Gluten-Free Dining Guide: Newport

 There are some terrific spots for safe. gluten-free dining in Newport.  Below are some of our favorite places, from quick bites to formal dining and even high tea!  And, because Rhode Island is a small state, we’ve also included a list of other don’t-miss spots, all within a 60 minute drive. 

*Most of the eateries on this list are not dedicated gluten free, but have been selected for their attention to safety and careful kitchen protocols. Menu options may change, and Gluten-Free New England cannot guarantee the safety of any establishment, so always use your own judgement when eating out. Please feel free to submit corrections and additional restaurants to Abby at abby@wickedglutenfree.com.

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Newport

 

Jo’s American Bistro
24 Memorial Blvd. West
Newport, RI
401-847-5506

Jo’s American Bistro is a clear GF favorite in Newport. Located in the heart of downtown, they’ve got tons of clearly marked gluten-free items on their regular menu.  They take great care to prepare your meal separately, and they utilize a dedicated gluten-free fryer.  Menu options include burgers, lobster rolls, grilled shrimp with risotto, a hummus plate and lobster carbonara. They also offer clams, salads, and other inherently gluten-free choices. Jo’s is not a dedicated gluten free facility, but they are a celiac favorite. Inform your server before ordering.

Diego’s
11 Bowens Wharf
Newport, RI 02840
401-619-2640

Diego’s does Mexican right. Not only do they have a separate menu for gluten-free diners, but they have a vegan one as well. From seared tuna tostada to mini quesadillas & enchiladas (vegan cheese available), you can’t go wrong. And, they know how to prepare your meal separately and safely. Do chat with your server when ordering about your dietary needs, and make a reservation, because it gets crowded!

Boru Noodle Bar
36 Broadway
Newport, RI 02840
(401) 846-4200

Boru Noodle Bar is everything you’d want in a noodle joint:  fresh ingredients, large portions, and safe gluten-free options. Ramen is traditionally made with wheat noodles, but Boru has plenty of other choices including a rice noodle dish, an incredible kale salad (really, it’s different from the rest), kimchi, and more. The menu rotates, so call before you go if you’re looking for something in particular. Portions are big, so you just might have enough for lunch the next day. Be sure to notify your server of your dietary needs.

The Mooring Seafood Kitchen and Bar
1 Sayers Wharf
Newport, RI 02840
401-846-2260

The Mooring Seafood Kitchen and Bar just might be the perfect spot for a gluten-free meal in Newport and here’s why – they’re in a great location on Sayers Wharf, they’ve got outdoor seating, and an awesome separate gluten-free menu. Appetizers include a raw bar, salads, and even crab cakes. Entrees include a salmon BLT, burgers, chicken sandwiches and more, as well as seafood dishes including seafood risotto, cod and scallops. The Mooring even has a vegetarian menu and a kids menu They’re not a dedicated gluten-free facility, but they do take great care to avoid cross-contamination.

Gas Lamp Grille
206 Thames St,
Newport, RI 02840
401-845-9300

Gas Lamp Grille is the perfect restaurant to eat at when visiting Newport RI. . The menu rotates with the seasons, and they specialize in gluten free and vegan options. The winter menu offers GF wings, salads, chili, seafood, meats, guacamole, pastas and pizzas.  They’ve got vegan options as well, including tacos and Buddha bowls. Always be sure to inform your server of your dietary needs!

Corner Cafe
110 Broadway
Newport, RI 02840
401-846-0606

The Corner Cafe is the perfect little breakfast spot. They can put any breakfast sandwich into a GF wrap or on GF bread, along with the standard eggs, omelettes, and proteins. They also offer breakfast tacos, which can be served on corn tortilla chips. The staff and kitchen understand cross-contamination, making Corner Cafe a celiac favorite.  It’s a small place so it fills up fast, but it’s totally worth the wait (or getting up early!) Try to snag the table with the comfy chairs in the front window for an awesome breakfast and people-watching experience.

Castle Hill Inn
590 Ocean Drive
Newport, RI 02840
(401) 849-3800

Looking for fine dining? Castle Hill Inn is an upscale inn located in an historic mansion overlooking the ocean. It’s also the location of a Forbes 4 Star restaurant operated by The Newport Restaurant Group, which always takes your safety seriously. The menu is pre fixe only and includes locally sourced seafood, cheeses and other ingredients. All diners with food allergies and sensitivities are served by the manager. They also have an enormous wine list, with over 800 selections.

I’m Sushi
258 Bellevue Ave
Newport, RI 02840
401-841-1633

If you’re in the mood for sushi, head over to I’m Sushi. Tucked into a shopping plaza near the tennis hall of fame, you’ll get great food at a reasonable price. They can also ensure that your meal is safe, and they have gluten-free soy sauce. A hidden gem.

Salvation Cafe
140 Broadway
Newport, RI 02840
(401) 847-2620

Salvation Cafe offers a bit of eclectic pizazz to the Broadway restaurant scene. In a restored barn dining room, they serve up innovative appetizers and entrees with plenty of gluten-free options. The menu may rotate, but at this writing offerings included chipotle parsnip hummus with corn chips, quinoa and root vegetable salad, grilled tempeh curry, pad thai and more. The kitchen is not dedicated gluten free, but the chef and staff follow excellent cross-contamination protocol. During the warmer months, there’s even an outdoor patio and tiki bar.

Stoneacre Brasserie
28 Washington Square
Newport, RI
(401) 619-7810

Stoneacre Brasserie is the perfect combination of neighborhood restaurant and French bistro. Gluten-free breakfast options include corned beef hash, vegetable hash, eggs, oatmeal and more. Lunch and dinner includes sandwiches like burgers, coconut curried chicken and BLT’s, as well as tuna nicoise salad and more. They can even make french onion soup with their awesome GF bread! Stoneacre Brasserie totally understands how to prepare your meal safely. All you have to do it ask. Note: the menu changes daily; call before you go!

The Fifth Element
111 Boadway, Newport, RI, 02840
(401) 619-2552

If you’re looking for safe burgers and pizza, look no further. The owners of Fifth Element have kids with food allergies, so they totally understand how to prepare your meal safely. They also have a menu that’ll please the whole family from eggplant napoleon and duck poutine to seared scallops, fries from a dedicated fryer, and the aforementioned burgers and pizza.

Smoke House
31 Scotts Wharf
Newport, RI 02840
401-848-9800

The Smoke House is a BBQ joint owned by The Newport Restaurant Group. They have a separate gluten-free menu with lots of BBQ options, as well as lobster rolls, burgers and more. They even have gluten-free dessert options, depending on the day (call first). This is an open-air restaurant right on the pier. Totally relaxed and fun!

The Francis Malbone House
392 Thames St.
Newport, RI
401-846-0392

The Francis Malbone House is not only one of the top-rated inns of Newport, it’s also celiac safe. When you make your reservation be sure to inform the innkeepers of your dietary needs and they’ll take care of the rest. You’ll enjoy a beautiful breakfast and afternoon tea – all deliciously safe!

Power of Juice
1149 Aquidneck Ave.
Middletown, RI 02842
(401) 619-2021

If you want to add a healthy dimension to your Newport visit, stop into Power of Juice. They’ve got freshly squeezed juices and a menu of GF/vegan puddings, “pestos,”  and treats. There are also many kinds of nut milks. Never tried a juice place? They’ve got free samples, and they’ll even deliver! Power of Juice is 100% vegan and nearly 100% GF. They prepare all GF items separately and safely.

Bowen’s Wine Bar and Grille
22 Bowen’s Wharf
Newport, RI 02840
(401) 841-8884

Bowen’s Wine Bar and Grille is another restaurant owned by the Newport Restaurant Group. Situated on the inlet, they’re slightly upscale with a separate gluten-free menu. There’s a raw bar, plenty of seafood,  steak, chicken, and more, along with lot of side dishes and appetizers. Not a dedicated GF facility, but The Newport Restaurant Group takes your safety very seriously and they employ excellent kitchen protocol.

Fluke
41 Bowens Wharf
Newport, RI 02840
(401) 849-7778

If you’re looking for excellent and safe fried seafood, head to Fluke on Bowens Wharf. The menu is a perfect combination of innovative and tradition, so everyone will be happy. They boast a dedicated gluten-free fryer for french fries, fish and chips, fried oysters and more, along with plenty of seafood and land entrees, all marked with a little “G.” Outdoor seating as well.

Meg’s Aussie Milkbar
111 Bellevue Ave
Newport, RI 02840
(401) 619-4811

Don’t be deceived by the name – this is much more than a shake place. Modeled after traditional Australian diners of the 80’s, Meg’s serves up Australian and American breakfast and lunch in a relaxed, hip setting. They can put any breakfast or lunch sandwich on gluten-free bread, the veggie egg bowls are outstanding, and Meg’s Muesli is excellent. Lunch includes burgers, chicken sandwiches, the Aussie Lamb Sandwich with salads and vegetarian options as well. Don’t forget a shake for dessert! They can even make them with macadamia milk. Meg’s is not a dedicated gluten-free facility, but they understand how to prepare your meal safely. Inform your server of your dietary needs.

Siam Square
238 E. Main Rd.
Middletown, RI 02842
(401) 851-7988

Middletown is just a stone’s throw from Newport, and if you’re in the mood for Thai, this is the place. They have a ton of gluten-free options, they understand how to prepare them safely, and it’s all delicious. Period.

Cupcake Charlie’s
135 Swinburne Row
Brick Market Place
Newport, RI 02840
(401) 848-2253

Cupcake Charlie’s has 6 locations throughout New England. They are not dedicated gluten-free facilities, but they do make all of their delicious gluten-free cupcakes, trifles and treats separately.  They have dairy-free frosting, too. We’ve had a great experience on every visit, but always use your own judgement when eating out.

Lucia Italian Restaurant
186B Thames St. 
Newport, RI 02840
(401) 846-4677

Lucia Italian Restaurant offers great gluten-free options. Appetizers include lentil soup, salad, stewed beans, sautéed spinach and more. Entrees include all kinds of pasta – and we mean all kinds. They don’t make gluten-free pizza, but the pasta is so good, you won’t miss it. The owners are from Italy and the dining room is vintage, but that only adds to the charm.

 

Providence

Flatbread Co.
161 Cushing St.
Providence, RI 02906
(401) 273-2737

Flatbread Co. has locations all over New England and is our reigning champion for safe gluten-free pizza. They use Peace of Mind crust which is made in NH, they’ve got vegan cheese, and they carry incredible desserts from Gluten-Free Territory in NH as well. They also use excellent kitchen protocols. Not dedicated gluten free, but a celiac fave.

Hometown Cafe & Poke Bar
185 Camp St.
Providence, RI 02906
(401) 868-1247

What’s a gluten-free guide without a poke joint? Hometown Cafe and Poke Bar is owned and operated by two female friends who wanted to bring super fresh food to Providence. Their Hawaiian poke/California twist offers plenty of gluten-free options, and a comfy place to eat, chat, and enjoy.

Augusta Street Kitchen
52A Valley St.
Providence, RI 02909
(401) 339-2027

Augusta Street Kitchen is a 100% dedicated gluten free and vegan bakery/caterer committed to using only whole and healthy ingredients. They offer a daily menu of incredible baked goods, açaí bowls, breads, soups and more, and they take special orders. Tip: the donuts ROCK.
DEDICATED GLUTEN FREE

The Malted Barley

334 Westminster St.
Providence, RI 02903
(401) 490-0300

42 High St.
Westerly, RI 02891
(401) 315-2184

Don’t let the name fool you – The Malted Barley is awesome. Known for their beer selection and house made pretzels, they offer both gluten free. This means giant pretzel sandwiches like beef burgers, BLT’s,  black bean burgers and more, along with plenty of safe beer choices. They can even make gluten-free dessert pretzels!  Not a dedicated gluten-free facility, but they do take great care in the kitchen to avoid cross-contamination. Always inform your server of your dietary needs.

Il Massimo
134 Atwells Ave.
Providence, RI 02903
(401) 273-0650

400 Legacy Place
Dedham, MA 02026
(781) 493-8113

Il Massimo is upscale Italian in Providence. They have a separate gluten-free menu with so many great options, you’ll feel downright “normal.”  Salads, with focaccia croutons to gnocchi, all kinds of pasta dishes, fish dishes, chicken parm, veal parm, desserts and more. They’re not a dedicated gluten-free facility, but are super duper careful in the kitchen.

Pane e Vino
365 Atwells Ave.
Providence, RI 02903
(401) 223-2230

Pane e Vino is another  Italian restaurant in Providence with a great and safe gluten-free menu. They’ve got pan-fried calamari, antipasto, salads, and many pasta options including ravioli and gnocchi. They also have seafood, chicken, pork, and filet mignon. They’re super careful in the kitchen – inform your server of your dietary needs.

Cranston

A and J Bakery
1458 Park Ave.
Cranston, RI 02920
(401) 228-8696

If you’re anywhere in the vicinity of Cranston, be sure to stop into dedicated gluten-free A and J Bakery. They’ve got everything from the usual suspects like bread crumbs and biscotti to the not-so-usual like ring dings, cannoli, and cinnamon buns. There are TONS of vegan items as well, and of course they take special orders.
DEDICATED GLUTEN FREE & NUT FREE

Tavern on The Square
115 Hillside Rd.
Cranston, RI 02920
(401) 944-4401

Tavern on the Square has ten locations in Massachusetts, this one in RI, and they all handily accommodate gluten-free diners. They use dedicated gluten-free fryers for broccoli tempura, tater tots, fried pickles and more, along with pastas, burgers, and other great comfy dishes. They’re super careful in the kitchen, and a true celiac fave.

Bettola
44 Rolfe Square
Cranston, RI
(401) 522-5222

Bettola not only makes their own pizza dough, but they prepare your pizza separately, using separate utensils, pans, and toppings, and they even bake it in a dedicated oven. Yay and yum.

Warren

Rhody Roots
511 Main St.
Warren, RI
(401) 903-9159

Rhody Roots recently expanded from just a food truck to a brick and mortar eatery AND a food truck. Their focus is locally sourced ingredients, allergen conscious protocol, and inventive menu options, and they nail each and every one. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner, and nearly the entire menu can be made gluten free from waffles & pancakes at breakfast to burgers, soups, crab cakes and more. They’re not dedicated gluten free, but they sure can cater to the most sensitive diners.

Eli’s Kitchen
40 Market St.
Warren, RI 02885
(401) 245-1809

Eli’s mission is to offer “responsibly sourced, lovingly prepared, and globally inspired comfort food and drink in a warm and inclusive atmosphere.” They have a dedicated fryer and so many interesting gluten-free offerings, including  falafel, sandwiches, carnitas, burgers, salads, bowls, corn bread, soups, desserts and more. Eli’s is super careful in the kitchen and a local celiac fave. And, they serve breakfast, lunch and dinner, which is a total bonus!

Smithfield

Blackie’s
280 George Washington Hwy
Smithfield, RI 02917
(401) 231-4777

If you could dream up a restaurant that had an inspired, creative menu with plenty of gluten-free, vegan and keto options, a kitchen with excellent cross-contamination protocol, a staff that gets it, and a totally hip vibe, Blackie’s is it. From dedicated fryers to decadent desserts, you’re bound to find something you can eat and love. And if you don’t, they’ll do their best to create it for you. Tell ’em we sent you.

Johnston

Sans Gluten Artisan Bakery
39 Greenville Ave.
Johnston, RI 02919
(401) 437-6735

Sans Gluten may be small, but they make a ton of incredible dedicated gluten-free breads, bagels, and treats, all as beautiful as they are delicious. They take special orders AND they make real, fried donuts  twice per month. Check their social media for details.
DEDICATED GLUTEN-FREE

Pawtucket

Wildflour Vegan Bakery
727 East Ave.
Pawtucket, RI 02860
(401) 475-4718

Wildflour Vegan Bakery makes lots of gluten-free items, and they make them safely. Offerings vary daily and include cookies, muffins, corn bread, cupcakes, brownies and more, as well as a full coffee bar. Be sure to get there early for the best selection. You can order ahead as well.

Exeter

Celestial Cafe
567 S. County Trail
Exeter, RI  02822
(401) 295-5559

Celestial Cafe has been open since 2002, serving super fresh, locally sourced food.  They can accommodate many food allergies and preferences, including gluten free, vegan, and vegetarian. Options include house made chips. flatbreads, asparagus fries, Thai and Vietnamese dishes, desserts and more. Celestial Cafe is super careful in the kitchen and a local celiac favorite.

Tallulah’s Taqueria
146 Ives St.
Providence, RI 02906
(401) 272-8226

At Tallulah’s Taqueria, each item on the menu is clearly labeled gluten free, dairy free, and/or nut free, which makes things super easy. Options include tacos, chips and salsa, burrito bowls, quesadillas and more. If you’re in the mood for brunch, they open at 11am with breakfast burritos and bowls. Tallulah’s offers dining in and takeout including online ordering. They’re not a dedicated gluten free facility, but are passionate about the health and safety of their customers, and are a tried and true celiac favorite.

South Kingstown

TwoTen Oyster Bar and Grill
210 Salt Pond Rd.
South Kingstown, RI  02879
(401) 782-0100

TwoTen Oyster Bar and Grill is only a 25 minute drive from Newport, and worth every second of it. One of our favorite spots in RI, they have dedicated fryers for fried oysters, shrimp, fish and chips and more, along with all kinds of other gluten-free deliciousness like crab cakes, lobster grilled cheese sandwiches, lobster rolls, and whatever else the chef decides to create on any given day. Eat here!
*COVID-19 Note: Call before you go to see if the gluten-free fryer is up and running.

Warwick

Lemongrass
1138 Post Rd.
Warwick, RI 02888
(401) 941-1388

Lemongrass has a really big, safe and fun gluten-free menu.  Options range from sushi to soups, bbq ribs, beef teriyaki, wings, fried rice, stir fry and more.  Lemongrass is not a dedicated gluten free facility, but they’re very adept with managing food allergies. Always inform your server of your dietary needs.