83% of 6 votes say it's Celiac friendly

1199 Government St, Victoria, BC V8W 3M9, Canada V8W 3M9 Directions

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10 months ago
Celiac friendly

I don’t think they provide dedicated French fry fryers anymore. The happy hour tacos are celiac friendly however and most of the staff seem very attentive to the allergy. Not a huge selection for entrees besides the usual steaks and salads.

Celiac
1 year ago
Not celiac friendly

There weren’t many options for celiacs and when they brought my salad it had Cajun chicken (containing gluten) instead of plain chicken as requested. Not great

Celiac
2 years ago
Celiac friendly

Had lunch at Earls two days ago and spoke with the manager. Jordan said the dedicated fryers were down. He was helpful and I was confident I could get a safe meal. Limited options but I enjoyed a flavourful chicken breast and salad. Vacationing in Victoria with celiac is doable but challenging. Our server Elsa suggested a couple other locations to try while here.

Gluten Free Features

  • Celiac Friendly
  • Dedicated Fryer
  • Fries
  • Gluten Free Menu
  • Tacos
  • Tortilla Chips

Categories

  • Late Night
  • Lunch
  • Pescetarian Friendly
  • Restaurant
  • Seafood
  • Steakhouse

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Not celiac
3 years ago
Celiac friendly

Tonight was my second time going to Earls - the first time was in Vancouver, and the second time was in Vancouver Island. I found my first time to be great - they have a separate fryer for the fries, so I was happy to see that I could eat the fries. However, tonight, their fryer was broken, so everything fried was fried in the same oil, in the other fryer that they use gluten. I ordered a salad and specified that it had to be gluten free, however I was sad to find a crouton in it, after I had already eaten some of the salad. I sent it back, the waiter felt bad, and apologized. They then came out saying they would make me a new one that was clear of croutons, and that they could not give me the tortilla chip bits on the top of the salad like they normally do. They are normally fried in the gluten free fryer, however since it is broken tonight, they fried it in the same oil as gluten. This meant that they fed me something that had cross contamination, even though I specified that this was an allergy. Normally it should be okay, but they just didn't think it all through now that the gluten free fryer is broken. Luckily, I do not get sick from cross contamination, although it could have been much worse with someone else. They were generally very knowledgable and the food was very good, however they did have issues tonight. Make sure you double check all of these factors before ordering.

Celiac
3 years ago
Celiac friendly

GF options are limited, but staff are very knowledgeable and aware of cross contamination. A dedicated gf fryer means celiac safe fries.

Reviews of this Chain

Celiac
3 weeks ago
Not celiac friendly

The fries here are dusted with flower. NOT gluten free. Menu says “gluten aware”. Not dedicated. Will probably be cross contamination here.

4 weeks ago

I felt there were a few gluten free options for me- but I didn’t feel 100% confident that there was no cross contamination. They are honest about the fact it is “gluten friendly”- so we tried the GF pizza and the gf lobster tostadas (delicious, but a small appetizer portion). I am non symptomatic celiac, so no way of telling if there was cross contamination- but the waitress did inform the chef, and she did seem on top of it as best she could. :|

Not celiac
1 month ago

Went to this location because of previous review. They no longer have the calamari and fish and chips on their menu... At least not in gluten free. We ended up leaving because the prices seemed high and the selection was average at best for gf in a restaurant.

Celiac
1 month ago
Not celiac friendly

Spoke with server about their gluten aware pizza and prep methods in the kitchen. I was assured they would prep it separately and cook it on a clean pan, not brown it on the stone. I ate half of pizza and then noticed blackened bits on the bottom of the rest of the pizza that could only have come from a dirty pan or from being browned on the pizza stone (I used to cook pizza in our restaurant). I was definitely seriously glutened, as evidenced by my symptoms later that evening and today.

Celiac
1 month ago
Not celiac friendly

Although our waitress tried her best (very friendly and willing to find things out) I don’t think this is a safe place to eat! I chose a steak off their gluten aware menu... An hour later I am stuck in the bathroom!

1 month ago

Their was some choices for gluten free. Their buffalo cauliflower was amazing. But the service was terrible. Food was cold. But they didn’t charge me so that was nice. Not sure I’ll go back

Celiac
2 months ago
Celiac friendly

The staff was very knowledgeable and helpful. And a dedicated fryer so I could enjoy the French fries with my family!

Celiac
2 months ago

The current menu has one appetizer and one main that are celiac safe. Earls generally has good food, and usually does a great job with allergies, but call ahead before you go to make sure you have options you’ll like.

2 months ago

Asked if they had gluten free items on their menu and the host gave me a “look” then pointed to a handful of items on the menu with a “GA” symbol. He then told me those items were “gluten friendly” making quotations with his fingers. We walked out.

Celiac
2 months ago
Celiac friendly

We are here on May 25th, 2019. Our waitress was very knowledgeable about celiac disease and was very careful about everything. They do have a separate fryer, as well as gluten free calamari, fish and chips, and buffalo cauliflower. Highly recommend.

Celiac
3 months ago
Celiac friendly

Had cajun steak, was amazing. The yam fries are cooked in a dedicated deep fryer, and were also great. Wife had the cajun salmon which was really good, but the steak was better. Waitress was knowledgable of cross contamination and was able to answer all my questions. Highly recommend.

Celiac
3 months ago

Earls locations no longer have dedicated deep fryer for gluten-free meals. Fish and chips were a favourite but they’re no longer gluten-free. Earls made a company-wide decision to change from gluten-free deep fryer to vegan friendly deep fryers. Disappointed. Not sure why they didn’t add vegan-friendly deep fryer instead

Celiac
3 months ago

Earls locations no longer have dedicated deep fryer for gluten-free meals. Fish and chips were a favourite but they’re no longer gluten-free. Earls made a company-wide decision to change from gluten-free deep fryer to vegan friendly deep fryers. Disappointed. Not sure why they didn’t add vegan-friendly deep fryer instead

Celiac
3 months ago
Celiac friendly

Staff was very knowledgeable about cross contamination

Celiac
4 months ago

A comida é deliciosa mas não são exclusivos gluten free.

Not celiac
4 months ago

Great food and lots of gluten aware options

Not celiac
4 months ago

Have eaten here 2 times. Great burgers! They offer gluten free buns. Dedicated fryer for great fries. Staff knowledgeable about needs for carefully prepared gluten free.

6 months ago

We went to West Hills location. Staff was very friendly and didn’t seem to have any problems.

Celiac
7 months ago
Celiac friendly

Excellent food and staff. Felt incredibly safe and taken care of.

Celiac
8 months ago
Celiac friendly

I had the gluten aware Calamari which was in a dedicated fryer! Delicious and a happy tummy. Had the house salad on the side.

9 months ago

Excellent staff and knowledgeable. Fries are cooked in separate fryer and therefore safe. I had a chicken sandwich with spinach, Brie and figs on a GF bun (very good). Son had Cajun chicken dinner - they usually cook on the same grill but chef said would cook in separate pan to avoid cross contamination- awesome place to eat as celiac.

Celiac
9 months ago
Not celiac friendly

Their menu says gluten conscious, so decided to check it out. Got the superfood quinoa salad with salmon and truffle fries. Didn’t feel so awesome and started wondering if it could have been from there. The website lists allergens...both of the items I got were “may* and may” for gluten. Apparently “may*” means cross contamination from the fryer. So, the gluten conscious truffle fries were fried with gluten items and the chickpeas on the salad were as well. They should inform the patron when they’re ordering. I specifically said I had a gluten allergy. I’m sure some of the items are fine, but make sure you ask them to leave off anything that’s been mingling with gluten...and if you have celiac don’t get anything fried.

Celiac
10 months ago

Staff seemed put off about my questions about the food options (ie are your chips fried here?). The food was good, but as others have said, very limited. Steak, fish, salad or possibly tacos.

Celiac
1 year ago
Celiac friendly

Very careful- separate deep fryer! Very good never had a problem

1 year ago
Celiac friendly

There’s a lot of gluten free options, burgers, crispy calamari, fish & chips, steaks and a lot more. The gluten free options are indicated with a GA sign. There’s also vegetarian options. The fries are as well gluten free and there’s a dedicated fryer to fry in the gluten free options. For the burgers, you just have to ask for gluten free bun.

Celiac
1 year ago
Celiac friendly

Great food. Good choices for GF items. Only one GF beer, but it was good too.

Celiac
1 year ago

Not a very big menu for gf when I went

Celiac
1 year ago

The GF fish n chips wasn’t very good and there were only 2 small pieces. Didn’t get sick though

Celiac
1 year ago

Earl’s new gluten free pizza is hands down the best GF pizza currently offered in downtown Vancouver. Being a huge pizza lover I’ve tried almost everything available, this new crust is thin and tasty the Italia with a glass of red wine on a Friday night is the perfect end to the week. The bonus to all of this you can have Door Dash deliver it to you condo on the rainy Vancouver nights.

1 year ago
Celiac friendly

Tried the calamari, fish tacos, fish and chips and garlic fries, all very good. They have a dedicated fryer. No gf pasta/pizza. Would recommend!

2 years ago

I've eaten there many times and never gotten sick ( glutened). I jus lt wish they had more options. what they do have is good though.

Celiac
2 years ago
Celiac friendly

Fabulous selections, including Fish & Chips in dedicated fryers! Have eaten there twice and not gotten sick. They also offer gluten aware Baja fish tacos, chicken tacos, steaks, Cajun chicken and salads. This will be a staple restaurant for this Celiac!!

Not celiac
2 years ago

I would've given it five stars but I believe I've been fed gluten or dairy as I had an instant reaction even though I told the waiter which is a shame as the food was very good. My mum who has the same issue didn't have any problems though but just be cautious if you do go here.

Celiac
2 years ago
Celiac friendly

Pretty good gluten free crustKnowledgeable bartender and kitchen

Celiac
2 years ago
Celiac friendly

nice fried fish and chips. no gf buns or bread for sandwiches tho.

3 years ago
Not celiac friendly

calamari, fries, fish and chips oh my! waiter was knowledgeable and made me feel comfortable. they list it as gluten aware, it is not celiac friendly. the calamari was good but almost over done and overdone depending on the size of the pieces, fish and chips were great but they served me malt vinegar on the side *at least it was on the side. Overall a good option with a crowd.

Celiac
3 years ago
Celiac friendly

Dedicated deep fryer for the fries! Very knowledgeable and helpful.

Celiac
3 years ago

Have eaten here a few times. This location doesn't have a dedicated fryer like some, but they are very knowledgeable about cross-contamination.

Celiac
3 years ago

I was visiting from out of town and told my server that I have Celiac- she wasn't very receptive as I asked if she could double check the ingredients with the cooks and she never got back to me. We then asked for a manager as I didn't feel very comfortable and didn't want to risk getting sick. The manager checked the ingredients for us but still wasn't very reassuring. I understand the risks associated with a restaurant that doesn't have a gluten free kitchen but I feel as though I was taking a risk here. Would not recommend this location for people with celiac disease.

Celiac
3 years ago

They have gluten friendly nachos, blackened chicken breast meals, sweet potato fries, truffle fries and for brunch a few options like a goat cheese frittata or a spicy sausage hash! They said they have a separate fryer, just let them know.... not sure if I believe it but.... I haven't got sick yet!

Celiac
3 years ago

The GF choices here are very limited. Although they mark certain fries and nachos 'gluten aware' everything is in the same fryer so I couldn't eat them. I ordered steak which came with mashed potatoes and vegetables. They were out of mashed potatoes and didn't have any other GF sides. However, I didn't get sick so therefore 3 stars.

3 years ago

I've had the Cajun chicken multiple times and it's bomb! I'm highly sensitive so I'm happy. Being celiac you have to be prepared to ask the typical series of questions on how things are prepared. It's your own fault if you don't ask if the nacho chips are fried.

3 years ago
Not celiac friendly

Gave earls a try based on the review here and the menu appearing to be well marked with "gluten aware" options. These gluten aware options were labeled on the menu as "gluten free with modifications from the kitchen." So we assumed the gluten aware nachos were safe. We made the staff aware of the celiac at the table and ordered the nachos. 30 mins later, the nachos were brought out and only then did the waitress tell us that the chips would've been cross contaminated in the fryer (in her defense, the kitchen only told her as it was brought out). Obviously, this doesn't fly for celiac. The manager then came out and then tried to sweet talk us while offering a half hearted apology. Overall, very unimpressed. They shouldn't have the nachos marked gluten aware if they don't have a dedicated fryer. On top of it, the service was Abysmal from start to finish.

5 years ago

A good selection of gluten free items items. Great tasting.

5 years ago

The chicken tacos are really good.

6 years ago

Great gluten "aware" menu. Never have had a problem eating at Earl's Sherwood Park.

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