Attention Gluten Free Diners! Believe it or not, delectable dishes await you at a number of restaurants this Restaurant Week.
It’s that time again, when some of Boston’s finest – and most expensive – dining establishments offer dinning experiences for affordable prices. Last year’s 3 course dinner menu cost $33.12, and the year before $33.11. Well this year they decided to raise the price by not only 1 cent, but $5.01. However, this is still an unbelievable price for many of the options available. At The Capital Grille, the Bone-in Kona Crusted Dry Aged Sirloin will cost you $43 on a regular night. Pigalle’s Cassoulet braised lamb shank runs at $31 on the dinner menu and the seared salmon at Davio’s will set you back $29. Now that you have a little more perspective on that, I think you don’t mind such a big price increase this year. (Some restaurants are including a glass of wine or sangria in this price too, others have great wine specials to go along with the restaurant week menu)
As someone who loves food I naturally have always participated in restaurant week, which is actually two weeks twice a year in Boston. But as someone who has developed food intolerances over the last few years (gluten free since 2009, dairy free since 2012 and now yeast free too), it has made me a little anxious. Until recently, a limited menu rarely meant something was food allergy/intolerant friendly. [Unfortunately it still does sometimes]. Over the years I’ve had to politely decline invitations from friends to dine at certain restaurants due to my dietary restrictions and the lack of Restaurant Week options. I’ve also persuade them, sometimes more like whining, to go somewhere else, even after hearing them say they’ve “been dying to try this place” or “have been waiting months to go here”. Well, that is all changing. As gluten free diets and other food allergies are becoming more prominent in our society, it is leading restaurant owners and chefs to becoming more aware of and knowledgeable about gluten free diets and how to accommodate to our dining needs.
Below is a list of restaurants that offer gluten free Restaurant Week menu options. Some offer full Gluten Free Restaurant Week Menus. Some off gluten free options on the menu and others can accommodate very easily by subbing gluten free pasta for regular, etc.
If you would like me to add your restaurant to this list, or if you are a gluten free diner who has recently enjoyed a gluten free Restaurant Week meal somewhere else please let me know and I will be happy to add it to the list. Click on the restaurant name to bring you to the Restaurant Week Menu.
Disclaimer: This list is my own personal list based on personal and past experiences.
Gluten Free Restaurant Week Menu:
- Abby Park Gluten Free menu
- Bin 26 Enoteca not separate but each course has 3 or more options; gf penne available
- Estragon not separate but each course has 2 or more gluten free options
- Papa Razzi almost entirely gluten free menu
- Rosa Mexicana; almost entirely gluten free menu
- La Morra, gluten free pasta; not separate but each course has more than 2 gf options
- McCormick & Schmick’s Faneuil Hall, not separate but each course has 2 or more gluten free options
- Tapeo not separate but each course contains more than 2 items from gluten free menu, includes glass or wine or sangria (Gluten Free Menu options here)
- The Fireplace, gluten free restaurant week menu available
- Zocalo Cocina Mexicana almost entirely gluten free menu
Restaurants with Gluten Free Menus Options:
- Abe & Louie’s
- Antico Forno, can sub gluten free pasta; at least 2 appetizers & desserts are gluten free
- Aria Trattoria, can sub gluten free pasta
- Art Bar, call ahead and they can have gluten free bread for you
- Artu, gluten free penne and spaghetti available; 1 gluten free appetizer & dessert
- Avila, can sub gluten free pasta
- Back Deck, gluten free rolls available for sandwiches at lunch; dinner not 100% sure, but menu looks gf friendly and all desserts are available
- Bricco, can sub gluten free pasta; no gf dessert on menu
- Capital Grille, gluten free appetizer, entree & dessert options Review from Restaurant Week 2012
- Da Vinci, gluten free (penne, tagliatelle, gnocchi) can be substituted with any sauce Review from Restaurant Week 2012
- Davio’s, can also sub gluten free pasta
- Fleming’s Prime SteakhouseJoe’s American Bar & Grill, gluten free pasta & bread available for substitutions
- Legal Sea Foods, gluten free friendly. no dessert option
- Lucca Back Bay, Gluten free & dairy free appetizers gluten free pasta
- Morton’s The Steakhouse Seaport, gluten free options in each course
- Nico, sub gluten free pasta – call ahead; 2 gf appetizers & 1 dessert option
- Ole Mexican Grill
- Ruth’s Chris Steak House, dessert not gluten free
- Sandrines Bistro, Cambridge. All sauces on regular menu are gluten free.
- Smith & Wollensky, dessert not gluten free
- Strega sub gluten free pasta – call ahead; no gf dessert option on menu
- Strega Waterfront; gluten free pasta available; no gf dessert option on menu
- Umbria Prime, has at least 2 gluten free options for each course, dessert not sure if gf option is available