78% of 14 votes say it's Celiac friendly

1520 Main St, Dallas, TX 75201 Directions

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Celiac
5 months ago
Celiac friendly

Staff knowledgeable and very helpful, are here several times while in town and didn’t get sick and I am celiac. Very nice and very good food.

6 months ago

Great service. Great atmosphere. Lots of yummy gluten free options on the gluten free menu.

Celiac
8 months ago
Not celiac friendly

Chips are not cooked in dedicated frier and staff was very uneducated. Wouldn’t recommend if you’re celiac.

Gluten Free Features

  • Celiac Friendly
  • Gluten Free Menu
  • Tortilla Chips

Categories

  • Bar
  • Late Night
  • Lunch
  • Mexican
  • Restaurant

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Celiac
9 months ago
Celiac friendly

Great gluten-free menu and great environment. Walking distance from some downtown hotels. Margaritas were fantastic as well. I'll be back...maybe tonight.

Celiac
11 months ago

We were from out of town here for business training and two of the three of us were gluten-free needs. The hostess welcomed us and asked if there were any food allergies more so if we needed a gluten free menu. The food was fantastic and they had s great gluten free menu

Not celiac
1 year ago
Celiac friendly

This place is absolutely amazing!!! The service we received from the hostess a& the waiter was incredible. They were so attentive, friendly & helpful. The atmosphere is really neat too. They have a gluten-free menu and are very knowledgeable. I had so many choices to select from, which is very unusual being gluten free. I had the shrimp that was wrapped with bacon & stuffed with jalapeño and cheese and it was amazing! The rice and beans are also gluten-free and the two sauces were delicious as well. I will definitely be back when traveling here in Dallas again.

Celiac
1 year ago
Celiac friendly

Waitress was pretty knowledgeable, had a separate menu. However, chips and fries are fried in a shared fryer so both are off the table for true celiac. She knew this and told me so, though. The manager brought over a free sample of something in phyllo cups for our first visit. I knew I couldn’t eat them, but my husband just ate both.

Celiac
3 years ago
Not celiac friendly

Fantastic meal but I think it might have made me sick. Traveling, so it's hard to tell.

Not celiac
3 years ago

We ate off the Sunday brunch buffet. Great food, well marked as gluten free or not, knowledgeable staff and great service. $17-$18 per person without drinks.

3 years ago
Not celiac friendly

Ordered from the GF menu, explained I couldn't have fried items because of the contamination and declined tortilla chips for that reason. I still got sick. Their gluten free menu is actually "gluten free-ish" and they say their fried items are cooked in a shared fryer but apparently they're still included in the gluten free-ish menu. Even if I wasn't sick right now, the food wasn't that great. I expected better quality for the price. Service was great though, our server was super nice.

Celiac
5 years ago

very good food, wonderful service nice atmosphere. . waiter was very knowledgeable about gluten . yeah! would recommend very much.

Celiac
5 years ago
Celiac friendly

the food was delicious. the only issue that I had was once when I asked for more tortillas they brought me flour not corn so I would double check when you get them. but the corn tortillas are some of the best that I have had. one other thing when you come please don't be in a hurry, service was a bit slow.

5 years ago

Decent gf selection. Staff was knowledgeable. Didn't get sick! Will return!

5 years ago

We were driving in Dallas and found Iron Cactus on GF searches. The waiter was very knowledgeable about GF choices. Both cevice and GF queso were excellent and fish tacos tasted great. No problems w cross contamination. These guys know GF!

6 years ago
Celiac friendly

I didn't even have to ask for a GF menu! It was automatically handed to us! Love it!! Tons of options for GF food which was wonderful!! Food was amazing too as well as the service!!!

6 years ago

Two page menu - lots of choices and very tasty!!

Celiac
6 years ago
Celiac friendly

Love this place! The chips are cooked in a gluten-free fryer--they fry other things in the oil, but gluten-ful stuff is cooked in a separate fryer. It's like the only place in Dallas where we can eat chips! I've eaten here three times and never been sick; neither have my mom and sister, also Celiacs. Their GF menu is 2 whole pages!!!

Celiac
6 years ago

Chips are not gf because they use frier for other things

Celiac
6 years ago

get the veggie enchiladas. amazing and the goat cheese on top kicks ass

Celiac
7 years ago

Our server was knowledgeable and helpful. The tortilla chips they bring out are cooked in their own fryer, without any other foods and the salsa is gluten free, too. The menu had a pretty good variety of things to choose from.

7 years ago

The Iron Cactus does have a gluten free menu but it only included foods that are normally gluten-free,so unless you just started eating gluten free, it is useless. The food was mediocre at best. My fish tacos were not great, and my husband's meatloaf was even worse. They charged $10. for valet parking, and we sat on a patio that smelled like garbage. Clearly, we won't be going back.

Reviews of this Chain

3 days ago
Not celiac friendly

If you call they will tell you they have gluten free options. When you arrive you are told that they are “glutenfreeish” and if you are sensitive to cross contamination they are not safe! They do not belong here as a GF options!

Celiac
4 days ago
Not celiac friendly

I’m here right now and I was advised by a manager that if your sensitive you shouldn’t get anything. #disappointed #IWantMyMoneyBack (I paid a head of time and I called ahead)

Not celiac
1 week ago

I thought this was okay. I got the paella and I did not think it was that good.

Celiac
1 month ago

Enjoyed my lunch, and everything was good. Good variety of options on the gluten-free'ish menu.

Not celiac
2 months ago

The food here is tasty, but the service is terrible.

2 months ago
Not celiac friendly

I ordered on the “gluten free-ish” menu and it might as well just be the regular menu. I ordered the chicken enchiladas and about an hour later I started experiencing symptoms of a reaction. And in the middle of the night I woke up extremely sick and in pain. I am not one to be sensitive to cross contamination or anything at most restaurants so I just have to assume there was actual gluten in my meal.

Celiac
4 months ago
Not celiac friendly

Menu is “gluten free-ish” which is understandable but they advertise it as “gluten free”. Also the staff wasn’t knowledgeable nor did they care. I ordered from the menu and explained what I needed. Flour tortillas still came out on my plate. No dedicated fryer for the chips. Update: I tried again. Def got super sick. Never again. 0/5 stars. Avoid at all cost. Also the waiter tried to con me into leaving him a bigger tip. Very uncool.

Celiac
5 months ago
Celiac friendly

A summary of my review: You can safely eat here, but ONLY after asking a lot of questions. Don't eat without asking questions! Reasons why this place IS Celiac friendly: -dedicated gluten free fryer for chips (MUST REQUEST CHIPS FROM THIS FRYER SPECIFICALLY) -GF menu available -Will work with you to create a meal you want to eat -Management is attentive when asked for help -Sweet and sour mix in margaritas is gluten free, and many of the tequilas they use are also GF. -I did not get sick after eating here. Reasons for the 3-star review (as opposed to a higher rating): - I had to ask a LOT of questions - more than I normally do, and each question resulted in a long, long wait for the answer. -They didn't know the ingredients in every product they use in their Mexican rice, so even though it's listed on the GF menu, they couldn't actually guarantee that it's GF (and Mexican rice often uses a tomato product that can contain gluten). -The waitstaff is not knowledgeable; the waiter went to ask the kitchen if the chips were fried in common oil, and he came back to say that the chips are not GF. But the manager said he was wrong and that they DO have two fryers, one exclusively for GF fare. -If you don't know to request chips specifically from the dedicated GF fryer, you may get chips that were fried in common oil - it's tortilla chip roulette!

1 year ago
Celiac friendly

We spent all Friday afternoon sitting at the bar enjoying ice cold Omission (like literally turned into a slushy when poured in a glass) We also ordered the Queso dip with steak in it. It was heavenly!! I will post a pic of the Gluten Freeish Menu

Celiac
1 year ago
Celiac friendly

Gluten free-ish menu. Chips and queso are safe and we had fajitas with corn tortillas. They had a wonderful GF chocolate mousse for desert that our children enjoyed. Daughter is highly sensitive and did not have any symptoms.

1 year ago
Celiac friendly

I was a little worried about this place given the last review but I ended up really liking this place. Yes, the menu is labeled “gluten-free ish” and is followed by a disclaimer that they have a shared kitchen and therefore they can’t 100% guarantee that there won’t be cross-contamination but that’s pretty much every restaurant. All in all, they were much better about knowing exactly what was in each of their recipes than most places. All I had to do was ask about cross contamination levels on things and they could tell me. I am pretty sensitive and had plenty of choices and I did not get sick at all. They DID have a separate fryer for the chips and the salsa was incredible.They even asked if we had any gluten allergies in our group when we walked up to the hostess stand. My only complaint was our waitress kept disappearing which was a little odd.

Celiac
1 year ago
Celiac friendly

Knowledgeable staff and great food!

Celiac
1 year ago
Not celiac friendly

Gluten Free-ish menu. Ignore the reviews on this place. It is not a dedicated fryer. No separate food prep area in kitchen. We left immediately. It drives me nuts when there are good reviews on places Ike this.

2 years ago
Celiac friendly

Dedicated fryer for chips, great guacamole. The Pescado Del Mar was also delicious! So many gluten free choices on their menu. Good place to enjoy the view & the company and not be in a hurry.

2 years ago
Not celiac friendly

Don't go!!! That place is not safe at all.

Not celiac
2 years ago

I was very impressed with their attention to my gluten issues. This is upscale Mexican. Great drinks. I will definitely return.

2 years ago

I ordered gluten free food and communicated with my waiter but still somehow got sick. Do not recommend!

Celiac
2 years ago

Food was delicious with many options! Did not get sick. Server was knowledge and had many suggestions. Can't wait to go back!

2 years ago
Celiac friendly

Great options on the gluten free-ish menu. I was so happy to see a long list and variety of offerings after several days of small lists at other Riverwalk restaurants. They even had a non ice cream dessert option- chocolate mousse (it was delicious!!) Everything tasted great and it felt so nice to be able to eat 'regular' food. A little bit slow on service but that may have just been our waiter. The food was worth it.

Celiac
2 years ago
Not celiac friendly

Staff knows how to say yes to "is it gluten free" and then they bring out flour tortillas and flour mixed chips.... they brought out stale corn tortillas with the fajitas after requesting corn and gf.....

Not celiac
2 years ago

Great food, and plenty of gluten free ish options. Kept coming back to try other options while here for work. They can't guarantee against contamination but based on ingredient lists the items are gluten free.

Not celiac
3 years ago

Great dinner tonight. Nice size gluten free menu. The steak fajitas were super yummy.

Not celiac
3 years ago
Celiac friendly

We had table side guacamole and wonderful, tasty, and huge gluten free entrees. We were too full for the GF dessert (chocolate mousse) but I'm sure it's divine. Staff was extremely knowledgeable and well aware of cross contamination. Our server was Lydia and she was SUPERB!!

Not celiac
3 years ago

Inadvertently glutened!! I ordered off the gluten free menu and they brought me taco shells that were part flour and part corn. Be careful and make sure you reiterate that you need the gluten free meal. Yikes!

3 years ago

Was good mostly safe. Not the best fajitas I have had but good quality stake. I would be careful based on others experiences.

Celiac
3 years ago

Not the place for me. Got a terrible headache after eating here (which is one of my symptoms). Tried it again and had the same result.

Celiac
3 years ago
Celiac friendly

Tableside guacamole was wonderful. Vanessa makes it the best! The manager came by and checked on us. The gluten free menu was extensive and food was great.

3 years ago
Celiac friendly

Very nice GF selection. Out door seating was enjoyable. Table side guacamole is a must!

Celiac
3 years ago
Celiac friendly

The food was amazing and the manager cooked the food himself to avoid cross contamination. Everything he made was gluten free. Table made guacamole was the best we've ever had.

Not celiac
4 years ago

kinda pricey but very good tasting food.

Celiac
4 years ago
Celiac friendly

I attended a company sponsored event at this restaurant. The buffet they had chosen only allowed me to eat chips and guacamole. The server was very knowledgeable and pointed out things to avoid. He also recommended I try the veggie fajitas from the menu. They were delicious. I have celiac and dairy intolerance and felt well-cared for at this restaurant. I would definitely go back!

Celiac
4 years ago

As soon as we walked up, the hostess asked if we needed a gluten-free menu. The staff was friendly and understanding. The food was delicious!

Celiac
4 years ago
Not celiac friendly

Talked to a server there who told me their menu was "gluten-free ish". If you have celiac, I personally wouldn't trust it. Great place for drinks though!

4 years ago
Not celiac friendly

They have a "gluten free ish" menu that includes enchiladas... Ordered the enchiladas off the gluten free ish menu and mid making our table side guacamole the waitress says "oh yeah, the enchiladas are pre rolled in flour tortillas, is that going to be a problem?" SCARY! Thank god she caught it.

Not celiac
4 years ago

Best guacamole ever!

Not celiac
4 years ago

knowledgable and helpful staff, and separate menu. Food really good, especially considering right on the Riverwalk!

Celiac
4 years ago
Not celiac friendly

This is absolutely NOT Celiac friendly!!! I was assured by the waitress that they would take precautions to not cross-contaminate. I am a very sensitive celiac. I have a handful of places I can go. Unfortunately there is only one way for me to find out if I can go there or not. The food was good...nothing to rave about. The wait staff was very friendly and attentive.

Celiac
4 years ago
Celiac friendly

Yes, this place is packed with tourists since it's right at the rivertour stop, but I LOVE the Pollo Flameado here. The guac is to die for. We always take huge parties of our out of town guests (wild, crazy kids and all) and out of the bazillion times I've been there, they have only messed up once on gluten free (they brought a chocolate dessert in a pastry shell, which I immediately noticed and sent back and the server apologized). Recently, their gluten free menu has become the "gluten free-ISH" menu, which kind of scared me, but I think they are just doing that to emphasize that you shouldn't sue them if you think you got sick there or something.

Celiac
4 years ago

Has a "Gluten Sensitive" menu, with disclaimer about possible contamination due to shared fryer oil or flat top cooking surface. Spoke to manager (was very friendly, helpful, and attentive) and he recommended safest options were chips (all GF), apps, guacamole (was great!), soup without tortilla strips, salads, and enchiladas. Said to avoid grill items due to shared surfaces... Chicken enchiladas were delicious! But the service was very lacking... He forgot about us and our order took forever to come out, so that was disappointing. Side note: fajitas were just ok (not GF). I'm not totally convinced that it was Celiac Friendly, but definitely made an effort! She doesn't have GI symptoms, so I can't really tell if she was glutened.

4 years ago

Very slow, service. 45 minute wait for our food after ordering it and it wasn't very good. The only good thing, it didn't make me sick.

4 years ago

Dedicated Gluten Free-ish menu. The queso with steak was so good! The veggie enchiladas and pork enchiladas were SO tasty! The cilantro lime rice was great too. No reaction to the chips although they weren't my favorite. Margarita list is impressive.

5 years ago

Chuy, our server seemed totally put out that we were even there AND asking questions about gluten free items. He informed us that nothing was probably gluten free... Dallas location is far superior. Won't go back to the Austin location.

Celiac
5 years ago

Not impressed. Menu guidelines not followed. Stay away if you are celiac. Staff do not follow GF menu directions. Want to give no stars.

5 years ago

Extensive GF menu, however: Ordered shrimp fajitas - Very bland, corn tortillas pretty raw / wet. Overpriced margaritas. Low overall price / quality ratio. MUCH better authentic Mexican at other restaurants. Slow service. Would not recommend.

5 years ago

I came with a larger group but split up amongst a few tables. We had the queso and guacamole to start which were great but it was very slow being brought out. The guacamole was made table side. I ordered the chicken enchiladas which were delicious but the ranchero beans were not my thing. Our waitress forgot a few things along the way so I'm wondering if it was just an off day.

5 years ago
Celiac friendly

Great menu, beautiful surroundings on the river...service was a bit slow but the food was good.

5 years ago
Not celiac friendly

Not impressed. Very friendly staff and nice place however not gluten free and not good really. The meat was severely undercooked and fatty, very small portions, and I'm swollen up this morning. Could barely get my rings off. Will not return!

5 years ago
Not celiac friendly

This place was terrible! And to top it off it made me sick:( I would not recommend it

Celiac
5 years ago
Celiac friendly

An entire dedicated gluten free menu with lots of great choices.

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