Being a holiday weekend, we had family and friends in town. Finding a place with outdoor seating near the water is limiting and we decided to go to Blackwall. The outside was full so we sat inside, which was fine. Our server took out drink order and off she went. When the drinks came we ordered appetizers. One of which was the fry flight. A few minutes later she came back to tel us that's we couldn't order the fry flight. The reason we were given was it was too busy in the restaurant and they didn't want the fries to sit too long waiting to be picked up and get cold. Ummmmmm. There are food runners and they were bustling doing an amazing job. We could order a side of fries, and any sauces, just not the flight. Sounded strange but we moved on. I am celiac and was surprised to see a GF flatbread! What a treat! Our server never asked if anyone had any allergies or dietary restrictions. It was listed as GF...so I placed my order. When the flatbread arrived I knew it wasn't gluten free. I asked our server who said she would check with the chef. Indeed it was NOT GF. Everyone finished their meals and I went up front to ask for the manager. Holding a menu in my hand i said "this flatbread isn't gluten free." "Right", he said. "But it's listed as gluten free." "Yea its a misprint." "Well I'm celiac and I ordered this. Luckily i could tell it wasn't so I sent it back." "Yea." "Ok well this is kind of serious for people who are celiac." "Yea I know." "Perhaps you should tell your wait staff they should let people know." He literally rolled his eyes! He was truly put out and could have cared less. And I was disappointed. I lived in Annapolis when the original Blackwall Hitch was built. I used to go there to listen to bands and have late night drinks. When I saw they were opening here I wanted to support them. I've been there a variety of times and being a GF vegetarian I have always been limited. So I mostly go for drinks. But I'll never be back. A misprint is one thing. Find a way to fix it. Alert your wait staff to ask people about allergies. Most restaurants do that these days. If I can't trust that you are serving me something that won't poison me, you don't get my money. Or my friends' money.
Fantastic GF options on their menu. Start with a delicious Maryland Crab soup. Then a HUGE Chesapeake Steamer Boil includes king Crab legs, shrimp, scallops, mussels, clams in a seafood broth with kielbasa new potatoes and corn on the cob. This pot had incredible flavor and cooked to perfection! I'll definitely be back and skip lunch so I have a better shot at finishing.
Very long wait for our food. Server never came back to give my kids Parmesan cheese. We had to ask 3 times for cheese. Oh and i got glutened by the day boat sea scallops and risotto after paying $32. Awful experience.
Yes they have GF marked on the menu but when asking about specific GF items we must have had a new server because he was confused. Tiny portions for not so tiny price, and I’d say the flavors were average, nothing amazing. Wish we would have have had a better experience especially since we called to make sure they could accommodate celiac. Both had upset stomachs the next day :(