“Do you have any gluten free options?” Ah, the dreaded question that Celiac and gluten intolerant people have to ask every time they go out to eat. It makes for some awkward moments. As a result, many find going out for dinner too stressful. However, today more and more gluten free restaurants are popping up. No longer will there be evenings ruined by awkward questions and moments of silence! Yes, we can enjoy a night out on the town too!
Ottawa is a gorgeous city. From the beautiful buildings of Parliament Hill to the Rideau Canal to its many museums and galleries, Ottawa has something for everyone. Ottawa also has a wide variety of restaurants to choose from including gluten free restaurants. Finally, Celiac and gluten intolerant people have options in the nation’s capital. Lovely!
Gluten Free Restaurants in Ottawa
La Dolce Vita – 180 Preston Street, Ottawa Ontario – Craving some delicious Italian food? This place is excellent for dining in OR takeout – whichever you prefer. (Side note: Please always check ahead to see what current regulations are regarding dining-in regulations during COVID-19.) Customers rave about the food, and how carefully this establishment prepares it to keep it gluten free. They are, in fact Gluten Free Certified from the CFFP, meaning all of your food ordered from here is guaranteed to be safe. Even on their website you can click right through to their gluten free menu. There are SO many options that we don’t normally see on a GF menu that I was pretty excited!
Some of the dishes that are most popular include: gluten free garlic bread (YESSSS!!!), gluten free bruschetta, and gluten free pasta options. (I couldn’t access that part of the website, so sorry for the lack of details. But even just their amazing assortment of gluten free appetizers amazed me.)
Olive & Chili – Located at 51 York St, this restaurant is 100% gluten free! It has a full menu of gluten free goodness. For example it has baked goods such as muffins, scones and pizza. Also, they have a large selection of delicious salads such as Tomato, Basil & Bocconcini Italian Salad. And entrees such as Italian Beef Lasagna.
Aroma Meze Tapas Restaurant – Located on 239 Nepean St., this cozy little Greek restaurant has an extensive list of gluten free items on its menu. You can enjoy tasty dishes such as Ratatouille, Ouzo Shrimp, Greek Poutine and Pulled Lamb Tacos.
Foolish Chicken – Located on 79 Holland Ave, this restaurant specializes in Chicken and Ribs dishes and you can have these gluten free. They also have other gluten free items on their menu such as Fresh Cut Fries, Walnut Spinach Salad and the Ultimate Chocolate Brownie.
Ottawa has an increasing number of restaurants which are gluten free or have gluten free options. This is great news for Celiacs and gluten intolerant people who now can truly enjoy all the delicious eats Ottawa has to offer. Eat well my friends!