AllergyEats’ 2019 List of Top 10 Most Allergy-Friendly Restaurant Chains in America

Top 10 Most Allergy Friendly Restaurant Chains in America

Regionally Diverse List Illustrates Growing Trend To Better Accommodate Food-Allergic Diners

AllergyEats is pleased to announce its 2019 list of the Top 10 Most Allergy-Friendly Restaurant Chains in America. Derived from the restaurant reviews of food-allergic diners across the U.S. on the AllergyEats app and website, this comprehensive list recognizes both small and large restaurant chains that have been ranked highest by food-allergic diners.

The 5 Most Allergy-Friendly Large Chains (at least 50 locations)

The 5 Most Allergy-Friendly Small Chains (fewer than 50 locations)

“AllergyEats congratulates the restaurant chains on this list for having earned the highest allergy-friendliness ratings based on feedback directly from the food allergy community,” Paul Antico, Founder and CEO of AllergyEats said. “We appreciate these chains recognizing the importance of accommodating food-allergic diners and for their dedication to supporting the food allergy community. We hope all restaurants will strive to emulate the excellent work of the chains on this list with respect to providing appropriate food-allergic diner accommodations.”

List Based on Reviews Provided By Food-Allergic Diners

These rankings are based on the compilation and averaging of all individual restaurant reviews by AllergyEats users into chain-specific allergy-friendliness dining out scores. The scoring is based on a 5-point scale, with Burtons Grill garnering the overall best ranking for the third year in a row.  This year’s list marks the seventh consecutive year AllergyEats has released its list with Chipotle Mexican Grill, Burtons Grill, and Maggiano’s Little Italy earning and retaining a spot each year since the list’s inception.  These perennial winners, each offering a different cuisine type, are positive examples of the increased and diverse options available for food-allergic diners. In-N-Out Burger returns to the list this year and is the only fast food restaurant to ever make an AllergyEats Top 10 Chains list.

Clyde’s Restaurant Group Makes The List For the First Time

Clyde’s Restaurant Group made the list for the first time in 2019 and thanked both AllergyEats and the food-allergy community for the recognition. “We are honored to be recognized by AllergyEats and the food allergy community for our commitment to customers with food allergies and other special dietary needs,” Tom Meyer, President of Clyde’s Restaurant Group said. “For decades, Clyde’s has placed an emphasis on providing diners with farm-to-table food from scratch, allowing our chef-run kitchens to customize meals and cater to our guests’ needs. Thank you for this recognition.” Clyde’s Restaurant Group includes Clyde’s, The Tombs, 1780 Restaurant & Bar, The Hamilton, Old Ebbitt Grill, and The Soundry.

If you’ve dined out at any of these chains (or any other chain or independent restaurant in the country) please be sure to share your personal dining experiences by rating the restaurants on our free app, available on Google Play or in the App Store, or website. Each year, the Top 10 list is updated based on AllergyEats’ reviews provided by diners who have over 300 unique allergies, including, but not limited to, peanut, tree nut, shellfish, fish, egg, wheat, milk, soy, sesame and gluten. Every restaurant and every food-allergic diner’s opinion matters to the food allergy community. We’re all in this together! 



    This is a great list. Almost all our go tos.


    I live in Tennessee and none of the chains on the list are here. I am feeling left out.

    Amy M.

    This list is definitely geared towards the larger cities, however, many of the restaurants are available on both coasts (as I can testify by my travels). The smaller chain restaurants do appear to be more focused in the New England area. If you ever get the chance, do try and eat at Burton’s Grill! You’ll be happy you did!

    Gina Milano

    Add TACO TIME to your list for Western Washington.
    It is my GO-TO favorite! I am severely allergic to dairy, wheat and eggs.

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