Cafe Buna

4.5 stars 4.5 out of 5 25 ratings
$$Celiac Friendly, Gluten Free Menu, Pancakes + 5 more
81% of 16 votes say it's Celiac friendly

3105 Washington Blvd, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

(310) 823-2430
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    5 ratingJuly 07, 2017

    Pancakes, French toast, service...all great!!!

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    5 ratingMay 03, 2017

    Amazing food! Just go here! Very celiac friendly and good cc procedures. Sadly the waitress said the homefries are cooked near a shared grill so couldn't have those but the omelette, toast and cornbread french toast were amazing. Great service, amazing coffee and huge portions!

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    4 ratingOctober 27, 2016

    The food is delicious. The service is a bit slow. Had the cornbread French toast, which was SO good but insanely filling. If you come on a weekday it's usually not too busy but weekends are packed

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    4 ratingAugust 08, 2016

    First: Service was great and they were very receptive to my daughter's questions and had her speak with the chef to make sure he used clean pans and avoided cross contamination. She did not get sick and her eggs were great. She also purchased a cinammon cookie that was prerapped and gluten free and said it was quite yummy. their GF options are limited but available and they are celiac friendly. The rest of the family (without gluten allergies) thought the food was fantastic and the coffee was amazing.

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    5 ratingJuly 17, 2016

    Great service and food! Surprised at the recent low ratings. I'm celiac and sensitive to other foods and I did not get sick after eating here. The gf pancakes are excellent! I high recommend this restaurant. The facilty is small and simple. But the service is fast. However due to its popularity be prepared for a wait on the weekends.

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    1 ratingJune 06, 2016

    There were only a handful of choices for gluten free, including pancakes, as the GF corn bread french toast is no longer on the menu. No bacon or sausage is GF, other than supposedly the vegi varieties (which I wasn't certain about, so I passed on trying those, since many "vegi" substitutes have gluten--and frankly, many real meat bacon and sausages are GF, depending on the brand). I chose Café Buna based on the great reviews it had. I explained my extreme sensitivity, as I am a Celiac at the extreme of bodily reacting to cross-contamination (extreme food poisoning symptoms). The waitress was definitive that only a handful of items were GF...and she was confident they were truly GF (unlike some places that say "well, it only has a little gluten"). She even gave me separate syrup which was GF. Unfortunately, after eating there I had the worst reaction I have had in 8 years, since before I was diagnosed with Celiac. It ruined my entire day and made a studio tour an absolute nightmare. If you're a celiac with extreme sensitivity, stay clear!!

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    5 ratingApril 02, 2016

    Gluten free cornbread French toast. Wonderful. I go here all the time. Friendly, great vibe. Normal eaters seem to like it too.

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    1 ratingFebruary 17, 2016

    I don't know why people are saying this place is celiac friendly because it's not. They put dairy in everything. If it's a gluten free food it should also be dairy free and soy free. Use almond milk instead of regular milk and soy-free vegan butter and cheese. Not that difficult.

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    5 ratingFebruary 08, 2016

    Tasty, filling, safe. Server was sympathetic, knowledgable, and thorough; she put me at ease and kept me happy.

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    5 ratingDecember 30, 2015

    So happy to have a GF pancake option!!

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    5 ratingDecember 23, 2015

    Great pancakes and breakfasts, wonderful care of GF, including dedicated toaster.

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    5 ratingSeptember 08, 2015

    Had GF pancakes for breakfast this morning - service and food both amazing, I would highly recommend.

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    5 ratingAugust 12, 2015

    Very gf knowledgeable and cautious. Awesome corn bread French toast. Only bummer is their maple syrup isn't real but not needed on French toast. In terms of gf, tons of options and food is fantastic.

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    5 ratingNovember 02, 2014

    The gluten free pancakes here were unbelievably good. The service was fantastic - it is a nice family owned restaurant that serves lots of locals! It is celiac friendly as well. The staff has separate grills and utensils for the gluten free items so you don't have to worry about cross contamination if you are a sensitive Celiac like me! I am definitely heading back here and I would recommend this place to everyone!

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    5 ratingMay 06, 2014

    Most educated servers. Best GF options. Best preparation knowledge for Celiac GF!!!! Very organized processing of customer movement in and out for a tiny little city cafe that is noteably popular:) BRAVO!!!

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    4 ratingApril 27, 2014

    Loved the atmosphere, attentive servers. Wish the toaster had been dedicated, but the omelets made up for it. Recommend!

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    5 ratingJanuary 17, 2014

    I LOVE it here. They have the best brunch ever. Their GF pancakes are delicious! It can get a little noisy in there, but it's totally worth it.

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    4 ratingAugust 19, 2013

    My kids enjoyed the gluten-free pancakes. They are prepared on a dedicated grill which was impressive. The gluten-free toast is not made in a dedicated toaster. We liked everything else (coffee was awesome!) but would agree it's a bit noisy.

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    5 ratingAugust 04, 2013

    Everyone is right! Amazing GF pancakes!!

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    5 ratingJune 29, 2013

    Enjoyed the GF French toast! The rest of my family enjoyed the non GF food. Can get a bit noisy during busy times.

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    5 ratingJune 08, 2013

    Best gluten free pancakes I've ever had. And after being gluten free for nearly a decade, that's sayimg something! Oh, and their coffee is delicious.

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    4 ratingSeptember 20, 2012

    They have THE best Gluten free pancakes and french toast. They have GF maple syrup. Hands down my favorite brunch spot. Great service as well.

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    5 ratingMay 13, 2012

    Amazing gluten-free pancakes!

Gluten-Free Features

  • Bread/Buns
  • Celiac Friendly
  • French Toast
  • Gluten Free Menu
  • Pancakes


  • Breakfast
  • Brunch
  • Cafe
6 am - 3 pm
6 am - 3 pm
6 am - 3 pm
6 am - 3 pm
6 am - 3 pm
6 am - 4 pm
6 am - 4 pm

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