Vegan, Vegetarian and Gluten-Free Dining in Temecula
Eating out with food restrictions can be a challenge. Whether you are vegan, vegetarian, or gluten-free by choice or by necessity, Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country boasts a variety of restaurants, wineries, and breweries that offer options for guests who follow these diets. Explore these yummy meal options at Temecula restaurants; with this many options, a return visit will have to be scheduled.
E.A.T. Marketplace, located in Old Town Temecula, is a goldmine for gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian diners. Plant-based guest favorites include Avocado Toast, with smashed avocado, olive oil, lemon, and salt & pepper on multi-grain toast; Roasted “Buffalo” Cauliflower, made with Chef K’s hot sauce, whipped bleu cheese dressing, and untraditional garnishes; Vegan "Kung Pow" Sammie, with seared tofu, pickled vegetables, and spicy peanut glaze on ciabatta roll; Vegan Chorizo with roasted eggplant, onions, concentrated tomatoes, cilantro, and cashew crema; the Tibetan Bowl, including grains, beans, tomato, guacamole, cauliflower, cucumber, cabbage-salad mix up, lime, and green goddess dressing, and of course, the E.A.T. donut- also vegan (and gluten-free). Gluten-free options are readily available. In fact, over 98% of their menu, from dressings to sauces, soups, salads, desserts and entrees, are already gluten-free. Sandwiches can be served on Canyon House gluten-free bread or on E.A.T. Marketplace’s house-made grain free bread, made with almond flour.
With the launch of their new menu on May 2, Temecula’s Karl Strauss Brewing Company will now feature a variety of gluten-free and vegan menu options including appetizers, salads, and entrees. Gluten-free appetizers will include a Spicy Hummus with vegetables, Grilled Boneless Buffalo Wings, and Brussel Sprouts; the Spicy Hummus is also vegan. The Seared Ahi Salad, Mixed Organic Salad and Chopped Greek Salad are all gluten-free. Popular entree items for gluten-free diners include the Spicy Tofu Curry, Prime Top Sirloin and Blackened Salmon while popular vegan entrees include the Quinoa Rice Bowl and Veggie Linguine.
Callaway Vineyard & Winery is a great dining and wine-tasting venue for gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian visitors. The onsite Meritage Restaurant, with stunning, panoramic views of wine country, features a scratch kitchen that caters to the dietary needs of all diners. A popular gluten-free menu option already on the menu is the Grilled Angus Hanger Steak, served with roasted fingerling potatoes (instead of truffle fries), gorgonzola sauce, and asparagus. Vegans will love the Pasta Primavera made with roasted veggies and drizzled with pomodoro sauce.
Wilson Creek Winery & Vineyards features a variety of items to satisfy gluten-free diners, including their fabulous wine offerings. The onsite Creekside Grille boasts a wide range of gluten-free options, including popular favorites like their Baja Clams, a sweet and smokey sausage served in a smoked paprika butter sauce; the Creekside Burger, natural ground chuck topped with lettuce, onion, cabernet vinegar pickles, fiscalini white cheddar and house thousand island on a gluten-free seeded bun; Spaghetti Butternut Carbonara, a gluten-free spaghetti topped with pecan-smoked pork shoulder bacon, local butternut squash puree, local farm egg, and aged Monterey jack cheese; and the Cranberry Orange Crisp for dessert, a gluten-free crisp served with house-made pistachio ice cream and mint crystals.
After sipping wine samples at Mount Palomar Winery, head to their onsite Annata Bistro & Bar for a variety of gluten-free and vegan options, including their most popular menu item - the house-made hummus. Made fresh from scratch, the Hummus is vegan, gluten-free, and can be served with vegetables for dipping. Additional gluten-free options include their Adobo Pork Belly, all salads (skipping the croutons/wontons), Chicken Marsala or Fettuccine Bolognese, served with gluten-free pasta, or Orange Ginger Glazed Salmon and Slow Roasted Short Ribs, served with extra veggies or fries instead of the polenta. Vegans can enjoy the House Salad (all dressings excluding the Caesar), the fresh Margherita Pizza (without cheese), and the popular House-made Hummus.
Indoor and outdoor dining opportunities are available at Baily’s Old Town Temecula, whose menu features a variety of options for gluten-free and vegan guests. Popular gluten-free options include the Salmon Salad, a baked Atlantic salmon served over a bed of mixed greens, fresh strawberries, and toasted almonds, tossed in a citrus vinaigrette; Fish Tacos, with grilled cod topped with shredded cabbage, lettuce, and house-made chile rojo, wrapped in warm corn tortillas; and their traditional Hamburger, lettuce-wrapped ground chuck, grilled to order, accompanied by onion, tomato, ketchup, mustard, and served with fresh fruit. Although vegan options are not on the menu, be sure to ask. Guest favorites include the Southwest Salad with mixed greens, black beans, corn, tomato, salsa, tortilla strips, grilled onion, and balsamic vinaigrette and the Veggie Bowl, sauteed green and red bell pepper, broccoli, onion, carrot, mushroom, garlic, and shallots sauteed in a white wine sauce and served over rice.
Casual service as well as grab-and-go vegan and gluten-free options are available at S Thai Food in Temecula. The menu is clearly labeled to avoid any ordering confusion. Vegan options include the popular Pad Thai Tofu, vegetable Egg Rolls, Fried Tofu, Battered Golden Vegetables, Siam Garden Salad, Veggie-Lover’s Soup, and numerous vegetable dishes. Gluten-free diners can enjoy the Shrimp Fried Rice, all of the numerous curry dishes, all of the salads, and numerous soups (including Tom Kha Chicken and Shrimp).
Old Town’s Mad Madeline’s Grill, a Front Street family-favorite since 1991, is known for its diner-style comfort food, including 21 different hamburgers. Surprisingly, vegan diners can also enjoy a taste of their award-winning goodness with the new Beyond Burger, #14 on their combo menu. Beyond Burgers are gluten-free, soy free, made without GMOs, and full of 20 grams of plant-based protein. Additional gluten-free meal offerings include the Chopped Chicken Salad, Tuna Salad with egg, and Cobb Salad..
Beer lovers who have to avoid gluten for dietary reasons will want to check out Wiens Brewing, with a tasting location in downtown Temecula. Many of their beers are produced in a way that reduces gluten; two of their beers are currently being tested for summer packaging that includes their low-gluten or gluten-free content on the label. No onsite food is served at Wiens, but diners are welcome to bring their own snacks and entrees to enjoy on the property.
Garage Brewing Company’s Old Town Taproom & Pizzeria showcases award-winning craft beers, pizzas, and salads. Their “Kustom-Built” pizzas can be served on a gluten-free crust, while the Garage Salads and “Kustom Salads” can easily be modified for gluten-free ingredients.
Popular vegan orders include the Starters & Small Plates: Basket of french fries, tater tots, Chips N Salsa. Add Guacamole. Bunkhouse favorites: Garden Vegetable Delight - Fresh Steamed Seasonal Vegetables, Grilled Corn on the Cobb with Choice of Baked Potato or Yam. Tex Mex (Made to order as Vegan) TJ Street Tacos- Three Mini Corn Tortillas filled with Sauteed veggies and cilantro lime rice. Add Avocado. Soft Tacos: Two corn or flour tortillas filled with Pico de Gallo and Guacamole. Served with Cilantro/Lime Rice. Sauteed veggies can be added. Sidekicks: Baked potato, baked yam, seasonal vegetables, corn on the cobb. Salads: Mixed Green Salad, Grape Tomatoes, Cucumber, Red Cabbage, Mushroom, Zucchini, Carrot, Pickled Red Onion
The Restaurant at Ponte has several popular gluten-free items on their spring menu: Calamari, Mussels, Lamb entrée, Duck entrée. This is Temecula Wine Country's #1 restaurant and a Top 100 Restaurant for Al Fresco Dining in the United States, as rated by TripAdvisor and OpenTable. Enjoy outdoor dining surrounded by stunning vineyards and manicured gardens. Their Bouquet Restaurant features their: Smoked Trout + Beet Salad, Halibut entrée, and their Veal entrée. Bouquet offers a relaxing and romantic ambiance with stunning fountain courtyard, pond and vineyard views.