Gluten-Free Restaurant Guide

The restaurants, stores, and farms on this web site understand gluten-free. Always tell your waitress that you are gluten intolerant and ask for a gluten-free menu or to speak to the owner, manager or chef. If the restaurant doesn’t have a gluten-free menu, call ahead at a non-busy time (3-4pm). Always remind the waitress – no bread or croutons. Be sure to show your appreciation for the extra effort and care to make our food gluten-free.

Restaurants followed by an asterisks (*) have a gluten free menu or gluten-free items on their regular menu.


300 First *
(507) 281-2451
300 First Ave NW, Rochester, MN 55901
Back Room Deli *
(507) 289-9061
1001 6th St NW, Rochester, MN 55901
Good Food Store
BB's Pizzeria *
(507) 424-3366
3456 E Circle Dr, Rochester, MN 55906
Across from Paragon Chateau Movie Theaters
The Bread Baker Co
(507) 289-7052
16 17th Ave NW, Rochester, MN 55901
Miracle Mile Shopping Center
Broadway Bar & Pizza
gluten-free pizza crust available
(507) 208-4111
4144 HWY 52 (W Frontage Rd)
Canadian Honker Restaurant *
(507) 282-6572
1201 2nd St SW, Rochester, MN 55902
Carlos O'Kelly's Mexican Cafe *
(507) 282-2590
4825 Highway 52 N, Rochester, MN 55901
Chester's Kitchen & Bar *
(507) 424-1211
111 S Broadway Ste 108, Rochester, MN 55904
The Shops at University Square (Galleria)
Chipotle Mexican Grill - 2 Rochester locations
(507) 529-5484
1201 S Broadway, Rochester, MN 55904
(507) 288-9171
3780 Marketplace Dr NW, Rochester, MN 55901
City Cafe *
(507) 289-1949
216 First Ave SW, Rochester, MN 55902
Dairy Queen - 3 Rochester Locations
538 North Broadway
(507) 288-3863
4140 Frontage Road East
(507) 281-0762
320 12th Street SE
(507) 282-8633
* special order cheesecake without the crust, sugar-free is also an option
* gluten-free monster cookie
(507) 289-3095
1310 Fifth Pl NW - Rochester, MN 55901
El Carambas *
(507) 281-3104
1503 Highway 14 E, Rochester, MN 55904
Fiesta Cafe Bar
1645 N. Broadway
Rochester, MN 55902
Five Guys
* burger without bun & fries
(507) 288-1464
2800 41st St NW, Rochester MN 55901
Green Mill Restaurant *
(507) 282-4222
2723 Commerce Dr NW, Rochester, MN 55901
Godfather's Pizza
* gluten free pizza made in dedicated factory
* eat in or take home & bake
(507) 288-7515
1611 16th St NW, Rochester, MN 55901
Hillcrest Shopping Center
HuHot Mongolian Grill
* ask for allergen guide and request the grill to be cleaned before going up
(507) 206-4450
102 Apache Mall, Rochester, MN 55902
Hunan Garden
(507) 285-1438
1120 7th St NW
Hunan Wok Express
(507) 281-2782
1203 7th St NW, Rochester, MN 55901
Jenpachi Japanese Steak House
(507) 292-1688
3160 Wellner Dr. NE
Across from Paragon Chateau Theatres
Cooked right at your table. Request to have the gluten-free entry prepared first. They have gluten-free soy sauce.
Michaels Restaurant *
(507) 288-2020
15 S Broadway, Rochester, MN 55904
Mayo Clinic
Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center
Methodist Cafeteria Mayo Employee Cafeteria
St Mary's Guest Cafeteria
Mr. Pizza North *
(507) 252-9400
4040 28th St. NW
Rochester MN 55901
Burger without the bun & fries
* check for oil cross contamination for french fries
(507) 289-0577
216-1/2 First Ave SW, Rochester, MN 55902
* ask for Ted; no gyro meat
(507) 206-5044
1035 Civic Center Drive, Rochester, MN 55901
Olive Garden *
(507) 288-8722
380 17th Ave NW, Rochester, MN 55901
Outback Steakhouse *
(507) 252-1150
1201 S Broadway, Rochester, MN 55904
* flourless chocolate cake
(507) 280-6900
150 S Broadway, Rochester, MN 55904
Doubletree Hotel
Prescotts *
(507) 536-7775
1201 S Broadway Ste 80
Rochester, MN 55904
Redwood Room *
(507) 281-2978
300 1st Ave NW , Lower Level
Roscoes *
(507) 285-0501
603 4th St SE, Rochester, MN 55904
Roscoes Express *
(507) 281-4622
3456 E Circle Dr NE, Rochester, MN 55906
Across from Paragon Chateau Movie Theaters
Sontes *
(507) 292-1628
4 3rd St SW, Rochester, MN 55902
Twigs Tavern and Grille *
(507) 288-0206
401 6th St SW, Rochester, MN 55902
Best Western Soldiers Field
Valentino's Pizza & Pasta *
gluten-free pizza
(507) 281-2100
130 Elton Hills Ln NW, Rochester, MN 55901
Victoria's Ristorante & Wine Bar *
gluten-free pasta and pizza
(507) 280-6232
7 First Ave SW
Rochester MN 55902
Whiskey Creek
1705 South Broadway
Rochester, MN
Whistle Binkies
gluten-free beers and ciders
(507) 289-9200
3120 Wellner Dr NE, Rochester, MN 55906
Whistle Binkies on the Lake
(507) 424-1227
247 Woodlake Dr SE, Rochester, MN 55904
Wong's Restaurant
(507) 288-3730
1654 Highway 52 N, Rochester, MN 55901
Hillcrest Shopping Center
zpizza *
(507) 424-0440
111 S Broadway, Rochester, MN 55904
The Shops at University Square (Galleria)
Zorba's Greek Restaurant *
(507) 281-1540
924 7th St NW, Rochester, MN 55901
Z Zest Culinary Market & Wine Cafe
Chef's Tasting Choice
(507) 424-0080
1190 16th St SW, Rochester, MN 55902


SE Minnesota Area

Blooming Grounds Coffee House
They have good gluten free pizzas. They have gf crusts, you pick the toppings and they'll cook it up. They also have gf cookies from a bakery in Chanhassen. (7/2010)
(507) 474-6551
50 East 3rd Street, Winona, MN
Blue Heron Coffeehouse
(507) 452-7020
162 W 2nd St, Winona MN 55987
Bogus Creek Restaurant
This restaurant has great food and atmosphere. It’s located in Stockholm, WI, a fun, artistic, shopping adventure town on the Mississippi River. Take Wabasha Bridge over and it’s just beyond Pepin. Ask for the owner.
(715) 442-5017
Stockholm, WI
The Brickhouse Pub & Grille
gluten-free pasta, bread, and pizza
(651) 388-9999
433 Main St, Red Wing MN
Central Park Coffee Co
(507) 451-4242
113 North Cedar Avenue
Owatonna, MN 55060-2303
Hubbell House *
502 N Main St
Mantorville, MN 55955
(507) 635-2331
The Old Market Deli
(507) 263-8888
331 Mill St W, Cannon Falls MN 55009
Quarter Quarter
(507) 886-5500
25 Center St, Harmony MN

Guidelines for Eating Out

Always ask for the gluten-free menu. That way they know it is being used and keep it on hand. You will also need the regular menu that describes the dishes and gives the prices.

Always remind them -- no bread or croutons and that you are gluten intolerant. Thank them and be gracious. We are so happy they take extra effort and care to make our food gluten-free.

Call the chef ahead at a non-busy time (3-4:00) if you are going to a restaurant that does not have a GF menu. When possible, tip a little more.

Hidden Sources of Gluten

Beware of ordering roast beef au jus in restaurants; it is likely that the restaurant now purchases it in single serving cryovac-wrapped packages, with "au jus" juices included. These juices are usually not gluten-free. Also, the "au jus" served with your meal could have been made from a wheat-containing stock base. Beware of cold cuts or self-basting turkeys that often have wheat added.

Beware of soups, flavor enhancers, gravies and sauces in restaurants. Ask about their ingredients, and if unsure, ask to have them omitted from your food. Marinara sauce is almost always GF.

A restaurant's proprietary blend of spices is usually not GF. Premixed seasonings are usually not GF. Wheat is used in the mixing process and isn't listed on the label. Ask that they not be used in your meal. Ask if your meat has been marinated. Most soy sauces and bottled marinades are not gluten-free. Ask for un-marinated meat if possible.

Potato chips and corn chips often contain wheat or have been manufactured using wheat. Best to avoid them unless you know the brand. French-fried potatoes could have a wheat flour coating to make them crisper.

Cross Contamination

Not only must we be cautious about the ingredients in food, we must also be aware of the possibility of cross contamination. Cross contamination is when a gluten-free product comes in contact with something that is not gluten-free, and loses its gluten-free status.

If it is not practical to have a section of the counter top set aside for preparing gluten-free food only, always make sure that the counter space you are using to prepare gluten-free food is freshly washed to ensure it is free from crumbs or flour dust.

Make sure any pots, utensils, etc., that are used for other foods are thoroughly scrubbed before using them for gluten-free foods. In the case of something like muffin tins, paper liners may be worthwhile. When slicing gluten-free meats, the utensils or meat slicer must be cleaned after cutting gluten-containing meats. Also, take care not to stack the slices on the same plate or overlap with gluten-containing slices. The thermometer used to check temperature of cooking meats or of buffet dishes can contaminate gluten-free items, if not washed before touching them.

Fried foods can be contaminated when cooked in oil where battered foods have previously been fried. Grilled foods (steaks) can be contaminated if the grill is not cleaned after cooking gluten-containing food. At the table, be careful when sharing a butter dish with others who are eating bread. Check for crumbs.