Five Loaves Cafe

4.5 stars 4.5 out of 5 54 ratings
$$Celiac Friendly, Gluten Free Menu, Sandwiches + 9 more
95% of 42 votes say it's Celiac friendly

43 Cannon St, Charleston, SC 29403 Directions

(843) 937-4303
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    Celiac
    4 rating Celiac friendly
    2 weeks ago

    Super gluten friendly spot. Menu clearly marked and many options available. Many soup options all gluten free which was exciting. Would recommend for brunch/lunch.

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    4 months ago

    All sandwiches can be made with Udi’s gluten free bread except one. There is a new menu each night in addition to the standard sandwiches and salads. Tonight there were 5 soups that were gluten free.

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    4 months ago

    Most foods could be made GF. Items clearly marked on menu. Staff very knowledgeable. Really good food.

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    5 months ago

    So many celiac friendly GF options with no cross contamination! Staff was friendly and knowledgeable and took time to find out correct answers to my questions. My non-GF kids LOVED the grilled chicken tenders so the whole family was happy!

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    5 months ago

    This place was awesome! ALL their soups are gf and they have 6 or 7 diff types. All sandwiches can be made w gf bread. They even had a delicious raspberry shortbread gf. My daughter asked for her sandwich to be warmed up and they used a separate pan vs the grill for her sandwich. Very knowledgeable and lots of choices. Big thumbs up!

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    Celiac
    1 rating Celiac friendly
    8 months ago

    We've been eating here for years and have always been pleased with the food, the allowances for food allergies and the quality. However, they have now begun using the Udi's bread sold at Costco, which is only marginally larger than the little loaves they previously used, but they now only give you one sandwich instead of 2. Mind you, you are already paying an upcharge for gf, but now you are getting 1/2 of what gluten eaters are getting. My son and his friend got the same sandwich, only my son's was gf and his was literally 1/2 the size but cost more. Extremely disappointed. We won't be going back.

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    10 months ago

    Excellent food!! When I ordered gluten free bread for my sandwich waitress asked right away if this was due to allergy! Will most definitely eat here again when in the area.

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    1 year ago

    There are lots of gluten free options. All their soups and salads are GF and they do have GF bread if you want a sandwich.

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    1 year ago

    Our server, Lori was great. She made sure that the kitchen knew that I have Celiac's, and was able to explain which sandwich fillings I couldn't have (only the portobello and goat cheese was out of bounds). Most of the menu is GF, and they toasted the Udi's bread in the oven to ensure no cross contamination. Food was delicious. We will come here again!

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    Celiac
    1 rating Not celiac friendly
    1 year ago

    Looked online at the options. "Salad II" was listed as a "risoto and duck confit fritter" salad. Clearly marked as "GF" Called it in. Me: I'll take "Salad II". Is this gluten-free? Them: Yes. I arrive: Them: Here's your crab cake salad. Me: Wha...whaat?! I can't eat crab (shellfish are my other allergy). And doesn't that have bread crumbs in it? Didn't I order a duck config thingie? Them: Huh. No, that's at the Mt. Pleasant location. Salad II here is a crab cake salad. Me: Well, I can't eat that. Can I get this salad instead then? (And is it gluten-free out of the box?) Them: Yes. 5m later. Thanks. I pay my $14 -- for a salad that is listed as $11 and change. (I think they charged me for the crab cake salad thing.) 10m later. I get back to the office and open up my tiny spinach salad with a half slice of bread on one side. Crumbs have fallen in, all the way to the bottom of the box. I have to throw out about $3 worth of this (very meagre) salad, which, I later discover, is middling at best and very skimpy on anything that might help to fill me up at work. (But I bet the near-wilted spinach is local!!!!111!) Verdict: If you want over-priced, "local" food served by northeastern transplants who say "y'all" to pretend that they're locals, and you want them to royally mess up anything you order, just so that you can "eat local", then go there. But, if you want conscientious, allergen-aware service, I would recommend not going anywhere near this place. I know I won't be ever again. Plus the food wasn't really any good or innovative, IMO.

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    1 year ago

    Great meal! Lots of options.

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    1 year ago

    Tried to go to another restaurant and they were full so I pulled up find me GF and KP and behold, it was FANTASTIC. I'm mad this isn't in my hometown.

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    Celiac
    4 rating Celiac friendly
    1 year ago

    Had to be one of the best grilled cheese sandwiches I've ever eaten out. Provided a lot of allergy friendly options. Very accommodating to multiple food allergies and service was fantastic. Want to and definitely want to come back.

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    5 rating Celiac friendly
    2 years ago

    Small local lovely cafe that can modify many of its dishes to be gf. Food servers very conscientious and kind; cooks go out of their way to help you eat safely. Food local and very fresh; very delicious. Would eat here again. Safe for celiacs with proper precautions. Only thing I would change is to not have the almond based pastry for dessert. They source this from an external bakery; I was told this was safe and is eaten by their celiac clients who live locally, but it was not good for me. I consider this my fault for not being careful enough. The restaurant was otherwise very good, and I would eat there again.

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    2 years ago

    Lived close by, ate here monthly, never gotten sick after. Love this place!

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    2 years ago

    Wonderful little place. Good was delicious for sure. Definitely a must try if you are in the area. A little off the beaten path so the atmosphere isn't very touristy, which was nice. Everything is a la cart so I ordered a half sandwich and a cup of soup and it was the perfect amount. The half sandwich on Udi's GF bread was actually a whole Udi's sandwich, guess they figure the Udi's bread is too small. Haha. Waitstaff was very knowledgeable and made sure to confirm my request for gluten free was due to an allergy not a preference. Will definitely be going back!

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    2 years ago

    Loved this place! Ended up eating here twice, once for lunch and once for dinner because we enjoyed it so much. They were very allergy conscious and had plenty of gluten free options on their menu. I did not have any issues with cross contamination either. Also they have half price bottles of wine on Wednesday nights which is an added bonus!

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    2 years ago

    Great little place! All GF options are labeled on the menu and the staff was very knowledgeable.

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    2 rating Not celiac friendly
    2 years ago

    I gave two stars just because the kitchen was way off the day I visited. The food however was yummy. The waitress brought out my salad with a piece of bread on top. And, I had requested hold the blue cheese, a request that was ignored. Probably need to be very careful and stress your allergies.

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    5 rating
    2 years ago

    This restaurant is dedicated to serving people with a variety of allergies and preferences. Their menu is fresh, local, but inexpensive. I just love eating here.

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    2 years ago

    Excellent food and knowledgeable staff! I had the pork and loved it!

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    Celiac
    5 rating
    3 years ago

    Celiac safe and so delicious

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    3 years ago

    We were incredibly impressed with everything at Five Loaves! This is my first time in Charleston, but my fiancé is here for the Navy. We saw the ratings and the marks of safe for Celiac and had to try it out. I've got Celiac and DH so I'm really sensitive. We had delicious food and great service. They even made sure to give us gluten free bread to dip in the olive oil/balsamic combo. We will be back, thank you for the great experience.

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    Not celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    3 years ago

    Their SOUPS are awesome! All are gluten free and they usually have a vegan choice as well. I've tried the Mexican Chili, Tomato Tarragon with Crab, and Vegan roasted red pepper and black bean. All super yummy. Order the soup trio and try all three! They have gluten free breads for their sandwiches and amazing salads. A 1/2 salad and 8 oz soup was a great lunch portion.

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    3 years ago

    Woa.... Got the chicken salad sandwich and a chicken soup it was so good. The carrot cake blew all of our minds. Waitress was super nice and helpful. Celiac verified.

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    Celiac
    4 rating Celiac friendly
    3 years ago

    I was in North Carolina for the holidays and we were driving around looking for a place to eat and we found five loaves. They were very careful. I had the best pork loin sandwich there. It was so good I had to order another one! The kids menu is kind of iffy for gluten free options.

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    3 years ago

    The soup was amazing here! they offer gluten free bread for sandwiches. it was great, but honestly the soup was to die for, next time I might just go all out on the soups. every soup they offered was gluten free. I had the tomato and tarragon with crab meat soup... mmmm mmm.

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    3 years ago

    Roast beef sandwich was to die for. All the soups were gluten free and they were AMAZING. potato leek was my favorite. :) they offered some gf desserts but eh. Went to jeni's ice cream shop for desserts...ice cream sandwhich was to die for.

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    3 years ago

    They really care about GF. I love their broccoli and cheddar soup!!!

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    Celiac
    5 rating
    4 years ago

    Really good gluten free and dairy free; sandwiches soups and salad. Super friendly cozy spot, locally sourced and vegan options too

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    4 years ago

    The menu has the gluten free options listed and there is lots to choose from. All fantastic tasting and lots of it.

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    4 years ago

    Delicious celiac-friendly food and the staff was very knowledgeable. I had the chicken salad sandwich and broccoli cheddar soup. The food was great and there were tons of options. Great lunch spot.

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    Not celiac
    4 rating
    4 years ago

    The staff was very knowledgeable and food was good. However, we had to wait around 45 minutes for our sandwiches and when mine came it was wrong. They did quickly fix this problem and did not charge me for my meal. I am not sure what took so long for the meal to arrive, but they were very apologetic.

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    5 rating
    4 years ago

    Excellent! The best meal I had in Charleston--certainly for the price, but perhaps period. Lots of GF options too.

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    5 rating
    4 years ago

    Delicious vegetarian and gluten free menu options, great dining experience

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    5 rating
    4 years ago

    Lots of gf options! They seem to be very knowledgeable about keeping things separate. Had a half sandwich, which was really a full-size Udi's sandwich, and a soup sampler. All three soups were great, and the chicken salad sandwich was yummy! We'll be regulars when we're in Charleston!

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    Celiac
    5 rating
    4 years ago

    HOLLA at this place and mad cheap wine. GF menu with GF bread etc also I was gluten free and vegan all in one amazing meal.

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    5 rating Celiac friendly
    5 years ago

    This place was great!! I have celiacs and lactose they have many options to choose from and yummy food.

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    4 rating
    5 years ago

    GF bread! Great salads too! Great lunch place.

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    5 rating
    5 years ago

    Excellent food at a great price. Almost all if their soups are gf and they offer gf sandwich bread for only $.25 more!

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    Celiac
    5 rating
    6 years ago

    Small storefront restaurant. Food was very good. Menu was well marked for gluten free items. I would return when back in the area.

Gluten-Free Features

  • Bread/Buns
  • Celiac Friendly
  • Gluten Free Menu
  • Sandwiches
  • Soup

Categories

  • Cafe
  • Dairy-Free
  • Kid Friendly
  • Lunch
  • Pescetarian Friendly
  • Plant Based
  • Vegan Friendly
Monday
11 am - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
11 am - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
11 am - 9:30 pm
Thursday
11 am - 9:30 pm
Friday
11 am - 10 pm
Saturday
11 am - 10 pm
Sunday
10 am - 2 pm

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