The only non-dedicated gluten free facility in Philadelphia that is actually knowledgable and trustworthy. They are extremely careful. I have eaten here many times and never gotten sick. They fully understand what a dedicated prep space means.
Food is pricey but portions are good. Highest quality.
— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu
Best place for people with celiac, just let them know you have it!! I go here every time I’m in Philly
Lots of options. Delicious and different lunch. Such a cute restaurant!! I went with my husband, son, and son’s friend. I’m the only one who has to be GF, and everyone enjoyed lunch. (They all had something GF.) I chose this restaurant based on the other reviews. I would love to go back and try something else.
This was my first restaurant I went to after being diagnosed with celiac. I didnt feel nervous at all. We got lucky enough to have our waiter be the co-owner and he was very knowledgeable and made sure that they cooked things in a separate pan with separate oils. They even made sure to say this as it was brought to my table. Food was absolutely incredible and it's byob which is ideal. All desserts are gluten-free but make sure you ask what you can eat on the menu.
This is still my favorite restaurant after 10 years of eating gluten free. The food is fantastic! I always try to order something different every time I go, and I'm never disappointed. But it's hard not to have a Pernil Arepa because they're so delicious. The chocolate desserts are amazing! This is a unique restaurant that I highly recommend.
This place is amazing. Try everything. Owner is wonderful and makes chocolate by hand.
Wow wow wow. Super friendly staff. Very special food. Very gf aware. Great experiance. Not only the food, but the special chocolates and fruit juicy pops (pop sicles), great!!! Best sirilion steak ever...
Delicious food, all arepas are gluten free!
This place is amazing! Knowledgeable and super friendly staff. Unbelievably delicious. Items clearly marked. Separate oil used for frying. Hands down some of the best food I’ve ever had.
We ordered yuca frites, and arepas. Yum!
Sooooo good!! I can’t wait to come back here again!
So many GF and safe for Celiac options. Everything tasted phenomenal.
Wonderfully authentic and tasty food. Owners and staff so helpful!
Fantastic food. Separate preparation area for gluten free. Helpful staff. 10 stars!
An arepa may seem small on the plate but I assure you is a full meal!
Best food I've ever eaten! My friends and I went here and could not get over how delicious the food was...and GF! Almost everything is GF and just make sure you let your server know. The owners are so sweet and accommodating. Will definitely be back!!
We had a fabulous meal here. My husband and I are both gluten free. He is vegan and I also don't eat dairy. We don't have celiac but they seemed knowledgeable. I didn't ask about cooking specifics, but I'm sure a call would answer any questions. The majority of the menu can be made gluten free. BYOB
Excellent restaurant with amazing naturally gluten free authentic food. The owners are wonderful and very knowledgeable about Celiac. We will definitely return!!
Sazon Restaurant and Cafe (www.sazonrestaurant.com) is a homestyle restaurant serving authentic Venezuelan cuisine. Husband and wife team Robert and Judith create true magic in their restaurant. Gluten free & vegetarian options abound. Try the arepas (corn patties similar to a sandwich roll). I had the Grilled Veggie Delight arepa which had portabella mushrooms, eggplant, green pepper, tomatoes, onion, and spinach infused with cilantro pesto. The fried sweet plantains with shredded white cheese were the perfect combination of sweet and savory. Save room for Sazon's chocolate flan, caramel vanilla egg custard, and homemade chocolate truffles!
Such amazing food! I almost didn't even try it driving by... I am so glad we did! Delicious plantains, they have a separate fryer for gluten free items and take time to educate you on their menu. And SO DELICIOUS!! Try the plantains and arepas!!
Just had my birthday dinner here. It was great.
The food is mostly gluten free and really delicious. Our dinner was excellent. We followed up with some of Robert's truffles and a cup of chocolate. I can't even use words like delicious. The chocolate was an experience. I am ruined for other chocolate!
Awesome food, so many options. Even a GF fryer so we celiacs can enjoy fried plantains... Something I really never expected to eat again! Also just super kind and friendly service.
Sazon claims to offer the most extensive Venezuelan menu in the US. Now I'm not in a position to verify or dispute that, but I certainly can attest that not only is the food at Sazon exceptional, but they are quite knowledgable in all things gluten-free and celiac-safe preparation (it certainly helps that most of the menu is gluten-free to begin with).
After taking a few moments to soak in the relaxing atmosphere, I went with one of the arepas, which is sort of a corn cake sandwich, served with a variety of fillings. I've only ever been to one other place that serves arepas, and Sazon's put them to shame. I got three bites in, and ordered a second one to go. Now one is certainly enough for a meal; my plan was to eat the second for lunch the following day. When I told them my intentions, they packaged the second arepa up so that the corn cake, pork (pernil) and sauce were all kept separate so the corn cake wouldn't get soggy, which definitely strikes me as going the extra mile.
A couple of extra things to note about Sazon:
a. They are not open for lunch during the week
b. It is a byob restaurant
c. They are cash only
d. They offer a variety of delicious-looking chocolates (I did not try them)
e. It almost made me want to move to Philadelphia.
I'd like to further qualify my rating by saying that I typically give high marks to any place that truly understands gf-prep and cross contamination; with so few gf-safe options, I feel beggars can't be choosers (yet). A decent meal that doesn't make me sick is infinitely preferable to a delicious one that does, and that typically is the basis for my scores. Sazon nails both the preparation and the quality, and I intend to return any time I find myself back in Philly.
owners are super friendly and hands on willing to make dietary changes and separate fryer for gf. all ingredients fresh and prepared daily.
Yummy, fresh food AND its a BYOB! Everything is fresh and delicious. I have dined here several times and have never had any issues with cross-contamination. The hot chocolate is to die for.
The arepas are delicious, but the patacon is by far my favorite meal. They also have the best hot sauce, which is awesome on the fried yucca and everything else. byob too. love this place!