Gluten-free offerings are not only more common but tastier than in previous years. Whether you’re avoiding gluten because you’re celiac or just not crazy about consuming wheat, barley and rye for other reasons, you shouldn’t have a problem finding places to dine in San Francisco, a city that thrives on innovation—especially when it comes to what’s on diners’ plates. Nonetheless, we’ve rounded up the top five gluten-free friendly restaurants in San Francisco for your convenience.
1 Tony’s Pizza Napoletana
Tony’s Pizza Napoletana Tony Gemignani, master of everything pizza, has unsurprisingly developed a gluten-free crust that rivals the real thing. Roasted peppers, prosciutto and balsamic reduction are just some of the upscale topping options (and there's pepperoni, too, of course) to personalize your celiac-friendly pie. Make sure you try some of their gluten free breadsticks while you're there.
1570 Stockton Street
2 The Plant Cafe
Head to one of The Plant Cafe's three locations in San Francisco (there's also one in Burlingame, Mill Valley and SFO's Terminal 2) for organic and locally sourced treats from some of the best farms in the Bay Area. If you still have room after your heaping plate of organic and gluten-free food, try the signature Plant menu item: the Cleanse, a raw, organic vegetable or fruit juice that will completely detoxify your system.
Pier 3, The Embarcadero; 3352 Steiner Street; 101 California Street, San Francisco
3 Bread Srsly
This San Francisco-based delivery company specializes in making amazing loaves of gluten-free sourdough bread. Each loaf rises for more than 12 hours and the Bread Srsly team bakes breads using whole grain, certified gluten-free flours, local and organic produce, herbs and home-dried fruits in rambunctious varieties like kale sourdough, whole grain chai and apricot fennel.
4 Pica Pica Arepa Kitchen
For many, Pica Pica can be translated as a “little bit of this, a little bit of that.” At Pica Pica you can get a little bit of spicy, a little bit of sweet, some crunch and a lot of flavor. Pica Pica focuses on maize-centric dishes and specializes in arepas, grilled corn flour that's soft on the inside and crispy on the outside. Pica Pica Arepa Kitchen's menu is completely wheat and gluten free, which is great for anyone with allergies and celiac disease.
401 Valencia Street, San Francisco
5 Jane on Fillmore
Kitchen manager Emma Benson strives to make the gluten-free (and often vegan) baked goods at Jane taste just like the real things. The peanut butter millet cookie will have you fooled, but the quinoa bread is the real show-stopper. Order it with butter and jam or as part of a disassembled sandwich for a toasty wake-up call.
2123 Fillmore Street, San Francisco