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 nowadays you’ll find a wide range of seriously good gluten-free food. From neighborhood bakeries and taco shops to pizzerias and hip pan-Asian restaurants, delicious options await diners with a gluten sensitivity, allergy, 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
13 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 salads, hummus, 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 beans and greens and a stir fry bowl plus a dozen or so sides such as chickpea salad, lentil stew, and garlicky kale. You’ll also find soy-free treats, cocktails and mocktails, and a lovely patio here.
This Broadway barbecue specialist 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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Celebrity Billy Dec’s Gulch location of his Chicago-born hot spot Sunda has an entire gluten-free dinner menu, not to mention more gluten-free alcohol options than your average restaurant thanks to a solid sake collection. From pad thai and chicken inasal to nigiri, sashimi, and signature crispy rice topped with wagyu or spicy tuna, the hip restaurant has everything gluten-free diners need for a delicious pan-Asian meal.
Amerigo Italian Restaurant
Gluten-sensitive Italian food? That’s not an oxymoron at the popular Midtown location of Amerigo, a regional chain. Upon request, you can get many of the dishes — including pizza, pasta carbonara, and a peanut butter blondie with rocky road ganache and vanilla ice cream — in gluten-sensitive forms.
Two Boots Nashville
This New York City-based chain caters to gluten-free pizza fans with a special crust developed by Venice Bakery in California. At the lively Midtown location, which stays open late on weekends, you can assemble your own pie from a roster of fresh veggies and Cajun meat or pick something from Two Boots’ eclectic menu, including the Kitty, a local special named for pioneering country musician Kitty Wells — it’s topped with blue cheese, pickles, and Nashville hot chicken from Hattie B’s.
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Housed in a former pet shop in Hillsboro Village, this coffeehouse-bistro hybrid from the Bongo Java crew offers a gluten-free bread option for grass-fed beef and lamb burgers and sandwiches. Fido also has some gluten-free-friendly sides like roasted sweet potatoes and fruit.
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Porta Via Ristorante e Bar
This Belle Meade Italian restaurant is still the only VPN-certified pizzeria in the state of Tennessee, serving a slew of classically prepared Neapolitan pies from basil-spotted margherita to spicy diavola. Amazingly, you can sub in a gluten-free crust for the pizza or gluten-free bucatini for any pasta dish, each of which costs $5 extra. Check out a Sunday piano brunch, but note that you can’t make reservations here.
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 or 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, 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 cottage cheese to Reese’s Pieces to house-made syrup. The Pfunky Griddle also offers gluten-free versions of French toast, grilled cheese, 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 portobello caps, curry chickpeas, 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 pan-roasted sea bass with cauliflower rice or spaghetti squash casserole with tomatoes, caramelized onion, zucchini, and fresh mozzarella. The bright restaurant has plenty of outdoor space.