96% of 28 votes say it's Celiac friendly

4040 University Ave, Des Moines, IA 50311 Directions

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Celiac
4 weeks ago
Celiac friendly

Absolutely love Louie’s Wine Dive!! Dinner is the largest selection for gluten free options - calamari, cheese curds, beer, pasta, etc. Brunch was unfortunately a small gluten free menu and the portion size was the same. I’d just recommend dinner.

4 months ago
Celiac friendly

We love this place. My Celiac husband has eaten there many times so we felt safe and took our very sensitive daughter. She also enjoyed a meal without getting sick. It’s our go-to place when we are in DSM.

Celiac
5 months ago
Celiac friendly

It’s so worth it for the fried foods!

Gluten Free Features

  • Celiac Friendly
  • Dedicated Fryer
  • Dedicated Kitchen Space
  • Gluten Free Menu
  • Salad

Categories

  • Brunch
  • Late Night
  • Lunch
  • Pescetarian Friendly
  • Restaurant
  • Seafood
  • Tapas

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Celiac
1 year ago

LOVE the cheese curds!!! I wanted ravioli, but they don’t make gf ravioli so they gave me the insides with penne noodles.. so good!

Not celiac
1 year ago

Best gluten free place in all of the Des Moines area!!!

Celiac
1 year ago
Celiac friendly

I am celiac and ate here and the food was the best I've had during my time in Iowa. I didn't worry about getting "glutened" and was totally fine after eating with no reaction or even a rash so they were amazing handling celiac. I had rabbit with red beet risotto and my boyfriend and I couldn't get enough of the pecan brussels sprouts. Coming from Boston, I hadn't come across any restaurant in Iowa that could compare to some of the food from back home but Louie's Wine Dive topped the list for any restaurant I've ever eaten at. I would highly recommend and will definitely come again!

Celiac
1 year ago
Celiac friendly

I liked it enough. I got the chips and guacamole which was great and beautifully plated. For main course I tried the fish and chips. I got 3 strips of fish with a tiny bed of fries in a small bowl. After all that and 2 glasses of wine I was still hungry. For $44 I want to be full. Seemed celiac friendly and the decor was hip.

Celiac
1 year ago
Celiac friendly

This is our FAVORITE GF restaurant! All the dishes we have tried have been fantastic with the added bonus of a wide ranging wine selection. Street tacos, fish & chips, and Sinatra burger are all good choices...but you will not be disappointed with other menu items. Staff is wonderful!

Celiac
1 year ago
Celiac friendly

This in my opinion is the best, safest restaurant in Des Moines. I also like when I have the option of getting an appetizer, meal, and dessert because having celiac your lucky to just get a gluten free meal. I love the calamari, fish and chips, tacos, poutine, and the flourless chocolate tart.

Celiac
2 years ago

I stopped at 2pm on. Friday 11/10/2017. Their door was locked. The sign says they're open from 11am until 11pm. I assume they have closed?

Celiac
2 years ago
Celiac friendly

All options easily marked on menu. Staff were super helpful and knowledgeable. Cute spot, love music, amazing fish and chips.

Not celiac
2 years ago
Celiac friendly

The cheese curds are a must have, and the wine list was extensive.

Celiac
2 years ago
Celiac friendly

This is our go-to spot in the neighborhood! Safe for me & my son (celiac) and my daughter (NCGS)

Celiac
2 years ago
Celiac friendly

I love the fish and chips!! Great service, delicious food and comfy atmosphere. I've never had a problem there and I am very sensitive to gluten.

Celiac
2 years ago

Excellent GF fish & chips. Been a long time since I have found a place that served GF fish & chips. Very accommodating. Server asked if GF was a preference or an allergy.

Celiac
2 years ago

You can have cheese curds again! This place never disappoints. They have a great selection for all of us gluten free, it's always hard to choose!

Celiac
2 years ago

I have Celiac. Food is great and so is the staff. I never react.

Celiac
3 years ago
Celiac friendly

amazing...very safe...cheese curds awesome and the bacon jam is to die for...

Celiac
3 years ago

Awesome place! Very GF knowledgeable and helpful, very worth the stop!

Celiac
3 years ago
Celiac friendly

Very knowledgeable and considerate. All but a few items can be made gluten free. Owner told us that the fryers are dedicated gluten free and their fries were amazing!

Not celiac
3 years ago

Almost everything can be made gluten free. Amazing pasta and salads!

Not celiac
3 years ago

They had knowledgable staff and both dairy free and gluten free options right on the regular menu! No special menu needed. I felt normal, not weird!

3 years ago
Celiac friendly

I believe this is a restaurant you could feel confidant going to and it be gluten free. Although I wasn't overly thrilled with the restaurant, I felt safe eating there. Rice flour breaded fish is hard to pass up for celiac friendly public dining.

Celiac
5 years ago

They are very knowledgable and have many fresh made to order choices! I love the above the average menu items like GF Macaroni and Cheese w/ Lobster. Fish and Chips!!! OMG! So many choices.

Reviews of this Chain

Celiac
4 days ago
Celiac friendly

Delicious food! I was pleased with the gf cheese curds through the rest of the meal.

Celiac
1 month ago

I left an earlier review giving 5 stars. Unfortunately, the 3rd time we went (May 2019) the 2 people with celiac got sick. We’re not sure what dish it may have occurred with. I did call the manager a day or 2 later and he was very concerned and apologetic. He promised to look into it. I’m sure it was a rare occurrence but wanted to let others know. If we go again, we’ll bring our Nima to test.

Celiac
1 month ago
Celiac friendly

Had an amazing experience here! I called ahead to inquire about a couple of menu items and the guy who answered the phone as well as our waitress, was very knowledgeable, friendly, and helpful. I was able to have a fantastic gluten free/dairy free meal and did not have a reaction. We will definitely be back!

Not celiac
2 months ago

Love the GF options. Started with the Cheese curd appetizer (sorry can’t remember what it is called on menu) and fish and chips.

Celiac
2 months ago
Celiac friendly

Knowledgeable staff! Feel safe bringing my celiac daughter here!

Celiac
3 months ago
Celiac friendly

A little on the pricey side, but worth it for the cheese curds:)

Celiac
4 months ago

They have a lot of options on the menu and the food was tasty. My risotto, however, came out with the breadcrumbs. The server assured me he'd said allergy on the order. The meal was taken back, cooked again from scratch and taken off the bill. The restaurant also gave us a free gf dessert. They seem to care about their reputation and offerings for GF eaters.

4 months ago
Celiac friendly

Excellent selection of GF and convertible dishes that taste great! Squeaky Cheese on small plates menu is GF fried cheese curds. My family with celiac has been here twice just for those. Kitchen is careful. Staff are fun and friendly. Highly recommend for GF eaters.

Celiac
4 months ago
Celiac friendly

Staff did great with gluten-free. No issues at all!

Not celiac
5 months ago

Amazing meal. Fish and chips in dedicated fryer and dessert. Friendly and knowledgeable wait staff.

Celiac
5 months ago
Celiac friendly

Love this place! I brought my Celiac daughter a gluten free burger bun from home, and they willingly toasted and buttered it in their kitchen. The gluten free fried calamari is delicious!

Celiac
5 months ago
Celiac friendly

Hmmm hmmm tasty! They are celiac certified! Almost everything gluten-free or else can be modified gluten free. I’m very picky about gluten free and this place was great!

Celiac
5 months ago

I’ve been to Louie’s before and had a wonderful experience. Tonight I double checked with my waiter to make sure there was still a dedicated fryer and he said they no longer have one. 😫 The waiter was very nice, but I was disappointed that one of my favorite places is no longer safe.

Celiac
6 months ago
Not celiac friendly

I ordered the fish and chips, was assured it was gluten free and cooked in a separate fryer, but it tested positive for gluten. They did take it off the bill.

Celiac
6 months ago

I give this two stars, because from the looks of the menu, there’s a lot of GF food, however almost immediately after eating, my body rejected it. (A usual symptom when I eat gluten.) I peaked into the kitchen on my way out from the bathroom and it looks like there’s one grille, and GF food and non are all cooked on it together, which causes a lot of cross contamination.

Not celiac
7 months ago

My gluten intolerant husband had fish and chips and calamari... All safely fried with rice flour! We can't wait to go back sometime. Delicious.

Celiac
7 months ago
Celiac friendly

Unbelievably delicious gluten-free food!! All fried items are fried in rice flour batter. Super safe for celiacs. Highly recommend.

Celiac
7 months ago
Celiac friendly

Gf Fish n chips are amazballs! Staff is very friendly and knowledgeable

Celiac
7 months ago

I’ve eaten at this location twice, had the 4 pork gnocchi with the gf pasta substitution both times, once with success and once without. I love the atmosphere so I will likely try it again, but I’ll probably go with a safer menu option.

Celiac
7 months ago
Celiac friendly

THIS LOCATION IS PERMANENTLY CLOSED. GF items are clearly marked. A little pricy, but food was delicious! Be sure to try the squeaky cheese.

Celiac
7 months ago
Celiac friendly

OMG...The best GF food I have ever had at any restaurant. The staff was very knowledgeable and accommodating! The menu had lots of GF options and also showed menu options that could be made gluten free. The GF fried fish and fries were outstanding and the GF Apple cobbler (which was big enough for two people) was out of this world! Highly recommend this restaurant!

Celiac
7 months ago
Celiac friendly

Squeaky cheese. It’s so good! They seemed aware of cross contamination. I’ll eat here again.

Celiac
7 months ago
Celiac friendly

Great food enjoyed by Celiacs and non-Celiacs. Felt great after eating there. Dedicated fryer.

Not celiac
7 months ago

Not only fabulously delicious GF food, but also good servers and drink choices! Amazing pineapple nachos, Emily’s salad and GF APPLE COBBLER

7 months ago
Celiac friendly

Fantastic menu. Have been twice and both servers inspires confidence. The confit chicken wings were incredible. Looking forward to my next visit!

Celiac
8 months ago
Celiac friendly

Not just celiac friendly but allergy friendly. My son has celiac disease and a peanut allergy and upon learning about celiac and his questions revealed a knowledge of cross contact and the difference between peanut and tree nut allergies. Wow!! Food was delicious. How often can someone with celiac enjoy fish & chips? Great choices.

Celiac
8 months ago
Celiac friendly

First time eating deep fried cheese curds in 5 years! Many gf items with a dedicated fryer. I would definitely go back in a heartbeat!

Celiac
8 months ago

First time eating cheese curds in years. Also had fish and chips. Good fries.

Celiac
8 months ago
Celiac friendly

Absolutely delicious food in a nice atmosphere! It's always a treat to be able to eat fried food. Their GF items are labeled on their regular menu.

Celiac
9 months ago
Celiac friendly

Absolutely love this place. Very careful with gf, the owners wife is celiac so I was told anyway but this place is fantastic. They have gf fried fish and gf fried cheese curds. So amazing.

10 months ago
Celiac friendly

Lots of GF choices on the menu, and ones that celiacs don't usually get. The food is excellent. Great flavors and textures that are very unique. This chef can really cook! The calamari and dipping sauce appetizer was amazing, and the fish and chips were a rare treat for those on a GF diet (GF fryer here, of course). I also really enjoyed the dessert. If you get the apple crisp, be sure to mix the whipped cream with the apple crisp in every bite; they complement each other perfectly.

11 months ago
Celiac friendly

Louie’s has a true understanding of celiac disease. So many restaurant owners just don’t get it nor do they understand about cross-contamination, etc!! This is one of the few places we can trust in Iowa City! Excellent food & great wine too! Staff is very educated about celiac disease!!!

Celiac
11 months ago

Great food and service, nice wine list

11 months ago
Celiac friendly

So happy we found this place. Stopped by at 1030 on a Friday night (they stop serving dinner at 11). Even though we came late the staff was very friendly and the food came out fresh and piping hot. Many options to choose from and they are clearly labeled on the menu. I got the fish and chips and it was AMAZING. They have a dedicated fryer and all items are battered in rice flour. Can't wait to come back and try the other selections

Celiac
1 year ago
Celiac friendly

I go the this restaurant at least twice a month!! They have so many unique gluten free options that are so hard to find anywhere else, such as the fish and chips- which are amazing- and cheese curds (these do not always appear on the menu due to the seasonal changes but just ask the waiter for them and they will make them for you). I have never had a bad experience here, the staff is awesome!!

Celiac
1 year ago
Celiac friendly

Staff very knowledgeable and happy to serve gluten free patrons. I was super excited to have fish and chip!! Dedicated fryers yes I said fryers. More than one!!! I had beignets for desert. Omg you must go to this place!! I wish I lived close by but definitely an oasis for my travel day.

Celiac
1 year ago

My new favorite restaurant. The server was very knowledgeable about the menu and what was safe to order. Dedicated fryer. I highly recommend the cheese curds and fish and chips. The quality of the food, service, and atmosphere are all top notch!

Celiac
1 year ago
Celiac friendly

This place is amazing! There are so many GF options! And the good is absolutely delicious! Our server, Amber, has Celiac Disease. She’s extremely knowledgeable! I will definitely be coming back!

Celiac
1 year ago
Celiac friendly

Excellent food very friendly and knowledgeable

1 year ago
Celiac friendly

Knowledgeable staff and dedicated fryer. One of my local favorites!

1 year ago
Celiac friendly

Phenomenal food and wine selection. Chef was extremely aware and sensitive to cross-contamination, not serving quinoa with the (delicious) Tandoori salmon. Highly recommend.

Not celiac
1 year ago

I love this place fish and chips is my go to!!

Celiac
1 year ago
Celiac friendly

I love this place! Have visited about 4-5 times now and never gotten sick! I usually get about 4 of their appetizers that are GF and love them all!!! Yum! Great atmosphere too!

Celiac
1 year ago
Celiac friendly

Louie’s is a great new addition to Liberty! Great wine selection, delicious food, knowledgeable staff, and a fun outdoor patio area. Their gluten free selections and ability to modify menu items to be gluten free is great too. The Squeaky Cheese is amazing—GF deep fried cheese, yes please! We also had the pleasure of meeting the proprietor and discussing wines we tried in our Sauvignon wine flight. Super cool place that will definitely be a new staple in our repertoire of dining/mommy’s night out choices!

Not celiac
1 year ago
Celiac friendly

Wow!!! Loved this place! Amazing lemon drop martini, crisp pecan brussel sprouts, and champagne fish and chips!! What a treat! So many GF options although no dessert options. Flavors were out of this world!

Celiac
1 year ago
Celiac friendly

Some of the best gluten free I’ve had, a must if in the area

Celiac
1 year ago

Bartender was knowledgeable and great food and wine too boot. No reaction for me! Menu is clearly marked and the specials can be checked with the kitchen.

Celiac
1 year ago
Celiac friendly

Awesome so awesome sqeaky cheese 😍😍

Celiac
1 year ago
Celiac friendly

Staff was very knowledgeable and food was great! So many options. Can’t wait to go back for the calamari and fish and chips!

Celiac
1 year ago
Celiac friendly

They have a lot of gluten-free options! Everything is fried in rice flour, so there fryer has no cross contamination. Fried Calamari is amazing!

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