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Cafe Gratitude - San Diego, San Diego, CA

Cafe Gratitude - San Diego

5.0
5
669 Reviews
$30 and under
Vegetarian / Vegan
Café Gratitude is a collection of plant-based restaurants specializing in gourmet cuisines. We strive to create a menu and environment that supports health and sustainability for both our community and the planet. We practice business through a term we call “Sacred Commerce”, where we provide inspired service, honest and transparent communication, and express gratitude for the richness of our lives.We select the finest organic ingredients to honor the earth and ourselves, as we are one and the same. We support local farmers, sustainable agriculture and environmentally friendly products. Our food is prepared with love. We invite you to step inside and enjoy being someone that chooses: loving your life, adoring yourself, accepting the world, being generous and grateful every day, and experiencing being provided for. Have fun and enjoy being nourished. Welcome to Café Gratitude!

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Vegetarian / Vegan, Organic

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 9:00 am–9:00 pm Breakfast Daily 9:00 am–1:00 pm Lunch Daily 1:00 pm–4:00 pm Dinner Daily 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (619) 736-5077

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    DREUX ELLIS

  • Catering

    Please contact us to discuss custom and preset catering options.

  • Neighborhood

    Little Italy

  • Cross street

    Kettner & Fir

  • Parking details

    Just a few blocks from Santa Fe Station in Little Italy. Valet available on the corner of India and Fir.

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 669 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

5.0
5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.8Value

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  1. LS

    LisaS

    San Diego

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was wonderful and so fresh. Loved having so many healthy tasty vegan options!
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Yummy and will return
  3. 9

    963chris

    St. Louis

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    great food + service. pleasantly surprised at how creative + tasty the vegetarian dishes were. the coconut calamari was fab!
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Ambience was wonderful. Amazing food with all organic ingredients. Wonderful gluten free options. The service was a bit slow.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Our server was extremely kind and on top of it.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The concept of the restaurant was really cute with all their menu options having gratitude naming. It was also good since my friend has dietary restrictions and the restaurant being plant based wasn’t even something I realized.
  7. R

    Reginalampert

    New York Area

    71 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    71 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    I had so looked forward to eating here because I had heard so many nice things about the branch in Venice, CA. Food and beverage was overpriced, service was slow, umbrellas outside did not cover all of the people at the table, and it was HOT AND SUNNY. The names of the dishes are very pretentious, and several items were not available even though we were there at 11 AM- really? They were stingy with the glasses of ice we asked for, despite charging a fortune for our beverages! This was not the experience I had looked forward to!
  8. M

    Mandy

    Atlanta

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service was outstanding! Beautiful restaurant. We ordered a wide range of selections on the menu and loved it all. The kelp noodles, "calamari", enchiladas and milkshakes were highlights.
  9. S

    Suzyq

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday was awesome
  10. NW

    NWSkier

    San Diego

    57 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    57 reviews

    Dined on July 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great menu - lots too choose from! Terrific service! Delicious food look forward to next visit!
  11. I

    Izzy

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love everything about this place! Ambience, food and staff all amazing! Madame Marie is absolutely wonderful!
  12. I

    Izzy

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic!
  13. SS

    StaciS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service! Enjoyed the experience and unique food options.
  14. RF

    RealFoodLover

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food!!! Won’t promote heart disease or diabetes ☺️👏🏼❤️
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Music/speaker was pretty loud.
  16. TL

    TraciLea

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service were amazing!! Not to mention to vibe is so positive. Love it!
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Mexico City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Aniversary
  18. TB

    ToddB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cafe Gratitude is my favorite vegan restaurant anywhere (and I've eaten at some of the best in NYC, LA and SF) and one that our whole family LOVES even though none of them are vegan. That's a gift in itself since I am vegan. Last night we took my wife there for Mother's Day with our two boys and their girlfriends and it was phenomenal. The constantly changing menu always leaves me with so many incredible sounding options that it's hard to decide which to choose. Last night my wife and I shared the I AM DAZZLING (all dishes are shared) wich is Little Gem Cesar. Yum! Then for the main course, I tried I AM SMOKIN' which is Blackened Tempeh & Red Bean Chili. It features grilled corn polenta, chopped escabeche, smoky coconut sour cream & scallions. It was excellent. But even better was my wife's dish I AM DEVOTED which is INDONESIAN ROASTED VEGETABLE BOWL with roasted butternut squash, roasted beets, red bell pepper, zucchini, kale, edamame, forbidden black rice, peanut sauce, pickled carrots and sesame. Wow! Then there's dessert! We shared the following desserts around the table - I AM OPULENT - which is WARM WALNUT CHOCOLATE CHUNK COOKIE & ICE CREAM with miso salted caramel & your choice of housemade ice cream: pistachio, chocolate macadamia or maple pecan. We opted for pistachio and vanilla. OMG it is SO GOOD. We also had I AM MINDFUL -- Strawberry Rhubarb Pie and a special Strawberry Shortcake which were all delicious. All of this is to say, whether you're vegan or not, this is one of the best restaurants anywhere.
  19. C

    Cyrus

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great value. Servers here are the best, especially to our dog.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food. Good service.
  21. e

    evab

    Miami

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 3, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The host was so friendly, he made us feel welcome right away. The food was great except for one dish we had to send back, which was disappointing. Overall, a great lace and great food in Little Italy. Will definitely be back.
  22. G

    Grace

    San Diego

    41 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on April 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love the words of affirmation theme. Such friends and fun service. The place is so cute inside. And outside is fun to people watch. Everything is good. The most surprising were the calamari and the cookie with pistachio ice cream. I would just go there for both! We also had bowls which are filling…will share one in the future so we don’t feel stuffed and can better enjoy the Cookie. The only thing we both won’t order again is the spring roll…very different texture, small and smoked flavor. Not what you’d expect.
  23. AS

    AimeeS

    Denver

    33 reviews

    4.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on April 25, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    We have eaten here several times during our trips to San Diego. This trip we also stopped. Food is always amazing with lots of gluten free options. They do not however guarantee no cross-contamination so don’t go if you are celiac. They were out of several dishes including entrees. The service was slow for a quiet Sunday night but the food was amazing as always!
  24. DD

    DinDin

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    This restaurant is located in Little Italy. Since it is a Saturday, I decided to make a reservation for our late lunch for 2:45 pm. They were busy so I had to wait a bit for them to clean a table I am not sure if the hostess is new, because after I told her I made a reservation, she first asked for my name, then self corrected that she meant how many in our party. After being seated, no wait staff greeted me but there are about 10 of them walking around. I was thirsty so I flagged down a girl and asked for some. I noticed the QR code not only for the menu but guests can order online. Since the service seemed slow, we decided to order a Torta Espanola Chopped salad with added avocado, a Eggplant Parmesan sandwich, and a raw tiramisu. The food was very good but prices were a bit high. This restaurant is far from where I reside and parking situation was not idea. It seems hard to avoid “hard to find parking” situation even is you show up during an untraditional meal time. I would say never to revisit, but definitely not anytime soon.
  25. AS

    AimeeS

    Denver

    33 reviews

    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We arrived early for our reservation and the host found us a secluded booth and seated us early. He was very helpful and pleasant. The food was wonderful and they accommodated my gluten free needs without difficulty. The waitress did forget our appetizer and it arrived after our main meal but we enjoyed all of it and it was worth the wait.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 12, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience2
    I feel that the quality of the food has changed. Even the ambience has changed. Such a shame, as I used to love Cafe gratitude.
  27. MO

    MObe

    Miami

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    Food was good but not excellent. Not as good as their Gracias Madre in LA. Entrées came out lukewarm - not hot. Appetizer came out after the entrées. A bit loud for our taste. However it is worth trying. Maybe you will have a better experience.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    The only thing I did was not happy with was that they were out of some things, understandably since I went in the middle of Restaurant Week. But the place is so nice, clean and cool, the staff is super friendly and ready to take care of you. I will definitely come back but just not during restaurant week
  29. D

    David

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2020

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    One of my favorite places in San Diego. Service was slow today and two menu options were unavailable because the restaurant ran out of them. It may have been an off-day.
  30. RK

    RobynK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 1, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing plant based restaurant with great gluten free options too!
  31. JM

    JillM

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 27, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent meal, excellent atmosphere. Love it every time I dine there.
  32. R

    Ramc

    San Diego

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was amazing. Had 2 main course and an appetizer. The coconut calamari was unique and amazing. Great experience!
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 22, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    From the moment we walked in until the moment we walked out, everything from the initial contact by the hostess to check out process was seamless. Grateful to have experienced such a memorable time in beautiful San Diego! Would love to return to Cafe Gratitude!
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had brunch at this location. Super beutifyll . Very good food super fresh and yummy . I would recommend
  35. j

    jp007

    Austin

    37 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Service and food were good, but the portion size of my avocado toast was really tiny. It looked like maybe a quarter of an avocado smashed on top of a very thin slice of bread. I was pretty disappointed.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place! Just expect to have a wait with your table or getting your food. It’s a busy spot! But well worth the wait! Will be back
  37. AS

    AlyssaS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My boyfriend and I went for dinner on Valentine’s Day. It was such a great experience. The 5 course meal was delicious, I’m still thinking about how good the strawberry cheesecake was! Our server was a sweetheart. 10/10 would recommend, we’re definitely going to be back.
  38. E

    Eddie

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    There is a two-top table in the middle of the restaurant/service area that just shouldn’t be there... and that’s where we were seated. What was supposed to be a nice, relaxing, intimate dinner turned into servers and patrons alike walking around our table, running into each other, squeezing by, etc., and when we commented on this to hostess we got a paltry, “Sorry.” Provide your customers with an experience becoming of the ambiance of the restaurant versus trying to cram in more tables.
  39. JH

    JonahH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and ambience was nothing short of immaculate. Lovely area and staff.
  40. RS

    RickS

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is always great. Convenient location in Little Italy. Clean, healthy and creatively delicious options to help in my transition to a more plant based diet.

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Cafe Gratitude - San Diego is rated 5 stars by 669 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Cross street

    Kettner & Fir

  • Neighborhood

    Little Italy

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 9:00 am–9:00 pm Breakfast Daily 9:00 am–1:00 pm Lunch Daily 1:00 pm–4:00 pm Dinner Daily 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Vegetarian / Vegan, Organic

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Just a few blocks from Santa Fe Station in Little Italy. Valet available on the corner of India and Fir.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    DREUX ELLIS

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (619) 736-5077

  • Catering

    Please contact us to discuss custom and preset catering options.

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