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Eating gluten-free in the San Francisco Bay Area

Posted By Alison On Mar 13, 2009 @ In Celiac Disease,Gluten Intolerance,Restaurants/Stores | 49 Comments

Looking for gluten-free restaurants in the San Francisco Bay Area? A while ago I questioned why there were so few restaurants in the Bay Area that offered gluten-free menu options. Since that time, I have discovered some more and received information from readers about restaurants that are doing a good job with gluten-free. I’m still not very impressed with the selection, given the number of restaurants there are in this area, but it is getting better and I expect that we will see more and more restaurants start to have gluten-free menus. One great thing about the Bay Area is that there are so many restaurants that cook with fresh, local ingredients that it is not too difficult to find a gluten-free meal. I just wish there was a little more awareness on the part of the restaurants.

Whether you live here or are just visiting, I hope these suggestions help you find a great (and safe) meal! I’m sure that there are more restaurants that should be on the list. If you know of a place that has a gluten-free menu or is gluten-free-friendly, please let me know in the comments or via email and I will consider adding it here. If you are a restaurant owner looking to offer a gluten-free menu, please inquire about consulting services.

Before you embark on gluten-free dining, I recommend reading the following articles — they can make things much easier and more enjoyable for you!
Dining Without Gluten – Course by Course

Restaurant Tips for Dining Without Gluten

RESTAURANTS WITH GLUTEN-FREE MENUS OR MENU OPTIONS:
(in alphabetical order)

Betelnut

  • Website/menu
  • Chain restaurant? No.
  • Type of food: Contemporary Asian cuisine
  • Special notes: Ask for the gluten-free menu.
  • Bay Area Location:
    • San Francisco
      2030 Union St., San Francisco, CA 94123
      Phone: (415)-929-8855

Cafe Gratitude

  • Website/menu
  • Read a description of the restaurant from another gluten-free blogger
  • Chain restaurant? No.
  • Type of food: Vegan
  • Special notes: Everything on the menu is gluten-free. It is recommended that those with severe nut allergies do not dine here.
  • Bay Area Locations:
    • San Francisco
      2400 Harrison Street (@20th Street), San Francisco, CA 94110
      Phone: 415-830-3014
    • San Francisco
      1336 9th Ave, (@ Irving), San Francisco, CA 94122
      Phone: 415-683-1346
    • Berkeley
      1730 Shattuck Ave (@ Virginia), Berkeley, CA 94709
      Phone: 510-725-4418
    • San Rafael
      2200 Fourth Street, San Rafael, CA 94901
      Phone: 415-578-4928
    • Healdsburg
      206 Healdsburg Ave (in the Olive Leaf), Healdsburg, CA 95448
      Phone: 707-723-4461

Crepes Cafe

  • Website/menu
  • Chain restaurant? No.
  • Type of food: Crepes
  • Special notes: The “Savory” crepes are made with 100% buckwheat and they told me that they cook them on a different surface than the wheat crepes. Make sure to tell them you are gluten-free to be sure.
  • Bay Area Location:
    • Menlo Park
      1195 Merrill St., corner Oak Grove Ave., Menlo Park, CA 94025
      Phone : (650) 473-0506

Dosa

  • Website/menu
  • Read about my experience
  • Chain restaurant? No.
  • Type of food: South Indian
  • Special notes: Look on website or ask for Chart for Special Dietary Needs
  • Bay Area Locations:
    • San Francisco – Fillmore
      1700 Fillmore Street (@ the corner of Post), San Francisco, CA 94115
      Phone: (415 ) 441-DOSA (3672)
    • San Francisco – Valencia
      995 Valencia (@ 21st Street), San Francisco, CA 94110
      Phone: (415) 642-DOSA (3672)

E & O Trading Company

  • Website/gluten-free menu
  • Chain restaurant? Yes.
  • Type of food: Southeast Asian Grill
  • Special notes: Make sure you ask for and order off of gluten-free menu
  • Bay Area Locations:
    • San Francisco
      314 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94108
      Phone: (415) 693-0303
    • Larkspur
      2231 Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur, CA 94939
      Phone: (415) 925-0303
    • San Jose
      96 South First Street, San Jose, CA 95113
      Phone: (408) 938-4100

Mangiamo

  • Website/menu
  • Chain restaurant? No.
  • Type of food: Italian and Pizza
  • Special notes: Regular menu indicates which items are available gluten-free. Call ahead to make sure that pizza is available.
  • Bay Area Locations:
    • Windsor
      740 McClelland Drive, Windsor, California 95492
      Phone: (707) 838.1616

Outback Steakhouse

  • Website/gluten-free menu
  • Chain restaurant? Yes.
  • Type of food: Australian steakhouse
  • Special notes: Make sure you ask for and order off of gluten-free menu
  • Bay Area Locations:
    • Sausalito
      196 Donahue Street, Sausalito CA 94965
      (415) 331-6193
    • Daly City
      371 Gellert Blvd., Daly City CA 94015
      (650) 756-3691
    • Pinole
      1361 Fitzgerald Dr., Pinole CA 94564
      (510) 758-7386
    • San Mateo
      66 31st Ave, San Mateo CA 94403
      (650) 287-4329
    • Pleasant Hill
      150 A Longbrook Way, Pleasant Hill CA 94523
      (925) 687-2225
    • Dublin
      6505 Regional Street, Dublin CA 94568
      (925) 833-9335
    • Fremont
      5525 Stevenson Blvd., Fremont CA 94538
      (510) 252-1595
    • More locations

PF Chang’s China Bistro

  • Website/gluten-free menu
  • Chain restaurant? Yes.
  • Type of food: Chinese
  • Special notes: Make sure you ask for and order off of gluten-free menu
  • Bay Area Locations:
    • Corte Madera
      301 Corte Madera Town Center, Corte Madera, CA 94925
      Phone: (415) 413-9890
    • Emeryville
      5633 Bay Street, Emeryville, CA 94608
      Phone: (510) 879-0990
    • Walnut Creek
      1205 Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek, CA 94596
      Phone: (925) 979-9070
    • Pleasanton
      1330 Stoneridge Mall Road, Pleasanton, CA 94588
      Phone: (925) 224-9916
    • Palo Alto
      900 Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto, CA 94304
      Phone: (650) 330-1782

San Francisco Soup Company

  • Website/menu
  • Chain restaurant? Yes.
  • Type of food: Soup
  • Special notes: Menu is updated daily on the web and gluten-free soups are shown with a (G). They also have (V) for Vegetarian and (D) for Dairy-free.
  • Bay Area Locations:
    • San Francisco
      50 Post Street, Crocker Galleria, 3rd Level, San Francisco, CA  94104
      Phone: (415)-397-SOUP
    • San Francisco
      One Market, Bayside Cuisines Food Court, San Francisco, CA  94105
      Phone: (415)-495-4765
    • San Francisco
      221 Montgomery (Between Bush & Pine), San Francisco, CA  94104
      Phone: (415)-834-0472
    • Palo Alto
      1950 University Avenue @ Woodland Ave, East Palo Alto, CA  94303
      Phone: (650)-322-7687
    • Oakland
      Oakland City Center (1300 Clay Street), Oakland, CA  94612
      Phone: (510)-763-7687
    • San Francisco International Airport, Terminal 3
      Phone: (650)-821-7687
    • Berkeley
      2512 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704
      Phone: (510) 781-7687
    • OTHER LOCATIONS too!

Sol Food

  • Website/menu
  • Chain restaurant? No.
  • Type of food: Puerto Rican
  • Special notes: Everything on the menu is gluten-free except bread, but you can subsitute “tostones” for the bread on any sandwich. Tostones are green plantains that are fried, smashed and fried again. Rice bran oil is used for frying.
  • Bay Area Locations:
    • San Rafael – Larger location
      901 Lincoln Ave., San Rafael, CA 94901
      Phone: (415) 451-4765
    • San Rafael – Takeout and limited outdoor seating
      732 Fourth St., San Rafael, CA 94901
      Phone: (415) 451-4765

The Plant Cafe Organic (formerly Lettus Cafe)

  • Website/gluten-free menu
  • Chain restaurant? No.
  • Type of food: Organic — juices, salads, sandwiches, soups, entrees and desserts
  • Special notes: Regular menu denotes gluten-free items with “gf”
  • Bay Area Location(s):
    • San Francisco
      3352 Steiner Street @ Chestnut, San Francisco, CA 94123
      Phone: (415) 931-2777

Zadin

  • Website/menu
  • Chain restaurant? No.
  • Type of food: Contemporary Vietnamese Cuisine
  • Special notes: Dishes on regular menu are marked with “GF”
  • Bay Area Location:
    • San Francisco
      4039 18th St., San Francisco, CA 94114
      Phone: (415) 626-2260

RESTAURANTS THAT SERVE GLUTEN-FREE PIZZA:
(in alphabetical order)

Amici’s East Coast Pizzeria

  • Website/menu
  • Chain restaurant? Yes.
  • Type of food: Thin-crust pizza baked in brick ovens, pasta
  • Special notes: Crust is made by Still Riding Pizza, staff is trained to prevent cross-contamination. They deliver!
  • Bay Area Locations (only these Amici’s locations are currently serving gluten-free crusts):
    • San Francisco
      2200 Lombard Street @ Steiner, San Francisco, CA 94123
      Phone: (415) 885-4500
    • Dublin
      4640 Tassajara Road, Dublin, CA 94568
      Phone: (925) 875-1600
    • Mountain View
      790 Castro Street, Mountain View, CA 94041
      Phone: (650) 961-6666
    • San Jose
      225 W. Santa Clara Street, San Jose, CA 95113
      Phone: (408) 289-9000
    • Vacaville
      1679 E. Monte Vista Ave., Vacaville, CA 95688
      Phone: (707) 451-7777

Mangiamo
See info in section above

Mariposa Baking Company

  • Website/menu
  • Chain restaurant? No.
  • Type of food: Gluten-free bakery and cafe
  • Special notes: Pizza by the slice is served daily from 12-3 pm, or you can buy a frozen crust to make your own pizza at home.
  • Bay Area Location:
    • Oakland
      5427 Telegraph ave, Unit D3, Oakland, CA 94609
      Phone: (510) 595.0955

Mary’s Pizza Shack

  • Website/menu
  • Chain restaurant? Yes, family-run.
  • Type of food: Italian
  • Special notes: Crust is made by Still Riding Pizza, staff is trained to prevent cross-contamination. They deliver!
  • Bay Area Locations:

RESTAURANTS THAT ARE GLUTEN-FREE-FRIENDLY (they understand and accommodate well):
(in alphabetical order)

Cyrus

  • Website/menu
  • Read about my fabulous experience.
  • Chain restaurant? No.
  • Type of food: Contemporary Luxury Cuisine
  • Special notes: Very important to call ahead and let them know you are a gluten-free diner!
  • Bay Area Location:
    • Healdsburg
      29 North St.,  Healdsburg, CA
      Phone: (707) 433-3311

Dragon Well

  • Website/menu
  • Chain restaurant? No.
  • Type of food: Healthy Chinese
  • Special notes: The rice noodle dishes are gluten-free and almost anything can be made gluten-free (you’ve got to try the stir-fried pea shoots!). The restaurant is aware of allergies and cross-contamination issues.
  • Bay Area Location:
    • San Francisco
      2142 Chestnut St., San Francisco, CA 94123
      Phone: (415) 474-6888
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