Gratitude Cafe – Calgary, AB


Gratitude Cafe
227 10 St NW
Calgary, AB
(403) 984-4433

Most people know me as a complete unabashed carnivore. But i have a confession, as I have gotten older, I’ve actually started to appreciate vegetables! Shocking, i know, but im starting to feel out of balance when i eat too much meat, or neglect the fibre and vegetable part of my diet. While I am not turning vegetarian, I can say, I do appreciate good vegetarian food. Like food produced at The Coup, and, i was hoping, the food produced at Gratitude Cafe.

Gratitude Cafe, located in the heart of Kensington, is a rip off of Cafe Gratitude from San Francisco. Much like Delux Burger (Edmonton, ripped from Delux Burger in Phoenix), or Belgo, they have completely stolen the concept, the look, and the menu from an existing establishment. Unfortunately, Gratitude Cafe fails to get the most important part right – good food.

Located in a high turnover location in Kensington, the space is a bit utilitarian, but reasonably comfortable.

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Started with a vegetable bean dip/salad. Whatever you want to call it, it was oily, bland, and lacked any semblance of balance, or taste.

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Had the hearty lasagna and salad as a main course because i was “amazed”. It was a big pile of mushy pasta, red sauce, and a very large gloop of what i guessed to be soy cheese. Also tasteless and bland.

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We had very intermittent service, though it was never near as bad as many other reports online. And yes, i realize this review of Gratitude Cafe (Calgary) is terse, but spending my time eating the food and the adventure in getting the bill was enough time spent on this establishment.

As a comment to all would be restauranteurs out there, please. If you decide to “borrow” a concept from an establishment in another country that is wildly successful, please ensure you manage to deliver the great food along with the catchy slogans and funky atmosphere. I could probably even forgive them for their lack of originality, if it tasted good enough!

Gratitude Cafe did not.

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4 thoughts on “Gratitude Cafe – Calgary, AB

    • Hi Tatiana,

      Thanks for the feedback – it really helps us. Sometimes, we find it hard to be critical – no one wants to be a negative douche bag after all, but an honest, straight forward review is what we try to give each and every time. Thank you for taking the time to drop us a note.

      Oh, and if you think we’re being negative douche bags, we’d probably like to know that as well :)

  1. @Jasper I bet you have been to Cafe Gratitude in San Francisco too, where you stole the concept of the restaurant you opened? Am I right?!

    Gratitude Cafe is an embarrassment. I can’t wait for the day I see the “For Lease” sign in the window as it has to be mere months away. The negative vibe from this place pollutes Kensington.

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