The Top 5 Healthy Organic Restaurants in Duluth, MN

Located on the shores of Lake Superior, Duluth features numerous parks and trails for hiking and biking -- so many, that you’re less than 1000 feet from a trail no matter where in the city you are! Duluth also has its fair share of healthy, organic restaurants.

Here are our top 5 recommended healthy restaurants in Duluth, Minnesota:

Zeitgeist Restaurant

222 East Superior Street
Duluth, Minnesota 55802

Duluth’s only non-profit restaurant, Zeitgeist serves new American cuisine, local beer, craft cocktails, and wine. Small plates include Smoked Mushroom “Carpaccio” (vegan aioli, pickled mustard seeds, petite greens, puffed wild rice) and Pear Tart (onion, blue cheese, arugula, smoked almonds). Large plates include Squash “Pasta” (spaghetti squash, mushrooms, black garlic, chili flakes); Pan-seared Whitefish (cauliflower four ways, carrot, mashed potatoes, citrus butter sauce); Roman Style Semolina Gnocchi (celery root, sauteed greens, apple, pine nuts, parmesan); and more.

Va Bene

734 East Superior Street
Duluth, Minnesota 55802

Located above the Lakewalk, overlooking beautiful Lake Superior, Va Bene’s lunch and dinner menu includes salads, signature made-from-scratch soups, fresh pasta and gnocchi, grilled panini, and steak and seafood entrees. Vegan and gluten-free options are available.

Antipasti selections include Artichoke Dip (tangy blend of artichoke hearts, red peppers and parmesan cheese served warm with grilled focaccia); Honey goat Cheese with Pear Crostini (grilled bread topped with honey goat cheese and fresh pear, drizzled with honey and sprinkled with fresh rosemary). Salads include Pesto Verdura (Kalamata olives, artichokes, tomatoes, onions, asparagus, ,and house-made basil pesto sauteed and served warm on mixed field greens); and more.

Featured pasta dishes include Pasta Alla Zucca Violina (roasted butternut squash, candied pancetta, sauteed arugula and penne pasta tossed in a light white wine alfredo sauce, topped with toasted pecans and Pecorino Romano cheese); Pasta Primavera (marinated artichokes, bell peppers, broccoli and mushrooms with homemade tomato sauce); and more.

Lake Avenue Restaurant

394 South Lake Avenue
Duluth, Minnesota 55802

Shareable plates include Beef Tartare (wagyu zabuton, cured egg yolk, pea sprouts, pickled shallots, mustard seed, bone marrow aioli, yukon potato chip, balsamic powder); Fresh Mussels (coconut milk, sake, sea bean, scallion, lemon, black garlic butter, grilled baguette); and Charred Shishitos (lime, cotija, chamoy, muenster queso, cilantro).

Entrees include Lamb Tikka Masala (braised lamb shoulder, maple curry, coconut rice, cilantro, grilled pita); Brick Quail (grilled corn, baby red potato, smoked fresno aioli, chimichurri, fresh cheese, chili oil, cilantro); Salmon (succotash, heirloom tomato, pea sprouts, toasted almond, fresh cheese, balsamic reduction, fines herbs); Bulgogi Wagyu Skirt Steak (bok choy, cucumber kimchi, pickled beech mushrooms, chili oil, scallion, rice paper); Toasted Orzo (kalamata olive, castelvetrano olive, rainbow chard, heirloom cherry tomatoes, cucumber, sumac-shallots, tahini, feta, pita, oregano vinaigrette); and more.

At Sara’s Table Chester Creek Café

1902 East 8th Street
Duluth, Minnesota 55812

Dinner menu options include Smoked Salmon Salad (house smoked rogotzke wild caught salmon, blueberries, strawberries, toasted almonds, red onion, creamy raspberry dressing, baby kale spring mix); Soba Noodle Salad (soba noodles, miso marinated mushrooms, cucumber, bean sprouts, cilantro, tri colored carrots, red onion, sesame seeds, peanut sauce, served chilled).

Entrees include Ratatouille Stew (eggplant, zucchini, yellow summer squash, red bell peppers, tomato, fresh herbs, basic oil served with grilled baguette); Oven Roasted Kadejean Half Chicken (herb and garlic fingerling potatoes, seasonal veggies, bruschetta mix, balsamic glaze); Taste of Summer Pasta (house-made basil spinach pesto, sauteed mushrooms, red onion, roasted red pepper, zucchini, kalamata olives, parmigiano-reggiano); and more.

The Pharm Juice Bar + Kitchen

208 East 1st Street
Duluth, Minnesota 55802

Located in downtown Duluth, The Pharm offers fresh cold-pressed juices and smoothies, acai bowls, and other plant-based foods. Try the Detox (beets, carrots, cucumber, green apple, lemon and ginger); Cold Zinger (grapefruit, lemon, ginger, green apple and cayenne); or Heart Beet (beets, oranges, kale, cucumber).

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!

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