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Where to Eat Gluten-Free in Los Angeles

You can still have pizza, pasta, and bread, just sans any gluten

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Remember when “gluten-free” was an unfamiliar term? Flash forward to 2021, when grocery stores label everything, even the most obvious non-gluten items (we all know there is no gluten in avocado). All of this is to say: gluten-free food is part of our existence, rightfully normalized, and delicious, too.

For individuals who have celiac disease — when the body’s immune system is allergic to the proteins found in wheat — 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. But celiac or gluten-intolerant individuals need not struggle in finding 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 by a Westside Italian restaurant to an abundance of gluten-free fried chicken, here is a guide to 16 places to eat gluten-free in Los Angeles, presented from north to south.

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

Added: 401k food and wine, Afuri Ramen, Birdie G’s, Breadblok, Cinque Terre West Osteria, Daikokuya, Honey Hi, Kirari West Bake Shop, Pikunico, Pizzana, My Two Cents, Stella Barra, Taco Maria

Removed: 800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria, Con’i Seafood, Gjusta, Kitchen Mouse, Love & Salt, M Cafe (Closed), Necco (Closed), Ruen Pair, Sqirl

The latest CDC guidance for vaccinated diners during the COVID-19 outbreak is here; dining out still carries risks for unvaccinated diners and workers. Please be aware of changing local rules, and check individual restaurant websites for any additional restrictions such as mask requirements. Find a local vaccination site here.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Crossroads Kitchen

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8284 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 782-9245
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A longtime vegan paradise for those hoping to indulge, chef Tal Ronnen’s Crossroads Kitchen also happens to provide a variety of gluten-free dishes. 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.

2. Pizzana West Hollywood

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460 N Robertson Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90048
(310) 657-4662
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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 pizzas, made with tapioca flour, hold their own against the classic: for a $3 charge, you can turn any of the restaurant’s cult-favorite pies — from the charred-and-sweet diavola to the creamy cacio e pepe — gluten-free for dine-in or to take and heat at home.

Pizzana in West Hollywood and Brentwood California
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3. Honey Hi

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1620 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(213) 221-7810
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Honey Hi is a the type of restaurant that can only be celebrated Los Angeles. Sit down in the bright inviting dining room and order the gluten-free pancakes, toast, and sandwiches.

A bowl at Honey Hi restaurant in Echo Park
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4. Daikokuya Little Tokyo

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327 E 1st St
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 626-1680
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It’s an undeniable challenge to go gluten-free when soy sauce is involved (the sauce often includes gluten). But at Little Tokyo’s Daikokuya, staff serve gluten-free noodles and gluten-free soy sauce; another location on Sawtelle serves the same comforts to Los Angeles’s Westside residents.

5. My 2 Cents LA

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5583 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90019
(323) 879-9881
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My Two Cents cooks Southern classics at this Mid-City restaurant, including gluten-free mac and cheese. If that’s not enough, the gluten-free fried chicken will do nicely.

6. Cinque Terre West Osteria

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970 Monument St #110
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
(310) 454-0709
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Husband and wife team Marlo Vinzoni and Ligurian 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 for those avoiding gluten, and the results are fantastic.

Grilled octopus at Cinque Terre West Osteria in Pacific Palisades.
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7. Afuri

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688 Mateo St
Los Angeles, CA 90021
(213) 221-7206
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The Arts District’s Afuri Ramen not only offers gluten-free noodles, but prepares two dishes that are gluten-free, including the lighter yuzu shio ramen with a pork broth, chashu pork, egg, black garlic oil, green onion, pickled ginger, kikurage mushroom, and sesame.

Afuri yuzu shio ramen from restaurant in Downtown Los Angeles, California
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8. Pikunico

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767 S Alameda St Suite 122
Los Angeles, CA 90021
(213) 278-0407
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Pikunico is very clear about its menu. While the fried chicken sandwich is not gluten-free, you can 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.

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9. Breadblok

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1511 Montana Ave
Santa Monica, CA 90403
(310) 310-8576
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For some of the best gluten-free bread in town, head to this sliver of a bakery on Montana Avenue in Santa Monica. At Breadblok, you’ll find tangy olive loaves, slim French baguettes, soft brioche, and croissants that are so buttered and flaky you might mistake them for their wheat-flour counterparts (full disclosure: these croissants are somewhat denser than the classic but no less delicious). Aside from bread, the kitchen also offers breakfast and lunch options like brioche French toast, smoked salmon tartine, and a slew of baguette sandwiches.

A gluten-free baguette sandwich from Breadblok in Los Angeles
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10. Birdie G's

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2421 Michigan Ave
Santa Monica, CA 90404
(310) 310-3616
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Birdie G’s, a sleek indoor-outdoor restaurant near Bergamot Station in Santa Monica, is deeply 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 makes appearances on the weekly menu).

11. Stella Barra Pizzeria & Wine Bar

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2000 Main St
Santa Monica, CA 90405
(310) 396-9250
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Gluten-free pizza crusts, while always appreciated when offered, can sometimes be disappointing: think aggressively chewy or — worse — paper-thin and crunchy like a cracker. Stella Barra has somehow formulated a gluten-free crust that is almost interchangeable with its wheat flour counterpart: charred and crispy on the bottom with enough chew to satisfy even the most discerning Neapolitan fans. It is consistently one of the best gluten-free pies you can find on the Westside; order the spicy salumi and burrata pie to marvel at how its potato and rice flour crust holds up. Pasta lovers can get in on the action too, with imported gluten-free dishes.

12. Shojin

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12406 W Washington Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90066
(310) 390-0033
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Shojin, with a branch in Downtown, specializes in plant-based Japanese vegan cuisine, with a tasting menu, a la carte offerings, and even an allergen-free kids menu. And everything on the menu is gluten free from top to bottom.

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13. 401k Food and Wine

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2553 Lincoln Blvd
Venice, CA 90291
(310) 751-6368
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From the minds behind Venice’s beloved Sinners & Saints bakery, 401k food and wine on Lincoln is a somewhat hidden gem as an all-gluten-free restaurant (versus a restaurant that offers some gluten-free options). Celiac and gluten-intolerant diners can eat their way through a menu that features breadsticks, biscuits, and grilled baguette, as well as comfort classics like buffalo chicken strips, mini corn dogs, and beer-battered fish and chips. Hours are 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.

14. Mendocino Farms

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4724 Admiralty Way
Marina del Rey, CA 90292
(310) 822-2300
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It’s not often that a chain as strong as Mendocino Farms offers such a variety of gluten-free choices, but that’s precisely the case here. Gluten-free bread can be subbed in at every turn for $1.50 more, making options like the Peruvian steak sandwich a popular pick.

15. Kirari West Bake Shop

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707 N Pacific Coast Hwy
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
(310) 376-5313
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This family-owned bakery first opened in Japan in 2011, and Kirari West launched in 2014 in Redondo Beach. The family uses rice flour as a substitute for traditional flour in this seaside bakery with desserts, loaves of bread, breakfast sandwiches, and paninis.

16. Taco María

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3313 Hyland Ave
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(714) 538-8444
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Taco Maria is where you 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 jalpeno.

Taco Maria
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1. Crossroads Kitchen

8284 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046

A longtime vegan paradise for those hoping to indulge, chef Tal Ronnen’s Crossroads Kitchen also happens to provide a variety of gluten-free dishes. 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.

8284 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90046

2. Pizzana West Hollywood

460 N Robertson Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90048
Pizzana in West Hollywood and Brentwood California
Pizzana
Wonho Frank Lee

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 pizzas, made with tapioca flour, hold their own against the classic: for a $3 charge, you can turn any of the restaurant’s cult-favorite pies — from the charred-and-sweet diavola to the creamy cacio e pepe — gluten-free for dine-in or to take and heat at home.

460 N Robertson Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90048

3. Honey Hi

1620 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026
A bowl at Honey Hi restaurant in Echo Park
Honey Hi
Honey Hi [Official Photo]

Honey Hi is a the type of restaurant that can only be celebrated Los Angeles. Sit down in the bright inviting dining room and order the gluten-free pancakes, toast, and sandwiches.

1620 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026

4. Daikokuya Little Tokyo

327 E 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

It’s an undeniable challenge to go gluten-free when soy sauce is involved (the sauce often includes gluten). But at Little Tokyo’s Daikokuya, staff serve gluten-free noodles and gluten-free soy sauce; another location on Sawtelle serves the same comforts to Los Angeles’s Westside residents.

327 E 1st St
Los Angeles, CA 90012

5. My 2 Cents LA

5583 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90019

My Two Cents cooks Southern classics at this Mid-City restaurant, including gluten-free mac and cheese. If that’s not enough, the gluten-free fried chicken will do nicely.

5583 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90019

6. Cinque Terre West Osteria

970 Monument St #110, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
Grilled octopus at Cinque Terre West Osteria in Pacific Palisades.
Cinque Terre West Osteria
Mona Holmes

Husband and wife team Marlo Vinzoni and Ligurian 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 for those avoiding gluten, and the results are fantastic.

970 Monument St #110
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

7. Afuri

688 Mateo St, Los Angeles, CA 90021
Afuri yuzu shio ramen from restaurant in Downtown Los Angeles, California
Afuri Ramen + Dumpling LA
Afuri [Official photo]

The Arts District’s Afuri Ramen not only offers gluten-free noodles, but prepares two dishes that are gluten-free, including the lighter yuzu shio ramen with a pork broth, chashu pork, egg, black garlic oil, green onion, pickled ginger, kikurage mushroom, and sesame.

688 Mateo St
Los Angeles, CA 90021

8. Pikunico

767 S Alameda St Suite 122, Los Angeles, CA 90021
Pikunico
Pikunico
Jakob Layman

Pikunico is very clear about its menu. While the fried chicken sandwich is not gluten-free, you can 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.

767 S Alameda St Suite 122
Los Angeles, CA 90021

9. Breadblok

1511 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90403
A gluten-free baguette sandwich from Breadblok in Los Angeles
Breadblok
Courtesy of Breadblok

For some of the best gluten-free bread in town, head to this sliver of a bakery on Montana Avenue in Santa Monica. At Breadblok, you’ll find tangy olive loaves, slim French baguettes, soft brioche, and croissants that are so buttered and flaky you might mistake them for their wheat-flour counterparts (full disclosure: these croissants are somewhat denser than the classic but no less delicious). Aside from bread, the kitchen also offers breakfast and lunch options like brioche French toast, smoked salmon tartine, and a slew of baguette sandwiches.

1511 Montana Ave
Santa Monica, CA 90403

10. Birdie G's

2421 Michigan Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90404

Birdie G’s, a sleek indoor-outdoor restaurant near Bergamot Station in Santa Monica, is deeply 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 makes appearances on the weekly menu).

2421 Michigan Ave
Santa Monica, CA 90404

11. Stella Barra Pizzeria & Wine Bar

2000 Main St, Santa Monica, CA 90405

Gluten-free pizza crusts, while always appreciated when offered, can sometimes be disappointing: think aggressively chewy or — worse — paper-thin and crunchy like a cracker. Stella Barra has somehow formulated a gluten-free crust that is almost interchangeable with its wheat flour counterpart: charred and crispy on the bottom with enough chew to satisfy even the most discerning Neapolitan fans. It is consistently one of the best gluten-free pies you can find on the Westside; order the spicy salumi and burrata pie to marvel at how its potato and rice flour crust holds up. Pasta lovers can get in on the action too, with imported gluten-free dishes.

2000 Main St
Santa Monica, CA 90405

12. Shojin

12406 W Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90066
A dish from Shojin restaurant in Downtown Los Angeles, California Official

Shojin, with a branch in Downtown, specializes in plant-based Japanese vegan cuisine, with a tasting menu, a la carte offerings, and even an allergen-free kids menu. And everything on the menu is gluten free from top to bottom.

12406 W Washington Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90066

13. 401k Food and Wine

2553 Lincoln Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

From the minds behind Venice’s beloved Sinners & Saints bakery, 401k food and wine on Lincoln is a somewhat hidden gem as an all-gluten-free restaurant (versus a restaurant that offers some gluten-free options). Celiac and gluten-intolerant diners can eat their way through a menu that features breadsticks, biscuits, and grilled baguette, as well as comfort classics like buffalo chicken strips, mini corn dogs, and beer-battered fish and chips. Hours are 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.

2553 Lincoln Blvd
Venice, CA 90291

14. Mendocino Farms

4724 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey, CA 90292

It’s not often that a chain as strong as Mendocino Farms offers such a variety of gluten-free choices, but that’s precisely the case here. Gluten-free bread can be subbed in at every turn for $1.50 more, making options like the Peruvian steak sandwich a popular pick.

4724 Admiralty Way
Marina del Rey, CA 90292

15. Kirari West Bake Shop

707 N Pacific Coast Hwy, Redondo Beach, CA 90277

This family-owned bakery first opened in Japan in 2011, and Kirari West launched in 2014 in Redondo Beach. The family uses rice flour as a substitute for traditional flour in this seaside bakery with desserts, loaves of bread, breakfast sandwiches, and paninis.

707 N Pacific Coast Hwy
Redondo Beach, CA 90277

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16. Taco María

3313 Hyland Ave, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Taco Maria
Taco Maria
Farley Elliott

Taco Maria is where you 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 jalpeno.

3313 Hyland Ave
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

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