Ditch the Grain: Best Places to Eat Gluten-Free Food in Denver

As one of the most health-obsessed cities in the country, it makes sense that Denver has a plethora of restaurants serving gluten free options on their menus. And while the city has a couple of dining spots that cater exclusively to those who don't eat grain, most restaurants offer enough gluten-free menu options to allow those avoiding wheat, barley or rye to eat without restriction alongside dining partners that consider grain a staple at every meal.  

If you have celiac disease or a serious allergy to gluten there are restaurants that focus on GF dishes and avoiding cross-contamination. These include restaurants like Panzano, where the chef took to eliminating gluten from her own diet after her brother was diagnosed with celiac disease, and despite the fact that the restaurant focuses on Italian fare, serves a gluten-free menu for each meal and even does an amazing GF focaccia. Other restaurants that take gluten-free dining seriously are Root Down, which clear marks its GF options and goes out of the way to avoid cross-contamination; Snooze, one of Denver's most popular breakfast joints, which features gluten-free English muffins for its signature Eggs Benedict as well as grain-free pancakes; and Hops & Pie, which features gluten-free pizza crust and even beer. 

Here we present 10 favorite gluten-free menu's in Denver, and we've made sure to include some cross-over restaurants like Range, Linger and Vesta Dipping Grill, to indulge parties that want multiple choices. 

Photo courtesy of Jeffrey Beall

When Snooze opened in its first Denver location in 2005 it became an instant hit. Today there are three locales, including inside the newly renovated Union Station, and all three are always crowded. The wait is worth it, however, as this is a...  Read More

Contemporary and upscale, Vesta Dipping Grill offers great food that finds much favor with the business set. Young professionals looking for a twist on American cuisine flock to this LoDo eatery, enjoying dishes that bear global culinary...  Read More

Range, the just opened restaurant in the brand new Renaissance Downtown City Center Hotel in the former Colorado National Bank building, is so masterful with its culinary creations it can make a brussels sprout taste good to a person who...  Read More

North Denver
Hops & Pie
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It's not just pizza. Consider the award-winning IPA mac & cheese made with smoked ham hocks, IPA, English peas and a cheddar-and-cream reduction that takes five hours to perfect. There's also a roasted pear salad with toasted pine nuts and...  Read More

The former mortuary building seems an unlikely place for a restaurant, but chef/owner Justin Cucci (of Root Down restaurant fame) has done it again with another Highlands restaurant, Linger. A nod to the space is found in the tongue-in-cheek...  Read More

A recent remodel brought a freshness to Panzano, which has always been a pleasant place to dine. With a design inspired by the Italian streetscapes and terracotta tile roofs of Renaissance Florence, the restaurant is light-filled and stylish, an...  Read More

Work & Class
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Finally opened in early 2014, Work & Class is, as its name suggests, down to earth and deliberately reflective of the owners' own working-class roots. But that doesn't mean the food is lacking in creativity or interest. Stout-braised short...  Read More

WaterCourse Foods

Denver's finest vegetarian fare can be found at WaterCourse Foods in a hip Uptown neighborhood locale. The restaurant, which operates on a motto of "eating the path of least resistance" has an onsite bakery that churns out both regular and...  Read More

Commons Park

Located in the hip historic northwest Highland neighborhood in a converted 1950s service station, Root Down is Denver's hip answer to unique, sustainable casual dining. The first time you dine at Root Down, you'll uncover one of Denver's...  Read More

Capitol Hill

City O' City is a vegan gem in the heart of downtown, near the Civic Center, Capitol Hill and Golden Triangle neighborhoods. It's a vegan paradise for just about any time of the day: a coffee shop with vegan pastries; a bistro-style vegetarian...  Read More


Meet Becca Blond

Becca Blond is an award-winning Denver based freelance travel writer. She has authored more than 30 Lonely Planet guides on five continents. She also writes about Colorado and the world for...  More About Becca

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