Cafe Gratitude - San Diego

4.7
640 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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4.7based on all time ratings
4.7
food
4.5
service
4.5
ambience
4.3
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Noise · Moderate
94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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David
San Francisco
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.

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RobynK
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing plant based restaurant with great gluten free options too!

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JillM
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Ramc
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
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!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 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

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vipjp007
Austin
36 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.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
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

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AlyssaS
1 review
Dined on February 14, 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.

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vipEddie
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 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.

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JonahH
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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RickS
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 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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WendyG
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

What we had was great, however quite disappointing that they were out of many food and beverage options. Our server explained that is was a Monday and they get their deliveries on Tuesdays. So, in my opinion, if this is happening regularly-FIX IT!! Adjust the order so you don’t run out on Mondays.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My 2nd visit to this great restaurant. Brought my hubby this time and he was super impressed. Fresh ingredients make for amazing flavor combinations. Put this at the top of your list of vegan restaurants in San Diego!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Food was ok. 2 people cost over $70. That's pretty expensive greens

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NelsonT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I had the Dedicated and it just explodes with flavor. We also had the eonchiladas and it’s amazing how they can get it to have the texture of pulled pork. You wouldn’t know the difference!

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DavidP
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We loved the food. The server correctly told us that the portions are very generous. Because of that, my husband and I tried one starter (kale salad) and two bowls. We’d love to go back there and try some more their dishes. Salad was wonderful. Very tender kale and delicious dressing.
It was nice except for one thing. The music was so loud it was hard to have a conversation. Any that, we had a lovely evening there.

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KimberlyM
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved this place, best meal I've had in quite some time. Amazing the flavors with a strictly plant based menu!

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HollyC
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was delicious and it was so nice not to worry if dishes were vegan or not. Banana cream pie was to die for. Music was a little loud- it was hard to hear across the table- there are no curtains or carpet to help absorb the noise. We will go back- wish they had one in North County

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delish! It came out in a timely manner. Our server was very polite & attentive. We had a great experience!

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RobertG
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food and service on a pleasant environment. My only complaint is the noise level. It was way too loud and it wasn’t even a busy night.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always very good. Love the choices, presentation, and quality.

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vipAriel
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great flavors!

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KwabeO
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great ambiance. Huge fan of Cafe Gratitude. Upscale vegan food. Will definitely be back.

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vippeterm
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

If you like creative, vegan food, this is the plan to go. For those that
have not experienced vegan food/cooking, this will be a pleasant surprise
for you. Check it out--you will not be sorry! Also has a good selection of
organic wines and beers.

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AnaW
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was so good. Vegan food can be so delicious too. Service was great too.

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vipMaria
San Diego
39 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

We like most of the items served here, service has some improvement to be made for sure. It’s a hit or miss. It’s the cheap to eat here, so you assume that the service would be at par to how much they charge for food.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything and everyone was great, the food was delicious and especially the Coconut Calamari!

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vipEncinitasTim
San Diego
22 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe Gratitude is a wonderful vegan and/or vegetarian restuarant located on the periphery of Little Italy. They serve some of the best and most unique veggie dishes that my wife and I have experienced during our several decades of eating at vegetarian restuarants together! The servers are friendly and add to the atmosphere of camraderie created by the clientele. I highly recommend this for anyone with an interest in vegetarian food!

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WilliamC
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow! The food, service and whole experience were amazing! We started with the nacho's just to see what that might be like - and they were wonderful! Followed by Ceasar salads, the pasta puttanesca, and their margarita pizza. Everything was soooo good! Way too much food for us (took home half the pizza and pasta) - but they were even better the next day for lunch! We will be back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! So yummy- every time!

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vipJax1313
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Our server was pleasant enough but didn't EVER come check to see if we needed anything or to ask how the food was or to refill waters. Also, she got part of our order wrong but I did not send it back. I told the hostess just for an FY and she said she would "take care of it" and tell the manager. The manager come by our table and embarrassed me for saying anything. She was evidently annoyed, took forever to get us rung up, and finally tossed a $20 gift card on the table to use another time. The food was not worth the price. Will not go back nor ever recommend it.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
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.

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ChristenC
San Diego
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.

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SteveA
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.

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NavinD
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.

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vipMaria
San Diego
39 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.

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OpenTable Diner
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.

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vipJanice
Minneapolis
15 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.

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Cafe Gratitude - San Diego is rated 4.7 stars by 640 OpenTable diners.

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