100% of 2 votes say it's Celiac friendly

218 W Lake St, Chicago, IL 60606 Directions

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1 year ago
Celiac friendly

Love costa vida! I used to eat here when I lived in Utah. They are great about allergies. Order "gluten friendly" tacos and they will change cloves, wash hands and cook your food in foil so it doesn't couch the grill. The only main line item that's gluten is the flour tortillas. Plus, you can watch them make your food over the counter.

Gluten Free Features

  • Allergen List
  • Gluten Free Menu
  • Tacos
  • Tortillas

Categories

  • Lunch
  • Mexican
  • Restaurant
  • Takeout

Notes


"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
3 days ago

My family comes here often since we live so close. My son has celiac and they are very knowledgeable with what items he can have they always wash their hands and change their gloves while making his.

Celiac
4 days ago
Not celiac friendly

Not impressed. I’ve been there a few times and asked for gluten free. The staff did change their gloves but didn’t wash their hands or take any special care of my food. It seems like some employees do and some don’t know how sensitive someone can be. I don’t see employees communicate to each other that my dish is gluten free. My regular Costa Vida is Tooele and I’ve always been happy, never been sick but each time I visit West Jordan I am sick.

Celiac
2 weeks ago
Celiac friendly

The staff are all so great, understanding and friendly! They make sure to do things safe and not let cross contamination. There’s a Costa in the town I live in but I always come to this one instead!

Celiac
2 weeks ago
Not celiac friendly

This place can, at best, be called gluten wise. But this is not gluten free, nor is it anywhere near celiac friendly. Staff uses spoons/ladles that are used for meats and beans and they rub them against the tortillas while making the tacos and burritos. There is no care for gluten free individuals.

Celiac
4 weeks ago
Not celiac friendly

This was our go to place until I saw the employee take the rice spoon and spread the rice at the bottom of the tortilla touching the tortilla and then putting it back in the rice container. This location needs some extra training I've had to ask them to change their gloves every time and for a new container after they put a tortilla in it and then took it out and was expecting to use the same container.

Celiac
1 month ago
Celiac friendly

98% of the items on their menu can be made gluten free. They used a separate grill for my food, swapped their gloves, got new tongs and offered to put my food in a separate to go bag. Definitely celiac friendly.

Celiac
1 month ago
Not celiac friendly

I took my family here and ordered everything gluten free. They washed their hands and changed gloves, but didn’t change spoons. I watched the gal behind make the next order and saw that they touch the flour tortillas with the spoon every time they put something on it. Then they put the spoon back in, so everything is cross contaminated. Definitely not celiac safe.

Not celiac
1 month ago

Everything is gluten free except wheat and white tortilla supposedly. You can even ask for gluten free corn tortillas. I think it depends on who is behind the counter though because I have eaten there several times and been fine and once I got sick.

Celiac
1 month ago

The food here has good flavor and their gluten free options and process are better than most but I can't stand how messy their serving line is. Beans, rice, meats etc. are spilled all over the place and it looks like a tornado hit. I finally stopped going as I was disgusted at the cleanliness of their food prep/serving area.

Celiac
1 month ago
Celiac friendly

I was so impressed with this location when we usually go to Costa vida they just change their gloves, but this location the girl who took my order when I told her I had celiac she took her gloves off and washed her hands and arms up to her elbows. I appreciated the extra time and care she took and she went down the line and made our whole salad.

1 month ago
Celiac friendly

Everything is gf except the flour tortillas. Let them know when u order.

Celiac
2 months ago
Not celiac friendly

Got glutened a couple times here. Staff says everything is OK but definitely not.

Celiac
2 months ago

We went during a very busy dinner rush. I witnessed a lot of cross contamination. I asked the manager Corey if it would be possible for her to make my bowl using fresh food from the back and she did. It would not have been enough to change the spoons. It was nice that she gladly put in extra effort to keep me safe.

Celiac
2 months ago

When I told them my daughter had celiacs disease the First Lady took off a set of gloves(had 2 on), washed her surface, and pulled from the middle of the stack for her bowel. She informed everyone about her celiacs. The 2nd lady washed her hands to finish preparing her food! My daughter was so excited to be able to eat there considering she was diagnosed 5 days ago!

Celiac
2 months ago
Celiac friendly

Gone here a couple times in the last month. Employees always change their gloves as soon as you say gluten free. Lots of choices and good food. Haven't gotten sick here, will definitely go again!

Celiac
2 months ago
Not celiac friendly

Honestly, I'm done with this chain. I went to another place about 30 miles south and my first experience I had a severe reaction (for me) with cross contamination. I went again, gave it a second chance, and I was fine. But this location let me down. The first employee down the line changed their gloves. The second did not and acted like he had no real understanding on what to do. I should have spoken up. Honestly, I feel like a putz for not saying something. But I am kinda new to my diagnosis and I thought maybe I could slide by this time. NOT. I dont think I'll be back. Training is just too inconsistent across the chain.

Not celiac
2 months ago

Staff was excellent. When I asked for a corn tortilla I was asked if it was for an allergy. After saying yes, he took off his gloves, washed his hands, put new gloves on, cleaned off the surface, and made my salad. He knew which options were safe and even had them bag mine in a different bag than my husbands. Excellent service for gluten intolerance.

Celiac
2 months ago

You can get anything on menu with corn tortilla. They changed their gloves. They were well educated staff.

Celiac
3 months ago
Celiac friendly

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
3 months ago
Not celiac friendly

I let them know I have celiac and mine needed to be gluten free. First guy changed his gloves and asked if I wanted the gluten free tortillas. He then passed my food down the line where the rest of the team hadn't changed their gloves. They grabbed the tin with their gloves touching the inside. They then passed it down the line where the next person did the same. And again with the cashier. Needless to say I won't be going back there. I am tired of places claiming to have gluten friendly items, but have such poor training on how to handle the food appropriately. Eateries need to stop asking if its allergy or preference and treat them both the same because employees get lax on the way they handle the food. People will keep getting sick until the state requires more training for food handling.

Celiac
3 months ago
Celiac friendly

The staff member will wash hands/change gloves and stay with your order from start to finish. They are very friendly and helpful.

Celiac
3 months ago
Not celiac friendly

Tasted fine but definitely was contaminated here. I had a very large gluten belly.

Celiac
4 months ago
Celiac friendly

They changed gloves when we told them my daughter had celiac.

Celiac
4 months ago
Celiac friendly

All costa vidas are gluten free. Just tell them gluten free- and they will be sure to do the corn tortillas

Celiac
4 months ago
Celiac friendly

The food was good but I felt sick right afterwards. I would recommend watching the line more carefully and speaking up to make sure your food is prepared properly at the end of the line. The first server changed her gloves and washed her hands but I dont believe the second did. Update: I gave the food a second chance and ordered nachos again. The manager was serving at the front of the line and made sure my food was safe. No issues. I also noticed that he got chips from the back---something that did not happen last time. I believe those chips made the difference.

4 months ago
Celiac friendly

We have been here a dozen times already. Be clear that you can’t have cross contamination. They will change gloves, and we have never had issues.

Celiac
4 months ago
Celiac friendly

They have a lot of GF options. They wash their hands and change gloves with a smile. I haven’t been glutened there yet. Only concern is with cross contamination on the line. I bet they would get fresh ingredients off the line if I asked though.

Celiac
5 months ago

They did everything right except get fresh ingredients from a different container. No reaction though. The food is great. I highly recommend the sweet pork.

5 months ago

Love Costa Vida! Everything is Gluten Free except for the flour tortilla and the dessert.

Celiac
5 months ago
Celiac friendly

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!

Not celiac
5 months ago
Celiac friendly

They take cross very contamination seriously, and the food and prices are great!

5 months ago
Celiac friendly

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!

Celiac
5 months ago
Celiac friendly

Staff always wash their hands, change their gloves, and ensure no cross contamination

Celiac
5 months ago
Not celiac friendly

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.

5 months ago
Celiac friendly

Ate here all the time in Utah! “Gluten friendly” protocol means changed gloves, foil on the grill, new utensils, etc. highly recommend the sweet pork 😍

Celiac
6 months ago
Not celiac friendly

Gloves may change but the stone they make their tortillas on for gf is the same for their wheat flour ones. No way that is gluten free and for sensitive Celiacs I would not eat or gamble here.

Celiac
6 months ago
Not celiac friendly

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.

Celiac
6 months ago
Celiac friendly

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.

Celiac
6 months ago
Celiac friendly

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.

Celiac
6 months ago
Celiac friendly

Most items are gluten free! They prepare food with clean hands and gloves and use foil to keep from cross contamination.

Celiac
6 months ago
Celiac friendly

Damn near everything on their menu is GF. Had the beef enchiladas with corn tortillas and they were awesome!

Not celiac
7 months ago

Almost everything is gluten free. They change their gloves when I tell them I am gluten free.

Celiac
7 months ago

Really great food. Only the flour tortillas are not gluten free. Everything on the menu can be made gluten free.

Celiac
8 months ago

This place is awesome! I have yet to get sick from here but I am also not the most sensitive

Celiac
8 months ago
Celiac friendly

They take great care to avoid cross contamination! Love that I can eat here no problems

Celiac
8 months ago
Celiac friendly

Celiac knowledgeable staff. Everything but, flour tortillas are GF. Good food. Will visit again when in the area.

Celiac
8 months ago
Not celiac friendly

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.

Celiac
9 months ago
Celiac friendly

Costa Vida is awesome!!! Seems like the entire restaurant is focused around Gluten Free. I eat here at least once a week. I’ve never been sick. Staff is knowledgeable about gluten. They are helpful & friendly. Best place for Celiacs.

Celiac
9 months ago
Celiac friendly

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

Celiac
9 months ago
Celiac friendly

Great experience as a first timer here. Staff changed into fresh gloves to avoid cross contamination and were very kind about guiding me through the many menu choices. My meal was delicious, fast, affordable, and I felt safe dining here. 👍

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