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14 Great Gluten-Free-Friendly Restaurants in San Francisco

A guide to delicious dining without the wheat

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The entire menu at Hayes Valley restaurant Little Gem is gluten free
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With all respect to those who have no choice about it, eating a gluten-free diet has been all the rage for quite some time now, so it's no surprise that San Francisco restaurants are doing their best to accommodate the dietary restriction. That means there's never been a better time to eat gluten-free in our city than right now.

While it's usually pretty easy to find gluten-free dishes at vegetable-heavy, Mexican, or and seafood restaurants, sometimes that may not be what you (or your dining companion) are in the mood to eat. Whether you're gluten-free out of necessity or preference, these 14 restaurants all have delicious gluten-free options that you might not have even realized accommodate your diet. Note: You may still want to alert the staff of your allergy/sensitivity as many kitchens are not entirely gluten-free and there's still a chance of cross-contamination.

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1. Asian Box

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2031 Chestnut St
San Francisco, CA 94123
(415) 288-3688
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California chain Asian Box has been honored as one of the city’s worst-named restaurants, but it’s a go-to for those who eschew gluten, as it’s completely free of the ingredient. It's also good for the picky, as each box can be customized to order. With proteins like pork, chicken, and shrimp as well as a panoply of greens, the potential combinations are endless.

2. Tony’s Pizza Napoletana

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1570 Stockton St
San Francisco, CA 94133
(415) 835-9888
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While pizza probably isn't the first thing you think of when you're looking for a gluten-free meal, the good news is that tons of SF pizza places have figured out it's something customers really want. That being said, of all the restaurants doing it, there's no doubt that Tony's does it the best. In addition, Tony's takes the preparation of its gluten-free pies very seriously, though it does caution that there may be a chance of cross contamination.

3. Roam Artisan Burgers

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1923 Fillmore St
San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 800-7801
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Even the gluten challenged deserve a soft, pillowy bun. Lots of burger spots around town offer to swap in lettuce leaves, but Roam respects the craving: Every burger on the menu is available on a gluten-free bun, and the veggie burgers are gluten-free, too.

4. As Quoted

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3613 Sacramento St
San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 914-0689
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Presidio Heights' all-day cafe As Quoted is all about gluten-free everything, including the toast, topped with banana or avocado, which is made daily with sorghum and multigrain flours, honey, eggs, and avocado oil. For bigger portions, get the chicken bone broth.

5. Bella Trattoria Italiana

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3854 Geary Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 221-0305
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It's pretty much impossible to find an Italian restaurant that serves amazing gluten-free pasta, but Bella Trattoria, a charming and authentic restaurant in the Inner Richmond, is doing just that. Though Bella makes its pasta in house, it does buy its gluten-free quinoa alternative. However, it's the sauces, like arrabbiata, puttanesca, and salsiccia, that are the real hero of the dishes, so one truly doesn't mind. If you really need an Italian dish that's made in house though, there are also a couple of gluten-free gnocchi dishes that also knock it out of the park.

6. Little Gem

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400 Grove St
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 914-0501
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This casual quick-service restaurant in Hayes Valley is all about farm-driven California cuisine that uses fresh, seasonal ingredients. Oh, and that just so happens to also be free of gluten, dairy, and refined sugar, all of which Little Gem claims you'll never miss. The breakfast and lunch menus offer mostly vegetarian options that can be adapted for meat lovers with the addition of proteins like Marin Sun Farms pulled chicken or smoked pork shoulder. At dinner, there are still plenty of veggie options, but the chef's plates all place various types of meat at center stage.

7. Nopalito

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306 Broderick St
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 437-0303
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Chef Gonzalo Guzman’s beloved Mexican restaurant features corn masa and tortillas, soaked, shaped, and slapped by hand. That makes it easier to dodge wheat, from the butter bean tamales to blue corn quesadillas to tangy-sweet carnitas. 

8. Wholesome Bakery

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299 Divisadero St
San Francisco, CA 94117

A dedicated gluten-free, vegan, low glycemic index, and generally delicious bakery, Wholesome is the passion project of Mandy Harper. Creating recipes to serve her own dietary needs, she founded her operation in 2009, opening a brick-and-mortar location of her own in January 2018 to keep up with demand. Wholesome is a go-to for gluten-free cakes, cookies, and other sweets that you can feel good about.

9. Dancing Yak

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280 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 525-4857
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This favorite Nepalese restaurant relies on lots of rice and lentils, and much of the menu is naturally gluten free — as well as clearly marked. Crispy pakora and kale chaat, plated dishes of thali and tandoori, and all of the house specials and curries are fair game.

10. Kitava

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2011 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110

A former McDonald's space transformed into a gluten-free, paleo-friendly, healthy dining establishment? That's inspirational enough to attract plenty of better-eating converts, who come in for Kitava's Cuban bowl with heritage pork shoulder, zoodles (zucchini noodles) with red sauce, and even General Tso's chicken, which is fried with healthier-than-usual oils at lower temperatures.

11. The Game Parlour

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1342 Irving St
San Francisco, CA 94122
(415) 571-8569
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This Sunset District spot opened as a great place to play games that also has food, but its burgeoning menu (and the pandemic) have turned it into a true dining destination. Nearly everything on its menu of sweet and savory waffles (including some major waffle sandwiches), salads, and sides can be made without gluten.

12. Farmhouse Kitchen Thai Cuisine

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710 Florida St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 814-2920
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Thai cuisine is often a safe space for gluten sensitivities, featuring rice noodles instead of wheat noodles, fish sauce instead of soy sauce. Farmhouse is a West Coast powerhouse, with restaurants in Portland, Oakland, and SF, and many menu items forgo gluten, without compromising on spicy street food flavors.  

13. The Pizza Place on Noriega

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3901 Noriega St
San Francisco, CA 94122
(415) 759-5752
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Every pie from this Outer Sunset standby can be made with a gluten-free crust — a house-made dough that is also vegan, they say. Since the Pizza Place on Noriega uses a brick oven, every pie takes 25–30 minutes to bake, so pre-planning (or patience) pays off.

14. Firefly Restaurant

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4288 24th St
San Francisco, CA 94114
(415) 821-7652
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Brad Levy opened his Noe Valley restaurant in 1993, but it wasn't until his daughters were diagnosed with celiac disease that the restaurant started serving their popular fried chicken gluten free. By now, nearly the whole menu at Firefly is gluten free or available that way, including desserts. "Our pastry chef works some witchy magic," they write on the menu.

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1. Asian Box

2031 Chestnut St, San Francisco, CA 94123

California chain Asian Box has been honored as one of the city’s worst-named restaurants, but it’s a go-to for those who eschew gluten, as it’s completely free of the ingredient. It's also good for the picky, as each box can be customized to order. With proteins like pork, chicken, and shrimp as well as a panoply of greens, the potential combinations are endless.

2031 Chestnut St
San Francisco, CA 94123

2. Tony’s Pizza Napoletana

1570 Stockton St, San Francisco, CA 94133

While pizza probably isn't the first thing you think of when you're looking for a gluten-free meal, the good news is that tons of SF pizza places have figured out it's something customers really want. That being said, of all the restaurants doing it, there's no doubt that Tony's does it the best. In addition, Tony's takes the preparation of its gluten-free pies very seriously, though it does caution that there may be a chance of cross contamination.

1570 Stockton St
San Francisco, CA 94133

3. Roam Artisan Burgers

1923 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94115

Even the gluten challenged deserve a soft, pillowy bun. Lots of burger spots around town offer to swap in lettuce leaves, but Roam respects the craving: Every burger on the menu is available on a gluten-free bun, and the veggie burgers are gluten-free, too.

1923 Fillmore St
San Francisco, CA 94115

4. As Quoted

3613 Sacramento St, San Francisco, CA 94118

Presidio Heights' all-day cafe As Quoted is all about gluten-free everything, including the toast, topped with banana or avocado, which is made daily with sorghum and multigrain flours, honey, eggs, and avocado oil. For bigger portions, get the chicken bone broth.

3613 Sacramento St
San Francisco, CA 94118

5. Bella Trattoria Italiana

3854 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94118

It's pretty much impossible to find an Italian restaurant that serves amazing gluten-free pasta, but Bella Trattoria, a charming and authentic restaurant in the Inner Richmond, is doing just that. Though Bella makes its pasta in house, it does buy its gluten-free quinoa alternative. However, it's the sauces, like arrabbiata, puttanesca, and salsiccia, that are the real hero of the dishes, so one truly doesn't mind. If you really need an Italian dish that's made in house though, there are also a couple of gluten-free gnocchi dishes that also knock it out of the park.

3854 Geary Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94118

6. Little Gem

400 Grove St, San Francisco, CA 94102

This casual quick-service restaurant in Hayes Valley is all about farm-driven California cuisine that uses fresh, seasonal ingredients. Oh, and that just so happens to also be free of gluten, dairy, and refined sugar, all of which Little Gem claims you'll never miss. The breakfast and lunch menus offer mostly vegetarian options that can be adapted for meat lovers with the addition of proteins like Marin Sun Farms pulled chicken or smoked pork shoulder. At dinner, there are still plenty of veggie options, but the chef's plates all place various types of meat at center stage.

400 Grove St
San Francisco, CA 94102

7. Nopalito

306 Broderick St, San Francisco, CA 94117

Chef Gonzalo Guzman’s beloved Mexican restaurant features corn masa and tortillas, soaked, shaped, and slapped by hand. That makes it easier to dodge wheat, from the butter bean tamales to blue corn quesadillas to tangy-sweet carnitas. 

306 Broderick St
San Francisco, CA 94117

8. Wholesome Bakery

299 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94117

A dedicated gluten-free, vegan, low glycemic index, and generally delicious bakery, Wholesome is the passion project of Mandy Harper. Creating recipes to serve her own dietary needs, she founded her operation in 2009, opening a brick-and-mortar location of her own in January 2018 to keep up with demand. Wholesome is a go-to for gluten-free cakes, cookies, and other sweets that you can feel good about.

299 Divisadero St
San Francisco, CA 94117

9. Dancing Yak

280 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94103

This favorite Nepalese restaurant relies on lots of rice and lentils, and much of the menu is naturally gluten free — as well as clearly marked. Crispy pakora and kale chaat, plated dishes of thali and tandoori, and all of the house specials and curries are fair game.

280 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA 94103

10. Kitava

2011 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

A former McDonald's space transformed into a gluten-free, paleo-friendly, healthy dining establishment? That's inspirational enough to attract plenty of better-eating converts, who come in for Kitava's Cuban bowl with heritage pork shoulder, zoodles (zucchini noodles) with red sauce, and even General Tso's chicken, which is fried with healthier-than-usual oils at lower temperatures.

2011 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110

11. The Game Parlour

1342 Irving St, San Francisco, CA 94122

This Sunset District spot opened as a great place to play games that also has food, but its burgeoning menu (and the pandemic) have turned it into a true dining destination. Nearly everything on its menu of sweet and savory waffles (including some major waffle sandwiches), salads, and sides can be made without gluten.

1342 Irving St
San Francisco, CA 94122

12. Farmhouse Kitchen Thai Cuisine

710 Florida St, San Francisco, CA 94110

Thai cuisine is often a safe space for gluten sensitivities, featuring rice noodles instead of wheat noodles, fish sauce instead of soy sauce. Farmhouse is a West Coast powerhouse, with restaurants in Portland, Oakland, and SF, and many menu items forgo gluten, without compromising on spicy street food flavors.  

710 Florida St
San Francisco, CA 94110

13. The Pizza Place on Noriega

3901 Noriega St, San Francisco, CA 94122

Every pie from this Outer Sunset standby can be made with a gluten-free crust — a house-made dough that is also vegan, they say. Since the Pizza Place on Noriega uses a brick oven, every pie takes 25–30 minutes to bake, so pre-planning (or patience) pays off.

3901 Noriega St
San Francisco, CA 94122

14. Firefly Restaurant

4288 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94114

Brad Levy opened his Noe Valley restaurant in 1993, but it wasn't until his daughters were diagnosed with celiac disease that the restaurant started serving their popular fried chicken gluten free. By now, nearly the whole menu at Firefly is gluten free or available that way, including desserts. "Our pastry chef works some witchy magic," they write on the menu.

4288 24th St
San Francisco, CA 94114

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