The Allergy Free Life’s Bite-Sized Guide: Los Angeles

Los Angeles Restaurants and Dessert Shops with Gluten-Free, Nut-Free, and Dairy-Free Options

Prior to my gluten intolerance, eating at restaurants was a regular occurrence for me. When dining with my husband, we’d casually mention his allergies and hope that the server took us seriously, but wouldn’t think twice after mentioning his allergy. Then everything changed. During a normal dinner out, we had a terrifying encounter at one of our favorite restaurants where pine nuts were added into in a dish we didn’t expect them to be present in. We had to go to the hospital, and it was a nerve wracking experience for everyone involved. After this incident I felt a new level of anxiousness about dining out, for fear of my husband’s life.

However, living in fear is no way to live at all, especially in a city like Los Angeles, which is brimming with incredible restaurants. Determined to not be restricted by my gluten intolerance, and his allergies, I’ve found quite a few spots that are not only safe to eat at, but go out of their way to accommodate those with food allergies. My quest continues daily, please be sure to check back as I add new eateries catering to those with food allergies in Los Angeles. Please note that while some of these establishments offer nut-free, gluten-free, dairy-free options, their menu is subject to change and it’s always important to inform your server about your allergies before ordering. 

Cafe Gratitude: Cafe Gratitude is a collection of 100% organic plant-based restaurants specializing in gourmet cuisines. The menu changes daily depending on seasonal ingredients available each day. Most of the menu items are raw, however there are a few non-raw items if that’s not your thing! The signature desserts, chocolate, cookies, and housemade ice cream and shakes are worth the indulgence! The pressed juices are also the perfect accompaniment to any breakfast or lunch.
Multiple Locations (Downtown LA, Larchmont, and Venice)
Dairy-Free Kitchen, Gluten-Free Options

Crossroads Kitchen: Not your typical vegan restaurant, Crossroads serves tasty Mediterranean cuisine. They’re also the only plant-based eatery to have a full bar and inspired cocktail menu. Crossroads isn’t defined by “what is missing, but what is.” The menu is all dairy-free (vegan), and also has a variety of gluten-free options. A highlight is the “seafood tower” which spotlights some of the worlds most unique plant based ingredients such as lobster mushrooms, sea beans, and hearts of palm from Costa Rica. Brunch, Lunch, and Dinner are all offered. For those with a nut allergy, proceed with caution as there are many items containing nuts.
8284 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90046 (Hollywood)
Dairy-Free Kitchen, Gluten-Free Option

Elderberries Cafe: All the dishes served at Elderberries Cafe are gluten-free, soy-free, organic, and vegan. My favorite picks are the their sandwiches, salads and breakfast (buckwheat french toast? Yes please). If you have a sweet tooth, don’t miss their fresh baked goods and desserts. Looking for something light? Choose from a variety of fresh juices and smoothies. For those with a nut allergy, proceed with caution as there are many items containing nuts.
7564 W Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90046 (Hollywood)
Dairy-Free Kitchen, Gluten-Free Kitchen, Soy-Free Kitchen

Evo Kitchen: Founded by a sister, brother, and mother trio, Evo Kitchen is a destination where vegans, meat lovers, and those who are gluten-free can feast together. Serving meat, vegan main dishes, and pizza (gluten-free and vegan!), there’s something for everyone at Evo Kitchen. Another bonus? Breakfast all day!
7950 Sunset Blvd. #104, Los Angeles, CA 90046
Dairy-Free Options, Gluten-Free Options, Nut-Free Options

Hugo’sRemaining a staple of Los Angeles dining since 1980, Hugo’s has been a favorite of many Los Angelanos for decades! With a large menu with 70+ items in addition to breakfast, lunch, and dinner specials, Hugo’s serves up delicious healthy, clean American fare. Another plus is that Hugo’s has an “allergy alert system” in place. This means that they go out of their way to list they full menu and ingredients online (view here), with common allergens clearly outlined. Hugo’s aims to create a restaurant where everyone can eat together, including those who are vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, or have other dietary restrictions. My favorite menu item is the “Create a Plate” option where you can literally make your own meal. With three locations in Los Angeles, Hugos is easy to access from many Los Angeles neighborhoods. Hugo’s is also 100% peanut-free.
Various Locations (Agoura Hills, West Hollywood, Studio City)
Dairy-Free Kitchen, Gluten-Free Options, Peanut-Free Kitchen, Tree Nut-Free Options

Kitchen Mouse: Kitchen Mouse started almost 4 years ago as a small catering business in owner Erica Daking’s home kitchen, cooking for friends and private dinners. Soon, word got out of Erica’s modern spin of gluten free, vegan food that not only invited the health conscious to enjoy, but everyone else too. Her plant-based, farmer’s market food booms with California flavor and drew such a crowd that it grew out of her house and into something much bigger. Kitchen Mouse Cafe opened up its doors in May of 2014 in Highland Park. All the dishes at Kitchen Mouse are vegetarian, gluten-free and there are many nut-free, soy-free, vegan options as well. If you’re a big breakfast lover, it’s served all day, but if you prefer something more savory, there’s a large range of salads, sandwiches, and baked goods (which are all vegan and gluten free)!
5904 N Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90042 (Highland Park)
Dairy-Free Kitchen, Gluten-Free Kitchen, Nut-Free Options

Maggiano’s: With a menu that features both classic and contemporary Italian-American recipes, there’s a wide variety of homemade pastas, signature salads, prime steaks, fresh fish, regular chef specials and specialty desserts, accompanied by a large selection of wines from acclaimed vintners as well as its own private wine label, Salute Amico. Another plus? All food is made-from-scratch daily. When a guest tells the waitstaff about an allergy or other special food need, a chef is summoned to the table to take the order. The chef will help guide the diner through the menu to make a safe choice. In the kitchen, that meal is prepared on a separate, sanitized table, away from potential allergens. (Bonus? No peanut products are used in any dishes.)
Various Locations (The Grove, Woodland Hills)
Gluten-Free Options, Nut-Free Options, Peanut-Free Kitche

M Cafe: Serving “contemporary macrobiotic cuisine), M Cafe aims to serve nutritionally, environmentally, and energetically balanced food that tastes great and stays true to the principles of Contemporary Macrobiotics. The chefs from M Cafe prepare each item fresh daily using the finest natural and organic ingredients, without any refined sugar, eggs, dairy, red meat, or poultry. The breakfast items are my favorite. the quinoa flaxseed oatmeal and avocado crispy toast are highly recommended! Brunch is also amazing. Be sure to check the menu of the location you’re visiting as dishes vary slightly. M Cafe also offers baked goods from their MMMMMMMM Patisserie which features delicious scones, muffins, cookies, pastries, and desserts.
Multiple Locations (Beverly Hills, Brentwood, and Hollywood)
Dairy-Free Kitchen, Gluten-Free Options, Nut-Free Options, Soy-Free Option

Powerplant Superfood Cafe: Serving up gluten-free, plant-based cuisine Powerplant Superfood Cafe is your destination for all things healthy.With a variety of sandwiches, salads, breakfast all day (!) and entrees, it’s the perfect place to stop anytime of day, While not all entrees are vegan, there are many vegan options available. The smoothies and fresh pressed juices are also delicious. I’m obsessed with their blue cornbread which is 100% gluten-free.
5671 West Pico Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90019 (Mid-Wilshire)
Dairy-Free Options, Gluten-Free Kitchen, Nut-Free Option 

Real Food Daily: Opened in 1993 as a 100% vegan restaurant, Real Food Daily has become one of the best healthy spots in Los Angeles. Their food is “balanced according to Eastern health philosophies and heart-healthy Western nutrition recommendations and is made from fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, plant-proteins, and high-quality natural condiments” Serving lunch, dinner, and brunch the menu clearly outlines gluten-free, nut-free, and soy-free dishes. The desserts are also incredible (brownie bowl, anyone?)
Various Locations (Santa Monica, Pasadena, and West Hollywood)
Dairy-Free Kitchen, Gluten-Free Options, Nut-Free Options

Sage Organic Kitchen: Partnering with local farmers to source their ingredients, this casual vegan eatery serves up delicious, healthy dishes using organic and pesticide-free ingredients when possible. All the food at Sage Organic Kitchen is vegan, and the menu clearly outlines dishes that are nut-free, gluten-free, and soy-free. Highlighted items include the gluten-free avocado coconut curry, spicy pineapple fried rice, and butternut squash ravioli. For brunch, I love the biscuits and gravy! With various locations around Sage Organic Kitchen, it’s your one stop shop for all the organic, vegan goodness you could desire! Please note that although the allergy-friendly menu outlines allergens in each dish, there is a disclaimer that the kitchen can’t prevent cross-contamination. Those with serious allergies take note.
Various Locations (Culver City, Echo Park, Pasadena)
Dairy-Free Kitchen, Gluten-Free Kitchen, Nut-Free Option 

Stamp Proper Foods: Devoted to “healthy creative food that tastes amazing” there are a variety of gluten-free, nut-free, dairy-free, and vegan options available. Focused primarily on soups and salads and breakfast served all day (a plus in my book), there are also quite a few smoothies and juices to choose from as well.
4500 Los Feliz Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90027 (Los Feliz)
Dairy-Free Options, Gluten-Free Options, Nut-Free Options

Sqirl: Bacon serving, but vegan friendly, Sqirl is market-driven, serving up re-imagined classics, innovative specials, and dishes you’ve never heard of before. Only open for breakfast and lunch, there are many gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, and vegan options. Highly recommended, my favorite dish is the green goddess salad. Delicious!
720 N Virgil Avenue, Suite 4, Los Angeles, CA 90029 (East Los Angeles)
Dairy-Free Options, Gluten-Free Options, Nut-Free Options, Vegan Options

Los Angeles Dessert Shops

Breakaway Bakery: Breakaway Bakery offers a full assortment of breads and bakery treats (cakes, bars, brownies, cookies, doughnuts) and frozen batters and dough made from the finest organic ingredients. All products are made in a dedicated facility free of gluten/wheat, dairy, peanuts, tree nuts, and gums. Bonus? All items are kosher. Gluten-free, nut-free babka and sticky buns? Count us in.
5264 W Pico Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90019 (Mid-City)
Dairy-Free Facility, Gluten-Free Facility, Peanut and Tree Nut-Free Facility

Erin McKenna Bakery: With her Los Angeles outpost of the popular NYC bakery, Erin McKenna wanted to create a bakery free of harmful ingredients, focusing on those with gluten, dairy, egg, and soy sensitivities, the health-minded, and those with allergies who are often unable to indulge. While there are no nut products in any of the treats, the bakery uses Bob’s Red Mill Flour which also processes nut flours, although their machinery is power washed the between runs and the initial 30-pounds of flour is discarded to prevent cross contamination. Vegan soft serve, cupcakes, cookies, doughnuts, loaves, and brownies are all on the menu, and are all equally delicious.
236 North Larchmont Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90004
Dairy-Free Facility, Gluten-Free Facility, Soy-Free Facility, Egg-Free Facility, Nut-Free Options (if you’re comfortable with the flour used) 

Fōnuts: Fōnuts debuted six years ago with a mission to elevate the coffee and donut experience into loftier and tastier realms. Baked and/or steamed and never fried, fōnuts replicate the donut taste you know and love, but give it a modern spin, featuring gluten-free and vegan options alongside traditional varieties.  With an aversion to fryer oil and a focus on natural ingredients, Lucas and Truman accentuate the deliciousness of every bite. There are both “regular” fōnuts and up to ten gluten free/vegan fōnuts made with almond flour, each with unique flavors such as blueberry earl grey, strawberry buttermilk, coconut passion fruit, banana chocolate, and more.
8104 W 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90048
Dairy-Free Options, Gluten-Free Options

Kippy’s! Ice Cream Shop: Kippy’sâ„¢ Organic Non-Dairy Ice Cream Shop makes the world’s first organic non-dairy ice cream and sorbet combining raw and organic coconut cream, organic fresh fruit and raw unheated organic honey. Kippy’sâ„¢ non-dairy ice cream was created out of Truly Raw Gourmet- a raw organic non-dairy ice cream and sorbet sold wholesale in glass jars in the frozen section at Whole Foods, Santa Monica Co-op, and other local Southern California Stores stores since 2010. In 2013 Truly Raw Gourmet opened Kippy’s!â„¢ Non-Dairy Ice Cream Shop- our first retail location specializing in raw organic coconut based ice creams and sorbets, with the objective of directly offering customers100% organic products that nourish the body, mind and soul. All of their ice creams contain no dairy, soy, nuts and are gluten free!
326 Lincoln Boulevard, Venice, CA 90291
Diary-Free, Gluten-Free, Peanut-Free, Tree-Nut Free

Rising Hearts Bakery: Calling themselves “Southern California’s premiere gluten-free, dairy-free, kosher bakery” a wide range of breads, sweet treats, cakes, and desserts are baked daily. While the bakery isn’t vegan, there are many options available for vegans as well. They do note that they’re not an top-8 allergen-free facility, and can’t guarantee against cross-contamination. No peanuts are allowed in the bakery, but a few of the items use almond flour. My favorite item when I visit Rising Hearts? The carrot whoopee pie.
10836 1/2 Washington Boulevard, Culver City, CA 90232
Dairy-Free Facility, Gluten-Free Facility, Nut-Free Options

Sensitive Sweets: Started by the mother of a son with serious food allergies, Sensitive Sweets is a dedicated Gluten-free and Nut-free bakery. They specialize in products free of gluten, dairy, eggs, soy, peanuts, and tree nuts. They make breads, cookies, muffins, cupcakes, and custom cakes (wedding as well!) that are healthy and delicious! I also love their pop tarts with unique fillings such as pumpkins.
17431 Brookhurst Street, Fountain Valley, CA 92708
Dairy-Free Facility, Egg-Free Facility, Gluten-Free Facility, Peanut-Free Facility, Tree-Nut Free Facility, Soy-Free Facility

Sinners and Saints: Gluten-free pumpkin brûlée, gluten free dark chocolate cherry brownies, gluten free chocolate cupcakes, the list goes on and on of the deliciousness baked at Sinners and Saints. Offering traditional “regular” baked goods (sinners) and gluten-free versions (saints), the bakery also offers paleo and vegan options as well. As “regular” baked goods are offered, the bakery isn’t a dedicated gluten-free facility, but efforts are made to limit cross-contamination.
2547 Lincoln Boulevard, Venice, CA 90291
Gluten-Free Options, Dairy Free Options

Yummy Cupcakes: The Vegan gourmet cupcakes from Yummy Cupcakes are made fresh from scratch in their Bakeshop every morning using top quality ingredients and do not contain any animal products. With over 94 flavors rotated on a daily basis, including blueberry pancakes, buttered popcorn, hot buttered rum, vanilla rose, and pumpkin pie there’s more than enough flavors to choose from!
2918 W. Magnolia Boulevard, Burbank, CA 91505
Dairy-Free Options

1 Comment

  1. Thank you for putting this list together. I just loaded all of the nut-free options into my google map to be able to stop-by or drive to these destinations when my daughter wants something new, tasty, or sweet. It’s hard to take my daughter out for nice eating with her nut allergy. A simple task like eating could instantly become my last meal with her. I have to be on point and vigilant. I love this list.

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