Joe's American Bar & Grill

15 recent ratings
$$ • Restaurant
Reported NOT to have a gluten-free menu, but gluten-free options are available
Reported GF menu options: Bread/Buns, Burgers, Fries, Pasta
100% of 15 votes say it's celiac friendly
181 Newbury St
Boston, MA 02116

Top Reviews


Celiac

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Just went for appetizers. Service was slow but food was good. We ordered the nachos and French fries. Nachos were huge and I could get French fries because they have a dedicated fryer for them!

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Very

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Updated 1 month ago read full review

Celiac

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Gf burger and gf fryer for fries. So delicious. Highly recommend. *celiac

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Very

Quality & Quantity


How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Updated 1 month ago read full review

Overall Rating

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Very

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— No gluten-free information on the menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Updated 6 months ago read full review

This establishment is NOT a dedicated gluten-free facility and may not be safe for those with celiac disease. Please contact the establishment directly to inquire about safety precautions.

Gluten-Free Features

  • Reported to have dedicated kitchen space
  • Reported to have a dedicated fryer
  • Bread/Buns
  • Burgers
  • Fries
  • Pasta

Categories

  • Allergy Friendly
  • Breakfast
  • Brunch
  • Dairy-Free Friendly
  • Dinner
  • Healthy
  • Kid Friendly
  • Late Night
  • Lunch
  • Outdoor Seating
  • Restaurant
  • Vegan Friendly

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Lobster Mac and cheese.
Gluten-Free Mac & Cheese at Joe's American Bar & Grill
Shrimp with spinach,asparagus , and goat cheese! Awesome
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Celiac

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They were able to accommodate GF DF. The manager brought out my food. I had tuna tartar without the soy or crisps, and the prime rib with green beans -no whipped potatoes. It was very good and the staff was friendly and knowledgeable.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Very

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Good

Updated 7 months ago read full review

Overall Rating

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Our server was hands down the most accommodating person we ever could have had. He went above and beyond to make sure there was no cross contamination. My group went for brunch and I had the veggie omelette which was very good. They serve bread for the table, and our server asked the kitchen to make a GF loaf just for me. Highly recommend!

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Very

Safety Feature Ratings
  • Dedicated gluten-free space in the kitchen
  • Staff is knowledgeable and can answer questions
  • Staff will clean kitchen space or change gloves if asked
  • Food comes out flagged or marked gluten-free

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Updated 8 months ago read full review

Celiac

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Delicious and they take good care to prevent cross contamination. Gluten free buns and separate fryer for fries.

The menu was incorrect with what was GF, though. It looks like there isn’t much you can eat, but if you ask a server, they can make almost anything GF. They really should update the menu, but the servers were kind and accommodating about me having Celiac!

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Very

Safety Feature Ratings
  • Dedicated gluten-free space in the kitchen
  • Dedicated gluten-free fryer
  • Other dedicated kitchen equipment (oven, toaster, pots, pans, utensils, etc.)
  • Staff is knowledgeable and can answer questions
  • Staff will clean kitchen space or change gloves if asked
  • Food comes out flagged or marked gluten-free

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Updated 8 months ago read full review

Celiac

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A few items on the menu are marked gluten free. It also says many more can be made gluten free but don’t say which. I wish there was a note about which ones can be made GF because I never quite trust waiters on this. Dedicated fryer for fries

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Somewhat

Safety Feature Ratings
  • Dedicated gluten-free fryer

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Average

Updated 9 months ago read full review

Overall Rating

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They had an amazing and nice staff team that fully understood all gf protocol, and made sure everything I ate was safe for me. When bringing out bread they have me a gluten free burger bun toasted instead, which was amazing of them. All of there food was properly marked with gf symbols to inform the customer. The food as reported by gf and non-gf members was amazing. And the experience was great! 10/10

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Very

Safety Feature Ratings
  • Dedicated gluten-free space in the kitchen
  • Dedicated gluten-free fryer
  • Other dedicated kitchen equipment (oven, toaster, pots, pans, utensils, etc.)
  • Staff is knowledgeable and can answer questions
  • Staff will clean kitchen space or change gloves if asked

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for breakfast/brunch
  • Good for lunch
  • Good selection of healthy options
  • Good vegan options
  • Good with other allergies
  • Offers outdoor seating
Updated 9 months ago read full review

Overall Rating

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They went above and beyond to make sure my son's eating experience was safe!

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Very

Quality & Quantity


How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Updated 9 months ago read full review

Celiac

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This place was amazing. We don't eat out a lot but we visited Boston and crossed our fingers that the good reviews were accurate. They are! Dedicated fryer for fries which were delicious. They have the best, lightest gf burger bun I've ever had.  They used the burger bun as the pre dinner bread for us gf people and it was so good you didn't feel like you were chomping into a burger bun. My daughter was beside herself happy about the delicious experience. Absolutely go there!

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Very

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Updated 10 months ago read full review

Celiac

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Items are marked on the menu. Offer GF buns and a dedicated fryer. The manager brought out our burger and fries and confirmed that they were GF. Great atmosphere!

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Very

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Not Much

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Good

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for breakfast/brunch
  • Good for kids
  • Good for lunch
  • Good selection of healthy options
  • Offers outdoor seating
Updated 10 months ago read full review

Celiac

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Eaten here several times and never had an issue. They have a dedicated fryer and understand CC.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Very

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Updated 12 months ago read full review

Overall Rating

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The staff was very knowledgeable on GF items. The flatbread pizza was amazing! My server Also offered to bring GF bread with dinner.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 2 years ago read full review

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Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

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It had been years since I’ve eaten here, but positive reviews on this site prompted me to try it when I was in Boston recently with my young celiac daughter.

The wait staff was surprisingly knowledgeable and accommodating. Their online menu is misleading as there are many more options available than the menu implies. For example, the buffalo chicken dip is GF if served without the bread bowl. My daughter had the ribs and thought there were great. They aren’t smoked (baked is my guess), but I had to agree they were pretty good. Even the GF roll was tasty.

I will definitely come back the next time we are in town.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 2 years ago read full review

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I’m so impressed with this place! I had the lobster Mac and cheese. Our server was very knowledgeable about cross-contamination and was reassuring about kitchen procedures.

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Ordered the quinoa salad and creme brûlée, both of which I was assured were GF. Ended up in horrible stomach pain within 30 minutes, and was sick for a day. I don’t know what it was that caused it (the salad or the dessert), but I was definitely glutened. I don’t recommend.

Celiac friendly?

No

Updated 2 years ago read full review

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Staff was great - the kids enjoyed the burgers and fries!! Love that they have a dedicated fryer!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Not celiac

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Would come back. Some of the best food and great atmosphere. Waitress was very knowledgeable and took food allergy seriously.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Let me start off by saying the food was great! There were many GF options, but I think the staff may need a little more training in what constitutes GF. I ordered a side salad and unfortunately it came with croutons (of course you’re able to “just pick them off”, but it’s definitely not reassuring in what is actually happening in the kitchen!) That being said, it was a great atmosphere and good food, so I’ll give them another try some day!

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

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The baby back ribs were my favorite in Boston before getting diagnosed and I’m so happy that I can still them as they are gluten free. They have a dedicated fryer so you can eat fries and they can bring you a gluten free roll if you ask for one. I’ve been here multiple times and haven’t gotten sick.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

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The staff was knowledgeable. The Nachos were great and our Gluten Detection Service Dog, Bohdi, “all cleared” them for gluten!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Not celiac

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I went here for a function and I was blown away. They are super accommodating. We were approached by a waiter who showed us our Gf/dairy free options. And get this..we were served first! At many restaurant I am typically served last and sometimes waiting 10 minutes after everyone has received their food until receiving mine. Not here! Food was great! I got the chicken club with fries. Felt fine afterwards. They also have a crem brouille for dessert. (not dairy free) It was great!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Simply Superb! The waiters are very helpful and knowledgeable.

Updated 3 years ago read full review

Not celiac

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Delicious lobster roll on GF bun! They have a couple of ciders too. Nice atmosphere on Newberry St.

Updated 3 years ago read full review

Celiac

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(Updating review for April 2019: seems like a few things they can do gf like Mac n cheese, onion soup etc they removed from the menu but they can do a lot of things GF still. Worth talking to your server when you sit down. They still advertise burgers, nachos, steak but you may have to ask for some of the other options).

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 3 years ago read full review

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I ate there in March (2019) and they said they had prepared everything separately and gluten free, but I got sick afterwards. I’m still new to this so I don’t really know for surewhy I got sick but it seems likely there was some gluten contamination. I see other people posted similar reviews and I hope they will figure out the issue and improve, since they seem to care about offering gluten free options.

Updated 3 years ago read full review

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Great meal! Server was knowledgeable and helpful when making choices. Separate fryer for fries, and a GF bun. Several options.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 3 years ago read full review

Celiac

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I'm not the best indicator of gluten compromise because I'm newly diagnosed and still figuring out how I react. I can tell you that I didn't have any tummy discomfort, but I did have diarrhea the next day. Can't tell you for sure if that was connected to dinner. We were not offered gf bread like others have mentioned. Our waitress was very knowledgeable and willing to accommodate; she went back to the kitchen to ask the chef if the pecans or dressing on my salad were definitely gf. Tasty food and good options.

Updated 3 years ago read full review

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WARNING! I had the same experience as the person below me- 24 hours after them. They came to the table with a chef and handed me the food and explained it had been prepared separately. I was ill immediately after. I believe there had to be someone new in the kitchen who was unaware of cross contamination.

Celiac friendly?

No

Updated 3 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Not suitable for celiac people. The service was really nice and they told us that they could make any dishes without gluten (gluten free) and I really enjoyed the meal. But almost immediately after eating there, I've got really sick (probably because some crossed contamination).

Updated 3 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Excellent hamburger & a dedicated fryer. They understand GF

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 3 years ago read full review

Not celiac

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Many things can be made gluten free. Food is delicious. Staff is knowledgeable. They even have us gluten free buns for dinner rolls!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 3 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 3 years ago read full review

Not celiac

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They take celiac very seriously and chef delivered food to table. Brought out a GF roll while rest of family had bread. Ordered great GF nachos and cheeseburger with French fries. Loved our friendly and attentive waitress Paula!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 3 years ago read full review

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Food here was really good. Great selection and clearly marked gf options. I was able to have gf sweet potato fries and my sister had gf regular fries. Dedicated gf fryer and awesome nachos.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 3 years ago read full review

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We got a burger with fries and the nachos. Our service was very nice and knowledgeable and the chef brought out our food and confirmed this was a gluten free order. Didn’t get sick! Will definitely go back

Updated 3 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Staff was very knowledgeable about celiac and cross contamination and I felt very safe eating here! I enjoyed a great burger and fries and was even provided with a gluten free bun while the rest of our table had their bread!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 3 years ago read full review

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Excellent meal. 80% of the menu is or can be made gluten free. Dedicated fryer and the chef delivers your meal directly to you. All food tested safe on my Nima sensor.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 3 years ago read full review

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Great service! Knowledgeable and friendly staff went out of their way to make our celiac kid comfortable- manager brought our food. Fries cooked separately too! Delicious!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 3 years ago read full review

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The staff was very knowledgeable and the menu was well labeled. I would definitely recommend it!

Updated 3 years ago read full review

Celiac

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All GF items on menu were clearly marked. Good cross contamination protocol. Went here for lunch food was good, wait staff was super attentive and manager brought out our food. A must try !

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 3 years ago read full review

Celiac

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The food was relatively good and they knew about celiac. The service was slow, but they put GF bread on the table before our meal came and it was delicious. I did not get sick, either.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 3 years ago read full review

Celiac

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The food was good, nothing too exciting. The staff was very knowledgeable about gluten free and cross contamination. I liked that the chef brought out the food.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 3 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Excellent options, good attention to gluten allergy. Very nice food

Updated 4 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Very knowledgeable staff! The Chef personally delivered our food. Great GF burgers and fries. Make sure you ask about their GF Mac and Cheese! Our new favorite spot when we visit Boston.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 4 years ago read full review

Gluten Sensitive

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Great burger and fries (dedicated fryer). They do have a gf df bun. Chef Lylly came out and personally made our food. Highly recommend!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 4 years ago read full review

Not celiac

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The GF menus were being reprinted, but my server said she would double-check my order with the kitchen and explained that the restaurant had GF bread and a completely separate fryer. My food was hand-delivered by the chef so there were no mix-ups, an extra step I really appreciate. The server even brought me a toasted GF roll when she brought regular bread for my husband. Excellent experience and tasty food—I would definitely eat there again.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 4 years ago read full review

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Found Joe's American Bar and Grill on "Find Me Gluten Free" but was a little concerned about "no gluten free menu" comments from other posters. Checked the restaurant home page and it specifically mentioned "gluten free" so decided to give it a try.

As soon as I told our exceptional waitress - mad that I have forgotten her name - that I couldn't have any gluten; she immediately replaced my menu with a gluten free one! It is very similar to the version online with the main change - Gluten Free Bread. I did notice that The Crispy Calamari was not included and the crispy onion straws were not on "The Cure" but very similar.

My meal was very good - even delivered by the chef who described it as "gluten free meal" so I had no concern that there was any food mix up - we all ordered burgers. I couldn't taste the others but they said it was very good.

The serving staff were very attentive but did not hover. Over all a great experience and I will go there again.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 4 years ago read full review

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They are great with cooking gf for people with Celiac or allergies here! I was a bit concerned because we got there late and it was really busy. The chef brought out our food personally and even came out and apologized for the wait when he decided to remake our nachos when he thought they weren't up to his standards. The nachos were fabulous as were the burger and the ribs and we had no reactions.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 4 years ago read full review

Reviews of this Chain

Celiac

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Menu says most things can be modified to be GF. Asked waitress about an entree my husband was ordering so he could share a bite w/ me, said she’d ask but never returned w/ an answer. Food was delivered cold. Took 20 minutes before the waitress came to see how things were. Disappointing service & food for the price.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Somewhat

Safety Feature Ratings
  • Dedicated gluten-free fryer

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Below Average

Celiac

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This place is totally amazing for gluten free. They have a designated part of the kitchen and a fully gluten free fryer (which we don’t get a lot). The employees were very knowledgeable about celiac and could answer all of my questions and concerns, and felt super safe. I will be returning back asap.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Very

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Overall Rating

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Amazing staff all very educated on celiac and what they needed to do. Answered all of my questions and even had the manger double check everything and bring my food out to me herself. I had the lobster roll and nachos with fries instead of chips by far the best food I have had in Boston 10/10.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Very

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— No gluten-free information on the menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Celiac

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Best GF bun i’ve ever had. they have a GF section in the kitchen with a separate fryer. They can make almost every dish on the menu gluten free

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Very

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— No gluten-free information on the menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Celiac

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Such a treat to have a lobster roll on a soft fresh GF roll! I had mine cold and my husband, hot. Both were delicious. Mine was delivered by the chef and the manager so I felt special and safe. Dedicated fryer. Staff knowledgeable.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

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