Costa Vida

4.5 stars 4.5 out of 5 14 ratings
$Celiac Friendly, Gluten Free Menu, Tortillas + 7 more
83% of 12 votes say it's Celiac friendly

10369 S State St, Sandy, UT 84070

(801) 542-7030
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    5 ratingJuly 19, 2017

    Eat here all the time and it is always delicious. staff know what you are talking about and change their gloves. I always get the sweet pork nachos and it never disappoints. I would definitely recommend. delicious!!!!

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    5 ratingJanuary 29, 2017

    Love this place! Sweet pork nachos are the best ❤️❤️

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    5 ratingMay 26, 2016

    Very knowledgeable staff! They are always mindful and change their gloves before preparing our meals. Excellent choice for fast Mexican food!

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    5 ratingMarch 19, 2016

    I came in, ordered some enchiladas with corn tortillas and before I could even say something, the server asked if I waned them made gluten friendly and when I said yes he immediately changed his gloves. Lots of gluten free options and very knowledgeable servers

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    1 ratingFebruary 11, 2016

    A lot of cross contamination. Tongs touch wheat tortillas then go into each gluten free meat container, placing gluten into a gluten free option.

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    5 ratingOctober 20, 2014

    Very gf conscious. The guy washed his hands, and changed his gloves twice. I was very impressed.

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    5 ratingAugust 13, 2014

    Delicious Mexican food!

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    5 ratingFebruary 26, 2014

    Lots of GF options. I love this place!

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    5 ratingFebruary 05, 2014

    I love this place. I have eaten here probably 100 times since I went GF and have never gotten sick once. I trust this location more than others though.

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    1 ratingJanuary 26, 2014

    I was impressed at how great they are at instantly washing hands and putting on new gloves when I mentioned gluten free. I also loved all the gluten free options. The problem comes with the high amount of cross-contamination going on throughout the day while making non-gluten free items. With gloved hands they grab a flour tortilla placing it in the foil container. They serve up the selection of beans and meat with utensils which touch the tortilla as they spread the beans and meat around. The utensils are then placed back into the beans and meat containers contaminating them. Then, their gloved hands, which previously were used to get a flour tortilla, serve up the remaining selection of toppings. This is all in the same beans, meat, and toppings used for gluten free customers. It's difficult to keep things gluten free with such a high amount of cross-contamination going on all day. I have tried several times to eat there with my family and have gotten sick the majority of times we have eaten there. Not a good experience for me. Should have a separate area or containers to serve gluten free customers from in order to have their food truly gluten free.

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    5 ratingAugust 08, 2012

    Just mention Gluten and the gloves come off and employees wash hands put new gloves on! Awesome! Only 4 items have Gluten. The three desserts and the wheat tortillas.

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    1 ratingJuly 18, 2017

    1621 N State St, Orem, UT 84057

    They are NOT celiac friendly whatsoever! If you want gluten free for your diet then go for it but if you have celiacs DO NOT EAT HERE!

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    5 ratingJuly 18, 2017

    2376 Red Cliffs Dr, St George, UT 84790

    So delicious! They can make anything on the menu GF. We will be back for sure!

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    2 ratingJuly 10, 2017

    1091 N Bluff St, St George, UT 84770

    This used to be my go to place to eat but sadly I have gotten sick one too many times. They do their best but still are not able to always avoid cross contamination. The last time I went, the worker put rice on someone's flour tortilla and spread the rice flat with the spoon causing the spoon to come into contact with the tortilla. That was the last straw for me. I knew I could no longer safely eat there. Makes me so sad because their food is amazing.

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    5 ratingJuly 09, 2017

    2430 Patterson Rd, Grand Junction, CO 81505

    So knowledgeable and very tasty. The assistant manager, Jacob made my food himself. Highly recommend for celiacs.

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    5 ratingJuly 09, 2017

    2376 Red Cliffs Dr, St George, UT 84790

    Staff was very knowledgeable, and even washed hands and changed gloves when my family mentioned we are gluten free!

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    5 ratingJuly 08, 2017

    10005 Commons St #280, Lone Tree, CO 80124

    My daughter is celiac and we took her for the first time. They changed their gloves immediately. The only gluten they have their is the tortillas and dessert so we felt safe. She had pork nachos and loved them!

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    4 ratingJune 20, 2017

    705 Main Street South, Airdrie, AB T4B 3M2, Canada T4B 3M2

    Would have given five stars, but we have had one or two small issues here. Usually, it is people taking the meats or beans out, placing it on a tortilla, and then rubbing said meats or beans around, thus contaminating the spoon, and the meats or beans when the spoon is placed back.. The food is fantastic, the staff is friendly, just keep an eye out if you're celiac.

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    5 ratingJune 17, 2017

    2430 Patterson Rd, Grand Junction, CO 81505

    Very knowledgeable staff and great customer service. This has become my new favorite place after a long search for places I can enjoy to eat at. Also reasonably priced which is rare for gf

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    4 ratingJune 01, 2017

    1621 N State St, Orem, UT 84057

    I eat here a lot. There are two things I wish this location would do differently with the food handling; First, have the first person that changed their gloves take my food all the way down the line. Sometimes the 2nd and 3rd employee change their gloves and sometimes they don't (but they use tongs for everything so I usually don't complain as long as they don't touch the food). Other locations have one person handle the entire process but this location for some reason wants to pass the food down. I've had the 2nd person touch the food with gloves that haven't been changed and I make them start over. Second, if ordering nachos, they use the same drawer of chips for GF orders and non-GF orders. Yes, they changed their gloves to get the chips out of the drawer but the last 10 orders before it were with contaminated gloves so the chips themselves are suspect at that point. I've been told by other celiacs that other locations have a dedicated chip drawer for GF orders. So, these are my two complaints with this location.

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    5 ratingMay 14, 2017

    1010 E 2100 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84106-3590

    They have their own gluten free menu and are very conscious of what is made with or around gluten and they use a separate stove to cook their non gluten items in so that celiacs and people sensitive to gluten don't have to worry about cross contamination.

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    5 ratingMay 13, 2017

    9530 Feather Grass Lane, Fort Worth, TX 76177

    well trained staff and great food. I have never had issues with spicy food and was very happy that they immediately changed gloves when I told them I needed gluten free. I will be a frequent customer

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    5 ratingApril 29, 2017

    190 South 400 West, Salt Lake City, UT 84101

    Great place! The team changed their gloves put foil down on the fryer it was great.

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    2 ratingApril 28, 2017

    21152 E Rittenhouse Rd, Queen Creek, AZ 85142

    The queso is amazing! Overall the food is prettty good. The service is ok at best. The employees appear to be under paid and under appreciated. Resulting in sub par service and attention to detail.

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    5 ratingApril 27, 2017

    801 W Main St, Boise, ID 83702

    So, you won't find a specific GF menu here, but the website says they have eliminated gluten from all bit a few of their options. If you tell the person assembling your meal you (or in my case, my hubby) are celiac, they will change gloves. My hubby had a shredded beef with cheese burrito in a GF corn tortilla and did not get sick. Good prices, fresh ingredients.

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    5 ratingApril 26, 2017

    3000 S 25th E, Idaho Falls, ID 83404

    Super good staff. When we ordered corn, thgey immediately asked if we had a gluten allergy. All members washed their hands and changed gloves before touching our plates. Neither of us are sick tonight! Food was good. We had shredded beef enchiladas. Refried beans are a bit spicier than most places, but I mixed spur cream in to make them milder. We will be back!

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    1 ratingApril 14, 2017

    1336 Foothill Dr, Salt Lake City, UT 84108

    Cross contamination for sure. This location almost does it right, but misses the mark. When they make my daughters quesadilla, they use the same brush to butter it as everything else, ditto for the pizza slicer they use to cut the quesadilla. We are sad, but won't come back to this location.

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    2 ratingApril 13, 2017

    1744 S Val Vista Dr #106, Mesa, AZ 85204

    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!

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    5 ratingApril 07, 2017

    1309 N Main St, Logan, UT 84341

    The staff is very knowledgable and careful. They change gloves and only one staff member will handle your food. The food here is great and service phenomenal. One of our go to places.

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    5 ratingApril 06, 2017

    115 Hwy 291, Lee's Summit, MO 64063

    Just had to write a new review because Bruno and his crew are so very helpful in seeing that my food is handled properly AND MUY DELICIOSO !!! I have been coming here since it was first opened...NEVER disappointed, and my family love it too!!!

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    4 ratingMarch 31, 2017

    1475 Eureka Rd, Roseville, CA 95661

    delicious. not all staff are knowledgeable.

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    4 ratingMarch 23, 2017

    21152 E Rittenhouse Rd, Queen Creek, AZ 85142

    The lady washed her hands then wore gloves before getting my food ready when I said I was gf!

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    1 ratingMarch 21, 2017

    3812 West 7800 South, West Jordan, UT 84088

    Me: "I have celiac disease, can you accommodate that?" Staff: "What's THAT?"

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    5 ratingMarch 12, 2017

    2430 Patterson Rd, Grand Junction, CO 81505

    I'm gluten, dairy, corn and soy free so I wasn't sure what I could find here. I was blown away when the man behind the counter took off his gloves and carefully washed his hands to remove any contamination from the tortillas. With new gloves, he very courteously helped me with my choices. Lettuce, black beans, chicken, guacamole, extra mango salsa and extra cilantro. Makes a wonderful salad. I've eaten there many times and never had problems. So nice to see a fast food restaurant with this kind of attention to special diets.

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    5 ratingMarch 09, 2017

    3340 N Eagle Rd, Meridian, ID 83646

    Excellent food! I'm celiac and travel pretty regularly for work. It's hard to find a safe restaurant to eat at. This place was great. They are very detailed and make sure no cross contamination happens. Thank you Costs Vida!!

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    2 ratingMarch 08, 2017

    3312 Decker Lake Dr, West Valley City, UT 84119

    Read the reviews and was so excited to come here. Food was ok, staff was extremely lackluster. Had no idea about allergies and were all pretty crabby.

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    5 ratingMarch 01, 2017

    3312 Decker Lake Dr, West Valley City, UT 84119

    As a staff they have delivered great service time and time again. I go here once a week for the past 2 months. I feel full when I'm done and no pain at all.

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    5 ratingFebruary 26, 2017

    115 Hwy 291, Lee's Summit, MO 64063

    We had a great experience eating at Costa Vida - food was wonderful and employees were soooo nice and seemed to understand celiac disease and our concern about cross contamination! We will come back

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    4 ratingFebruary 12, 2017

    3812 West 7800 South, West Jordan, UT 84088

    as long as I watch them and remind them not to touch my food without changing their gloves, this is safe. most the time I don't have to say anything. If they do touch it on accident without changing gloves, they will remake it.

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    5 ratingFebruary 02, 2017

    1621 N State St, Orem, UT 84057

    My absolute favorite! I've never gotten sick from eating here!

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    5 ratingJanuary 29, 2017

    11909 SE Mill Plain Blvd #200, Vancouver, WA 98684

    Yummy Mexican, including fresh scratch made corn (& flour) tortillas! Fast food environment with homemade quality food in generous portions. After I identified myself as having celiac, I very carefully watched their procedures. The server immediately changed her gloves & I was very pleased with how she handled my delicious meal! Most definitely will be back!

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    5 ratingJanuary 23, 2017

    501 W 2600 S, Bountiful, UT 84010

    I eat at this Costa Vida every week. They always change their gloves for me. I have never gotten sick, the food is great, and it is my "go to" place.

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    1 ratingJanuary 11, 2017

    1621 N State St, Orem, UT 84057

    They are NOT celiac friendly!

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    1 ratingJanuary 11, 2017

    4361 S State St, Murray, UT 84107

    They say they are gluten free but when they use their gluten filled gloves to grab the chips a change of gloves for me won't make a difference. They are already have contaminated them. It happens for most everything I assume because I get sick everytime I eat there. Not safe for celiacs.

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    5 ratingJanuary 05, 2017

    11909 SE Mill Plain Blvd #200, Vancouver, WA 98684

    We eat at Costa Vida whenever possible. Most everything including the chips are gluten free. our favorite is the sweet pork Baja bowl. This place is fabulous. We eat at locations in Ogden UT, Lee's Summit and Dallas TX. so delicious.

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    5 ratingDecember 22, 2016

    3340 N Eagle Rd, Meridian, ID 83646

    so great. their flan is the best I've ever had.

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    1 ratingDecember 16, 2016

    21152 E Rittenhouse Rd, Queen Creek, AZ 85142

    Food tasted terrible but was better than the service. Never going back!

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    2 ratingDecember 05, 2016

    1010 E 2100 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84106-3590

    Downgrading my review. They no longer follow strict protocol as they used to. The last few times we went they only had one single GF tortilla left. This was early evening. They no longer have the same person with clean gloves make the entire meal from start to finish. Feeling that they're very lax about GF, wish they'd be more careful. My daughter loves this spot but I won't go back anytime soon.

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    3 ratingNovember 04, 2016

    1200 N University Ave, Provo, UT 84604

    SWARMS OF HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS!!! That said, this place is my go-to whenever I'm in a new place and starving.

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    5 ratingOctober 17, 2016

    1091 N Bluff St, St George, UT 84770

    Very gluten friendly. They do what they can to avoid cross contamination. The only items on the menu that contain gluten are the wheat and white flour tortillas and one of the desserts. They have dedicated areas and tortilla maker for gluten free tortillas and keeping the food.

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    5 ratingOctober 13, 2016

    1351 S Providence Center Dr, Cedar City, UT 84720

    So nice to have so many choices!! I had the beef burrito with black beans and green chili sauce and loads of cheese! I am celiac and did not get sick...

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    1 ratingOctober 10, 2016

    1664 Thomas H Gallagher Way #120, Elko, NV 89801

    Not safe for celiac. I watched the cook make and handle the flour tortillas then chop and handle the chicken at the same time. He went back and forth from the chicken to the flour tortillas several times so I'm certain it's contaminated. Not going to risk that so I left without eating.

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    1 ratingOctober 09, 2016

    1091 N Bluff St, St George, UT 84770

    The worker knew the protocol to change gloves however their knowledge of gluten free cross contamination ended there. The sauce spoons were smeared across flour tortillas and put back in the dish, cheese was taken off of flour tortillas and put back in dish and lettuce was placed on flour tortillas and then back in dish. Super bummed this was not a celiac friendly establishment.

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    3 ratingOctober 05, 2016

    1952 N 2000 W, Clinton, UT 84015

    The bigger lady who took my order made a big deal about having to change her gloves and rolled her eyes. She nodded to her coworkers like I was making her job harder. The food was good but I didn't appreciate the attitude.

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    5 ratingSeptember 16, 2016

    485 N 2nd E, Rexburg, ID 83440

    I've gone 3 times in the past 2 weeks. Each time there were different workers, and each time they changed gloves. They seemed aware of the seriousness of having gluten free food for allergies. One worker washed their hands before putting on the new gloves.

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    4 ratingSeptember 15, 2016

    1664 Thomas H Gallagher Way #120, Elko, NV 89801

    According to the restaurant, everything is gluten free except the flour and wheat tortillas. The grilled chicken enchiladas were tasty. The rice and refried beans were also good. The person that helped us, washed his hands and put on new gloves before preparing our order.

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    1 ratingSeptember 14, 2016

    5615 Colleyville Blvd #390, Colleyville, TX 76034

    Not a place for celiacs! Employees grab everything with their hands despite the fact that there are tongs. A shame bc their food is good but cross contamination is a big issue.

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    3 ratingSeptember 13, 2016

    334 23rd St, Ogden, UT 84401

    Although most of the food is gluten free they are not good about cross contamination. I have watched them contaminate the GF corn tortillas on numerous occasions, and at numerous locations. I no longer eat there. Food is great, but not safe.

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    5 ratingAugust 31, 2016

    3340 N Eagle Rd, Meridian, ID 83646

    The best sweet pork ever. I have celiac and get terribly I'll if I ingest gluten. This place is head and shoulders above many of their competitors. After watching the preparation of my Baja Bowl, I was so happy with the care taken to keep my meal gluten free. As always, there are about 5% gluten ingredients here so watch the person preparing your meal answer ask for a managers help if you are unsure of your server.

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    5 ratingAugust 30, 2016

    3340 N Eagle Rd, Meridian, ID 83646

    The food was very good the service was great. When I told them I was gf they pulled off their gloves and started changing them with a smile, I didn't even have to ask. I ate there twice without getting sick and I have celiac. It was great to be amble to have nachos.

Gluten-Free Features

  • Allergen List
  • Celiac Friendly
  • Gluten Free Menu
  • Soup
  • Tacos
  • Tortilla Chips
  • Tortillas

Categories

  • Lunch
  • Mexican
  • Restaurant
Monday
11 am - 9 pm
Tuesday
11 am - 9 pm
Wednesday
11 am - 9 pm
Thursday
11 am - 9 pm
Friday
11 am - 10 pm
Saturday
11 am - 10 pm
Sunday
11:30 am - 7 pm
Notes
We have worked diligently to remove wheat gluten from all our sauces, dressings, sauces 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 choices" 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 soup...which uses corn strips. And, we can easily make all burritos with corn tortillas, enchilada-style. Just ask!

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