Living Kitchen

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555 Fayetteville St Ste 100 (at downtown), Raleigh, North Carolina, USA, 27601

One of a few locations in NC serving contemporary vegan and mostly raw food cuisine with has smoothie and juice bar, nut and seed milks. Everything is vegan except for bee products (ask). Est. 2016 in Charter Square Building. Open Mon-Sat 8:00am-9:00pm.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, American, Organic, Raw, Juice bar, Beer/Wine, Take-out, Fusion, Gluten-free

25 Reviews

First Review by lisammarshall

Awesome - Edit

Ive not ate at a raw-food restaurant before - and this was a pleasant surprise - really tasty. We will be back to work through the menu!

Pros: tasty, veggie/vegan, healthy

Cons: none

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Living Bagel Is To Die For - Edit

I added to fresh jalapeño to give it a bit of a kick and it was great. All ingredients are fresh and the pleasant staff made the experience even better. As I was leaving, a gentleman walked in and was greeted by the nice lady behind the counter to thank her for being supportive. After 9 years of being homeless he was celebrating having his own home and stopped in on his way to work to share the good news. If you want to enjoy excellent food and be with people who care about their community then I highly recommend this place. Living Kitchen is living well. Helluva way to start my day!

Pros: very fresh ingredients, creative combinations , coffee brewed fresh and well balanced

Cons: opens at 8am and I’m an early riser

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one of the best! - Edit

I frequent Living Kitchen. It’s amazing. The food is delicious and so creative! I love the Rawco Taco salad and the BLT sandwich. You can’t go wrong with anything.

Pros: great downtown location , raw vegan , contemporary atmosphere

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"Healthy and Tasty" - Edit

While in town from Ohio I was looking for a fresh healthy meal to share with my meat eating boyfriend, pleased to say I found it! I had the taco salad, he had the blt. The food was presented beautifully in good portion sizes, and the wait staff were very nice and even sent me home with an extra container of the awesome dressing that went with my salad because I loved it so much! The restaurant is in an amazing location too.. very convenient if you're staying anywhere near downtown. Over all, lovely experience.

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Wonderful food - Edit

Every location had been consistently great.

Pros: Raw and cooked options, Fresh ingredients , Fresh juice

Cons: Service can be a bit slow

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good food! - Edit

Food was very good. We had hummus tri appetizer, I had the BLT in a collard greens wrap with a side of the mock tuna salad, and cookies and milk for dessert. They came around with drinks for us to taste while we waited for out dinner.

Pros: good food , taste test durning the meal, all plant based

Cons: service was a little off, but probably just that e

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amazing - Edit

Elegant and modern decor. Loved the fact that water was served room temp.

Pros: raw food, standard price and beautiful food.

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Awesome Place - Edit

This is now our favorite restaurant in the area. It’s completely vegan and almost all raw food. They are also almost completely gluten free. The food is out of this world good and the service is perfect. It can get a little pricey, but for organic natural food and awesome service it is so worth it!

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Raw Food Done Right in Raleigh - Edit

Living Kitchen is an almost completely raw establishment with one of their locations at the end of the one of the most bustling downtown areas in Raleigh. This review is about the Raleigh location. When you first approach Living Kitchen, you'll see that windows surround the restaurant which makes the lighting brilliant and warm inside. Upon entering, you're usually greeted by staff behind the bar and you will notice the modern and inviting interior right away.

When you look at the menu, you'll notice the "Bar" section which contains smoothies, juices, coffees/teas and other drinks. Some of their smoothies are like milkshakes (yum!). Bonus: they make all of their own nut milks.

For lunch and dinner, their appetizers are on the light side albeit on the high side of cost. I have ordered the sweet potato sushi twice and while it's very delicious the "lightly spiced Thai chili sauce" is a bit too spicy for me (I usually get a 3/5 at Thai restaurants). Currently, their main dishes are mostly raw excluding the BBQ slides and sandwiches. Some of the raw entrees aren't appealing to my eyes because it doesn't seem high in calories although most contain a good amount of calories from fats.

I have only ever ordered the salads and sandwiches (the latter comes with a side) and are filling. You can get the sandwiches in a collard leaf if you can't do the bread. And the salads....my favorite that I can't stop getting is the Arugula Harvest. Mmm that dish is everything I want a salad to be.

The desserts are delicious. Most are nut and coconut based so they can be a bit heavy. I've had the turtle cake, cheesecake, and tiramisu - would get them all again.

Overall, it might not be the very first place in Raleigh I would bring someone to try vegan food unless they are interested in eating healthy and are open-minded to new foods. I look forward to visiting again!

Pros: healthy , good quality, friendly service

Cons: hard to find parking

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Gem in the city - Edit

When I found this place, I was estatic. The food is almost entirely raw and absolutely delicious. I've tried multiple things on the menu and I haven't found anything I don't like. The veggie burger is always a go to. It's a nice place to have a bite to eat while watching all the people walk downtown. My only complaints are with the dessert portions (Cheesecake was small but delicious!!) and speed of service. However, everyone there is super friendly!

Pros: Healthy with great quality, Great taste, Clean environment

Cons: Pricey, Smaller portions, Slower service

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Best Raw Vegan Food - Edit

This place is my favorite place to go for raw vegan food. Soo amazing and everything is so fresh. You won't believe it's healthy!

Pros: great atmosphere , incredible food

Cons: bad location (difficult to find parking), slow customer service

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delicious and light - Edit

My husband had the Vietnamese Pho and enjoyed it. I had the burger with chipotle and house made guac with a beet salad and I loved it! It was perfect and light. I will be back!

Pros: raw, creative, vegan food, natural lighting, friendly staff

Cons: out of chai

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made with love - Edit

Can't wait to be back in the area to go back to living Kitchen. Mostly vegan option on the menu, delicious and varied selection of appetizers, main dishes and desserts.

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Raw vegan (everything) - Edit

We're visiting Raleigh and will be at the Convention Center in dowtown all weekend. We ate lunch here 2 days straight. For 3 people, it's about $80 after tip. Most everything is veganized with some type of cashew creation, which was wonderful for us, but can see that presenting a problem to those with nut allergies. Had sweet potato sushi to start, which was so darn good, but was on the tiny side. The lunch meals were great, though. Good portions, super tasty, and very creative. They don't skimp on taste or ingredients. The kitchen really knows what they're doing. The plating was also beautiful. We were blown away on day 1, but day 2, a bit less. We're vegan, not raw vegan, and having a raw burger or "manicotti" with a cucumber wrap wasn't our thing. But for raw vegans, I bet they'd be in heaven. Even so, kudos!

Updated from previous review on 2017-04-22

Pros: Menu options, Super friendly staff, Chill environment

Cons: Warm water, Lemonade was too pricey ($5 for small glass)

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Beautiful food - Edit

This place has really good lunch/dinner items! I've tried their oyster mushroom sliders and tomato tart and both are perfect! the turtle cake is ok but not my favorite, the crust was good but I didn't really like the middle. Also the ginger-ale is ammaazziinngg . The only problem is that thy have a lot of food that is heavily tree-nut based, and I have some relatives who are allergic. :(

Pros: Beautiful view from restaurant, Really good food, Really friendly staff

Cons: Limited menu for those with nut allergies

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delicious - Edit

Very modern establishment with a wide array of food, juices and smoothies. Friendly wait staff. Mostly raw food aside from some soups or toasted breads. Had the Mock Tuna Salad sandwich and the manicotti along with some smoothies. everything was beautifully arranged on the plates and tasted delicious.

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Excellent Experience! - Edit

Plant-based, mostly vegan. The place seems fairly new, great ambiance with windows all around. The staff are extremely pleasant and accommodating. I had the avocado and basil sandwich with soup of the day... very good!

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Healthy, Raw and Filling! - Edit

I ordered the "Living Burrito" with a side of house hot sause, Chili Bean Soup (seasonal) and a raw Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake (seasonal.)

The order took a bit to come out, but it was yummy, filling and I would go back if I wanted to eat raw vegan food. The pumpkin pie cheese cake was delicious, hit the right spot and was not overly sweet, and I appreciated the other flavors of the season playing in this dessert.

Pros: vegan, raw, friendly staff

Cons: Parking

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Clean eating! - Edit

My husband and I checked this place out on an early Friday evening. We had to park down the street at a parking deck. It was nice weather outside, so it was no big deal. There was no wait (~5:30pm) and the host was very friendly. Our waitress was very pleasant and the food was delicious! We were worried that the portions would be tiny (as many raw restaurants are notorious for that), but they weren't. I ordered the vegan tuna sandwich in a collard wrap with my side being the Caesar salad. My husband ordered the Pad Thai. We shared the sweet potato sushi as well as the lemon-berry cheesecake. It was all excellent in its own way. My favorite item was the Caesar salad. Next time I will order that as my entrée. No joke, this is one of the best Caesar salads I have ever had since becoming a vegan (almost 12 yrs). My only gripe was that the appetizer ($9.50) and dessert ($9) were almost the same price as our entrees ($11.50 & $14).

Pros: Great food, Friendly staff, Relaxing ambience

Cons: Had to park down the street in a parking deck, Some of the items are expensive

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Raw is Good! - Edit

Great raw dishes, great choices, service and atmosphere is great. Will go again when Im in town.

Pros: Alot of choices.

Cons: I would like a sampler plate.

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I wish I could eat here everyday ! - Edit

The food is stunning, raw, vegan and organic. What more could you ask for???? The service and ambiance was fantastic, and they had juices, kombucha and smoothies available too. I got the living burrito, and could not be happier! My husband who is not vegan even loved it!! I would highly recommend this restaurant!

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Wonderful raw vegan food! - Edit

Though I'm a vegan, this was my first time having anything from a raw vegan restaurant. I wasn't sure what to expect. But we dined on the raw burrito, lunasagna, homemade hot chocolate, and turtle cake, and everything was scrumptious! I will definitely return to this restaurant! Even my meat-eating husband liked it. Would love to see one of these restaurants in Apex!

Pros: refreshingly healthy and original foods, over-the-top desserts

Cons: location

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Fantastic ! - Edit

My friend had tried out this place right when it opened as they eat almost completely raw. We came as a group of 10 (had called ahead). They had a great table set up for us. Not everyone in the group is vegan or even vegetarian. My one friend is highly allergic to mushrooms. And another was on a diet where that day could only eat carbs. Despite ALL of that the stag was extraordinarily friendly and helpful!! THe server was so knowledgeable and happily educated us on various aspects. They were super safe with the mushrooms. And the food was delicious!! We all sampled each other's (except my one friend obviously didn't try any mushrooms) and everything was AMAZING. the food is beautifully presented. It tastes so phenomenal!
I brought an entree home for a friend that couldn't make it and they packed it up to stay fresh for her, putting the sauce on the side. She loved it and we are planning to go to breakfast there this week :)

Pros: vegan!, raw!, friendly helpful staff

Cons: not next door to my house.. :(

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Great Vegan Food - Edit

Amazing vegan food. This place IS ALL VEGAN. Not vegetarian. Appetizers, salads, entrees, smoothies, elixirs, juices, coffee drinks and deserts! Beautiful decor, comfortable setting and thoughtful, friendly staff.

Pros: Unique dishes, All vegan, Friendly knowledgable staff

Cons: Location, Parking

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angelaxvx 27 Oct 2016 - One of the smoothies has bee pollen in it. Besides that, it looks as though everything else is vegan!  


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As good as Charlotte location - Edit

Had an early dinner moments ago and loved it. Newly open so gave a pass to a bit of abruptness when I entered.

Pros: Tasty, Clean

Cons: Some abruptness, chalking it up to newness

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