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Diners' Choice: Healthy restaurants in East County

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best overall healthy cuisine in East County? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

A photo of Lemon Grove Bistro restaurant
4.9
4.9 (51)
$30 and under
American
Lemon Grove
About the restaurant
In addition to offering comforting American favorites, our menu provides a selection of flavors inspired by our chef’s culinary experiences, ranging from classic Spanish fare to Italian favorites. Our menu changes seasonally to feature the freshest ingredients and provide an exciting dining experience throughout the year.

The Lemon Grove Bistro is in a historic mission-style building in the heart of Lemon Grove. Since 1912, it’s been a place where locals meet and build connections, whether they were picking up their mail at the Sonka General Store in 1944 or ordering custom cakes at the Grove Pastry Shop in 2012.

Come for the food. Stay to experience the inviting ambiance of the historic building and its new garden. Let’s build community--together.
Top review
SharonKvip
Dined on May 23, 2024
We had a very nice lunch with good friends. I love this place! The food is awesome and the service is excellent. It was nice to just sit and eat and talk with our friends.
A photo of Brigantine La Mesa restaurant
4.8
4.8 (4041)
$30 and under
Seafood
La Mesa
About the restaurant
A San Diego tradition since 1969, the Brigantine has received many accolades in our 40+ year history: "BEST SEAFOOD", "BEST CASUAL SEAFOOD", "BEST HAPPY HOUR", and even "BEST SWORDFISH IN THE WORLD", according to USA Today - just to name a few.



Well-known for our signature Clam Chowder, Grilled Swordfish, and Crème Brûlée, the Brigantine is a favorite among locals for consistently fresh seafood, succulent steaks and grilled meats.



With an updated nautical decor, the busy Oyster bar is hands-down the local favorite. Lush flowering foliage outdoors creates an elegant dining experience on one of two charming patios.



The La Mesa Brigantine serves dinner 7 nights a week, lunch Monday-Saturday, and brunch every Sunday.



Join us for our signature Happy Hour.
Top review
DianeMC
Dined 2 days ago
We celebrated my 87-year-old friend’s birthday here on the outdoor patio after a happy hour drink in the bar. All servers were friendly and smiling. The food and drink were good and plentiful. What a fun dinner!
A photo of Banbu Sushi Bar & Grill restaurant
4.8
4.8 (343)
$31 to $50
Seafood
La Mesa
About the restaurant
Here at Banbu Sushi Bar & Grill we are committed to providing our customers with an excellent dining experience. Each dish on our menu is prepared using only the freshest and highest quality ingredients. Banbu Sushi Bar & Grill is unique with its classic Japanese design, fused with a modern bistro look combined with earth tones and lighting to create a visual atmosphere one can't forget!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Entire experience was fantastic! Will definitely go again.
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4.7
4.7 (491)
$31 to $50
Californian
Alpine
About the restaurant
Baron Long Bar & Grill features a familiar food menu, along with craft beer & cocktails for friends and family to enjoy while dining in a comfortable, energetic, sociable sports bar environment. We’ve put our spin on American bar food classics using the best local ingredients and freshly prepared food that is sure to please sports fans and foodies alike.

Guests can watch the action of their favorite game on our 16 TVs located throughout the restaurant, including (10) 85” screens. Share some appetizers over drinks with your friends or order your favorite burger from our extensive food menu. The beverage menu boasts a seasonal craft cocktail menu, 16 draft beers from our showcase keg room, focusing on notable San Diego breweries, as well as two rotating taps that will pique your interest frequently.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
I, we husband and I think it’s such a beautiful place to eat so beautiful and clean also a friendly respectable environment… we enjoyed it so much!!!!
A photo of Giardino Neighborhood Cucina restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1014)
$30 and under
Italian
Lemon Grove
About the restaurant
Located in the middle of Lemon Grove’s charming downtown area, Giardino is a welcoming and casual Italian inspired cucina where the neighborhood gathers for fresh and flavorful classic dishes found throughout Italy.

Giardino offers an Italian-inspired menu of seasonally-driven dishes that use timeless Italian techniques and fresh ingredients. Guests will find items such as fresh seafood, pastas, pizzas and salads, as well as a variety of elements made in-house.
Top review
ChristineSvip
Dined 6 days ago
This really is a hidden gym. The weight staff was super friendly and knowledgeable. The food was fantastic and the half price bottle of wine on Wednesday is an added bonus! We live in north inland county and we will be coming back to this gym often!
A photo of Terra American Bistro restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1526)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
La Mesa
About the restaurant
After a 3 Year hiatus on Opentable....they're back!!

Terra American Bistro and Chef Jeff Rossman have been binging the Farm To Table-Modern American Bistro experience to San Diegans for over 25 years now. Having relocated from Hillcrest to the East College area close to SDSU 11 years ago, the rotating menu features local fish procured from Tommy The Fishmonger @ Tunaville and local farm fresh produce from the bounty of San Diego County. Featured menu items include 12 Hour Braised Short Rib, Grilled Flat Iron Steak Chimichurri, Roasted Salmon with Herb oil, Terra's Wagyu Burgers, Nashville Chicken Sandwich and the famous Banana Bread Pudding with Jim Beam Butterscotch! The team’s ambition at Terra is to create a relaxed and casual atmosphere to enjoy great food, local craft beer & wine. Terra has many awards for best neighborhood joint: it's where the locals go!!
Top review
RaquelT
Dined on May 18, 2024
My husband and I moved to La Mesa about a year ago. Since then, we have become “regulars” at Terra. Their staff (Cetacea, David, Kara and her daughter) is very attentive, friendly and Cetacea’s cocktails are the BEST!!! We love coming here and bringing our friends and family when they visit.
A photo of Rams Hill restaurant
4.6
4.6 (343)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Borrego Springs
About the restaurant
The Rams Hill Clubhouse in Borrego Springs features an incredible wine list, great food and extraordinary al fresco dining on our patio with magnificent views of the Santa Rosa Mountains. We currently have indoor dining available. We are pet friendly but please call in advance to ensure availability of seating.
Top review
BDubbsvip
Dined on Apr 28, 2024
I really need to make a huge shout out to the entire staff of Rams Hill for their hospitality and going over and above for your care! Thank you Monica for taking such great care of us and our dear friend Rhonda who injured herself. You and the staff truly made a bad situation more doable. Thank you to Bob and the golf shop for helping as well. You have such a beautiful golf course, and thank you for making us all feel at home. Our Canyon Lake Men's Team Play was over the top at their golf tournament. 1st place GO CANYON LAKE!!! Last time was back in 2006. Thank you again to all of you for making our stay incredible!
A photo of Farmer's Table - La Mesa restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1972)
$30 and under
Farm-to-table
La Mesa
About the restaurant
Excited to announce that we officially have four locations open in San Diego including Bay Park, Little Italy, La Mesa, and Chula Vista. As a family run operation we believe every good neighborhood deserves an eatery where locals and visitors can enjoy “honest food done right”. Here at Farmers Table, we specialize in farm-to-fork cuisine that focuses on bringing locally sourced organic ingredients together to be savored in an inviting family-friendly atmosphere, where adults and children can enjoy many different food options that are just right for them. If you are looking for a magical brunch this week, come stop by for an unforgettable night.
Top review
nighthawk327
Dined on May 18, 2024
Wow! Went for brunch here on a Saturday. While it's a little pricy, the quality of food and service is so much better than other restaurants charging the same. Wonderful omelets, salads, drinks and more, and a heated patio outside for when the wind is a bit chilly. It was pretty crowded outside by 9:15 already, but the noise level was tolerable. Our server was friendly and attentive, and the food arrived lightning fast on this particular day! I thought that we'd be waiting at least 30 minutes to get our food or drinks. A great time was had by all, and I shall definitely go back soon!
A photo of Casa Gabriela restaurant
4.6
4.6 (626)
$30 and under
Mexican
La Mesa
About the restaurant
Chef Gabriela Lopez brings her elevated Mexican cuisine to Downtown La Mesa. Using her grandmother's recipes from Guadalajara crossed with her cosmopolitan upbringing in Tijuana, Chef Gabriela's menu features authentic hand-crafted dishes and imaginative takes on classic dishes. All of Baja California is represented along with influences from other regions in Mexico.

The spacious outdoor garden, cozy loft, and private dining areas are the perfect places to enjoy tequila and mezcal based cocktails, family celebrations, or brunch with friends.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined today
good selection of food. guac and salsa is great, food authentic and rich. Wish they would ring back the Brussel sprouts though.
A photo of Claim Jumper - La Mesa restaurant
3.7
3.7 (451)
$30 and under
American
La Mesa
About the restaurant
Our friendly environment is ideal for celebrating special occasions, hosting a business lunch or gathering for a delicious meal with friends and family. Our saloons are a comfortable gathering place to relax after a day at work, to catch a game or share an appetizer with friends. The saloon menu features signature cocktails, chilled martinis, premium and ultra-premium spirits, specialty non-alcoholic beverages, an extensive wine list, and imported and American craft beers including Claim Jumper’s own Honey Blonde, Original Red Ale and IPA. In addition to the saloon menu Claim Jumper offers a Steakhouse menu which includes USDA Prime steaks and premium house made shareable sides. Open daily for lunch and dinner, Claim Jumper offers a selection of freshly prepared items using only the finest ingredients available. Favorites include Certified Angus Beef®, fresh fish, baby back pork ribs, fresh baked pot pie, specialty salads, pasta, sandwiches, burgers and more.
Top review
NancyAvip
Dined 7 days ago
The staff members working the night we dined at the Claim Jumper were pleasant, attentive, professional, and very friendly. We had a very enjoyable meal, including a great salad bar selection, delicious grilled chicken & tri tip, a perfect loaded baked potato, and the best carrot cake! 
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