Rainforest Cafe

4.0 stars 4.0 out of 5 18 ratings
$$$Celiac Friendly, Kid Friendly, Late Night, Restaurant
88% of 9 votes say it's Celiac friendly

1800 E Buena Vista Dr, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32836 Directions

(407) 827-8500
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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    November 28, 2017

    I have celiacs and multiple allergies to the point where I almost never eat out. The head chef came out (chef Ortiz) and looked at my allergy list that I brought and discussed with me what he could make. He created the most delicious meal I have had at a restaurant! I didn't get sick and it was such a relief to be able to enjoy a meal with family on vacation!

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    1 rating
    November 19, 2017

    The staff seemed very helpful, but that wasn’t enough. Someone dropped the ball and I was sick before I could walk to the bus station.

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    Celiac
    5 rating
    August 02, 2017

    I wasn't expecting much, but the food was pretty good. My five star rating, though, is based on the service. I told my waiter I had Celiac and he said he'd bring the chef right out. Chef came out and told me to ignore the GF menu and instead tell him what was on the normal menu that looked good to me and he'd tell me how he'd adjust to make it GF. Totally went above and beyond to hook me up. Highly recommend.

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    5 rating Celiac friendly
    August 02, 2017

    We are here multiple times. Every time the waiter/waitress said they were not allowed to take my daughters order(celiac) The chef came out every time and wrote it down. Great service and very friendly.

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    5 rating
    June 21, 2017

    They have a gluten free menu you just have to ask for it!! Delicious food especially the strawberry shortcake is absolutely phenomenal!

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    Celiac
    4 rating Celiac friendly
    May 16, 2017

    fun atmosphere! great gf food! great staff!!

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    1 rating Not celiac friendly
    October 27, 2016

    Ordered the soup gluten free, came out with wheat flour noodles and wheat flour garlic bread. The chef did not come out. The manager did not come over. I could have ended up in the hospital, had I trusted them. The service was horrendous. Took 35 min to get my food and just had to wrap it up to go. Update: Just had a bite of the chicken sandwich that I ordered on an udi's bun, they didn't remove the tendon in the chicken breast so I bit into this enormous hard disgusting thing. I will never in my life go to a rain forest cafe again!

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    5 rating
    September 17, 2016

    Excellent service, the chef actually came to our table and told me that he could pretty much do anything on the menu gluten free except for the natural burger which was a veggie burger so plenty of choices! !

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    5 rating Celiac friendly
    May 09, 2016

    The previous reviews led us to dine here. They do take separate orders for allergies. My daughter was so happy with her GF grilled cheese!

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    March 25, 2016

    There is no particular menu, even better, the chef comes out and takes your order personally. GF bread as well👍

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    4 rating
    February 11, 2016

    Chef came out to talk to me. They have gluten free buns and they were delicious! I didn't have dessert so not sure if they offer any gf options there. I would go backck.

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    Celiac
    5 rating
    September 14, 2014

    There is no gluten free menu but they are very understanding. I told my waiter and he asked the head chef to make me a dish which was absolutely outstanding. Great service, great understanding.

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    3 rating Celiac friendly
    August 15, 2014

    Your GF choices in downtown disney, aside from some red meat choices are Tuscan chicken with mashed potatoes, shrimp skewers without butter sauce or rice (mashed potatoes instead) or salmon on top of potatoes with veggie side. French fries can be baked to be gluten free as well.

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    3 rating
    June 07, 2014

    What a disappointment! We went here 6 yrs ago, & had the most amazing experience! This time, not so much. They didn't hv half the GF menu they did 6 yrs ago. Almost everything we asked for, they said they couldn't make GF? Tortilla chips? Can't be made GF at Disney? My daughter got a burger on a GF bun, only ate 2 bites. I got a turkey sandwich on GF bread w/ potato chips. It was sub par, & pricey.

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    2 rating
    October 12, 2013

    Waitress was not knowledgeable on celiac. I had the fish thinking it was the safest thing on the menu. Got sick soon after. Won't be eating there again.

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    3 rating
    March 14, 2013

    The server and chef were excellent. Very friendly, knowledgeable, and kind. The bar manager was another story. He tried to tell us my 10 year old couldn't have an icee because it contained gluten. I pulled up the Icee website to show him it was gluten free. My daughter gets these all the time and she has Celiac disease. He was very rude and acted as if he knew more about my child's disease than I do. Not only did he sat she couldn't have it, but offered no other options. She was to watch her two sisters drink their icees in their souvenir cups, while she drank diet coke from a regular glass. Needless to say, she got her icee AND the glass. I have absolutely no complaints about the food or server. In that area, 5 stars.

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    5 rating
    January 28, 2013

    Excellent food! The chef came out to talk to me and discuss possible GF options. Was very knowledgeable about CC.

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    5 rating
    July 14, 2012

    Great experience! The server asked for one of the chiefs to come out to speak with me in regards to my allergies. He stated what was on the menu for Gluten Free and came back to check in. Great serves and the food was awesome! Defiantly recommend if in Down Town Disney.

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    December 07, 2017

    6170 Grand Ave #857, Gurnee, IL 60031

    Manager Chris was extremely knowledgeable. Very friendly and accommodating! They have options for most of their food, baked my fries in the oven and double checked on all additional ingredients to make sure I was safe. Will def go back.

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    Celiac
    5 rating
    December 03, 2017

    2201 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, NJ 08401

    I’m not sure why they don’t have a gluten free menu. Their staff and cooks are VERY knowledgeable about the allergy. When I told my server I needed to gluten free he told me the chef would be out to speak to me. 2 minutes later he was and instead of tell me just what I could have, he asked “ What are you in the mood for?” He made everything I wanted gluten free even down to the fries which he baked in the oven so I wouldn’t get cross contamination! Also, the rainforest burger was the best burger I have had!

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    1 rating Not celiac friendly
    November 27, 2017

    110 East Crockett, San Antonio, TX 78205

    The manager came out and talked to me about my gluten restrictions. She promised they could make sure my food would be safe and prepared separately by the chef himself. It came out wrong 3 times and our whole party of 13 ate while I sat. Would have not been so bad had they not made so many promises. Be very careful. Even when they make it in a separate "yellow allergy ticket". They flopped on this visit!

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    November 07, 2017

    5 Woodfield Mall D121, Schaumburg, IL 60173

    I called and made reservations and when I did I asked the person about their GF options. She told me that their chefs were very good at working with their customers in preparing food that meets their needs. I let the waiter know of my needs and the chef came out and talked with me about my choices. I ended up have the Bolivian Talapia & Shrimp with red quinoa...it was VERY tasty! I normally do not immediately write reviews until several days pass, because my symptoms don't appear for 48-72 hours after a meal. I had no reaction to what I ate, and would definitely go back again. I sat next to the gorillas, who put on a show throughout the meal. The atmosphere here is delightful, something the younger ones will enjoy!

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    5 rating Celiac friendly
    November 06, 2017

    353 Opry Mills Drive, Nashville, TN 37214

    Staff took great care with ordering & preparation. Had blue mountain chicken ..it was out-of-this world good !! Jackson was very knowledgeable & provided exceptional service!! Many GF options, just ask for recommendations.

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    October 29, 2017

    300 3rd St, Niagara Falls, NY 14303

    Many, many, many gluten free menu items. Great place to eat if you have Celiacs. Gluten free NOT advertised on the menu, but ask your server, they are very knowledgeable.

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    Celiac
    5 rating
    October 26, 2017

    110 East Crockett, San Antonio, TX 78205

    Not much to choose from but the quinoa pasta is delicious! The chef came out to our table to interact with us and answer my questions. It was great knowing they were truly concerned with what I was eating!

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    2 rating Not celiac friendly
    September 07, 2017

    5310 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, TX 77551

    My family went based on reviews, and despite there only being 2 items indicated as "allergy -sensitive". Big mistake! We were optimistic as the hostess said she'd have the chef talk with us personally (great! right? wrong...). The "chef" tells us we can have a gf pasta or gf sandwich bread. I ask, what about other ingredients? sauce? meats? spices? He shrugs and says marinara and pesto "should be ok". My 13yo celiac daughter was willing to take the risk, and fortunately did not get sick. But the lack of options, knowledge and consideration was beyond infuriating. And the total bill was outrageous. $75 for 2 dinners, a kids dinner and 4 drinks. We'll never visit any location again.

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    Celiac
    1 rating Not celiac friendly
    September 04, 2017

    6170 Grand Ave #857, Gurnee, IL 60031

    Update. Went back a second time today and even after speaking with the manager, and confirming twice, they served my 5 year old regular pasta. 2.5 hours later my daughter was bent over in pain throwing up with a stomach ache. I called to speak with a manager who confirmed she was served the wrong noodles (spiral are not gf). This place makes an effort, but failed majorly today. Old Review: Amazing! Let them know about your celiac, and the manager comes to the table to explain the many options that are not even on the menu. Great for my daughter and I! They even promised no cross contamination.

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    Celiac
    4 rating
    August 26, 2017

    5 Woodfield Mall D121, Schaumburg, IL 60173

    They have one "Allergy friendly" item on their menu, and many others can be adapted, especially for gf. The manager comes out to confirm all allergies, and brings the dish out personally. They adapted one of their recipes for me and it was delicious, no reaction either. Service was a bit slow, but five stars for the dish I had.

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    5 rating Not celiac friendly
    August 22, 2017

    Mall Of America, Bloomington, MN 55425

    staff was friendly and ensured my meal would be gluten free though there was no specific gluten free menu. Excellent service and meal.

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    1 rating Not celiac friendly
    August 18, 2017

    505 N Rainforest Rd, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

    I went for dinner I became sick. I believe the food was cross contaminated.

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    Celiac
    3 rating Celiac friendly
    July 31, 2017

    Mall Of America, Bloomington, MN 55425

    I came here after reading all of the reviews about how well they handled celiac customers. A manager did come to my table to talk to me about how food was prepared and to help me order safely. He also said they had a dedicated fryer for French fries. My meal came out on a GF bun and it was delicious. However, my Nima sensor found gluten when I tested the French fries. Such a disappointment! Good thing I didn't eat them before the test result popped up. The manager apologized and our server even came over to ask if I was feeling ok. That was a first! Anyway, eat here, but with caution.

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    5 rating Celiac friendly
    July 30, 2017

    300 3rd St, Niagara Falls, NY 14303

    They don't have a GF menu, but the hostess told me to talk to the server. They have GF rolls for sandwiches and burgers and GF pasta. Really fun atmosphere for the kids, food was really good and nice to have a place to eat on vacation that everyone enjoyed and was safe for me.

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    5 rating
    July 29, 2017

    Mall Of America, Bloomington, MN 55425

    It says on the menu to make server aware of any food allergies before ordering. The manager then came out, and was actually excited to go through the menu and options there were with me! They have a dedicated fryer for fries. She gave me some time to decide and then came back and said she had to be the one to take my order, so she did on special pink paper and delivered it to the kitchen, then delivered the food to me and kept checking on me. All the while the restaurant was really busy! Great experience, didn't feel like a burden at all. Good fries and bunless burger.

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    5 rating Celiac friendly
    July 17, 2017

    3000 Grapevine Mills Pkwy, Grapevine, TX 76051

    I was completely impressed by the level of service here. The moment I told our waitress I had a gluten allergy she sent the chef to our table. The chef walked through the menu on everything that he was able to make safe which was 75% of the menu. He took my order on a red allergy card. The same chef brought out my dinner and assured me, he was the only one who prepared my dish to keep it from cross contamination.

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    Celiac
    4 rating
    June 17, 2017

    300 3rd St, Niagara Falls, NY 14303

    Good for a fun bite to eat. Most of their menu is gluten free, except for the fried items. Even the fries are done in their own fryer to keep from cross contamination. Great place for kids.

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    5 rating Celiac friendly
    June 13, 2017

    5310 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, TX 77551

    Awesome experience! Chef came out to discuss gluten-free options, and explained how he prepares the dishes separately and with care. He took sons order (he has CD) and brought it out with our server. There aren't many GF options but gluten-free buns for burgers, a quinoa spaghetti and kale salad. Son had grilled chicken from kids menu. He ordered mashed potatoes (no gravy) but chef brought out rice and orange slices, too.

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    4 rating
    June 10, 2017

    5000 Katy Mills Circle, Katy, TX 77494

    chef was very knowledgeable and helpful. We felt like we received a lot of attention to meet all our dietary needs. food is ok

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    5 rating Celiac friendly
    June 06, 2017

    3799 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109

    Our visit here was FANTASTIC!!! The chef and kitchen manager came out to make sure I knew exactly what I could eat, and the list was extensive. They said that they can make most items on the menu gf. I highly recommend dining here. My husband was so happy that they take gf dining so seriously that he hugged the kitchen manager.

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    5 rating
    June 02, 2017

    Mall Of America, Bloomington, MN 55425

    chef comes out to talk to u and go over what options they have. They have a separate fryer for fries as well for gluten free

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    May 14, 2017

    505 N Rainforest Rd, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

    Dedicated fryer for the fries, burgers with GF buns and cooked to perfection. The staff was very friendly.

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    Celiac
    5 rating
    May 12, 2017

    5310 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, TX 77551

    Great place for gluten free food! They bring the chef out to talk to you, and there's SO many options!

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    May 09, 2017

    Mall Of America, Bloomington, MN 55425

    GLUTEN FREE PASTA!! That's right, as of this week (according to the manager), Rainforest Cafe offers quinoa and corn pasta. I had the anaconda pasta with quinoa spaghetti noodles and it was absolutely delicious. Impeccable services, the manager repeatedly came to our table to make sure all of our dishes were gluten free and promptly answered any questions. Overall, I am unbelievably impressed. The restaurant itself has an amazing, fun, family friendly atmosphere. We will be back!

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    2 rating
    May 07, 2017

    300 3rd St, Niagara Falls, NY 14303

    Waiter was completely clueless (had no idea whether pasta would be a gf food or not). Very few options.

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    April 14, 2017

    353 Opry Mills Drive, Nashville, TN 37214

    Chef came out to the table and explained what was Gluten Free and also dairy free for me. Took my order on a separate allergy ticket and said he would follow that through the kitchen from start to finish. He was friendly and super knowledgeable. I would definitely recommend the Rainforest Cafe in Nashville.

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    4 rating
    March 23, 2017

    300 3rd St, Niagara Falls, NY 14303

    The food was good and there are a decent amount of options. My only complaint is the food is extremely overpriced. We spend over $100 for 4 of us and that was purchasing the cheaper meals. We did not purchase appetizers or dessert.

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    2 rating
    March 15, 2017

    5310 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, TX 77551

    I have eaten at different Rainforest Cafe's before and had a really good GF experience. When I asked here about a GF menu or options all our waitress said was "we don't have one." I ended up just ordering something that I was pretty certain would be safe and thankfully didn't get sick, but was very disappointed with the service and lack of knowledge from our waitress. Hoping we just caught them on a bad day.

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    5 rating Celiac friendly
    January 22, 2017

    3799 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109

    Chef came out to talk to me and modified my meal to fit my gluten free requirements. Very impressed. Also asked me if I had another allergies.

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    5 rating Celiac friendly
    January 16, 2017

    3799 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109

    The chef that was making my food came out and informed me what was safe to eat. they did a wonderful job making sure my meal was gluten free. I had the BBQ ribs and they were amazing!! The have a separate fryer for tortilla chips and French fries. I am definitely coming back !!!

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    5 rating Celiac friendly
    December 31, 2016

    300 3rd St, Niagara Falls, NY 14303

    Very knowledgeable staff and tons of GF options. Dedicated fryer and GF pasta and rolls available.

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    2 rating Celiac friendly
    December 20, 2016

    353 Opry Mills Drive, Nashville, TN 37214

    Not very many gluten free options, and way over priced for what's offered. They do keep everything very separate, so it is celiac friendly, but still would not recommend.

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    December 20, 2016

    505 N Rainforest Rd, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

    As soon as I told my server I had celiac, he had the chef come out to speak to me. No dedicated GF menu but lots can be made GF. Someone brought my food out separately to ensure no cross contamination and the food was delicious.

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    November 28, 2016

    353 Opry Mills Drive, Nashville, TN 37214

    Ate here over the weekend and was very pleasantly surprised. The chef came out and talked to me about my options. He was very concerned and knowledgeable about gluten. I got the queso dip with ground beef added and it was delicious! They use a shared fryer for tortilla chips, so they brought me kettle chips to go with it. It sounds odd, but it was really good. Honestly the dip was so good I could've eaten it off tree bark and it would've been fine! Definitely recommend.

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    5 rating
    November 26, 2016

    353 Opry Mills Drive, Nashville, TN 37214

    The chef came out and explained to me the items on the menu that he could change to become gluten free. He gave me all the options for sides and he was thorough in his descriptions. I didnt feel judged or awkward by stating that I had a gluten intolerance. They were really helpful and i didnt get sick.

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    November 10, 2016

    3799 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109

    Chef came out to talk to us and assured us that our Celiac and allergies would be handled appropriately, and they were! We ordered the Cobb salad, and the ribs. Everything was excellent! We would definitely go back again.

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    November 01, 2016

    1515 S Disneyland Dr, Anaheim, CA 92802

    The chef came out and made sure I knew what options I had. He personally took my order. The food was delicious and perfectly cooked. Best meal of my entire trip!

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    5 rating
    October 30, 2016

    4310 Baldwin Road, Auburn Hills, MI 48326

    We ate here on October 28, 2016. There isn't a gluten free section on menu but we told waitress about our Celiac Disease. The chef came out and told us there were gluten free pasta and hamburger buns. He would make any dish gluten free for us. Very nice restaurant and staff. Kids loved the food and atmosphere.

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    5 rating
    October 18, 2016

    505 N Rainforest Rd, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

    Both my daughter and I have celiac and had a great experience! The chef came out and talked to us. They didn't have a gluten free menu but could make most options gluten free. Plus it was delicious!!

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    August 31, 2016

    5310 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, TX 77551

    Chef came to the table to discuss options as no gf menu. He was very knowledgeable about cross contamination and outlined how and where each option was cooked. I had a burger with a good gf bun and no effects afterward and I am severe celiac!

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    5 rating
    August 13, 2016

    353 Opry Mills Drive, Nashville, TN 37214

    When I told the server about my gluten allergy, he happily went and got the manager to come and take my order. Food was good and I was really pleased at how pleasant and helpful the manager was.

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    July 22, 2016

    5310 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, TX 77551

    "I heard you're really good at accommodating gluten free." "As soon as you say that, I have to alert the chef." The chef came out and took my order personally. He assured me he is the only one touching my food and will be taking every precaution. Also, they have gluten free buns! No dedicated menu, but I feel safer here than many places that do!

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    4 rating
    July 14, 2016

    110 East Crockett, San Antonio, TX 78205

    The manager came to our table to talk about gf options for my son. They also have a gf bun now. We had a great experience!

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    5 rating Celiac friendly
    July 11, 2016

    5310 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, TX 77551

    The chef came out and told me things on the menu that were gluten free. I started to order and he asked if I liked things spicy, I replied yes. He asked if he could suggest the special 9, it is a Mahi Mahi filet, shrimp, grilled veggies and rice. It was one of the best dishes I have had in a while.

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    5 rating
    July 09, 2016

    5310 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, TX 77551

    exceptional service, atmosphere and food. my celiac daughter had grilled chicken and fries. she said it was delicious. chef cam to table to take order and bring her order. Highly Recommend! dedicated fryer for fries

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    5 rating
    July 07, 2016

    110 East Crockett, San Antonio, TX 78205

    The chef was so kind and helpful! He personally came to our table to help us. The food was amazing!! Such a fun resturant

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    3 rating
    June 27, 2016

    300 3rd St, Niagara Falls, NY 14303

    My server really didn't have much knowledge of gluten free items. He did give me his hand written list of what was gluten free. They have gluten free buns for the burgers. My food was brought out touching all the other food on the tray, so be careful of cross contamination.

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    4 rating Celiac friendly
    June 03, 2016

    3799 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109

    great place not much on the menu but didn't get glutened so that makes me happy

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    5 rating
    May 27, 2016

    353 Opry Mills Drive, Nashville, TN 37214

    Excellent job. The chef even came to our table to help out with possible gf choices.

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    4 rating
    May 14, 2016

    5 Woodfield Mall D121, Schaumburg, IL 60173

    Just ate there. Did not get sick. I did have the baked fries and a burger in a lettuce wrap.

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11 am - 10:30 pm
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11 am - 10:30 pm
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Thursday
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