Gluten Free In Washington, District of Columbia

Since I had to go to Washington DC on a work trip, we thought we would take the opportunity to stay the weekend and visit the museums around the city.  We got through five of them (American History, Natural History, Air & Space, American Indian, and the Botanical Gardens) and I think that's pretty good for a weekend.  We walked the entire mall and we found a lot of safe places to eat gluten free food! 

750 E Street NW
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 393-3776

We ended up here after opting out of another nearby restaurant. They had a gluten free menu and were easily able to leave the dairy out of my fajita dish as well.  Everything was good and I would equate it to a Chevy's kind of place, not spectacular, but just fine for a safe meal.


1513 17th Street NW
Washington, DC 20036

On my first night in the other Washington, I tried out Cafe Green since it was near the Whole Foods and their menu was clearly labeled with gluten free, soy free, and vegan options.  I wasn't too hungry so I got the raw pizza appetizer and the tropical paradise smoothie.  It was quite good, but perhaps not my cup of tea.  The smoothie was also good, but certainly not the best I've had, although I am surely a west coast fruit snob.  It was an easy spot to go and grab a safe bite to eat.


1310 New Hampshire Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 861-1310
Firefly was one of the spots I was most eager to try in DC.  They have a farm to table type set up, with an earthy decorated interior, and a gluten free menu.  In fact, their gluten free menu is just their regular menu with no more than 10 items grayed out. I spoke to our waiter about finding a dish that didn't have any cows milk or cheese and they were very happy to make any alterations to the dishes for me.  I ended up with the mushroom and corn risotto (without the cheese) and the house-made italian sausage with collard greens.  Everything was completely delicious and I would have been happy to eat just about everything on the menu there!  I would highly recommend this place is you're looking for interesting seasonal food!


1924 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20006
(202) 822-8783
I think I'm going to add Founding Farmers to my list of favorite restaurants, not only because of the witty name, but the food was by far the best out of anywhere we ate.  They were incredibly accommodating and just told me they could modify most menu items to fit my needs, all I had to do was pick something (quite a challenge with their huge menu!).  I ended up sharing some braised greens with maple bacon and roasted potatoes with my hubby.  For dinner I got the Late Harvest salad was AMAZING! I have never enjoyed a salad as much as I enjoyed this one.  They have a great seasonal sides menu made up of available produce and overall a really great selection on their menu.  The restaurant it self was also beautifully decorated and played some really great late '80s - early '90s music.


2331 Calvert Street NW
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 332-2331

In a city of white table cloth restaurants, Open City was a nice place to go for a more casual atmosphere. It's a really interesting place that also happens to be right by the Woodland Park Metro stop, making it easy to get to. They have a considerably large gluten free menu, which even offers most of their sandwiches in bread less fashion. The food we got was all good quality and the fries were even gluten free (which our waitress was quite diligent on checking for me).  My only real minor complaint was that I ordered the bread less BLT, which promised "with lots of smoked B" in the menu, and it only came with 3 pieces of B!  In my opinion that's just the bare minimum for a BLT, but I may also be a BLT snob.


3251 Prospect Street NW
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 625-2740

One of the things I wanted to do during my time in DC was to window shop in Georgetown, so I picked out the Peacock Cafe as a place to refuel after walking around.  All of the gluten free items are *-ed on their regular menu and all of the employees seemed to be aware of what my needs were.  It seemed like they probably received some training on it. I got a grilled salmon dish with sweet potatoes and asparagus.  Even though I'm not much of a fish person it was very good and very flavorful.  They had a good selection of dishes, including some small plates and gluten free pasta.  Overall, it seems to me like a great place to go!


501 7th Street NW
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 347-7895

I'm not much of a cupcake person, but I was in the neighborhood so I tried both their vanilla and chocolate gluten and dairy free cupcakes.  Both were quite tasty and reasonably priced for one of these "fancy" cupcake places.  The frosting in particular was very yummy and not too sweet.


1440 P Street NW
Washington, DC 20005

This place was CRAZY!  I have never been to any grocery store on any day that was this busy.  They had announcements over the intercom like an airport with which checker was free and the lines extended all the way back into the aisles. I found a couple new cereal items to try and they seemed to have a good selection of gluten free goodies.

And then, there was only one negative note for the trip. We tried to go to Oyamel Mexican Cocina, which has a gluten free menu, but ended up walking out before ordering.  Why?  Their tables were very dirty, the water had a lot of large black flecks in it, and we got a really poor vibe from the whole place.  So that didn't really inspire any confidence in their ability to deal with cross contamination in the kitchen.