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Life Alive

Life Alive

Vegetarian / Vegan Restaurant$$$$
Mid-Cambridge, Cambridge
  • The smoothies at Life Alive is a can't miss
  • Mike C.
    "I like the swami, the masterful bowl, the adventure and explorer."(13 Tips)
    Yael B.
    "Adventurer bowl , the rebel , mystic mountain salad and shakti alive"(10 Tips)
    Jack B.
    "And a nice little treat on a hot day is an Elvis Alive smoothie!"(9 Tips)
    "enjoyed the green goddess bowl & coconut smoothie :-)"(8 Tips)
173 Tips and reviews
  • vegetarian food
  • smoothies
  • swami
  • lively
  • adventurer bowl
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  • Alice .
    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
    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
  • Emily C.
    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.
    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!
  • Jill S.
    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.
    Dylan BoydJanuary 18
    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.
  • 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.
    Upvoted May 7
  • 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.
  • 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 5+ 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.
  • 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!
  • Tara K.
    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.
  • Kat .
    Kat 🐱February 8, 2016
    Best vegetarian restaurant I have ever been to! Get the Adventurer with curry miso sauce! Just trust me.
  • Margot M.
    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.
  • 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!
  • 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
  • Niki B.
    I had The Seeker which was excellent! The salad portions are huge - I was satisfied neither their "demi" size.
  • 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
  • Elisa T.
    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.
  • M3t47 G.
    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.
  • 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!
  • Tessa V.
    Tessa VoegeliFebruary 8, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Impossible to be in a bad mood here. Adventurer bowl is number 1 along with Sufi poet salad! Make sure you smother your dish in their yummy hot sauce and nutritional yeast! It only adds to the flavor!
  • Saritha A.
    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
  • 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).
  • Ashley S.
    Ashley ShumwaySeptember 2, 2012
    I get The Adventurer every time and I substitute corn in place of the beets. Also try a Hive Alive or a Ginger Crush juice while you're here!
  • Daniel J.
    Daniel JalkutJanuary 12, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Delicious wrap, and I'm not really a wrap guy. Try the hot sauce at the condiment station and ignore the food prep guy wiping his nose on his plastic glove (!)
  • Ingrid W.
    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!
  • Mike C.
    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.
  • Dave H.
    Dave HakkensSeptember 7, 2014
    EVERYTHING here is great. healthy, organic, staff, menu, speed, taste. Did not check the toilet though..
  • Brianna C.
    Brianna CadalzoJune 17, 2016
    A vegetarian's paradise! Everything is delicious. You can't go wrong with anything. I'm especially fond of 'The Lover' 🍄
  • Debb
    DebbApril 5
    Very nice place, all organic and veggie. People are really nice and the salads are excellent! Totally recomend it!
    Upvoted Apr 27
  • Sam N.
    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.
  • Patricia
    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.
  • Mary C.
    Mary ChevalierApril 28, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Green goddess is my favorite. No need to try anything else! Place can be packed and uncomfortable for eating - so grab it to go!
  • Ryan N.
    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
  • Margaret W.
    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.
  • Roy K.
    Roy KrantzNovember 14, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    The food is great. Check out the basement Hide-A-Way... it’s a great space for small group meetings, or a great meal. They even have a kids play area.
  • Liz G.
    Liz GFebruary 5, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Ask the staff! They know their stuff and can give you suggestions for additions/substitutions for meals and smoothies. So tasty!
  • Paloma M.
    Paloma MarizJuly 28, 2013
    The food was good but you have to order it with some sauce, I forgot that and mine was super dry! The juices were really good!
  • Genie G.
    Genie GSeptember 12, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Vibrance Alive is probably the best smoothie on the menu. Bee pollen makes it even better! This restaurant is a blessing to central square.
  • Greg B.
    Greg BodenairMarch 28, 2013
    Been here 5+ 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
  • Lynne V.
    Lynne VieraApril 25, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Get The Rebel -quinoa, roasted beets, kale, carrots, tofu and a secret raspberry sauce. So good, healthy & satisfying.
  • Boston Phoenix
    Boston PhoenixNovember 12, 2010
    The road to Wellville by way of Life Alive means vigorous jumbles of steamed vegetables over creamy short-grain brown rice, sauces fragrant with garlic, ginger, and tamari.
  • Hallie V.
    got the love alive smoothie on a busy saturday. a bit watery and not super cold, but everything was fresh and healthy amd the staff was super friendly even with a crowd
  • Two Degrees
    Two DegreesJune 17, 2011
    Two Degrees bars are sold here! Buy a delicious food bar and give a medically formulated food pack to a hungry child. Is Good. Does Good.
  • Sara S.
    Sara Steele-RogersMay 31, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Get the adventurer with CURRY MISO SAUCE. I've tried everything and this is the best!
  • Livia D.
    Livia DinuApril 5, 2014
    The Goddess is amazing, and so is the Rebel! Try their juices and smoothies, and the latte!
  • Chris M.
    Chris MillsJuly 17, 2015
    Everything is great! I'm particularly fond of the Green Goddess bowl and the Life Alive juice.
  • 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.
  • 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
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