76% of 13 votes say it's Celiac friendly

401 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20004 Directions

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Server told me chips were gluten free when I explained I had celiac, then another server told me they were fried in the same fryer as gluten items. When I explained that I would be sick bc I had eaten the chips, they were rude, unapologetic, and defensive. Server was very standoffish and not understanding at all despite explaining the condition. I know other people have good experiences here and I’ve had great experiences at Jaleo (same owner) but was very frustrating with this experience AND got very sick. Will not return.

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?

— Average

Updated 2 weeks ago read full review

Celiac

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Great food and service! Our server was very knowledgeable. As soon as I said I had a gluten allergy, he informed me that the chips were cooked in a shared fryer. He offered to bring corn tortillas with the guacamole my table ordered. They also have a separate menu for gluten free items and those items aren’t cooked in/on shared surfaces. Most importantly, I didn’t get glutened! It was very noisy, so hard to have a conversation, but the food and service were great!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 6 months ago read full review

Celiac

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Separate allergy menu with lots of info, waiter was super knowledgeable and they brought me a separate plate of veggies and tortillas to eat with the salsa and guacamole because they don’t have a separate fryer.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 8 months ago read full review

Gluten Free Features

  • Appetizers
  • Celiac Friendly
  • Gluten Free Menu
  • Tacos

Categories

  • Allergy Friendly
  • Brunch
  • Dairy-Free Friendly
  • Happy Hour
  • Late Night
  • Lunch
  • Mexican
  • Pescetarian Friendly
  • Restaurant
  • Seafood

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Not celiac

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Found this restaurant through the app and it was so delicious. Authentic Mexican cuisine and a color coded allergen menu. Celiac beware but if you use an enzyme pill you’ll be ok. I have a gluten sensitivity and had to take pills with the corn chips because of the shared fryer. My meal was allergen free and tasted amazing. Get the guacamole! It’s fresh made and awesome!

Celiac friendly?

No

Updated 8 months ago read full review

Celiac

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Our server was extremely knowledgeable and reassuring that they could handle GF and nut free. My GF son at 4 orders of fresh tortillas and had a taco, quesadilla and quest and loved every bit of it. They have an allergen menu that made ordering so easy.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 8 months ago read full review

Celiac

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Food was incredibly tasty (as leftovers too!), and the service was really fast. They don’t have a separate fryer, but they had good substitutes for many items - like tortilla chips - where cross contamination might be an issue. Staff were knowledgeable and responsive about Celiac restrictions, and our server made good recommendations and let us know which menu items we were considering posed cross contamination danger.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 9 months ago read full review

Celiac

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This used to be my favorite restaurant but last time I ate here I become very ill for days after-- likely due to cross contamination. Be careful with cross contamination!!

Celiac friendly?

No

Updated 9 months ago read full review

Celiac

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This place was amazing! An extensive GF menu, knowledge of CC before I said anything, and terrific non-GF stuff as well for non-Celiacs at the table. Just note the fryer is shared, so no GF tortilla chips. But my Celiac 10-YO daughter loved her tacos, the ceviche and the ice cream. Yum!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 1 year ago read full review

Celiac

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Fantastic service and very careful about gluten and cross-contamination. Can't wait to go back.

Updated 1 year ago read full review

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We had the Bistek, guacamole, chicken mole and all were delicious. The chips are cc so she brought me soft corn tortillas for my salsa. Best meal of the trip. It’s a tasting small plate menu so it can add up but it’s worth it. They also had a gf menu.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 1 year ago read full review

Celiac

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Staff is knowledgeable. They have a separate menu. Food is delicious!!!! Get the guacamole with veggies!!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 1 year ago read full review

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Do not eat the chips they bring to your table! Do tell them you have a gluten allergy, and they will bring tortilla chips that have not been cross contaminated in their fryer. They have a menu for allergies, and the waitress knew what she was talking about. Highly recommend the happy hour.

Updated 1 year ago read full review

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Now my favorite Mexican restaurant! The chips aren’t guaranteed GF due to the fryer, but we had no issues. There were sooo many options and I could finally have some chicken enchiladas with white sauce.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 1 year ago read full review

Celiac

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Staff knowledgeable and food great and gluten free. Chips cross contaminated, but good

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 1 year ago read full review

Celiac

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Tacos are delicious and staff is knowledgeable. Do not eat the chips, they are NOT gf safe but they will bring you tortillas which are safe and go great with the guacamole.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Great place! Felt totally safe. Fryer isn’t safe but lots of other options

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Many options available on menu and wait staff was very knowledgeable and careful to check with the chef. The food was fantastic!!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 3 years ago read full review

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Based on reviews, I stopped by to look at menu. disappointed that at top of menu it clearly states that gluten free items cannot be guaranteed to be free of cross contamination.

Celiac friendly?

No

Updated 3 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Loved it. Very helpful. Can't wait to go back.

Updated 3 years ago read full review

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Best Mexican Restaurant ever! Also best allergen friendly menu ever created. Every dish option is clearly identified with GVSND and when options available also identified. Every dish was truly amazing explosion of flavors. WOW ARRIVED IN FOOD HEAVEN!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 3 years ago read full review

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I am not 100% confirmed celiac since I stopped eating grain so long before all the testing. I do have the genetic marker .And after my experience last week eating out I am pretty positive I am. That said I had a wonderful experience at Oyamel. The staff was also really helpful when ordering.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 3 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Very clear allergy menu and conscientious about cross contamination

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 3 years ago read full review

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Make a reservations or call ahead, if possible. We were willing to wait an hour, but lucked out and got seated fairly quickly! Everything we had was fantastic...chips, salsa, guacamole and tacos (brisket, roasted chicken, BBQ, mushroom)! Will definitely come back next time we're in DC.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 3 years ago read full review

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Fantastic food!! Staff very aware of celiac disease. We had the table side guacamole and I had corn tortillas since they informed me that the fryer is not dedicated. Margarita with frothed salt is second to none!! Going back everytime I'm in DC!!

Updated 3 years ago read full review

Not celiac

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Wonderful. Many gluten free options, as well as gluten and dairy free options. This restaurant serves small plates in the tapas style. Every plate that we ordered was absolutely delicious. The staff was very knowledgable about allergens.

Updated 4 years ago read full review

Celiac

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The customer service was incredible and Very hands on and available. One of the first times my little girl got to have Mexican food...not to mention gourmet!!!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 4 years ago read full review

Not celiac

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I got sick after eating here. The waiter asked me if I had Celiac or not. I told him I had an extreme gluten sensitivity and would get sick from cross contamination. He said that he alerted the chef and would make sure that I would not get cross contamination. I started getting sick before I even finished my meal. It was a busy Friday night and the server was not very attentive. I am not sure if it was the server, the chef or if this establishment just doesn't take you seriously unless you tell them that you have Celiac. ZERO STARS!

Updated 4 years ago read full review

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My celiac girl enjoyed the soup & staff was knowledgable. There was an allergy menu with top allergens noted - easy to navigate & helpful as she needs to avoid dairy too.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 4 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Very good Mexican food! Good service too.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 4 years ago read full review

Not celiac

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Visited in mid-December 2015. Contrary to an earlier review, the restaurant had no gluten-free menu. My companion and I are both vegetarian and dairy free as well as gluten-free. We told the waiter what our needs were, and he disappeared into the kitchen to talk to the chef. It took literally 20 minutes for him to return. Our options were, unsurprisingly, very limited, but the food was delicious.

Updated 4 years ago read full review

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Impressive allergen menu covering top allergens as well as gluten. Chips are not safe but there's so many other options that it's easy to forget that small disappointment. Love the festive atmosphere and that the tapas menu allows you to try multiple dishes in one meal. Visited in Nov. 2015. Read more on my blog: http://www.eatingoutwithout.com/2015/11/oyamel-review.html

Updated 4 years ago read full review

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D E L I C I O U S!!! I never have a flare up after eating here. Most if not all of the starchy items are corn based 👍👌

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 4 years ago read full review

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Yum yum yum! So great to have a happy hour spot where I can EAT (being not only GF but also veggie)!

Updated 4 years ago read full review

Celiac

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disappointed that they didn't have gf chips (cross-contaimination), but had a great meal otherwise. They didn't seem to make a big show about allergen awareness, but knew their ingredients. I did not get sick :-)

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 4 years ago read full review

Celiac

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They have a dedicated gluten free menu with many many items on it. The restaurant is conveniently located near several metro stations. The food was ok, a bit greasy and bland. The service waa poor as the waiter never brought us a menu, he disappeared for 30 minutes when we needed our check and he simply was not friendly. I tried to make eye contact with a manager but they just kept eyes down and walked around.

Updated 5 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Separate gluten free menu was amazing, with great options including the most wonderful queso and enchiladas. Wait staff was very understanding as well, and understood cross-contamination. Definitely recommended!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 5 years ago read full review

Not celiac

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Awesome experience, gluten free menu and a gluten free restaurant week menu!!!

Updated 5 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Oyamel is a really cool Mexican tapas restaurant. It has a separate gluten free menu with lots of good options. The servers seemed knowledgable and helpful.

Updated 5 years ago read full review

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Awesome food and service. Separate menu for food allergies. I will be back again!!!!!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 6 years ago read full review

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Amazing!! Took our kids for lunch. Our server was so attentive and friendly. Kids loved the fresh pressed mango juice! We had a few tacos, lots of their homemade GF corn tortillas, some black bean soup and THE BEST tamales of our lives! Kids and hubby had guacamole and tortilla chips. Said they were excellent. Server was kind to inform me that because I was celiac, I should stay clear of tortilla chips due to cross contamination. No problem for me. Their warm corn tortillas were better than chips anyway! Writing this review several hours later and still feel great.

This restaurant was a total home run for us.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 6 years ago read full review

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More of a nicer place but good food. Dont expect much for your dollar though. Special menu for allergies.

Updated 6 years ago read full review

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Good flavors good service nice decor. Attention to GF though menu is confusing Only negative is small portions and higher prices.

Updated 6 years ago read full review

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Loved this restaurant! Extensive authentic Mexican food menu, with gluten free desert options as well. My quesadilla was delicious! Amazing atmosphere, guacamole made right in front of you, really fun place to eat. However, this restaurant is not really kid friendly. My 9 year old little brother didn't like how different the food was.

Updated 6 years ago read full review

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Oyamel has a great GF menu! They have tons of options and the kitchen staff is very well trained to avoid cross contamination. In my experiences there the entire staff was knowledgable.

Things to avoid: 1. The chips are fried in contaminated oil but the staff is happy to sub corn tortillas for free!

2. The margaritas are not gluten free but can be made gluten free if you ask!

3. Ordering something you know is on the GF menu is not enough! You must inform your waiter because the kitchen staff makes changes to the cooking preparation when gluten free is requested

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 6 years ago read full review

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Everyone is super friendly and knowledgeable. One word of warning--the corn chips do not have a dedicated fryer. The gf menu is extensive.

Updated 6 years ago read full review

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