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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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Located within a short 5 minute drive (and a mere 15 minute walk) from Folsom Field, Zolo Bar and Grill offers authentic and unique Mexican cuisine at a reasonable price-point and is perfect for an after game feast. For brunch, indulge in the Country Waffles or Zolo Steak and Eggs Skillet. Lunch offerings include Corn Poblano Tamales and fresh Blackened Fish Tacos, At dinner-time, Grilled Flatiron Steak and Chipotle Glazed Chicken Thighs are highly recommended. Zolo also boasts a killer Happy Hour that includes Hot Wings, Chorizo Stuffed Dates, and the famous Zolorita House Margarita. This fresh and tangy beverage is perfect after a day in the hot sun tailgating and spectating.

Recommended for Restaurants with Gluten-Free Menus because: Zolo chefs are happy to accommodate all dietary needs or preferences. Their Three Sisters Stew and Scottish Salomon are two awesome GF options.

Hope's expert tip: Though the lunch and dinner menus are to die for, don't neglect Zolo's electric brunch menu complete with the decadent Lobster Benedict.

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Made from scratch recipes reinvent the way you eat breakfast and brunch. Featuring organic coffees, fresh produce, as well as all-natural and farm raised meats and eggs. To add to the fun, meals are customizable upon guest request. So you can make up your own pancake or egg concoction whenever you choose. Try the Sandwich I Am served on a soft pretzel roll filled with scrambled eggs, cheddar cheese and a sausage patty, served with a side of smoked cheddar hollandaise & house hash browns. For something savory, indulge in the Havana Daydreaming, featuring Free-range house pulled pork, sliced ham, jack cheese, homemade pickles and a sunny side egg (or your call) with Dijon hollandaise served open face on a hoagie roll.

Recommended for Restaurants with Gluten-Free Menus because: GF items at Snooze include the Quinoa Breakfast Bowl with heirloom carrots, baby kale, green tomato chutney, prosciutto and a cage-free egg amongst others.

Hope's expert tip: Snooze is proud to serve organic coffees, fresh produce, and all-natural ingredients.

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This unique all-vegetarian restaurant offers scrumptious gluten-free and farm-to-table options. Furthermore, they pull the majority of their quality ingredients from their local farm in Lafayette, Colorado. Three Leaf Farm not only caters to Leaf Vegetarian Restaurant but also supplies their seven other restaurants in the Boulder County area, including the Dushanbe Teahouse, The Huckleberry of Louisville, and Zucca Italian Ristorante. For you raw lovers, they offer a raw flatbread and raw manicotti made with zucchini noodles, cashew-pine nut "cheese", spinach, sundried tomato marinara, yellow beet salad. If you're looking for something wholly unique, their beet steak with sesame crusted beets, garlic mashed potatoes,asparagus, wakame salad, wasabe coconut cream is out-of-this-world delicious.

Recommended for Restaurants with Gluten-Free Menus because: Leaf is well-known for its delicious and unique vegetarian and gluten-free options. A Boulder favorite, Leaf is healthy and uses sustainable practices.

Hope's expert tip: Try their raw manicotti made with zucchini noodles,cashew-pine nut "cheese", spinach,sundried tomato marinara, and yellow beet salad.

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This popular, ultra modern Asian restaurant is a favorite of families and business people and is considered one of the best places in town for sushi dining. The name translates to "Asian but not" and the food carries through this theme with Asian-inspired fare featuring international tastes and flavors. Try the broiled eel, California roll, or delicious caterpillar roll for a taste of "fusion Asian". The ambience is minimal and hip, and crowds flock here for pre-dinner drinks and excellent sushi. The friendly staff keeps things rolling and the prices are just right. For desert, be sure to try the banana split. Hapa's Gluten-free menu is just as tasty as their standard, inviting guests to indulge in a fresh Asparagus or Avocado Roll, tasty Sashimi, and Broiled Green Mussels. Hapa also offers a variety of gluten-free entrees that include Salmon, Ahi Tuna, and a smattering of other fresh fish.

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The perfect restaurants for someone with dietary restrictions or, simple, those who choose to live a gluten-free lifestyle, Blooming Beets offers delicious (and nutritious) brunch and dinner options sure to please even the most strict of eaters. For brunch, delight in the Cashew Blend Pancakes, add a scoop of ice-cream or blueberry-lemon compote if you have a sweet tooth. Lunch offerings include a variety of fresh options, namely the Mountain Goat Salad boasting arugula, grapes, dry-roasted almonds, and Maple Infused Haystack Mountain Goat Cheese. Want a dinner that you fill your body (and soul) without making you feel heavy? Blooming Beets's Boneless Smokey 100% Grass-Fed Burger (topped off with a fried egg, of course) is nourishing and great for athletes would need their protein.

Recommended for Restaurants with Gluten-Free Menus because: Blooming Beets brings inventive and healthy options to the table without skimping on flavor. A completely gluten-free restaurant, you'll also find locally sourced produce.

Hope's expert tip: The chai-seed coconut pudding with almond infused carmel and blueberry-lemon compote is devine.

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Lucile's


Providing delicious and unique brunch concoctions for over 34 years, Creole cuisine and old-fashioned Southern breakfasts top the menu at this popular restaurant. Start with a beignet pastry and a steaming cup of coffee. Enjoy eggs Benedict or the vegetarian version, eggs Jennifer. The Cajun Breakfast includes ham, kidney beans and eggs folded in a spicy sauce. Grits, along with biscuits smothered in jam, will satisfy the Southerner in everyone. If you're in the mood for a sugary treat, try Lucile's New Orleans style doughnuts sprinkled with powered sugar and some fresh squeezed orange juice, both of which will put some pep in your morning step.

Recommended for Restaurants with Gluten-Free Menus because: Lucille's offers Gluten-free English muffins as a substitution for any of their delicious benedicts and gluten-free french toast.

Hope's expert tip: The Cajun Breakfast is the best way to start out your day in Boulder.

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The Mediterranean Restaurant


If you're in the mood for variety, this locally owned gem is the place for you. Not only does The Med serve up a taste of Italy, but you can also take a tour of Spanish, French, and Greek cuisine having never left Boulder. Known for, but not limited to, its fresh, wood oven pizzas and hot-out-of-the bakery bread which is made fresh daily, this eclectic restaurant offers more than just carbs. Be sure to try their Kabob made with your choice of lamb, chicken, or shrimp and flavored to perfection with garlic hummus, tabouleh, basmati rice, seared greens, grilled flat bread & tzatziki. Stop by at happy hour to peruse a to-die-for wine list.

Recommended for Restaurants with Gluten-Free Menus because: Known for being gluten-free friendly, The Med earns a spot on our list for accommodating any and all dietary preferences.

Hope's expert tip: Try the Med's savory Greek Kabob and be sure to stop in for their well-known and frequented happy-hour.

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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 fresh and relaxing lunch, consider the Build Your Own Bowl of Salad, with a variety of options including fish, shrimp, and tofu. For starters at dinner, nibble on the Plantains, Caramelized Mussels, or House Pickles. Afterward, fill your belly with Lemon-Grass Pork or Vegetable Rainbow Curry. Zeal's menu boasts "No GMOs ever, period", so you can reassured that the ingredients you're ingesting are not only tasty, but good for your body.

Recommended for Restaurants with Gluten-Free Menus because: Zeal is the Boulder spirit comes to life. Food made for "food enthusiasts" who are serious about nonprocessed-ingredients combined in a simple and nourishing way.

Hope's expert tip: Zeal boasts a killer happy-hour not-to-be-missed.

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This moderately priced restaurant is a popular spot amongst locals and tourists alike because of its elegant yet relaxed environment and high-quality food. Known for being gluten-free friendly, not only is the kitchen willing to accommodate your dietary preferences but they also offer a number of gluten-free items that need no modification, including Pan Roasted Monk Fish and their savory marinated olives. But never fear, gluten lovers, there's still plenty of variety for you as well, including Hand Rolled Gnocchi with wild mushrooms. Known for accommodating good allergies and preferences, many of The Kitchen's items can be modified to suit your vegan and vegetarian preferences as well.

Recommended for Restaurants with Gluten-Free Menus because: The Kitchen is known for accommodating Gluten-Free, vegan, and vegetarian preferences.

Hope's expert tip: Try their Pan Roasted Monk fish and be sure to ask for gluten-free dessert options.

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Shine Restaurant and Gathering Place
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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 the end of the day. Not-to-be-missed, the beet hummus and mini-pizza with buffalo mozzarella, marinara, and arugula pesto are the perfect appetizers to start off your evening and, when you move on to the main course, be sure to consider the Chicken or Jackfruit Soft Tacos ( we highly recommend the jackfruit) and the Grass-Finished Beef Burger made with local meat, arugula, sunflower seed and garlic scape pesto, house-pickled red onion for a kick of flavor, and hearty cheddar cheese.

Recommended for Restaurants with Gluten-Free Menus because: This restaurant offers a 100% gluten-free kitchen which is why it takes the top spot on our list.

Hope's expert tip: The perfect space for gatherings, bring the entire family or meet up with old friends for unique cocktails and delicious soul-food.

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