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Life Alive

Life Alive

Vegan and Vegetarian Restaurant$$$$
Mid-Cambridge, Cambridge
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    Alice H.
    "Favorites: Adventurer bowl and love alive"(11 Tips)
    "enjoyed the green goddess bowl & coconut smoothie :-)"(9 Tips)
    Albie S.
    "Emperor + beets, adventurer, hot & healthy bachelor."(6 Tips)
    Jordan M.
    "Any of the food here is great and make sure to grab a smoothie."(35 Tips)
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  • vegetarian food
  • smoothies
  • lively
  • adventurer bowl
  • casual
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  • Alice .heart icon on user image
    Alice 🐱August 19, 2014
    Take the Demi (portions are huge) Green Goddess with tofu and Quinoa instead of rice. then pour the spicy sauce at the water-self station and...go to heaven. Plus, can't go wrong with the Thrive Alive
  • Emily C.heart icon on user image
    Emily ChalkoSeptember 19, 2016
    One of my favorites for a quick healthy but filling bite in Boston. Get the adventurer bowl with avocado! The ginger Namu Shayu sauce will knock your socks off. Amazing smoothies - get the love alive
  • Taejasvi N.heart icon on user image
    Taejasvi NarayanMay 1, 2015
    Great place for vegan and vegetarian food, and the smoothies are so healthy. Everything is creatively presented in mason jars and little plates. Not to mention the garden in the bathroom... So hippie!
    Boston.comAugust 4, 2014
    I love pretty much anything that can be eaten out of a bowl, which is why the Green Goddess, a blend of greens and brown rice and topped with a decadent shoyu ginger sauce, is my go-to steal at $9.25. Read more
  • Aimée Jane P.heart icon on user image
    Aimée Jane ParrJanuary 3, 2021
    The food here is amazing! Best vegan spot in Boston! Healthy and organic, big portions and a quirky, earthly, tranquil vibe inside. All grain bowls & juices are tasty and a great mix of ingredients!🌱
  • Jennifer P.heart icon on user image
    Jennifer PoreNovember 9, 2017
    I had the fool! A yummy noodle bowl with kale, tofu, and mushrooms in a ginger dressing. I also treated myself to a raw truffle. I sat downstairs, which kinda felt like I was in a dark hippy cave.
  • Jill S.heart icon on user image
    Jill SantiagoOctober 28, 2014
    Favorites: The Swami + Island Alive smoothie. Makes it easy to eat healthy- my carnivore husband likes the satisfying meals. Wish they had more space- nowhere to sit during rush times. Good prices.
  • Dylan B.heart icon on user image
    Dylan BoydJanuary 18, 2017
    Amazing vegetarian food! Had an awesome Lover Salad and they so great Kombucha. Definitely worth dropping in to relax and have some amazing ethical food.
  • Desirée M.heart icon on user image
    Desirée MacDonaldMay 17, 2018
    Been here 5+ times
    I have to admit, I’m always skeptical of vegetarian food. BUT, The Adventurer with Avocado was really good along with the Elvis Alive smoothie. So if you’re not a vegetarian either, try that!
  • Tara K.heart icon on user image
    Tara KrishnanNovember 29, 2012
    The Green Goddess and Swami are amazing and their smoothies and fruit juices are delicious!! The Spring Alive, Chai Alive and the Superhero Alive are my favorites.
  • Samantha S.
    Samantha SchwartzJune 28, 2013
    Great veg in Central Square area. Salad bowls are great! Thoroughly enjoyed the "Explorer" friends loved the "Adventurer" & the "Swami" as well.
  • Ingrid W.heart icon on user image
    Ingrid WongDecember 12, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    There's a reason this place is always busy. Order a Green Goddess bowl - even a demi size is enough to fill you up. It's a warm bowl of healthy yumminess!
  • BU Today
    BU TodayMay 8, 2014
    Life Alive is a self described "urban oasis & organic cafe" that offers healthy whole foods with fast food convenience. Whether you're vegetarians, vegan, or gluten-free their menu is sure to appeal. Read more
  • Greg B.
    Greg BodenairJuly 14, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    This place truly is an exceptional find. So many delicious and healthy options. I recommend any of the warm meals served in bowls. The Emperor and the Adventurer are my two favorites.
  • Margot M.heart icon on user image
    Margot MazurMay 24, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Wow. This place is amazing. Green Goddess bowl and do not skip that hot sauce. Downstairs is spacious and cool. Top 5 fave veggie places on my list.
  • Thierry R.
    Thierry RousseauJuly 6, 2013
    Best is to take few demi to try few things!we had the lover(good) the healer ( best) the innocent ( best) for the drink all were very good. Can't wait to go back and would love one in the UK.
  • Gabriel M.heart icon on user image
    Gabriel M.May 24, 2018
    Everything is fresh and delicious at this place! Each warm bowl has its own zest and flavor. Half portions are great if you’re not starving.
  • Kat .heart icon on user image
    Kat 🐱February 8, 2016
    Best vegetarian restaurant I have ever been to! Get the Adventurer with curry miso sauce! Just trust me.
  • Niki B.heart icon on user image
    Niki BlakerMarch 3, 2017
    I had The Seeker which was excellent! The salad portions are huge - I was satisfied neither their "demi" size.
  • Aleksandra A.heart icon on user image
    Aleksandra ArcipowskaFebruary 22, 2019
    This place is amazing. I got adventure bowl and it is full of flavors.heathy. warm. Vegetarian/vegan. Njam.
  • Mike C.heart icon on user image
    Mike CollinsMarch 4, 2016
    I like the swami, the masterful bowl, the adventure and explorer. Very lively. Lots of pretty people. Nice art. Good music. Stuff to read.
  • Sophia H.heart icon on user image
    Sophia HDecember 24, 2018
    Adventurer bowl is AMAZING. The Fool (udon noodles) was good but not as filling or diverse. Bowls are large but the food is pretty light, so they may not be that filling for dinner, just FYI.
  • Allison T.
    Allison Tovo-DwyerAugust 4, 2011
    You will feel amazing after eating here! I prefer the adventurer bowl (get a bowl if you are hungry--its also the only way you can get a stamp on your appreciation card). Fun to try different juices!
  • M3t47 G.heart icon on user image
    M3t47 G34rJuly 30, 2016
    Line is so long that it's unreal. But the food and atmosphere are worth it. Udon miso masterful is pretty good. There's also a lounge type seating downstairs.
  • Ryan N.heart icon on user image
    Ryan NixonJuly 8, 2016
    Had the chai smoothie, was very good: strong flavors of banana and cinnamon. Udon miso was great too, loved the kale
  • Briannaheart icon on user image
    BriannaJune 17, 2016
    A vegetarian's paradise! Everything is delicious. You can't go wrong with anything. I'm especially fond of 'The Lover' 🍄
  • Debbheart icon on user image
    DebbApril 5, 2017
    Very nice place, all organic and veggie. People are really nice and the salads are excellent! Totally recomend it!
  • Elisa T.heart icon on user image
    Elisa Tobin LmtJanuary 4, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Hive Alive is delicious but I'd add a bit of ginger to it to give it a bit of zest. The Ginger Crush is not for the faint if heart but it is my favorite so far.
  • Peter Paul P.
    Peter Paul PayackDecember 4, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Everything is good, but go with the Emperor or Romantic Wrap. Call ahead for take out & they let you skip the line (it's always packed).
  • Aaron W.heart icon on user image
    Aaron WheelerJuly 30, 2017
    Been here 5+ times
    The green goddess both with both is all you will ever need in life. Eat a truffle after for dessert!
  • Margaret W.heart icon on user image
    Margaret WangAugust 22, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Awesome smoothies. Still not in love with the seasoning and flavors in the bowls, but I know many who love it.
  • Sam N.heart icon on user image
    Sam NicaiseApril 15, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    The bowls are just to-die-for. I'm the biggest fan of the alchemist. If only I made enough to eat there every day.
  • Caroline P.
    Caroline PaclMarch 24, 2012
    Love this super crunchy cafe! The one in Lowell is pretty awesome as well! I think I tried my first wheat-grass shot there or something... Great tea selection anyway!
  • Lou A.
    Lou AllenMay 4, 2015
    The green goddess (with almonds) hit the spot. Feel satisfied without the normal sluggishness. The place was very busy but the staff were efficient
  • Dave H.heart icon on user image
    Dave HakkensSeptember 7, 2014
    EVERYTHING here is great. healthy, organic, staff, menu, speed, taste. Did not check the toilet though..
  • Albie S.
    Albie SSeptember 3, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Emperor + beets, adventurer, hot & healthy bachelor. Demi for dinner, full plate for lunch. Avoid Life Alive on hot days - limited AC and most clientele are not daily showerers or deodorant users
  • Jonathan S.
    Jonathan ShawMay 5, 2017
    I'm a newbie at this place, but the Green Goddess was amazing. I'm hooked, can't wait until my next visit!
  • Patriciaheart icon on user image
    PatriciaJanuary 21, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    The Adventurer is my go-to, but I never regret trying something new. Nab some free smoothie samples as you wait.
  • Keri G.heart icon on user image
    Keri GarelJuly 19, 2018
    Been here 25+ times
    Every time I come here I tell myself I'm gonna branch out and try something other than the Green Goddess bowl, but it's just SO GOOD
  • DJ Tek aka Mr. Chicago
    The Swami - Which is the Curry Miso Sauce with brown rice is absolutely amazing. Make sure you grab a smoothie with your meal. Anything less is a insult! Lol
  • Proxy Apparel
    Proxy ApparelApril 13, 2012
    Get the Rebel! Sesame Ginger Nama Sauce with flax oil enlivening carrots, beets, broccoli, dark greens, tofu & hijiki over quinoa & short grain brown rice. Sooo good!
  • Sophia H.heart icon on user image
    Sophia HDecember 24, 2018
    Maca Malt smoothie was great. Light in chocolate. Grainy grittiness of cashew bits was particularly delightful.
  • Greg B.
    Greg BodenairMarch 28, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the The Adventurer - If you haven't been to this place yet, I highly recommend you try it out. Healthy options and full of flavor
  • Andrea A.
    Andrea AndoApril 10, 2013
    The beauty of The Lover, The Fool, The Seeker, The Poet... go for whomever you feel you are that moment.
  • Saritha A.heart icon on user image
    Saritha AthmakurMarch 17, 2015
    First time -Not very impressed. Food was good, but easily replicable@home. I was able to make Elvis Alive@home for < $3 for twice the quantity you get here. I would come back though to try more stuff
  • Kat .heart icon on user image
    Kat 🐱September 2, 2017
    The Adventurer with curry miso sauce and shiitake mushrooms!
  • Chris M.heart icon on user image
    Chris MillsJuly 17, 2015
    Everything is great! I'm particularly fond of the Green Goddess bowl and the Life Alive juice.
  • Stephanie O.
    Stephanie OrmeSeptember 14, 2019
    My acai bowl wasn't great. The ingredients weren't mixed super well, so some bites were super bitter (from the flax seeds maybe?). And all the peanut butter was in the bottom.
  • Carrie B.heart icon on user image
    Carrie BevisMay 30, 2016
    Very crunchy granola type restaurant with the best salad, wrap and smoothie selection.
  • Jamila P.heart icon on user image
    Jamila PuckerinJuly 12, 2016
    This was my first visit! Smoothie was DELISH!! 😋😋 #vibrancealive
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