Gracias madre - Best Authentic Vegan Mexican Food in San Francisco
If you’re looking for authentic vegan Mexican food in San Francisco, you have to check out Gracias Madre. This upscale Mexican eatery has some of the best food in town!
The best part about Gracias Madre is that it's a 100% vegan Mexican restaurant so you can order anything on the menu! This place is so good that I recommend bringing your vegan-curious family and friends who think vegan food is just lettuce and see what they think of this place. I honestly couldn’t taste the difference, and was super excited to find out that the food here is top notch.
The menu at Gracias Madre is exactly what I was hoping for!
For entrees they offer tamales, enchiladas, nachos, soups, and salads. All of their ingredients are organic and come from the Be Love Farm in Pleasants Valley California. Also all of their corn dishes are made with non-GMO organic corn from this local farm.
Happy Hour at Gracias Madre
If you are on a budget, they do offer a happy hour menu which is amazing! I actually came here for happy hour on accident and was so happy to see their happy menu had lots to choose from including tacos and beer. The happy hour is available on weekdays from 3-6 pm and includes a delicious Sangria for $5, or a lime agave nectar margarita for $8, and nachos for $8. I ended up ordering one tostada which is a deep fried corn plate (picture a giant tortillas chip) topped off with black beans, cashew nacho cheese and guacamole. This was definitely the star of the show and really made me want to order the nachos the next time I visit this place because the cashew nacho cheese was absolutely incredible, and I found myself licking my fingers in disbelief of how good this vegan cheese was.
We also ordered one mushroom taco off the happy hour menu which was covered in mole rojo sauce. I really loved the home-made corn tortilla which was super fresh and tasted so delicious together with the succulent mushrooms.
If I wasn’t so hungry, I could easily see myself coming here just for the happy hour and filling up on a taco and a glass of Chardonnay (which would only set me back $10).. that’s a steal.
The happy hour menu also offers a gored which is a corn potato cake topped off with avocado (I saw some people eating this next to our table so I’m sure it’s a good option).
Eating dinner at Gracias Madre
When it came time to order our food, I asked the waitress what she thought we should try out and she recommended the Pozole soup so I ordered that and Nate got the special which was a taco bowl filled with jackfruit shredded “carnitas”.
When the pozole soup arrived, I was so impressed. The ancho Chile broth was a deep blood red and it was topped off with fried strips of tortillas and a white cashew creme. On my first bite, my eyes bulged out my head and I was taken to heaven instantly. It was perfect. It was the most amazing pozoloe (vegan or non-vegan) that I have every tasted in my life!
Pozole is a Mexican soup that is typically made during the holiday time (November December) and is made with lots of chiles, so definitely a good go-to option if you like your food spicy. The soup contains hominy which is a type of white corn that has a unique flavor (it’s my favorite!). My only wish was that there would be more hominy in the soup and cabbage… but even how it was served, I ended up eating every last bite and had to hold myself back from licking the bowl.
I also ordered their house-made horchata which I was told was made from a mix of almond milk and rice milk. I absolutely loved my horchata! It was served cold and tasted like cinnamon and agave, it was excellent…I just hoped it would be a bit bigger for $8 because I could have drank a gallon of it.
Nate was pretty satisfied with his taco bowl (the special for the night). The portions were huge! I had a bite of it and I really liked the jackfruit carnitas, that was really interesting tasting. Overall, it was more of a Baja California flavor (emphasis on the healthy aspect) and less authentic tasting than my pozole but seemed like a good dish to get if you wanted to eat a ton of veggies. The taco bowl was pretty awesome too because its made from an organic whole wheat tortilla that is flash fried.
Next time I visit this restaurant I would love to try their tamal, enchiladas, nachos, as well as their flautas. Basically… everything on their menu LOL.
Should I make reservations at Gracias Madre?
Since Gracias Madre is one of the most popular spots in San Francisco, it’s highly advisable to make reservations if you want to sit inside. The inside decor of the restaurant is very warm and inviting, with lots of orange colors, large wooden communal tables, and fresh flowers everywhere. I got lucky. I came here without reservations to celebrate a wedding anniversary, and was grateful to be seated at the bar because this place was packed! Don’t like planning ahead? No problem. There is outdoor seating available with heat lamps, if you want some fresh air and these are usually available without reservations on weekends.
How expensive at Gracias Madre?
The prices at Gracias Madre are a bit high, but I think it’s totally worth it. For example a plate of enchiladas costs $17 and a tamal plate costs $19. This is the perfect place if you want to celebrate a birthday or special occasion and want to splurge out a bit. All in all though, I would say that the price is justified by their outstanding service, organic ingredients and gourmet tasting food. If you want to save some money, make sure to try out their happy hour and you can sample main dishes for a fraction of the price.
Gracis Madre Vegan Mexican Food Conclusion
I highly recommend eating at Gracias Madre because it was one of the most memorable vegan dining experiences I’ve had. The seasonal menu featuring all plant-based dishes is worthy of celebration on it’s own, but the fact that the food actually tastes like real Mexican food (from Mexico!) was a happy surprise! Even their re-fried black beans are so full of flavor, that I found myself trying to eat every last bite. If you are looking for vegan food to eat in the Mission of San Francisco, make sure to stop by this place because you will leave content with a smile on your face.
2211 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110