The best Atlanta has to offer for organic restaurants, beauty and lifestyle. Sure there are a bunch of healthier options but these are the best of the best!
If you are into organics and looking to visit the A – I’ve got your back! I’ve been living in Atlanta for about a year and a half and me and my hubs love exploring the city for clean eats and organics. One thing that Atlanta does not lack is a bustling food scene. We literally have it all. From James Beard to Bon Appetite award-winning chefs and restaurants…from hidden speakeasies to towering roof decks, alfresco patios, pop-ups and more. And best of all, we’ve got organics. These are my faves. Let’s dish.
Best Organic Restaurants In Atlanta – The A List
If you are only in town for a couple of days…go off my A list. The A list is a compilation of restaurants that source organic but also TASTE AMAZING. If you have more time to explore then followup with my B list. The B list is also heavily organic and worth a mention.
With seasonal menus, Miller Union sources local, clean meats + veg – always sustainable and mostly organic. They also pay to recycle (because Atlanta doesn’t recycle) and they also run their own compost and compost most everything. Plus they have a beautiful selection of organic and biodynamic wines. This place is the real deal.
Good luck getting a reservation here. This nonprofit restaurant supports the restaurant community, you can read more about their story here. All locally sourced including their foraged flowers and edibles with the exception of the occasional Halibut they may fly in. Organic, local, sustainable, delicious. Everything done right. Show up at 5pm and wait at the garage door to try and get a seat at the 8 person bar – first come first serve. Dairy-free + gluten-free friendly. The beef tartar is the best I’ve ever had.
Want fresh oysters in Atlanta!? This is it. Kimball House literally flies in oysters from all over the US (Alaska, Florida, Rhode Island..) every day – they pick them up at the airport DAILY. Half off during happy hour 5-7pm M-F. They also have several gardens that surround the property which is an old train depot. I went mid summer when their figs were proliferating and they were even picking the fig leaves and steeping them to make fig leaf ice cream. I had oysters and veggies and it was heaven on Earth.
I haven’t eaten here yet but I can’t wait! Maybe Christmas 2019!? A four-course prefixed menu. Here is a quote from their website: “Bacchanalia’s seasonal menu relies entirely on organic ingredients, many sourced from the [owners] farm.”
A sister restaurant to Bacchanalia with a parallel philosophy. I haven’t eaten here yet either but it’s on my list!
Pours several options for organic and biodynamic wines. Read my interview with Sommelier Sam Gamble here 502.
Dedicated to serving over 100 organic and biodynamic wines. Opening March 2019!
FAST CASUAL//JUICE BARS
Cafe West Express
House-made soups + bone broths, next-level plant-based burgers and air fried potatoes with house-made veggie ketchup. Their vegan turmeric Caesar is a MUST-TRY. And you gotta get their strawberry beet shake that puts a McD shake to shame. 95% organic.
Um. Organic and local is where it’s at at Cultivate with a heavy focus on gluten free options. I’m talking GF fried goat cheese, Eggs Benedict, french toast….the works. They also have a beet latte.
A FREE delivery service bringing cold-pressed, certified organic, raw juices and almond milks right to your door. Fantastic to call ahead and have them ready for you at the hotel! Get the lemon, ginger + green apple. Also a must is their Almond Reishi Mushroom Coffee. And in the summer you have to try their local Strawberry Mylk! Ah-mazing!
Salads, grain bowls, smoothies, acai bowls and toast. Most everything is organic and gluten free including their LONG list of house made dressings (Thai peanut…curry coconut…cashew lime..). I love their Guac It Out bowl. This place is legit.
Full restaurant. Caters to almost every food preference including gluten-free, organic, vegetarian and vegan. They usually source the dirty dozen organic but they are not fully organic. Organic booze/wine. Try their Kale Guac with grapefruit, Ginger Margarita and I always get their chicken wrap on GF pita!
A great place for kids and adults – dine in or order out. Organic to the max + gluten-free and vegan options and the best kids menu around. Get the grassfed bison burger with bacon and fig jam in a collard wrap and a side of the crazy cauliflower. TDF. (To die for!). PS, GF onion rings anyone!? Yeah, I said it.
100% organic + cold-pressed smoothies and juices. House made nut-milks including a killer Brazil Nut Milk. Hands down, the thickest smoothie in Atlanta. Acai Smoothie is my fave!
New as of summer 2018 with paleo, vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free and dairy-free options. Their meals are so tasty. Some things are organic like the wine and they try to source the dirty dozen organic but not all. Also, their meats are what I would call tier two meats. The chicken is natural (not organic or pastured), the fish is “sustainable” (not wild caught), the beef is “grassfed” (not grass finished) – you get it. PS they have gluten-free mac and cheese.
Butcher shop, coffee, pottery…provisions. Their meat is legit. I got a grass and berries fed beef tenderloin for Christmas at $52/lb. Haha! #yougetwhatyoupayfor #sometimesioverpay
Just opened early 2019 and it’s Atlanta’s first certified gluten free restaurant and bakery! (Actually it’s the first in the US!) My faves are the brisket, spicy noodles, dinner rolls, Asian chicken slaw and the juices. Committed to organics (they will never serve conventional dirty dozen) and free of some of the top allergens like gluten + nuts.
Small batch chocolate micro-factory at Krogg Street Market. Single source cacao + dairy free chocolate bars. Order online but if you can get to Krogg St. Market you have to try their frozen drinking chocolate with dairy-free coconut cream whip. NEXT LEVEL!
Kombucha tap room and market place. Local + organic. AND they have a delicious dairy-free cheese plate. AND a dairy-free, mostly organic cashew gelato booch floats. You’re welcome!
MORE – The B List
These are some other restaurants I’ve tried that are also organic and worth a mention!
- Sama: 100% organic which I love. They have some amazing gluten free toasts too. And they even have a meditation room!
- Roots Juices: 100% organic. Their juices have 3 lbs of veggies in each one.
- Juice Heads: They actually squeeze fresh produce in front of you to make juices.
- Kale Me Crazy: They say they are 100% organic.
- L’Thai: Organic, non-GMO, no MSG, gluten-free Thai Food. Holla! Great when you are craving takeout.
- Erawan Organic Thai: On my list of places to try.
- Mediterranea – Certified gluten-free kitchen and bakery. Where you can come and get a sit down dinner and wine. HOLLA! Love their house-made potato flour sandwich wraps and their pizza is pretty good too! (Not specifically focused on organics).
- Nuts & Berries
- Dekalb Farmers Market – An Atlanta icon. I call it the Costco of farmers markets. Worth a venture. Cash only.
- Whole Foods
- Earth Fare
- Savi Provisions
- Trader Joe’s
- Fresh Market
These seem to be the busiest farmers markets in the city with the most to offer.
- Peachtree Road Farmers Market Saturdays 8:30/9 – 1:00pm April – December (my fave)
- Piedmont Park Green Market Saturdays 9:00 -1:00pm March to November
- Grant Park Farmers Market Sundays 9:00 -1:00pm April 8 – December 16 (get there early if you want eggs)
Top shelf natural green beauty shop located in Buckhead with luxe nontoxic skincare and makeup. Brand new as of 2017!
Atlanta’s less toxic nail salon. House made scrubs, honey foot masks, individual soaking bowls. A real treat. Cute nail art too! Two locations; one in Grant Park and one in Inman.
A less toxic hair salon. They carry the Oway color line and styling products. Founder/owner Jenn has helped me so much with my gray hair grow-out/cuts!
I went here once for an event and it was super eclectic! Their motto is “Farm to Skin” and they make all of their own products in-house without using any preservatives. The day I was there, they had a DIY bar where you could make/customize your own product to bring home.
Seriously the best facial I’ve ever had. Owner Jamie offers Laurel Skin 502 facials and organic everything (towels, linens, tea…smudging). And she has the best touch and her work is super intentional. You are in for a real treat here.
Open but still being built this walking/bike path will circle the city lined with shops, restaurants, bars and markets.
An organic utopia where you can enjoy a meal, culinary workshops, festivals, music events, films, lectures, boutique shopping, art galleries, the spa, trail riding and more. We went for breakfast one day and had to drag ourselves out at 6:30 pm! Make reservations in advance to eat at The Hill and hit The Blue Eyed Daisy for breakfast or a coffee.
There are docks all over the city to help you get from here to there emissions-free! BYOH.
Okay not organic but this mini amusement park on top of Ponce City Market has the best views in the city! They also have an ice skating rink in the winter and a restaurant open year round.
Meet the nail salon with a clean conscience: The Water Room! I love this nail salon because the products they use are as nontoxic and clean as possible without sacrificing performance, they only use polishes that are free of the 8 most common ingredients of concern and it has a unique twist – waterless manicures & pedicures. They have locations in Atlanta and Charleston.
MORE TO COME
Will update this list with more faves as they come along. Seems like there is something new opening up DAILY here! What would you add!
P.S. Check out the best organic wine!
Common questions about organic restaurants, beauty, and lifestyle in Atlanta:
My top picks are Miller Union, StapleHouse, Bacchanalia, Atlas Wine Bar and more! Click here for the full list.
The best juice bar in Atlanta is a toss up between Bamboo and Dtox Juice. Both are 100% organic, cold-pressed, packaged in glass.
My 3 fave farmers markets are Peachtree Road Farmers Market,
Piedmont Park Green Market and Grant Park Farmers Market.
My favorite place to shop for clean beauty is Aillea but you can also find better beauty curations at Fig + Flower, Neiman Marcus and Indie Fragrance House. Click through for a full list!