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Where to Eat Healthy in Cleveland, OH | Vegan + Gluten-Free Options

Whether you're looking to accomplish a new resolution, make a lifestyle change or just explore more culinary options, eating healthy is something that many of us try to strive for. Luckily, Cleveland is home to plenty of nutritious (and delicious!) options which will make sticking to your 2019 resolution much easier. We've found the best places to eat healthy in Cleveland this year. From juice bars and bakeries to dinner and dessert — there's something for everyone. Enjoy!

Boaz Cafe

2549 Lorain Avenue | Menu healthy restaurants in cleveland

Photo courtesy of Boaz Cafe

From the family that brought you Aladdin's Eatery — Boaz Cafe is serving up Mediterranean flavors with wholesome ingredients in the heart of Ohio City. At Boaz Cafe, you're encouraged to experiment. Customize a dish to your liking or dietary needs and even build your own bowl or pita roll. They also offer smoothies and fresh-pressed juices from their innovative juice bar so you can be healthy on-the-go!


2240 Lee Road | Menu Zoma is Cleveland's best Ethiopian restaurant and it's no wonder why! They offer delicious food made from fresh ingredients. Zoma's goal is to be a place that you want to visit over and over again and help enhance relationships through good food.

Johnny Mango World Cafe & Bar

3120 Bridge Avenue | Menu This colorful Ohio City dining spot offers food that spans the globe, with a menu of wholesome and healthy food. They serve everything from Caribbean fried plantains, fried rice, and Bangkok barbequed chicken to vegan and gluten-free options like nachos or fried tofu. Just because you're eating healthy doesn't mean you have to sacrifice your sense of culinary adventure!

Cafe Avalaun

4640 Richmond Road | Menu Healthy restaurants in Cleveland Ohio

Photo courtesy of Andrew Dolph Photography via Cafe Avalaun

Cafe Avalaun is Cleveland's premier 100% gluten-free cafe, bakery and creperie. They offer an abundance of gluten-free bakery items, crepes, fresh salads, daily soups, paninis and more. Their weekly farm-to-table meals can be customized to support a wide range of lifestyles including dairy-free, nut-free, vegan, Paleo, Whole30 and even 21-Day Sugar Detox diets.

Daily Press

6604 Detroit Avenue | Menu Jodi Rae Santosuosso, creator of Daily Press, started working in her family's restaurant when she was very young. After living in California for 10 years and using pressed juice to keep her high-stress lifestyle going, she moved back to Cleveland. Using her love of juice and history of restauranteering, she opened Daily Press. They offer a wide range of delicious toasts, paninis, salads and, of course, pressed juices!

Market Eatery

5205 Northfield Road | Menu Market Eatery is a healthy dining option that you don't want to miss in Cleveland. They have a ton of healthy (and delicious!) dishes from smoothies and juices, plant-based burgers, waffles, salads and even healthy desserts. You can even order online through their Instagram account.

Cleveland Vegan Cafe

17112 Detroit Avenue | Menu healthy in cleveland

Photo courtesy of Cleveland Vegan Cafe

Using fresh, locally sourced ingredients, Cleveland Vegan Cafe creates incredible dishes without the use of animal products. They are committed to being both environmentally and health conscious and will work with you on any of your dietary needs — both in their cafe and their catering service. They offer some truly life-changing vegan options such as "Herbed Lentil Sausage Patties," "Classic Mac n' Cheez" and "Mushroom Stroganoff."


1150 Huron Road | Menu Inspired by the meals his mother and grandmothers made from scratch, David Ina always gravitated towards making innovative food from fresh ingredients. After gaining a degree in the culinary arts, David opened Zaytoon, where he can share his love of feeding people and sharing the food of his heritage every day. They offer delicious and healthy options made from the freshest ingredients available in Cleveland.


101 West Superior Avenue | Menu Rebol is a restaurant and bar that serves organic, non-GMO and nutrient-rich food. Visit them for all of your healthy eats that include vegan, paleo, keto and gluten-free options. Their meat is grass-fed, antibiotic free and hormone free and their dressings and sauces are free of refined sugars. They also serve bulletproof as well as regular zero-toxin coffee that ensures you aren't ingesting any pesticides while sipping your morning brew. Check them out in Cleveland, or their Dublin location which is coming soon!

Beet Jar

1432 West 29th Street | Menu Beet Jar's journey hasn't been entirely smooth sailing. After introducing the Beet Jar brand by doing juice pop-ups throughout 2013, owners Molly Pamela and Joseph Joseph had to do some crazy things to open their official juice bar including camping outside a Vitamix store for 18 hours to get their first blenders. Because of their sacrifices, Beet Jar is doing great today and offers delicious, organic juice, salads and their famous signature sandwich: the Bravacado.

Tremont Scoops

2362 Professor Avenue | Menu Vegan in Cleveland

Photo courtesy of Tremont Scoops

It's always nice to indulge now and again. At Tremont Scoops, you can get vegan, lactose-free ice cream and sorbet as well as gluten-free ice cream and cones! Make sure when you grab your dairy-free milkshake to ask for the heavenly vegan whipped cream!

Sweet Melissa

19337 Detroit Road | Menu Located in Rocky River, Sweet Melissa's offers plenty of healthy options for brunch, lunch and dinner. Make sure to try their tofu scramble, the butternut squash salad or the baked eggplant, or check out their happy hour at 4 p.m. every day.

Tommy's Restaurant

1824 Coventry Road | Menu Soon after opening as a soda fountain in 1972, Rolling Stone voted Tommy's Restaurant the "Best Milkshake East of the Mississippi" and the menu has stayed the same ever since. No matter what your diet is, vegan, vegetarian, health-conscious, or just plain hungry, Tommy's has something for you on their menu!


1909 West 25th Street | Menu Vegan Gluten Free Paleo Cleveland

Photo courtesy of Barney Taxel via Townhall

Townhall believes that healthy does not mean perfect but that balance is the key to a happy and healthy life. They are committed to being completely GMO-free and serving mostly-organic food to their customers. They offer a wide range of menu items from vegan and paleo to delicious milkshakes for you to splurge on.

Liquid Fresh Planet

11002 Clifton Boulevard | Menu Founded in Cleveland in 2002, Liquid Fresh Planet offers amazing whole fruit smoothies, salads, stuffed toasted pitas, delicious juices and acai bowls. They believe that you truly are what you eat so you should eat healthy and good food prepared from local ingredients. Check out their gallery for some truly drool-worthy photos!

What about you?

Did we miss your favorite spot to eat healthy in Cleveland? Let us know in the comments!

Your Guide to Gluten-Free Restaurants in the Cincinnati Area

Over the last several years, restaurants across the globe have adjusted to common dietary restrictions in order to accommodate vegan, vegetarian, dairy-free and gluten-free guests. Cincinnati is no exception, as the city has a number of restaurants with significant gluten-free options, a complete gluten-free menu, or sometimes, no gluten in the kitchen whatsoever. Explore the myriad of options at your fingertips in Cincinnati, whether you're temporarily cutting out gluten, you have a gluten intolerance, or you have celiac disease. Need additional support? Consider joining the Gluten-Free in Cincinnati Facebook group for suggestions and insight from other gluten-free residents and visitors in the city. The group also shares general news and updates from the global gluten-free community!  



Location: 312 Walnut Street, Cincinnati Paleolicious Cincinnati, OH

Photo Courtesy of Paleolicious

Paleolicious is one of the only restaurants in the city that is 100 percent gluten-free! This casual cafe in the Scripps Center is the perfect place to grab a healthy meal on-the-go — including pressed juices and smoothies, scones, muffins, soups, salads, lettuce wraps, snacks, desserts, coffee and much more! All sauces, dressings and soups are made from scratch and the meats are nitrate-free, natural and sliced fresh daily.  

Arnold's Bar and Grill

Location: 210 East 8th Street, Cincinnati With a rich history dating back to 1861, Arnold's Bar and Grill is Cincinnati's oldest tavern! But this historic tavern is not stuck in the past; they are always keeping up with what's current — which includes a gluten-free menu. Enjoy live music, well-priced drinks and the fun atmosphere at this long-standing tavern in the heart of downtown.  

Brown Dog Cafe

Location: 4335 Glendale-Milford Road, Cincinnati Brown Dog Cafe offers an ever-changing, eclectic menu featuring sustainable Hawaiian fish, steaks, wild game, unique appetizers, vegetarian dishes, homemade pastas and desserts. Plus, much of the menu is gluten-free! Just take a look at the number of dishes with a gluten-free symbol. Plus, many other dishes can be made gluten-free with a small fee.  


Location: 1203 Main Street #100, Cincinnati Aladdin's serves healthy and flavorful Lebanese-American foods that align with a variety of dietary preferences and requirements. That's why their menu includes over 40 vegetarian dishes, 30 vegan dishes, 40 gluten-free dishes, and 40 (antibiotic-free!) meat and chicken dishes. Each gluten-free item is designated with "gf" on the menu.  

Django Western Taco

Location: 4172 Hamilton Avenue, Cincinnati Django Western Taco serves thoughtfully inspired cuisine, including tacos, salads, sandwiches and more, in a laid-back atmosphere in the heart of Northside. The menu features an array of gluten-free options, including gluten-free chips. In fact, all of the "snacks" are labeled gluten-free, including chips and salsa, guacamole and chips, chorizo dip, queso, and totchos — tater tots smothered in carnitas, queso, house BBQ, green onions, and crema.  

Incline Public House

Location: 2601 8th Street West, Cincinnati Incline Public House offers panoramic views of the Ohio River and downtown Cincinnati, best seen from their 1,400 square foot outdoor deck. You don't have to miss out on the views if you're gluten-free, as Incline Public House offers a number of gluten-free options, including gluten-free crust for all of their pizzas, a gluten-free bun for their burgers, and a number of other gluten-free options.  

Melt Revival

Location: 4100 Hamilton Avenue, Cincinnati Melt Revival | Gluten Free Restaurants in Cincinnati

Photo Courtesy of Melt Revival

For over 10 years, Melt Revival has been a Northside neighborhood favorite, serving up healthy greens and delicious sandwiches in their bright and colorful space. Plus, all of the salads are gluten-free and the flatbreads and sandwiches can be made with gluten-free bread for $1! Pair your sandwich or salad with a refreshing seasonal lemonade or lavender kombucha.  


Location: 600 Walnut Street, Cincinnati This modern Mexican eatery is situated in the heart of the Central Business District. Enjoy a myriad of delicious Mexican dishes, like enchiladas, quesadillas, tacos, salads, various small plates, and more. The staff is extremely knowledgeable about gluten sensitivities and the options on their menu that are safe to eat. Plus, they will make gluten-free chips upon request!  

Pies & Pints

Locations: 56 West Freedom Way, Cincinnati, 5901 East Galbraith Road, Cincinnati + 7621 Gibson Street, Liberty Township This small chain has three locations in the city — all of which serve up creative and tasty pizzas and a great selection of craft beers. Any of the specialty pies at Pies & Pints may be made with a small size gluten-free crust for $2. Plus, the chips and salsa, pork and pepper nachos, and a few salads are all gluten-free!  

Sleepy Bee Cafe

Locations: 3098 Madison Road, Cincinnati, 3702, 8 East 4th Street, Cincinnati + 9514 Kenwood Road, Blue Ash Sleepy Bee Cafe is a gathering place offering locally sourced sustenance — food that tastes good and makes you feel good. At each of the three Sleepy Bee locations, you'll find a myriad of gluten-free options on the menu, including the Bumblee's Breakfast, Vegan Tofu Scramble, CBeeD Bowl, all of the omelets, the Bee Cakes, and more. Eating gluten-free is easy at this beloved neighborhood cafe!  

Vita Vite

Location: 520 Vine Street, Cincinnati You may not expect an Italian restaurant to have very many gluten-free options. But alas, Vita Vite has an entire gluten-free dinner menu, filled with a myriad of tasty Italian dishes from beef carpaccio to octopus fagioli and grilled asparagus to pan-roasted branzino.  

The Whole Bowl

Location: 364 Ludlow Avenue, Cincinnati The tagline of The Whole Bowl is "It's like eating a hug" — and we completely agree! The tasty and healthy options at this walk-up window eatery are sure to please everyone. That's because all bowls are free of nuts, gluten, wheat and hydrogenated oil. Every bowl comes with brown rice, black and red beans, avocado, cilantro, black olives, Tillamook cheddar, sour cream, salsa and Tali Sauce.  

The Mercer

Location: 1324 Vine Street, Cincinnati The Mercer Cincinnati, OH

Photo Courtesy of Leah Zipperstein via The Mercer

The Mercer is a stylish eatery in the heart of Over the Rhine serving European-influenced dishes. In addition to their impressive array of offerings, The Mercer has a gluten-free menu featuring salads and starters, gluten-free pasta and risotto, and entrees, such as salmon, beef tenderloin, roasted cauliflower, and more. Vegetarian guests get their very own menu as well!  


Location: 519 Main Street, Covington Just across the river in Covington, you'll find this elegant farm-to-table bistro serving an array of American dishes. If your mouth is watering at the sight of the fig and plum tartine, the Joyce Farm chicken, the Black Hawk Farm wagyu burger, or the refreshing heirloom tomato salad, don't worry — just about every menu item at Bouquet can be modified depending on dietary restrictions. All items are made from scratch and to order, which means you can easily request gluten-free substitutes.  


Location: 23 East 6th Street, Cincinnati Zablong is a great choice for those with serious gluten intolerance issues or celiac disease. This modern create-your-own pizza place handles gluten-free requests very seriously, which includes changing gloves and utensils, using special gluten-free crust and sauces, and utilizing a specific gluten-free location in the oven.  


Location: 5207 Madison Road, Cincinnati Mazunte Cincinnati, OH

Photo Courtesy of Mazunte

This popular taqueria is a haven for gluten-free guests, as mostly everything on the menu is gluten-free. Simply ask the staff which items are safe to eat on the menu, which includes a variety of delicious tacos, various specialty dishes such as enchiladas, tamales and quesadillas, and a number of sides. The staff at Mazunte is knowledgeable and accommodating with all gluten-free requests!  


Cherbourg Cyprus

Location: 1804 Race Street, Cincinnati Cherbourg Cyprus Cincinnati, OH

Photo Courtesy of Cherbourg Cyprus

At last! Cincinnati has a completely nut- and gluten-free bakery in its midst. This relatively new addition to the historic Over the Rhine neighborhood offers an array of sweet and savory treats, including quiches, shakshuka, scones, muffins, donuts, bars, brownies, cookies, cake and more. Accompany your morsel of sweetness with a Deeper Roots pour over coffee, a cup of tea or orange juice!  

Macaron Bar

Locations: 1206 Main Street, Cincinnati + 3431 Edwards Road, Cincinnati This traditional French macaron shop in Over the Rhine and Hyde Park serves an array of macarons, all of which are made with almond flour — which means everything is gluten-free! You'll find a myriad of flavors depending on the season, including birthday cake, black raspberry chocolate, toasted coconut, coffee, earl grey tea, salted caramel, lemon lavender and more.  


Rolling Mill Brewery

Location: 8217, 916 1st Avenue, Middletown Rolling Mill Brewery Cincinnati, OH

Photo Courtesy of Mandy Z. Photography via Rolling Mill Brewery

It can be hard to find a good gluten-free beer. Rolling Mill Brewery in Middletown is hoping to change that! Co-founders Josh and Megan Laubach began brewing gluten-free beer in 2012 out of necessity, as Josh had been diagnosed with celiac disease the previous year. This new vision allowed them to maintain a passion for brewing — and provide exceptional gluten-free beer for all to enjoy. This new addition to Middletown is well worth the drive!  

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