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