Where to Eat? AllergyEats Unveils 2018 List of Top 10 Allergy-Friendly Restaurants

in Food Allergy, Managing Allergies, News, Travel & Dining
Published: March 7, 2018

AllergyEats, a popular app and website that lets diners rate restaurants according to their allergy-friendliness, has released its 2018 annual list of the top 10 most allergy-friendly restaurant chains in the U.S. – with four new names making the list, as well as favorites well-known to Allergic Living readers.

The new additions are Bertucci’s Italian Restaurant, Longhorn Steakhouse, Weber Grill, and 110 Grill, while Maggiano’s Little Italy and Chipotle Mexican Grill get it right again – earning the rank of No. 1 and No. 2 for the best allergy-friendly restaurant experience for the third year in a row.

“For the over 15 million Americans with food allergies, it’s incredibly important to know which restaurants are the best at creating allergy-friendly experiences so these individuals can more comfortably dine out,” said Paul Antico, founder and CEO of AllergyEats.

The rankings are based on reviews from AllergyEats app users, who look at their restaurant experiences through a lense that considers factors such as staff awareness of food allergies and cross-contact risks.

AllergyEats grouped chains into two categories – large (50 or more restaurants across the U.S.) and small (under 50 locations across the U.S.). Following are the most allergy-friendly restaurants in the U.S., as rated by AllergyEats users.

Large chains

  • Maggiano’s Little Italy (4.76 rating)
  • Chipotle Mexican Grill (4.45 rating)
  • Bertucci’s Italian Restaurant (4.43 rating)
  • Mellow Mushroom (4.37 rating)
  • Longhorn Steakhouse (4.28 rating)

Small chains

  • Burtons Grill (4.83 rating)
  • Flatbread Company (4.77 rating)
  • Legal Sea Foods (4.58 rating)
  • Weber Grill (4.52 rating)
  • 110 Grill (4.43 rating)

“The restaurant chains on our 2018 list have differentiated themselves with exceptional food allergy protocols, education, and training,” said Antico.

For excellent resources about dining out, see Allergic Living’s Travel & Dining section.