Gracia

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Mexican
Gracia is the Spanish translation of the word grace. The vision for Gracia is the evolvement of Chef Chester Gerl’s admiration and reverence for Mexican culture and cuisine. A palette cultivated by his several years of travel across Mexico and his tenure in Seattle and New York kitchens, Gerl strives to create dishes reflective of his personal experiences. Our mission is to preserve and honor the history and techniques of traditional Mexican cuisine.
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1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Delicious! Such wonderful food! The queso fundito was wonderful. The crab tostadas were yummy but we’re served cold and with a lot of toppings, so it was not what I expected; however so ate the whole thing! Awesome tortillas and guacamole! Service was a little slow, there was no one server. The bar tender came out to help us once he saw us sitting there forever. Great atmosphere though! Would definitely recommend!

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NP
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good food. Make sure you make a reservation on the weekend as the wait can be long.

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AM
Seattle
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great for a fun date night with my wife. Just happened to hit happy hour, and that made it even better. Was wonderful as usual!

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LX
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Authentic, responsibly cultivated and artfully prepared. We had the tacos recommended by our server, and have never had a better taco. The Barbacoa was my favorite. Our server is passionate and knowledgeable, making the experience delightful.

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TS
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything was delicious and the crab tostada!- extremely memorable. We will definitely return to satiate the cravings we are already experiencing for it!

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JF
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

The food continues to be outstanding, especially the pozole. The noise level makes it impossible to enjoy

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SH
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

We forgot how *loud it is in there. You cannot hear each other without having to talk much louder than normal. The tortilla soup was overpriced at $17, and although the chicken was very tender, there was not enough of it and the soup was way too salty. The taco and salsas were very good. *My geeky husband has a decibel meter app and it was a constant 79 decibels.
The service was excellent and swift.

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BD
Seattle
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food, noisy place for dinner and difficult to hear across tables, so not the best for conversation.

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d
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

I took my friend for a birthday lunch. Very cute spot. The server was friendly and knowledgeable. The drinks were great. My friend thought her soup was good. We both thought $17 was pricey for soup. My tacos were okay but dry. I would go back for happy hour but will not revisit for a meal.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Gracia for Mother’s Day and could not have been happier. The staff was so attentive and patient (we had two little ones with us) and made us feel so special. The food was AMAZING and the serving size is ridiculous. Fair warning, one taco is really like two. We left completely stuffed! Will be back again!

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IL
Seattle
16 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

This place is worth it for their antojitos alone. Get a large chips and guacamole for just yourself. Guacamole is best in town. I would have stuck my face in the bowl if I didn’t think it would mess up my lashes. And the chicharrones with salsa is a must if you plan on having a drink, which of course you will. Their homemade masa chips are their specialty so get it! If you still have room for a real meal, their carne asada is great with their salsa verde or sometimes chimchurri. If you’re thinking you just want a small bite after all the chips, start with the a la carte tacos. Because chances are you’ll want more than just a little bite and you’ll end up ordering one of each because you can’t stop. Carnitas, campechanos, lengua, and al pastor are the favorites for our family of voracious carnivores. Pozole and menudo feel like a loving hot hug from your abuela. The thing to skip is the coctel de mariscos. Unpleasantly sweet like fish mixed with watery spicy ketchup. Otherwise, what a fun, bright, cheery spot with solid Mexican offerings that hold their own even on a street that already boasts the famed Carta de Oaxaca and the popular Matador.

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c
Seattle
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Garcia serves up fantastic dishes and great cocktails in a cozy, well decorated shop over in Ballard. While TVs in the bar aren't the end of the world, a group of 10-12 men screaming at them like they're in a sports bar diminished the cozy atmosphere that is Gracia... wish you'd reconsider.

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JC
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The wait staff is wonderful. They accommodated my elderly mother and her walker with no complaint. The food was so good the first time that we chose to visit this restaurant again. Portion size is perfect. Tortillas are home made and the best I have ever had. Ingredients are fresh. The margarita was perfect.

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London
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unbelievable food - Probably the best Mexican we’ve ever had (not just in Seattle!). Really friendly team, we were recommended to go there, and they in turn gave us some other recommendations of other places to try out. What a great place, definitely worth the trip from downtown.

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d
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday for daughter

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JM
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I must return - I did not have a chance to try any tequila flights! Pozole is superb, and the staff encouraged us to try the brunch as well!

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K
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food, the enchilada was fabulous. great atmosphere, will be back!

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L
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food and experience. A little pricey but worth it. We will be back!

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 2service 2ambience 5

We did the Seattle restaurant week menu and all of the options were amazing but we both ordered the carne Asada and it was cold! They also forgot to serve us tortillas and our waitress didn’t come to check in on how our meal was. I still love this place and will be back but not for restaurant week.

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j
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

If you aren't making handmade tortillas, you are doing something wrong. Gracia takes it a step further and makes their masa from scratch. You can't beat that! That plus their selection of tequila, mezcal and even sotol makes it a top spot for Mexican cuisine.

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OT
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

The service was so slow given the fact there were only 3 other tables with people eating. This was a Monday afternoon around 1:30pm. There was also plenty of staff around so there is no excuse for the extremely slow service. The food was OK-I have had better. Prices were outrageous. Won’t be going back.

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BO
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 4

First time trying this place & was really disappointed with the service. They were clearly short handed on a Saturday night and our waiter was nice but also unhappy when I complained that my $12 glass of wine was about 3 oz of actual liquid. We got double charged for one item and the soup we ordered for a child was $17 of too spicy for him to eat. I asked specifically to hold the habaneros as it was for my 2 yr old. Any parent out there knows that if your kid is still hungry after slllloooowww service that it's a BUST for the whole family. Won't be going back which is too bad as the tacos were really tasty.

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B
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We had family in from out of town. We had a wonderful dinner with excellent service. Very fresh ingredients cooked deliciously. Parking in Ballard is a challenge!

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BH
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Had a delicious cocktail (Corpse Reviver #5), the Coctel de Mariscos which was delicious but the salsa dominated the flavor. The accompanying house-made thick chips were perfect to scoop up the remaining salsa. Tried two tacos (lamb and pork): both were very tasty and generous amounts of meat in the filling, but the lamb filling was so juicy that the tortilla was soggy and fell apart as I ate it.

As other reviews have mentioned, the noise was deafening. I was a single diner so didn't bother me, but not a good place for conversation during dinner unless you like to shout ;-)

I would go back...

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l
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

I just didn't think the food was very interesting. Queso fundido didn't have very much flavor... the tacos I had were very plain. Chips and salsa were good. Nice ambiance and cocktails, though!

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JQ
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, amazing ox tail tacos, fresh guac and the house margarita hit the spot. First time eating here, but highly recommend!

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PK
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Good everything except it is very loud with loud music. We had to speak up so the server could hear our orders, You can’t hear the people across the table. That was frustrating.

Food, service and cocktails - all great.

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Z
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What's not to love? Stone ground corn tortillas (Oaxacan corn), cochinita pibil, delicious salsa macha and guacamole, an inviting space.

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RL
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently great food and service. Cocktails and dishes are all well-balanced, and perfectly seasoned. Staff is always attentive and friendly. One of my favorite spots.

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RM
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious and service was excellent. Value a bit pricey for what you get but a good night out!!

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DG
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The crowd was happy and energetic. The server seemed rushed and disinterested. The quesadilla was good but everything else was underwhelming. The guacamole, tacos, enchiladas and carne were under-seasoned.

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W
Seattle
15 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place!!! It never disappoints!! From the exceptional tequilas to the delicious food and ambiance. A favorite!!

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CR
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome! We loved it.

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BC
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friends and I went to Gracia for New Year's Eve and we had a great time. It's a great place for groups between 3 to 6. Probably not much more than that. The house margarita is amazing and the tacos don't disappoint either. If you go with a group, ask for one of the tables by the window when making your reservation.

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S
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Will definitely go back! Four starts only because of not much tripe in menudo, and paying for the chips and salsa which they were quite skimpy on the salsa. Other than that, it was delicious. I only order chicken tacos when I go to Mexican restaurant - these were great!!!!

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BT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gracia is a regular spot for us--such great service and food is always amazing! Can't recommend it highly enough.

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JG
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this place. We come just as a family, with guests in town or for a fun night out! The food, service, atmosphere are great. We’ll continue to come back!

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OT
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely meal at Gracia. The food, the service, and the ambiance were all outstanding. We had chips and guacamole, macha salsa and masa chips, and several kinds of tacos (tinga, barbacoa, pescado, carnitas, and al pastor). The tortillas are texturally amazing, fluffy and delicious. All of the fillings were well-balanced and seasoned. The restaurant itself is charmingly decorated. It’s a bit loud and the cold air from the front door does chill the entire front half of the restaurant. But that’s really reaching for a complaint. The bad reviews I read seemed to focus on the service, but our experience with the service was entirely positive. Thanks for a great dinner!

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b
Seattle
15 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I generally won't go somewhere that is this loud and noisy, but the food here is so GREAT, I just can't help myself! Probably the best "Ceasar" ever, and the tacos are so delicioso. Gracias, Gracia!

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KB
Seattle
26 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have been here multiple times with friend and family. Amazing happy hour with great tacos! Would highly recommend the tacos and salsa trio, they are all amazing!

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