BienMeSabe Venezuelan Cafe & Restaurant

100% of 4 votes say it's celiac friendly
1637 W Montrose Ave
Chicago, IL 60613

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Not celiac

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I can’t believe it took me so long to eat here! The menu had all of the GF items clearly marked. The staff are all very knowledgeable and as soon as I mentioned I have a severe allergy, they let me know they have a dedicated fryer. I ordered an arepa and it was fantastic. We ordered the burrata for an appetizer and it was unreal. Will definitely be coming back here again and again!

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Very

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for breakfast/brunch
  • Good for dairy-free
  • Good for kids
  • Good for lunch
  • Good for takeout
  • Good selection of healthy options
  • Good vegan options
  • Good with other allergies
  • Offers delivery
  • Offers outdoor seating
Updated 1 month ago read full review

Celiac

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Super knowledgeable staff that confirmed they now have dedicated fryers for gluten free items. I’ve eaten here a dozen times and never been glutened.

As for the food, it’s amazing. Highly recommend the tropical arepas but everything on the menu has been fantastic.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Very

Safety Feature Ratings
  • Dedicated gluten-free space in the kitchen
  • Dedicated gluten-free fryer
  • Other dedicated kitchen equipment (oven, toaster, pots, pans, utensils, etc.)
  • Staff is knowledgeable and can answer questions
  • Staff will clean kitchen space or change gloves if asked

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for dairy-free
  • Good for kids
  • Good for lunch
  • Good for takeout
  • Good vegan options
  • Good with other allergies
  • Offers delivery
  • Offers online ordering
  • Offers outdoor seating
Updated 2 months ago read full review

Celiac

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We have ordered the GF arepas twice during the pandemic and they are very delicious. I think they’re probably better right off the hot grill, but that’s alright, GF delivery is still pretty great.

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Offers delivery
  • Offers online ordering
Updated 7 months ago read full review

This establishment is NOT a dedicated gluten-free facility and may not be safe for those with celiac disease. Please contact the establishment directly to inquire about safety precautions.

Gluten Free Features

  • Dedicated Fryer
  • Dedicated Kitchen Space

Categories

  • Allergy Friendly
  • Brunch
  • Cafe
  • Dairy-Free Friendly
  • Delivery
  • Healthy
  • Kid Friendly
  • Latin
  • Lunch
  • Online Ordering
  • Outdoor Seating
  • Restaurant
  • Takeout
  • Vegan Friendly

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all arepas are gf!
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Celiac

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Fantastic arepas & wonderful friendly staff who go out of their way to accommodate allergies. No dedicated fryer, but plenty of celiac-safe options. Will keep coming back!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 1 year ago read full review

Celiac

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I had the reina Pepiada arepa and it was delicious as well as totally safe to eat.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

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This was a 5-star lunch! Bien Me Sabe has a comfortable yet inviting atmosphere, with really cool detailed designs and art on the wall that describe the history of arepas as a staple of Venezuelan culture. The arepas are all gluten-free, excluding the (fried) plantains, and they were absolutely delicious. Our server was lovely and welcoming- her name is Gaby and she answered all of our questions about safety and preparation for celiacs. The fryer is shared with gluten-containing items, making the empanadas and a few other items (plantains) not safe for celiacs. The arepas more than made up for it though- I had a mushroom, black bean and avocado arepa, and it was absolutely delicious! Mushrooms had such a good flavor and the dish was piping hot- definitely recommend this spot! Also perfect portion sizes- I was just perfectly full after eating a full arepa, but my 6’ 1” dad frequently brings home his leftovers because “it’s too much” (weakling). They do take reservations.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Really really good arepas, great staff, large portions, great value!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 2 years ago read full review

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