33% of 3 votes say it's celiac friendly

1797 Hydraulic Road, Charlottesville, Virginia 22901 Directions

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There are packaged, gluten-free options that are completely safe, but anything on the salad bar or hot bar is open the cross contamination. I usually do pretty well with the soup and salad but have been glutened on occasion from the hot bar.

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No

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Unless your looking for over priced frozen bread,cake or cupcakes - Don’t wast your time. Very disappointing selection.

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Pricey, but if you want one of the best gf beers and you don't mind a splurge, try the three varieties of Green's from Belgium!

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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

  • Beer
  • Cider
  • Dessert

Categories

  • Dairy-Free Friendly
  • Grocery Store
  • Lunch
  • Natural Foods Store
  • Organic

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A lot of gluten free stuff (certificated)

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Yes

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I had a gluten free soup and ended up in emergency with asphyxia..... 911 plus transportation and hospital bill was only $ 3000

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Hot bar and salad bar for takeout items. There is a small bakery with some GF desserts. Grocery store is average-to-small size, but has the basics.

Average-to-small Whole Foods which has the expected staples. Bulk section and salad bar are nice.

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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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I stay away from the open bars for risk of cross contamination but their packaged foods is great and same with the food selection and flours for GF. Their Carmel sauce and pumpkin spice have gluten in it if you’re ordering from the coffee bar, but their soy milk is GF. I would ask for a cold drink over hot as the wand they use for oat milk is a risk for cross contamination as well.

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Buffet has ingredient list on food labels however, there is a lot of cross contamination. Have tried it a few times and always got sick from the buffet.

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No

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Assortment of options. Personally, I do not trust any of the buffet style items so I got my Amy’s Mac and Cheese! I also got a few packaged desserts which were yummy. They have a microwave upstairs too for my frozen Mac and cheese!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

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Good for GF groceries. Would be nice if they specified whether their prepared foods are GF. Nice cooked stuff and salad bar but celiacs can’t touch. There are no labels on the salad bar stuff, I go here all the time and would know.

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A wide variety of GF grocery options!

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If you're looking for gluten-free foods to cook with there are plenty of offerings. It's a grocery store after all. As far as prepared foods go though it's disappointing that a national "health food" store doesn't offer a small selection of made offsite "fresh" gluten-free baked goods. None of their prepared food items are made taking any allergy precautions.

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Plenty of standard gluten free items typical of Whole Foods. The best, however, is the variety of JPs gluten free baked goods they carry in a dedicated section of the bakery.

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Yes

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Most of their hot food gives me a reaction, it is because they don’t use a dedicated gluten free kitchen.

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No

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So many gluten free options. Service is great.

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Yes

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Tons of options especially frozen products.

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Whole Foods is one of the Grocery stores that has the most gluten free stuff, desserts, crackers and more!🤩

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Yes

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Whole Foods has quality foods that are nearly impossible to find elsewhere.

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Yes

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Lots of gf options. In chilled section, they have gf prepared meals.

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Very good selection of Gluten Free food. Nice fresh fruits and vegetables (many organic). Most outstanding feature is definitely their fish market; always fresh and top quality. Liquor department stocks Gluten Free beer (I highly recommend Lake Front Brewing) and cider. Prices are definitely high, but if you’re an Amazon Prime member they have significant discounts on selected items.

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Yes

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I can always count on Whole Foods Market to have on their shelves the best quality gluten-free ingredients. I’ve been shopping at whole foods market since 1990!

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Awesome selection of gluten free groceries, including multiple brands!

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Huge store offering a variety of different gluten-free cereals and flour. Without oats and with gluten-free oats. I think celiacs find there a lot to have something to choose for breakfast.

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Yes

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Soup and salad bar is marked very well for allergens. I have never got sick...

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Yes

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They have a good cracker and frozen foods selection especially for high-quality pasta and breaded items. I’m not impressed with its hot bar items. They have palatable frozen pastries and breads but they are a bit expensive and sometimes lack visual appeal because they are broken or have icicles. Once I bought a box of cookies and went to the car for a carb fest. I opened the box and every cookie was broken. I literally had nothing but crumbs and chocolate chips. I declined repurchase. This wasn’t an isolated incident. Whole Foods should be more careful with the shipping and handling of its gluten-free foods due to their composition and fragility.

Unfortunately, Whole foods could do a little better with eliminating unnecessary wheat/gluten products from some ready-made meals; for example, wheat berries or croutons in salads; use tamari instead of soy sauce in marinades.

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Yes

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Grabbed a gluten free prepared meal on the way to a restaurant where I knew I couldn’t eat anything. The Pad Thai-esque dish with zucchini noodles was quite good, but pricey. They also have cake from By the Way Bakery.

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I shop here frequently. They have a ton of options! They also carry a selection of Cherbourg Cyprus desserts in the cold case.

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Hot bar has very limited gluten free options, and even fewer gluten free proteins. Salad/cold bar has a bit more but when I’m getting prepared food I prefer hot. I was going to get a questionable sushi roll and a bottle of GF soy sauce (they don’t offer GF) but decided to go a couple minutes down the street to Wegmans instead.

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I would expect a better selection for a place like Whole Foods. Overall, I don't find it worth my time, except for the "Mybread" Pita bread in the GF frozen section. Otherwise, I don't find their options to be all that much better than a regular grocery store. And there definitely isn't any pre-made food that is celiac safe if you're looking for a meal on the go.

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Kind of surprised that Whole Foods in-store restaurant can’t provide a list of allergen info of their menu items. The guy behind the counter had no clue what gluten free even meant. Wow, very disappointed.

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They have GF options for their restaurant area, sandwich bar, and sushi. The options are limited though and definitely no Celiac friendly. As a grocery store, they have several items that are GF and Celiac friendly.

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Yes

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At most Whole Foods GF baked goods are in the freezer section....yup, bummer there is always very little in way of fresh GF baked stuff at WF’s

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Yes

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they did not have many gluten free options in the first place all i could get from the hot foods was mashed potatoes and then had a reaction directly after. definitely some cross contamination happening

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No

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one of the only supermarkets in New York where I could find a decent pack of glutenfree (factory) bread. You can also buy glutenfree muffins (freezer), cookies, flour etc.

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Some deserts are really good but everything gf there is so overpriced.

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Yes

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While I don't typically grocery shop here, the chain as a whole is a go-to and a godsend while traveling if you need gluten free or any other allergy free items. The buffet always has options, even in smaller stores like this one, and allergens are marked.

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Yes

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Before it was Amazon-owned, I shopped at this WF weekly for most of my groceries. Since then, they no longer carry many of the GF items I used to purchase, including cereals, crackers, snacks. They have substituted other cereals and snacks that have more sugar and less protein than I used to get. Fortunately there are other stores in the area that now carry more products that are GF, unlike when this store first opened.

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They used to be great about listing ingredients. It’s kind of hit and miss now. Lately the food seems like it is not very fresh. It seems like the food sits for a long time.

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Great choices but pretty spendy.

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Not much choices... store disposition was strange.

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I talked to a chef making taco items who was very rude and unwilling to discuss options with me. He told me that nothing in the made to order, pre-packaged, salad bar area was considered gluten free and said it as if it was absurd for me to not know that.

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Ate at the buffet/salad bar with no issues. I steer clear from items that are next to gluten items and therefore avoid CC issues. The store itself has a lot of GF items, especially in the frozen/refrigerated sections. Personal-sized cakes, breads, and cheesecakes!

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Hot food bar is all labeled if dishes contain wheat, and they have a decent variety of store brand, cheaper gf options.

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Yes

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Good selection of GF food at hot bar, you just have to be vigilant about reading all labels before you get something. And of course there are tons of gluten free options throughout the store.

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The staff was awesome! Francisca asked about my sensitivity and created a separate work station for me. She’s great! Can’t say enough good things

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Good old Whole Foods. They carry plenty of delicious GF brands, even Beyond Bread breads. Great for stocking up your kitchen or for a picnic in the park

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Love the salad & hot food bar at whole foods. All the items are marked with allergens & there’s very few items with gluten so comfortable with the cross contamination risk of a salad bar. Just just fill your take out box with roast meats, hot sides & salads

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Great selection. They have gluten free ravioli in the fresh section and they are so good!

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There are many opción gluten free but NO a lot

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They make no effort to keep any prepared foods away from contamination such as placing crusty bread on top of the salad bar with crumbs falling everywhere, etc. Labeling looks promising but if you look closely they are often wrong, not matching up with actual food, many don't have allergens listed and use odd wording like graham instead of wheat. Overall, really frustrating that a supposedly healthy store makes zero effort to try and make their foods safe.

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No

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Of all grocery stores, I find Whole Foods to be one of the most gluten free friendly. Tons of good options. Just make you read the labels!

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Great selection of gluten free items!

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Yes

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No fresh gluten free items in the bakery. Very disappointing that the few gf items are frozen or bulk packaged.

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