Providing farm-to-table all vegan and organic food: appetizers, salads, bowls, breakfast, brunch, plus juices, teas, smoothies, and shakes. Opened on May 1, 2012. Price: Moderate more-less
Vegan, American, Organic, Raw, Juice bar


First Review by Justin K.


5 Posted on 07 / 03 / 2014

Cafe Gratitude is perfect. I was recently diagnosed with celiac and the challenges of that while being a vegetarian can be difficult, but Cafe Gratitude makes it easy. Almost everything is vegan AND gluten free. The only problem is overspending on all the wonderful items on the menu!

Pros: food, vibe, drinks
Cons: price

what makes my heart sing? cafe gratitude!

5 Posted on 12 / 16 / 2013

What makes my heart sing? every new city I arrive, beaming while wandering aimlessly taking in completely new scenery, I find a badass veggie power saloon to refuel my spirit and charge my soul!!! They holler like they have polite turrets syndrome , calling out beautiful names of the meals when ready! I love this place. I would move to this city just to live inside this love temple

Pros: love, life , peace


5 Posted on 11 / 30 / 2013

Our first visit was on Thanksgiving Day. The volunteer wait staff (regular staff had the day off) and owners were very friendly and welcoming. They offered just one dish (veggie burger with gravy, mixed greens salad and pecan pie ball) that was delicious and free (or a free will donation)! We returned 2 days later and ordered from the menu. There were so many choices that looked amazing that it was hard to decide what to order. We chose the I Am Warm Hearted, a polenta dish, and I Am Transformed, tacos. Both were outstanding. We finished with key lime pie and a chocolate coconut cookie. Wish we lived closer so that we could frequent this restaurant on a regular basis. Wonderful, delicious food.

Pros: Outstanding vegan food, Very friendly staff and owners, Great atmosphere

Absolutely Fabulous!

5 Posted on 05 / 05 / 2013

I've heard nothing but great things about Cafe Gratitude and so when I made the trip to Kansas City this weekend, I was so excited to try it. I wish I could have gone for lunch or dinner, but breakfast was so wonderful! The vibe of the place is great--beautiful space that is well put together and lots of very friendly staff.

I had the I am Bonita, which is a mexi-themed breakfast dish. It was phenomenal; the nut-based nacho cheese was delicious and added a nice touch to the brown rice, black beans, tomatoes, and avocado. I devoured it. I also had the I am Energized, an alkalizing green smoothie full of kale, celery, jalapeno, avocado, and other things. It was a tad spicy, but nothing that I couldn't appreciate it. It was VERY green and VERY yummy. I had a bite of a friend's breakfast special, which was a cashew crepe stuffed with banana and apple, and topped with coconut yogurt and maple syrup. Heavenly. Can't really regret my order as it was so satisfying, but wow-creative and tasty.

I can't say enough good things; my biggest disappointment was not being able to try more on the menu! The food was so good and I hope I can make it back to KC and stop by Cafe Gratitude for lunch or dinner--I want to try the raw pizza!!

Also, I loved that everything was 100% vegan and appreciated things were marked as gluten-free--or how to make them gluten-free. It is so nice to be confident that what you are ordering is vegan!

Maybe open a place in St. Louis? Please? :)

Pros: Delicious and healthy food, Fabulous space, Lots of great vegan/gluten free options

A local FAV

5 Posted on 02 / 01 / 2013

I love the place. I have taken my wife here twice and a good friend once, and have had nothing but good experiances. The food is amazing, and my wife and I have made it a new tradition to eat dinner here before heading to the performance hall to catch a ballet.

The names they give all the dishes are hokey, and do nothing to discribe the content of the meal. But, it is part of the charm of the place. If you can get past feeling dopey while asking for an "I am .", then you will love what they bring to the table.

Pros: Amazing food, Local top-shelf ingredient, Great staff and presentation, Generous hours
Cons: A little pricy, but worth it, Dish names


One of my favorite restaurants in Kansas City!

5 Posted on 11 / 25 / 2012

First off, the restaurant itself is beautifully put together with tall ceilings, hanging lights, a couple of raised dining areas, and stools down the center for large groups. (The benches along the side could use a little help leveling, though. I felt like I was playing on a teeter-totter whenever other customers would stand up or shift.)

For an appetizer, we ordered the Live Nachos (called I Am Honoring) made with sunflower bean pate, guacamole, salsa fresca, and nacho cheese. The cool, creamy, and spicy cheese was served in a mound with homemade crackers. The cheese was wonderfully rich with a kick of heat. It felt alive in the mouth and whetted my palate for what was to come.

For my entree I had I Am Pure, which is a kale salad made with avocado, cucumber, carrots, cilantro, basil, and green onions, topped with teriyaki almonds and sunflower sprouts, and tossed in a ginger-tahini dressing. It was a large enough serving to easily cover a couple of meals, especially after sharing an appetizer. I enjoyed the kale salad, especially the whole teriyaki almonds and freshness of the vegetables, but I wouldn't say that it was anything extraordinary.

My husband's Indian bowl, I Am Humble, came with a layer of brown rice (quinoa is also an option), raw spinach, and mounds of spiced red lentils and potatoes that were mashed together. This hearty, stick-to-your-ribs bowl was wonderfully satisfying and a tamarind sauce gave a lift of sweetness to the dish.

The next time I was there, I ordered the Pad Thai-style dish called I Am Terrific. This vibrant and flavorful dish comes with carrots, shredded kale, cucumber, tomatoes, cilantro, basil, and scallions. It's topped with teriyaki almonds and sprouts.

My husband ordered I Am Extraordinary, a CLT made of chipotle-maple coconut bacon, romaine lettuce, tomato, and avocado on a seeded bun. I'd heard about coconut bacon in the past, but this was my first experience of it. The smoky flavors of bacon are very mild, and the taste of coconut flakes stands out on the sandwich, giving it a somewhat tropical flair. It comes with a creamy cashew aioli, which is the star of the show.

I can't recommend Cafe Gratitude highly enough. It's definitely worth a visit!

Pros: delicious food, varied menu, lovely atmosphere


5 Posted on 10 / 07 / 2012

Great atmosphere , friendly staff and awesome food. We ordered black bean soup, Cesar salad and tamales. For dessert we had vegan ice cream! Not to be outdone by the hazelnut chocolate cream pie. Two thumbs up to everything here! Thank you Cafe Gratitude, we are grateful for you!

Pros: atmosphere, vegan ice cream, question of the day to discuss at the table
Cons: none

In the shadow of meatpacking a ray of sunshine

4 Posted on 08 / 21 / 2012

Read the full review with pics on my blog, Marty's Flying Vegan Review:

Kansas City, the words are almost synonymous with meat. Beef. Stockyards. Amazing that there are 3 vegan establishments here. Fud is not open for dinner during the week and Mud Pie Vegan Bakery wasn't what I had in mind for a dinner, so what turned out to be a good choice was made by default.

But first, KC you do have your progressive shite together. Rentable bikes that you can return to different locations than where you rented them from. These automated kiosks caught my attention in a double take and I pulled over to take a few pics. The only question I have is what if you're taking a bike to a place that is full. Then what, since you're charged by the hour while you have the bike. The clock apparently stops when you bring it back and you can take the bike as many times as you want during the period you paid for. Interesting concept.

Now just to give you a feel for the place, here's something you don't see in my neck of the woods everyday ... but it's one of the first things I noticed at MCI, the big airport:

And one last thing. Here's the view from my hotel. Actually not a bad looking city:

Now for the food part. I made you wait. I'm sorry. No I'm not. But here:

The interior is a warm brick and wood interior with a bar running about half way down the dining room. I found the environment very relaxing.

I don't really like when dishes have cute names and every dish here does. As a newcomer to a menu I just find it just a bit harder to decipher. Here are a few shots of the menu. That being said it is a pretty extensive menu and you do have lots of options and cuisines to choose from.

The conversation sounds like this, "Did you want to be comforted or are you connected?"
"I don't know, I just want the potatoes."

I got the I Am Comforted as an appetizer.

I Am Transformed is their best seller and since I'm still on a quest for the world's best veggie burger I tried that too. I Am Magical. "poof."

Just so you know, I put gluttony aside and took home half of everything I ordered. Except dessert. That didn't make it back to the hotel room.

Natalie the owner asked me if I liked chocolate and mint as she put this in front of me. I LOVE chocolate and mint. This was a shake and although I thought it was cool and refreshing and enjoyed the crunch of the nibs I think the mint, from fresh mint leaves, was a bit too "green" i

Pros: Great space, Friendly staff, great tacos/dessert
Cons: Silly food names, parking is a pay lot across street

Delicious Meal - Omni-Friendly!

5 Posted on 05 / 04 / 2012

Went to Cafe Gratitude tonight and didn't realize it was KC First Friday until arriving downtown. The place was packed and all the food looked great. Staff was pretty quick on getting us seated and attentive at the table. They were out of a couple of things on the menu but they are still working on rolling out the full menu, and with how busy it was tonight (and apparently every day since opening) that's to be expected. The bowls were very filling, tasty and healthy, the chocolate "I am luscious" knocked my socks off.
Definitely going to go back, omni-friends said they want an invite.

Pros: friendly knowledgeable service, tasty healthy cuisine, filling
Cons: out of several items, lighting over dimmed


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