Good Eats: Gluten Free San Francisco
These restaurants in and around San Francisco offer a gluten-free menu or accommodate customers with special dietary needs.
Within the City
The American Grilled Cheese Kitchen
That’s right—a gluten-free grilled cheese sandwich! Order any sandwich on homemade gluten-free bread for only $.50 extra. Separate pans are used to prevent cross-contamination. Breakfast and lunch only.
1 South Park Ave. Suite 103A
Balompie Café 3
A Salvadorian café featuring pupusas, small, thick pancakes made with corn masa served with choice of meat and cheese toppings. Kid-friendly
3801 Mission St.
A vegan restaurant that satisfies omnivores.Raw pesto pizza is served on gluten-free buckwheat sunflower seed flatbread crust.
2400 Harrison St.
A family-owned pizzeria that launched a gluten-free pizza and beer offering in 2010 due to customer demand. Still Riding pizza crusts are prepared in a separate part of the kitchen and ovens to limit cross-contamination. Kid-friendly
1712 Taraval St.
A Mexican restaurant with an emphasis on corn-based dishes, including tamales, rajas, tacos, and their signature elote (grilled corn rubbed with garlic, chipotle crema and cilantro).
Address: 2211 Mission St.
A food co-op featuring a wide selection of Bay Area artisanal foods with goods from more than 26 different wheat-free bakeries. Try options from Crave Bakery, a San Francisco gluten-free, lactose-free bakery that sells fun selections like lemon, pumpkin and apple frangipane tarts.
1745 Folsom St.
Corn and rice pastas are available with any Bacco sauces, along with homemade gluten-free bread.
737 Diamond St.
Spin City Launderette & Coffee Bar
This hidden gem in the Noe Valley section of San Francisco has a café serving Blue Bottle coffee, interesting teas and a selection of gluten-free and vegan snacks.
1299 Sanchez St.
Vietnamese-fusion cuisine with unusual gluten-free options, like fried calamari with cilantro-lime dipping sauce. Gluten-free menu available.
4039 18th St.
Creative Indian cuisine, one of Alice Waters’ favorite restaurants. Extensive gluten-free and dairy-free options.
1888 Solano Ave., Berkley
Bobby G’s Pizzeria
With vegan options and fresh, organic toppings, this is more than your average pizzeria. Mariposa Bakery’s gluten-free crusts are prepared in a dedicated area of the kitchen.
2072 University Ave., Berkeley
Pizza with a gluten-free rice crust costs an extra $5. Gluten-free brownies also available.
5422 College Ave., Oakland
Fully green and organic with vegan options. All gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan items are marked on the frequently changing seasonal menu. Great outdoor patio dining available.
2200 Oxford St., Berkeley
Mariposa Bakery Cafe
Enjoy gluten-free sandwiches, pizza and fresh pastas. Take home fresh, gluten-free bagels, baguettes, rolls, crostini, croutons, breads and more. Gluten-free, dairy-free and nut-free options. Open daily for lunch.
5427 Telegraph Ave., Unit D3, Oakland
In Napa Valley
The French Laundry
Considered by many to be the number one restaurant in America, this is the ultimate splurge. With advance notice of your allergy, a special tasting menu will be made. House-made gluten-free bread so light, it’s almost too good to be true. Reservations required (two months in advance).
6640 Washington St., Yountville
In Palo Alto/Menlo Park
Calafia Café and Market
A prime example of California cuisine, with separate vegetarian and “meat eaters” menus, this slow food restaurant marks all gluten-free and dairy free items on its menus.
Town & Country Village Ste 130,
855 El Camino Real, Palo Alto
Greek restaurant with classics like chicken and lemon potatoes and grilled fish. Rustic space with wood-fire grill provides a welcoming ambiance. Very accommodating to allergic dining needs.
420 Emerson St., Palo Alto
Modern Indian cuisine with conscientious servers and a menu labeled with gluten-free options.
150 University Ave., Palo Alto
Eat in at this modern Italian restaurant with extensive gluten-free offerings, including pasta and pizza. Or order gluten-free pizza to-go in a real “pizza box.”
827 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park
In Sacramento/Davis (80-90 miles out)
Farmer’s Kitchen Café
An entirely gluten-free, casein-free restaurant serving local organic produce. Chicken noodle soup with local organic escarole, house-made pasta and free range, organic poultry. Gluten-free bread, croutons, hamburger buns and cookies all available to go. Closes at 6:30 pm daily.
624 4th St., Davis
Gluten-Free Specialty Market
An entire market with nothing but gluten-free items on the shelves. A plethora of options for casein-free, corn-free, soy-free, dairy-free, vegan, kosher, low sodium and low glycemic.
2612 J St., Sacramento
Sugar Plum Vegan Café
Completely vegan café and bakery with a large selection of gluten-free and soy-free treats. Staff is sensitive to other allergy needs and accommodating to raw food diets. Cash only.
2315 K St., Sacramento
Eateries with gluten-free options are often accommodating of food allergies. Always call
ahead and then double-check with the manager upon arrival regarding your particular food sensitivities or allergies.