Gracias Madre - SF
In an effort to cultivate a shared experience of nourishment through food and community, all tables at Gracias Madre are sat communally.
While it's lovely to eat in a vegan restaurant where one can choose anything on the menu, the food was uninteresting, though perfectly prepared. The menu was very small and it seemed as though the options were nearly interchangeable. When we got our plates, they looked the same though we ordered different things. Not what it used to be.
This has always been one of our favorite restaurants and our favorite Vegan place. We have noticed a change In the level of service that past couple of times, but were willing to overlook that because the food is so good. This time was too much. The service was slow, as has been the recent custom but the child seat we got was defective. When our Infant slipped through the seat and got trapped, he screamed as we worked to untangle him. No one came over to see if we needed help. When someone finally came over with our food, we pointed out the defect In the chair and asked for another one. The response was, “oh, they are all broken like that.” To have one broken chair and not notice it is understandable. To knowingly use defective infant chairs is negligent. We will never again go to any Gracias Madre or Cafe Gratitude after this horrifying episode!
Creative vegan versions of Mexican classics. I had the enchiladas and posole (I ate both!) and my companion has the tamales. Both the enchiladas and tamales used butternut squash in the filling, which made the dishes sweet, not exactly what we were expecting. The posole was watery with very little hominy in it. The dishes were tasty, tho.
The last time we came to Gracias Madre, it took 2 hours for us to be seated even though we had reservations and that was a year and half ago.
This time, the reservations are on point and even though they are busy, service was definitely not to my expectations. It was a bit slower than I had expected.
Nonetheless, the food is always exceptional and I would always come back!
Very good brunch. Yummy gluten free French toast that my gluten eating daughter liked too. Tasty hash and Bloody Mary. Recommend !
Delicious food especially for non-vegetarians! Mushroom tacos were divine. Colifloro fritto was excellent.
Best place to experience vegan Mexican food. Your brain will be confused but your belly will thank you. Sat outside under the heat laps and it was perfect. Food was delish, would recommend everything!
Very tasty food, prepared with many creative touches. Service is attentive and friendly though occasionally a bit slow.
Flavorful dishes, served piping hot and nicely presented. Loved the pozole, packs a punch with tons of spice. My only suggestion is to offer baked tortilla chips in addition to fried ones that are not as health
One of the best vegan restaurants in San Francisco. What I didn’t like was they made me wait outside until my date arrived. I showed up on time and it was not a party of 10. There was no seating in the bar.
We sat behind the bar. The woman back there was working her tail off. The two guys back there were clueless. They walked around doing nothing. Didn’t check on us, and obviously had no customer service training. The woman back there was making drinks for all the tables and she would still tell the guys we needed help.
Second time I’ve been here and the food was just as good the second time. I love be able to go to a restaurant where I can eat anything I want.
By far one of my favorite restaurants. Never disappoints.
They sat us next to the kitchen and one of the waiters was actually packaging food on our table when we sat down. We had quite a wait before the waitress arrived - although she apologized and explained she was new. She wasn't able to describe the food - although she had tasted the dish once. Once we had ordered, food came quickly and was delicious. Waitress did a great job the rest of the time making sure we had everything we needed.
We had great service with a smile. This restaraunt exceeded my expectations. I would have never thought the Mexican dishes that were served could be vegan and taste authentic.
Everyone should try this place! They prove that vegan food can be amazing. We didn't miss having meat at all!
great food and service . We liked this place a lot.
There’s was a few items on the menu that were actually good, our waitress recommended jackfruit tacos and they were amazing! But flautas weren’t, and desserts were not good. Now that I know what’s good I’ll be back with an idea of what’s good and what’s not. Chairs were close together. Overall it was okay.
Too loud for a date but otherwise great!
Great meal. Delicious food, excellent and beautiful cocktails, and very good service. I look forward to returning.
I love this place, but the noise level inside is too high. Servers seem overwhelmed but cheerful.
First of all, going by the available reservations 2 hours before going in I was expecting it to be packed.
We were a party of 2, and they were 6 people in front of us waiting outside for the hostess. She was MIA for about 10 minutes and no other staff came to assist.
Lucky the patio was heated, but could still feel the draft.
Our choices were a communal table or bar seating, even though there were private tables available. So I was expecting it to be very busy but most of the tables were empty it was about 30 percent filled, and no one was seated at the bar.
We choose the bar, and as we’re sitting down we see a bug crawling across; should have left then honestly.
Our server comes which naturally is also the bartender, makes sense right?!
So we’re looking at the menu, and as we’re deciding on what to eat I order a cocktail.
Then about 15 min later I order my food, but my sister hasn’t decided yet after he hears what I ordered he leaves before letting my sister order. Which was weird, he seemed very disoriented or out of it or something.
We waive him down to order my sisters entree and decide to add another item. AGAIN, he leaves before I could say anything. It was very annoying and disrespectful. It’s been about 25 minutes since I’ve order my drink and nothing comes yet, I’m so confused so I waive him down and remind him. Then to food comes, still no drink, moments later as we’re starting to eat he comes and asks how we’re doing and and leaves before we can say anything. I kindly remind him one more time about my drink and he finally makes it. It was ridiculous! I didn’t even want it at that point! Now going to the food, I ordered the the special which was Tortas, which I’ve always loved before I was vegan. My sister ordered the flautas, and the coconut bacon. Firstly coconut bacon is just coconut chips $4 for a tiny spoonful or coconut chips; what the?!
My dish was so bland, the jackfruit was chewy and tasted old, the bread was soggy and stale. Never again!
We eaten here many times but first time disappointed with a dish. We ordered ensalada de pepino. Salad came without avocado or vinegrette as listed. Cucumber tasted old and dried out. Salad tasted as though it had been in refrigerator for a while. Waiter was kind when I pointed we needed price adjustment since we didnt get complete fresh salad. Black beans and tortillas never fail and dish of the day, platanos with mole, and sangria was very good. Will continue to eat there.
Gracias Madre is go good! The food is creative and so delicious. The drinks are on point. I love the vibrant atmosphere. Gracias Madre is a must-visit when I am in San Francisco.
Amazing vegan food in a great atmosphere! I can't wait to come back for more.
Limited selection is fine. Only issue I have is most dishes have potato as filler for both appetizer and entrees. Why can’t they add mushrooms or any other vegetables? My daughter had the same comment without even prompting. Given GM is a mid to high end restaurant, they need to raise the ante. I could eat plenty of potato carbs at home.
The service was horrible. We had to wait a long time for our table. Food is not very good. Food was not very good.
It was my wife's birthday and the server neglected to acknowledge it. Bummer.
Absolutely delicious food! Almost ate the bowl, my meal was so flavorful! The cashew cheese sauce is amazing and I loved the soy chorizo (great spice!)! Will absolutely recommend to a friend! And will go back!
Food was descent but the service was obnoxious. Servers constantly seemed like they had better things to do and to put the cherry on top my friend had his birthday present stolen from our table and the restaurant didn’t seem to be bothered at all. Beware.
LOVE it. Beautiful setting in the MIssion, but without the usual congestion and noise. Fabulous menu. Courteous wait staff. We got the table we asked for in 10 minutes.
This place has a delicious brunch. The only issue is that they don't carry vodka at all, but they do carry tequila for bloody marias and the cheesecake was ok, not great. The staff was really friendly, it was really quiet when we showed up at 10:30 am for Saturday brunch. There is a small outdoor area which is heated. I would recommend this place and will definitely come here again.
Five of us dined at Gracias Madre and loved everything, including our waiter, Antonio! thank you. We were lucky to dine during Happy Hour. I highly recommend!
Sunday brunch at an outdoor seat on a beautiful day. The brunch hash with tempeh chorizo was great, as was the bowl dos salad of spinach, lentils, peanut sauce and pineapple salsa. Looking forward to going back!
Food is solid. Wait staff is volatile and full of attitude. This was a business dinner and therefore we were slow in ordering. Because of this our waiter became impatient and rude. It was a very negative experience.
Food wasn’t good and service was worse.
Always a great spot for Vegan Mexican!
We went to brunch and had a couple dishes. The plantain french toast and the horchata were big hits.
Family from out of town.
We found this place while visiting from San Diego, saw it had good reviews. We made the trek and were seated pretty quickly. Ordered some appetizers which were fantastic and had a few drinks. The food selection was decent and honestly very delicious. I would recommend this place if you’re feeling like some good filling delicious vegan food.