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Gluten-Free Restaurants in Colorado (and beyond)

Submitted by on September 1, 2013 – 9:51 pm2 Comments
Gluten-Free Restaurants in Colorado (and beyond)

I’m not sure if it’s a national phenomenon or if we just happen to be lucky to live in a very gluten-free-friendly state, but MANY restaurants in Colorado now cater to gluten-free customers.

We have eaten at all of the restaurants listed in this article and have had no incidents. Some of these restaurants have dedicated gluten-free menus; others have knowledgeable staff that can help you make gluten-free selections. Before trying a new place, we often call ahead and ask to speak to a manager about their menu and gluten-free options. Better to be safe than sorry!

  • 95a Bistro and Sushi – Lafayette
    Formerly Magnolia Grill & Sushi Bar, this restaurant serves seasonally inspired food with locally sourced ingredients. Their sushi is great and has gluten-free tamari sauce on hand for dipping. The wait staff is knowledgeable about ingredients and preparation.
  • Abrusci’s – Wheat Ridge
    Abrusci’s has an extensive gluten-free menu with pasta, pizza, bread, and more. Many of their offerings come from Sweet Escape Pastries.
  • Bonefish Grill – several locations, nationwide
    This popular chain has a great gluten-free menu. We love the Mussels Josephine, and my husband loves their lime-tomato-garlic sauce served on just about anything.
  • Casa Alvarez – Boulder
    This is a casual Mexican restaurant with a gluten-free menu. They catered a Mexican Fiesta lunch for my daughter’s first grade class upon completion of their social studies unit on Mexico. She was thrilled to be able to eat everything that was served.

  • Duo – Denver
    Duo has a seasonal menu and sources many of its ingredients from local Colorado farmers. Their house-marinated olives and stuffed dates (wrapped in bacon) are fantastic. They have a gluten-free menu and very knowledgeable staff.
  • Dushanbe Teahouse – Boulder
    The teahouse was created by more than 40 artisans in Tajikistan, and then shipped to Boulder as a gift from sister city Dushanbe. We had brunch there one Sunday prior to seeing the Nutcracker Ballet at CU. The wait staff was very knowledgeable, and we had a delicious lunch.
  • Jason’s Deli – various locations
    We have eaten from Jason’s Deli A LOT.  They have many locations across the country, and we often find ourselves at one of them when we are traveling.  They get their bread from Udi’s, their sandwiches are generous, and they have several other gluten-free items on their menu.  Our kids love the ice-cream sundaes that come with your meal when you eat at the restaurant.
  • Martino’s Pizzeria – Lafayette
    I’m about to make a very bold statement: Martino’s serves the BEST gluten-free pizza around.  They source their crust from Sweet Escape Pastries in Longmont, and I have yet to try a better crust.  They are generous with their toppings, and everything tastes fresh and delicious.  You can also get gluten-free sandwiches, pasta, and chocolate chip cookies.  Yum!
  • Morning Glory Cafe – Lafayette
    This hidden treasure was a recent find for us.  They source their ingredients locally, their food is wonderful, and the portions are generous.  We tried their eggs, meaty bacon, and fluffy gluten-free pancakes for breakfast.  Out of this world yummy!  They have several gluten-free items on their menu for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
  • Outback Steakhouse – several locations, nationwide
    A popular chain, the Outback Steakhouse has a great gluten-free menu. We have eaten there many times, at several locations.
  • PF Chang’s China Bistro – several locations, nationwide
    Another popular chain, PF Chang’s has a great gluten-free menu, including Singapore Street Noodles (which are very popular with my kids.)
  • Qdoba Mexican Grill – several locations, nationwide
    This fast food chain serves freshly prepared Mexican food. They have allergen information available online and in the restaurant. We’re big fans of the naked burritos, but their corn tortillas are made fresh daily and are favored by my kids.
  • The Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant – several Colorado locations
    The Rio is famous for its potent, golden-colored margaritas, but they have knowledgeable wait staff and delicious food.
  • Smiling Moose Deli – various locations
    This sandwich shop sources their hoagies from Sweet Escape Pastries in Longmont. They are perfect for sub-style sandwiches, they don’t crumble or fall apart, and they taste like french-bread.  Smiling Moose has several combinations you can choose from, or you can build-your-own sandwich.
  • Sushi Tora – Boulder
    This is my favorite sushi place in Colorado. They fly in their fish from Tsukiji market in Japan and have all kinds of sushi specials on their menu every day. They offer gluten-free tamari sauce, and their staff is knowledgeable.
  • Tortuga’s – Longmont
    This small restaurant located in a historic mansion in Longmont serves awesome Cajun, Creole, and Caribbean spiced seafood and chicken. They have been around for ages, and it is a treat every time we eat there. They have knowledgeable wait staff, and most of their dishes are naturally gluten-free.
  • Walnut Cafe3 locations in Boulder and Lafayette
    The Walnut Cafe serves breakfast and lunch daily, and we did a happy dance when they opened their Lafayette location.  Now we can enjoy their delicious food, which includes gluten-free pancakes and waffles, and gluten-free toast on the side of their many egg dishes.

Please leave your own restaurant recommendations in the comments!

2 Comments »

  • Suzanne Lingold says:

    Via Toscana in Louisville (www.viatoscana.com) offers a gluten-free menu available online. Zamparelli’s in Lafayette added some gluten-free options to their menu, too. Both are great restaurants!

    Awesome website!!

    Suzanne

  • selina says:

    Thanks for the tips Suzanne! Selina.

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