Tucanos Brazilian Grill

2 ratings
$$$ • Brazilian Restaurant
50% of 2 votes say it's celiac friendly
11820 Fountain Way
Newport News, VA 23606

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Currently miserable after finishing lunch there. I should have known better based on our server’s lack of knowledge, but I ate there against my better judgement. Everything I ate was gluten free per their menu, but I clearly was exposed. I would not recommend them for anyone on a strict GF diet.

Celiac friendly?

No

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Celiac

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there was only 2 things that was in rotation I could not eat. very Celiac aware. one of my favorite places now. excellent service as well

Updated 3 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

  • Dessert
  • Gluten Free Menu

Categories

  • Brazilian
  • Dairy-Free Friendly
  • Keto Friendly
  • Lunch
  • Paleo Friendly
  • Restaurant

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Tucanos is a Brazilian eatery where they bring spits of meat around to your table and they offer you different meats until you stop eating!

I’ve been here twice and haven’t had an issue with cross contamination. Servers are always accommodating and can tel you if an item is gluten free.

Great salad 🥗 bar with lots of vegetarian 🌱 options

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
  • 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?

— Most

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

— Good

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for dairy-free
  • Good for keto
  • Good for kids
  • Good for lunch
  • Good selection of healthy options
  • Good vegan options
Celiac

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The best thing I did was I called ahead & made a reservation I had the receptionist make a note needed GF When I got to the restaurant, I was assigned my own personal meat server who only brought GF meats for me! I had an awesome experience.😊I'll be going again!

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?

— Some

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

— Excellent

Celiac

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Not much in the salad bar is GF. Most of the meat is listed on the menu as GF, but when I asked about the teriyaki beef(which wasn't even listed on the menu), they didn't know if it was GF, even the cook wasn't sure. They brought out two meats at a time, so they were touching, and one of the meats wasn't GF, but because it was touching the other one, we couldn't eat that one either! The knives they use to cut the meat off the skewer is the same knife they use all night for all the meats. When they finish one meat, they just dip the knife in a big bucket of water and then use it on the next type of meat. Lots of cross contamination going on here.

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?

— Most

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

— Good

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for lunch

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They keep everything clean and orderly. Their gluten free items are delicious! Their food is fresh and appetizing to look at. Their meat selection offers many gluten free items too. Very highly recommended!

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
  • Dedicated gluten-free fryer

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

Celiac

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Lots of gluten free options, very delicious. I called the manager beforehand to ask about safety for celiac. He said they’d never had an issue with cross contamination and that 95% of the meat was gluten free. They also have gluten free items marked on the menus, and items at the salad bar are also marked as gluten free. The only gluten free salad dressing was Italian, but it was good. Good fruits, vegetables, mashed potatoes, meat, and Brazilian lemonade. Wonderful flavored lemonade! The drinks aren’t marked as gluten free on the menu, which is kind of annoying—just the main foods. Some servers were more knowledgeable about gluten free options than others. I just kept the menu open on my phone as they came around with meats. So delicious and lots of variety. Basically all the beef was safe. Please note that sometimes they bring around a few skewers at the same time, and they use the same knife to push down the meat from all the skewers. I just avoid those if any of the skewers they’re holding had gluten. But it was delicious, and although it’s pricey, if you are a member of their club, you can get a birthday meal for free with another paying adult. It will be my go to for special occasions.

Safety


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

— Somewhat

Safety Feature Ratings
  • 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?

— Most

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

— Excellent

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for lunch

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