100% of 15 votes say it's celiac friendly
121 Main St
Essex, MA 01929

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Celiac

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LOVE Woodmans! Almost everything is GF! I have celiac and have eaten here probably 50 times and I’ve always had a safe, delicious meal. Jumbo shrimp, clams, chowder and so much more!

Safety


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

— Very

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Separate gluten-free 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 takeout
Updated 1 week ago read full review

Celiac

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I was very very excited to learn that I could have lobster rolls, fried clams, and onion rings here!! These are things we rarely get to get. I didn’t have any reaction afterwards. Yay!! It’s been so long since I’ve had onion rings

Safety


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

— Somewhat

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 2 weeks ago read full review

Celiac

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Fantastic experience every time. GF fried clams and scallops. Chef made me custom GF onion rings (generally, the onion rings are not GF). Dedicated fryer. Fantastic staff.

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 takeout
  • Offers outdoor seating
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

  • Dedicated Fryer
  • Gluten Free Menu
  • Lobster Rolls
  • Onion Rings

Categories

  • Allergy Friendly
  • Kid Friendly
  • Lunch
  • Outdoor Seating
  • Restaurant
  • Seafood
  • Takeout

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I Haven't had Fried Clam's in 2yrs.  Not sure what took me so long... Woodman's Gluten Free Fried Clam's and Gluten Free Lobster Roll.. So Yummy!
I haven't had Fried Clam's in 2 years.... Not sure what took me so long to go to Woodman's.... Gluten Free Fried Clam Plate & a Gluten Free Lobster Roll!!! SO YUMMY!
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Just looking at the picture makes me hungry again.  These were the whole belly fried clams.
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Celiac

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I have been going to woodmans for years and I am celiac. I have never had a problem with them. They are knowledgeable and take it serious and take precautions when told you are celiac.

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
  • Staff is knowledgeable and can answer questions
  • Staff will clean kitchen space or change gloves if asked
  • Food comes out flagged or marked gluten-free

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

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for lunch
  • Good for takeout
Updated 3 months ago read full review

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They have a dedicated *gluten* fryer for their onion rings. Aside from onion rings, all the regular fried food (clams, calamari, fries, fish, and chicken) is GF. I mentioned we had one person with celiac in our party and both bags of hot steaming fried food had GF written across them in big letters and the receipt said GF on every item.

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 kids
  • Good for lunch
  • Good for takeout
  • Offers outdoor seating
Updated 4 months ago read full review

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The fried scallops and fries were really good but the chowder was very watery and flavorless, same with the steamers. I liked the outdoor set up and the deck, but I don’t think I would go back and spend so much money on such bland food.

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?

— Below Average

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for kids
  • Good for takeout
  • Offers outdoor seating
Updated 8 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 with other allergies
  • Offers outdoor seating
Updated 9 months ago read full review

Celiac

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All the fried food tasted the same - not very good - and was very overpriced. Clam chowder was very watery.

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

Updated 9 months ago read full review

Not celiac

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Food was pretty crappy. No idea how the reviews are this good. Very mediocre overall

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?

— Below Average

Updated 9 months ago read full review

Celiac

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Nearly everything is celiac friendly, including fried food! Staff is knowledgeable and takes allergy precautions for every gluten free order.

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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Omg I couldn’t believe I could get fried clams and fries! So delicious and so safe.

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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So Yummy Gluten Free Fried Clams and Gluten Free Lobster Roll... So Happy very safe!!!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 1 year ago read full review

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I ate here like 10 times this summer. Delicious food, great staff, never got sick.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 1 year ago read full review

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Clear signage about what to do if you are gluten free versus if you have Celiac. Knowledgeable staff. Felt very comfortable. Got the combo plate and it was delicious. Clam chowder was very tasty. Glutenberg and cider available to drink. Onion rings are not gf but fries are and they can sub in cole slaw

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 1 year ago read full review

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Excellent fried seafood. Plus had a sign about celiac.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 1 year ago read full review

Celiac

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A godsend for celiacs. I've eaten here many times and never gotten sick. The onion rings and fisherman's platter (and gluten free beer and cider options) are marvelous.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 1 year ago read full review

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Celiac Friendly. I haven't had fried clams and onion rings since I was diagnosed with Celiac 2 years ago. But only is the food wonderful, knowing that I didn't have to worry about cross contamination and that this was a safe place to eat, really made this a wonderful meal! Better news....they ship food!!!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

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Celiac

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I’ve been going to woodmans for 10+ years even before being diagnosed. They are very careful with allergies and will make onion rings gluten free if it’s not too busy. The food is consistently good, safe, and comes out quickly.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

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Celiac

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I’ve been going to Woodman’s before I was diagnosed with celiac and before I gave gluten a second thought. As other reviews have stated, Woodman’s has always been gluten free. The only fried items that are not safe are the onion rings and clam cakes.

My meal was marked gluten free on the slip and was placed on a separate tray, away from the kids grilled cheese and hot dogs. The fried scallops were excellent and they are also known for the fried clams. They sell beer, wine and cocktails and have canned Glutenberg for us GF folks. Awesome to have this option when you need to scratch that clam shack itch.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 2 years ago read full review

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Most of the fried food at Woodman’s is gluten free. The onion rings are not all gluten free, but they will make a gf batch upon request.

It was so nice to have clam chowder and onion rings again! I have Celiac Disease and am sensitive to cross contamination. I felt fine after my very tasty meal.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Love going to Woodman’s...since being diagnosed with Celiac, it’s hard to find fried gf seafood. I’ve been twice and it doesn’t disappoint. Both times, it wasn’t too busy, so they offered gf onion rings. They use a gf coating, but when you order gf, they fry in a designated gf fryer. Guests in your party who aren’t gf will never taste the difference.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Wonderful, had friend clams and french fries, did not get sick. Favorite place to eat now.

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Not celiac

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I had no problems with the fish and chips I got. I had been craving it so much and it was SO GREAT to have it. They do have a couple items that are not gluten free, but the majority of their menu is. Since I don't eat much fried food anymore (as I'm sure is the case for many of those who cannot have gluten), I often will at least get a stomachache from the heavy, oily, food... but I didn't! I definitely recommend. If you're on the fence about it, just make sure you tell them that you have an allergy. I'm sure that they do their best to always keep it allergen friendly, but it doesn't hurt to inform them before and perhaps they can take extra precautions.

Updated 2 years ago read full review

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Our family ate here a few days ago and our 11 year old daughter did get sick from gluten ingestion, however, I would definitely take her here again due to the response that I have received from the Woodman’s family and the information that has been revealed as to how they strive to keep their food safe for celiac customers. After eating fries and chicken tenders for dinner, my daughter became very sick. We recognize the signs and it was definitely from gluten. When I told the restaurant via email on their website, I received a call almost immediately from a member of the Woodman family. They were apologetic and took information from me so they could investigate. Over the course of the next two days a total of 3 of the Woodman’s contacted me expressing concern for my child, taking my address to send a gift certificate, and explaining how serious they take the gluten issue. Today was perhaps the most enlightening for me, when I spoke to Andy he detailed how they handle the kitchen, fryers, train the employees, separate the areas in the kitchen and more. He actually used the words ‘we want to get it perfect.’ They go through painstaking precautions to prevent cross contamination. Yes, a mistake happened, but I would definitely go there again with my daughter. Restaurants who go to this extent to keep people safe and correct their mistakes deserve our business. Additionally they have a pretty stellar track record seen in all of the positive reviews. We think potentially what happened is that they got very busy and someone used one of the non gf friendly fryers. Since then they have cleaned all of their equipment.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Delicious food cooked in a dedicated fryer!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Not celiac

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We stopped here during our vacation knowing we could have steamed lobsters, and to our delight, my 5yr old daughter with Celiac could also have fried seafood and French fries! They have a separate fryer and their batter is GF. As long as you ask they can make fried shrimp, scallops, clam strips, and French fries for you! My daughter was in heaven and felt fine after. They just can’t do the onion rings or crab cakes but honestly it was awesome to be able to have everything else!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Amazing fried seafood and gluten free clam chowder! Everything but onion rings and clam cakes(which are both kept separate) is gluten free! I love it here and can't say enough good things!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 3 years ago read full review

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They are always careful to put our gf items in separate boxes than the non-gf items and they always change gloves and equipment. I go multiple times a year and never had an issue. Almost everything is gf, except for onion rings, lobster rolls, and crab cakes.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 3 years ago read full review

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Me and my sons (we both have celiac) go to restaurant. So lucky we're local... :) We've been here more times then we can count and we have NEVER had an issue.

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lots of gf kids menu options!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 3 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Amazing fried clams and fries! Great environment and location as well. Really enjoyed this place and will definitely go back again as soon as I can.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 3 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Amazing! Sometimes I get a craving for fried food and miss the options before I was diagnosed. Here it's so nice to have it and safely! Everything is gluten free except for onion rings and bread. I have Celiac and have never had a reaction here. Delicious! Also dog friendly outside.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

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Celiac

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Best GF fried food! We will definitely be back!

Updated 4 years ago read full review

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Food was so tasty and there are only 3 things on the menu that are not gf! They have a dedicated fryer

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Not celiac

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It gets high marks for having so many gluten-free options, but for non-gf people, the fried seafood isn't the best and the chowder, though gf, is watery and not very flavorful. Otherwise great little spot with all of the gluten-free fried seafood you've been craving.

Updated 4 years ago read full review

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Nearly everything is GF! When we told the person at the counter we had celiac, they took extra precautions to avoid cross contamination. Their ice cream shop (behind the restaurant) was also super -- GF flavors clearly labeled, and the server washed the scoop before preparing our order.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

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Celiac

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Perfect place for a celiac family dinner. Our vegetarian daughter had sweet potato fries, cole slaw and a slice of watermelon. I had fried clams for the first time in a decade and they were even better than I remembered! Also the fried scallops were wonderful, and the fish and chips were good. Being New England, there was malt vinegar among the condiments, which is not gluten free. The staff understood right away and gave us a little cup of apple cider for our gluten free French fries. We will definitely go back next chance we get.

Updated 4 years ago read full review

Not celiac

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There are few options for GF fried seafood and chowder but Woodman's delivers. Fried clams, clam chowder, and the lobsters (from our front) are delicious!

Updated 4 years ago read full review

Celiac

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SO delicious. Haven't had a problem yet getting GF food. Everything except the onion rings and I believe the chicken fingers are gluten free. I go here very often. Couldn't recommend enough. Scallops and clams are my favorite!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 4 years ago read full review

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I love this place and never have been sick from eating here. Of all the restaurants in Essex, they have the best clams around, whether you have celiac or not. It is rustic and very casual. Wear your casual attire and enjoy your clams outside to view the marsh and do a bit of birdwatching.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

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Celiac

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Gluten free fries clams! What more can you say- only get over here about once a year but I dream about it every day!

Updated 5 years ago read full review

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been there twice got very ill twice never again

Celiac friendly?

No

Updated 5 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Everything is amazing, but it's very pricey

Celiac friendly?

Yes

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Not celiac

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Amazing to have so many gluten free seafood options we loved the fried shrimp and clams!!

Updated 6 years ago read full review

Celiac

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The food is very good here! Definitely coming back soon!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 6 years ago read full review

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What summer road trip to Massachusetts would be complete without fresh seafood? woodman's delivers with gluten-free battered clams and even fried lobster! the owners have been frying clams in essex since 1916. not in the area? order woodman's seafood online!

Updated 6 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Woodman's is my favorite restaurant for seafood. The batter is naturally gluten free, not made special for us, and they have dedicated fryers for the few items that do contain gluten separate. The portions are generous, and the food is delicious. I have yet to get a bad meal there, and have eaten there for decades. If they are not busy, and you ask, they may also make gluten free onion rings for you, which are also phenomenal. If you like fried seafood, you will not be disappointed if you eat it woodmans whether or not you have Celiac.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 6 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Great food price in summer for clams is high but so so good ! Most fried food is GF .

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Not celiac

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Fabulous fried shrimp boat and onion rings! Make sure you specify that your order is gluten free so they know. I love the kids meals--they look small but I rarely can finish it!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 6 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Clam chowder! So exciting! Woodman's is a celiac' s dream. You can't go wrong here.

Updated 6 years ago read full review

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