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50+ Gluten-Free Friendly Restaurants in North County San Diego (2018 Master List)

gluten free restaurants san diego north county

As more and more people discover they have gluten sensitivities, North County restaurants are stepping up and offering allergy-friendly menus. This list includes restaurants that specialize in Gluten-Free cuisine, restaurants that offer modifications to their menus, or places that have specific gluten-free items that you don’t see anywhere else.*

*Menus subject to change, please confirm with the restaurant.

Gluten Free Restaurants in san diego north county coastal

(Del Mar to Oceanside)

1. Ruth’s Chris Del Mar

Ruth’s Chris is a traditional steakhouse with a classic atmosphere. The gluten-free menu has appetizers, salads, entrees and desserts that are either gluten-free, to begin with (steaks) or have been modified. Also sensitive to other allergies, they are open to discussing the menu with guests upon arrival.

2. Mendocino Farms Del Mar

Popular in LA, and more recently in La Jolla, Mendocino Farms brings fast-casual to new heights in its Del Mar location. Focused on sandwiches and salads, the menu has clearly marked gluten-free selections. Options include a Summer Cubano, Peruvian Steak Sandwich, a Pork Belly Banh Mi, Vegan Delights and more traditional sandwiches.

3. Grater Grilled Cheese

For the love of Grilled Cheese! Start with Gluten Free Bread and then pile on the options at Grater Grilled Cheese. It’s that simple, sometimes things are better that way.

4. Flower Child Del Mar

Flower Child’s motto is “healthy food for a happy world”. Located in Flower Hill Promenade, their menu focuses on organic, locally sourced, sustainable healthy dishes. Clearly marked for vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options, the menu offers many choices. Indulge in Gluten-Free Mac and Cheese, or bowls such as: Forbidden Rice (Black pearl, red japonica, snap peas, bok choy, broccoli, carrots, onion, toasted sesame and red chili hoisin), and Vegan Poke (marinated beet, avocado, pickled mushroom, cucumber radish, wasabi pea, smoked dulse, brown rice and spicy ponzu). Protein can be added to any item for a fee.

5. Bushfire Kitchen – Del Mar, Carlsbad

Just off of Del Mar Heights Road, Bushfire Kitchen has an extensive GF menu that includes breakfast! Bushfire believes in nutritious food that is humanely raised, free from hormones and antibiotics, locally sourced, and organic (when possible). A clearly marked menu includes GF Benedicts as well as pancakes! In the afternoon and evenings, they offer an array of GF Bowls that include Currys, Carnitas, and BBQ; as well as GF bread options for burgers (which are great!).

In Carlsbad, Bushfire is open for lunch and dinner (no breakfast option).

6. Zel’s Del Mar

Zel’s is a great casual find in Del Mar with good food, a dog-friendly patio, and live music often. Their menu has a variety of GF Flatbread options, which are ½ off every Tuesday Night! Flatbreads include the Crispy Prosciutto (mozzarella, marinara, diced tomato, basil & gorgonzola), and the Nova Smoked Salmon (red onion, dill creme fraiche, and fried scallion capers).

7. Del Mar Rendezvous

Rendezvous is an Asian fusion restaurant with a dedicated Vegan/Vegetarian menu, as well as a Gluten Free menu. Options range from Soups to Noodle dishes and full Entrees. At Rendezvous you can find: Hot and Sour Soup, Shrimp Pad Thai, Beef with Broccoli, and a Seafood Clay Pot (among many other choices).

8. Jake’s Del Mar

A definitive Del Mar spot, Jake’s is right on the sand.  A large bar area and beautiful view make this location popular. The menu’s GF options are clearly marked, and although the selection isn’t gigantic, there are some unique additions, including Watermelon Salad, Ceviche, and a Vegan Coconut Curry dish.

9. Poseidon Del Mar

Poseidon is on the beach and has a spacious patio. The menu has plenty of GF seafood options including Chilean Sea Bass, Pistachio Crusted Salmon, and Lemon Pepper Scallops.

10. Crêpes & Corks

Crêpes & Corks is a cozy wine bar in Del Mar with a casual atmosphere and dog-friendly patio. Enjoy a large menu of sweet or savory crepes that can all be made Gluten Free. Crepes include Nutella Delight (Nutella, strawberry, banana and whip cream), Parisienne (Briem bacon, sauteed onion, caramelized apples with honey balsamic vinaigrette), and the Del Mar (grilled chicken breast, artichoke hearts, sauteed Portobello mushrooms, mozzarella, basil with a creamy pesto sauce).

11. Cucina Enoteca

Cucina Enoteca is a popular Del Mar spot, with a modern space and lots of seating. The menu has Gluten Free Pasta options for most of its menu. Served Family-Style the pasta dishes include: Pappardelle (short rib, cremini mushrooms, carrots and parmesan), Spaghetti (meatball, Pomodoro and grana di Capra), and Linguine (Shrimp Puttanesca, tomato, Gaeta olives, capers, anchovies and Calabrian chili).

12. Urban Pi

Urban Pi is a create-your-own pizza place that has the option for Gluten Free Crust. We fresh, locally sourced and organic (when possible) ingredients, you can build your own pie or choose one of their specialties. Pizza favorites include Thai Chicken Peanut, Arugula Carmalized Onion & Roast Mushroom,  and Rosemary Ham & Pineapple.

13. Prepkitchen Del Mar

At Prepkitchen Del Mar you’ll find artisanal farm-to-table cuisine in a relaxed, casual setting. The Prepkitchen menu annotates which items can be modified to be Gluten Free. The menu has plenty of salads and meat options, and also includes locally caught seafood options such as Fish Tacos, Mussels and Fries, and a Seafood Stew.

14. Board & Brew – Del Mar, Carlsbad, Carlsbad (Bressi Ranch)

For over 30 years Board and Brew developed a cult following and expanded from its original Del Mar location throughout southern California. Gluten Free wraps are now available for all of Board & Brew’s sandwiches, making it a quick, healthy option for lunch and dinner.

15. Solana Beach Crush

Near the beach, ample parking, friendly staff, good food, what else could you want? Crush specializes in Italian Casual Cuisine which is locally sourced, sustainable, steroid/hormone free, and 100% natural and organic (when possible). Gluten Free options include GF Crusts for their brick oven pizzas, zucchini linguine, or a choice of GF pastas.

16. Claire’s on Cedros

Claire’s is a friendly little cafe in the heart of Solana Beach. The menu is filled with comfort food and they create some of the best gluten-free pancakes around! Not only can you eat their “Claircakes” on location, you can also buy the mix and take it home! They also offer GF bread for sandwiches. Dog-friendly.

17. Choice Superfood Bar & Juicery – Solana Beach, Carlsbad

At Choice, everything on the menu is Gluten Free, Dairy Free and Plant Based. Not only will you find an extensive juice and smoothie menu, but they have Acai bowls and salads too.

18. Pizza Port – Solana Beach, Carlsbad, Carlsbad (Bressi Ranch)

One of the most popular Pizza places off the 101, Pizza Port is always buzzing with a crowd. With gluten-free crust available you don’t have to miss out on this local fave.

Additional locations in Carlsbad.

19. Beach Grass Cafe

Enjoy breakfast all day in a warm, welcoming environment. Beach Grass Cafe has gluten free pancakes and bread to make any of its items allergy friendly.

20. Naked Cafe – Solana Beach, Encinitas, Carlsbad

Right across the street from Fletcher’s Cove, the Naked Cafe is a great place for breakfast and lunch. The menu is clearly marked for all allergens, including gluten-free, nut and vegan. Naked Cafe’s menu includes gluten-free pancakes, scrambles, and rice bowls.

Additional locations in Encinitas and Carlsbad.

21. Culture Brewing Company – Solana Beach, Encinitas

Culture Brewing Company has Gluten reduced beer for people with gluten sensitivities. Finding food that is gluten friendly is one thing, but beer? That’s awesome.

Additional location in Encinitas.

22. Chart House

On lovely days the Chart House will open all the windows and let the ocean breeze flow throughout the space. Right on the sand, it’s a lovely way to spend the afternoon or have a romantic dinner. There is a dedicated gluten-free menu that has options from starters to desserts. Find selections such as a Seafood Stack, Bronzed Swordfish, Filet, and Lobster.

23. Ki’s Restaurant

Right across from the beach Ki’s has a great view and an extensive Gluten Free menu. From breakfast to dinner, Ki’s has so many options to choose from. Options include muffins, Acai bowls, burritos, burgers, Butternut squash tacos, and so much more!

24. Sushi Lounge – Encinitas, Poway

A neighborhood favorite, Sushi Lounge is a casual sushi bar, just West of Hwy 5. Their dedicated Gluten Free menu features rolls, sashimi with ponzu, dinners, and salads. Fried rolls use cornstarch to keep the crunch!

There is an additional location in Poway.

25. 2GOOD2B – Encinitas, Rancho Bernardo

2GOOD2B is a small cafe/bakery that provides a safe haven from the worry of cross-contamination. Their menu is completely gluten, corn and soy free! Enjoy breakfast, lunch or an early dinner. Items include french toast, cinnamon rolls, rice pastas, paninis, soups with baguettes, and pizzas. The menu is extensive, and they have catering options as well.

26. Union Kitchen & Tap

Just North of Swami’s, Union Kitchen is a casual neighborhood spot. A big open space, cozy decor, and friendly staff make this a place you want to frequent. Gluten-free options are clearly marked on their menu (with more options for dinner than brunch). Expect items such as Charred Octopus, Watermelon Salad, and Shrimp and Grits.

27. Blue Ribbon Artisan Pizzeria

Located in the Encinitas Lumberyard, Blue Ribbon Pizza has been a local favorite for years.  All of their pizzas can be enjoyed with a gluten-free crust. Unique pizza toppings include fennel sausage, heirloom tomatoes, crimini mushrooms, goat cheese and arugula pesto. (Note: while crusts are 100% Gluten Free, they are prepared on the same workspace, and fired in the same oven as non-GF foods).

28. GoodOnYa Organic Cafe

GoodOnYa serves organic, local, non-GMO food, with Gluten Free, Vegan, Dairy Free, and Paleo options. The bakery makes everything gluten-free (even donuts!), mostly everything dairy free, and they have vegan items too. For breakfast and lunch, they feature SRSLY GF Bread from San Francisco and Coconut Wraps for their burritos. The dinner menu has GF pizzas and Powerhouse bowls of Quinoa and Rice. On tap, you’ll find a great selection of Gluten Reduced beer.

29. Native Foods Cafe

Native Foods Cafe is focused on offering a plant-based locally sourced menu. Their menu is clearly marked with GF selections and has a plantain-based “bread”, Paella, salads, and bowls.

30. Solace and the Moonlight Lounge

In Encinitas between the Ocean and the train station, Solace provides a modern space and great food. There are dedicated Gluten Free menus for Brunch, Lunch, and Dinner! Enjoy Bennies over Grits, Scrambles, GF bread options for sandwiches, and entrees such as Leek Stuffed Trout and Garlic Roasted Jidori Chicken.

31. Peace Pies

Peace Pies Raw Vegan Cafe which locally sources its ingredients and is committed to providing a Gluten Free, Vegan, Soy-Free Raw menu. Favorites include the Luna Tuna Wrap (with sunflower seed tuna pate), the Mystical Mushroom Quesadilla and the Mango Coconut Wrap.

32. Lotus Cafe & Juice Bar

In the heart of Encinitas, off the 101, Lotus Cafe and Juice Bar are Vegan and Gluten Free friendly. With a clearly marked menu, GF patrons can enjoy sandwiches, burritos, buckwheat pancakes, Tempeh Tacos and Black Bean Enchiladas.

33. EVE Encinitas

EVE Encinitas serves Vegan breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily from 8am-10pm. Lots of gluten-free options in their bowls which feature GF vegan pasta, Jackfruit Tacos, and BBQ Jackfruit.

34. Breakfast Republic – Encinitas, (Carmel Valley location coming soon!)

Breakfast Republic celebrates the most important meal of the day from 7am-3pm daily. The menu has clearly marked all items that are gluten-free or have the option to be made gluten free (all annotates for vegetarian and vegan diets). Unique items include Veggie Breakfast Tostadas, Breakfast Jambalaya, Crab Cake Benedict, and a Mashed Potato Omelet.

35. URBN – Encinitas, Vista

Try one of their Craft Pies or build your own pizza at URBN Encinitas. All small pizzas are available with a gluten-free crust. Craft Pies include Sausage & Pepper, Pesto Chicken, and a Vegan (mushroom artichoke and arugula).

The Vista location also carries GF Crusts (cooked in the same kitchen and oven as the other pizzas).

36. Sitaram

Sitaram is a small, unassuming Indian restaurant near the beach in Encinitas. The menu is Vegan and clearly marked Gluten Free options. Choose from Dosas and Uthappams, and try the Carrot Halwa for dessert.

37. Blaze Pizza – Encinitas, Carlsbad

Blaze Pizza is a fast-fire’d, build-your-own pizza place that offers a gluten-free crust. While cooked in the same kitchen and oven as the other pizzas, you can ask for a glove change to hinder cross-contamination.

38. Solterra Winery

Solterra is a working winery just off the coast in Leucadia. Utilizing grapes from Southern California and Valle de Guadalupe, Mexico, Solterra ages their wine in French Oak barrels on site. With a focus on locally sourced, sustainable ingredients, Solterra’s menu is clearly marked with Gluten Free options. Enjoy Paella, Charcuterie Boards, Peppered Shrimp, Pork Belly, and several main entrees.

39. Pandora’s Pizza

Pandora’s Pizza is on the 101 and is a local favorite. Offering GF Pizza Crust and Paninis, Pandora’s is a fun place to hang out. Specialty Pizzas include the Poseidon (Pesto, Shrimp, Mozzarella, Gouda, Red Onion, Tomatoes, Basil), Jupiter (Avocado, Mozzarella, Grape Tomatoes, Lemon Zest, Sea Salt, Basil) and Vulcan (Pears, Goat Cheese, Candied Pecans, Arugula, Balsamic Reduction).

40. Tin Leaf Fresh Kitchen

Serving locally sourced ingredients, Tin Leaf is a friendly fast-casual restaurant that aims to serve affordable chef-quality food. A dedicated Gluten Free Menu offers salads, sandwiches, and entrees. Selections include Sesame Crusted Ahi Tuna Salad, Santa Maria Tri-Tip, Marinated Portabello Sandwich, and California Cubanos.

41. Beach Plum Kitchen

Sister restaurant to Tin Leaf, Beach Plum holds the same standard of using fresh, locally sourced ingredients in simple, delicious dishes. With lots of gluten free options on their menu, Beach Plum’s GF pancakes are a local fave. Also offering GF bread for sandwiches or as toast, to spread their wonderful jams on, Beach Plum is a wonderful breakfast and lunch option.

42. Casa de Bandini

Casa de Bandini is festive and popular Mexican Restaurant in the Forum Shopping Plaza. Complete with tortilla makers and mariachi bands, there is usually a wait for seating. Not only does Casa de Bandini have a dedicated gluten-free menu, they also dedicate a fryer for GF options. Selections include Grilled Chicken and Avocado Tacos, Carnitas a la Michoacan, Tamales, Tequila Lime Shrimp, and Gluten Free breakfast!

43. Chandler’s Restaurant and Lounge

Overlooking Hwy 101 to the coast, at the Cape Rey Hilton Resort; Chandler’s has a friendly atmosphere that welcomes tourists and locals alike. The menu is clearly marked with breakfast, lunch and dinner selections that can be modified to be Gluten Free. Included are: Pork Belly Hash, Pancakes, GF Granola, Ahi Quinoa Poke, Albacore BLT, Lobster & Shrimp Nachos.

44. Ignite Bistro & Wine Spot

With a great view of inland Carlsbad, Ignite is always buzzing with people. The whole place has a great ambiance and friendly feel. They offer a gluten-free menu and GF crusts for their pizzas. Selections include Man Candy (candied bacon), Ranch Pork Chops, Lobster Quinoa Risotto, and Gorgonzola Steak. There is also a GF Chocolate Cake for dessert!

45. Pure Burger

With a love of hamburgers and fresh, locally sourced quality ingredients, Pure Burger offers a fast-casual burger option that will suit your gluten-free needs. They choose Canyon Bakehouse Gluten Free Buns to harness their 100% Grass Fed Beef and Bison and their Jidori Grilled Chicken Breast. They also offer a Vegan burger and list which sauces are GF.

46. Bistro West

Farm to Table at it’s best, Bistro West is a local favorite. The dedicated Gluten Free menu has many options, including Palomar Mountain Nachos, Avocado Bacon Burger (GF bun or lettuce wrapped), Roasted Scallops in Wild Mushroom Sauce (with GF Penne or Spaghetti), Braised Beef Short Ribs and an Herb Roasted Chicken.

47. West Steak and Seafood

West Steak and Seafood share the parking lot with Bistro West. The more formal of the two, West Steak and Seafood also offers excellent farm-to-table dining. A dedicated Gluten Free Menu helps to navigate through the excellent steak and seafood selections as well as the sides and sauces.

48. 333 Pacific

Upscale dining with a beautiful view and great ambiance. 333 Pacific clearly annotates its menu with Vegan and Gluten Free selections. Examples include Steamed Mussels, Grass Fed New Zealand Lamb Lollipops, Surf & Turf Sushi Roll, Tomato Bisque, as well as steak and seafood entrees.

49. Flying Pig Pub & Kitchen – Oceanside

The Flying Pig celebrates the American Slow Food movement, with farm-to-table ingredients in a rustic, casual atmosphere. The menu is clearly annotated for allergens including Gluten. Gluten Free examples: Spanish Octopus, Durok Pork Chop, and daily fish selections.

Gluten Free Restaurants in san diego north county inland

(Rancho Bernardo to Escondido)

50. Marketplace Grille

Marketplace Grille uses Mesquite wood to flavor meats, poultry, and seafood. Their menu is marked for vegetarian, gluten free and lactose-free options. Most menu options can be made gluten-free by simply substituting the pita bread or Lavash cracker with carrots and cucumbers.

51. Wokou Ramen

Gluten Free Ramen. Wokou has upped the fast-casual game with it’s Ramen & Yakitori addition to Carmel Valley. The menu is clearly marked for Vegetarian, Vegan and Gluten Free Options. The best is GF Ramen. The Vegan Miso Shoyu has Vegetarian GF Noodles, Miso, Tofu and Spinach, which can be complemented with various ingredients.

52. North County Tavern + Bowl

The name says it all, it’s a large spacious tavern with a neon bowling alley attached. And it’s in a mall. Tavern + Bowl is actually a fun concept. There is a huge bar with TVs playing different sports all around it, and not only is there bowling, there is shuffleboard. Tavern + Bowl does not have a huge Gluten Free Menu, but it does offer Gluten Free Crust for its Pizza, which is a nice option to have when you’re hanging out and don’t wanna starve.

53. Sunny Side Kitchen

Quaint diner in the heart of Escondido. Sunny Side Kitchen offers Gluten Free bread for its sandwiches and gluten-free muffins. Their panini selection includes Tuscan Chicken, Avocado and Bacon, and Meatloaf.

54. Vintana Wine + Dine

Located on top of a Lexus dealership, Vintana Has a beautiful and rich outdoor and indoor ambiance. The menu features California Cuisine and clearly highlights Vegetarian, Vegan and Gluten Free Options. Enjoy an Ahi Stack or Tomato Sage Bisque, Everything Crusted Ahi Tuna and Black Pepper Bacon Wrapped Filet. All menus have a GF choice.

55. Churchill’s Pub & Grille

Churchill’s is a  small little English Pub on San Marcos Boulevard. Straightforward with darts, beer and small menu. A local fave, expect it to get busy. Gluten-free options are available for Sandwiches and Burgers.

56. Pizza Nova

Family-friendly pizza place just east of Hwy78. With a modern, yet inviting charm, and a large indoor and outdoor space. Pizza Nova offers a gluten-free crust for all of its pizzas, including the Gorgonzola Pear, Mediterranean Vegetarian, and the Thai Chicken.

57. Slater’s 50/50

In a nutshell: Burgers and Beer. Slater’s is known for its 50% Bacon/50% Beef Burgers. With Gluten Free, Vegan and Kids options, this restaurant satisfies many. A dedicated GF menu helps navigate through the options with Udi’s GF Buns used for Burgers.

58. The Yellow Deli

Rich in atmosphere, The Yellow Deli in Vista is a unique find. The beautiful setting and welcoming environment are only enriched by the ability to build your own sandwich using GF Rice Bread.

59. Lush Lounge

Lush Lounge is cozy coffeehouse in the heart of Vista. With a focus on organic, free-trade ingredients, the menu is simple but does offer GF bread for their sandwiches. Other GF items may be available as well.

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Drea Colores: Drea Colores grew up in Tucson, AZ and now lives in Carlsbad. Writer + Maker + Photographer. IG: dreacolores