I am extremely gluten-sensitive, probably celiac. Microscopic amounts of gluten can make me very ill for weeks. I also cannot eat oats due to similar protien structure. I have a daughter who was born in 2005 who is also gluten-sensitive.
428 Chapala Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Adama has a gluten-free and vegan baked goods case that is amazing. Non-GF family found them delicious as well. I found some of the offerings a bit sweet for my taste, but I don't really go for sweets. There was a wide variety of offerings: cookies, muffins, cupcakes, pies, etc., and they also take special orders - think birthday cake! The blueberry pancakes and mole enchiladas were mediocre, but lasagna, sweet potato fries, tacos and fried "chicken" were delicious. The portobello mushroom with jus, spinach, carrots and quinoa was my hands-down favorite. Oooooh, so yummy. I'd eat here every week if I still lived in SB. I'd skip the mint cashew gelato, but the cardamom fennel and chocolate varieties are yummy. The gingerbread cookies are good.
302 Meigs Rd, Santa Barbara, CA 93109
My favorite grocery store! They are owned by Bristol Farms and have many of the same products. They have the best organic juice and smoothie bar of any grocery store in town. I did once get a penne pasta noodle in my Kung pao tofu, but I saw it before I ate any. I've never been glutened here, but often won't touch the salad bar offerings. Sushi bar is also dodgy.
3761 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93105
Great source of GF groceries! They also have GF pizza by the slice (or at least they used to, my daughter is now allergic to tomatoes so I haven't checked for a while).
4071 E Main St, Ventura, CA 93003
Great place to get GF groceries! GF breads at the deli.
567 San Jon Road, Ventura, CA 93001-3752
Nasty greasy food and made me very ill. Lame.
3544 Sagunto Street, Santa Ynez, CA 93460
Pretty good food, and I did not get sick 3/4 times I ate there.
900 Embarcadero Del Mar, Isla Vista, CA 93117
Bland, nasty and cross-contaminated. I was very ill after eating at their Chapala Street location.
24 West Figueroa Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
I wouldn't dare eat here. They make their "gluten-free" things on the same equipment as gluten-containing things. The sandwich bar was scary. I watched them hold wheat bread over the sandwich fixings, spread stuff on with the knife that lives in the spread, pile the toppings on with crumbs dropping down. Yikes. I peeked into the kitchen and it looked every bit as scary. There was a quiche on the work area I saw with crumbs every which way. Buns and scattered crumbs live over the salad bar sneeze guard, dropping down into the salad bar itself. Flatware sits bowl, blade and tines down in a mini bucket on the table that has crumbs in the bottom. Definitely no consciousness here about sensitive celiacs, Savoy's "gluten-free" offerings are for those for whom the gluten-free lifestyle is a choice. My daughter isn't sensitive at all. She usually has to actually eat something made with wheat to get sick. She was massively ill after eating a Savoy deli sandwich and a corn muffin made in Savoy's kitchen.
723 State St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Yummy, but I've been glutened every time I've eaten here.
225 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
I've eaten here 4 or 5 times and never been sick afterwards. They do not have a problem using separate and clean cooking areas for gluten-free and were able to show m a list of all ingredients for the dishes I was interested in. The food is pretty good, but not stellar. The lobster bisque is rich and delicious and is GF, but the clam chowder is not GF.
610 1st St, Napa, CA 94559
C CASA was an awesome surprise at the Oxbow market! I went thinking I'd have to eat at the low grade but gluten-free Pica Pica, but was delighted to discover that the entire kitchen at C CASA was also gluten free and their food is GOOD! I'd classify their cuisine as casual gourmet Mexican food. They have breakfast, lunch, dinner and desert. They source local and sustainable ingredients whenever possible. They had wonderful fresh sustainable seafood, grass fed beef, buffalo, chicken, duck, lamb and pork. They can tell you exactly what ranch your meat came from. Awesome. Vegetarian options were delicious as well. I tried a few different dishes, but my favorite was the spicy buffalo taco. The brownies were good, too. They also offer gluten-free beer. I wish I lived nearby to this wonderful restaurant!
5034 California 140, Mariposa, CA 95338
The food was wonderful! Owner Mirriam was able to assure me of a gluten-free meal (I am a very sensitive celiac), and even wonderful gluten-free deserts which she made herself. Even my daughter (5) was able to have a gluten free meal that she enjoyed. The decor was beautiful, too. After spending a week and a half semi-primitive camping in the Eastern Sierras, this was an amazing welcome back to civilization. I had the grilled portobello, layered with vegetables & feta served with herbed quinoa.
401 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94103
The food was good, but nearly everything was fried in soybean oil-probably GMO. Vegetarian options were a bit limited. Nothing was organic, and the sauces tasted like either corn syrup or cheap mayonnaise were the #1 ingredients. It was nice to eat something that tasted like street food without worrying about gluten, but I will definitely pass on the sauces if I go here again.
80 4th Street, Point Reyes Sta, CA 94956
Tomales Bay Foods/Cowgirl Creamery has wonderful artisanal cheeses and they have a little deli and boxed salads and picnic lunches, some of which are GF. There is a small picnic area. They are closed on Monday and Tuesday. Cheese tastings are free. Tours of the cheesemaking facility are $5.
11300 California 1, Point Reyes Sta, CA 94956
They have some local produce, a wide selection of organic and conventional produce, and lots of wonderful local cheese. They have a surprisingly large amount of gluten-free groceries like pasta, crackers, chips, etc. I only gave 4 stars because there is no GF prepared food or salad bar, but really, I would not expect that to be cost-effective in a market this small. They do have a deli and butcher. This is a great market.
340 Third St, San Rafael, CA 94901
This Whole Foods is a little small. They have croutons segregated in the salad bar, so that was good. They have plenty of gluten-free groceries, but I found the GF baked goods selection a little sad. Luckily, Flour Craft is not too far away!
702 San Anselmo Avenue, San Anselmo, California 94960
What a gem! This bakery is AMAZING. If you are passing through Marin on 101 it is well worth your time to detour over to Flour Craft. They make the most wonderful baked goods-I don't even know where to start! The scones are divine, as are the cupcakes. True gourmet gluten-free cupcakes. Wow. This was something that I thought I would never get to have. We had an earl grey chocolate cupcake that was just perfect-decadent without being too rich or sweet-just perfect. The daily sandwiches are delicious for lunch, as are the quiches. The delicious vegetarian sandwiches I had were made with focaccia, so I have not yet tried the breads, but I will update when I have. The cookies are yummy. There are free shortbread biscuits at the register, just like the small family-owned bakery I went to when I was a kid. I felt like I might cry for a moment when I saw that. The whole facility is GF, but there are GF oats in some items. I can't eat oats, but this limits me from eating only a few of the items. There are also muffins, pie, cakes, brownies, fruit bars, and more. They also do special order cakes of all sizes. GF wedding cake, birthday cake... I am so happy! The owner is awesome, too.
720 Center Boulevard, Fairfax, CA 94930
This place is awesome for gluten-free groceries and snacks, but I have been a little sketchy on eating most of the prepared foods because they specify that items are wheat-free but not necessarily gluten-free due to other items prepared in their kitchen. My daughter, who is less sensitive than I loves the wheat-free focaccia pizza, and I love the green river soup and the salad bar. The croutons were kept apart from the lettuces, so I felt safe with that. I have eaten from the salad bar many times with no ill effects. I've also had their sushi and that seemed to be fine. The juice bar keeps wheatgrass separate from veggies and their juices and smoothies are delicious. Quality of ingredients makes a huge difference. The patio with its gas fireplace is lovely, and they have indoor seating as well. The produce is fresh, and much of it is local. They also have locally cured olives in the olive bar and a wide array of wonderful local cheeses.
1121 Broad St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
They have a "gluten-free menu," but when I asked about cross-contamination, I was told that they will absolutely NOT use separate preparation or cooking areas or pans or utensils. I was assured in no uncertain terms that cross-contamination would occur in their kitchen. I left without ordering. What a disappointment. Two points for being honest about it.
1984 Old Mission Dr, Solvang, CA 93463
New Frontiers is a great place to get GF groceries, local organic produce and even local meats. They have gluten-free breakfast bread, muffins and scones baked fresh every morning, and GF cookies as well. When I lived nearby I'd often come here to pick up breakfast or a treat. the deli and juice bar are great, too.
729 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Pascucci offers good gluten-free pasta and salads right in Paseo Nuevo. Prices are low, quality of ingredients is good. Many ingredients, even seafood and meat, are locally sourced. This is a great place to go for lunch. I've eaten here innumerable times and have never been glutened.
3534 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93105
Local and organic toppings on GF pizza- Wow! Yummy local salads, too. I love this place.
514 Lighthouse Avenue, Monterey, CA 93940
Crystal Fish is a great sushi restaurant. I am gluten-free (celiac) and they haven't made me sick yet. They have a pretty clean prep area, even when they are busy, but for gluten-free I recommend coming in at a less busy time, like between 5 and 6. That goes for any restaurant without a separate gluten-free prep area, though. They are right near the Aquarium. why not get on board with the Seafood Watch program? I guess maybe the red 'avoid' designation on most of the menu items might be a bit of a downer. I would love it if they would at least note which items on the menu are locally caught and or/sustainably raised or harvested.
500 Hartnell Street, Monterey, CA 93940
I went in one night to talk with the manager about eating here, and he was extremely helpful. He marked all the items on the menu that I could eat and modifications that could be made to other dishes. He was extremely knowledgeable about gluten, their kitchen procedures, the menu and the ingredients of every dish. He told me that they have at least one gluten-free customer nearly every day, and that he personally oversaw the training of the kitchen staff on gluten and cross-contamination issues. I look forward to sampling their food at a future date! This would be a great place for a special night out. The decor is beautiful. The menu looks great and the prices are on the high end.
26135 Carmel Rancho Boulevard, Carmel, CA 93923
This is a great place to get gluten-free groceries. The place is small and although it is no longer locally owned, it still has that feeling. The former owner still works here. Lots of locally made foods and products are sold here. The produce is all organic, though mostly not local. The staff is great-very helpful and very nice.
800 Del Monte Center, Monterey, CA 93940
One of the best places in town to grab a quick GF bite to eat or to get GF groceries. The prices aren't that bad, really, and they carry produce from local organic farms, so your food might actually taste like something and have some actual nutritional value! I still prefer to shop at the farmer's markets for produce, but for dairy products, rice, pasta, etc., this is the place. For many GF products, this is the only place in town you can get them. On weekends or after 1700 on a weekday, the parking situation is not good, but it is doable.
48865 State 1, Big Sur, CA 93920
I have eaten here 3 or 4 times. The food is delicious, seems very fresh, and many of their ingredients are locally sourced. I live half way between Big Sur and Carmel, and this is a great place to stop for dinner on the way home up CA-1 after a day down the coast. My young GF daughter usually gets the cheese and fruit plate (hold the bread) for $18. There's nothing else on the menu she'd eat. I was assured that they were used to serving gluten-free customers, and were familiar with cross-contamination issues, but I did get sick after eating the (delicious) grass-fed filet mignon once. I had the paella (also delicious) and was fine. I am very sensitive to even trace amounts of gluten. I haven't been brave enough to go back.
444 Cannery Row, Monterey, CA 93940
Four stars for having a gluten-free menu and not getting me sick (they would have made me sick once if I had not ben vigilant), but only two or three stars for the quality of the food. This is a chain restaurant and quality of ingredients reflects that. The prices are VERY high for food not nearly as good as what I prepare at home every night: $20 bucks for a mediocre salad bar, $30 for fish. The first time I ate here they brought my green beans with a soy sauce-based glaze and I had to send my plate back. I spent a lot of time that day watching while everyone else ate bread and then their entrees while I waited for something I could eat. They only charged about $7 for my 7-year-old daughter to eat from the salad bar. That or potatoes were her only options (she doesn't like meat). Definitely no GF pasta, pizza or bread here. Croutons and pasta are reasonably well segregated from GF foods in the salad bar. The salad bar had both raw and canned veggies and fruit, beans, cheeses, spring mix, romaine, spinach, hard-boiled egg, sardines, caviar, pasta salad, etc., etc. None of it was particularly flavorful or fresh-not that it was rancid, but this was basically low-grade grocery store quality. Clearly nothing very local, and probably not organic, either. The menu doesn't change seasonally (e.g. artichokes and asparagus), which means food is being shipped here from all over the world. The Chart House is popular with out of town family for its beautiful nautical architecture, decor, and oceanside location with a view across the bay. The ono (from Hawaii) was fresh and tasty, but local seafood options are limited or nonexistent. They are clueless with regard to the sustainability of the seafood offered on their menu. I recommend you bring your smartphone app for the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch Program and ask your server where the fish is from so you can look it up yourself.
Dolores St, Carmel, CA 93923
GF bread on the table for no extra charge! This is my absolute favorite restaurant in Monterey County. If you are celiac or gluten-free, this is the place to go for lunch or dinner in Carmel. The staff are all fully informed about gluten cross-contamination and this is one place that never seems to get me sick. Owners Mary and Chef Jean have gone above and beyond to provide wonderful gluten-free breads and pizza crust from Wild Coast Foods, and they also offer gluten-free pastas. Most menu items can be ordered gluten free, and this is noted on the menus. The desert menu has many gluten-free items, including gf crepes and flourless chocolate cake. The seafood special is often locally caught and always fresh and delicious. The filet mignon is superb. The pasta dishes and pizza are great and very inexpensive (you can order them off the lunch menu even at dinnertime). You really can't go wrong here. My daughter, who is 7 and also gluten-free, loves to eat here, and even asked to come here for her birthday dinner. They really went above and beyond to make it a special birthday for her. It was so sweet! This is a great place for families with kids, couples, whatever.