Cafe Gratitude - San Diego

4.7
512 reviews
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Vegetarian / Vegan
Café Gratitude is a collection of 100% organic 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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MJ
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

On the whole, we enjoyed our dinner very much and would be happy to to try it again.
The only issue to speak of was the service which, while more than friendly enough, was quite lacking when needed.

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A
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Cafe Gratitude's healthy menu and the way their menu items are named with such positive affirmations.

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PD
Seattle
92 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I don't live in San Diego but Cafe Gratitude is a must go restaurant whenever I am in town. On this occasion we took 4 friends to brunch there. The food options are creative and interesting. The food itself is delicious. Everyone was delighted with their meal. The service was great, despite it being really busy. The atmosphere is light and airy. I recommend it highly!

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T
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, very cool atmosphere, awesome service.

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BR
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An amazing dining experience. All of the food is delicious and the staff are amazing.

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EK
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Cafe Gratitude ❤️ The menu has such a variety of choices it’s hard to choose what to order sometimes, but luckily I am never disappointed on flavor or taste! The staff is kind, helpful, and provides exceptional and efficient service. Cafe Gratitude is always on the list when visitors are in town. Vegan or not, this is a must go to place for a unique dining experience that leaves you feeling not only full, but full of gratitude for the abundance we have in our own lives. Thank you Cafe Gratitude!

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PD
Seattle
93 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’m never disappointed when I eat here and, since I don’t live in California, I eat here every time I’m in town. The food is delicious. The service is always excellent. And the ambiance is fun.

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NA
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Overall it was lovely. The service was fantastic and food very tasty.

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GS
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Food was delicious, but I am glad we were able to take advantage of the restaurant week special. Otherwise, prices would have been a bit high for the portions offered.

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KA
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

THIS RESTAURANT HAS A ‘B’ RATING!
MY RECOMMENDATION IS THAT THEY IMPROVE THEIR SCORE, FOR EVERYONES SAFETY! I JUST READ WHY THEY GOT THIS RATING DIRECTLY FROM OUR COUNTY’S HEALTH DEPARTMENT ONLINE...THE IRONY! EWWWW 🤮

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HQ
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The vegan fare at this restaurant is SO good. The layout of the restaurant is a modern diner! Would highly recommend this place for a date night and even to check out alone for healthy dining options. The pulled mushroom sammy did NOT disappoint!

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f
Detroit
20 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Took advantage of Restaurant Week to enjoy a 2 course lunch at this Little Italy restaurant. Being a vegetarian for over 40 years I was really looking forward to this Vegan spot and it was well worth it! We started with the brussel sprouts and buffalo cauliflower. Both were good with a nice char on the sprouts and just a hint of heat in the cauliflower. For our mains we chose Devoted, an Indonesian grain bowl and Committed, a pulled mushroom sandwich. The grain bowl's peanut sauce added to the flavors of the vegetables it contained and as it was swathed along the side of the bowl you could add as little or as much as you wanted. The pulled mushroom sandwich was delicious as well. Well worth a second visit. There was a small issue with the bill regarding restaurant week pricing but our waitress Kayla readily resolved it with the manager.

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M
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The food was very good and the service was impeccable. The I my disappointment was that we had a reservation but got seated at a four top table right by the door — would have thought we could have had a more intimate seating option.

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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place. Food is fantastic

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 5

Had to wait for our table despite of the reservation. Everything else was good

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KC
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cafe Gratitude doesn't disappoint. My husband and I go frequently - the food is excellent, the people are wonderful, and the atmosphere divine. Where else can you get an incredible vegan meal with such awesome vibes?? :)

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H
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Food was very. tasty. Wife and I enjoyed this outing.

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Decided to work on some New Years resolutions and eating healthier. My fiancé and are meat eaters and we were shocked at how much we enjoyed our breakfast. I am Festive was better chilaquiles then his mom makes and were sooo flavorful! I had the French toast which was pretty good. The bread was a little soft for my liking, but tasted great and was really filling. Will definitely visit again!

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JH
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was great. Had a wonderful yummy birthday breakfast.

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LT
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 5

It's good food and good wait staff but the prices are about 1.5 times too high.

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l
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cafe Gratitude is all plant-based but absolutely delicious meal. We went there twice for breakfast/brunch. The Acai bowl with quinoa/cashew granola is to die for. I wish they sold the granola separately, for I would buy it in bulk! I can't recommend it enough for anyone that is vegan/vegetarian/gluten-free or just looking for a healthy meal.

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f
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Their food is why eating plant based is so easy!

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n
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and great staff.

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K
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love it. Sweet servers. Calm, well decorated space. Amazing food.

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JP
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They make eating healthy EASY! The serving staff knows answers to what is available and modifications they can make if needed.

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Z
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and restaurant. Love the regular vegan foods, but they could do with changing the menu a little more regularly. Been going for well over a year and it’s pretty much been the same.

Need to start varying thedishes more or come up with a weekly/monthly special.

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HM
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service great food excellent experience all around

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PG
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

I loved Cafe Gratitude! I thought the food was all incredibly delicious, and I loved that it was all vegan! The cafe was also very beautiful and pleasant to dine in. My main issue is with the service, which was very slow, and they forgot one of our dishes. Still, a wonderful experience with healthy and delicious food.

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KC
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

perfect place for vegans and non-vegans open to try good food.

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OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved the technique of ordering. Awesome and positive vibe in the restaurant. Great empowering food/drink nicknames

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GG
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

I liked the creativity in the menu and the overall positive vibes. The only contradiction is that it does get pretty loud, so maybe you could work on the acoustics of the place. Considering your concept and the importance you give to lighting and ambiance, sound is something that definitely needs to be worked on.

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IP
San Diego
29 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

The food was good, but on this visit the service was v e r y S L O W. Took forever for our server to ome back to our table to take our food order after bringing the drinks. We were hungry. After trying to flag someone down to help us another server went to tell our server we needed something but didn't deign to come to our table to see if they could help. Please put some team work into this restaurant! Any server should have been able to help us.

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LZ
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 1

Overall the staff is Great and the food was great! My only question is why there is a vegan restaurant in Little Italy? I thoroughly enjoyed the food as this was my second visit. I wish the location was elsewhere. I come from North County and going down to Little Italy, I would rather eat Italian then go vegan.

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KH
San Diego
53 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

I have ordered from this vegan restaurant several times, but this was my first time eating there. It is clean and comfortable. The food is always good.

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JC
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food, and very pleasant service! Coworker and I were in town for a conference and came for dinner, we enjoyed everything very much!

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JM
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went here for the first time on Sunday and it was awesome! Maybe a little out of my price range but as a college student- what isn't? Would make sure to stop by again.

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RB
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is not to be missed. But noisy is noisy. Not energetic. Ordering via affirmations is a bit over the top. When they came up with this idea in a meeting they must have been serving too much organic espresso. Get past all that and it is a wonderful place to dine, not simply to eat.

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OE
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We enjoyed the Whole and Evolve bowls. Delicious and very fresh ingredients. Excellent service, comfortable booth, and we were able to store our luggage with the host during our meal. For local, organic vegan food absolutely worth travelling to!

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AB
New England
12 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I am not vegan or vegetarian but I loved this place. It’s what you’d think of when you think SoCal - light and bright decor with marble and wood accents. The staff is extremely friendly. If you have any sort of food allergy they have a “book of knowledge” that gives you every single ingredient. My friend has celiac and an almond allergy and it wasn’t a problem at all. We ordered the guacamole, buffalo cauliflower and broccoli raab as appetizers - they were all very good although my favorite was the cauliflower. I ordered the burrito with fries instead of chips and my friend ordered the burrito bowl. We each loved our meals. Our server Olivia gave us some excellent recommendations of places to see while we’re in town. We loved it so much we are planning on going again for a pre-flight dinner before we leave.

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MC
Hawaii
13 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite spot for vegan eats when I visit San Diego. It was Taco Tuesday and the roasted squash tostadas were the best tostadas I’ve had anywhere. Always a fun place to hang out with friends

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