Guide to Eating Gluten Free at Restaurants

This is not a complete list or guide. Please always visit the restaurant’s website or call ahead of time to understand their current gluten-free meal options. Restaurants are always changing their menus so be sure to refer to their website and read menus online.


from our experience, eating out always has its risks of cross-contamination

Do Your Research

It is easier to manage a gluten-free diet at home but everyone likes to eat out once in a while. As celiac becomes more well-known, more restaurants are starting to provide gluten-free menus. Some even have dedicated fryers and spaces to reduce the risk of cross-contamination. 


Be Specific

Even if the restaurant doesn’t have a special menu, restaurant owners and chefs are generally happy to help customers with dietary restrictions. We encourage you to call ahead to make sure the restaurant has menu options that you will be able to eat, and once you are seated, be very specific when explaining your needs to your waiter. 


Ask Your Server

When eating at a restaurant we encourage you to be clear with your server, or with whoever you are ordering your food from. Now more than ever most restaurants have gluten-free options, and some restaurants have “gluten friendly” options which they categorize as their gluten-free options. 


Check Sauces

Remember that sauces can be a place of hidden gluten, and don’t forget to ask for no bun, no bread, no croutons. Also be sure to ask if there is anything else in the dish that may contain gluten. 


Be Upfront

Even if a restaurant has a gluten-free menu, let your server know that you are gluten free so that if there are any alterations the chef or cook needs to make to your meal, they are made correctly. Be specific about it being an allergy. While it’s not entirely accurate, most restaurants are more careful if they know it’s not just a preferance.


Remove Ingredients

Don’t forget to ask them to remove the bun, croutons, crispy onions, tempura, or other components of the dish that might have gluten. If you aren’t sure read the item description and ask your server. 


Restaurants With Gluten Free Options

Here is our list of a few of the larger restaurant chains that cater to gluten-free diets. Using Google and Yelp can also help you find restaurants in your area that have gluten-free options, there is also an app called Find Me Gluten Free.

No matter what though, we encourage you to talk to the restaurant location you will be dining with, so they can help meet your specific needs.



*Gluten-free menu only available at some locations. For more restaurants and information try visiting the following website which is dedicated to helping people with celiac be safe while eating out: Gluten Free Restaurant Resources for Celiacs by Triumph Dining, including The Essential Gluten Free Restaurant Guide and Triumph Dining Cards.

Crepe Haus + El Compadre

2100 N Belfair St.

Kennewick, WA 99336


Outback steakhouse



Coldstone creamery

Jamba Juice

Zao Asian Cafe

Noodles & Company

Home ~ Noodles & Company

Old Spaghetti Factory*

Carrabba’s Italian Grill

Dairy Queen


Costa Vida Fresh Mexican Grill

Fresh Mexican Food, Hot Off the Grill

Frost Me Sweet

Frost Me Sweet

Pacific Pasta

Pacific Pasta

shang hai

Shang Hai

Make Smart Choices

Enjoy Yourself

Overall, we encourage you to make the best choices possible when dining out so that you can enjoy your meal and time with your friends and family without getting sick.

Why Gluten Free?

Learn More ›

Your Title Goes Here

Your content goes here. Edit or remove this text inline or in the module Content settings. You can also style every aspect of this content in the module Design settings and even apply custom CSS to this text in the module Advanced settings.

Our Favorite Recipes

Just Diagnosed, Now What?

Visit Us

2746 Battelle Blvd.

Richland, WA 99354


Call Us

(509) 554-2778


Eating Gluten Free does not provide medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.

The information found on this website is not intended to replace or substitute professional medical treatment or for professional medical advice relative to a specific medical condition.

We urge you to always seek the advice of your physician, or medical professional.