Went here yesterday for brunch and the staff clearly didn’t understand the difference between celiac and GF. They can’t make pancakes or waffles GF. I asked for the ‘open city royale’ and you choose an egg type, a meat, hashbrown, and pancakes or waffles. I chose scrambled eggs and chicken sausage (which he said was GF). Then I asked about the hashbrown and he said it was GF. I asked how it was prepared and he said in a shared fryer. (Clearly not much knowledge on cross contamination). I ended up just getting scrambled eggs, chicken sausage, and a side of fruit. It was good but not great.
— Not very
— No gluten-free information on the menu
— Not Much
Had a very difficult group as far as food restrictions go; we had a vegan, a vegetarian, peanut allergies, and celiacs. This place was great! The menu clearly marks everything and I’ve eaten her twice with no reactions. The huevos rancheros and waffles are both really good!
Tourist and ate here. GF on menu but not for celiac. Fries are in same oil as breaded items, one toaster for GD and regular bread, garlic mayo is communal dish, nothing separate for celiac. Nice place but clearly there is a misconception between GF and celiac. Ask lots of questions.
Our family eats here every weekend. I get the hashbrown bowl and have never been glutened. They're very careful and the service is amazing. They even brought my 3-year-old a gf muffin on his birthday just because they know I'm celiac.
I appreciate the staff was knowledgeable about gluten, the food tasted great, & I felt no negative gluten effects. My quibble is one others have noted — the menu lists french fries as GF, but it’s a shared fryer. That’s what is keeping it from a 4-star rating. Double check with waiter before ordering
I had the huevos rancheros, I was not glutened, but I was also not full when I left
Excellent food and service. Gluten-free options available, though no bread options.
Stuff is labeled but no dedicated fryer. I got a salad and still got glutened. It’s not worth coming here.
GF Mac and Cheese was awesome and it was so nice to eat a BLT. We are already planning to go back tomorrow.
NOT a Gluten Free restaurant at all! We were very specific to waiter that our daughter is celiac. Asked that the GF pasta be cooked in separate pot with new water. Unfortunately pasta that was delivered to us wasn’t even GF pasta, only found this out after daughter ate some and she felt sick within minutes. Also, items on their menu state GF but are fried or cooked with regular items.
Mad I went here. Hashbrowns are marked GF. They aren't, as there are fried in shared fryer with breaded chicken. I speficially told my server gluten allergy, and a while later asked how severe, because hashbrowns are in shared fryer. Ended up getting an egg, GF toast which was similar to Udis, so ok but not great, and fruit. I went based on other write-ups and it wasn't anything special. The server also didn't ask about splitting check and brought it to us and we had to ask to split 2 ways between 2 couple.
I'm not sure why the menu is "certified gluten free," because they do not have a dedicated fryer. The server told me that my safest bet would be the things marked "GF" on the menu, and when I pointed out that fries are marked GF but there isn't a dedicated fryer, he had no response. Restaurants need to be more aware about dedicated fryers, or at least explain on their menu. Left with only salads as legitimate options, and the one I ordered was mediocre. Frustrated that I trusted the "certified" menu badge on this app, as well as the restaurant's online menu. Did not feel comfortable!
Not impressed. GF menu for breakfast had 2 items plus optional GF toast. When pressed, they told me the toaster was common and so was the fryer (I wanted hash browns). I ended up getting an omelet with fruit.
This is one of the most popular cafes in DC, especially for breakfast and lunch. They offer local gluten-free bread substitutions on breakfast dishes and their amazing sandwich menu using locally made brioche from Rise Bakery
gf options were great and the brussels sprouts were amazing
Gluten free options yes. Nasty food yes. Rude service yes. Walked out yes. Won't ever even go back!!!
I'm sensitive not celiac but LOVED the options. With GF bread and GF pizza dough ... most lunch and dinner items can be modified to be GF. Casual. Affordable (for D.C.) and yummy. Chef must be GF!!
Ordered the open mussels pasta and the veggie burger and was tasteless . The only dish that save the day was my wife's chicken wings which were superb
Grilled chicken wings were great. Had breakfast too. Huevos Rancheros were Delish
A diner without the diner look. it's a nice place with gluten free markings on the menu. the food is good, if a bit mondaine. I was nervous getting in because of the fast pace but had no adverse effects from the food. the portions are fair and don't leave you wanting much more. gluten free waffles and toast available. the wait to be seated even during peak time on Sunday morning was only about 10 minutes.
tl;dr - food alright. basically a diner. gluten free menu markings. would visit again.
My son had the gf chicken wings and a side of fries - he was thrilled he could have the fries! I had the hash brown bowl - so yummy with lots of jalapeño peppers! Great find!
Fantastic. Knowledgable wait staff. Very helpful and willing to adapt. Great pizza!!! Stumbled upon this place and so glad we did!
Gluten free pizza is excellent!!!! They DO have GF bread and GF French fries. They do NOT offer GF buns for hamburgers, pancakes or waffles. Great atmosphere and knowledgeable servers.
This little cafe is pretty much the realization of my celiac dreams. The sandwich was structurally unstable, but what gluten free sandwich is? My lunch was delicious, and I didn't need to explain the gluten free thing over and over. The location is a little out of the way for my every day (I'm up here for a conference), but if there was a location near Farragut, I'd be all over this on the regular!
this place had a fairly big menu for lunch, sandwiches salads and apps. I got the blt and the bread was delicious. to the point where I thought it was not gluten free. By the end of the sandwich it was crumbling a little ( as all gluten free breads do) but it was still delicious. They have the separate fryalators so I had sweet potato fries which were also delicious. the bartender did not seem to be as knowledgeable about gluten free but if you ask the right questions and talk to management you'll be okay.
They do have several gluten free items on the menu, but their food just isn't that great. I had an omelette with hash browns and GF toast and it was mediocre. I've had one of their GF muffins before and it also just wasn't that good. Skip this place.
Great place to go. Helpful staff great atmosphere, lots of gf options would recommend
They menu notes which items are gluten free and has several options. They also have gluten free muffins that are pretty good
Great GF bread and Mac and cheese. A good variety of GF options on the menu. A favorite of our GF and non GF family members.
Amazing food and service!
GF options but were out of many ingredients when we were there so large GF menu was a but deceitful. Much smaller options actually available.
extremely aware of gf and other food allergies! great food!
Great menu items. I love brunching at open city. The staff is not the best in terms of catering to gluten free customers but if you are careful and attentive you can dine around it. For example, every time I have ordered GF and explained that my dish must be GF the servers always bring coffee with a cookie on the saucer. I go here all the time because the food is great but make sure you ask questions, confirm that a dish is GF and if you have doubts, double check!!
Awesome GF pizza! Wish they had some GF beer
breakfast is great has gf menu and staff is very good with gf ppl
They were out of GF crust the night we went. Had other good options, but my little GF boy was crushed. The nonGF food was great, though. The kid's pizzas were big enough for 3 adults to share.
great options, before I went vegan and now that I am nutritarian (whole food plant-based diet). And its in our 'hood which is fabulous.
Fun fun fun place. Had pizza and it was good. I'm highly sensitive and no problems. Owners wife has celiacs so they understand