The best gluten-free restaurants in Phoenix (according to me)

Be Healthy, Gluten-Free Living January 29, 2013
Where to eat gluten-free in Phoenix

Where to eat gluten-free in Phoenix

These are the restaurants in Phoenix that I trust to do gluten-free food safely.  Just in case you’re ever in the area and want to catch a bite with me or your closest celiac friend. With the exception of Jewel’s Bakery and Cafe, all of these restaurants have gluten in their kitchen. If you want gluten-free food, it is your responsibility to bring up your diet limitations with the server and/or manager.

Always ask questions, no matter what you see or hear from reviews and blog posts like this one. Restaurants change all the time. I have recently had to stop eating chips at two of my favorite Mexican restaurants because they now fry churros in the same fryer (and I only found out because I always ask).

Here is my list so far, if you have any suggestions or additions, please leave a comment!

Where to eat gluten-free in Phoenix

Jewel’s Bakery and Cafe – Everything on the menu is gluten-free. Cookies, cakes, bread, salads, hamburgers, pizza, EVERYTHING. Also, fried chicken and waffles – I hear angels singing when I eat this. They also offer custom orders, baking mixes, and cooking classes. If you’re in Phoenix, you have to visit Jewel’s.

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Beckett’s Table – Whether I had to be gluten-free or not, this restaurant would be my favorite.  It’s just amazing.  Chef Justin Beckett scours the local farmers markets for seasonal produce and features an ever-changing menu.  When you bring up “gluten-free” and “celiac”, the servers go into detail about how careful they are in the kitchen and how they have extensive training in preparing safe food.  Fancy enough for a date night, but relaxed enough for the whole family, this place is the best.  I only wish I lived closer to it.  If you go, make sure to order the s’mores with chocolate covered bacon, homemade peanut butter and marshmallow (leave out the graham crackers obviously).  Holy yum. (Items on the menu with a GF can be made gluten-free, make sure to alert your server.)

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True Food Kitchen – Another restaurant I wish was closer to my house, this one is a partnership between Fox Restaurants and Dr. Andrew Weil.  Fresh healthy food served beautifully and safely.  Watch them work in the open kitchen as you sip on a Kale-Aid.  Don’t be intimidated by the fact that this is a “health food” place.  We took one of our friends who openly hates vegetables (and would have rather been at Wienerschnitzel), and he loved everything about his dinner and can’t wait to go back.  My recommendation is the Winter Ingredient Salad.  It just might change your life.

Where to eat gluten-free in Phoenix

Postino Winecafe – When I first started going to Postino Winecafe (or Postino’s as we like to call it), they didn’t have much in the way of gluten-free, but the servers were always very helpful. Now they have gluten-free bread for bruschetta (yay!), and the staff is even more knowledgeable about how to keep you safe. Make sure if you are sensitive to ask for your bread to be toasted separately. Also, try the butcher’s block, and request extra pickles. You can thank me later.

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Liberty Market – This restaurant in downtown Gilbert uses fresh ingredients from Agritopia farm and is a great place for breakfast, lunch or dinner.  When I tell the server that I need safe gluten-free food, they know exactly what to do, and I’ve never had a problem there. Make sure to order the rice pudding for dessert, it’s magical. Update: They now have Udi’s gluten-free bread and a dedicated panini press. 

Where to eat gluten-free in Phoenix

Chelsea’s Kitchen – I first ate here when they hosted a group of gluten-free bloggers. What a treat! This place truly understands how to safely serve gluten-free customers, and their food is incredible. The kale salad is amazing, and the short ribs are worth the drive. They have a great drink menu too.

Where to eat gluten-free in Phoenix

Joe’s Real BBQ – The perfect place for a barbecue-lover. Down-home cooking, now with Udi’s gluten-free buns available. All the meat is gluten-free. Great picnic area outside. Perfect for a party or big get-together!

Where to eat gluten-free in Phoenix

Joe’s Farm Grill – Featured on “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” and located on an organic urban farm, this place is always packed! There is a dedicated fryer, just be sure to ask for gluten-free fries. There are also gluten-free buns available.

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Kona Grill – I’m consistently impressed with the knowledge and care of the servers at Kona.  Whether we go for happy hour sushi rolls or for traditional dinner, they know exactly how to tweak my order to make it not only gluten-free but delicious.  Every time they bring me my food, they assure me that a new cutting board was used and that the entire area was wiped down before my order was prepared.  For sushi, this is my place! Update: The last time I went, they surprised me with an upcharge for my gluten-free sushi tweaks. Make sure to ask your server before ordering.

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Pita Jungle – This is a relatively new find for us, even though it’s just right down the street.  The first time we ate at Pita Jungle, I was a little worried about the gluten-free offerings, especially since the word “Pita” is in the name of the restaurant.  I was put at ease when the server brought out my salad and called it the “gluten-free broiled chicken salad that was made on a clean surface with new gloves”.  And it was excellent.  I’ve since tried a few other things on the menu, including the hummus with cucumber slices and oh the yumminess.  This is a great place for takeout too. Update: Try the chicken curry salad without pita crumbles. So yum!

Where to eat gluten-free in Phoenix

Charm Thai is a new find for me, located in Downtown Chandler. They have tons of gluten-free food on their menu, and you can choose your desired level of spicyness for each dish. Be careful though, I asked for “medium” spicy and my coconut soup almost burned my lips off! So much flavor though, and I love all the choices. Would be great for a happy hour date, they have a nice patio and wine specials. The pad thai is amazing!


Fleming’s has a registered dietitian on staff that tests every single ingredient for food allergens.  They do a wonderful job and completely understand the issue of cross-contamination.  Plus, the food is delicious.  This is a great place to go if you are looking for something a little fancier.  They also have a happy hour menu.


When we’re in a rush, I have a few “fast-food” places I can count on, though we try not to do fast-food very often.

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Pei Wei – Though the gluten-free offerings are limited, I’ve never had an issue with the safety.  I usually go for the spicy chicken or the Vietnamese rolls, depending on my mood.  This is a great place for Friday night take-out!

Where to eat gluten-free in Phoenix

Zoe’s Kitchen – Fresh Greek food fast, I love this place! Super healthy, full of flavor, and has a great kids menu if you need it. This is a new find for me, and I can’t wait to go back. (4 locations in the Phoenix area.)

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Chipotle – When I walk into Chipotle and say I’m placing a gluten-free order, everything stops.  They wipe down the counter, take off their gloves, wash their hands, put on new gloves, and get new spoons for the line.  One person prepares my order start to finish and makes sure everything is free from cross contamination.  This happens no matter what Chipotle I walk into anywhere in the country.  If there is a long line of people, I sometimes feel guilty for holding them up, but then I get over it and am thankful to eat a safe meal.

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In-N-Out Burger – Yes.  In-N-Out Burger.  It’s actually one of the safest places I can eat.  I even ate In-N-Out on Christmas Eve because we were away from home and headed to a lasagna fest at Grandma’s house.  When you place your order, just ask for the “gluten allergy burger” protein style.  You will get a burger wrapped in lettuce that was cooked on a clean grill with no buns hanging around.  Their french fries are cut fresh in the restaurant, have no coating, and nothing else is fried in the oil, so they are safe.  And delicious.  Like, dangerously good.


So there you have it, my safe list so far.  I will continue to update this as I find new restaurants (and I hope to be able to add my favorite Mexican places back to the list when they get their fryer situation figured out).

If you’re ever in the Phoenix area, let me know and we’ll hit up one of these great places together!

Last updated April 3, 2015.

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  • Reply sara January 30, 2013 at 9:29 am

    this is such great timing… i am going to be in phoenix (scottsdale actually i think) in the next few weeks on a business trip with my husband and was wondering about where we could eat! i have never been to arizona so i’m not sure how close phoenix is to scottsdale – is it a doable drive for dinner? if not, is there anywhere you could recommend in scottsdale? hope you’re feeling better!!

    • Reply inspiredrd January 30, 2013 at 9:30 am

      Hey Sara! Glad this is perfect timing for you :) Scottsdale is actually part of Phoenix. Do you know where you’re staying yet? I bet you won’t be far!

  • Reply Erica D. January 30, 2013 at 9:32 am

    Except that one time I got served REGULAR pasta at Beckett’s Table and haven’t been back after the worst glutening in my life…

    Everything else is SO amazing, and I should really give Beckett’s another chance. I love love love True Food and Indulge, just wish it was closer to me. And Liberty – sigh – my favorite, again, wish it wasn’t a million miles away.

    Chelsea’s Kitchen is really awesome for me – always get the kale salad, fries (only thing fried in there), ceviche and swordfish tacos, and they’re really nice about their gluten-free menu and all the servers know what I’m talking about.

    • Reply inspiredrd January 30, 2013 at 3:19 pm

      Oh no! I’ve never ordered gluten-free pasta because I’m too nervous about it. Definitely give Beckettt’s another chance. I’ll have to check out Chelsea’s Kitchen, thanks for the suggestion!

  • Reply Renee January 30, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    Picazzo’s is AWESOME as well :) Thanks for the new suggestions!

    • Reply Mary July 7, 2014 at 9:27 am

      Picazzo’s is definitely one to add to the list!

  • Reply katilda January 30, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    I so love you for posting this! Totally ate In ‘n Out for lunch :) I’ve tried most of these except Beckett’s and Indulge. So excited to go try them!

  • Reply Robin January 30, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    Even though we don’t live anywhere near Phoenix, it was nice to see some familiar restaurants on your list. I’m scared to take my daughter out to eat, but I want her to be able to live as ‘normal’ of a life as possible.

  • Reply Wendy @ AMFT February 5, 2013 at 8:00 pm

    Great list! I’m still so new to eating wheat and dairy free and have no idea where to eat. I’ve found a few places, but this is a great list that has doubled my options. Thanks!

  • Reply Stephanie February 7, 2013 at 11:46 pm

    Our family doesn’t need gluten-free dining options, BUT you & I seem to have similar “tastes” when it comes to restaurants…so I’ll be bookmarking this post for future reference. :)

    P.S. You still haven’t given me the pro/con rundown of living in the East Valley compared to Tucson. 😉

    • Reply Sylvia June 28, 2013 at 11:57 am

      Stephanie, do you live in Tucson? Do you have any suggestions for gluten free restaurants in Tucson? My daughter goes to the UofA so I visit there a lot and would love to know about what restaurants offer gluten free options.

  • Reply Wendy July 4, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    I just recently was diagnosed and Chipotle was my favorite restaurant. I have a question though if they are just switching out the spoons isn’t the food in the container already contaminated? I would think they would have to serve you out of a new container of beans, rice, meat, etc. If they used the spoon and touched a flour tortilla and then put the spoon back in the beans then I would be hesitant to eat out of those beans even if they got a new spoon. Have you had any troubles with this?

    • Reply inspiredrd July 28, 2013 at 4:16 pm

      Hey Wendy, it seems like some Chipotle restaurants go all out and change everything, while others just do the minimum. I’ve never had a problem, but I do ask for new lettuce (they always have a new one in the cooler right below the line).

  • Reply Yanina July 9, 2013 at 11:07 am

    this is awesome. Im new to the gluten free world, I will definitely will be trying these options out. I live in Scottsdale so these are all pretty close to me

  • Reply Bonnie Helzer July 28, 2013 at 4:13 pm

    Thank You. My husband and I were in Phoenix from out of town and my usual app would not work and I was at a loss as to where to eat. I found your page and we tried Kona Grill for the first time. It was great to have Sushi for the first time in 1-1/2 years.

    • Reply inspiredrd July 28, 2013 at 4:14 pm

      Oh yay! I’m so glad the post was helpful. We love Kona!

  • Reply Paula August 12, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    I just wanted to let you know that Indulge Burger is now closed. Sad so sad.

    • Reply inspiredrd August 12, 2013 at 1:56 pm

      SO SO SAD!

  • Reply Tiffany August 12, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    I live in Vegas with my family and celiac 10-year-old Type 1 diabetic. Eating out has never seemed worth the hassle or the risk. That said, we do hit In N Out for a treat occasionally, and I have NEVER HAD A PROBLEM with them. The one time they put my protein style burger in with the regular burgers I pointed it out and they threw it out, started over and apologized profusely. That was years ago before they added the allergy button on the cash register. Doesn’t matter which location I go to, they all do a great job. Maybe we’ll have to give Chipotle and Pei Wei a try.

  • Reply Rob September 1, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    We have been in PHX for a few days – few more to go and have found the following to be excellent for GF options:
    Phoenix – Picazzio’s Pizza Gluten Free – we grabbed a GF Hawaiian pizza to go and it was delicious 12″ and about $20…friendly staff too
    The Yard-House at the Scottsdale Fashion Mall (30 minutes from Paradise Valley where we are staying…lettuce wrapped burger with cheese and tomatoes – knowledgeable friendly servers and the price was right too
    OUTBACK steakhouse Paradise Valley – great steak and the GF Chocolate Thunder (we make sure we have at least one dinner at the Outback wherever we travel to…Maui, Las Vegas, California
    And if you are ever heading for Palm Springs – you gotta check out Lulu’s – they have a 4 page GF menu and the chocolate -chocolate cake, is amazing
    Happy in Paradise and getting some sun :-)

  • Reply Holly September 4, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    Thank you so much!!! I live in Scottsdale and I am only 3 weeks in to this gf diet. Definitely challenging. I love to go out to eat but get frustrated when the waiter looks at me all confused and then takes 20 minutes to muster up some paper print out of a food allergy menu. This list definitely helps!

  • Reply Jenn September 17, 2013 at 9:34 am

    Bummer about Indulge – I used to love to go there. (Back in Phoenix for a few days for a funeral, and looking for places to go try.) Last time I was visiting, we did Lucille’s BBQ in Tempe Marketplace. They have a gluten free menu, and the jambalaya was on it. It was so good, and I felt so good afterwards. The gluten free menu on their website isn’t quite the same as when I went. I highly recommend it.

    I also put in a vote for Picazzo’s. When I last went there, I was surprised to find their menu is mostly gluten free, and a small portion is NOT gluten free friendly.

    I also recommend San Tan Brewery in Chandler. They get Udi’s buns on steroids for the burgers (I actually compared my burger to my husband’s because I couldn’t believe it was gluten free). They seemed very aware of the issues, and always have a cider to serve since none of their brews are gluten free.

  • Reply LeAnn November 21, 2013 at 8:36 am

    This is so helpful. My husband and I are moving to Phoenix for the military and we are so so excited. We’re coming from a very small town in Texas so no gluten free restaurants. We’re happy to be able to go on dinner dates ago. Thank you for doing this.

    • Reply InspiredRD November 21, 2013 at 12:28 pm

      Where in Phoenix are you moving?

  • Reply Lacey July 5, 2014 at 5:53 am

    I know this is an old post for you, but just wanted to say thanks for writing it! We are headed to Phoenix at the end of August and I’m already starting my planning :) I’m also an RDN and I have Celiac too! I work as a gluten-free Nutrition consultant for restaurants/businesses and families, so I’m both looking forward to and nervous about the trip.

    On a side note, I know the Diamondbacks do a Celiac/gluten-free awareness night every season – I think we may be going to a game when we are there…do you know if the stadium provides gfree concession options all season long or just during the awareness night? Thanks again :)

    • Reply InspiredRD July 5, 2014 at 10:16 am

      I’m glad it was helpful! Be sure to check out Jewel’s Bakery and Cafe while you’re in town. It’s new and SO GOOD. 100% gluten-free.

      The Diamondbacks have a small gluten-free concession cart just behind right field. There is a pretty limited selection, but it’s something :)

      Have a great trip!

  • Reply Janet September 2, 2014 at 2:47 pm

    How Gluten Free is Becket’s? My daughter has Celiac and she can’t even breath “hops” in a brewery restaurant.

    • Reply InspiredRD September 4, 2014 at 9:23 pm

      Great question! I would call and ask. I can’t think of anything they make that would have flour floating around in the air, but I’m not sure. I know they understand celiac disease.

  • Reply Frustrated Mom October 29, 2014 at 9:40 am

    Thank you so much! We are from Gallup and are at the Mayo Clinic for more testing. My 25 year old son is like a 60 year old. We are struggling to discover the source, although we know it all started with a hernia repair and mesh implant. He is trying gluten free to see and has discovered his stomach is much better. We are struggling to find a place to eat. He is picky! Thanks!

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  • Reply Amy July 4, 2015 at 2:59 pm

    I have a friend with Celiac in Phoenix who was really excited about BJ’s because of their gluten free menu.

  • Reply jon August 6, 2015 at 4:11 am

    I’d also recommend Coconut’s Fish Taco’s … they use corn tortillas and are amazing!

    • Reply Alysa August 11, 2015 at 5:03 am

      Oooh, thanks. I’ll have to check them out!

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