Went there and ordered one of their specialty salads. The waitress assured me she would swap out everything needed to make it gluten free. Paid $12 for basically a house salad when it wasn’t what I ordered and the waitress just said they made the accommodations necessary and i had to pay the expensive price for the salad that didn’t meet any of the descriptions and she didn’t give me any heads up when ordering. Disappointing
— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu
— Not Much
Definitely not celiac friendly. They list meatloaf as gluten free because they said it only has a little bit of breadcrumbs in it. Clearly don't understand gluten free.
First off the Down South Shrimp was delicious. But the menu did not specify what all was in the dish. The waitress we had was not knowledgeable in GF. My husband ordered the Music City Chicken Sandwhich on GF bread. The menu failed to mention again that it was breaded let alone the waitress didn’t make the correlation. Food was good but don’t feel like it’s a safe place to eat!
Server was amazingly knowledgeable about what would and wouldn’t be safe for celiacs and helped me modify my choices and dishes accordingly. Anything from the fryer, like potatoes and such, won’t be celiac safe but they can make anything from their sauté section safe and follow allergen procedures with new pans. The food was amazing. The gluten free bread that can be substituted for other choices was pretty good as well.
WARNING: menu is deceiving! Items marked gluten free only mean that ingredients are gluten free, but preparation may or may not be gluten free. Wings are marked gluten free, but are fried in the same oil as breaded items. Ahi tuna salad is marked gluten free but the dressing is not. I approached the manager about the issue and she said the staff “understands gluten free”. It’s clear that they don’t. Celiacs should avoid this restaurant.
The servers are very knowledgeable about what is safe or not. Anything done "crispy" or in the frier is cross-contaminated, but the server will inform you if you mention an allergy. Salads and substitutions are great and we haven't gotten sick!
Great food. Beware of fried items marked GF as they are cooked in a shared fryer.
Ok. I ordered the fries with gorgonzola cheese that was marked gf on the menu. I quizzed our server as to what exactly is fried in the deep fryer. He went and asked the chef and came back to tell me that the taters are fried in a cleaned fryer in fresh oil first thing in the morning before anything else. I tried them and have not had any reaction. I had the Tennessee cheesesteak and the gf bread was delicious. It's days later and I'm not sick :) unless I'm darn good and lucky, this place is good to eat at for celiac people. Also, yum.
Food generally tastes good. Main complaint is that not all the items marked GF are. This is because of the shared fryer. Of course, the waitress informed us of this and asked if I was celiac or not. So they did seem to understand but it was just kind of sad to see you can eat fries and then find out you can't. Would be better if they updated the menu.
I called ahead to ask about celiac friendly options and was told more than there actually are. The menu is deceptive marking items as gluten free, but that would have lots of cross contamination. The server was knowledgeable about what is fried but otherwise unaware of gluten.
There is glutenfree bread available. For brunch, the scramble is a rather small, but that is just an observation, and not a glutenfree note. 😊
Overall, the server seemed rather aware of what glutenfree meant. I would recommend the spot, for brunch especially.
gf tilipia very good. dining partner had salad with salmon also very good
Tonight I went to cafe 4 and found the waitress pretty clueless about gluten. Many of the items labeled GF are in a shared fryer and the waitress claimed the oil heat was killing off "the stuff in gluten". She also told me the whipped potatoes are made with cream, so I should use my own discretion there. Clearly, she doesn't know what gluten is and where it's found. My steamed green beans came with 2 foreign pieces of food. Although their food is delicious, food safety seems to be dwindling along with serving sizes.
WARNING... As of this week Cafe 4 has dropped their GF menu and offer no GF options. The waiter told us that they will not gaurantee anything to be GF.
This is sad as this had been our go to restaurant in Knoxville
One of my worst GF restaurant experiences ever!! First, I have Celiac so my allergy is real and my sensitivity is high. I tried to order an appetizer from their GF menu, but the server told me it might be made in a shared fryer with gluten items. I asked him to check with the kitchen and I couldn't believe the response. They said something like "It should be fine because the oil gets so hot it destroys the gluten." Clearly they don't understand cross-contamination or maybe even what gluten is. I did not stay after that point and will never return.
Great for GF but some of the servers don't seem as knowledgable as others. If you don't feel confident in your server's ability to understand what you need you can always ask a manager and they are happy to help. Eat here all the time with no issues
I got the Low Country Shrimp and Grits and was super happy with my meal.
The best gf meal I've had for dinner out...chicken and dumplings!!
Awesome GF menu and knowledgeable staff. Menu changes with the seasons, but Fall 2013 has the best GF Chicken & Dumplings you could ever imagine! I am celiac and very sensitive to cross contamination, I have eaten here dozens of times and never had an issue. Great atmosphere and location in downtown Knoxville/ Market Square.
Cafe 4 has a large selection of GF options with a staff that is knowledgeable gluten-sensitivity. I was able to enjoy a lunch here with no complications. They also have a few GF beers and ciders on tap!