Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill

3.5 stars 3.5 out of 5 5 ratings
$Gluten Free Menu, Falafel, Mediterranean + 2 more
50% of 4 votes say it's Celiac friendly

2130 Southgate Rd, Colorado Springs, CO 80906 Directions

(719) 227-9956
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    1 rating Not celiac friendly
    July 20, 2015

    If you are sensitive to gluten, please don't visit this place. When me and my family came here, we told the server that we were gluten free and she rolled her eyes at us and made our food. The people were judgemental and rude. They made me and my brother share a half serving of meat. The food was okay but too simplistic. There is no gluten free bread or anything so they only advertise gluten free to get more customers. If this simplistic style is just Mediterranean style than I apoligize.

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    Celiac
    4 rating
    February 24, 2014

    it is a decent and safe fast food place. lots of options...well marked on menu

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    5 rating Celiac friendly
    May 28, 2013

    We visited Garbonzo's while in town for a family event. Reading the reviews I got the idea that it was set up similar to Chipotle but with with Greek/ Mediterranean food, and that's exactly what it was you. You pick your style (wrap, salad, plate, pita) and then pick your protein and whatever else you want on it. While we waited they gave us a falafel (which was awesome). I ordered a salad and I was happy to see that each time someone ordered gluten-free they changed their gloves and they also pulled out a sep. set of ingredients from under the counter that had been set up for GF orders (to avoid cross-contamination). The food was excellent. I even went back and ordered more homemade chips & hummus to take back to our family. I really hope this chain spreads and I find one close to me soon.

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    Celiac
    2 rating
    February 26, 2013

    The first time i came here the servers were well away about how to prepare GF food. My second time back and the servers (different set of people) thought they knew how to serve GF, but still had cross-contamination. They used the same spoon, but changed out the food :/ good thing the General Manager was there doing audits and I was able to tell her what the servers did. She wasn't very happy with them. I really like the food and want to come back if/when they can serve it the right way.

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    5 rating
    November 04, 2012

    My favorite go-too place for a gluten free/dairy free lunch!

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    5 rating Celiac friendly
    June 19, 2017

    100 W Troutman Pkwy #120, Fort Collins, CO 80525

    I was very happy with the options for celiacs. The staff was very helpful and knowledgeable.

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    Celiac
    5 rating
    June 14, 2017

    8225 S Chester St, Englewood, CO 80112

    Very knowledgeable. Lots of options. Workers were great. Gf pita was very good. They toasted it wrapped in foil. Tasty food.

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    4 rating Celiac friendly
    June 08, 2017

    100 W Troutman Pkwy #120, Fort Collins, CO 80525

    Great real food fast. Lots of GF DF options and if you tell them you are Celiac they will serve you from fresh, uncontaminated containers (under the line) with fresh utensils . Very accommodating & a safe place to eat. I also love to get the chips instead of pita and dip them in Baba Ghanouj.

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    5 rating Celiac friendly
    May 21, 2017

    100 W Troutman Pkwy #120, Fort Collins, CO 80525

    I work nearby and I eat here all the time and have never gotten sick (Celiac). The staff is very courteous and knowledgeable and there are tons of options.

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    1 rating
    May 13, 2017

    16569 Von Karman Avenue, Irvine, CA 92606

    Second time we've come by to try this place and they have been closed both times (on a Saturday)! So frustrating!

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    Celiac
    4 rating
    March 20, 2017

    3779 Bloomington Street, Colorado Springs, CO 80922

    On each of the items labels it states of the item is gluten free, and all but a few are safe. The staff was kind enough to sanitize the environment before beginning to make my meal. My boyfriend got the gf pita bread and he said it was good, it has a hint of sourdough flavor and isn't dry. The falafel here is amazing!

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    5 rating
    March 15, 2017

    11075 Interstate Highway 10, San Antonio, TX 78213

    Everything is clearly labeled and the food is delicious and the staff is pretty knowledgeable!

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    February 20, 2017

    6750 S Cornerstar Way Aurora, CO 80016

    One reason I enjoy visiting the Denver area so much (besides seeing family) is eating at Garbanzo's. I have celiac disease and *have* to eat gluten free. The staff here is a dream to work with. They take care to make sure there is no cross-contamination in anything I order and the food is AMAZING. So good. The falafel is the bomb and their GF pitas are tender and chewy. So so so so yummy. And for the record - I state I'm celiac and they use clean gloves, get out new containers of sauces and more, and wrap the pita in foil. I ordered a chicken kabob tonight and they made it fresh. I've eaten here a dozen times and have yet to be glutened. I am celiac AND have a severe wheat allergy. It takes a microscopic amount of either to set me off. :)

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    Celiac
    5 rating
    February 18, 2017

    8547 E Arapahoe Rd, Greenwood Village, CO 80112

    A must to those with Celiac Sprue. There menu is easy to order from on what is gluten free & Lactose free. Thanks to the Server knowledge & labels identifying food allergy info is fantastic. Offer Gluten free & Lactose free pita bread.

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    February 11, 2017

    11075 Interstate Highway 10, San Antonio, TX 78213

    love that they had everything marked if it was gluten free or vegan.

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    5 rating Celiac friendly
    December 21, 2016

    100 W Troutman Pkwy #120, Fort Collins, CO 80525

    Great gf pitas! Lots of options for gluten free and vegan. Everything is labelled if it is gluten free or vegan. Very knowledgeable and friendly staff!

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    5 rating
    November 26, 2016

    8225 S Chester St, Englewood, CO 80112

    Even has a Paleo plate now!

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    July 28, 2016

    11075 Interstate Highway 10, San Antonio, TX 78213

    This place is my kitchen away from home - not only is the food AMAZING, but the staff has become a second family to me. I started coming three years ago when I found out I have a severe gluten allergy. For three years they've cautiously and lovingly went through great lengths to ensure my plate was always gluten free. Love this place and know you will too!!!

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    1 rating Not celiac friendly
    May 01, 2016

    9996 Commons St #310, Lone Tree, CO 80124

    Watched them spread ingredients directly onto wheat pitas and place the spatula right back into the ingredients. Hello cross-contamination. Didn't tempt fate here.

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    Celiac
    5 rating
    April 20, 2016

    16569 Von Karman Avenue, Irvine, CA 92606

    Love love love. Falafel is GF and so is rice. Everything labeled. Easy, nice staff. Cross contamination ...?? But I didn't have an issue. It was delicious and I will be back. They have GF pita that is delicious

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    April 06, 2016

    11075 Interstate Highway 10, San Antonio, TX 78213

    The gluten free pita bread here is AWESOME! It tastes like real gluten. The server knew to change gloves and told everyone else to do the same. I'm so happy there's a Mediterranean food place in town with gluten free pita bread now!

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    3 rating Not celiac friendly
    March 30, 2016

    16569 Von Karman Avenue, Irvine, CA 92606

    The food is fantastic and they make an effort to offer good GF alternatives. The cross-contamination risk, however, is pretty big as I have personally witnessed them use a scoop to stuff toppings in a pita bread, touching the pita with the scoop and then putting it back into the GF topping container, contaminating the entire container. It's disappointing that they get this aspect of GF prep wrong, yet offer individually-wrapped GF pitas that are protected from cross-contamination. The food is delicious and at a great price, their people are very polite, but they are not trained in cross-contamination protocols and I have been glutened here and left the last time without ordering due to the scoop issue. Not celiac safe, but probably fine for the mildly intolerant.

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    4 rating
    March 12, 2016

    3453 W 32nd Ave, Denver, CO 80211

    Staff was trained. The server switched her gloves the moment I said I needed a gluten free meal. All spoons remained in their own container. The meats that were gluten-free were labeled. I didn't realize that the gyro meat was not gluten-free so I was able to change it before it reached my plate. The server switched her gloves again! So I was incredibly thankful!! Meat is measured in a small container, so I see the potential for cross contamination there. Again, server did not use that container and just placed the meat on my plate. The gluten-free pita bread was pre wrapped in foil and heated that way to prevent cross contamination. Kudos to the server that I had!!! I was very pleased and she was patient and helpful. I will say just communicate your needs, stay vigilant and request for things to be done separate, etc....

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    1 rating Not celiac friendly
    January 02, 2016

    1845 Briargate Pkwy #323, Colorado Springs, CO 80920

    Cross-contamination central. Delicious food, and most items are GF, but unless you're the first one served that day, your food is likely contaminated by food that's touched wheat pitas, via spoons or bits of rice that were stuffed into a wheat pita then fell out back into the serving bin. A pity, because their falafel (GF) are very tasty. Not a celiac-friendly restaurant.

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    November 21, 2015

    16569 Von Karman Avenue, Irvine, CA 92606

    So many delicious options!! My only concern would be the proximity of ingredients to others that aren't GF. I had no reaction to anything and tried just about everything GF they offer. They changed their gloves when I informed them I'm GF, and the entire menu is very clearly marked. Amazing falafel and GF pita!! I will be back many times :)

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    5 rating
    November 15, 2015

    9996 Commons St #310, Lone Tree, CO 80124

    They do a great job of working with food allergy requests

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    Celiac
    4 rating
    November 08, 2015

    8225 S Chester St, Englewood, CO 80112

    Really good fast Mediterranean food. Will come back again! Everything is clearly marked and they know what they're talking about it.

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    5 rating
    October 09, 2015

    16569 Von Karman Avenue, Irvine, CA 92606

    Love this place. Food is great. Good prices. The servers are knowledgeable about what entrees have gluten.

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    5 rating
    July 30, 2015

    1845 Briargate Pkwy #323, Colorado Springs, CO 80920

    Their gluten free pitas are pretty okay while they're hot, but once they cool, not so much. Still, you get plenty of food with a plate or kabob, and its all deliciously seasoned.

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    Celiac
    1 rating Not celiac friendly
    June 04, 2015

    11075 Interstate Highway 10, San Antonio, TX 78213

    We told the girl we needed our order to be gluten free and she acted like she knew what we were asking. I watched her touch the pita from the order in front of us and proceed to grab my bowl with the same glove. I reminded her that she needed to change gloves, and she just said, "yea, I know," and kept the same bowl! Smh!

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    5 rating
    March 18, 2015

    8246 W Bowles Ave, Littleton, CO 80123

    I love this place. Good food and staff.

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    5 rating Celiac friendly
    January 30, 2015

    16569 Von Karman Avenue, Irvine, CA 92606

    this place is great they are all so nice and are clearly trained about gluten. all there food is clearly marked. the gluten free pita is sooo good, they wrap them in foil so the can heat the up and not have cross contamination. almost everything on the menu is safe. and when you order the gluten free pita the first question they ask is if it is because of an allergy, say yes and they will guide you through ordering to make sure you are safe. this is a great place to get a good safe meal.

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    4 rating
    January 23, 2015

    26541 Aliso Creek Rd, Aliso Viejo, CA 92656

    There stuff is clearly marked as to what is gluten free. the gluten free pita is wrapped in foil so no cross contamination when it is heated. most of there stuff is gluten free there are only a few things that are not. most of the staff really understands what is safe and what is not. only reason for not giving 5 stars is for the first time I went they said I could have something that I found out this time I could not because it has gluten, no wonder I got sick. also some of there staff is not as well informed as others, but there stuff is clearly marked.

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    1 rating
    November 17, 2014

    1406 Main Chapel Way, Gambrills, MD 21054

    All Maryland locations are shutting down. It's a shame, I liked this place

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    1 rating
    November 17, 2014

    2341 Forest Dr, Annapolis, MD 21401

    CLOSED AS OF 11-14-14.. ALL MARYLAND LOCATIONS HAVE SHUT DOWN Great place for GF food. I eat at all their locations and have had good service and great experiences. Sauces and falafel are great.

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    5 rating
    November 08, 2014

    2341 Forest Dr, Annapolis, MD 21401

    GREAT options for gf/df and vegetarian/vegan dining. Love that everything is clearly labeled. Eat here all the time and have never had a bad experience.

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    4 rating
    October 14, 2014

    9996 Commons St #310, Lone Tree, CO 80124

    Everything is listed whether or not it is gluten free. They have gluten free pittas that they wrap in foil before heating so there is no cross contamination! Lots of options.

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    5 rating Celiac friendly
    October 04, 2014

    630 S Colorado Blvd, Glendale, CO 80246

    food is great!...they are creating more options. love the staff here.

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    4 rating
    October 01, 2014

    8547 E Arapahoe Rd, Greenwood Village, CO 80112

    Great gf pita. yummy and didnt get sick. ordered chicken kabob dinner with tzakiki sauce

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    5 rating
    September 29, 2014

    602 Evergreen Way #528, South Windsor, CT 06074

    Very knowledgeable on gf and celiac's. They have a fabulous gf pita bread that they will serve on the side (will not stuff for you if you have an actual allergy to avoid cross contamination). Highly recommend! The falafels are great and the flavored lemonades are so refreshing! I feel VERY confident when dining here.

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    5 rating
    September 21, 2014

    26541 Aliso Creek Rd, Aliso Viejo, CA 92656

    Was pleasantly surprised to see gluten free pita. Yum!!

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    5 rating Celiac friendly
    September 17, 2014

    1406 Main Chapel Way, Gambrills, MD 21054

    amazing food. amazing staff. lots of choices!!!

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    September 14, 2014

    602 Evergreen Way #528, South Windsor, CT 06074

    My new go to restaurant. Staff is great. Knowledgable about GF. Awesome food.

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    September 11, 2014

    176 Columbia Turnpike, Florham Park, NJ 07932

    Told them I'm celiac & they used new gloves & opened fresh pans of items (otherwise serious risk of pieces of pita & other cross contamination). Make sure they double wrap the GF pita before toasting.

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    1 rating
    August 23, 2014

    Unit 45, 6455 Dobbin Road, Columbia, MD 21045

    I arrived here around 5pm on a Saturday and they were out of chicken kabobs! Plenty of chicken in the bins. But not for kabobs... The rice was hard! Don't bother with the gf pittas! The lamb gyro meat is NOT gf. Fortunately one of the staff knew! I am not a fan of hummus, but theirs is great! One of my friends also commented on how good their hummus is. Overall though, It's not a good value for the money. $10.32 for a kabob with 6 little pieces of steak? Maybe the chicken is a much better deal...

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    Celiac
    5 rating
    August 18, 2014

    100 W Troutman Pkwy #120, Fort Collins, CO 80525

    Many gluten free options (even GF pitas). The staff know what GF means and are helpful when you ask. The service was quick and the food tastes great.

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    Celiac
    4 rating Celiac friendly
    August 13, 2014

    602 Evergreen Way #528, South Windsor, CT 06074

    Great service, everything is clearly marked GF and/or vegetarian. When you ask for GF the person making your order puts on a fresh pair of gloves. A bit expensive (about $10 for a GF wrap), but largely portioned and it comes with a side.

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    5 rating Celiac friendly
    July 31, 2014

    176 Columbia Turnpike, Florham Park, NJ 07932

    Excellent! Loved the gluten free pita with hummus! Lots of gf options here.

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    July 03, 2014

    100 W Troutman Pkwy #120, Fort Collins, CO 80525

    We love Garbanzo! The menu is clearly labeled, the food is fresh and there is very little risk of cross contamination if you avoid the pickles (they live next to the couscous). Wish the gyro meat was gluten free, because they do offer a gluten free pita and I miss a good Greek sandwich! We usually just get the bowl with no pita, still fantastic. Friendly service and to go ordering too.

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    4 rating Celiac friendly
    June 22, 2014

    2466 S Colorado Blvd, Denver, CO 80222

    incredibly friendly staff! They helped guide my selections and were sure to ask my level of sensitivity. I got a plate and I was completely satisfied.

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    5 rating Celiac friendly
    May 25, 2014

    176 Columbia Turnpike, Florham Park, NJ 07932

    had lunch here today it was great. Lentil soup was delicious. Gluten free pita was the best. Will be back agsin soon.

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    5 rating Celiac friendly
    May 18, 2014

    630 S Colorado Blvd, Glendale, CO 80246

    Selections are clearly marked. Staff are very careful.

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    Celiac
    5 rating
    April 17, 2014

    176 Columbia Turnpike, Florham Park, NJ 07932

    Super-sweet service and DELICIOUS food, complete with amazing gf pita

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    5 rating Celiac friendly
    April 15, 2014

    9996 Commons St #310, Lone Tree, CO 80124

    very good fast food option! Love all the gf selections and their knowledge of their menu. optional gf tortillas are great. I will continue to go back. Great Colorado based company also!

Gluten-Free Features

  • Falafel
  • Gluten Free Menu

Categories

  • Lunch
  • Mediterranean
  • Quick Service Restaurant
Monday
11 am - 9 pm
Tuesday
11 am - 9 pm
Wednesday
11 am - 9 pm
Thursday
11 am - 9 pm
Friday
11 am - 9 pm
Saturday
11 am - 9 pm
Sunday
11 am - 8 pm
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