350 E 17th St, Costa Mesa, CA 92627 Directions

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Great food. Majority of their menu is GF.

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Gluten Free Features

  • Gluten Free Menu

Categories

  • Dairy-Free Friendly
  • Keto Friendly
  • Lunch
  • Mediterranean
  • Online Ordering
  • Paleo Friendly
  • Quick Service Restaurant
  • Takeout
  • Vegan Friendly

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Almost everything on the menu is gluten free with the exception of anything Pita related

Always delicious! It’s kind of like chipotle in that you go through the line and add whatever you want to your bowl/salad

Safety


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

— Very

Safety Feature Ratings
  • Staff is knowledgeable and can answer questions

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 takeout
  • Good selection of healthy options
  • Good with other allergies
Celiac

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My son has celiac and we went here because it popped up on my celiac filter. I asked the person at the beginning of the line to change gloves and stay with my sons bowl the whole way through. He was nice and accommodated my request. I watched the people before me so I knew that my son wouldn’t be able to have the lettuce since they grab it with their gloved hands and they don’t change out between people. Since they also grab pita bread/chips with their hands he opted for no lettuce. Everything else is gluten free! He really liked it and had no reactions after. I like that you can watch your food being prepared the whole way down! Definitely go back!

Safety


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

— Somewhat

Safety Feature Ratings
  • 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?

— Good

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for dairy-free
  • Good for takeout
  • Good selection of healthy options
  • Good vegan options
  • Offers online ordering
Celiac

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They’ll do a glove change.

They greens bowl is green with plenty of veggies.

Safety


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

— Somewhat

Safety Feature Ratings
  • Staff is knowledgeable and can answer questions
  • Staff will clean kitchen space or change gloves if asked

Quality & Quantity


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?

— Good

Overall Rating

Safety


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

— Somewhat

Safety Feature Ratings
  • 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?

— Separate gluten-free 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

Celiac

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Great fast-casual place with gf options!

Safety


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

— Very

Safety Feature Ratings
  • 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

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My wife is gluten free and the server went over many choices with her. She got the chicken marsala which was a generious portion over gf pasta

Cava is simply excellent. Romantic, charming, great dinning. Everything about Cava is top shelf. From wine selection to service. I have eaten here twice, so far. Once for my birthday and the second time for romantic dinner with wife.

Safety


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

— Somewhat

Safety Feature Ratings
  • Staff is knowledgeable and can answer questions
  • Staff will clean kitchen space or change gloves if asked
  • Food comes out flagged or marked gluten-free

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

Celiac

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I have never gotten glutened here which is awesome and almost everything is gluten free. However, be warned. Before I went here the first time I emailed the establishment to ask about cross contamination. The manager was nice enough to warn me that the chicken and spicy lamb meatballs are cooked on the same grill as the grilled meatballs which at the time contained pita. This was in 2019 and it looks like the menu has updated since then so the chicken might be safe now.

Safety


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

— Somewhat

Safety Feature Ratings
  • 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

Celiac

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Delicious, everyone knows how to handle food allergies, and they can accommodate you quickly—even when it’s very busy.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Celiac

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So good! And safe for celiac. I’ve gone here many times and never had a problem

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Celiac

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Great staff great food they take gluten free seriously here!

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I have eaten there many times and have not had an issue. I always tell them I have a gluten allergy (I have celiac).

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Celiac

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I have had cava many times and never been sick! I make sure to ask them to wash their hands, change their gloves, and if that one person can handle my whole order. Definitely recommend!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

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Not celiac friendly

Pita bread is touch by everyone and they don’t change gloves. Cross contamination def. place is dirty and I walked out.

Celiac friendly?

No

Not celiac

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Great fast casual option for our family. Almost all of the menu is GF, just ask for no pita. Kids love it too.

Not celiac

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I used to go here all the time, but my experiences haven’t been that great lately. My go-to bowl contained spinach, rice, lentils, and beef meatballs. The past few times the food was salty, and I had a few bowls where the lentils were undercooked. The best thing is the crazy feta.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Celiac

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For the time I went here, I let them know that I am gluten Free and “I will get sick” and they handled my order very well. What they make sure to do is have only one person handle your order and also change gloves (although all items have their own scoopers). Although the second time I went I think the staff just didn’t understand me so it was a slight let down. When in doibt ask for manager or the leader there so you can tell them.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Celiac

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Highly on the fence here. CC is of great concern, staff is hit or miss, the sauces don’t agree with most celiacs I know, they put COUS COUS on my GF bowl last night and didn’t even blink an eye about it. My husband accidentally ordered it and they never even corrected him. I would say unless an actual educated manager makes your food, I would steer clear. Such a bummer because the food is very good.

Celiac

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Great food. No cross contamination

Not celiac

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They do not have a gluten free menu or dedicated prep area but orders are made to order like chipotle and they have many gluten free fresh healthy options.

Not celiac

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Plenty of gluten free options, almost the entire menu! Delicious greens & grains bowls with tasty sauces, dips, veggies, and braised lamb. I told them I'm gluten sensitive and they changed their gloves without me having to ask! I will definitely be eating here often.

Not celiac

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Super good! Set up is similar to Chipotle, but they serve Mediterranean inspired food. Staff was helpful when asked if specific items were gluten free.

Celiac

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Great options. Delicious food. Definitely a must try. Really enjoyed fresh healthy food

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Celiac

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Awesome. Great gluten free options.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Celiac

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I really like the food here and initially thought it was safe — most items are naturally gluten free, but after a couple times feeling mildly glutened after a dozen visits, it’s hard to not feel a bit paranoid here. It seems they don’t take precautions for cross contamination, which can be an issue for people very sensitive like myself

Celiac

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I’ve eaten here a few times and I haven’t gotten sick. The food is delicious, and the back of the normal menu marks what is gluten free. A few of the meats contain gluten so I just get the chicken which is good and then everything else except like the pita are good to go. It’s like a chipotle layout.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Celiac

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I enjoyed this place. The lady changed her gloves and walked me down the line since it was my first time ordering. You fill your bowl with greens/or grains, then proteins then toppings and sauces. Lots of gf choices, see their allergen menu, just don’t get any pita on the side. Really good, healthy and fresh

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Celiac

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If you say you have an allergy, they replace their gloves and take good care of you. Very professional and very knowledgeable of what is and isn't GF. I enjoyed it!

Celiac

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Great food and friendly staff, they offer online ordering and the only major gluten concern is their pita bread which is easily avoided.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

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This place is celiac friendly but only if you ask them to get the sauce (tatziki, etc) from the fridge with a separate scooper. Everything specifies if it is Gf or not, but the sauces they serve from are cross contaminated with pita. Make sure to specifically ask them to get a new sauce from the fridge and try not to go during busy times- they get grumpy with the requests.

Celiac

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I got sick after eating here. And I had not had anything else that day that could have made me sick.

Celiac friendly?

No

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Everything is GF besides the pita bread!! So many options & yummy sauces!! My favorite lunch spot.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

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I love this chain, but be sure to ask them to change gloves if you are celiac and be careful of the feta because sometimes they let pita chips fall into it. If you get salad or greens and grains, especially ask them to change gloves. They offer pita on the side and grab it before you can say no. They grab the greens for salads and “greens and grains” with just a gloved hand and the glove is pretty much certainly cross contaminated with the “pita on the side.”

Not celiac

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I’m new to gluten free but the staff here made it easy. He changed his gloves when I mentioned gluten free and was able to answer all of my questions confidently. Almost their entire menu is GF and they have a nice chart right on the back of the menu to show GF and other nutritional info. Yummy, healthy, and GF!

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The only gluten items are pitas, falafel, and meatballs. Was handed a gf menu when I mentioned celiac. Server changed gloves, walked down the entire line instead of handing off to the next server, and immediately put a lid on it even though we were eating in. Lots of options. We’ll eat here again.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Celiac

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CAVA is great! The spot provides a menu detailing certain allergens present in the many options. My server changed her gloves to accommodate me and stayed with my bowl for the entire order to prevent cross-contamination. The large bowl was too much to eat in one serving, so I would say the expense was worth it.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Celiac

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NO NO NO. The food looks absolutely delicious. We saw people sitting on the patio while we were out shopping, and I had heard the one in Charlotte was fabulous for Celiac folks. We went into order, my daughter told the cashier that she had Celiac, well I will just say that no one behind the counter was really sure what that was. They thought it might have something to do with gluten, so they all began searching for the gluten-free menu, found it, and then started questioning each other about it. That’s when we told them thank you but we’re going to pass. It was obvious that they had not been trained by management on how to prepare or handle food for those with Celiac.

Celiac

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I LOVE this place. Almost everything is gluten free. Staff is educated and aware of allergies. Food is delicious.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Celiac

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I have celiac. I watched a server accidentally put the wrong meat on a plain pita. He scraped the meat off of the pita back into the bin. I watched horrified, my meal already half eaten. Not two minutes later I watched another server do the same thing. Pray for me this evening. I will never return.

Celiac friendly?

No

Celiac

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Good, healthy option. This is a chain

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Cross contamination is bad here

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No

Not celiac

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My first experience with a fast casual Mediterranean inspired restaurant - very good. Items were clearly marked and there were was very little that I could not eat, even with multiple allergies.

Not celiac

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Accommodating and no issues but but extremely overpriced. Don’t bring anybody in party that’s not going to order a full entrée (including kids), or you will be charged. Same goes with the reservations. If somebody in your party doesn’t show up, they charge you.

Celiac

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Awesome experience. When I told the first person about gluten, he immediately stepped back from the line and started to wash his hands and change gloves. When I asked about protocols (like other people down the line), he said “I’ll be with you through to the end.” He just informed everyone he was handling my food and was super great about everything.

Interesting Mediterranean food as well! Plenty of GF options. I could go there many times and get something that tastes vastly different on each trip (unlike some other fast casual places like Chipotle). I ordered a bowl with chicken as the protein. Looking foreword to my next trip. Good choice!

Celiac

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Have to make sure server(s) change gloves and get greens out of a new bin. Food is great and no issues with CC!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

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Knowledgeable, willing to change gloves/utensils, etc. tons of options! There’s a location in chapel hill too.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Celiac

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Really enjoyed the Mediterranean food.

Celiac

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Excellent, make sure server changes gloves and gets lettuce from new bin. The servers who picks the greens also handle pita bread, so lettuce is contaminated. I was at Midlothian location which is not listed yet.

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Yes

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I did walk in once to find someone sticking a thermometer into every dish without washing in-between dishes and learned this is normal. When I contacted corporate they told me to ask a manager to pull my food fresh from the back and that would keep me safe. When I go in they are always very patient, understanding and change gloves in front of me without asking.

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Yes

Celiac

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The server changed her gloves and followed me down the line making sure to not come in contact with any gluten. She even changed the bowl she was using that she touched prior to the glove change. Felt very safe and comfortable there. And I never got sick.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Not celiac

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Had gluten free pasta. Made my son chicken parmigiana with grilled chicken. Food was decent.

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