From fresh fruit and vegetable markets to organic farm-to-table eateries, and natural health food cafes, Santa Monica is jam-packed with places to grab a bite that will nourish the body and revitalise the soul. Whether it’s a quick snack on-the-go, a long lunch with friends, or a special occasion (that won’t cost you your diet), this vibrant beachside destination boasts a diverse dining scene to suit even the pickiest of eaters. Vegetarian, paleo, vegan or just plain hungry, here are our top spots for a bite to eat that will give you all the feel-good vibes!

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Kye’s

1518 Montana Ave, Santa Monica

Perched on the popular Montana Avenue, Kye’s is the perfect pit-stop to reinvigorate and replenish whilst out and about in Santa Monica. Serving fruit smoothies, fresh salads, healthy Asian dishes and clean treats, there are plenty of delicious options on the menu, but the must-try is the Kyerito! The insanely tasty burrito-sushi hybrid is jam-packed with flavour (and natural superfoods) and free of any nasties, meaning it won’t hurt the diet. As well as using organic and locally-sourced ingredients, there are plenty of items on the menu that cater to gluten, dairy, nut and egg allergies. A variety of items or dishes can also be made to accommodate paleo and vegan requirements, making it a popular choice for all. Open daily from for lunch and dinner, it’s a worthy addition on the must-eat list!

Satdha Plant-based Thai Kitchen

2218 Lincoln Blvd, Santa Monica

Unlike your run-of-the-mill Thai restaurant, Satdha boasts a completely plant-based menu that is so refreshing and tasty, it’s enough to make even the most adamant carnivores jump on the ‘vego’ bandwagon. Whilst you might be tempted to opt for a traditional dish, standouts include the Snap Pea Thai Salad, which is a zesty combination of crunchy snap peas, toasted coconut slivers, baked tofu and crispy fried shallots drizzled in a sweet and sour sauce, or for something a little more hearty, the Beet Dye Noodles are a great choice, with a colourful concoction of hot pink beetroot-dyed vermicelli noodles mixed in with coconut and tamarind, and garnished with bean sprouts and yuba. No matter what you order, you won’t be disappointed and the best part is, you can indulge completely guilt-free!

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Tocaya Organica - Santa Monica

507 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica

Serving fresh, organic Mexican fare, Tocaya Organica is the perfect place to treat yourself without worrying about your waistline. With a focus on promoting better eating, each dish is crafted with certified organic, grass-fed meats and locally-sourced market produce, making it as healthy as it is tasty! Tuck into zesty salads, tacos, burritos and bowls jam-packed with traditional fillings like pico de gallo and homemade guacamole, or opt for something a little more adventurous like roasted cauliflower, chili lime pepitas or pickled onions and cilantro-curry salsa. If you’re looking for a lite bite, substitute your taco shell for a butter lettuce cup, and then indulge in a not-so-healthy dessert – cheeky! Whatever your taste or appetite, there is something to please even the most selective eaters.

Little Ruby

109 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica

Boasting cosy outdoor patio seating, casual summery vibes, and an Australian-inspired menu, Little Ruby’s is a foodie hotspot. Offering all-day dining, and a menu brimming with fresh Aussie favourites, it’s a great spot for a casual bite to eat. Avo on toast topped with juicy cherry tomatoes, a hint of chilli and a zesty pop of lemon is a brunch staple, meanwhile the fresh shrimp and avocado salad with cherry tomatoes, crunchy lettuce, chives and mustard vinaigrette is perfect lunch or even dinner. Along with a generous range of salads and grain bowls, there’s also burgers and housemade pastas, for something a little more substantial – the eatery even offers artisanal coffee blends for all those caffeine lovers out there! Everything is locally-sourced, giving you all the more reason to visit and treat yourself!

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Bondi Harvest

1814 Berkeley St, Santa Monica

Celebrating fresh, local and seasonal Australian food paired with a laid-back beachy atmosphere, Bondi Harvest is a Santa Monica institution for healthy dining and great coffee. Inspired by Australia’s relaxed Bondi Beach lifestyle, and boasting a ‘less is more’ food philosophy, the menu is comprised of simple, fresh and flavoursome dishes that allow the natural ingredients to shine. Kick start the day with an Acai Bowl packed with fresh berries, house made granola and a touch of fresh mint and honey, or get a green juice with all the good stuff, and enjoy it down by the beach. While the menu isn’t extensive, there’s something to keep everyone happy, with some gluten-free options and daily specials available. Whether it’s for breakfast, lunch or a special weekend brunch, this pint-sized cafe ticks all the boxes for healthy and delicious grub!