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Venice Restaurants: Cafe Gratitude

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In a town known for demanding fresh, wholesome and natural foods, Cafe Gratitude is right at home in its Venice Beach location. Cafe Gratitude brings healthy plan based foods to Venetians in a bright airy and spacious atmosphere. 

The first Cafe Gratitude opened in Larchmont in 2011 and it was followed by others in the DTLA Arts District, Beverly Hills, Newport Beach, San Diego and Venice.  Café Gratitude has been credited for transforming the plant-based health food movement from something enjoyed by only a small hippie niche into the modern mainstream.

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Cold-pressed juice, cold brewed coffee, herbal tonic lattes, kale and quinoa bowls, house-made almond milk, and other natural specialty foods that are becoming common in more and more restaurants appeared first in Cafe Gratitude.

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Gourmet plant based menu items at Cafe Gratitude

The Executive Chef of Café Gratitude is Seizan Dreux Ellis, an ordained Soto Zen monk, who oversees the development and execution of the organic, plant-based menu at all Café Gratitude restaurants throughout the Southern California region. With a background in Mediterranean cuisine, he creates vegetable-centered dishes that are refined, elegant, and delicious.

Menu highlights include the famous I am Whole Macrobiotic Bowl, Blackened Tempeh Bolognese, Indonesian Black Rice Bowl, Blackened Tempeh Caesar Wrap, Indian Curry Bowl, Buffalo Cauliflower Pizza, Maple Miso Brussels Sprouts, Asian Kale & Wakame Salad, Açai Superfood Bowl, Pulled Mushroom Sandwich, Key Lime Pie and more. Known for making their menu items from scratch, Café Gratitude makes over 30 house-made sauces.

On the beverage front, highlights on the non-alcoholic list include turmeric lattés, blue spirulina and adaptogenic mushroom superfood smoothies, wellness shots, fair-trade and organic coffee beverages, and cold-pressed juice, along with a bar menu that includes craft beer, biodynamic and natural wine, hard kombucha, sangria, and more. Happy hour is weekdays from 3pm-5pm.


Cafe Gratitude in Venice is located at 512 Rose Ave and it’s open from 8:00 AM to 10:00 PM daily.  There is 90 minute free parking in the underground garage with validation.  Check out our post on things to do in Venice Beach while you are there.

For other locations, visit the Café Gratitude website.

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