Costa Vida

3.5 stars 3.5 out of 5 10 ratings

1200 N University Ave, Provo, UT 84604

(801) 373-1876
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We have worked diligently to remove wheat gluten from all our sauces, dressings, sauces and proteins. Natural glutens remain only in our flour and wheat tortillas and in two desserts--tres leches and key lime pie. This means that we offer "oceans of gluten-free choices" in our menu. All of these items are gluten-free: all enchiladas, all tacos, all salads (without the flour or wheat tortilla), all nachos, and our chicken tortilla soup...which uses corn strips. And, we can easily make all burritos with corn tortillas, enchilada-style. Just ask!
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    1 ratingJuly 15, 2014

    I see that they are gig trained but I got so glutened by them. I'm in agony. I had to ask them a lot of things to be sure that there was no cross contamination, but I guess it wasn't enough. Either their workers touch the ingredients to the tortillas (which I saw one do after I was wrung up), they share common cutting services, or they don't really know what makes a food glyren free. I'm extremely upset and should've been tipped off when they aid, "so thst means you. Any h do dairy..." Gig trained-yeah right! They don't follow it if they are. Do not eat here if you have celiac disease. They are set up like chipotle and I never get duck from there, so they obviously have a lot to learn!

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    3 ratingJanuary 09, 2014

    Employee changes gloves when I mentioned GF. It was pretty good.

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    5 ratingOctober 21, 2013

    My husband and I eat here often. I don't get the corn tortillas, so I'm not worried about their contamination issues. I get a salad and it's awesome. The staff is very helpful and they'll change their gloves for you if you ask them to.

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    5 ratingOctober 15, 2013

    So great!!

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    5 ratingAugust 24, 2013

    They take very good care of me and always willing to change their gloves make sure that it's completely gluten free

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    5 ratingJuly 25, 2013

    They ahead change their gloves and wash their hands and are careful to tell others down the line. I've never been sick.here! Love it

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    5 ratingJanuary 22, 2013

    Fortunately I'm not sensitive to cross contamination. I love costa Vida and I love their efforts to be GF. I can eat there with no problems unless I get beans which I can't tolerate. Love the food and love that its GF! Staff always change gloves and wash their hands.

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    2 ratingOctober 07, 2012

    Although the food here tastes excellent, I have doubts about the claim of gluten free. They claim GIG training, but no one I saw behind the counter seemed to know what that means. Corn tortillas are made on the same griddle as flour, without cleaning the surface first. Watched the cook go from cooking flour to corn tortillas on the same griddle without wiping down the surface, changing gloves, or cooking utensils. She then used a spatula that was kept in a pile of wheat flour and coated with the stuff to turn the corn tortillas. When I got my "gluten free" meal, that I had specifically asked for off the "gluten free" menu, it had a wheat flour tortilla on the bottom of it. I understand the limits of the "gluten free" claim in any restaurant. There is a high risk of cross-contamination anywhere you go. But to say you're GIG trained, and then have this degree of ignorance, is a stretch of the imagination.

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    5 ratingJune 13, 2012

    I love eating at costa vida. They always do their best to provide gluten free meals.

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    1 ratingMarch 15, 2012

    We were very excited about Costa Vida especially after we went the first time. They changed their gloves. They had one specific person touch our food the whole time. It was great until we went for our third time and we noticed that they put the gluten free corn tortillas on the same cooker as where they cooked the flour tortillas. Cross-contamination central. Unfortunate too because they made such an effort to become gluten free.

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    5 ratingFebruary 10, 2016

    1309 N Main St, Logan, UT 84341

    Servers are very knowledgeable and always change their gloves for GF items.

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    5 ratingJanuary 20, 2016

    1010 E 2100 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84106-3590

    Love these guys! We go all the time, and I have yet to be glutened.

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    5 ratingDecember 28, 2015

    5615 Colleyville Blvd #390, Colleyville, TX 76034

    The employees were very accommodating! Each person changed gloves (and were already using tongs) as I went down the line. Everything is gluten free except the flour tortillas and most of the desserts. My family regularly visited this restaurant and since I'm a new diagnosed celiac I'm really excited that I can keep eating here so easily!!

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    5 ratingNovember 28, 2015

    1197 N Main St, Tooele, UT 84074

    I love Costa Vida and it has saved my since being gluten free. I have not ever had any issues here and feel like their staff actually does have knowledge about cc.

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    1 ratingNovember 24, 2015

    1197 N Main St, Tooele, UT 84074

    NOT celiac friendly but maybe gluten-free fad friendly. It was nice that she offered to change her gloves but had no understanding of cross-contamination. After she change her gloves she picked up the flour tortillas she also wanted to use the same serving utensils that she just laid in somebody else's flour tortillas. That is just not gluten free! Even the smallest amount of gluten is too much for someone with celiacs. I asked her why even bother changing her gloves if you're going to turn around and touch flower products with either your hands or utensils. She had no answer. She was nice but under trained.

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    5 ratingNovember 13, 2015

    501 W 2600 S, Bountiful, UT 84010

    almost the whole menu was gluten free. I did not get glutened. 5 stars

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    5 ratingNovember 13, 2015

    1010 E 2100 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84106-3590

    almost the whole menu is gluten free. I did not get glutened! 5 stars

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    3 ratingNovember 06, 2015

    213 E 12300 S, Draper, UT 84020

    They were knowledgable about GF and changed their gloves before preparing my meal. However, they are a little disorganized and were messing up a few meals... So be careful in that regards.

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    5 ratingOctober 30, 2015

    1928 S Commons, Federal Way, WA 98003

    Gluten free Mexican options, including enchiladas, naked burritos, etc.

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    5 ratingOctober 30, 2015

    2430 Patterson Rd, Grand Junction, CO 81505

    Almost everything is gluten free. They change their gloves when serving someone who is gluten free. Very helpful and one of the few fast food chains that has a menu you can count on!

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    5 ratingOctober 27, 2015

    2430 Patterson Rd, Grand Junction, CO 81505

    Really good, fresh food. When I tell them I need it gluten free they change their gloves. Lots of choices!

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    5 ratingOctober 19, 2015

    1952 N 2000 W, Clinton, UT 84015

    Ate here the last two Friday's and Saturday's... It is easy to order and tastes great!

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    4 ratingOctober 11, 2015

    115 Hwy 291, Lee's Summit, MO 64063

    This is a casual restaurant whose staff has a good grasp of gluten-free requirements. Tell them you require gluten-free because of allergy and they change gloves and use corn tortillas. Most menu items are gluten-free. Food quality is good. I recommend this as a safe place for celiacs.

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    5 ratingOctober 11, 2015

    1060 UT-99, Fillmore, UT 84631

    Very accommodating and they were so kind about our gluten free needs. Nice to have this option in Filmore for road trips.

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    5 ratingSeptember 30, 2015

    1928 S Commons, Federal Way, WA 98003

    Very yummy. Eaten there twice now with my children who are much more sensitive - no one has gotten sick! That's a big win in a family with 5 celiacs!!!

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    5 ratingSeptember 18, 2015

    3000 S 25th E, Idaho Falls, ID 83404

    Always a great choice! They pride themselves on being gluten free. I've never had a problem.

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    4 ratingSeptember 08, 2015

    3340 N Eagle Rd, Meridian, ID 83646

    decent food, nothing spectacular. they are trained on how the handle gf orders.

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    4 ratingSeptember 04, 2015

    1928 S Commons, Federal Way, WA 98003

    Lots of GF options. Seemed very aware. Advertise as "gluten friendly" They changed their gloves and washed their hands, and prepared our food on foil to be extra safe. As a bonus, the food is tasty.

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    5 ratingAugust 31, 2015

    1744 S Val Vista Dr #106, Mesa, AZ 85204

    I'm surprised to read the negative reviews since it always had the opposite experience here. When I tell them I am gluten free they take the utmost care.

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    5 ratingAugust 18, 2015

    1351 S Providence Center Dr, Cedar City, UT 84720

    I just ate here and had a great experience. The staff ( manager) immediately washed his hands and changed his gloves when I asked for a gluten free meal specifying I have a true allergy. He followed the food down the line personally ( I asked him to!). The result? Great food, no gluten reaction and a pleasant stay in Cedar City! Thanks Costa Vida! You guys are my go-to tasty eat out restaurant at home and away.

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    1 ratingAugust 10, 2015

    1351 S Providence Center Dr, Cedar City, UT 84720

    I came here shortly after my celiac diagnosis and didn't really understand cross contamination. I got so sick and was very disappointed because I thought I had done everything right. Then I realized that even though all their filling ingredients were gluten free, they all come into contact with the flour tortillas, essentially making them full of gluten and affecting someone like me. I wouldn't recommend going here unless you can convince them to make your food with fresh ingredients that haven't been contaminated.

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    5 ratingJuly 31, 2015

    1952 N 2000 W, Clinton, UT 84015

    I thought it was cool that the employee takes off there gloves and wash their hands to Prepare a meal. Only one person prepares it. Customer services was awesome and my salad was great.

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    4 ratingJuly 30, 2015

    1074 Harter Rd, Yuba City, CA 95993

    Great service. If I tell them I am gluten free then they will change their gloves. Only thing I didn't like is everybody reaches in the same bin for chips. So I don't suggest getting nachos but everything else is ok. When I ordered enchiladas they warmed them up on new pieces of foil so they wouldn't get cross contaminated. I will eat here again!

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    4 ratingJuly 27, 2015

    4309 W 27th Pl #102, Kennewick, WA 99338

    Very helpful - changed gloves without me asking when I said I had celiac. Food was decent for a taco bar type place.

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    3 ratingJuly 25, 2015

    9530 Feather Grass Lane, Fort Worth, TX 76177

    The staff is trained well with gluten free food handling. I rated it lower because the food was much spicier than many Mexican food places I've eaten at. It caused other gut issues and isn't worth going back. A bust for me but could be a great option for others

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    5 ratingJuly 23, 2015

    705 Main Street South, Airdrie, AB T4B 3M2, Canada T4B 3M2

    love it! everything except the boritos and the desserts are GF. owners wife is Celiac. they are very knowledgeable and change their gloves etc.

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    5 ratingJuly 18, 2015

    1621 N State St, Orem, UT 84057

    Perhaps the best GF safe restaurant I've ever been to. I've been to several around Utah, Idaho and Arizona. Go, you'll like it.

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    5 ratingJuly 14, 2015

    213 E 12300 S, Draper, UT 84020

    Very knowledgeable about GF.

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    4 ratingJuly 10, 2015

    9530 Feather Grass Lane, Fort Worth, TX 76177

    There are lots of options, and The food was delicious.

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    5 ratingJuly 04, 2015

    405 Peachtree Pkwy #165, Cumming, GA 30041

    Excellent food and complete understanding of how to keep someone with Celiac Disease safe. With the exception of the flour tortillas, everything is GF. Highly, highly recommend.

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    5 ratingJune 20, 2015

    4361 S State St, Murray, UT 84107

    Awesome job! Very impressed when the staff washed hands before handling my meal. They also don't make you feel like a burden and are very helpful.

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    5 ratingJune 18, 2015

    485 N 2nd E, Rexburg, ID 83440

    I have been recently diagnosed with celiac, and have had only bad experiences eating out until I tried Costa Vida. They are very careful to not cross contaminate your food and are very good to work with. I called before hand and asked the manager a bunch of questions, and he relieved all of the fears I had with eating there. They cook all of their corn tortillas first thing in the morning right after the griddle is cleaned. I did not have any reaction to the food I eat. I totally recommend it to anyone who is celiac or gluten free.

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    4 ratingMay 31, 2015

    405 Peachtree Pkwy #165, Cumming, GA 30041

    Plenty of GF choices including tortilla strips. Few options if you are GF an DF though. I enjoyed a salad with shrimp and mango salsa. They did not change gloves up the line so if you are very sensitive, make sure anyone handling your bowl has new gloves.

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    5 ratingMay 24, 2015

    1621 N State St, Orem, UT 84057

    I have eaten here since they opened, and with their careful attention to avoiding cross contamination, it is by far my favorite place for good mex comfort food.

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    1 ratingMay 22, 2015

    1197 N Main St, Tooele, UT 84074

    I gave it one star only because they put different gloves on to make my corn tortilla tacos but the lady acted like it was so hard to make it gluten free for me......and the food is not worth trying won't be coming here again.

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    1 ratingMay 08, 2015

    10005 Commons St #280, Lone Tree, CO 80124

    I ate here 3 times with no problem, then the last time I got sick - definitely a gluten reaction. Don't know if I dare try it again.

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    5 ratingApril 29, 2015

    9737 Macleod Trail, Calgary, AB T2J, Canada

    Great place! Very friendly and accommodating, would def recommend it! Wish we had one where I lived ;)

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    5 ratingApril 25, 2015

    405 Peachtree Pkwy #165, Cumming, GA 30041

    Loved it!! Great food and very friendly and knowledgeable. The owner was there and chatted with us; made sure they changed their gloves and that everything was handled appropriately. We WILL definitely be back!!

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    5 ratingApril 20, 2015

    1336 Foothill Dr, Salt Lake City, UT 84108

    I swear, they get happy, when you tell them you need gluten free. Excellent procedures to prevent cross contamination, I love eating here!

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    4 ratingApril 12, 2015

    9530 Feather Grass Lane, Fort Worth, TX 76177

    Everything gluten free but tortilla and deserts.

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    5 ratingApril 10, 2015

    405 Peachtree Pkwy #165, Cumming, GA 30041

    Awesome and knowledgeable About Celiac!!

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    5 ratingMarch 28, 2015

    2376 Red Cliffs Dr, St George, UT 84790

    They are always so nice and knowledgeable about gluten containing items and trading precautions. This is my favorite place to eat because I can go there and eat without getting sick and I have tons of options

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    4 ratingMarch 27, 2015

    115 Hwy 291, Lee's Summit, MO 64063

    This is a restaurantthat they make the food in front of you at the front.Change gloves, have corn tortilla for burrito. Yummy. Charge extra for guacamole and sour cream, which is a little cheap!

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    2 ratingMarch 15, 2015

    597 E 1000 N, Spanish Fork, UT 84660

    Good food. I see a lot of cross contamination going on. Okay depending on your sensitivity. Not celiac friendly.

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    1 ratingFebruary 07, 2015

    5615 Colleyville Blvd #390, Colleyville, TX 76034

    I have repeatedly witnessed employees touch flour tortillas and then dip the same hands into cheese, lettuce, etc. Despite the fact there are tongs placed in each bin. I expressed my concerns about cross contamination to the manager. He refused to acknowledge that this practice is cross contamination, nor did he apologize. This staff is most definitely NOT GIG trained. Infuriating, given that they have tent cards on each table stating they are.

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    5 ratingFebruary 07, 2015

    334 23rd St, Ogden, UT 84401

    get the caramel flan. so good. also love their nachos more than everything else. salads aren't bad and the enchiladas are tasty.

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    5 ratingFebruary 01, 2015

    4361 S State St, Murray, UT 84107

    Staff washed hands, put on new gloves and followed my order through. Great food!

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    5 ratingJanuary 20, 2015

    405 Peachtree Pkwy #165, Cumming, GA 30041

    I was so excited to eat here. It's sad that it is so rare that places offer gluten free chips! I had to get the nachos just because I could. And they did not disappoint. So much flavor and generous portions. When I asked about gluten free the server immediately started changing his gloves and explained that ALL ingredients except the flour tortillas are gluten free. The owner has Celiac and has trained the staff well. Safe and delicious!

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    5 ratingJanuary 16, 2015

    1657 Skyline Dr, South Ogden, UT 84405

    Great selection. Inform server if you have celiac. We frequently stop here

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    5 ratingJanuary 06, 2015

    405 Peachtree Pkwy #165, Cumming, GA 30041

    Great food and staff is very knowledgable! The owner is Celiac!!

Monday
10:30 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
10:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
10:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
10:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
10:30 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
10:30 am - 11:00 pm
Sunday
Closed

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