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. Karen says:

    Maggiano’s in Colorado is amazing. They will modify most menu items to be gluten-free and they all taste great!

  2. Carrie Lynn says:

    Ling & Louie’s is my favorite GF go-to in Boise, Idaho.

    Our local Chick-fil-A does a great job ordering and preparing my requests. Pays to know the manager!

    Dickey’s BBQ–they have an amazing loaded potato and one of their sauces is GF.

    Goodwood has some GF options. Their cobb salad is wonderful.

    Jimmy John’s has the “unwhich”–basically a lettuce wrap sandwich. Ask to have them change gloves and watch them make it to look out for cross-contamination.

  3. Whitney says:

    Burton’s Grill in Massachusetts is delicious!! Sherry Lynn’s in Latham, NY is entirely gluten free & has the best donuts I’ve ever tasted!

  4. Joanne Gleich says:

    In Boynton Beach, Florida- Portobello Italian will prepare some of their dishes to accomodate as well as have gluten free pasta. They do not have a separate kitchen so not good for Celiac.
    The food was delicious!

  5. Karin says:

    The Mellow Mushroom in St Augustine, Fl rocks with their GF pizza and adult beverage. The staff has been trained in cross-contamination and the kitchen has a special area where they prepare the GF food. We can’t wait to visit them again!

  6. Kelly says:

    The Gourmet Pizza Company located off Arnenia and Swann in South Tampa has a wonderful GF pizza crust that they bake old school brick oven style. They even have Daiya cheese for those of us that are allergic to dairy. Very reasonsbly priced and they also deliver. Delicious pizza especially when you know it’s safe, prepared in non-cross contamient brick oven. The best around and their reputation rides on the quality they provide unlike Domino’s Pizza where all pizza including GF gets run through the same oven. It’s just not safe enough for me since a bunch of HS kids and young adults do not suffer the way I do even with the tiniest sprinkle of gluten from cross contamination. Great autmosphere here too!

  7. Robin says:

    Lee Roy Selmon’s in Palm Harbor, FL has a great Gluten-Free menu. BJ’s also has a delicioius gluten-free pizza.For fast food, I like Hardee’s, they will make a low-carb option (lettuce wrap) for any sandwich.

  8. Vicki Odermann says:

    Zio’s has the largest menu for GF that is in the Okla area.

  9. Esther says:

    Without Wheat in Okemos, MI
    Located within the Guido’s pizza restaurant, but with a separate kitchen for all gf products. Excellent pizza, sandwiches, ice cream cones.

  10. Al says:

    In my area, I love to go to the “99 restaurant” as well as “Not Your Average Joes”. In addition to a complete gluten free menu, both also carry Red Bridge gluten free beer (only gluten free beer that I’ve found that tastes good).

  11. dianne says:

    My local Chickfilet will put instructions on order to wear gloves when wrapping up chicken breast or chopping for salad. Their fries are also in designated fryers so breaded items don’t contaminate other foods . Just a short conversation and we feel safe to eat our ordered food.

  12. Michelle Timmreck says:

    PeiWei has an awesome gluten free menu. Olive Garden, Old spaghetti factory does also.

  13. GF Restaurants in Long Beach, CA says:

    *Roots Gourmet-Long Beach, CA really good GF carrot cake.
    *Stumptown-Portland, OR has really good gluten free cookies!
    *Sidecar doughnuts-Costa Mesa (GF Fridays, but definitely cross contamination)
    *Pie Not-Costa Mesa, CA (GF Fridays)
    *BJs Bewery-southern Californa
    *Tony P’s – Marina del Rey, CA – good GF pizza/menu
    *Mendocino Farms-Marina del Rey and other LA county locations. GF bread on sandwiches

  14. Jane Thurmer says:

    I was having breakfast with a friend at our local Patterson’s Cafe in Oxford, OH when the waitress brought me a plate of bread (I’d ordered gluten-free) and I took one look at it and said, “excuse, but are you SURE this is gluten-free?!?”, she responded “oh yes, I made sure”, and then I tasted the best gluten-free bread I’d ever had outside of my kitchen—it was Udi’s whole grain. I’ve been hooked on Udi’s since! Another favorite restaurant is KONA, also in Oxford, OH (home of Miami University of Ohio)—they have a wonderful menu, and are very progressive in their culinary thinking—offering many gluten-free options. Thank you Patterson’s Cafe, KONA, and Udi’s!

  15. Nicole says:

    In the Tampa Bay area:
    Domino’s has a Gluten Free crust, but if you’re very sensitive to gluten, I’m sure there are cross-contamination issues.
    BJ’s has a Gluten Free menu.
    Olive Garden has a Gluten Free menu.
    Most Mexican places you can get corn tortillas in place of flour.
    Chinese and Japanese places mostly use rice in their dishes.

  16. Susan Kite says:

    Five Guys Burgers and Fries will serve their burgers as wraps. It’s basically a lettuce wrap, but I was appreciative at how they tried to accommodate me. All that great juiciness is still available and since you end up eating their burgers with a fork anyway, that was okay!

  17. Kate says:

    Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar Charlotte,nc. WOW!!!!

  18. Sandy says:

    Delicious GF menu. Knowledgeable
    staff. Gives coupons.

  19. GF Restaurants in Long Beach, CA says:

    *Ruby’s Diner (cross contamination needs to be checked) – Southern California locations
    *Naples Rib Company – Long Beach, Newport Beach
    *Piccolo Italian – Long Beach has gluten free pasta that is really good!

  20. Elizabeth says:

    my gold standard for gluten free pizza. They also have a great gluten free menu. Various locations in and around Phoenix, AZ and Portland, OR

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