Though traveling with dietary restrictions can be an added nuisance, don’t let it get you down! These days, traveling in Spain with Celiac disease or a gluten allergy or intolerance is easier than ever.
Santiago is full of accommodating restaurants and many of Galicia’s typical dishes are naturally gluten free. So let’s explore some of your options for eating gluten free in Santiago!
First, here are some essential Galician dishes that should be gluten free anywhere. Of course, double check with your server to make sure any accompanying sauces are also gluten free.
Pulpo a feira — Galician market octopus topped with oil, salt and paprika
Mejillones — Mussels
Berberechos — Cockles
Bogavante — Lobster
Centollo — Spider crab
Almejas — Clams
Navajas — Razor clams
Vieras — Scallops
Percebes — Goose-neck barnacles
Erizo de mar — Sea urchin
Pimientos de Padrón — Green peppers from Padrón
Churrasco — Galician barbecue, a mixed serving of pork, ribs and sausages
Queso/ queixo — Cheese
Tortilla de patatas — Potato omelette
Vino — Wine
For an insider’s look into what makes Galicia’s food scene so extraordinary, join us on one of our Santiago tours! Dine on some of Galicia’s most typical plates while experiencing the unique culture and history that make Santiago such a magical city. Let us know about your gluten intolerance upon booking, and we’ll gladly customize our tours to your needs!
The Association of Celiacs of Galicia (ACEGA) also publishes this handy guide of Celiac-friendly restaurants throughout Galicia. Go explore!
Local’s Tip: To ask if a sauce has gluten, simply ask, “¿La salsa lleva gluten?”
Now let’s have a look at some of the best places for gluten-free options in Santiago!
Meson O Afiador
Named for the traditional knife sharpeners who would walk through the streets of Ourense with a stone wheel announcing their services to nearby villagers, O Afiador is a beacon of tradition. Here, they celebrate simple, traditional Galician food done well. They’re also attentive to the needs of Celiacs and vegetarians, and they offer alternative menus to accommodate your needs.
Address: Rúa de San Pedro, 28
Hours: Monday through Sunday 12:00 – 24:00
Creperia St. Jaques
The entire menu at this beloved creperie is prepared without gluten. They also have meat and potato dishes, so there’s something for everyone here!
Address: Rúa Nova, 42
Hours: Wednesday through Monday 12:30–16:00, 19:30–24:00; Closed Tuesday
For a gluten-free breakfast beyond coffee, head to Café Venecia. One of our favorite breakfast joints in Santiago, you can enjoy an array of expertly prepared coffees along with tasty tiger nut flour cookies or yogurt with fruit.
Address: Rúa do Horreo, 27
Hours: Monday through Friday 7:30–22:00; Saturday 7:30–15:00; Closed Sunday
A bit upscale but still inviting, A Curtidoría specializes in premium quality Mediterranean fare. Almost the entire menu can be enjoyed gluten free, and the friendly wait staff will help you navigate your options. From exquisitely prepared lamb, to seafood pastas and any of their outstanding rice dishes, dining at A Curtidoría is a true treat for those eating gluten free in Santiago.
Address: Rúa da Conga, 2
Hours: Monday through Saturday 12:00–17:00, 20:00–24:00; Sunday 12:00–17:00
Specializing in meat and fish dishes accompanied (as many Spanish dishes are) by potatoes, O Dezaseis is a great option for dining gluten free in Santiago. They also offer gluten-free bread so you can mop up every last drop of delicious sauce!
Address: Rúa de San Pedro, 16
Hours: Monday through Saturday 13:30–16:00, 20:00–24:00; Closed Sunday
Casal do Cabildo
This rustic tavern off charismatic Rúa San Pedro will adapt their daily pre-fixe menu to your gluten free needs. An added bonus? There’s gluten free bread and dessert options, too!
Address: Rúa de San Pedro, 18
Hours: Tuesday through Saturday 9:00–16:00, 19:30–24:00; Sunday 11:00–16:00; Closed Monday
Restaurante San Clemente
Located midway between the Cathedral and the Alameda Park, San Clemente features a lovely terrace. Specializing in seafood, most of their best dishes can be enjoyed without worry. Also notify your server of your needs and your dish will be prepared separately!
Address: Rúa de San Clemente, 6
Hours: Monday 11:00–17:00; Closed Tuesday; Wednesday through Saturday 11:00–1:00; Sunday 11:00–24:00
Another favorite of ours is this beautiful restaurant house, just a short walk south of the Old Town. Grab a table on the lovely terrace, tell the server about your needs and enjoy a gastronomical experience that engages all of your senses!
Address: Rúa do Olvido, 22
Hours: Wednesday through Sunday 13:00–17:00, 20:00–24:00; Closed Monday and Tuesday
Parador Hostal Dos Reis Católicos Restaurante
Local’s Tip: “Paradores de turismo” comprise a network of high class hotels throughout Spain which are located in emblematic buildings of cultural or historical importance. These are publicly-run hotels that have a duty to bolster the traditional cuisine of the region in which they reside. In addition, their agreement with the Federation of Celiac Associations means they are all required to provide gluten-free options. So, when traveling throughout Spain you can look for any of these Paradores and be guaranteed an authentic, gluten-free meal!
This one in particular, with a privileged location next to the Cathedral, offers not only amazing food but also a terrace with spectacular views. Call ahead or reserve online!
Address: Praza do Obradoiro, 1
Hours: Monday through Sunday 13:00–16:00, 20:00–23:30
Situated on one of Santiago’s nearly hidden side streets, Maria Castaña has an extensive menu featuring staples of the local cuisine. It’s easy to find something both traditional and suited for your gluten free diet. Try the octopus or the cocido gallego, Galician chickpea and meat stew. We love this place so much, we even stop here on our tours!
Address: Rúa da Raíña, 19
Hours: Monday through Sunday 13:00–16:00, 20:00–23:30
At this innovative Galician-Japanese fusion restaurant, the chefs are very attentive to food allergies and intolerances. Pretty much everything on the menu is gluten free or can be made so. Not only is it one of our favorite options for eating gluten free in Santiago, but they also have a Michelin star!
Address: Rúa das Hortas, 1
Hours: Tuesday through Saturday 13:30–15:45, 20:30–23:45; Closed Monday and Sunday
Eating gluten free in Santiago doesn’t exclude you from experiencing the authentic cuisine and historic traditions of this enchanted city! For a deeper exploration of Santiago’s storied past, join us on our Hidden Santiago Food & Market Adventure! You’ll meet the families behind our favorite establishments, get exclusive tastings at local shops and visit vendors at our favorite market stalls in the Abastos Market!