We’re pretty big fans of gluten. But we understand that it’s not for everyone. That’s why we made this list of our favorite places in Seattle to eat gluten-free - from a brewery and a vegan tiki bar to an upscale French spot great for dinner with your parents (no matter how they feel about wheat, barley, and rye). Note that most of these places aren’t fully gluten-free - they just that happen to have good gluten-free options on the menu.
If you’re gluten-free and constantly feel left out when your friends get together to drink beer, welcome to the club. A club known as Ghostfish Brewing Company. This is a gluten-free brewery that makes its beer out of grains like millet, buckwheat, and quinoa, and it’s actually quite good. As a bonus, the taproom also has a fully gluten-free kitchen. You’ll find great day-drinking food like mac and cheese with pork belly confit, ahi tuna street tacos, and a burger with bone marrow aioli on a bun that doesn’t taste like wet cardboard and sadness. Cheers.
- 100% gluten-free kitchen
If you can’t drink beer but don’t care about it anyway, consider Capitol Cider. It’s a lot like Ghostfish, but with a focus on hard cider, plus a more upscale environment and classier, still 100% gluten-free food. It works well for a big group sharing things like cider-battered fish and chips, lamb ribs, chicory caesar salads, loaded fries with smoked chicken, and even a great creamy mushroom pasta. Keep it in mind as a potential Friday night HQ for board games, hand shuffleboard, and snacks.
- 100% gluten-free kitchen
Cafe Flora is an all-vegetarian restaurant, so they know a thing or two about dietary restrictions. There are only three things on the entire menu that are not gluten-free or easily modified that way, which means that fried avocado slices with honey-chipotle aioli, smoked mozzarella pizzas with a crust that doesn’t suck, and cheesy potato tacos are all things you can and should be taking advantage of.
This casual Japanese spot in Fremont serves rice bowls topped with raw (and lightly seared) fish, plus some salads and small plates. Its quality ingredients and reasonable price point make it a solid casual lunch or dinner option. The excellent homemade soy sauce is sadly not gluten-free, but they do have separate gluten-free packets you can use.
Ciudad specializes in Middle Eastern dishes, particularly grilled meats (which you order by weight). We like the marinated hanger steak, the harissa chicken, the chimichurri and smoked yogurt sauces for dipping, and the hilariously creepy wall mural. This place is ideal for wheat-avoiding carnivores.
Plum is our favorite place to eat upscale vegan food, and a ton of the menu items here are also gluten-free. Come on a blind date when you have no idea what the heck this person eats - a lot of bases are covered with things like the pan-seared creole tempeh, the grilled olive pesto tofu, and the portobello buffalo burger, which you can get on a wheatless bun. If none of that appeals, go for the legendary Cajun “mac and yease” - just get it with gluten-free macaroni. See you there.
In the same all-vegan department is No Bones Beach Club. This place has a tiki bar theme, so it’s perfect for a weekend night out with quality snacks. Most of the menu is gluten-free, so have at the beer-battered avocado tacos, buffalo cauliflower wings, jackfruit flautas, and mai-tais.
This is one of our favorite pho spots in the city. Come here with friends and get set up with a big bowl of the special chicken pho (if that’s not available, get the short rib bowl). Some fresh rolls and fries with cilantro mayo can’t hurt, either. Then, take some pictures in the photo booth to commemorate your delicious meal.
For the best arepas in town, plus Cuban plates piled with braised meats, rice, beans, tostones, and creamy green sauce, try Mojito. It feels like one big party in here - don’t be surprised if the owner comes out with tequila shots for everyone. This place isn’t huge, but it also doesn’t get totally packed, so you should always be able to show up with a group on a Saturday night.
Whether or not you eat gluten, there’s a lot to love about a huge plate of steak frites. And when it’s the steak frites with salsa verde, red wine sauce, and garlic aioli from Bastille, there’s even more to love than usual. This is a traditional-feeling French spot that’s perfect for a nice date or even dinner with the parents.
If you’re avoiding gluten, you can pretty much have anything on the Indian/Nepali menu at Kastoori Grill, other than naan and the momo dumplings. Come for a casual weeknight dinner or grab some takeout, and don’t miss the mango soft serve, which is gluten-free, too.
The servers at this Korean steakhouse are pretty attentive to dietary restrictions, and gluten-free people have a lot of great options to choose from. There’s the geoduck fried rice with seaweed, the Chinese broccoli with garlic and walnut pesto, or the best steak in the house: the ribeye with beef belly la lot and spicy peanut oil. Bring your parents or your friends, and share a bunch of dishes family-style.
Manolin is an attractive Fremont spot with creative seafood dishes - like a rockfish ceviche with fried sweet potato strands and avocado - that are pretty much all gluten-free. There’s a steak with chimichurri and creamed yucca on the menu, too, as well as some life-altering black rice with chorizo and squid. If you’re just coming for cocktails, get some hard-to-stop-eating plantain chips at the bar.
The tortilla chips here are fried fresh to order, and your tacos (we recommend the fish and/or al pastor) come on housemade corn tortillas. The braised steak and spicy shrimp plates with rice and beans are also very good things you can do to your stomach. This is a reliably great place for big, tequila-fueled group meals.
This is an Italian spot known for its pasta, but it’s actually pretty easy to have a great gluten-free meal here. Mix and match starters like the carpaccio, the antipasti board, and the chickpea flatbread with tomato confit and cagliata (a cheese that’s like a spreadable burrata). Entree-wise, there’s usually a nice risotto on the menu, as well as a couple of protein/vegetable plates. This is the perfect place to go with your friends who aren’t gluten-free, if you suspect they don’t feel like compromising and skipping gluten themselves.
This Capitol Hill spot serves very good Isan Thai food. The menu notes which items are normally made gluten-free and which can be adapted, and the amazing panang curry chicken stuffed with even more chicken falls into the second category. It’s a big space with lots of wood and metal decor, and ideal for a casual but fun weeknight date, or a pre-bar weekend dinner with friends.
This Capitol Hill deli serves delicious sandwiches on gluten-free bread that won’t make you angry. It feels like a college town coffee shop or co-op inside, and it’s great for lunch with gluten lovers, fellow gluten avoiders, or both. Get the chicken pesto or pastrami.
Yes, a huge plate of BBQ is gluten-free - rejoice. Head to Wood Shop for piles of smoked brisket, pulled pork, ribs, and hot links drowned in spicy homemade sauce. Side-wise, get the surprisingly great kale salad, the potato salad, or both. Just know that it gets busy in here - if there’s no space at the bar, don’t give up. Just take your meal to-go.