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Life Alive

281 Essex Street, Salem, MA
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Ranked #9 of 215 restaurants in Salem
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Healthy
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92% Recommend
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English first
Lynn, Massachusetts
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65 reviews 65 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

After many good reviews from friends, I went up to Life Alive at noon on a Friday.The atmosphere was inviting, the reclaimed wooden tables and wood floors gave the place a warm woodland touch.After perusing the menu, I had many questions, which the staff were more than happy to answer.I had the romantic for lunch and the green goddess for... More

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Kennebunkport, ME
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57 reviews 57 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
129 helpful votes 129 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

I only agreed to have lunch here because my health-conscious mom wanted to try it. Looking over the menu, I was sure I'd be stopping somewhere else on the way home to get some "real" food. I couldn't have been more wrong. This place is incredible. The food is fabulous. So filling and absolutely delicious. I also tried the "Elvis... More

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Beverly, Massachusetts
16 reviews 16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Organic......and vegetarian. No way, right? I hear you...you want real satisfying and fill-me-up-food, right? Well, that IS what you get here. I would give this place all 5 stars, if it weren't for the fact that I realize most of you, especially when you're on vacation, want that vacation-ey, not good for you food. But, like the title suggest, don't... More

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Brattleboro, Vermont
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55 reviews 55 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

A totally AWESOME cafe with GREAT vegetarian and vegan options! We both felt fabulous after we stopped here for lunch, hubby had The Emperor (which was so yummy that I kept stealing bites of his), and I had the Romantic wrap. will go again when we visit Salem.

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Salem, Massachusetts
1 review
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

Do NOT eat here, unless you like dealing with rude customer service. Up until recently, I had a very steady experience with Life Alive. I was a customer at the Salem location for almost 2 years. However, after some poorly handled misconduct, I will not eat there until the situation is rectified. The food is amazing, and all but one... More

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Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

The sunny space invites great conversation and brainstorming. Food and beverages are tasty and not heavy. Value is excellent and best of all the day is brimming with energy after a wholesome lunch.

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Gloucester, Massachusetts
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

Healthy, delicious, friendly and cozy. Great vegetarian meals. Happy staff. Have been to Salem and Lowell locations. Both are wonderful.

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Salem, Massachusetts
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

The food is tasty - but the best part is that I never feel guilty about treating myself to lunch here. Everything always tastes fresh and the staff are super friendly. Definitely not for a meat and potatoes kind of person, and there are some ingredients that I've had to ask to find out what exactly they are, but I've... More

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New England
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10 reviews 10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

Super flavorful vegetarian food! Went with a group of friends as we were visiting town. The Fool was crazy flavorful with a great combination of vegetables. The Romantic was a yummy yummy broccoli and other veggie wrap with just a bit of cheese! Garlicy goodness! The other dish we had was the Goddess, which was a very well balanced veggie... More

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Woburn, Massachusetts
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2013

My cousins took me there tonight for a B day. (12/4) We all had a different variation of the dinner plate. Everything had assertive flavors and the food was prepared with pride. I don't understand people who take their shaky mental states into consideration when leaving feedback on restaurants. Please be considerate to the people who went to great effort... More

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