Queen Anne is the closest neighborhood to downtown Seattle. There are two distinct areas: upper and lower Queen Anne.
Upper Queen Anne Neighborhood
Upper Queen Anne has a main street of restaurants, grocers, and shops (don’t miss B & E Meats- an old-fashioned butcher shop). Lots of residential homes are on upper Queen Anne, many with territorial views and neighborhood walks. The view homes are typically bigger and many are quite grand. Upper Queen Anne is mostly families. One section of 8th Ave W. is particularly nice for walking with pretty street lamps and a view-packed boulevard (see photos below). You can sit on the grass across from Parsons Gardens at Marshall Park with gorgeous views of the Sound, walk a little further down Highland Drive for a photo op with the city as your backdrop at Kerry Park.
Upper Queen Anne is home to a farmers market every Thursday 3-7:30 pm, June to mid-October. Check their website for vendors, last year there was a fresh baked goods gluten free vendor you may want to check out.
Upper Queen Anne Restaurants
Bounty Kitchen-gluten free items listed on the menu, they use Nu Flours bread which I had on an open faced sandwich and it held up well. Lots of healthy ingredients and an easy place for either breakfast or lunch.
Homegrown-is able to serve sandwiches on gluten free bread. It’s good for lunch, they have other locations around Seattle too. Be sure to ask about their GF methods.
Eat Local— we have not tried them but…. this link shows their gluten free offerings of fresh made food to pick up and take home or take on a picnic.
How to Cook a Wolf–Ethan Stowell restaurants are good and they should be able to accommodate your diet needs. Most of their small plates should be able to accommodate a GF diet.
Eden Hill–a new small plates restaurant with some excellent items but also some kitchen delays along with some very small servings. Good for drinks and appetizers.
Canlis–a Seattle institution for fine dining and a gorgeous view. Dinner jacket required excellent food and service, reservations generally need to be made far in advance.
Caffe Lladro a great cup of coffee ….bring your own gluten free treat. There is a Metropolitan Market on Lower Queen Anne and a Whole Foods in Interbay so you can stock up on GF breakfast and lunch items. Or check out the farmers market for baked goods.
Storyville Coffee –If you like a deep roasted coffee then try this out. Actually at the corner of Boston and Queen Anne Ave N. you have a coffee choice on most every corner: Storyville, Starbucks, and close to the corner Caffe Lladro. But there are some extra enticements at Storyville. You will want to ask your own questions but they use Bob’s Red Mill gluten free oats in their oatmeal and granola. They said that they are conscientious about cross contamination as well. For treats they bake off in-store a flourless Chocolate Cake Round and a Macaron almond cookie (the dough is made in a central facility for consistency). For lunch a few items looked good to me and are inherently GF: kale salad, Thai salad (both sound delicious) and tomato soup. There are comfy leather couches and chairs, a fireplace, a nice environment, and quality employees!
Cupcake Royale–see notes above in Ballard section .
Lower Queen Anne Neighborhood
The lower part of Queen Anne has lots of apartments and condos with city views. More restaurants and Seattle Center are here as well. Seattle Center is home to the Space Needle, EMP, Seattle Opera, Pacific NW Ballet, Key Arena, Pacific Science Center, Childrens Museum, Chihuly Garden & Glass, and Seattle Rep– and it’s across the street from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Lower Queen Anne Restaurants
Crow–our favorite, excellent food and value. Consistent every time and great selections for wines by the glass. Most of their menu can be made gluten free.
Peso’s Kitchen and Lounge–a lot of their items are naturally gluten free and even though there are many items on the menu they cook their food fresh and don’t seem to rely on pre-made elements (but ask). They also have a great happy hour and stay busy.
Toulouse Petit–next door to Peso’s and under same ownership so all of the above applies here as well.
Uptown Espresso— for a great cup of coffee and Home of the Velvet Foam. If you like a perfect espresso pull… this is the place!
Melting Pot–this chain has gluten free certification so you can be assured of their policies. We haven’t tried them yet.
Taylor Shellfish–If you love oysters this is a must stop. A huge selection of fresh oysters!
Seattle has a lot of “gluten free” people– so restaurants understand the diet to some degree– but to clarify your risk of possible cross contamination you should ask questions because every place seems to have their own definition. We have successfully dined at most of these places without issue, those we haven’t tried are so noted.