Friday, August 9, 2019

Summer 2019 Metropolitan Washington Restaurant Week Gluten-Free Options

I don't know about you, but it really feels like we've hit the dog days of summer. Despite the heat and dramatic rainstorms, summer is actually a quite magical time in DC with farmers markets in full flourish around the area and lots of fun things to do- both inside and outside (including some of my favorite places in the city).

Summer also means the return of Metropolitan Washington Restaurant Week, in which the area's best restaurants offer incredible deals for brunch, lunch, and dinner. Running from the 12th to the 18th of August, it's hard to decide when and where to eat with so many great options. 


As I've been scoping out what's on offer that's gluten-free friendly, I figured I'd put together a list of restaurants with gluten-free options to help you navigate and narrow down where you might want to dine out during this exciting week to visit old favorites and discover new ones.

Metropolitan Washington Restaurant Week features restaurants across the District, Maryland, and Virginia. Each restaurant develops a prix fixe menu for a set price. Lunches and brunches are $22 and dinners come in at $35 a person. Not all restaurants offer menus for all meals, so be sure to check the website to see the most up-to-date information and make your reservation. 

While I've dined out at several of the restaurants in this list, I haven't covered them all, so I'm only reporting what I've seen on their websites and menus. As always, when dining out, make sure to speak with staff before ordering to make sure the staff are aware of your needs and you are aware with how your order will be handled. 

Ambar (Washington, DC and Clarendon, VA)
DC Neighborhood: Capitol Hill
DC Menus: Lunch (M-F), Dinner (M-Sun)
VA Menus: Not posted yet
Additional Information: Allergen menus for Ambar's DC location can be found on their website, I couldn't find an allergen menu for their Clarendon location. 

China Chilcano (Washington, DC)
DC Neighborhood: Penn Quarter
Menus: Lunch, Dinner
Additional Information: China Chilcano has allergy menus you can cross-reference for each course. I shared photos of them on the blog back in 2017.

A beautiful dish I enjoyed at China Chilcano (read my review).

El Centro D.F. (Washington, DC)
Georgetown Menu: Dinner
14th Street Menu: Dinner
Additional Information: Items containing gluten are denoted with an asterisk. Looks like everything except the vanilla tres leches is gluten-free. Read my review on the blog (I enjoyed dinner there in 2017). 

Firefly (Washington, DC)
DC Neighborhood: Dupont Circle
Menu: Dinner
Additional Information: Gluten-free items are marked on the menu. 

Fogo de Chao (Washington, DC; Tysons Corner, VA; Bethesda, MD)
DC Neighborhood: Penn Quarter
DC Menu: Dinner
VA Menu: Dinner
MD Menu: Dinner
Additional Information: Per their website, contact them directly to confirm what is safe for gluten-free diners.

Jaleo (Washington, DC; Crystal City, VA; and Bethesda, MD)
DC Neighborhood: Penn Quarter
DC Menu: Lunch, Dinner
VA Menu: Lunch, Dinner
MD Menu: Lunch, Dinner
Additional Information: I adore Jaleo! I dined there back in February during Winter #RWDMV and snapped photos of their allergy menus back in 2016.

One of the dishes I enjoyed of Jaleo's winter Metropolitan Washington Restaurant Week Menu (review).

Karma Modern Indian (Washington, DC)
DC Neighborhood: Chinatown
Menus: Lunch, Dinner
Additional Information: According to this Eater article, 98% of Karma's menu is gluten-free.

Mandu (Washington, DC)
DC Neighborhood: Mt. Vernon Square
Menu: Dinner
Additional Information: Items that can be made gluten-free are marked with a "G." It doesn't look like they have a gluten-free friendly first course option however. 

Mi Vida (Washington, DC)
DC Neighborhood: The Wharf (SW)
Menus: Brunch, LunchDinner
Additional Information: Menus on their website (though not these special restaurant week versions) are marked to indicate gluten-containing items.  

Momo Yakitori (Washington, DC)
DC Neighborhood: Brookland
Menu: Dinner
Additional Information: Momo Yakitori is 100% gluten-free. Click here to read my full review of dining there during February's #RWDMV. My meal was definitely among the best I've ever had and I'm planning a return visit during this week!

Beautifully cooked chicken skewers from Momo Yakitori (review).

Oyamel (Washington, DC)
DC Neighborhood: Penn Quarter
Menus: Lunch, Dinner
Additional Information: Although I haven't dined there recently to update my review, Oyamel does have dedicated allergy menus on hand to cross reference.

Rosa Mexicano (Washington, DC)
DC Neighborhood: Penn Quarter
Menus: Lunch (M-F), Dinner
Additional Information: Ask for their gluten-free menu to cross-reference. I reviewed them back in 2017

Wildfire (Tysons Corner, VA)
Menus: Lunch, Dinner
Additional Information: Wildfire has a full gluten-free menu on their website you can cross reference. 


Where are you looking forward to dining this week? Are there any restaurants or menus I missed? Comment below!

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