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GF Lunch Bunch

Lunches are held at Tucson restaurants, usually on the second Friday of each month.

Gluten-Free Dining Group

Group dinners are arranged at restaurants supporting gluten-free dining, usually on the fourth Tuesday of each month.

Check our calendar for up-to-date information on venues and dates.


Gluten-Free  dining is a challenge for people with celiac disease or anyone with gluten intolerance. Dining clubs help us practice ordering (and screening) our food to insure a safe meal. We learn from our fellow Celiacs how to order gluten free from restaurant menus. Join us for fun and to help raise Celiac Disease (CD) awareness in the food service industry and general community. When dining out we can educate restaurants and food service workers on specific needs of gluten intolerant patrons and help them learn to prepare and serve gluten free food.

If you have had a great (or not so great) GF dining experience please use the form below to notify us.

Dining Tips:

  • Usually it is safer to eat at a more upscale restaurant where chefs tend to make items from scratch and from fresh ingredients. They are typically more knowledgeable about diet and special needs.
  • Ideally the kitchen or wait staff can tell you if a menu items contain wheat or gluten, and may offer substitutions or modifications.
  • Contacting the chef ahead of time is preferable, and most chefs are at work after 3 PM.
  • Call or visit and leave written information on the GF diet requirements with the chef ad manager.† (CSA members have a card to carry that specifies diet requirements)
  • You may also mail, email or fax the diet information since the chef may not be aware of hidden sources of gluten or of cross contamination.
  • Please  go out of your way to thank the Chef and staff for their efforts.†† A good tip will also show your appreciation!†
  • A follow-up note with a Celiac brochure builds Celiac awareness - one chef at a time. Carry copies of GF Dining brochures to help distribute reference materials that can be posted on the restaurantís bulletin board.
  • For diners in the Southwest, the Spanish translation for wheat flour is harina de trigo (with a silent "h" - "arina") and for bread is pan. Tell your server "no harina" and "no pan." Maíz (corn) is good (bien). Masa harina is the flour (made from corn) used to make corn tortillas and is OK. However, the large "flour tortillas" used for burritos and chimichangas are made with wheat flour and must be avoided.
  • We have adapted a very good list of suggested questions to ask when dining out, originally from Alamo Celiac, GIG (by Melanie Psaltakis).
  • Restaurant Cards with the name of our group and dietary restrictions printed on the back are also available to our members at any general meeting. Pick up one. They work!
  • Restaurant cards are available with membership in the Celiac Support Association. 402-558-0600. www.csaceliacs.org.
  • Restaurant cards are available in a variety of languages. You can order commercially printed Restaurant Cards at http://www.triumphdining.com/ with the text adapted for each cuisine. Translated cards are available in English, Chinese, French, Greek, Indian, Italian, Japanese, Spanish (Mexican), Thai, and Vietnamese. Printable restaurant cards in 54 languages are free online from CeliacTravel.com.
  • Sample Celiac Restaurant Card
    I have celiac disease. With this illness, I have very strict dietary restrictions related to certain grains. I cannot eat foods with ingredients that are not GLUTEN-FREE. This means NO Wheat (including Emmer, Kamut, Semolina, Spelt, Triticale), Rye or Barley including these sprouted grains. It also includes Oats, which are usually contaminated with wheat. This means I must adhere to the three "C"s - my food cannot Contain, Contact or be Contaminated by these grains.

Reviewed Restaurants

The restaurants listed below have been informally screened and frequented by members of CSA of Southern Arizona. We present these establishments based on our personal experience but urge you to be cautious and rigorous when ordering. Owners, chefs and menus can change, which may affect the quality of GF menu items or staff sensitivity to the needs of GF diners. Never be afraid to ask questions about your food and how it's prepared. Comments are current as of the date of the review.

New! Our Reviewed Restaurant Map

Use our Google map of gluten-free restaurants to locate restaurants by neighborhood. Click on the pointers to get restaurant information.

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GF Menu - Gluten-free menu is available, either online or at the restaurant (or both)





Acacia · GF Menu · 3001 East Skyline Drive N.E. corner of Skyline Dr. and Campbell Ave. 

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Adobe Rose Bed and Breakfast (Breakfast only, served on individual plates) · 940 N. Olsen Ave 

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Agustine Kitchen (French) · GF Menu · 100 S. Avenida del Convento, Suite 200 Just west of I-10 on Congress 

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Arizona Inn (Classic and contemporary cuisine) · 2200 E. Elm St. 

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Auld Dubliner (Authentic Irish fayre) · 800 E University Blvd. 

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Bangkok Cafe (Thai) · 2511 Speedway Blvd 

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BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse (American) · GF Menu · 4270 N. Oracle Rd  · 5510 East Broadway Blvd. 

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Blue Willow Restuarant, Bakery and Gift Shop (American) · GF Menu · 2616 N. Campbell Ave. near the intersection of Copper and Campbell 

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Bluefin Seafood Bistro (Seafood grill) · 7053 N Oracle Rd. (Casas Adobes Plaza, Ina and Oracle) 

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Boston Market (American) · GF Menu · 6610 East Grant Rd. SWC Grant Rd & Tanque Verde Bl  · 6960 E. 22nd St.  · 1903 E. Speedway Blvd NEC Campbell Rd & Speedway Bl  · 4405 N. First Ave. NWC First Av & Wetmore Rd  

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Boston's The Gourmet Pizza (Pizza) · 5825 W. Arizona Pavilions Drive, Marana  

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Carrabba's Italian Grill (Italian) · GF Menu · Caution · 7635 N. Oracle Rd. 

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Chantilly Tea Room (Teas & Luncheon) · 5185 N. Genematas Drive (Turn east off of Oracle just north of River) 

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Choice Greens (formerly Chopped) (Salads) · 4205 N. Campbell Ave  · 2829 E. Speedway Blvd. 

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Chopstix (Asian) · 3820 S. Palo Verde Road Suite 101  

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Claim Jumper (Steaks, seafood, ribs and more) · GF Menu · 3761 E. Broadway Blvd 

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Dakota Cafe & Catering Company (Eclectic) · GF Menu · 6541 E. Tanque Verde 7 

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Downtown Kitchen & Cocktails (American) · 135 S. 6th Ave 

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Eegee's (Sandwiches, salads and frozen fruit slush drinks) · Caution

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Egg Connection (Breakfast) · 3114 E. Ft. Lowell Rd. In strip mall on the SE corner of Country Club/Ft Lowell 

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El Charro Cafe (Mexican) · GF Menu · 311 N. Court Ave  · 6310 E. Broadway Blvd  · 7725 N. Oracle Rd  · 6910 E. Sunrise  · 15920 S. Rancho Sahuarita Blvd, Sahuarita  

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Feast - Tasteful Takeout (Eclectic eat-in or takeout) · GF Menu · 3719 E Speedway Blvd. (new location as of Sept. 25, 2010) 

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Firebirds Wood Fired Grill (American) · GF Menu · 2985 E Skyline Dr (La Encantada Shopping Center) 

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Fleming's Restaurant (Steakhouse) · GF Menu · 6360 N. Campbell Ave. 

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Frost: A Gelato Shoppe (Desserts) · 7131 N. Oracle Road  · 7301 E. Tanque Verde Rd 

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Got 2B Gluten Free (Bakery/Cafe) · GF Menu · 5407 E Pima St 

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Gourmet Girls Gluten Free Bakery/Bistro (Bakery and bistro) · GF Menu · 5845 N. Oracle Rd. 

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Harvest (Local and seasonally inspired foods) · 10355 N La Canada Drive #141 

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IN-N-OUT Burger (Hamburgers) · Caution · 3711 E. Broadway Blvd.  · 8180 Cortaro Rd, Marana   · 1979 E. Ajo Way 

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India Oven Cuisine of India (Indian) · 2727 N Campbell Ave 

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Jason's Deli (American deli) · GF Menu · Caution · 6061 E Broadway Blvd  · 4545 N Oracle Rd 

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Jax Kitchen (American ) · 7286 N. Oracle Road Northeast of Ina & Oracle intersection 

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Jonathan's Cork (Southwestern) · 6320 E. Tanque Verde 

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Keva Juice (Fruit juice, smoothies, sherbet) · 4776 E Sunrise Dr.  · 10785 N. Oracle Rd., Suite 143, Oro Valley  

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Kingfisher Bar & Grill (Seafood grill) · 2564 E. Grant Rd 

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La Cocina (Variety, eclectic) · GF Menu · 201 N Court Ave. Downtown at Old Town Artisans 

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La Salsa Fresh Mexican Grill (Mexican) · 1021 N. Wilmot Rd  · 4861 E. Grant Rd #101  · 3007 E Speedway Blvd 

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La Vista De Sonoita (Mexican) · 3266 Highway 82, Sonoita  

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Lotus Garden (Asian) · 5975 E. Speedway Blvd 

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Lovin' Spoonfuls Vegetarian Restaurant (Eclectic vegan) · GF Menu · Caution · 2990 N. Campbell Ave Suite 120 (in Campbell Plaza) 

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Macayo's Mexican Kitchen (Mexican) · GF Menu · 7360 North Oracle Road  · 7040 East Broadway Road 

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Martin's Comida Casera (Mexican) · 557 N. 4th Avenue 

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Maynards Market & Kitchen (American) · 40 N. Toole Avenue At the train depot 

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Melting Pot (Fondue) · GF Menu · 7395 N La Cholla Blvd # 302 South west side of Foothills Mall 

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Mimi's Cafe (Eclectic menu, New Orleans decor) · 4420 N Oracle Rd  · 120 S Wilmot Rd 

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Mina's Thai (Thai) · GF Menu · 5575 E. River Rd # 141 (NE intersection of River and Craycroft) 

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Neo Malaysian Kitchen (Malaysian) · 6133 E Broadway Blvd 

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Olive Garden (Italian) · GF Menu · Caution · 5410 E. Broadway Blvd  · 300 W. Wetmore Rd.  · 1213 W Irvington Rd. 

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On The Border Mexican Grill & Cantina (Mexican) · GF Menu · 5205 E. Broadway Blvd 

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Opa Greek Cuisine & Fun (Greek) · 2990 N. Campbell Ave in Campbell Plaza 

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Outback Steakhouse (Steakhouse) · GF Menu · 4871 E Grant Rd  · 2240 W Ina Rd 

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Pei Wei Asian Diner (Asian) · GF Menu · 5285 E. Broadway  · 845 E. University Blvd.  · 633 W. Ina Rd. 

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PF Chang's China Bistro (Asian) · GF Menu · 1805 E. River Road (West of Campbell on River) 

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Picazzo's Pizza (Pizza) · GF Menu · 7325 Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd, Scottsdale   · 440 W. Warner Road, Tempe   · 1855 W Hwy 89A, Sedona   · 1300 S. Milton Rd, Flagstaff   · 4669 E. Cactus Rd, Paradise Valley  

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Red Mango Yogurt and Smoothies (Yogurt and smoothies) · GF Menu · 4758 E Sunrise Dr (SE corner of Sunrise and Swan by Safeway), Catalina Foothills  

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Red Robin Gourmet Burgers (American (Burgers)) · GF Menu · 4500 N Oracle Rd Tucson Mall 

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Renee's Organic Oven (Pizza, salads) · GF Menu · 7065 E Tanque Verde Rd 

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Romano's Macaroni Grill (Italian) · 5100 E Broadway Blvd  · 2265 W Ina Rd 

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Rubio's Fresh Mexican Grill (Mexican) · GF Menu · 3421 E. Broadway Blvd  · 10509 N. Oracle Rd  · 5870 E Broadway Blvd #532  · 2906 N. Campbell Ave  · 7077 N. Thornydale Rd A-1 

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Sushi Garden (Sushi) · GF Menu · 7401 N La Cholla Foothills Mall  · 3048 E Broadway Blvd 

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The Cup Cafe (American) · 311 E. Congress Street Downtown Tucson, in the Hotel Congress 

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The Heist (Pizza) · GF Menu · 7131 E Broadway Blvd 

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The Shanty (on 4th Avenue) (Gluten-Free Beer) · 401 East 9th Street (520) 623-2664 

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The Tasteful Kitchen (Vegetarian and raw foods) · 722 N. Stone Ave 

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Tohono Chul Garden Bistro (Breakfast/brunch/lunch/afternoon tea) (Mostly Sowthwestern) · GF Menu · 7366 N Paseo del Norte in Tohono Chul Park 

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Tucson Tamale Company (Mexican - Tamales ) · GF Menu · 2545 E Broadway 

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Vero Amore (Italian) · 2920 N Swan Rd Swan & Ft. Lowell  · 12130 Dove Mountain Blvd, # 104 North of Tangerine on Dove Mt Blvd 

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Wildflower (New American) · 7037 N Oracle Rd 

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Yoshimatsu Healthy Japanese Eatery (Japanese) · GF Menu · 2660 North Campbell Ave 

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Zoofari Market Cafe, Reid Park Zoo · 1100 S. Randolph Way (Reid Park Zoo, enter from 22nd Street) 

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Have you had a good gluten free dining experience at a restaurant in the Tucson area that isn't on our list? If so, please fill out our restaurant review form so we can add it.

Gluten-Free Dining in Nearby Destinations

Flagstaff & Sedona

  • Conifer Bed & Breakfast Inn - recommended by a member: "wonderful, gluten-free meals." Be sure to provide as much advance notice as possible.
  • England House Bed & Breakfast - recommended by a member: "...above and beyond what I've ever seen a B&B do for me - blueberry pancakes, amazing omelettes, they even had gluten-free crackers to go with the wine and cheese."
  • Picazzo's Pizza also has locations in Flagstaff, 1300 S. Milton Rd. and in Sedona, 1855 W Highway 89A. (see above for details)
  • Troia's - 1885 West Highway 89A, Sedona. Offers gluten-free pizza and rice pasta. "Wonderful restaurant...with so much gluten-free choice. not a gluten-free restaurant but rather a delightful restaurant that is knowledgeable about gluten and passionate about their food."

Phoenix

San Diego

Going Further?

You can also check with local CSA support groups for information on local dining options. A list is available at the CSA directory of local chapters and resource units.

Last modified on August 19 2014.

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