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1420 41st Ave, Capitola, CA 95010 Directions

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Celiac

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Dedicated gluten-free facility, safe and delicious! They have a great variety of sweet and savory goodies, and bread (including gluten free sourdough)! The puff pastry is flaky and amazing. They also offer lots of vegan and dairy free options, and staff are knowledgeable about other allergies, just ask about ingredients!

Safety


Is ALL the food in this establishment gluten-free?

— All food and drinks are gluten-free

Quality & Quantity


How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

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Celiac

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Ham and cheese croissants 🥐. A few other pastry’s. All so good. I’ve been craving a flaky pastry like the ones I had in Europe a few years ago. These by far were just as good if not better. Can’t wait to come back to Santa Cruz and visit again, especially for some sour dough bread.. (they were out)

Safety


Is ALL the food in this establishment gluten-free?

— All food and drinks are gluten-free

Quality & Quantity


How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Updated 6 days ago read full review

Not celiac

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I love this place! Their gluten-free puff pastry is AMAZING! Their cinnamon rolls are scrumptious! I love how the cinnamon and sugar carmelize in spots to give a crispy, sugary treat. My favorite sandwich bread is their Honey Oat Loaf. Yum! I thinly slice the whole loaf as soon as it gets home. I use it for sandwiches all week. The staff is friendly and helpful and Melinda herself is so kind and caring. Thank you Melinda's Gluten-Free! You guys rock!!

Safety


Is ALL the food in this establishment gluten-free?

— All food and drinks are gluten-free

Quality & Quantity


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 vegan options
  • Good with other allergies
Updated 2 months ago read full review

Reported to be dedicated gluten-free and celiac friendly. However, menus and staff change frequently, so please verify before visiting!

Gluten Free Features

  • Bread/Buns
  • Cakes
  • Cookies
  • Cupcakes
  • Donuts
  • Gluten Free Menu
  • Sandwiches

Categories

  • Allergy Friendly
  • Bakery
  • Breakfast
  • Dairy-Free Friendly
  • Kid Friendly
  • Lunch
  • Takeout
  • Vegan Friendly

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Melinda’s is great for celiacs!
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Ziva is over the moon about her GF chocolate sprinkled doughnut❤️.
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Not celiac

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I am always excited to visit GF bakeries when I'm in new areas so I had high hopes for this place. I bought a little of everything croissants, donuts, sandwich, and danish. All items were moist and tasted fine but each one was soooo dense! These baked goods lacked the light and flakey-ness of their gluten counterparts. Yes, it is rare to find that key factor in GF goods but I assure you there are bakeries out there that achieve this!

Safety


Is ALL the food in this establishment gluten-free?

— All food is gluten free, some drinks may not be gluten-free

Quality & Quantity


How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Below Average

Updated 2 months ago read full review

Featured Reviewer, Celiac

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This is the only dedicated gluten-free bakery in the area. The ham and cheese savory rolls are amazing. Come here early on the weekends for croissants.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 3 years ago read full review

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It may be a dedicated gluten free facility but we will never be going back here. Cinnamon rolls were hard as a rock! Inedible although they could be used for building materials. Patti's perfect pantry in Morgan Hill is so much better.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 7 months ago read full review

Celiac

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Nice selection of tasty pastries

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 1 year ago read full review

Celiac

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Amazing dedicated gluten-free facility! Everything was amazing!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 1 year ago read full review

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Fantastic gluten free donuts, muffins, breakfast sandwich & bagels. Friendly & helpful staff who were happy to explain all of their baked goods to us.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 1 year ago read full review

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Came for lunch at 1:00 and was told they had run out of bread. They only had a few pastries in the case and no lunch items with bread available. We had purposely driven here for my daughter (Celiac) to have lunch. She was in tears. Very disappointing

Updated 1 year ago read full review

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The Maple Donuts are soo good. I drove over an hour to buy some.

Updated 1 year ago read full review

Celiac

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Melindas staff were super sweet and accommodating. Excellent prices for excellent fresh baked goods! Highly recommended

Updated 1 year ago read full review

Celiac

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Amazing place! The sour dough is incredible. Will be back!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 1 year ago read full review

Celiac

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Lots of choices for goodies plus sandwiches and excellent coffee. Perfect for breakfast and lunch. Just great stuff and great staff.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 1 year ago read full review

Not celiac

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The chocolate croissants and donuts are to die for.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

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This place needs to stay open as long g as possible. It is the most tasteful, delightful, dedicated gluten free bakery and tiny cafe that could have ever blessed this area. I can recommend literally every item they make =D

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

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So great to have a safe, delicious bakery during our vacation! What a pleasure to tell my daughter she could pick anything and not Gabe the usual restrictions. We visited twice and came away with boxes of pastries, muffins and donuts for the whole extended family of ten. The puff pastry is amazing (blueberry and savory)! Thank you, Melinda!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Not celiac

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Holy cow! Standouts were the bear claw, donuts, and little puff/croissant like cookies with chocolate filling. Will always swing by when I’m in town. Very nice service too. Also they said no gluten ever comes into bakery so should be celiac safe.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Not celiac

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This Bakery is AWESOME. Dedicated and certified gluten-free, and DELICIOUS!! Thanks you Melinda!!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

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If I still lived in town, I would be here all of the time. Best texture rolls (I tried the cinnamon and the savory bacon cheddar) I’ve had since diagnosis. Perfect blend of soft and chewy. Everything else I tried so far was good, but the rolls were my favorite. I will be back.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

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The savory rolls are amazing! Think of a cinnamon roll but without the cinnamon and sugar but with bacon and cheese instead (or whatever the flavor of the day is). The sweets are good, too.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 2 years ago read full review

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My intolerant partner and I (Celiac) come here on the weekends before or after surfing. Doughnuts, cheesy rolls, cheesy croissant and danishes are my top favorites! You have to come early to get the croissants though!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Love the cinnamon rolls grate serves

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Not celiac

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Their croissants are AMAZING!! Also love the savory Monkey breads and pull a parts. Completely delicious and safe. Staff is friendly. Get there early as they sell things quickly. If I had one wish it would be that they would ship their treats to where I live so I wasn’t only limited to them when I’m in California.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

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most amazing gluten free bakery I've encountered yet! If it wasn't a soley gluten free bakery, I would have been concerned I was served a gluten one! seriously that good. my favorite so far was the apple danish. the maple donut and fresh out of the oven vanilla with chocolate frosting was amazing as well. The sandwich bread is the best yet. highly recommend. They even do breakfast and lunch sandwiches as well! so you can get treats and a meal. I am celiac and it is the perfect place.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 2 years ago read full review

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Oh my this place is AMAZING the donuts are amazing and the muffins are really moist and yummy! Only gf bakery I have ever seen unless in Spain! Yummmmmmmy!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

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FABULOUS!!! I was just visiting the area ans stumbled upon this lovely place. I had my first ever croissant! All the baked goods are great and so well made! The staff is so personable. It's been so long since I've been able to confidently go out for breakfast.... and I also ordered lunch and some snacks to go. I will definitely be back again! A must do for Celiacs in the area!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

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Not celiac

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Sorry for the very tardy review, Melinda. My East coast hometown has a significant void, so when I go on vacation, I seek out GF bakeries as a special treat. Last October, we spent a glorious week in Santa Cruz. Meeting Melinda and sampling her fare were trip highlights. Even my gluten-eating husband loved Melinda’s donuts and the berry strudel. Highly recommended!!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 2 years ago read full review

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COME HERE!!! Great options. Delicious too. Insane breakfast croissants. Be early if you want one. Very knowledgeable. Very helpful. Very very good!!! Donuts! Vegan! #AllTheThings. We will be back!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

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We went late in the day so most of the baked goods were sold out, but the mint & coconut donut was divine! It was the perfect appetizer to the ham sandwich ;) Staff was very friendly and helpful with my additional allergen needs.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 2 years ago read full review

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Their sandwich bread is fantastic! I am going to pick some up every time I am in that area.

Updated 3 years ago read full review

Celiac

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4 days in Santa Cruz, and 4 visits to Melinda's! Big fans of everything we tried (donuts, bagels, savory and sweet monkey breads, danishes, fritters...).

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 3 years ago read full review

Not celiac

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So yummy!!! All gluten free. Not to mention super lovely humans working there! Thanks coco!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 3 years ago read full review

Celiac

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We have been going to Melinda’s since they opened. It’s not possible to write a positive review that would express how incredible they are. If your in town your missing out if you have not been here yet. Go and enjoy !

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 3 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Best GF sourdough bread and croissant I’ve had ! Friendly staff! I would highly recommend !!!

Updated 3 years ago read full review

Not celiac

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great ham and cheese croissants!!! ( I found the cinnamon roll too rubbery, but made up for it with second croissant. )

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Yes

Updated 3 years ago read full review

Not celiac

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They are so freaking nice! oh and the baked goods are amazing. go early to get get g free and non diary though, it's that good.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 3 years ago read full review

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Melinda’s has always been a cornerstone of the gluten free community in Santa Cruz. Been coming here since they opened and they never fail to deliver on the goods! Cinnamon rolls are substantially spiced inside and loaded with icing outside. Donuts are delicious. And the ham and cheese rolls are amazing. Besides the food, the customer service has always been excellent. Thanks for all you do!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 3 years ago read full review

Celiac

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My husband (who does not have to eat gluten free) even commented on how good the gf sandwich bread was! We also enjoyed a maple glazed donut and ginger snaps. All wonderful! I love finding dedicated gf places when traveling!

Updated 3 years ago read full review

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fresh daily menu, amazing!

Updated 3 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Amazing, super good baked items!!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 3 years ago read full review

Celiac

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best GF bread. many choices!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 3 years ago read full review

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I love Melindas! You have to try the butter croissants! They sell fast, so I always call them in the morning to put them on hold for me. Everything else is awesomely delicious as well!

Updated 4 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Great sandwiches, cakes, and other GF treats. The honey-oat bread is a favorite.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 4 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Melinda is a sweetheart, and Melinda's (as in the food) is top notch. Forget the "other" GF bakery in Santa Cruz, and just come here, people! Cakes and donuts...yum and double YUM!!!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 4 years ago read full review

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Amazing dairy free selection. I had the cinnamon scroll with dairy free icing, so delicious, highly recommended. The owner is lovely and they know the ins and outs of their food.

Updated 4 years ago read full review

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This is the best GF bakery we've ever eaten at hands down! The cinnamon roll was amazing as were the pumpkin muffins, blueberry muffins, egg sandwich and pumpkin maple bar. We talked to Melinda and she's gluten free, dairy free and latex free as well so no worries here for us. This is a must stop if you're going through this area! Highly recommend - you won't be disappointed. All of the staff is VERY friendly and helpful!

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Yes

Updated 4 years ago read full review

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We were lucky enough to get cinnamon rolls right out of the oven. They were incredible soft, chewy, gooey goodness! The chocolate brownie was so rich and velvety, even my chocoholic Jax couldn't finish it all ( though he had a fun time trying!!). The service was wonderful; everyone was kind and up beat. If you are in the area, make time to stop here! I

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Yes

Updated 4 years ago read full review

Not celiac

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The word amazing does not even do this place justice. Best bread and croissants I have ever had. Great service and nice people. Looking forward to trying other items!

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Yes

Updated 4 years ago read full review

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Amazing chocolate croissants and cinnamon rolls. I love to order their turkey sandwich with avocado and cheese. Bread tastes great. We eat here once a week since we moved to CA, and have enjoyed everything we have tasted, including muffins, cookies, and donuts.

Updated 4 years ago read full review

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