Great lunch from gf menu, dedicated fryer for house made gf chips covered in scallions and blue cheese. Atmosphere and staff was really pleasant. Definitely safe for Celiac, the waiter double checked items and the manager brought my plate out. Wish I’d tried the low-country bouillabaisse—will come back if we visit SC again. Five stars to anything safe—it wasn’t the best restaurant we visited but definitely where I felt least worried about cross-contamination.
They had a separate gluten free menu with great options. I had the shellfish over grits - delicious! I didn’t get sick and would have gone back to try something else if I were visiting longer. There weren’t many gf dessert options, but I had a sorbet that was good. The atmosphere is really nice, worried it would be dressy (we were casual) but I saw everything from shorts to a wedding party in gowns.
We had lunch here. The staff seems to understand gluten free and cross contamination. I got the shellfish over grits and it was great! A little more sauce than I was expecting but still good. Just needed to walk about 5 miles afterwards to walk it off!
No longer offer gluten free table bread. This was a huge let down. Gluten free menu options have decreased since last visit. I choose the Magnolia burger which listed gluten free bun on the menu. The burger came with two slices of soggy bread. The meal was very unappetizing. My husband ordered shell fish over grits which came to the table with four shrimp and two scallops. This restaurant was one of my favorite stops in Charleston but will now be at the bottom of my list. Immediately started feeling sick and fear I was contaminated.
Started with the summer melon salad. Absolutely amazing. I am also dairy free and they left the feta off for me. As has been stats by others, the bread is amazing. So nice to have bread with everyone else at the table. I then had the low country bouillabaisse, incredible. The waiter was very attentive to my needs and made sure everything was handled separately. Ended the meal with the peach sorbet. Amazing meal, highly recommend. Returned in spring 2016 and they have eliminated the gluten free bread and no longer offer dairy free sorbet.
Blossom (owned by Magnolias) had a separate gluten free menu with many great options. The staff was very knowledgeable and concerned for my allergy and went and told the chef and general manager immediately. I also have a dairy allergy and the chef made me a whole new sauce to go with my Carolina Mountain Trout. They were exceptional and the food was delicious. I would definitely go back for more.
Magnolia's is a top rated restaurant where a line usually forms outside before it opens for lunch. There is a gluten-free menu offered and thankfully, some of their most popular dishes are on it. The shrimp and grits are made with a white sauce instead of a tomato broth. The salad selections were fresh and locally sourced cheeses are used when available.
Yes they are gluten free but they cost an arm and a leg. I seriously suggest that they need to lower their prices so middle class people can eat there. I am very disappointed as their menu sounded delicious but I just can't afford to spend 65 to 70 dollars on one meal...
Fantastic dining experience! This was our first trip to Charleston and I have celiac disease, so I relied on the reviews here on FMGF. I was not disappointed--in fact, I was overjoyed. The waiter was very knowledgeable, attentive and courteous and the drinks were generous pours. The place is lovely inside and the GF menu is extensive. The GF bread was very good (and we all know that can be a disappointment) and I appreciated the fact that the waiter said to us"please slice the bread yourself as we are not supposed to handle it. "(good training in avoiding cross contamination!) Our salads were crisp and dressed perfectly. The hubs had the pulled pork dinner (delicious!) and I had the parmesan flounder. Mine was a bit overcooked, truth be told, but it did not take away from my enjoyment. So many delicious flavors in that dish and the veggies are locally sourced. And the creme brulee was fabulous. HIGHLY recommend treating yourselves to this wonderful restaurant. It's truly a celiac's dream--excellent food, vast menu, respectful staff and no worries while dining. Worth every penny.
Wonderful experience from start to finish. Very large gluten free menu (almost as big as regular menu). They have gluten free bread which you can purchase to begin your meal. Had the shellfish over grits which was delicious. Wait staff very knowledgeable and restate what you can and cannot have as they bring it to the table. Manager actually brought out my meal and explained how it was gluten free. Spoke with the manager and he has worked very hard to develop the wonderful gluten free menu. Such a nice meal.
With an extensive GF menu, it was difficult to make decisions about what to order! I finally settled on the asparagus salad and shellfish over grits and both we're delicious. At first I was a little concerned because our server confused my GF inquiries with a food allergy at another table and he recommended the fried green tomatoes, which are not GF. However, with a reminder, he was very careful and when my food was delivered, I was assured it was GF. I'm very sensitive and it was definitely safe. It was a great meal!
We were hoping for much more Southern Hospitality from the hostesses at the door but once we got to the bar and when we were sat down, the great food and drinks just kept on coming. Our meal was excellent. The tuna was cooked rare just as we asked for. The dirty rice was unforgettable. The lamb chop special, also rare/medium rare, was very good with the rhubarb and roasted elephant garlic. And the gluten free menu was extensive. The manager personally brought out my wife's duck dish that was gluten free and it was great that he reassured us that it was done very carefully as my wife is very sensitive. Am looking forward to coming back here again!
Everyone raves about this restaurant so we thought we should try it. The food was very good. The GF bread was a bit disappointing since it was 1/3 of the size of the regular bread, and they charged extra for it, where the regular was at no charge. We had to send our salmon back (2 different orders) to have them remake it. It was sushi grade, so we wanted it rare. We rarely eat salmon at restaurants Bc it is not sushi grade and they overcook it Bc of that. If I wanted overcooked salmon, I would eat canned, thanks. However, they did have lots of GF options - not just 2 or 3, and the food, when they got it right, was outstanding.
The staff is very knowledgable & attentive. They happened to have GF bread & it was so good I was nervous it was not GF! The menu is great & both the shrimp & grits and trout we ordered were delicious! Save room for dessert... the creme brûlée is heavenly! Great wine & cocktail menu as well.
Thanks to all the previous helpful reviews. Went to Magnolias last night and had a fabulous gluten free experience. The waiter was extremely knowledgeable about GF. Their GF menu also had indication of vinegar in items. The bread was awesome as was the blue crab stuffed rainbow trout! Not being a fan of creme brûlée I opted for scoop of white chocolate ice cream and port for dessert. I would definitely go back!
Excellent! Extensive menu, knowledgeable about GF, excellent service, beautiful meal! Thoroughly enjoyed. Even had a delightful loaf of hot crusty GF bread. I was so excited! I rarely get to indulge in bread while eating out. Go! You won't be disappointed.
An amazing meal! Ask for Steven as your server; he makes excellent gluten-free recommendations. The atmosphere is wonderful, and the chef has developed many, many gfree options that are truly gourmet. The manager hand-delivers all gfree orders to guarantee there is no cross-contamination. Don't leave Charleston without eating here!