Last Updated April 2021! We’ve created this ever-growing guide to restaurants, bakeries, cafes, and ice cream shops in Rhode Island 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 Rhode Island 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.)
- Crazy Burger Cafe & Juice Bar – This quirky little restaurant offers a big menu of options, including several vegan burgers served in a tortilla, smoothies made with almond or soy milk, a wide range of juices, and even vegan carrot cake for dessert. Many of their other menu items can be made dairy-free, on request.
- Wildflour Vegan Bakery & Juice Bar ⭐️ – The biggest problem with this bright and modern café is deciding what to get! On the sweet side, they have breakfast pastries, cupcakes, brownies, cookies, and more, with many gluten-free options. They also serve a rainbow of smoothies and juices, healthy lattes, milkshakes, and a petite lunch menu of soups and breads. If you’re on the go, they have prepackaged parfaits, puddings, granola, and meals. They also bake custom cakes and take special orders.
- Augusta St. Kitchen ⭐️ – This bakery and catering company focuses on healthy, whole food cuisine using local and organic ingredients. Their menus are labeled for dairy-free, gluten-free, soy-free, grain-free, and vegan options, and are heavily dairy-free. They have a daily selection of savory dishes, breads, and sweet treats, including doughnuts, cupcakes, and more. They also take custom orders.
- by Chloe ⭐️ – Manhattan houses most of their locations, but you’ll find one of their plant-based, counter-serve restaurants in Rhode Island. Like their NY shops, they serve a healthy vegan array of burgers, sandwiches, salads, pastas, and smoothies, with pancakes on the weekend. They’re open for lunch, dinner, and dessert, which includes house-made ice cream (also sold by the pint), cookies, cupcakes, and other pastries.
- Flatbread Company – This gourmet flatbread pizza chain supports local and organic farming, and is special diet friendly. They offer dairy-free cheese, have vegan pizza on the menu, and can make many of their pizzas dairy free. They also offer a gluten-free vegan pizza crust, and we’ve been told that their regular house dough and most of their toppings are dairy-free. They also have build-your-own salad options.
- Like No Udder ⭐️ – This purely dairy-free ice cream shop swirls soy-based soft serve and scoops 12 hard packed flavors (made with a cashew, coconut, or peanut base). Eight of the flavors are permanent and four rotate regularly. You can order it in a cup, in a cone, with toppings (yes, salted caramel sauce and coconut whip, too!), in a milkshake (made with coconut, soy or almond milk), on a float, or blended into a “blizzard.” They also offer vegan baked goods, candy bars, and some other retail items. In addition to their shop, they have a food truck selling soft serve, shakes, and other cool drinks and treats.
- Plant City ⭐️ – This isn’t just a restaurant. It’s an entire vegan food hall with four restaurants and three bars. And it was all created by famed chef Matthew Kenney. The options include a burger bistro and bar, a build your own sandwich and smoothie counter serve, a plant-based pizzeria and wine bar, a Mexican restaurant and bar, a coffee shop, and a full bakery with pastries, cookies, cakes by the slice, and whole cakes.
Restaurant & Grocery Chains found throughout Rhode Island
Some recommended restaurant and store chains are getting too big for our city listing britches. They have many locations, or are rapidly growing, and you might stumble across them in a number of towns in this state. Click on them for more dairy-free details.
- Uno Pizzeria & Grill (Italian-American Restaurant)
Local Dairy-Free Food & Drink Producers in Rhode Island
These dairy-free friendly companies don’t have their own retail location, but are in Rhode Island. So you have a good chance of finding their products at grocery stores, restaurants, and/or other shops in this state. Keep an eye out!
- Barrett’s Garden – They make natural, unique, dairy-free cashew cheeses in creamy spreads and alternative varieties like ricotta and parmesan.
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.