Legal Sea Foods

5.0 stars 5.0 out of 5 18 ratings
$$$Celiac Friendly, Gluten Free Menu, Bread/Buns + 7 more
100% of 13 votes say it's Celiac friendly

2301 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, VA 22202

(703) 415-1200
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    5 ratingMay 17, 2017

    Absolutely amazing with incredible service. Very celiac safe, and probably the best gluten free experience at a restaurant that I've ever had. The food is delicious, especially the free gluten free rolls. Staff is very knowledgeable and accommodating. The manager brought my food out himself and explained all the ingredients and cooking methods to confirm the safety! This is definitely my new favorite spot.

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    5 ratingMay 01, 2017

    My new favorite restaurant. I have Celiac and Wish I lived closer. Came here on vacation and it was great to know I would not get sick from eating their food. Waitress was very knowledgeable and the food is fabulous. I would recommend this to everyone. Gluten free beer available, gluten free rolls, and gluten free deserts as well.

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    5 ratingApril 20, 2017

    GF Menu items are clearly marked. The waitress was very knowledgeable and accommodating. She even made sure to double check with the chef that my order was indeed gluten free.

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    5 ratingApril 08, 2017

    Love love love legal seafood. My first time at this location but have been to the one in the airport and in tysons. All excellent. When I started to order they had brought out regular rolls and when I mentioned gf the waitress went straight away to order me some yummy warm gf rolls. Gf fish and shrimp and fries and Greek salad shared among us. It was all super yummy. Always recommend legal seafood. Wonderful!

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    5 ratingFebruary 15, 2017

    Excellent food, service and atmosphere. Will come here again.

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    4 ratingJanuary 17, 2017

    LSF was recommended on a travel Website and was a quick 2 min walk from the Hilton. The server, Meredith, was bright and bubbly, and very passionate about the food and restaurant, especially the Gluten-Free options. On her recommendation I ordered the GF Fish and Chips and their GF beer. Being from NZ, I am always a starter for good F&C. Their attention to the many GF options and to food handling is outstanding. F&C looked great. But lacked flavour (needed salt and 'something' in the batter). Onion straws were dry. Chips the stringy McDonald type and a bit cool. GF beer was great. I will go back, but probably opt for the Snapper, which looked great at next table.

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    5 ratingDecember 23, 2016

    Absolutely fantastic! Everything from the GF buns to the GF fried fish to the GF crispy risotto cake and GF braised greens with bacon was superb. Manager personally checked the food and delivered it to me. Can't wait to eat here again!!

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    5 ratingDecember 11, 2016

    Nice selection of GF. Manager reviews all orders. The GF buns are amazing!

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    5 ratingOctober 17, 2016

    Gluten free options AMAZING! I had fried fish and chips too with fried onion strings and I almost cried! It was really good even for my non gf husband. He said the batter was perfect. 👍🏻. The salad was fresh and tasty and the GM brought over hot gluten free rolls with butter which were the best gf rolls I've ever had. Still a little drier than regular, but with butter on the top you barely notice. He explained that from their point of view many are trying to avoid gluten and desire more healthy eating, so they are doing their best to meet the need. The gf options on the menu were extensive. Each item that could be made gf had a little icon beside it making it very easy to scan the options. My husband said the clam chowder was really good too. The fish and chips were $20 which is a bit high, but when I tasted it, it was amazing. The price might limit me from visiting as often as I'd like, but I'll be back!

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    5 ratingMay 28, 2016

    One of the best GF restaurant experiences I have ever had. GF rolls were brought out for me and the manager brought out each portion of my meal. They also have separate oil and GF breading if you want anything fried!

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    5 ratingApril 17, 2016

    The staff was extremely knowledgable. The menu indicated what could be made gluten free which was the majority of the menu. We had the crab cakes, risotto cakes, and French fries.

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    5 ratingApril 02, 2016

    Best gf safe meal in long time. Fried seafood platter was great. Manager explained the oil and breading and brought everything out himself.

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    5 ratingNovember 09, 2014

    Great gluten free spot. GF menu; GF bread; GF-trained staff.

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    5 ratingSeptember 26, 2014

    Wow!!! I cleaned my plate for the first time in years while out to eat!!!! GF fried scallops, jasmine rice, garlic/onion cauliflower..... Delicious! Also had a "lite clam chowder" that is gf; it was good as well but scallops come first! :) GF beer as well as cider. Highly recommend. Was worth the extra $$

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    5 ratingAugust 05, 2014

    Really enjoy all the gluten free options and love the fact they bring out gf bread!

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    5 ratingAugust 01, 2013

    Huge GF menu. They really do an amazing job! The manager stopped by several times to make sure everything was perfect. Always a favorite spot!

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    5 ratingSeptember 10, 2012

    Very good food. Very good service. They really understand how to be gluten free.

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    5 ratingMay 25, 2017

    704 7th Street. N.W., Washington, DC 20001

    Waitress was very attentive to my dietary needs. Food was delicious and fresh.

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    5 ratingMay 23, 2017

    704 7th Street. N.W., Washington, DC 20001

    Excellent choice for dinner!! Our waiter helped with our GF and DF questions. The only "mess-up" came when we realized that my husband could have requested egg wash prior to frying as opposed to a buttermilk wash. He had the Fisherman's Platter. He was very pleased with the taste!! I had the char-grilled snapper with broccoli and rice which covered my GF and DF needs. The GF rolls are also DF which we had with olive oil brought to the table as opposed to butter. When I asked if the rolls were made in house, they said no, but they wrote down the name of the company from which they were ordered. The rolls are made specifically for the restaurant, but I look forward to checking out the website for other GF possibilities. We will definitely return when back in DC!!!

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    5 ratingMay 23, 2017

    5 Cambridge Center, Cambridge, MA 02142

    Best celiac-friendly place that also has gluten on the menu that I've ever encountered. If you want to be extra careful, have fish pan-seared instead of grilled since the grill is shared. Fries are safe :)

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    5 ratingMay 22, 2017

    2099 Post Road, Warwick, RI 02886

    we've eaten here several times with no issues! nice to get fried seafood, French fries and gluten free rolls! delicious!

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    3 ratingMay 21, 2017

    50-60 Worcester Road, Framingham, MA 01702

    used to be very good. still good with allergy-friendly dining, but the most recent time we went, with multiple people with different allergies at the table (that's why we chose this place bc they've always handled it well), we waited over an hour for food, and no check in from management. poor waiter got stuck in the middle, fearing that we would leave him no tip. manager emerged only bc we ask for one at the end of the meal, and a small discount was reluctantly offered. not much of a heartfelt apology either. makes it hard to think about returning to this location with that kind of service.

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    5 ratingMay 21, 2017

    26 Park Plaza, Boston, MA 02116

    Very knowledgeable. Fries and other fried food like calamari made in dedicated fryer. Awesome GF bread. Kids loved fries. Good food. Manager came out to serve food and assure us that care had been taken to prepare food safely.

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    5 ratingMay 17, 2017

    690 West Dekalb Pike, King of Prussia, PA 19406

    7 year old with CD had so many gluten free options!! She enjoyed appetizers, the gluten free rolls and a cheeseburger with a GF bun and fries. No signs of cc and she loved the food! Staff was very accommodating.

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    4 ratingMay 15, 2017

    1 Harborside Dr, Boston, MA 02128

    Flying through Boston's Logan airport today for a late night flight to Canada. Needed to find some dinner during my 90 minute layover and was lucky enough to find this across from my gate. It's a bit pricey like any other airport restaurant, but worth it. So the majority of the menu is or can be GF. What a find. So since I'm in Boston I had to have clam chowder and legals fried clams. It's been years since I've had fried clams in a restaurant so had to do it. Chowder was great. The fried clams were good. So per server all their fryers in all locations are GF.

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    5 ratingMay 14, 2017

    210 Andover Street, Peabody, MA 01960

    Great food every time gf. Lots of options and knowledgable staff

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    1 ratingMay 08, 2017

    1 Garden State Plaza, Paramus, NJ 07652

    I have to change my initial rating. While I don't think I was glutened with this meal, I did get violent food poisoning. I ate grilled trout and coleslaw (& some fries). Not sure what happened. It was bad. I'm sad to cross this one off my list of choices. Initial Response: Great meal. It was a relief to eat here. They knew what they were doing. My first French fries since being diagnosed with celiac.

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    5 ratingMay 07, 2017

    100 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02116

    amazing so knowledgeable!!

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    5 ratingMay 07, 2017

    255 State Street, Boston, MA 02109

    My 4 year old daughter has celiac and is very sensitive to cross contamination. We had a lovely lunch with our family with Mia issues whatsoever. Staff was helpful and the good was great. Extensive GF options.

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    5 ratingApril 21, 2017

    690 West Dekalb Pike, King of Prussia, PA 19406

    This restaurant is a must for Celiacs. Back in 2005 they created g-free items on their menu and the list is lengthy. I loved the fisherman's stew. The hot g-free rolls are delicious. I will definitely come back for more when I am in the area:)

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    5 ratingApril 20, 2017

    100 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02116

    Tons of gluten free options they are good about letting you know it's gluten free when they set the dish down on your table. I had fried calamari and fish and chips. YUM

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    5 ratingApril 19, 2017

    2099 Post Road, Warwick, RI 02886

    Been here quite a few times - last visit the excellent waiter told me that the fryer was now gluten free! I get the scallops every time. Love it here.

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    5 ratingApril 13, 2017

    704 7th Street. N.W., Washington, DC 20001

    A must place to go for GFer's. staff was fabulous, food was amazing from the rolls, salmon, baked potato with crab meat, and yes even clam chowder soup. Took half of it back to hotel to enjoy the next day.

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    4 ratingApril 13, 2017

    255 State Street, Boston, MA 02109

    Great food and amazing gluten free menu but no bread besides the rolls. Great rolls and food

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    5 ratingApril 09, 2017

    704 7th Street. N.W., Washington, DC 20001

    They were great! The manager brought out my food, showed me the ticket, which was marked celiac, and assured they took all the right measures to keep me safe and I felt fine after eating a salad and mussels. The restaurant trains staff in celiac and cross contamination and started a gluten free/celiac friendly food program on in 2005. I'm amazed and pleasantly surprised

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    5 ratingApril 01, 2017

    275 Baker Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30313

    This place is fantastic! I mentioned to the server that I needed GF options. She was knowledgeable and friendly. And I finally got to have something GF and fried! The buffalo fried shrimp was fantastic! They brought warm GF buns to the table, so I was able to enjoy while the folks I dined with has their own buns (served separately). Absolutely great food, no reactions. The only problem was I ate waaaaay more than I should have!

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    5 ratingMarch 31, 2017

    301 Great River Rd, Somerville, MA 02145

    Great fried seafood amazing service

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    5 ratingMarch 31, 2017

    275 Baker Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30313

    I usually stay away from chain restaurants, but not in this case. I love this place. Sometimes I crave comfort foods and they have an extensive menu of things to choose from. Their fried shrimp and calamari is delicious. I've eaten here many times while traveling and is has always been safe.

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    5 ratingMarch 28, 2017

    Terminal B/C, 8500 Essington Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19153

    Amazing menu for gluten free! Sitting here now and thrilled... so hard to eat in airports usually!

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    5 ratingMarch 28, 2017

    43 Boylston Street, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

    They brought out warm GF rolls, enough said. Waiter was very knowledgeable and a manager brought out my food to ensure accuracy. Menu is clearly labeled. Had the fried clams for an appetizer, which were fantastic.

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    5 ratingMarch 14, 2017

    704 7th Street. N.W., Washington, DC 20001

    Whenever I am in DC or Boston, I must go to Legal Seafoods! I have Celiac Disease and they are very careful. Their warm gluten free rolls are delicious. Even my gluten eating friends were surprised by how good they were. One time in DC I had fried oysters. Oh my goodness! After my diagnosis, I didn't think I would ever be able to have fried oysters again. I was thrilled. I thought they were delicious.

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    5 ratingMarch 11, 2017

    1 Garden State Plaza, Paramus, NJ 07652

    Manager brought all my food personally. Everything was delicious including the gluten free rolls. I had scallops over a bacon hash wonderful. Lobster And a chocolate pudding cake for desert. Everything was delicious!!

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    5 ratingFebruary 20, 2017

    255 State Street, Boston, MA 02109

    Thank god for legals! No one has tried harder to push the gluten free/celiac cause than these guys. While some say it taste like chain food I think they have managed to stay ahead of other chains and their stale menus or bland food. Legals uses GF ingredients and fryers for all of their fried food and is very careful with cross contamination. Where else can you get fried fish, bread and clam chowder that is GF!? I would love it if they had lobster rolls with GF bread or hot dog bun, others have mastered this and it wouldn't take much (yes they will make with their GF rolls but its just not the same). Please don't criticize Legals even if you don't love the food because they have done so much to advance GF/Celiac causes and it's not just for the diet fad, they have real allergic sufferers in mind.

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    2 ratingFebruary 19, 2017

    255 State Street, Boston, MA 02109

    Gluten free rolls were great, and the fried shrimp appetizer was good, but they ran out of half the stuff on the menu on a holiday weekend and the seafood casserole was pretty much tasteless. Probably won't come again.

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    5 ratingFebruary 03, 2017

    210 Andover Street, Peabody, MA 01960

    Always a favorite, never disappointed!

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    4 ratingFebruary 02, 2017

    Terminal B/C, 8500 Essington Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19153

    Happy with my visit. I had a crabmeat sandwich (because it was $10 cheaper than a lobster sandwich). It came on a soft, warm, flaky GF bun. I'm told the fries are safe, but I think they serve some other breaded and fried things. Regular menu is clearly marked with things that are or can be made GF. Much appreciated! Many options. Sandwiches are reasonably priced . (Most are $15-25). Some reviewer said the whole kitchen is GF. That's not true.

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    5 ratingJanuary 30, 2017

    75 Middlesex Turnpike, Burlington, MA 01803

    Their fried seafood platter is such a treat and they have amazing gf rolls. You may have to ask for them up front. Love Legal!

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    2 ratingJanuary 28, 2017

    2001 International Drive, McLean, VA 22102

    Menu lists gf sandwiches without any reference to no gluten free buns or rolls. So basically it's a pile of food on a plate. The manager, Juan, was cordial in telling us we should have known. Again, they are sold as gluten free Sandwiches but the menu says nothing about no gluten free bread or rolls for the sandwich to come on. What a shitty experience, LS used to be outstanding with gf.

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    5 ratingJanuary 27, 2017

    2099 Post Road, Warwick, RI 02886

    They have great gluten free options here. The staff is very knowledgeable about avoiding gluten and celiac disease, at least our waitress was. They even have gluten free dinner rolls! Which are delicious.

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    5 ratingJanuary 23, 2017

    704 7th Street. N.W., Washington, DC 20001

    Son loves the GF bread served with other breads before the meal. He said, "it's amazing!" Waiter VERY knowledgeable of ingredients, and asked questions about other food allergies.

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    5 ratingJanuary 22, 2017

    704 7th Street. N.W., Washington, DC 20001

    Helpful with avoiding cross contamination and involving chefs/managers if you bring up concerns to the server!

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    5 ratingJanuary 17, 2017

    950 Providence Highway, Dedham, MA 02026

    Was really wowed by attention to detail on cross contamination. Server asked if the grill was ok or if I needed a clean skillet. Despite being quite busy, the manager was alerted and delivered my meal personally. Delicious food and great cocktail menu.

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    5 ratingJanuary 13, 2017

    30 Forbes Road, Braintree, MA 02184

    Knowledgeable staff, great service (gf food served separately) and a thoroughly enjoyable meal. Most important to me, no symptoms. Truly gluten free dining. I highly recommend this restaurant and location.

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    5 ratingDecember 27, 2016

    5 Cambridge Center, Cambridge, MA 02142

    All GF foods are clearly marked and the server was very knowledgeable. They have a dedicated GF fryer and warm dinner rolls before dinner. Amazing food and I did not get sick!

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    5 ratingDecember 10, 2016

    10 City Square, Charlestown, MA 02129

    Great gluten free buns and fish and chip done in a dedicated fryer. Big portion too. I couldn't finish it!

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    3 ratingDecember 07, 2016

    690 West Dekalb Pike, King of Prussia, PA 19406

    Had the steamed shrimp, broccoli and rice It was a lot of food. Warm GF rolls Always a safe place to eat

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    5 ratingDecember 04, 2016

    10 City Square, Charlestown, MA 02129

    so many GF options. their GF rolls are amazing!

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    5 ratingNovember 15, 2016

    210 Andover Street, Peabody, MA 01960

    Gluten free rolls are amazing along with anything fried in tapioca flour!!!!

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    5 ratingOctober 29, 2016

    255 State Street, Boston, MA 02109

    so happy to eat a gf fish and ship, Amazing, great restaurant

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    5 ratingOctober 20, 2016

    704 7th Street. N.W., Washington, DC 20001

    Love love love!!! Lots of great options, me and my mom swear by this place. I am allergic to dairy and gluten so eating out at a place I can enjoy safely can be fairly daunting. I let them know and they told me if they could do certain dishes. Gluten free dishes are clearly marked with a little leaf. I cannot eat the fried foods as the batter has dairy, but i can appreciate gluten free fried food even if I can't eat it! I had the snapper verde with fries and spinach and it was AMAZING. Food is pricey so be mindful, but if you can swing it then it is very worth it!

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    5 ratingOctober 11, 2016

    255 State Street, Boston, MA 02109

    So excited to have been able to eat here on my first trip to Boston. Fantastic experience and even better food. I will be returning as often as I can!

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    5 ratingOctober 10, 2016

    26 Park Plaza, Boston, MA 02116

    dedicated fryers, knowledgeable staff, gf beer, gf menu. I've eaten here tons of times and I think it's the most celiac friendly restaurant in Boston. the manager always personally brings out your food if you have celiac disease.

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    4 ratingOctober 10, 2016

    225 Northern Avenue, Boston, MA 02210

    The fried items marked GF on the menu are cooked in a shared fryer. Our server made us aware of this prior to our order, so we were able to avoid these items. I wish they would mark this on the menu. Beyond this issue, my experiences at the Legal Test Kitchen in South Boston have been overwhelmingly positive. The servers are very knowledgeable, the restaurant offers good gluten free rolls, and GF items are delivered separately to the table by the manager. Lots of good menu options.

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    5 ratingOctober 08, 2016

    100 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02116

    Great service. Sooo gluten free friendly. First time in over a decade that I have been able to order fried calamari. So good. Gluten free clam chowder also good, says my husband. Hassle free, delicious. Wish we had a Legal Sea Food in California.

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    5 ratingOctober 05, 2016

    704 7th Street. N.W., Washington, DC 20001

    Tons of GF options (even rolls beforehand!), the staff was friendly and accommodating, and the manager even brought out our food and made sure everything was fine. We'll definitely be back!

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    5 ratingOctober 03, 2016

    50-60 Worcester Road, Framingham, MA 01702

    This is the only place in the Metrowest area that I know that has gluten free baked stuffed lobster and it is truly delicious!! Gluten free calamari is awesome and the sides available are excellent. This may be pricey to some but it's worth every dime if you want to really enjoy a tasty gluten free meal.

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    5 ratingSeptember 27, 2016

    210 Andover Street, Peabody, MA 01960

    A very nice experience. The newly remodeled interior & some interesting additions to the gluten free options makes it worth another visit. Now the regular menu is marked with an icon to help you make selections.

Gluten-Free Features

  • Beer
  • Bread/Buns
  • Calamari
  • Celiac Friendly
  • Gluten Free Menu
  • Onion Rings

Categories

  • Lunch
  • Pescetarian Friendly
  • Restaurant
  • Seafood
Monday
11 am - 10 pm
Tuesday
11 am - 10 pm
Wednesday
11 am - 10 pm
Thursday
11 am - 10 pm
Friday
11 am - 11 pm
Saturday
12 pm - 11 pm
Sunday
12 pm - 9 pm
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