Lexington’s Top 5 Healthy Organic Restaurants

Lexington, known as the Horse Capital of the World, is a welcoming city oozing with Southern charm and hospitality. You’ll find plenty of great restaurants, including our list of recommended healthy, organic options!

Our purpose is to direct you to the healthiest restaurant choices available in the country because we know that when you have cancer, every choice you make matters, especially when it comes to the food you eat.

Here are our top 5 recommended healthy restaurants in Lexington, Kentucky:

Bella Notte

3715 Nicholasville Road
Lexington, Kentucky 40503

This locally owned restaurant serves up favorites such as Chicken Saltimbocca (layered with fresh sage leaves and La Quercia prosciutto, wood fire grilled and served with creamy Parmesan orzo pasta, grilled asparagus and Roma tomatoes); Tuscan Meatloaf (veal, pork and ricotta meatloaf with spicy tomato jam); and gluten-free Salmon Oreganato (with capers, garlic, oregano, lemon juice, evoo and served with green beans almandine).

Be sure to check out their seasonal menu, too, for favorites like their Vegetable Primavera (marinated heirloom carrots, sweet squash, zucchini, golden and ruby beets, red radish, celery, fennel, evoo breadcrumbs and lemon vinaigrette); Spring Spaghetti (with herb pesto, sweet peas, asparagus, house preserved lemon and toasted pine nuts), and more.

Coles 735 Main

735 East Main Street
Lexington, Kentucky 40502

It doesn’t get any fresher than this! Crisp vegetables fresh off the vine, pickled onsite, breads baked fresh every day, and the finest seasonal ingredients available, sourced from local farms and trusted purveyors.

Appetizers include Vegan Jackfruit "Crabcake" (pan-fried jackfruit, onions, peppers, bread crumbs, baby arugula and vegan dill dijonnaise) and entrees include menu items such as Beef Shoulder Tender (smoked parsnip purée, cremini mushrooms, caramelized onion, asparagus tips, bordelaise, king crab compound butter); Blackened Scottish Salmon (blackened, mushroom risotto, rapini, julienne shallot, heirloom grape tomatoes, smoked tomato crème); Moroccan Chicken (Gerber Farms chicken breast, red quinoa pilaf, chickpeas, currants, almonds, haricot vert, roasted red pepper harissa); and Duck Breast (Maple Leaf Farm, pan roasted, crispy confit of boniato sweet potatoes, broccoli rabe, caramelized red onion, ported black cherry reduction).


167 West Main Street
Lexington, Kentucky 40507

Their seasonal menu features menu items such as Char Grilled Half Chicken (olive verde, hazelnut crumble); Charred Bok Choy (smoked grits asparagus, mushroom, brood); and Salad Nicoise (jammy egg, gordal olive, smoked trout, fennel, new potatoes, mustard vinaigrette).

Bear & The Butcher

815 Euclid Avenue
Lexington, Kentucky 40502

Located in the heart of Chevy Chase neighborhood, Bear & The Butcher serves up breakfast menu items such as Fruit and Nut Granola (Greek yogurt, dried cherries, pistachio, local honey); Overnight Oats (chia, coconut, almonds, fresh berries, mint); and Avocado Toast (sunrise wheat, smoked trout, chili, radish, local lettuces).

Dinner options include April Taco (Fried Cauliflower tossed in Sweet Mango Glaze, Pickled Green Bell Pepper, Lettuce, Tomato, Sour Cream); Buffalo Trace Bourbon Glazed Salmon (Wild Caught Norwegian Salmon); and a delicious Blood Orange Salad (Spinach, Arugula, Toasted Walnuts, Mandarin Orange, Blood Orange, Bleu Cheese, Blood Orange Vinaigrette.

The Sage Rabbit

438 South Ashland Avenue
Lexington, Kentucky 40502

This casual farm-to-table restaurant is located in Lexington’s Chevy Chase neighborhood. Dinner entrees include Paris in Saigon bowl with rice noodles, peanut sauce, seasonal vegetables; Crab cakes with chipotle remoulade, mac and cheese, seasonal vegetables; and Chef’s Garden: a fresh selection of seasonal roasted vegetables. They are open Wednesday through Saturday from 5-9 PM local time.

About The Templeton List

Created by James Templeton, a 30+ year Stage 4 Melanoma cancer survivor, the Templeton List 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, The Templeton List was developed to help anyone easily find trust-worthy, carefully vetted healthy restaurants all across America. Read more about our 5 Star Rating System here!

Learn more about James’ personal journey as a cancer survivor in his best-selling book, I Used To Have Cancer. And for information about The Templeton Wellness Foundation, visit https://templetonwellness.com/. Here you’ll find valuable and inspiring stories of other cancer survivors along with top-notch video interviews with medical experts around the world in the integrative and functional medicine arena as they deliver leading-edge health and healing information concerning the holistic treatment and prevention of cancer.