Costa Vida

11 ratings
$ • Mexican Restaurant
Reported to have a gluten-free menu
Reported GF menu options: Tacos, Tortillas
Safety Rating
4 ratings

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1744 S Val Vista Dr #106
Mesa, AZ 85204

Most Recent Reviews


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Safety


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

— 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?

— Most/All

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for kids
  • Good for takeout
  • Good selection of healthy options
  • Offers online ordering
  • Offers outdoor seating
Updated 3 years ago read full review

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Loved the food here and was reasonably priced. My wife was able to enjoy a number of items that were gluten free including their cinnamon tortillas. Well done costa vida!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 5 years ago read full review

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They don't have separate cheese or toppings at this location. Didn't get sick - but I couldn't have anything on my enchiladas but sauce. GO TO THE ONE BY SAN TAN MALL. The san tan location has a whole separate hood for allergy toppings so you have many more options.

Updated 6 years ago read full review

This establishment is NOT a dedicated gluten-free facility and may not be safe for those with celiac disease. Please contact the establishment directly to inquire about safety precautions.

Gluten-Free Features

  • Allergen List
  • Gluten-Free Menu
  • Tacos
  • Tortillas

Categories

  • Dinner
  • Healthy
  • Kid Friendly
  • Late Night
  • Lunch
  • Mexican
  • Online Ordering
  • Outdoor Seating
  • Restaurant
  • Takeout

Notes


From their allergen list: We have worked diligently to remove wheat gluten from all our sauces, dressings, and proteins. Natural glutens remain only in our flour and wheat tortillas and in two desserts--tres leches and key lime pie. This means that we offer "oceans of gluten-free options" in our menu. All of these items are gluten-free: all enchiladas, all tacos, all salads (without the flour or wheat tortilla), all nachos, and our chicken tortilla so up...which uses corn strips.

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Celiac

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I went here the first time and told the manager who was working the kitchen bar about my allergies and he changed his gloves and made my salad, I had no reaction. The food was awesome! Tried to go again today and was in line watching the kitchen staff rub the spoons all over the the flour tortillas as they added the meats, beans and other toppings. I got out of line and left, this place is in no way safe for people with allergies but if you are going gluten free as a diet choice I'd recommend it the food is awesome. Sad I won't be able to go back, I would have been sick had I not seen the staff making people's food in front of me. If you have allergies avoid at all costs!

Celiac friendly?

No

Updated 7 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 7 years ago read full review

Celiac

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I'm surprised to read the negative reviews since it always had the opposite experience here. When I tell them I am gluten free they take the utmost care.

Updated 8 years ago read full review

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I've been here a number of times with varying results, they have gluten free options but as other reviewers have said its a cross contamination nightmare. I've eaten there and had no reaction but after the third reaction to the food I have decided its just not worth trying(I kept going back because the good is great, but not 100% gluten free)

Updated 10 years ago read full review

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Food was too sweet, gross and expensive.

Updated 11 years ago read full review

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They say they are gluten free but do not follow cross contamination procedures. They make the corn tortillas on the flour that is everywhere. They don't clean the grill if you order gf quesadilla. They will not change gloves or wipe down anything if you don't tell them. Once they even put a wrong ingredient in someone's flour tortilla and then dumped the rice right back in not caring that I was gluten free and told them. They said it wasn't their problem. Pretty much problem after problem and yes I have gotten sick after ordering their "gluten free" food.

Updated 11 years ago read full review

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Cross contamination nightmare. If you have celiac disease, stay away! Staff was argumentative with me, telling me that everything was gluten free. While the ingredients may be, the practices they use make that a moot point. The flour and corn tortillas were made on the same press. I saw a worker take a wet towel and wipe it once to "clean" it before putting corn tortillas on. I e-mailed corporate to let them know my experience and they responded with a rude e-mail.

Updated 11 years ago read full review

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Reviews of this Chain

Asymptomatic Celiac

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Super cautious about cross contamination. Yummy food. A great road trip stop!

Safety


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

— Very

Quality & Quantity


How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most/All

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for dairy-free
Symptomatic Celiac

Overall Rating

Safety


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

— Somewhat

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?

— Excellent

Overall Rating

Review


Not all costa vidas are safe but this one does a fantastic job. Lettuce and cheese are always served with tongs. Very good location.

Safety


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

— Somewhat

Quality & Quantity


How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most/All

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Symptomatic Celiac

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Review


I only get nachos here. The staff are very willing to change their gloves for me (they will start doing so right away at the mention of Celiac), but I do feel like I have to watch carefully on the line to make sure they don't touch something else or add something from an unsafe container. Most staff are pretty good but there are a few who are not or who just work on autopilot. I don't feel like I could ever order online and trust that it was safe, I do feel like I need to watch it be created. That said, if I do watch and make sure everything avoids CC, I do not get sick from the food.

Safety


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

— Somewhat

Quality & Quantity


How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most/All

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Celiac

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Review


This location doesn’t extremely good job of taking care of our gluten-free meats. They are always cheerful about it. Thank you for making it a go to option.

Safety


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

— Very

Quality & Quantity


How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most/All

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

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