The Top 5 Healthy, Organic Restaurants in Virginia Beach

Virginia Beach has miles of coastline, hundreds of hotels and restaurants, and draws thousands of tourists every year. Whether you’re visiting for business or pleasure, where do you go to find the healthiest fare possible, without sacrificing your healthy diet?

We’ve vetted restaurants all across America to find those that meet our strict standards (read about our 5 Star Rating System here).

We are happy to announce our Top 5 selections for healthy, organic restaurants in Virginia Beach, Virginia:

Terrapin Restaurant

3102 Holly Road
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23451

Named one of the Top 50 Restaurants in the Country “Best Over All” Award by Open Table, the Terrapin’s menu contains NO hydrogenated oils or high fructose corn syrup, and features fresh ingredients from local sources.

Entrees include Shrimp Pomodoro (North Carolina shrimp, San Marzano tomatoes, basil, parmigiano-reggiano), Lobster Carbonara (peas, cherry tomatoes, leeks, tagliatelle, parmigiano-reggiano), and Ashley Farms Roasted Half Chicken (seasonal vegetable, truffle mac and cheese, chicken jus).


1624 Laskin Road
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23251

Plant-based, organic food ready for pick-up or delivery. Breakfast options include Overnight Oats, Toasts, Waffles, and Liquid Meals.

Lunch options include Pizza, Bowls, Salads, and Sandwiches, Wraps and Quesadillas. Southwest Quesadilla, Early Riser Wrap, Southwest Wrap, and Tuscan Kale Wrap are available options.

Superberry Bowls include PB No J (almond milk, banana, acai, peanut butter topped with granola, banana, cacao nibs, strawberries, chia seeds), Pro (oat milk, dragon fruit, blueberries, strawberries, kale, avocado, spinach, date, vanilla extract topped with granola, banana, strawberries, almond butter, hemp seeds), and Antioxidant (oat milk, acai, blueberries, banana topped with granola, banana, blueberries, strawberries, chia seeds).

Simple on the Shore

3152 Shore Drive
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23451

This restaurant serves creative dishes using ingredients provided by local farmers. Brunch is served all day and includes menu favorites such as Crabby Bennie (Chesapeake Bay Crab, poached farm eggs, toasted cronut, spinach, tomato, avocado, Hollandaise, and home fries), Loaded NC Shrimp and VA Grits (seasoned shrimp, stone grits, Edward’s sausage, bacon, stewed tomatoes, cheddar cheese), and Avocado Toast (8 grain toast, poached farm eggs, Old Smoke House bacon, avocado mix with red onion, tomato, cilantro, home fries).

Simple Plates include The Claw (Chesapeake Bay Crab, pasta, spinach, tomatoes, garlic, white wine), Tacos (NC shrimp, seasoned fish, BBQ chicken, cabbage, black bean house salsa, siracha aioli, 3 corn or flour tortillas), and Seared Fresh Catch (local fish, seasonal vegetables, roasted potatoes).

Esoteric American Restaurant

501 Virginia Beach
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23451

Located in the Arts and Culture District, the owners have succeeded in developing a space dedicated to the art of food, beverage, and conversation. In addition to salads and sandwiches, menu items feature Scallops (goat cheese orzo, Knotts island asparagus, cremini mushrooms, celery root puree, and tomatillo chutney), Duck (Maple Leaf Farms, creamy garlic farro, mascarpone, baby kale, pickled local berries, kohlrabi puree, crispy basic), and plant-based selections like Jackfruit Tacos, Black Bean Burger, and Plant Based Poutine (house cut fries, Southern gravy, crispy jackfruit, smoke tofu curd, oyster mushrooms, roasted red pepper, shaved radish).


501 Virginia Beach Boulevard
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23451

The Commune is Virginia’s first farmer-owned restaurant, and they proudly list on their menu the local producers they deal with. Farm-to-fork means menus that are dependent on what is local and in season. As a result, the Commune’s menu changes to evolve with the seasons. Menu items typically include salads, soups, sandwiches, crepes, bread, pastries, and more.

Sample breakfast items include the Farmer’s Breakfast (baby greens tossed in herb dressing, two over-easy eggs, sourdough toast, chili oil), Capstone Benedict (fried oyster mushrooms, poached eggs, hollandaise on a biscuit), and The Thompson breakfast sandwich (biscuit, shredded brisket, crispy cheddar, medium egg, spicy maple aioli).

Sandwiches include The Boop (capstone mushrooms, Romesco, charred onions and baby greens on sourdough toast), The Brimley (smoked brisket, cheddar cheese, grilled onions, berbere mayo, sourdough toast), and Crop’s Po-Boy (fried shrimp, “Jake Jake” sauce, spicy pickles, marinated cabbage, toasted brioche bun).

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, vetted healthy restaurants all across America.

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.