More times than not, organic and vegetarian friendly restaurants also cater to the gluten free crowd. The Plant Cafe Organic offers dishes inspired by fresh, organic ingredients on a menu that specifies gluten free and vegetarian items with a little (gf) or (v). A variety of unique salads, seasonal entrees, and desserts should excite any gluten free customer. There are several delicious seafood dishes, most notably the seared scallops in a coconut lime reduction. I also enjoyed their cornmeal and pumpkin seed encrusted tempeh with coconut mashed yam. To finish your meal, try their exceptional vegan raspberry cheesecake.

With two locations in San Francisco, The Plant Cafe Organic is open for lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch.

Pier 3 -Embarcadero, San Francisco  

(415) 984-1973

3352 Steiner Street, San Francisco
(415) 931-2777

Minako Organic Japanese Restaurant is a gluten free secret tucked away in the heart of the Mission (between 18th and 19th St). You will quickly be welcomed into this homey restaurant by the friendly owner and operator who truly takes pride in what she does. Minako’s menu features a variety of organic, gluten free, and vegan options for sushi and cooked Japanese cuisine.  The seemingly endless menu is almost all easily modified to be gluten free, but be sure to ask for their gf menu as well. Items like gluten free tempura, teriyaki chicken, and many other hard to find Japanese favorites have been included by the talented chef who happens to be the owner’s mother. It’s unusual to walk out of Minako without spending a bit more time and money then you may have anticipated (all of the small plates tend to add up) but it is well worth every penny to be able to indulge in tempura battered shrimp, and some of the Japanese classics us gluten intolerant tend to miss out on. Leave your gf tamari at home, she’s got it covered.

Featured Dishes: Temura Shrimp and Vegetables, Red Tuna with Garlic-Lemon Dressing, Vegan Special Roll

2154 Mission St
(between 18th St & Clarion Aly)
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 864-1888

One of the few spots in the city you’ll find a gluten free New York style pizza is Amici’s East Coast Pizzeria. With a full gluten free menu offering an extensive array of pizza toppings, salads, GF cheesecake and beer, this place seems to take great pride in catering to celiacs. Their pizzas are made on a 12″ thin crust and baked to perfection in a wood fired brick oven. Though the price is a bit steep, (about $25.00 per pie) one of these pizzas is a perfect size for two hungry people. If you live within their delivery zone, order the pizza straight to your house, or enjoy the New York style diner at their Lombard St. restaurant in San Francisco (the only one in the city with a gluten free menu.) Other locations in the Bay Area and beyond should have all have the GF offerings (please check their website for specifics).

Featured:  “New York” Mozzarella and tomato sauce (added some italian sausage.)

2200 Lombard St
San Francisco, CA 94123

(415) 885-4500


FlourChylde bakery is a hidden gem nestled in the hills of Novato. Making weekly appearances at San Francisco farmers’ markets, flourChylde serves a variety of flawless GF baked goods. After offering wheat free items during Passover several years ago, their customers insisted that their gluten free treats be baked year-round. Since then, flourChylde’s Novato café and bakery has offered a large selection of specialty GF cakes, pies, and lunch options. The flourChylde farmers’ market stands are packed with a variety of their most popular gluten free treats. The owner is happy to pass out samples and provide you with mouthwatering descriptions of every delicious item. Find them on Sundays at the Ft. Mason farmers’ market.

Above, is a selection of GF baked goods from the Ft. Mason farmers’ market stand.

Please note: FlourChylde Bakery serves non gluten free items in addition to their array of GF options- they do separate their baking surfaces, but are not a certified gluten/wheat free bakery.

Check out their website for farmers market locations and updates.


An easy, hearty, and very tasty recipe that can be thrown together in under 1/2 hour. If you are sensitive to spicy foods, just reduce the amount of red pepper flakes. I enjoyed my soup served with a slice of buttered “rye” bread from Mariposa Baking Co. Without the cream cheese, this is an excellent Vegan recipe.

*Adapted from one of my favorite vegan cookbooks, Vegan YumYum.

Serves 3 for dinner

Time: 1/2 hour


1 tablespoon of olive oil

1 large sweet onion, diced

4-5 large beefsteak tomatoes from farmers market, cored and chopped

3 cloves garlic, chopped

1 15oz can organic chickpeas (garbanzo beans)

1/2 tsp mustard seeds

1/2 tsp red pepper flakes,

1/2 tsp cumin seeds

1/2 tsp turmeric

2 tbsp GF nutritional yeast

1 cup GF chicken or vegetable broth

1 handful cilantro chopped, plus more for garnish

salt and pepper to taste

1 dollop of cream cheese or sour cream per bowl


Heat a tablespoon of olive oil in a large sauce pot. Add onions and saute until translucent. Add garlic, red pepper flakes, mustard seeds and cumin and stir. Keep heat on medium and add diced tomatoes. Let cook for about 5 -7 minutes (until tomatoes are pretty soft). Next, add the garbanzo beans, turmeric, and broth. Bring the contents of pot to a boil and then let simmer 8-10 minutes.

Remove pot from heat and let cool slightly. Stir in nutritional yeast and handful of cilantro. Puree soup or blend in batches, adding more broth for desired consistency. Finally, return soup to the pot, and heat back to a simmer. Adjust seasonings if necessary and serve with a dollop of cream cheese, a sprinkle of cilantro, and freshly ground pepper.


Gracias Madre offers a gourmet, vegan take on Mexican cuisine with a menu featuring locally grown ingredients combined to create excellent seasonal dishes. A mecca for any vegan or gluten sensitive eater, this restaurant exemplifies healthy eating, yet leaves you feeling indulgent by way of creamy cashew cheeses and rich, spicy butternut squash fillings served with handmade corn tortillas. Don’t expect to walk out hungry.

Please note: The majority of their menu is gluten free by nature, however, there are about 3 or 4 dishes that do contain wheat. Make sure to confirm that your order is GF, their waitstaff is well versed.

Featured Dishes: Quesadillas de Calabaza & Papas al Horno

Featured Dessert: Flan. You won’t know its vegan.

*Also try their other restaurant, Cafe Gratitude -the entire menu is Gluten Free!

2211 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94110-1811

(415) 683-1346