Best Gluten-Free Restaurants in Playa Del Carmen

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Por: Laura Pulling 
on: March 28, 2024

Going for a nice meal out should be a delightful adventure, promising new flavors, vibrant atmospheres, and memorable moments. Yet, for those with dietary restrictions like celiac disease or gluten sensitivity, a foodie adventure can quickly transform into a daunting quest.

Gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye, lurks in countless dishes, from the obvious loaves of bread to the unsuspecting sauces and seasonings. For the estimated 1% of the global population diagnosed with celiac disease and the many more with non-celiac gluten sensitivity, consuming gluten can lead to a range of symptoms, from digestive distress to neurological issues.

In recent years, as awareness of these conditions has grown, so too has the demand for gluten-free options. Many restaurants now offer gluten-free menus or accommodate special requests.

However, the mere presence of gluten-free items doesn’t guarantee a safe or satisfying dining experience. Cross-contamination, uninformed staff, and lackluster substitutes can all mar what should be a pleasurable meal.

Whether you’re a celiac or simply opting for a gluten-free lifestyle, Playa del Carmen offers a plethora of dining options that cater to your dietary needs without compromising on flavor or authenticity. While entire restaurants may not be gluten-free, these ones are recommended as ones where there are more options, and some great gluten-free trade-offs!


Top Picks Gluten-Free Restaurants in Playa del Carmen

We’ve sorted our picks by cuisines type, so scan our list and see what tickles your tastebuds for your dinner tonight!

Mexican Cuisine

Being in Mexico, let’s start with some delicious gluten-free options for Mexican cuisine. Luckily Mexican gastronomy itself has a wide range of naturally gluten-free options due to the affiliation in this country with corn. Many of the carbohydrates are made with corn and not wheat, which means you can still devour them on a celiac diet!

Sample authentic tacos made with corn tortillas, indulge in flavorful guacamole served with crispy tortilla chips, or feast on delicious carne asadas with a whole host of salsas (these might leave your tongue tingling with their spice factor though!)

Playenses will continually argue over whether Don Sirloin or El Fogon is better for tacos. But there are so many taco stands and smaller venues across town to explore.

You can also try Amate 38 or the local cantina vibe of Don PP for truly Mexican flavors.

are tacos gluten free

Order tacos with tortillas de maiz for a gf option!

Top tip: When heading to a taco restaurant, be sure to check that the tacos are made from corn (ask for tortillas de maiz, and avoid anything on the menu that has the word ‘harina’ which means flour)


Italian Cuisine

In Playa del Carmen, we are extremely lucky to have a vibrant Italian influence, which spills into our dining landscape with numerous Italian restaurants – sparking spirited debates among local foodies about their favorite places to eat!

While Italian cuisine may seem daunting for those on a gluten-free diet, the increasing availability of gluten-free pasta options and pizza doughs ensures that even celiac diners can enjoy their beloved Italian dishes.

As far as Italian goes, the culinary delights extend beyond pasta and pizza; aromatic risottos crafted from Arborio rice and refreshing Caprese salads offer delightful gluten-free alternatives.

To enjoy GF Italian dining in PdC, you can head to Piola who offer a gluten-free option of any pizza or pasta from their menu for a small subsidiary.  Their Avándaro pizza is always a favorite!

Don Chendo offers Chicago-style pizza, and on Fridays, they have GF available. You might want to pre-order though to ensure they have enough for you!

Vegan restaurants Coral Pizza and Revolucion Pizza both use gluten-free bases on their pizzas too!

Peruvian Cuisine

Inka Peruvian Restaurant comes highly recommended for its authentic Peruvian cuisine. With a wide selection of gluten-free dishes available upon request, including options like gluten-free pasta and soy sauce, diners can indulge in favorites like beef fried rice and ceviche worry-free.

Indian Food

India Jones consistently ranks as a top favorite in PdC, offering a range of gluten-free dishes to cater to various dietary preferences. Additionally, Indianos The Curry Factory is praised for its butter chicken, which is also available gluten-free.

Chinese Food

(Good) Chinese food in Playa is hard to come by, and we still don’t have a fully operational Chinese restaurant. But For your Chinese fix, you can always get delivery from Angie’s Kitchen.

Angie makes all her dishes from scratch and has rave reviews from anyone who has tried them! Just let her know that you need your menu to be gluten-free, and she can suggest options for you!

Venezuelan Cuisine

Kapaxa Factory is a beloved spot for traditional Venezuelan cuisine, with nearly all menu items capable of being prepared gluten-free. Praised by members of the “Gluten-Free in Playa del Carmen” Facebook group, it has a menu full of flavorful dining experiences suitable for gluten-sensitive individuals.

Lebanese Cuisine

Tahini, celebrated for its Lebanese cuisine, not only serves possibly the best lamb kabobs I’ve ever tasted but also provides a variety of gluten-free options. From their delectable dips to their carefully prepared dishes, Tahini ensures that those with gluten sensitivities can enjoy authentic Lebanese flavors without any concerns.


We are blessed with a high number of sushi joints in town, and although they may cause arguments over their quality (and apparent love of cream cheese!?) they provide a wealth of naturally gf option on their menus.

Be sure to avoid the soy dipping sauce though, as this may contain a hidden source of gluten. But GF soy sauce can be found at DAC if you want to take your own!

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Most sushi is gluten-free, but be sure to take your own soy sauce to dip that is GF!


In Playa del Carmen, seafood restaurants provide a haven for individuals with gluten restrictions. From local favorites like El Pirata to upscale establishments such as Catch, seafood venues offer a plethora of gluten-free dishes prepared with fresh ingredients.


Other Notable Mentions


Lido stands out for both lunch and dinner, offering exceptional options for those following gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan diets. Their menu is thoughtfully labeled, making it easy to identify suitable choices. As a bonus, they serve what many consider the best piña colada in town, a testament to their commitment to quality.

Bio Organicos

At Bio Organicos, gluten-free diners will find a range of options tailored to their dietary needs. Their menu includes a dedicated gluten-free section, ensuring clarity and ease of choice. A must-try dish is their hotcakes with Nutella and strawberries, a delightful gluten-free treat that promises a blend of indulgence and freshness.

Cometa 984

Comet 984, is a 50’s style diner that offers an entirely vegan menu, making it a popular choice for plant-based dining enthusiasts. But, their commitment to catering to various dietary needs extends to gluten-sensitive people too! One notable dish is the Supreme Cheeseburger, served with a lettuce-wrap bun, alongside a side of fries.


Gluten-Free Beer

At bars like Off the Vine, Club de la Cerveza, and Mezcla in Playa del Carmen, you can find gluten-free beer options available. These establishments often pride themselves on offering a diverse selection of beverages to cater to various tastes and preferences, including options for those with dietary restrictions like gluten intolerance or celiac disease.

Be sure to inquire about their current beer offerings or check their menus for gluten-free options when you visit.


Tips for Dining Gluten-Free in Playa del Carmen

When dining gluten-free in Playa del Carmen, consider these tips to ensure a smooth and enjoyable experience:

  1. Research Ahead: Before dining out, research restaurants that offer gluten-free options or have accommodating menus. Websites, social media, and review platforms can provide insights into gluten-free offerings.
  2. Communication is Key: Clearly communicate your dietary restrictions to restaurant staff when making a reservation or upon arrival. Explain your needs regarding gluten intolerance or celiac disease, emphasizing the importance of avoiding cross-contamination.
  3. Ask Questions: Don’t hesitate to inquire about ingredients, preparation methods, and potential cross-contamination risks when ordering. Ask if gluten-free options are available or if certain dishes can be modified to accommodate your needs.
  4. Review Menus Carefully: Look for menu items labeled as gluten-free or ask for a gluten-free menu if available. Be cautious of hidden sources of gluten in sauces, marinades, and condiments.
  5. Opt for Naturally Gluten-Free Dishes: Choose dishes that are naturally gluten-free, such as grilled meats, seafood, salads, and vegetable-based dishes. These options minimize the risk of gluten contamination.
  6. Avoid Risky Foods: Steer clear of fried foods, battered or breaded items, and dishes with ambiguous ingredients. These are more likely to contain gluten or be prepared in shared fryers or cooking surfaces.
  7. Trust Reliable Spots: Prioritize restaurants known for their commitment to accommodating dietary restrictions, such as offering gluten-free menus or having knowledgeable staff.
  8. Be Prepared: Consider bringing gluten-free snacks or emergency supplies in case gluten-free options are limited or unavailable at certain establishments.

Disclaimer and Advice

While Playa del Carmen offers a diverse array of gluten-free dining options, it’s essential to exercise caution, particularly if you have severe allergies. Mexican kitchens, especially in smaller establishments, may not adhere to the same standards as those in other countries when it comes to cross-contamination and gluten-free preparation.

Always communicate your dietary requirements clearly to the staff, and inquire about ingredients and cooking methods to ensure a safe dining experience. When in doubt, opt for restaurants with dedicated gluten-free menus or establishments with a reputation for accommodating gluten-free diners. Your health and well-being are paramount, so take the necessary precautions to enjoy your culinary adventures in Playa del Carmen to the fullest.

Community Links

The restaurant scene in Playa del Carmen changes faster than our blogs do (we do try to keep as up-to-date as possible!) but for the most valuable advice from real people at the chalk face, visit the Facebook group “Gluten Free in Playa del Carmen”.

There, the friendly admin team plus dedicated members are extremely helpful in providing answers to questions and ideas for eating out. They also are very aware of where to find gluten-free options in the supermarkets and more independent stores around the town.


Mantener a los niños en la escuela

Embrace the gluten-free flavors of Playa del Carmen while supporting a vital cause with KKIS. In our vibrant city, many children face barriers to education, including high school fees and the costs of essential supplies. KKIS steps in to bridge this gap, ensuring that every child has the opportunity to thrive academically.

For less than $2 USD per day, you can support a student’s education through KKIS. Imagine the difference this small contribution can make in shaping a child’s future.

As you indulge in gluten-free delights at participating restaurants, consider donating the savings from your dessert to KKIS instead. Your generosity can provide a pathway to education for a child in Playa del Carmen.

Let’s join forces to ensure that no child is left behind. Donate to KKIS today and help shape a brighter future.


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