemon, benne seed lavash), Avocado Crispy Rice (Carolina Gold rice, collards, peanuts, serrano chiles), Cauliflower “Steak” N’ Potatoes (date & tamarind steak sauce, potato puree, herb salad), George’s Bank Scallops (squid ink & salsify, lamb bacon, arrowhead spinach), Lamb T-Bone (8 oz Freedom Run lamb, pomegranate demi, Parisian gnocchi), and more.

Desserts include Caramel Apple Napoleon (phyllo wafers, toasted sesame cremeux, labneh honey ice cream, cider vin caramel), and Black Sesame Mousse (chocolate cake, tahini crust, hot fudge).

About The Templeton List

Created by James Templeton, a 30+ year Stage 4 Melanoma cancer survivor, The Templeton List, your guide to the healthiest restaurants in America, is part of his lifelong dream to give back and lend a helping hand to cancer survivors and to anyone desiring to increase or maintain their good health. James experienced first-hand the challenge of finding quality restaurants and food sources when traveling.

The successful CEO of Uni-Key Health Systems and founder of the Templeton Wellness Foundation, James’ online interactive Restaurant Guide, The Templeton List, was developed to help anyone easily find trust-worthy, vetted healthy restaurants all across America.

Read more about our 5 Star Rating System here!

Learn about James’ personal journey as a cancer survivor in his best-selling book, I Used To Have Cancer. For more information about The Templeton Wellness Foundation, visit You’ll find inspiring stories of other cancer survivors along with video interviews with top experts from around the world in the integrative and functional medicine arena as they bring the latest leading-edge health and healing information of the holistic treatment and prevention of cancer.

There’s no need to sacrifice your health… even when dining out! You just have to know where to look.