Posted on 01 / 08 / 2008
Cafe Gratitude is a fantastic restaurant! It's staff are very friendly, and the food is positively mouthwatering. There is a wide variety of all kinds of dishes, which are mostly raw, but there are a few warm grain bowls and a warm soup of the day for non-raw foodists not feeling very adventurous. Despite the specialization in raw food, the non-raw dishes are just as delish as the raw ones. I'm hard pressed to recommend one specific dish, as they are all so scrumptious! The pesto is delightful, and I like the warm grain dish I am Whole, or the raw burger I am Cheerful.
The place has a mood and a feeling it is trying to set, and some people find that uncomfortable or hokey, personally, I find it fun! The servers will as you the question of the day. Examples of pervious questions I've heard have been: "What do you like about the rain (this one was asked on a (surprise) rainy day)?" "What do you want to be acknowledged for?" and, of course, "What are you grateful for?" The dishes have names like: I am Inspired, and I am Festive, and that is how one is supposed to order them. When they are brought to your table, the waiter/ess will say "You are Inspired," or "You are Festive."
All in all, Cafe Gratitude is a great restaurant, with a bright and clean atmosphere, a casual and friendly staff, and delightful food for all (raw or not, vegan or not). My father brings his business partners here, even! The service speed is variable, sometimes quite slow, others very fast. If you are in a hurry, just say so and the staff are happy to oblige. I'd recommend this restaurant to just about anyone. It's the best place in Marin for vegetarians and vegans!
Cafe Gratitude also offers take-out, as well as a small grocery section which showcases some of the products they use or make (raw milks, raw cacao powder, supplements, sauces, etc.).
Note: This review is set at four cows because there was a bug in the review system, labeling Cafe Gratitude as a non-vegetarian restaurant, and thus limiting any reviewer to four stars. I assure you: Cafe Gratitude is a five-star vegetarian dining experience and is 100% vegetarian, and mostly raw and vegan (I believe maybe one or two dishes have honey, and, as mentioned, there is a set of warm grain bowls and a warm soup of the day).
fantastic and delicious food, bright and friendly staff and atmosphere, wide variety of food