These Vancouver Restaurants with Gluten-Free Menus Won't Leave You Wanting



From fine dining to grab-and-go meals, gluten-free options are abundant in Vancouver. Tuck into tacos served on freshly made gluten-free tortillas, indulge in ocean-fresh oysters, or twirl forkfuls of noodles - whatever you're craving, these restaurants have you covered.

If you're going out with a varied group of diners Nuba Restaurant is an excellent choice. Whether you're gluten free, vegan, vegetarian or a lover of meat, the options here are plentiful, healthy and very tasty. With several locations throughout Vancouver, there's a good chance there's one near you. 

Craving pasta? Head to Ask for Luigi and tuck into their house made gluten-free noodles. This cozy Italian restaurant is the perfect spot for your next date night, or a catch up with friends.

For casual Mexican-inspired cuisine, Bandidas Taqueria is an affordable and tasty choice. This restaurant is vegetarian, but also has plenty to offer vegan and gluten-free diners. They make their corn tortillas in-house so they're always super fresh. Open throughout the day, they have great gluten-free brunch options too.



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These amazing pizzas are made with only the best organic, free-range and local ingredients and are baked to perfection! Enjoy toppings like organic all beef pepperoni, certified organic rosemary lemon pulled chicken, kale, butternut squash, freshly cut bocconcini cheese, and more. If you're gluten free, substitute their regular crust for their gluten-free version. They make it in-house. If you're not in the mood for pizzas, they also serve pastas, salads, soups and a handful of appetizers. For children, they have a kids menu with plenty of options that will please even the most picky eater. They're also open for brunch and lunch. The atmosphere is super casual and they even have a play area for the kids to hang out and play.


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Blue Water Cafe & Raw Bar
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For fresh seafood and fine dining, it doesn't get much better than Yaletown's Blue Water Cafe. Crisp white linens and impeccable service set the stage for a meal to remember in this warm and inviting restaurant. On the menu, guests can choose from a host of fresh seafood that's prepared in a multitude of ways. The raw bar will satisfy any sushi cravings, while the seafood on ice options make for wonderful starters. From freshly shucked oysters and caviar to the most jaw-dropping seafood towers, there's no shortage of choice. So many of these seafood options are gluten free on their own, but it's always good to ask just in case they need to make any substitutions. Love wine? They carry over 1,000 labels and have a cellar of 14,000 bottles.


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Let these beautifully prepared vegetarian dishes be a feast for your eyes and a delight for your mouth. The Acorn restaurant takes vegetarian dishes and presents them in such a way that you feel like you're eating a piece of art. Perched on Main Street, The Acorn caters to vegetarians, vegans, raw and gluten-free appetites, but carnivores won't feel as though they're missing out here. The menu changes as the season brings new ingredients, but gluten-free dishes are always on the menu. Don't skip the drinks menu. They whip up some awesome cocktails that'll pair well with your meal. The atmosphere is just the right amount of warmth and trendy, making it perfect for your next date night or casual dinner with the folks.


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The Fish Counter


 

As an early adopter and influencer of the sustainable seafood movement, Chef Clark has brought his passion and skill to The Fish Counter. He co-founded this grocer/casual cafe with marine biologist and former Ocean Wise manager at the Vancouver Aquarium, Mike McDermid. It's safe to say that these guys know their stuff. The Fish Counter is the best of many worlds! Grab super fresh seafood to take home and prepare yourself, pick-up some ready made soups and salads to tuck into, or sit down on one of the wooden benches and enjoy their gluten-free fish and chips. Either way, your stomach will thank you.


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Miku Restaurant


 

Miku restaurant has made a name for itself in Vancouver for serving some of the best sushi and Japanese cuisine in the city. The menu is packed with appetizers, mains, sushi, and sashimi options that clearly state which are gluten free so it makes ordering easy. A visit to Miku isn't complete without an order of their aburi sushi. The salmon oshi and saba oshi are both gluten free so be sure that an order makes its way to your table. The charcoal flame gives a hint of flavor without compromising the fresh fish. For dessert, their house made ice cream and sorbets are gluten free if you're looking for a sweet treat to finish your meal.


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Take a trip down the Silk Road and walk into East is East for a tasty meal that will leave your tummy happy. When you walk into the restaurant you're ears are treated to soothing music, dim lighting, and rustic tables in a room that's adorned with plenty of pillows and beautifully crafted rugs. The menu has an array of gluten-free options that cover vegetarian, vegan and meat options. The Dalcha Stew is hearty and packed with flavor. Made with roasted chunks of chicken or lamb that are cooked in their organic dhal soup, and served with Afghan rice, roti and a side salad, you won't leave wanting.


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Bandidas Taqueria is a local favorite because the price is right, the food is tasty, and it leaves you feeling satisfied. If you're gluten free, you're in luck! Bandidas vegetarian menu also favors vegan and gluten-free diets. Dishes are loaded with nuts, veggies, tofu, cheese, and dairy-free options. You can also ask them to substitute something to ensure it's right for you. The atmosphere inside is anything but your typical Mexican-inspired restaurant. Instead, it evokes the retro furniture section in a thrift store. Although it's very charming, they've done this for ethical reasons - their devotion to the environment and the health of our bodies is dispersed from concept to menu. Local wines and beers mingle with organic and free-range ingredients to produce. They're also constantly looking at ways to give back to the community.


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This cozy and intimate Italian-inspired restaurant welcomes diners to enjoy a comforting meal in the downtown East Side of Vancouver. It's a charming spot for your next date night. Though it's slightly off the beaten path, Ask for Luigi attracts flocks of hungry bellies. The dinner menu is adorned with delicious dishes, but the main star is the freshly made pastas they serve in the evening. For those who are gluten free, you can ask them to substitute regular noodles for their house made gluten-free noodles. Ask for Luigi encourages family style dining so that you can explore the menu and enjoy a few bites of each dish.


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This family-run business serves vegetarian and vegan Vietnamese food that locals love because it's healthy and filling. From fresh salad rolls to warm, comforting bowls of noodles and soup, the menu boasts plenty of satisfying options for gluten-free diners. You may think that cooking Vietnamese food without fish sauce may be a challenge (and for many it is), but owner, Maria, and her mother, Chau, have concocted an excellent substitute that doesn't substitute flavor. Each dish speaks for itself, but the reasonable prices and large portions certainly sweeten the deal. Speaking of sweet, make sure to save room for the coconut shake - it's so good!


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Nuba Restaurant has a few different locations around the city, but regardless of the location you choose, you can be sure that healthy Lebanese food will find its way to your table. Start your meal with baba ghanooj or hummus. If you're gluten free, ask for romaine lettuce to dip instead of pita. So many of their mezzes are gluten free so you could also start with something heartier like their falafel or the Najib's Special. The latter is a highly addictive plate of crispy cauliflower that's fan-favorite. For your main, there's a gluten-free stuffed eggplant option and the market fish is gluten free. Be sure to save room for dessert. Their gluten-free chocolate quinoa cake is served with a warm caramel sauce and cardamom ice cream.


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