96% of 65 votes say it's Celiac friendly

121 Main St, Essex, MA 01929 Directions

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Celiac
2 weeks ago
Celiac friendly

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

Celiac
1 month ago
Celiac friendly

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
1 month ago
Celiac friendly

Excellent fried seafood. Plus had a sign about celiac.

Gluten Free Features

  • Celiac Friendly
  • Gluten Free Menu
  • Onion Rings

Categories

  • Pescetarian Friendly
  • Restaurant
  • Seafood

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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
2 months ago
Celiac friendly

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
2 months ago
Celiac friendly

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
2 months ago
Celiac friendly

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
4 months ago
Celiac friendly

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
4 months ago
Celiac friendly

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
5 months ago
Celiac friendly

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
1 year ago

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

Not celiac
1 year ago

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.

Celiac
1 year ago
Celiac friendly

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
1 year ago
Celiac friendly

Delicious food cooked in a dedicated fryer!

Not celiac
1 year ago
Celiac friendly

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
1 year ago
Celiac friendly

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
2 years ago
Celiac friendly

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
2 years ago

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.

Celiac
2 years ago
Celiac friendly

lots of gf kids menu options!

Celiac
2 years ago
Celiac friendly

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
2 years ago
Celiac friendly

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
2 years ago

Best GF fried food! We will definitely be back!

Celiac
3 years ago

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

Not celiac
3 years ago

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.

Celiac
3 years ago
Celiac friendly

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
3 years ago

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.

Not celiac
3 years ago

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!

Celiac
3 years ago
Celiac friendly

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!

3 years ago
Celiac friendly

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
3 years ago

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

4 years ago
Not celiac friendly

been there twice got very ill twice never again

Celiac
4 years ago
Celiac friendly

Everything is amazing, but it's very pricey

Not celiac
4 years ago

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

Celiac
4 years ago
Celiac friendly

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

4 years ago

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!

Celiac
4 years ago
Celiac friendly

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
4 years ago

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

4 years ago
Celiac friendly

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
5 years ago

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

Celiac
5 years ago

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!

Celiac
5 years ago

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!

Celiac
5 years ago

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

Celiac
5 years ago

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

Celiac
5 years ago
Celiac friendly

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.

Celiac
6 years ago

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.

Celiac
6 years ago
Celiac friendly

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.

Celiac
6 years ago

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!

Celiac
6 years ago
Celiac friendly

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

Celiac
6 years ago

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!!

Celiac
6 years ago

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!

Celiac
7 years ago

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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