GF Restaurants & Stores

I am so happy to see more and more restaurants that are beginning to offer gluten free menu options.  Not only are restaurant menus expanding but the people working at these establishments are more knowledgeable on gluten and celiac disease.  Below is a list of places in Ontario that can accommodate a gluten free diet:

Multiple Locations:

  • Casey’s Grill: this restaurant chain recently introduced a gluten free menu for 14 of its locations across Ontario, including: Brampton (Bovaird and Orion), Brantford, Gloucester, Guelph, Kapuskasing, Kitchener (Sunrise and Victoria), Milton, Newmarket, North Bay, Sudbury and Toronto (Dundas/Jarvis and Front St.). Prices for the new Gluten-Free Menu range from $2.99 – $27.99.  Although the gluten free menu is not available online, Casey’s provides an online allergen guide, which is quite helpful: http://www.caseysbarandgrill.com/media/articles/allergen-chart.pdf
  • Swiss Chalet: while not fine dining, this restaurant offers a wide selection of gluten free options.
  • Milestones Restaurant: this restaurant serves my favourite salad (California) and is a great restaurant to meet up with friends for brunch, lunch, dinner or dessert. Click the following link for their allergy information – http://www.milestonesrestaurants.com/pdf/allergy_guide.pdf
  • The Keg Restaurant: the staff at the Keg are always very knowledgeable about the items on their menu that are safe for a gluten free diet
  • Montana’s Restaurant: not too many options, but you can get by
  • Moxie’s Restaurant: very knowledgeable about food allergies
  • Jack Astor’s: offers a gluten free menu in most of their locations
  • Pizza Nova: offers gluten free pizza dough
  • Pizza Pizza: offers gluten free pizza dough
  • Pizzaville: offers gluten free pizza dough

Burlington, Ontario:

Kingston, Ontario:

  • AquaTerra Restaurant (1 Johnson Street) – offers breakfast, lunch and dinner menus and very conscious about the gluten free restrictions
  • Pan Chancho Bakery (44 Princess St) – a wonderful cafe and deli offering a wide array of GF breads and desserts.  This location also provides bread to AquaTerra restaurant as well as bread and desserts to their sister restaurant, Chez Piggy
  • Siem Reap Restaurant – Authentic Cabmodian and Thai Cuisine (2812 Princess Street): many of their menu items are gluten free including their delicious salad rolls, curry chicken in coconut sauce and Kako Khmer (chicken, papaya, veggies in a homemade Cambodian spice).  Their staff is very knowledgeable on the menu items that are safe for gluten free customers.
  • Tara Natural Foods (81 Princess Street): while not a restaurant, this health food store offers the largest variety of gluten free flours, pastas, frozen foods, crackers that I’ve seen.  Their staff are very knowledgeable as well.
  • The Silly Yak (1365 Midland Avenue): a great gluten free restaurant for lunch, brunch or dinner.  They have a small bakery section, where you can pick up dessert or some freshly baked bread.  The service can be slow at times, but their food is delicious
  • Chez Piggy (68R Princess St.): I was very surprised at how knowledgeable the staff were on the gluten free options.  They do not have a dedicated gluten free menu, but most of their menu is or can be made gluten free.  The food is absolutely delicious.

Mississauga, Ontario

Newmarket, Ontario:

Niagara on the Lake, Ontario:

Oakville, Ontario:

Ottawa, Ontario:

Richmond Hill, Ontario:

Thornhill, Ontario:

Toronto, Ontario:

Vaughan, Ontario

  • Gluten Free Wholesale: lots of gluten free products for great prices. You can check out their products online and order to pick-up at their store or simply get a delivery right to you door!
  • Il Gelato di Carlotta: rumor has it that they have gluten free cones!  Haven’t checked it out for myself yet, but hope to soon 🙂
  • Siamese Thai Cuisine: most of their items can be made gluten free.  The staff is very knowledgeable about gluten free options.
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24 thoughts on “GF Restaurants & Stores

    1. I’m glad you have found this information useful. It is definitely good to know the places you can trust. I find that friends now rely on me to make the restaurant suggestions due to my diet restrictions so it’s nice to know that there are places that cater to my requirements, while still offering delicious menu options for everyone.

  1. There is also a fantastic gluten free bakery (and nut free too) in Oakville called Voila Gluten Free Bakeree that you might want to look into. They also have several dairy and egg free options and I would highly recommend them.

    Susan

  2. There’s now a new Nut n’ Gluten in Oakville. Great selection! And….just discovered they have a hot table with ONLY gluten free and dairy free food, so there’s no chance of cross contamination! They also said there’s a whole bunch more they do, but I was distracted by the fact that there’s no cross contamination.

  3. FYI East Side Mario’s now also has a Gluten Free Menu including pasta & pizza dough. In Waterloo Healthy Foods & More on 75 Road E. is a health food store but also has a cafe & bakery in it with the most delicious gluten free and vegan baked good around. The mint chocolate brownies are vegan and to-die-for! Also Bauer Loft Kitchens downtown Waterloo offers gluten free pizza crust as well as goat cheese for those who are also lactose intolerant.

    1. Hi Angela,

      Thanks so much for the information! Glad to hear that you are able to find many gluten free options in Waterloo! I will add this information to the restaurant section for Waterloo and hope that it can help others who are gluten free in the area.

  4. Thanks for this. Thought i would have to give up on out because im very sensitive to gluten and it seams like gluten is in everything.

    1. Hi Lindsey! Thanks for your message and don’t give up! It can be quite overwhelming at first when trying to eat gluten free. However, there are so many stores and restaurants offering more and more gluten free alternatives and once you are familiar with what to watch out for (especially hidden sources of gluten), you will feel much more confident! I find cooking at home is much easier than trying to go out to restaurants and you end up eating healthier this way. Good luck and anytime you have any questions, feel free to contact me.

  5. I was reading your list for Kingston and saw you mentioned Chez Piggy, but not Pan Chancho Bakery and Cafe, their sister establishment just down the street at 44 Princess St. I am the pastry chef there and wanted you to know that Pan Chancho makes all the breads and desserts for Chez Piggy, as well as having their own shopfront, deli and cafe. We are particularly attuned to GF needs; we sell a whole line of GF breads (and I keep being told they are the best GF breads our customers have ever tasted!), including a pumpernickel loaf, a baguette, dinner rolls and hamburger buns. (We use the latter for our burger and band nights on the patio in the summer!) I’m also just in the process of developing a GF apple honey flaxseed bread that should be out soon. Many of our desserts, including cookies, brownies, macarons, brooklyn blackout cakes, opera cakes and fruit charlottes, are GF, and have been since long before the latest craze (my sister and her partner can’t eat gluten, so I’ve always made it a point to include GF options at our bakery!). Sandwiches made on our bread are available in our deli case, and our cafe staff are happy to accommodate patrons with GF needs. Another restaurant you might want to add to your list is Aquaterra, they buy our GF bread to use on their menu as well. If you are ever in Pan Chancho Bakery, ask for me and I’ll be happy to give you a tour of the place.

    1. Hi Joy,

      Thank you so much for your comments! I have been meaning to update the Kingston section to include these two restaurants that you mentioned. My mom (who lives in Kingston) mentioned Pan Chancho and Aquaterra the last time I visited. I believe she bought some bread from your bakery recently as she is also following a gluten free diet. I will look forward to visiting myself the next time I’m in Kingston!

  6. Hi Katie,

    I’m glad to hear you have a connection in Kingston. Let your mom know too that Pan Chancho sells Garofalo pasta. I was happy to read you gave it such a stellar review! I haven’t tried it myself as we make our own pasta at home, but I often point it out to customers looking for gf products (we have a gf grocery section in the store as well) and it is good to hear such a glowing review of it.

    Please let your mom know if she would like a tour we’d be happy to take her through the place too. And if you would like any more information about our products and how we came to develop them, or about Pan Chancho or Chez Piggy, I’d be happy to help. Developing the gf products we carry has been a real labour of love for me and my baking team. The gf bread is new to us this year, but people are always surprised to hear we have had such a wide array of gf desserts for as long as we have. It is so much fun to see their faces light up when they realize we carry more than an item or two that is gf, and in all my years working in kitchens (well more than half my life!) I have never had things I make garner more positive feedback than our gf bread. It is wonderful to be able to make people so happy!

    1. Thanks so much Joy! The Garofalo pasta is by far the best GF pasta I have ever tasted. My husband (doens’t eat GF) was shocked that it wasn’t regular pasta when I made it the first time. I will pass along your kind offer to my mom and will make a trip to see you the next time I’m in Kingston (probably for the Easter weekend). I look forward to trying some of your GF breads and desserts!

  7. Hey katie! any chance you know of any restaurants/ bakeries in and around the durham region? I was just diagnosed with celiac this past january and its been a struggle for me in itself learning all the ins and outs and what i can and cannot eat but i have yet to really come across anything out in the durham area the list you have for toronto is great but sometimes too far for me to travel any advice or insight would be amazing !

    Thanks 🙂

  8. Thank you, this list is great for people like us from the UK visiting Ontario shortly and concerned about where to eat. It’s greatly appreciated

  9. Hi Katie;
    I just wanted to let you know that there is another restaurant in Kingston with an extensive GF menu called Megalos. I just ate there last weekend and it was awesome as usual. If you go to the website, you can check out the GF menu. One of my other favorites is Days on Front and all GF and Vegan selections are noted on their menu.

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