Cilantro Live!

San Diego County, California

Closed as of Jan 1 09

315 3rd Avenue
Chula Vista, California 91910


3.6 / 1 vote

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An All-RAW Restaurant

Soups include:
1)Avocado & cilantro (broth with diced tomatoes)
2)Cucumber Tahini (with red peppers, cayenne and a hint of dill)
3)Autumn Wild Rice (tomato broth with wild rice, kale and mushrooms)
4)Spicy Tomato Bisque

For Salads, there's:
1)House (mixed greens, red peppers, tomatoes, sprouts, avocado & our famous cilantro-lime vinaigette)
2)Baby Spinach (with red onion, marinated portobello mushrooms, pine nuts & pink grapefruit)
3)Japanese Sea Vegetable (Arame & dulse, bok choy, with an orange/apple cider vinaigetteseeds. 4)Avocado Half (filled with sprouted wild rice-cranberry salad with a pink grapefruit vinaigrette)
5)Thai Salad (julianned cabbage, carrots, onions & apples. Tossed with sweet & sour sauce. Topped with spicy cashews)
Potato Salad (jicama with a cashew cream sauce)

For appetizers, you'll find such delights as:
1)Nori Rolls (Daikon sprouts, red peppers, cucumbers, avocado, wild rice, and carrot-pine nut pate wrapped in nori seaweed roll)
2)Spring Rolls (broccoli sprouts, red and yellow peppers, cilantro, mint, red and green cabbage, avocado and jicama wrapped in fine rice paper) 3)Guacamole (served with salsa fresca and flax seed crackers)
4)Tostada (corn shell topped with pumkin seed beans, lettuce, salsa fresca, nacho cheese and sour cream)

Their Romaine lettuce wraps include:
1)Buenos Vida (cilantro pate, wild rice, house almond cheese and salsa fresca)
2)ForTuna (sunflower-pumpkin seed pate with flax oil, dulse flakes, fresh dill, onion, lettuce and tomatoes)
3)Pizzzzzaza (sun-dried tomato pate with house almond cheese, tri-colored onions, and kalamata olives)
4)Wrap Combo: Combine any of the three wraps.

And if that's not enough, they have a wide variety of entrees, including:
1)Pizzzzzaza (crispy multi-seed crust topped with sun-dried tomato sauce, house "cheese")
2)Angel Hair Pasta Alfredo (thinly sliced zucchini noodles with a rich macadamia cashew alfredo sauce)
3)Angel Hair Pasta Marinara (thinly sliced zucchini noodles with raw marinara tomato sauce) 4)Enchilada (marinated cabbage, mushrooms, red peppers, onions, corn, avocado, and sour cream)
5)Royale Cheeseburger (with an almond pulp-flax seed-buckwheat buns, and a patty made of sun-dried tomatoes, flax seeds, red peppers, garlic & mushrooms, topped with a layer of cashew cheese, homemade ketchup, mustard, mayo, lettuce, tomato, red onion and avocado)
6)Spicy Three Layer Burrito (corn tortilla filled with wild rice, spinach, raisins and lettuce) Heavenly Tacos (folded green tortillas filled with nut-meat, avocado, salsa fresca, lettuce and sour cream)
7)Roma Raw-violis (thinly-sliced roma tomatoes delicately stuffed with pine nut-basil cheese and topped with a pesto sauce)
8)A sampler platter

They also have fresh juices, smoothies, and desserts!

No doubt, Cilantro Live! has food to Live for!

Check out photos of the food on their website.

Added by Steve Carlson on Jul 1 06 (last updated Jan 30 10)

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Some of the appetizers and shakes are very good. I loved the spring rolls and the carob-mint shake. The thai salad was very good and stood as a meal on its own.

As far as the entrees go, you'll do best to avoid the dishes that try too hard to recreate cooked cuisine. The pizza and veggie burger were terrible. Try to order items that are vegetable-centric and don't try to recreate bread out of almond paste and other strange ingredients.

I've always been very impressed by the desserts. I can't remember what exactly I ordered, but I had a parfait that was just delicious.

I won't go back here, though, because it was just way too incredibly overpriced. I understand that raw food is very preparation-intensive, but since I don't subscribe to the raw-food philosophy, it just never seemed worth it to me.

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On Third Ave in Downtown Chula Vista, off E St.


Accepts Reservations


$$$ - expensive


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11:30am - 9:30pm

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