Gracias Madre - SF

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$30 and under
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Mexican

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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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KF
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Very bad neighborhood and the communal seating was not something I was told when I made my reservation. Overall great food, but I don't know if I'd go back to this part of the Mission district.

PB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing flavors. Love the plant-based menu.

PJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food4service1ambience1

The food was average-to-good, but service was terrible. very noisy place with uncomfortable seating.

D
San Francisco
48 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Staff were great - had good suggestions. Food was good, especially the cauliflower with cashew cream : )
Restaurant interior is rustic and cozy. Ginger-mint tea was overwhelmed by the ginger, couldn't drink it. The strolling guitarist at lunch was too loud for people trying to have conversations.

b
San Francisco
51 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this restaurant. I adore their black beans. I had the Bowl Uno and it was outstanding. I want it again tomorrow. Which it was closer to where I live. So delicious!!

OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Server was not happy to serve us! For the price we pay, we expect them to be happy! Portions are small for the price especially the chips and guacamole for $10.

DM
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Beautiful, warm and cozy setting inside. Service was excellent from the onset and continued through the dinner. Appetizers, posole, tacos were delicious!

m
San Francisco
68 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

We were ice cold sitting outside-- we had a reservation and they sat us under a heating lamp that simply did not so the trick. We had a great server though. Food was quite good. Tortilla for the enchilada was a bit to hard. Beans and sauce was excellent. Cocktails are wonderful. Would I go back? Probably. But with lower expectations.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was delicious - little spicy but overall very delicious!

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

First time in San Francisco

G
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall2food5service1ambience1

Service was horrible especially compared to the Los Angeles location which I love

S
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great food great service. Plates are a bit skimpy and a bit expensive. Still best vegetarian we know of.

E
Miami
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gracias Madre was such a great experience, great ambiance!

OL
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great customer service. Friendly smiles greet you at the reservation kiosk. The food is outstanding! I’ve tried just about everything on the menu and I am always impressed with the seasonal selections. Would love to see a little more variety of non-alcoholic beverage options, but the options available are delicious.

t
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gracias Madre never disappoints, for vegans and non-vegans' alike! Service is always friendly and great, drinks are amazing and the food is TASTY!

T
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Took a friend for dinner who had never been. It was Friday at 6:30pm. I got there early and wanted to grab a drink. Was told by the hostess that I could sit at the bar but because it’s “full service” would need to move if they needed to seat someone. Mind you, the place was empty at this point.
Once seated, server was good but almost immediately after ordering an order of guacamole came to the table. I had ordered it as an add on to my entree so I didn’t question it. Our server rushed up and took it away saying “ that’s not yours!”. as I had a chip in hand about to dig in to said guacamole. When it came time to pay, she was nowhere to be found! And had to have another server find her

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food was fresh, tasty, and the wait time was reasonable. Very highly recommended!

The food choices were varied, and appealed to every person in our party. The server was very attentive to the level of spice desired, and each of us got food spiced as requested.

J
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

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.

B
Sacramento
48 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall1food5service1ambience3

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!

SJ
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

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.

A
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience4

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!

S
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good brunch. Yummy gluten free French toast that my gluten eating daughter liked too. Tasty hash and Bloody Mary. Recommend !

D
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Delicious food especially for non-vegetarians! Mushroom tacos were divine. Colifloro fritto was excellent.

LG
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

J
Portland
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very tasty food, prepared with many creative touches. Service is attentive and friendly though occasionally a bit slow.

F
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

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

M
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience5

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.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

OT
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

By far one of my favorite restaurants. Never disappoints.

SL
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

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.

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

j
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone should try this place! They prove that vegan food can be amazing. We didn't miss having meat at all!

VB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

great food and service . We liked this place a lot.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

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.

OT
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience3

Too loud for a date but otherwise great!

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great meal. Delicious food, excellent and beautiful cocktails, and very good service. I look forward to returning.

LC
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall3food5service4ambience1

I love this place, but the noise level inside is too high. Servers seem overwhelmed but cheerful.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

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!

OT
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

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.

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