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.
Costa vida continues to impress. Smaller dining area than usual costa vidas but still amazing food like usual.
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.
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.
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.
Had the sweet pork enchiladas with cilantro-lime rice and black beans. Delicious!! There are lots of choices, and almost everything is available GF. They are super-accommodating, and knowledgeable about cross-contamination. The woman assembling my order even changed her gloves without me asking and took some of my ingredients from a separate prep area.
LOVE! With so few restaurants making minimal (almost begrudging) GF choices available, it was a pleasure to find a restaurant that went above and beyond to make everything but the tortillas GF. I had a sweet pork salad w/corn tortilla. Amazing!
The staff there was so Incredibly amazing about changing gloves and ensuring the meal was gf. I love this place. With that said, Go for something other than the sweet pork, It was beyond too sweet for me. Great pick for lunch.
Can't say enough great things about the staff and their handling of our gluten free dinner. It was the first time I felt 100% confident in the staff's knowledge of GF protocol. Definitely stop in!
Loved loved LOVED this place! Not only is the food amazing but the girl there was so accommodating to my gluten free needs! I didn't even have to ask her to change her gloves, as soon as I said "I heard you have gluten free food here" she told me "yes let me changed gloves and wash my hands" she was so sweet I love gonna be my number 1 go to place wen I come to Utah!
This is my local standby. Because I can always trust that the staff will accommodate me. I have been happy every time I have ordered.
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.
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.
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!
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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!