13 Gluten-Free Restaurants in Nashville

Gluten-free options abound in Nashville thanks to its progressive, creative and health-minded chefs.

Nashville has more than country music to thank for its tourism explosion. The city's growth is partly due to ABC's hit show Nashville, but it is the ever-expanding culinary scene that brings out the foodies. Nashville continues to push the envelope by “thinking outside the box” when it comes to creating gluten-free options, which makes finding them an easy task. Gluten-free Asian, French, Indian, Mexican, Italian, and American cuisine can be found throughout the city—there's even an entirely gluten-free restaurant and a number of dedicated gluten-free bakeries with goodies that would make a gluten eater think twice.

Here are some of the best gluten-free eats in Nashville:

AMOT Eatery, Nashville, TN

AMOT Eatery

This is Nashville's 100-percent gluten-free restaurant. The owner, who follows a gluten-free diet, created an environment that makes eating out a fun and stress-free experience for those avoiding the protein found in wheat, barley, rye and more. Using farm-fresh, all-natural, and locally sourced ingredients, AMOT serves brunch, lunch, and dinner where ‘homemade rules’ and gluten isn’t allowed. Indulge on biscuits and gravy, pancakes, and French toast for brunch. Have a sandwich on a baguette paired with their homemade herbed potato chips or a cup of soup for lunch. Dinner features buttermilk fried chicken, penne pasta, and much more. 1100 Fatherland St., 615.866.8144. $$

Amerigo

Pizza, pasta, and more await diners at this popular casual eatery known for its twist on traditional Italian cuisine. The menu covers all the bases from pizza, to pasta, to grilled meats and fish with gluten-free substitutes for both pizza crusts and pastas. Enjoy Leo’s pasta with pancetta, red onion, roasted red peppers and fresh herbs in a white wine, or try the pasta pomodoro with balsamic roasted grape tomatoes, onion, caper, garlic, and fresh herbs in olive oil marinara sauce. Pizzas are served on gluten-free crusts before being loaded with fresh vegetables, generous amounts of mozzarella, meat and sauce. 1920 West End Ave., 615.320.1740. $$

Burger Up

This community-driven restaurant seems to be the place to get a burger in Nashville. The restaurant shows its love for Tennessee by sourcing products from local farms, practicing sustainability, and treating animals humanely. A dedicated gluten-free menu offers appetizers, salads, grass-fed beef, bison, and lamb burgers on buns, and the elusive French fries. Grab a seat at the eatery's handmade tables and take in the buzzing atmosphere. 2901 12th Ave. South, 615.279.3767. $$

Chauhan Ale & Masala House, Nashville, TN

Chauhan Ale & Masala House

Indian cuisine with Southern flair is what earned this restaurant its stellar reputation. You may recognize executive chef and co-owner Maneet Chauhan as a full-time judge on “Chopped.” She also recently received a prestigious James Beard Award for Excellence. While there isn’t a separate gluten-free menu, the staff uses a detailed allergen chart to guide diners to options, and there are many from which to choose. Chauhan tips its hat to Southern food with a fantastic meat-and-three selection. 123 12th Ave. North, 615.242.8426. $$$

The Free Bakery

This gluten-free and vegan bakery pulls out all the stops with its line of gourmet baked goods. While best known for their variety of inventive cake and yeast doughnuts, they also make: biscuits, croissants, crostatas, petite tartines, pound cake, mini bundt cakes, and more. Creative doughnut flavors include chocolate cayenne, cinnamon roll, raspberry lemonade, and the half ‘n half (half chocolate and half vanilla). Place an order for delivery and sit back while their gluten-free and vegan goodies come to you. $$ 

Edley’s Bar-B-Que

A trip to Nashville isn’t complete without visiting this iconic joint that smokes its meat "low and slow" daily. All meats are sourced from a local supplier and only so much is made each day. Rubs and sauces are gluten free making only the obvious items (mac and cheese, bread, fried items) off limits. The Tuck Special sandwich with smoked brisket, housemade spicy pimento cheese, an egg overeasy, red-and-white sauce, and pickles is the hometown favorite and is still tasty sans the bun. 2706 12th Ave. South, 615-953-2951 $$

Red Bicycle Coffee & Crepes, Nashville, TN

Red Bicycle Coffee & Crêpes

You can find this restaurant in the heart of Germantown serving up more than 40 types of crêpes. Choose from breakfast, sweet or savory crepes, and be prepared to wait the 20–25 minutes it takes to prepare the equipment for a gluten-free crêpe. A bacon crêpe with apples, cheddar, and maple syrup sounds divine; or try the Florentine crêpe with eggs, cheese, mushrooms, and spinach. Even better, get creative and build your own crêpe from the wide selection of meats, veggies, fruits, nuts, cheeses, and in-house sauces. 1200 5th Ave. North, Ste. 104, 615.516.1986 $

The Smiling Elephant

Credited with producing the best and most authentic Thai food in Nashville, The Smiling Elephant are well equipped to handle diners with food allergies. Their menu denotes items that can be made gluten free by request with a ‘GF’ and their large selection makes it hard to choose with lettuce wraps, pad thai, ginger chicken, vegetable stir fry, and more. If you aren’t interested in anything on the menu, don’t worry because they are happy to whip up something off the menu, if they have the right ingredients handy. 2213 8th Ave. South, 615.891.4488. $$ 

Sunflower Café

This vegetarian restaurant serves up a meat-and-three experience minus the meat. Known for veggie burgers and wraps, the restaurant claims to have ‘more gluten-free options than you can shake a stick at.’ Gluten-free options are clearly marked on the menu and include hamburger buns and brown rice wraps, salads, hot and cold sides, veggie bowls, and even dessert. 2834 Azalea Place, 615.457.2568. $$

Suzy Wong's House of Yum, Nashville, TN

Suzy Wong’s House of Yum

Looking for Nashville’s only brunch with a live drag show? Then you've found the right spot. Nestled in the heart of Nashville’s alternative nightlife scene, Suzy Wong’s House of Yum offers a ‘brothel of epicurean delights’ where small plates encourage sharing. Gluten-free items are noted on the menu making ordering a breeze. If their Thai noodles with egg, tofu, chicken, shrimp, sambal, and peanut sauce don’t make you say ‘yum’, then try a Pineapple Red Curry Shrimp Yum Bowl. Go for the food and stay for the show. 1515 Church St., 615.329.2913. $$$

Taco Mamacita

Funky, fusion Mexican cuisine awaits diners at Taco Mamacita, where the gluten-free options are so plentiful they have their own menu. Their tacos, which are anything but ordinary, are served on corn tortillas with kitschy names and bold flavor combinations. Choose from fish, pork, ground beef, brisket, chicken, lamb, short rib, steak, and veggies combined with housemade sauces and fresh toppings. Take advantage of the full bar that includes themed margaritas and specialty drinks. 1200 Villa Place, 615.730.8552. $

Vegan Vee Gluten-Free Bakery

Serving American- and European-style baked goods, this dedicated vegan and gluten-free bakery has a local and organic focus. Here, you'll find scrumptious brownies, cakes, cupcakes, cake pops, chocolates, doughnuts, French macaroons, muffins, oatmeal cream pies, fruit tarts, truffles, and raw desserts. Stop by for a sweet treat made with organic maple syrup, and marvel at the fluffy texture created without eggs, milk, butter, or gluten. 306 46th Ave. North. $

The Wild Cow

The Wild Cow

East Nashville is home to this vegan and vegetarian restaurant offering the ultimate experience for any gluten-free diner. They are dedicated to serving the tastiest and healthiest fare and are more than prepared to serve diners with food allergies with half of their items marked with a ‘GF.’ Here is where creativity meets locally produced fruits, nuts, and vegetables to become cashew dip, garlicky kale, sweet potato and black bean tacos, veggie quinoa bowl, or a pistachio and pear salad. Sit back and relax while sipping on a smoothie made with almond milk and enjoy a menu free of meat, but full of flavor. 1896 Eastland Ave., 615.262.2717. $