While there's no denying that gluten-free dining has become both prevalent and trendy in recent years, it's not always easy to find restaurants that offer comprehensive menus that cater specifically to those of us that lead gluten-free lives (either by choice or out of necessity). To take the guesswork out of choosing a restaurant that will both fit your dietary needs and offer you a variety of options, we've rounded up six popular restaurants that take their gluten-free offerings seriously.
Go gluten-free brunch, lunch, and dinner at this perennial River North hot spot, which has a separate and dedicated gluten-free menu for each of its three Asian-influenced meal services that span far beyond just edamame and sashimi. Score a chicken and egg white scramble and tofu pad Thai with rice noodles and tamarind sauce for brunch, a bento box packed with miso soup, ginger salad, rice, four pieces of your choice of an avocado and cucumber roll or a California roll, and your choice of New York steak or a grilled salmon filet for lunch, and everything from miso-bronzed black cod and wok-fired shishito peppers to signature maki like the spicy "Tail of Two Tunas" for dinner. 110 W. Illinois St., 312-644-0500
The exclusively gluten-free menu at this swanky Italian spot is perhaps the most diverse you'll find in Chicago. Local salumi, artisan cheeses, hamachi crudo, and a roasted beets salad shine among the smaller offerings, while brick chicken diavolo, Colorado lamb chops, and shareable whole-roasted branzino comprise the heart and soul of the entree section. No meal here (gluten-free or otherwise!) is complete without a flight of gelato in flavors like salted caramel, creme brulee, and brown butter peanut. 51 Kinzie St., 312-595-1322
French fare may not seem like a viable option for the gluten-free set, but the gluten-free menu at this Lincoln Park bistro handily proves that theory false. Splurge on onion soup au gratin smothered in gooey gruyere and finished with gluten-free croutons, house-made country pate with cornichons, whole-grain mustard, and gluten-free toast, and steak bearnaise, and punctuate your feast with vanilla creme brulee. As if that weren't enough, all guests who go gluten-free will also receive warm, gluten-free bread with sweet cream butter and complimentary olives with roasted garlic, orange, and herbs. 2300 N. Lincoln Park W., 773-348-8886
Unlike the other restaurants on this list, the menu at Bar Takito is inherently gluten-free—no special menus or substitutions necessary. Latin-fusion flavors come to life in coffee-braised beef barbacoa tacos with queso fresco, pickled jicama, cilantro, and roasted peanuts in a popcorn tortilla, fish tacos in a pepita tortilla with coconut custard, carrot slaw, Thai basil, and puffed wild rice, octopus ceviche, corn and cheese arepas, and more. 201 N. Morgan St., 312-888-9485
With its decadent pizzas and pastas, this River North hot spot in the Godfrey Hotel is one of the last places you'd expect to have gluten-free offerings galore. But sure enough, the entirety of executive chef Nate Cayer's antipasti and secondi menus—from tuna tartare and fritto misto to veal scaloppine—is sans gluten (OK, not the meatballs), and Cayer will happily prepare gluten-free versions of any pizza and select pastas, including the signature pappardelle alla Bolognese. 127 W. Huron St., 312-754-0700
Stone crab claws and steaks abound at this staple for all things surf and turf, which comes equipped with both gluten-free and vegetarian menus for those with dining restrictions. The popular seafood chopped salad, oysters, crab, and the myriad beef options are all safe bets, and pair well with hearty, gluten-free sides like baked sweet potato with praline pecan butter and sauteed spinach. 60 E. Grand Ave., 312-379-5637