95% of 24 votes say it's celiac friendly

53 Bow St, Portsmouth, NH 03801 Directions

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Celiac

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They not only offer almost their entire menu in GF version, but it’s also very delicious, service was great and helpful, and their view is amazing. I got crab cakes and seafood chowder. They also have a wine menu and one GF beer (glutenburg IPA). They separately 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 that it wasn’t GF, 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
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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
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Celiac

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Nice selection. Great service. Great atmosphere.

Safety


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

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
  • Dessert
  • Gluten Free Menu

Categories

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

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GF crab and lobster stuffed haddock
GF Calamari and Artichoke Lobster dip
GF seafood chowder
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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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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

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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 2 months 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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 1 year 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

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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!

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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!

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Celiac

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

Celiac friendly?

Yes

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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 1 year 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 1 year 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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Celiac

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

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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 1 year 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 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Very good lunch-servers knowledgeable. They had dedicated fryers, so I was able to get fried seafood and French fries. The chowder was also gluten free and excellent!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 2 years ago read full review

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Full gluten free menu, I ordered fried seafood and it was great at the time. I woke up in the early morning vomiting. Not sure if I ingested a large amount of gluten (even though I ordered form the GF menu) or if something I ate was bad. Either way, I won’t be going back unfortunately.

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Not celiac

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This is yet another restaurant that “gets it” when it comes to allergies. We felt so comfortable here and our kids (both celiacs) loved it and had no reactions.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

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Celiac

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I’ve always loved the River House, been going here for years and never had a problem, but this past weekend I definitely got sick. Not sure by what. It was very busy I’m hoping it was just a fluke!

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My favorite restaurant around here!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

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Celiac

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Amazing!!! They carry Deep Edys Vodka which is a GF flavored liquor and make basically everything gluten free! I got the fried shrimp & haddock basket - definitely the freshest tasting fish and chips I’ve ever had! Definitely will be back soon to try more of the menu 🙌🏻💖

Celiac friendly?

Yes

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Not celiac

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Staff was extremely knowledge & so happy to see us happy! Gf beers, cider, rolls for sandwiches & burgers (lobster roll!!), and best yet - ALL fried seafood is GF - they don’t use any gluten in their batters! So no cross- contamination on ANY fried items! They use a chick pea & rice flour batter that is light & crispy, amazing!! Oh and their chowder - also Gf & chock full of seafood, yum.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

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Celiac

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WOW!! Celiac Friendly all the way. Waitress super knowledgeable, friendly and took the time to talk to me about when I had questions on their food prep and practices. Highly Recommended for Celiacs.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

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Celiac

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Great place for kids with celiac. Dedicated fryer, with fried seafood, chicken finger options. Also GF bun for hot dogs s d burgers. Came in a fun kids boats. Definitely going back

Celiac friendly?

Yes

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Celiac

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Love this place. Dedicated GF fryer, separate GF menu with various options.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Had the lobster BLT on a GF bun and French fries with zero problems!!!! Waitress told me they have a dedicated fryer.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

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Not celiac

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Gluten free menu and the food was amazing! First time having a gluten free chowder and fried seafood, it was delicious!! Great service and right on the river.

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Celiac

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Gluten free and dairy free curry mussels and lobster roll! Need I say more? We also lucked out with the weather and got a table outside on the deck overlooking the water on a gorgeous day. Best part...my celiac daughter didn't get sick! We'll be back.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

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Not celiac

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Absolutely phenomenal restaurant. The overall vibe is great, and the menu is extensive for both GF and non GF options. Came here with family and there was no issue with everyone finding something to eat. The chowder was amazing- so rare to find it GF! We'll be back for sure.

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Celiac

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Food was great and so was the service! Dedicated fryer

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 2 years ago read full review

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This place is amazing, from the gluten-free chowder to the onion rings. A full gluten-free menu, dedicated fryers with chickpea flour, and there are even dessert and alcoholic drink options. Everything was delicious and the staff were super nice. Plus a view of the water. Feels like an oasis in a world where lots of restaurants still don't understand how sick gluten makes a lot of us. Go there, you won't be disappointed.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 2 years ago read full review

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Great staff and exceptional food. Best seafood chowder I’ve had. And what a treat to be able to have a crab cake.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 3 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Everything fried is gluten free. They even have a gluten free brownie sundae. It never disappoints my son and he never gets sick. Love it!

Updated 3 years ago read full review

Celiac

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They have an entire gluten free menu, but they also make everything that's fried on their menu with chick pea flour. Excellent!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 3 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Great restaurant with a great GF menu. Went based on the reviews from this app and it didn't disappoint. I got the Rooster sand which, which is a fried chicken sandwich- something I haven't had in a loooong time! It was delicious! All of their fried food is battered GF. Will def be back!

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