TGI Friday’s: Tasty Dairy-Free Options for U.S. and U.K. Diners


Updated 2018! TGI Friday’s has now added vegan dishes at their restaurants across the UK. The new vegan options include Smoked Tomato Bruschetta (heritage tomatoes spiced with garlic and basil, served on toasted ciabatta bread, and drizzled with balsamic glaze), Roasted Veg Alfredo Pasta (penne pasta with roasted vegetables, vegan alfredo sauce, and arugula), Garlic Ciabatta Bread, and Avocado Hummus

No word on if these dishes will also be available in the US, but they do offer vegan Beyond Burger at US locations. They also seem to accommodate special diets as much as possible.Thanks to Go Dairy Free viewer Erica for sending this feedback and the screenshots for TGI Friday’s in the United States.

I was able to get some good phone shots of the T.G.I. Friday’s allergen menu. I thought I would offer it up to my favorite allergen website (dairy issues here). Unfortunately, 99% of everything on the menu has dairy associated with it. Most dishes, though, you can just ask for no cheese or no butter on buns and everything should be fine. I usually get the Turkey Club, no cheese and I don’t have any issues.

[The allergen menu] is a suggestion list, which I have never found helpful since they don’t include items that you could totally order without cheese and then they would be dairy free. It makes the options seem very limited.

TGI Friday's Allergen Menu

TGI Friday's Allergen Menu

TGI Friday's Allergen Menu

Where to Find TGI Friday’s

TGI Friday’s currently has over 900 restaurants in about 60 countries. See the website below to find locations, hours, and more.


About Author

Alisa is the founder of, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.


  1. Went with my family and watched everyone eat because all of their food supposedly contains dairy. That allergy menu is pointless . Pretty much says don’t eat anything. Doesn’t tell you what you can order. That’s bad business right there.

  2. Even a plain steak is not ok. They told me that the steaks are injected with butter for flavoring before the steaks even arrive at the restaurant.

  3. Right now I am trying to figure out what foods I am allergic too. My doctors are 99% sure I am allergic to dairy. I looked at the fridays allergen menu and everyone is right, everything has dairy. I usually get the California club without cheese. I having a feeling the reason it says there is dairy is because of the cheese. However, now I am worried there may be milk in the buns they use. Does anyone know what ingredients are in the buns?

  4. Former Fridays Fan on

    I have been a TGI Fridays fan for years! But after a recent lactose-intolerance diagnosis, we have been just once. As others have reported, there is virtually nothing on the menu that is listed as dairy-free (I found the dragonfire salmon, broccoli, and fruit cup). I ended up opting for the house salad with no cheese or croutons. This came in a small bowl & consisted of lettuce, some grape tomatoes, and a few bits of chopped up cucumber. Our waitress was great & exclaimed that she expected it to be much bigger. She took it back to the kitchen and had them make it larger for me. That was so kind! However, how much lettuce can one eat for a meal? As others reported, I also received no assistance (no manager who knows/understands allergies & their menu, or indications on the allergy menu to “order w/o cheese”) for trying to order something other than three items listed above that didn’t have the milk symbol. This was such a disappointing experience for me AND everyone with me (who felt bad while I sat with my giant bowl of lettuce). Fridays seems to be taking such a half-hearted approach to allergies.

  5. Also wanted to share my dissatisfaction with TGI Friday’s. I live right across the street from one, and given the size of their menu, you would think there would be *something* to eat. It’s really a shame they don’t work to accommodate customers with food allergens 🙁

  6. I have a friend that works at TGI Fridays and the first time we went their to eat we made sure to sit in her section. She took the time to pull out their allergy binder (thats right, a 3″ binder with all the nutrition and allergy information) and went through it. After she went completely through the binder, we decided there was nothing I could have by default, even without the obvious things like cheese. There was too much shared equipment. In the end, she got one of the cooks to clean off a spot on the grill, lay down aluminum foil and cook a plain steak on it. I couldn’t have any sides so I ended up with a steak and a water for dinner. It was a good steak, but I wouldn’t go there again for Dairy free food.

  7. I tried going to Friday’s before I read about it here. It was one of the worst experiences I have had trying to eat dairy-free. The menu has basically nothing listed as being dairy-free. My waiter tried to be helpful and said he would get their “nutritional specialist” to come to my table and talk to me. Then, I overheard him talking to a manager, who seemed annoyed about his request for her to come talk to me. She made some remark to him that almost offended me, but I could not hear her clearly enough to note exactly what she said. She came to our table and when I told her that I needed to have a meal with no dairy in it, she told me to look at their allergen menu, which I already had in my hand. I pointed out that almost everything listed milk as an ingredient and asked her if there were recommendations she could make for something I could order without cheese or whatever to make it dairy free. This “nutritional specialist” told me that basically my only choice was to order a plain salad, with no cheese or croutons. She was very unpleasant and not helpful at all. I ended up ordering the Dragonfire salmon, which was basically the only thing on the menu without a milk symbol and some steamed broccoli, with no butter. The manager had not even mentioned this salmon as a dairy free option. It was good enough, but I will never go back to Friday’s again.

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