Cafe Gratitude - San Diego

4.7
490 reviews
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$30 and under
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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!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Vegetarian / Vegan, Organic
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Hours of operation
We are Open:
8AM - 10PM 7 Days a Week

Breakfast:
8AM - 11AM Weekdays
8AM - 1PM Weekends

Happy Hour:
3PM - 6PM Weekdays

Dinner Specials:
5PM - 10PM Every Night
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Phone number
(619) 736-5077
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
DREUX ELLIS
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Catering
Please contact us to discuss custom and preset catering options.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Kettner & Fir
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Parking details
Just a few blocks from Santa Fe Station in Little Italy. Valet available on the corner of India and Fir.
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 490 People Are Saying
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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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
2 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
9 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
7 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
8 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
6 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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D
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
49 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
11 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
11 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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OT
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

They could not prepare a very light latte

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B
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My first visit. Impressed by the menu and service.

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m
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A heaven for vegans. Fantastic farm to table concept.Fresh tasting food.

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Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quick and healthy options!

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K
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The menus vary and the choices delicious.
AM parking available. Not so later on.

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IA
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a treat ! Healthy, nutritious food. Ben is our favorite server in Little Italy Cafe Gratitude !
Thank you

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San Diego
25 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Our server was nice, but the food was not impressive considering the price. I have made similar or better food at home and I don't think that justifies the price. My friends and I tried numerous vegan places for our friends and this was our least favorite. Though our vegan friend that night did enjoy the meal for the mushrooms.

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J
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience. Food was delicious and Ben took such great care of us. He let us taste the pesto to make sure it didn’t have too much garlic for our picky faces before we ordered. He split our kombucha and offered to switch out my friends meal because she liked mine better. We didn’t accept but we thought that was awesome. Oh and the restaurant week menu was a great deal. I may go back again this week.

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CR
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Terrific food very unique. I would return.
Terrific food very unique. I would return

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TZ
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious vegan food. I am grateful. Warm atmosphere. Attentive, friendly service. Great food with positive affirmations. A breathe of fresh air.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and vibes

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really tasty and flavorful, perfect for an evening, they are very creative with their dishes and they have happy hour with a wide selection of wines, beers, cocktails, kombucha.
Perfect for vegetarian and vegan diets but really good for carnivores enjoying a free meat day! Totally recommended.

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B
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We found this eatery a month ago and we have been twice! Delicioys food choices and ALL vegan.

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JT
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is delish and I LOVE how they work the menu & ordering. I also love their gratitude posts throughout the restaurant. The food was delicious and flavorful! I look forward to going back next time I’m in San Diego!

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GS
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hands down one of the best Vegan restaurants. Even carnists will enjoy the food. Locally made Komucha (Mango) was the best I’ve ever drank.

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PD
Seattle
91 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love eating here when I visit San Diego. The food is fresh, organic and creative. The staff are friendly and knowledgeable. The setting is light and airy. Even if you don’t always eat a plant-based diet, you can find something to enjoy here.

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Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Deeeee-lish-us and generous portions
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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was wonderful! Jesse was awesome and gave us attentive service. So many other options on the menu to return for and try!!

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KC
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious! As a vegan, I appreciate having this restaurant local and available to many.

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San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I hadn’t been to Cucina Urbana in years. It was delicious then and is still delicious now. My husband and I went to celebrate our baby who’s due in a few days and had the best dinner we have had in a long time. We had the beet salad, arugula salad, short rib pasta, bolognese, and gnocchi. Omg it was so good - all of it. We topped it off with the Nutella zepolli and ice cream sampler. We went a little overboard but enjoyed every bite. Our waiter Jason was outstanding (both in service and personality) and paced everything out perfectly. We will be back as soon as we get another chance...

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JD
Philadelphia
28 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Just delightful! Creative tasty menu w plenty of gluten free options. Friendly atmosphere. Great location in Little Italy.

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JG
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

Worst service I’ve ever had at CG. We were completely ignored by our server. Everything took forever. Luckily food was great, as usual.

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