Design Dish: Gratitude Newport Beach


There are countless ways to say “thank you,” but the best way is to say it with soulful eats. The Newport Beach outpost of Gratitude confirms that.

Cafe Gratitude’s roots run deep thanks to its humble Bay Area beginnings. Although this latest locale, which opened last January, exceeds expectations in both design and fare. A light and airy space, the restaurant showcases an inviting mix of nature and high style. A perfect fit for the Orange County coastal set.


Gratitude’s (note that “Cafe” is dropped here) design scheme is all about amping up the basics, capitalizing on neutrals and building upon natural beauty. Upon entry you’ll notice brick walls painted white as well as white wood paneled walls that are a perfect match for the exposed wood beam ceilings, rich wooden floors and reclaimed wooden communal tables. They’ve managed to mix the earthy elements with taupe and tan booths, leather and iron stools, rattan chairs and pretty marble tabletops.

The soft hues combine with warm lighting to create a space that feels organic, beautiful even unapologetically luxurious. And it’s clear that no detail was spared in the design either. Look on to find elements that harken to the boho spirit like crochet wall art, brushed mirrors, potted plants and a seamless marriage of indoor and outdoor space.


Even the bar–which is truly the restaurant’s centerpiece–has the free-spirit vibe. Marked by a white marble top and intricately painted tiles, the bar is headed up by Jason Eisner, who’s known for his organic twist on traditional libations. Jason sources from local purveyors to create sips like a tea infused flowering gin and tonic.. And on the food front, Chef Dreux Ellis delivers.


Chef Dreux transforms breakfast, lunch or dinner at Gratitude into a full on experience as he offers up dishes that are 100% organic, seasonal, honest and inspired by the heart. Dive into appetizers with names that get into your feelings like Dynamic, a garnet yam and cauliflower samosa that takes your tastebuds on an adventure or the Authentic, a housemade ravioli filled with same day produce or the Abundant, which features a macadamia truffle brie, spicy pickled veggies and more  

All in all, Gratitude will leave your appetite for design and organic fare more than satiated. It’ll leave you feeling–for lack of a better word–grateful.

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