San Diego’s Top 5 Healthy, Organic Restaurants

Known as the “birthplace of California", San Diego was the first site visited and settled by Europeans on the West Coast. And while there are plenty of places to dine in San Diego, those who are looking for healthy, organic restaurants will find The Templeton List enormously helpful.

Our team vets the healthiest restaurants all across America according to our strict standards of ingredient, preparation and environmental guidelines. We are happy to announce our Top 5 restaurant picks for healthy, organic menu options in San Diego, California:

True Food Kitchen (2 locations)

7007 Friars Road
San Diego, California 92108

4303 La Jolla Village Dr Suite 2100
San Diego, California 92122

These restaurants are part of a highly successful chain with a menu based on the anti-inflammatory food pyramid, the brainchild of founder Dr. Andrew Weil, well respected doctor of integrative medicine.

Serving salads, bowls, burgers and sandwiches, everything is fresh and healthy, just like you would expect in a restaurant with this reputation.

Favorite entrees include a gluten-free Poke Bowl (wild caught tuna, brown rice, quinoa, avocado, pickled jicama, snap peas, pickled shitake, lemongrass panzu, sesame seeds), gluten-free Grass-Fed Steak Tacos (smashed avocado, cilantro chimichurri, pickled red onion), and gluten-free Lasagna Bolognese (fennel chicken sausage, mushroom, organic spinach, ricotta, and herbs).

Café Gratitude

1980 Kettner Boulevard
San Diego, California 92101

Be inspired by their uniquely named menu items like the Magical Burger (black bean burger, cashew macadamia cheddar, tomato, onion, pickles, ketchup, brioche bun, choice of side salad or French fries), the Optimistic (Asian smoked tofu wrap, herbed cauliflower and hempseed rice, spicy gochujang coleslaw, mung bean, watermelon daikon, fresh herbs, choice of side salad or French fries), and the Humble (Indian curry bowl, red lentil dal, roasted garnet yams, spinach, coconut mint chutney, spicy tomato jam, brown rice or quinoa).


5140 College Avenue
San Diego, California 92115

Eureka prides themselves on being a "fun, new gastronomical discovery and dining delight." Check out the Eureka! American Cheeseburger (carrot-fed Angus, American Swiss, grilled onion, butter lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, special sauce), Fresno Fig Burger (carrot-fed Angus, fig marmalade, melted goat cheese, bacon, tomato, onion, arugula, spicy porter mustard), or the Napa Chicken Sandwich (grilled chicken breast, roasted Roma tomato, pesto aioli, Havarti, bacon, arugula).

Veggie Grill

4353 La Jolla Village Drive
San Diego, California 92122

After founders T.K., Kevin and Ray discovered that they not only felt better on a plant-based diet, they were inspired to share all that they had learned. Their menu reflects all the vitality that a plant-based diet has to offer.

Choose from options like the Immunity Bowl (roasted yams, dark leafy greens, roasted brussels sprouts, tempeh, and quinoa-lentil mix with a miso mushroom sauce), Masala Curry Bowl (roasted butternut squash, turmeric cauliflower, and braised cabbage over masala-spiced chickpea curry and wild rice), and Kale + Quinoa Power Salad (organic quinoa and black lentil salad served on a bed of marinated baby kale with cucumber, shredded carrot, avocado, dried currants, gigante beans, pickled onions and 3-seed crunch).

The Protein Plate

2310 Proctor Valley Road
Chula Vista, California 91914

Eat Better, Be Better! is their motto, and they live by these words. We agree that there aren’t many places, if any outside of home that you can trust to "feed your need." This restaurant strives to fill the gap.

The restaurant was founded by a family of athletes -- a bodybuilding father, Pro boxing mother, aspiring Pro Tennis and Football playing daughter and son, and two additional younger children following in their footsteps.

In addition to a well-rounded breakfast menu, The Protein Plate offers Wraps, Salads, Teriyaki Bowls, and satisfying entrees like Veggie Spaghetti Squash (served with homemade roasted marinara sauce, grilled bell peppers and ground Veggie Steak with baked garlic veggie cheese toast) and Meat Spaghetti Squash (served with homemade roasted marinara sauce, grilled bell peppers and ground turkey topped with Parmesan cheese with baked garlic cheese toast). Check out their entire menu for other tantalizing options!

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, James’ 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!

You can read 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 to the holistic treatment and prevention of cancer.