96% of 53 votes say it's Celiac friendly

1544 US-31, Traverse City, MI 49686 Directions

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Celiac
1 month ago

I have celiacs and this is the best Mexican GF restaurant. They are celiac friendly 100%. I just wish I felt this comfortable eating at all restaurants. I loved it before I knew I had celiacs and love it even more now.

Celiac
2 months ago
Celiac friendly

They were very careful to prepare and label all gluten free dinners as celiac. Even made a separate batch of chips in separate fryer. Food was good and no issues. Super friendly staff and aware of gluten free prep of food.

Celiac
2 months ago
Celiac friendly

There is a separate cook space and dedicated deep fryer for gluten free and the staff takes celiac VERY seriously. It’s almost at a paranoid level of caution, which I’m totally fine with! The waitress we had even checked without us asking to make sure the apple juice my son got said gluten free on the jug.

Gluten Free Features

  • Beer
  • Bread/Buns
  • Celiac Friendly
  • Dessert
  • Gluten Free Menu
  • Sandwiches

Categories

  • Late Night
  • Lunch
  • Restaurant

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Celiac
2 months ago
Celiac friendly

This place has so many celiac friendly options. There are even corn tortillas with a separate allergen fryer. The staff was really knowledgeable and I've never had so many options!

Not celiac
2 months ago
Celiac friendly

This restaurant claims to cater to celiac which is why we went here. The salsa was great, chips were thicker than any other Mexican place I’ve ever been to. We got the stuffed shrimp appetizer without the tortilla and it was amazing! The only reason for the 3 stars was that they could not get my margarita right and the waiter seemed to have no clue whatsoever. I kept telling him it was way too sweet and instead of remaking it they just kept adding more juice and it was awful so they ended up taking it off the bill. I ordered the enchilada sampler (because I was so excited it could be GF) and the beans and rice were really good, (although smaller portions than normal with those I thought). The enchiladas were dry as far as sauce goes, just a little dried cheese on top, and the inside was just watery meat. Don’t get me wrong I think if you ordered the right item this restaurant would be great! Next time I think I would order the stuffed poblano meal! I don’t think this experience would deter me from going back so I would definitely check it out!

Celiac
3 months ago
Celiac friendly

AMAZING!!! Never have I had so many options while eating out. Our waitress was super knowledgable too! Highly recommend this place. I wish I lived closer so I could dine here often!

Celiac
1 year ago
Celiac friendly

This place is awesome! They have their menu labeled with what is safe for celiac. The staff is very knowledgeable. They have corn tortillas but they have a dedicated fryer for other corn tortillas that are celiac safe. I had the chicken/steak fajitas and they were so good! So was the chips and salsa. I am very sensitive and did not have a reaction.

Celiac
1 year ago
Celiac friendly

Aug, 2018, Traverse City, MI. Menu clearly marked what is safe for celiac, knowledgable staff. They have corn tortillas, but have special gluten free corn tortillas so they are aware of the need to be vigilant with "gluten free". Food was very, very good.

Celiac
1 year ago
Celiac friendly

I’m a very sensitive celiac and ate here without so much as a tummy rumble! The menu doesn’t list things as gluten free but with a c as celiac safe! There is even a sign at the hostess station letting patrons know they have celiac-safe options. I highly recommend eating here.

Celiac
1 year ago
Celiac friendly

Many options on the menu! Clearly labeled on menu. Server was helpful in pointing out GF items on menu. Chicken enchiladas were great! Also had GF chips and salsa to start the meal. Server assured that they were GF.

1 year ago
Celiac friendly

Delicious! Best nachos I’ve ever had. You can pretty much order off of the whole menu. They have gluten free tortillas that don’t fall apart and taste great. Highly recommend.

Not celiac
1 year ago
Celiac friendly

Not just gluten free, but celiac friendly. Staff was knowledgable.

Celiac
1 year ago
Celiac friendly

Felt so safe eating here! Chips & queso were amazing and the ground beef tacos.

Celiac
1 year ago
Celiac friendly

Amazing!!! Fresh margaritas and the food was hands down the best I've had in a long time.

Celiac
1 year ago
Celiac friendly

Gluten free Chips! Had the Fajitas, were very good. Lots of Gluten Free options.

Celiac
1 year ago

The staff here is wonderful! The chips and corn tortillas are GF and they have a full menu of all the GF options. Even have a chocolate GF cake. They really make you feel welcome with a sign saying they welcome everyone — GF, DF, or any other allergen.

Celiac
1 year ago
Celiac friendly

Absolutely delicious! Had the Brazilian Steak and The Ancho Cake. Best Ive had in a long time.

Celiac
1 year ago

Wow...so many options and absolutely delicious!!!

Celiac
1 year ago
Celiac friendly

Great food. Lots of options!

Celiac
2 years ago
Celiac friendly

Cool atmosphere, dedicated to GF--wonderful service and experience! More like this please🤞

Celiac
2 years ago
Celiac friendly

Awesome gluten free menu. Delicious food!

Celiac
2 years ago
Celiac friendly

This place is amazing! The food is absolutely delicious and an amazing Celiac menu! They take being celiac very seriously. Love this place!

2 years ago

Understood GF, great food

2 years ago
Celiac friendly

I am Celiac and I am always skeptical about going to restaurants, especially any of witch don't understand the concept of what GF is. Red Mesa Grill in TC, Absolutely Nailed It!! I was Ecstatic to see that I got a separate menu titled 'Celiac Friendly'. I ate their chips, salsa, guacamole, and the three sample enchilada platter. Our waitress was Absolutely Amazing!! I wasn't sure about the chips, due to the menu stating 'We can not guarantee our chips are GF, but you're more then welcome to bring your own chips in and we will gladly hand over our salsa for dipping.' (Along them lines) I asked the waitress about the chips and she was pretty sure they were GF. She even offered to go double check and of course I asked her to. When she came back she said 'Our chips are GF and they are fried in a separate fryer.' I enjoyed my meal, as did my family. We will be back, for sure!! Thanks Red Mesa Grill!!❤

Celiac
2 years ago
Celiac friendly

They have a specific celiac menu which is amazing! They have a dedicated fryer and our waitress was very knowledgeable. It was nice to eat here and feel safe.

Celiac
2 years ago
Celiac friendly

Has a dedicated Celiac menu and the food is amazing. Staff well trained and big menu

Celiac
2 years ago

great food and a huge menu! you can even get the chips!

2 years ago
Celiac friendly

I've been wanting to try this place for a long time and now I am going to have to drive over at least once a week to eat here. They have a separate "celiac-safe menu" and it's priceless! I tried the Jack Stuffed shrimp and substituted the beans and rice for veggies and garlic green chili mashed potatoes. It was ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS! The chips are fried in a separate dedicated fryer and the salsa is very unique & delicious - unlike any I've ever had, and I've lived in the southwest for the past 12 years! The bartender Matt was very knowledgeable about celiac & all of the staff is very conscientious of a celiac's needs. I give this place 10 stars out of 5! A northern Michigan MUST for celiacs and GLUTEN allergy sufferers. Im celiac with GLUTEN allergy that's off the charts.

3 years ago
Celiac friendly

The food was amazing and lots of celiac options. It was awesome to have choices. Waitress was very knowledgable and friendly.

Not celiac
3 years ago

Red Mesa offers a specific menu dictated to celiac disease. There were many different options. I had to clarify with the wait staff due to a disclosure they had written on their Menu but the waitress ensured communication to the cook and line staff regarding my meal.

Celiac
3 years ago
Celiac friendly

Separate "celiac" menu is great. Chips are GF at this location. Had a surprising good meal (tacos on corn tortillas) here!

Featured Reviewer, Celiac
6 years ago
Celiac friendly

I have been here twice now and love it! The waitstaff is knowledgable and the menu is celiac-friendly. I plan to come back again next time I'm in TC.

Celiac
3 years ago
Celiac friendly

every time I'm in town, I stop in for every meal I can! Never disappointed!

Celiac
3 years ago

Dinner here tonight and even telling my waiter, and saying my gf order twice and once again when my food came if it was gluten free and safe for me to eat.. I'm so so sick. At least my hotel room has a nice bathroom.. :(

3 years ago
Celiac friendly

Delicious food. It was so nice to see a sign that says celiac safe! Large selection of safe food

Celiac
4 years ago
Celiac friendly

I had a small scare at the beginning when, after our waiter told me the chips were corn and I could eat them (so I did), I read on the menu that the chips were not gluten free. I asked the waiter again and he confirmed with management that at the traverse city location the corn chips have a dedicated fryer and are safe to eat. I ordered the taco combination with hard corn tortilla shells which are also fried in the dedicated fryer! The steak was a little under seasoned in my opinion, the pork was my favorite. The food was good and I didn't have any problems! I would definitely eat here again!

4 years ago
Celiac friendly

Very good food, great selection, and very friendly and knowledgeable staff. They steered us away from a couple of items with dairy that wasn't obvious, and had the kitchen modify an item to make it safe for me. I'll definitely be back!

4 years ago
Not celiac friendly

If I could give a negative I would. They brought a flour tortilla to my daughter after she ordered off the gluten free menu, and we trusted them that it was corn. As soon as she eat a bite she said "oh no - that is flour!!" I got the waitress and she came and say yep that is flour let me fix it. What??? Too late. Do not eat here! The food is not even good. We left almost everything on our plates after that, we can not trust this place. I don't care if the owner is serious about celiac, your staff is not!

Celiac
4 years ago
Celiac friendly

We just got guacamole and bean dip for takeout. Was good! Their chips are not GF, but you can get GF tortilla chips at the Bayside Market next door.

4 years ago
Celiac friendly

Salsa is flavorful. Rice and beans need more seasoning, very mild almost bland food.

4 years ago
Celiac friendly

fabulous restaurant. great gf and veg. menu. kids are gf for us and they adapted the regular menu to create a meal for them. great staff. great stop in traverse city.

Celiac
5 years ago
Celiac friendly

Celiac Friendly! A GF, Celiac, Vegan menu is available. Many options and, according to our waitress, chips are now celiac approved. Ate there 24 hours ago and have had no issues. Salsa is AMAZING! Roasted tomato flavor with just the right amount of heat. Hubby and I shared the combo faitas that were plenty big for two. Plenty of toppings to make about 5-6 good sized tacos. Margaritas are delicious as well. Overall a GREAT place!

5 years ago

excellent food, celiac friendly menu and they do ask if you need one when you come in. The menu is actually a good sized menu and not just 2 or 3 options that are safe.

Celiac
5 years ago
Celiac friendly

This restaurant has a lot of GF options but they need to be more clear what is GF and not GF. We were told the chips on the table are GF - but it would be nice to see that listed on the menu. Our waitress told us that fries were GF but then later came back to tell us she was mistaken. If they have a dedicated fryer - I don't understand why they could make fries in that GF fryer. Some food was tasty. Anyone who got steak in their tacos/enchiladas didn't like the steak because it was lumpy and chewy. For dessert, they offered 2 GF options. We ordered one of them but then noticed that this option was not on the GF menu (like the fries weren't). The waitress insisted that the dessert was GF - she said she has worked there for 4 years and should know (but she didn't know the fries weren't). We were nice about it and chose to have the person with Celiac to just eat the ice cream (which came in a separate dish) but had the non celiac person eat the rest. We didn't complain. We have just been burnt by unknowledgable servers in the past at various restaurants and the consequences are too great. What I didn't like is that the waitress kept coming over to try and convince us that she was right - to the point of embarrassment in front of our friends. She even showed us that it listed as GF on the bill.

Celiac
6 years ago

Go here if there is any question, when you walk in the door they ask everyone if they want a vegetarian menu or a gluten free menu, I had the steak...bomb, lots of gf drinks

6 years ago

I was recently in Traverse City and was very excited to learn a place I had eaten at prior to GF was very GF friendly. I have to say I was disappointed. The menu stated the chips served table side were not guaranteed to be GF. That was severely disappointing. I was not helped at navigating the menu at all. They had great priced happy hour eats but the server did not offer any help on anything even though I was holding a Celiac menu. I got the chicken and it was just ok. Tasted like it had been previously frozen or something. It was just ok. We spent almost $70 with tip and left pretty disappointed.

6 years ago
Celiac friendly

Awesome menu. Very friendly staff that are knowledgable. Too bad it's not a chain!!!

Not celiac
6 years ago

Definitely a great place for folks who need to be GF. Dedicated fryer and knowledgeable staff are the big bonuses. The food was good, but I wasn't overly impressed.

6 years ago

Awesome food for Celiacs and Wheat intolerant. Servers are knowledgable. Fast friendly and delicious!

6 years ago

Many wonderful choices for gluten -free dining. The pulled pork was a bit spicy for our 9 year old but she was so excited to have her own menu she ate it all!

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