Gracias Madre - SF

4.5
942 reviews
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Gracias Madre is truly an expression of who we are – it represents our deep love of and reverence for food, our commitment to health and sustainability, our unconditional love for our multicultural family and community, our devotion to the Earth and the divine feminine, and our commitment to raising consciousness on the planet. It is our intention that the emphasis we place on the sourcing of our food will bring consciousness in the community to the importance of sustainability and of buying and selling locally grown organic food.

In an effort to cultivate a shared experience of nourishment through food and community, all tables at Gracias Madre are sat communally.
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San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our reservation was honored on time. Service was friendly and helpful. The margaritas were killer, really quality and refreshing. The food was a hit with everyone in the party. Enchiladas, flautas, tacos were all good. Side dishes as simple as black beans were excellent. Deserts of chocolate cake and "ice cream" and the cinnamon "ice cream" were a hit. Our first trip here and we will be back.
I might suggest early reservations since the place was packed by the time we left. We loved it.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

We haven’t eaten at Gracias Madre in a few years. We always had a good experience, although the food was always on a heavy side. This time, everything was great, except for food. It appears that the menu has slightly changed and the food became increasingly starchy. We’re not vegans ( pescatarians) but do enjoy good vegan food occasionally.. It seems that the chef ran out of the food plant protein dishes and replaced them with carbs. The prices don’t match the quality. I really miss the Herbivore restaurant on Divisadero that served good vegan food at very reasonable prices.

OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Good food; has a bit of a spicy kick (I'm a mild-spicy guy). Very friendly staff.

MM
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very tasty food, made of quality organic ingredients. Spicy! Good selection of drinks, also.

j
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

my friends and I are from Los Angeles and we have a GRACIAS MADRE here in West Hollywood but we enjoy this location, the original, so much more. from service to food quality- we are never disappointed with our experience.

J
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The food is delicious and our waiter was really friendly.
However, we had to wait for 15 minutes even with a reservation and were seated just next to the entry door - where a cool air draft blew onto us while eating whenever the door was opened.

M
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food and service, only downside is the many homeless with their smells parked outside .

RR
Denver
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you're a vegan or vegetarian and like great Mexican food that's not run of the mill this is a must go to place.

JG
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I was looking for a nice vegan restaurant with good quality food at a good price and found this place. I was soo excited that I booked a reservation 3 months in advance and I’m glad I did it was definitely worth it.

ND
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great flavors of Mexican food captured in vegan food! And the desserts are just as amazing as well. We sat at the bar and the service was so friendly and very welcoming. I don't think I ever had food served to me so fast after ordering. If you love, or are open to trying vegan food, I would definitely put Gracias Madre on the list to eat!

OT
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friend and I shared the enchiladas and tamal. Both were delicious but I think the enchiladas were better!

RP
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Food is delicious although appetizer proportions are small- especially chips and guacamole. My Tofu dish was good but not outstanding. The tofu was too too firm. The server was very businesslike and not very friendly. We did not appreciate the live performer who barely played anything at our table come around literally forcing us to tip him! That just spoiled our mood!! The drinks were dilute (we ordered several cocktails and margaritas).

S
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Yummy gluten-free French toast and gorditas. . The figs in the fig salad were not good. Good refried beans.

AN
New England
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Seems to have gotten worse over the past year. Appetizer portions were tiny and the entrees were just OK. Service sporadic. Very loud.

CH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent and service was prompt and friendly. I had cauliflower tacos and gorditas. Both were delicious and good value at $5 each on the Happy Hour menu. Others in our party had flautas, enchiladas and jackfruit tacos--all very good! Will definitely come again when next in San Francisco.

OT
Palm Springs
8 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

It was nice but I enjoyed the food and the atmosphere at the Gracias Madre in Los Angeles better.

JC
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We arrived early on a Sunday for brunch and enjoyed a cozy patio spot. Bowl Uno for me was delicious and full of tasty flavors, and spices. We also had yummy plantain French toast, gluten free with cashew cream and maple syrup. We enjoyed lattes with almond/rice milk and chocolate. All a lovely experience. Get there early!

OT
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Food was not as good as we hoped, the pozole was not very tasty.

MN
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Dinner with friends. Love the food, met nice people!

SF
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 3

Gracias Madre is absolutely not a place I'd come back to in San Francisco. To start, the host checking in tables clearly had too many tasks assigned to them and needed additional support—they were checking people in, checking reservations, taking people to their tables, and also helping to clear and set up tables. That's way too much for a restaurant the size of Gracias Madre, and left the host clearly overworked and the restaurant with a long and slow line. Additionally, there was someone outside of the restaurant asking for food and money. This person was in no way situated on the restaurant property, and was not physically or verbally harassing any patrons in any way. Despite, restaurant "management" came outside and got aggressive with this person, asking them to leave in a near-yelling voice. I thought that was both irresponsible and unwarranted—it would have been much easier to just give the person what they wanted; food.

Finally, on the topic of food, Gracia's Madre's food was actually just horrible—a half step up from Chipotle with store bought margarita mix. The bowls that Gracias Madre is "famous" for are quite literally the same as what one would get at Chipotle or another fast food restaurant—beans on top of romaine and rice. That the food took about 5 minutes to be delivered to our table after ordering tells you everything you need to know about the quality of the food—it's not freshly made, unoriginal, and quite frankly, not worth the price.

LC
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great vegan organic Mexican food. If you need it, you need it!

GC
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Always great food and we had an excellent server, Connor I believe. He worked really hard to help my wife with her many food restrictions. I had a special, a tamale with mole sauce - amazing. A pure watermelon juice to drink-delicious. She had cauliflower tacos that were pretty spicy and tasty. Being located in the Mission District May turn off some, but I’ve never had any issues parking or walking around. But I’m fine with street people and homeless, vendors selling their wares, etc. It’s hard to find anything matching vegan Mexican like GM.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Dinner for four, never a let down. We always reserve Gracias Madre for special occasions.

MH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Everything was great, but way too noisy at times in the outside area... Might be nice if there were sound barriers on either side of the front gate. Just a thought. I hope that’s helpful.

SG
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Nice to have vegetarian menu selections. Food was fresh.

VL
San Francisco
191 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was great. We’re just annoyed they didn’t check us in on open table when we arrived and we received a notice saying we missed our reservation. I really don’t like that.

AP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Location isn’t great, wait staff was pleasant but definitely wanted us to speed up our eating/drinking. Portions are great for value but too big given the flavors.

H
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is heaven for a vegetarian.....or a human! The flavors are on point, so rich and flavorful. In LOvE! We will be back!

JD
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Friday early lunch so it was pretty empty and thankfully quiet.
Food ( torta and 'BLT' wrap) were so fresh and delicious...recipes and quality of
ingredients I can usually only have at home. At last...a restaurant I can feel good
about frequenting!
Service was just right.
A great choice for those wishing to eat WFPBD!

G
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Wonderful. Quick seating outdoor for our pup. Food came fast and was delicious.

S
Cleveland
18 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, very interesting & creative combinations. The only downside to this place is the huge homeless encampment just steps away from the door.

HY
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 1

The food has always been amazing (and thankfully still is), but the service seems to be declining. This visit was the first time I've ever had a server at this (formerly?) wonderful restaurant be rude to me. It was disappointing.

OT
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pozole a rare treat, strawberry rhubarb pie topped with cinnamon ice cream just a dream. One needs not be a vegetarian to enjoy this wonderful shop.

CK
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really great vegan food and drinks. Super friendly staff. Will be back again soon!

J
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great!

OT
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

Hostess was really nice and sat us right away but server didn’t seem too attentive, it was pretty busy so we understand but mostly I am upset at the fact that our night ended with the manager causing an embarrassingly unnecessary argument with us about paying with American Express. I understand that some businesses choose to not accept American Express due to the extra cost percentage charges but as someone that has worked in the industry for years I know how it works and he could’ve made an exception due to the circumstances as we were traveling for work and only had our work credit cards with us which happen to be American Express. Instead he decided to argue with us for about 10 min instead of trying to fix the issue at hand and even went as far as trying to accuse us of ‘dining and dashing’ which was absolutely not the case, I even offered on multiple occasions to charge us the extra percentage that they would incur but he refused. In the end he found a solution and apologized, however, I feel like that entire situation could’ve been avoided by having a knowledgeable manager on staff at all times. Needless to say i will NEVER step foot in another one of their establishments again.

k
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Service was slow. Chairs are hard. Food is okay. It took forever to get our order. Even though there are not too many people, waiter asked us to come close so the table can be shared

DB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The most delicious vegan options ... but you have to be prepared being in the "hood" which is scary!

CD
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 4

I was excited at the thought of vegan Mexican food (I am from Mexico City ) but was disappointed. I had the bowl 2 and my friend hav the enchiladas. The salsas they made there were watery and didn’t taste like simple and elegant Mexican salsas. They suffered from use every spice in the rack syndrome. Ambiance was great however and the service fantastic! I will go back and try other things hopefully they get better at salsa making

U
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

I can no longer have dairy or egg. It was so nice to go to a restaurant with food that tastes great and I can eat everything there! It was so delicious!

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