Updated: Jan 17
Once an unheard of diet restriction, in recent years the need to be gluten-free has become considerably more mainstream even in little old Julian. Over the last few years, many restaurants have stepped up their game with gluten-free options.
While these restaurants offer gluten-free menu items as described below, their kitchens are not gluten-free. These places offer items made without gluten but aren’t gluten-free so cross-contamination is possible. The following restaurants cannot guarantee that food prepared in their kitchens has zero exposure to gluten.
The list of things to do and see in Miner's Diner is endless. Throughout the diner, you can view the collection of original vintage decor including a Bobs' Big Boy, a U.S. license plate collection, and so much more. You can take a seat at the 1929 original, old-fashioned soda fountain or at a table. With either choice of seating, you’re sure to have a unique 1930’s dining experience. You guessed it! Their gold miner's inspired menu even has gluten-free options.
Julian Tea Cottage
In 1995, Edie and Jim Seger bought the house to be the home of their business, Julian Tea & Cottage Arts. Come on in for Afternoon Tea (reservations recommended). You can also find a vast array of gift items, stationery, teas, and seasonal items. When you call to make your reservations, just mention your dietary needs, like being gluten-free, and they will make sure to have something ready for you.
Come enjoy yummy wood-fired pizza, drinks, and experience local art at Wynola Pizza. This place offers indoor/outdoor seating, craft soda, vegan, and gluten-free pizza. Yes! They have gf pizza crust.
Jeremy's On The Hill
Julian's very own Chef Jeremy Manley opened his first restaurant in 2007 – Jeremy’s on the Hill. The menu here changes frequently in response to seasonal, fresh produce, and local organically-grown produce which is grown on Jeremy's sister's farm. A few gluten-free options they have are fresh salads, homemade soup, and wonderful meat entrees.
Mr. Manitas Taco Bar and Fruteria has a wonderful menu with many GF options. They have indoor and outdoor seating.
This shop has a gluten-free cookbook.
Apple Alley Bakery is a quaint little pie shop on Main Street. Among their list of pie flavors, you can find sugar/gluten-free and vegan options. They also have a simple lunch menu.
Granny’s Kitchen offers the only deep-dish apple pie in Julian, weighing in at a full 8 POUNDS! Don't worry I'm not trying to torment you. You can find gluten-free pie (upon advance request) and other goodies here.
Golden Coast Mead
Do you know what mead is? Mead is an alcoholic beverage ranging between 6% and 14% ABV created by fermenting honey. Golden Coast proudly uses California honey and Palomar’s Springwater to make their delicious gluten-free beverages.
The Candied Apple Pastry Company is located one block off Main Street behind the Julian Town Hall. Years ago, this bakery was once the local fire station. Their menu is full of great breakfast/lunch options, and desserts such as gluten-free triple chocolate brownie, almond Florentine, coconut macaroons...yummy!
The Julian American Legion is a great play for lunch or a fun night of drinks and a game of pool.
Mom’s Pie House
Anita opened Mom’s Pie’s doors in December 1984. She has grown her bakery from a place with seating for two to now two locations. They have a delicious Gluten-Free Chocolate Pecan pie. If you’re looking to avoid the line at their Main Street location, you can call in your whole pie order the day before your visit, head down to their Wynola location (4510 Highway 78), or order online.
Julian Beer Co.
They may be the new kid on the block, but this place is booming! Come try their gluten-free pizza, ribs, and salad.
The last fruit stand operating in Julian is this cute, produce market. In addition to their wonderful farm-fresh produce, they carry GF crackers, noodles, baking mixes, and homemade granolas.
The Romano Family has been in the bar and restaurant business since the 1920s when Antonio Romano opened his first restaurant. In the 1960s, Romano’s Deli in Pacific Beach was famous for Italian food. Then in 1983, the family opened Romano’s Restaurant in Julian. Here you can find Chicken Piccata, Sicilian steak (without breading), and so much more. Don't forget dessert! For dessert, they have mocha cream, mocha cream sundaes, ice cream sundaes, and Spinoni ice cream.
The Julian Cafe serves everything from breakfast to dinner and of course apple pie for dessert. They have several gluten-free options!
Julian Cider Mill
The Julian Cider Mill was founded in 1975 by the Slaughter family. Here you can find a wide assortment of yummy gluten-free snacks, local honey, and of course, homemade raw apple cider made with only local apples.