El Rey

9 recent ratings
$$ • Mexican Restaurant
Reported to have a gluten-free menu
Reported GF menu options: Tacos, Tortilla Chips
100% of 9 votes say it's celiac friendly
2013 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

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Celiac

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Food was excellent and everyone was knowledgeable about gluten. Even the kids, who are picky, enjoyed themselves. Prices were very reasonable!

Safety


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

— Very

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

Updated 2 weeks ago read full review

Celiac

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Safety


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

— Very

Quality & Quantity


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

Updated 2 weeks ago read full review

Celiac

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Tacos, nachos, and drinks were delicious. Waitress was very aware of celiac and what was safe to eat. Ate in person and ordered through DoorDash and both times were great and didn’t get sick

Safety


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

— Very

Quality & Quantity


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

Updated 1 month ago read full review

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

  • Reported to have a dedicated fryer
  • Gluten-Free Menu
  • Tacos
  • Tortilla Chips

Categories

  • Allergy Friendly
  • Brunch
  • Delivery
  • Dinner
  • Kid Friendly
  • Late Night
  • Lunch
  • Mexican
  • Online Ordering
  • Restaurant
  • Takeout

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Nachos were fantastic!
Chicken quesadillas
Trio of Tamales
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Not celiac

The kitchen isn’t open until 11pm. I went at 10:30pm and they did not serve us. It shouldn’t be considered a “late night” food spot in my opinion.

4 years ago

More Reviews


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Waitress understood celiac disease and guided us through our order. We really enjoyed our meal.

Safety


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

— Somewhat

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— No gluten-free information on the 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

Updated 4 months ago read full review

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Great food and accommodating staff. The nachos and queso fundido are my go to. I’ve never been sick eating there before.

Safety


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

— Very

Safety Feature Ratings
  • Staff is knowledgeable and can answer questions

Quality & Quantity


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

Updated 4 months ago read full review

Celiac

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Staff was very knowledgeable. Food is delicious!

Safety


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

— Very

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Separate gluten-free 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

Updated 6 months ago read full review

Celiac

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Staff was quick to help find GF options on the menu. Food was delicious and well-priced! I’ve had tacos, nachos, and paella. Drink menu has wine, cider, cocktails, and 5 different types of margaritas. It’s not a dedicated GF restaurant, but I haven’t had any issues yet after ~5 visits.

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

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

Updated 10 months ago read full review

Celiac

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Love it here! Even the quesadillas are gluten-free! They have a few things on the menu that I have gluten but are very clear about what they are and the waiters have an allergen book on hand so they don’t even have to go ask.

Also, even though they have a shared fryer they change the oil daily and fry a bunch of gluten-free chips at the beginning of the night. All you have to do is ask for them!

Safety


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

— Very

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

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for breakfast/brunch
  • Good for kids
  • Good for takeout
  • Good with other allergies
  • Offers delivery
  • Offers online ordering
Updated 10 months ago read full review

Celiac

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Come here any time we are in Philly. Staff is friendly and knowledgeable and the food is authentic and amazing!! It’s a must try for anyone who enjoys Mexican food and needs to eat gluten free. Advice- call for reservations.

Updated 2 years ago read full review

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No cooler feeling than to visit a place during happy hour and you also get to safely eat food deals alongside the allergy-free patrons. Delish Mexican. A must visit to satisfy your taco cravings!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Not celiac

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Chef has celiac. Staff is well educated.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

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So happy we came here. GF menu. Most of the regular menu is GF too. Dedicated fryer for the chips and staff is knowledgeable and organized. They announced that chips were safe when they came out even though the rest of the party was not GF. Tacos and enchiladas were amazing. No GF beer options, but they had a cider (Jack’s).

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Gluten Intolerant

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Amazing every time I am here! Separate menu for gf makes life easy. Best margarita I’ve ever had doesn’t hurt either!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Amazing food and super aware and responsive to celiac. My daughter had a delicious and safe meal. Our server was delightful, caring and kind.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Amazing gluten free menu. Gluten free tacos were excellent. Fresh chips and salsa. Recommend.

Updated 3 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Just a whole in the wall place with great food. There was a gluten free menu but there are also a number of things on the regular menu that you can ask to be prepared gluten free. Seeing I had a gluten free menu he also asked about if there were any other allergens which I liked. I got the chicken enchiladas and they were by far the best I have ever gotten. Also tried the tacos and they were delicious too. This is my favorite place in all of Philly

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 3 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Cute little restaurant. Our server was more than accommodating. They made us “simple” margaritas which weren’t on the menu, they were great!! The salsa was fresh and delicious. We accidentally ordered one of the ceviche dishes, that has raw shrimp (we did not care for) but they were great with understanding we made a mistake with our order. Very dark inside the restaurant but it was still nice. All of our food, and service were on point. Will visit again

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 3 years ago read full review

Celiac

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One of my favorite Celiac-safe destinations in Philly. Never had a bad experience there and the duck carnitas might be my favorite dish ever on the face of the planet.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 3 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Lots of gluten free options due to a chef (maybe owner) who has Celiac Disease. Some wait staff seem very diligent while others seem lackadaisical.

The best case I’ve had is when my waitress filled out an allergy alert card that indicated my “allergy”, table number, and name. A manager had to sign the card and provide a copy to the kitchen, wait staff, and bar. The worst experience I have had was a waitress acting very annoyed at me asking her to verify that the item brought out to me was prepared in the gluten free part of the kitchen.

Dedicated fryer for chips and a few other items. Lots of corn tortillas.

The happy hour margarita is NOT gluten free unless specified. The triple sec apparently has some gluten in it somehow. If you tell them you have a gluten restriction they will sub the triple sec for the gluten free variant.

One of the safest gluten free Mexican offerings in Philly.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 3 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Seperate gluten free menu. Tons of options. I loved the duck tacos

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 3 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Delicious tacos, staff was well versed as to what was gluten free. Happy hour deals were great.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 3 years ago read full review

Celiac

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I ate here every day of my trip--that's how good it was. Safe and delicious, and I finally got to have a margarita! All margs are safe except the one with beer of course. The nachos are incredible!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 3 years ago read full review

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They have a separate GF menu. Server was knowledgeable. Great atmosphere.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 4 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Great food. Knowledgeable staff. Dedicated cooking areas. We absolutely enjoyed our lunch here.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 4 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Excellent friendly staff! Very Knowledgeable about Celiac and gluten free. They have a gluten free menu and the food is super delicious!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 4 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Celiac friendly?

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Updated 4 years ago read full review

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Great food & great staff. Felt very comfortable eating there!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 4 years ago read full review

Gluten Sensitive

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The chicken quesadilla is AMAZING. They have a GF menu, almost all the margaritas are GF except for the Michelada. The staff is also wonderful.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 4 years ago read full review

Not celiac

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Best place ever. Very accommodating to my needs. No issues. It's heaven sent.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 4 years ago read full review

Celiac

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This place is amazing. Tostadas, nachos, tacos (with the best carnitas!), gorditas, margaritas (delicious & strong 😉)... I just love this spot.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 4 years ago read full review

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Celiac friendly?

Yes

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Celiac

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Soooo good. They dedicate chips for celiacs- head chef is GF. Had nachos and the beef stuffed pepper. Sooo good. And the margaritas were awesome as well!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 4 years ago read full review

Celiac

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So good!! Fresh, authentic Mexican. Great margaritas. Would def go back!! No reaction.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 5 years ago read full review

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great food knowledgeable staff concerned over any allergy. Great atmosphere also

Updated 5 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Authentic Mexican food. Slightly high priced but certainly very tasty. Celiac friendly with GF chips fried before other food. A better bang for the buck would have gotten them 5 stars.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 5 years ago read full review

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So very impressed! We have gone twice now and enjoy it more and more. The staff is so friendly and knowledgeable. They double checked everything, very thorough. Nice GF selection menu and even dessert and cocktail options. So yummy! Highly recommend this great, unique and quirky spot!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 5 years ago read full review

Not celiac

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Delicious food! Went for brunch on a Sunday. Dedicated gluten free menu. Super friendly and knowledgeable staff that were happy to accommodate gluten free and dairy free. Provided tortilla chips from a dedicated fryer. Will return next time I'm in Philly!

Updated 5 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Dedicated GF menu. Really yummy food, loved the service too. Very impressed

Celiac friendly?

Yes

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Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 5 years ago read full review

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So amazing! Everything is so good there, we had the salsa, guacamole and gf chips. I had the crab and avocado salad- highly suggest it!! They are super careful and understanding about celiac, as well as any other allergies you might have (I also have a dairy allergy). Great atmosphere, looks unsuspecting on the outside.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 5 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 6 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Went for a party with a large group. In spite of the potential for chaos with a group of 12 and a pre-set menu, my needs of GF and vegetarian were graciously accommodated, even resulting in a few special dishes being brought just for me that were not on the menu for the rest of my group. Huge thumbs up for that and wonderful food as well.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 6 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Delicious and cheap with a dedicated fryer!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 6 years ago read full review

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Food-gasm upon tasting the tacos;D Three of us each ordered a plate of tacos and mixed and mstched our selfs since that is not an ordering option and IT. WAS.HEAVENLY. I honestly have no complaints myself but a group member

( singularly ordered a plate of tacos which comes in threes) was not satisfied with just one serving because each taco is teeny! I suggest mixing with a group order and most definitely the Brisket and chicken tacos. Rest assured the gluten friendliness is quite apparent upon questioning staff and the Gluten free chips, guac, and salsa are rhe best ive ever tasted!!!!! 10 perfect TEN!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 6 years ago read full review

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Informed staff and good gluten free selection.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 7 years ago read full review

Celiac

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This place is amazing. The bar tender was extremely knowledgeable about gluten in the food and drinks! My boyfriend (who eats gluten). Said it was the best burrito that he ever had. We loved the drinks and the food.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 7 years ago read full review

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Gf menu is great with lots of choices--runner brought me flour tortillas though so stay on guard.

Updated 7 years ago read full review

Not celiac

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This place is a hidden gem. Great food, great service, great atmosphere. And most importantly, great gluten free menu!

Updated 7 years ago read full review

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So delicious that we ordered more food here and skipped our dinner reservation for later that night. Duck tacos, short rib enchiladas and guacamole were all wonderful!

Updated 7 years ago read full review

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