Sofrito Latin Cafe

14 recent ratings
$ • Latin Restaurant
Reported to have a gluten-free menu
Reported GF menu options: Arepas, Dessert, Empanadas
87% of 8 votes say it's celiac friendly
8607 Palm Pkwy
Orlando, FL 32836

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Celiac

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Drove over here based on reviews only to get there and be told that the only gf items were grilled chicken, rice, and beans. The young man at the counter kept repeating that if we wanted gf we needed to order grilled chicken. He said the oil and cooking surfaces were all shared and even said that the arepas were not 100% gf even though they are listed as gf on the menu. In fact, most of the menu is labeled gf but he said that it was not truly gf, and only the chicken was safe. We went elsewhere.

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?

— Poor

Updated 4 months ago read full review

Not celiac

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Excellent service. Ready fast. No gluten issues. Tasted awesome

Safety


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

— 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

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 for lunch
  • Good for takeout
  • Good selection of healthy options
  • Good vegan options
  • Offers online ordering
  • Offers outdoor seating
Updated 4 months ago read full review

Gluten Intolerant

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We had a few arepas for breakfast. They were great. The menu is clearly marked and the online menu can be sorted to show GF only.

Safety


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

— 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 4 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

  • Arepas
  • Dessert
  • Empanadas
  • Gluten-Free Menu

Categories

  • Allergy Friendly
  • Breakfast
  • Brunch
  • Dairy-Free Friendly
  • Dinner
  • Healthy
  • Keto Friendly
  • Kid Friendly
  • Latin
  • Lunch
  • Online Ordering
  • Outdoor Seating
  • Restaurant
  • Takeout
  • Vegan Friendly

Photos


Han and cheese, beef and cheese, pork arepas
Gluten-Free at Sofrito Latin Cafe
Camarones al Ajillo
With black beans
Venezuelan/ Colombian empanadas
Colombian Empanada
Venezuelan Empanada
Churrasco
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Tips


Celiac

Avoid the fried food. They use a shared fryer. A lot of things are naturally GF but given the shared fryer and their disregard for cross contamination, would be cautious if celiac.

1 year ago

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Celiac

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Absolutely one of the BEST places in the area. Numerous options, staff is well informed, and the food is amazing.

Safety


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

— 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

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 for lunch
  • Good for takeout
  • Good with other allergies
  • Offers delivery
  • Offers online ordering
  • Offers outdoor seating
Updated 4 months ago read full review

Celiac

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I went two days to this place. The arepas are delicious and GF. I liked the restaurant has identified the GF items.

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

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

— Excellent

Updated 5 months ago read full review

Not celiac

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We just spent 5 days traveling in Orlando, Tampa, and Ft. Myers and this was our favorite meal! The menu is clearly marked with GF items and well over half the menu is GF. We had arepas (mine with beef and sweet plantains, my partner’s with chicken and cheese) and they were both absolutely delicious. Side of tostones was great, as was the sangria- not too sweet, but very flavorful. Wish this restaurant was in Massachusetts where we live- we would be there every week!

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

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 for lunch
  • Good for takeout
  • Offers outdoor seating
Updated 5 months ago read full review

Celiac

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The menu is marked with lots of GF options. I advised the hostess of my allergy and ordered the Camarones al Ajillo which was a large portion and delicious, a Colombian empanada, a Venezuelan empanada (which was the best I’ve ever had even before my dx) and vanilla flan. Can’t wait to go back, no reactions and the drinks were strong! Coming back for another visit I’ve learned that they use a shared fryer. Although I had no reactions one the first visit, I will reframe from ordering anything else that is fried.

Safety


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

— Somewhat

Safety Feature Ratings
  • Dedicated gluten-free space in the kitchen
  • Staff is knowledgeable and can answer questions
  • Staff will clean kitchen space or change gloves if asked
  • 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?

— Excellent

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for breakfast/brunch
  • Good for dairy-free
  • Good for lunch
  • Good for takeout
  • Good selection of healthy options
  • Good vegan options
  • Offers online ordering
  • Offers outdoor seating
Updated 11 months ago read full review

Celiac

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DO NOT EAT THE FRIED FOOD!!! All fried items are made in a shared fryer. Unfortunately we assumed they were not since the menu stated gf, and my husband ended up sick. Aside from that, the menu is very extensive when it comes to gluten free. However, as a celiac I wouldn’t risk it personally, given they are claiming the fried items are gluten free. If you don’t have celiac, I think it’s a great place.

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?

— Good

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for breakfast/brunch
  • Good for dairy-free
  • Good for keto
  • Good for kids
  • Good for takeout
  • Good selection of healthy options
  • Good vegan options
  • Offers outdoor seating
Updated 1 year ago read full review

Not celiac

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So good! Many gluten free options!

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

Celiac

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There were so many delicious options! My 16 year old daughter with Celiac loved it.

Safety


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

— 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

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

— Excellent

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for breakfast/brunch
  • Good for dairy-free
  • Good for kids
  • Good for lunch
  • Good for takeout
  • Good selection of healthy options
  • Good vegan options
  • Good with other allergies
  • Offers delivery
  • Offers online ordering
  • Offers outdoor seating
Updated 1 year ago read full review

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Incredible food with homemade arepas. It's a small local place that's a nice break from Disney/Universal.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 1 year ago read full review

Celiac

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I visited here after reading all the positive reviews here and calling ahead. Food was delicious and I had no issues as a celiac. Lots of options.

Safety


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

— 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

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

— Excellent

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for lunch
  • Good for takeout
  • Offers outdoor seating
Updated 2 years ago read full review

Not celiac

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Some AMAZING food. So many gluten free options clearly marked. Six stars!

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Gluten Intolerant

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So there are GF options but this is a counter order place. There’s also a language issue. What I had was good but it was fried and I couldn’t get a definitive answer on what it was fried in. I’m hoping I don’t get sick but would of liked to try other options.

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Clearly labeled GF items & a staff that understands gluten. Place is so good we ate here twice on a recent trip 😋

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Not celiac

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Amazing food and lots of it. No dedicated fryer but lots if options. Great people!

Updated 3 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Everything is made in the same fryer. Really had very limited selection. Cross contamination nightmare. Was really excited about this place too. Disappointed

Celiac friendly?

No

Updated 3 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Insanely good!! We loved the beef empanada, arepa with beans and plantain, and the cheese bread. Super friendly staff, and nice covered outdoor patio.

Updated 3 years ago read full review

Celiac

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DELICIOUS!!! The staff was very knowledgeable about GF safety and the food was amazing! You can’t order fried items because of the shared fryer but there were so many other delicious items it didn’t matter. Just wish this restaurant was in my home town!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 3 years ago read full review

Not celiac

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Many of the empanadas are markedGF, presumably because they’re made with corn, but they’re fried in the same fryer as ones made of wheat, so they’re not really GF. The arepas are baked, so they are not cross contaminated. Everything was delicious and the prices are a bargain, especially compared to the exorbitant ones at the amusement parks. Five stars for the food, minus one for the mislabeled empanadas.

Updated 3 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Was hopeful because of the other positive reviews.

Didn’t eat here after speaking with staff. Everything fried in same fryer, and most of menu is fried items. Staff unsure about Celiac or Gluten Free even though the menu labels many items as GF. Disappointed to say the least

Celiac friendly?

No

Updated 3 years ago read full review

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Everything is clearly labeled GF. The food was amazing and there’s several drink choices. Everything is reasonably priced.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 3 years ago read full review

Not celiac

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A lot of food. Great taste. Very responsible price. Must try

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 3 years ago read full review

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My favorite non-Disney restaurant to visit when we are in Orlando! An absolute MUST if you're GF!

Updated 4 years ago read full review

Not celiac

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Delicious food. It was all delicious!

Updated 4 years ago read full review

Not celiac

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Great service, gf options are labeled on menu, delicious savory food. The empanadas were especially delicious!

Updated 4 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Yummy yummy authentic Latin American food. Great price. No cross contamination.

Updated 4 years ago read full review

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Lots of gluten free options available and food is absolutely delicious- unlike all the processed food you find in chain restaurants. I could even have the sweet plantains that aren’t available in so many places! The slow cooked pork was amazing!

Updated 4 years ago read full review

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Asked the staff at the register and they use a shared fryer so no fried foods are celiac safe, that being said there are a TON of other absolutely delicious options. I had the 30+ hour roasted pork, yellow rice, and roasted potatoes. The portion was huge for only $9! I will definitely be returning in the future

Edit I ate here again this week. They accidently brought me fried plantains and I told the staff I was "allergic"due to the shared fryer and they apologized and told me it would be about 5-10 min so they can remake my plate. That made me feel really good that they didn't just take it to the back, remove the plantains and then give the plate back.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 4 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Everything about this place is amazing. Very low prices for good portion sizes. So many GF options right on the menu. All the flavors were authentic. Wish I were here longer so I could visit a dozen more times. Other notes: counter service, bar available, safe neighborhood, easy to find near I-4.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 4 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Back for a second time on our trip. This place has amazing food for great prices. The worst thing about it is that it isn’t in my home town of Chattanooga. I have Celiac Disease and they have a huge selection. I think about half their menus is gluten free. If you are in Orlando for the amusement parks, this place is well worth a trip. We have tried lunch and dinner here and paid under $35 for a meal for two both times, including tip. It is a welcome spot of authenticity among the tourist traps. Thanks Sofrito for some amazing meals!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

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Celiac

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very tasty and celiac friendly restaurant, and the price is very reasonable, the staff there is also very accommodating

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Celiac

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delicious food that is well priced and authentic. the flan was incredible.

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You have to eat here. Many gluten free options, clearly marked. Delicious food. Friendly staff. A happy find for my celiac family.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 4 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Very clearly marked items with many different options. Worth the short walk from Disney Springs, both for the quality and much better value. Staff is very friendly/helpful as well.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 4 years ago read full review

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They had many gluten free items on their menu

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