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Gluten free restaurant options?

Just wondering if anyone has any suggestions for restaurants that either have gluten free menus or accomodate gluten free requests. I already know about Legal Seafood, PF Changs, and Outback Steakhouse. I come to Boston often and need to find some alternatives to those three restaurants.

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  1. I have met with the sous chef at the Fours Seasons - Eric Caron - and they can definitely do GF at dinner and with advanced notice will even do their High Tea Gluten Free. Also, haven't bee, but read that the Oxford Spa (not a place for facials, but a lunch place) makes their own GF bread for sandwiches. Must try that out soon.

    I have been meaning to check on Shabu, Shabu as it looks like it should be GF, but haven't gotten around to that yet.

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    1. re: gilliano

      Rumor has it that Oxford spa has changed hands, and is "in negotiations" with the baker to continue providing the gluten-free bread.

      1. re: gilliano

        checked out the GF High Tea at the Four Season, totally disappointing - esp, considering that you have to reserve it a day in advance. the veg bites included tomato wedge with shrimp salad, cucumber slices with cream cheese (boring and lame), 2 fruit kebabs with a honey yogurt dipping sauce (this is not a tea course - who wants yogurt with tea?). the baked good included a scone and a mini loaf (they were ok, not great) and a dessert. considering all the good reviews that the Four Season has for great food, luxury and attention to detail, this was just sad. GF shouldn't be so difficult for an accomplished chef with some creativity. my friend, a foodie, had the "regular" high tea and loved it, so the chef is clearly talented.

        Four Seasons Restaurant
        249 Lake Ave, Worcester, MA 01604

        Four Seasons Hotel
        200 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02116

      2. Elephant Walk has a gluten-free menu on their website (www.elephantwalk.com) - it looks like they have quite a few options.

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        1. re: LauraB

          They do, and they are absolutely delicious.

        2. Tantawan in Watertown, MA (next that far from the city) handles the gluten free diet well. You need to ask for the "Nancy menu" - there's no printed menu, and there's a long story behind it, but I've eaten there many times over the years without a problem.

          Triumph Dining

          1. Rialto in the Charles Hotel (Harvard Square) has a gluten-free menu. The Oxford Spa is incredible for lunch sandwiches (also Harvard Square) and has a couple of GF rolls. Wagamama (Quincy Market and Harvard square - but beware of cross-contamination), Blue Ginger in Wellesley might be another option, The Washington Square Tavern is well aware of celiac concerns and has Redbridge beer on their menu, along with GF options. Douzo in the Back Bay/South end uses GF tamari sauce. East Coast Grill in Inman Square Cambridge asks you about any food allergies and offers to help with selections. Uno's might have a new GF menu too. Check out celiac.com - lots of info on Boston and some places pulled from there :) Also Johnnies on the Side (West End) has Bard's Tale Ale - I specifically asked them to carry it on their beer list.

            1. Veggie Planet at Club Passim and Greater Boston Buddhist Cultural Center (Harvard Square Cambridge) have GF options.
              Elephant Walk (3 locations, one near Porter Sq Cambridge), Masao's Kitchen (Waltham), Boca Grande (between Harvard Sq & Porter Sq Cambridge),
              Martsa's on Elm and Chipotle (Davis Sq), http://www.saburrestaurant.com/ Sabur and House of Tibet Kitchen in Somerville (Teele Sq),
              Asmara http://asmararestaurantboston.com/abo... (Central Square Cambridge

              If you have the option of exploring further out, Organic Garden in Beverly and Life Alive in Lowell also have GF options.

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              1. re: lgss

                Life Alive is opening a Boston location.

              2. Dado Tea - the one on Massachusetts Avenue - is offering their famous and very delicious Sesame-Soy-Ginger dressing Gluten Free. Their multi-grain rice meal with that dressing is AMAZING! Their bubble tea is also gluten-free! The owner has been very responsive to learning about celiacs and gluten-intolerance. Go in and thank him for trying out some gluten-free options and encourage him to carry more! I used to go to Oxford Spa for lunch often, but since they no longer have the gluten-free breat, Dado is my new place to go for lunch!

                1. Fresh City is pretty common, especially if you are traveling on the Mass Pike, and they have a GF menu as well.

                  1. Since you mentioned a few chains, I hope you won't be offended by another chain that has a GF menu: Not your Average Joe's. There's one in Arlington and in Watertown and my GF friend has been happy with the offerings there.

                    1. Legal Seafood, PF Changs, Elephant Walk, The Fireplace, Myers and Chang.

                      1. If you're in the Washington Square area, stop by Athan's Bakery. I have a celiac friend who's in love with these little wheat-free nut tarts they make - they're about 3" in diameter, basically just a handful of nuts (almonds, pistachios, or hazelnuts) embedded in a crunchy caramel base, sort of like high-end individual nut brittles. I have to admit I'm hooked on them myself, especially the pistachio ones, and I have no food allergies, they're just so good!

                        1. if you want to go high end, just let any good restaurant know before hand and they will accommodate you. We just had dinner at Craigie Street with a friend who has celiac, and they made sure she could have the tasting menu with us and it was a delight. I've had the same experience dining with her at L'Espalier and at Eastern Standard Kitchen.

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                          1. re: teezeetoo

                            Hamersly's handled my GF needs professionally. Since it was a business dinner, I was very relieved, and felt discreetly taken care of.

                          2. Have you checked
                            http://www.glutenfreeregistry.com/glu... ?
                            I'm gf and my husband and I are vegan. We had lunch at Grezzo (raw, vegan restaurant in the N. End today. I had the Bistro Burger (only gf lunch entree), juice of the day, and hemp brownie. A couple weeks ago we ate at Karibu, an Ugandan restaurant in Waltham. All the vegan options were gf.

                            1. The Rice Barn at 1037 Great Plain Avenue in downtown Needham has a gluten-free menu. I have not had any of the specially-prepared gluten-free offerings but every time I've eaten there the food has been outstanding. Fresh ingredients, high quality, innovative and traditional recipes with artful presentation from a friendly and accommodating staff.

                              1. Tapeo on Newbury Street doesn't have a specific gluten free menu, but they list what tapas are gluten free and the list is quite extensive. Just ask for their gluten-free menu/list.

                                1. There's a bakery in Belmont off Belmont St. called Glutenus Minimus and they have awesome cakes, cookies, muffins, cupcakes, etc. that are all gluten free. It's not dinner, but a good option for dessert. http://www.glutenusminimus.com

                                  1. Red Lentil on Mt Auburn st, Watertown, at the mideastern grocery area, it's vegetarian, with vegan, pretty good, it's new restaurant, good service, not high end.

                                    1. I gave Myers + Chang a Stuff Magazine Dining Award this year for its gluten-free menu. They usually have seven or eight GF options every night.


                                      1. Erbaluce is another awesome option. Chef Draghi makes some amazing stuff.

                                        69 Church Street, Boston, MA 02116

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                                        1. re: ecwashere7

                                          Anything for a GF vegan? I don't see the menu on the website.

                                          1. re: lgss

                                            I would call and ask. Their menu is day to day. They are really friendly there and would certainly be willing to give you the run-down.

                                        2. Burton's Grill has gluten free menus. They can even put burgers on a gluten free bun. It's a chain with three in Mass, the Boston one is near Fenway.


                                          1. Anello's in Portsmouth NH is gluten-free. I've gotten a few baked goods from there for gf people, and they have been happy. It's a lunch place, though, not a dinner out place.


                                            1. Davio's has a great gluten free menu, including pasta and several regular menu items without gluten.

                                              1. Try Stone Hearth Pizza with various locations throughout the suburbs (we're in Needham)
                                                Superfresh ingredients and gluten free menu.

                                                Stone Hearth Pizza
                                                974 Great Plain Ave, Needham, MA 02492

                                                1. Just noticed that the Franklin Cafe (South End) has gotten serious about GF, a pretty good subset of the menu there. I understand the same is coming to Citizen Public House, too.


                                                  1. The Abbey in Brookline has a gluten free menu.

                                                    1. Wagamama's quincy market or the cambridge location.