Josephine

4 ratings
$$$$ • French Restaurant, Bar
Reported to have a gluten-free menu
Reported GF menu options: Bread/Buns, Soup, Steak
Safety Rating
4 ratings

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109 S St Asaph St
Alexandria, VA 22314

Most Recent Reviews


Symptomatic Celiac

Overall Rating

Review


Pretty great experience. Lots of options and the waiter we had was super knowledgeable. Dedicated fryer, so steak or moules frites are options!

Safety


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

— Somewhat

Safety Feature Ratings
  • Dedicated gluten-free fryer

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Separate gluten-free 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 2 weeks ago read full review

Overall Rating

Review


Gluten free menu, gluten free bread provided for free in place of regular, knowledge of cross contamination and dedicated fryer for french fries. Recommend for celiac

Safety


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

— Very

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Separate gluten-free menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most/All

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

— Excellent

Updated 6 months ago read full review

Celiac

Overall Rating

Review


They have a separate gluten free menu and brought out gluten free bread. Everything I had was delicious and I had no reaction. My server was knowledgeable and it appears they noted my table as gluten free when I requested a GF menu at the front desk, because my server knew before I even told him. The interior of this restaurant was very nice and a perfect place for my anniversary dinner. I'll definitely be back.

Safety


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

— Very

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Separate gluten-free menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most/All

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

— Excellent

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Offers outdoor seating
  • Reservations recommended
Updated 8 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 a dedicated fryer
  • Bread/Buns
  • Gluten-Free Menu
  • Soup
  • Steak

Categories

  • Bar
  • Dinner
  • French
  • Late Night
  • Outdoor Seating
  • Restaurant

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Symptomatic Celiac

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I was glutened blatantly here, despite their large gluten free menu, making a reservation to notate “gluten allergy” and communicating with the server multiple times of my gluten free/celiac. The first few courses all came out gluten free ( a soup without croutons, the cheese board with gluten free bread — which, was seemed to be Udi’s white bread toasted and sliced into 4) but the entree is where we ran into trouble. Because their menu is pretty much in French, and the gluten free menu is separate from the regular menu, it is not clear what items are gluten free originally and which have to be modified. This is how I didn’t realize I was eating a gluten containing “pea spaetzle” that should not have come with the GF version of the duck until the texture made me question what it was and if it was gluten free. Sadly, though I’d requested a server knowledgeable about gluten free, cross contact and the menu, when my dining companion asked our server she tried to assure us it was gluten free. I pulled up the regular and the gluten free menus online and insisted the pea portion was not listed on the GF version. The assistant manager then came out and confirmed — I was right, and I’d just eaten gluten containing pea pasta. I burst into tears. The assistant manager was extremely apologetic and was just about beside herself with worry. She comped our meal and we left swiftly to hopefully make it home before the reaction started. Unsurprisingly I was up all night extremely sick, though I won’t detail that here. Sadly — because everything was delicious and the place itself is stunning — I will not eat here again unless the restaurant reaches out to get my input on how to improve the safety of their operations for GF and celiac diners and I see firsthand evidence of improvement. I have never been served a regular gluten meal since my diagnosis in 2020, and eat out regularly. I have had a few bouts of exposure due to cross contact but I share that as anecdotal evidence of just how poorly executed the safety precautions for my meal were at what portends to be a fine dining establishment.

Safety


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

— Not at all

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Separate gluten-free 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 9 months ago read full review

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