For those newly diagnosed with celiac disease, restaurants can be particularly difficult, especially
for those who are shy about asking questions.
1. Don't start out hungry.
2. Be familiar with the gluten-free diet.
3. Select the right restaurant.
4. Tell your server you're on a special diet.
5. Pick a few dishes on the menu that look as if they might be safe, and ask questions.
6. Here are some additional questions to ask:
|Restaurants in Cleveland/Northeast Ohio
with Gluten Free Menus
The GF Menu List Below...
...offers you the gluten free menu the restaurant has composed. Even if a
gluten free policy is in place at a restaurant, it does not guarantee that all
chefs and servers have been trained about cross contamination or
This list does NOT imply we are recommending the restaurant, but is a tool to
showcase GF dining options for those who travel or socialize. Each restaurant
is underlined. Click it, print out the GF menu, and take it with you.
Ask appropriate questions about how the food is prepared. Start the
conversation before you enter the restaurant, calling to speak to a manager in
mid-morning or mid-afternoon, not at peak dining times. If possible, plan to
dine before or after the rush. When you arrive, mention you called earlier, and
ask for assistance so that you feel comfortable ordering. Build a relationship
with a location you plan to frequent.
If in doubt, go without. Read the restaurant tips to the right to guide you.
Give the group feedback of your experience through our BLOG. Should we
receive multiple comments on a particular restaurant, we will post.
More restaurants without printed menus are available on the following
webpage: Restaurants/ No GF Menu.
These have no printed GF menu, but members have successfully dined at
them, after negotiating with the wait staff.
Also, read member restaurant reviews on our BLOG (link on left).
|GF Restaurant Dining Tips
Taken in part from: www.celiacdisease.about.com with edits from Chapter Members
|50+ Restaurants on this page
Second Restaurant Page here.
|7. Caution the restaurant staff about cross-contamination.
pointed out to them. All places stock foil. Ask them if they could cook your entree on a piece of foil if it is
cooked on a grill with buns, etc.
8. Be prepared to eat something that isn't your first choice.
Want more? Read: Venturing out of the house: Restaurant Realities by Danna Korn
When Eating at the Homes of Relatives and Friends
It can be challenging to dine at a friend's or relative's home. If possible, it is beneficial if you can assist with
meal preparation so you see exactly what is going into each menu item. This also enables you to catch the
inadvertent cross-contamination from shared prep utensils, pots and strainers that are not totally gluten free
due to specks of previous food. In addition, you will see if a previously opened container, such as mayonnaise
or jelly, is being used since chances are, there are gluten crumbs in them from the "double dipping" of knives
If your host does not want you to actually help prepare food, you may be able to sit close by with a beverage
to chat while the meal is being assembled. In situations where guests are each bringing a dish, you may want
to isolate your contribution and put a note that it is gluten-free or just bring a separate container for yourself in
addition to the dish for all to share. If your host indicates they will have gluten-free foods available for you, it is
best to explore what and how they will be served so you don't see a delicious, GF item surrounded by regular
crackers or placed next to something laden with crumbs.
Depending upon the situation, you may also be able to ask your host if you can "start" the buffet line which will
lesson the chance of accidental cross contamination from people ahead of you as they use the various
When spending the night, just assume you should have your own box of GF cereal with you. If bringing bread,
also have your toaster sleeves so you can use the host's toaster.
"Toast It" Toaster Bags come 2 for $4.50 + shipping on their website. Also available on Amazon. Each bag
can be reused multiple times. A must have if you are traveling-- using the toaster at the continental breakfast
bar or family/friend's house.
Members on our
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list a restaurant
28601 Chagrin, Woodmere
Ask server for printed GF menu.
Stow, Ohio, Online GF menu
Carry out only.
Gluten Free subs, GF Rotini, and of course GF specialty
Beachland Ballroom &Tavern
15711 Waterloo Road 216-383-1124
Printed menu indicates GF items
(Fried foods have a dedicated fryer.)
L & D - 7 days (brunch on Sunday)
Bistro of Green
3459 Massillon Rd
Uniontown, Ohio 44685
Online & in house GF lunch and dinner menus.
Lunch M-F, Dinner Mon-Sat.
Dinner menu has online and in house GF options
Go to menu> Look for "choose menu" drop down box>
Gluten free menu can be downloaded
Poultry gravy made GF summer 2011
Online GF menu
Brio Tuscan Grille
Crocker Park & Legacy Village
Bravo Cuccina Italian
Mentor, Fairlawn, Canton
Carrabba's Italian Grill
5030 Tiedeman Road Brooklyn,
25054 Sperry Drive Westlake
GF menu available online and at restaurant.
For online, you may have to put in zipcode, then return to
"our menu" tab. Look under search box.
Cedar Point Amusement Park
GF online menu
Online GF Menu
Click Food> Health Info> Gluten Info Tab
Pick location>Menu. ThenScroll down to
download allergy Info. Scroll to GF page
GF menu changes every 4 months.
Make sure you order off the most recent menu.
Chipotle Mexican Grill
Online, Go to Menu>Nutritonal Info
Cowell and Hubbard
1305 Euclid Ave. near Playhouse Square
Ask for printed GF menu. Reservations
Dinner only Sat & Sun.
Scroll down to FAQ>Nutrition> Gluten list
No guarantee because equipment shared, especially the
Blizzard machine. You must navigate the cross
contamination with available staff
Deagans Kitchen and Bar
14810 Detroit Ave, Lakewood
Lunch & Dinner Tues.-Sun.
Ask for GF Menu
Don's Lighthouse Grille
8905 Lake Ave, Cleveland 44102
Lunch M-F, Dinner 7 days
GF printed and online menu
GF menu online & at restaurant.
4 locations in area.
Most have GF hamburger buns that you can also purchase
to take home!
16918 Detroit, Lakewood, 216-226-3415
Lunch Fri, Sat, Sun; Dinner Tues. - Sun.
Ferrara's a Taste of Italy
869 State St.,Sharon, Pennsylvania
1 hour drive from Cleveland
Extensive Gluten free printed & online menu
Worth the drive!
Daytime Cafe (No dinner served)
Just breakfast & lunch.Go to menu>gluten free guide
5 area locations
Five Guys Burgers and Fries
Burgers are 100% beef. Fries are in a dedicated fryer. If
you tell them you have a food allergy,
they'll change their gloves.
Under their FAQ section, when asked if they are GF, they
respond that only their buns contain gluten. Buns are
toasted on a separate grill. Fries are potatoes soaked in
water and fried in peanut oil.
28869 Chagrin Blvd. Woodmere
Printed GF Menu
GF printed dinner menu available at Hostess Desk.
Utilizes seasonal and local produce. Reservations.
Lunch Mon-Fri., Dinner 7 Days
33730 Bainbridge Rd, Solon
Home page says 24 items are GF
Ask if house menu has marked GF options
or for help with ordering
226 Euclid Ave at Public Square
Allergen menu identifies GF Items
Ohio City, 3120 Bridge Ave.
Lunch & Dinner 7 Days. Weekend Brunch.
Latin American, fresh juices, casual.
Online menu clearly marks GF options.
2801 Bridge Ave (Ohio City)
Printed GF menu in house
Lunch Mon-Fri. Dinner Mon.-Sat.
E. 4th St. downtown
Michael Symon's restaurant.
Lunch weekdays, Dinner Mon-Sat.
Printed GF menu available there, just ask.
900 Literary Rd. Tremont
Another Michael Symon place. Online menu marked with
gluten free options by asterisk. Reservations.
Dinner only Tues. to Sun.
Longhorn Steak House
Various locations, online GF menu. GF menu changes
every 4 months. Make sure you are ordering off the most
2466 Fairmount Blvd., Cleveland Heights 216-421-3333
L - Mon. thru Sat. D - 7 days Ask for GF menu
Moving August 1, 2012
4195 Massillion Rd
Uniontown, Ohio 44685
Has online and in house GF menu.
Fried chicken, hamburgers, as well as Chinese food.
7774 Darrow Rd, Hudson
Closed Sun & Mon
Printed GF Menu but no online GF menu
Ask for non marinated meat, with corn tortillas
Tortilla chips not GF because made in shared fryer.
Melt Bar and Grilled
Open L & D - 7 days/week
13463 Cedar Road, Cleveland Heights
6700 Rockside Road, Independence
14718 Detroit Road, Lakewood
7289 Mentor Ave., Mentor
Ask for GF Menu
Note: Melt Bar & Grilled is a sandwich-based restaurant.
Although management has recently
created separate prep areas for GF items, remain vigilant
that your order is being prepared to
Celiac standards. Ask cross contamination questions.
Westgate Mall & 24741 Cedar (near Legacy Village)
Fondue restaurant. Food is shared.
Ask for GF selections if sharing.
12200 Mayfield Rd
(216) 795- 2355
Online menu uses asterisks to denote gluten free options.
GF pasta now available too.
Lunch Fri.-Sun., Dinner 7 days
Mitchell's Fish Market
Online GF menu
1835 Fulton Rd, Mexican Fare
Ask for a printed GF menu when making reservation.
Reservations. Dinner Tues.- Sun,
Westlake and Olmsted Falls
Printed GF Menu in house and online
Mustard Seed Market-
Montrose/Fairlawn location has restaurant with a
printed GF menu.
Solon location has no cafe. Only a small snack bar.
234 Euclid at Public Square
Lunch & Dinner 7 days
GF Menu online and in restaurant
5975 Canal Rd Valley View 44125
Gluten Free menu in house but not online
Lunch & Dinner 7days
Various locations, Online GF menu
1834 W 25th
Printed GF Lunch and Dinner menus in house
Lunch & Dinner Tues-Sat.
Original Pancake House
Fairview Park and Woodmere
One owner for both with same policies.
Gluten free pancake listed on printed menu.
Aware of GF cross contamination.
Policy states "use new bowl, spatula to prepare batter".
Should distinguish GF pancakes with
frilled toothpick if multiple orders.
GF menu at restaurant and online
Paladar Latin Kitchen and Rum Bar
28601 Chagrin Blvd
Latin American Fare
Online GF lunch & dinner menu
Lunch & Dinner 7 Days
Gluten Free Menu link here
PF Chang's China Bistro
GF menu at restaurant & online
12700 Lake Ave.,Lakewood 216-228-2250
Menu indicates GF options. Online GF menu
L- M thru Fri. D - 7 days Brunch - Sunday
Press Wine Bar
2221 Professor Ave., Cleveland
Tremont neighborhood, 216-566-9463
Dinner: 7 days/week Brunch: Sat. & Sun.
Ask for GF Menu
Downtown at Public Square
Online menu has limited marked GF choices for
lunch and dinner, but chef will work with you.
GF bread available for lunch sandwiches.
Lunch & Dinner Mon.- Sat.
Valet parking $5
Some have gluten free buns.
Online GF menu. They also have an in-house GF menu
stored in a notebook. Just ask.
Willowick, Online GF menu
Several locations, Online GF menu
• Russo’s russoskitchen.com
4895 State Road, Peninsula 330-923-2665
Printed GF menu L: Tue. thru Fri. D: Tue. thru Sat.
Online GF menu. 9 Ohio locations.
Nearest is Solon on Kruse Dr.
To find GF menu, go to locations tab first.
Salmon Dave's Pacific Grille
19015 Old Lake Rd, Rocky River
440-331-2739 Printed GF Menu
8434 Mentor Ave, Mentor
in Lawnfield Inn & Suites
Online GF Lunch & Dinner Menu
GF pasta and bread available
Soho Kitchen and Bar
1889 W. 25th St
Lunch Fri & Sat., Dinner Tues.-Sat.
Ask at hostess desk for GF menu
The Soup Pot
GF bakery and soup
CSA gluten free certified facility
19337 Detroit, Rocky River
Menu has limited gluten free selections with
(gf) after the item.
Tommy's Pizza & Chicken
Pick up and delivery only. No dine in.
Now offering GF Calzones, GF chicken, JoJo GF potatoes.
Call to see when GF items (other then GF pizza) are
offered. Online GF menu.
1909 W.25th Ohio City
Numerous items marked "GF" on menu & online
Lunch & Dinner 7 Days
GF pizza at over 30 locations in Ohio
Most Carry-out, some dine in
see website for locations.
Still Riding crust shipped from its GF facility.
$13.99 8 slice, sausage, pepperoni or cheese.
National chain has GF menu