They have a gluten free menu, seem very knowledgeable about cross contamination...but here I am, sick as a dog, exactly two hours after eating, which is how it always is. Probably a one-time screw-up, but I have a "one strike, you're out" policy. Food's good, though?
I had the best experience at cactus. We were first greeted with this waitress who was very excited to tell me about the restaurant about the gluten free menu when I mentioned that it was our first time there and that I had a gluten intolerance. I asked her what she would suggest and she said the brisket tacos which were fantastic. When we asked for the check she came back with a flan on the house just because it was our first time there! What made it even better was that she knew we were from out of town and that it wasn't very likely we will be back anytime soon. I was impressed and if I fly back to Seattle I will most definitely be back!!
They have a great gluten free menu with a lot of options. Our staff was very knowledgeable, kind and helpful. The tortilla chips are not safe, for chips & salsa, they are done in a shared fryer. They offer some fresh veggies instead if you’d like. Great meal all around (6 of us) and good service.
Just a heads up - although their menu (both online AND in restaurant) says they have GF chips fried in a separate GF dedicated oil, this particular Bellevue location does NOT. I asked for GF menu, prepared to order the Guacamole & Chips - the waiter made sure I knew the chips were GF but they couldn't guarantee no cross contamination because non-GF items are fried in the same oil at THIS location. Otherwise, their GF menu options are great and service is always good here in my experience.
We had an excellent experience at Cactus tonight. The gluten-free menu had plenty of options (although their tortilla chips are not GF - bummer!) I ordered the carnitas tacos, which were excellent. When I ordered, the waiter made sure to ask if I had an allergy or if I was ordering from the GF menu because of a dietary preference. I felt great that my order was taken seriously.
My son enjoyed his dinner and had no reactions. He had the steak fajitas and said they were delicious. The waiter brought him warm corn tortillas and his own salsa because the chips are warmed in a non-dedicated fryer. He also brought out a complimentary GF Three Milk Cuban Flan for dessert at the end of our meal. My son loved it! We will definitely eat at this location again.
great selection of GF items. cross contamination is possible, but I am celiac and did not have a problem. only been once but I plan on returning. edit: been back several times with no problem. I don't eat the chips since they are fried with gluten items, but this is a go to place.
After eating at the Alki Beach Cactus multiple times, I had a work lunch at the Bellevue location. Just as previously, at the other location, I was not disappointed. The grilled portobello–vegetable escabeche was delicious, the staff very knowledgeable, and the portion sizes very generous. I appreciated that the waitress asked whether I had celiac disease when I told her I had to eat gluten-free, and that she assured me that she would make a note stating that my food had to be prepared separately. The atmosphere was also very pleasant. I highly recommend this place for celiacs and non-celiacs alike!
Love Cactus. Their corn tortillas are the best every. Lots of option on the gluten free menu and staff is very knowledgeable. Don't be afraid to ask about items on the fresh sheet. My faves are the brisket tacos dinner and steak salad. Highly recommend!
Great service and was quick to find out if our daughter was gluten intolerant or celiac. Pointed out immediately she couldn't have the chips. But offered us lots of choices and made sure everything was perfect. The food was amazing and we found several GF items we all loved!
Not just incapable of proving safe food- but incapable of owning their mistake. Will not eat there again. If I could give negative stars I would. I asked for gluten free tacos and the waitress assured me the food would be gluten free. When I was eating I felt a crunch and called the waitress over - she told me it was breaded and that she had put gluten free on the ticket. On my way to the bathroom I heard her telling the manager I hadn't told them I was celiac.
Excellent food and large portions for the price ($$ price range). The staff was extremely knowledgable about gluten free foods and celiac disease. This is always very important to me, as a lot of restaurants don't understand the importance of avoiding gluten and cross-contimination. I was told that the majority of items on the menu were either already gluten free or could be modified to be gluten free. Besides this large variety of delicious foods, I was excited to hear that there were also 3 gluten free dessert options. I ended up ordering the Fajitas with portobello mushrooms and vegetables. For dessert, I had the Tres Leches Flan. I definitely recommend this place. The service is excellent, the staff is knowledgable, the food is great, the location beautiful (you can see the water from the window), and there is a variety of gluten free options (including a good amount of vegetarian meals).
Love this place! They totally understand celiac. They have a gluten free menu and very knowledgable staff. They understand cross contamination. Delicious food! Only downside-their tortilla chips are not gluten safe (no dedicated fryer) but they are quick to mention that.
Excellent variety of food and drinks on the gluten free menu! The fajitas and margaritas are great! A little disappointing there are no gluten free chips, but the corn tortillas they give you instead are delicious. I have celiac & was comfortable eating there.