Quebec City attracts visitors from all over the world. It’s no wonder questions about gluten-free restaurants in Quebec City come up so often in Facebook groups and forums for people with celiac disease! Fortunately, this renowned foodie destination is ready to serve gluten-free food lovers, too. In the gluten-free restaurants in Quebec City, dedicated or not, you’ll eat safely and very well during your visit.
Below you’ll find our guide to the best gluten-free restaurants in Quebec City we’ve found so far. New restaurants open in the city all the time and we visit as often as we can. Check back often for updates!
The information listed below has been verified by us through in-person visits and is current as of January 2024. While we’re reporting based on our own experiences, we unfortunately can’t guarantee yours will be identical. Any locations that are not listed as being dedicated and/or certified gluten-free come with the standard warnings for cross-contamination risk. Be sure to independently verify that nothing has changed before ordering, particularly if you have celiac disease or an allergy.
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The best certified gluten-free and 100% gluten-free restaurants in Quebec City
When you visit a new city, there’s nothing better than finding a restaurant that serves gluten-free versions of local cuisine. Here, that restaurant is Le Veravin 2.0, and no list of the best gluten-free restaurants in Quebec City would be complete without it. Le Veravin 2.0’s kitchen is 100% gluten-free!
Le Veravin 2.0 is located on an iconic corner in the Old Port section of Lower Quebec. The menu changes seasonally and features Quebecois classics like poutine and tartare alongside burgers, pasta dishes, and more. Most items are also lactose-free (and when they’re not, it’s indicated on the menu), plus vegetarian options are available. The best part? This is one of the very rare restaurants in Canada where you can order a pint of gluten-free beer! Several varieties of Glutenberg are available on tap. Demand here is high and opening hours are limited. Be sure to make a reservation well in advance because you won’t want to miss it.
In the funky Saint-Sauveur neighbourhood roughly 2 km away from the old city walls, Julio Taqueria serves up traditional Mexican fare. The kitchen at Julio Taqueria is 100% gluten-free, making it one of the safest places to eat gluten-free in Quebec City. You’ll find dips, quesadillas, tacos and more. If you’d like, you can also order a margarita or a Mexican Coke. Julio Taqueria is a little outside the touristy part of Quebec City, but it’s well worth the trip.
Non-dedicated restaurants in Quebec City with gluten-free options
You may be familiar with La Bûche, a restaurant in Old Quebec serving traditional Quebecois fare in a sugar shack-style setting. Now, as of January 2024, its new sibling has opened. La Bûchette serves Quebecois classics with a twist just steps from the Fairmont Château Frontenac. We visited with a group for brunch and were very pleasantly surprised to be offered separately grilled gluten-free bread and clearly communicated modifications to make many dishes safe. Our table ended up sharing three gluten-free dishes, and even the gluten-eaters enjoyed them! Don’t miss the creative cocktail menu, which has delicious options with or without alcohol.
Have you even been to Quebec City if you haven’t had poutine? When you’re ready for your fix, head to Poutineville. There are several locations in Quebec City — including one just outside the Porte St-Jean near the old city walls — and more elsewhere in the province. Steer clear from the regular menu here and head straight to the build-your-own section. A server can help you make safe selections to create your own cheesy masterpiece. Fries are cooked separately from other items, most of the sauces are gluten-free, and there are cheeses, meats, and numerous veggies you can pile on. You can even wash it down with a can of Glutenberg gluten-free beer and enjoy some gluten-free cheesecake for dessert.
It’s tough to find gluten-free food as it is, but it gets even harder when you choose to eat vegan as well. In Quebec City, don’t worry: Don’s got you. Don Vegan is Quebec City’s only fully vegan restaurant. Set on a historic street corner in Lower Quebec, it offers Asian, Italian, and Southwest inspired dishes, all entirely plant-based and served in a dining room with a funky vibe.
There are only a couple of gluten-free options on the menu, but the ones we tried are tasty. The Tostada Don has layers of BBQ jackfruit, pico de gallo, mango, and avocado on a corn tortilla (which is not fried in house so it stays gluten-free). We also greatly enjoyed the mushroom risotto, which is loaded with mushrooms and delightfully creamy despite not containing an ounce of dairy. There’s some risk of cross-contamination here, but we mentioned celiac disease to our server and the kitchen took extra care.
Restaurant La Traite
Restaurant La Traite is in Wendake, a First Nation located 20 minutes north of Old Quebec. A visit to Wendake makes a great day trip from Quebec City — find out more about taking a day trip to Wendake here — and you can cap off your journey with a meal at this world-class restaurant. Choose from three, four, and five-course tasting menus as well as à la carte options, all prepared with local and Indigenous-inspired ingredients as much as possible.
We sampled bison tartare on a mushroom base, venison loin, and a chocolate lava cake. The staff are very familiar with dietary restrictions and able to make the necessary adjustments with notice. And we’re very grateful for it because this is a very memorable meal.
Sapristi has been offering classic Italian fare at its two locations in Quebec City for years, including with available substitutions for gluten-free pasta and pizza crust. Full disclosure: it’s been a few years since we’ve visited. Gluten-free options are still listed on their menu and we’re certain they’re still excellent, but be sure to check that their cross-contamination protocols remain in place before ordering.
These are the gluten-free restaurants in Quebec City we’ve discovered so far, but we know there are plenty more. Send us your favourites and we’ll try them out on our next visit!