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Where to Eat Gluten-Free in Los Angeles

You can still eat pizza, pasta, and bread without gluten throughout the Southland

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For those diagnosed with celiac disease — where gluten proteins found in ingredients like wheat trigger a damaging immune response — cooking at home can sometimes seem safer than dining out. The same goes for people who are gluten intolerant or choose to avoid the ingredient for other health reasons. No matter which category, individuals need not struggle to find a wonderful gluten-free menu in Los Angeles. They’re about as prominent as one would expect, and these days, restaurants do far more than gluten-free baked goods. From handmade pasta at a San Fernando Valley restaurant to an abundance of gluten-free fried chicken, here is a guide to some of LA’s best gluten-free eating.

NOTE: This map doesn’t indicate whether restaurants use separate facilities/tools for gluten-free dishes; diners should inquire with individual restaurants for specific dietary concerns.

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Rosti Tuscan Kitchen - Calabasas

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Rosti Tuscan Kitchen (with locations in Brentwood, Santa Monica, and Calabasas) offers customers a dedicated gluten-free menu alongside its more traditional one. Sandwiches are made on thin gluten-free bread, and diners can customize pizzas or opt for the outstanding spaghetti di mare.

Lucifers Pizza

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Lucifers Pizza owner Adam Borich made it possible for diners to choose traditional pizzas as well as gluten-free and cauliflower crusts for any pie at one of his multiple locations. Head over to score the traditional and trusted pepperoni pizza.

Luv2Eat Thai Bistro

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The best part of Los Angeles icon Luv2Eat’s menu, aside from its breadth and spice, would be its clearly labeled (and plentiful) gluten-free offerings. Dishes like its staple pad ka prao noodles, sour Issan sausage, and spicy-sour tom kha soup are all gluten-free-friendly and kicked up by the restaurant’s storied chile content.

Phuket-style crab curry at Luv2Eat Thai Bistro in a metal bowl.
Phuket-style crab curry at Luv2Eat Thai Bistro.
Crystal Coser

Crossroads Kitchen

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A longtime vegan paradise for those hoping to indulge, chef Tal Ronnen’s Crossroads Kitchen also provides pizzas, breakfast sandwiches, and even stuffed French toast. The dietary sensitivity makes the upscale Melrose restaurant one of the more popular dinner destinations out that way, and Ronnen says 90 percent of the menu can be made gluten-free.

Pizzana West Hollywood

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Pizzana’s chef Daniele Uditi is known for his crispy, chewy pizza crusts, normally made with double zero flour and a fermentation process that takes about 48 hours. But Pizzana’s gluten-free pies, made with tapioca flour, hold their own against the classic: for a $3 charge, you can turn any of the restaurant’s cult-favorite pizzas — from the charred-and-sweet diavola to the creamy cacio e pepe — gluten-free for dine-in or to take and heat at home.

A black background featuring an uncut, charred vegetable pizza from Pizzana.
Pizzana
Wonho Frank Lee

Levant Bistro + Bake Shop

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Barely open a year, Levant Bistro + Bake Shop is fully dedicated to the gluten-free crowd. It’s nestled right on the border of Silver Lake and Echo Park where the Mediterranean-leaning restaurant serves hummus, falafel, and shakshuka. But one can also order pancakes, braised short ribs, spinach and apple salad, and plenty of pastries.

Honey Hi

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Sit down in Honey Hi’s bright, inviting dining room and order the pancakes, toast, and sandwiches for a revelatory (and all gluten-free) all-day experience in Los Angeles. If dining in the early hours, try the creamy chive-flecked eggs served with buckwheat sourdough, or the breakfast sandwich piled with caramelized fennel and onions, arugula, and avocado mash; and a breakfast bowl that uses a smoky sweet potato hash as its base. Dishes can be ordered with meat or modified to be vegetarian or vegan-friendly.

A bowl at Honey Hi restaurant in Echo Park
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Honey Hi [Official Photo]

Thunderbolt

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A bar snacks menu where all the dishes are exclusively gluten-free seems too good to be true, but not so at the wonderfully mellow Thunderbolt in Echo Park, where the reality is just that: The tightly curated, Southern-leaning menu features dishes like buttermilk biscuits (served with jam or as a fried chicken sandwich), fried green tomato sandwiches, pimento dip with crackers, and hand pies — all without gluten.

Interior shot of Thunderbolt dining room featuring emerald green walls, brown leather banquettes and bar seats, and bar tables with bright orange stools.
Thunderbolt in Historic Filipinotown.
Thunderbolt

My 2 Cents LA

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My Two Cents slings Southern classics in Mid-City, including a gluten-free mac and cheese with brown rice penne and a blistered parmesan crust. If that’s not enough, the gluten-free fried chicken will do nicely, served with two sides or on its own. Other gluten-free favorites include the shrimp and sweet corn grits, fried green tomatoes, and oxtail tacos.

Cinque Terre West Osteria

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Husband and wife team Marlo Vinzoni and Italian-born chef Gianba Vinzoni have owned Cinque Terre West for years, and know the locals well. Gianba took ample time to develop both gluten-free pizzas and pastas, and the results are fantastic — from the pasta with rock shrimp and zucchini blossom, to the tartufo pie layered with goat cheese and shaved black truffle.

Grilled octopus at Cinque Terre West Osteria in Pacific Palisades.
Cinque Terre West Osteria
Mona Holmes

Cha Cha Chá

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Tucked behind a tall jade-green door in the Arts District, Cha Cha Chá offers a casual but transportive rooftop experience only a story or two above ground level. Many of its dishes skew gluten-free, so on any given night the seafood-leaning menu might feature anything from the octopus tostada to the flavorful bone-in ribeye with charred tomato.

Ceramic plate with a fish illustration holding a seafood tostada: a crisp corn tortilla shell with mixed seafood like octopus and scallop.
Seafood tostada at Cha Cha Cha restaurant in Downtown Los Angeles.
Wonho Frank Lee

Pikunico

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Pikunico is very clear about its menu. While the fried chicken sandwich is not gluten-free, opt for its gluten-free fried chicken sans bun (choosing from thighs, wings, and tenders). Its gluten-free chicken tenders are also available in a family basket with accompanying sides. Owner Kuniko Yagi’s side dishes are worth a taste, especially the baked Japanese sweet potato ume with crème fraîche and pickled jalapeño.

Fried chicken at Pikuniko with design paper and fried potatoes.
Pikunico
Jakob Layman

Birdie G's

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Birdie G’s, a sleek indoor-outdoor restaurant near Bergamot Station in Santa Monica, is gluten-free-friendly without sacrificing creativity. Gluten-free menu items (and items that can be modified to be gluten-free) are labeled clearly and plentiful, from rice flour-battered king trumpet mushrooms to the mind-bogglingly crispy pickle fried chicken (a gluten-free, dairy-free dish that was available for pickup during the height of the pandemic and now a regular on the weekly menu).

Birdie G’s restaurant’s fried chicken in Santa Monica, California.
Birdie G’s fried chicken.
Lindsey Huttrer

Vchos co-owner Wendy Centeno has been in the restaurant game for some time. When she first started her food truck, many customers didn’t actually know what a pupusa was. Vchos now operates as a food truck and at BLVD MRKT in Montebello where pupusas fly out of the window, along with a flavorful platano plate with plantains, and refried beans and cream.

Camp Pho

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Venice’s unassuming Camp Pho is definitely gluten-free-friendly, from the tangy brisket banh cuon to the ap chao crispy pulled pork noodles. Those looking for lighter fare can tuck into its hen of the wood mushroom spring rolls; the hungrier dinner crowd comes for its namesake soups, brimming with aromatic broth and springy rice noodles.

Shojin, with locations in Culver City and Downtown Los Angeles, specializes in plant-based Japanese vegan cuisine, with a tasting menu, a la carte offerings, and even an allergen-free kids menu. The food is gluten-free from top to bottom, from its dumpling and crispy rice starters to its sushi and surprisingly affordable nine-course weekday omakase.

A dish from Shojin restaurant in Downtown Los Angeles, California Official

Black Flour Crêpes

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Husband and wife team Marie and Jamie Ravel operate the Black Flour Crepes food truck, where they serve buckwheat-style crepes that appear like a galette, beautifully folded and stuffed with eggs, cheese, and whatever savory flavors inspires them. The truck is parked at Bruce’s Beach in Manhattan Beach every weekend.

A buckwheat crepe with egg and vegetables at Black Flour Crepes food truck.
Black Flour Crepes.
Black Flour Crepes

Confections by Kirari West

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In Redondo Beach, Confections by Kirari operates as a specialized cookie shop, which is only a 300-foot walk away from its sister cafe, Kirari West. But at the newer shop, owner Hiro Saito dedicated the space for cookie production, while serving coffee and unique cookie sundaes. 

A cookie dunked in milk at Confections by Kirari West.
Confections by Kirari West.
Confections by Kirari West

Taco María

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Taco Maria is where diners go to indulge in chef Carlos Salgado’s wonderful and inspired menu. The Costa Mesa restaurant is mostly gluten-free without even trying, with aguachile, citrusy spicy blue prawns, a confit duck with mole, or marinated cactus with fermented jalapeno.

Taco Maria’s taco omakase, with blue corn tortillas, shown from above.
Taco Maria
Farley Elliott

Rosti Tuscan Kitchen - Calabasas

Rosti Tuscan Kitchen (with locations in Brentwood, Santa Monica, and Calabasas) offers customers a dedicated gluten-free menu alongside its more traditional one. Sandwiches are made on thin gluten-free bread, and diners can customize pizzas or opt for the outstanding spaghetti di mare.

Lucifers Pizza

Lucifers Pizza owner Adam Borich made it possible for diners to choose traditional pizzas as well as gluten-free and cauliflower crusts for any pie at one of his multiple locations. Head over to score the traditional and trusted pepperoni pizza.

Luv2Eat Thai Bistro

The best part of Los Angeles icon Luv2Eat’s menu, aside from its breadth and spice, would be its clearly labeled (and plentiful) gluten-free offerings. Dishes like its staple pad ka prao noodles, sour Issan sausage, and spicy-sour tom kha soup are all gluten-free-friendly and kicked up by the restaurant’s storied chile content.

Phuket-style crab curry at Luv2Eat Thai Bistro in a metal bowl.
Phuket-style crab curry at Luv2Eat Thai Bistro.
Crystal Coser

Crossroads Kitchen

A longtime vegan paradise for those hoping to indulge, chef Tal Ronnen’s Crossroads Kitchen also provides pizzas, breakfast sandwiches, and even stuffed French toast. The dietary sensitivity makes the upscale Melrose restaurant one of the more popular dinner destinations out that way, and Ronnen says 90 percent of the menu can be made gluten-free.

Pizzana West Hollywood

Pizzana’s chef Daniele Uditi is known for his crispy, chewy pizza crusts, normally made with double zero flour and a fermentation process that takes about 48 hours. But Pizzana’s gluten-free pies, made with tapioca flour, hold their own against the classic: for a $3 charge, you can turn any of the restaurant’s cult-favorite pizzas — from the charred-and-sweet diavola to the creamy cacio e pepe — gluten-free for dine-in or to take and heat at home.

A black background featuring an uncut, charred vegetable pizza from Pizzana.
Pizzana
Wonho Frank Lee

Levant Bistro + Bake Shop

Barely open a year, Levant Bistro + Bake Shop is fully dedicated to the gluten-free crowd. It’s nestled right on the border of Silver Lake and Echo Park where the Mediterranean-leaning restaurant serves hummus, falafel, and shakshuka. But one can also order pancakes, braised short ribs, spinach and apple salad, and plenty of pastries.

Honey Hi

Sit down in Honey Hi’s bright, inviting dining room and order the pancakes, toast, and sandwiches for a revelatory (and all gluten-free) all-day experience in Los Angeles. If dining in the early hours, try the creamy chive-flecked eggs served with buckwheat sourdough, or the breakfast sandwich piled with caramelized fennel and onions, arugula, and avocado mash; and a breakfast bowl that uses a smoky sweet potato hash as its base. Dishes can be ordered with meat or modified to be vegetarian or vegan-friendly.

A bowl at Honey Hi restaurant in Echo Park
Honey Hi
Honey Hi [Official Photo]

Thunderbolt

A bar snacks menu where all the dishes are exclusively gluten-free seems too good to be true, but not so at the wonderfully mellow Thunderbolt in Echo Park, where the reality is just that: The tightly curated, Southern-leaning menu features dishes like buttermilk biscuits (served with jam or as a fried chicken sandwich), fried green tomato sandwiches, pimento dip with crackers, and hand pies — all without gluten.

Interior shot of Thunderbolt dining room featuring emerald green walls, brown leather banquettes and bar seats, and bar tables with bright orange stools.
Thunderbolt in Historic Filipinotown.
Thunderbolt

My 2 Cents LA

My Two Cents slings Southern classics in Mid-City, including a gluten-free mac and cheese with brown rice penne and a blistered parmesan crust. If that’s not enough, the gluten-free fried chicken will do nicely, served with two sides or on its own. Other gluten-free favorites include the shrimp and sweet corn grits, fried green tomatoes, and oxtail tacos.

Cinque Terre West Osteria

Husband and wife team Marlo Vinzoni and Italian-born chef Gianba Vinzoni have owned Cinque Terre West for years, and know the locals well. Gianba took ample time to develop both gluten-free pizzas and pastas, and the results are fantastic — from the pasta with rock shrimp and zucchini blossom, to the tartufo pie layered with goat cheese and shaved black truffle.

Grilled octopus at Cinque Terre West Osteria in Pacific Palisades.
Cinque Terre West Osteria
Mona Holmes

Cha Cha Chá

Tucked behind a tall jade-green door in the Arts District, Cha Cha Chá offers a casual but transportive rooftop experience only a story or two above ground level. Many of its dishes skew gluten-free, so on any given night the seafood-leaning menu might feature anything from the octopus tostada to the flavorful bone-in ribeye with charred tomato.

Ceramic plate with a fish illustration holding a seafood tostada: a crisp corn tortilla shell with mixed seafood like octopus and scallop.
Seafood tostada at Cha Cha Cha restaurant in Downtown Los Angeles.
Wonho Frank Lee

Pikunico

Pikunico is very clear about its menu. While the fried chicken sandwich is not gluten-free, opt for its gluten-free fried chicken sans bun (choosing from thighs, wings, and tenders). Its gluten-free chicken tenders are also available in a family basket with accompanying sides. Owner Kuniko Yagi’s side dishes are worth a taste, especially the baked Japanese sweet potato ume with crème fraîche and pickled jalapeño.

Fried chicken at Pikuniko with design paper and fried potatoes.
Pikunico
Jakob Layman

Birdie G's

Birdie G’s, a sleek indoor-outdoor restaurant near Bergamot Station in Santa Monica, is gluten-free-friendly without sacrificing creativity. Gluten-free menu items (and items that can be modified to be gluten-free) are labeled clearly and plentiful, from rice flour-battered king trumpet mushrooms to the mind-bogglingly crispy pickle fried chicken (a gluten-free, dairy-free dish that was available for pickup during the height of the pandemic and now a regular on the weekly menu).

Birdie G’s restaurant’s fried chicken in Santa Monica, California.
Birdie G’s fried chicken.
Lindsey Huttrer

Vchos

Vchos co-owner Wendy Centeno has been in the restaurant game for some time. When she first started her food truck, many customers didn’t actually know what a pupusa was. Vchos now operates as a food truck and at BLVD MRKT in Montebello where pupusas fly out of the window, along with a flavorful platano plate with plantains, and refried beans and cream.

Camp Pho

Venice’s unassuming Camp Pho is definitely gluten-free-friendly, from the tangy brisket banh cuon to the ap chao crispy pulled pork noodles. Those looking for lighter fare can tuck into its hen of the wood mushroom spring rolls; the hungrier dinner crowd comes for its namesake soups, brimming with aromatic broth and springy rice noodles.

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Shojin

Shojin, with locations in Culver City and Downtown Los Angeles, specializes in plant-based Japanese vegan cuisine, with a tasting menu, a la carte offerings, and even an allergen-free kids menu. The food is gluten-free from top to bottom, from its dumpling and crispy rice starters to its sushi and surprisingly affordable nine-course weekday omakase.

A dish from Shojin restaurant in Downtown Los Angeles, California Official

Black Flour Crêpes

Husband and wife team Marie and Jamie Ravel operate the Black Flour Crepes food truck, where they serve buckwheat-style crepes that appear like a galette, beautifully folded and stuffed with eggs, cheese, and whatever savory flavors inspires them. The truck is parked at Bruce’s Beach in Manhattan Beach every weekend.

A buckwheat crepe with egg and vegetables at Black Flour Crepes food truck.
Black Flour Crepes.
Black Flour Crepes

Confections by Kirari West

In Redondo Beach, Confections by Kirari operates as a specialized cookie shop, which is only a 300-foot walk away from its sister cafe, Kirari West. But at the newer shop, owner Hiro Saito dedicated the space for cookie production, while serving coffee and unique cookie sundaes. 

A cookie dunked in milk at Confections by Kirari West.
Confections by Kirari West.
Confections by Kirari West

Taco María

Taco Maria is where diners go to indulge in chef Carlos Salgado’s wonderful and inspired menu. The Costa Mesa restaurant is mostly gluten-free without even trying, with aguachile, citrusy spicy blue prawns, a confit duck with mole, or marinated cactus with fermented jalapeno.

Taco Maria’s taco omakase, with blue corn tortillas, shown from above.
Taco Maria
Farley Elliott

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