Gracias Madre - Newport

4.6
790 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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ClaudiaM
Orange County
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service from host to everyone helping at the table.
We are certainly going back!

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KarenR
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Food was good, my first experience at the Hollywood location was better. Service was really good. Food came fast. Overall, good experience

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RosalindaFox
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was surprised when they changed Cafe gratitude to Gracias Madres (same ownership) but love this place. Great brunches, love the ambiance, food is flavorful and delicious. Not the best place if you are trying to eat on a budget but as long as you know that going in, place is amazing!!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and the service was excellent!

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Karla
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating my fiancé’s birthday.

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Steph
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

DELICIOUS food and drinks. Staff was very friendly and accommodating - great service. Everything was spaced out and we enjoyed our socially distanced Sunday brunch. I had the Huevos Rancheros - it was amazing and exceeded my expectations. Can't wait to come back and try some other dishes.

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vipCarolynW
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love it all!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Interesting concept, vegan Mexican food. I was expecting more vegetables but instead it was a very carb heavy meal with potatoes, mushrooms and coconut in place of meat. Food was tasty and creative. Ambience is gorgeous.

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gibsongirl
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gracias Madres is my favorite whole food plant based restaurant! I love the food and the ambience!

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Kell
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gosh I love this restaurant! It was such a lovely atmosphere and the food was incredible. My meat eater friend enjoyed the Caesar salad and the enchiladas so much!

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Hungry1s
Italy
21 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday month... had been wanting to try ... we enjoyed!!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience5

4 stars for food but 2 stars for service. So I averaged out at 3.

The decor at this place is absolutely amazing. Beautiful outdoor seating with small trees and hanging plants.

We were seated promptly with a reservation but didn’t get any service for 15 mins after that. (Annoying). We had enough time to decide so we ordered all of our appetizers, drinks, and entrees at once. The food came fast but unusually fast: entree came first > then appetizers quite a while later > then drinks last! Super frustrating. The chips bowl had all the broken end pieces which was also disappointing.

I ordered the taco flight which was just splendid. Especially the Al Pastor which is made with mushrooms. My sister got the burrito bowl and devoured it. Finally, we shared the chips and guac and corn appetizers which were both good.

Just wish we had a better experience with service overall. Servers were kind and lovely but the restaurant needs better organization. Perhaps this a result of new covid practices?

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time here to celebrate my 7 year vegan anniversary. The food and service was perfect! My friends & I will be back!

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vipjain49
Orange County
13 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Vegan restaurant in Newport Beach. Food is excellent and ambience is great.

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vipKimS
Orange County
23 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! Delicious vegan food!

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nicholep
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal! Saturday night live entertainment. It was so great!

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Chris
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Food is ecclectic and innovative. Thanks for bringing the Chef to our Table.
Ask for Princess, she is the best server there. She had a lot of experience and is well versed in everything vegetarian.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Increíble lugar comida fenomenal

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brittanym
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service! Super attentive and delicious food. Waiter gave great recommendations and brought everything we asked. We went for happy hour and would go back, nice place to eat and drink with friends or go on a date.

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vipNicky
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I enjoyed the service and food. They only had one Pinot Noir red wine and it was terrible. The one they had previously was lovely. It spoilt my meal as it didn’t go down well. I did talk to the bar tender and I told him. I hope they get a decent Pinot Noir for next time we visit as I would like to be a regular at the restaurant. They should get La Crema Pinot Noir as that is vegan but I am open to something else.

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RandyWasHere
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

place has a great feel to it, food was excellent, had a good singer on the patio which added to the feel. overall great night!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing!

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EtienneG
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bday dinner was excellent

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Customer service is amazing, table and chairs were uncomfortable but other than that everything was good

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TomV
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food, perfect noise level, would totally go back again!

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ErinH
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The appetizer (nachos) and entrees were excellent. The drinks were unique, inventive and delicious as well, however the Pina Colada “cheesecake” tasted like goats milk. I trust absolutely that it was not, in fact, goats milk, but it had an acrid, strange aftertaste that rendered the dessert unenjoyable. Staff were very attentive and everything otherwise, was great!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Firs time going and it was a good experience. Also first time trying vegan food. It was really delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Service towards last 30 minutes was bad. The initial experience was good though.

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DeneeC
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is the definition of consistency. Food, beverage and service are excellent. I live out of town and always make a point of visiting this restaurant when in Newport Beach.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely evening at Gracias Madre. Our table was ready when I arrived. We ordered an appetizer and we weren’t sure if it was going to be tasty but it was very delicious. The ambience was great and they had lots of lights hanging from above. The server was very nice and brought us a sample of Horchata to try. We had a wonderful evening.

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AniC
Central Coast
8 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

A small group of us had just finished a 21 day cleanse and we wanted to celebrate with clean food. We were a little surprised that there were many fried food options on the menu... it was Taco Tuesday but still the plantains, potatos, mushrooms were all fried. We had fun though. It’s a beautiful restaurant.

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Bryant
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff here is amazing! Everyone was so kind and the service was amazing. I'd give it a 100/10 ! - The food is AMAAAAZING, the chief Alan is incredible too- he's an artist!

I also recommend everyone to try the horchata, it's so good !

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vipDMacc
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Vegan Heaven, and also an awesome place for anyone who wants incredible food to try. Service was exceptional, there was live music and even our 14 month old vegan daughter loved it. We hope to be coming back sometime in the near future.

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stever
Orange County
16 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Decided to try the vegan restaurant during restaurant week. The selection was fine. The food was different, yet tasted very good. Both my wife and I thought the food was a bit spicy. We also did not recognize many of the ingredients. We will probably try it again in the future

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MoHA
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Enjoyed everything, our server was absolutely amazing. Only thing my wife and I questioned was the music. My wife said it sounded like something from "NOW that's what I call music 25!" (those horrible compilation CD's from the 2000s). Your ambiance is very unique, your music should be as well. A mix of Music in Spanish would be Fitting!

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YogiC
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Absolutely love the concept. Organic vegan Mexican food! Wow! Some of the descriptions seemed to suggest the food was different than it was, for example, the menu says ceviche, when in fact it was a jicama slaw, but it was all tasty and beautifully presented.

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LeslieS
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The music was way too loud. I asked them to turn it down, but they never did. We were having a hard time carrying on a conversation over it.

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Pierre
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Good lunch service. Excellent food, though the chilaquiles were a little too spicy. The cocktails are worth trying. The staff was not wearing masks but required customers to.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience3

A big fan of the Hollywood location and was excited to visit the Newport one. Came for Sat brunch. Food was decent - their lunch/dinner menu is definitely tastier than their brunch options in my opinion. The main issue we had was with service. After getting seated it took 15 mins before a waiter even came to our table and then we waited another 50 mins before our entrees came out. We had to flag down any waiter we could find to get utensils and more drinks because ours was nowhere to be seen. The extent to which the service was lacking was just ridiculous...

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LuckyO
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We had a lovely brunch. We were the first few to arrive and funny thing the hostess sat my group in the front of the steps to the south end and with the sun blazing on our faces. When I repeatedly told her to politely just place us anywhere else that’s shaded with more seating since our men took up the chair areas and blocked a good amount of walking area on that end. She gave me a look and attitude then we never saw her again and sent over a gentleman to accommodate us. The food was delicious and drinks were perfect otherwise. Fortunately we didn’t stay seated in her choice of location and no one else was seated there during our entire brunch time.

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