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.
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.
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.
So I am finally accepting my allergy. I looked up another Mexican restaurant similar to this one and discovered that even the SALSA has gluten in it! The staff here was so accommodating for my allergy and changed their gloves. I learned that pretty much everything there (except the flour tortillas) is gluten free!!!! I’m so happy and so is my stomach!!
The staff here was amazing. When I asked about gluten free the let me know what their stuff contained and help me enjoy a nice late lunch with my daughter! I will be going back for sure! Delicious food and all made from scratch (they proudly told me that today) I will definitely be going back!
Apparently only 4 items on the menu at Costa Vida contain gluten! The employees at this location have been great to work with every time I have eaten here. I ask them to change their gloves because I have Celiac Disease and they are always polite and willing. I have eaten there multiple times since my diagnosis and have not had an issue yet. I normally order the nachos because I am unsure if they cook their corn tortillas on a separate surface than the flour.
I was grateful for the effort of washing and changing gloves, but I still got sick. Cross contamination all over the place. Saw wheat tortiallas draping into the toppings, same utinsels were used that touched the wheat tortillas. If they had seperate toppings used only on GF and its own area I'd come back all the time.
There are some possible chances for cross contamination, but the staff cared enough to pull a new bag of cheese for me and use only one hand for the other topping spoons, being careful not to touch gluten free stuff with that hand. Overall, this place could be scary if the staff weren't so great.
Website had info on what was safe, most of it was. Worker happily changed gloves and went slow to be careful and avoid cross contamination. Some said sauces were spicy but I didn't feel that way. They will give you a chip to try sauces before they put it on your food. So if you're worried about that, try them first. 7 year old celiac daughter was very happy and ate her veggie enchiladas up!
The food was great! I am very sensitive to gluten. I told my server that I needed just GF food. He took off his gloves, washed his hands and gave me a double container. I felt confident about my food and is was so good! You have to understand I haven't dared go out to eat for years! Thanks so much for such great GF food!
When I asked for corn tortillas the employee asked right away if I needed it to be gluten free and I said yes she quickly changed her gloves and made sure she placed tortilla on foil so no cross contamination would happen.... It did take a little longer but I can say that I felt very comfortable with the way they handled it and will definitely take my daughter there again.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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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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!