Gluten-Free Dining in Honolulu, Oahu, and Waikiki

In the interest of helping our fellow travelers better plan their trips to Hawaii, we’ve started a new feature called “Ask a Travel Expert.” In our first installment, Kim asks about finding gluten-free food in Oahu. If you have a travel question you’d like to read about on this blog, then leave a comment below and we’ll do our very best to answer it!

Q: Where can you get gluten free food on the island of Oahu? We are staying at the Hilton Alana Doubletree hotel.

A: After poking around a bit on the web and making a few phone calls to area restaurants and stores, I have found a bit of information for you and all Celiac travelers looking for places to dine in Oahu.

Gluten-Free Breakfast/Mid-Day Snack

Down to Earth is an all vegetarian natural foods store with four locations on the island of Oahu. You’ll love their gluten-free breads, cereals, nondairy milk substitutes, hummus, fresh nut butters, and Lara bars. Every food item in the store is clearly labeled with every single ingredient so there is no fear of cross-contamination. Also, the South Kings Street location is just 1.5 miles from your hotel. This may be the perfect stop to fill up on gluten-free treats for your climb up Diamond Head or picnic at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve.

Gluten-Free Lunch

Cheeseburger in Paradise goes beyond most restaurants by offering a Gluten-Free menu which has selections such as Tropical Tilapia and St. Barts Citrus Chicken as well as many sandwiches and burgers which are Gluten-Free sans bun. Also, it’s located conveniently in Waikiki Beach about a mile from your hotel!

Gluten-Free Dinner

Roy’s Restaurant is a fine dining Asian Fusion restaurant that has a fantastic reputation for catering to individuals with food allergies, including gluten-intolerance. When you call to make a reservation, be sure to note that you’re Celiac ahead of time. Roy’s chefs are trained in safe allergen food preparation and many items on their menu are gluten-free or can be made by changing something as simple as soy sauce to something else. Also, don’t miss the flourless chocolate soufflé, a Flourless Chocolate Cake with a Hot, Molten Center; served with Raspberry Coulis and Vanilla Ice Cream. It’s so luscious that you may almost forget you have food allergies at all. If you want to read a more personal review of Roy’s, here is a blog entry about one couple’s Gluten-Free experience.

PF Changs in Waikiki is another Asian-themed restaurant chain which offers a Gluten-Free menu. You’ll adore their famous lettuce wraps and savor every bite of their scrumptious spicy chicken.

Outback Steakhouse also provides their customers with a Gluten-Free menu which features gluten free options like Outback’s famous Alice Springs Chicken and Baby Back Ribs. Top it all off with their Chocolate Thunder From Down Under, a gluten free desert. Their Waikiki location is located less than a mile from your hotel.

Gluten-Free Desserts

Bubbies Ice Cream and Desserts should be high on your list for gluten-free snacking since Bubbie’s mochi is a favorite summertime snack of Kim from CeliacChick Blog. Kim as well as Yum from the Book of Yum Blog both swear by the deliciousness of these ice cream balls rolled in pounded sweet rice which are available at Whole Foods Markets across the US. The best part? At the Honolulu shop, you have your choice of flavors including lychee, strawberry, mango and 15 other flavors to tingle your tastebuds. Check out their location at 1010 University Ave which is about 1.2 miles from your hotel.

Sweet Marie’s located on the Island of Kauai is the only gluten-free bakery in the Hawaiian Islands. Many Celiac customers often stop by the island of Kauai just to indulge in her gluten-free muffins, double chocolate fudge brown rice brownies, and chocolate coconut macaroons. She also ships her pastries throughout the islands. Plan ahead and you could have a care package full of gluten-free goodies waiting for you in your hotel room when you arrive in Oahu! And if you’re getting married or just celebrating a special day, Marie is known for her Gluten-free Wedding Cakes which she’ll be showing off in April at the Hawaii World Class Wedding Expo in Honolulu.
As Sweet Marie, who also has a gluten intolerance, told me on the phone, cross-contamination at these restaurants can still occur, so be sure to be as specific as you can to avoid a Celiac attack. As beautiful as the Hawaiian Islands are, many local restaurants have a lot to learn on how to cater to individuals with allergies. For more information on traveling with Celiac visit CeliacTravel.com for ideas on how to arrange for a smoother dining experience.

Comments

  1. Bob says:

    Very Nice Site. Thanks!

  2. susan j says:

    Shannon, this is a great post. As a vegetarian who travel frequently, I know how hard it can be to find the right food in a strange city. I would imagine that it’s even tougher for those who can’t process gluten because there’s much that has gluten or could be cross-contaminated with gluten products (who knew that many ice cream products even have it?). Well done!

  3. ada says:

    nice blog

  4. Rosalie says:

    Fantastic blog! Just what a celiac inexperienced in travel needs. Going to Waikiki with 22 family members and don’t want to be “high needs”. This info helps!

  5. Shannon B says:

    Aw! Thanks Rosalie — I hope your trip is great and you don’t get Glutened on the way thanks to these tips!

  6. Paula says:

    I recommend that the blogger be more specific about references to restuarants. We were just a surprisingly short walk away from Cheeseburgers in Paradise and discovered there was no GF menu and they got huffy with me…annoyed by others as well who’d been in asking for GF menus!!!

  7. Shannon B. says:

    Hi Paula!

    Sorry to hear that this entry is out of date — at the time of writing this entry a year ago, there was a Gluten Free Menu. So sorry to hear that they removed it!

    Thanks
    Shannon B.

  8. Shannon B. says:

    Also, here is the link to the Gluten Free Menu on Cheeseburger in Paradise now, perhaps this particular restaurant no longer carries GF menus

    http://www.cheeseburgerinparadise.com/gluten-free-menu.asp

  9. Aliiana says:

    Zpizza Hawaii located at Ward Centre offers a wide variety of gluten free options.

  10. Audrey says:

    Hello:
    We will be travelling to Hawaii in a month.
    I would like to know where there is a grocery store in Honolulu –Waikiki area in particular-thanks so much for your help/

  11. Aloha Tony says:

    I’m glad I found this post as I was just about to blog about a couple of these places myself. Sweet Marie’s is a life saver for those not only needing gluten-free food, but for the snackers who savior the sweet. Next time you’re driving by Marie’s, make the stop!

  12. jamisen says:

    the cheeseburger in paradise in honolulu is not affiliated with jimmy buffet’s cheeseburger in paradise- that’s why they don’t offer the gluten free menu at these locations. we discovered this a few years when trying to find somplace for my sister to eat. they will make a burger without the bun if you ask, but it’s not a regular feature.

  13. Teresa says:

    Waikiki — PF Changs, Yardhouse, Outback, Roys

    Big Island — Ultimate Burger (Awesome!!) also most of the more upscale Resturants.

  14. voyagingfoods.com says:

    Voyaging Foods is one of the only (or only?) certified gluten-free bakery on Oahu. They can be reached through their website as they don’t have a brick and mortar store-yet!
    http://www.voyagingfoods.com or on facebook

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