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LYFE Kitchen

LYFE Kitchen

New American Restaurant$$$$
University South, Palo Alto
  • Ranked #2 for New American restaurants in Palo Alto
  • Alyssa F.
    "I always get the kale banana smoothie in the morning."(5 Tips)
    Meghana D.
    "Spring chicken sandwich, quinoa crunch wrap also good."(4 Tips)
    Suzanne X.
    "Chicken pineapple sandwich and watermelon juice"(3 Tips)
    C H R I S ..
    "Corn chowder & quinoa crunch wrap are my favorites!"(3 Tips)
138 Tips and reviews
  • healthy food
  • vegetarian food
  • gluten-free food
  • fish tacos
  • quinoa
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  • Marc L.
    Marc LSeptember 19, 2014
    What's not to like here, every item on the menu is less that 600 calories. I recommend the grilled chicken & pineapple sandwich as they are perfectly infused with a marinated kale side salad.
  • Ariana F.
    Ariana FaustiniJuly 16, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Love the tofu tacos which is both vegan and gluten free (they have a regular ol' fish version too). Try the quinoa crunch wrap too. Little known fact: their breakfast is delish!
  • Spencer S.
    Spencer SchoebenJanuary 1, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    I love their lemonades and refreshers. Portions are on the smaller side, but are healthy. I typically order the grilled chicken and pineapple sandwich. Flatbread pizzas are also good.
  • Ashley Y.
    Ashley YueAugust 28, 2014
    Lots of healthy/vegan options. Fish tacos aren't as good as I expected (it's not tender nor juicy) but I love the spicy chipotle sauce. Banilla shake + ginger pomegranate lemonade are worth trying!
  • Patrick L.
    Patrick LeungAugust 16, 2013
    I highly recommend the ancient grain bowl. Really excellent Chinese-influenced flavor and the mock beef goes well the vegetables, quinoa and other grains.
  • Charlie A.
    Charlie AyersOctober 3, 2011
    This concept is funded by former Mickey D executives, Art smith that also did a yummy splenda cookbook is the chef of this rip off concept of a well know local palo alto that came on the scene first!
  • Jason C.
    Jason ChouMay 15, 2015
    Thai red curry bowl with tofu, wheat berries (!), and ginger for favor. This place feels like a pricier version of Noodles & Company ...
  • Kylie
    KylieSeptember 19, 2014
    Nice, healthy spot in downtown Palo Alto that consistently serves great food. The only unfortunate thing about LYFE kitchen is that the pricing is also Palo Alto.
  • Filipe F.
    Filipe FortesFebruary 27, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Paleo Options - Apps: Grilled Artichokes, Guacamole w/o chips, Farmer's Market Salad; Mains: Grilled Chicken; Many gluten-free choices if you're not being strict.
  • Guy T.
    Guy TortoriciOctober 10, 2014
    The beet drink is very refreshing. If you want a sweet drink have the cucumber mint. The fish tacos & non fried chicken are top notch
  • Monique
    MoniqueJune 22, 2013
    Lots of choices if you are GF or V, but not if you are GF and V. Oh well, hopefully they will adjust the menu in the future. Also soy milk is the only non-dairy option.
  • Ariana F.
    Ariana FaustiniMay 2, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    The tofu tacos not only taste amazing but they are vegan and gluten free. Works for me!!!
  • Caroline D.
    Caroline DengJuly 23, 2015
    Got the Chicken and Avocado sandwich, highly recommend the sweet potato fries!! So good
  • Meghana D.
    Meghana DharApril 23, 2013
    Brussels sprouts side salad is a MUST. Spring chicken sandwich, quinoa crunch wrap also good. To drink: kale banana smoothie.
  • Frederik H.
    Frederik HermannJune 24, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    LYFE Kitchen (Love Your Food Everyday), seeks to answer one of America's greatest unmet needs by providing great-tasting, affordable, good-for-you food.
  • Ric F.
    Ric FleisherJune 7, 2014
    The breakfast is great here. Had to go back a second day. Terrific coffee - the oatmeal - yes oatmeal was wonderful
  • BARTAdventures
    BARTAdventuresApril 25, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    I really enjoy their flatbreads and the corn chowder was delicious (a little on the thin side). Unfried chicken was cooked well but didn't have enough taste.
  • Bri L.
    Bri LempesisSeptember 25, 2014
    Banana Kale Smoothie is the best green drink ever. I have sampled them all...none compare. And reasonably priced!
  • cyn k.
    cyn kDecember 30, 2012
    I love their egg white frittattas. Be sure to ask what the sauteed vegetable is- it can be quite starchy,
  • Lola R.
    Lola RobinsonAugust 31, 2015
    The waitress Gina was very good and charismatic hope to see her and the rest of the great staff soon!
  • Michael B.
    Michael BronfmanMarch 22, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Order the crispy gardein sandwich (a vegan option) but substitute the vegan 'meat' with the panko breaded chicken.
  • Liz R.
    Liz RiceOctober 23, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Items arrive after random delays (between 5 & 30 mins). Staff could spend more time providing food, less on insincere efforts to befriend clientele. Tasty, healthy food once you get it.
  • Eve G.
    Eve GliMay 5, 2016
    Veggie Burger is great (when they're not too busy, but at rush hours you might end up with a cold burger).
  • Vinay S.
    Vinay SJanuary 5, 2015
    Quinoa crunch bowl, chile-ginger stir fry and other vegetarian dishes
  • K. Danae P.
    K. Danae PauliMarch 6, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The corn chowder is incredible! As are the flatbreads, as are the brussel sprouts....I could go on...
  • Rylan
    RylanApril 7, 2016
    Ancient Grain Stir Fry was bomb diggity. Love the modern decor and appreciate the clean bathroom
  • Cassie B.
    Cassie BergOctober 20, 2013
    Gluten free menu!!!! Yay! Also I didn't get sick from the burger, so that makes them celiac safe in my book!
  • Adam H.
    Adam HelwehOctober 5, 2012
    Check out the vegan and/or gluten free menus they always have available.
  • Suzanne X.
    Suzanne XieAugust 13, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Chicken pineapple sandwich and watermelon juice (sans chia) is the best. Mmm good post yoga food.
  • Alyssa F.
    Alyssa FooteJuly 16, 2014
    I love their healthy menu! I always get the kale banana smoothie in the morning.
  • Josh E.
    Josh EstelleJuly 13, 2015
    Great food, but watch out the that they don't screw up and put chicken in your sandwich
  • Kat .
    Kat 🐱June 24, 2016
    Spinach & Avocado Frittata - very filling post-workout breakfast. Not good enough for me to get it again tho... Also waited hella long for it :\
  • Tanner C.
    Tanner ChristensenOctober 20, 2014
    Grass-fed burger with cheese looks great. Amazing sauce, fast service.
  • Gabe S.
    Gabe SumnerAugust 16, 2014
    Art's Unfried Chicken, although portions feel a bit light. And the Cucumber-Mint Cooler.
  • Nadine M.
    Nadine MansourDecember 20, 2013
    All I need to say is try the brussel sprouts and butternut squash combo - perfection.
  • Josh T.
    Josh TiernanSeptember 9, 2012
    You gotta try the fish tacos & a ginger mint herbal soda - phenomenal!
  • Derrick Y.
    Derrick YuOctober 9, 2015
    lots of good options for healthy food. I would recommend the unfried chicken.
  • Alisha T.
    Alisha TempletonJuly 15, 2014
    Best tofu tacos ever. And try a smoothie, any of em, both of em.
  • Timnit G.
    Timnit GebruSeptember 22, 2012
    pancakes, frittata, breakfast in general, cheap,very very fresh and locally sourced
  • Tiffany Z.
    Tiffany ZhongNovember 29, 2015
    unbreaded chicken was a little dry but the brussels sprouts were great
  • Food & Wine
    Food & WineJanuary 11, 2012
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  • jo g.
    jo geoAugust 7, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Lyfe is Delicious. yes the Crispy gardein chicken sandwich was.
  • Helena D.
    Helena DworakApril 12, 2015
    Best lunch in Palo Alto. Honestly, I can't stay away from this place... I come every week!
  • G F.
    G FoxJuly 16, 2012
    Fish tacos are amazing and the service was even better. This is how you run a business people!
  • Frederik H.
    Frederik HermannOctober 25, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Their warm carrot-zucchini-walnut muffin is to die for. Try it out!
  • Tejas P.
    Tejas PadekarJanuary 12, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The Kale Banana smoothie is delicious... And healthy to boot!
  • reece p.
    reece pachecoNovember 25, 2012
    best healthy lunch option in Palo Alto. free wifi
  • Jennifer K.
    Jennifer KoAugust 24, 2012
    I like how every table has a hook or two for your bag.
  • Vinny L.
    Vinny LinghamOctober 16, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the egg scramble for a delicious gluten free breakfast!
  • Austin W.
    Austin WestermannJanuary 30, 2015
    Grab a drink with chia seeds in it, super refreshing and healthy
  • Lisa R.
    Lisa RakowskiJuly 14, 2013
    Strawberry rhubarb chia water is delish!
  • C H R I S ..
    C H R I S . MSeptember 12, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Corn chowder & quinoa crunch wrap are my favorites!
  • Luka B.
    Luka BirsaNovember 9, 2014
    Curry is tasty, well portioned and healthy.
  • Irina N.
    Irina NazarovaMarch 25, 2016
    It's a nice place (i like their new pasta especially), but they keep bringing dirty glasses. This is ridiculous.
  • David X.
    David XuNovember 30, 2015
    small portions but tasty health food. quinoa crunch wrap is great here
  • Chris
    ChrisAugust 27, 2014
    The simple side salad isn't so simple and the taste is awesome if you can handle the lemon zestiness.
  • Marc P.
    Marc PrioleauAugust 15, 2013
    Watermelon salad if available.
  • BakerInspectionGroup
    BakerInspectionGroupAugust 27, 2012
    Had the Cheeseburger and Risotto, both very good.
  • winifred l.
    winifred lingSeptember 4, 2012
    The egg white fritatta is delicious
  • Vinay S.
    Vinay SNovember 19, 2014
    Vegan Thai curry bowl is great !
  • Nathan C.
    Nathan CooperOctober 26, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Service has gotten great-understandable for a start-up...The food is affordable, and tastes phenominal!
  • Jessica C.
    Jessica ChanDecember 29, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Love this place. Get the fish tacos!!
  • AJ B.
    AJ BrusteinMarch 19, 2014
    If you've come for the burger, you've come to the wrong place.
  • Shirley L.
    Shirley LiuAugust 28, 2012
    Try the fish tacos! The kale banana smoothie is also refreshingly good
  • Mariianne C.
    Mariianne CraryFebruary 19, 2015
    Best place for healthy food in Palo Alto
  • Robert W.
    Robert WebbMay 22, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Fish Taco and Cucumber Juice are SO good.
  • cyn k.
    cyn kFebruary 4, 2012
    margarita flatbread, edamame hummus, pineapple coconut juice
  • Christina M.
    Christina MAugust 22, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Lyfe waters are refreshing. Ask for less sugar.
  • Sam K.
    Sam KaufmanSeptember 20, 2015
    Good food, and shockingly fast service.
  • Douglas G.
    Douglas GrayJanuary 10, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    If you come here hungry, you will leave here broke.
  • Scott B.
    Scott BedardJune 4, 2013
    Crispy Chicken Sandwich is the best i have ever had
  • Chintan P.
    Chintan ParikhOctober 6, 2012
    The Veggie chicken burger and veggie burger was very very average. Cucumber melon drink was good
  • Zaki M.
    Zaki ManianAugust 13, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Love the Kale Ceasar salad
  • Fuyu
    FuyuJuly 28, 2012
    The beacon is only to tell the waiter where your table is. You ARE going to get table service. Bad for the servers, it's hard for them to get tips when their system asks the customers to pay first.
  • Jane R.
    Jane RichardsApril 5, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Portions are very small so order two dishes each.
  • Michael M.
    Michael MizrahiMarch 15, 2015
    The cucumber mint juice is great.
  • Josh C.
    Josh ChanSeptember 16, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The flatbreads are awesome!
  • Karla
    KarlaJanuary 7, 2012
    Try the Art's Unfried Chicken - Redeeming dish. Will definitely get again.
  • Seth N.
    Seth NormanMarch 10, 2012
    This is the worst restaurant in Palo Alto. Charging twice the price for half the portion does not make something health food. You might as well just go to McDonalds and eat a quarter portion.
  • C T.
    C TJuly 2, 2014
    Finally a place where everything is sustainable.
  • Vinay S.
    Vinay SNovember 11, 2014
    Lot of vegetarian options .. Quinoa crunch bowl
  • Julie S.
    Julie ShackletonAugust 7, 2015
    Delish veggie and vegan options
  • Karla
    KarlaDecember 8, 2011
    Soup is small for the money. Chicken sandwich is bland. But the flatbreads are good and more filling than they look.
  • Tejas P.
    Tejas PadekarJanuary 12, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The Unfried chicken is actually pretty good!
  • Naveen R.
    Naveen RaoNovember 3, 2011
    Friendly staff and delicious frittatas.
  • John V.
    John VinkNovember 27, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Bring your own sugar and ketchup. The ones they have here are weird.
  • Miguel B.
    Miguel BerlangaMay 30, 2013
    BBQ Chicken flatbread is really good.
  • Sergey V.
    Sergey VorontsovJuly 31, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    The burger is surprisingly fine.
  • Jaydeep S.
    Jaydeep SinghAugust 3, 2015
    Small quantities but great food
  • April S.
    April SengthitNovember 1, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    It's going to be hard to take me out as mayor ;)
  • Dre M.
    Dre MichelottiOctober 25, 2015
    The Thai curry is not really Thai...just sayin'..
  • Jen P.
    Love their quinoa wrap!
  • Ted H.
    Ted HollifieldOctober 30, 2011
    The gardein chicken sandwich is terrific!
  • Karla
    KarlaJanuary 7, 2012
    Watch out for the $6 beers!
  • Blade O.
    Blade OlsonFebruary 22, 2015
    Excellent vegetarian fast food.
  • Sonal K.
    Sonal KhannaMarch 27, 2013
    Kale banana smoothie is awesome!
  • Jessica C.
    Jessica ChanSeptember 9, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    I love the corn soup!
  • BBY
    BBYApril 22, 2013
    Small portions, so not worth it. I ordered a salad + chicken, and I'm counting the pieces of chicken. Each piece is the size of a nickel. NOT Worth it.
  • Kim J.
    Kim JabalSeptember 9, 2014
    Breakfast burrito is the best.
  • Ms. Nicole
    Ms. NicoleMay 13, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Best Bites in Palo Alto
  • Max
    MaxAugust 4, 2013
    Вкуснятина! :) Hint: use gluten-free menu.
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