Alberta: Recommended Restaurants for Dairy-Free Customers

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Updated in 2021 – we’re just getting started! We’ve created this ever-growing guide to restaurants, bakeries, cafes, and ice cream shops in Alberta that are friendly to dairy-free diners. It’s a collection based on research and reader recommendations (send yours!), that’s divided into local restaurants (first) and chains (second).

Note: You can ignore the date on this post going forward. We’ll update the information below whenever we’re alerted to a new restaurant recommendation, change, or closure. 

Local Alberta Restaurants Recommended for Dairy-Free Eats

We’ve listed these recommendations alphabetically by city, and then by the restaurant or shop name.

⭐️ = Restaurant is either dairy-free, has a dairy-free menu, has dairy-free labels on their menu(s), or lists top allergens with menu items. (At the time of our last review.)

Calgary

  • Cookie Mama – This dessert shop is about much more than cookies, they also bake cupcakes, full-size cakes, and have dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan treat options. They also have dairy-free and gluten-free “vice cream” in several flavors.
  • The Village Flatbread Co. – Everything about this pizza place says natural and organic, but it’s also a gluten-free and Halal establishment. They shun wheat, seafood, and pork, and have options for nearly every dietary need. In terms of dairy-free, “The entire menu can be made dairy free. Only menu items listed with cheese as an ingredient have dairy. Simply substitute the regular cheese for original vegan mozzarella, new vegan cheeze, or no cheese at all on any menu item. You can also create your own pizza from over 30 dairy free ingredients” They also state their “vegan Cheese(s) are NOT Daiya, melt, and taste delicious.” An interesting claim!

Cochrane

  • Mehtab East Indian Cuisine – The owner contacted us to say their restaurant has “a lot of dairy-free options.” They also proudly share, “We serve most allergies Gluten Free, Nuts Free, Dairy free, Keto, Vegan.”

Edmonton

  • Bliss Baked Goods ⭐️ – Enjoy the aroma of fresh baked bread and friendly customer service at this family-run, dairy-free, nut-free, and kosher pareve bakery. They bake an array of breads, donuts, danishes, muffins, cupcakes, and so much more. They also make savory deli items and baked goods. And of course, they make custom cakes! There are a lot of vegan options available (“sausage” rolls, breads, and cinnamon buns), and they do bake some gluten-free goodies, too.
  • Rio Vida gluten free bakery and Ready to eat Food products – This strictly gluten-free bakery caters to a variety of special diet needs. They have prepared and take away sweets and savories, and everything can be made dairy-free, egg-free, or nut-free on request. They can also swap in different sweeteners, and have keto and many vegan options.

Most Popular Chains in Alberta for Dairy-Free Diners

There are many more chains in this state, but these are the ones we recommend most for dairy-free options.

Alberta-Only Chains

National Chains

This Guide is Continuously Updated with Recommendations

We welcome you to recommend other dairy-free friendly restaurants. Leave a comment or contact us and tell us why you like a certain restaurant. Restaurant owners and employees are also invited to reach out and let us know how you welcome dairy-free customers.

Please kindly let us know in the comments if any of these restaurants close. We want to keep this list current for you, but aren’t always notified when a restaurant closes. Let us know and we will quickly update!

This Guide is for Informational Purposes Only

Menus, ingredients, kitchen procedures, management, and restaurants are subject to change at any time. Always read the menu and discuss your dietary needs with the staff before ordering. Make sure that they can accommodate your situation.

There is always a risk for potential cross-contamination of allergens in any commercial kitchen. If cross-contamination is an issue for you, always speak with the manager to ensure that your meal can be safely prepared. Listings here do not guarantee that a restaurant is safe enough for your individual needs. Only you can make that decision.

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Leah Moldowan is an Associate Editor for Go Dairy Free and she runs the vegan blog love me, feed me. Leah creates delicious recipes and stunning photography to inspire others to nourish their bodies with good food.

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