Gracias Madre - Newport

4.5
1225 Reviews
$30 and under
Vegetarian / Vegan

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Our mission is to celebrate and serve the presence of the mother which resides above us, within our hearts, within the earth, and in all those who nurture us. We serve cuisine inspired by the kitchens of Mexico sourced from locally grown organic ingredients. Welcome to a seat at love’s table.

The idea of Gracias Madre was first conceived while visiting the families of our employees in Mexico. We wanted to do both; offer organic Mexican food to the communities we serve as well as honor the mothers who work tirelessly in the kitchens of Mexico and often live without their husbands and children while they work side by side with us in California. Inspired by some of the recipes of these families and the love of their mothers, Gracias Madre serves organic, farm fresh, locally sourced food, full of flavor and love with a menu spearheaded by Executive Chef Alan Sanz and agave-based cocktail program by Beverage Director Maxwell Reis.
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Leticia
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my 1st time in this place and I loved it. It's a beautiful restaurant and the food is amazing! The staffs are very polite and they make you feel comfy. I'll return for sure.

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SCnative
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious, service was awesome, ambiance was amazing. Great experience and I will definitely be back!

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Nancy
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food3service3ambience4

Over priced, were not able to make substitutions , service average, expensive.
Food did arrive fast.
No menus.

Filled out 'Birthday' when making the reservation and reminded staff at
check in. Not sure why, got nothing-

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AnnaF
Orange County
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great restaurant in OC for anyone, not only vegans or vegetarians. They deliver on flavors and creativity, all inspired by Mexican cuisine. 5/5 will come back again to try the rest of their menu.

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BridgetteK
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a great overall experience! Went here to celebrate my sisters baby on the way and she get so special!

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AvaM
Phoenix
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious. Our waiter was incredibly kind, as well as everyone who periodically cleared our table. We all ordered something different and shared plates because it was all so good!

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DeneeC
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We live in the Central Valley. Gracias Madre is always a must stop when we get to Orange County. Our son is a vegetarian but the two of us are not. The food is excellent and enjoyed by all.

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alexandrac
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food, drinks and service. Our server was extremely friendly and attentive. The crab cakes were absolutely delicious. Will definitely be coming back.

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Keith
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was an amazing experience. The service was awesome! Patio seating is fun!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience5

The server wasn’t patient or friendly. The food made my wife and I sick for the rest of the day. For the cost it didn’t measure up at all

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KristineM
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience all around. Beautiful space, delicious food and drinks! Can’t wait to go back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Love it , food not as good as in LA and Mission SF but everything else is good. Server and supprt staff was amazing and welcoming! The place is beautiful.

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SydneyT
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience4

The food wasn’t great and I never actually received what I ordered. The server brought out the wrong item and after notifying him, he never replaced it with the correct item. I then ordered a salad because I never received it and the salad was very dry and had hardly any taste. Just very expensive and not worth the price.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and the staff was very friendly and attentive :)

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JazzikaD
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great. Server was attentive and polite.

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Marie
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the most romantic dinner date for our first year anniversary... luckily on a taco Tuesday! There was live music, great vegan food, and good customer service. We’re hoping to celebrate many more good times with Gracias Madre.

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Jazmin
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience5

Overly priced for vegan food that is less than pleasant. Some food items were un eatable.don’t you hate when you spend a lot of money on food that was disgusting ($80). Good should make you happy This had the opposite effect. definitely better vegan options for less and better quality elsewhere.

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HollyB
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was killer, drinks were great. Fantastic atmosphere and service.

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KristyG
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

awesome yummy

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best upscale vegan restaurant in oc

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Reed
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I like that they have vegan options. I also appreciate that you can eat indoors

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RafaelD
Memphis/West TN
5 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience1

Very high music volume. The restaurant played music from a radio station, including commercial. Unacceptable.

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vipYumm
Washington DC
61 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Great great service. Just cannot understand how dinner can be so expensive for a few beans and veggies.

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vipRobertF
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Outstanding. Would love to be allowed to eat at a coveted patio table for once.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was so delicious and the service was awesome. We sat on the patio and the ambiance made me feel like I was on vacation. I’m definitely returning and bringing my parents to experience flavorful vegan food.

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JennyR
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience4

Was upset to see none of the servers wearing mask as the delta variant is spiking. With being unable to determine if vaccinated or not, it was a risk I was not anticipating. Although the staff were friendly and food great, that little extra step would have scored 5 stars. But as an immune compromised person, this change in atmosphere has forced me to rethink returning until after the virus is more under control.

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Dupp
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This location is every bit as good as the others. They make amazing food first and it happens to be ethical. Gracias Madre might be instrumental in transitioning many of my friends and family away from animal products. It is one of my favorite restaurants in the world.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience2

The food was amazing. It was noisy & difficult to have a conversation, but worth it anyway. Best Vegan dinner EVER!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was delicious. Restaurant was a little too noisy

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gLisa
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was great! However our table was extremely close to another table. It was uncomfortable.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I found the restaurant for my stepmothers birthday, but it gave so much more. The food was exceptional and I still don’t understand how they can carry on with such low prices! We tried several dishes which were all equally amazing. The drinks were also fantastic. By the end of lunch, we were too stuffed for dessert. Definitely one of my new favorite restaurants. The only less than great experience was that of the bill. When it was time to pay the waiter walked over and announced the amount of our ticket and looked around to see who would be paying. It was odd and embarrassing! I was treating my parents but it made my dad feel as though he was obligated to pay because a man was staring at a man. What happened to just leaving the check on the table and coming back to retrieve the payment???? Weird.....

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great

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hannahtrinity
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great first experience. Parking can be hectic in the front but there are additional options in the back. Patio seating, service, and food were all lovely.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the best experience here for a well needed date! Loved everything we ate/drank. Vegan never tasted SO GOOD! Our waiter gave us great recommendations and was overall amazing.

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AlyK
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Overall Gracias Madre was a great experience. We came here for a friend's birthday who is vegan but the majority of the other members in our party were not vegan/plant-based and they all enjoyed the food. Everything was very tasty and the food was all served in an appropriate manner. The chorizo nachos were amazing and did a great job as an appetizer for the 5 members of our party, I would definitely order them as an entree when I go back next. Very reasonably priced too for the amount of food you get, just make sure to make a reservation especially on weekends as the walk-in time for a Friday Night at 7pm was 1 hour +.

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vipLisaB
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious, friendly, and make actually turn me into a vegan.

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clocallo
Columbus
6 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely loved everything about it! Sat out on the patio for happy hour. Service was fantastic. Drinks were delicious and wanted to order pretty much everything on the menu. Will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The wait was not long before we were called to be seated. Friendly service from the hostess, Natalia our server and the gentlemen who brought our food and the one that served our drinks. The gentleman that served our drinks poured my beer in a very elegant manner so my guest and I could admire the swirling effect as he poured the beer into the glass. The food was amazing and came out fast. The jalapeños in the chimichanga were so flavorful. The amount of guacamole that is served in the bowl of potato taquitos was generously more than enough. The spicy crunchy cauliflower was marinated in an amazing marinade. And finally the crunchy coconut taco was the best mock meat style taco that I’ve had since being vegan for 11 years now.

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Charlie
Orange County
14 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

I've brought numerous people here. Everyone thinks the food and the service are first rate. The music is always a bit to loud for comfortable conversation.

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Romy
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, very friendly staff,gr8 portions,we went at happy hour on a Tuesday, they had live music.Overall wonderful experience

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