Cafe Gratitude in Santa Cruz, California is an amazing vegan cafe that offers healthy, unique, and delicious dishes. Matthew and Terces Engelhart first thought of the idea for Gratitude Cafe after meeting at a positivity forum. It gave them a new perspective on life and motivated them to open a restaurant that could improve and bring positivity and awareness to its customers. The cafe opened in Santa Cruz in August of 2011 and has gained a tremendous reputation within the community since.Today, Cara Favilla oversees the restaurant as General Manager and Mark Smith manages the kitchen as Head Chef. They continue Matthew and Tercesí vision of spreading positivity and gratefulness through topnotch customer service and pure, vegan cuisine. Everything at Gratitude Cafe is freshly made from scratch daily besides their bread, which they source from local bakeries. The cafe is entirely vegan with a guarantee that there is never any cross-contamination. All of the menu item names double as positive affirmations that reflect their positive atmosphere and attitudes. One of the most popular dishes is the Amore that is a Caprese Sandwich made with cashew mozzarella cheese, hemp seed-basil pesto, balsamic reduction, fresh spinach, and tomato on Companion Bakeshopís sliced sourdough that is served with a fig balsamic side salad. Another fan favorite is the Warm-Hearted that is Pan Seared Polenta. The rest of the menu offers breakfast options, appetizers & small plates, salads, and grain bowls. In addition to their fantastic cuisine, Cafe Gratitude also offers an impressive selection of beverages. All their drinks are also vegan and options include: coffees & teas, smoothies & shakes, and freshly-squeezed juices. They even feature a nice selection of beers and wines that are sourced from local Santa Cruz breweries and wineries. All in all, Cafe Gratitude is the perfect place to enjoy with family and friends alike. They offer full table service, but if you donít have time to dine-in they also take to-go orders at the counter. The restaurant seats about sixty-five people and has a warm and inviting atmosphere. The staff is very friendly and personable and creating meaningful connections with their customers is just as important as providing them high quality meals. In the end, Cafe Gratitude is all about giving back to their community any way they can. They donate to different local causes and they even offer free meals on Thanksgiving. The next time youíre craving a wholesome and healthy meal, make sure to visit Cafe Gratitude – you wonít be disappointed!
103 Lincoln St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060