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1617 Westcliff Dr, Newport Beach, California, USA, 92660

Part of the Cafe Gratitude group of restaurants, this one opened in early-2016 and offers casual eating alongside take away, with full menu and fresh pressed juices. Also sell cookbooks, baked goods, and a few other products. Vegan except for honey/bee products. Open Mon-Sun 8:00am-10:00pm.

Category: Vegan-friendly, American, Take-out, Bakery

Reviews (4)

First Review by 40-Year-Old Vegan

Gratitude To-Go - Edit

I was looking for a place to grab some quick, vegan breakfast food in Newport Beach before heading to LA for the day. I wasn't having much luck until I stumbled across Gratitude. They are listed as vegetarian on Happy Cow because they use honey in some of their products, mostly just in their teas. So when I was searching for a place on Happy Cow and only selected Vegan, Gratitude did not come up. As a last resort I clicked vegetarian, and after reading the reviews for this place and seeing that they do not use eggs or dairy in their food, I decided to give it a shot. I do not consume honey/bee products, so I just asked once I was there to clarify which products I could not have.

I went to the Gratitude To-Go counter and the staff was extremely friendly. I was in a hurry so I decided not to order anything from the real menu but just order some baked goods from the counter instead. I ordered the cinnamon roll, banana bread, and a slice of pumpkin-maple cake. The prices were a little steep, my bill came out to 20 something dollars for three pastries, but I couldn't find any vegan breakfast during the week anywhere else so I couldn't really complain.

As for the food, it was pretty good. All of their baked goods are gluten-free which is great because many people don't eat gluten, however, I do. The baked goods were definitely better than a lot of other gluten-free, vegan baked goods that I've had in the past, but they definitely weren't as good as a vegan, non-gluten-free item would've been. I would definitely go back and eat there again but maybe try to order off the actual menu if I'm not in a hurry. The food that I saw other customers eating looked really good.

Pros: Gluten-free options, Friendly Staff, Clean

Cons: Pricey, No non-gluten-free versions of baked goods

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OC Go-To - Edit

I may be biased, as the staff at Gratitude recognize me. The atmosphere is very cool, great for a multitude of social gatherings from dinner with friends, happy hour, or a special occasion (I celebrated my birthday here).

The staff is always friendly, though at times service can be slow. Sometimes this is nice, because I never want to feel rushed through dinner. Its great when they time everything right so you get to enjoy your appetizer before the entree is set in front of you.

Yes, the prices are a bit high, especially for the small plates, but for the most part the entrees are justified in terms of pricing vs portion.

Try to go for happy hour if you want to try a new entree; they're half off!

Here are a few favorites: Fierce (appetizer - the menu description is a bit confusing but just get it because its phenomenal), Humble (entree - Indian style bowl), Committed (entree - portobello mushroom bbq sandwich with the best roasted sweet potatoes ever...ask for the tomato jam on the side instead of ketchup), Giving (entree - seasonal pizza, always terrific), Stunning (dessert - just order it).

There are only two dishes I ordered and didn't care for: the Magical and Resolved. But hey, they could have had an off night. A note about the salads: they are not entree sized, so don't order if you are ravenous. The Kale Cesear (Dazzling) is great, though.

Brunch is also on par, though this review is long enough!

This is my go-to spot whenever I can't decide what to eat, or if I want to introduce a non-vegan to amazing food that happens to be vegan. Definitely check this place out, and sign up for their loyalty program!

Pros: Excellent Food, Great atmosphere, Extensive menu

Cons: Sometimes slow service, A bit pricey

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Grateful! - Edit

Gratitude is now in Newport Beach! Just like its LA counterpart, Cafe Gratitude, the restaurant offers full vegan cuisine with the exception of some menu items that contain honey. There is also a smaller section of the venue called Gratitude To-Go for more casual dining or pick-up meals. I enjoyed the eggplant panini with cashew ricotta and marinara sauce. There are many sandwiches, salads and large entrees plus baked goods, desserts and a little shop that sells books and other small items. Valet parking is available, which you'll need during peak hours. It is now among my top three favorite Orange County restaurants.
Updated from previous review on Wednesday February 17, 2016

Pros: Variety of menu items , Separate To-go area for easy pick up , Beautiful baked goods

Cons: Parking congested but valet available, A little pricey

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