My boyfriend and I visited Cafe La Vie on a recent trip to Santa Cruz. We were extremely impressed with the presentation and taste of the dishes we got: soft tacos and crunchy roll. The server was attentive and sweet, and she recommended a wonderful dessert. She was very helpful about identifying which dishes were vegan. Since we are new to raw food, she explained the terms we didn't understand.
Lucky Creation is kind of a hole in the wall, but the food is pretty good. I loved the potstickers and the bean curd with chilli sauce. The mixed vegetables in clay pot was okay, though a tad bland and too watery. There is no ambiance at all, and you may be asked to share a table with other guests if it's crowded... but it's dirt cheap!