NeMa Eatery & Lounge

5.0 stars 5.0 out of 5 38 ratings
$$Celiac Friendly, Gluten Free Menu, Dedicated Kitchen Space + 15 more
100% of 33 votes say it's Celiac friendly

225 S Water St, Wilmington, NC 28401 Directions

(910) 769-3709
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    Celiac
    4 rating Celiac friendly
    6 days ago

    Not super impressed with service or food , but nice to have a safe place to eat.

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    3 weeks ago

    OMG!!!!! You will not be disappointed!! 💗💗💗💗 Amazing pizza! There are 2 crust options: traditional gf crust or cauliflower crust! Do the cauliflower!! 💗💗💗Amazing burgers too!! They put a homemade bacon jam on it!! OMG!! I mean that is all....need I say more. The owner has food allergies. So there is a high level of food safety and prevention of cross contamination.

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    1 month ago

    Delicious burger and fries! Staff is super conciencence about all types of food allergies and our waitress was so sweet. The chef came out and talked to us twice to ensure we were comfortable eating there. My daughter has severe celiac and she did not get sick. 5+ stars.

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    5 rating Celiac friendly
    2 months ago

    The cheese fries were awesome! Pizza was really good. Definitely recommend.

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    2 months ago

    Not only was the food delicious, but also made me very comfortable to eat. The waiters were very knowledgeable and very sure to make any meal celiac safe with ingredients, where and how they cook them. Great choice for Wilmington!

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    3 months ago

    This place is amazing! I had pizza and cheese fries! The waitress was very knowledgeable about Celiac. She said the chef has dietary restrictions, so he takes them seriously. They do everything they can to avoid CC. Must go!!!

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    Celiac
    5 rating
    4 months ago

    Had a cauliflower crust and a quinoa crust not on menu. Both delicious!

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    5 rating Celiac friendly
    4 months ago

    I would 100% recommends this place! It's seriously some of the best food I've ever had hands down!

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    4 months ago

    Staff was very knowledgeable in avoiding cross contamination and has dedicated space to cook gluten free food. Very nice too. I wish I had this restaurant where I lived I would go here every time I wanted to go out to eat.

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    5 months ago

    If I could give more stars I would. This restaurant wasn’t just somewhere to grab a bite to eat- it was a full on experience. And the best one we have ever had at a restaurant. I have severe celiacs disease and Chron’s and it brings great anxiety to go out to eat. I had heard about this place and decided that while we were in town- we were gonna try it out. And WOW, I’m so glad we did!! From the moment we walked in and asked to see he celiac friendly menu all the way to when we left (2 hours later) it was non stop personable, knowledgeable, and outgoingly kind service. The chef and owner even came out and spoke to my husband and I about why he does what he does and to explain in, lengthy details, the precautions they take to ensure there is no cross contamination. We will 100% come back every time we are in town and plan to order their pre made meals as well. For once, I didn’t feel anxiety or fear when eating out...I felt like a “normal” person eating and laughing and enjoying the wonderful atmosphere and staff. Every single staff member was read up on celiacs and was able to provide the most intelligent answers and advice that I have ever received in a restaurant. Thank you NeMa staff for making us feel like family in there today, we can’t wait to come back already!

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    5 rating
    8 months ago

    Amazing gf options! Cauliflower pizza crust and gluten free (udis) bread for sandwiches. I had organic marinated tofu sandwich and my husband had the turkey burger. Fries are wonderful. GF meals served on color coded plate and GF pizza served on parchment paper to avoid any confusion. GF desserts available but we were too full to try them. Definitely recommend. Our server SB was so knowledgeable and kind❤️

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    9 months ago

    Fabulous fabulous fabulous the waiter was pleasant and was educated about celiac he had a family member who suffers from celiac was very knowledgeable. The food was fabulous can’t wait to go back and try a gluten-free pizza.

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    5 rating Celiac friendly
    11 months ago

    Very friendly and knowledgeable staff asks you right away if you have allergies/sensitivities, explains how they manage overcoming contamination and provides gluten-free menu. Plates are color coded so they don't confuse them and pizzas are baked on parchment paper to prevent exposure to metals. Most (if not all) meats are antibiotic-free and uncured and they offer non-dairy cheese. They make a lot of their foods from scratch except Udi's bread. The interior is bar-like and fairly small, and there are a few tables along the walls outside. Really appreciate their focus on those of us with dietary restrictions and the food is delicious!

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    Not celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    11 months ago

    The staff was very knowledgeable and food was worth the price. Everyone was nice. It's a small place. We didn't make a reservation and got in quick but the place filled up fast. The fries are wonderful both desserts are gf and there are some vegetarian, pescatarian, and vegan options as well.

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    5 rating Celiac friendly
    1 year ago

    First question they asked when we sat down, "Any food allergies?" Second question, "Are you celiac?" Awesome! Burger was awesome as were the (safe) fries! Highly recommend.

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    Celiac
    5 rating
    1 year ago

    They take GF very seriously, and do a great job avoiding cross contamination. I had the smoked salmon pizza, and it was delicious! They only have a few tables, so during more busy times you may have to wait. Overall this place is great, and I will definitely be back next time I am Wilmington.

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    Not celiac
    5 rating
    1 year ago

    Most of the food (outside of gluten free buns and pizza crust) is scratch made and absolutely delicious. We talked with one of the owners and the chef has several allergies and wanted to create a restaurant with great food for people with food sensitivities and allergies. The only reason they do not make their own gluten free buns and crust is cost prohibitive. Must have are the fries which are fried in rice bran oil and coated with parsley, garlic, truffle salt, and Parmesan cheese. Their special cooking technique makes them extra crispy!

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    1 year ago

    Great spot for Celiacs (and other allergies). One of the top 3 spots we found in Wilmington for GF. 2 celiacs, no reaction - excellent, natural food. Had pizza, salmon burger & fancy fries. Some of my best GF pizza to date (had the Supreme).

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    1 year ago

    Great pizza! Burgers, fries and desserts are gf as well. Staff is very knowledgeable about food allergies. Pizza is baked on a parchment paper, gf dishes are served on color coded plates. Very recommendable!!

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    5 rating Celiac friendly
    1 year ago

    Love everything about this place!

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    Celiac
    5 rating
    1 year ago

    Very knowledgeable staff. Not a huge menu, but what they have is great. One of my favorites. I always feel safe eating there, and the service is great.

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    Not celiac
    5 rating
    1 year ago

    This place is incredible! Best fries I've ever had. Excellent wait staff and a great atmosphere. Will definitely be back.

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    1 year ago

    Amazing! They asked if we had any allergies as soon as we sat down. So delicious!

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    5 rating
    1 year ago

    GF options come on purple plates so you know what you are getting. I had their specialty pizza on GF crust - nice and crispy and cooked perfectly. Staff is super nice too

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    5 rating Celiac friendly
    1 year ago

    Excellent, knowledgeable staff! Delicious fries and cauliflower crust pizza!

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    1 year ago

    I'm GF DF SF and don't eat out often. I was in town for a wedding and had a great lunch without any symptoms after. Which is amazing with being celiac. I even came back for dinner because I couldn't eat at the wedding. I called ahead and they had it ready for me. Superb food and service. Plus I had fries! 🙌🏻

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    Not celiac
    5 rating
    1 year ago

    Fantastic . Loved the Greek chicken sandwich

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    5 rating Celiac friendly
    1 year ago

    This is a great restaurant. The food is delicious and they are very aware of allergies and other diet restrictions. All but two things can be made gluten free and the staff is very knowledgeable and diligent.

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    1 year ago

    Wow! Awesome experience. Excellent food, great atmosphere and attentive service. They were happy to accommodate my allergies. Great communication between the waiter and chef. The chef came out and took extra steps to ensure my meal was safe. Looking forward to our next meal here.

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    1 year ago

    Great dining experience! First question server asked was are there any food allergies in your party? He immediately notified kitchen that I am Celiac. Many menu items are gf and clearly marked. Chef came out after our meal to see how everything was. He explained the process they use for gf orders. They also offer gf desserts on their menu.

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    1 year ago

    Our first time here and certainly not our last. We had an awesome experience, Matt was our server (phenomenal!) and Mark (chef - out of this world!). Food was delicious, they have a dedicated fryer for gluten free. Staff was very knowledgeable. We had the fry appetizer (amazing!), grass fed burger with gf bun and chicken fajitas (both outstanding!) and shared the salted caramel chocolate mousse dessert. We aren't local to Wilmington but we will certainly wish we lived closer to eat here more. Definitely celiac safe. Would recommend to any and everyone.

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    5 rating Celiac friendly
    2 years ago

    Excellent service and array of GF options (also vegetarian and vegan). Loved the GF pizza crust - one of the best we've had anywhere. All desserts are GF - amazing to have choices!

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    5 rating Celiac friendly
    2 years ago

    Nearly everything on the menu can be made gluten free, and there are lots of vegan option. Allergy friendly and completely nut free establishment.

Gluten-Free Features

  • Allergen List
  • Beer
  • Burgers
  • Celiac Friendly
  • Dedicated Fryer
  • Dedicated Kitchen Space
  • Dessert
  • Fries
  • Gluten Free Menu
  • Pizza
  • Sandwiches

Categories

  • Dairy-Free
  • Lunch
  • Pescetarian Friendly
  • Plant Based
  • Restaurant
  • Takeout
  • Vegan Friendly
Monday
Closed
Tuesday
Closed
Wednesday
5 pm - 9 pm
Thursday
5 pm - 9 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 10 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 10 pm
Sunday
11:30 am - 9 pm
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