We were so pleased with our experience at Doc’s during a trip to Bainbridge Island. We ate here 3 times in 2 days due to the only other supposed Celiac-safe option being closed on a Tuesday.
The wait and kitchen staff are incredibly knowledgeable and helpful. All the GF items are clearly marked on the main menu (the only mess-up on the menu was shoe-string fries on the NY Strip Steak (marked GF) are in a shared fryer. I just substituted a those for their delectable GF clam chowder, as well as subbing all fries for my family’s burgers and sandwiches with chowder, and everything was delicious.
I spoke with the owner who teased that we should just get our mail sent there since we were there as often as they were, and said that I appreciated how knowledgeable the staff are, and how confident I am in the food after zero reactions (I also have MCAS and had no reaction to their salmon—meaning it’s super-fresh!), and the owner said a few of their staff members are Celiac or gluten sensitive and they take it very seriously.
I am incredibly grateful for their expertise and options, as they were basically the only place other than pizza at Westside (cauliflower crust) that we were able to eat at for lunch and dinner safely on the Island. I’ll definitely return for our next Bainbridge trip!
— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu
Menu was clearly marked with GF items and our waiter was knowledgeable about unsafe items, etc. I had a 1/2 lb of peel and eat shrimp, which was very good.
Note that while they do make reasonable accommodations for those needing GF prep, the kitchen is a shared space and the fries are prepared in the same oil as their breaded items, so lots of cross-contamination.
Friendly and knowledgeable staff and a decent variety of foods to eat. Plus an awesome view!
I had called ahead and was assured that accommodations would be made if I made the staff aware of the necessity to take extra precautions for my order. Since I am also a vegetarian by choice in addition to having celiac disease, I had a bit of a hard time finding a suitable option for me. I ended up ordering the mushroom risotto, although I was told that it had been prepared already, so extra precautions could not be taken anymore. This was disappointing, since I had been told otherwise over the phone. The food was good but not impressive. I have eaten much better mushroom risotto and received a larger amount for the same price or less. In general, the items on the menu, especially the goat cheese tart, seemed extremely overpriced for the amount of food that one receives. I would probably eat here again if left with no other options, but since the staff was not able to confirm that cross-contamination had specifically been avoided with my meal, I can't guarantee that this place is safe for people with celiac disease.
They have just a few GF items but offer a GF bun that tastes Ok - good enough if paired with the salmon or other meat. I had the GF Kale Salad with a side of fresh crab and it was excellent!
The waitress and bartender were very helpful about ordering. Great view and vibe too.
Great place, good food. The clam chowder was fantastic. Also enjoyed the fish tacos. Nice location on the water.
Knowledgeable waitress told us that GF items on menu weren't entirely accurate but quickly recited the options. Burger came out with regular him and salad had croutons but waitress spotted it and had kitchen remake from scratch. Neither celiac wife or GF daughter felt any ill effects after lunch. Bummer that fries are cooked in cross-contaminated fryer.
Do not recommend if you are Celiac. Staff was not knowledgable and there was high risk of cross contamination.
Gf menu views of the harbor there is nothing better