Tropicali

10 recent ratings
$$ • Restaurant
Reported NOT to have a gluten-free menu, but gluten-free options are available
Reported GF menu options: Rice Bowls
Safety Rating
10 ratings

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40616 Village Dr
Big Bear Lake, CA 92315
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Most Recent Reviews


Symptomatic Celiac

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Review


Our son raves about the food so we tried it today. They had two options for GF today with varying levels of spice. He made me a fantastic dish with the tofu and put a mildly spicy sauce on the side since I'm a whimpy Celiac.

The two gentlemen owners are very knowledgeable and unfortunately said none of the poke is GF based on how it is prepared.

It was worth the wait in line and I will for sure be back!! Edited to add that today I tried the Chiloha (pork) and again both the lovely guy who works the line and the cashier not only understood but said both the tofu and Chiloha options are celiac safe. As I always say in reviews, I'm hesitant to try places- but this one is a gem!

Safety


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

— Very

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— No gluten-free information on the 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 lunch
  • Good for takeout
  • Good selection of healthy options
  • Offers outdoor seating
Updated 4 months ago read full review

Symptomatic Celiac

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They do not have a gf menu but WOW. Staff is so incredibly kind and knowledgeable. Knew exactly what could be modified, what couldn’t, and what was naturally gluten free. Reassured me of preparation to ensure no cross contamination of ingredients. Food was outstanding in flavor. Highly highly recommend.

Safety


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

— Very

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?

— No gluten-free information on the menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most/All

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

— Excellent

Updated 6 months ago read full review

Overall Rating

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Great experience with aloha ambience. Tremendous family restaurant that treats everyone like Ohana(family). My wife has been GF for ten years and loved the Baja bowl(GF). This place is a local favorite that has clean food for a reasonable price. A wonderful vibe as you sit surrounded by Hawaiian decor, laughter and ono(good) food. Mad respect to the Tropicali Gangsters for the aloha spirit they bringing to the mainland.

Safety


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

— Very

Quality & Quantity


How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most/All

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

— Excellent

Updated 8 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

  • Rice Bowls

Categories

  • Allergy Friendly
  • Dairy-Free Friendly
  • Dinner
  • Dog Friendly
  • Healthy
  • Kid Friendly
  • Lunch
  • Outdoor Seating
  • Restaurant
  • Soy-Free Friendly
  • Takeout

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Gluten-Free at Tropicali
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Baja bowl
Berry Jane and Pina Colata
Gluten-Free at Tropicali
Choloha bowl
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More Reviews


Celiac

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One of the best places I’ve ever eaten at. I WISH I HAD EATEN HERE SOONER!!!!

I had the carnitas way with pulled pork with the tropical gangster blended smoothie.

I wish I could give it more stars

Safety


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

— Very

Quality & Quantity


How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most/All

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

— Excellent

Updated 8 months ago read full review

Symptomatic Celiac

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The staff knew exactly which items were gluten free and which ones could be modified to be gluten free. They were extremely friendly and helpful and the food was so freaking good! I had the luau bowl with a piña colada smoothie (delicious as well and dairy free)

Safety


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

— Very

Safety Feature Ratings
  • Staff is knowledgeable and can answer questions

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— No gluten-free information on the menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most/All

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

— Excellent

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Dog friendly
  • Good for dairy-free
  • Good for dinner
  • Good for kids
  • Good for lunch
  • Good for takeout
  • Good selection of healthy options
  • Good with other allergies
  • Offers outdoor seating
Updated 10 months ago read full review

Overall Rating

Review


Cute vibe, great food, AMAZING service-the owners are so kind, welcoming and friendly.

Safety


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

— Very

Safety Feature Ratings
  • Staff is knowledgeable and can answer questions
  • Food comes out flagged or marked gluten-free

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— No gluten-free information on the 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 10 months ago read full review

Celiac

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Incredible place. Staff is very knowledgeable about cross contamination and which menu items are safe. They do not have a gluten free menu, but pretty much everything but the teriyaki bowls and poke are inherently gluten free. If you have any doubts, the people there are more than happy to clarify anything. Great place if you want delicious Hawaiian and/or Jamaican style food in a very relaxing atmosphere. We ate there for both days of our stay!

Safety


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

— Very

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— No gluten-free information on the menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most/All

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

— Excellent

Updated 1 year ago read full review

Symptomatic Celiac

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Incredible experience all around. The restaurant is run by a family and they’re so nice and knowledgeable about allergies and cross-contamination. Unfortunately none of the poke is gluten-free, but there are several pork and barbacoa bowl options. I got the choloha bowl and it was delicious. If you’re visiting, go here early in your trip because you’ll probably want to visit multiple times.

Safety


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

— Very

Safety Feature Ratings
  • 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?

— No gluten-free information on the 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 dairy-free
  • Good for lunch
  • Good for takeout
  • Good selection of healthy options
  • Offers outdoor seating
Updated 1 year ago read full review

Celiac

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Review


Employees were super knowledgeable about what was gluten free and they took precautions for cross contamination. My family loved it! We had the Baja bowl (barbacoa) and the Choloha bowl (carnitas). Both were amazing. The employees are so fun and they talk to you while your in line and help you choose depending whether you like spicy, sweet, or both. There are poke bowls you can get but I did not get any.

Safety


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

— Very

Quality & Quantity


How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most/All

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 outdoor seating
Updated 1 year ago read full review

Celiac

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Review


Exceptional customer service and flavors. Kids love it too.

Safety


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

— 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?

— Excellent

Updated 1 year ago read full review

Celiac

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Amazing! So great, the staff was fantastic, I felt so safe, and that celiac is taken exceptionally seriously in their kitchen! The tofu was phenomenal. If you see the most recent review is 1 star it has nothing to do with how bomb their food is or have safe the environment is. Would absolutely recommend :)

Safety


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

— Very

Quality & Quantity


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 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

Overall Rating

Review


Only Gf option is Tofu. Do not come here if need gluten free unless you like Tofu.

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— No gluten-free information on the 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 2 years ago read full review

Symptomatic Celiac

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Review


I got the rastalavista and the Nima test came back with a smile :)! They were very knowledgeable of celiacs and allergies and one of the workers has a gf who has allergies so he knows what’s up. Such a fun and cool vibe I can’t wait to come back!

Safety


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

— Very

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— No gluten-free information on the 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 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

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I can see why the ratings are so high now! The food was unreal! All of the staff was so knowledgeable and even asked if I had an issue with soy. The owner was fun and so friendly and was so happy to accommodate and didn’t act like me asking was annoying like some places do.

Safety


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

— Very

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— No gluten-free information on the menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most/All

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

— Excellent

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for dairy-free
  • Good for keto
  • Good for lunch
  • Good for takeout
  • Good selection of healthy options
  • Good with other allergies
  • Offers online ordering
  • Offers outdoor seating
Updated 2 years ago read full review

Overall Rating

Review


The food was really delicious! Loved the atmosphere and personality of the employees also. I don’t handle spicy food very well but they were great in helping me navigate the menu and I was very satisfied with the food and the experience!

Safety


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

— Very

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Separate gluten-free 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?

— Excellent

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for breakfast/brunch
  • Good for dairy-free
  • Good for takeout
Updated 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

Overall Rating

Review


Fantastic food and fantastic staff. An employee is dating a celiac so they know the deal.

Safety


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

— Very

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— No gluten-free information on the 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 3 years ago read full review

Celiac

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This is such a great place! The owners are super nice and knowledgeable about gluten free! They are pretty limited with the gf options, but so yummy! I thought it was a bit spicy so they added extra pineapple mango chutney to balance the the spice. The best part was that I didn’t get sick!!

Safety


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

— Very

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— No gluten-free information on the 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?

— Excellent

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for dairy-free
  • Good for takeout
Updated 3 years ago read full review

Overall Rating

Safety


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

— Very

Safety Feature Ratings
  • Other dedicated kitchen equipment (oven, toaster, pots, pans, utensils, etc.)
  • 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 kids
  • Good for lunch
  • Good for takeout
  • Good selection of healthy options
  • Good vegan options
  • Good with other allergies
  • Offers outdoor seating
Updated 3 years ago read full review

Overall Rating

Review


The Rasta and the Baja bowls are gluten free. Very tasty! The Rasta bowl is spicy but yummy!

Safety


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

— Somewhat

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— No gluten-free information on the 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 3 years ago read full review

Celiac

Overall Rating

Review


The food was delicious and the owners (who were working there) seemed well aware of which items contain gluten. They made sure we know who’s meal had gluten.

Safety


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

— Somewhat

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— No gluten-free information on the 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 3 years ago read full review

Overall Rating

Review


The staff was super friendly and knowledgeable and made a rice bowl specifically for me. The server even came over and reassured me that there was no gluten in anything I was eating. There is only one choice on the menu, but it was so good I had to leave a review.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 6 years ago read full review

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