Marina Cantina

13 recent ratings
$ • Mexican Restaurant
Reported to have a gluten-free menu
Reported GF menu options: Tacos
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12 ratings

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25 Causeway Blvd
Clearwater, FL 33767
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Overall Rating

Review


We have been here a few days and this was one of our favorite and least expensive things we ate!! Truly a gem! I had the pork belly tacos with pineapple salsa and my hubby had the barbacoa quesidillas! I have celiac and Emily our server was so helpful!

Safety


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

— 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/All

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

— Excellent

Updated 1 month ago read full review

Celiac

Overall Rating

Safety


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

— Very

Safety Feature Ratings
  • Staff is knowledgeable and can answer questions

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 dinner
  • Offers outdoor seating
Updated 2 months ago read full review

Celiac

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Items were clearly labeled and delicious! I had the red snapper and it was the absolute best. The atmosphere was great as well. Highly recommend!

Safety


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

— 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/All

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

— Excellent

Updated 4 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

  • Gluten-Free Menu
  • Tacos

Categories

  • Dairy-Free Friendly
  • Dinner
  • Latin
  • Lunch
  • Mexican
  • Outdoor Seating
  • Restaurant
  • Seafood
  • Vegetarian Friendly

Photos


Gluten-Free at Marina Cantina
Gluten-Free at Marina Cantina
Cantina bowl with chicken
Strawberry fields margarita
Barbacoa nachos with baked corn tortillas instead of fried chips (due to cc)
Gorgeous views and good service.
Al pastor tacos on corn tortilla
Flourless chocolate cake from the restaurant below
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Symptomatic Celiac

Get a reservation!

3 years ago

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Celiac

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We went here a few times and really enjoyed it! No dedicated fryer, but GF items clearly marked on the menu and our waitress was pretty knowledgeable about how the kitchen could modify certain dishes to make them safe. Good food and, most importantly, didn’t get sick afterwards.

Safety


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

— Somewhat

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/All

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

— Excellent

Updated 8 months ago read full review

Overall Rating

Review


Had a great meal! Many things marked gluten free and lots of options. The server was knowledgeable about cross contamination and told the kitchen as well. I had the seafood enchiladas and they were amazing. Some of the best Mexican I’ve had! Didn’t have anything that would’ve needed to be fried.

Safety


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

— 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/All

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

— Excellent

Updated 1 year ago read full review

Overall Rating

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The fryer is shared, so the chips and any fried items are not GF, even though they are marked GF on the menu. Our server was knowledgeable and we were able to get a meal that was safe. But we were really disappointed that so many items were marked GF, but they were not.

Safety


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

— Not 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?

— Average

Updated 1 year ago read full review

Celiac

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Celiac Beware: things are labeled GF on the menu that aren’t actually GF safe for us. For example, i wanted to get the seafood enchilada that was marked GF but luckily i asked and it’s fried in the same fryer as everything else. The corn chips also are. So beware of ANYTHING that contains the chips. I had the braised ribs which also had fried leeks - i said to exclude them assuming they’d also be fried with everything! I am now laying here with a stomach ache and unwell after everything so i still believe i unfortunately got cross contamination or had contact since their menu is unreliable.

Safety


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

— Not 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 1 year ago read full review

Celiac

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Gf menu

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 1 year ago read full review

Celiac

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While ordering, I informed the waiter that I have Celiac and was very specific to how sensitive I am. I was told I could have the plantains and they are even marked with a GF symbol. The waiter assured me everything would be safe to eat. After eating the first bite and wondering how they were made, the waiter let us know it was fried in the shared fryer so I was contaminated. Needless to say, be very careful if you have Celiac disease in dining here. Will probably not return.

Safety


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

— Not 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 1 year ago read full review

Overall Rating

Review


My rating is solely based on I didn't care for the gluten free chicken tacos. Very bland little to no flavor. I have celiac and thankfully had 0 reaction. Beautiful view and atmosphere just didn't care for the taste of my meal at all. Maybe it was a bad night? Visiting the area otherwise I'd go back based on the atmosphere and try something else.

Safety


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

— Somewhat

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?

— Poor

Updated 1 year ago read full review

Overall Rating

Review


Loved the food & the view!! Many options marked on the menu, but chips are shared in the same fried (cross contamination) so avoid the chips con quest (which is marked as GF). We checked with our server before ordering and she was very knowledgeable about cross-con. and was mindful about who was celiac when we were ordering. Delicious food and unique from chains! Highly recommend but make sure you ask about what you are ordering!

Safety


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

— 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 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Sat on the deck overlooking the marina and had a fantastic meal. Server was extremely helpful and knowledgeable about gluten and cross contamination. Excellent experience with food and great selection of margaritas. Would definitely return when we are in the area.

Safety


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

— 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

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for dinner
  • Good for lunch
  • Offers outdoor seating
  • Reservations recommended
Updated 2 years ago read full review

Overall Rating

Review


Servers are very aware of gluten free needs and cross contamination. The atmosphere and menu here are amazing. No separate GF menu but regular menu is clearly marked and servers are knowledgeable of substitutions. The server told us all of the margaritas were gluten free. The chips are not GF due to shared frier but they baked corn tortillas for me which was just as great if not better, almost like have a small mini taco every bite! Very happy with this restaurant.

Safety


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

— 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/All

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

— Excellent

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Awesome view, but for Celiac the choices were numerous and the server Jordan went out of his way. to not only check the ingredients but googled the products. This is what a restaurant that cares about when addressing allergy issues. Way to print.

Safety


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

— 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

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Wheat Allergy

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So the menu is marked for GF, but isn’t entirely accurate. For example, there’s a fish dish that is tortilla crusted, but when asking, the tortilla chips are made in the same fryer as everything else, and therefore they’re unsafe. I didn’t realize this until I had my dish (I wish my waiter caught this). Anyway, everything else was good. Street corn, plantains, fundito dip (ask for corn tortillas). Just be careful not to implicitly trust the menu without asking questions.

Safety


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

— Somewhat

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
  • Offers outdoor seating
Updated 2 years ago read full review

Overall Rating

Review


Menu was marked with GF options. Quite a few options, particularly in the taco section. Wouldn’t recommend the pork belly taco; very little flavor. Street corn was ok. My boyfriend ordered the grouper taco (not gf) and would rate it 4/5, so that gives me hope that the other tacos are better than the pork belly.

Safety


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

— Not 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?

— Below Average

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Offers outdoor seating
Updated 3 years ago read full review

Overall Rating

Review


The nachos were delicious. No GF breakfast items. A lot of the tacos were GF.

Safety


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

— 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

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for lunch
  • Offers outdoor seating
Updated 3 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Great wait staff all 3 times I went! Was informed not to trust the gluten free menu due to some of the items being deep fried in a shared fryer. However, they all went above and beyond to make sure cross contamination wasn’t an issue. The queso and guac come with chips deep fried so they baked them in the oven for me and gave me corn soft shells!

Safety


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

— 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 3 years ago read full review

Overall Rating

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We had the queso with chorizo appetizer. It was delicious! The waitress said the chips were fried with all the other foods, but offered to bring me corn tortillas which I used to dip into the queso. I got the tacos al pastor. Fresh and excellent flavors. I tried a handful for the chips that my husband had. They were lime flavored and yummy. I didn’t feel sick at all.

Safety


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

— Somewhat

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 lunch
  • Offers outdoor seating
Updated 3 years ago read full review

Symptomatic Celiac

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Wow!! AMAZING! I wanted to eat everything on the menu. We had So many choices! The ever and kitchen staff were so knowledgeable. The hostess told me when I called ahead that they have 8 fryers and 2 are for tortilla chips and strictly gluten free. My family has 2 celiacs. We had the pineapple mojo chicken skewers, chips and award winning salsa plus queso fundido to start. The GF entrees we tried were the Stuffed Grouper, Seafood Enchiladas, Pork Belly Tacos and Cantina Bowl. Everything we ate had us oohing and ahhing. For dessert our waitress went to the sister restaurant below to get my son the flourless chocolate cake with icecream. He was thrilled to have dessert! The atmosphere (second story) rooftop above the marina was so fun. Could not recommend this place more!

Safety


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

— 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/All

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

— Excellent

Updated 3 years ago read full review

Gluten Intolerant

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Excellent choice of gluten free foods on the menu that do not even require adjustments in the kitchen. Our waiter Richard was also excellent.

Updated 4 years ago read full review

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I ordered the corn bread(labeled gluten free on menu) and server returned back shortly after and said it wasn’t gluten free and wasn’t sure why it was labeled as such. Chips are still labeled gluten free but still made in shared fryer.

Updated 4 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Great drink menu and the staff was knowledgeable about GF needs. Plenty to choose from!!

Updated 4 years ago read full review

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Just posted chips were gluten free because a waitress told my daughter they were. God i wish people understood how serious this is for people with celiac

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 4 years ago read full review

Overall Rating

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Awesome atmosphere, fresh food. Shared fryer so no chips but waitress knew that it was cc. Lots of great options

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 4 years ago read full review

Overall Rating

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Had the best meal here with my husband for our anniversary. The waitress was very helpful and gave amazing recommendations, and the menu was clearly marked which TONS of gluten free options. The Ahi Tuna Toastada was incredible!

Updated 4 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 4 years ago read full review

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Probably the best meal we’ve had so far in Clearwater! So many gf option and labelled clearly on the main menu which is great when trying to decide where to go.

Updated 5 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Amazing!! Truly great food, tons of Gf options listed right on the menu! Including jalapeño skillet cornbread!! I questioned that one and they said it’s made with corn starch. No tortilla chips - contaminated frier - which is too bad but there was so much to try I actually didn’t miss them for once! We ordered a few things and shared and everything was just delicious - sautéed plantains (amazing!), cornbread (amazing!), chili pineapple chicken skewers, pulled pork tacos (delish!), spicy beans, rice (just ok), mashed sweet potatoes (awesome!), grilled mahi mahi (over cooked but surprisingly still delicious). The server was very knowledgeable, accommodating, and assured us the kitchen would take extra care for an allergy. For a fancy Mexican restaurant in a tourist area it was actually quite reasonably priced as well. We had a great time! Highly recommend!!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 5 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Knowledgeable staff and spectacular food. Highly recommend. Chips are not gf due to shared fryer.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 5 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Their gluten free menu is really just a regular menu written on with the adjustments. They have nachos listed as gf but the chips are in a common frier. That being said, if you ask the standard questions you should have a rather pleasant experience. My family all loved their food!!!

Updated 6 years ago read full review

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