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Healthy Restaurants in DC (Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free)

Looking for healthy restaurants in DC? Or maybe you are gluten-free and dairy-free and need to avoid certain foods. Traveling while staying on your healthy eating plan is not easy! But this list of tried and true restaurants in Washington DC should be able to help.

We recently did a road trip from Indiana through Pennsylvania, next spent several days exploring Washington DC, and then ended by visiting Shenandoah National Park and Luray Caverns in Virginia. If you are planning a road trip like ours or even one along the East Coast through DC and yet try to eat a gluten-free and dairy-free diet, you’ve come to the right place!

I am gluten-free and dairy-free (plus more). After spending several days exploring the city, I found these gluten-free and dairy-free restaurants in Washington DC could accommodate my diet!


**This information is not meant to circumvent medical advice or to identify what foods bother you personally. Each person is different and responds differently to things in their environment. This blog shares Kaleb and Alicia’s experiences and options you may want to try if you are trying to live a healthier life and avoid similar things. Please do your research, speak with your healthcare professional, learn what bothers you and helps you personally, and take the steps needed from there. Also, please remember that menus change, so you will need to look at the current menu.


What Kind of Healthy Restaurants in DC are Listed Below?

Each of these restaurants is a great on-the-go option! When we’re exploring a new city, we usually hate spending our time waiting for food to arrive to the table (unless our feet hurt, and we need a break from the running! lol). So we picked healthy restaurants in DC that could get us our food fast. These 10 restaurant options are fast, convenient, and reasonably priced, allowing you to spend more time exploring Washington DC!

Healthy Restaurants in DC (Especially Gluten and Dairy-Free!)

1. 100% Gluten-free and Tree Nut-Free Seoul Spice

The outside of a downtown Washington DC building called Seoul Spice

Seoul Spice prides itself on being 100% gluten-free. They also don’t use tree nuts, MSG, or added hormones.

Visitors can build their own bowl or burrito from a choice of rice, noodles, and salad. The protein options include beef, chicken, spicy pork (which my husband loved!), and tofu. Toppings include your choice of veggies such as Korean radishes, bean sprouts, kimchi, eggs, cucumbers, avocado, and more.

With four locations this is an excellent option for gluten-free and dairy-free visitors to the city! When we visited, we went to the one just a block north of the archives metro and three blocks east of Ford’s Theater. (I loved my tour of Ford’s Theatre!)

I reached out to Seoul Spice ahead of our visit to ask if they had soy-free options. The helpful representative made me aware that they use a soy marinade for all of their meat. Since I try to avoid soy, she suggested I use avocado in place of the protein options. And it turned out delicious!

A bowl with cucumbers, carrots, slaw, avocado and more
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kmf
kmf
1 year ago

Greatly appreciate this guide to all the healthy restaurants in Washington DC. Especially great for those looking for gluten-free and dairy-free options.

Kristen W Allred
1 year ago

I try hard to eat healthy when vacationing (I don’t always succeed..). I loved this list of healthy options for eating out in D.C!

Missy
1 year ago

These are great suggestions. When we travel we look for dairy free options. Looking forward to visiting healthy restaurants in DC.

Stacey Billingsley
1 year ago

These all look good, but California Tortilla is one I would try. I love trying different places with a Mexican flare. I’m glad there are a lot of choices for people that need them!

Lisa Manderino
Lisa Manderino
1 year ago

Healthy eating in DC….Lots of great choices. We had a hard time finding good places to eat…it is nice to have an insider tip!

Cindy Moore
Cindy Moore
1 year ago

This is a great list! I’m gluten free and plant based and I’ll be visiting DC this fall.

Julie Gaz
1 year ago

When we’ve been there, it seems there are lots of healthy restaurants in DC. I think it’s a different way a life there.

Barbara
1 year ago

Greatly appreciate this guide to all the healthy restaurants in Washington DC. I bet the people there eat out most meals and must choose wisely for daily food choices!

Lisa, Casey, Barrett Dog
Lisa, Casey, Barrett Dog
1 year ago

Thank you for sharing this excellent list for those seeking out healthy restaurants in DC. Some of our friends are gluten- and/or dairy-free, and we will share this with them.