The Essential Gluten-Free Restaurant Guide (5th ed.)

When you’re celiac, there are certain essentials you must arm yourself with. The Essential Gluten-Free Restaurant Guide, in its latest (fifth) edition, is one of those items you need if you’re on the gluten-free diet, especially if you like to eat out now and then or do any travelling. I love to cook and highly encourage other celiacs to master the art of gluten-free home cooking, but there’s nothing like being able to go out to lunch with my girlfriends or for a special dinner with my husband at a restaurant! I also do a lot of traveling in my work as a children’s author; on my busy book tours, I am always dining out. Thankfully, Triumph Dining’s latest restaurant guide is a triumph in itself, even more packed with valuable information than its earlier additions. I’m not surprised by this dedicated website, which has done so much on behalf of the gluten-free community with its blog, newsletter, publications, and innovative products! When I say the book is full of information, I’m not kidding! The newest edition, which is over 500 pages long, contains 6,839 restaurants in the U.S. According to Triumph Dining, if you ate at one new featured restaurant every day, it would take you 18 years to eat at every restaurant in the book! The book, divided into fifty states, is easy to scan through whether you’re trying to find a local restaurant to try tonight or planning a future trip. The guide features restaurants that will accommodate the needs of gluten-free patrons as well as over 2,800 restaurants that offer specialty gluten-free items, such as pizza and baked goods, as well as gluten-free menus. The back of the book has 120 GF menus for popular chain restaurants such as Panera Bread, Chili’s, P.F. Chang’s, and Wendy’s. I’m not the only one to have appreciated the value of The Essential Gluten-Free Restaurant Guide. So far, since the first publication in 2006, 28,000 copies have been sold. This is obviously a book that is cherished by the gluten-free community. Every year, Triumph Dining updates every listing and adds more. The latest edition has 800 more listings than the previous one, making it well worth your money to pick up a new edition every year. Triumph Dining has also made life easier for gluten-free diners with Triumph Dining Cards, which are a perfect companion to the Restaurant Guide.   If you happen to find yourself at a restaurant that isn’t featured in the guide, you can pull out one of the cards in the appropriate language (On a trip to Paris? Eating at an authentic Japanese restaurant? No problem!) and have your server give it to the chef. You can find the cards, as well as the Restaurant Guide, and even The Essential Gluten-Free Grocery Guide at You can see what I have to say about Triumph Dining’s grocery guide in my review of it here. I HIGHLY recommend this book!

Tina Turbin



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9 thoughts on “The Essential Gluten-Free Restaurant Guide (5th ed.)

  1. Okay cool I’m going to get this now, it’s settled. I was on Amazon and there were mixed reviews so I wasn’t really sure what to do, whether I should get it or not. I like to depend on my friends usually for recommendations but no one had picked this up now, but I trust your opinion very much Tina. Thanks!

  2. Ha this is funny because a friend of mine was just telling me about these dining cards that she used when she went to France this past spring with her family. She said they were really useful and that I should pick some up but she forgot the name of who makes them. I just called her and asked if it was Triumph Dining and she was like, “Yes! That’s it!”

  3. I see this book around all the time in bookstores around town. Probably because it’s bright orange, but it’s definitely stood out to me. However, I’ve been pretty happily finding restaurants online on various websites such as and with my new Android apps so I don’t really want to get a whole big bulky book now.

  4. Ah, the famous orange book. I have one permanently attached to my car. Well, not really, just kidding, but it might as well be. There is one always on the passenger seat, as I do a lot of traveling around L.A. for work and find myself eating out quite often between appointments. I used to be scared of eating out, but now it’s exciting, thanks to this book!

  5. Hi Tina I just wanted to say thanks for all your recommendations and reviews. What a great blog you have! There’s something new nearly every day! Really I like it a lot and have passed on the link to my friends.

  6. I prefer the internet. I recommend the following apps: Gluten Freed and iEatOut. There are so many though. Why carry around a book when you can just use your phone? It’s worth upgrading your phone too. I wouldn’t for a while, but finally my kids convinced me to get an iPhone and I’m so glad I did!

  7. Hi Tina–good book. Glad I got it, but I’m with @Lizzie that I prefer apps. iEatOut is pretty great. There are tons now out there though it’s hard to keep track.

  8. I definitely don’t see the need of getting a clunky restaurant guide if you have a phone that you can use apps on, but this guide isn’t very big which is nice. It’s pretty thin and slick and since it’s bright orange it’s really easy to spot in your car or home no matter how messy it is.

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