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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)
    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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  • 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!
  • 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 ...
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Caroline D.
    Caroline DengJuly 23, 2015
    Got the Chicken and Avocado sandwich, highly recommend the sweet potato fries!! So 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.
  • Ariana F.
    Ariana FaustiniMay 2, 2013
    The tofu tacos not only taste amazing but they are vegan and gluten free. Works for me!!!
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • Rylan
    RylanApril 7
    Ancient Grain Stir Fry was bomb diggity. Love the modern decor and appreciate the clean bathroom
  • 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!
  • Michael B.
    Michael BronfmanMarch 22, 2014
    Order the crispy gardein sandwich (a vegan option) but substitute the vegan 'meat' with the panko breaded 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,
  • Vinay S.
    Vinay SJanuary 5, 2015
    Quinoa crunch bowl, chile-ginger stir fry and other vegetarian dishes
  • 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 :\
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Josh E.
    Josh EstelleJuly 13, 2015
    Great food, but watch out the that they don't screw up and put chicken in your sandwich
  • 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...
  • Tanner C.
    Tanner ChristensenOctober 20, 2014
    Grass-fed burger with cheese looks great. Amazing sauce, fast service.
  • Alyssa F.
    Alyssa FooteJuly 16, 2014
    I love their healthy menu! I always get the kale banana smoothie in the morning.
  • Gabe S.
    Gabe SumnerAugust 16, 2014
    Art's Unfried Chicken, although portions feel a bit light. And the Cucumber-Mint Cooler.
  • Alisha T.
    Alisha TempletonJuly 15, 2014
    Best tofu tacos ever. And try a smoothie, any of em, both of em.
  • Derrick Y.
    Derrick YuOctober 9, 2015
    lots of good options for healthy food. I would recommend the unfried chicken.
  • Suzanne X.
    Suzanne XieAugust 13, 2012
    Chicken pineapple sandwich and watermelon juice (sans chia) is the best. Mmm good post yoga food.
  • Adam H.
    Adam HelwehOctober 5, 2012
    Check out the vegan and/or gluten free menus they always have available.
  • Nadine M.
    Nadine MansourDecember 20, 2013
    All I need to say is try the brussel sprouts and butternut squash combo - perfection.
  • Tiffany Z.
    Tiffany ZhongNovember 29, 2015
    unbreaded chicken was a little dry but the brussels sprouts were great
  • Josh T.
    Josh TiernanSeptember 9, 2012
    You gotta try the fish tacos & a ginger mint herbal soda - phenomenal!
  • Timnit G.
    Timnit GebruSeptember 22, 2012
    pancakes, frittata, breakfast in general, cheap,very very fresh and locally sourced
  • Helena D.
    Helena DworakApril 12, 2015
    Best lunch in Palo Alto. Honestly, I can't stay away from this place... I come every week!
  • Tejas P.
    Tejas PadekarJanuary 12, 2014
    The Kale Banana smoothie is delicious... And healthy to boot!
  • Austin W.
    Austin WestermannJanuary 30, 2015
    Grab a drink with chia seeds in it, super refreshing and healthy
  • Irina N.
    It's a nice place (i like their new pasta especially), but they keep bringing dirty glasses. This is ridiculous.
  • jo g.
    jo geoAugust 7, 2013
    Lyfe is Delicious. yes the Crispy gardein chicken sandwich was.
  • David X.
    David XuNovember 30, 2015
    small portions but tasty health food. quinoa crunch wrap is great here
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    Food & WineJanuary 11, 2012
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  • G F.
    G FoxJuly 16, 2012
    Fish tacos are amazing and the service was even better. This is how you run a business people!
  • Luka B.
    Luka BirsaNovember 9, 2014
    Curry is tasty, well portioned and healthy.
  • Vinny L.
    Vinny LinghamOctober 16, 2013
    Try the egg scramble for a delicious gluten free breakfast!
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