Gluten-Free at Benihana

Japanese Restaurant
26 ratings
Reported to have a gluten-free menu
Reported GF menu options: Sushi

Overall Rating

Review


We dined at Benihana for Mother’s Day and it was fantastic. The server, Magic (if I understood her name correctly), was phenomenal and understood allergies extremely well (I have celiac and also have to avoid dairy, and my husband and daughter have shellfish allergies). She made my soup without the fried onions and brought me oil and vinegar to go on my salad, and then made sure the chef knew to use gluten free soy sauce and not to use butter on my food. Chef Chico was extremely accommodating - to the point that he cleaned the grill twice to make sure that no gluten or dairy made it into my food. I cannot say enough great things about them! We will definitely be back!

Safety


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

— 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?

— Separate gluten-free 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 breakfast/brunch
  • Good for dairy-free
  • Good for dinner
  • Good for kids
  • Good for lunch
  • Good vegan options
  • Good with other allergies
  • Reservations recommended

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Server was very thorough to be sure what I could and couldn’t have. I was able to order their side order fried rice and of course sushi AMAZING fried rice and sushi - lip smacking

Safety


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

— 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

Celiac

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Benihana was very sensitive to my son's celiac disease. They communicated clearly to the chef and my son was not served the soup but instead received 2 salads with yum yum sauce instead of the regular dressing. His entree was prepared separately in the kitchen to avoid contamination from the griddle. He was also given an order of edamame as part of his meal for free. We were very pleased overall with their precautions.

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?

— Good

Celiac

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Gluten Friendly menu - not safe for Celiac due to cross contamination even if you specify. We were served the wrong soup and salad dressing and the chef was very accommodating but it was impossible to avoid cross contamination.

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?

— 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?

— Average

Celiac

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They have a gluten sensitive menu that’s pretty big. Before they started the cook asked if anyone at the table had any allergies. The cook used gluten free soy sauce for everything at the table just to be extra safe. The yum yum sauce is also gluten free. Most of the ingredients they use are naturally gluten free and they made my food first to reduce the chance for cross contamination. I got the hibachi steak with shrimp and the spicy chicken rice.

The food was very good and I had no reaction. Would highly recommend if you’re looking for a hibachi table show.

Safety


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

— 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?

— Separate gluten-free 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 dinner
  • Good for lunch
  • Reservations recommended
Celiac

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They have many GF options - you can enjoy a full meal! GF meals are cooked before everyone else’s to avoid cross contamination. Super delicious and fun.

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

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for dinner
  • Good for lunch
  • Good selection of healthy options
Celiac

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I called before and they told me to inform my waiter of my allergy. They have a separate gluten sensitive menu with loads of great options. They asked the table if they could cook everyone’s food with gluten free soy sauce and the food was delicious. The services wasn’t great and the ambience was less than expected but it was celiac safe and I call that a win!

Safety


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

— Somewhat

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?

— Good

Celiac

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Had a great experience at Benihana. They were very careful and knowledgeable about Celiac and used gluten free soy sauce and knew to not provide me with the onion soup or dipping sauces. As well they cooked my meal first and my sides off to the side. Very pleased with a great experience.

Safety


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

— 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

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Great experience here! My family loves this restaurant and I was so happy to find out that they could accommodate my allergy! Most of the menu can be made GF. They made my food first right in front of me with GF soy sauce before making everyone else’s. They served me salad with no dressing as the dressing has gluten in it. No soup for me since it also has gluten. The meal was so delicious, just as good as pre-Celiac and I did not get sick!

Safety


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

— 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

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

— Excellent

Wheat Allergy

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Despite what the app says, there is a gluten free menu. There are a good amount of options and the staff was very knowledgeable about what to stay away from.

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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While there are many GF options, a separate GF menu and staff that is aware of allergies, this may not be the safest place for those with Celiac. They cook all the food on one shared grill in front of you, making it very easy for food to get cross-contacted with other people’s who order non GF items. It’s very risky and a little overwhelming to watch your food prepared in that way as someone with Celiac, which definitely takes away from the fun experience it is meant to be. Try at your own risk.

Safety


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

— Somewhat

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

Gluten Intolerant

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The chef told us he was new and it showed. There was clear cross contamination between my food and the rest of it, but I was almost more concerned with the risk of salmonella when the chef used his spatula on raw chicken and moved directly to serving vegetables (I would have complained if I wasn’t starving). It also rubbed me when he seemed to be mansplaining that I couldn’t have soy sauce… I have every food safety certificate in the state in addition to being gluten free, I know what has gluten! While I’m sure he’ll get better with more experience, it doesn’t help me right now. The server was knowledgeable, but had to be reminded and was very busy (as to be expected with a staffing shortage).

Safety


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

— Not very

Safety Feature Ratings
  • Staff is knowledgeable and can answer questions

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?

— Average

Celiac

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Manager was phenomenal. We placed a to go order during a very busy time with the hostess. She notified the manager, and he came out to tell us that he would personally be cleaning and cooking for us so it would take longer. They offered to call us when the order was ready. We enjoyed a nice walk along the water and when we got back, he notified us we couldn't have the onion soup with our order since the broth base has soy sauce already in it, but offered a replacement for us. He was very professional and clear on everything and all staff we interacted with were friendly and professional. At the last minute there was some confusion he found out about with butter (also allergic to dairy) so he went back and had them remake everything. He let us know and they did the redo as quick as possible. 100% A+ on taking allergies seriously and being professional from start to finish despite all the business and chaos of the restaurant that time of day. Great food too! Highly recommend.

Safety


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

— Very

Quality & Quantity


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

Overall Rating

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I got sick within 30 minutes of eating I was pretty disappointed. Also the gluten sensitive fried rice was incredibly salty it was not good and was dark brown ( I’ve never had dark brown fried rice) I also arrived to their curbside pick up and texted their number and waited for ten minutes no reply I went inside and my food was just sitting there.

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?

— 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?

— Poor

Overall Rating

Review


I came to Benihana for my dads birthday and the chef cross everything using same utensils and also added the garlic butter which has gluten to everything. If you reserve an entire table and everyone is gluten free you probably could be safe. But if you’re just a small party this isn’t the place to go. I went an hour ago and am now very sick. If you are celiac don’t go here.. the chefs aren’t informed on cross contamination and it will make you sick.

Safety


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

— Not 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?

— Average

Celiac

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The server made sure that I was taken care of and was very helpful. The chef made my food first to avoid cross contamination. I had the Splash and Meadow which is steak and shrimp. Couldn’t eat the side salad dressing so I asked for oil and vinegar. Couldn’t eat the soup or the 2 dipping sauces. Also got the chicken fried rice w/ gluten free soy sauce. Overall great food and service.

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

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for takeout
  • Good selection of healthy options

Overall Rating

Review


The food is so good here! Almost everything has a gf option however all food is cooked on one grill.

Safety


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

— 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

Celiac

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Since I have to be completely gluten free without cross contamination I’m very careful. The staff here was excellent and had all the answers down to the dressings. They take allergies very serious and I didn’t get sick after eating here which is excellent!

Safety


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

— 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

Celiac

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They were very careful! Cooked my food first so there was no cross contamination! Did not get sick. I did over eat though! Yum!

Safety


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

— 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

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

— Excellent

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for kids
  • Good selection of healthy options
  • Good with other allergies
  • Offers outdoor seating

Overall Rating

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We have never gone to the main hall where the chefs put on the show. We usually go to the cafe/sushi bar area. Their hibachi grill options can be made gluten free, which is great for an Asian restaurant. Just be sure to inform the wait staff. I get the side salad with vinegar & oil, and the fried rice done with GF soy sauce. It may take a little longer because they clean the grill.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

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Hibachi style Japanese cuisine: absolutely delicious. Waitress immediately asked if there were any allergies: informed of celiac and she made sure I wasn’t given to soup or the dressing on the salad. Hibachi chef made sure to set my portions off the to side (since they cook the entire table on one flattop) and add GF soy sauce to all my meals. It does pose the risk of cross contamination as they use same utensils and flattop as the other meals (I did not have a reaction). Overall highly recommend

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They have a special gluten sensitive menu including hibachi items. The chef was very careful to prepare my meal before the other hibachi items to limit cross contamination. The gluten free menu even includes alternatives for the gluten containing soup and salad dressing. Unfortunately the waitress took no care to deliver the items on the menu. First she delivered the salad with gluten containing salad dressing and when asked she said she could check with the kitchen if I wanted. I said yes and she proceeded to deliver the soup which I had to return. Ultimately if you’re willing to be vigilant about what they serve you might be okay if you’re not celiac.

Celiac friendly?

No

Celiac

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These staff was great. The chef cooked my food first with gf sauce. What a great experience

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Not celiac

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They claimed my meal was gluten free but I ended up sick which was sad considering we were here for the parks.

Celiac

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Absolutely amazing!!! Gluten free menu and well educated servers

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Celiac

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Used gluten free soy sauce but cooked after regular sit sauce was used. Not celiac friendly

Celiac

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I ate at the Chinese restaurant which is part of Benehana. The menu is chinese foods and shushi. The hostess was very helpful and knowledgeable. She said it’s probably not celiac safe because theres not a separate prep/cook area but they can clean the cooking surface and prepare it gluten free. My waiter did not seem to understand english well but did well taking my order. I had a vegetable and chicken stir fry (made without sauce) and the waiter brought out a bottle of gluten free soy sauce. It was very good and very reasonably priced compared to Benihana.

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I’m giving this place four stars because although they were knowledgeable about the gluten issue, they started cooking and were about to put regular soy sauce after I explained I had an allergy, and nodded to me saying “are you okay with this” and I said no, so they ended up using gluten free soy sauce for everyone (even for people not in our party). Everything was going alright until they put noodles on the grill... I’m not absolutely sure if the noodles are gf but I don’t think they are. Luckily my food did not touch where the noodles were (I kept a close eye to make sure) otherwise I would have been very sick. The salad that comes with the meal also has dressing that has gluten in it, so they brought vinegar out instead. The soup is not gf. Food wasn’t that tasty... but it is filling. They do have many options for gf people.

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Update 1/2019: Unfortunately though my first visit was good, tonight was extremely disappointing. Our waitress Samantha was lovely and brought out soup without breaded onions, salad with no dressing, and was super friendly and understanding. However chef Manny was a complete idiot with gluten allergy handling. I asked if he could cook my food first and he said he’d do it last... questionable, but I was optimistic. He started off ok, cooking the fried rice for everyone and taking mine out in a separate bowl before adding the soy sauce. He served everyone else, then wiped down the grill and utensils... just with a wet towel. He dumped out my rice and cooked it on the unclean grill then gave to me. At this point I knew I couldn’t eat the food without getting sick so went to the hostess and asked for a separate meal from the back kitchen. She apologized and said she’d let management know. I returned to the table where Manny had given me shrimp cooked right next to wheat noodles using the same utensils, without cleaning the grill at all. He proceeded to do the same for veggies & scallops, using the same utensils as for noodles and regular soy sauce. At that point my partner and I were laughing about how clueless he was, but knowing I’d get separate food soon I just held my breath. He went to the kitchen to grab something and I guess must have been told about the issue as he proceeded to discard my steak. My safely cooked food took nearly 30min to come out from the back kitchen and was delicious, but unfortunately Manny’s lack of training reflects very poorly on this location in their training on allergen handling. Hostess and management seemed to know that gluten free food needed to be cooked first, but obviously that standard was not enforced with actual cooking staff. If you have a gluten allergy or celiac, I’d recommend either paying attention very closely to grill cooking, or eating in the dining room to order food directly from the kitchen. Disappointing.

I've previously done gluten free at Benihana in Miami Beach after some work with their manager but this experience was so incredibly simple! I have celiac and always love finding places I can still enjoy food. I put in our reservation that I needed a gluten free meal and confirmed with the hostess how it would work. She said they take care of letting everyone know - chef, waiter, manager - and they will handle it and either can cook my food before everyone else or on a separate grill. Our chef used gluten free soy sauce and regular butter for my bf & I and he was so nice and funny about it, and already knew about cross contamination, using different utensils, and everything I would do at home. My bf (not gluten free) had my soup since the onions are breaded and I had salad with oil & vinegar. Delicious all around and we're so happy to be able to continue eating here for birthdays and special occasions. Gluten free at Benihana IS possible!! Huge shoutout to chef Indito - he was AMAZING and so interactive during the dinner - & server Segi.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Celiac

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Food was excellent, and not overpriced for the amount of food you get. I had the Benihana Trio, which was great because it had a little bit of everything. The food is prepared right in front of you and is very entertaining. Where else are you going to see an onion volcano? The staff was excellent and extremely knowledgeable, and knew about my allergy from the moment we sat down. Would definitely recommend for a nice entertaining dinner.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

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Yay! Yet another Benihana location I can eat at. They seem to have recently created a "gluten sensitive" menu, and they will prepare your food separately either in the back or at the table. I opted to have my food prepped in the back to avoid the delay at the table (since they would cook all gluten free food first) and it was delicious. Definitely recommend!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

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We were told today that their new gluten free menus had arrived this week and they will be rolling out the new menu shortly. Today we ordered the filet mignon and chicken fried rice. Both were delicious. Our chef, Heath, was knowledgeable about gluten. He cleaned the grill again before starting and cooked the gluten free food first, so as to avoid any potential cross contamination. Excellent meal and excellent service.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Gluten Intolerant

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It was good with gluten free soya sauce until they cook pasta on the same area and put regular soya sauce.. fried rice gluten free was amazing but be really careful

Celiac friendly?

No

Celiac

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Not impressed they kept coming out and asking me if the mustard, ginger were gluten free And then they came out and said nothing is gluten free.. The knowledge of what gluten is not there

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You can get surprisingly great gluten-free care here. Grill is wiped in front of you, they use safe soy sauce/oils, and they make your food before everyone else's so you're guaranteed clean utensils. The teriyaki chicken is phenomenal.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

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Wonderful experience - the best time we've had at Benihana after years of birthday dinners here. I was recently diagnosed with celiac disease and have to eat gluten free and was nervous about making it work. After some time the manager came over and set us up for the chef to cook our meals after the others safely so I could enjoy my meal without having a reaction. SO appreciated this help, and major kudos to Jason and the manager on duty on September 19 2017. We live in CA otherwise we would definitely be back and request Jason!! If you come here just be sure to speak to a manager first so they understand your meal needs to be prepared separately.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

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This place has GF soy sauce and they can make GF fried rice. It was good but three out of four of us got sick. The three of us ate the chicken so I’m not sure if we had food poisoning or it wasn’t fully GF.

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Amazing hibachi food! Could not say enough good things about them! We went for my best friends birthday and I was the only Celiac in the party so of course had to ask my usual hundred questions about how my food would be prepared etc. I was told they have gluten free soy sauce (which was amazing) and that if my “allergy” was severe that they would make my food in a separate area in the kitchen, instead of on the hibachi grill with everyone else’s, which I was completely fine with. I ordered he hibachi steak with chicken fried rice. The guy then came over to start making everyone’s food and told me he would make mine as well which made me nervous and I mentioned about cooking it separate in the kitchen, and he told me not to worry. I was definitely worried and watching his every move. However, he was extremely knowledgeable. He made my rice and steak first and then made everyone else’s rice and meat. They use a garlic butter in their rice that has soy sauce so it is not gluten free! He just put regular butter in my rice and of course the gluten free soy sauce. They were great and I felt very comfortable after I saw how knowledgeable they were.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

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I called ahead and talked to staff and still ended up almost nothing to eat. It was a real bummer.

Celiac friendly?

No

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The staff was very nice and understanding but offering is very limited

Celiac

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Very GF aware. In order to be safe all your food must be cooked in the back. DO NOT EAT OFF THE SHOW GRILL or you'll be sorry. If you specifically order GLUTEN FREE your food will be made safely in the kitchen. Done this several times with zero issue.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Not celiac

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the kitchen was very accommodating and cooked all my food seperate

Celiac friendly?

Yes

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Very careful! Made my food at the table with everyone else but on the side. Cleaned his utensils every time and was so nice about it. Wonderful customer service!! Thank you!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Celiac

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Was here for a friend's bday and the food was great and completely gf. The meat is not seasoned except for salt and pepper so just make sure they cook all of your food first on the clean grill before anything else. I ate chicken, steak, white rice, zucchini, and onion. It tasted great but the only downside of going to a restaurant like this is that you eat before everyone else has gotten their food or you eat cold food.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Celiac

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The manager was AMAZING!!! They made sure everything was celiac friendly!!! Omg ate a whole meal with out being sick. I can't believe it!! I have Dairy intolerance, diabetic, and gastroparesis. I walked away feeling great and full. Amazing!!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

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Not a lot of choices but great food! The chefs know exactly what to do at habachi tables, and the food is phenomenal! Celiac friendly!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

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I don't trust the place as far as knowledge goes about the gf options. I got sick after eating the soup which I was told was ok. Later on I find out they use breaded fried onion rings in their soup which u don't recognize in there as the breeding falls off w cooking

Celiac friendly?

No

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The food is great but since going gluten free I wouldn't feel safe eating here. I called and spoke to a manager and he said there wasn't really anything that would be safe to eat.

Celiac friendly?

No

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I don't often review restaurants but because this is more of a social place that us G-free people dont have a choice to dine or not dine I would give some feedback. They were great at accommodating so that I could be a part of it all. It is true that their sauces, dressings and soup are all out; however our awesome waitress and chef went out of their way to help me out. Brought out oil and vinegar for the salad. My meal was prepared first to keep from cross contamination and was able to have fried rice. Didn't miss any of the sauces. Drinks were great and could even enjoy some desert. Just be nice and be clear about your allergy and they will take care of you.

Gluten Free Features
  • Gluten-Free Menu
  • Sushi
Categories
  • Asian
  • Dairy-Free Friendly
  • Japanese
  • Kid Friendly
  • Restaurant
  • Seafood
  • Steakhouse
appetizer plate!
Steak, fried rice, shrimp and garlic sauce. YU;M
Gluten free hibachi!