2.0 stars 2.0 out of 5 5 ratings

1307 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60605

(312) 435-1307
$$ $10-15 per entree
Gluten-Free Features

Gluten-Free Menu, Tacos


Mexican, Restaurant, Local Chain

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    2 ratingDecember 21, 2013

    What the others said. I have eaten here a few times and never felt great after. The chips are a no-no, made that mistake before. Didn't know the rice was not okay... I figured it was that or the margarita I always order. Funny thing is the Naperville location is absolutely wonderful and I never felt sick after eating there. My guess is its a cross contamination issue at this location. They really need to figure these issues out- it's a Mexican restaurant for god's sake. Most of the menu should be naturally gluten free.

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    1 ratingJuly 22, 2013

    While Zapatista has a gluten free menu the waitstaff is not knowledgable so dine with caution. I ordered the enchalidas which were makred gluten free. I also advised the server of my allergy emphasizing that I get very ill with gluten contamination. He assured me my meal would be gluten free. It arrived with enchalidas and the mexican rice. It wasn't until I became ill after eating that I discovered the mexican rice is not gluten free. To determine this you must look at the menu under sides and to be fair to Zapatista it is not marked as gluten free. However, there is no notation on the individual dishes that come with these sides to avoid them or substitute. While, I take blame for not being more vigilent in my examination of the menu, I am frustrated that the waitstaff was not more knowledgable about what dishes were in fact gluten free. The food was good but not worth the next few days where I will be suffering intense pain.

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    1 ratingJune 11, 2013

    Rachel had great points. I just encountered the same situation. Chips, fries and rice are all on the gluten free menu, but are NOT safe. Server just confirmed it. He said they are still in the process of changing the menu. I wouldn't have thought to ask about these items if it was not for Rachel's review. I'm just happy I read it to avoid getting sick!! Geesh!

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    1 ratingMarch 11, 2013

    Celiacs and gluten-intolerant beware: I was glutened here. Fortunately, I don't get sick when I get glutened but I'm sure it's still done damage for me in my intestines. A server had misinformed me that the chips were fried in their own oil and that they were safe. After eating some, I asked the waiter if they were safe and he said they were not. Then I spoke to the manager who confirmed that they were, indeed, cross-contaminated (fried in shared oil). She said that the server didn't speak really good English and didn't understand my question. Then when I ordered from their "gluten-free" menu, I was warned that one of the entrees on there was not gluten-free. I was also warned that the sides of french fries AND rice were not safe, either. I asked them why they hadn't corrected their menu yet. The manager said that they would do that "soon." I filled out a complaint form and warned them that they may not be so lucky with someone else who has a gluten problem in the future. Lesson learned: just because a restaurant has a "gluten-free" menu, don't assume they are anymore informed about the gluten-free diet than any other restaurant. Always be skeptical and don't take anything for granted. So, you may want to avoid this restaurant that has a "gluten-free" menu and is listed in many gluten-free sites as a safe place to eat.

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    4 ratingDecember 05, 2012

    Good food. Knowledgable staff.

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    5 ratingFebruary 03, 2014

    1703 Freedom Drive, Naperville, IL 60563

    Have eaten there twice now and have not been disappointed either time. Both times we did the vegetarian enchiladas with cheese on top (not because I am vegetarian, but because they are so GOOD!). Enchiladas are made gluten free by subbing the corn tortillas for the flour ones - it is the only gluten concern. Chips are excellent with a spicy salsa. The first time we went there was a Groupon and we enjoyed the Chorizo Fundido as well. Drinks are a bit expensive but of a good size, and both times we had great service. You can make a reservation (call 1 hour ahead) or walk in, and they had both reserved seating and on-demand seating in the bar area. This restaurant is a little on the loud side when it is busy and they often have live bands or DJs on Saturday night.

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    5 ratingSeptember 21, 2013

    992 Willow Rd, Northbrook, IL 60062

    The fajitas and tacos are super delicious!

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    5 ratingAugust 01, 2013

    1703 Freedom Drive, Naperville, IL 60563

    Great food and great experience. Staff is very knowledgeable of GF!

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    5 ratingMay 11, 2013

    1703 Freedom Drive, Naperville, IL 60563

    Impressed with the service received. Staff was responsive when I requested additional information and they were open about ingredients and processes used to prepare food items. Lower price point for GF as well.

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    4 ratingOctober 14, 2012

    992 Willow Rd, Northbrook, IL 60062

    Fabulous fajitas, which are surprisingly hard to find gf other places I have dined. The guacamole is expensive, but they customise it just for you, so it is worth the price.

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