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. 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!!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.