Barefoot Bernie's Tropical Grill & Bar

4.5 stars 4.5 out of 5 67 ratings
$$Celiac Friendly, Gluten Free Menu, Pizza + 4 more
97% of 47 votes say it's Celiac friendly

3730 North Croatan Highway, Kitty Hawk, NC 27949 Directions

(252) 261-1008
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    5 ratingSeptember 18, 2017

    Incredibly knowledgeable staff. All plates tagged for allergens. Great food!!! I had the yellow sea bass with veggies en papillote. So yummy!

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    5 ratingSeptember 02, 2017

    Amazing, safe place to eat. We are gf and df be there were plenty of options. Staff is knowledgeable. Allergy plates come out first and are tagged with a sticker so nothing gets mixed up. HIGHLY recommend this restaurant. We'll be back.

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    5 ratingAugust 29, 2017

    so many options. the staff was super helpful and knew how to make me feel comfortable ordering as a celiac.

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    5 ratingAugust 25, 2017

    Out son has celiacs and is very sensitive ... zero issues here.... overall food was pretty good too! Enchiladas were amazing !!

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    5 ratingAugust 19, 2017

    Several gf items, love the seafood enchiladas and their steamed clams, best clams in the OBX!

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    5 ratingAugust 07, 2017

    Another great hamburger and fries. Always good and they know how to do GF, especially if you have Celiac.

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    5 ratingJuly 30, 2017

    Reliable & delicious! Food comes out with a bright orange "allergy alert" sticker to ensure no cross all the way to the table. GF fries, buns, and more. They have dessert too, which is a rare treat.

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    5 ratingJuly 30, 2017

    Very pleased to find a restaurant with so many GF choices, including a warm cho.chip cookie for dessert!! Family friendly

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    5 ratingJuly 17, 2017

    Best gluten free pizza I've ever had. Celiac friendly.

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    5 ratingJuly 12, 2017

    all time favorite when visiting the obx, my mom and i both have celiac and we always have an amazing experience here.

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    5 ratingJuly 11, 2017

    great food. dedicated section of the kitchen to avoid cc and dedicated fryer. perfect place to eat on vacation.

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    5 ratingJuly 07, 2017

    We stopped here for dinner on or way to the Outer Banks. The wait staff seems informed and they take Celiac and being gluten-free very seriously. Our daughter had many gluten-free options to choose from and was even able to have french fries because the have a dedicated fryer. We had a great meal and the service was awesome.

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    5 ratingJuly 05, 2017

    My daughter and I both have Celiac. The choices for us were great! Also, they have a gluten free cookie desert with ice cream. We both loved it and look forward to going back!

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    5 ratingJune 12, 2017

    This place rocked even though they were very busy when I went and I felt nervous and bad making special requests. I'm very sensitive to gluten, and intolerant of dairy, and I don't do well with basically anything spicy or acidic. The server was knowledgable and assured me that they served people with celiac & gluten sensitivity every day. They had a separate fryer, and my food came with orange "allergy alert" stickers on the sides of the plates- this was so the staff world be careful about cross-contamination while preparing my meal. This made me feel safer, and I really appreciated it so much!! I didn't get a reaction, and got to actually eat out with my family on vacation, for the first time in a long time!!

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    5 ratingJune 10, 2017

    I'm a celiac and always cautious. I ordered the steamed shrimp and mahi tacos. prefect!!!! No issues and very delicious

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    5 ratingJune 07, 2017

    Loved! Server was knowledgeable and atmosphere was great

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    5 ratingMay 17, 2017

    If I could give this restaurant 10 stars, I would! The food is delicious and can be made with a healthy (but delicious) menu. The wait staff and kitchen is knowledgeable about Celiac and mark the dishes "allergy alert" just to be sure they're careful. And the menu has a ton of options too! So great. I would come here all the time if I lived nearby.

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    5 ratingMay 12, 2017

    I had the GF Hawaiian pizza to-go, & it was delicious! The menu is clearly marked, & they had a surprisingly great selection. My hubby's regular burger was huge & he said it was delicious & cooked just right.

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    5 ratingApril 22, 2017

    Excellent service. I was even able to modify my selection more. Lots of options. Delicious.

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    5 ratingFebruary 04, 2017

    Amazing food! Nice variety of gluten free options and they take food allergies/intolerances/celiac disease seriously. Favorite restaurant in OBX!

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    5 ratingDecember 29, 2016

    Good food, environment, and service. Everything is labeled on the menu as GF or if it can be modified. I had zero issues with getting sick. We recently moved from San Diego to Hampton Roads area. This is the best restaurant we've been to in the General area.

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    5 ratingOctober 24, 2016

    Look - far and away this place has the best GFree experience I've had anywhere. Many more GFree items on the menu than I expected. The server brought my plate of fish enchiladas out and it had a tag on the plate: 'Allergy Alert'... and he said 'we'll treat you good here.' Can't ask for more than that!

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    5 ratingSeptember 17, 2016

    Many gluten free options. Have the chicken health stack. Very flavorful. Did not get sick. Was the best GF meal out I had all week. Waitress was awesome.

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    5 ratingSeptember 12, 2016

    This place is a go-to for gluten free diets. I have Celiac disease and was pleased to find a restaurant with so many options. I had the seafood enchiladas which were very delicious! Their menu is clearly marked with GF and GM (gluten-modified) dishes. I will be coming back here every time I'm in OBX!

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    5 ratingAugust 25, 2016

    Wonderful experience.!! Tons of GF or modifiable options. GF buns, sub rolls and fries. Knowledgeable server and kitchen staff. Food delivered on separate tray by separate server and with 'Allergy Alert' sticker. Manager stopped by to check and explained their strict prep process to avoid cross contamination. Very impressive!!

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    5 ratingAugust 12, 2016

    So many GF options that I had trouble choosing what to order! Staff seemed knowledgeable and asked if I had Celiac. I felt safe ordering and eating here.

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    5 ratingAugust 12, 2016

    So many GF options that I had trouble choosing what to order! Staff seemed knowledgeable and asked if I had Celiac. I felt safe ordering and eating here.

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    5 ratingAugust 11, 2016

    Food was good, servers were friendly. No issues after with our two celiac kids. Went on Sunday for lunch with no issues getting seated. Staff was knowledgeable.

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    5 ratingJuly 27, 2016

    Extensive gluten free menu, knowledgeable staff. Always satisfied. Have never been disappointed.

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    5 ratingJuly 22, 2016

    Great food and service! There are many gluten free options on the menu which was awesome to see.

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    4 ratingJuly 15, 2016

    Extensive GF menu, knowledgeable staff, fantastic food. Would give 5 stars if the wait for a table had not been so long. Definitely call ahead (maybe a day ahead).

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    5 ratingJuly 12, 2016

    I loved this place! Lots of GF options and the GF pizza was awesome! Friendly service and great atmosphere. They were also awesome about my daughters shell fish allergy. Prices were reasonable too! Definitely going back again before we leave!

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    4 ratingJune 27, 2016

    They really try to watch cross contamination which is always nice to hear! I got the seafood enchiladas and they were delicious! It was a lot of food too.... I took home one and a half (came with three). We also got the deviled eggs which were good but a little odd with something like sweet chili ish type of sauce.... Also got the steamed calms, super yummy! We will definitely be visiting again!

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    2 ratingJune 24, 2016

    Hmmmm... What to say?! This is one of the worst restaurants I've been to in a while for actual food quality. The atmosphere was cute and they had a sufficient amount of gf options but everything we had in our party of 4 was small on value and whole food. My fish tacos had very little fish and the shells were bathed in some sort of oil. They were also covered in sauces and cheeses. It was just... Really lacking in real food. It was all just bleh. There's good quality whole ingredients and then there's Bernie's. If you have time go across the causeway to the avenue grill in manteo . It is by far the best in the area that I've found so far. Hope this helps someone find good food! I won't be returning to this one.

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    5 ratingJune 11, 2016

    Awesome! I ate here twice while on vacation and loved it. They have many items on the men that are marked gf and other that they can make gf for you. The first time I ordered steamed shrimp with old bay seasoning and Cole slaw. It was really good. The second night I ordered the steak and cheese sub. I got a gf roll that was soft and yummy. It had sesame seeds and tasted similar to sourdough bread. I definitely recommend.

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    4 ratingMay 25, 2016

    We're GF, but not celiac. The seafood enchiladas were really, really good. I got the hamburger with GF bun. The hamburger was ok (not awesome) but the GF bun was awful. Utter sawdust.

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    5 ratingMay 15, 2016

    great gf pizza. Lots of options.

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    5 ratingOctober 15, 2015

    our waitress was lovely and so helpful! it's refreshing to have someone that actually even knows what gluten is sometimes. menu was clearly marked GF but they also had some things makes GM and could change just 1 ingredient to make it GF. My son and I both ate with confidence that we would be safe!

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    4 ratingAugust 20, 2015

    A large amount of GF and GM (modified) options. The labels are right on the menu - no special GF menu needed. They have regular entrees, pizza and sandwiches. My daughter was able to get a beautiful piece of salmon ( she said it was a little overlooked, but still tasty). The wait staff was very friendly and knowledgeable. We will be back.

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    5 ratingAugust 15, 2015

    Fantastic! We will be back. Had the Jerk Mahi and it was fantastic! GF options abound!

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    4 ratingJuly 16, 2015

    Tons of options, and staff was super helpful in ensuring everything was safe and prepared properly, including fries in the dedicated frier! I got a sandwich on a gf bun, and the only reason this isn't a 5 star review is because the bun was the driest gf thing I'd ever eaten. Otherwise, great experience, just skip the bun!

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    5 ratingJuly 02, 2015

    Amazing restaurant. I have 7 food allergies including gluten (CD), tomatoes, broccoli, peas, almonds, pork and avocados. I also have IBS so salads are out. I ate here 2 times. Both times I had jerk shrimp and mahi. Since I have so many allergies the owner came and talked to me. The menu is clearly marked with GF and GM (modified to be GF). I think this was the biggest GF menu oUT of all the places I have eaten at.

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    5 ratingJune 18, 2015

    The menu is marked with "gluten modified" for non-celiacs and "gluten free" that is celiac safe. Per Nicki our waitress (who has celiac disease) they take celiac disease and food allergies very seriously and are very careful. They have a new dedicated fryer that is celiac safe. Reasonably priced.

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    5 ratingMay 27, 2015

    Awesome place and not overly pricey. We went for lunch yesterday and it was so good and GF friendly that we went back that same day in the evening for pizza. Would highly recommend it!!!

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    4 ratingMay 27, 2015

    #1 most important thing (for me anyhow) was VERY knowledgeable waiter. Didn't have to ask many questions, he was honest and pointed out that their GM (gluten modified) meals still ran the risk of cross contamination because of a shared fryer, vs their GF (gluten free) foods. So, no fries here, but I had their steak and cheese sandwich on gf bun and it was good. Will absolutely be back. One of the cheaper places we've eaten on vacation so far.

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    5 ratingMay 17, 2015

    AWESOME selection of GF foods. My husband and I both ordered seafood dishes that were mouthwatering!! We saw that they offered GF buns with the hot dog meal and since we can't get the buns where we live, we decided to order 3 meals of it for ourselves and our son. When our meal arrived, the waiter apologized and said they had ran out of the hot dog buns so the hotdogs came inside a GF hamburger bun that had been sliced in half. We didn't want to make a stink about it due to a really sweet waiter. Halfway into our meal the manager came over to our table and apologized for the cook not having ordered GF hotdog buns. She gave knocked the price of the hotdog meals off the total. Long story short.....if you are visiting Kitty Hawk....eat at Barefoot Bernie's!!!! Delicious food...superb service!!!

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    5 ratingFebruary 20, 2015

    Good food! my husband had the barbq chicken and I had the jerk red snapper and crab. we got the jerk Mahi Mahi tacos as an appetizer (off the 520 cal and under menu) and those were pretty good, too.

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    5 ratingAugust 14, 2014

    The food is worth the wait. Lots of options and excellent ones at that, and the staff knows their stuff when it comes to gluten-free.

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    5 ratingJuly 06, 2014

    Amazing food, great prices ( most menu items are under $10), nice atmosphere and best of all they have a ton of GF listed items and many more that can be with slight modification. I recommend the spinach artichoke dip!

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    5 ratingJune 29, 2014

    Love this place! Lots of GF options including pizzas and burgers. The Hawaiian pizza with white sauce was good. Comes in a 10in thin crust. I've also had their burgers and they use three fellas bakery bread.

Gluten-Free Features

  • Celiac Friendly
  • Gluten Free Menu
  • Pizza
  • Sandwiches

Categories

  • Kid Friendly
  • Lunch
  • Restaurant
Monday
11 am - 10 pm
Tuesday
11 am - 10 pm
Wednesday
11 am - 10 pm
Thursday
11 am - 10 pm
Friday
11 am - 10 pm
Saturday
11 am - 10 pm
Sunday
11 am - 10 pm
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