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The Best Wheat and Gluten Free Restaurants in Toronto

Posted by Liora Ipsum / September 3, 2013

gluten free TorontoThe best wheat and gluten-free restaurants in Toronto make it easy to eat deliciously despite dietary restrictions or intolerances. Some of these places keep their kitchens strictly wheat-less, while others offer alternatives or separate menus that cater to the gluten-free crowd. Frequently, celiac-friendly eating seems to get lumped in with vegetarian, vegan and raw diets, though there are in fact options below where you can find yourself a little surf and turf and still take advantage of our city's thriving and diverse food scene.

Shout outs go to Gourmet Bitches, Toronto's first gluten-free food truck and every pizzeria out there now offering alternative crusts.

Here is the list of the best wheat and gluten free restaurants in Toronto.

See also:

The Best Gluten Free Bakeries in Toronto
The Best Nut-Free Bakeries in Toronto
The top gluten free beer and booze in Toronto

Kupfert & Kim

Kupfert & Kim

This wheat-less and meatless lunch counter is hidden away inside First Canadian Place. The menu is well loved for breakfast options like gluten-free granola bowls and chia puddings, plus, hearty lunch options loaded with quinoa or brown rice and bright mixes of veggies, seeds, nuts, tofu or tempeh. More »

Live

Live

This kitchen at this gourmet vegan restaurant and raw bar is strictly wheat-free so it's suitable for even the most gluten adverse. The menu features a mix of raw and cooked dishes including options like zucchini wrapped manicotti (raw) or okonomiyaki (cooked) featuring daikon pancakes. More »

Arepa Cafe

Arepa Cafe

This Queen West cafe specializes in sandwiches made on delicious, grilled Latin American corn meal buns that are naturally gluten free. Stuffings include veggie options like avocado, black beans and plantains or meaty variations with flank steak, roasted pork or even octopus. More »

Cardinal Rule

Cardinal Rule

The menu at this Roncesvalles restaurant easily identifies the gluten-free entries so that diners know that chili, phish stix and nachos (to name just a few) are all safe bets. Most of the sandwiches and breakfast options can be customized with gluten-free bread too. More »

Hibiscus Cafe

Hibiscus Cafe

The kitchen at this Kensington Market brunch spot is completely free of gluten. The menu features soups (served with plant-based crackers), salads and buckwheat crepes made sweet with say, bananas and Nutella, or, savoury with brie and pecans. Gluten-free baked goods like brownies and cookies are noteworthy too. More »

Feel Good Guru

Feel Good Guru

This West Queen West juice bar and take-out counter offers an array of healthy, vegan comfort foods like burritos rolled in collard greens and noodles made of buckwheat, yam or zucchini. More »

Monarch Tavern

Monarch Tavern

This Tavern, tucked away on sleepy Clinton Street south of College, can make their entire menu gluten free, just note that replacing a sandwich bun with a wheatless version will cost you a hefty $4. On tap they also keep Thornbury's gluten-free cider. More »

Rawlicious

Rawlicious

This chain of raw, vegan and organic restaurants boasts locations across the GTA and as far as Barrie. The menu subs in all sorts of vegetation and wheat alternatives offering pizza made with sprouted buckwheat and flax seed crust, or pastas with zucchini or kelp noodles. More »

Hogtown Vegan

Hogtown Vegan

At brunch this vegan diner on Bloor will list safe bets with a little 'gf' on the menu. At lunch and dinner there's a totally separate menu featuring meatless renditions of bar room favourites like chilli "cheese" fries, nachos, salads and pulled "pork" wraps. More »

Fresh

Fresh

This chain of vegetarian restaurants accommodates gluten allergies with a separate menu full of salads, rice bowls and 'unwraps', that let you have a burrito sans tortilla and over a bed of lettuce instead. There are even a few flourless desserts, and at brunch, pancakes are not off the table. More »

The Beet

The Beet

This organic cafe and market on Dundas West is owned and operated by a certified nutritionist and a holistic doctor. The menu prides itself on being organic and nutritious so gluten free eaters can go ahead and have that mac ‘n cheese (made with quinoa pasta) or that burger on a gluten free bun. More »

Relish on the Danforth

Relish on the Danforth

This wine and tapas bar offers an entirely gluten free menu that's almost equal in length to the regular menu. Here, meat-eaters and vegetarians can both find something to love amongst options that include meatless baked polenta and risotto, as well as, seafood and steaks. More »

Riz Pan Asian

Riz Pan Asian

This certified gluten free Asian restaurant is a haven for anyone who's ever accidentally suffered from sneaky soy sauce. The menu can be ordered à la carte or had ACYE style for $30 a head (add a lobster for an extra $6). Gluten isn't missed at all on the expansive menu that lists starters, soups, noodles, rice dishes, curries and wok fried delicacies. More »

Teatree Cafe

Teatree Cafe

This vegetarian eatery on The Danforth is known to keep soups free of gluten and offer bread alternatives to all their sandwiches for just $1. Homemade quiches, shepherd's pie and quinoa salads make for satisfying, carb-laden comfort foods that are reliable options too. More »

This End Up

This End Up

This Dundas West sandwich shop keeps gluten free bread stocked to accommodate diners with sensitive tummies. Popular sandwiches like pork belly porchetta and chutney burger are safe bets, but be sure to inquire with the helpful staff if unsure or worried. More »

Discussion

40 Comments

Jen / September 3, 2013 at 03:24 pm
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I have been to and enjoyed most of these places.
I'm not sure that Hogtown Vegan should be in this list. Their selections are fries or salads for gluten-free (surely not the best selection in the city), and they also have a disclaimer on their menu that states "due to the risk of cross-contamination our food is not suitable for those with severe gluten allergies." Lame!
Johnny / September 3, 2013 at 03:36 pm
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Also, Hogtown gave me the runs.
yum! / September 3, 2013 at 03:37 pm
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whats the main photo and where is it from? looooks DELISH!
Kaela / September 3, 2013 at 03:43 pm
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You missed Kensington Cornerstone in the Market! It's entirely gluten-free!
Alison / September 3, 2013 at 04:02 pm
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Pretty sure Riz just made it to the DineSafe yellow card list.

http://www.blogto.com/eat_drink/2013/08/this_week_on_dinesafe_liberty_shawarma_east_side_marios_riz_restaurant_toronto_kosher_cicis_pizza/
Carmen / September 3, 2013 at 04:21 pm
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Choco Crepe on Queen West and Bathurst has good Gluten-Free crepes too. Very tasty and a nice change from other places.
Melanie / September 3, 2013 at 04:30 pm
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Being gluten-free does not equal being vegan or vegetarian at the same time. Therefore this list is not a good guideline for the gluten-free eater as I would still enjoy meat and dairy! What is with places like La Carnita or Playa Cabana, where all the corn tacos are naturally gluten-free? There are burger places, which are worth trying out. Or Cheesewerks which offers gluten-free grilled cheese sandwiches. Cibo is offering gluten-free pasta and thousands of other normal restaurants doing a great job...
Melodie / September 3, 2013 at 04:49 pm
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I would have to agree with Jen. Hogtown should definitely not be on this list. In fact I don't recall a mention of what their gluten free options were in the write up. Better bet is to head west down the street to Nazareth and ask for their teff injera with your meal.
Iakoni / September 3, 2013 at 05:58 pm
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Why is Fresh on this menu? Did the writer even bother looking at their gluten-free options? They are extremely limited and borderline tasteless. And, Kensington Cornerstone is noticeably absent as well. Their fish & chips are *almost* as good as the gluten-filled variety.
JennP / September 3, 2013 at 07:55 pm
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Can't believe Kensington cornerstone is not here, by far my fave gf restaurant in Toronto! Pulled pork sandwich is so good.
smokey / September 3, 2013 at 11:08 pm
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Barque on Roncy also has a lot of gluten free options... for the non-vegan. And the glaring omission of Kensington Cornerstone is silly.
Colleen / September 4, 2013 at 12:16 am
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A great completely gluten free restaurant, they serve nothing else and the food is absolutely delicious is Frankie's in Uxbridge. They also have a completely gluten free bakery down the street from the restaurant with wonderful breads and treats. I realize it is not in Toronto, but if you are ever near or going that way, you won't be disappointed at Frankie's!!
moira replying to a comment from yum! / September 4, 2013 at 12:38 am
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that's our earth burger at feelgoodguru. raw, organic & vegan. the bun is dehydrated yam & flax seed. so good;)
Sarah / September 4, 2013 at 08:59 am
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Awesome! Got a new list of places to check out and write up on glutenfreebitches.ca
Moesha replying to a comment from Moneesha / September 4, 2013 at 09:03 am
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For some people, gluten-free is not a fad but, as you say, a requirement.
Rick / September 4, 2013 at 10:04 am
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In all my life I've known 1 person that had to eat gluten free foods, and to be honest the shit she eats is disgusting.
I feel sorry for all of you with glutenphobia.

So when you say gluten free I automatically equate that with bland, dry, cardboard like food. I guess its a fad now, so hopefully those idiots that eat it for the sake of being gluten free, will perish and whither away and we can end this gluten free nonsense now and for all.
Lianna / September 4, 2013 at 10:07 am
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Kensington Cornerstone Cafe? How is that not on here. It has three delicious gf beers!
Marlowes replying to a comment from Moneesha / September 4, 2013 at 10:10 am
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How can someone be so ignorant. You should be embarrassed. Do you think it's fun for coeliacs to have to mission around to find good food? To have to try/eat so many disgusting foods? To never be able to join in for big functions/party's including meals? To be ridiculed and made fun of as a child? I think not, so take your ignorance elsewhere.
Rick replying to a comment from Marlowes / September 4, 2013 at 10:32 am
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you probably don't even have coeliacs. Fool.
Smokey replying to a comment from Rick / September 4, 2013 at 10:34 am
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And here come the experts claiming the "fad diet" bullshit. Tell that to people that have been diagnosed with celiac who could develop such fun things like autoimmune disorders, type 1 diabetes, thyroiditis, colitis and other fun stuff if they don't eat gluten free... besides the general health benefits of not eating the types of gluten found in our overprocessed foods... but you guys are the food experts, right?
Michelle / September 4, 2013 at 11:10 am
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I don't think we're talking about celiacs here. That's a disease which affects the minority of people. We're talking about the many, many people who are eating a gluten-free diet, primarily as a weight loss tactic, and it only takes so long to figure out it doesn't work. The hype will die out eventually, and in the meantime, celiacs have more options in foods and restaurants, which is good.

I have a mild wheat allergy myself, plus more significant allergies to eggs and cow's milk, so these places are helpful, and thanks for the post BlogTO!
Sigh replying to a comment from Moneesha / September 4, 2013 at 11:21 am
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Some people have food allergies. Deal with it. If it doesn't affect you directly, then don't go to a gluten free restaurant or choose the gluten free menu items unless you are super interested in trying them. Eat what you eat. Otherwise you just look like an utter jackass that no one wants to play with.
Alison / September 4, 2013 at 11:43 am
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Lesser known fact, Lee has a gluten-free menu which is a wide variety of their regular menu items, tweaked (if necessary) to be GF. Everything I tried was superb.
ty / September 4, 2013 at 01:20 pm
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You GUYS FORGOT ZOCOLO!! They have a new chef and many amazing gluten free and even vegan and veggie options not to mention it is delicious!
GG / September 4, 2013 at 04:29 pm
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FYI a gluten-free diet is not a choice for some. I've been diagnose with celiac and it's not fun trust me. My diet is very limited and yes, it taste like crap sometime. Luckily, we have few new good option around the town: Feel Good Guru, Chococrepe, Kensington Cornerstone Cafe... Do your research before commenting.
Jennifer / September 4, 2013 at 07:33 pm
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If you go as far as Ajax check out www.choko-mocko.com the best! Fresh gluten free breads - even perogies! Also a great selection of vegan desserts.
Nandi / September 5, 2013 at 05:00 pm
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Don't forget Dundas Park Kitchen also stocks gluten free bread as an option for any of their absolutely amazing sandwiches!

http://www.blogto.com/restaurants/dundas-park-kitchen-toronto
Brain-free / September 6, 2013 at 05:44 pm
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If you have celiac disease these are great options. For the other 99.8% of their clients, go see a doctor. If the doctor doesn't diagnose you with celiac disease, go see a psychiatrist. The placebo effect is very real.
lattersTO / September 14, 2013 at 03:48 pm
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Strada 241 on Spadina do great chickpea flour pizza bases and GF pasta - I'm not GF myself but tried some and its some of the best I've tasted
Amy / September 15, 2013 at 08:48 am
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Don't forget 100% gluten free superfood eateries at Adellaide & John. The entire menu is gluten free, vegan, organic and according to the rave reviews, delicious.
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g-free4life / September 21, 2013 at 03:21 pm
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Mississauga has Victoria's Gluten Free Bistro. They have a separate kitchen that is completely g-free and the food is amazing! They even offer bread rolls as a starter.
tablogloid / October 15, 2013 at 01:29 pm
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Interesting that this report assumes only vegetarian/vegan diets are gluten free.
charlotte / October 20, 2013 at 11:16 am
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The fact that Ursa isn't on this list is outrageous. Their entire restaurant is gluten free. They are constantly inventing new ways to create gluten free foods.
Gary / November 14, 2013 at 11:17 pm
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Hello everyone, we are the new generation of pubs out there and at The Piper's Pub and Grill on St Clair we have many gluten free options available including: Fish and Chips, Sheppards Pie, Chicken Stir Fry, salmon fillet located at 782 St Clair Ave West
ika / January 28, 2014 at 11:18 am
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Another vote for Hibiscus. People, atmosphere and most importantly the food are the best in town.
Pat replying to a comment from Rick / February 9, 2014 at 10:34 am
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If you have Celiac disease eating a gluten-free diet is not a fad, believe me. To eat wheat is to die. Gluten rapidly eats away the small intestines of a Celiac patient whichleads to death, usually accompanied by stomach cancer. There are also many people in the world who do not have Celiac disease but who are gluten-intolerant. They have great difficulty digesting gluten and suffer from uncomfortable side effects like bloat and stomach cramps. So what looks disgusting to you is literally a life saver to many others.
Laura / February 22, 2014 at 10:49 am
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I am not celiac but gluten intolerance is a real thing for many of us. About five years ago I started to keep a food journal to try and figure out a reason for my severe stomach cramps and bloating and sure enough it was after cereal, toast, etc. And even after that I tested specific grains on myself so I know that within 30 minutes of eating rye, barley, etc my stomach looks like I am several months pregnant. So even though I am not celiac, I choose to eat gluten free because I feel like crap when I don't. So please stop calling it a fad. I would much rather eat like a 'normal' person.
Janet / April 4, 2014 at 02:00 pm
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I am over 60 and was diagnosed with celiac disease at birth.
Sadly, it wasn't understood back then. My entire life has been affected by food restrictions. Recently I found out that
I also have a dairy, soya, corn, potato/tomato allergy.
These conditions finally forced my retirement. It makes me so angry that some people cannot relate to real allergies and still call it "a fad". Over the last 3 years I have invented and adapted recipes that I can tolerate. It takes a huge commitment to just eat everyday. I never go out to a restaurant anymore, it just isn't worth it. However I can make gluten free Yorkshire pudding, tempura, suishi, gravy and all sorts of great food at home.

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