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LYFE Kitchen

LYFE Kitchen

New American Restaurant$$$$
University South, 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)
    Chris M.
    "Corn chowder & quinoa crunch wrap are my favorites!"(3 Tips)
137 Tips and reviews
  • healthy food
  • vegetarian food
  • quinoa crunch wrap
  • fish tacos
  • gluten-free food
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  • 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!
  • 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!
  • Marcos L.
    Marcos LiraSeptember 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
    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
    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.
  • 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.
  • Liz R.
    Liz RiceOctober 23, 2011
    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.
  • 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
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Frederik H.
    Frederik HermannJune 24, 2011
    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.
  • BARTAdventures
    BARTAdventuresApril 25, 2012
    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.
  • 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
  • Ariana F.
    Ariana FaustiniMay 2, 2013
    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.
  • 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.
  • Eve G.
    Eve GliMay 5
    Veggie Burger is great (when they're not too busy, but at rush hours you might end up with a cold burger).
  • 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
  • Kat .
    Kat 🙊June 24
    Spinach & Avocado Frittata - very filling post-workout breakfast. Not good enough for me to get it again tho... Also waited hella long for it :\
  • Michael B.
    Michael BronfmanMarch 22, 2014
    Order the crispy gardein sandwich (a vegan option) but substitute the vegan 'meat' with the panko breaded chicken.
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • Rylan
    RylanApril 7
    Ancient Grain Stir Fry was bomb diggity. Love the modern decor and appreciate the clean bathroom
  • K. Danae P.
    K. Danae PauliMarch 6, 2012
    The corn chowder is incredible! As are the flatbreads, as are the brussel sprouts....I could go on...
  • 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.
  • Irina N.
    It's a nice place (i like their new pasta especially), but they keep bringing dirty glasses. This is ridiculous.
  • Josh E.
    Josh EstelleJuly 13, 2015
    Great food, but watch out the that they don't screw up and put chicken in your sandwich
  • 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!
  • Gabe S.
    Gabe SumnerAugust 16, 2014
    Art's Unfried Chicken, although portions feel a bit light. And the Cucumber-Mint Cooler.
  • Vinay S.
    Vinay SJanuary 5, 2015
    Quinoa crunch bowl, chile-ginger stir fry and other vegetarian dishes
  • Chintan P.
    Chintan ParikhOctober 6, 2012
    The Veggie chicken burger and veggie burger was very very average. Cucumber melon drink was good
  • Derrick Y.
    Derrick YuOctober 9, 2015
    lots of good options for healthy food. I would recommend the unfried chicken.
  • 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,
  • Tiffany Z.
    Tiffany ZhongNovember 29, 2015
    unbreaded chicken was a little dry but the brussels sprouts were great
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    Food & WineJanuary 11, 2012
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  • Adam H.
    Adam HelwehOctober 5, 2012
    Check out the vegan and/or gluten free menus they always have available.
  • Alyssa F.
    Alyssa FooteJuly 16, 2014
    I love their healthy menu! I always get the kale banana smoothie in the morning.
  • Timnit G.
    Timnit GebruSeptember 22, 2012
    pancakes, frittata, breakfast in general, cheap,very very fresh and locally sourced
  • Suzanne X.
    Suzanne XieAugust 13, 2012
    Chicken pineapple sandwich and watermelon juice (sans chia) is the best. Mmm good post yoga food.
  • Tanner C.
    Tanner ChristensenOctober 20, 2014
    Grass-fed burger with cheese looks great. Amazing sauce, fast service.
  • Jesus F. C.
    Jesus F. ChristFebruary 12, 2012
    I would be going here every day, but the only dish I want is Art's Start (oatmeal) and they refuse to serve it after 11am. Idiots.
  • Nathan C.
    Nathan CooperOctober 26, 2011
    Service has gotten great-understandable for a start-up...The food is affordable, and tastes phenominal!
  • Amanda
    AmandaMarch 5, 2012
    It was ok. I wasn't too impressed by the ranting and raving. The sweet potato fries were pretty good
  • Josh T.
    Josh TiernanSeptember 9, 2012
    You gotta try the fish tacos & a ginger mint herbal soda - phenomenal!
  • Alisha T.
    Alisha TempletonJuly 15, 2014
    Best tofu tacos ever. And try a smoothie, any of em, both of em.
  • David X.
    David XuNovember 30, 2015
    small portions but tasty health food. quinoa crunch wrap is great here
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