Louie's Wine Dive

15 recent ratings
$$ • Restaurant
Reported to have a gluten-free menu
Reported GF menu options: Beer
92% of 13 votes say it's celiac friendly
4040 University Ave
Des Moines, IA 50311

Top Reviews


Gluten Intolerant

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This is the first time I’ve gone out since having to become gluten-free for medical reasons. The staff were very helpful and I loved that everything that was breaded and fried was gluten free. Pretty much any sandwich can be made gluten free for no extra cost as well as nearly every pasta for just $2. My server also made sure to double check that the kitchen had given me the correct bun before giving me my food. Food was delicious and I will definitely be returning to try more of their menu.

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main 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 dinner
  • Good for lunch
  • Good for takeout
  • Offers online ordering
  • Offers outdoor seating
Updated 1 month ago read full review

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Sadly after 4 years of loving GF squeaky cheese and Champaign battered fish I have to turn my back forever. 2 trips in March & April 2022 both ended up in severe contamination. Management claims no changes to cooking. So sad.

Safety


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

— Not at all

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main 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?

— Good

Updated 1 month ago read full review

Celiac

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My husband and I are celiac. We are passing through this area and thought to stop and give it a try. They have a designated fryer. Our waiter was very knowledgeable and friendly. Fun atmosphere as well

Safety


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

— Very

Safety Feature Ratings
  • Dedicated gluten-free space in the kitchen
  • Dedicated gluten-free fryer
  • Staff is knowledgeable and can answer questions
  • Staff will clean kitchen space or change gloves if asked

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main 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 dinner
  • Good for lunch
  • Good selection of healthy options
  • Good vegan options
Updated 2 months 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
  • Beer
  • Gluten-Free Menu

Categories

  • Allergy Friendly
  • Breakfast
  • Brunch
  • Dairy-Free Friendly
  • Dinner
  • Healthy
  • Kid Friendly
  • Lunch
  • Online Ordering
  • Outdoor Seating
  • Restaurant
  • Seafood
  • Takeout
  • Tapas
  • Vegan Friendly

Photos


GF Sinatra Burger
Night Patio Dining
Sunday/Wednesday Jazz
Corner Entrance
GF Squeaky Cheese Curds
GF Chocolate Torte
Gluten-Free at Louie's Wine Dive
Menu
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Celiac

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Very cautious and DELICIOUS. It felt like I was normal for once

Safety


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

— Very

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main 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 4 months ago read full review

Celiac

Overall Rating

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main 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 4 months ago read full review

Celiac

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This place was awesome! Almost all of the meals can be made gluten free and they have dedicated fryers for fries and gluten free cheese curds. Can’t wait to come back here!

Safety


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

— Very

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main 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

Not celiac

Overall Rating

Safety


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

— Very

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main 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 dairy-free
  • Good for kids
  • Good for takeout
  • Good selection of healthy options
  • Good vegan options
  • Good with other allergies
  • Offers outdoor seating
Updated 7 months ago read full review

Celiac

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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.

Safety


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

— Very

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main 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 1 year ago read full review

Celiac

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Always great food. Great service and super knowledgeable staff. We love love love Louie’s. They have staples we love but we can always find something new to try too! The Buffalo cauliflower recently made my favorites list here. I am Celiac and I have never had an issue here.

Safety


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

— Very

Safety Feature Ratings
  • Dedicated gluten-free space in the kitchen
  • Other dedicated kitchen equipment (oven, toaster, pots, pans, utensils, etc.)
  • Staff is knowledgeable and can answer questions
  • Staff will clean kitchen space or change gloves if asked

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main 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 lunch
  • Good for takeout
  • Good selection of healthy options
  • Good vegan options
  • Offers online ordering
  • Offers outdoor seating
Updated 1 year ago read full review

Overall Rating

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They are our go to restaurant for gf. Some places promise gf but dont succeed. Menu may not be all gf but there are more choices than most. Always happy with the servers. And yes very celiac friendly.

Safety


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

— Very

Safety Feature Ratings
  • Dedicated gluten-free fryer
  • Staff is knowledgeable and can answer questions

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main 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

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Offers outdoor seating
Updated 1 year ago read full review

Celiac

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Visiting Des Moines and saw positive reviews for Louie's. With the pandemic, I am still not comfortable eating in restaurants and wanted to have food delivered to the hotel. I called the restaurant to confirm that the fish and chips were fried in a dedicated fryer and was met with a resounding YES! The person I spoke to was very confident about it and I asked if it was safe for Celiacs and he said several people who work there have Celiac. Somehow that made me feel even better that they knew what they were doing. Ordered through a delivery service and the food arrived hot and crisp. It was 3 huge pieces of fish, and very delicious. Good fries too, and the dipping sauce was yummy. No gluten reaction here, just delish fried food!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 1 year ago read full review

Celiac

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Excellent gluten free pptions, including the cheese curds and pasta are excellent

Safety


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

— Very

Safety Feature Ratings
  • Dedicated gluten-free space in the kitchen
  • Dedicated gluten-free fryer
  • Other dedicated kitchen equipment (oven, toaster, pots, pans, utensils, etc.)
  • Staff is knowledgeable and can answer questions
  • Staff will clean kitchen space or change gloves if asked
  • Food comes out flagged or marked gluten-free

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 1 year ago read full review

Celiac

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So awesome, so glad we went here! Lots of fun wines, excellent GF calamari and fish-and-chips and they even made the fried chicken sandwich GF so I could share my husband’s!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

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OMG!!!! Can you please come to Minneapolis???? One of the best calamari dishes I’ve ever had. The funky chicken sandwich was excellent and made gluten free so my celiac wife could taste it. Her fish and chips were amazing!! And the fries? Perfect. We will return!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 2 years ago read full review

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Louie’s is my favorite place to go for lunch OR dinner. Almost everything on the menu can be made gf. The staff is very knowledgeable and the food is good.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

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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.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 2 years ago read full review

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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 friendly?

Yes

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

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It’s so worth it for the fried foods!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

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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!

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Celiac

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Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 3 years ago read full review

Gluten Intolerant

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

Updated 3 years ago read full review

Celiac

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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 friendly?

Yes

Updated 3 years ago read full review

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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 friendly?

Yes

Updated 3 years ago read full review

Not celiac

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Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 3 years ago read full review

Celiac

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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 friendly?

Yes

Updated 4 years ago read full review

Celiac

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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?

Updated 4 years ago read full review

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

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 4 years ago read full review

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

Celiac friendly?

Yes

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Celiac

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Celiac

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

Celiac friendly?

Yes

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Celiac

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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 friendly?

Yes

Updated 5 years ago read full review

Celiac

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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.

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Celiac

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Celiac friendly?

Yes

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Celiac

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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!

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Celiac

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

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Celiac

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

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 5 years ago read full review

Celiac

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

Updated 5 years ago read full review

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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!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 6 years ago read full review

Celiac

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

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Not celiac

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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!

Updated 6 years ago read full review

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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 friendly?

Yes

Updated 6 years ago read full review

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Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 7 years ago read full review

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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.

Updated 7 years ago read full review

Reviews of this Chain

Celiac

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I had the chicken picatta, to go. The ticket wasn’t marked gf, and the person ringing me up said it was gf. I asked “All the time?” He said, I think so. I told him I had to know for sure, so he asked another of the wait staff who said, it was always gf. I had low confidence but took it with me anyway. Got it home and the only taste it had was vaguely cajun blackened spice. A lemon on the side. Definitely not chicken picatta, and no where good enough to risk it.

I’ve also had the gf fish and chips here. I really, really wanted that to be good, but it is always hard (not crispy) and burned. And the fries are limp and greasy. The food just isn’t worth the risk. I won’t go back.

Safety


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

— Not very

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main 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?

— Poor

Wheat Allergy

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One of the best burgers ever and even a gluten-eater agreed! The gluten free bun didn’t fall apart and taste like sand; it was super yummy!

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main 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 dinner
  • Good for lunch
  • Offers outdoor seating
Celiac

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Sometimes it’s fantastic, sometimes it’s just okay. I do really enjoy many of their dishes. The squeaky cheese, calamari, and prosciutto mac n cheese are some of my favorites.

Safety


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

— Somewhat

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main 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?

— Good

Celiac

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Many GF items in the menu and they also have a separate fryer for GF items!

Safety


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

— Very

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main 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

Celiac

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Amazing food! I thought the menu was super easy to understand for gluten free options. The food was delicious and the atmosphere was cool.

I’m definitely going to go back!

Safety


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

— Very

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main 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

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