18 Best Gluten-Free Restaurants Chicago 2018

18 Best Gluten-Free Restaurants Chicago 2018

Best Gluten-Free Restaurants Chicago 2018

Chicago is in many senses a cultural hub of the Midwest with plenty of activities and sights to see—thought-provoking museums, fun architecture tours, beaching it on the lake, shopping the Magnificent Mile, and stopping at that famous silver jelly bean (Cloud Gate) that provokes the urge to take a selfie. Regardless of how you spend your time, you can rest assured knowing there are many delicious and satisfying places to please gluten-free palettes. These are the 18 best dedicated gluten-free and gluten-free friendly restaurants Chicago has to offer.

Best Dedicated Gluten-Free

100% dedicated gluten-free restaurants in Chicago. Considered the gold standard for diners with Celiac Disease.

Brightwok Kitchen

Brightwok Kitchen | Official

Located in the Loop on Adams Street, you’ll find veggie-focused, Asian-inspired, Brightwok Kitchen. From lunch through dinner, this casual counter-serve spot serves up delicious stir-fry bowls, wraps, and desserts 100% gluten-free, dairy-free, peanut-free, fish and shellfish-free.

Founder & CEO of Brightwok Kitchen says “we were insistent on insuring everyone felt welcome in our restaurant from the interior design, to the price, and to our menu. Our goal is to serve incredibly high-quality ingredients in a very approachable way at very affordable prices.” And they do just that. Jeremy recommends you try the following dishes that will no doubt wow and please:

Brightwok Kitchen | Official

The Crunchy Crave: creamy cashew sauce, spiced medium, brown rice, local steak, bean sprouts, kale, broccoli, and carrots.

Brightwok Kitchen | Official

Everyday Eat Right: thai basil sauce, brown rice, local chicken, onions, broccoli, carrots, and bell peppers.

Brightwok Kitchen | Official

Earth, Curry, and Fire: chili coconut curry sauce, spiced hot, white rice, local tofu, local kale, onions, bell peppers, and carrots served with a crispy egg on top.

Brightwok Kitchen | Official

Dreamy Tahini Greens served cold: tahini ginger spiced medium, mixed greens, local chicken, local snow peas, edamame, bell peppers, and carrots.

The great thing is that all of the sauces (thai basil, chili coconut curry, and more) are scratch made and entirely unique to Brightwok Kitchen. Don’t forget the sinful banana chips and homemade cashew butter cake with chocolate chips!

Also accommodates: dairy-free, egg-free, fish-free, paleo, peanut-free, shellfish-free, vegan

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Flùr Bakery

Flùr Bakery | Official

With a “flavor first” philosophy, and a trained gluten intolerant pastry chef at the helm, it’s no surprise this dedicated gluten-free bakery in Riverside creates such amazing gluten-free pastries in true artistic fashion. Pastry chef Adriana Saldaña-Meadath says “we have spent over two years perfecting our own proprietary blends of various, gluten-free flour options related directly to not just the individual product, but to the specific variety of that product, so that we can ensure an amazing taste, texture, and overall quality that is practically unrecognizable from traditional ‘gluten’ products. We take pride in using only the highest quality of ingredients. We use no artificial flavoring and no preservatives.”

The selection is extensive and mouthwatering—from muffins, cookies, cupcakes and breakfast sandwiches to breads, seasonal pies, scones, and buttermilk biscuits.

Flùr Bakery | Official

“I absolutely love chocolate, and brownies are such a staple in American culture. I was on a mission to create the best brownie that is decadent, fudgy in the middle, and cakey on the outside…and by the way, just so happens to be gluten free! We use three different forms of high-quality Belgium chocolate and when you take a bite, it awakens all the senses in your body. Our brownies have become a truly cross-market sensation, loved by all customers regardless of gluten allergies.”

Flùr Bakery | Official

“Our carrot muffin is the top seller at the bakery. This muffin has the texture and flavor of a moist, light and airy carrot cake wrapped in a muffin liner. The combination of freshly grated carrots and the right balance of spices becomes a perfect complement to your morning coffee! Not only is it gluten free, but dairy free as well!”

Flùr Bakery | Official

Transport yourself to Paris with these hand-made French macarons! The secret recipe (gf, of course) uses only the finest ingredients and comes in a wide variety, including traditional French flavors (salted caramel, pistachio, lavender earl grey, etc.) as well as some uniquely American flavor options (cupcake and peanut butter and jelly). Bon Appétit!

Flùr Bakery | Official

Enjoy a slice of sunshine with lemon meringue pie—a perfectly baked, hand-made pie crust as the base, layered with luscious, custardy lemon filling, topped with a light and fluffy meringue that will leave you craving a second slice!

Also accommodates: dairy-free, most allergies

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Wheat’s End Café

Wheat’s End | Facebook

As the name implies, wheat and gluten aren’t welcome at one of Chicago’s most well-known dedicated gluten-free spots in East Lakeview. Take a seat inside this cozy café and you’ll quickly feel a sense of comfort and excitement few places can provide a gluten intolerant diner. For weekday lunch and weekend brunch you’ll have plenty of baked good and prepared dish options.

Wheat’s End | Facebook

Start with a cheddar chive biscuit or the light, crispy, and hollow popover with honey butter.

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Try an open-faced breakfast sandwich with English muffin or bagel, organic eggs and greens, and a side of uncured cherrywood bacon. Or, if you’re more in the mood for lunch, have a panini or burger with fries.

Wheat’s End | Facebook

Pancakes, French toast, and Belgian waffles with house made fruit compote are always great brunch options. Just be sure to save room for the other sweet treats like muffins, scones, and warm cinnamon rolls.

Wheat’s End | Facebook

If there’s still room (which let’s be real…we’ll make room), grab one of the many delicious doughnut flavors that come in chocolate, pumpkin, coconut, strawberry, or orange spice with Nutella drizzle.

Also accommodates: dairy-free, nut-free, vegan

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The Little Beet Table

Little Beet | Facebook

Located in the Gold Coast in the base of the State & Chestnut residential tower, The Little Beet Table offers a vegetable forward menu (meat options too) of fresh, filling, whole food choices in a comfortable atmosphere. Whether it’s a business lunch, after work drink or special dinner, you’ll have plenty of options at this 100% gluten-free restaurant.

Little Beet | Facebook

Any and everything you choose here will be nutrient packed and full of flavor. The weekend brunch brings dishes like banana bread with house made hazelnut butter, maple French toast with fresh berries, and crispy spirulina rice with shishito peppers, garlic, gf soy, ginger, and egg.

Little Beet | Facebook

Start with a creamy cauliflower hummus with red onion and dill, or go with a refreshing beet citrus or baby kale salad.

Little Beet | Facebook

For brunch, lunch, or dinner, the chipotle pork carnitas tacos with kimchi-apple slaw, black beans, and avocado mayo are a real crowd pleaser.

Little Beet | Facebook

What better way to close out dinner than with multiple gf dessert options like a brownie sundae, strawberry rhubarb crumble, or seasonal sorbet and gelato.

Also accommodates: dairy-free, vegan, most allergies

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Sweet Ali’s Gluten Free Bakery

Sweet Ali’s | Facebook

For a variety of delectable sweet, savory, and special occasion baked goods, from a thriving certified gluten-free bakery, head to one of Sweet Ali’s locations in Hinsdale or Glenview.

Sweet Ali’s | Facebook

Sweet Ali’s offering ranges from breads, donuts, muffins, coffee cakes, and cookies to cupcakes, custom cakes, pizza, and quiche. A classic and best seller is the cinnamon bun—a warm, cinnamony sweet taste with creamy icing on top.

Sweet Ali’s | Facebook

Other customer favorites include ice cream sandwiches and any one (or three!) of the impressive display of cupcakes like carrot, red velvet, salted caramel and so many more creative flavors (check the cupcake of the week calendar on their website!)

Also accommodates: dairy-free, soy-free

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Defloured: A Gluten Free Bakery

Near Edgewater you’ll find Defloured: A Gluten Free Bakery…a 100% dedicated gluten-free bakery at that. What’s great about Defloured is that they consistently provide a tasty array of bars, breads (challah, pizza, irish soda), cake pops, cookies, cupcakes, pies, and scones. Then they have a rotating and seasonal selection of other gf goodies to keep things interesting.

Defloured | Facebook

Customer favorites include the lemon blueberry bundt cake with lemon glaze, pecan pie, pineapple upside down cake, and carrot cake with cream cheese frosting.

Defloured | Facebook

You can also have cakes made, like this rich and creamy chocolate wonder, for special occasions.

Also accommodates: corn free, dairy-free, egg-free, peanut-free, soy-free, tree nut-free  vegan

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Best Gluten-Free Friendly

Not dedicated gluten-free restaurants but have taken steps to ensure a safer gluten-free dining experience.

Ēma

Ema | Facebook

In the mood for gluten-free Mediterranean cuisine with California style cooking? Ēma in River North delivers just that. As one of the many restaurants that fall under the Lettuce Entertain You group, Ēma is well-prepared to deliver safe, gluten-free meals with a dedicated fryer and kitchen space and an extensive, completely separate, gluten-free menu.

At the core of the menu are spreads, dips and mezze, Mediterranean small plates, falafel, grilled seafood dishes, and chicken, beef, or lamb kebabs served with tzatziki. Here are some of the gf customer favorites you can expect to look forward to:

Ema | Facebook

Spicy and sweet roasted chile or garlic with wild mushroom hummus served with gluten-free crackers.

Ema | Facebook

Mediterranean chopped salad with shaved cauliflower, capers, dates, parmesan, olives, and red peppers.

Ema | Facebook

House-made stracciatella with vine-ripened tomatoes (like an Italian soup made from cheese and eggs).

Ema | Facebook

Lamb shakshuka with baked egg, spicy harissa and gluten-free crackers.

Also accommodates: Most allergies

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Da Luciano Pizza, Pasta and Catering

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For one of the most extensive, authentic Italian gluten-free menus in the U.S., Da Luciano’s is a must visit. With multiple family members impacted by celiac disease, Da Luciano’s ownership is well aware of the concerns of celiac and gluten-sensitive diners since they live it every day. That’s why they ensure all gluten-free food is safely prepared in a separate gluten-free kitchen.

Da Luciano | Facebook

It’s time to enjoy all those classic Italian and pasta dishes you’ve been craving and missing: fried calamari, grigliata, homemade lasagna, cannelloni, manicotti, ravioli, chicken and veal parmesan, individual pizzas, and so much more.

Da Luciano | Facebook

What better way to close out an Italian meal than with plenty of gluten-free dessert options like homemade cannoli, tiramisu, and spumoni. Yum!

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LYFE Kitchen

If you’re in Streeterville or River North and looking for modern comfort food that’s delicious, fresh, and craveable—LYFE Kitchen is the place to go. This New American restaurant serves chef-inspired gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian, and omnivore friendly dishes that are sure to please any palette.

LYFE Kitchen | Facebook

All salads are gluten-free. Try the mighty kale Caesar with gf crisps, the Mediterranean chop, or the garden solstice with pickled onions, goat cheese, and avocado.

LYFE Kitchen | Facebook

Customers love the baked sweet potato fries and the fish tacos with mahi mahi, a blend of veggies, and salsa fresca on corn tortillas.

LYFE Kitchen | Facebook

All the flatbreads are made with a rice and potato flour crust and are gluten-free. The bbq chicken flatbread with sweet corn, onion, cilantro, mozzarella and bbq sauce is a big hit. Treat yourself to a banana coconut or chocolate pomegranate parfait or gluten-free cookie to close out your meal.

Also accommodates: nut-free, vegan, vegetarian

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RPM Italian

RPM Italian | Facebook

Feeling like upscale gluten-free dining with classic Italian dishes? RPM Italian is a must visit. The atmosphere is modern, comfortable, and lit for special occasions. For gluten-free patrons, you’ll have an extensive separate menu with plenty of options ranging from fresh salads and antipasti, to gluten-free pastas, slow-roasted meats, prime steaks, and seafood.

Rest assured, the staff is well-trained in gluten cross-contamination and handling, and takes allergies and intolerances seriously.

RPM Italian | Facebook

For starters, customer favorites include the lobster caprese with mozzarella and basil and a refreshing tuscan kale and spinach salad with pecorino and lemon.

RPM Italian | Facebook

A popular main dish—the gluten-free carbonara with black pepper pancetta topped with an egg yolk and freshly shaved parmesan. Yes, it tastes as good as it sounds and looks! The pasta used is gluten-free fettucine, prepared in separate cookware with separate water. Another classic that won’t steer you wrong is the eggplant parmesan with a flavorful red sauce and fresh, melted mozzarella. Ask about the gf dessert options available that day. You’re in for a treat! Located in River North on Illinois St.

Also accommodates: Most allergies

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The Berghoff Restaurant

The Berghoff | Official

At 17 W. Adams, near the Art Institute of Chicago, is where you can find The Berghoff—a gluten-free friendly restaurant serving up German cuisine from lunch through dinner. “As a restaurant family with German roots, gluten-laden meals were a tradition; this all changed when Carlyn Berghoff’s daughter was diagnosed with celiac disease in 2009. Thereafter, Berghoff Restaurant became Beyond Celiac Certified. Now, 25% of our menu items are gluten free!”

“Although we may not have a separate kitchen dedicated to gluten free items, we take strict precautionary measures…when we are alerted of a celiac, or any severe allergy, the item is prepared in a separate pan and cooking utensils…To thicken any gravies we use cornstarch rather than flour.”

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“Our White Fish dish is a top favorite. Drizzled with a dill-caper butter sauce and served with a side of roasted vegetable napoleon and jasmine rice, it’s definitely a palate pleaser.

The Berghoff | Official

Other customer favorites include: sesame seared salmon nicoise salad with Yukon golds and a saffron mustard vinaigrette; gluten-free sauerbraten with gravy and whipped potatoes; hearty ribeye steak with garlic, parsley, and shallot compound butter.

Also accommodates: dairy-free, most allergies

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Roti

Roti | Facebook

At its multiple locations around Chicago, Roti offers gf casual diners a place to enjoy a fresh take on modern Mediterranean foods including wraps, rice plates, kabobs, and salads.

Roti | Facebook

The regular menu is clearly labeled “GF” and is predominantly gluten-free with the exception of the whole wheat pita, the laffa wrap, couscous, and the baked pita chips. Fortunately, gluten-free pitas are available! Mention you’re celiac and they’ll change their gloves.

Roti | Facebook

Customers love the organic chickpea falafel and the spicy lamb meatballs with red quinoa, parmesan, and fresh herbs. With wholesome ingredients, bright spices, big portions and plenty of sides, you’re sure to leave full and happy!

Also accommodates: dairy-free, vegetarian, vegan

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Café Ba-Ba-Reeba!

Cafe BaBa Reba | Facebook

Another member of the Lettuce Entertain You family of restaurants, Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba is Chicago’s first Spanish tapas restaurant serving authentic Spanish cuisine in a warm setting with lively music. The best part for gf patrons? A separate gluten-free menu with plenty of options for hot and cold tapas, paella, and dessert.

Cafe BaBa Reba | Facebook

Customers love cold tapas like the garlic potato salad and house-marinated Spanish olives and hot tapas like the sea scallops served with pickled grapes and ajo blanco sauce.

Cafe BaBa Reba | Facebook

Try one of the classic rice dishes like the seafood paella with shrimp, monkfish, clams and green beans.

Cafe BaBa Reba | Facebook

Top off your meal with one (or all!) of these bite-sized Spanish sweets: flan, seasonal sorbet, caramelized banana or butterscotch custard with salted caramel sauce. Probably best to make a reservation for this one!

Also accommodates: dairy-free, most allergies

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Summer House Santa Monica

Summer House | Facebook

Located in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood, Summer House Santa Monica is an escape to the warmth and laid-back vibes of the California Coast. With its focus on local, sustainable ingredients, seasonal specialties, and a separate gluten-free menu, you’re sure to find something to enjoy.

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Breakfast includes omelettes, egg sandwiches (gf bread), buttermilk pancakes, and chocolate chip waffles with cocoa whipped cream and warm fudge syrup. On the side, have a salad, crispy hashbrowns, bacon or house made organic pork sausage.

Summer House | Facebook

For lunch, have one of the many handcrafted gf sandwich options like the stacked turkey, the prime brandt beef burger, or avocado toast on gf bread with poached eggs, hass avocado, and scallion mascarpone.

Summer House | Facebook

Other favorites include both sweet potato and regular fries (dedicated gf fryer), chips with guac, caramelized brussel sprouts, and raw chickpea hummus with gf crudité.

Also accommodates: Most allergies

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Sunda

Sunda | Facebook

Ready for Southeast Asian cuisine with a modern twist and an extensive gluten-free menu? Head to Sunda from brunch through dinner for award-winning sushi, creative Asian fare, and specialty cocktails.

Sunda | Facebook

Start with edamame and an Asian pear salad. Try one of the many gf sushi options like the rainbow signature sushi with king crab, tuna, salmon, walu, asparagus, and avocado, or the veggie q sushi with no rice. The tofu chicken or shrimp pad thai with rice noodles is a big hit, and the wagyu crispy rice is another popular gf favorite. Don’t forget to ask for the gluten-free soy sauce! Find Sunda in River North on Illinois St.

Also accommodates: dairy-free

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True Food Kitchen

What happens when you bring together integrative medicine expert, Dr. Andrew Weil, and award-winning chef, Sam Fox, to create a restaurant for foodies with an anti-inflammatory focus? True Food Kitchen. That’s what. This seasonal kitchen and scratch bar offers a variety of gluten-free options for brunch, lunch, and dinner using real food ingredients that change with the season.

True Food Kitchen | Official

With so many gluten-free dishes on this flavor-forward menu, you may be wondering where to start. True Food’s management says the Inside Out Quinoa Burger is one of its most popular creations. Quinoa is shaped into two patties and filled with a blend of hummus, tzatziki, tomato, butter lettuce, cucumber, red onion, avocado, and feta.

True Food Kitchen | Official

Grilled fish or steak tacos are another favorite served on organic corn tortillas with smashed avocado, pico de gallo and cotija cheese.

True Food Kitchen | Official

Customers also love the gluten-free spaghetti squash casserole—a delicious blend of roasted spaghetti squash, tomato sauce, zucchini and caramelized onions baked in a casserole dish with fresh mozzarella, garnished with herb mix and grana padano cheese.

True Food Kitchen was founded on the basic principle that food should make you feel better—not  worse. And you shouldn’t have to sacrifice taste to live a healthier lifestyle. No doubt they’ve achieved that with their gf options. Located on Erie street in between River North & Streeterville.

Also accommodates: vegan, vegetarian, paleo, dairy-free, whole-30

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Beatrix

Beatrix | Facebook

One of the coolest coffee cafés in all of Chicago also happens to cater to the needs of the gluten-free community. Beatrix is a neighborhood coffeehouse and restaurant in Chicago’s River North, Streeterville, and Fulton Market neighborhoods.

From morning to night, you can expect plenty of delicious gluten-free options, knowledgeable staff, and procedures in place to prevent cross-contamination. In fact, managers actually flag and give the okay for allergen meals before they are served.

Beatrix | Facebook

Customer favorites include the deviled eggs, the prime burger on gluten free toast, and a side of Kennebec fries fried in a dedicated gf fryer.

Beatrix | Facebook

Other popular choices include the spring pea soup with herbed ricotta and extra virgin olive oil without the brioche croutons.

Beatrix | Facebook

The pan-roasted sea bass is a crowd pleaser at dinnertime and is prepared with a sweet corn and coconut broth, cherry tomatoes, and chili oil.

Beatrix | Facebook

Save room for desserts like the triple chocolate chunk cookie, cream cheesecake, flourless chocolate cake, or macaroons when available.

Also accommodates: Most allergies

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Do-Rite Donuts & Chicken

Do-Rite Donuts | @minjung713

At its multiple locations around Chicago, gluten-sensitive patrons can enjoy a truly delectable treat at Do-Rite Donuts—donuts, of course. Gluten-free donuts come in flavors like birthday cake, chocolate glazed, cinnamon and sugar, and more. They’re made with rice flour, fried in a dedicated fryer, and stored in a separate case apart from the regular donuts.  An important note, though, is that they are prepared in the same kitchen as all of the other donuts.

Also accommodates: vegan

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