Once upon a time, asking for gluten-free menu options in Nashville nearly guaranteed a blank stare. But Music City’s come a long way, and now there’s a wide range of seriously good gluten-free food. You’ll find neighborhood bakeries, taco shops, pizzerias, and even an Australian cafe delivering delicious options to diners with gluten sensitivities, allergies, or celiac disease. A quick note of caution, though: Some of these locations aren’t dedicated gluten-free facilities. Always be sure to let the restaurant know about any serious allergies before dining.Read More
14 Nashville Restaurants With Great Gluten-Free Options
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Butcher & Bee
Executive chef Bryan Lee Weaver’s full-service restaurant puts an inventive spin on tapas. Located in a mod industrial space in East Nashville, this culinary darling changes its menu regularly but frequently features gluten-free items like bacon-wrapped dates, avocado crispy rice, and hearty meat dishes. Just let the staff know about food sensitivity before you order and they’ll happily accommodate.
The Wild Cow
The Wild Cow is a relaxed East Nashville institution for scratch vegetarian and vegan dining. Chef Ryan Toll’s menu also features tons of gluten-free dishes, including entrees like buffalo grinder salads, sweet potato and black bean tacos, plus a handful of gluten-free sides like garlicky kale, lentil stew, and mashed sweet potatoes. You’ll also find soy-free treats, cocktails, mocktails, and a lovely patio here.
This Broadway barbecue spot is pretty savvy about celiac needs — not only are the mouth-watering meats gluten-free, but so are the corn, slaw, beans, potato salad, and all of the sauces. The staff at Jack’s Bar-B-Que take care to change gloves, cutting boards, and utensils for gluten-free diners, so load up on meats and sides and skip the bun. And if you’re not downtown, you’ll find additional Jack’s locations on Charlotte Avenue and Trinity Lane.
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Because owner Nick Pellegrino’s wife has celiac disease, Mangia is an impressively celiac-friendly Italian restaurant — everything on the menu is available gluten-free. The Berry Hill restaurant, which only opens Friday and Saturday evenings and requires reservations, even has a dedicated prep area and fryer for the cause. From bread crumbs and zeppole dough to eggplant parm and even focaccia, everything here is safe for those off gluten.
Bartaco (multiple locations)
This laid-back, coastal-themed taco chain is a gluten-free paradise — just about the entire menu avoids gluten thanks to items like corn tortillas and fried plantains, and the few dishes that contain gluten are clearly marked. Bartaco also has dedicated gluten-free fryers to fire up if you notify staff of gluten sensitivity. Duck birria, glazed pork belly rice bowls, and icy margaritas round out the offerings at locations in 12 South and East Nashville.
The Pfunky Griddle
Funky phonetics aside, the pancakes at Berry Hill’s DIY icon are serious business. Ask for the special gluten-free batter, make your own all-you-can-eat pancakes at your griddle-top table, and then smother them with dozens of toppings from house-made syrup to Reese’s Pieces. The Pfunky Griddle also offers gluten-free versions of French toast and tomato basil soup.
This quaint, cheerful vegan cottage in Berry Hill has lots of gluten-free comfort food like burgers and salads. Sunflower Cafe makes its own gluten-free buns, and you can have fillings like roasted root vegetables, house-made veggie patty, and buffalo tempeh stuffed into a brown rice wrap. The patios here are pet-friendly, and Sunflower Cafe also has a vegan and gluten-free sibling called Sunflower Bakehouse in Donelson.
True Food Kitchen
Much of the menu at the Green Hills location of True Food Kitchen is gluten-free and includes a wide range of options beyond salads and grilled meats. Try the chain’s Idaho rainbow trout with quinoa and lemon oregano vinaigrette or spaghetti squash casserole with tomatoes, caramelized onion, zucchini, and fresh mozzarella. The bright restaurant has plenty of outdoor space and a solid section of cocktails and mocktails.
Gluten Free Goose, A Bakery
It’s not unusual to find several sold-out items by the time you reach this South Nashville bakery. Owner Amy Decker Cornell was left unsatisfied with the gluten-free baked goods situation in Music City, so she hired bakers pastry chefs Eun Young (Jubi) Lee and Caitlyn Rau to churn out cream puffs, cheesecakes, pop-tarts, cookies, and cake jars to the eager masses. Be sure to get there early to ensure your favorites are still available.
Head to this Wedgewood Houston pie shop for tavern-style pizzas, hearty salads, and bottles of natural and organic wines. All of their specialty pizzas can be made using a gluten-free crust (14-inch only), or, opt for the build-your-own option and concoct your very own masterpiece with toppings like Italian sausage, chef-blend mushrooms, and hot honey on a 12 or 14-inch crust.
Mimo Restaurant and Bar
This airy Four Seasons spot shines a light on Southern Italian cuisine courtesy of Michelin-starred chef Aniello Turco. Many of the dishes lend themselves to gluten-free preparations — charcuterie and cheese boards, oysters, poached daily fish, and prime strip loin — but the breakfast and brunch pastry case takes great care to churn out exceptional gluten-free baked goods including chocolate chip cookies and a banana and poppyseed muffin.
Natural woods, lush greenery, and natural materials complement the farm-to-table cuisine served at 1 Kitchen, located to the right of the lobby at the 1 Hotel. The menu features several clearly marked gluten-free options that range from veggie-forward dishes like crispy Brussels sprouts and grilled Tennessee eggplant to a full roster of mains that include gluten-free pastas, scallops, and fried walleye.
While the lavender-hued taro tea latte is a must at this Australian-inspired cafe in the Gulch, you can’t go wrong with any of the healthy dishes here — many of which are gluten-free. Savory bowls like the salmon quinoa and the miso mushroom offer a nice counterbalance to the kiwi and passionfruit pavlova and one of the can’t-miss dishes on the menu: the banana walnut bread topped with tufts of espresso mascarpone.
Situated in the former fellowship hall of a historic church, this Sylvan Park eatery caters to the gluten-free crowd with an array of vibrant and interesting dishes that change seasonally. Chef-owner John Stephenson takes great care with the New American fare here, clearly labeling gluten-free menu items such as the persimmon salad (with fried, roasted, and pickled persimmon, and cheddar stracciatella), sweet potato pancake, porchetta, and chocolate torte.