Good Life Cafe

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1614 Main St, Columbia, South Carolina, USA, 29201

Raw food cafe specializing in raw, vegan, and organic food with gluten-free and nut-free options. Previously at Leaphart Rd, West Columbia. Open Mon-Thu 7:00am-10:00pm, Fri-Sat 7:00am-11:00pm, Sun 9:00am-8:00pm.

Categories: Vegan, American, Organic, Juice bar, Take-out, Catering, Fusion, All Raw

37 Reviews

First Review by HealthNut27

excellent! - Edit

I love this place and eat here about 3 times a week. The signature kale salad is to die for. I love it alone, as a side or in the Harmony Bowl. The black bean and sweet potato burger and ‘hot dog’ are amazing and the cakes, cupcakes, parfaits and cookies are dangerously delish.

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Good food good service late evening - Edit

A bit slow because they were short-handed, but the food was good and vegan safe. Asked for oil-free choices (to stay on Whole Food Plant Based diet) and wait staff was helpful with choices. Would recommend heartily.

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Best vegan breakfast I have ever had! - Edit

I had a chocolate chip waffle with a biscuit and it was incredible! I was there with a large party of non-vegans and everyone loved the food. Props to the staff for accommodating our party of nine, as well!

Pros: all vegan, all delicious , tons of options, great vibe, location, and staff

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yummy!! - Edit

Love this place. Great atmosphere, yummy food and they had live music.

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So much Yassss - Edit

Ugh. I loved it. Plain and simple. We stopped by this place around 3 in the afternoon on a Saturday after spending some time with my non vegan step mother at the zoo (cause obviously the only vegan food at the zoo was what the animals were eating). She is still on the fence about eating a whole food plant based diet so I have been trying to show her the light with different restaurants. This was by far the best!! She got a veggie burger and a slice of orange spice cake. I got a sushi roll, chips and queso, and a slice of the Coconut Raspberry cake. It was all so good! I make queso and sushi at home all the time so it was nice to have someone else make it for a change and the flavors were great. I haven't had a lot of vegan cakes so I was pleasantly surprised with what we ordered. They were a little on the dense side which is totally okay cause I like my cakes to be a bit sturdy and the flavors were completely on point. I even ordered a Rueben wrap with kale salad to go (and more desserts of course) for my husband cause he was super jealous he wasn't there! I did steal bite of his Rueben wrap when we got home and all I can say is omggggg. It was that good.

The only and only thing I wasn't super into was the Almond Butter Bacon sandwich. I got that to go cause I wanted to try it but was already too full to eat it there. I really could have gone without it. The bread was hardly bread and tasted almost like granola and was super crunchy. Wasn't a fan and I ended up taking one of the slices of the granola like bread and just eating the rest open faced. It was just a little too sweet and the "bacon" taste wasn't strong enough for my liking. Still, you cant win them all but the food overall was very excellent.

Oh and ps. They don't have the Thai Tater Tots anymore though it is listed on their online menu. Good Life Cafe, if you are reading this, please put them back on your menu or at least as a special cause I am dying to try them!!

Updated from previous review on 2017-11-05

Pros: Yummy , HUGE variety, Great location and atmosphere

Cons: Not a fan of hard granola "bread"

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A little bland... - Edit

I had the guacamole appetizer. Missing flavor. I also had the eggplant bacon wrap. The “bacon” was sweet but didn’t taste like bacon. And at $12 for a 1/2 Wrap, I really was expecting more. The atmosphere was nice.

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Soda City Treasure - Edit

Everytime I drive into Columbia, this is my first stop. I recommend the kale salad, burrito, eggplant bacon wrap, manicotti, spring rolls and lasagna. I haven't yet ventured beyond those few items because I am set in my ways, but perhaps I'll change it up on my next visit. Perhaps the almond butter bacon sandwich...

Pros: Good variety, Friendly staff

Cons: Not in my city

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AMAZING - Edit

I was so hungry that I for got to take pictures but I will update this review! ☺️
A life saver in this town of meat eaters. I'm here running away from Miami's hurricane and wow! It's been so hard to find vegan food here but this was not only a saver but delicious. I ordered the tacos and the egg plant bacon! Both incredible. This was yesterday and I will order again! 😁💚

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delicious variety - Edit

My husband and I ate here on our way to and from Folly Beach. Loved it! Highly recommend the spring rolls for an appetizer. They have smoothies, bowls, raw dishes & cooked dishes. The Reuben was our favorite dish we tried. We sat out on the sidewalk with our dogs. All of the staff were super friendly and we had great service both times. Will definitely go back- going to eat here every time en route to or from Folly Beach!

Pros: variety, good, friendly service , can dine outside with dogs

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great options! - Edit

Everything I have tried at good life Cafe has been delicious. They have sandwiches, pastas, salads, tacos, tons of stuff! They also do brunch on the weekend. My favorite is the BLT with eggplant bacon on their delicious onion bread. Yum!! When they first started, they were not very good at organization and food took forever, but lately things have improved.

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Good Life, Good Food - Edit

This place is delicious! I wanted to sample all the vegan fare that Columbia has to offer, but this was the first place I went to, and I loved the food so much, I ate here for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It's not cheap (raw food dishes never are) but it was really spectacular and flavorful and filling!

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very good - Edit

I had the raw food sampler. It was very delicious. The kale salad and the raw noodles were amazing. I'll be going back.

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Deliciously raw - Edit

I had the raw tacos and they tasted FANTASTIC. They were very flavorful and delightful.









Updated from previous review on 2017-08-01

Pros: Good ambiance , Very clean, Tasty food

Cons: My reuben wrap was VERY salty

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Great experience! - Edit

I love that an establishment is taking healthy and vegan so seriously! Searching for a vegan brunch option while passing through Columbia on the way to the beach! Good life was perfect and just what we were looking for. We had acai bowls! Fantastic!

Jon Rooks provided live entertainment. He's brilliant! Check him out at Jonrooksmusic on Facebook or instagram.

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Delicious and Great Raw selection - Edit

Great flavors! Great food. Great service!

Pros: good food, good value

Cons: cost little more, but you get what you pay for

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BEST KALE SALAD EVER! - Edit

Their house kale salad is amazing. Please get it. The eggplant bacon wrap was really filling as well. The Reuben is not worth the money, basically a friend wonton wrap with tempeh. But THE KALE SALAD!! Get the kale salad. You won't regret it.

Pros: KALE SALAD

Cons: really pricey

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Absolutely Amazing!!! - Edit

Beautiful setting, wonderful staff, and the food is incredible!

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FABULOUSLY DELICIOUS - Edit

Found this place whilst wandering the downtown area on New Years Eve, had an unbelievably delicious drink (cold-pressed juice and vodka), experienced impeccable and friendly service, and vowed to come back for brunch the next day.

We did...and it did not disappoint! Been plant-based since June 2012, and I've never had such an amazing brunch! Bought one of nearly everything on the menu to try and even purchased items from the cooler to take home. EVERYTHING WAS FANTASTIC!

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Great place in Colombia, SC - Edit

This place was amazing! I loved the atmosphere and the food!

Pros: atmosphere, delicious, great customer service

Cons: none, none, none

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My favorite vegan brunch spot - Edit

Excellent restaurant. I'm a huge fan of the Saturday and Sunday brunch.

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Just Wonderful! - Edit

We had brunch on a Sunday. There were many options that were new to me, as well as staple comfort food, all vegan of course. The Organic Scramble Platter was delicious and plenty of food. I had to get a box to go. Our server was friendly and very good at his job. This was an excellent little vegan cafe that we will visit again.

Pros: All vegan

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I wish it were where I live - Edit

Everything I ate here was so good!! It was my first gourmet raw experience. I asked if they made a cookbook, but alas, they did not. The flavors were so amazing that even people who think they are omnivores would enjoy it. I look forward to going back when I'm in the area.

Pros: Amazing Flavors, Friendly Staff, Great Atmosphere

Cons: Recipes Are Secret

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Wish I had tried this place sooner! - Edit

Was recommended to go here by so many people...so glad to finally get here and try it. The food is incredible and the staff are friendly. Great location centrally located in Columbia on Main Street. Seriously amazing, y'all! :)

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Delicious and different - Edit

I have been to GLC three times. I have had the tacos and the queso (amazing), the BBQ burger (very savory and delicious, but no bun of any kind), and the burrito bowl (very good, but would be better if they used coconut-cilantro brown rice, rather than white rice, which is very heavy and starchy). The staff are friendly and the atmosphere is comfortable.

Pros: generous portions, friendly staff

Cons: on the pricey side

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My go-to Columbia restaurant - Edit

This is literally the first restaurant I visit whenever I come to Columbia for work ... And I often get lunch to-go from here as well during my stay.

My favorite menu items are the lasagna and the the burger of the day -- they are HUGE in terms of serving size and very filling. The almond butter bacon sandwich and the eggplant bacon wrap are also very good if you want something hand-held. If you can't decide what to pick, you can do the sample plate that includes small servings of three entrees and three sides. It was too much for me to eat in one sitting, but I got lunch the next day out of it too!

Their smoothies and desserts are substantial and definitely worth trying. However, I'm only giving them 4 stars because most of their smoothies contain bananas, and the past three times I've visited (months apart) they were out of them!! They seriously need to stock up. Otherwise, this is my go-to spot in Columbia. Check it out!

Pros: Large portions, Wide variety of menu options, Not too oily or salty (unlike some other raw resta

Cons: A bit expensive, They often run out of menu items/ingredients

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Pretty Great Place! - Edit

I have been a good few time to Good Life now. My first time was actually not the best, as I think me and my fiancé ordered items we just didn't care for at the same time by accident. I say that because every time we have been back since has been amazing! The first time I got the Eggplant Bacon Wrap, which while had good reviews, did not do much for me. My fiancé got the Mushroom Nori Wrap and I thought it smelled odd and could not pallet it. Since then though, we have gotten the tacos, which are OUT OF THIS WORLD! We have also gotten the stuffed Portobello, queso, and many of their sides. It is great! I am strict vegan but not raw vegan, this is a fun place to go for a change of pace and a unique take on delicious food.

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swanky digs, great service, groovy music - Edit

Staff warm and inviting. Kat was welcoming and engaging. Great menu with off list specials. Will definitely return

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