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The Gluten-Free Guide to L.A.'s Restaurants

The Gluten-Free Guide to L.A.'s Restaurants

Whether you're craving fluffy pancakes or creamy mac and cheese, these gluten-free restaurants in Los Angeles have you covered.


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July 22, 2022

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Whether you are joining the latest nutrition trend, adjusting to intolerance, or attempting to live a healthier lifestyle, following a gluten-free diet and going out to restaurants have not always gone hand-in-hand. But thankfully, that has changed over the past couple of years, and tons of gluten-free bakeries, eateries, and cafés have opened up across Los Angeles—and beyond. So if you are looking for a place to take your new love after a successful coffee date; are trying to find a gluten-free restaurant close to the coolest L.A. museums; or are wanting to get your grub on after a great Hollywood hike, consider this your gluten-free restaurant guide to L.A.

Following a gluten-free diet in no way implies that you don’t get to enjoy your favorite desserts.

Café Gratitude

After successfully opening San Francisco’s Gracias Madre in 2009, the team behind the vegan restaurant brought its locally grown, seasonally driven cuisine down south to Venice. Café Gratitude now has four Southern California locations—all featuring flavorful, plant-based dishes primarily made with gluten-free ingredients. 

Start your day with a gluten-free donut, some gluten-free cookies, or buckwheat-flax pancakes with mixed berries and bananas. If you visit later in the day, chow down on the Mexican bowl featuring savory mushroom carnitas, black beans, creamy guacamole, pico de gallo, quinoa, and luscious cashew nacho cheese. At Café Gratitude, you’re looking at a restaurant with a gluten-free menu longer than Downtown L.A.’s skyscrapers.

Crossroads Kitchen

Given its location on upscale Melrose Avenue, cozy-chic ambiance, and elegant plating, you’d never guess that Crossroads Kitchen is an entirely plant-based restaurant. But make sure to add it to your to-do list if you find yourself shopping or going to an outdoor movie nearby.

Stop by for brunch to try the gluten-free pasta Bolognese, almond mascarpone french toast, or cucumber melon gazpacho before diving into the brownie sundae. No matter what you try at this gluten-free restaurant, you will have your mind blown. 

Many restaurants across the Golden State are choosing to go fully gluten-free or are increasing the number of gluten-free items on their menus.

M Café

Health is at the core of M Café. Using only minimally processed, local, and organic ingredients—and no red meat, poultry, refined sugars, eggs, or dairy products—in its food, the eatery has masterfully pioneered contemporary macrobiotic cuisine. The café creates everything on its menu with intention, so its dishes are compatible with vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free diets.

Order the scrambled tofu Benedict with soy hollandaise or savor the smoky tempeh bacon and avocado breakfast enchilada for a gluten-free brunch any day of the week. Or, stop by for an afternoon snack of organic miso soup or a full-on meal of spicy miso ramen, complete with gluten-free kelp noodles, braised shiitake mushrooms, sesame, and nori.

Malibu Farm

Situated at the start of the Malibu Pier, just off the Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu Farm is an incredible eatery specializing in local, organic, farm-to-table cuisine. Order the raw brussels sprout salad tossed with mustard lemon dressing and toasted almonds for the table, then grab the cauliflower-crust “pizza” for yourself. Should you still have room, go for the crab cakes with caper aioli to celebrate California’s unbeatable seafood, and finish off with a scoop of vegan ice cream. This Los Angeles-based, Black-owned business is rightfully one of the best gluten-free restaurants in L.A. and beyond. 

Refreshing, healthy, and gluten-free. Green juices are the way to go after a long hike or an energy-draining fitness class.

Kreation Organic

Kreation Organic started as a humble café in Santa Monica but quickly grew into a from-scratch kitchen serving up the juice and gluten-free bites using locally sourced, organic produce. Grab the vegan chick’n zucchini quinoa pesto pasta or the seasonal Buddha bowl to go along with your green juice cleanse. Or, stop by for a gluten-free, granola-based energy bar after a fitness class

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Powerplant Superfood Cafe

“Where can I find a gluten-free restaurant near me?” is not a question you get to ask in Los Angeles — there’s a surplus of great healthy restaurants around, but some are better than others. As a completely gluten-free, organic, and vegan-friendly eatery, Los Angeles’ Powerplant Superfood Cafe dishes up Southern-inspired comfort food that will have you coming back time and time again. 

Try a seasonal brunch special—such as the vegan pesto burger or the fennel tempeh sausage with sautéed garlic spinach, rosemary, and beets—or get an old standby like the vegan biscuits and gravy. Of course, it’s hard to go wrong with the chili-cheese veggie burger, the tempeh Reuben sandwich, or the Southern pimento cheese, so get outside your comfort zone and enjoy it all.

All of your favorite dishes are recreated gluten-free at L.A.'s top restaurants.

Little Pine

Nestled in the Silver Lake neighborhood, Little Pine is not entirely gluten-free but is considered a restaurant with gluten-free options — you can expect a wide selection. Begin with the charred broccolini and the roasted carrots—accented by smoked almond ricotta, thyme, and micro basil—before moving on to the main dish: mac and cheese. This creamy concoction is so exceptional, that you’d never guess it was plant-based and gluten-free, toasted breadcrumbs and all.

The Butcher’s Daughter 

Much like a traditional butcher shop, The Butcher’s Daughter takes great care in chopping, carving, and preparing meats—but there’s one key difference: This Venice eatery is entirely plant-based. Though the menu changes daily, it always features local, organic produce and gluten-free accompaniments.

If you’re an early bird, looking for a gluten-free breakfast restaurant, you’ve come to the right place. Start off with the avocado toast starring gluten-free bread, cilantro, lime, mustard seed, and a farm egg; follow it up with a side of local fruit to cleanse your palate. Meanwhile, if you’re at The Butcher’s Daughter during the afternoon or night hours, don’t skip out on the dolce Picante stone-oven pizza. The gluten-free cauliflower crust perfectly complements the sweet honey, creamy gorgonzola, spicy chili flakes, intriguing fig jam, and fresh pear lying on top.

At the top gluten-free L.A. restaurants, you’ll never have to sacrifice taste for health.

Kitchen Mouse

As an entirely dairy- and gluten-free restaurant, Kitchen Mouse in Highland Park is an ideal spot to satisfy your cravings without ditching your diet. Go with Mikey’s chilaquiles to savor the flavorful combination of enchilada sauce, cilantro crema, black beans, house-made vegan queso, avocado, and serrano slaw. If you’re craving something sweeter, opt for the snickerdoodle pancakes with cinnamon-coconut-sugar butter. Tempeh bacon, huevos rancheros, and a burger bowl help to round out the menu, so your meat-eating friends will leave satisfied, too.

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