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10 Best Restaurants in Scottsdale with Gluten-Free Menus



Scottsdale's diverse restaurant scene means there are plenty of places to enjoy a gluten-free meal. One of the best places to chow down on a fresh, flavorful meal is at True Food Kitchen. The menu is based on the anti-inflammatory principles developed by renown holistic guru Dr. Andrew Weil. Dozens of the sandwiches, salads, and other menu items are gluten-free and crafted from fresh, organic ingredients. 

If you're craving fresh-baked goods, Scottsdale is home to one of the city's only gluten-free bakeries. Gluten Free Creations serves up a huge daily assortment of gluten-free scones, muffins, donuts, bagels, muffins, pie, and even specialty cakes. If you've ever felt deprived by the lack of gluten-free baked goods, Gluten Free Creations will hit the spot. 

Craving authentic deep-dish, Chicago-style pizza? Head to Spinato's Pizzeria, a venerable local chain that offers a special 10-inch pie made from gluten-free dough. Another great option for pizza and pasta dishes is Picazzo's Organic Italian Kitchen, where nearly everything on the menu is available as a gluten-free item. 

Finally, for a winning gastropub fare that offers plenty of gluten-free appetizers and entrees, try TapHouse Kitchen in Scottsdale's Hilton Village. All gluten-free items are clearly labeled on the menu. Try the grilled lamb chops, which are served with a jalapeno mint jam. 


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Citizen Public House is what the English pub concept looks like in Scottsdale: thoroughly contemporary and upscale, yet still managing to retain the homey charm of a traditional public house. Nestled comfortably in Old Town Scottsdale, Citizen Public House has made a name for iself by serving craft beers, classic and contemporary cocktails as well as a full menu of award-winning gastropub cuisine. For cool nights, there is a cozy patio, a semi-private 12-seat dining alcove and lively public space. Mahogany accents, leather booths and a stainless steel-topped bar combine old and new design elements for a sleek, modern look.

Recommended for Restaurants with Gluten-Free Menus because: Enjoy gourmet pub fare that also happens to include gluten-free friendly options.

Patricia's expert tip: The restaurant/pub's social hour happens 3pm to 6pm daily.

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This elegantly hip restaurant is famous for its burgers, sandwiches, and "galettes," a crispy flat bread topped with cheese, olives, bacon, and onions. Although the fare is simple, the preparation is perfection. Expect to be impressed by fresh ingredients, plentiful sides, and hamburgers that feature over a half pound of choice ground sirloin grilled to order. Located conveniently in Old Town Scottsdale at the Civic Center Mall, AZ88 provides rich ambiance with views of fountains and green spaces. Cocktails are served until 1:30 in the morning, while late-night dining continues 12:30 am. Perfect place for a relaxing nightcap with friends.

Recommended for Restaurants with Gluten-Free Menus because: AZ 88's eclectic Old World-inspired menu is filled with tasty, gluten-free options.

Patricia's expert tip: Try AZ 88's famous martini with your lunch.

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Kale & Clover Mindful Kitchen in Scottsdale is a stylish restaurant for the health-conscious set. The menu is seasonally oriented and globally-inspired, encompassing everything from healthy small plates, hand-held dishes (sandwiches, wraps, tacos), specialty salads, pasta, seafood, and even some regional specialties, such as jambalaya. The breakfast menu is populated by a good selection of health-conscious dishes, including an acai bowl, egg white burrito and sweet potato pancakes. For diners in a hurry, Kale & Clover lovers offers grab-and-go items like smoothies, fresh-pressed juices and coffee. If you're really in a hurry, the cafe offers online ordering. There are many gluten-free items for diners with dietary restrictions, as well.

Recommended for Restaurants with Gluten-Free Menus because: Kale & Clover offers many options for health-conscious diners, and those with dietary restrictions.

Patricia's expert tip: Kale & Clover offers grab-and-go options for diners who are in a hurry.

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The antidote to an unhealthy fast-food, grab-and-go breakfast has arrived in Scottsdale, and the results are delicious. Or should we say "D'lish." This kitchen and coffeehouse dishes out organic, wholesome, yet always tasty, breakfast items such as sandwiches, bagels, pastries, burritos, and frittatas.Vegetarian, gluten-free, dairy-free, and protein-packed dishes are labeled for your convenience. A wide assortment of specialty coffee drinks, smoothies, and teas are also available. Skip the unsatisfying fast food drive-thru, and try D'lish, which offers fast, friendly drive-thru service for busy morning work commuters. This is also a great coffeehouse destination. All coffee is free trade, locally roasted and brewed fresh.

Recommended for Restaurants with Gluten-Free Menus because: D'Lish delivers fresh, tasty breakfast and lunch items that are gluten-free.

Patricia's expert tip: D'Lish also serves healthy lunch options, including sandwiches, salads, wraps, bowls, and burgers.

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TapHouse Kitchen is a Scottsdale gastropub that prides itself on using the freshest, finest ingredients in their kitchen and bar. The restaurant, located in Scottsdale's Hilton Village, features an eclectic menu of comfort food classics, vegetarian entrees, seafood, and many gluten-free options for diners with gluten sensitivities. All dishes come with wine and beer pairing suggestions to help enlarge and complement flavors. For starter, try the TapHouse sliders, which are a far cry from your typical fast food sliders. These are crafted from 100 percent angus beef and feature a quail egg and bearnaise sauce on a gourmet toasted bun.

Recommended for Restaurants with Gluten-Free Menus because: TapHouse Kitchen offers an expansive menu of creative gastropub dishes, many of which are gluten-free.

Patricia's expert tip: All items labeled "GF" on the menu are gluten-free.

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The Herb Box is a lot of things: gourmet marketplace, grab-and-go lunch and dinner spot, and cozy, sit-down cafe where you can enjoy a healthy yet delicious breakfast, lunch, dinner or brunch. The lunch menu is filled with yummy small plates that are big enough to share with a friend. The cilantro edamame hummus is creamy and zesty, and there's also a smoked ancho chili, goat cheese & eggplant dip (served with a side of ciabatta) that will leave you craving more. The menu is also full of market salads, wraps, sandwiches, flatbreads, enchiladas, and lots of delicious and vibrant sides. The Herb Box is also know for its great desserts, so be sure to leave room. One dessert highlight is the chocolate beetroot cake. The beets give the cake its moist texture, but the taste is all chocolate.

Recommended for Restaurants with Gluten-Free Menus because: The Herb Box offers numerous gluten-free breakfast, lunch, dinner and brunch options.

Patricia's expert tip: Don't miss the "Sweet Plates" menu, which is full of creative and healthy desserts.

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This regional chain specializes in wholesome, hearty and delicious pizza made with the finest organic ingredients. Most of the ingredients on the menu are locally sourced, and the restaurant only serves hormone-free and nitrate-free meats. Over 90 percent of the menu is suitable for gluten-intolerant diners. There's even a small selection of gluten-free beer. But whether you have dietary restrictions or not, Picazzo's Organic Kitchen has a menu that's built to please. Try Nonna's Favorite, which comes topped with locally made Queen Creek olive oil, garlic, Fontina, mushroom, tomato, goat cheese, Kalamata olives, basil and mozzarella. Gluten-free diners can enjoy special gluten-free pizza

Recommended for Restaurants with Gluten-Free Menus because: Nearly every item on the Picazzo menu offers a gluten-free option available.

Patricia's expert tip: Whether you are craving pizza, pasta, or an Italian classic dessert, Picazzo offers gluten-free versions of most menu items.

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Spinato's Pizzeria is a local family-owned pizza chain that has been feeding the Valley for more than 30 years at its five valley locations, including a spacious restaurant and patio on Frank Lloyd Wright in north Scottsdale. The family-friendly pizzeria is known for its authentic Chicago-style pies and Italian dishes. The menu offers five sizes of pizzas, including a popular 10-inch gluten-free pizza crust option. There are numerous specialty pizzas, but the house favorite is the L'Italiana, the restaurant's award-winning signature pie. It features a secret spice blend, fresh spinach, roasted red peppers, feta, and mozzarella. There is also a build your own pizza and take-and-bake option, along with a menu of hot calzones.

Recommended for Restaurants with Gluten-Free Menus because: Spinato's Pizzeria caters to gluten-free pizza lovers, thanks to a special 10-inch pizza featuring gluten-free dough.

Patricia's expert tip: Spinato's Pizzeria offers a special 10-inch pizza made using gluten-free dough.

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Gluten Free Creations is the first dedicated and certified gluten free bakery in the Phoenix Metro area. Diners with gluten allergies can indulge in all their favorite baked goods at the Phoenix and Scottsdale locations of this independently-owned local bakery. It's all here: donuts, bagels, sandwiches, cookies, muffins, and all your other baked favorites. Muffins, cakes, and pies come in nearly every flavor imaginable, making this your go-to place to fill your carb cravings. Breakfast and lunch treats include homemade scones and tasty sandwiches made using freshly-baked gluten-free bread. Specialty cakes and gluten-free pizza dough are also available for order.

Recommended for Restaurants with Gluten-Free Menus because: When you're craving gluten-free desserts, there's no better bakery in Scottsdale than Gluten Free Creations.

Patricia's expert tip: Looking for gluten-free donuts, muffins, or scones? Don't miss the breakfast menu at Gluten Free Creations.

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"You don't have to be a die-hard Yogi to dine at True Food Kitchen," is the house motto at True Food Kitchen in Scottsdale. Even if you don't consider yourself a health nut or foodie connoisseur, chances are you'll find something to love on the eclectic (and healthy) menu. True Food Kitchen has built a menu based on the principles of anti-inflammatory eating, where food is used to repair the damage caused by the daily stress of living. That doesn't mean the food is not delicious. Take a bite out of the Turkey Lasagna, which is stuffed with fresh spinach, creamy ricotta cheese, and organic tomato. The eclectic menu also includes gluten-free pizzas, salads, sandwiches, seafood dishes and more. There's also a long list of nutrient-rich smoothies and fine wines.

Recommended for Restaurants with Gluten-Free Menus because: True Food Kitchen offers multiple gluten-free options as part of its anti-inflammatory menu.

Patricia's expert tip: If you're looking for a healthy brunch in Scottsdale, True Food Kitchen fits the bill.

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