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The top restaurants for gluten-free dining in DC

If you have a gluten sensitivity or are celiac, you probably know the struggles of finding gluten free dining options in the city where non GF and GF folks can all eat well together. But don’t worry, you need not miss out on getting some of the tastiest food around with these top options.

Dino’s Grotto

Eating a satisfying and delicious gluten free meal at this restaurant is easy, where many of their options are either inherently GF or can be made to suit gluten free diners. You don’t need to miss out on their delicious pasta options, where the GF corn versions can still stand up to the heavier sauces, and appetizers such as stuffed squash blossoms, eggplant parmigiana, and more. Our favorite pasta options here are the sausage and spicy greens, or the simple but classic aglio e olio with garlic, olive oil and chilies.


If you’ve stayed away from Ethiopian food all this while due to the base of it all, injera, then you should run not walk to the revamped Etete. Make sure to get their gluten free injera and sop up the vegetable platter and the chicken doro wat. You’ll be treated to the quintessential lentils, carrots, and greens along with a spicy and addictive doro wat. While you are there, don’t miss the injera tacos and the black eyed pea fritters.


As a gluten free diner, it’s not often that you can sit around and eat pizza and pasta with all your other non gluten-free friends. At Urbana, the Italian eatery in the Kimpton Palomar, you can do just that. The menu offers a surprising number of gluten free options and many of their house made pastas can be made gluten free just as easily. They are thoughtful with their substitutions, and always keep in mind the best combinations of textures of pasta flour and sauces. The pies here are no joke either and any of them are available on a gluten free crust, so I highly recommend a pizza and pasta fest at this Dupont Circle establishment.


If there’s one restaurant that knows how to deal with celiacs, with vegans, or any other dining restriction/choice, it is Equinox. The menu at this popular spot changes seasonally and frequently, but you can always count on a number of gluten free dishes from chef Todd Gray. A recent visit yielded GF pasta options, a chickpea flour crepe, and many other options that are GF to begin with.

Comet Ping Pong

Sip on a decent selection of gluten free beers and enjoy any of this fun spot’s specialty pizzas on their GF crust. This is one of the few places that even the GF crust is soft and doughy, so you won’t be missing out on the chewy-ness of a good pizza.

In addition to the above, you can basically count on any Mediterranean or Indian spot to eat well, omitting the bread that may come along. Spots like Zaytinya, Kapnos, Rasika, Ambar, and Indique all are tasty and satisfying for any diner, and some of the fast casual options such as tacos at Chaia or arepas at Arepa Zone are not to be missed either.