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Gold Coast restaurants and cafes serving gluten-free options

Charntel Cleveland | May 6, 2022

As our city continues to evolve and grow, smart Gold Coast businesses are catering to our diverse community.

At hospitality hubs throughout the Gold Coast, the hungry can experience halal dining, indulge at some of Queensland’s best vegan and vegetarian restaurants, and even scoop a dairy-free ice cream.

The city also hosts plenty of restaurants and cafes offering gluten-free fare as part of their regular menu.

Check out these Gold Coast eateries with gluten-free options.

Marie Anita’s, Mermaid Beach

Cuisine: Plant-based, organic, healthy.

Vibe: Contemporary-casual café.

Nourish yourself at Marie Anita’s café and artisanal bakery, where the entire menu is organic and plant-based plus sugar, dairy and gluten-free. Sit down for an all-day breakfast, lunch from 12.30pm, or grab snacks, coffee, raw juices and smoothies to go.

Gluten-free deliciousness at Marie Anita’s

Lucia Tapas Garden, Tugun

Cuisine: Spanish.

Vibe: Casual dining.

A buzzing Valencian-style eatery, Lucia Tapas Garden is ideal for small or large groups. Try tapas spanning breads, dips, charcuterie boards and appetisers, as well as hot portions of paella, chorizo, seafood and vegetables. There’s even gluten-free cheesecake for dessert.

Salt Meats Cheese, Surfers Paradise

Cuisine: Italian.

Vibe: Casual dining.

Salt Meats Cheese can sate any gluten-free cravings for classic Italian fare. Try antipasti of olives, arancini or caprese before mains of pesto linguine pasta or truffle gnocchi. Any pizza on the menu can also be made gluten-free.

Lucia Tapas Garden

Pasta at Salt Meats Cheese

Seafood paella at Lucia Tapas Garden

Rare seared beef fillet with sweet potato and onion leeks hay with garlic-ginger at Willow Dining Room

Jerk chicken, zucchini, haloumi and bedded saffron rice with beet reduction infused with apple-hickory smoking wood chips at Willow Dining Room

Asian chorizo skewer with olives, capsicum and onion in chilli plum dip at Willow Dining Room

Willow Dining Room, Burleigh Heads

Cuisine: Mediterranean and modern Australian.

Vibe: Fine-casual dining.

A quaint, cozy restaurant, Willow Dining is a must-try experience. Tuck into gastronomical gluten-free tapas of meatballs, koftas, feta-filled mushrooms and meat skewers as well as jerk chicken, seafoods and pork belly.

Mamasan, Broadbeach

Cuisine: Asian.

Vibe: Fine-casual dining.

Ideal for couples or functions seating 100 guests, Mamasan has something for everyone. Small gluten-free plates span seafood and sashimi, edamame, crab slaw and san choy bau, plus boa buns and rice paper rolls. Larger plates include Sichuan duck, snapper curry, panko-fried squid and glazed ribs.

Gemelli, Broadbeach

Cuisine: Italian.

Vibe: Casual dining.

The team at Gemelli can make any of their authentic Italian pizza or pasta dishes a gluten-free reality. There’s also starters, sides and salads with gluten-free options.

Miss Moneypenny’s, Broadbeach

Cuisine: Mediterranean.

Vibe: Fine-casual dining.

Stylish and sophisticated, Miss Moneypenny’s offers gluten-free entrees, mains and sides starring seafoods, meats, salads and vegetables, as well as pizzas and share plates. For dessert, the pecan brittle with caramel cream is to die for.

Blendlove, Southport

Cuisine: Raw, vegan, wholefoods.

Vibe: Contemporary-casual café.

Blendlove prides itself on producing nutritious treats and meals that are entirely vegan and gluten-free. Tuck into a hearty breakfast or lunch, or feast on the gorgeously raw cakes and slices the café is famous for.

Rabbath, Burleigh Heads

Cuisine: Lebanese.

Vibe: Fine dining.

Offering cozy fine dining in the heart of Burleigh, Rabbath serves up authentic Syrian and Lebanese cuisine with a smile. Try small share-style plates and dips with gluten-free flatbreads or settle in for the sumptuous set menu.

Meatballs and tabouleh
An authentic Tabouleh is key to a balanced Lebanese lunch at Rabbath.

Govindas, Burleigh and Coolangatta

Cuisine: Vegetarian.

Vibe: Fast-casual eatery.

Dietary restrictions are no challenge for flavour at Govinda’s, where you can feast on a range of vegetarian gluten-free fare. Load your plate with healthy salads, curries, pakoras, potato bake and dhal, and finish with sweet treats such as sago pudding or chocolate mousse.

Gold Coast Gluten Free Bakery, Nerang

Cuisine: Baked goods.

Vibe: Takeaway.

For breads and baked treats, you can’t go past Gold Coast Gluten Free Bakery. Visit the Nerang bakery during business hours, or check out their weekend farmers’ market stalls at Helensvale, Burleigh, Kingscliff and HOTA.

Balboa Italian, Palm Beach

Cuisine: Italian.

Vibe: Casual dining.

Knock yourself out at Balboa Italian, where all the pizzas, pasta dishes and salads can be made gluten-free. Most of the antipasti dishes are also gluten-free, as is the chef’s special risotto.

Giri Kana Cafe, Southport

Cuisine: Vegetarian.

Vibe: Contemporary-casual café.

For a healthy and hearty meal, Giri Kana will hit the spot. For breakfast, try the kitchari, tofu scramble, acai bowl or avocado toast. Lunches span a range of wholesome hot dishes and salads, plus plant-based burgers. Gluten-free desserts include cheesecake, brownies, tiramisu, banoffee tart and sago or chocolate mousse cups.

Chocolate brownies

Chocolate and almond brownies at Giri Kana Cafe


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