(credit: Greenleaf ChopShop)

(credit: Greenleaf ChopShop)

With a rise in gluten intolerances, allergies, celiac disease, and even the popularity of the paleo diet, gluten free options are becoming available at more and more restaurants in Orange County. Although many restaurants can certainly accommodate, here’s a list of restaurants in the OC that go above and beyond for their GF patrons.
(credit: Anaheim White House)

(credit: Anaheim White House)

Anaheim White House
887 South Anaheim Blvd.
Anaheim, CA 92805
(714) 772-1381

Eating gluten free doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice quality. At Anaheim White House, you can enjoy their gluten free prix-fixe Menu for the ultimate gluten free dining experience. You’ll start with a green salad (mesclun greens tossed with their world famous White House passion fruit vinaigrette) or beef carpaccio, and enjoy entree selections including Braised Beef, Steamed Salmon (served atop a Belgium white chocolate mashed potato puree), Filet Mignon (oven roasted with local dairy bleu Gorgonzola cheese sauce), or Pasta Calabrese (a gluten free pasta tossed with olive oil, seasonal vegetables, and roasted garlic). Finish your meal with a decadent Crème Brulée served with seasonal berries and vanilla bean ice cream.

(credit: 118 Degrees)

(credit: 118 Degrees)

118 Degrees
2981 Bristol Suite #B5
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(714) 754-0718

At 118 Degrees, everything offered is from 100% plant based Vegan ingredients, prepared at less than 118 degrees to preserve the natural quality and nutritional value of the dish. In addition to offering a wide variety of healthy, allergen free foods, 118 Degrees boasts some unique gluten free options including sprouted grains that make for a great bread substitute for the gluten intolerant.

(credit: Old Spaghetti Factory)

(credit: Old Spaghetti Factory)

The Old Spaghetti Factory
Newport Beach
2110 Newport Blvd.
Newport Beach, CA 92663
(949) 675-8654
Additional Location: Fullerton

Gluten free pasta is a rare find in restaurants. Head to the Old Spaghetti Factory for their incredibly tasty gluten free pasta offered as a substitution for any noodle entree. A wide variety of sauces, meats (including their popular Italian sausage link), and dressing options are also gluten free. Note: There is a $.75 upgrade charge when choosing gluten free pasta.

(credit: Disneyland Resort)

(credit: Disneyland Resort)

Disneyland Resort Restaurants
600 Disneyland Drive
Anaheim, CA 92802
(714) 781-DINE

Many people don’t know that Disneyland Resort restaurants offer some amazing selections for gluten free diners. From counter service “fast food” restaurants to sit down options and fine dining, nearly every restaurant in the parks and hotels offer gluten free options including breads, gluten-free sauces, and more, although they are often not listed on the menu. The chefs in most sit down restaurants can often prepare your selections in special allergen free areas to avoid cross-contamination. Alert the host to your dietary requirements and the chef will consult with you to help meet your needs.

(credit: Yard House Restaurants)

(credit: Yard House Restaurants)

Yard House
The Yard House
Newport Beach
849 Newport Center Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660
(949) 640-9273
Additional Locations: Costa Mesa & Irvine

If you are looking to grab a gluten free brew with your friends, be sure to head to the Yard House. Although exact offerings vary based on location, the Yard House regularly serves up gluten-free lagers, pale ales, and hard ciders to the delight of beer fans everywhere. A dedicated gluten-free menu will help round out your night out on the town with hearty gluten free appetizer, entree, and dessert selections.

(credit: Stonefire Grill)

(credit: Stonefire Grill)

Stonefire Grill
3966 Barranca Parkway
Irvine, CA 92606
(949) 777-1177
Additional Location: Fountain Valley

The Gluten-Free menu at Stonefire Grill is extensive. With sixteen salads (with nine gluten-free salad dressing options), six delicious side options, and five specialty meats available, there is something here for everyone. A special treat at Stonefire Grill is their homemade barbecue sauce, completely free of gluten and completely tasty smothered atop BBQ ribs or their famous tri tip.

(credit: Z'Tejas)

(credit: Z’Tejas)

South Coast Plaza
3333 Bristol St. Suite 1876
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(714) 979-7469

Z’Tejas has created a gluten-free menu in cooperation with the Gluten Intolerance Group and works to maintain integrity with their food suppliers for a worry-free meal. Current offerings include their Z’ Chicken Salad, Wild Mushroom Enchiladas, Roasted Vegetable Tacos (corn tortillas filled with zucchini, yellow squash, red bell pepper, green chiles, corn, and roasted chile vinaigrette spinach topped with salsa verde), grilled salmon, and a NY strip steak, among others. Gluten-free margaritas and RedBridge Beer compliment your meal.

(credit: Greenleaf Chopshop)

(credit: Greenleaf Chopshop)

Greenleaf Chopshop
Plaza Sereno
234 E 17th St
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
(949) 200-3950
Additional Location: South Coast Collection / Costa Mesa

With fresh, organic options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Greenleaf Chopshop also offers a wide variety of gluten free choices. Their family friendly environment serves up specialties like the Anti-Oxidant Salad, Kristi’s Quinoa, and even almond crusted chicken fingers entree to satisfy your breaded cravings.

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Katie Bodell is the Blog Editor for Trekaroo, the largest family travel website in the U.S. She is also a freelance writer, a happy wife to her best friend, and a mom to three sweet California girls. See more on: Trekaroo | CheapOair | Google+ | Twitter.

  1. Eric Hartford says:

    I have been to three of the establishments listed here. Storyteller’s is a really good family dining experience. They have buffet style dining as well as a nice selection of menu items. Price depends on what is ordered and the service is excellent. Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. has the best coconut shrimp. Steaks cooked to perfection. If you go there, better bone up on the movie “Forrest Gump” because they like to throw in a little trivia along with your meal. Stonefire Grill is more than a place for good pizza. The service is good as well as the menu selection.

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