441 Emerson St, Palo Alto, CA 94301
This Patxi's is fantastic: consistently good service, no cross-contamination issues. They'll even make a gluten-free version of the Burrata appetizer by cooking up a GF crust brushed with olive oil in ace of Foccacia. The only thing I have to watch out for is that some of the meats aren't GF (e.g. the sausage, and I have doubts about the coppa.) The Proscuitto is fine, as is the bacon. This has become a regular haunt for my sweetie and myself (and I'm seriously allergic to wheat.)
1007 Blossom Hill Rd, San Jose, CA 95123
I've been coming to the Fish Market for over 20 years and it never fails to satisfy. Their main specialty is Mesquite-grilled fish with a variety of lovely sides, though the menu has grown substantially over the years.Make sure you request the gluten-free menu and you'll have the perfect guide.
170 South Market Street, San Jose, CA 95113
One of those "old boys' club"-style places with dark wood panelling (and prices to match), they turn out consistently delicious seafood and steaks. While the restaurant doesn't advertise itself as GF, they provide a GF menu on request. The servers are all well-informed and the kitchen is happy to perform substitutions on the regular menu as well. An attractive option for a dress-up date with your sweetheart or to take a business client.
1105 San Carlos Ave, San Carlos, CA 94070
For most gluten-free diners, French food is a minefield -- sauces, breads, etc. -- but Cuisinett has you covered. The menu indicates which dishes are naturally gluten-free (about 2/3 of the menu) and a few more can be made safely with minor changes -- just ask. Even the fries are made in a dedicated fryer. I've been a regular here since it opened three years ago and have never had *any* trouble.
76 Henry Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Wow! A ton of GF options on the menu, delicious and healthy food. Very reasonably priced too. This one's a keeper. (Only problem is the service can be a bit slow, but they were slammed.)
31A Abbeygate St, Bury St Edmunds, United Kingdom IP33 1LW
Delightful! 18 kinds of tea, gluten-free cakes and lunch wraps, and GF soup. The owner is passionate about GF and it shows.
29 E Main St, Los Gatos, CA 95030
Update (1/14): Virtually the entire menu has been updated to be GF with only three items that can't be done GF. Make sure to ask for GF when as items can be made with or without wheat. Everything is awesomely delicious and the server checked with the chef before placing the order! Extra points for the wine list, which shows some real thought went into it (including Navarro, which is mostly carried by high-end restaurants.) Even my Bostonian dining companion was happy.
185 University Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94301
Update: Closed and Gone. Amazingly delicious and GF items are marked on the menu. BUT the server tried to push bread-based items on us after being told GF was a requirement AND there was cross-contamination on the pizza. Be *very* careful here, especially if you have immune sensitivities to wheat.
17240 Monterey Street, Morgan Hill, CA 95037
Incredible barbecue smoked daily and the sauces are wheat and gluten-free. Get there early because they will run out!(I did a little happy dance when I learned it was OK as this has been a family favorite for many years.) Check with the manager if you have any concerns, he has celiac customers in regularly.
167 Hamilton Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301
Some of the options may seem a bit strange (cashew "cream"?!), but just dive in – the food is amazingly delicious. The sizable GF menu won't leave you feeling deprived and there's even a tasty chocolate dessert. I've been coming here since it opened without any trouble at all and I'm wildly sensitive to wheat. P.S. The wine list features wineries normally found at *much* fancier restaurants. Au Bon Climat? Oooh, yes please!
139 E Campbell Ave, Campbell, CA 95008
There are so many things to love here, from the GF waffles (done in a dedicated waffle iron) to the huge Gluten Free special menu. It gets very crowded on the weekend, and the wait can exceed an hour, so plan ahead. If you come on a Sunday, the Campbell farmers' market can provide a pleasant distraction while you're waiting.
5055 Almaden Expressway, San Jose, CA 95118
This is a popular spot for breakfast, so they must be doing something right, but the food was "just OK" both times I was here. (By the way, the Chicken Apple sausage is Aidell's; this particular sausage is GF.)
146 Castro Street, Mountain View, CA 94041
Another delicious location for pizza, any of the thin-crust pizzas can be made with a Udi's crust for an extra dollar or you can order with the toppings of your choice. Toppings are not identified as to which have gluten (e.g. sausage) so it's a bit of a guessing game.But, the pizzas taste great and the service is helpful and knowledgeable. A bit pricy, but nice for an occasional treat.
855 El Camino Real #21, Palo Alto, CA 94301
It's a little more expensive than other lunches (12-13 for an entree and drink), but the food is delicious and guaranteed to be gluten-free. The slightly higher cost is worth it for peace of mind.
518 6th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101
You know how all soft GF baked foods have that slightly gummy or rubbery texture? The GF Red Velvet cupcake I had was the closest I've tasted to the tenderness of a wheat-based one. (And I have worked as a pastry chef.) Good taste, excellent frosting, great texture. A comfy couch to sit on too. What's not to love?
528 5th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101
Amazingly delicious, and they pay attention to GF issues. Also, they know how to cook grass-fed beef correctly (the fats burn more easily, but they know that and do it right.) Highly recommended. <3
845 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94103
Good, basic, fast. Plenty of GF soup options, clearly marked.
730 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
I was pleasantly surprised to see gluten-free and/or vegetarian options called out on the food menu. The server was careful to ask about specific food sensitivities once I mentioned the gluten issue.The only downside is Samovar tends to be pricey, but that just makes it a place to go for a special treat!
1314 S Mary Ave, Sunnyvale, CA 94087
I've always liked Country Gourmet, but now that I have to eat Gluten Free I LOVE it. Look for the orange menu and the starred items on the specials board (most dinner specials are gluten-free or can be made that way.) One of the two owners is gluten-intolerant and it shows. The GF dishes aren't an afterthought, but are brilliantly executed and delicious. On my most recent trip, I was able to choose from a Crab tower, a playful "Surf & Turf" of Seafood w/ mushrooms, Lobster Risotto, Fettucini w/ spring vegetables, Peking Duck, Grilled Halibut, Roast Chicken, Grilled Steak, etc. etc. etc. My wife and I even shared a GF chocolate-macadamia tart or could have had the (always GF, always delicious) brownies. If you need to avoid gluten, come try this place for dinner. You won't lack for delicious choices. (However, your breakfast and lunch choices will be more limited. Still, this is also a breakfast favorite of mine.)
1875 S Bascom Ave, Campbell, CA 95008
The server was very attentive to gluten issues and checked with the kitchen about the specials (and happily made a substitution.) Delicious food, great service – what more could you ask?