5 Best Gluten Free & Celiac Friendly Restaurants in San Diego

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Looking for 100% gluten-free or severe gluten allergy accommodating places to eat in San Diego? As someone who grew up in San Diego and is diagnosed with celiac disease, these places are have become a tasty and healthy go-to. All but one are completely local. Unsurprisingly these include many vegan and vegetarian-friendly places as well. So if you are simply searching for plant-based restaurants these eateries would be some top choices too. Note, all these places are quite casual and range a lot in distance in San Diego.

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Menu & Location: Rooftop & Level 3, 7650 Girard Ave Suite 400, La Jolla, CA 92037

Not only is this place 100% gluten-free and vegan, but it’s located on a roof. A San Diego gluten-free hidden treasure one might say – a rooftop cafe. You can find tacos, burgers, crepes, lasagna, desserts, smoothies, and more on their menu. If you’re into yoga, they have that too.

Nectarine Grove

Menu & Location: 948 N Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas, CA 92024

Cafe menu & location (more limited menu): 2720 Via De La Valle E110, Del Mar, CA 92014

Their primary location (in San Diego county) has gluten-free carne asada fries, yes you read me right. With being 100% gluten-free the Encinitas location provides waffles, burgers, chicken tenders, pancakes, pizzas, … Their Cafe location, which is closer to the center of San Diego, offers a more limited menu in terms of savory food, but offers unique desserts and drinks – including croissants!


Menu & Location: 4301 La Jolla Village Dr Unit 2003, San Diego, CA 92122

This Mexican-inspired delight “Modern Mexican” they say, is located right in UTC mall, arguably one of the most beautiful malls in San Diego. You’ll find everything from burritos to salads, from vegan meat to real chicken here. Unlike the other eateries listed here, Tocaya does have more locations other than San Diego, both in California and Arizona.

Healthy Creations Cafe

Menu & Location: 376 N El Camino Real, Encinitas, CA 92024

This may be a little spot in a strip mall but it’s one of the few 100% gluten-free restaurants in San Diego that has some really unique options. It’s not everywhere where you’ll find gluten-free focaccia on the menu. Additionally, they have some delightful sweets like cinnamon rolls. You can even grab some bread to take home.

El Tianguis Rolled Taquitos

Menu & Location: 2810 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA 92104

A place dedicated to taquitos. What more can you want? All taquitos and sides (including rice, beans, guac, and salsa) are gluten-free! Essentially, what’s not gluten-free are the beer bottles, so anyone with celiac should be good. They also have a vegan taquito, if you’re looking for that. Out of all the gluten free restaurants in San Diego listed here, this one is definitely the most affordable.

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