Gracias Madre - Newport

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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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EG
1 review
Dined 16 hours ago
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Our second time at this location and was super disappointing. We loved the place when it was Gratitude, and I frequented the Cafe Gratitude and Gracias Madre’s in LA and SF when I lived there, but this Newport location served up bland food at outrageous prices, forgot the guacamole on our fajita plates and dished up piles of attitude when we brought it to there attention. What the___? Veggies on everything we ordered were undercooked and flavorless, service was SO snooty and we really left feeling ripped off. Won’t be back. Seabirds ot is for vegan from here on out.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I cannot day enough good things. So wonderfully delicious and I honestly cannot wait to go back.
Not delicious vegan. Delicious food, period.

C
Orange County
127 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat outside under one of the heaters and it was perfect. The food was delicious and the service very good.

OT
New York Area
71 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience3

Excellent food...
Have you ever received your entrees before your drink order?
Excelled on “feeding” but failed on “dining”

LM
San Francisco
78 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience5

Food was good and the tequila tasting menu interesting and fun. BUT the service was soooo slow. It took over 20 minutes to get a drink. The waiter kept apologizing but the drinks were so delayed. Growing pains for sure.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food!

LW
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Upscale vegan but you Definitely don't have to be a vegan to enjoy it: creative, delicious!

MD
Orange County
34 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jackfruit tacos and heuvous rancheros with cauliflower were delicious.

RB
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience3

The restaurant was so noisy you could barely hear. It took 30 minutes for our food to arrive, and it was cold and missing one of the main ingredients. We've been there multiple times and always enjoyed it, but this time was terrible. In addition, the glasses were filthy, with lip marks and spots all over. Not a very good experience.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super good!

M
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

We've been to this Gracias Madre half a dozen times since it opened. The experience ranges from 3-4.5 stars because the host and service vary widely. Sometimes the host doesn't even greet you for 5 minutes or more. Sometimes they're perfect. The same goes for the bar and wait staff. We've been completely ignored in the bar before and had wait staff who are forgetful and slow as molasses. Plus the music is often loud and not always appropriate for a relaxed dinner conversation. But, when everything comes together, it is a wonderful experience! I haven't figured out the rhyme or reason yet for a flawless evening. But, I will say the food is top-notch. We've loved everything we've eaten and will return for the food alone. If you're looking for a vegan Mexican place with wonderful food and you're tolerant of inconsistent service, Gracias Madre should be on your short list!

LE
Los Angeles
27 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great menu. Loved the healthy options. Guacamole could have had more flavor but other items were TASTY!

SS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great place for vegan Mexican. Stylish decor and vibrant atmosphere. Menu is extensive enough for just about anyone.
Good times!

DH
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent! Good idea for a plant based restaurant.

OT
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about it was wonderful. One of the best margaritas I’ve ever had!

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Everything was great - except the chef’s bowl did not seem like a meal.. more like a veg platter. My wife loves flan.. but this flan was the least favorite she has ever had.. dense & a strange consistency. Just not very pleasant.

But service was amazing and the other two meals were great!

C
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The restaurant is very pretty and welcoming. It was lunch mid week, so not too crowded. We were there on taco Tuesday, and they offered five dollar tacos that were quite large. That was the best value on the menu. Their prices are quite high. A bowl of chips and guacamole is $15. There were four of us. There were not that many chips, and the guacamole bowl was very small. Cannot justify a bowl of chips for that price. Almost everything is $12-$15 per plate and up. The drinks are priced very high as well.Although the food and atmosphere are good, there are many places in the Newport Beach area that are much less expensive and just as good if not better.

T
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome service and food

KK
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience1

It was lack luster at best. No ambiance and service was slow.

OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved everything

NP
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food - service so much better than Gratitude!!! - and love the ambience. Will be going back again!

r
New York Area
72 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The decor and atmosphere is beyond gorgeous! Food and drinks were outstanding. Server was ok.

C
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was either Gratitude or Cafe Gratitude. The menu is completely different, and better than the old menu. The prices, are moderate, not outrageous considering it's in Nudeport Beach. Our server was attentive but not intrusive.

The physical characteristics of the inside dining area are vary hard surfaces which might mean the noise level could make conversing across the table without the use of a bull horn difficult.

We were there long before a crowd wandered in, so the noise level was very low on a Monday afternoon.

Will we go back, you bet your boppy!

LO
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Taking non plant based diners there and they flip out! That’s my favorite thing to do . GM delivers every time

GA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Delicious food and drink, great atmosphere. Portions could be bigger.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Food was rather bland. I’ve had great delicious vegan food before. Two of our three dishes were under seasoned.

LT
Los Angeles
35 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall2food5service1ambience5

This is the 3rd time we've been to GM. Once in Hollywood and twice in Costa Mesa. We've always had a great experience until this last time. Where do I begin? I made a reservation. We showed up on time. There was a line AND the hostess sat two other 2-party tables who did NOT have reservations before us. I said something. She was "bewildered" and had no answer -- overwhelmed? We waited another five minutes. Then a managerial looking person showed up and I told him. He apologized and seated us. (There were plenty of tables on the patio.) He offered to comp us an appetizer. Nice. The waiter served several tables around us, including the two girls who just showed up and were seated before us. The drinks came; they were the wrong ones! The food came, very good. The bill came, we were charged for the comped appetizer. I flagged down the manager guy, he apologized again and took the appetizer off the bill. YIKES!!!!!!!

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it! Received a scoop of ice cream for my birthday, too!

RO
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a wonderful time here with my friend. We both had scrumptious meals, received attentive service, and soaked up lovely ambiance that allowed us to have terrific conversation. Thank you!

NR
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great!
Food was amazing! I had the Jamaica flautas :)

P
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All staff very polite and attentive. Food and drinks came out within reasonable time. Our server “Forrest” was outstanding and will ask for him upon our return.

OT
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Our server was awesome! I loved the huevos rancheros. The ambiance was good. Prices a bit steep for portion size.

S
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My expectations were low as I thought Gratitude Cafe (which existed in this spot previously) was very mediocre, so what a great surprise when everything was so delicious! We started with a scone and a plantain quesadilla to start. Both superb. Then I had the "huevos rancheros" which are not actually huevos, but are instead a delicious mixture of cauliflower with vegan cheese and sauce on an organic corn tortilla. Really good stuff!!

OT
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience4

We had reservations at 7:45, though we weren’t seated until after 8.

It was noted in the reservation that it was for a birthday celebration, though none of the staff acknowledged that.

We place an order for an appetizer only to have the waiter come much later to ask, “did I recall you ordering the nachos?”

The drinks came out very slowly and the dinner entrees arrived a few minutes after the appetizers. The pacing seemed very odd.

We ordered the chimichanga and jack fruit tacos. Overall, there was a lack of depth of flavor.

The fudge brownie dessert had no fudge and was very dry. I would not recommend this as it was subpar.

As much as I wanted to enjoy the new concept, I thought cafe gratitude was far greater.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Food was good. Do not sit inside the noise level was crazy

A
London
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Went for restaurant week. Food was hit or miss. Ambiance was LOUD. too loud.

F
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic vegan food!!!

W
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kelly was an amazing server. The food was delicious.

n
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Huge thank you for coming South and landing in Newport! The food - top of the line Atmosphere - welcoming and comfortable Service - Exceptional.
We would like to keep you our secret but cant and wont! Continue to go amazing work and serving phenomenal food!