Black Sea Grill

4.5 stars 4.5 out of 5 27 ratings
$$Celiac Friendly, Gluten Free Menu, Calamari + 6 more
94% of 19 votes say it's Celiac friendly

118 S Front St, Wilmington, NC 28401

(910) 254-9990
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    5 ratingMarch 18, 2017

    Excellent fresh fried calamari and all if the items on the menu are GF, with the exception of the obvious, like Pita Bread. Very reasonably priced and friendly staff.

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    5 ratingDecember 31, 2016

    We are here last night and it was great! They were very knowledgeable when it came to Celia disease and said they don't even have flour in the building. I got to have fried calamari for the first time since I found out I had celiac. My boyfriend who does eat gluten even said it was some of the best calamari he'd ever had. Our waiter was great! I'd definitely go back!!!

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    5 ratingAugust 19, 2016

    This place was beyond phenomenal! my husband and I were able to have fried calamari (we haven't had in years!) it was coated in corn meal. the entire menu (less the pita bread) is gluten free and the manager/owner was there that night and very celiac knowledgeable. We ate until we were stuffed and are already planning our trip to Wilmington just for this restaurant.

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    5 ratingAugust 03, 2016

    This place is amazing!! The food was absolutely delicious and the waiter was so nice. It is also reasonably priced. They are very well educated on gluten allergies and take precautions. In fact, everything (even the calamari) is gluten free on their menu, except the pita bread and desserts. After talking to the waiter, John, he expressed that he was also the owner. I was so impressed that he owns, operates, and waits at the restaurant, and was super friendly. He even recommended stuff to do locally. I highly recommend for everyone, especially those with gluten issues!

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    5 ratingOctober 20, 2015

    The waiter John is always helpful and knows what has gluten and what doesn't. My wife has other allergies and he knew exactly what she could have. Food is exceptional especially the lamb.

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    3 ratingAugust 13, 2015

    If you have more than 4 people you need to plan ahead. If you have a toddler make sure they can sit in a regular seat. Black Sea only has 1 high chair in the restaurant. 3 items on the kids menu and they only offer soft drinks. No substitutions available even for an iced tea instead of a soda. Waiter was a bit grouchy and not very patient with our group. Lightened up a bit when he realized our kid was better behaved then the other one in the restaurant. Food was good though and waiter knew about gluten restrictions.

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    5 ratingMay 31, 2015

    Everything was delicious at Black Sea Grill. Perfectly seasoned, fresh, and clearly made with love at this family owned restaurant. The calamari was outstanding. Battered in cornmeal, it was the best calamari I'd ever had, even pre-gluten free days.

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    5 ratingMarch 27, 2015

    Awesome calamari. Lots of gluten free options. (The desserts and pita bread were the only things with gluten.) Super friendly as well.

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    5 ratingOctober 12, 2014

    Great food and good prices...99% of the food is gluten free and the owners are very nice! my husband had Celiac and is very sensitive. We have eaten here several times with no problems at all!

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    5 ratingAugust 22, 2014

    I am severe gluten sensitive and was so excited to see a possible calamari dish. We told our waiter I could not eat gluten. He said the calamari was battered in cornmeal so I gave it a shot. I tend to react within 2 to 24 hours and nothing happened after I ate the super yummy dish! Best calamari ever! Loved the beef, rice and the Turkish white wine. Took a walk on the dock after our meal. A night to remember!

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    2 ratingJuly 26, 2014

    There isn't much here for someone with celiac disease.

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    1 ratingJune 14, 2014

    3 of our family has Celiac. We drove out of our way to come here because of the great reviews and read that they don't use flour. When we ordered lunch we asked for a GF menu, she said just don't order the sandwiches, they have gluten, the rest would be fine. We told them about Celiac, she said no problem, however all 3 of us got sick. Not sure what precautions they took to limit cross contamination, the server brought out our plates right after bring a gluten meal out without washing hands. The food tasted great, but NOT worth it when all 3 of us got sick. Don't go here if you have Celiac.

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    5 ratingApril 12, 2014

    Great food, reasonably priced. Very accommodating! My husband ordered the surf and turf, but wanted grouper instead of flounder and I ordered the sampler but got shrimp instead of the lamb chops and beef. Everything was fresh and delicious. We will go back!

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    5 ratingMarch 05, 2014

    A very enjoyable evening. John was very knowledgeable about gluten sensitivity and cross contamination although there was little to worry about because they do not cook with any flour. They had New Grist Pilsner and usually have New Planet as well. Great place for celiac, vegetarian,and vegan options.

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    5 ratingMarch 02, 2014

    Gluten free calamari was such a great treat! The staff was amazing and extremely accommodating! I am allergic to garlic and onions as well, and they were still able to make me a delicious, safe meal.

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    5 ratingFebruary 25, 2014

    very good food, including multiple fried options. owner served us and ensured that they dont use any flour in the place, only corn meal. no dessert options or bread, but really good meal choices and very friendly service. will eat here again

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    4 ratingJanuary 05, 2014

    Loved it here. Atmosphere was great and the food was so good. Best gluten free fried calamari I've ever had. Coming from an Italian girl from NY that's saying a lot! Will definitely return.

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    5 ratingDecember 16, 2013

    Kristen is amazing! Since my first meal there she has remembered I have celiac sprue and always remembers to bring veggies with the hummus instead of pita. This is my fave restaurant in town and the only place I feel 100% safe eating. Best lamb chops EVER!!!

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    5 ratingSeptember 07, 2013

    My favorite restaurant!!! Love the food, love the atmosphere and love the owners. Almost everything on the menu is GF. If you haven't eaten here, you are missing out! Sampled the GF brownie and it was delicious! Can't wait to make them myself.

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    5 ratingAugust 25, 2013

    The food is so flavorful. This is one of my new favorites. Everything on the menu is GF except pita points and desserts (for now). They have the best GF fried calamari. The owners are very welcoming to GF diets which makes eating there easy and enjoyable. Great atmosphere! Update on GF dessert. I got to enjoy an amazing chocolate brownie topped with vanilla Ice cream on my birthday. It was so amazing that even my non-GF friends were all over it! It is not yet on the menu but may occasionally be available if you're lucky;).

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    5 ratingAugust 16, 2013

    Amazing food and safe for Celiacs. I have celiac and am very sensitive. Upon walking in I asked if they had a gluten free menu and he said "you're looking at it! We don't use flour!" Wow All I have to say is deep fried calamari I haven't had that since getting diagnosed. It was to die for. They don't deep fry anything that has flour or wheat in it. I had no reactions. I also had the mahi mahi and it was super fresh and incredibly tasty. This place is amazing!! They also had a gfree beer I hadn't tried yet.

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    5 ratingAugust 15, 2013

    Excellent! I have not eaten fried food in a restaurant in years. The calamari is so good you wouldn't even know it is gluten free!

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    5 ratingSeptember 28, 2012

    The food is fabulous and most of the menu is gluten free. I highly recommend the Black Sea Grill to anyone following a GF diet.

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    5 ratingJuly 18, 2012

    Everthing on the menu is Gluten Free except four items, which I can do without.. Great place to dine!

Gluten-Free Features

  • Calamari
  • Celiac Friendly
  • Gluten Free Menu


  • Dairy-Free
  • Kid Friendly
  • Pescetarian Friendly
  • Restaurant
  • Seafood
  • Vegan Friendly
11:30 am - 2:30 pm, 5 pm - 8:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm, 5 pm - 8:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm, 5 pm - 8:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm, 5 pm - 9 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm, 5 pm - 9 pm

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