We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Life Alive

Certificate of Excellence
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
281 Essex Street, Salem, MA
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Open now
All hours
Sun 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Mon - Sat 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

138 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Showing 137: English reviews
Little Rock, Arkansas
Level Contributor
46 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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
Level Contributor
146 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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
Level Contributor
64 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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
Level Contributor
182 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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
Level Contributor
47 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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
Level Contributor
244 reviews
133 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 267 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
Level Contributor
351 reviews
261 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 106 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
Level Contributor
110 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 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
Level Contributor
28 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2016

I reduced my rating because I didn't care for the seating in one very important way. The tables are an artistic wood creation and have an intentional gap in the middle. This caused our cups and things to keep tipping if they got pushed over or onto this crevice, which kept happening because the table was very skinny. We felt... More 

Thank Leggyllegs
Springfield, United States
Level Contributor
10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2016

Wanted to try something different and a friend raved about the place so we went for smoothie and juice. The smoothie tasted okay but the texture was like baby food. The juice? We finished it but not sure why. I think we were trying to figure out what ingredient tasted worse but finally decided it was the combination. It was... More 

Thank Trudy B

Been to Life Alive? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

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, Vegan, Gluten Free, 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 Street, Salem, MA
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Salem
  • Phone Number: 978-594-4644

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Life Alive staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?