Cafa 8

4.5 stars 4.5 out of 5 53 ratings
$Celiac Friendly, Gluten Free Menu, Bread/Buns + 9 more
97% of 39 votes say it's Celiac friendly

5235 East Southern Avenue #107, Mesa, AZ 85206 Directions

(480) 338-2640
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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    1 month ago

    Great family owned cafe! So far everything has be en great! We did order muffins to go and they were doughy, but all in all I’d go here again!

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    Celiac
    5 rating
    3 months ago

    Loved this place! Well worth the money to not having to worry about getting sick.

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    Not celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    3 months ago

    What an awesome place to eat if you have any gluten issues. It’s small but so friendly family owned and operated. It was my first time. The baked goods were so amazing the apple pie is yummy.

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    Not celiac
    1 rating
    5 months ago

    If I could give this place a zero star I would. It was literally the worst gf restaurant I have ever been to. We went at 11 am and two of us ordered French toast. It was Udis style and burnt. For 8 each serving it was an outrageous price. Someone else ordered gyro and fries. They were like fries from a grocery freezer aisle. They were disgusting. I paid $40 for a meal we didn’t even end up eating. I don’t know about the bakery aspect but don’t go here to dine.

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    10 months ago

    Excellent service and great food GF

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    5 rating Celiac friendly
    1 year ago

    Not sure why they are listed twice or ranked so low. I am Celiac and extremely sensitive. And I have been to almost every restaurant that truly caters to folks with food sensitivities. For the money, variety and consistent quality I have found none better. Get there early for the bakery because they sell out quickly - especially during snow bird season. Tell Alex and Tracy that Carrie and Larry sent you.

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    5 rating Celiac friendly
    1 year ago

    I am extremely sensitive to gluten and have been diagnosed Celiac for over 13 years. I love and appreciate places like Picazzos and Jewels. But for the money, consistency and variety Cafe 8 is my go to. Get there early for the bakery because they sell out fast - especially during snow bird season. Tell Alex and Tracy that Larry and Carrie sent you.

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    Celiac
    4 rating
    1 year ago

    From Tucson and stopped by after reading the reviews while I was in the area. I got a huge chocolate chip muffin and it was delicious! Since it's the only thing I have tried there I'm giving it 4 stars.

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    1 year ago

    I was diagnosed with Celiac disease about 7 years ago and this is by far the best gluten free food I've ever had. Owned by a husband and wife, who make almost everything from scratch, themselves. The food they make is all gluten free, with the exception of outsourced gluten containing breads they bring in for non gluten free folk. I've been there twice and haven't been sick afterwards, the service has never been slow (for having three people at the most working the entire restaurant) and the food has been excellent.

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    Celiac
    5 rating
    1 year ago

    LOVE LOVE This place! Very celiac safe and knowledgeable of dairy intolerances and celiac disease. I would recommend this place to anyone. Thank you both for being you!

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    Celiac
    3 rating Celiac friendly
    1 year ago

    I agree that the food is great and there are many gf options. However, the service was so slow that we were there almost 2 hours for breakfast! (By the way, we were seated right away) The excuse given was that 3 out of 4 of us ordered french toast. Only go if you have hours to spend waiting for service. food, and the bill.

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    Celiac
    4 rating Celiac friendly
    1 year ago

    Good food. Service a little slow.

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    Celiac
    5 rating
    1 year ago

    The food, service and deserts are fantastic!

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    1 rating
    1 year ago

    Terribly rude staff we couldn't believe it. We were told it would be a half an hour to wait for four people but then later she said that we could sit separately and to wait a minute and she'd clean the table, then she gave those tables away within the time allotted and told us we have to wait a half an hour they were horrible here!

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    1 year ago

    I had the GF French Toast and the hot chocolate. The food was wonderful, didn't feel sick afterwards, and I recommend the hot chocolate. Absolutely delicious! Also bought a blueberry scone on the way out. Talked with the lady who owns the store and she bakes everything from scratch with a GF all purpose flour that she mixes herself. Loved that she immediately asked upon us sitting at a table if anyone needed a GF menu instead of me having to ask for it. I highly recommend this place!

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    2 years ago

    Our French Toast was okay. I'm giving it 5 stars for the service and the fact that I didn't get sick.

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    2 years ago

    What a great find! Delicious gluten free baked goods, French toast, pancakes, tortillas, pies, muffins, donuts, cakes! Family run and incredibly knowledgeable about celiac and gluten intolerance cross contamination. They take it very seriously. No worries eating here!

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    2 years ago

    I had the French toast. While flavorful it was a little crispy. Owners are very friendly, my non celiac family loved their wraps and regular French toast. Yummy.

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    2 rating
    2 years ago

    The food off the menu was fine. But after reading all the reviews I was expecting a good size voice of muffins, cookies, brownie extra. But there was NONE. I asked about them and the waitress said that they really didn't have anything. They had a donut but it was hard and not good. Sorry but I won't be back. Oh and I paid like $20 for just me, and I didn't have a drink.

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    1 rating
    2 years ago

    Just make sure you are there 15min before they close or you won't get served even though they at 3PM! It was a trip to get there and to be turned away was frustrating. Not sure if I will be back.

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    5 rating Celiac friendly
    2 years ago

    Still one of the best for me--so hard to find GF breakfast other than eggs, and Café 8 consistently delivers! Lunches are great, too.

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    Celiac
    5 rating
    2 years ago

    the GF waffle was amazing

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    5 rating Celiac friendly
    2 years ago

    Oh my gosh! Greatest experience! The food was terrific and the owners care so much about your dining experience! I will definitely be back and tell my friends!

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    Not celiac
    4 rating Celiac friendly
    2 years ago

    I can't give it 5 stars. the food was really good and the price was within range. They had a gluten free and non gluten free menu which basically anything can be made gluten free. My friend and I got the same thing with mine being gluten free. His portion was bigger than mine yet mine costs more than his, not by much but it was a noticeable difference in size. I will definitely be coming back here and in fact I just ordered a pie for thanksgiving!

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    Not celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    3 years ago

    Definitely one of the better places to eat gluten free in the area. It's a small family run restaurant with delicious food. They have a separate gluten free menu with many options, and they understand food allergies very well. To top it off, they bake gluten free muffins and donuts in house. The muffins do contain a little dairy, but the donuts don't. They don't make the donuts everyday. So if you really want one, best to call the day before or early in the morning to place an order. This is our favorite place.

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    5 rating
    3 years ago

    Delicious gluten free Belgian waffle, blueberry muffin and quiche!! Super tasty!

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    3 years ago

    Amazing food with a wide variety of options for gluten sensitive or celiac disease. One of my favorites!

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    5 rating
    3 years ago

    I go to Cafe 8 all the time and they are always very nice and accommodating to our needs. It is a family run business. The food is amazing! Bacon and gf french toast is off the charts! I would suggest making a reservation though because they are always packed. :)

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    5 rating
    3 years ago

    My daughter and I love this place! Make a reservation before you go because the place is always packed. They always have a variety of fresh gf bakery items and they have an actual gf menu with tons of food. The bacon is amazing and they are always very accommodating. There's also a Sprout's next door so you can get your gf shopping done too. Love Cafe 8.

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    1 rating Not celiac friendly
    3 years ago

    Wonderful food we started with the pork then I got to eat a turkey bacon club with potatoes and the tzataki sauce was the bomb **update** After attempting to buy a dessert on 2 occasions only to be treated with EXTREME rudeness we will not return. Instead I make the drive into Phoenix to head to Jewels Bakery and restaurant for far better food and civility.

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    Not celiac
    5 rating
    3 years ago

    Organic home made and GF!!! Food is DELISH and people terrific!

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    Not celiac
    5 rating
    3 years ago

    Delicious, real food. GF or otherwise. Great service, clean. GF bakery a plus. Great to have you in Mesa.

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    3 years ago

    Great food. a ton of options. The best gf desserts ever, especially the blueberry cheesecake and key lime pie. Love this place.

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    4 years ago

    I never thought that gluten free could taste so good until I ate here! They have many yummy options on their gluten menu and the blueberry muffins are to die for!

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    5 rating
    4 years ago

    So thrilled to find gf breakfast items! The Belgian waffle was delicious! my husband loved his omelette and I so appreciated an entire gf menu! We will be back many times!

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    4 rating Celiac friendly
    4 years ago

    Wonderful GF blueberry muffins! I have had both breakfast and lunch, very good! Great GF desserts, all my non-GF friends raved about them!

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    5 rating
    4 years ago

    Best quiche I have ever had. Delicious every time. So nice to have an affordable GF option so close to home. Many thanks.

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    Not celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    4 years ago

    Excellent good. Shared a GF pumpkin muffin with my son and it was moist and fluffy and delicious. I could not tell it was GF.

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    5 rating
    4 years ago

    Stopped in for breakfast and their gf Belgium waffles are amazing! They have unique and delicious flavors of iced tea as well. All of their desserts are gluten free, I grabbed some strawberry cheesecake to go and it was soooo good. I will definitely be back!

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    Celiac
    5 rating
    4 years ago

    Best GF selection that I have had in a long time! The staff was also great!!!

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    4 years ago

    First time eating at cafe 8 and I have to say it is the best gluten free restaurant I have ever been too. Very friendly staff and delicious food. I recommend that everyone tries their muffins! My boyfriend who isn't even celiac said that this was the best muffin he has had in his entire life!

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    4 years ago

    both my kiddo and I ate here for the first time today, and we loved it. very celiac friendly! we had bagel with cream cheese and a side of bacon, and a meatball sub with a side of potatoes. food was great! they do have gluten food too, so it's perfect for the mixed family of GF and non GF eaters!

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    5 rating Celiac friendly
    5 years ago

    Owner is allergic to wheat and has a family member who is Celiac. Has a GF bakery inside with raw vegan options.

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    5 rating
    5 years ago

    Very personable and accommodating to all allergies. They have me a choice of three different gf breads for my grilled cheese!

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    5 years ago

    awesome

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    5 years ago

    Thank you for the nice reviews. It is our pleasure to serve you and your family and friends.

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    5 rating
    5 years ago

    This restaurant is such a nice change of pace if you are tired of half-hearted/skimpy meals and arguing with ignorant waitstaff at all of the huge chain restaurants... This small family owned restaurant really understands the needs of celiac customers, and they deliver on the menu! Everything we ordered was delicious, made fresh, and just the right size. The owners/chefs are incredibly nice, and go out of their way to make sure you have a pleasant dining experience. Highly recommend this place!!!

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    5 rating Celiac friendly
    5 years ago

    What a great find in Mesa! They bake fresh Gluten Free cupcakes, cookies and cheesecakes. They have many GF items on there menu.

Gluten-Free Features

  • Bread/Buns
  • Celiac Friendly
  • Cheesecake
  • Cookies
  • Cupcakes
  • Dessert
  • Gluten Free Menu

Categories

  • Cafe
  • Dairy-Free
  • Lunch
  • Organic
  • Paleo Friendly
Monday
8 am - 2:45 pm
Tuesday
8 am - 2:45 pm
Wednesday
8 am - 2:45 pm
Thursday
8 am - 2:45 pm
Friday
8 am - 2:45 pm
Saturday
8 am - 2:45 pm
Sunday
Closed

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