Puesto at The Headquarters

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$$ • Mexican Restaurant
Reported to have a gluten-free menu
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25 ratings

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789 W Harbor Dr
San Diego, CA 92101
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Celiac

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Don’t eat here. Had bad reactions afterwards from chips and tacos. Very expensive too.

Safety


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

— Not at all

Updated 3 months ago read full review

Celiac

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Great spot! Wait staff took very good care of us. My child has celiac’s and there were plenty of GF options for her. She had two chicken tacos which were grilled on a separate grill along with beans. We were originally going to order the taquitos but the waitress quickly told us that there was a chance of cross contamination. Overall, loved our experience and would definitely go back.

Safety


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

— Somewhat

Safety Feature Ratings
  • Staff is knowledgeable and can answer questions
  • Staff will clean kitchen space or change gloves if asked

Quality & Quantity


How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most/All

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

— Excellent

Updated 3 months ago read full review

Symptomatic Celiac

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Got door dash from here twice, once for dinner and once for lunch. I had the same thing both times (the carnitas bowl) and it’s nice that you can check celiac when selecting for allergies. The carnitas in the dinner bowl were way dry (end of the day probably) but the carnitas in the lunch bowl were very good. Nice that I don’t Have to get tacos here and that there are some bowl options

Safety


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

— Somewhat

Safety Feature Ratings
  • Food comes out flagged or marked gluten-free

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

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for dairy-free
  • Good for dinner
  • Good for kids
  • Good for lunch
  • Good with other allergies
  • Offers delivery
  • Offers online ordering
Updated 5 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

  • Gluten-Free Menu

Categories

  • Allergy Friendly
  • Dairy-Free Friendly
  • Dinner
  • Kid Friendly
  • Lunch
  • Mexican
  • Outdoor Seating
  • Restaurant
  • Takeout
  • Vegan Friendly

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Puesto at The Headquarters gluten-free menu
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Symptomatic Celiac

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Had recommendations from the Uber Driver on our way from Airport to Hotel and a Customer Service representative at ISNA San Diego Conference. Make reservations ideally. I enjoyed several authentic and creative tacos on Purple corn tortillas. As well as a shareable Potato Taquito dish at the recommendation of our server. This was a filling appetizer that exceeded my expectations with flavour and presentation. Really enjoyed the food. Honestly recommend reservations they prompts Taco Tuesday at a savings. Do that week day for super value. You know what I valued was the information given when asking about the simple appetizer of chips and salsa”we can not guarantee the chips as they are brought into the restaurant “ I felt safe in server knowledge.

Safety


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

— Very

Safety Feature Ratings
  • 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?

— Most/All

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

— Excellent

Updated 6 months ago read full review

Celiac

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We ate here on New Year’s Eve 2023. The GF Menü was limited but sufficient. The chips are not made on site but I ate a whole basket and did not suffer any distress as a result. I ordered a chicken bowl with rice, black beans, avocado, and chicken al pastor. This was my favorite meal out of probably 12 meals while visiting SD. No desert options but I was stuffed after the chips and bowl. No reaction at all. Highly recommended.

Safety


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

— Somewhat

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Separate gluten-free 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

Updated 6 months ago read full review

Symptomatic Celiac

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Waitress was very knowledgeable and even cautioned me away from the ceviche as it has soy sauce in it and is marked gluten free. I had two tacos that were awesome as well as guacamole & chips. I didn’t get sick and I’m very sensitive.

Safety


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

— 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/All

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

— Excellent

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Dog friendly
  • Good for dairy-free
  • Good for dinner
  • Good for kids
  • Good for lunch
  • Good for takeout
  • Good selection of healthy options
  • Good vegan options
  • Good vegetarian options
  • Good with other allergies
  • Offers outdoor seating
Updated 10 months ago read full review

Celiac

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Second night in a row eating the short rib tacos. So good.

Safety


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

— 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/All

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

— Excellent

Updated 11 months ago read full review

Celiac

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I saw all the positive reviews for this restaurant and felt pretty confident with trying them out. When ordering I let our waiter know I had Celiac disease and needed to have GF food. I ordered three tacos, the short rib, shrimp and chicken. The waiter notated Celiac allergy on each of my tacos. When they arrived, I noticed the shrimp taco had a batter on it. I inquired with the waiter to make sure that the shrimp taco was indeed GF. He went back to the kitchen to check and when he came back he said it was not bc they had put them in a shared fryer, even with it stating allergy on the ticket. I realize eating out, there’s always a risk for cross contamination but to put the shrimp in a shared fryer was just negligence. I would not trust this restaurant again to be able to handle an allergy.

Safety


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

— Not at all

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

Updated 1 year ago read full review

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I suffered from food-related illness for four days after dining at this restaurant.

Despite informing the waiter about my celiac disease and the importance of avoiding gluten, I was assured that they could accommodate my dietary needs.

However, I discovered that the Pozole tacos I ordered contained gluten because the tacos had these little deep fried hominy bits that were dipped in wheat flour and fried, despite the waiter's initial assurances.

This complete disregard for my health and the false claims made by the staff have left me deeply disappointed. I cannot recommend this restaurant to anyone, as they demonstrated a lack of understanding and respect for food allergies while serving subpar food.

Safety


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

— 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?

— Not Much/None

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

— Poor

Updated 1 year ago read full review

Celiac

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My waiter was not very knowledgeable about GF. I was reassured that the chips were gluten free, but they weren’t marked on the GF menu. I ended up ordering the shrimp bowl and the waiter asked if I wanted a side of flour tortillas…

Safety


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

— 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?

— Some

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

— Excellent

Updated 1 year ago read full review

Hashimoto's

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So so delicious. We had green ceviche and loved it. Chips are GF. I had the shrimp bowl and it was all perfect. My husband loved his tacos. Topped it off the GF mango cake and he cannot stop talking about it. Definitely more like a 3 dollar sign place rather than 1 like it showed when I looked it up on here. The outdoor seating and music was wonderful too.

Safety


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

— 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/All

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

— Excellent

Updated 1 year ago read full review

Symptomatic Celiac

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Staff were very knowledgeable and helpful. Options were quite limited though due to cross contamination.

Safety


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

— Very

Quality & Quantity


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

Updated 1 year ago read full review

Celiac

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I had a reaction after the carnitas tacos, which isn’t what you want from tacos that are $9 each lol it was delicious though. I almost wanna say I would try it again, just because of how many great reviews other people had.

Safety


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

— Not very

Quality & Quantity


How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Not Much

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

— Good

Updated 1 year ago read full review

Celiac

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FANTASTIC experience here, and best tacos I’ve ever had ❤ our server explained the menu, very knowledgeable. Zero issues afterwards. Highly recommend!

Safety


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

— 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/All

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

— Excellent

Updated 1 year ago read full review

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Wonderful experience! Sat in the bar and the bartender was so helpful! His wife was celiac and he knew all about what was ok to eat. I had the carnitas plate and it was outstanding. Did not get sick.

Safety


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

— 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?

— Some

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

— Excellent

Updated 1 year ago read full review

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I got the tacos here with a lettuce wrap instead of the traditional tortillas. I got the carnitas and the tamarindo shrimp tacos. The carnitas has an amazing crispy cheese shell - I would totally go back just for these. The shrimp one was just OK. The service stunk but the outdoor area is really nice and cozy with heaters.

Safety


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

— 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?

— Some

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

— Good

Updated 1 year ago read full review

Symptomatic Celiac

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Got very sick from cross contamination here. Staff was also not very knowledgeable, even about the chips….

Safety


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

— 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?

— Not Much

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

— Below Average

Updated 1 year ago read full review

Overall Rating

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OMG best Mexican food I’ve ever had by far. Wait staff very knowledgeable about what is and isn’t gluten free and any modifications needed. We started with Polomas which are made with fever tree grapefruit mixer and was delicious. Expensive but the actual drinks were bigger than other places in San Diego for the price point. I ordered the Carnitas “plate” which is actually a bowl and had to get it without the salsa (a little off salsa would have gluten in it) and a mushroom taco which was fantastic! My husband ordered a short rib barria taco, carnitas taco and a shrimp taco (grilled so it wasn’t fried). The barria taco and mushroom tacos were the best. Again, it was fairly pricey but all of San Diego seems to be that way. Highly recommend!

Safety


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

— 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/All

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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Can not say enough good about this place! Tons of options, everything is clearly marked on the menu, food was great, server was great. Would highly recommend! Everyone in my party gluten free and non gluten free were super happy!

Safety


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

— 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/All

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

— Excellent

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Celiac! Great experience! No gf menu but staff very knowledgeable. We had tacos. They told us they outsource their chips and could not guarantee no cross contamination so we did not have chips.

Safety


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

— 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

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Guacamole and tacos are top notch

Safety


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

— 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

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Overall Rating

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Mexican is always a bit scary. This restaurant is not fast food, and it is not cheap. 8-10 per taco, and 3 would be an average meal. Plates are in the low 20s. The server was extremely knowledgeable. They were able to do dairy and gluten free, and they even tagged it in their ordering system as celiac. Most of the menu is an option. This was, hands down, the best Mexican food I have ever eaten.

Safety


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

— Very

Safety Feature Ratings
  • Dedicated gluten-free space in the kitchen
  • 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?

— Most/All

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 takeout
Updated 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Great experience!! We highly recommend this place! My 9-year old has Celiac disease and a tree nut allergy. She is TERRIFIED to eat out bc of gluten cross-contamination. The staff here was knowledgeable, spoke to her about all the precautions, and even explained once he tells the staff there’s an allergy, EVERYONE in the kitchen changes gloves. He brought her plate out wearing gloves, and their blue corn tortillas are made in a separate area. She ate a quesadilla with the blue corn tortilla and the cilantro-lime rice. She kept ordering more quesadillas ❤ She asked if we could eat there again tonight ❤❤❤ I also had gf tacos and they were delicious! He knew which meat marinades had gluten in them. We highly recommend this place!!

Safety


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

— 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

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for dinner
  • Good for kids
  • Good vegan options
  • Good with other allergies
  • Offers outdoor seating
Updated 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

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My tacos were extremely flavorful! I asked them to substitute chicken for the pork tacos, even though it wasn’t in the menu. It was very messy, so don’t eat it in the car! The GF items were marked on the menu.

Safety


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

— 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?

— Not Much

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

— Excellent

Updated 2 years ago read full review

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Fabulous tacos and the esquite was amazing. Knowledgeable about celiac. They made sure to grill the shrimp in a dedicated space for my daughter’s taco to avoid cross contamination

Safety


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

— 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

Updated 2 years ago read full review

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The server asked about the allergy and explained how my daughter’s meal would be prepared separately to avoid cross contamination

They took extra time with her meal which we didn’t mind at all- actually appreciated the effort. The corn dish was delicious and gluten free. They made the shrimp taco grilled instead of fried to ensure it wasn’t contaminated

Safety


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

— Very

Safety Feature Ratings
  • Dedicated gluten-free space in the kitchen

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

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Knowledge and efficient staff. They really were great to dine with, and the food was great.

Safety


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

— 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?

— Good

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Overall Rating

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Not many GF options to choose from but the food was very good! I recommend the Carnitas tacos.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 4 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 4 years ago read full review

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Food was gross. Basically tacos is what you get but overpriced, bland ones at that. It was carnitas, loads of cheese and avocado and so much oil it drips down your arm. I'd eat somewhere else.

Updated 5 years ago read full review

Celiac

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The food was excellent. The staff were courteous and knowledgeable. Their chips are GF. The blue corn tortillas with the carnitas I ordered were a highlight for me. Excellent experience.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 5 years ago read full review

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I rarely get the chance to eat Mexican food so saying that these were the best tacos I've ever eaten may not mean much. The menu had an adequate number of GF options, the servers were knowledgeable and when my food arrived, the server told me it was prepared with my GF needs in mind. Very reassuring.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 5 years ago read full review

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Food was excellent and GF listed on the menu, but price is wrong even as listed on their menu. 3 tacos for $16 should already be rated at least 2 $$. Then they tack on a 4% surcharge for the whole bill, very sneaky move. Can't recommend it because the experience left a bad taste in my mouth.

Updated 6 years ago read full review

Symptomatic Celiac

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The staff was knowledgeable of GF items. The food was fantastic! I had the tacos (blue corn) octopus, carnita & mushroom. All unique and full of flavor. I did not have the corn chips as they are fried offsite and they couldn’t confirm if they were GF, but said they should be. So, CC is a risk. The mango brûlée cheesecake was amazing and also GF! Highly recommended.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 6 years ago read full review

Celiac

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This place is just ok. I told the waitress that I have celiac and she wrote it down but didn’t really seem like she knew what that was. I had the carnitas tacos which were alright and I did not get sick. Nothing out of this world. It’s a chain restaurant and expensive. I only ate here once. There are better places to dine GF in San Diego.

Updated 6 years ago read full review

Symptomatic Celiac

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Get the cactus & zucchini taco. I asked them to change their gloves and they were great.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 6 years ago read full review

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Celiac

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I ate here twice while nearby at a conference. The first day I had tacos and they were delicious and no problems with GF. The next day I ordered a salad to go and it made me a little sick, plus it was a pathetic salad anyway. So I recommend you just stick to tacos.

Updated 6 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Staff was knowledgeable and very entertaining. Tacos were awesome too!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 6 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Really yummy! Had the mix and match 3 tacos, all were delicious. Def celiac friendly, server and staff were knowledgeable and I felt comfortable eating there.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 6 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Oh my gosh. Best meal since I've gone gluten free 6 years ago. Celiac too.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 7 years ago read full review

Celiac

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There is a GF God.... he/she works at Puesto. I am very thankful. The food was succulent and I never got sick. Thank you.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 7 years ago read full review

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Gluten Intolerant

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Great meal, good service, lots of options, tasty food, didn't get sick. What else can you ask for?!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 7 years ago read full review

Gluten Intolerant

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Had the chicken tacos - no issues. Very impressed. Drinks were great although pricey. Server made a note to the chef that I was extremely sensitive. Will definitely go back.

Updated 7 years ago read full review

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The waiter was super knowledgeable on gluten free options!

Updated 7 years ago read full review

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Good food, got a little sick afterward. Not sure if it was from the food or just eating too much. Good service, good knowledge but not dedicated space.

Updated 7 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 7 years ago read full review

Symptomatic Celiac

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Best authentic salsa & chips ever! I also enjoyed the Striped Sea bass Taco! Fresh, simple, healthy, & GF!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 7 years ago read full review

Hashimoto's

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Good food, environment was attractive and inviting and great service, however it should be labeled $$$ not $. It was expensive.

Updated 7 years ago read full review

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