My husband (is a celiac) and I eat here frequently. Husband has never had a reaction after eating here. The food is absolutely delicious and they provide a great eating experience. Food is clearly marked GF on the menu, and they mark for a few other allergens as well. All of our servers have been able to answer our questions. They offer corn tortillas for nearly all their dishes and have GF chips, as well.
— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu
We were told they had gluten free tacos when ordering food to go, but when asking another person afterwards , we were told (after she checked with the kitchen) that they were not at all gluten free...
— No gluten-free information on the menu
I’ve eaten here at least once a week for a few months and have never once gotten sick as an extremely sensitive celiac.
Other reviewers seem to be unaware that there is no GF menu separate from the regular menu - and that’s because GF options are very clearly marked on the menu, so no alternate menus are needed.
One reviewer mentioned getting non-GF chips; yes, because of how they do things at Tapatio the bussers are the ones bringing chips, and informing your server of your GF needs may not be communicated all the way to the busser in time. The bussing staff is constantly looking to make sure each seated table gets chips, and this is even more evident when they will bring you more chips within minutes of your table running out.
Every time a busser comes to deliver chips that aren’t GF (by default, basically) I simply ask for the GF chips instead. They’re quite easy to tell apart if you’ve been a few times. You’ll want the circular white corn tortilla chips, not the triangle-shaped yellow corn ones.
Other than that, I have never once had an issue with the food. It is consistently excellent and I’ve never not liked something I had here.
I feel that this restaurant’s rating is slightly uncalled for, they are perfectly safe for celiacs in my honest opinion.
If you’re the type to dock points because they can’t tell you if gluten is in their margaritas (of which, the skinny margarita uses only fresh lime juice, no mix) then perhaps you’ll be better served elsewhere. It is not difficult at all to eat safely at this restaurant as a celiac, and I appreciate the lengths they’ve gone to in order to make it so.
A note for those ordering on sites like GrubHub, Caviar, etc. - it’s been my experience that while Tapatio does read and accommodate notes for orders (where I write “allergy - gluten free”) the portion sizes for to-go orders can be considerably smaller than what one would be served in the restaurant; at times, approximately 30-40% smaller. Something to keep in mind for some, as I order lunch from Tapatio regularly.
Staff is knowledgeable and everything on the menu is labeled with a variety of allergens (GF, EF, NF, DF, etc.). They also offered a tester gluten free menu upon request. IMPORTANT NOTE: this is the Tapatio Mexican Grill in Newcastle on Coal Creek Parkway, NOT Restaurant El Tapatio in Factoria across from the mall.
Not impressed. Person who seated us didn’t know about Gf menu. We waited about 10 minutes to get chips and water then had to tell the server, after we had told the person who seated us we needed gf menu and chips. After another delay we finally were able to order. Food was good but celiac hubby did have a reaction to the food. Also the menu is not the same as is posted here and the staff was not in tune with gf dining.
Delicious and inexpensive gluten free menu! If you notify the waiter they will make sure to take extra precautios to ensure you have a celiac friendly meal.
This review is for the Coal Creek location. (The Factoria location doesn’t have gluten free last I checked about a year ago). Our family goes to this restaurant all of the time! One of the owners has Celiac so they are great at being careful. They have gluten free tortilla chips which they bring separately in a different type of bowl so that bussers know that bowl is for GF chips. (They also bring a separate salsa with it so no one else is dipping regular chips in the salsa). They also have gluten free tortillas and many other dishes. My son usually just gets chips, guacamole, carne Asada, rice, and refried beans so we haven't tested other dishes with his Celiac. He always feels fine after eating here though which is why we go so often!
We went here because of all the positive reviews but were incredibly disappointed. My dad, who is a celiac, got sick, the menu was very limited and when I asked for a gluten free margarita they told me they don't offer one because their mixes can't be verified gluten free. It was incredibly disappointing and I DO NOT recommend this place to anyone who is really celiac.
Dedicated GF menu and they can customize most of their dishes to be GF. They'll even bring you GF chips/salsa. I've heard 2 different stories that either the husband of the owner has celiac, or the owners daughter has celiac so they try and cater to celiacs. They can also make a scratch margarita that is GF and quite good!
Yummy food lots of options and gf chips and salsa !
Dedicated gf menu, very knowledge ask for gf chips
The server was honest and said they do not have a separate prep area and they use all same cooking tools for GF menu. My celiac daughter insisted on taking the risk and she did fine. I don't plan to go back due to the shared kitchen prep.
Terrible experience. We ordered for our daughter who has Celiac disease a gluten free cheese quesadilla and they brought out a flour tortilla for her. She ate a portion of it before we stopped her to ask the staff if the tortilla was corn or flour. First time our daughter encountered gluten in two years- threw up all night.
Mexican food is my favorite! have not been ablet to find one that had a dedicated GF Menu, until now. Ask for their menu when walk in is huge! and absoutely delicious been back several more times and have has amazing food.