Boulder Ditches Gluten: 10 Exceptional Restaurants with Tasty Gluten-Free Options

Gluten-free is not just a fad in Boulder, it's a way of life. A large percentage of Boulderites believe that skipping the gluten is healthier for your body regardless of whether or not you have an actual allergy. What's more, the restaurants of Boulder cater to the gluten-free lovers by dishing out delicious concoctions that won't make you sacrifice flavor for your chosen diet.

With their 100% gluten-free kitchen, SHINE Restaurant and Gathering Space sits perched at the tip-top of our list. Not only is their food scrumptious, but it's also uniquely elegant and innovative. Run by three fabulous sisters, this local spot is the embodiment of healthy living and a food-focused community.

Featuring "grass-fed, farm fresh, organic options" Blooming Beets is another Boulder favorite featuring brunch and dinner options that, though gluten-free, aren't free of tastiness. Notable dishes include the Grass-Fed Pulled Brisket and the Wild Caught Salmon with whole-grain mustard and pistachio topping. 

Have a hankering for a gluten-free breakfast, Lucile's offers options that are sure to satisfy including english muffins, toast, and pancakes.

Wanna stay gluten-free but splurge a little? Hapa Sushi offers, in addition to their standard menu, a full gluten-free menu that includes popular starters like edamame, sushi rolls, and Sashimi. 

Stick to our list and there's truly no limit to the options you'll find in this food conscious, food fabulous town!


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The Mediterranean

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Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Zeal caters to the health conscious by offering fresh, non-processed ingredients and gluten-free deliciousness. For breakfast, indulge in the gluten-free Banana or Sourdough Pumpkin-Spice Pancakes. For a...  Read More

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Shine Restaurant and Gathering Place
Photo courtesy of SHINE Restaurant and Gathering Space

Locally owned and operated by three spunky and innovative sisters, SHINE Restaurant and Gathering Space offers the perfect venue for building community, mingling, getting down to some local music, or just relaxing with a much needed cocktail at...  Read More


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