Gluten-Free Dining Guide to Downtown Mystic

Your Path to Delicious Eats for Gluten-Free Dining

Discover the best gluten-free dining in Downtown Mystic, where fresh, local ingredients meet diverse dietary preferences. As guests of The Whaler’s Inn in Mystic, Connecticut, you’re immersed in a culinary scene that celebrates both maritime history and gluten-free delicacies.

Discover Gluten-Free Delights to Kickstart Your Day

Young Bun’s and Sift BakeshopRedhead in front of Young Bun's holding gluten-free box

Indulge in Gluten-Free Wonders: Just steps away from the Whaler’s Inn, Young Bun’s Doughnuts’ bright yellow building beckons with a variety of gluten-free options.

Owned by Sift Bakeshop, renowned for its gluten-free macarons, Young Bun’s extends the gluten-free delights to include delectable doughnuts that cater to gluten-conscious diners.

Treat yourself to a selection of moist and flavorful gluten-free doughnuts, each crafted with care and expertise. Gluten-free macaroons at Sift Whether you’re craving a classic glazed doughnut or a more adventurous flavor combination, Young Bun’s Doughnuts offers a tempting array of gluten-free treats that are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Quick Note: YBD isn’t certified GF for baking and shares the fryer for all doughnuts. They’re gluten-friendly but not celiac-safe. Make sure to chat with your server before ordering!


Dive into Fresh and Flavorful Fare: Rise invites you with its cozy ambiance and dedication to crafting nourishing breakfast options using locally sourced ingredients. As you step inside, you’re greeted by the aroma of freshly brewed coffee and the warmth of friendly faces.

Take a seat and peruse the menu, where you’ll find an array of tempting options suitable for gluten-free diners. From creative bowls packed with wholesome grains and vibrant vegetables to runny, sunny-side-up eggs perched atop fresh avocados, there’s something to satisfy every craving.Gluten-Free Egg Bowl from Rise packed with veggies

Note: Before planning your visit, it’s advisable to check Rise’s hours ahead of time, as they may vary. You can confirm their opening hours and availability by giving them a call, especially since they have limited seating—only 30 seats are available. With its cozy atmosphere and commitment to fresh, flavorful fare, Rise is the perfect spot for a leisurely breakfast or a quick bite on the go.

Karma Kitchen

Nourish Yourself with Health-Conscious Fare: Karma Kitchen is your destination for gluten-free delights that nourish both body and soul. Whether you’re craving a refreshing smoothie bursting with seasonal fruits, a nutrient-packed bowl filled with wholesome grains and fresh vegetables, tangy açaí bowls, or a satisfying wrap filled with flavorful ingredients, Karma Kitchen has you covered.

Acai bowl at karma KitchenEnjoy invigorating pressed juices crafted to replenish and revitalize. With a commitment to health-conscious options that never compromise on taste, Karma Kitchen is the ideal stop for gluten-free guests seeking a delicious and nutritious culinary experience.

It’s also a convenient stop with to-go options or seating indoors and outdoors overlooking the views of The Mystic River. It’s also located right next to Adventure Mystic if you’d like to take a kayak or paddleboard out in the warmer months. Bike rentals too!

Savor Midday Delights

TaquerioLettuce Wrap Tacos in Downtown Mystic

Craft Your Own Flavorful Fiesta: Indulge in a customizable Mexican lunch experience with vibrant fillings. Opt for lettuce wraps and relish in their mouth-watering grilled swordfish tacos. Plus, check out their bingo nights and live music during peak season.

Taquerio even has oversized Jenga, Connect Four, and cornhole to keep you entertained. This is walkable but closer to the train station on Broadaway Avenue, past the roundabout near CVS. This delightful eatery was formally a vintage gas station, creating a quirky atmosphere for diners.

Stonington Scallops Red 36

Red 36, a waterfront restaurant boasting stunning Mystic River views, earns acclaim for its exceptional cuisine.

The establishment has an extensive array of gluten-free options and is dedicated to accommodating diverse dietary preferences and ensuring a satisfying experience for all patrons. Moreover, its diverse gluten-free menu encompasses fresh seafood, vibrant salads, and savory grilled meats.

For guests adhering to a gluten-free regimen, Red 36 offers a variety of culinary delights. From tantalizing fish tacos to savory steak entrees, patrons can savor these offerings against the backdrop of the picturesque surroundings.

Sunset Views at Red 36 on the Mystic MarinaRed 36 cultivates an atmosphere that seamlessly blends sophistication with relaxation, placing a premium on guest satisfaction. This commitment creates an unforgettable dining experience in Mystic. Additionally, with perfect timing, diners can capture breathtaking sunset views, adding to the overall ambiance.

Mystic MarketSwordfish kabobs at Mystic Market

Convenience Meets Quality: Explore their gourmet prepared foods section for an array of gluten-free salads, sandwiches, and hot bar delights.

From fresh, crisp salads bursting with vibrant flavors to hearty sandwiches made with locally sourced ingredients, Mystic Market offers an extensive selection of gluten-free options that combine convenience with uncompromising quality.

Whether you’re planning a leisurely picnic along the Mystic River or stocking up on provisions for a sailing adventure on The Argia, this culinary haven has you covered.

Note: While Mystic Market is within walking distance, it’s slightly farther away past the train station. We recommend driving rather than walking unless you enjoy a good leisurely stroll!

Engine Room

Dive into Comfort Classics, Gluten-Free Style: A local gem renowned for its adherence to gluten-free practices, Engine Room offers everything from burgers on gluten-free buns to classic pub fare in a laid-back ambiance.

Whether you’re craving a juicy burger with all the fixings, hearty sandwiches, or comforting pub grub, Engine Room has something to satisfy every craving without compromising on taste or quality.

Enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and friendly service as you indulge in your favorite comfort foods made gluten-free, ensuring a delightful dining experience for all.

Indulge in Refined Coastal Cuisine

The Shipwright’s Daughter (On-Site)Fish shot with espuma drip for gluten-free dishes in Mystic

Exquisite Sustainable Seafood:

Celebrate the region’s bounty at the Whaler’s Inn’s award-winning restaurant. While menus may vary, rest assured they accommodate gluten-free requirements.

The best part? It’s located right on-site on the ground floor of our Main Inn. Saunter back to your room to relax for the evening after a gourmet meal filled with gluten-free and vegetarian Gluten-free flourless chocolate cake at The Shipwright's Daughter options, craft cocktails, an award-winning wine list, and delightful flourless chocolate cake for dessert.

If you’re staying with us on the third Thursday of the month, dine during their new live jazz night series with The Subliminals!

Mix at Sift

Rooftop Elegance with Panoramic Views:Gluten-free Bearnaise in front of fire

Upon arriving at Mix’s rooftop, you experience sophistication and relaxation with panoramic harbor views and gas-lit fires to enjoy while gliding back and forth in Adirondack chairs.

The chic decor and cozy ambiance invite you to savor moments while enjoying their signature gluten-free favorites like seafood paella, beef Carpaccio, fluke, and seared Stonington scallops.

Each dish at Mix is a culinary masterpiece crafted with precision and passion, offering a memorable dining experience. They also serve rooftop brunch on select Sundays. Keep an eye out for seasonal, daily offerings on their website.

Classy Italian Fare for Gluten-Free Dining in Downtown MysticVia Emilia

Delight in Gluten-Free Italian Fare: Step inside Via Emilia and breathe in the delicious scents of freshly made pasta and savory sauces. From gluten-free pasta dishes to other Italian favorites, there’s something to enjoy for everyone.

Don’t forget to ask about their gluten-free options for a truly satisfying taste of Italy during your stay in Mystic. Via Emilia offers a chic ambiance perfect for a date night.

Oyster Club

Elevated Seafood Dining with Expert Guidance: Delight in fresh oysters, impeccably prepared fish, and inventive dishes with knowledgeable staff on hand to navigate gluten-free options. The restaurant’s elegant yet relaxed ambiance, adorned with country-chic accents, sets the stage for an unforgettable dining experience.Scallops on a Plate at The Oyster Club in Downtown Mystic

Guests can expect attentive service, a curated wine list, and a commitment to culinary excellence that extends to their gluten-free offerings, ensuring a memorable meal for every palate.

Don’t forget to check out their sister restaurant, Port of Call, for an incredible craft cocktail menu and the Dive Bar located below.


Contemporary American Fare:

This new addition to Mystic’s culinary Pizza with Gluten-Free Crust Available scene promises innovative cuisine with gluten-free options. Step into a modern yet inviting atmosphere where rustic charm meets contemporary elegance. Don’t miss their signature fig jam pizza with thick-cut bacon and a balsamic drizzle.

Gluten-free diners can enjoy their flatbreads with gluten-free crust available for an extra $2. Milestone caters to every palate without compromising taste or quality for a cozy dinner or gathering with friends.

Essential Tips for a Seamless Experience

As Mystic’s culinary landscape continually evolves, menus may change. We recommend contacting the restaurant in advance to ensure the latest information and discuss any concerns regarding cross-contamination.

Planning a delicious gluten-free weekend in Mystic? Many restaurants here take reservations to avoid a wait, especially during peak season. Apps like Resy and OpenTable often have Stonington Mystic and Groton restaurants listed, or we’d be happy to call and make a reservation for you if you prefer: 860-536-1506! Just let us know which spot looks most tempting for you.

Woman explaining gluten-free dining options to guest checking in at The Whaler's Inn in Downtown MysticCraft Your Perfect Gluten-Free Getaway in Downtown Mystic

With thoughtful planning and the warm hospitality of Mystic’s eateries, your stay at The Whaler’s Inn can transform into a delectable and safe gluten-free experience! Don’t forget our friendly Front Desk Team is here 24/7 if you have any questions.