Organic Mexican food restaurant by the owners of Cafe Gratitude. Most of the produce used is grown on the owners' own local farm. Food is made-in-house in its open kitchen -- including the salsas, tamales, and corn tortillas. Concise seasonal menus. Prices moderate for the area but on the expensive end for a veg restaurant. Price: Expensive more-less
Vegan, Mexican, Organic, Fusion, Take-out
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First Review by kenvegan
DM
DM
  • vegan
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+46

different but great

4 Posted on 09 / 15 / 2014

This isn't taqueria or authentic Mexican food, but it's very tasty and the menu offers a large variety of vegan dishes. Much better than the Northern California location. If you're visiting, this West Hollywood location is a MUST DO meal while you're in the area.


sglcklch
sglcklch
  • vegan
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+768

Good food in a great location with a price

4 Posted on 09 / 09 / 2014

Having been to the original location in San Francisco, we came here kind of knowing what to expect food-wise. The menu is more or less the same except for a few additions. We decided to try out different things from our last experience

For starters, we ordered the gorditas and the fried cauliflower. Both were very good but a bit spendy at around $10 each. The plantains and the coconut ceviche entrées—new for this location—weren’t too shabby either but really not worth the $18 price tag. Between the two, the plantain plate was better in that there was a lot more going on both in terms of ingredients and flavors. The coconut ceviche, on the other hand, was nothing more than two big piles of salsa-lettuce-coconut mixture on fried tortillas with a side of black beans. I have eaten vegan ceviches on multiple occasions in Peru; this was anything but that. I was even confused why they would put “coconut” in the dish title until I found a few strands of fresh coconut tucked inside. I love the fruit as much as the next person but it was a complete waste in this concoction. It was elusive and brought little to the dish. Granted, it wasn’t bad tasting, just didn’t fit the description and also too simple and dull for an entrée, for $18, no less.

We couldn’t pass up desserts so ended up getting the fudge brownie replacing the whipped cream with ice cream. This was delicious! The salted caramel sauce made for a sweet and salty combo that I loved. The coconut bacon added a nice touch to it as well. But, again, this was overpriced at $14 with $5 being extra for the ice cream substitution.

While some reviewers had problems with the service, we didn’t. It was swift and friendly. The one thing I think everyone can agree on is the beautiful setting. It’s spacious, featuring a vibrant bar scene, a lovely outdoor dining area, and plenty of natural lighting that comes with. The neighborhood is hip and upscale, which is a major step up from the grungy Mission District that its sister restaurant is in. For that reason, I can understand the high price point, but don’t think it’s the right value. That said, it was an overall enjoyable evening and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it. Just know that many items on the menu will have a very similar, if not identical, flavor profile. Order wisely!

Pros: beautiful space, good food, location
Cons: pricey
tina x
tina x
  • vegan
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+39

Really Bland Food, Noisy, Underwhelming Service

3 Posted on 06 / 25 / 2014

Okay, here's how it goes. My friends and I went here on a weeknight. Their staff person on the phone reassured us we did not need to reserve a table. Wrong! It was totally crowded! And quite noisy.

It stuns me that they do this great of business. I'm convinced it's because of the lengthy drink menu. It's also in a trendy area of WeHo. One thing that's positive - it's large, and lovely in ambiance.

The drinks are good, and most of the food is average to fairly good. None of the dishes were exceptional. The kale was the most flavorful thing. The food (large portions) is interesting in texture, but absent of any herbs or garlic -- you get the picture -- super bland. I've tasted more flavorful guac and black beans at casual non-vegan restaurants. Yes, their homemade masa is good, but it seems really plain. It works on their tamal plate, but that's about it.

I feel like a gourmet chef after eating at this place, but maybe it's just me and my friends -- we savor a thing called "flavor".

One more thing that turned us off. Our server accidentally carted away a plate before we were finished. Although he quickly apologized, here's the way he could have dealt with it -- get the manger's approval to offer a free drink or dessert. The way he addressed this mishap did not make us feel like he valued customers, or welcomed us to return.

We will take a second thought before returning to this restaurant. It has a wonderful concept, it's just disappointing the food does not live up to the hype.

Pros: Lovely place, nice ambiance, portions are large, tasty cocktails
Cons: Super bland food, really noisy, over-hyped, waitstaff could be better

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Rich Revell
Rich Revell
  • vegan
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+84

Disappointing Experience Twice

2 Posted on 06 / 22 / 2014

I had great hope for this new restaurant, but have been disappointed on both visits since it opened. The physical space is beautifully laid out and decorated. Unfortunately, that's where the positives end. Yes, it's vegan, but No, it's "no cafe gratitude". The food is so-so, the prices are in the stratosphere, and the service has been consistently poor. With so many other choices for good vegan food with good service, I'll spend my money elsewhere,

Pros: Beautiful physical space, Great location
Cons: So-So Food, Poor service, High prices
ronitw
ronitw
  • vegan
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+111

Great Vegan Mexican Food

5 Posted on 03 / 21 / 2014

Finally made it, and even found street parking! Luckily the wait was half of what the hostess predicted on a busy Friday evening. We shared totopos, pozole, sopes and flan. Each one had a tequila that the waiter helped us select. Everything was very good. The service was great too! We will definitely be back.

Pros: Great food, Great service
Hungwy
Hungwy
  • vegan
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+26

trash

2 Posted on 02 / 17 / 2014

Nice decor. No substitutions. No flexibility. No nice. And I got indigestion on top of that. Good place to be seen. Avoid the food. Be sure to read the disclaimer on the menu taking no responsibility for making you ill.

Pros: decor
Cons: attitude. food.
Dharma~Ram
Dharma~Ram
  • vegan
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+26

Comida Vegana Mex

5 Posted on 01 / 27 / 2014

A fresh take on fresh Mexican cuisine with a vegan twist.
So glad to see the success of this menu take off with much spice and flare. I really enjoyed the creativity and complimentary flavors that please and balance the palate. Don't just take my word on it, you really have to go experience the menu for yourself. Enjoy!

Pros: Fresh, Tasty, Creative
Cons: Parking
Sonja and Dirk
Sonja and Dirk
  • vegan
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+3072

vegan Mexican

4 Posted on 01 / 20 / 2014

For the opening weekend, we went with another couple for an early dinner on Sunday. The location itself is nice and spacious with a bar, indoor sitting and outdoor patio which has a fireplace. The patio might even be bigger than the interior. We were seated inside and shared most of the food with our friends. While the food was excellent, the service was slow and inattentive although the place was not that busy, but I don't know how much of that was due to it being the opening weekend. Also, considering they are not a cheap place, we were surprised when they asked that we keep our utensils after the appetizer courses even though they were very dirty and we had nowhere to put them except on the bare table.

For starters, we got the guacamole, gorditas, quesadillas and roasted brussel sprouts. They were all delicious, but the sprouts really stood out. For entrees, two people got the sopas, another the enchiladas and I got the chilaquiles. We all enjoyed our meals which were flavorful and nicely presented. For desserts, we ordered the apple cobbler, flan, cheesecake and pumpkin cake. All wonderful with favorites determined by individual preferences.

Overall, we highly enjoyed the food and wanted to try as much as possible. We do look forward to returning, but hope the service will have improved.

Pros: all vegan Mexican, flavorful and tasty, nice atmosphere
Cons: slow inattentive service
kenvegan
kenvegan
  • vegan
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+1723

Tasty Vegan Mexican Food

4 Posted on 01 / 20 / 2014

I met a couple of friends for an early lunch at the new Los Angeles location of this famous San Francisco-based vegan Mexican restaurant.

The restaurant is quite spacious, and the high ceilings give you a feeling of openness. The outdoor seating is large with heaters for that chilly evening, and the outdoor fireplace is a classy touch.

We were one of the first groups seated at the restaurant. We ordered Topas Con Chile as an appetizer, which consisted of corn chips with a chile sauce and a cashew cream topping. This dish came out cold, and when we mentioned that the dish was cold, they took the dish back and brought back a warmer version.

For an entree, I had the Chiliquiles which was recommended by the waitress. Had I know that the Chiliquiles would be almost identical to the Topas Con Chile appetizer, I would have chosen a different entree, but at least both corn chip-based dishes were tasty. This dish also came out cold, which we were told was due to the cashew cream having to be refrigerated. I imagine they could bring the dish up to room temperature before serving it with a heater.

The Tamale and and Sopas Con Pina that the others' ordered looked much more exciting than the dish I chose. For dessert, we ordered the Pumpkin Cake and the Mocha Cheesecake. These desserts were excellent, and I felt they were the best part of my meal.

The was my first time I had eaten at Gracias Madre. I had very high expectations based upon what friends had told me about the San Francisco location. I cannot say that my experience here lived up to my expectations, but perhaps that was because it was just the second day the restaurant was open. I think there is better Mexican food out there, but we are lucky to have a classy vegan Mexican restaurant in LA. Overall, I enjoyed my meal.

Pros: Desserts, Atmosphere
Cons: Food could use some improvement

 

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