Avoiding gluten is nearly impossible, but a meal out with friends doesn’t have to be. Philly can accommodate everyone — including you, gluten-free eaters. We know narrowing down the search can be time-consuming and even a bit stressful, so we did all of the work for you.
Whether you’re celiac, have a dietary sensitivity, or are avoiding gluten like the plague, you can rest easy at these GF-approved spots.
Feeling the need to change it up? You’re in luck. Just about everything at Double Knot can be prepared gluten-free, including the dumplings, most sushi rolls, and pad Thai. Oh, and trust us when we say that you haven’t lived until you’ve tried their kimchee fried rice. Strolling through Center City for a quick lunch? Make your own protein plate and then grab yourself some caffeine at their specialty coffee bar.
Harp & Crown
When we think Harp & Crown, we think unique, funky, and totally delicious. Most dishes are or can be made gluten-free, making it the perfect Center City spot for both you and your gluten-loving friends. Lounge on a couch, at a table, at the bar, or plan ahead and reserve a lane in their two-lane bowling alley beneath the restaurant. Seriously, this place has it all.
Founded right here in town, the honeygrow fast-casual dining experience is one for the GF books. Stop by any one of their SEVEN locations and try their Red Coconut Curry stir fry bowl or White Bean Tuna salad. If you can’t resist the temptation, check out the honeybar, where you can create a delicious snack or dessert using fresh fruit, local honey, a variety of garnishes, and house-made whipped cream.
When a place has an entire menu sans gluten, we know it’s the real deal. That’s why we’re insisting you head on over to Ocean Prime and dig in. May we recommend the king crab legs or Chilean sea bass? Though, if you’re not a seafood-lover, don’t sweat it. They have plenty of other options like prime steaks, pork chops, and some gnarly salads and sides. On a nice night, take an after-dinner stroll to the nearby City Hall and Love Park to finish the evening.
South St.’s Southern-inspired REX 1516 caters to those who are gluten-free with custom menus for brunch, dinner, and even dessert. Dying for a burger that isn’t wrapped in lettuce? They have you covered. But if you’re really hangry, check out the blackened shrimp and grits with a fried egg and roasted pork belly. We’re pretty sure this place is GF paradise.
100% vegan and gluten-free-friendly? Say no more. It’s no surprise that Bar Bombón is a favorite of those living in or passing through Rittenhouse. With GF options like buffalo cauliflower tacos, empanadas, and nachos, we just can’t get enough of this Puerto Rican-inspired menu.
With menu items like blood orange margaritas, plantain chips with house-made guacamole, and pork shoulder on corn carnitas, we’re pretty sure Lolita is GF heaven. The Mexican street-style joint is all Midtown Village can talk about, and honestly, who could blame them? We highly recommend you join ’em by snagging a spot—indoors or out—at this 13th Street favorite.
We’re not sure what the best part about Fuel is — the fact that everything on the menu is less than 500 calories, or that any of their meals can be made entirely gluten-free. We’re going to go ahead and say it’s a tie. Whether it’s the strawberry spinach salad, eggplant and goat cheese wrap, or ginger chicken rice bowl, this energized menu is jam-packed with fresh, 100% organic ingredients. Add a freshly-squeezed juice like Kale Pineapple or Green Tea Matcha to your meal for the ultimate experience. Find them in South Philly, Center City, and University City.
Real Food Eatery
With their all-natural, 100% gluten-free options, there’s no doubt that Real Food Eatery is the realest. This Rittenhouse, Center City, and City Ave. (coming soon) fave wants you to design your meal however you’d like. Choose between a variety of salad and rice bowls, or, if you’re feeling extra hangry, design a full plate by choosing an entrée over a green or grain with two sides. May we recommend the herb-rubbed chicken thighs with sweet potato hummus and warm roasted beets? YUM.
This Southeast Asian-inspired spot gives “noms” a whole new meaning. Designed to maximize nutritional value and taste, Yoku only serves up gluten-free, non-GMO, in-house ingredients. Stop by this South Philly favorite and make your own bowl (did someone say sweet potato noodles?) with proteins and toppings that will leave your mouth watering for more.
P.S. & Co.
We promise you that you’ve never been anywhere as adorable as P.S. (that’s short for Pure Sweets) & Co. The organic, gluten-free, plant-based café’s menu changes depending on the availability of organic and local ingredients, but we have no doubt that you’ll find everything you’ve ever needed—and then some—in this cozy and nutrient-driven Rittenhouse eatery. P.S. they’re BYO-cocktail, so be sure to stop by the liquor store on your way over.
With GF noms such as red wine oysters, Georgia-style stew, and braised short rib, you can’t go wrong with this classic New Orleans-inspired hot spot right in Old City. Common Wealth is the best of every world, whether you’re gluten-free, vegetarian, or the eat-anything-and-everything kind. They’re serving up breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so pull up a seat any time of the day. Bon appétit!
The words ‘pizza’ and ‘gluten-free’ rarely go together in the same sentence. But SliCE on S. 10th St. and in Fishtown promises to serve up something for everyone by making any of their organic-only pizzas with GF dough. Make yours traditional or try something crazy, like truffled ribeye or caramelized onion and goat cheese.
With menu items like pretzels, bagels, and pizza dough, one might think that Taffets on S. 9th St. sounds like a gluten-filled nightmare. But rest assured, this infamous Italian Market bakery brings delicious and homemade breads to you entirely gluten-free. They have the sweet stuff covered, too. Check out their almond vanilla biscotti or carrot cake cookie bar while you’re there.
Giorgio on Pine
Have trouble finding GF pasta that actually tastes like pasta? Look no further than Giorgio on Pine. The small, rustic BYOB spot will have you feeling like you just stepped into Italy. With an entire menu dedicated to gluten-free pastas and pizzas, you can’t go wrong no matter what you land on. And, if you find something you like on their regular menu that suits your taste buds, they’ll happily make it with GF pasta just for you. Oh, and the rest of their non-pasta and pizza entrées are also GF. Need we say more?
This Washington Square staple brings some of the freshest, most delightful food you can find in Philadelphia to the table. And they’re happy to make accomodations for dietary restrictions, especially for those that are gluten-free. Whether you order the Seared Scallops & Summer Succotash or Cucumber-Edamame Salad, you’re sure to be satisfied. Pull up a patterned chair in the dining room or enjoy your meal in the garden, both are equally as inviting. Fitt Tip: reservations are never a bad idea at this popular spot.
Charlie was a sinner.
This popular 13th St. joint is known for the most delicious vegan eats and cocktails, but did you know they’re also gluten-friendly? The Charred Brussel Sprouts, Tofu & Bean Sausage, and Sunchoke Soup are calling your name. We recommend washing it all down with their Bullseye — made from farro-infused Jim Beam Black, meletti amaro, and absinthe.
Tucked away on Locust St. in Center City, Vedge prides themselves on being a restaurant for anyone and everyone — including gluten-free folks. The menu boasts exclusive GF options like the Charred Chioggia Beets and Wood Roasted Carrot. Our mouths are watering just thinking about it.
Their name says it all. The folks behind Old City’s FARMiCiA can’t stress enough the importance of local, seasonal ingredients. And that’s exactly the foundation they base their creative menu around. With an entire menu dedicated to gluten-free eats, there’s simply too much to rave about. You’ll just have to pull up a chair for breakfast, brunch, lunch, or dinner and check it out for yourself.
**Updated by Cara Swetsky, August 2018