Anyone that’s been to or lived in Los Angeles (LA) knows it’s huge and spread out! Finding a gluten-free restaurant can be like finding a needle in a haystack, especially if you don’t have a car. And even then you don’t want to commute 45 minutes to an hour to a restaurant only to find out they only have one gluten-free option or eating there isn’t suitable for a celiac. Time is valuable while on vacation and you don’t want to become a hangry celiac, so to save you the trouble and time here are the best gluten-free restaurants in Los Angeles.
Note: Establishments market with an asterisk (*) are 100% gluten-free.
Best Gluten-Free Restaurants in Los Angeles
Ocean & Earth*
In Yorba Linda you’ll find the farm-to-table organic restaurant Ocean & Earth. It’s a great spot to indulge in gluten-free food as you can safely eat anything on the menu worry-free because they have a dedicated gluten-free kitchen. Not to mention, you will be spoiled for choice as the menu is extensive and everything will look scrumptious. The menu doesn’t focus on one type of cuisine in particular, but it does boast an array of American dishes like burgers, nachos, and flatbreads as well as seafood dishes like ceviche, lobster mac & cheese, and shrimp tempura. Regardless of what you choose, you can expect everything to be fresh, organic, beautifully presented, and delicious. The only negative thing is that the service can be slow even when it’s not busy, so don’t come here starving. Nonetheless, Ocean & Earth is definitely worth the visit during your gluten-free trip to LA.
0305 Yorba Linda Blvd, Yorba Linda, CA 92886, USA | Visit Website
Shojin is not only one of the best gluten-free restaurants in Los Angeles for vegan Japanese food, but also for those with multiple allergies. Everything on their long menu is free of gluten and nuts, and everything is completely vegan. They also list options that are free of onions, garlic, soy, and even sesame seeds. They’ve thought of almost everyone! As for the menu, clearly you’ll have plenty of fresh and delicious sushi roll options, but if you want something different, go for the beet tartare, gyoza, or any of the ramen dishes. After all, it’s not often a celiac gets to enjoy ramen at a restaurant. Oh, and since you’ll be at a Japanese restaurant, you can’t leave without having sake, and boy do they have excellent sake! With locations in Little Tokyo and Culver City, you’ll never be too far from your sushi fix!
333 S Alameda St Suite 310, Los Angeles, CA 90013, USA | Visit Website
Stuff’d Dumpling Shop*
The chance of eating gluten-free dumplings at a restaurant is almost always slim for a celiac, so when I heard there was a 100% gluten-free restaurant in LA that sold only dumplings I practically ran to Melrose Avenue in Hollywood. Though the menu and portions are small, I thoroughly enjoyed the Siberian Classic and the Hot Chick dumpling bowls. Everything was satisfying and on point! They’ve really perfected the gluten-free dumpling. The dumplings aren’t too doughy or dense, they’re perfect and the fillings are very flavorful! You wouldn’t even know they are gluten-free! Also, if they have it, save room for the dumpling dessert because you’ll be in for a unique experience. What are you waiting for? Go get stuff’d already!
6909 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038, USA | Visit Website
Powerplant SuperFood Café*
If you are looking for a great gluten-free spot for an energizing breakfast in West Hollywood, Powerplant SuperFood Café is where you need to go. However, I must warn my die hard carnivores out there, the menu is predominantly vegan and plant-based, but don’t let that deter you. The impressively large menu has plenty of options you can still drool over, like the maple syrup French toast, the biscuit and gravy plate, and the smoked salmon spread! This dedicated gluten-free kitchen doesn’t focus on just breakfast, but also on superfood smoothies such as the banana black magic that comes with superfoods like hemp, cacao, almond, and maca. Fair warning though, it is a bit pricey and service can be slow, so don’t come here if you’re in a rush or starving.
5671 Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90019, USA | Visit Website
Echo Park’s gluten-free restaurant Honey Hi is a welcome addition to our list of the best gluten-free restaurants in Los Angeles. As a dedicated gluten-free establishment, the options are endless and tasteful. The menu is filled with craveable comfort food, but I would recommend having either the sweet potato hash breakfast bowl or the hazelnut pancakes. The smoothies and beef bone broth drink are worth having too.
1620 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026, USA | Visit Website
Sushi lover? Then you’ll love Sweetfin Poke. The popular fish bowl chain in Santa Monica takes all the familiar flavors and components of sushi and puts them in a beautifully assembled bowl, and it tastes amazing. You can enjoy one of their signature bowls from the menu or build your own. You’ll start with a base like rice or kelp noodles which is then topped with your choice of raw fish (or a veggie option), add-ons like wasabi peas, and one of their signature sauces. The best part besides the fresh fish or crispy onions is that everything is gluten-free, just the way my gut loves it! The menu also has many dairy-free and vegan options. Sweetfin Poke has another location in Venice Beach and six other locations scattered around Los Angeles.
Various locations | Visit Website
Rice Manhattan Beach
Tucked away on a little side street in Manhattan Beach you’ll find Rice, the best gluten-free restaurant in Los Angeles for a proper Japanese food fix! From tempura and sashimi to ramen and sushi rolls, everything is gluten-free! It’s a celiac’s dream come true. The menu is extensive and has an array of options that are fish and meat based. If you are a vegan or vegetarian there are plenty of options for you too. I personally fell in love with the ramen dishes and sushi rolls and often never stray, but the menu is easily a close-your-eyes-and-pick-and-you’ll-love-what-you-choose type menu, and I’m sure you won’t regret a visit to Rice.
820 Manhattan Ave #105, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266, USA | Visit Website
Asian Box is a fast casual mini-chain that serves flavorful and nourishing Asian street food dishes that are 100% gluten-free. The farm-to-box menu focuses on dishes that taste great but don’t compromise your health, just real food that’s always fresh and made from scratch! The customizable rice and noodle boxes are all topped with locally sourced proteins, vegetables, and one of their signature sauces. Favorites include “The Miss Jones”, which comes with chilled noodles and lemongrass pork, and the Vietnamese staple Pho soup, but you can always go wild and make your own bowl. Asian Box has over ten locations scattered around California, so you’ll always have a tasty gluten-free option nearby.
Various locations | Visit Website
Bulletproof Coffee Cafe*
Bulletproof coffee is all the rage now. If you haven’t heard of it, it’s a high performance drink that includes ghee, coffee, and brain octane oil, and is said to be better than regular coffee, both in taste and energy level! If you enjoy Bulletproof coffee there is a spot in Santa Monica where you can get yours and other high performing drinks and meals. If you don’t want coffee, you can still enjoy their other non-coffee drinks like berry avocado, hot cocoa, and berry avocado! The cafe is also a nice place for a healthy gluten-free brunch. The 100% gluten-free menu has dishes like breakfast burritos, bone broth soup, buddha bowls, and even tacos. With all the healthy energy you’ll get from eating and drinking at Bulletproof Coffee Cafe, you’ll be more than ready for a long day of exploring the Santa Monica area!
3110 Main St, Santa Monica, CA 90405, USA | Visit Website
Alza Ethopian Vegan*
If you are strolling through Mercado La Paloma or in the area and find yourself hungry, head to the Mercado La Paloma food court for an Ethiopian delight. The family-run Alza serves inexpensive homestyle Ethiopian food that’s 100% gluten-free, vegan, and healthy. They even have gluten-free injera (Ethiopian flatbread), which means you can partake in the Ethiopian traditions of scooping up your wot (Ethiopian stew) with injera. If you don’t want or like the flatbread, you can opt for brown rice instead. The menu is pretty easy to navigate, you can choose between one and four of the six wots to enjoy with brown rice or injera. I recommend getting half of an item so you really get to taste eight rather than four. Also, the drinks go well with the meals. I enjoy the sorrel and chai, but the lemonade and kombucha are equally as good. If you want a unique gluten-free meal in LA, don’t miss Alza.
3655 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90007, USA | Visit Website
If you are in search of a great spot to have a gluten-free brunch near Universal Studios, I have to recommend Suncafe Organic. The plant-based restaurant serves homey comfort food that also happens to be organic, dairy-free, and mostly gluten-free, which means there’s plenty to choose from. For breakfast or brunch, go for the Belgian waffles, faux lox bagel, or the All American Skillet which comes with grilled potatoes, pico de gallo, tofu eggs, and homemade cheese. Not in the mood for breakfast food? Then I recommend getting the black garlic gluten-free pizza, nachos, or mac & cheese. They are top-notch, and you won’t even miss the meat! For dessert, save room for the cookie dough cheesecake, it’s out of this world. As for safety, you’ll find the servers and staff to be attentive and knowledgeable as they know how to cater to celiacs and provide safe gluten-free food!
10820 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604, USA | Visit Website
Hugo’s is a great gluten-free friendly spot in Los Angeles. Almost everything can be made gluten-free as bread can be swapped for gluten-free bread and pasta can also be swapped for gluten-free pasta. Just make sure to mention you want your meal to be gluten-free and that you are a celiac. The menu is very clearly marked with gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian options and the staff is very friendly, accommodating, and knowledgeable about cross-contamination. As for the food, the all-day breakfast menu has favorites you’ll love like French toast, pancakes, and huevos ranchero while the dinner menu has everything from pasta carbonara and mac and cheese to chicken masala and shepherd’s pie. I can guarantee you won’t be hungry after a visit to Hugo’s.
8401 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069, USA | Visit Website
True Food Kitchen
True Food Kitchen’s anti-inflammatory-focused menu and ability to cater to celiacs landed it a spot on our list of the best gluten-free restaurants in LA. Be it the starters, bowls, entrees, or desserts, there are always plenty of safe gluten-free options to choose from. Just make sure to let the waiter know you are a celiac so the cooks can take the precautions needed to prepare your food. The seasonal menu that celebrates real food ingredients and the idea that food should make you feel better, not worse has delicious options to choose from. If the dashi ramen or the Moroccan chicken are on the menu when you’re there, get them, they are excellent choices! I also like the tacos. True Food Kitchen has several other locations around the country in cities like Chicago and San Diego.
395 Santa Monica Place, Suite 172, Santa Monica, CA 90401, USA | Visit Website
Not far from the famous Hollywood sign you’ll find one of the best gluten-free friendly restaurants in LA for Mexican awesomeness. The staff are trained to avoid cross-contamination and the properly-labeled menu is filled with many gluten-free options, with some being naturally gluten-free while others can be prepared gluten-free. I am talking about tacos, guac, nachos, and taquitos! The fryers are dedicated gluten-free, which means you can have all the fried goodies you want. This means gluten-free churros and fries!!! Don’t you dare go there without ordering some churros, they’re a must!
3300 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039, United States | Visit Website
Rosa Mexicano Restaurant
In the heart of LA Live in Downtown Los Angeles is the upscale Mexican restaurant Rosa Mexicano. They specialize in true flavors from different regions of Mexico. Here you shouldn’t expect a typical Tex Mex experience, but rather a more posh and stylish dining experience with all the Mexican favorites like enchiladas, tortilla chips, tacos, and guac! The menu is clearly labeled with plenty of tasteful gluten-free options, making it hard to decide what to get. I recommend starting with their award-winning guacamole, which is made table-side, their signature frozen pomegranate margaritas, and the braised beef enchilada or the grilled steak marinated in tequila for an entree. They’re my top choices. Though pricier than your average Mexican joint, the portions are large and the dishes are flavorful. It’s worth the visit at least once while in LA. Rosa Mexicano has other locations in New York City, Boston, San Francisco, Florida, and Washington DC.
800 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015, USA | Visit Website
One of the best taco places in LA also happens to be gluten-free, delicious, and cheap! Aside from the teriyaki camarones (shrimp) and the occasional special, everything on the menu is gluten-free! The tacos are perfect, the handmade corn tortillas are always fresh, and the guisados (stew) fillings are scrumptious with just the right kick. Unlike other taco shops which usually have three or four taco options to choose from, Guisados has over ten, so mixing it up and trying something new every time you’re there is a piece of cake. Even with the variety, I find that I almost always go for the frijoles con queso, mole poblano, or cochinita pibil as they always hit the spot! As for the drinks, a nice cold horchata or a Jamaican iced tea always pairs well with any of my tacos. Since Guisados has five locations in Los Angeles, you’ll always be in reach of great gluten-free tacos while exploring LA.
Various Locations | Visit Website
Craving a safe yet good gluten-free pizza in Los Angeles, then you’ve found it. Fresh Brothers serves an array of gluten-free pizzas on decent gluten-free crust. Though not amazing, it fulfills the cravings! Meat lovers will enjoy The Miller Special which comes with beef, bacon, ham, sausage, and pepperoni while vegans can enjoy the cheese pizza with different toppings of their choice. Besides gluten-free pizza, Fresh Brothers also has gluten-free wings, chicken bites, and salads. The pizza chain has restaurants all over LA County, including areas such as Burbank, LAX, Beverly Hills, and Hollywood.
1447 Lincoln Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401, USA | Visit Website
Best Gluten-Free Bakeries in Los Angeles
Erin Mckenna’s Bakery*
This gluten-free NYC favorite has finally made its way to the west coast and still sells their famous gluten-free donuts and cupcakes! Besides their killer donuts and cupcakes, Erin also bakes classic sweet treats like cookies, muffins, brownies, and even soft serve ice cream. Have more than one allergy or preference? Don’t worry, there is something for everyone. Everything Erin cooks up is 100% gluten, dairy, egg, and soy-free, and is also vegan, so you’re bound to find something just for you. The only downside to this gluten-free bakery in LA is that it’s pretty pricey. Nonetheless, it’s worth at least one visit during your time in Los Angeles.
236 N Larchmont Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90004, USA | Visit Website
Opened in 2008, Breakaway has gluten-free goodies that almost anyone can enjoy regardless of allergies or dietary preference. The dedicated gluten-free bakery is 100% organic and kosher, and is free of casein, dairy, peanuts, gums, and treenuts, yet the goodies still taste phenomenal. Breakaway Bakery also caters to vegans, and there are plenty of vegan options to indulge in. Popular favorites at Breakaway include the sticky cinnamon buns, bagels (best if toasted), lemon bars, and donuts! Everything is also reasonably priced, unlike other gluten-free bakeries in Los Angeles.
Celiac Note: Oat flour is used in most of their baked goodies.
Update: Breakaway Bakery is now owned by HomeBoy Industries and now goes by the name Homeboy Gluten-Free Bakery.
5264 Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90019, USA | Visit Website
Rising Hearts Bakery*
Rising Hearts is a dedicated gluten-free bakery in Culver City that specializes in gluten-free, vegan, and kosher baked goods. You can find and enjoy everything from savory items to sweet treats like cupcakes and whoopie pies. Though I am not a fan of their cupcakes, I do enjoy their cookie sandwiches and assorted cakes. Their breads and bagels are also great, so whenever I am there I usually grab a bag of cinnamon raisin and jalapeño cheddar bagels to take home.
10836 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232, USA | Visit Website
If you find yourself in Redondo Beach during your trip to LA, make it a point to stop at Kirari West. It is by far one of the best gluten-free bakeries in Los Angeles County. The family-owned artisanal Japanese bakery specializes in unbelievably good gluten-free baked goodies. It must be the rice flour they use. Since everything is gluten-free and tasty, it will be pretty hard to decide what to eat. I say go for everything, as it’s all sinfully good. However, if everything is not an option, I highly recommend going for the almond brioche for your sweet fix and the French toast or one of the breakfast sandwiches for brunch. Their bread is perfect and should not be missed.
707 N Pacific Coast Hwy, Redondo Beach, CA 90277, USA | Visit Website
Twice Baked Gluten-Free Bakery*
Long Beach is home to one of the best gluten-free bakeries Los Angeles has to offer, Twice Baked. Everything is truly delish, but my all-time favorites have to be the cheesecakes and gluten-free donuts, hello maple glazed! The entire gluten-free selection includes cookies, tarts, cupcakes, cakes, cinnamon rolls, croissants, and artisanal bread. Many of their products are also dairy-free and vegan. Twice Baked Gluten-Free Bakery is a celiac’s version of cloud nine. One thing is for certain, Twice Baked will not disappoint!
8185 E Wardlow Rd, Long Beach, CA 90808, USA | Visit Website
Best Gluten-Free Ice Cream Shops in Los Angeles
“Finally we all can scream for ice cream”! The allergy-friendly ice cream shop in Hollywood makes ice cream everyone can enjoy. Though their ice creams don’t contain gluten, eggs, or dairy, they’re still creamy, rich, and delicious! Almost everything is gluten-free at Cocobella Creamery, with the exception of sugar cones, which are stored separately! As for the ice cream, you can indulge in all the classic flavors like cookies n’ cream, mint chip, and cookie dough, or you can go for one of the unique flavors like blueberry cheesecake or unicorn magic all scooped on top of a homemade gluten-free waffle cone.
1253 Vine St #12, Los Angeles, CA 90038, USA | Visit Website
After my first gluten-free trip to Rome I developed an unhealthy addiction to gelato, so obviously I have to recommend Grom as one of the best gluten-free gelato shops in Los Angeles! This gluten-free certified Italian gelato chain knows how to make celiacs happy. The knowledgeable staff knows to change their gloves and spoons, and to take ice cream from another container when you mention you are a celiac. Everything is gluten-free, with the exception of the cones. That means the sorbets, gelatos, and milkshakes are all yours. My go to flavors are the crema di grom, hazelnut, and tiramisu, but to be truthful, all of their flavors are great. Your sweet tooth will definitely be satisfied after a visit to Grom.
6801 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028, USA | Visit Website
Do you want to indulge in sinfully good ice cream without the guilt or worry? Then head to Kippy’s. Kippy’s serves up delicious, raw, organic, coconut-based ice cream. Every flavor, which is sweetened by raw honey or dates, has five ingredients or less and is free of dairy, soy, nuts, refined sugar, and of course gluten. It’s very allergy-friendly. There are plenty of unique flavors and toppings to choose from, like raw salted caramel, bee pollen, and hemp seeds. Kippy’s stands out from the rest and is worth a visiting if you are in Venice.
245 Main St #3d, Venice, CA 90291, USA | Visit Website
Fatamorgana is another gelato favorite I discovered in Italy, so visiting their Studio City location in LA was a must. From the waffle cones to the biscuits, and the cookies in the gelato, you can enjoy delicious gelato worry-free, as everything is 100% gluten-free and the owner is a celiac! As for picking a flavor, it might take a while as there are over 50 flavors to choose from. The possibilities are endless, even if you want dairy-free or vegan gelatos. If you want authentic Italian gelato without the risk of cross-contamination, Fatamorgana is definitely the best choice!
12021 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604, USA | Visit Website
There you have it folks, the best gluten-free restaurants in Los Angeles! Let us know how your trip went. We’d love to hear your thoughts on how gluten-free friendly Los Angeles is!