Matanzas Innlet Restaurant (Closed)

4.0 stars 4.0 out of 5 22 ratings
$$Celiac Friendly, Gluten Free Menu, Dedicated Kitchen Space + 10 more
94% of 17 votes say it's Celiac friendly

8805 A1A S, St Augustine, FL 32080 Directions

(904) 461-6824
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    4 ratingOctober 23, 2016

    UPDATED REVIEW-10/22/16 THIS RESTAURANT WAS PERMANENTLY SHUT DOWN BECAUSE OF HURRICANE MATTHEW. Nice little restaurant right on A1A and Matanzas inlet. I had crab cakes and blackened Mahi. The owner/cook came to the table. She has Celiac. They also have Desserts. As a celiac is was great to be able to come to a non-chain off the path restaurant. You can sit outside by the water or inside A/C.

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    4 ratingJuly 01, 2016

    Good selection of gf items, including crab cakes and cheesecake but I was expecting better seafood. Lost a star because crab legs were stringy and all our fish was pretty dry. So it was a treat for me- but my gluten eating family was not impressed.

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    4 ratingJune 30, 2016

    Crabs cakes were excellent . We had blackened salmon with mango chutney, rice and beans, coleslaw , and salad.they even had dessert , but we were too full. Highly recommend !

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    4 ratingMay 03, 2016

    Chef /owner has celiac's so the menu is a refreshing mix of options with lots of flavor. The crab cake was delectable (not fried) but the clam chowder almost made me cry. I live in Boston and even there it is impossible to find a gluten free chowder, even at Legal's where they do gluten free well, so it has been years since I'd had what was once my favorite. This chowder was delicious I could've eaten a vat of it. I had my mom try it (who isn't gf) and she agreed it was as good as some of the best chowders she's had -ps she's a chowder snob. We also had gf Reubens, mahi mahi entree and pizza which were delicious. Only thing I missed is a dedicated fryer because the sweet potato fries looked and smelled amazing. Folks live nearby so I'll definitely be back on each visit.

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    5 ratingApril 08, 2016

    Great mussels in a garlic sauce. I added a roll (it was a hamburger bun) to dip in the sauce. Enjoyed it with a Redbridge. Chef has celiac but there is a disclaimer about cross contamination as with most restaurants.

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    5 ratingMarch 30, 2016

    I had the GF crab cakes, peel and eat shrimp, and marble cheesecake for dessert. The food and the view were amazing. I even saw sea turtles! The atmosphere outside and the staff are always a pleasure! The owner has celiac, and I have never had a problem here, as they take special care. You won't want to miss the location either.

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    1 ratingDecember 13, 2015

    Went last night and was VERY disappointed. They do not have a dedicated fryer, crab cakes no longer on the GF menu, and they have a disclaimer on the GF menu that they can't guarantee no CC. And, the food was not good. Very expensive for so so food.

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    1 ratingJune 23, 2015

    We went here after reading the wonderful reviews but I have to say we were extremely disappointed. The food was ok but nothing extraordinary. We ordered the crab cakes because of the reviews. They were good, not exceptional, and seemed overpriced for 2 small cakes. Fish tacos were the best of what was ordered at our table. Overall impression was that it was very overpriced. Would not recommend at all.

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    5 ratingApril 27, 2015

    Glad we read reviews or we would have missed this hidden gem! Owner is celiac and staff very knowledgeable. Had delicious crab cakes it's been so long, and conch soup. Spicy and delicious, marble cheesecake was out of this world! Don't miss this place if your nearby.

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    5 ratingApril 04, 2015

    Wow! Amazing food. The staff is very knowledgable of GF. The owner has Celiacs. Lots of options for appetizers, main and desserts!!!!we will be back!!!! Jlew from Michigan

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    5 ratingMarch 03, 2015

    This place is incredible! The chowder was delicious and they had AMAZING crab cakes. I also was able to get cheesecake for the first time in years. If we lived here we would definitely be regulars.

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    5 ratingAugust 09, 2014

    Owner has celiac; everyone is trained very well. Excellent food! GF deserts too! Will go back every time we're in Florida!

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    5 ratingAugust 03, 2014

    The owner is diagnosed with celiac and is very excited to meet others with the disease. The food was very good and I felt comfortable knowing she understood the disease.

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    3 ratingMay 21, 2014

    Decent GF menu with chowders, crab cakes, pizza, salads, fresh fish, veggies, and dessert. Tried the crab cakes after getting recommendation from the waitress. Was a little disappointed because I only got 2 cakes for $13. The Datil sauce was wonderful! Atmosphere was very laid back and you felt like you could really hang out for awhile. Would probably go back and try something new.

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    5 ratingJanuary 23, 2014

    The (mostly) crab cakes were really good. I mean, lick-your-plate-clean-and-ask-for-more kind of good. This was the first time I've been able to try a GF crab cake, and I have really been missing them! The pizza was also pretty good, although the pepperoni wasn't as flavorful as I had hoped and I have had better GF pizza crust, although this wasn't bad. The tuna steak was also wonderful and to be honest, these were some of the best fries I've ever had. The portions are generous, food is fresh and server very helpful. I was disappointed that they only had the marbled cheesecake as a GF dessert option. Cheesecake isn't my favorite and I had heard such good things about their dessert, I was really looking forward to it. Regardless, I will be coming back the next time.

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    5 ratingOctober 19, 2013

    The GF pasta was wonderful. Actually had the server confirm it was gluten free. The owner (also a celiac) came to our table to reassure us and to explain the kitchen procedures as well as the GF deserts. Attentive and courteous staff.

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    5 ratingJune 20, 2013

    Amazing!!! The pizza with shrimp was delicious! They had chocolate cake and creme brûlée that was divine. Amazing find! Off the tourist beaten track. Delicious. Great service.

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    5 ratingApril 19, 2013

    This place came highly recommended, so we had dinner here while traveling through St. Augustine last month. I am so glad we stopped. We met Joni, the owner (and fellow celiac) and she has really done a lot to make GF dining pleasurable and safe. She even stocks a GF beer. We had the pasta with shrimp, an artichoke appetizer, salads,and her special GF marble cheesecake. It was very good and it was wonderful to sit and watch the sunset and know I was eating safely. Thanks, Joni!!!

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    5 ratingFebruary 21, 2013

    On our way back to Atlanta, we took the scenic route up A1A just so that we could eat here. The gluten free menu is awesome, and the service is excellent!

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    5 ratingAugust 09, 2012

    excellent pizza, crabcakes and bar-b-que shrimp, all gluten free! more on the menu we wish we could have tried!

Gluten-Free Features

  • Beer
  • Celiac Friendly
  • Crab Cakes
  • Dedicated Kitchen Space
  • Dessert
  • Gluten Free Menu
  • Pizza


  • Italian
  • Lunch
  • Pescetarian Friendly
  • Restaurant
  • Seafood
  • Sports Bar

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