Bella Vida Garden Cafe

4.0 stars 4.0 out of 5 21 ratings
$Pancakes, Pasta, Bread/Buns + 6 more
66% of 6 votes say it's Celiac friendly

406 Broadway, West Cape May, NJ 08204 Directions

(609) 884-6332
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    5 ratingApril 16, 2017

    Update: Our family ate here again over the Easter holiday 2017. The server was fantastic and checked with the cook to ensure our safety. We again had a great meal with no issues. My husband and I have eaten here every time we visit Cape May. Each time we have both enjoyed our meals. I have never had an issue with cross contamination. I feel very comfortable eating here and recommend it to anyone with celiac disease.

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    1 ratingDecember 12, 2016

    They do have a gluten free menu however i was not given gluten free pancakes although told they were. I was sick all day. Also was stuck in a corner w plants crowding me and charged for the wrong meal. Eat here w caution.

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    2 ratingAugust 26, 2016

    Don't come if you have nut allergies. So, we came to this restaurant in hopes that my GF 8 year old would finally have a great meal (based on reviews). My son is also ANA to tree nuts. He wanted the flapjacks, was so excited this place had food he could eat! Unfortunately the flour they use has nut flour. Their fryer for French fries is not dedicated for GF. Very disappointed. Our non GF were excellent though. They did their best to find something that would work for my son. He ordered a GF grilled cheese. It was just ok. Only ate 1/4 of it.

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    5 ratingJune 13, 2016

    My husband and I ate here for our first anniversary, and I can't wait to go back! Our waitress was extremely knowledgeable, and assured us that she would inform the cook of an allergy before I asked her to! (Plus, it was her first day! Kudos to Bella Vida for making Celiac awareness such a strong priority) I had some delicious raviolis, and my husband had shrimp and grits. They also offered us gluten free garlic bread, which really put the cherry on top. We can't wait to go back to try the breakfast and lunch menus, too!

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    5 ratingAugust 22, 2014

    Well-informed staff. Gluten-free and dairy-free choices. Not on the beach but worth the short drive. Also, most of the restaurants doing gf in Cape May are on the pricey side. This was reasonable.

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    5 ratingAugust 20, 2014

    Always delicious, always inquire if I require celiac awareness in the kitchen. I have been here numerous times and never glutened!

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    1 ratingJuly 26, 2014

    In June 2013 I found this cute place. Very cozy, but BYOB. Not a problem. First day we went & had very scrumptious gf banana chocolate pancakes! Wow! They were awesome. However the next day we came for dinner. I got the gf pasta with a cream sauce with seafood on top. It was delicious. However I paid for it later in the evening & into the next day! I believe it was either not gf or not prepared properly. Maybe it was that it was not cooked in new water. Not sure, but I don't think I'll be back. Sorry!

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    5 ratingFebruary 22, 2014

    Delicious food. Knowledgable and accommodating staff. Gluten free for me and vegetarian options for my wife. With all the dining options in Cape May, Bella Vita and Lucky Bones are the safest for celiacs.

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    1 ratingNovember 03, 2013

    I have been here plenty of times in the past and have had a wonderful experience ... I went last night and it was not the same .. We stood at the entry and nobody came over to seat us ... Then a Costomer came over and said you can seat your self .. We sat down the menu looked like it had changed .. I did not see anything that said gluten free as I did on our pervious visits... At the bottom fine print it said gluten free pasta/ ravioli $3. Extra. I said to the waitress who was horrible from the beginning that I have celiac ... And she looked at me with confusion ... Not one employee was there that we recognized. My steak was warm not hot , mushrooms and onions were hot that were on top of the steak.. Mashed potatoes were cold... So much so that the butter did not melt...And green beans were undercooked! I will ask around to see if new management has taken over! Totally not the same as a month ago! The waitress had no idea what celiac was ... So I said I can't have any gluten like... Flour .. Bread! She served the table with a bread basket and said I guess you can't have this?!!! In the past they have served rolls and my own oil .. This visit two pieces of toast and my own oil.. Only after I ask for it!! UGH!!! Something has happened to my once favorite restaurant !

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    5 ratingAugust 13, 2013

    The waitress was very friendly and helpful. She made a note to the kitchen that I had celiac so they would be extra cautious when making my meal. They were accommodating, and I had many more choices than I usually do when eating out.

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    2 ratingJuly 27, 2013

    Breakfast was good gf French toast was great...... Dinner was very disappointing.... We came in for the gf meat loaf, which when we tried to order were told it is not gf...and that the menu has a few errors...that is just not right, when you say you have a gf menu and people who need it come in...FIX the menu, and teach whoever cooks the gf pasta to cool it was all clumped together...

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    5 ratingJuly 08, 2013

    We went here on our annual trip to cape may as I am a Celiac and my cousin a vegan and I was blown away by the food and hospitality. The staff was very friendly and were able to accommodate my needs in a safe and delicious way. The food was extremely tasteful and decadent for both vegan and gluten free food right down to the salad dressing. This is a place you most certainly won't want to miss if you're passing by.

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    5 ratingMay 19, 2013

    They totally cater to GF customers! Many menu items and helpful staff

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    5 ratingMay 13, 2013

    Had Chicken BLT on toasted GF bread for lunch. Very good. Staff was friendly helpful.

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    5 ratingNovember 09, 2012

    Lunch was awesome. Son eats gluten free and loved it. Very friendly and we will back in the a.m. for breakfast.

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    5 ratingSeptember 24, 2012

    Amazingly good food. Almost anything on the menu can be ordered GF. The pancakes are amazing!

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    5 ratingAugust 26, 2012

    Excellant GF food & service.Good variety

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    5 ratingMay 02, 2012

    gluten free breads,wraps, desserts, pancakes, pastas and so much more. awesome place love it

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    5 ratingJanuary 02, 2012

    great menu for gf diets and for vegetarian - not vegan, though. will definitely come back. knowledgable and friendly staff.

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    5 ratingOctober 11, 2011

    Wow ! Everyone happy.... GF and normal diet. My next visit to Cape May will work around the cafe's hours.

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    5 ratingAugust 29, 2011

    service is very good - food is great. lots of options for gluten free pasta and pancakes and can handle peanut and tree nut allergies too. we keep coming back here every visit to cape may

Gluten-Free Features

  • Baked Goods
  • Bread/Buns
  • Dessert
  • Pancakes
  • Pasta


  • BYOB
  • Breakfast
  • Cafe
  • Lunch
7:30 am - 3 pm
7:30 am - 9 pm
7:30 am - 9 pm
7:30 am - 9 pm
7:30 am - 9 pm
7:30 am - 9 pm
7:30 am - 3 pm

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