One day, while out and about, running errands, Chris and I decided to drop into our old Trader Joe's since we were in that neck of the woods. As we drove up Pico Blvd. in Santa Monica, we made notes of things that had closed and new things that had opened since we used to live there. As we pulled into the entirely way-too-small parking lot of Trader Joe's we noticed that a new little restaurant had opened next door: Rejuice.
We did our thing in Trader Joe's, put our loot in the car, and headed into Rejuice to check it out. It's a small, order-at-the-counter establishment with some seating outside. It is very clean and cozy with a very peaceful "yoga-studioesque" vibe. The menu is small but it's got everything you need: A few sandwiches and salads with a variety of juices and smoothies. And the best part- they're all vegan! They have all of their food menu items out on display like live food porn, which of course I was all over. While Chris was checking out the menu, I was salivating over the open-face Heirloom Tomato, Avocado, Basil, and Sweet Onion sandwich and the Kale Salad with Roasted Beets. They also had a package of Sun Warrior Protein Powder on display, for anyone interested in the type of protein powder they use in some of their smoothies. We were both very impressed with the array of things to choose from.
Because it was getting to be that time in the afternoon where I get pretty feisty if I don't have a snack, we decided to give Rejuice a try. Chris ordered the Strawberry Banana Smoothie and I ordered one of their green juices with kale, apples, lemon, ginger, and carrots. They were made quickly and were both very tasty. Chris's smoothie was perfectly sweet and tart at the same time. My juice was the perfect balance of ingredients, with just the right amount of ginger (I sometimes find that juiceries will go a little too heavy on the ginger, making it slightly unpleasant to finish the entire thing).
Chris and I were pleased with the taste, the quality, the service, and the low cost of every item on the menu. I cannot wait to go back and sink my teeth into one of those Open-Face Heirloom Tomato Sandwiches!
When I got home, I did my research on this new little vegan gem in Santa Monica and found that Rejuice was opened by actress, Elizabeth Röhm. I was also pleased to find that not only is all the food vegan, but it is 100% organic as well. Considering this fact, for the price that they charge, anything you purchase will be a steal (all food items are between $5.95 and $7.50, while the juices and smoothies range from $5.00 to $8.00). If you are in the area, definitely stop in and give Rejuice a try.
Welcome to the neighborhood, Rejuice! I look forward to many happy (and delicious) times together!
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I am always so jealous when I read these review posts that you have SO many AMAZING Vegan Restaurants so close by! this place looks so good and I love the living signage (it looks living anyways 🙂 ) I agree with you, a lot of juice bars are a bit heavy handed with the ginger!
We are very blessed. The west side of LA is slowly becoming more vegan-friendly, but still has a way to go when compared to east LA. I mean, they have vegan-friendly bars/pubs, restaurants and stores! Maybe someday...
I do believe the sign was full of live greens. Really beautiful and a very peaceful place. 🙂
wow!! what an amazing find! i can't believe you just stumbled upon a vegan cafe! everything looks wonderful and their prices are phenomenal!
I know, right?!?! How often do you just happen upon a well-priced organic, vegan restaurant? I can't wait to go back!
What luck to stumble upon an all-vegan restaurant! That open face heirloom tomato sandwich looks absolutely mouthwatering. I can almost taste the freshly ground pepper on top.
I know! I was in such disbelief, I must have asked, like, 7 times if everything was vegan. That tomato sandwich is just gorgeous. I can't wait to go back and have a full meal there!
I'm in love with that little place! Totally drooling over the heirloom sandwich! And the prices are absolutely amazing, especially since everything on the menu is organic. I imagine that the menu is seasonal as well, which makes it even more fabulous!
Great find- looks lovely!
Thanks, Erika! 🙂
Ok, I think I need to move to LA! I love that you just happened to discover this place. Looks great!
How lucky! Looks like a gem of a place. Wish Rejuice had been there when I lived in SM!!
I know! I can't wait to go back and try more of their food! 🙂
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that open sandwich is ah mazing!
I just found this one (and a few others) in my spam comments. I don't know why that's happening!
That sandwich is pretty special. Can't wait to check it out! 🙂
all of my comments on wordpress are going to apam apparently. 🙂 that is totally weird since this week is slow comment week and i am not even going on a comment rampage like some days:)
It's so weird how that happened! There were some other genuine comments in there too, so I'm glad you told me. 🙂
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WHOOHOO!! I'm adding them to the list, thanks Kristy! 🙂
Love all the LA restaurants!!! 🙂
Thanks, Leah! We are so lucky to have so many great options! 🙂