Tired of cooking gluten-free, need a break but are concerned about finding gluten-free restaurants near you? Celiac Disease can make eating out and enjoying time with friends and family more difficult. Many restaurants offer gluten-free menus, but cross-contamination can be an issue. Luckily, the Maryland, DC and Virginia (DMV) offer a great range of restaurants with a 100% gluten free menu and kitchen! Check ‘em out!

Gluten-free Restaurants

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Miss Shirley’s Cafe

Award Winning Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch. Voted MD’s Favorite Restaurant, as seen on Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives, Best Breakfast Sandwich in US.  Many gluten-free options available.

Located in Annapolis and Baltimore, MD.

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Harmony Bakery

3446 Chestnut Ave, Baltimore, MD 21211

When you first come to Harmony Bakery, you see simplicity. However, the second you open the doors, you enter into a new world. Harmony is 100% gluten free. The menu offers homemade soups, salads, pizzas, and baked goods. It is also one of the few places that serves gluten free donuts. The owners take pride in using ingredients from local farmers. You can erase the guilt as you bite into a rich slice of double chocolate cake!

vegan • gluten-free • wheat-free • soy-free • egg-free • dairy-free • peanut-free

Personal Menu Favorites:

  • Fresh Donuts
  • Chickpea Tart
  • Vegan Flatbread
  • Quinoa Burger


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Points South Latin Kitchen

1640 Thames St, Baltimore, MD 21231

Points South Latin Cuisine is a secret in Fells Point, Baltimore. The restaurant does not advertise as such, but in fact the entire kitchen is 100% free of gluten. The chef has Celiac Disease and is able to answer any questions that you may have.  It is the owner’s goal to provide locally grown food, “deliciously wrapped in a Latin American state of mind.”

Personal Menu Favorites:

  • Creamy Crab and Avocado
  • Stuffed Calamari
  • Ensalada Verde Con Pollo
  • Spicy Shrimp
  • Grilled Salmon
  • Layered Vanilla Cake
  • “Little Cheesecake”


Sweet 27 Cafe/Restaurant

123 W 27th St, Baltimore, MD 21218

Sweet 27 is an absolute win for the indecisive. Unsure if you want to grab a quick bite to eat, or maybe you’re looking for a more relaxed sit-down meal? Can’t decide if you want brunch, lunch, dinner, or dessert? Craving something spicy, sweet, salty, or crunchy? Want pizza, seafood, or maybe Indian? This restaurant has it all!

Personal Menu Favorites:

Belgium Waffles and Blueberry Pancakes
Plantains and Black Beans
Indian Tostadas
Sweet Potato Fries
Fish Sandwich
Pesto Vegetable Pizza
Tomato and Garlic Shrimp
Chicken Tacos
General Tso Tofu

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NuVegan Cafe

Exposing your taste buds to delicious natural food through 100% vegan soul food favorites.

NuVegan: Even if you’re not vegan, you won’t even notice a difference in taste! This place can really serve for anybody with their gluten-free, dairy-free, and even soy-free options. It is such a great way to eat your veggies, without even realizing it. The “chicken” drummies and mac n’ “cheese” are to die for! 

Located in College Park, Maryland.

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Located in Washington, DC

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Located in Washington, DC

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Rise Bakery

2409 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

Rise Bakery is DC’s only gluten free bakery. The list of baked goods is huge: muffins, cupcakes, breads, pastries, pies, and cookies. Head to Rise to take care of all your sweet needs!

If you’re looking for gluten free baked goods that are something to talk about, check out Rise! Say goodbye to frozen gluten free breads and hello to fresh baked in house breads like cinnamon raisin. They also make carrot cakes that are to die for. You probably won’t notice it was gluten free!

Personal Menu Favorites:

Chocolate Croissant
Everything Bagel with Cream Cheese
Seasonal Veggie Frittata
Cranberry Orange Scone
Red Velvet Cupcake
Nutella Brownies

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Il Canale

There is no gluten free menu, but gluten free is available by request for all the pastas and pizzas.

As someone who has tried a lot of gluten free pizzas, this is by far my favorite. A small Italian joint in the heart of Georgetown that makes gluten free pizzas with thin, crunchy crust that doesn’t fall apart on you. Take a walk to the waterfront after for a sunset and beautiful views. -Kathleen Tabb, RD, LD, CLT

Located in Washington, DC (in Georgetown)

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Rosa Mexicano


Located in Washington, DC



Located in Washington, DC

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RPM Italian

650 K Street NW, Washington, DC

RPM provides a more high class experience with gluten free pastas perfect for a special occasion (especially the lobster gluten free pasta). A lot of appetizers are cheese based which opens the door for many gluten free individuals. The staff is also very attentive to any dietary restrictions that need to be made. -Kathleen Tabb, RD, LD, CLT

If you’re looking for gluten free dining in the Maryland or DC area, there is a wide range of options to choose from. Whether you want Italian, Latin American, or just dessert, there’s no reason why you can’t enjoy a meal out.

For more resources gluten-free recipes, products and more, take a look at our gut health page.

If you still can’t find foods you can tolerate, visit a Registered Dietitian, who can help you find the right foods to enjoy even with dietary restrictions! Click here or call 301-474-2499.

Emily Kim, one of our University of Maryland nutrition students who is also one of our students, contributed to the research for this blog. 

Photos for this blog came from the restaurant’s instagram page.  We wanted to make sure that the photos are of the highest quality, we are hoping that the restaurants featured here understand.

Blog reviewed and updated June 2020.