Don’t Feel Like Cooking? Try These Gluten Free Restaurants!

By: Suzanne Wolke

We’ve all been there. Whether it’s date night, the girls are getting together, or you simply don’t feel like cooking tonight, the search for restaurants with (edible) gluten free options commences. Not only do you want to verify they have something for you to eat besides a measly piece of lettuce, you also want to ensure that they staff knows how to avoid any possible cross- contamination and safely handle your food.


But fear not! Thankfully countless culinary establishments throughout the country now do offer more and more delicious gluten-free dishes that are worthy of your distinguished palate and are safe to eat. Although, we didn’t have room to list them all, below are just a few of our suggestions for your next night out.


Remember, even though menu items are listed as gluten free, always ask how they are prepared and if they are safe for those with Celiac Disease. In addition, before you make the trip to any of the restaurants we’ve mentioned, please take a moment to read our previous blog post on Dining Out While Gluten Free. It’s full of helpful tips & tricks to make sure your experience is a pleasant one.


Don’t forget to add your own favorite gluten free restaurants in the comments below!


Beau Jo’s Pizza

Bea Jo’s is a Colorado favorite and well known for its decadent pizzas and fresh, high-quality ingredients. They take their gluten free menu very seriously and even have published their Gluten Free Philosophy on their website. Due to lifelong friendships with several people that are gluten intolerant, Beau Jo’s has become a pro in handling gluten free dishes, which they are confident are 100% safe (and delicious). Their gluten free pizzas, sandwiches, appetizers, and desserts are all prepared off site to their specifications and they have strictly followed procedures for preparation. Find a location near you here.


Red Robin

A great example of how larger chains are starting to accommodate the gluten free demand, Red Robin offers a fairly extensive gluten free menu that includes Udi’s Gluten Free buns as a substitution for their burgers and sandwiches. Many celiac bloggers (and friends) have been very complimentary about Red Robin’s gluten free options and applauded their separate fryers and color coded food baskets. However, even Red Robin still includes a mandatory disclaimer that there is no 100% guarantee there has not been contact in their kitchen with possible gluten-containing equipment so make sure to talk to you server before you order.


Donatos Pizzas Subs & Salads

Donatos recently launched their new gluten free pizza line in Central Ohio (with more locations coming soon). Using Udi’s Gluten Free pizza crust, they actually offer two different gluten free options. You can either create your favorite Donatos Pizza on a gluten free crust in the restaurant or enjoy their Certified Gluten-Free Take & Bake Pizza at home. For anyone with Celiac Disease, Donatos recommends their certified take & bake pizzas because they are made in a certified gluten-free facility to be baked in your own home, worry free.  The pizzas made on gluten-free curst in their restaurants are prepared in a common kitchen alongside items containing gluten.  Learn more about their complete gluten free menu here.


Burger Lounge

If you’re in the California area and craving a grass-fed burger, Burger Lounge’s Gluten Free Menu is a great option. They have delicious beef and turkey burgers that they’ll serve either on an Udi’s Gluten Free bun or in a lettuce wrap. Not in the mood for a burger? Try their vegetable or quinoa salad. They do have a disclaimer that they cannot guarantee with 100% certainty that cross-contact between ingredients will not occur so if you’re Celiac you’ll want to call your location and talk to the staff to see if it’s safe for you.


Johnny Carino’s

If you’re craving some Italian, Johnny Carino’s is definitely a great option. They have an extensive gluten free menu, including soups, salads, pastas, and countless mouthwatering entrees. They have also recently started using Udi’s Gluten Free Pizza Crust for their pizza option. For those with additional food sensitivities, you can find their Food Allergen Guide here.


Jason’s Deli

An advocate of fresh food and natural ingredients, Jason’s Deli has always been a leader in healthy food options. They have a separate Gluten-Sensitive Menu that includes soups, salads, potatoes, and build-your-own sandwiches that are served on Udi’s Gluten Free bread.  However, Jason’s Deli does have a disclaimer that does not recommend their GF menu for people with Celiac Disease.  Since their foods are prepared in a common kitchen they cannot guarantee that cross-contact with other gluten-containing products will not occur. Their gluten-free offerings are designed for those with minor gluten sensitivities or those who prefer to avoid gluten for nutritional reasons.


P.F. Chang’s

If you’re craving a Asian, many in the gluten free community would recommend P.F. Chang’s as a safe restaurant to enjoy a meal. They too have a separate Gluten Free Menu that is quite extensive. All gluten free items are served on a special plate and the staff is well trained on handling special dietary needs and food allergies. They do prepare items containing gluten in their kitchens so make sure to talk to your waiter to ensure they will separate your dish to avoid cross contamination.

Don’t forget to add your own favorite gluten free restaurants in the comments below!




149 responses to “Don’t Feel Like Cooking? Try These Gluten Free Restaurants!”

  1. Sandra says:

    In Bismarck ND
    Try Lucky Ducks
    MacKenzie River Pizza and Pub
    Johnny Carino’s
    Olive Garden
    Jimmy Johns – has lettuce wraps instead of the bread
    Erberts and Gerberts – Gluten Free Bread but make sure they don’t cross contaminate with the vegetables they use on the regular sandwiches, they do have a separate set.

  2. Andrea says:

    Greer, SC has a place called Wild Aces…Really yummy GF pizza and “sandwich” options.

    I don’t know if this place is just in SC or the south in general, but Brixx has one of the best GF pizzas that I have had.

  3. Stan Kabala says:

    Naples Flatbread in Naples FL has the most extensive pizza and flatbread gluten free menu I have seen. All GF items are served on disposable metal trays. The Naples Blvd. Location even has a separate OVEN for GF baking.

    Did I mention that it is outstanding pizza and flatbread?

  4. Brian says:

    New Cascadia in Portland, OR. Sadly, no Udi’s (they bake their own bread and pastries), but the facility is completely gluten free! Limited hours, limited lunch menu (one vegetarian and one meat sandwich, three pizza varieties, cupcakes and scones and brownies and more, all yummy) until 2 pm weekdays.

  5. Ginny says:

    BJ Chicago has a great gluten free pizza crust.You can top it however you like. They even offer gluten free beer!

  6. Maria says:

    Nizza and Risotteria in New York City. Can’t decide which one I liked best!

  7. Karen Burroughs says:

    Pei Wei does some good gluten free versions!

  8. Jim Polley says:

    Dominos pizza has a very good GF crust that my wife loves. The food is prepared in a common kitchen area though, so may not be a good choice for everyone.

  9. Walter Kobzar says:

    In Mississauga, Ontario, Canada there is a great Gluten-Free restaurant called Victoria’s gluten-free Bistro. They have two kitchens, one for non-gluten and one gluten-free. great food.

  10. Hollie says:

    The Melting Pot restaurants also offer a gluten free menu, though most of their products are gluten-free already.

  11. Brian Blair says:

    Hackney’s here in suburban Chicago offers Udi’s buns for the fantastic burgers. Now if the only
    had a GF onion loaf.

  12. Susan E says:

    In the Denver area (Lakewood), Nicolo’s Pizza has gluten free pizzas and pasta!

    Zest is a small restaurant that bakes their own gluten-free bread for delicious sandwiches and has wonderful gluten-free deserts, including carrot cake, a delicious tort, and chocolate-topped macaroons.

  13. G johnson says:

    Outback Steakhouse is our favorite for those special occasions and ‘Eats and Treats’ in Corvallis, Oregon is divine. They have bisquits and gravy, Mac n cheese, lasagna, pastries, salads, BBQ, waffles, pies, egg and cheese biscuits,… Completely gluten free establishment.

  14. Ken says:

    In Raleigh NC, you can’t go wrong with Bella Monica. They have an extensive menu selection and are very attentive to food allergies – even creating a specific dish if needed. Wait staff is very well trained as well.

  15. suzanne says:

    Any places in Broward or Palm Beach counties Florida?

  16. Pam O'Malley says:

    We are launching a gluten-free restaurant in the Lexington KY area. The chef is gleten-intolerant and running the show. Great food and it won’t hurt you! Dinner Wed-Thurs 5-9:30 seatings. ilumine restaurant
    270 Montgomery Ave. 859-753-4967 for reservations.

  17. Laura Pervier says:

    If you’re in the Corvallis OR and surrounding area, check out Cafe Yumm!. They have a gf sauce they put over their rice and beans offerings and it’s very tasty. You can also buy the sauce mail order or in stores in the Pacific NW area. I always eat there when I travel to Corvallis and I’ve never gotten sick from eating there.

  18. Laura Pervier says:

    PF Chang’s is THE place I go to when I don’t want to run the risk of getting sick from eating out. I’ve eaten at different Chang’s around the country and have never had a problem with them.

  19. Laura Pervier says:

    Don’t trust Outback! I ate at the one in Tukwila WA 3 times and got sick each time. Talked to the manager and he said I must have a higher sensitivity than others. My friend in Lexington KY had the same problem. I tried 3 different supposedly gf menu items – got sick from all 3.

  20. Jen says:

    In the NYC Tru state area look for Bareburger. Great food, lots of vegetarian and gluten free options.

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