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Life Alive

281 Essex Street, Salem, MA
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Ranked #9 of 216 restaurants in Salem
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Healthy
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93% Recommend
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English first
Madrid, Spain
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151 reviews 151 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014 via mobile

I found the place by accident. Had a Rumi salad, and banana smoothie with blueberries, heavenly... The staff was helpful, and kind. Also had delicious lentil soup... So so good, vegan options a lot! :) enjoy!

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Boston, Massachusetts
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60 reviews 60 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

The moment you enter this space, you will know you are in for a uniquely delightful experience -- from the friendly greeting to the warm natural setting. The menu is packed full of delicious combinations of natural ingredients. For those who complain about vegetarian/vegan food, or "granola-heads" ... your heads will be turned by some of the most delicous combinations... More

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Beverly, Massachusetts
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50 reviews 50 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

I've been to Life Alive twice so far and I love it. It may not appeal to everyone as the fruits and vegetables are diced into bite-size pieces or shredded, but I don't mind. My favorites are The Seeker and The Sufi Poet. The Seeker has some garlic lemon hummus, chopped cashews, granny apples, cucumber, shredded carrots & spring greens... More

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Lynn, Massachusetts
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87 reviews 87 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

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
138 helpful votes 138 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
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27 reviews 27 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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
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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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28 reviews 28 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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