Living Gluten-Free in Des Moines

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Living Gluten-Free in Des Moines

Dining out in Des Moines can be a fun and enjoyable experience. For diners with specific dietary needs, finding a suitable restaurant that can accommodate specific needs can be a challenge. Celiac disease, an intolerance to the gluten protein found in many breads and carbohydrate-heavy foods, can affect children and adults. In the past decade, as gluten-free dining has gained recognition, more and more restaurants are offering gluten-free options for those who are intolerant or sensitive to gluten. We spent some time gathering some of the best gluten-free restaurants. Good news! There are a lot of options in the Des Moines area. Read below for gluten-free dining options in the greater Des Moines area.

NOTE: Please let us know if you see something incorrect and/or have a gluten-free option to add to this list. You can email us here

Des Moines Grocery Stores

  • Hy-Vee – Located within the Health Market, Hy-Vee provides a whole aisle devoted to gluten-free food products ranging from crackers to Mac and Cheese.
  • Whole Foods – Great selection of gluten-free health food
  • Trader Joe’s –  TJ brand products marked with a “G” symbol if gluten-free
  • Campbell’s Nutrition–  One of the original health markets in Des Moines to offer gluten-free options


  • Americana – 1312 Locust Street, Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Either/Or – 6222 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50312
  • Fresko – 909 Locust Street, Des Moines, IA 50309
  • HomeGrown – 555 17th Street, Ste. 102, Des Moines, IA 50309
  • The Iowa Taproom – 215 E 3rd Street #100, Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Jason’s Deli – 3910 University Avenue, West Des Moines, IA 50266
  • Lachele’s Fine Foods – 2716 Ingersoll Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50312
  • Louie’s Wine Dive – 4040 University Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50311
  • The Machine Shed Restaurant – 11151 Hickman Road, Urbandale, IA 50322
  • The Walnut – 1417 Walnut Street, Des Moines, IA 50309


  • Blue Sushi Sake Grill – 316 Court Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Cool Basil – 1250 86th Street, Clive, IA 50325
  • Wasabi Chi – 5418 Douglas Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50310


  • La Mie Bakery – 841 2nd Street, Des Moines, IA 50312
  • Molly’s Cupcakes – 215 E 3rd Street, Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Sweet Treat without Wheat – no retail storefront, but call 515-975-3286 to place an order.


  • Smokey D’s BBQ – 5055 NW 2nd Street, Des Moines, IA 50313


  • Buzzard Billy’s – 615 3rd Street, Des Moines, IA 50309


  • Django Restaurant – 1420 Locust Street, Des Moines, IA 50309


  • Biaggi’s Ristorante Italiano – 5990 University Avenue, West Des Moines, IA 50266
  • Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse – Multiple Locations (6800 Fleur Drive, Des Moines, IA 50321; 550 Bass Pro Dr NW, Altoona, IA 50009; 6075 Mills Civic Parkway, West Des Moines, IA 50266)


  • Bar Nico – 428 E Locust Street, Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Chipotle – Multiple Locations (Des Moines, West Des Moines, Ankeny, and Waukee)
  • QDOBA Mexican Eats – 2105 Ingersoll Avenue #104, Des Moines, IA 50312


  • Blaze Pizza – Multiple Locations (300 W Martin Luther King Jr. Pkwy, Des Moines, IA 50309; Inside Valley West Mall)
  • Eatery A – 2932 Ingersoll Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50312
  • Fong’s Pizza – 223 4th Street, Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Gusto Pizza Bar – 2800 University Avenue, Ste. 400, West Des Moines, IA 50266


  • Waterfront Seafood Market – Multiple Locations (2414 SE Tones Dr, Ankeny, IA 50021; 2900 University Avenue, West Des Moines, IA 50266)


  • Bubba – 200 10th Street, Des Moines, IA 50309
Michelle Jarnagin

Michelle Jarnagin

My name is Michelle Jarnagin and I live with my husband Dave and our son Devic in Des Moines. We have two Chihuahuas - Loki and Ollie. I work full time as a social worker and Dave is the stay-at-home parent in our household. Devic is currently in Kindergarten and will be entering 1st Grade this fall. In our free time, our family enjoys walking with the dogs, exploring parks and playgrounds, and visiting bowling/arcade centers. This summer you're likely to find us at the baseball fields for Devic's second season or enjoying one of the many festivals/activities Des Moines has to offer.

5 thoughts on “Living Gluten-Free in Des Moines

  1. Gusto pizza has gf pizza!

  2. Avatar Judy Schaper says:

    Where can I find a gluten-free assisted living facility in Iowa?

  3. Avatar Abigail E Masek says:

    Just a note: Everyone should do their own research, but for people with celiac cross contact procedures are crucial in shared kitchens. I haven’t personally vetted any of these options, but it would be wise to call ahead and make sure they have a way to assure there is no cross contact. Also The Club Car has an entire gluten free menu!

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