Gluten-Free Restaurants in Austin, Texas

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Hi everyone!  I made a list of our favorite gluten-free restaurants in Austin, Texas.  It’s really nice to live in a city with so many options!

I’m super sensitive to cross-contamination so gluten friendly or gluten free-ish places didn’t really work for me.  But lately I’ve been impressed with how knowledgeable chefs and staff are and how easy it is to safely eat out.  And so many 100% gluten-free kitchens are popping up.

Sometimes we’ve had to sit down with a manager and talk to them about food preparation and potential cross-contamination.  We had a great experience at many different restaurants around town that aren’t necessarily thought of as gluten-free restaurants.

Whereas we probably ate at PF Chang’s in The Woodlands fifteen times before I got gluten-ed really bad.

Every restaurant is unique even if it is part of a chain well known for gluten-free options.  And when a new restaurant opens the dedicated fryer might start out gluten-free but then get contaminated, suppliers may change, chefs may change.

It is a learning process for everyone.

I feel safest when the server asks if I need to eat gluten-free for my diet or because of celiac disease.  Then I know that they understand the difference.  And they will try to reduce cross-contamination and keep it safe for my level of sensitivity.

It has been pretty incredible as I’ve started to eat out more often in this town.  It’s so exciting to have so many options and an ever-growing list of gluten-free restaurants!

Gluten-Free Eats in the ATX

Photo of Popcorn by Megha Mangal

Alamo Draft House

Although it is a movie theater and not a restaurant, they do have a gluten-free menu.  It’s so fun to catch a movie, eat and drink here.  I usually order a steak salad.  The endless popcorn with clarified butter is pretty great, too.

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Asiana Indian Cuisine

Asiana Indian Cuisine

If you are in the mood for Indian cuisine Asiana is absolutely delicious.

Although not marked, most of the menu is gluten-free except for the naan, of course.  You can order the dosa, which are thin rice flour crepes filled with various things like onions and potatoes (masala dosa).  These are great for dipping in all the sauces.

Other favorites were the reshmi kabob, chicken tikka, lamb korma, and chicken briyani.  But there are more things I want to try!

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Cauliflower Tacos at Bar Peached

Bar Peached

The newly opened Bar Peached on West 6th street is awesome!  It is such a pretty venue with wonderful staff and a super engaged manager.  They have a delicious signature margarita rimmed with habanero salt that does not disappoint.

And true to the Peached Tortilla franchise, the food is so unique and tasty (Asian Southern Food Fusion).  There are so many vegan and gluten-free options on the menu.

The cauliflower tacos (on corn tortillas) were incredibly delicious.

Of course, they serve the signature BBQ brisket tacos with creamy apple slaw and roasted peach BBQ sauce.

The kale tempura with maple ponzu sauce and thai chili was awesome.  They use rice flour and have a dedicated fryer to keep the gluten-free food safe from cross-contamination.

I was most delighted by the maple roasted carrots with cilantro chimichurri and dragon salt.  They were cooked to perfection and a just the right blend of sweet, savory and spice.

They take reservations and they have free valet parking on the weekends.

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Be More Pacific Longganisa Tots with Queso on the Side

Be More Pacific

Be More Pacific started out as a food truck and now has a brick and mortar on W. Anderson Lane and Shoal Creek Blvd.  It’s a Filipino kitchen and bar.

There are lots of gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian options on the lunch and dinner menus.  These Longganisa Tots are delicious.  And y’all they have $3 taco specials on Takaw Tuesdays and $3 drafts – but you need to ask if they are gluten-free.  

On Tuesdays they also offer the Kaman Experience, which requires an advanced reservation.  It is a Filipino tradition where friends and family gather to eat a family style feast with your hands.  Chef specials are served up on rice covering banana leaves.

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Black Walnut Cafe

We discovered the Black Walnut Cafe when we lived in Houston.  It’s one of those places that has something everyone will like so we went with family several times and met up with friends.

I haven’t been to the one in Austin yet but plan on trying it out next time we are up on the North side.

They have an updated gluten-friendly menu.  They also have a nice toasted gluten-free bread they offer.   There is not a dedicated fryer so avoid fried foods.

When you place your order at the register make sure to tell them about your food allergies and restrictions.

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gluten free restaurants in Austin - Culinary Dropout

Culinary Dropout

This place is so cool.  Huge bar, live music, games, great pub food.  Our server was so knowledgable about dietary allergies and restrictions, too.

There are things you can eat here that are gluten-free.  I went with antipasti and goat cheese and it was awesome.  Seems like a perfect place to watch the Horns play, too.

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Cast Iron Skillet Chicken

District Kitchen + Cocktails

This is probably one of our favorite gluten-free restaurants in Austin.  The menus change seasonally and are sourced from local farms and vendors.  They serve a variety of dishes with a Mediterranean flair.

All gluten-free dishes have a little “gf” next to them on the menu.  The servers are super knowledgeable and fun, too.

We first went for Sunday Funday happy hour on the dog-friendly patio.  We had fabulous margaritas with house made Triple Sec and some tasty apps.  They have a great wine list and specialty drinks, too.

We really like the signature staples like the Moroccan lamb kabobs (no bread for gluten-free) and street tacos. The bison burgers are fantastic.  Salads are amazing!

During the fall they serve Cast Iron Chicken, which is actually the most delicious Persian pomegranate dish – fesenjan – with orange scented basmati rice.

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Fleming’s

They have an extensive, expensive and delicious gluten-free menu at Fleming’s.  We’ve been a few times and enjoyed our dinners.  I had a steak, of course.

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Fogo de Chao

This is a Brazilian steakhouse that serves all kinds of rotisserie meats cooked with an open flame.  It is a fun experience because the servers will bring various meats to your table and ask if you’d like to try them.

They also have an extensive market table with all kinds of fresh goodies.

Most of the food is gluten-free including the bread.  But the chicken, pasta salad, grilled zucchini and a few other things from the market table are not safe. Tell them that you  need to avoid gluten and they will bring out an allergen sheet to walk you through what to avoid.

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gluten free restaurants in Austin - Frank

Frank

Hot dogs, cold beer!  And waffle fries!  German potato salad, too.  There are lots of gluten-free options here and very knowledgable, friendly and helpful servers.

The fries are cooked in a dedicated fryer and were so good dipped in Frank Sauce (they have several gluten-free sauces).

I’ve had the Texalina artisan sausage served on an Udi’s bun.  The manager helped me create a GF, DF sausage board with the Jackalope, Fico and Texalina housemade sausages.  So fun and really awesome, unique sausages.

They also have a few gluten-free beers, but we opted for the Miss Margaret (vodka, blueberry basil syrup, peach puree, soda) since it won first place in Tito’s Vodka National Contest!

They have recently relocated from downtown to the Drag so make sure to ask about the gluten-free options at the new location.

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Jack Allen’s Kitchen

I’ve read some bad reviews from people who were gluten-ed here, but I’ve had several meals there safely (salads and green chile pork tacos).

The reviews make it seem like the servers are not well trained when it comes to what is and is not gluten-free but that may have gotten better.

They now have a menu for gluten intolerance patrons, but do not guarantee cooking techniques or utensils free from cross-contamination.  So it is definitely dicey for people with celiac disease but they do have a fun bar and atmosphere.

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Kerbey Lane Cafe

So Kerbey Lane has gluten free options on their menu.  Some of the items on the menu can be made gluten-free, but it is subject to serious cross-contamination.  Not safe for those with Celiac disease.

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Old Thousand

Serving up dope Chinese food on the East side, Old Thousand is a super cute spot with lots of gluten-free options on the menu.

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Oseyo Beef Bulgogi

Oseyo

A great place to find Korean food on the East Side of Austin.  All of the gluten-free options are clearly marked on the menu and they only use gluten-free Korean soy sauce in their dishes.  Pictured here is the wood grilled beef bulgogi served with banchan and lettuce for making wraps.  I also really loved the Ddukbokki (rice cakes & seasonal vegetables sautéed in a sweet & spicy chili sauce) as a starter.

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Outback Steakhouse

Outback has a great gluten-free menu with lots of options, too.  Since it is a popular chain, it can be a safe and easy place to go when travelling.  We’ve been so many times in many different places and were never been disappointed or gluten-ed.

The gluten-free menu even lists directions to help you order safely.

I usually get a Sirloin Steak, Steamed Veggies and a Baked Potato (no cheese, sour cream or butter for dairy free), Grilled Chicken on the Barbie or the Alice Springs Chicken (no cheese for DF).

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Short Rib - Paul Martin's American Grill

Paul Martin’s American Grill

This restaurant serves classic comfort foods cooked in a from-scratch kitchen.  There are gluten-free options clearly marked on the menu and the server was very knowledgeable.  We went for Austin Restaurant Weeks 2019 and I was so impressed with the quality of our food.

The seasonal salad (minus the croutons) with lemon basil vinaigrette was pretty fantastic.  And the braised beef short rib was tender and perfect.  Although it is on the other side of Austin (North Domain) we’ll definitely be going back again!

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The Peached Tortilla

The super popular Peached Tortilla food truck now also has a brick and mortar location on Burnet.

This original concept combines Southern comfort food with an Asian flair.  The gluten-free offerings are clearly marked on the menu.

Some of the GF dishes are Asian pear miso salad, charred brussels with bacon jam (amazing!), BBQ brisket tacos served with creamy apple slaw and smoky roasted peach BBQ sauce (awesome!), the crispy umami chicken wings, and cauliflower three ways with nori butter.

On Taco Tuesday, the tacos are $4 and margs are $5.

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The Shady Grove

Shady Grove is another Austin place we’ve been going to since our college days.  There is a huge patio outside and free live music on Thursday nights (starting in April).  They do have a gluten-free menu in the restaurant with a cross-contamination disclaimer.  I try to find things to eat with the least possibility of contamination (usually a salad and grilled meat if the meat is cooked on a clean non-porous surface) and talk to the server.

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South Congress Cafe

We’ve been to South Congress Cafe about five times so far for dinner (still haven’t made it to the very popular brunch) and I’ve never been gluten-ed.  The menu is always changing so do a little research online and talk to your server about your GF options.  They have some amazing specialty drinks and wine, too.

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gluten free restaurants in Austin - Thai Fresh

Thai Fresh

Another one of our regular rotation gluten-free restaurants.  Love the food here.  I die for the Pad Thai with beef!   Most of the menu is gluten-free and they have an entirely gluten-free bakery.

They make vegan ice cream with some pretty interesting flavors.

You can order online and there is even an app you can download onto your phone to order takeout then swing by to pick it up.  Cooking classes and catering are also available.

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True Food Kitchen

We finally made it to True Food Kitchen during Austin Restaurant Weeks and got to try a few of the dishes.  The food is super clean and really delicious.  Between us we tried six different dishes including desserts.

I loved that there were so many gluten-free and dairy-free options.  They have this vegan coconut lime yogurt to replace sour cream, which is fantastic.  And vegan ice cream.

I have to say my two favorite dishes were the charred cauliflower appetizer and the strawberry rhubarb crumble.  The menu changes seasonally so there is always something new.

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24 Diner

I really like this place, too.  It’s a diner and open late night.  I love the hash – probably the best I’ve had so far in this town.  Perfect potatoes, jalapeños, sausage, bacon and medium eggs for me because I don’t like runny raw eggs.  They have a gluten-free menu with tons of options and servers know to ask if it is dietary or celiac disease for cross-contamination purposes.

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Wilder Wood Restaurant & Bar - gluten-free kitchen - burger

Wilder Wood Restaurant & Bar

This restaurant serves a combo of Mexican and American dishes and it is a 100% gluten-free kitchen!  They serve lots of fried goodies, too!

Starters like hand-cut onion rings, calamari and super nachos or entrees like chicken fried steak and country fried chicken.  They have street tacos, fajitas and enchiladas.  Salads.

But I was really drawn to the burgers and hand cut fries because I also have to avoid cow’s milk dairy (i.e buttermilk).

You don’t get to eat fries many places because they share the fryer with other items that contain gluten.  But the fries here are safe and were delicious.  The black Angus beef burger was really good, too.

Honestly the bun was one of the better gluten-free hamburger buns I’ve tried.  We’ll be frequenting this place because there are so many things I want to try now.

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Z’ Tejas

My MIL really likes to have dinners here.  They do have a limited gluten-free menu, mostly salads and grilled fish, chicken or steak.

I usually order a salad with a vinaigrette dressing like the Z’ Salad or Smoked Chicken & Black Bean Salad (without cheese for dairy-free).  They serve fun specialty drinks here, too.

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The To Do List


Bento Picnic

Chago’s Caribbean Cuisine

Chi’lantro – They have cheat sheets for GF items on menu

Darna – Moroccan & Mediterranean Cuisine

East Side King

Elizabeth Street Cafe

Flower Child

High Note – Kerbey Lane Cafe’s new healthy restaurant focuses on dietary restrictions with lots of gluten-free and vegan dishes

Hopdoddy Burger Bar – Gluten-free buns available

Max’s Wine Dive – I’ve been a few times years ago when they first opened during my pre-gluten-avoiding-days, but I really want to go back to try that gluten-free fried chicken.

Mighty Fine Burgers – Gluten-free buns available, not sure about prep or fries

Modern Market

Oasthouse Kitchen + Bar – Sister restaurant of District Kitchen & Cocktails

Odd Duck – The menu is always changing depending on what is local and seasonal but they have a solid track record for gluten-free dining.

Picnik Austin – The menu is 100% gluten, corn, soy and peanut free

Red Robin – Burgers can be ordered on a gluten-free bun & fries might be available from a dedicated fryer.

Rosedale Kitchen and Bar

Sixth and Waller – East Austin Hotel

Sway Thai

Tarka Indian Kitchen

Texas Land & Cattle Company

Wild Chix & Waffles – Will be a 100% gluten-free kitchen Dec. 11, 2018

Woko Loco – Fast casual Asian noodle restaurant

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Deana Larkin Evans

You get one life - do your best to ENJOY IT! So hi, I'm Deana. This food blog is all about cooking wholesome real food and developing gluten-free recipes for some of our favorite comfort foods. I had to start eating gluten-free in 2010, then cut dairy and casein (except for the occasional Parmesan) in 2014. We learned A2 casein (goat, sheep and buffalo milk) is easier to digest than the predominate A1 form in cow milk. So we brought back goat milk dairy into our recipes in 2016. Thank goodness, right! So I'm kind of a science nerd, too. In the '90s, I earned an undergrad degree in biochemistry from The University of Texas at Austin. Hook 'em! Then followed up with a PhD in biochemistry and a law degree from the University of Houston. I recently earned a certificate in genomics/sequence analysis from Johns Hopkins University, where I also took a very cool food microbiology course. Currently, I'm learning about the microbiome and gut health. And trying to come up with healthy recipes to feed those gut bugs! #feedthegutbugs

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