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alive raw restaurant: san francisco

Alive, a San Francisco raw restaurant on Lombard Street, takes healthful dining to sophisticated heights. Specializing in raw, vegetarian, animal-free cuisine using the freshest, highest-quality local and seasonal produce, the restaurant was awarded Best Raw Food in San Francisco by SF Weekly.

Raw or living food is food that is uncooked, sprouted, or dehydrated at low temperatures to preserve the natural occurring enzymes and nutrients. Enzymes and nutrients begin to be destroyed at 116°F. Freezing food still leaves most of their enzymes intact.

The enzymes in raw food help the body's supply of enzymes break down and digest food. This allows the nutrients to be easily assimilated into the body without using too much of your body's own digestive enzymes. This helps save energy, which aids in slowing down the aging process and protect the body against disease.

Persons embracing this type of diet invariably experience improvements in their general physical and mental status, including more energy, better health, weight loss, detoxification, and a sturdier immune system.

“It’s food that’s healthy, well-balanced and delicious, prepared as fresh as possible,” says owner and executive chef Leland Jung.

The interior design of the restaurant uses feng shui principles and colors with muted greens on the walls. There is also a lovely dine in garden a respite from urban life; growing Japanese maple, bamboos, camellias, ferns & vines.

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