This is a restaurant that hasn’t been open that long here in Los Angeles,(maybe a couple of months) but I’m definitely late on getting this review and trying this spot out. This one is for the vegans! Gracias Madre is a plant based Mexican restaurant situated on the popular Melrose Ave in West Hollywood. I am torn on whether I love the food or the décor of this restaurant more. Great food and great atmosphere make for the perfect dining combination. Here’s my review of Gracias Madre!
8905 Melrose Ave.
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(*They also have a location in San Francisco!)
2211 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110
Weekend Brunch: 11am-3PM
Weekday Lunch: 11am-4pm
Weekday Happy Hour: 4pm-7pm
First Impression: The first time I dined at Gracias Madre was in the evening; I immediately loved the vibe of the restaurant. The atmospheres from daytime to nighttime are similar but also very different. (As with many restaurants.) I enjoyed both.
Taste: For lunch I had “The Bowl” which has romaine lettuce, brown rice, black beans, guacamole, tempeh chorizo, pico degallo and cashew cream, which is their vegan version of sour cream. I switched the tempeh for their coconut “bacon” (which is amazing and I recommend trying!) I also had their salsa trio (this comes with a mango salsa which is sweet, a pico de gallo that was spicy but not too hot and my favorite the pineapple salsa which has a kick to it!) To drink I had the green juice of the day which had kale, apple and cucumber. Everything had lots of flavor! It’s really great place to go with your friends that are vegan or vegetarian, whether you’re in a large group or a small group. I think everyone will enjoy the food!
Décor: Beautiful, amazing, perfect! I think that’s my favorite part of the entire restaurant is the décor! I’m always drawn to a place where the interior is beautiful! Gracias Madre really nailed modern boho laid back vibes in the middle of the city. I love the tiles on the bar inside and all the different types of seating and colorful pillows. The restaurant is just so aesthetically pleasing. It’s really just a beautiful restaurant!
Price: Very reasonable for locally grown food in a trendy restaurant and location in Los Angeles. The Bowl costs $13.00 their salsa trio is $10 and their juices and drinks (juices, coffee, teas) range from $4-$6. I don’t drink but I’ve heard great things about their cocktails too! Those run a little more! $ ;)
Service: Great! They are really fast with getting the food out even when they are busy!
Ambiance: Lovely! Again, it’s just such a beautiful restaurant. I love the indoor seating area as well as the outdoor seating. Lots of options! Great for a business lunch, dinner date or even a group of friends!
Overall Experience: Great! I really love Gracias Madre. It’s a great option for vegans and friends of vegans! A lovely dining experience for sure!
Written, Reviewed and Photographed by: Kristen Tola Hettich