Charleston may be a festival of options for foodies everywhere, but I know how hard it can be to find great gluten-free food in downtown Charleston. It’s not that it isn’t there, but more that it’s not being advertised or highlighted as well as it is in other cities.
I want to go downtown and enjoy fabulous food in a fabulous environment, and I know you do to. So I have a brand new list of downtown Charleston gluten-free restaurants.
I think this may be the most beautiful restaurant I’ve ever eaten in (and I have been to quite a few). Ask to be seated in the main dining area; trust me on this one. A high steeple ceiling and an insanely beautiful stained-glass window meet cutting-edge modern decor choices and a tree in the corner.
When we visited, our server immediately asked us if there were any dietary restrictions. I said I have to eat gluten-free. His next question was, “Is this Celiac?” **Music to my ears** I was carefully and patiently guided through the menu to learn all about my choices. They even brought out sliced cucumber, so I could enjoy some pre-meal hummus.
And the food was TO DIE FOR. Since I went during restaurant week, I enjoyed three courses of pure bliss (a soup, short ribs, and mousse). Without a doubt, we will head back (and bring family whenever they are in town).
For Tourists: This is one of the most authentically great restaurants in a high-density tourist area – Market St. This is great for you; it’s close and you can easily get there, but you’re actually experiencing high-quality, locals-approved dining. If driving, try parking a few blocks away because Market St. parking is super expensive. Just enjoy a pre- and post-dinner stroll… because you don’t want to miss it!
If you are looking for a lovely restaurant outside of the more touristy areas of downtown, Muse is a great choice. This renovated house is one of the coziest, sweetest spots I’ve been in.
The menu is not clearly marked, but the staff and chef are great about explaining your options AND altering dishes so G-Free-ers can eat them. We thought the food was delicious, the staff was friendly, and the ambiance was romantic.
(The bar is small, but a good kinda small. This is a great one to keep in mind for an after-dinner glass of wine too!)
3. Eli’s Table
Once again, I was super happy with the staff. Eli’s Table doesn’t mark GF on their menu, but our waiter was extremely knowledgable. I asked about one item he wasn’t sure about… and he immediately went to the kitchen to get the answer. I can’t really ask for a better experience.
Almost all their dishes are either gluten-free or can be modified. I had a pear salad and an fish entree… super pleased with both.
If the weather is nice, ask to sit on their patio!
4. Poogan’s Porch
During Charleston’s Restaurant Week it took a little legwork to find which restaurants were offering courses I could eat. (And for the love… I just wanted some dessert options toooo!) But Poogan’s made it so easy. Bless them, they had a little “GF” by an app, main, and dessert.
And I absolutely loved them. (Plus, they have this perfect cocktail with hard apple cider, gin, and crushed berries.)
They named this restaurant the way they did for a reason, so definitely ask for porch seating. There’s a front porch that let’s you people-watch. There’s a back porch that’s super cozy and romantic. Both are lovely.
Downtown Charleston Gluten-Free Restaurants
As always, let me know in the comments if you have any more recommendations for downtown Charleston gluten-free restaurants. And don’t forget to see my first list of 5! More to come soon…