Gluten-free Dining Paradise in Buford, Georgia - Celiac Disease
Mar 24 2010

Gluten-free Dining Paradise in Buford, Georgia

My family and I take advantage of the kids’ week off of school each March and make a trip to Atlanta. For the past two years, my sister, Mom & I have a dinner out together & my wonderful brother-in-law stays home with the kids. We have gone to Aqua Terra Bistro the past 2 years and it has become a tradition. The first year we went there I was very nervous about eating there. I asked to speak with the manager and explained that I had to follow a gluten-free diet. The manager then asked if I had Celiac Disease! What this meant to me is that she knew what I was talking about. Turns out the chef’s wife has Celiac Disease, as does one of the managers, so they are very well versed in gluten-free cooking.

The menu has many options that are gluten-free or that can be made gluten-free. The entire staff is very accommodating.


For starters we had the Seared Tuna Pailliard (without the crostini – or I should say that my Mom asked for it on a separate plate for her share of the appetizer). The dish was very good, though the tuna could have been a little more rare. It had great flavor, as did the remoulade that was served along with it.

Next up was the Tomato-Beet Caprese Salad. I always choose Caprese Salads over a mixed green salad when I go out if there is one on the menu. The addition of the beets in this salad was nothing short of amazing. All of the flavors blended so well together. I could have ordered 2 of these & had them as my main course.

tomato beet caprese salad

For the main course, I had the Filet Mignon, smoked gouda polenta (subbed for the mashed potatoes) and ragout of exotic mushrooms & tomatoes. Everything was phenomenal! The steak was cooked to a perfect medium-rare temperature; it melted in my mouth. The smoked gouda polenta was smooth & creamy and had a great smoky flavor. The ragout of mushrooms & tomatoes were seasoned perfectly.

The creamy polenta:

Aqua Terra also has 2 other salads, 4 entrees, 5 sides and 1 dessert, that can be customized to be gluten-free. The dessert – creme brulee – is to die for!

Aqua Terra is located on East Main Street in Historic Buford, Georgia. I just loved the decor inside:

I look forward to visiting Aqua Terra each year when I am in the area. I can’t wait to go back next year!

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  1. Tiffany Janes says:

    I love this place! It was the very first place we ate out after my dx. It was Valentine’s day and we waited just short of two hours for a table (arrived just before 6 pm) and I didn’t know then to take my own snack food for such occasions. After almost eating the paper napkins at the bar from starvation, I never made that mistake again…lol! The food is simply incredible! I’m glad to hear the same chef is still there. We have not been in over a year as it’s way off the beaten path for us.


  1. Back to Life, Back to Reality « Gluten-free is Life says:

    […] 3 girls (my Mom, sister & I) had an amazing meal at Aqua Terra Bistro. This is one place that I go back year after year when we come to Atlanta. The food is out of this […]

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