This place is awesome! I have yet to get sick from here but I am also not the most sensitive
SWARMS OF HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS!!! That said, this place is my go-to whenever I'm in a new place and starving.
I eat here a lot, tell them first thing you are gluten free and they will immediately change their gloves. The dressings, meats, and everything else besides the wheat tortillas are gluten free. Deliciousness and the knowledgable staff make this a favorite.
Did everything they could not to cross contaminate! Totally going back!!
Love this place! Affordable and gluten free. They always change their gloves.
I see that they are gig trained but I got so glutened by them. I'm in agony. I had to ask them a lot of things to be sure that there was no cross contamination, but I guess it wasn't enough. Either their workers touch the ingredients to the tortillas (which I saw one do after I was wrung up), they share common cutting services, or they don't really know what makes a food glyren free. I'm extremely upset and should've been tipped off when they aid, "so thst means you. Any h do dairy..." Gig trained-yeah right! They don't follow it if they are. Do not eat here if you have celiac disease. They are set up like chipotle and I never get duck from there, so they obviously have a lot to learn!
Employee changes gloves when I mentioned GF. It was pretty good.
My husband and I eat here often. I don't get the corn tortillas, so I'm not worried about their contamination issues. I get a salad and it's awesome. The staff is very helpful and they'll change their gloves for you if you ask them to.
They take very good care of me and always willing to change their gloves make sure that it's completely gluten free
They ahead change their gloves and wash their hands and are careful to tell others down the line. I've never been sick.here! Love it
Fortunately I'm not sensitive to cross contamination. I love costa Vida and I love their efforts to be GF. I can eat there with no problems unless I get beans which I can't tolerate. Love the food and love that its GF! Staff always change gloves and wash their hands.
Although the food here tastes excellent, I have doubts about the claim of gluten free. They claim GIG training, but no one I saw behind the counter seemed to know what that means. Corn tortillas are made on the same griddle as flour, without cleaning the surface first. Watched the cook go from cooking flour to corn tortillas on the same griddle without wiping down the surface, changing gloves, or cooking utensils. She then used a spatula that was kept in a pile of wheat flour and coated with the stuff to turn the corn tortillas. When I got my "gluten free" meal, that I had specifically asked for off the "gluten free" menu, it had a wheat flour tortilla on the bottom of it. I understand the limits of the "gluten free" claim in any restaurant. There is a high risk of cross-contamination anywhere you go. But to say you're GIG trained, and then have this degree of ignorance, is a stretch of the imagination.
I love eating at costa vida. They always do their best to provide gluten free meals.
We were very excited about Costa Vida especially after we went the first time. They changed their gloves. They had one specific person touch our food the whole time. It was great until we went for our third time and we noticed that they put the gluten free corn tortillas on the same cooker as where they cooked the flour tortillas. Cross-contamination central. Unfortunate too because they made such an effort to become gluten free.
Love Costa Vida! Everything is Gluten Free except for the flour tortilla and the dessert.
They have amazing food and we loved it! They can make everything on their menu GF except some desserts. Staff is very helpful. Definitely recommend!
The staff is always great. When I say I need gluten free they always go wash their hands and put on new gloves. They also make sure anyone who handles my food knows it’s GF. Never had a problem at a Costa Vida. I love that I can eat almost everything here and it’s yummy!
My son and I are both Celiac- we both got sick within 15 minutes of eating the 2 times we tried it. I even requested they wipe off their tortilla machine as they prepare both corn and wheat on the same equipment. No changes in our reactions. Some of their meats have a flour thickener so I was told to stick with steak.
Food was OK. Staff has some training regarding GF and allergen concerns but it's largely ceremonial. Yes, everyone changes their gloves the second you mention GF. It's a nice gesture. However, all ingredients are pulled from bins by hand, and the same press and comal are used for both corn and flour tortillas. I had a sweet pork bowl, and I did not get a reaction, but this is flirting with danger for me and I probably won't try them again.
They are very good at accommodating Gluten Free. Be sure to tell them you need tour menu Gluten Free and the staff member will wash their hands and change their gloves and be the only staff member to touch your food.
Beware of cross contamination: I am the only gluten free person in my family. I watched them prepare my son's meal prior to mine. They touched all of the preparation utensils to his flour tortilla. I asked if it was possible for the meat and sauce for my meal to come from a different bin. They said yes, and got new sauce. Then they proceeded to get meet from the same that had previously been cross contaminated. Ironically, the whole time they prepared my food, they were super careful not to touch the serving utensils to the gf tortilla. Also, the gf tortilla was unusually thick and rubbery.
There was some confusion over my gluten free order. The young man washed his hands and changed gloves then proceeded to make my order. He left it about half way through the line. Another young man first scooted the pans containing flour burritos then touched my salad as he scooted it down the line. When I pointed out that it was gluten free and he touched it he denied it. I told him I have celiac disease and could not eat it. Joe came to my rescue and washed his hands and put on gloves. He then proceeded to make my meal gluten free. I am not one to cause a scene but I do not want to become sick. Thanks to Joe for correcting my order
Had the sweet pork enchiladas! They changed gloves, and made me feel taken care of. I'm not celiac but I appreciated the extra care. The tortilla is a bit thicker and on the dryer side so get saucy or your plastic knife will have a hard time. I will be back.
The worker changed gloves and washed their hands made me impressed, but I bought a sweet pork enchilada, and got black beans, with pinko. But 30 min later I started having really bad stomach problems. They said everything besides the flour tortillas are gluten free. But I think it was caused by cross contamination.
Great food! Get the Baja bowl with grilled chicken and add your toppings. You walk in and tell them you have celiac disease and they immediately have the whole staff change their gloves. Food is great, no cross contamination and I didn’t get sick. Costa Vida, I love you!
The young man there knew quite a bit about what was gf. I got the chicken nacho. I was able to put anything I wanted on it. After getting my drink I noticed they have Rice Cinnamon Milk (df) there! I’m gonna try it next time for sure! Very happy, will be back!
This is one of the costa vida locations I do trust. I’ve gotten glutened at the several locations (including Riverdale) but I’ve never had a problem at this location. The owners of this location have celiacs in the family and I feel like they actually do get it. They always wash hands. Both my friend & I got sick from the Riverdale location two years ago so this is one of the few I go to .
Fabulous - no cross contamination. They always change their gloves or will at least ask if it’s a glove change before serving their food. A lot of the staff will even take time to wash their hands (up to their elbows) before putting gloves back on. I always get a salad with corn tortillas. :)
I have eaten here a lot since moving to Tooele. This location, specifically, is my favorite. The staff is knowledgeable and well-trained on making gluten-free items. The manager is fantastic and usually takes care of my order herself. There’s even an employee with celiac who understands the ins-and-outs of being truly gluten-free. The same is true for most other Costa locations, but this one really stands out.
I’ve eaten here twice and have been so impressed by their care over my food. They changed their gloves, washed their hands and made sure to follow my food all the way to the end of the line. I didn’t want to risk a corn tortilla though. So I can’t speak to those. But everything else was great and didn’t make me sick!
This is a assemble up as you order Mexican place. While I was told by the staff who took my order they would isolate and change gloves, there was none of that, nor was the request passed down the line. I saw my order get contaminated before my eyes. I tried this place based on previous recommendations, but now having been there I do not see any way a celiac could get a contamination free order.
I've been to Costa Vida twice and both times and disappointed with there gluten-free awareness and lack of care. this last time the worker was unaware of gluten-free or protocol. so he asked the manager who was not much more aware. he did indicate the meats that were gluten free, but he in the workers we're not careful to keep the gluten items away from the gluten-free items. I don't think I will go there again. Chipotle is a better place to go for this type of food. they consistently know what they're doing and take great care.
We eat here almost on a weekly basis. Our daughter has Celiac and as long as you tell them you need gluten free, they will change their gloves, wash their hands and cook corn tortillas on the grill on foil and be careful going down the line. Some staff are more careful than others so watch them carefully if you go when they are really busy.
I try not to make things too complicated, So asked for a salad with a corn tortilla and the guy asked if it was gluten free. I said yes. He changed his gloves, wiped down the workspace, got my tin from 4/5 down the stack, and got a corn tortilla that was in a different location. He also used the rice and beans from further down the line away from the flour tortillas. In my opinion it was as celiac friendly as you could be when you flour tortillas on the menu.
I used to never eat Costa Vida ever anywhere because it seemed like all of them made me sick anywhere every time. I don't know if they changed protocols to anything but for the past year or so all locations have done well. I haven't gotten sick and they all taste fantastic. I am not a big fan of the gf tortillas but that is just me. I usually get the salad with no tortillas at all and ask for extra chips/strips. Occasionally I'll eat the nachos as they are gf on their own. So for any of those who were like me and stayed very clear of them I would say give it a shot you may be able to add another eating out option to your small sad list 😂 😝
This used to be my go-to place for lunch during the work day. Ate there several times for years without any problems. However, during the past year or so I've gotten sick every single time I've eaten there. I think where they were once vigilant to keep your order gluten free they aren't quite as careful any more. No dedicated GF area and they use the same spoons and tongs to dish the food onto your plate that they use to dish it on to flour tortillas. You WILL get cross contamination here. If you don't have Celiac you'll be fine, but if you do have Celiac go somewhere else if you don't want to be sick.
I have celiac and this is one of the few places I can eat. They will wash their hands and put new gloves on. Very knowledgeable. Staff have been very well trained. Pretty much everything is gluten free except the flour tortilla. They also have dairy free options. I always order inside to be sure it stays 100% gluten free as I am so sensitive.
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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!