We are planning to visit PEI from Toronto for a week in August. Are there any allergy-friendly restaurants on the Island? We are mainly dairy-free and gluten-free

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Burch Dj
Toronto, ON
PEI Ambassador Barbara Mayhew
Barbara Mayhew

General Island

Hi there,

I know, from personal experience, the challenges of traveling when on a restrictive diet and how difficult it can be to find good eating spots that can cater to the diets and allergies.  I do have several recommendations for you but would strongly encourage you to contact any restaurant you plan to dine at in advance of your visit to discuss your specific needs.  Many Island restaurants will have gluten-free and vegan options on their menus and some have dairy-free items as well and many will accommodate other specific diets if they know in advance.

For breakfast and lunch, you might check out the Prince Edward Island Preserve Company in New Glasgow, Kettle Black in Charlottetown, Samuel’s Coffee House in Summerside, and #5 Café in Murray Harbour.  You can read my reviews of these restaurants and their breakfast service here.  You might also check out Leonhard’s Café and Restaurant in Charlottetown as they have a number of gluten-friendly options on their menu.

For evening dining, The Table Culinary Studio in New London will accommodate both gluten-free and lactose-free dietary needs and they may also accommodate other specific diets as well.  This is a really lovely dining experience in an old refurbished country church not far from the Cavendish area.  You can read about my experience at one of The Table’s themed dinners here.

Another restaurant I recommend is The Pearl Eatery in North Rustico.  This is a quaint little restaurant that serves wonderful meals and, earlier in 2019, they announced that every food menu item is available gluten free.

The #5 Café and the Prince Edward Island Preserve Company also offer special dietary items for lunch and dinner dining.  The Harbourview Restaurant in Murray Harbour has an extensive gluten-free menu so you may wish to check them out.

Papa Joe’s restaurant in Charlottetown, open for lunch and dinner, has a number of gluten-free items on their menu and their head chef, Irwin MacKinnon, was recently awarded National Chef of the Year by the Canadian Culinary Federation.

Lobster suppers are very popular here in PEI and both the New Glasgow Lobster Suppers in New Glasgow and Fisherman’s Wharf Lobster Suppers in North Rustico offer gluten-free options and can accommodate other diets as well. They’re the full meal deal and I always recommend that visitors dine at one or both during their Island stay.  You can read about them in my recent article about the enduring popularity of PEI lobster suppers.

And, if you are up for some special cool treats, Kool Breeze Farm Dairy Bar, on the outskirts of Summerside, offers gluten-free cones, lactose-free ice cream, and vegan soft serve ice cream.

I hope you enjoy your holiday in PEI and that you get to check out some of the dining options I have suggested.  There are certainly others but these are among my favourites. Again, it’s always advisable to contact the restaurants directly in advance of your planned visit to discuss your particular dietary needs.

Safe travels,