Dining Out


*I have eaten safely at all of the places listed, however remember to ask questions and be an advocate for yourself for a safe meal! If something is fried, be sure they have a separate GF fryer. Is the kitchen knowledgeable? Stress and then stress again if you are a severely sensitive celiac like me, because GF has become so popular, there are many restaurants who say they have a GF menu, but aren’t prepared to serve those with serious, severe dietary needs.

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Gluten Free in Milwaukee (and surrounding areas)


Grill Junkies - Oconomowoc (fish fry, fried pickles, totchos, burgers & fries with buns from Molly’s GF Bakery!)

Belair Cantina – Tosa & Milwaukee



Coquette Cafe

Cafe Manna – vegetarian restaurant


Beans and Barley (get the pesto eggs!) 

Five Guys Burgers and Fries 

Stack’d Burger Bar

Wolf Peach


Cocina De Leon  – THE best enchiladas… take and bake!


P.F. Chang’s 

Jose’s Blue Sombrero 

Good Harvest Market (Pewaukee)

Tony Maronni’s (Sussex) 

Cafe Hollander

Cafe Benelux


Crazy Water 

Loaf & Jug

Whole Foods  – sushi to go



Sake Tumi 

North Star American Bistro 

Transfer Pizzeria 

Parkside 23 - Brookfield

Mia Famiglia – Hales Corners

Cempazuchi (I always get the tostadas, but be careful, last time we were there, we were told the corn tortillas are warmed on the grill with other flour tortillas, so ask for them to be separate, chips are NOT gluten free)

Key Westconsin ~ gluten-free fish fry!

Lake Park Bistro


Motor Bar and Restaurant @ Harley Davidson Museum

Branded at Iron Horse Hotel

Melting Pot

bd’s Mongolian Grill @ Bayshore Town Center

Stir Crazy - Brookfield

Marty’s Pizza – Delafield location only

Glass Nickel – Brookfield

Screaming Tuna Sushi & Asian Bistro

Cooper’s Hawk - Brookfield

The Rumpus Room

Water Buffalo

Melthouse Bistro


Sala (across from UWM) (the best minestrone around and they now have pizza!)

City Market 

Anaba Tea Room


Gluten Free in Madison, WI

Bunky’s Cafe — pizza, pasta, and more desserts than you’ll know what to do with!



Gluten Free in Green Bay, WI

Graystone Ale House 

Hagemeister Park


*I have not had the opportunity to try the following places but they have reached out to let me know they do have gluten-free options as well.

Lagniappe Brasserie

Bonefish Grill



Cafe Perrin

Il Mito

Il Mito East

Rustico Pizzeria – — you can read of our horrible experience here.

Pizzeria Piccola




27 thoughts on “Dining Out

  1. Simmer Cafe at 718 N. Water St. Is delicious and VERY Gluten-friendly. Husband and wife owners, Steve and Jennifer are so kind and helpful when I eat here. Jennifer has Celiac, so she is aware of how important GF menu choices are. She bakes the GF bread! They have the most delicious soups! Also great salads and Panini’s with GF bread (I have not tried because there is not dedicated panini maker for GF bread so they have recommended not taking a chance!). Give them a try, you can feel safe and will be so happy with their food. They also have a food truck in the summer!

  2. Tried Hotel Metro recently–had a great experience and was well-taken-care-of on the GF front. I used online reservations, let them know I was gluten free AND had a coupon. They were waiting for me and my hubby with a table set up, special menus ready, and no attitude, no issues with the LivingSocial deal. I will be going back there for sure. I had the salmon and my hubby had a bleu cheese crusted filet. They had a lovely dark choco/berry torte as well. SO delicious! I want to go back and try the full menu soon. I can’t get over how many restaurants serve GF and am still grateful for the exceptional experiences.

  3. Ubeer Gastropub in St. Francis is wonderful for gluten free! We have eaten there multiple times without any problems. They have gluten free bread/bun options with no upcharge! The staff are super knowledgeable about all things gluten-free. It’s become our new favorite place.

    • This is so exciting! I’m in Bay View and always looking for good, safe places to eat nearby. Is the selection pretty good? I tried to view their website but it wasn’t working. Thanks for posting this!

      • I have to second and third Becky’s comment. Ubeer is the ONLY place I go for burger and fries gluten free. It irks me to be offered a “gluten free burger” for the same menu price WITH NO BUN OR BREAD! The burgers are fantastic, and there are multiple salads and entrees, including beer can pulled chicken…you can get a nice grilled chicken breast instead of the burger, if you want. They have good gluten free bread and a safe fryer for delicious, crispy fries. They always have at least a couple of special ciders on tap, too–like one with blue agave or a pumpkin-apple blend or one of the dry-hopped varieties I love. I’ve tried so many I’ve lost track. I get tired of the sweet-sweet ciders because I have to drink cider rather than beer and get easily over-sweetened, and I just can’t stomach Magner’s and Strongbow so much anymore. Ubeer’s manager actually gets it and orders for cider drinkers who don’t necessarily want a mouthful of sugar water. When they can get local, they do. The staff is wonderful and welcoming, and the regulars–among whom I include myself now–are lovely and learn your name. I look forward to going every week. Yep. EVERY week. You will be treated like family, and not a single server or bartender will curl their lip at your gluten free needs. It’s just too bad that it’s getting too late in the year for you to try the GF food AND sit on the patio, which looks out onto Lake Michigan just north of the condos in St. Francis. Your non-gf loves will enjoy it there, too, because of the great dishes and outstanding beer menu. I take ALL picky people to Ubeer because everyone will get delicious food and great service in a homey, beautifully traditional wooden pub atmosphere.

        PS I’m glad to have found your site and will be back to see what else is new!

  4. For the commenter above asking about Dr. Dawg I work nearby and eat there on occasion and it is an AWESOME place for people with Celiac. They are knowledgable about cc and even the cupcakes are GF! Separate fryer for fries and GF bun options for everything. Highly recommend them!

    Another place I have really been excited about lately is Ian’s pizza on North Ave. They have a GF crust that they can make with any of their regular pizza toppings (I usually get smoky the bandit). The first time I found out about the crust I asked some questions about CC and I was satisfied with the answers (however, I would always encourage someone to ask for yourself before just taking my word for it). They told me they use a clean cutter for all GF pizzas.

  5. Have you ever been to or do you know anything about Jackson Grill on the south side? It’s on Mitchell St. Ate there before being diagnosed and the food is excellent. Would like to go back.

      • I ended up going to Jackson’s Grill and had a positive experience. The waitress was knowledgable and after I asked her questions the woman at the table next to me informed me she is GF and eats there all the time. I am newer to my Celiac diagnosis so I’m still a bit sheepish at times about asking about cc issues but with the waitresses willingness to talk to the chef about anything and the women next to me being so enthusiastic I decided to not worry too much. (I know the woman may have just been GF and not Celiac, and I realize I was taking a risk, I’m still learning). I had a great experience and the food is always amazing there (used to eat there before diagnosis). I don’t feel comfortable vouching for the CC issues but I think they would be accommodating as they were very helpful with all of my questions. And the food is fabulous. It’s mostly steak and veggies. They have a few soups and salad dressings that would be a risk but the menu is pretty simple.

  6. Oooo! I see Chipotle on your list. I haven’t had it in 3 months because I’ve been nervous! Which location do you go to? Because I will be going.. :) Thanks!

    • Hi Stephanie — I’ve eaten safely at the Chipotle on the east side, on Ogden I believe. And also at the one by Mayfair. I just tell them I have an “allergy” (I know, celiac isn’t an allergy, but they GET that.) ;) and to please change their gloves and have the same person handle my order all the way through the line, rather than switching for the condiments. It has always worked well and they are happy to do it. I’ve eat at Chipotle while traveling in other states as well, both CO and AZ successfully.

  7. Has anyone tried Dr. Dawg on Port Washington Road in Glendale? I was doing some investigating since I have seminar near there next week. I called and the gal was super nice. She happily rattled off GF: Hamburger buns, hot dog buns, burgers, brats, dogs, italians, kolby beef and salami. (all sausage is homemade.) And FRIES! She said they are awesome, home made, soaked in water and deep fried in dedicated fryer. People who are GF stop in to purchase them by the ‘bag’ (yes they sell them cooked by the bag full!) I will see if they have a seperate GF menu. Made my day!

    PS Any “typo’s” I had – is just because I am so excited to have found this site. :-)

  8. Hui’s chinese is Wauwatosa does not have a GF menu. Rose and her brother are very familiar with GF. I bring my own GF soy sauce and have never had a reaction. Chicken and shrimp is safe. Pork and beef is marinated in regular soy sauce. And nothing deep fried is safe. They have great Saturday lunch plates.

    Hui’s Cantonese & American
    (414) 475-5150
    8818 W North Ave
    Wauwatosa, WI 53226

  9. Mo’s in Tosa…has good food. Be leary of the GF menu. They’ve told me they can NOT guarantee the GF foods not getting cross contaminated. Server was nice, but, again uneducated — I can’t take the chance.

    • Mo’s didn’t make my list because of the issues with their “GF” menu. Some gluten intolerant friends eat there, but after hearing from them about their own concerns with keeping things GF, I’ve skipped it and had a cider instead. ;)

  10. Sarah – I am so happy my friends saw your great write up in the Cue Food section. I have celiac disease..Easter will be 3 yrs. your recipes and blog have given me my enthusiasm to cook back!
    You have a restaurant listed that you have NOT tried. I have, love the place and the people, but last 3 visits my GF dinner left me sick. Last lunch I ended up in the ER. Besides being sick for Christmas, having a large medical bill I’ve been torn on what to do with the restaurant…I do NOT want others to get sick.

    Hope to talk more. Thanks so much,

  11. Just ate at Casa Di Gorgio in Franklin yesterday. Great pasta dish. However was not impressed with their pizza. My current favorite pizza is at Classic Slice in Bay View or Mia Famiglia

  12. Mo’s Irish Pub downtown has a gluten free menu. I am not sure about Wauwatosa, though. I am also not sure about the fryer situation, but they do have gluten free bread for burgers and sandwiches.

    El Fuego (on Layton by the airport) has a gluten free menu. They do note on their menu that their cheese is not gluten free.

    Kil@wat does not have a gluten free menu, but will work with you. Same with Ward’s House of Prime and Mason Street Grill downtown.

    • Thanks for the tips, Stacie — word of caution… Mo’s has a big disclaimer on their menu that their main ingredients listed do not contain gluten, but other ingredients may, it wasn’t enough for me to feel safe to eat there.

    • I ate at MO’s down town and loved it. no issues, friendly staff – manager came out… the whole nine yards

      Went to Tosa and not only did I get extremely sick, but they were rude and for a place that has a DEDICATED G-F menu, were EXTREMELY uneducated even the manager came up to me and rudely said what are you complaining about all our breads are gluten free, and 20 min later came back and said sorry I am from ohio where we ONLY serve gluten free breads and did not know Wisconsin does- but his TONE of sorry was condescending and he was just a plain ASS.

      • Thanks for letting me know. I have not had a problem downtown, but I haven’t eaten at the one in Tosa. Downtown has a dedicated fryer. Kil@wat now has a gluten free menu, but it’s basically taking items from their regular menu that are gluten free. They totally work with you to subsitute whatever you want. Their menu changes often enough, too, kind of like Tess.

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