Gluten Free Travel Seattle

Seattle

Seattle

Our family just returned from a fantastic 9 day trip to the Pacific Northwest. This included four days in lovely Seattle. Highlights were an 11 mile run to explore the city (whilst listening to a playlist of Seattle Grunge on Spotify!), a visit to the fantastic Seattle Children’s Museum and of course, all the wonderful gluten-free food! I had been to Seattle only one before but it was ten years ago and just for a couple of days. I feel like I got to experience a lot more of the city this time, and I liked it. It’s not San Francisco but it’s Seattle, and that’s pretty cool too.

Where I ate: Capitol Cider (818 East Pike Street) jumps easily into my top 10 gluten-free restaurants in the world! The food is fantastic and the atmosphere has a classy British pub feel to it. With a 100% gluten-free kitchen, it’s the kind of place that will make any gluten-free traveller’s trip. Their owner, Julie, is lovely, and gluten-intolerant herself. I wish these guys were in San Francisco but I’m glad I at least got to check them out whilst in Seattle.

Amazing fish n chips!

Amazing fish n chips!

Their cider selection is absolutely fantastic and their fish and chips (see above) are scrumdiddlyumptious! It’s a bit challenging (or impossible, really) to eat out late when you have a toddler so we ate here for brunch. I hope to check out their dinner menu on my next visit. For folks who are looking for a gluten-free delivery option, Capitol Cider is on Caviar so you can have their gluten-free goodies delivered to your apartment or hotel in Seattle. Yay!

Blue Moon Burgers have a few locations in the city and offer a great selection of gluten-free burgers and sides. All of their burgers can be made gluten-free on request and well trained staff will give you a special menu that tells you how to order yours gluten-free. This kind of thing normally sounds a bit sketchy and unsafe to me but with Blue Moon, it’s not at all. I felt very safe eating here and the burger was absolutely fantastic. Their gluten-free buns don’t seem gluten-free at all (but they are!) and they have a dedicated gluten-free frier for fries, onion rings and gluten-free chicken fingers. This is pretty cool. You can check out their full list of gluten-free options here.

Blue Moon Burgers

Blue Moon Burgers

Coffee and Speciality Bakery (Behind Pike’s Place Market) is a fantastic wee gem of a place located in the centre of Seattle. It’s 100% gluten-free and everything they offer is delicious. They have more sweets than meals but you can find something for a tasty lunch and they do a chicken sandwich (or chicken strips) with fries and coleslaw which is a good lunch or dinner meal and it’s awesome!!

Gluten-free chicken strips!

Gluten-free chicken strips!

Salmon, cheese and spinach pastry.

Salmon, cheese and spinach pastry.


I love my GFF is a 100% gluten-free food truck which can be found in various parts of Seattle depending on the day of the week. The menu is simple; Fiesta Bowl or Sunshine Bowl. Both are packed with exciting, gluten-free ingredients and come with or without chicken. Healthy, colourful and full of flavour, their food is great, and their cookies are really, really good too.

Sunshine Bowl

Sunshine Bowl

I’ve only eaten at P.F. Changs once before but I’m glad I tried them again in Seattle. They took good care of me and the staff were well trained and very understanding. On this occasion, we got take-out which we picked up for dinner and it was great. It’s hard to find Chinese-style food when you’re celiac so I’m a fan of P.F. Changs. I know some gluten-free folks aren’t for a variety of reasons but at least from my two experiences, they are a pretty good place to try once in a while.

Other gluten-free places I wanted to try but didn’t have the chance to on this trip:

Razzi’s Pizza has an ENORMOUS gluten-free menu, with options made in a dedicated kitchen by GIG trained staff. I desperately wanted to eat here but located in the north of the city, they were a bit far for us to trek and unfortunately they wouldn’t deliver to the area we were staying. Next time for sure!!

Ghostfish Brewery is yet another 100% gluten-free establishment which just recently opened it’s doors. They are an entirely gluten-free taproom featuring small batches of beer brewed in dedicated gluten-free facilities. I’m really just not a beer fan which is why we didn’t visit but for any gluten-free beer lovers out there, this place sounds pretty amazing!

Flying Apron in Fremont is yup, you guessed it, another 100% gluten-free place. Yay Seattle!! They are a certified gluten-free facility with two retail locations in Fremont and Redmond. They serve both sweet and savoury gluten-free goodies and also do a lot of wholesale so you can find their products in and around Washington at these locations.

Wild Ginger is an Asian inspired restaurant with two locations, in downtown Seattle and Bellevue. Their menu boasts a wide variety of gluten-free options, clearly marked. This is a must try for a future visit.

Do you live in or have you travelled to Seattle? Where and what did you eat, gluten-free?

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  • If you get down towards Tacoma, you really have to stop at Friesenburgers (http://friesenburgers.com/). They are a short walk from the Tacoma Dome and Lemay Car Museum. Dedicated fryer for the fries and delicious gluten free buns for bison burgers, hamburgers, and they even have gluten free salmon burgers!

  • Irene Unruh

    Feb 18th, 2015

    Recently found a 100% Gluten free restaurant in Kehei Maui
    Maui Brick oven was amazing even for the non-celiacs.

  • What an amazing selection of gluten free places to eat. Makes me want to visit Seattle & PNW even more!

  • Looks amazing, will have to check out these places when I’m in America next year!!

  • michelle

    Apr 17th, 2015

    The PNW is a great area for gluten free dining options. So glad you had a good experience! I live in Seattle but am currently traveling with my husband and our six year old son for three months. I have celiac disease and my son cannot have gluten as well as a few other foods. This can make traveling pretty tricky but that doesn’t keep us from doing it. We were in Spain for a month and arrived in Lisbon this week. We love it and plan to be here for at least a few weeks. Because of my concern with cross-contamination (I’m a pretty sensitive celiac) and my son’s multiple food restrictions we’ve only eaten out a couple of times in Lisbon so far. If you have any recommendations, I’d love to hear them. Thanks!

  • Do you have any advice on hotels in Seattle that are gluten free-friendly?

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