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Life Alive

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281 Essex St, Salem, MA 01970-3421
11:00 am - 7:00 pm
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Sun 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Mon - Sat 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Newburyport, Massachusetts
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37 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I have been here many times; either for take out or meeting a friend for lunch. Their vegetarian bowls are amazing! Their tahini sauce is to die for. You can't go wrong with any of the options.. Everything is fresh and delicious and you choose want you want for options. Just keep in mind that this is a healthy vegetarian... More 

Thank leewardgal
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I couldn't believe how good my wrap was. It was called "the romantic". (Broccoli, avocado - who knew!). My husband had "the innocent" and loved it. Our vegetarian daughter thinks that she could make all this, so..... My husband and I give it 5 stars- our daughter gives it a 3. (She had "the fool".

Thank Gina H
Little Rock, Arkansas
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47 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2016

My boyfriend and I ate here twice, while in Salem. We are vegetarians with a heart for the soulful food! This place has very good food, with creative names. This is a great place to hang out and veg. :)

Thank Broadwaybeauty_88
Medford, New Jersey
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151 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2016 via mobile

Fabulous vegan and organic restaurant! We had amazing wraps called the seeker and the warrior, included lemon garlic hummus, tasty dressing, greens apples nuts sprouts tofu cucumbers lentils-Lots of excellent items. You can order any of the combos as a wrap or as a salad. Warm options are available as well with quinoa and kale, etc. smoothie bar has many... More 

Thank medfordnjmom
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65 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2016 via mobile

You order and pay for food and take a seat. The service and food were excellent. I didn't like the cashier though. She was snobby.

Thank Oddd
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190 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2016 via mobile

Quirky and super fun vegetarian restaurant in Salem center. Any of the bowls will knock your socks off with fresh ingredients and amazing flavors. A must for lunch when in town.

Thank souzagar
Marblehead, Massachusetts
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47 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016

This is the place to get an honest to goodness healthy bowl of Life. Fresh grated vegetable mixed with seeds, quinoa etc. Sit down and have a healthy lunch with a nice juice or cup of tea and take in the PEM museum. Wow- what a treat!

Thank traveler19562015
Sharon MA, USA
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253 reviews
138 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 272 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2016 via mobile

This is one of several properties with this name. I've previously enjoyed the Cambridge location. This one is just as good. Great veg food, lots of options, clean place, friendly staff, quick service. What more is there to say?

Thank Shakespeare_fan
Wilmington, North Carolina
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366 reviews
269 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2016 via mobile

We stopped at Life Alive for iced coffee on the way out of Salem. I wish we hadn't just eaten, because they had some awesome clean eating options. The iced coffee was great and we also cleansed ourselves with ginger digestives that are available by the ounce. Two of the people behind the cash register made ordering pretty awkward though... More 

Thank Stephanie F
Chambersburg, Pennsylvania
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114 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2016

I had the Rebel wrap and it was delicious. Great place to bring kids - their "extras" menu has a TON of healthy, kid friendly options.

Thank eyelove2eat

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options, Healthy
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 7:00 pm
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 281 Essex St, Salem, MA 01970-3421
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Salem
  • Phone Number: 978-594-4644

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?