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11 Places to Dine Dairy-Free in Boston

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To cap off her internship at Eater Boston, Lilienne Sexton has completed a special project examining the options available around town for diners who omit nuts, gluten, or dairy from their diets due to allergies or other reasons. Each day this week, we're running a map or interview on the topic.
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Whether you're lactose intolerant, vegan, or just looking to cut some of your dairy intake, here are eleven local spots that are conscious of dairy-free diets. From coconut-based ice cream to vegan Chinese food, there's something for everyone.


— Lilienne Sexton
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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Treat Cupcake Bar

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1450 Highland Ave
Needham, MA 02492
(781) 444-4995
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At Treat, you can buy ready-made cupcakes or take your time exploring the make-your-own-cupcake bar. There are eight different dairy-free cupcakes offered on a regular basis, and if you make your own, you can choose a dairy/gluten/egg-free chocolate cake and a dairy/gluten/egg-free vanilla frosting before adding various candy toppings. Located in both Needham and Chestnut Hill. [Photo: Yelp]

2. True Bistro

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1153 Broadway
Somerville, MA 02144
(617) 627-9000
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This Teele Square restaurant promises “to serve extraordinary vegan food created from the highest quality and freshest plant based ingredients,” which means that everything is dairy-free. Go ahead and enjoy dishes like house-made ravioli in a poblano cream sauce or a “death by chocolate cake” with whipped coconut cream and shattered caramel. [Photo: Facebook]

3. Dosa N' Curry

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447 Somerville Ave
Somerville, MA 02143
(617) 764-3152
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Dosa N’ Curry’s menu is entirely free of eggs, meat, fish, and animal rennet. The restaurant serves Northern and Southern Indian food as well as Indo-Chinese food. There are plenty of dairy-free options on the menu; look for the vegan marking. [Image: Official Site]

4. Red Lentil

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600 Mount Auburn St
Watertown, MA 02472
(617) 972-9189
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Red Lentil serves vegetarian and vegan foods inspired by cuisines from all around the globe, prepared with seasonal New England ingredients. Dairy-free diners will find a wide selection of vegan dishes. [Photo: Foursquare]

5. Life Alive

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765 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 354-5433
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Life Alive strives to offer “vegetarian food even a meat lover can crave,” and to that end, they can accommodate a variety of dietary needs. Many items on the menu are free of dairy, and all smoothies are made with dairy-free, soy-free ice cream from FoMu. In addition to the Central Square location, there are also outposts in Salem and Lowell, and more expansion is reportedly in the works. [Photo: Yelp]

6. River Gods

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125 River St
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 576-1881
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River Gods has a hip, Irish pub-like vibe, and it’s a popular spot for twenty-somethings, serving up bar food and microbrews. There’s a full menu of vegetarian and vegan dishes, so there are plenty of dairy-free options, from veggie tacos to cheese-less pizzettas. [Photo: Yelp]

7. Grasshopper

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1 North Beacon St
Allston, MA 02134
(617) 254-8883
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Grasshopper is a Chinese, vegan restaurant, offering all the Chinese-American classics you’d expect, all free of dairy (and animal products). [Photo: Yelp]

8. Root

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487 Cambridge Street
Allston, MA 02134
(617) 208-6091
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Root’s stated mission is to serve “plant-inspired food and juices,” and everything is dairy-free, even hearty brunch dishes like the biscuits and gravy. [Photo: Chris Coe]

9. FoMu

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481 Cambridge St.
Allston, MA 02134
(617) 903-3276
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FoMu serves ice cream made from a coconut base that is completely free of dairy, egg, and animal-derived products. FoMu also offer non-dairy toppings and condiments. There's a second location in Jamaica Plain. [Photo: Facebook]

10. Estragon

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700 Harrison Ave
Boston, MA 02118
(617) 266-0443
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Estragon offers Spanish food served tapas-style, and many of the dishes come from family recipes of the owner, a Madrid native. Dishes that contain dairy are clearly marked on the menu, as are vegan dishes, so it’s easy to zero in on the many dairy-free options. [Photo: Official Site]

11. Walnut Grille

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1203 Walnut St
Newton, MA 02461
(617) 964-1029
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Walnut Grille serves vegetarian and vegan food made from mainly organic ingredients that come from local farms. In addition to the already dairy-free vegan options, many of the vegetarian dishes can also be prepared without dairy, and the menu is clearly marked. [Photo: Facebook]

1. Treat Cupcake Bar

1450 Highland Ave, Needham, MA 02492
At Treat, you can buy ready-made cupcakes or take your time exploring the make-your-own-cupcake bar. There are eight different dairy-free cupcakes offered on a regular basis, and if you make your own, you can choose a dairy/gluten/egg-free chocolate cake and a dairy/gluten/egg-free vanilla frosting before adding various candy toppings. Located in both Needham and Chestnut Hill. [Photo: Yelp]
1450 Highland Ave
Needham, MA 02492

2. True Bistro

1153 Broadway, Somerville, MA 02144
This Teele Square restaurant promises “to serve extraordinary vegan food created from the highest quality and freshest plant based ingredients,” which means that everything is dairy-free. Go ahead and enjoy dishes like house-made ravioli in a poblano cream sauce or a “death by chocolate cake” with whipped coconut cream and shattered caramel. [Photo: Facebook]
1153 Broadway
Somerville, MA 02144

3. Dosa N' Curry

447 Somerville Ave, Somerville, MA 02143
Dosa N’ Curry’s menu is entirely free of eggs, meat, fish, and animal rennet. The restaurant serves Northern and Southern Indian food as well as Indo-Chinese food. There are plenty of dairy-free options on the menu; look for the vegan marking. [Image: Official Site]
447 Somerville Ave
Somerville, MA 02143

4. Red Lentil

600 Mount Auburn St, Watertown, MA 02472
Red Lentil serves vegetarian and vegan foods inspired by cuisines from all around the globe, prepared with seasonal New England ingredients. Dairy-free diners will find a wide selection of vegan dishes. [Photo: Foursquare]
600 Mount Auburn St
Watertown, MA 02472

5. Life Alive

765 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139
Life Alive strives to offer “vegetarian food even a meat lover can crave,” and to that end, they can accommodate a variety of dietary needs. Many items on the menu are free of dairy, and all smoothies are made with dairy-free, soy-free ice cream from FoMu. In addition to the Central Square location, there are also outposts in Salem and Lowell, and more expansion is reportedly in the works. [Photo: Yelp]
765 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02139

6. River Gods

125 River St, Cambridge, MA 02139
River Gods has a hip, Irish pub-like vibe, and it’s a popular spot for twenty-somethings, serving up bar food and microbrews. There’s a full menu of vegetarian and vegan dishes, so there are plenty of dairy-free options, from veggie tacos to cheese-less pizzettas. [Photo: Yelp]
125 River St
Cambridge, MA 02139

7. Grasshopper

1 North Beacon St, Allston, MA 02134
Grasshopper is a Chinese, vegan restaurant, offering all the Chinese-American classics you’d expect, all free of dairy (and animal products). [Photo: Yelp]
1 North Beacon St
Allston, MA 02134

8. Root

487 Cambridge Street, Allston, MA 02134
Root’s stated mission is to serve “plant-inspired food and juices,” and everything is dairy-free, even hearty brunch dishes like the biscuits and gravy. [Photo: Chris Coe]
487 Cambridge Street
Allston, MA 02134

9. FoMu

481 Cambridge St., Allston, MA 02134
FoMu serves ice cream made from a coconut base that is completely free of dairy, egg, and animal-derived products. FoMu also offer non-dairy toppings and condiments. There's a second location in Jamaica Plain. [Photo: Facebook]
481 Cambridge St.
Allston, MA 02134

10. Estragon

700 Harrison Ave, Boston, MA 02118
Estragon offers Spanish food served tapas-style, and many of the dishes come from family recipes of the owner, a Madrid native. Dishes that contain dairy are clearly marked on the menu, as are vegan dishes, so it’s easy to zero in on the many dairy-free options. [Photo: Official Site]
700 Harrison Ave
Boston, MA 02118

11. Walnut Grille

1203 Walnut St, Newton, MA 02461
Walnut Grille serves vegetarian and vegan food made from mainly organic ingredients that come from local farms. In addition to the already dairy-free vegan options, many of the vegetarian dishes can also be prepared without dairy, and the menu is clearly marked. [Photo: Facebook]
1203 Walnut St
Newton, MA 02461

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