Lilit Cafe

29 recent ratings
$ • Cafe
Reported to have a gluten-free menu
Reported GF menu options: Appetizers, Beer, Bread/Buns, Cheesecake, Crab Cakes, Cupcakes, Dessert, Gelato, Lasagna, Pizza, Sandwiches
100% of 24 votes say it's celiac friendly
7921 Old Georgetown Rd
Bethesda, MD 20814

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Overall Rating

Review


Awesome food and knowledgeable staff.

Safety


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

— Very

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Separate gluten-free 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 1 month ago read full review

Celiac

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This place is very quirky and the staff can be a little dismissive (like “yeah, yeah… we know, celiac”) but still nice. BUT, the food was pretty good and no one got sick so, big win in my book. The kids had a cheesesteak sandwich for the first time and had to ask repeatedly what the little hard cube was in their salad (b/c they’ve never had a crouton, I realized). Will definitely return!

Safety


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

— Very

Safety Feature Ratings
  • Dedicated gluten-free space in the kitchen
  • Other dedicated kitchen equipment (oven, toaster, pots, pans, utensils, etc.)
  • Food comes out flagged or marked gluten-free

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Separate gluten-free 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?

— Good

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for breakfast/brunch
  • Good for kids
  • Good for lunch
  • Good for takeout
  • Offers delivery
Updated 1 month ago read full review

Celiac

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Celiac or not, you’ll love this place! If I lived here, I’d eat here all the time!

Safety


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

— Somewhat

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Separate gluten-free menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most

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

— Excellent

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

  • Appetizers
  • Beer
  • Bread/Buns
  • Cheesecake
  • Crab Cakes
  • Cupcakes
  • Dedicated Kitchen Space
  • Dessert
  • Gelato
  • Gluten-Free Menu
  • Lasagna
  • Pizza
  • Sandwiches

Categories

  • Allergy Friendly
  • Breakfast
  • Brunch
  • Cafe
  • Dairy-Free Friendly
  • Delivery
  • Healthy
  • Kid Friendly
  • Lunch
  • Online Ordering
  • Takeout
  • Vegan Friendly

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Gluten-Free at Lilit Cafe
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Gluten-Free at Lilit Cafe
on a GF baguette
Glutenfree French toast
Gluten free veggie pizza on a Against the Grain crust. Best pizza with or without gluten EVER!
Back a 2nd time , chicken was/is great
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Celiac

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I believe the owners have a family member who is celiac. They really take it seriously. I have ordered many sandwiches (including cheesesteak!) from them and never had a problem (be sure to mention you have celiac). They also have gluten free cheesecake (!) and sell a small selection of gluten free packaged dry goods -- crackers, cookies, etc., which is convenient.

Safety


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

— Very

Safety Feature Ratings
  • Staff is knowledgeable and can answer questions
  • Staff will clean kitchen space or change gloves if asked
  • Food comes out flagged or marked gluten-free

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Separate gluten-free 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 for breakfast/brunch
  • Good for kids
  • Good for lunch
  • Good for takeout
Updated 4 months ago read full review

Celiac

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Such great food whenever I come here! They also have a collection of gf goods from local D.C-area bakeries (in the back market section).

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Separate gluten-free menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most

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

— Excellent

Updated 4 months ago read full review

Celiac

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Had a great experience here. They are careful with the food preparation and the pizza is delicious! Many gluten free baked goods and grocery items to choose from as well.

Safety


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

— Very

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Separate gluten-free menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most

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

— Excellent

Updated 4 months ago read full review

Celiac

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Gluten free crab cakes! Also gluten free groceries available, including the closest we have found to French bread.

Safety


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

— Very

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Separate gluten-free menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most

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

— Excellent

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for takeout
Updated 6 months ago read full review

Celiac

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Im a strict GF eater. Lilit Cafe was exceptional.

They have a separated kitchen area dedicated to GF meal preparations. GF food is marked. Highly recommend.

Safety


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

— Very

Safety Feature Ratings
  • Completely dedicated gluten-free kitchen
  • Staff is knowledgeable and can answer questions

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Separate gluten-free menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most

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

— Excellent

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for takeout
Updated 8 months ago read full review

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Cute little Italian deli/mini market with some Indian Food options and overall very gluten free friendly. I'm Celiac and my husband generally sticks to the gluten free diet whenever he is with me. My husband has the gf mahi mahi and said it was great. I had the gf french toast and a gf egg with cheese sandwich. My husband really liked his meal. Mine was pretty good and options I usually can't get elsewhere. My husband tried the gf peanut butter gelato. He is generally very picky about ice cream and gelato but he thought this one was very good. I had the gf red velvet cupcakes and it's the best I've had in the area.

In the market area we found gluten free beers we couldn't find elsewhere and a whole freezer section with goodies from a gluten free bakery, Sweet 27. There was also an aisle dedicated to gluten free products from popular gluten free brands.

As a Celiac, this place struck me with awe and a sense of giddiness. We will definitely be back!

Safety


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

— Somewhat

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Separate gluten-free 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?

— Good

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for breakfast/brunch
  • Good for dairy-free
  • Good for lunch
  • Good for takeout
  • Good vegan options
  • Good with other allergies
Updated 11 months ago read full review

Not celiac

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I am gluten and dairy free and was able to get a chicken cheese melt with vegan cheese and gluten free bread!! So many options and great snacks ans they are so so so nice.

Safety


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

— Very

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Separate gluten-free menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most

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

— Excellent

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for breakfast/brunch
  • Good for dairy-free
  • Good for kids
  • Good for lunch
  • Good for takeout
  • Good selection of healthy options
  • Good vegan options
  • Good with other allergies
  • Offers delivery
  • Offers online ordering
Updated 1 year ago read full review

Not celiac

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I’ve had lunch here twice recently and it is a new favorite. They ask as you enter if you are dining in and if you would like a gluten free menu or regular menu. It is a small cafe inside a shop. Many gelato flavors to choose from, fresh baked cupcakes from a local bakery, and lots of gf options in the freezer section and dry goods. They carry full size gluten free pecan pies, pumpkin, and Apple strudel (may be seasonal) and full size cakes in the freezer. Worth trying for breakfast, lunch, and have entrees, too.

Safety


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

— Very

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Separate gluten-free menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most

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

— Good

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for breakfast/brunch
  • Good for kids
  • Good for lunch
  • Good for takeout
  • Good selection of healthy options
  • Good vegan options
Updated 1 year ago read full review

Celiac

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I am relocating and really going to miss this place. It’s the only place in the DMV where I feel safe eating the pizza. Very knowledgeable about cross contamination and there pizza is pretty good, not a homemade crust but it’s the best gf frozen crust I have found. Great cupcakes and gelato also.

Safety


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

— Very

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Separate gluten-free menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most

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

— Excellent

Updated 1 year ago read full review

Celiac

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Great sandwiches, the baguette was delicious and didn’t fall apart even though the sandwiches are stacked

Safety


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

— Very

Safety Feature Ratings
  • Dedicated gluten-free space in the kitchen
  • 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?

— Separate gluten-free menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most

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

— Excellent

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for breakfast/brunch
  • Good for dairy-free
  • Good for kids
  • Good for takeout
  • Good selection of healthy options
  • Offers delivery
  • Offers online ordering
Updated 1 year ago read full review

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Delicious. Have eaten here many many times without a problem. Very sensitive to cross- contamination.

A wonderful gluten-free experience! So many options - salads, sandwiches, pizza,

desserts and more. Have eaten here many problems and never had a problem.

Safety


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

— Very

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Separate gluten-free menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most

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

— Excellent

Updated 1 year ago read full review

Celiac

Overall Rating

Safety


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

— Very

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Separate gluten-free 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 1 year ago read full review

Not celiac

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Nice variety on the menu and we felt very safe eating here.

Updated 1 year ago read full review

Not celiac

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Really great! I will be stopping there every time I’m in Bethesda. At first upon walking in I wasn’t really sure how it works, because it is a store, carry out or dine in type of cafe. I didn’t see anything GF on the chalkboard menus so I asked and then we decided to be seated and were given GF menu. I was very impressed with the items available. I got the GF spinach lasagna and Caesar salad saying no croutons and then when I got up to look at the GF shopping section and GF cupcakes the guy who seemed to be in charge asked if I wanted GF croutons to which I said of course! While we waited he kindly brought my husband and I each a small cup of lentil soup on the house! It was great! My meal was wonderful! My husband thinks they may have accidentally given him a GF pizza so he says his rating is 4.5 because the sausage on his pizza tasted like breakfast maple sausage and because of the crust. Mine was excellent though! We finished off our meal with gelato and it was delicious! We will definitely be going every time we are in Bethesda. It’s such a nice little place with many food options.

Updated 1 year ago read full review

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amazing gluten free menu with an extensive selection! There are gf sandwiches, pizzas, bagels, entrees and more! We had grilled cheese and an order of French Toast. They also had a great selection of items to purchase such as cookies, pretzels, pasta and more. There are also various gluten free desserts including cheesecake, chocolate mousse cake and gelato. Highly recommend!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 2 years ago read full review

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Food was fair. Waiter was knowledgeable. Had Italian grinder on baguette. Bread so hard that it was difficult to eat. Lunch meat was dry. Regular food eaten by my kids was not very good and pricey. Would not recommend .

Updated 2 years ago read full review

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My favorite place to grab a gf sandwich in Bethesda. Quick and easy with knowledgeable staff. They also sell gf grocery items.

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Nice small cafe with a separate gluten free menu. I had Italian style potatoes and hummus plate (served with toasted gluten free bread instead of pita bread). Both were very good and tested gluten free on testing with Nima. Also ordered gluten free pizza but it showed low gluten since they only have one oven for all pizzas.

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

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The waiter asked if we wanted a gluten free menu - that’s a first! 1.He brought both types to the table so you don’t feel like you’re bothering them to go get a gf one. 2The gf menu was very similar to the regular menu. Great choices 3. There are so many gf desserts!!!!!! And they’re so good! Carrot cake! Nutella cupcake! Cheesecake cupcakes, tarts, etc! Ahhhhh! 4. There is a side of the restaurant that has freshly packaged desserts, some frozen, to take home and a wide range of mixes that you can purchase. Also a large selection of drinks, wine and beer are available in the refrigerated section. 5. This place was an easy choice for my husband to pick because every review was 5 stars. They deserve it! So does my husband for choosing it!!

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Really good, and Celiac safe! Also lots of gluten free grocery options in the shop. My favorites are the caprese salad, meat lasagna, and dulce de leche gelato—yes, Celiac safe gelato!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 2 years ago read full review

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Gluten free Heaven!! Such a unique experience. What a blessing with so many options.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

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I've been gluten-free for most of my life, and Lilit has always been a good, consistent option. I'm so happy they were around when GF was not a popular diet, and that they've managed to stick around!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Sooooo tasty! We had house salad with grilled chicken added, chicken tikka, grilled mahi mahi. Good size portions, service was attentive, food came out timely and they accommodated my requests for no oil/butter on veggies. Not fancy, but with meals made with such care and flavor as these, who cares.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

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When we walked in we were immediately asked if we needed a gluten free menu. Daughter had Philly Cheesesteak and loved it! So happy others before us had reviewed this gem!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Owner has lived with married into family cousin pastry chef who was diagnosed with Celiac Disease. Staff extremely knowledgeable about making sure you are safe! Carry cousin’s baked goods, grocery items, several gf beers! Hiring to cater wedding.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 2 years ago read full review

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The best gluten free Italian coldcut (on a gf baguette) I have eaten.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Amazing!!! Very knowledgeable, also the filly cheesesteak is to die for!! Only place I know that has the food options they do! Yum! Also has a section to get items most grocery stores don’t sell.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

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One of my favorite go-to places in Bethesda!! Big GF menu for both breakfast and dinner. Sandwiches are great. They have AMAZING homemade gelato which is safe. They also have a little GF marketplace inside. Highly recommend for all celiacs!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 3 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Love this place. Best predominately gluten-free restaurant in Bethesda and probably the greater DC area.

Updated 3 years ago read full review

Celiac

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This is a little slice of heaven. I love everything about this place. Many many GF options. Full menu with desserts and groceries that you can take home. I have the lasagna and Caesar Salad and it was wonderful.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 3 years ago read full review

Celiac

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A gluten free home run! Not only lots of options and separate toaster but also gf packaged goods, beers, homemade specialty cupcakes that and gf and dairy free! Vegetarian and vegan items....really truly glad we stopped here while traveling by! My son has celiac and this truly was a jackpot!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 3 years ago read full review

Not celiac

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Low key Cafe that's gluten free

Gelato shop

Wine store

Gluten free convienance store

Its all the above

Gluten free options were very nice

Mahi Mahi, with spinach was delectable

Updated 3 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Excellent service. Very knowledgeable about celiac and gluten free. Also have a large selection of gf products and wine available for purchase!!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 3 years ago read full review

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Awesome! Had Italian baguettes sandwich..died and went to heaven good!!

Updated 3 years ago read full review

Celiac

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AMAZING gluten free offerings! I visited twice in a day. Great service (but beware: restaurant is small so you may have to wait to be seated). Desserts are phenomenal too. Staff understood Cross contamination & celiac disease. Highly recommend this place. Within walking distance of the NIH

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 3 years ago read full review

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This gelato joint/liquor store/market/restaurant/deli/bakery was very confusing but the gelato was so great. Food was alright, nothing special, gluten free baguette was dry but good with Italian sandwich. Staff was knowledgeable about gf options and the GF menu was dense.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 3 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Love, love, loved this little hole in the wall cafe/grocery shop. Amazing option, especially for gluten free needs. In addition to the good food options for restaurant eating, lots of GF grocery pieces as well. Had insanely good Gluten Free lasagna and Cesar salad along with yummy desserts. Took a sandwich on GF baguette for my lunch the next day and really enjoyed that too. Walked a ways to get here and would do it again in a heartbeat. Highly recommend this place!!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 3 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Love this place! Huge GF menu and they are extremely knowledgeable about being celiac safe in their preparation. Lots of GF items for sale in grocery section too.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 3 years ago read full review

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Great nice servers who asked if we needed a gluten free menu (a nice change), tons of options, the ones I had were great (they also server gf breads: toast, baguettes if you get a sandwich and more). I also learned about cricket which I consider a plus.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 4 years ago read full review

Not celiac

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The staff seemed very knowledgeable. I was delighted to find g-f cupcakes for my birthday!

Updated 4 years ago read full review

Celiac

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This place is outstanding. There is no other place I know of that I can walk into, order a GF sub and be confident the staff is trained and understands the situation. Not only that, they know how to not screw up baking/toasting GF sub rolls (Against The Grain). The BEST...

Run, don't walk to this place... 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 4 years ago read full review

Celiac

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They've been known for serving the GF community in the area for a long time and it shows! Delicious food, great variety of GF options and solid cross-contamination prevention practices. I would feel comfortable eating any Gf option here. I especially love the lasagna!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 4 years ago read full review

Celiac

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They have crab cakes!!! Best place ever!

Updated 4 years ago read full review

Not celiac

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I came here on July 8th all the way from Northern Virginia! When I first came in I was automatically asked if needed a gluten free menu! Wow - it's truly a gluten free restaurant.

Short Version

-delicious subs/sandwiches

-delicious desserts

-safe/no reaction

-dedicated facility

-worth the visit

-will come again....

Works are friendly, service was alright but who cares.



My cousin who is not gluten free -loved his Philly Steak sandwich/sub - so yay this place might be decent for gluten eaters.

I ordered an Italian Sub - it was the first time I ate an Italian Sub (I think the baguette was made by Rise Bakery, not 100%).



I really enjoyed their chocolate cheesecake and red velvet cupcake! OMG I love their red velvet cupcakes!!! It reminds me of the red velvet cupcake from Risotteria in NYC that closed down. I've been searching for a replacement!!! Oh yea and their cupcakes are 3 bucks, that is so cheap compared to other gluten free cupcakes I purchased. Great Value.

I would like to note that they also have like a market area as part of their restaurant, so they sell other gluten free products. I recommend exploring the area and their wine selection. They sell packaged products from Rise Bakery in DC's Adams Morgan.

I want to come back and order every meal to go, and just eat Lilit Cafe for months...I love gluten free subs...

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 4 years ago read full review

Celiac

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So so so many options! We went in for the cupcakes and ended up staying to eat cheese steak sandwiches on gf baguettes and buying ham and cheese croissants to bring home. The sandwich was delicious!!

Updated 4 years ago read full review

Celiac

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I have tried a couple of their sandwiches in the past which were delicious. Today we tried the crab cakes and the chicken kabobs. Both were awesome even the rice was cooked to perfection.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 4 years ago read full review

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This is the BEST place ever. Celiac heaven

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 4 years ago read full review

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