Swami's Cafe

5 ratings
$$$ • Cafe
Reported to have a gluten-free menu
Reported GF menu options: Bread/Buns, French Toast, Pancakes, Sandwiches
50% of 2 votes say it's celiac friendly
8284 La Mesa Blvd
La Mesa, CA 91942

Top Reviews


Celiac

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Review


They make an effort considering they have such a small kitchen. I mentioned to the person taking my order that I have a gluten allergy and he said they use the same surface but they would clean it for me. I didn’t notice any contamination symptoms. I had the gluten free pancakes which were pretty good! Worth trying because they care!

Safety


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

— Somewhat

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

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?

— Good

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
  • Offers online ordering
  • Offers outdoor seating
Updated 1 year ago read full review

Not celiac

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I came in with some friends for breakfast and was pleasantly surprised to find they had GF items. I'm also soy free so I often have to ask lots of questions since many GF products have soy in them. I asked about GF pancakes and was told by the very helpful server that the GF flour was a rice flour and that the only thing they added was buttermilk to the mix. He did not know if the mix had soy because it came prepackaged and did not list ingredients. I then asked about the GF bread and he said they got their bread from a GF bakery and again the packaging did not list ingredients. But, the server went out of his way to call the owner and came back and told me they get their GF bread from Deanna's Bakery in Escondido. That website says: . All of Deanna's Products are baked in a 100% Gluten Free Bakery in Escondido, California, U.S.A. Our Breads are Soy Free, Nut Free, Tree Nut Free, Corn Free, Dairy Free, Shellfish Free and of course Gluten Free. Don't know if Deanna's also provides their pancake mix...I forgot to follow up. Food was delicious! They use canola oil to fry their foods. Enjoy!

Updated 5 years ago read full review

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Thus place is delicious, however if you are celiac, they use the same toaster for regular bread which defeats the whole purpose of gf bread! I have Celiac and did not get sick but they need to educate and train their staff. Just ask lots of questions to be safe.

Updated 5 years 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

  • Bread/Buns
  • French Toast
  • Gluten-Free Menu
  • Pancakes
  • Sandwiches

Categories

  • Breakfast
  • Brunch
  • Cafe
  • Dairy-Free Friendly
  • Healthy
  • Kid Friendly
  • Lunch
  • Online Ordering
  • Outdoor Seating
  • Takeout
  • Vegan Friendly

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Gluten free pancakes with eggs/bacon
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More Reviews


Not celiac

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Great food. Gluten free options on the menu but staff didn't seem very informed when asked questions. 4 stars for staff not seeming friendly towards children but food was excellent.

Updated 6 years ago read full review

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Their gf pancakes are so delicious! I had them once about two weeks ago and hadn't stopped thinking about them. My husband took me back and I love them even more!

Celiac friendly?

No

Updated 6 years ago read full review

Reviews of this Chain

Celiac

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Review


Not celiac friendly. Was going to order the gluten free pancakes for my son and asked if they were cooked separately from the regular pancakes. Was told that not only were they all cooked on the same griddle, but that they couldn't cook them in a separate pan.

Safety


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

— 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?

— Some

Gluten Intolerant

Overall Rating

Review


Wow. One of the best breakfasts I’ve ever had! And I’m 44 and not skinny. Lol. I had the vanilla latte hot w almond milk, açaí pancakes, chicken sausage and scrambled eggs. I did not try the maple syrup bc there was a fruit sauce with the pancakes. This was simply divine!!! Highly recommend. I sat outside and people watched. Love this!

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

Celiac

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Review


Best GF waffles ever. Staff is knowledgeable about celiac disease and cross contamination

Safety


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

— Very

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

Celiac

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Review


Great gluten free options including sandwiches which are always hard to find. Staff is super knowledgeable on allergies. We have gluten, dairy and soy allergies and there were a lot of menu options. Food was very tasty and had lots of fresh ingredients. We are very affected by cross contamination and didn’t have any issues.

Safety


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

— Very

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 kids
  • Good for lunch
  • Good for takeout
  • Good selection of healthy options
  • Good vegan options
  • Good with other allergies
  • Offers online ordering
  • Offers outdoor seating
Celiac

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Ordered the gluten free açaí pancakes and I got SO sick two hours later. The waiter even said gluten free when he brought the pancakes to the table so I’m not sure if they confused plates or if the açaí pancakes just aren’t gluten free.

Safety


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

— 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?

— Some

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

— Good

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