Gaijin

8 ratings
$$ • Japanese Restaurant
Reported NOT to have a gluten-free menu, but gluten-free options are available
Reported GF menu options: Dessert
Safety Rating
8 ratings

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950 W Lake St
Chicago, IL 60607
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Most Recent Reviews


Overall Rating

Review


Amazing experience. Really fun food and an incredibly accommodating staff. Cool change up from the usual gf fare in Chicago!

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Somewhat

Quality & Quantity


How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most/All

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Updated 1 month ago read full review

Overall Rating

Review


I visited this spot after reading some great reviews on this site (thank you!) and I was not disappointed. The staff could not have been nicer and knowledgeable about menu items that could be created safely for celiac. she explained that there is a dedicated area in the kitchen to cook gluten-free and add the batter is made from nagaimo, an Asian yam. I tried the beef and octopus okonomiyaki and holy cow it was delicious. My gluten, full dining companion said this may have even been better than the gluten one. Yes, options are limited, but it’s a treat and something unique. Ask your questions and enjoy a great meal!

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Somewhat

Safety Feature Ratings
  • Other dedicated kitchen equipment (oven, toaster, pots, pans, utensils, etc.)
  • Staff is knowledgeable and can answer questions
  • Dedicated gluten-free space in the kitchen

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— No gluten-free information on the menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Updated 2 months ago read full review

Gluten Intolerant

Overall Rating

Review


Menu is not labeled but our waiter walked us through what could be GF on the menu. They will cook items separately but it is not a dedicated kitchen. She was super knowledgeable and accommodating, labeled each item GF as it was brought to the table. There aren’t a ton of options but what I had was delicious! Great cocktail menu as well!

Side note: my friend is vegan (but not gf) and the waiter was so friendly and knowledgeable about what we could each have or share.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Very

Safety Feature Ratings
  • Other dedicated kitchen equipment (oven, toaster, pots, pans, utensils, etc.)
  • Staff is knowledgeable and can answer questions

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— No gluten-free information on the menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good vegetarian options
  • Reservations recommended
Updated 2 months ago read full review

This establishment is NOT a dedicated gluten-free facility and may not be safe for those with celiac disease. Please contact the establishment directly to inquire about safety precautions.

Gluten-Free Features

  • Dessert

Categories

  • Asian
  • Bar
  • Dinner
  • Japanese
  • Restaurant
  • Vegetarian Friendly

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celiac and cross noted on the check
Beef and octopus Okonomiyaki
Gluten-Free at Gaijin
Gluten-Free at Gaijin
Okonomiyaki with octopus!
Restaurant week menu was marked with GF items but regular menu was not
Gluten-Free at Gaijin
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More Reviews


Celiac

Overall Rating

Review


Had a great experience. Order the cabbage pancakes and they prepared them on a separate surface from the other items and used fresh bags of all ingredients to avoid any cross-contamination. Really impressed and a great experience.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Very

Safety Feature Ratings
  • Staff is knowledgeable and can answer questions
  • Dedicated gluten-free space in the kitchen
  • Staff will clean kitchen space or change gloves if asked

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— No gluten-free information on the menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Updated 3 months ago read full review

Celiac

Overall Rating

Review


Server was very knowledgeable. Happy tummy 😌

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Very

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most/All

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Updated 3 months ago read full review

Symptomatic Celiac

Overall Rating

Review


Great experience here! If you let them know you have celiac, they will cook your dish on a separate pan to reduce cross contamination. Only flag is that I’ve gotten different answers each time on if the fryer for the mochi donuts is dedicated gluten free. I’d recommend asking before you order those.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Somewhat

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most/All

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Updated 4 months ago read full review

Symptomatic Celiac

Overall Rating

Review


Went here for restaurant week and had a wonderful experience! All of the staff was knowledgeable about celiac and the fryer for the mochi donuts is dedicated gluten free! Such a fun and unique place to eat!

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Very

Safety Feature Ratings
  • Dedicated gluten-free fryer
  • Other dedicated kitchen equipment (oven, toaster, pots, pans, utensils, etc.)
  • Staff is knowledgeable and can answer questions
  • Staff will clean kitchen space or change gloves if asked

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— No gluten-free information on the menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most/All

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for dinner
  • Reservations recommended
Updated 4 months ago read full review

Overall Rating

Review


This place is incredible! We went for restaurant week and everything was marked. Their regular menu is not marked, but the waitress was very knowledgeable. Highly recommend, the food is so unique and delicious

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Somewhat

Quality & Quantity


How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most/All

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Updated 4 months ago read full review

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