87% of 8 votes say it's celiac friendly

7725 North Oracle Road #101, Tucson, AZ 85704 Directions

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Such flavorful food and wide variety of options noted as GF on the menu.

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Delicious and so many GF options!

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Yes

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I’ve seen some negative Yelp reviews but I have to say, for us, it’s been nothing but great at El Charro Cafe (and yes, the one on Oracle Rd in Oro Valley). Now, we do typically sit at the bar, so I don’t know if that makes a difference, but we’ve been treated so kindly by the staff, the bartenders, by everyone. First of all, Ciara has been great, to mention one bartender. She remembers what we like after very few interactions, she’s pleasant to talk to, she’s efficient and personable and makes great drinks and checks on us at the appropriate times. Rachel, if I got her name correct, is also a great bartender. Very pleasant to talk to, knows the menu, knows her stuff as far as mixing drinks is concerned, she’s great too. Margaritas are excellent here, not that overly sweet mix out of a machine but good tasty drinks.

We’ve never had an issue with food not coming out fast enough or anything at all in the service department. And the food is great here. I particularly enjoy the tamale stuffed chicken but there are lots of winners on the menu here. Original enchiladas are great, the hola hemp tamales are also delicious, and the standard fare (tacos, etc) are also quite enjoyable.

You absolutely cannot beat happy hour here either. Incredible value for the quality of food and service you receive.

On top of all that, lots of gluten-free options - and truly careful gluten-free, not lazy “it’s corn therefore it must be gluten-free” but real care in understanding cross-contamination (i.e., yes you can eat the chips without worrying about other fried items because it’s a dedicated fryer).

We will continue patronizing El Charro (we really like Charro Vida too and still have to try Charro Steak) because of excellent food, service, and value.

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This establishment is NOT a dedicated gluten-free facility and may not be safe for those with celiac disease. Please contact the establishment directly to inquire about safety precautions.

Gluten Free Features

  • Gluten Free Menu

Categories

  • Dairy-Free Friendly
  • Lunch
  • Mexican
  • Restaurant
  • Vegan Friendly

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Staff was very knowledgeable. I have eaten here twice without a reaction, and I am very sensitive to any exposure. Food was DELICIOUS. Highly recommend the enchiladas banderas!

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I have eaten here numerous times, and I have never had a reaction from the food. They have a good selection of GF options which are marked on their regular menu. They even have a dedicated GF fryer for things like chimichangas. The service is usually rather slow, so have time and patience when you go there, but the food is very good.

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Almost everything on the menu is gluten free! I felt very safe here. Plus it’s delicious!

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Almost everything on the menu is gluten free.

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Gluten free chimichangas from a dedicated fryer! Specify that it's for an allergy and they take very good care of you.

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Amazing selection! Celiac friendly

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Our server seemed to understand cross contamination. I consider myself to be sensitive and had no issues after eating here. Will return.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Somewhat

Safety Feature Ratings
  • Staff is knowledgeable and can answer questions
  • Staff will clean kitchen space or change gloves if asked

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

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I love El Charro and I’m glad I can still eat there now that I know I have to eat gluten free. It’s nice they mark on the menu which items are GF. Although they do call it “gluten friendly” because they aren’t a gluten free kitchen. I always make sure to tell them when I’m ordering and need GF though just to make sure. I get the impression that most of the menu is available GF but I have never liked flour tortillas very much anyways.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Somewhat

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

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The service is excellent & this place offers inside eating options as well as take out. They were very prompt in their service and very cordial. Food was great and abundant. Ate here because of the high reviews and would recommend it for eating especially if one is hungry

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Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— No gluten-free information on the menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

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Other Characteristics
  • Good for breakfast/brunch
  • Good for dairy-free
  • Good for kids
  • Good for lunch
  • Good for takeout
  • Offers online ordering
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We’ve always had great food here. Service can be a bit slow at times, but they have a nice kids menu and none of us have ever had a reaction.

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They do a pretty good job of identifying dish's that are gluten friendly, however the kitchen doesn't seem to pay attention to allergy information, or the servers don't do a good job of letting them know. I have other allergies beside being Celiac, and every time my dish comes out with something I'm allergic to on it. So be cautious when you order.

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I have eaten here multiple times. Everything was amazing. Menu is clearly marked. No reaction. Staff very knowledgeable and they know Glutenfree.

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The menu has clearly marked gluten free options and the staff were well versed about Celiac!

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OMG this place was amazing and 95% was gf so so good and filling was an understatement. The owners mom has celiac and was very sweet about my food allergies and was extremely attentive as was our waiter. Definitely coming back here again on our next trip and will probably be our go to place when we visit Tucson. There is also this amazing artist who sells artwork next door and it's such beautiful things.

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LOTS of gluten free options and delicious, too!! My first time at this restaurant and the manager came out to explain how they handle GF prep and made sure my server and kitchen knew how to prepare (tip: he said ALWAYS ask to speak to the manager when ordering so he/she can confirm with kitchen and server that ALL precautions are taken...separate prep area, change of gloves, etc). Highly recommend and will definitely be coming back!!! 😊

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It’s hit or miss with the staff so make sure to ask a lot of questions about cross contamination. I have eaten here three times with no reaction.

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Manager's mother is celiac so very knowledgeable about safe handling. Prepared GF fish first to avoid cross contamination. No reactions. Very extensive GF options and amazing food!

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Delicious! They’re knowledgeable about gluten free and cross contamination. Very nice

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Real good food, knowledgeable about GF. Service was so so. They told us this is the oldest Mexican restaurant in the United States.

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Many GF options. Excellent freshly made food. Generous servings, knowledgable staff regarding GF options. In business for 95 years!

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Lots of gluten-free options! Staff is knowledgeable and friendly. Food is great. This is one of the few places I’ve been that has gluten-free chili renellos.

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had to get someone who understood what I needed. Omar was great tons of selections after they know what you need.

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I have celiac disease and I am very sensitive. I had the chicken fajitas and I was fine. I decided not to have corn tortilla chips after reading the reviews about a shared fryer. The server was not very knowledgeable about gluten free and both my husband and I were scared by his lack of knowledge but In the end I was fine and didn’t get sick. The food was okay.

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We had a “gluten found” result on the Nima sensor when ordering the gf burrito. The management was very concerned and suspected a cross contamination issues. They made a new order of chicken fajitas with corn tortillas, beans and rice which all tested “no gluten”. Excellent service!

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Menu was very well listed for foods containing gluten. The chips are brilliant!

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Our waitress really understood Celiac Disease and what gluten free means. They have a dedicated fryer. Food is clearly marked GF on the menu. Large corn tortillas meant I could finally have a burrito again! Very good Mexican food.

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We had 2 gluten free meals. Beef fajitas and beef flautas were both excellent. They fry all the chips in separate oil. Flautas & chimichangas can also be fried in the gluten free oil. Allowing us to eat some things we usually can’t enjoy.

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I asked about gluten free options and the server didn't know what that meant and had to ask someone. They use a shared fryer and when they brought my food, the server had his thumb on my plate after touching who knows what. I should have just left but I wanted to see what all the fuss was about. First of all, the food wasn't good. Secondly I immediately began having gastric issues and by the time I went home I was in a full blown auto immune attack. Do not go here.

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I was a little hesitant after reading the reviews of the "original" El Charro in the downtown area, but our experience at this location was fabulous. Menu was well-marked, and staff checked with the kitchen on all questions. Many GF options, and all in our party (3 celiacs) enjoyed and were safe. Would definitely return!

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Very celiac friendly. If they didn't know, they happily investigated, great service. Food was delicious - seriously the best Mexican food I've had in years. Only wished I lived nearby!

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Great experience here! I had knowledgeable servers that helped me feel a bit easier about ordering. No reactions, and the food was amazing!!

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Do not go here if you have Celiac.

Waiter, nice guy, but had no idea what I was talking about.

The menu has items marked as GF but there was no knowledge or information about cross-contamination or dedicated fryers, grills, etc.

I was told chips and salsa are fine because 'chips are just corn'

Knew it was time to go when they asked if I wanted corn or flour tortillas.

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Knowledgeable servers & kitchen. We were told the owner has an autoimmune disease & keeps a gluten-free diet & that is why the menu is diverse & clearly marked.The awareness of Celiac Disease & related safe food prep was evident. Highly recommend!!

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Fabulous! Great GF items that are clearly marked on the menu with very helpful and knowledgeable staff. Owner is a fellow sufferer and has created a wonderful GF option.

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Lots of GF items on the menu. Food very good.

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My wife has celiac disease and we go here all the time. We love it, we always share the el charro nachos and she's never had a reaction. Love this place, good food and not too expensive

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Not gluten friendly at all!! The servers had no idea what gf was. They don't have a designated deep fryers. They were calling up the tortilla company and googling up ingredients. Ridiculous! And the food was just okay

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Very knowledgeable chef and staff.

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Baffled at the reviews. Food was okay, but they brought my flan with crunchy won ton things on it. When I asked for a new one without them, they just scraped it off and brought the same one back. No one there understood why that wasn't okay.

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Awesome food!

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Chef Carlotta has reengineered many of her award winning recipes to feature rice flour for making enchilada sauce, mole's, salsas and most of her major recipes gluten-free!

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The menu is marked and the staff knows about it! Great food and service! I love this place!

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Fabulous! Tons of GF options. Service was great!

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This El Charro location is closed. They are opening a gastropub there. The same people own it so there is a possibility that they will have a gluten free menu.

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Great food.

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Had bacon wrapped cheese stuffed shrimp. It was amazing.

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Chili relleno - gfree! So exciting to be able to order that. They also sell their gfree enchilada sauce by the jar.

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Best chicken tortillas!!! Amazing Mexican food- corn tortillas are so so. Love the soup though! I go here a lot- flan can be made gluten free but you must not get the stuff on top!

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