Amazing restaurant!!!! Incredibly celiac friendly. They are very knowledgeable and the waiter brought me a menu of what I can eat safely. They’ve been trained on allergens. The manager also came over as soon as they knew I had celiac. She took the courtesy to explain how they would prepare my food and assured me that the cooking area would be wiped down to avoid cross contamination to the best of their abilities. She also made sure I knew they take celiac very seriously. Most of the items on the menu are gluten free already and those that aren’t say it. I ate here for lunch and dinner almost every day while in SD. The attention to my dietary needs was amazing and I didn’t get sick. The food is soooo good too! I’m also dairy free so it was perfect
It was great to find this place while visiting San Diego. There menu is basically plant-based and mostly gluten free. Delicious food I had the Humble curry bowl and it was fantastic . And enough for lunch and dinner :) wonderful! The staff was welcoming and great as well.
This place is great if you are celiac. It is not a dedicated kitchen but they are extremely knowledgeable and once my husband told them he was celiac the manager came over to discuss everything. The fryer only fries gluten free items and as long as you tell them you’re celiac they will wipe down the equipment between use. No issues here and great food!!
Great and knowledgable staff and amazing food!! I had the polenta and oh my gosh! My husband does not like vegetarian/vegan food and he even loved his eggplant panini (not gluten free). Would definitely go back here again. I have celiac and had no reaction.
Every time I come to LA, I make a point to come here. I’m DF and GF and can eat most everything on the menu...including dessert! It is a vegan restaurant, so my meat loving husband doesn’t love it, but everything is prepared so well you won’t miss the meat. The Newport location now has a to-go shop around back and they open at 8am with breakfast items. If you want your pick of the baked goods and desserts, go early because they sell out fast. Highly recommend the tiramisu if you can get it before they sell out. Yum!!
I've only been here once and had the vegan and gluten free fried chicken and waffles. Say what?! Yah, that's right...vegan GF fried chicken and waffles!!! It was delicious! The chicken was really mushrooms battered with GF flour and fried in a dedicated fryer...so good! Other items looked really good and I will be back for sure. Our waitress was attentive and very knowledgeable. It's always a plus when you feel at ease when taking that first bite. Then being pleasantly surprised with how good it is makes for a perfect experience.
Everything is gluten free except for the sandwiches where the bread can be substituted with gluten free bread slices — one of my regular go-tos in downtown Santa Cruz for years and I’ve never gotten sick from here. And they certainly know flavor. Say what you want about vegans also but DAMN do they know taste (not even vegan here). Truly outstanding
Their menu is predominately gluten free - only three items on the menu contained gluten that night. They took the fact that I’m a celiac very seriously and made me feel very comfortable. Added bonus - all of the desserts were gluten free too!
New review: they have bread on the menu so I've been very leery about coming here as frequently as we used to. I'm careful to stress that we are glutenfree and I haven't been glutened. You can get the bread items gf by using a dehydrated "live bread" but it's not a sandwich, just a pile of food. Desserts are still great though. Old review: I nearly cried when I tasted my first bite from Cafe Gratitude. Glutenfree, vegan, AND amazing? It was so delicious, I went back the next day and ate there again. The ratatouille was magical. The chocolate coconut pie with a side of caramel sauce makes the world a better place. I loved enjoying a delicious ethical meal that made me feel physically amazing after. No gluten! I can't wait to go back!
update may 2013: everything including gluten containing baked goods are now made on site. this kitchen is now f'ed, and I feel like I just lost an 8 year friendship. this was my only safe spot in the east bay for years. I'm so sad. March 2013: once upon a time, cafe gratitude in Berkeley segregated the one gluten item in the kitchen to a dedicated cutting board. this was the one place in the east bay besides pf changs where I felt safe. now that the cafes operate more independently, contaminated tortillas and lax kitchen practices are making people sick. and, the staff is nothing like it used to be. I trust Matt's location in Santa Cruz, and I'm not coming back to the Berkeley location.
This caters more to veganism but there are definitely GF options. Similar to Gracias Madre though (which they own), if you're veganism isn't what you're really going for then you can get similar Mexican dishes at a cheaper price elsewhere. However, they do serve up pretty delicious looking quinoa bowls, who h you can't get at most places. Moreover, their shakes are awesome.