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On Newbury Street, Italian restaurant Faccia a Faccia serves plenty of gluten-free items.
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Where to Dine Gluten-Free in Boston

Mind your gluten intake with Cambodian curries, pizza, pasta, and cinnamon rolls

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On Newbury Street, Italian restaurant Faccia a Faccia serves plenty of gluten-free items.
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Finding places to eat gluten-free meals around the city can be a challenge, but it’s gotten a lot easier over the years. Plenty of local restaurants have a surplus of options, if not entire menus, that cater to a gluten-free diet, especially ones that are also focused on vegetarian or vegan cooking. Whether you’re looking for sweets like cookies and cake, an acai bowl or slice of pizza to go, or a full sit-down meal of Cambodian curries or Italian pastas, here are 13 ways to cover all your gluten-free bases in and around Boston.

Please note that this map is meant to serve as a guide for diners to find gluten-free-friendly options, but we cannot guarantee that these spots are completely safe for those who must absolutely avoid any trace of gluten, such as diners with celiac disease. We recommend contacting restaurants directly to discuss your needs before heading out.

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American Flatbread at Sacco's Bowl Haven

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For a little entertainment with dinner, American Flatbread comes with a side of candlepin bowling. The Somerville location of this regional chain — no longer connected to Flatbread Company, which used to occupy this venue — has a wide range of options, all of which can be made on gluten-free crusts for an additional charge. Find another American Flatbread location, also with bowling, at Boston Landing in Brighton.

Life Alive Organic Cafe

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Life Alive Organic Cafe specializes in vegetarian and vegan smoothies and dishes from watermelon poke to green goddess and acai bowls, all of which can be ordered without common allergens like gluten. In addition to this Central Square Cambridge location, the company has several vibrant locations throughout Massachusetts, many with nice outdoor space, including in Boston’s Back Bay and on the campus of Boston University.

A spread of food at Life Alive Brookline, involving vegetables, beans, nuts, and rice on various plates atop a wood table. Iced drinks in mason jars sit beside the food.
A spread of vegetarian dishes at Life Alive Organic Cafe.
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Benevento’s

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Benevento’s has an old-school vibe, with its tin ceiling, marble bar, and classically North End menu. Despite that, much of the Italian fare, including pasta dishes and pizzas, is available gluten-free. There’s a patio outside, too.

Jennifer Lee's Bakery

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All of the baked goods at Jennifer Lee’s in Boston Public Market are vegan and free of nine of the most common allergens, including gluten, peanuts, shellfish, and soy. That means treats like muffins, doughnuts, cinnamon rolls, and waffles are safe for a huge number of diets. And only the savory items, like a barbecue-pulled jackfruit sandwich, include coconut. The bakery also has a location in Worcester.

Myers + Chang

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Roughly half the menu at South End classic Myers + Chang is gluten-free (though not the dumplings, sorry to say), from market greens with fermented tofu to crispy whole prawns with Vietnamese salsa verde.

Otto Pizza

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Otto has a number of locations around the greater Boston area, including this full-service one in Coolidge Corner and others that offer counter-service. Most of the pies can be served with a 12-inch gluten-free crust, including the New Haven-inspired favorite topped with mashed potato and bacon. The restaurants recommend this option for diners with a sensitivity to gluten but caution that the pizzas are not recommended for people with celiac disease.

A margherita pizza with one slice removed from the pie’s  circle
Otto Margherita pizza
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Paris Creperie

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Coolidge Corner eatery Paris Creperie offers a number of sweet and savory crepes, from classics with butter and sugar to unexpected fillings like mashed sweet potato; you can also build your own. Customers looking for gluten-free options can substitute a buckwheat crepe.

A sweet crepe packed with fruit and sprinkled with cinnamon sits atop a square white plate on a black table. The crepe is adorned with a powdered sugar fleur-de-lis.
Paris Creperie crepe
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The Elephant Walk

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The Elephant Walk is a popular stop for its signature mix of Cambodian and French cuisine, much of which is gluten-free and clearly marked as such. Cambodian starters and entrees are notably successful, from a sour soup with shrimp and a nicely spiced salad of raw tuna, avocado, and lemongrass to grilled rainbow trout with Chinese broccoli; to finish, the French sweets are a good bet, including a rich chocolate truffle cake offset by tangy raspberry.

Mela Modern Indian Cuisine

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Indian cuisine is naturally gluten-free friendly, which always makes it a reliable choice for abstainers. At Mela Modern Indian Cuisine in the South End, every single entree is gluten-free, from the Goan shrimp curry to the palak paneer and chicken tikka masala. Many of the appetizers are also gluten-free. Wash it all down with fun cocktails like the dirty mango lassi with mango, sweet yogurt, and spiced rum, sprinkled with cardamom. 

Fuji at Ink Block

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Japanese cuisine can be tricky for gluten-free eaters because ingredients like soy sauce and miso often contain gluten. But sushi spot Fuji offers gluten-free options all across the menu, from appetizers like the blackened tuna salad to entrees like ishiyaki wagyu. Even the more elaborate maki rolls, which are often off-limits at other sushi restaurants, can be made gluten-free here.

Flour Bakery + Cafe

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It’s often difficult to find on-the-go gluten-free meals. Flour Bakery and Cafe is a convenient place to grab a sandwich on gluten-free bread or a coffee and a sweet, flour-free treat. Ironically, despite the name, the bakery offers a variety of gluten-free desserts. The original Flour location is in the South End, but the bakery chain can be found all over the city, including in the Seaport, Beacon Hill, Harvard Square, and Back Bay.

Faccia a Faccia

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James Beard award-winning chef Ken Oringer’s daughter has celiac disease so he’s intimately familiar with the challenges and precautions necessary for gluten-free food. Faccia a Faccia offers mouthwatering gluten-free pasta and appetizers including the notable gluten-free mozzarella sticks fried and topped with ossetra caviar. The restaurant guarantees that menu items aren’t just gluten-free, they’re celiac-safe. After your meal pop down to Bar Pallino, the speakeasy-style wine bar underneath the restaurant.

Burro Bar

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This neighborhood Mexican restaurant boasts vibrant, Instagrammable decor, an expansive tequila list, and many gluten-free food options with housemade corn tortillas as a base. The tacos, fajitas, and enchiladas all come on corn tortillas and most have gluten-free fillings, opening up a lot of the menu to gluten-free eaters. Appetizers like the “Cholo” corn cob version of street corn and the guacamole with sea salt, white onion, and optional mango are also good bets.

American Flatbread at Sacco's Bowl Haven

For a little entertainment with dinner, American Flatbread comes with a side of candlepin bowling. The Somerville location of this regional chain — no longer connected to Flatbread Company, which used to occupy this venue — has a wide range of options, all of which can be made on gluten-free crusts for an additional charge. Find another American Flatbread location, also with bowling, at Boston Landing in Brighton.

Life Alive Organic Cafe

Life Alive Organic Cafe specializes in vegetarian and vegan smoothies and dishes from watermelon poke to green goddess and acai bowls, all of which can be ordered without common allergens like gluten. In addition to this Central Square Cambridge location, the company has several vibrant locations throughout Massachusetts, many with nice outdoor space, including in Boston’s Back Bay and on the campus of Boston University.

A spread of food at Life Alive Brookline, involving vegetables, beans, nuts, and rice on various plates atop a wood table. Iced drinks in mason jars sit beside the food.
A spread of vegetarian dishes at Life Alive Organic Cafe.
Abigail Jean Photography

Benevento’s

Benevento’s has an old-school vibe, with its tin ceiling, marble bar, and classically North End menu. Despite that, much of the Italian fare, including pasta dishes and pizzas, is available gluten-free. There’s a patio outside, too.

Jennifer Lee's Bakery

All of the baked goods at Jennifer Lee’s in Boston Public Market are vegan and free of nine of the most common allergens, including gluten, peanuts, shellfish, and soy. That means treats like muffins, doughnuts, cinnamon rolls, and waffles are safe for a huge number of diets. And only the savory items, like a barbecue-pulled jackfruit sandwich, include coconut. The bakery also has a location in Worcester.

Myers + Chang

Roughly half the menu at South End classic Myers + Chang is gluten-free (though not the dumplings, sorry to say), from market greens with fermented tofu to crispy whole prawns with Vietnamese salsa verde.

Otto Pizza

Otto has a number of locations around the greater Boston area, including this full-service one in Coolidge Corner and others that offer counter-service. Most of the pies can be served with a 12-inch gluten-free crust, including the New Haven-inspired favorite topped with mashed potato and bacon. The restaurants recommend this option for diners with a sensitivity to gluten but caution that the pizzas are not recommended for people with celiac disease.

A margherita pizza with one slice removed from the pie’s  circle
Otto Margherita pizza
Otto/Official Site

Paris Creperie

Coolidge Corner eatery Paris Creperie offers a number of sweet and savory crepes, from classics with butter and sugar to unexpected fillings like mashed sweet potato; you can also build your own. Customers looking for gluten-free options can substitute a buckwheat crepe.

A sweet crepe packed with fruit and sprinkled with cinnamon sits atop a square white plate on a black table. The crepe is adorned with a powdered sugar fleur-de-lis.
Paris Creperie crepe
Paris Creperie/Official Site

The Elephant Walk

The Elephant Walk is a popular stop for its signature mix of Cambodian and French cuisine, much of which is gluten-free and clearly marked as such. Cambodian starters and entrees are notably successful, from a sour soup with shrimp and a nicely spiced salad of raw tuna, avocado, and lemongrass to grilled rainbow trout with Chinese broccoli; to finish, the French sweets are a good bet, including a rich chocolate truffle cake offset by tangy raspberry.

Mela Modern Indian Cuisine

Indian cuisine is naturally gluten-free friendly, which always makes it a reliable choice for abstainers. At Mela Modern Indian Cuisine in the South End, every single entree is gluten-free, from the Goan shrimp curry to the palak paneer and chicken tikka masala. Many of the appetizers are also gluten-free. Wash it all down with fun cocktails like the dirty mango lassi with mango, sweet yogurt, and spiced rum, sprinkled with cardamom. 

Fuji at Ink Block

Japanese cuisine can be tricky for gluten-free eaters because ingredients like soy sauce and miso often contain gluten. But sushi spot Fuji offers gluten-free options all across the menu, from appetizers like the blackened tuna salad to entrees like ishiyaki wagyu. Even the more elaborate maki rolls, which are often off-limits at other sushi restaurants, can be made gluten-free here.

Flour Bakery + Cafe

It’s often difficult to find on-the-go gluten-free meals. Flour Bakery and Cafe is a convenient place to grab a sandwich on gluten-free bread or a coffee and a sweet, flour-free treat. Ironically, despite the name, the bakery offers a variety of gluten-free desserts. The original Flour location is in the South End, but the bakery chain can be found all over the city, including in the Seaport, Beacon Hill, Harvard Square, and Back Bay.

Faccia a Faccia

James Beard award-winning chef Ken Oringer’s daughter has celiac disease so he’s intimately familiar with the challenges and precautions necessary for gluten-free food. Faccia a Faccia offers mouthwatering gluten-free pasta and appetizers including the notable gluten-free mozzarella sticks fried and topped with ossetra caviar. The restaurant guarantees that menu items aren’t just gluten-free, they’re celiac-safe. After your meal pop down to Bar Pallino, the speakeasy-style wine bar underneath the restaurant.

Burro Bar

This neighborhood Mexican restaurant boasts vibrant, Instagrammable decor, an expansive tequila list, and many gluten-free food options with housemade corn tortillas as a base. The tacos, fajitas, and enchiladas all come on corn tortillas and most have gluten-free fillings, opening up a lot of the menu to gluten-free eaters. Appetizers like the “Cholo” corn cob version of street corn and the guacamole with sea salt, white onion, and optional mango are also good bets.

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