Gluten Free in Tucson, AZ

My Hometown: Tucson, AZ

Surprisingly, Tucson has done a very good job in recent years of getting some good gluten free options and several safe kitchens. We now have 3 dedicated gluten free restaurants/bakeries and many of their products can even be found at other restaurants in town.

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By Area

Northwest

  • Gourmet Girls Gluten Free Bakery
  • The Melting Pot
  • Flemings Steakhouse
  • *Blanco (La Encantada)
  • North (La Encantada)
  • El Charro link to my review
  • Sir Vezas link to my review
  • Red Robin
  • Saffron Indian Bistro
  • Acacia
  • Zona 78
  • Wildflower
  • Goodness
  • Tucson Tamale Company
  • Harvest

Northeast

  • Renee’s Organic Oven
  • Tucson Tamale Company
  • Eclectic Cafe
  • Dakota Cafe
  • Jonathan’s Cork
  • El Charro link to my review
  • Zinburger
  • Cafe Torino
  • Harvest

Central

  • Dedicated (Got2B Gluten Free)
  • Outback
  • Lotus Garden
  • Sir Vezas link to my review
  • Old Pueblo Grille
  • Zayna link to my review
  • Zona 78
  • Blue Willow
  • Zinburger
  • Goodness
  • Vero Amore

Downtown

  • The Tasteful Kitchen (limited hours, make reservation)
  • Core Plus at the U of A Park Student Union
  • Cakelab (4th ave)
  • La Cocina
  • El Charro link to my review
  • Boca Tacos y Tequila(Speedway near UofA)
  • Diablo Burger
  • The Fix Mac N’ Cheese (University blvd.)
  • Veg-in-a-box
  • The Tasteful Kitchen

By Cuisine

American (and eclectic or local)

  • Gourmet Girls GF bakery/bistro
  • Dedicated (Got2B Gluten Free)
  • Outback
  • Eclectic Cafe
  • Boston Market
  • In N’ Out
  • Diablo Burger
  • Red Robin
  • Wildflower
  • Blue Willow
  • Dakota Cafe
  • Harvest

Health-Focused

  • Goodness

Chinese

  • P.F. Changs
  • Lotus Garden
  • Pei Wei

Indian

  • Saffron Indian Bistro

Italian

  • Renee’s Organic Oven
  • North
  • Zona 78
  • Sauce (beware of cross contamination)
  • Cafe Torino
  • Vero Amore

Mediterranean

Mexican

  • El Charro link to my review
  • Sir Veza’s link to my review
  • Tucson Tamale Company
  • Boca Tacos y Tequila
  • *Blanco
  • *Chipotle
  • Old Pueblo Grille

Vegetarian

  • The Tasteful Kitchen (limited hours, make reservation)
  • Veg-in-a-box

List of Restaurants:

Gourmet Girls Gluten Free Bakery/Bistro 

  • Dedicated Gluten Free
  • I recommend the breakfast sandwich or breakfast quesadilla
  • Now open for dinner Friday & Saturday, breakfast and lunch until 3 pm every other day

Dedicated (Got2B Gluten Free)

  • Dedicated Gluten Free

Cakelab

  • Dedicated Gluten Free

Acacia

  • GF menu

*Blanco

  • Corn tortilla tacos, quesadillas, salads
  • Use caution when dining here. I had a very bad experience 1/31/14 with incredibly disappointing staff training and the manager (Angel) also had a lack of knowledge. Info I got today completely conflicted with what I’ve been told in the past.
    • Today, I was told the chips were fried in their usual dedicated fryer, but they added churros to that fryer. The manager said they would stop doing this – but just be careful and ask questions.
    • Dairy: The roasted chicken is not DF (cream marinade), but the baja is. The rice has dairy due to all the butter,
    • Gluten: The Award Winning BBQ pork tacos are not GF, French fries are fried with beer-battered shrimp so not gf, chips have always been in dedicated fryer in past, but not today.

Blue Willow

  • Breakfast & Brunch options, as well as dinner
  • Gluten Free identified on menu

Boca

  • Almost everything is gf with corn tortillas except boca balls, fried items, and some fish. Avoid pasta salsa.

Core Plus at Park Student Union (at the U of A)

  • Dedicated gluten free restaurant serving omelets, stir fry, quesadillas, fajitas, and salads!
  • Make sure you ask that this is still true; it could change at any time.

Dakota Cafe

  • Gluten Free options identified on menu
  • Dog Friendly

Diablo Burger

  • Amazing burgers. GF Buns from local Gourmet Girls GF Bakery
  • Everything is gf except ranch and non-gf buns

El Charro (3 locations)

  • GF Menu
  • One of the best flans in town
  • My review can be found here

La Cocina

  • GF Menu
  • Beautiful outdoor patio

Lotus Garden

  • Made to order, almost everything can be made gluten free with different, gf breading

North

  • GF Pasta (I believe made in house)

Renee’s Organic Oven

  • GF Pizza, sandwiches (gf bread), hummus.
  • I recommend the marinara melt with chicken

Sir Veza’s (2 locations)

  • GF Menu
  • Udi’s GF buns, corn breaded gf fried chicken, gf chicken tortilla soup, gf wings
  • Dedicated fryer for fries
  • I have had better experiences at the speedway location
  • My review can be found here

Tucson Tamale Company (3 locations)

  • Most of the tamales are gluten free and made in their own facility
  • Menu is marked with gluten free

Wildflower

  • GF Menu

Zayna

  • My review can be found here

Zinburger

  • If you call ahead they will go out and buy gf bun for you! Otherwise, wrapped in lettuce. Dedicated fryer for sweet potato fries, but ask for reg. fries to be fried in there too.

Zona 78 (2 locations)

  • Gluten Free items marked on menu
  • GF Pasta
  • GF Pizza
  • Pizza crust can also be made into flatbread for hummus appetizer
  • Cooked in separate area

Chains:

Melting Pot

  • GF Menu

Outback

  • GF Menu

PF Changs

  • GF Menu

Chipotle
Chili’s
Boston Market
In N’ Out

  • Lettuce wrap burger, fries in dedicated fryer

Olive Garden
Red Robin

  • They will provide an iPad and you can input whatever food allergies you have
  • Find the interactive menu here
  • Gluten Free Buns

BJ’s 

  • GF/ Allergen menu

California Pizza Kitchen
Chick-Fil-A
Five Guys

  • Lettuce wrap, dedicated fryer for fries

Applebees

Smashburger

  • Fries are NOT GF, but they have GF Udi’s buns

Macaroni Grill

Grocery Stores:

  • Whole Foods
  • Sprouts
  • Natural Grocers
  • Trader Joes
  • New Life Health Center
  • GF Sections in Bashas, Safeway, Fry’s

Click here for my complete list of gluten free in Tucson.

*Be cautious as not all restaurants are good about cross contamination or have separate gluten free menus.

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