19 Gluten-Free Friendly Restaurants in Honolulu, Hawaii
We’ve rounded up the best spots to avoid gluten on Oahu.
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A takeout counter with no noodles, katsu or soy-infused poke, Grylt has multiple gluten-free options for meat and fish, veggies and starches, including the mashed cauliflower and grilled baby romaine.
Locations in Manoa, Ala Moana Center and Kahala Mall, grylt.com
Koko Head Cafe’s gluten-free congee.
Koko Head Cafe
Lee Anne Wong’s menu of scones, cornflake French toast and “Dumplings All Day Wong” may seem daunting from a gluten-free perspective, but the staff can navigate you to gluten-free options, including a killer breakfast congee.
1145c 12th Ave., 732-8920, kokoheadcafe.com
Neiman Marcus’ third-floor restaurant designates lots of items as gluten-free. Of note: the quinoa spaghetti and clams, possibly the best al dente gluten-free spaghetti in town.
Ala Moana Center, 1450 Ala Moana Blvd., 951-3420
The beachfront restaurant at the Outrigger Reef Hotel prides itself on a menu that’s mostly gluten-free, including the buttery seafood lau lau and the chef’s signature weekly snapper specials.
The Halekūlani’s haute cuisine menu designates 12 of 22 dishes at lunch and 14 of 23 at dinner as gluten-free. The olive oil-poached salmon with pistachios is indulgent, and the steamed onaga a classic.
2199 Kalia Road, 288-8022, halekulani.com
When you want a creative, entrée-size salad, Pavilion has one of the best selections on the island. Many raise vegetables to the level of indulgence, like the warm goat cheese and berry salad and the white beans on arugula and radicchio.
Honolulu Museum of Art, 900 S. Beretania St., 532-8734, honolulumuseum.org
The Farmers’ Pho at The Pig and the Lady.
The Pig and the Lady
Going gluten-free doesn’t mean forsaking noodles, thanks to rice noodles, used in pho and other Vietnamese noodle soups. Because of its Vietnamese roots, nearly all the noodle soups, salads and most dishes that rotate through the menu are gluten free, such as the herb-flecked, puffed rice-topped sashimi. When not busy, the kitchen is adept at modifying other dishes.
83 N. King St., 585-8255, thepigandthelady.com
While none of Roy’s three Oahu restaurants has a gluten-free menu, “If a dish has gluten, we try to replicate it or make something similar by removing the gluten and substituting non-gluten ingredients,” says corporate chef Jackie Lau. The molten flourless chocolate soufflé, thankfully, is gluten free.
Locations in Hawaii Kai, Waikiki and Ko Olina, royshawaii.com
Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar
D.K. Kodama’s gluten-free menu includes sushi rolls—including the mango blue crab hand roll—and the gluten-free Omission Lager.
2552 Kalakaua Ave., 931-6286, sanseihawaii.com