Gluten Free in Washington, DC–Part 1

Hello everyone! Last week I spent 5 days in the capitol for a conference. Because I stayed in a hotel, I did not cook a single meal, which means I ate out at restaurants (or ordered in) for every single meal. So I am sharing 11 DC restaurants that I personally ate at during my trip. I have broken up the reviews by location and I am going to share it in 2+ posts so that the post itself isn’t too long…Enjoy Part 1! 🙂 **Remember to always check with the staff to make sure that your dietary needs are met! Explain your allergy. Restaurants can change their menu/policies at any time**

Capitol/National Mall Area

Tortilla Coast

  • Location: 400 First St SE, Washington, DC 20003
  • Nearest metro: Capitol South Metro Station (Orange, Blue, Silver)–less than a block!
  • Type of Cuisine: Mexican
  • GF&G rating: 3/5

tortillacoast.jpegReview: Perfect for visiting the capitol or the National Mall! Tortilla Coast has a separate gluten free menu–but beware, it is a bit misleading at first glance..chips and enchiladas share the same fryer as wheat! However, the restaurant does note this on the menu directly to prevent any confusion. I appreciated the transparency! Once I eliminated those items, I was left with lots of fish options—I hate fish! Luckily, the staff was super accommodating. They made me these amazing chicken tacos—PERFECTION!!! They custom made them for me. I asked if they took precautions against cross contamination (clean gloves, surfaces) and they said they did. Portion sizes are huge and price is very reasonable. Service is fast and food was delicious! I was not glutened and left very happy and full. Ample options for someone who likes fish!

Good Stuff Eatery

  • Location: 303 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, Washington, DC 20003
  • Nearest metro: Capitol South Metro Station (Orange, Blue, Silver)
  • Type of Cuisine: Burgers
  • GF&G rating: 4/5

Review: Between meetings at the Capitol, I needed a quick bite to eat. My friend recommended this place and once he told me thatTHEY HAVE GLUTEN FREE FRIES, I was sold!! Their fryer is dedicated gluten free. And those fries are are beyond amazing. I wish I had ordered several rounds of fries! No shame here. I also ordered a regular hamburger—although they do not have gluten free buns so lettuce had to do, the staff assured me that they would be able to prepare my burger on a clean surface (AKA no where near buns). Delicious burger! The staff was super knowledgable about gluten free and the meal was amazing and reasonably priced. Great for a quick bite!

Chinatown Area


  • Location: 781 Seventh Street NW, Washington, DC 20001
  • Nearest metro: Gallery Place Chinatown (Green, Red, Yellow), Judiciary Square Metro (red), Metro Center Station (Blue, Orange, Silver)
  • Type of cuisine: Latin-Asian fusion
  • GF&G Rating: 3.5/5
Veggie Fried Rice


Review: Lovely restaurant! I went to dinner here with some dear friends who are from the DC area. They were so sweet and made sure to take me somewhere that had gluten free options. I was nervous as to what to expect with it being an Asian restaurant (soy sauce cross contamination worried me…), but the staff was very prepared. Not only did they have a gluten free menu, which was extensive and clearly marked, but they noted exactly what modifications were necessary on the menu! Tons of options–not a whole lot for gluten free vegetarians though. This restaurant is in the style of tapas–small plates that you share–which is difficult to do when one person has an allergy…Luckily, my friends were extremely understanding and only ordered gluten free so we could share! But keep that in mind if you want to share the small plates. My two biggest problems: 1) portions are very tiny–even for small plates–and the prices are very high. 2) not many full size entree options–and only meat options. I wasn’t full when I left…Food was good though! and I was not glutened. We ordered the mushroom dish, veggie sushi, and veggie fried rice.

Downtown Area


  • Location: 243 K St NE, Washington, DC 20002.
  • Nearest metro: Red line, NoMa-Gallaudet U
  • Type of cuisine: Indian
  • GF&G Rating: 4/5

Review: Indigo is very small popular local restaurant. There is limited seating indoors but there is ample outdoor seating. You order at the counter and are given a receipt with a number on it. The staff brings you your meal once it is ready. Most of their entrees are gluten free–aside from their fried items and naan, I could pretty much have anything! Entrees come with rice and chickpeas. Great quality and huge selection. Portions are decent and prices are reasonable. Staff was knowledgable about gluten free—I would definitely return!

4 thoughts on “Gluten Free in Washington, DC–Part 1

  1. I have missed your posts and now I know where you were. I love your conference menu. I have been very lucky when travelling for conferences. The hosts always ask us to send a rider ahead to let them know about food preferences. I am very happy that in a professional context, these things are taken into consideration. Have a lovely week ahead. xoxoxo

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    1. You are so very kind ❤️I appreciate the caring words! I will be posting more now that I am back. I’ve been traveling: 4 cities in 2.5 weeks. But your words mean so much to me. Thank you!

      I’m glad you have had such fantastic experiences! My last conference (Boston) wasn’t nearly as accommodating unfortunately…so I was wary of this one. Luckily, I was given ample time to explore and find fantastic gluten free areas.

      Take care! Thanks again! 😊

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  2. These posts are great–I had done a smaller one on my blog GlutenFreeVA for my work trip to DC the last 2 years–it can be scary having no real grocery store, no way to cook, no car and severe food restrictions! I love that you noted the public transportation ways to get there/locations too!

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    1. Thank you so much for the kind comment! 🙂 For as close as I live to DC now in Virginia (~2 hr), I have never been until last week! All of the restaurants I tried were accessible via metro because I did not have a car there. I am hoping that this post will help ease some stress when traveling to an unfamiliar place with celiac. Keep a look out for the followup posts–I broke up the restaurant reviews by location. 🙂 Thanks again!


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