Cafe Gratitude - San Diego
This is one of our favorite restaurants in San Diego. We had the coffee mocha cheesecake to celebrate my husband's birthday and were wondering why we had not tried it before. Save room for dessert. it was a treat! Eric and Kayla tend to be our servers and they always make us feel special. Well, they are special too! Thank you Cafe Gratitude for caring. We are grateful that you have introduced so many delicious plant based options for us. Living a healthy life. Warmly, Don and Joyce
Absolutely delicious and very friendly staff. Would highly recommend.
Mother’s Day... as always the food was delicious, I had the devoted , my daughters had the humble and the fantastic we finished with the opulent soooo good!! It took a long time to order 16 min! And they didn’t bring the fries we had to ask and then they came at the very end. But all the servers were super nice and a few stopped to say happy Mother’s Day. They were busy!
Outstanding Mother’s Day experience! The food was excellent as always and the server was super friendly and attentive.
I’m not a vegan or even a vegetarian, cafe gratitude’s interesting use of vegetables is inspiring and delicious. Their servers are very enthusiastic about the menu!
This light-filled gem of a restaurant is not just for vegetarians or vegans. There were so many enticing & creative options, I wish I could have tried more dishes. The Blackened Tempeh Bolognese dish was delicious. I love the positive message of this restaurant & I’m thankful to have experienced a lovely lunch here with my 6 year old son who enjoyed the brown rice, black beans & of course guacamole. We need more restaurants like this! Thank You!
We love Cafe Gratitude! Our server, Zach, was wonderful, plus the atmosphere was lovely and the food was fantastic! We will definitely be back!
Food and service was outstanding! My husband and I went there for our anniversary we are not vegan but really enjoyed the food!
I love Cafe Gratitude and visit often from Los Angeles to Newport Beach to San Diego.
Lunch or dinner is always amazing and I love the atmosphere! It is a first choice for meeting up with friends or family. I have introduced many people to "a different way of looking at food" while also bringing a new conscious level of appreciation for what we have available from sustainable sources. Thank you Cafe Gratitude for always hitting the target!!!
Ethical, vegan food prepared well and priced reasonably. Healthy and makes you think that you should eat this way every day.
I've been to the Cafe Gratitude when it was in Berkeley....now that was good fresh food. The food in San Diego seemed tired for lack of a better word. The Curried Cauliflower with Aoili dip was good....but our bowls were lacking sparkle and freshness......the Cafe in Beverly Hills is much better. Food seemed more fresh and more alive.
We really enjoyed this restaurant. The food was incredible. I had the pasta and my husband had the burger, which were both great. The guacamole and chips was a good way to start. The chips are made in-house and could have eaten them all night. We shared the mocha cheesecake and have to say, fantastic. I really didn’t want to share. Our waiter Eric O. made our whole evening and experience. He was very helpful with suggestions. Lastly, the “I AM...” concept, brilliant. So much fun. We enjoyed this place so much we went back for breakfast, which was great too.
Appreciate the creativity and quality of their plant-based menu, it's really terrific. Inspired my cooking at home as well.
If you are into plant-based eating, or even if you aren't, you must try Cafe Gratitude. The food is very good, servers are great, good value. We have been there twice already, and hope to go again very soon.
Great restaurant! Food is all plant-based and delicious. There were too many options to choose so I must go back soon. I took my niece who is a vegan. I am not but there was no issue with finding amazing and delicious options.
We were served the following items from the dinner menu:
I am Grace / Creamy Coconut Smoothie
I am Eclectic / Buffalo Cauliflower
I am Magical / Black Bean Burger
I am Original / SF Mission Burrito
I am Awakening / Key Lime Pie
We shared everything between the two of us.
The first item we tried, the smoothie, was very tasty, with a strong and lovely coconut flavor. The last item we tried, the key lime pie, was delightful, tangy and rich. Avocado has so many dessert uses! The burrito was fine as well, with a naked bunch of greens on the side, the requested salad.
The other two items, tho, left something to be desired. The cauliflower was tasty, but was hardly warm, and was soggy! Imagine a fried or roasted appetizer being soggy!
Finally, the burger. As I ate it last night, it felt crunchy. I didn’t want to look suspicious and begin poking around into it, so I just sort of ground my way through half of it. Later, I asked our server about that crunchy element, and she wasn’t sure. She mentioned it was possible that it got overly charred on the grill. She brought out a detailed itemized list of the burger’s ingredients, but I still wasn’t sure of the source of the crunchiness.
Today I solved the mystery as I took a close-up look at the remaining half burger in the light of day. There were at least two components that accounted for the crunchiness. There were partial grains of rice that either had not been fully cooked or had dried out. The same for pieces of black bean in the burger. Pieces of each of those two ingredients—and maybe others—that had either not been cooked, had been undercooked, or had been cooked and dried out, were the cause of the very unusual crunchy texture. And, I think because of that, there wasn’t much taste to the burger itself, despite other ingredients. Or, maybe I was just distracted.
We’re moving on to other vegan options in San Diego. As for our first visit to Cafe Gratitude San Diego, we were not impressed.
Good healthy food was had by all - the only but is that more care in cleaning the outdoor tables should be had
I came here with my daughter from Waterfront Park after the Bernie Sanders rally. It wasn't quite crowded yet (we'd left shortly before Bernie was finished addressing the crowd), so our table was ready for us (I'd made a reservation). The server gave us a "game" to play, in which we use the phrase "I am..." with whatever description of item we wanted to try. It was a little silly, but that's okay.
My daughter hadn't known it was vegan until after we got our menus and started reading. She was not thrilled. But she went along with it.
When our food came, the portions were generous and perfectly spiced. I had ordered the enchiladas (delicious!) and my daughter ordered a pasta dish, which she reported was very good, as well. My daughter was suitably impressed that vegan food could taste so good, and I was encouraged to prepare meals at home with less animal products in them, though I still have yet to find a suitable substitute for eggs...
They mischarged us and refused to fix it. We ordered off the happy hour menu, specially saying we wanted the happy hour, they charged us full price and said they gave us the full portions so couldn't give us the right price.... They messed up not us. We do not appreciate these sneaky tactics
I’ve eaten here many times. For some reason, they were “off” tonight— food was cold and service was poor.
The hostess was very rude! Which is ironic because the place is called cafe gratitude. The waiter was good. The food was over priced for what they were offering. I did like the atmosphere.
The enchiladas were delicious. The service was great although it took our server too long to take our order
Great food - prices are high and service slow but it was good and fun
Amazing all around experience. Food was amazing, service was fantastic and the setting was peaceful. We will definitely be back when we are in town again.
Great place for a healthy breakfast
great food great concept and service! Cafe Gratitude makes eating vegan/sustainable easy and impressively delicious!
This was our first time to Cafe Gratitude and so happy to have found it. We enjoyed the Brussels sprouts appetizer and the not to be missed Mole Abuelita Enchiladas. Our waiter was attentive, the restaurant is beautiful. But the biggest surprise was the Key Lime Pie made from creamy avocado and lime custard. We talked about it for days. It is our new "date night" place in Little Italy>
We enjoyed every minute of our experience. Our waitress Alicia was the best. Our six year old granddaughter appreciated that your menus are paper vs plastic and good for our environment. Yes, she did share that with Alicia. Your food is good for the environment and our health. Yummy too!!!!
Delicious as always! Just had to have the Cool Mint smoothie!!
Nice ambiance, solid service, excellent lunch with delicious ingredients! Great healthy dining!
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.
We came here for a Valentine's date and were able to get a last minute reservation and a beautiful dinner! Delicious healthy food, friendly service, and still peaceful and romantic even on a holiday. I love this place!
I love Cafe Gratitude's healthy menu and the way their menu items are named with such positive affirmations.
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!
Amazing food, very cool atmosphere, awesome service.
An amazing dining experience. All of the food is delicious and the staff are amazing.
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!
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.
Overall it was lovely. The service was fantastic and food very tasty.