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The Well is a Cali-cool spot stocked with as close to a Zen environment as a restaurant could possibly get. Dishes are centered around top-tier nutrition using local and sustainable ingredients, and everything is gluten-free, soy-free, and refined sugar-free. Yes, meat and fish do appear on the menu, but on the whole, plants shine and vegan eating reigns supreme. Standouts include Hemp Heart and Chickpea Falafel, Mushroom Brown Rice Risotto, and brunch-worthy Vegan Chorizo Tacos (made with chickpea and lentil “chorizo”). To drink, point your compass toward delicious cocktails spiked with cold-pressed organic juices and natural sugars like agave, honey and dates.
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The gist: Here for the eco-conscious, The Well incorporates nutrition, local and sustainable farming, and naturally bold flavors into a wellness studio-style dining room. Everything on the menu is non-GMO, free of soy, gluten, peanut, corn, and refined sugar, and cooked with olive, coconut, or avocado oil. If Gwyneth Paltrow were Texan, this is where you’d find her.
The food: Signatures include the vegan (but fishy-textured) Watermelon Crudo with black pearl onion and lemongrass dashi. The Mushroom Brown Rice Risotto is a black truffle-laced sensation, and don’t feel bad about indulging afterward—desserts are designed around fruit, nuts, and seeds, and cocktails are crafted using stunners like cold-pressed organic juices and sweetened with natural sugars like agave, honey, and dates. Go for the Majik Matcha, packed with smoky mezcal, blue majik spirulina, matcha tea, raw organic honey, sparkling water, and aquafaba (AKA vegan egg whites). Feel-good brunch is now served on weekends 8 am to 3 pm.
The cost: Starters and shareables $8 - $17, salads and mains $15 - $45, cocktails $12 - $16, wine by the glass $10 - $17.