ION Restaurant

Vegan, Organic Dining in Connecticut

Proudly voted Connecticut's Best Vegan Restaurant 

since 1992 in the Hartford Advocate Readers' Poll. 

ION Secret Carrot Juice

Our carrot juices are served by the pint and freshly made with whole carrots and your choice of healthy add-ins. Our favorite combo is known as the ION Secret, but since we’re notoriously bad at keeping secrets.....enjoy the recipe below!




  • 3 large carrots
  • 1/2 cup chopped raw beets
  • 1 celery stalk
  • 1/2 cucumber
  • 1 small handful of parsley
  • 1/2 lemon
  • Fresh chunk of ginger, the size of your thumbnail
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 2 big slices of apple

Blend together, serve cold, and enjoy!

Zucchini Boats

Vegan. Vegetarian. Paleo. Gluten-Free. Dairy-Free. Nut-Free. This recipe will satisfy them all! 

There's a lot of food allergies and dietary restrictions people are dealing with these days, and this is the perfect snack or light appetizer to include nearly every type of eater in your life. It's even a great recipe for kids to help make with simple steps and not much precision required. Teaching kids basic cooking skills sets them up for a healthy life, and this is a great opportunity to get them in the kitchen. 

Zucchini halves are a healthy, sturdy base to fill with tomato sauce and whatever toppings you like. Olives, onions, tomatoes and fresh herbs make a fantastic light bite, but feel free to get creative. After all, it's whatever floats your boat! 


Zucchini Boats

4 green zucchinis
1 cup marinara sauce
1/4 cup red onion, thinly sliced
1/4 cup olives, halved
1/2 cup grape tomatoes, halved
fresh basil

Cut zucchinis in half lengthwise and use a spoon to scoop out the insides.
Fill each zucchini boat with 1 – 2 Tablespoons of tomato sauce
Top with sliced olives, red onions, and tomato halves.
Season with salt and pepper, and bake for 20-25 minutes at 400 degrees.
Garnish with fresh basil and enjoy immediately. 

The Deck is on its way!

Thanks so much to Matt Niland for helping us build our new outdoor space! We surrrriously have so much to be thankful for and rarely know where to start. Why are people so nice to us?!


And get excited, because it's almost ready and we can't wait for you, your cats, and your dogs to come eat outside with us!



Sunday Brunch

Mimosas. Coffee cocktails. Homemade pancakes with pure maple syrup. Tofu scramble. Tempeh bacon. Fresh fruit. Local coffee. All-natural smoothies. Organic carrot juices. 

This is why we love Sundays. 

Join us every sunday for brunch 11:30 - 4pm! 

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