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Gluten-free menu options in downtown Rochester

Gluten free or not: that is the question. It can be difficult to know which restaurants offer gluten-free options. Look no further! This blog lists the gluten-free friendly downtown Rochester restaurants and each one's top menu item.

Almadina Restaurant

Feast your eyes on a gluten-free meal at Almadina, which offers many gluten-free items but the one that stands out is the chicken shawarma plate.

Gluten-free choice: Chicken shawarma plate (rice, hummus, baba ganouj, chicken)



Looking for a gluten-free breakfast? Look no further than Benedict's, which has both breakfast and lunch options.

Gluten-free choice: Steel cut oats (oats, fresh berries, whipped cream)



Bleu Duck Kitchen

Though Bleu Duck Kitchen's offerings change weekly, one thing remains certain: about 85 to 90 percent of its menu remains gluten free. And that will make you sure of your visit and subsequent ordering of something tasty from the menu!

Gluten-free choice: Carne asada (duck, black beans, hominy, corn, feta, onion, roasted tomato) or Golden Corvina (sweet potato hash with corn, onion, poblano, prosciutto, green beans & cran hollandaise sauce)

Caribou Coffee

Start the day off right with coffee and a gluten-free breakfast sandwich from Caribou Coffee. Its gluten-free choice below (along with the cup o' joe) will jumpstart you to conquer the day.

Gluten-free choice: Spinach Artichoke and Provolone Sandwich (cage-free fried egg, spinach artichoke spread, and provolone on a gluten-free English muffin)


Chester's Kitchen and Bar

Going gluten free doesn't need to be a hassle. Not with Chester's incredibly delicious turkey avocado melt.

Gluten-free choice: Chester's turkey avocado melt (wood-fired rotisserie turkey, basil mayo, lettuce, tomato, Monterey jack)


Chocolaterie Stam

Satisfy your sweet tooth without feeling restricted by gluten. Chocolaterie Stam offers a couple options in a variety of flavors (think fall with toasted almond, hazelnut, and coffee crisp).

Gluten-free choice: Sorbetto or some gelato (be sure to ask about which flavors are gluten-free)


Mezza9 Cafe & Bakery

After all these delicious main courses, it's time for a decadent dessert. Mezza9 has a flourless chocolate torte that is the ultimate gluten-free person's sweet treat.

Gluten-free choice: Flourless chocolate torte (three kinds of chocolate, ganache topping)


Pasquale's Neighborhood Pizzeria

When it comes to gluten-free pizza crust, it's more often hit or miss. Pasquale's does theirs right and it hits the spot!

Gluten-free choice: Thin crust New York Style personal 10-inch gluten free pizza (topped however you like)


People's Food Co-op

If you thought People's Food Co-op was just a grocery store, there is more in store for your gluten-free needs! With a select menu of freshly made menu items, the Co-op Cafe offers wraps, sandwiches, burritos, and breakfast items that can be made gluten free. (Don't forget their grab-and-go case and sushi selection for on-the-go gluten-free options.)

Gluten-free choice: The Cubano Italiano sandwich (shredded pork, applewood-smoked ham, Genoa salami, Swiss cheese, pickle chips, seeded mustard)

The Tap House on Historic 3rd

There is more than one way to make a burger, and Tap House can do theirs gluten free! For just $2 more, you can be sure to get the same unique burgers made gluten free.

Gluten-free choice: Garlic & herb cream cheese burger (cream cheese, caramelized red onion)


Terza Ristorante

From appetizers to entrees and pastas to desserts, Terza has a full-fledge gluten-free menu to sample from!

Gluten-free choice: Cioppino (white fish, crab, mussels, shrimp, sundried tomatoes, tomato broth, garlic butter)


Thai Garden

For a different flavor palette, try Thai Garden, which offers a delicious gluten-free pad thai that is to die for.

Gluten-free choice: Chicken, shrimp, or tofu pad thai (stir-fried rice noodles, egg, bean sprouts with homemade Thai Garden pad thai sauce)



Time for another gluten-free menu option! This time, it's a unique dish from ThaiPop: it's the noodles n' brussels that will be devoured in no Thai-me.

Gluten-free choice: Noodles n' brussels (rice noodles, green apple, purple cabbage, caramelized brussel sprouts, toasted peanuts, herbs, cilantro dressing)


Tilda's Pizzeria

Here's something you don't see often: a cauliflower pizza crust that is gluten free. Pair it with the Bongo pizza from Tilda's Pizzeria and you have a truly distinct gluten-free dining experience!

Gluten-free choice: Bongo pizza with cauliflower crust (olive oil, prosciutto, blackberries, basil, goat cheese, mozzarella, honey, cracked pepper)

Victoria's Ristorante and Wine Bar

Oodles and oodles of noodles go into Victoria's mile-high lasagna, which just so happens to be gluten-free! Just one look and taste will have you saying, "Mama mia!".

Gluten-free choice: Lasagna (layers of lasagna noodles, fluffy ricotta, mounds of beef & mozzarella with homemade meat sauce)

Disclaimer: Although every effort was made to provide accurate information, a restaurant's menu could change without notice. We cannot guarantee the accuracy of a restaurant's gluten-free claims. Please ask your server to ensure the menu item is still available and how its prepared to avoid cross-contamination. This list is additionally not all-encompassing of gluten-free options in downtown Rochester. If yours is a place listed in this blog and anything needs updating or your restaurant offers gluten-free menu options, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at Thanks for reading and happy dining!

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