Best Gluten-Free Dining in San Francisco

Hold the gluten
March 14, 2017
by Zagat Staff

These San Francisco-area restaurants offer plenty of gluten-free options for those who are allergic to wheat - or just want to live a healthier lifestyle.

Firefly Restaurant
American · Noe Valley · $$
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.2

Since 1993, this Noe Valley "favorite" via chef Brad Levy has been luring locals with "honest" , "delicious" Americana, including "perfect" fried chicken plus "seasonal" vegetarian and gluten-free offerings; a "low-lit" , "unpretentious" setting, "cordial" service and "reasonable" tabs make it an "amazing" date-night option.
The Flying Falafel
Vegan · SoMa · $
Food 4.4 · Decor 2.8 · Service 4.2

"Crispy" , "awesome" falafel is the star at this Mid-Market option for all-vegan Mediterranean and Middle Eastern plates with gluten-free choices; there's "really great service" at the counter, so even if it's "very much a hole-in-the-wall" , the wallet-friendly food is "sooo worth it."
The Bird
Chicken · SoMa · $

Adriano Paganini’s Back of the House group (Super Duper Burgers, Beretta, Delarosa) brings the counter-serve concept to chicken at this SoMa spot, offering an affordable lineup of free-range sandwiches, French fries and ice cream treats, plus beer and soda. The storefront keeps things simple with white walls, exposed ductwork and high-top tables.
Nourish Cafe
Cafe · Inner Richmond · $$

Locally sourced, organic and non-GMO ingredients star in the "healthy" yet "always tasty" sandwiches, smoothies, "big salads" and other plant-based offerings at this New American cafe in the Inner Richmond; featuring white subway tile, wood accents and lots of natural light, the stylish space is "very small" , so it gets "crowded" , but the "helpful" counter crew does its best to keep things moving.
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Gluten Free · Presidio Heights · $

Diners with special dietary requirements will find plenty of dairy-, gluten-, nut- and soy-free options at this stylish Presidio Heights cafe serving affordable (and organic) American salads, sandwiches, smoothies and coffee items. The bright, modern space goes all-white with gold accents and blonde woods, with lots of windows and some cozy tables throughout.