Gluten-Free Fine Dining in Los Angeles



The eating season has begun: Time to pull on the elastic waist pants (kidding, no one in Los Angeles would be caught dead in those) and jump in with wild abandon. Unless, of course, you have dietary restrictions. If you’re gluten free–either by choice or medical necessity–you may be used to declining invitations for a fancy night out in fear that you’ll starve.

But don’t fret, gluten-free Angelenos! In recent years many chefs have been tweaking their menus to make accommodations for guests with dietary restrictions, in some cases offering entire gluten free menus.* And we're not just talking about steakhouses. In fact, we even found a few places with gluten free children's menus so you don't have to leave the kids at home (although, let's be honest, you may want to). 

If you're looking for a place to celebrate the holidays, a birthday or a special night out, most of these restaurants will go the extra mile to make it memorable. Here are the 10 best bets for fine dining around the southland. 

*Those with severe allergies or Celiac Disease should always call ahead and speak with a manager. While the staff at the restaurants listed here seemed savvy about the gluten free diet, there is always the possibility of cross contamination.


Crossroads Kitchen
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Brainchild of Chef Tal Ronen, Crossroads has taken a strong lead in the world of fine dining for those on restricted diets. In addition to offering an extensive amount of small plates that are gluten free, the entire menu is vegan (they prefer...  Read More


The Melting Pot


The Melting Pot, which jumped on the gluten free bandwagon many years ago, offers diners a variety of safe options. In addition to naturally gluten free dishes, like salads and meat, their cheese and chocolate fondues can be made gluten free and...  Read More


True Food Kitchen


The menu of this Santa Monica favorite is based on Dr. Andrew Weil's anti-inflammatory diet, but don't think that means it's anything less than delicious. While the atmosphere here leans more toward casual--this is Santa Monica after all--it's...  Read More




You don't have to be a meat lover to enjoy this Brazilian favorite but it helps. In addition to an expansive salad bar that includes gluten free salami, prosciutto, cheese and veggies, guests also receive crispy polenta sticks, mashed potatoes,...  Read More


Water Grill Santa Monica


Seafood is always a safe gluten free bet and no one does it better than the well-regarded Water Grill. If you ignore the few flour-dredged seafood, sides and desserts, nearly everything else on the menu is (or can be) gluten free. Lobster lovers...  Read More


The Peninsula Hotel Afternoon Tea
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High tea is no longer off limits to those who are gluten free thanks to The Peninsula Beverly Hills. With advance notice, their culinary team will prepare an entirely gluten free afternoon tea served in The Living Room. The spread includes...  Read More




It can generally be assumed that most steakhouses can accommodate gluten free requests fairly easily. But Mastro's has taken it to the next level. A gluten free menu is presented in a traditional leather bound cover and includes not only an...  Read More


Bouchon - Beverly Hills
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It shouldn't surprise anyone that Bouchon, Thomas Keller's Beverly Hills outpost, offers a handful of amazing gluten free options. Keller and Lena Kwak are the brains behind Cup 4 Cup gluten free flour, which is used to make Keller's famous Ad...  Read More


Sushi Roku Santa Monica
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Plenty of sushi and sashimi are naturally gluten free, but not a lot of sushi restaurants have tweaked their specialty items to accommodate gluten free diners. Consistently recognized as one of the best spots for sushi and Asian cuisine around...  Read More


Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air
Photo courtesy of Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air


Tucked in the winding roads of Bel-Air, the signature restaurant at this posh hotel is named for Wolfgang Puck who took over the food and beverage operations for the entire property after an extensive renovation in 2011. The indoor/outdoor space...  Read More


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Meet Wendy O'Dea

Born and raised in western New York, Wendy O’Dea moved to Los Angeles to attend the USC School of Journalism and stayed for the innovative and creative lifestyle the city offers. Other than...  More About Wendy

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