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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.....
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.
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!!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!