Woodman's

5.0 stars 5.0 out of 5 53 ratings
$$Celiac Friendly, Gluten Free Menu, Onion Rings + 3 more
97% of 44 votes say it's Celiac friendly

121 Main St, Essex, MA 01929 Directions

(978) 768-6057
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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    October 14, 2017

    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.

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    Celiac
    5 rating
    September 30, 2017

    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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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    August 04, 2017

    lots of gf kids menu options!

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    July 08, 2017

    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.

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    June 19, 2017

    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.

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    Celiac
    5 rating
    February 25, 2017

    Best GF fried food! We will definitely be back!

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    Celiac
    4 rating
    October 19, 2016

    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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    4 rating
    October 08, 2016

    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.

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    September 21, 2016

    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.

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    Celiac
    5 rating
    July 31, 2016

    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.

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    5 rating
    July 30, 2016

    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!

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    July 25, 2016

    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!

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    5 rating Celiac friendly
    May 24, 2016

    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.

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    Celiac
    5 rating
    December 18, 2015

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

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    1 rating Not celiac friendly
    September 22, 2015

    been there twice got very ill twice never again

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    5 rating Celiac friendly
    July 30, 2015

    Everything is amazing, but it's very pricey

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    4 rating
    June 05, 2015

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

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    April 25, 2015

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

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    5 rating
    April 02, 2015

    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!

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    December 22, 2014

    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.

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    Celiac
    4 rating
    November 08, 2014

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

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    5 rating Celiac friendly
    October 24, 2014

    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!

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    Celiac
    5 rating
    October 11, 2014

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

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    Celiac
    5 rating
    September 05, 2014

    Fried seafood, french fries, chicken tenders and onion rings...all SO good and all gluten free!!! (Although the onion rings are only made gf in the slow season!) Really happy to stumble across this place on vacation!

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    Celiac
    5 rating
    August 27, 2014

    I love it here!! The gluten free fried seafood is amazing! I make the 30 min drive here all the time because I have yet to find anywhere else where you can get this quality of gluten free fried seafood. Thank you to Woodman's for offering gluten free!

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    Celiac
    5 rating
    June 04, 2014

    Love this place. Accommodate gluten and dairy-free. They've even made me special gluten-free onion rings when the restaurant wasn't busy ;)

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    Celiac
    5 rating
    May 11, 2014

    Good fried clams. The sweet potato fries were not a favorite.

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    5 rating Celiac friendly
    March 15, 2014

    I am Celiac and also a local who usually avoids the tourist traps but had no problems after eating at Woodman's. It was a little greasy and could have been cooked just a tad longer to make it a bit more crunchy.

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    Celiac
    5 rating
    September 15, 2013

    Amazing! They were even able to make the fried seafood dairy-free for us which I wasn't expecting! If I lived here I'd be a regular here! The onion rings are one of the only things that's NOT gluten free.

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    July 29, 2013

    I was so very happy to find out that I did not have to give up fried seafood when I found out Woodman's was GF. I have no complaints whatsoever about my experience there. The food was delicious and when we went to pick it up, my plate was even in its own box (tray), away from the sandwich that my son ordered and my husband's order which was actually the same as mine. It was very satisfying knowing that I could have one of my favorite meals out made safely. We have to ride a little ways to get there but it's well worth it.

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    Celiac
    5 rating
    July 27, 2013

    The best GF restaurant ever!!! GF fired food, clams, scallops, lobsters, shrimp, fries and chowdaaaa! This is the birthplace of the fried clam!!! Can't go wrong also winter time bigger portions with no wait!

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    5 rating Celiac friendly
    July 20, 2013

    Good knowledge of cross contamination. Delicious food. Eating fried fish again was awesome!

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    Celiac
    5 rating
    June 05, 2013

    Amazing. I love fried seafood and to be able to eat it again is fantastic. So yummy and worth the drive! Their catering department is also wonderful!!

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    5 rating
    May 17, 2013

    We go to the one in Litchfield, same menu but they also have GF onion rings. PLUS, they have the batting cages, go karts, and an arcade. Kids love it!

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    Celiac
    5 rating
    October 06, 2012

    We drive almost two hours to get here and it's well worth it every time! I've missed fried food since becoming gf but Woodmans takes care of that!

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    Celiac
    5 rating
    August 14, 2012

    Impressed with Woodmans! Definitely not a place I would think would cater towards GF, but it definitely does! Make sure you let them know your order is GF so they prepare the plates separately from the onion rings. Staff also change their gloves every time they handle a GF order. Great food!

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    5 rating
    July 22, 2012

    Woodmans is the only place I know of that has gf fried clams. They were awesome. A bit pricey, but well worth it. Have been there twice lately.

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    Celiac
    5 rating
    April 22, 2012

    Great fried clams!

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    5 rating
    December 30, 2011

    Loved being able to enjoy fried seafood that was gf !

Gluten-Free Features

  • Celiac Friendly
  • Gluten Free Menu
  • Onion Rings

Categories

  • Pescetarian Friendly
  • Restaurant
  • Seafood
Monday
11 am - 9 pm
Tuesday
11 am - 9 pm
Wednesday
11 am - 9 pm
Thursday
11 am - 9 pm
Friday
11 am - 10 pm
Saturday
11 am - 10 pm
Sunday
11 am - 9 pm

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