Charleston Celiac Travel Guide

Enjoy sunshine, Southern charm, and all the gluten-free barbecue you can eat in Charleston. Our Celiac Travel Guide to this crown jewel of the South features the 21 best places to find dedicated kitchens, gluten-free menus, and staff who went above and beyond to show the Spokin community the Southern hospitality Charleston is known for.

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1. Magnolias

“I went here twice on my trip to Charleston. The food was fabulous, as was the staff. The gluten-free menu is quite big, and there were so many dishes to choose from that highlighted local cuisine. Be sure to get a reservation because they book up quickly.”

@tastymeditation who manages celiac and a wheat allergy


“Basic Kitchen is amazing! Their ingredients are super clean, locally sourced, and the staff is well educated on dietary restrictions and allergies. They also can do modifications! The sweet potato fries are the best and I love the Basic Bowl with chicken!”

@ashgrove27 who manages celiac and milk, egg, wheat, and meat allergies

3. Rodney Scott’s BBQ

“Tasty BBQ! All of their sauces are gluten free, but their fryer is cross contaminated. I had the coleslaw and potato salad as sides and they were very good. Make sure to tell the waitstaff that you do not want bread under your meat.”

@exploringgf who manages celiac

4. Slightly North of Broad Restaurant

“Slightly North of Broad Restaurant is great, especially for lunch! I got a grilled salmon salad that was absolutely delicious. Good for a medium-sized group, as there are many options and I felt I had enough choices on the menu to pick from.”

@gflongisland who manages celiac

5. Hank’s Seafood Restaurant

“While the menu doesn’t specify allergens, the staff here is fantastic with dealing with allergies! You can’t go wrong with any of the grilled fish options, and you have to get the oysters here!”

@jtchambers222 who manages celiac and peanut, tree nut, and pea allergies


“Mexican food AND sushi?! Say no more! MESU had delicious food and a great atmosphere. Everything that can be made gluten-free is marked on the menu. Tell the waitress you have a “gluten allergy” and they will follow a safe protocol to avoid cross-contact! They even have a fun gong to hit if you are celebrating a birthday or bachelorette.”

@longisland who manages celiac

7. 82 Queen

“This restaurant is a quintessential Charleston spot, and they have a good number of gluten-free options (that are marked on the menu), which doesn’t normally happen! If you are gluten-free, you have to get the jambalaya. There were very few nuts on the menu which is great, as well!”

@jtchambers222 who manages celiac and peanut, tree nut, and pea allergies

8. Charleston Beer Works

“One of the few breweries I’ve been to that do not use peanut oil for some of their fried foods! Like any brewery, I would make sure to ask about cross-contamination. Because we were just dealing with a gluten allergy, we didn’t ask a ton about this.”

@shelt1ol who manages celiac

9. Five Loaves Cafe

“Fives Loaves has lots of options for gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan eaters. The menu clearly lists each. Their soups are almost always gluten-free, and almost every sandwich can be made gluten-free. They’re friendly and helpful. It’s a fantastic spot!”

@tcwalkerjr who manages celiac

10. Camellia’s

“Camellia’s is such a chic place all decorated in pink with a beautiful chandelier. The atmosphere is so trendy and the service was great. Unfortunately, we got here when the kitchen was closed, but would love to go back for their creme brûlée or flourless chocolate cake. I had a chocolate martini made with Tito’s that was A+! Highly recommend for cute pics with your girls on a bachelorette trip or just with a girl friend!”

@gflongisland who manages celiac

11. D’Allesandro’s Pizza

“Their pizza is AMAZING! Some of the best gluten-free pizza I have ever had!”

@mollysgfplate who manages celiac

12. Barsa Tapas Lounge & Bar

“Delicious tapas in Charleston! Lots of gluten-free options clearly marked. I had many of the tapas and they all exceeded expectations. LOVE the paella!”

@gflongisland who manages celiac

13. Queen Street Grocery

“Gluten-free crepes! This is one of the best-kept secrets of Charleston, as this is in a residential area in the city. They have some of the best gluten-free crepes, bursting with ingredients and flavor. You can’t go wrong with any of the options! Sit outside to take in the Charleston air and feel like a local.”

@jtchambers222 who manages celiac and peanut, tree nut, and pea allergies

14. Verde

“I had an amazing experience at Verde! The staff was very educated and accommodating by having all the ingredients in an additional separate area for those who are worried about cross-contamination. Most additives were allergen-friendly and their falafel was gluten-free and vegan! So so good! 10/10.”

@sarahwoods who manages celiac and milk and wheat allergies

15. Saltwater Cowboys

“Gluten-free BBQ, all sauces are gluten-free. Wings are made with gluten-free rub. The menu could use an update because it’s unclear what gluten-free is, but staff double-checked what was. I ordered pulled pork, fries, cucumber tomato salad, and wings!”

@jmurphy who manages celiac and tree nut, milk, soy, wheat, vegetable, and fruit allergies

16. Island Provisions – Downtown Charleston

“Educated staff for sure! Gluten-free bread was amazing. Ordered a prosciutto/tomato/lettuce sandwich. Alternative milk options for coffee.”

@jmurphy who manages celiac and tree nut, milk, soy, wheat, vegetable, and fruit allergies

17. Poogan’s Smokehouse

“We enjoyed our meal here. They server was very helpful letting us know that the cornmeal fried pickled okra was only battered in cornmeal, no eggs or dairy, and let us know that the fried foods were all fried in the same oil (so not good for celiac and cross-contamination with gluten). That evening there were no items with nuts that were fried. To be on the safe side, I would recommend asking the server about food allergens…she was very helpful.”

@jennaynutrition who manages celiac and peanut, tree nut, milk, and egg allergies

18. Blackstone’s Café

“I love the smoked salmon gluten-free bagel! My kids enjoyed the scrambled eggs, breakfast meats, and gluten-free waffles. Best of all, we loved getting there early enough to recite the Pledge of Allegiance with other patrons, and we especially enjoyed all of the flags displayed!”

@julieann who manages celiac

19. Burtons Grill & Bar of Mt. Pleasant

“I have been to Burton’s many times and always leave feeling great. They have a dedicated gluten-free kitchen and even different food runners for that kitchen. The food is ALWAYS amazing. I can’t rave about this place enough.”

@hopemarie240 who manages celiac and a wheat allergy

20. Ladys Island Dockside

“This has always been a favorite restaurant for seafood for our family. It’s a beautiful spot and they cater to most allergies. If you would love authentic seafood with a view and a safe peanut-free meal then don’t miss this spot!”

@theallergictab who manages celiac and peanut, tree nut, and legume allergies

21. The Upper Crust

“Nut-free pizza place on Lady’s Island in Beaufort, SC. We ordered ahead 2 pies (cheese and a sausage/pepperoni). Yummy and safe for our nut-free family who was craving a quick pizza.”

@theallergictab who manages celiac and peanut, tree nut, and legume allergies

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