Berkeley >Food & Dining > Cafe Gratitude
Excellent food and conversation. I cannot be unbiased about this place. I *LOVE* it. After a long 12 hour day of intense physical labor, I thougt, I can go to 'The Cheese Board Pizza' and remembered Cafe Gratitude was just 2 blocks further down shattuck. The place was busy and vibrant. The service was quick, I told them "I need a smothie quickly or I am going to die of malnutrition, what would you suggest?" They brought back a wonderfull and delightfull drink in minutes. I picked an entre that I had never had, and it was delicious. Vegan is diffrent from the usual fare I am used to eating, but it was excellent. Its between Francisco and Virginia. Go and expect to have interesting fun. I am planning on a get together there this weekend!
Rude staff, small portions, OVER priced- but it's wonderfully decorated... lol. Very cool atmosphere--- neat couch seating style, great brick walled interior, fun play on words type water bottles, LOVE the lighting and that I could see into the ktichen... The food was gag worthy. I am sorry to say that now when I look back on what I ate, I could honestly say I am gagging. I am a vegan (non raw) food eater, so that may be where my bias comes in, but I am very open to new things, and this was nasty. OK, so the salad had a VERY peper taste to it and actually made you HOT and sweat and our lips were numb. The "pizza" was very small and could feed maybe a small child. The portions are TEEENY for the price. The wait staff were all very rude and not one smile did I see... and our table gave our waitress a 50 dollar tip (13 people there) and she never smiled, came back to ask if everything was OK, got 3 orders wrong... blah. Parking is aweful, but that comes with the location... Got that... Anyway, I would NEVER, will NEVER go back, nor will 9 of the 13 I was with the other night. I say save the money, and make some great vegan at home. :)
Cafe style restaurant aims to fill your appetite and attitude with mostly live food and verbal affirmations..
Hippy-chic couches and long wooden tables set the stage for casual, community-style vegetarian dining. Newcomers to raw food should take note: Pizzas and soups are served chilled, and steamed dishes will be lukewarm at best. Forgive "I am" dishes for their confusing names; once served you'll be grateful each plate is beautifully prepared and full of flavor to fill every hunger pain. And despite the lack of temperature heat, service is warm yet not overbearing.
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