Charlie Hong Kong

3.0 stars 3.0 out of 5 13 ratings
$Gluten Free Menu, Dairy-Free, Vegan Friendly + 4 more
25% of 4 votes say it's Celiac friendly

1141 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95062 Directions

(831) 426-5664
  • User profile picture thumbnail
    5 ratingJuly 31, 2017

    Yum!! They offer rice and/or rice noodles. Delish fast casual Asian fusion, including three kinds of curry. Unsure if it rates celiac friendly but they do have eggless wheat noodles all over the menu.

  • User profile picture thumbnail
    1 ratingFebruary 12, 2017

    Not celiac friendly. I found a wheat noodle in my rice noodles twice :-/

  • User profile picture thumbnail
    1 ratingJuly 15, 2016

    Not safe for celiacs. They say they don't use gluten in any of their sauces, but they must not clean their pans in between uses. My "always gluten free" pad thai had a wheat noodle in it. I showed the server so that the kitchen could know for future reference, and she asked me if I wanted to finish my food.

  • User profile picture thumbnail
    5 ratingMay 22, 2016

    In the last 9 mos - year they started making all their own sauces. Almost everything on the menu is gf and if it's not it can be prepared gf. This is a great, fast option with lots of tasty veggie choices.

  • User profile picture thumbnail
    5 ratingAugust 02, 2015

    they use a homemade soy sauce that they say is gluten free. We had no reactions here

  • User profile picture thumbnail
    1 ratingMarch 16, 2015

    My review from a year or so ago disappeared so here it is again: This place is not as glutenfree as they claim. They use normal soy sauce with wheat as an ingredient and try to trick you with that "10ppm" BS. They told me its less than FDA allowable gluten but there aren't even any FDA standards (yet). It took way too many questions to figure out why they kept saying "no detectable gluten" when I was asking about the soy sauce. (they also would not show me the package or ingredients list.) We were visiting from out of town, and I was starving, so we stayed anyway. They do have some menu items that are made without soy sauce and vegan, and we ended up having a safe (if mediocre) meal. The portions are huge and could be shared. The cashier we had was very helpful and patient and understood my concerns. But the help she was getting from another employee was frustrating and I caught that employee giving an "oh well, who cares?" shrug and smirk to our cashier when the cashier was doubting her suggestions for us. It made me feel unsafe. (this was in regards to a side dish we ordered, so I just opted not to eat that when it arrived.) This place should be using wheat-free soy sauce if they're going to actually be glutenfree.

  • User profile picture thumbnail
    2 ratingJanuary 16, 2015

    They say they use Tamari sauce but there are no bottles around they can show you. I am not overly sensitive but have eaten here a couple of times and tried a couple different things and not felt great after.

  • User profile picture thumbnail
    1 ratingMarch 19, 2014

    Not celiac friendly! They use regular soy sauce!

  • User profile picture thumbnail
    2 ratingNovember 30, 2013

    Tried it once and didnt feel great afterwards. I really wish they would switch to a truly GF soy sauce. Really makes me question their menu when they can't quite understand that the FDA 20 ppm thing doesn't work for a lot of celiacs. They could at least have GF soy sauce as an option...

  • User profile picture thumbnail
    5 ratingAugust 02, 2012

    Good foods! Good prices!

  • User profile picture thumbnail
    5 ratingJune 10, 2012

    Wonderful place , delicious , healthy and gluten-free

  • User profile picture thumbnail
    4 ratingMarch 10, 2012

    Fast, Friendly, Organic, locally sourced meats and veggies in large, fill you up not out portions for surprisingly cheap prices. Skip the noodles and stir fries and opt for the yummy rice bowls and steamed veggies for a healthy, hearty Gluten Free meal, or two for under $9! They also have a full gluten free and vegan menu.

Gluten-Free Features

  • Gluten Free Menu


  • Asian
  • Dairy-Free
  • Kid Friendly
  • Pescetarian Friendly
  • Restaurant
  • Vegan Friendly
11 am - 11 pm
11 am - 11 pm
11 am - 11 pm
11 am - 11 pm
11 am - 11 pm
11 am - 11 pm
11 am - 11 pm
Organic and fresh Chinese style restaurant with gluten free options.

map of Charlie Hong Kong

Nearby restaurants

Do you own a gluten-free friendly business?
Contact us to talk about your advertising options.