Cafe Gratitude - San Diego

4.7
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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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Orange County
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

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
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

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
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

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
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 2

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful!

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RF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
24 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome love the meal
magic super fresh every time

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

NW
Tucson
31 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Service was terrible. Food was mediocre. Very disappointing

A
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Grateful for the entire meal and experience !

KA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 2

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
6 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

l
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

MS
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

l
San Diego
19 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food & love the Golden Chai.

B
San Diego
19 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Very good food but I believe a little overpriced. Server forgot our cappuccino, but took it off the bill. Corny “thought or question” of the evening. But my kids are vegan so I have learned to like the place - my son’s choice for his birthday.

LC
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent and innovative food.

JC
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

The service was ridiculously slow! Possibly short staffed that day? Really disappointing.

SA
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always delicious food!

S
New England
7 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good selection of food drinks and awesome deserts.

RS
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always Cafe Grat is my number one for date night! I love the atmosphere and the food is amazing! Do yourself a favor and get the buffalo cauliflower:)

G
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We were a party of 5 for lunch on Thursday. We enjoyed the pressed juices, bowls/burgers and desserts. All delicious..and none of us are vegans.

CW
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved it! My boyfriend and I were there for our anniversary, and they were so kind and generous. We got a free dessert with a candle on top (so sweet!). I love the theme of positivity and will definitely be back.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love it here

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We drove into San Diego from Vista to celebrate our 16 year anniversary. Since we’re vegan now, we wanted to try a new restaurant and we had just seen an interview with the owners. We were delighted with the food options, the quality of food, the kind and attentive servers, the ambience, and the ease in driving there from Vista on a Saturday evening!
We liked the music that they played, as most of it seems to be from the 60s and 70s, our era, but it was a bit loud and not a real quiet environment for talking, even though we still had a wonderful time. Will be back!

JU
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently good. This is one of the restaurants that I frequent. Eric was our server. I was with three of my dear friends celebrating our friendship of over 50 years. Eric knows how to provide excellent service to four gals celebrating life and friendship. Food was terrific too. All good.

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