Allergy-friendly dining in Kingston

By Abbey McCauley

Whether you are gluten-free, dairy-sensitive, or allergic to nuts, Kingston is a place where you can find delicious yet allergy-friendly food. From farm-to-table to comfort food, the city will leave your taste buds delighted. Here are the best of Kingston’s allergy-conscious restaurants for you to explore. 

Legend: 🥜 nut-free kitchen, 🌾 gluten-free options, 🧀 dairy-free options

Mesa Fresca 🥜🌾🧀 

1347 Gardiners Rd  

Kingston’s Mexican fusion restaurant, Mesa Fresca, has a plethora of gluten-free and dairy-free plates.  From tacos to Mexican cake, all their dishes are made in a nut-free kitchen. Experience fresh and local ingredients with a Mexican twist – worry free.  

Open: Tue – Sat (11:30 am – 9 pm)   

Must try: 

  • Ensalada de la casa (tender leaf greens, pickled red onion, red peppers, puffed hominy, house cumin & cider vinaigrette)  
  • Plant-based chocolate cake (Mexican dark chocolate fudge cake, chipotle chocolate drizzle, coconut whipped cream, toasted coconut, seasonal fruit)  
  • Pot de crème (Mexican chocolate crème, whipped coconut, seasonal fruit)  

The Silly Yak Gluten Free 🌾 

1365 Midland Ave Unit 130F  

The Silly Yak is a fully gluten-free bakery. They offer freshly baked breads, treats, cheesecakes, cakes, and pies. Try a sandwich with homemade brown rice bread. Their frozen pizza shells, lasagna, and quiche are perfect to bring home for weeknight meals.  

Open: Tue – Fri (9 am – 5 pm), Sat (9 am – 4 pm)  

Must try: 

  • Yak Stack sandwich (two-year-old cheddar with cucumber, tomato, onion, and romaine on fresh brown rice bread)  
  • Cinnamon raisin bread  
  • Chocolate raspberry cheesecake   

Baja Craft Kitchen 🥜🌾🧀 

253 Ontario St Suite A 

Who doesn’t love a good taco? Find tacos and much more at Baja Craft Kitchen, a coastal-influenced tapas eatery. The restaurant has thoughtfully created gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegetarian and vegan menus in a nut-free kitchen to ensure everyone can experience their good vibes and lively flavours.  

Open: Mon – Sat (11:30 am – late)  

Must try:  

  • Pozole Rojo (roasted pork, hominy, radish, fresh cabbage, cilantro, chili broth, lime) 
  • Pescado taco (cerveza battered fish, pickled cabbage, cilantro, charred jalapeño aioli, flour tortilla) 
  • Aji Ribeye (10 oz grilled ribeye, aji verde, corn tortilla)  


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Tango Nuevo 🌾🧀 

331 King St E 

Journey around the world while in Kingston by tasting Tango Nuevo’s international flavours. Over half of their menu is gluten-free and many of their dishes can be made gluten-free by request. As well, their dishes are inclusive to those looking for dairy-free options.  

Open: Sun – Thu (11:30 am – 11:00 pm), Fri (11:30 am – midnight)  

Must try: 

  • Roasted butternut squash (brown butter honey, chèvre, arugula, toasted walnuts and pumpkin seeds, white balsamic gastrique)  
  • Thai curry cod (Thai yellow curry, coconut cream, ginger, red chili, cilantro, sticky rice)  
  • Asian-style pork ribs (with ginger, soy, honey & anise glaze)


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Days on Front 🌾  

730 Front Rd  

You will want to spend days savouring the cuisine of Days on Front! Their inclusive lunch and dinner menus of Canadiana fare are prepared with local and fresh ingredients. Try a sandwich on their lunch menu with a gluten-free bun or sample a fresh salad with seasonal produce.  

Open: Wed – Thu (5 – 8 pm), Fri – Sat (11:30 am – 2 pm & 5 – 8 pm)  

Must try: 

  • Beet salad (baby greens, beets, goat feta, pickled red onions, dried cranberries, pumpkin seeds, raspberry & peach vinaigrette)   
  • Meatballs (lamb, chimichurri, creamy polenta, tomato, Manchego cheese)  
  • Baseball sirloin (8 oz baseball cut, frico friulano, cauliflower de pepe, truffle compound butter, dressed arugula and radishes)  

HEIST Restaurant + Wine Club 🌾🧀 

101-168 Wellington St  

Steal the moment and escape into upscale Italian cuisine at HEIST. Their artisanal pizza, pasta, and seafood accommodates many dietary restrictions. With a modern yet cozy restaurant vibe that is as good as the food, you won’t want to leave.  

Open: Tue – Fri (noon – 10 pm), Sat (5 – 11 pm), Sun (5 – 9 pm) 

Must try: 

  • Grilled branzino Butterfield (cauliflower puree, confit tomato, sauteed kale)  
  • Sesame crusted celeriac ‘steak’ (cashew labneh, grilled rapini, turnip slaw)  
  • Wild mushroom risotto (locally foraged mushrooms, Grana Padano, white truffle oil)  
Miss Bāo’s Thai red curry

Miss Bāo Restaurant + Cocktail Bar 🌾🧀 

286 Princess St  

Kingston’s nearly zero-waste restaurant serves many innovative plant-based and gluten-free Asian fusion plates. Combining quality fresh ingredients and traditional yet bold flavours, the team at Miss Bāo create a unique dining experience for all foodies. 

Open: Thu – Sat (5 – 11 pm), Sun (5 – 10 pm)  

Must try: 

  • Thai red curry (house-made Thai red curry paste, coconut milk, seasonal vegetables, legumes and fresh herbs, served with rice)  
  • Mushroom lentil pâte (herb-infused plant-based pâte served with house-made maple whole- grain mustard, pickled onion and olive oil crostini or gluten-free crispy yellow corn tortilla)  
  • Satay chicken bāo (chicken and fresh vegetables served between a soft bāo bun)  
One of Atomica’s tasty pizzas

Atomica Kitchen + Cocktails 🌾🧀 

71 Brock St 

Find a plentiful of dairy-free and plant-based options, stone-baked pizzas, and fresh pastas at Atomica. Their extensive pasta dishes can be gluten-free pasta, and their pizza offerings can be crafted with gluten-free crust and house-made plant-based cashew ‘mozzarella’.  

Open: Sun – Wed (11:30 am – 9 pm), Thu – Sat (11:30 am – 10 pm)  

Must try: 

  • Rigatoni primavera (charred scallion pesto ‘crema’, cherry tomatoes, green peas, roasted garlic, grilled lemon, pea shoots) 
  • Plant-based funghi pizza (pesto, cashew ‘mozzarella’, cremini, shiitake, portobello & oyster mushrooms, funghi ‘bacon’, triple seed ‘Romano’, truffle oil)  
  • Pappardelle pasta (paprika crema, bay scallops, shrimp, chorizo, roasted garlic, sweet peas, gremolata, lime)  

When dining in Kingston, it is recommended to share your allergies with restaurant staff to ensure the safest dining experience. If you are searching for vegan and vegetarian options in Kingston, check out the best restaurants serving vegan or vegetarian food in Kingston part 1 and part 2.