Cafe Gratitude - San Diego

4.6
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$30 and under
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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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OT
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great! Has the fried pickles and puttanesca pasta! Delicious!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Always a good experience! The best Vegan food in San Diego...love this place. 10th time here...I’ll be back.

CC
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The restaurant was closed due to an unexpected water leak. We had advance notice even though we had booked a reservation.

SA
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A terrific plant-based restaurant I look forward to visiting again and again when I am in San Diego.

ND
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

My hamburger was dry and overcooked. my partner ordered calamari and did not take a second bite, he said not good, too spicy. The waitress did nothing about it...just walked away. Would not go back.

M
San Diego
28 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

The food is always good. The service is hit or miss. Sometimes it’s good and sometimes it’s mediocre. I understand they get busy but tonight we waited for a meal for quite sometime. Our server must have visited our table three- four times and we were there for almost two hours.

OT
San Diego
34 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brother and sister in law were in town and they are following a plant-based diet. Made a reservation here based on reviews and it did not disappoint, especially to us who don’t follow the diet. Eric was our server and was very friendly and accommodating. Great & friendly service from all who stopped by our table too. Had the Mediterranean plate which had lots Of flavor. Our starters were the nachos, Brussels sprouts and cauliflower. Great flavor too and nice wine selection.

J
Minneapolis
12 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We frequently eat at Cafe Gratitude mostly for the great flavors and variety of menu items! The staff is also very friendly.

WW
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Can’t wait to return! Already know what I’ll be ordering, That I will be getting the best service ever, and that my entire experience will be stellar!

YS
Tahoe
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husbands birthday

BP
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service and food!

c
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Excellent service but a vegan/vegetarian restaurant that was out of gluten free bread is a cardinal sin; not am I a big fan of trying to kick the food up a notch by using a cayenne powder on every dish like this restaurant does. Lastly, and not insignificant, parking at nearby lot is pricey unless you can find a vacant spot with a parking meter adding to a pricey lunch.

M
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Service was unattentive, we were sat immediately and waited a good amount of time for our server to come greet us, understandable - given they were moderately busy.

Server was nice, acknowledged and apologized about the wait - usually a sign that things would get better from then on, well - not really.

Twenty minutes in and still had no water and alcoholic beverages served. Appetizers were served and no acknowledgement to the fact we yet had no liquids on our table.

Food was great, but the process to get everything in a timely manner was just too painful for us to recommend Cafe Gratitude to our friends.

JN
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Food was good, we had the restaurant week special lunch & really enjoyed it. The only issue wasn’t the restaurant’s fault per say but they sat us next to a table that had a ton of people join them. There must have been at least 10 people join this group and since we were in a small 2 top next to their booth it was kind of awkward trying to eat as they all kept getting up to hug/greet their extra guests.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall2food4service2ambience2

Special occasion, so prebooked for our 30th wedding anniversary, arrived to find only available seats for 2 were tables in the middle corridor of the restaurant next to where drinks were prepared or stuck up a corner. There were comfy seats for 4 people but we weren’t offered one though later in the night other couples were! We waited 30 mins for our drinks. We had to wait almost 50 mins for our starters to arrive, when we’d finished them our waitress asked us if we wanted desserts, I explained we hadn’t received our mains yet, she apologised and brought them out immediately. Lukewarm. We visited the Venice beach branch a few evenings before and the service was amazing, they need to train up the San Diego staff. I would suggest they need to employ more staff as our waitress was run off her feet and that’s probably why we were forgotten. She didn’t explain the positive affirmations of Cafe gratitude either. Possibly wasn’t feeling very positive herself. The food was amazing though.

BZ
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious, as always. Coconut “calamari” is amazing. Emily was very nicely server, she was in point and helpful with questions on the menu. I like this place.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful!

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RF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of our favorite cafes anywhere ! The food is vegan gourmet and always fabulous. Love the "consciousness" theme and general vibe. Super well-located for walking around Little Italy area of San Diego too.

N
Portland
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The server and the food were amazing. The hostess seemed to have her own agenda. She was absent when we arrived, so another team member was showing us to a table. The hostess intercepted us, wordlessly stole the menus from the other person, and then went back to the front where she stared at us until we went back up the back up to the front. It was so strange. After the meal, we could see her through the window pointing and talking about us. We still had an amazing meal, but I don't think your culture of positive affirmation and gratitude are rubbing off on this employee.

OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to celebrate my best friend’s birthday and have some good food. She was so happy and everything was delicious and our server was very courteous. She even brought out some yummy birthday ice cream for her.

s
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Sat for awhile before anyone came over to take our order. No drink refills. Food good, service needs improvement!

J
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always such flavorful food that is vegan. We especially liked the falafel with s sweet sauce, hummus and olives. The buffalo Cauliflower appetizer is the best I have had. The question of the day is a good conversation starter and the complimentary post cards.

Best place to bring your vegetarian friends.

BQ
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time and we enjoyed it. Food is good and portions are large. Corn soup was superb. Staff was extremely friendly and nice. Valet parking is very convenient. We will return and not order so much food since the portions are large.

HR
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome love the meal
magic super fresh every time

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Food was okay my Kale salad was a little dry, my friend butter lettuce was not cut too large leafy pieces, she had hard time eating it... we continued to have to beacon for service and server to take our order.. Nachos were good.. choices of wine and beer weren’t good.. won’t go again..

R
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really delicious plant based menu. Service was wonderful. Prices a bit steep.

NW
Tucson
31 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We appreciated the quality of the food and the caring service from start to finish.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Service was terrible. Food was mediocre. Very disappointing

A
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing vegan food ! The service is nothing less than excellent! Great value !! Love it!

y
San Diego
20 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Grateful for the entire meal and experience !

KA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience2

We were welcomed and led to a great table. Once we got the food, it was good. The menu had lots of options. The nachos were the best.. the smoothies not so much.
The service was wayyyy too slow. We got there at 7:15 and didn't get the check until 8:45.

EG
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place. If you have never had vegan and want to try something different. I highly recommend

HJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My boyfriend and I are from NYC and this was hands down the best vegan restaurant we’ve ever been to. Better than anything in NYC. Dinner and breakfast were both incredible. Please please PLEASE come to NYC!!!

AD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We each had an I am Expansive salad. It was really almost my only choice as I am allergic to cilantro. Why do all restaurants insist on adding cilantro to everything? It was even in the hummus, so a scoop of that with my salad was a no go. Maybe they should rethink some of their recipes and do the cilantro as an add on after. The menu was really limited for me which was disappointing because I am vegan.

HJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was incredible and the wait staff was very friendly. Amazing place!

l
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food is excellent. Friendly service. Carnitas mushroom nachos were delicious.

MS
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful - loved it! There is nothing but positive words to say about Cafe Gratitude. The service was impeccable, the food was amazing and the ambiance was perfect!

RS
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

as always, an enjoyable experience in every way! we will be back for sure

l
San Diego
19 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience4

It took 10 minutes for server to stop by to get drink order. It took 1 minute after we were done eating to get us out of our table. Definitely felt rushed to leave.

LF
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food & love the Golden Chai.