100% of 39 votes say it's celiac friendly
53 Bow St
Portsmouth, NH 03801

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Celiac

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Everything that goes if the fryer is gluten free! So many delicious options to chose from

Safety


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

— 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

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

— Excellent

Updated 2 days ago read full review

Celiac

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Food was great and I didn’t get sick.

Safety


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

— Very

Quality & Quantity


How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most

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

— Excellent

Updated 2 weeks ago read full review

Celiac

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Based on reviews here we stopped at this lovely place. Sat on the deck on the water.

Had the seafood chowder and quinoa salad. Chowder was fabulous - first chowder I’ve eaten in a long time.

They are careful about designating tour order gf

Safety


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

— 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 weeks 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

  • Beer
  • Dedicated Fryer
  • Dedicated Kitchen Space
  • Dessert
  • Fish & Chips
  • Gluten Free Menu

Categories

  • Allergy Friendly
  • Dairy-Free Friendly
  • Healthy
  • Kid Friendly
  • Lunch
  • Online Ordering
  • Outdoor Seating
  • Restaurant
  • Seafood
  • Takeout

Photos


GF crab and lobster stuffed haddock
GF Calamari and Artichoke Lobster dip
GF seafood chowder
Gluten-Free at River House
Gf chowder
GF DF curry mussels were divine.
GF DF lobster roll
Gluten free fried clam basket
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Celiac

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Excellent food so many GF choices without any contamination. Our server was excellent. She was kind and helpful and very knowledgeable about celiac. Would highly recommend the lobster dip and calamari as well as the summer salad. It was all amazing !

Safety


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

— 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

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

— Excellent

Updated 1 month ago read full review

Celiac

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Got tenders and fries. Everything GF marked on the menu. Lots of options.

Safety


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

— 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 1 month ago read full review

Celiac

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I have eaten here a few times and have had wonderful experiences! The servers are very knowledgeable and answered all my questions easily. The first time I went I got a steak Caesar salad and obviously asked for it to be GF. It came out with croutons but I caught it and asked for it to be re-made. A manager came out to apologize and I asked her to please make sure they didn’t just pick the croutons off and bring it back. She assured me that it would be brand new and came to personally deliver it to me, telling me that she watched them make it herself. It was delicious and she comped it too! The second time, my server had celiac and told me she eats here all the time. I will def be going back!

Safety


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

— 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 kids
  • Good for lunch
Updated 1 month ago read full review

Celiac

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Great food. All prepared safely. Enjoyed every bite of all the meals we ordered.

Safety


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

— Very

Quality & Quantity


How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most

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

— Excellent

Updated 2 months ago read full review

Celiac

Overall Rating

Safety


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

— Very

Safety Feature Ratings
  • Dedicated gluten-free fryer
  • Staff is knowledgeable and can answer questions
  • Food comes out flagged or marked gluten-free

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

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

— Excellent

Updated 2 months ago read full review

Celiac

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Had GF bun to make a lobster roll with and GF fish and chips as well as fries that were GF. Overall delicious and staff was very helpful.

Safety


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

— 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?

— Excellent

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for kids
  • Offers outdoor seating
Updated 2 months ago read full review

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Wow, just wow. The gf options are endless and all delicious - I’ve had the chowder, fried calamari, chicken tenders, and more. 5 stars for everything I can’t wait to come back again and again, and I felt very safe eating there.

Safety


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

— 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

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

— Excellent

Updated 2 months ago read full review

Overall Rating

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A lot of GF options and a dedicate fryer. They use a chick pea batter which is very tasty. Seated outside on the deck and had a lovely view. No reservations at the moment so it’s a bit of a wait but worth it for some deep fried calamari.

Safety


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

— 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

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

— Good

Other


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

Celiac

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Very GF-knowledgeable staff in my experience. Called ahead to make sure they had a separate space in the kitchen for GF. They made a house salad (not listed on the menu) at my request for a more simple salad, topped with chicken. It was simple yet unbelievably fresh, delicious and clean. Beautiful view, great attentive staff. Love that the food was marked “allergy.” Feel really grateful for this establishment and their attention to details. No reaction.

Safety


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

— 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 dairy-free
  • Good for kids
  • Good for lunch
  • Good selection of healthy options
  • Good vegan options
  • Offers outdoor seating
Updated 3 months ago read full review

Celiac

Overall Rating

Safety


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

— 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 months ago read full review

Celiac

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First time here and we loved it! My husband is a celiac so it’s very important that we find a good place to eat. Once we arrived and were seated they ask when ordering! The food came out marked allergy and separated from mine as I don’t eat gluten as much anymore. The food was amazing! And we definitely will be coming back here again!

Safety


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

— Very

Safety Feature Ratings
  • Dedicated gluten-free space in the kitchen
  • Dedicated gluten-free fryer
  • Other dedicated kitchen equipment (oven, toaster, pots, pans, utensils, etc.)
  • Staff is knowledgeable and can answer questions
  • Food comes out flagged or marked gluten-free

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 kids
  • Good for lunch
  • Good selection of healthy options
  • Offers outdoor seating
Updated 3 months ago read full review

Celiac

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This place was fantastic! Dedicated gluten-free fryers. I almost cried when I could have fish and chips for the first time in three years! Staff is very friendly. Meal was presented with an allergen marker. Delightful outdoor seating over the bay.

Safety


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

— Very

Safety Feature Ratings
  • Dedicated gluten-free fryer

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

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

— Excellent

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for kids
  • Good for lunch
  • Good for takeout
  • Good selection of healthy options
  • Offers outdoor seating
Updated 3 months ago read full review

Not celiac

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Came here for lunch today. Heard a lot of good things about this place, as there is a lot of fried GF seafood I could have. I saw the Crab Cake BLT and was interested, so that's what I ordered. (If you cannot have high fructose corn syrup, skip the ketchup for the fries, get the mayo instead, it doesn't have any in there.) I was informed however, that all the GF batter was made from a combination of rice and chickpea flour. Chickpeas as I have learned today give me a bit of a reaction, which is unfortunate. (I have IBS-C, gas pains etc.) The food tasted alright, but I am not sure if it's worth it for me due to having a reaction from the flour. But a lot of their fried seafood is Gluten Free.

Safety


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

— Somewhat

Safety Feature Ratings
  • Dedicated gluten-free fryer
  • Staff is knowledgeable and can answer questions
  • Food comes out flagged or marked gluten-free

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

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

— Good

Updated 4 months ago read full review

Celiac

Overall Rating

Safety


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

— Very

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— No gluten-free information on the menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most

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

— Good

Updated 5 months ago read full review

Celiac

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I live this place! They have gf buns and their fryer is dedicated gf! Soo yummy!

Safety


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

— 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

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

— Excellent

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Offers outdoor seating
Updated 6 months ago read full review

Celiac

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The gluten free food was delicious! There was a ton of variety! Definitely going to be coming back!

Safety


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

— 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

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

— Excellent

Updated 9 months ago read full review

Celiac

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The River House was a great restaurant that clearly understood Celiac. My food came out marked as GF and the waitress completely understood Celiac. I had no symptoms after my meal which was great. Will definitely return.

Safety


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

— 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

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

— Excellent

Updated 10 months ago read full review

Celiac

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They offer almost their entire menu in GF version. It is very delicious, service was great and helpful, and their view is amazing. I got crab cakes and seafood chowder. They have wine and one GF beer (glutenburg IPA). They flagged my meal with “allergy” toothpicks which made me confident they take extra care with celiacs.

Update: I came back for takeout and to try more of the menu. You can specify gluten allergy (and other allergies) through their online system. The food was not flagged (like it was when I dined in) so I got a little nervous, but it was all fine and just as delicious!

Safety


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

— 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

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

— Excellent

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for dairy-free
  • Good for kids
  • Good for lunch
  • Good for takeout
  • Good with other allergies
  • Offers online ordering
  • Offers outdoor seating
Updated 11 months ago read full review

Celiac

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Safety


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

— Very

Safety Feature Ratings
  • Dedicated gluten-free fryer
  • 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?

— Most

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 1 year ago read full review

Celiac

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Nice selection. Great service. Great atmosphere.

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

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

— Excellent

Updated 1 year ago read full review

Celiac

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The chowder was absolutely amazing! I also had a small sandwich and it was great. Definitely worth the stop here!

My non GF dining partner wasn’t super impressed with his food. Said it was tasty, just bland. So FYI.

Safety


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

— 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

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

— Excellent

Updated 1 year ago read full review

Not celiac

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The gluten free fried shrimp and fries was INCREDIBLE. It tasted just like a normal set of fried shrimp and I was shocked. I will definitely be going back.

Safety


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

— 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 takeout
Updated 1 year ago read full review

Celiac

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Celiac family had a safe GF experience. Their fryer is only gluten free. Had chickpea flour blend fish & chips 1st time in 8 years. We are highly sensitive even topical and had no issues!! Thank You! Thank You!!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 1 year ago read full review

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Has a srparate Gluten Free menu, items brought to the table had “gluten free” marked right in the dish. Staff was knowledgable - great dining experience

Updated 1 year ago read full review

Celiac

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Great gluten free menu and the staff is knowledgeable. I did not get sick. But the food was mediocre and it was expensive for the quality

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Great, great food. We enjoyed the seafood chowder, and baked stuffed shrimp. The kids menu goes up to age 16- and comes in an adorable boat. Particularly fun for gf kids who often don’t stuff like that. Chicken nuggets were really flavorful.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Separate GF menu. The stuffed shrimp was to die for! I couldn’t believe all of it was gluten free. Staff was very knowledgeable and asked me if it was an allergy so they could alert the chef. We stopped by here two different times while in Portsmouth.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

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We ate dinner here twice in two days based on reviews in this app. I’m celiac and usually find cross-contamination is my worst enemy at restaurants. I had the seafood chowder as an appetizer on both days (because it was so good the first time), and the broiled haddock on day 1 and fried shrimp and haddock on day 2. I should mention I’ve also been dx’d with SIBO (small intestine bacterial overgrowth) and seem to react to onion and garlic. I had no adverse issues on either diagnoses on either day, but did feel a bit bloated after the fried dinner for a couple hours, and bathroom results later and the next day were somewhat affected. Not sure exactly why, since there are many possibilities, but I don’t think it was a gluten problem. I usually eat plainly and these foods were quite rich. I also had a GF brownie dessert on day 1 that I never have. And who doesn’t cook without onion or garlic? So each of those possible reasons plus the fact that I never eat more than one meal out in a row anymore, it’s possible that just one meal wouldn’t have produced the same results. I’d have no problem eating here again. Just let them know you’re celiac before ordering. GF menu is extensive, but they say they can make nearly everything GF. All fried foods whether ordered off the GF or regular menu are made with GF breading, so no cross-contamination from the fryer at all. As near as I can tell, this is Portsmouth’s most reliable GF restaurant for lunch and dinner for celiac folks.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 2 years ago read full review

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I ate here for lunch today and was very pleased! They have a large gluten free menu with many choices. I ordered the haddock sandwich, which was served on a delicious gluten free roll. The fish was cooked perfectly and was also very good. The restaurant also had a very nice harbor side view. The staff members were very friendly as well. I would definitely recommend River House for gluten free seafood dishes, as well as other GF dishes!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Went a week and a half ago. Lots of GF options and knowledgeable waitress and manager. However, there was a miscommunication between the waitress, kitchen, and food runner, and I was served a lobster roll on a regular bun. I double checked after receiving it because the bun was suspicious but was reassured that it was allergy friendly. I stupidly took it at face value, took a huge bite, and was immediately stopped by the food runner telling me that it was in fact a regular bun I had been served. Everyone was incredibly accommodating after, and the manager comped my meal, but all in all it really sucked and I ended up getting sick the next day (still feeling ill now, a week plus later). It’s cool that the fryer is dedicated though!

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Not celiac

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Very nice and very large GF menu. The lobster roll came on a very good GF roll. It was really great to be able to get GF fried clams, and they were fantastic! Wonderful that chowder here is GF also!

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Exceptional food & drink, dedicated fryer and very knowledgeable staff, highly recommend!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Very knowledgeable about celiac. Answered all million of my questions. Most importantly, I didn’t get sick!!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 2 years ago read full review

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All flour coating is GF (chickpea/rice) so no issues with cross contamination in the fryer. We had fried calamari, fried haddock & shrimp, French fries, and a lobster roll...all GF! The roll that the lobster came on was not dry and crumbly. Waitress was really nice and great atmosphere. Great, safe place!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Best seafood!! Had a delicious lobster roll and clam chowder. All of their fried food is naturally GF and the majority of the rest can be made GF :)

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Got to have fish and chips for the first time in years! They have a dedicated fryer and use a blended Chickpea and Rice flour for breading. The GF menu was extensive so you’ll have many options here ! When I’m back in the area, I’ll definitely be back!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

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They have a separate gluten free menu which led us to come here. The seafood chowder is absolutely delicious and so was the brownie sundae. The quinoa salad with grilled salmon is also good. All gluten free! Staff is knowledgeable and conscientious.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Great food. Daughter with celiac had chicken tenders and loved them and didn’t get sick. Dedicated fryolator. Our new favorite place when we are in town!!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Went on a Sunday during brunch, so the whole menu wasn’t available. The fish and chips were so good...lightly coated and crispy. The lobster roll on the gluten free bun was not so awesome. The gf bun is $2 extra, served cold and tasted like styrofoam...didn’t end up eating it. If I went again, I’d skip the bun and opt for lettuce. The seafood chowder was good. Pretty good options. I’d definitely go back when wanting fried seafood.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Had lunch here. Great location. They have a GF menu posted online. Dedicated fryer. I opted for the fried scallop/haddock plate. Came with fries. Great portions. Def return.

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Not celiac

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I was concerned because they don’t have their full GF menu for brunch but they ended up having great options! Absolutely loved it, we will definitely be back to try it for dinner!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

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One of the few places I can eat and share food with the entire table. Almost the entire menu is gluten free. The staff is extremely knowledgeable and even though things aren't labeled on the menu, every question I had was answered immediately.

The chicken tenders and fried clams are amazing

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

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I have been here twice and both times it was fabulous. The gluten free menu is extensive and Dedicated fryers make fried seafood an option. I had fried haddock tonight and it was the best I ever had, even before I was a Celiac. Service was great from our server, Moriah as well as the rest of the staff. Highly recommend this place!!!!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Completely gluten free fryer “anything fried is gluten free”. They use a chickpea flour.

Gluten free fish and chips and chowder. Friendly too!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Best ever!! I love this place. I know there will never be cross contamination

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

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I was assured the kitchen was knowledgeable about cross contamination and food safety for celiac disease. Ordered a noodle dish that was labeled GF but had soy sauce listed as an ingredient. Maybe I shouldn’t have just assumed that it was GF soy sauce, but either way, within 15 minutes of finishing the meal I was extremely sick.

Celiac friendly?

No

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Great options for GF seafood, including both healthier fare and fried food. Also a great atmosphere on the water.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 3 years ago read full review

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