2.5 stars 2.5 out of 5 2 ratings

1734 W Olive Ave, Merced, CA 95348

(209) 724-9930
"As America’s Favorite Neighbor, the health and safety of our guests are top priorities at Applebee’s.  Our commitment to you is to provide the most current allergen information available from our food suppliers. The menu items listed on this page are not prepared with gluten or made with ingredients that contain gluten when prepared according to the standard recipe.  Please be aware that during normal kitchen operations involving shared cooking and preparation areas, including common fryer oil, the possibility exists for food items to come in contact with other food products. Due to these circumstances, we are unable to guarantee that any menu item can be completely free of allergens."
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    1 ratingSeptember 11, 2013

    I give this particular Applebee's 1 start because when I was being seated and asked for a gluten free menu my waiter told me about my weight watchers options? A waitress them brought me a paper copy of the menu choices which looked like she found out under a dumpster, it was disgusting. Although the ordering was a pain my food choice tasted ok.

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    4 ratingNovember 02, 2012

    Limited selection but good!

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    5 ratingMarch 19, 2017

    1909-A US-421, Wilkesboro, NC 28697

    The waiter was very attentive and went out of his way to find out which items on the menu were gluten free and as celiac friendly as possible. He even brought out a notebook filled with every menu item's allergen information. I was really impressed!

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    4 ratingMarch 10, 2017

    1514 Mt Vernon Ave, Marion, OH 43302

    Good food, good service, the lunch specials for a good value. I got the fiesta lime chicken. My only complaint is the bathrooms were dirty.

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    2 ratingMarch 02, 2017

    1323 US-22, Phillipsburg, NJ 08865

    Salad had wonton strips on it when I specified my issue. Salad was returned to me with them picked out and crumbs still in there. They didn't make me pay, but it's scary to think someone would just pick something out when you have an issue.

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    5 ratingFebruary 21, 2017

    650 John R Junkin Dr, Natchez, MS 39120

    Great option for avoiding allergens in Natchez

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    5 ratingFebruary 18, 2017

    1501 NE Douglas St, Lee's Summit, MO 64086

    The manager made everything simple. A lot of choices.

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    4 ratingFebruary 12, 2017

    718 Perry Avenue, Big Rapids Township, MI 49307

    Wings are GF!!! GF menu online and upon request. Quite a few options.

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    5 ratingFebruary 02, 2017

    2515 W Florida Ave, Hemet, CA 92545

    I went here to eat the other day with my boyfriend and was nervous. I looked at the allergen list and found a rack of ribs gf. I was so excited. The fries are also gluten free here too. We explained that How I can't have gluten and the first rack came out with coleslaw and I was throughly disappointed. I requested again for my order with the "gluten allergy" and it came out. IT WAS SO GOOD!!! I had a full rack of ribs, fries and steamed broccoli. I had enough after for two more meals. I will honestly come back and get these ribs again!!! Also saw on the allergen list that vanilla, strawberry and chocolate shakes were gluten free but didn't try one. I would recommend to others.

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    1 ratingJanuary 24, 2017

    4700 4th St N, St Petersburg, FL 33703

    Do not have a gf menu but a list of allergens that does not consider cross-contamination at all!!! They say their fries do not contain gluten while they are fried in same oil as onion rings !!! So nothing can be considered gf because of that And not that many choices...

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    1 ratingJanuary 21, 2017

    14990 E Orange Lake Blvd, Kissimmee, FL 34747

    The only gluten-free options are salad and some drinks! Would not recommend this restaurant if looking for gluten friendly options.

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    5 ratingJanuary 07, 2017

    33009 S Dixie Hwy, Homestead, FL 33034

    Good ! Good choice ! Cheap price

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    1 ratingDecember 30, 2016

    4478 Interstate 75 Business Spur, Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783

    They have a separate menu dedicated for gluten and wheat sensitivities (as well as other food allergens), but the store manager will tell you straight out that it's possible to have gluten get in your food with its preparation. I've been burned here. Avoid it if you can.

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    1 ratingDecember 30, 2016

    1283 Arsenal Street, Watertown, NY 13601

    Very limited options, difficult to decipher allergen menu, uninformed wait staff and after all the education and double checking.. still ended up contaminated. FYI- the allergen menu lists some items as free of wheat (salsa chips, French fries, etc.) but they are fried with wheat. Won't be going back!

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    1 ratingDecember 27, 2016

    3129 Miller Rd, Flint, MI 48507

    We ate lunch at the Applebee's in Flint, Michigan. There are six of us, but only four have celiac disease. The single allergy menu that was given to us was very hard to read. It listed every item on the regular menu, and if an allergen was present, it was marked with an X. It did not indicate that many items, such as the fries and the chips, are cooked in shared oil, and are not actually gluten free. The staff did not seem to understand why we were so concerned about contamination, and did not have the answers to our questions readily available. The service was slow, even though the restaurant was not crowded at all. The music was loud, and the TVs were everywhere and very distracting. Although the food was good, we are very nervous that we might get sick from this trip. Perhaps it is just this particular Applebee's that isn't optimal for people with celiac disease, but safe to say we will not be eating at any Applebee's again unless we receive word that they have improved a significant amount.

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    1 ratingDecember 22, 2016

    1700 W International Speedway Blvd #600, Daytona Beach, FL 32114

    It was almost impossible to find anything gluten free and dairy free. They have an allergy menu, but the fries are marked gluten free even though they are done in a fryer with other things. Baked potatoes are rolled in butter before baking. The one good thing was a knowledgeable waitress.

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    1 ratingDecember 21, 2016

    5503 Milan Rd, Sandusky, OH 44870

    Don't bother. They have next to nothing on their menu, very disappointing.

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    1 ratingDecember 18, 2016

    635 N Utah Ave, Idaho Falls, ID 83402

    there is no gluten free menu. it's just an allergen list with very few options.

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    1 ratingDecember 14, 2016

    2303 Osborne Dr E, Hastings, NE 68901

    I ordered nachos that the menu listed as gluten free and specifically told the waiter gluten free. I got sick. A person with me, who does not have Celiac, ordered the same thing and was fine. all I can think is that there was a substitution made.

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    4 ratingDecember 13, 2016

    2050 E Hwy 50, Clermont, FL 34711

    My two favorites are cedar grilled lemon chicken over rice and the pork chop with honey apple chutney. Cedar salmon is also a good choice. This is a brand new restaurant in Clermont.

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    4 ratingDecember 09, 2016

    3951 North 27th Street, Lincoln, NE 68521

    wings are delicious. Bourbon street chicken and shrimp also amazing for GF. great staff

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    4 ratingDecember 04, 2016

    1010 E North Ave, Belton, MO 64012

    i have celiac and have had the bourbon street chicken and shrimp many times and the queso blanco with no reaction. staff not knowledgable about allergies but have a book you can go through to figure out what you can and can't have.

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    5 ratingDecember 03, 2016

    160 Tanger Outlet Blvd, Pooler, GA 31322

    This Applebee's is wonderful!!! My daughter and I both have Celiac Disease and every time we eat at this location we always have a wonderful experience! The staff is always careful when bringing our food out as well as double checking everything we order with the manager to make sure there hasn't been any changes(to make sure the item is still prepared GF). They are AWESOME!!

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    1 ratingDecember 03, 2016

    5460 Augusta Road, Garden City, GA 31408

    My family and I have been to numerous Applebees before with no problem at all! But this particular one made both myself and my daughter very sick. I ordered my usual(sizzling chicken and shrimp with sweet potato fries --all of which is on their gluten free menu). My daughter order chicken grillers which were part of the their GF menu and she didn't even eat her applesauce just the chicken and we both got very sick! We both have Celiac so this is a major problem! I will never go back to this particular Applebee's again. I have been to the Applebee's in Pooler (not too far away) with absolutely no problems I always have a great experience!

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    1 ratingNovember 30, 2016

    70 Worcester-Providence Turnpike, Millbury, MA 01527

    This is the second time I have attempted to eat here. I made it VERY clear I had a gluten allergy and once again the gave me a salad with croutons . Avoid at all costs .

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    1 ratingNovember 26, 2016

    2032 East Baseline Road, Mesa, AZ 85204

    The waitress plopped a huge binder down for me to paruse that outlines ALL ingredients for every food, and not very clearly, then promptly disappeared for a very long time. It is extremely difficult to figure out what they do have that's gf. And even more difficult to ask questions from someone working there. It is not clear at all from the way it's written. Not to mention it isn't even up to date with their new menu. No one, not even me after studying this binder for a half hr, could tell me definitively what was gluten free. I did not get sick, shockingly, after picking something I thought might be ok, but didn't know at all for sure. I will never eat here again. From what I could tell, they literally had maybe 2 things that are celiac friendly. More if you include beverages.

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    2 ratingNovember 22, 2016

    2660 Sunrise Highway, Bellmore, New York 11710

    While they have an allergy binder, there are only 4 things on the menu that are gluten free.

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    4 ratingNovember 10, 2016

    306 Cleveland St, Muscatine, IA 52761

    Several gluten-free options. My favorite is a dish with chicken and shrimp.

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    5 ratingNovember 07, 2016

    5503 Milan Rd, Sandusky, OH 44870

    they did a great job accommodating to my girl friends needs for celiacs

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    2 ratingOctober 31, 2016

    419 N Broadway, Pennsville, NJ 08070

    They have updated their menu and I am sorry to say, have reduced the number of items that are GF. They provided their large allergen list and upon review, there is actually very little that is truly GF. It is unfortunate that at least at the nearest location to me, the manager was not helpful at all.

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    1 ratingOctober 22, 2016

    980 Razorback Dr, Houghton, MI 49931

    Applebees does not understand cross contamination. Chips and fries are labeled gluten-free but go through the shared fryer. I didn't feel safe ordering anything here.

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    1 ratingOctober 04, 2016

    1283 Arsenal Street, Watertown, NY 13601

    Their regular menu is so complicated and then to look each item up in a book of allergies. It's impossible. Waitress was no help, said they can't guarantee GF. Why have Applebees in this app? I went with the allergy menu and hostess digestion but was sickened.

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    4 ratingSeptember 30, 2016

    273 Livingston St # C, Northvale, NJ 07647

    The staff here is trained on how to avoid gluten, so just make sure you let your server know if you have Celiac, and they'll help you out. There's also a nifty little allergen list on their website that tells you whether or not a menu item you're looking at has gluten ingredients, which I found to be very helpful.The only reasons why I'm not giving this 5 stars are 1. because the menu itself does not specify what does and doesn't contain gluten ingredients, and they also don't offer GF substitutes for bread/pasta, so it's kind of difficult to find something to eat, and 2. because they don't have a dedicated GF fryer. Other than that, though, I thought they were very good. I got the Fiesta Lime Chicken and it was quite tasty. :)

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    1 ratingSeptember 25, 2016

    4929 East Pickard Road, Mount Pleasant, MI 48858

    I have celiac, I went to Applebee's at like 11pm after going to the casino. When I was being seated I asked to have a gluten free menu and she said she would send the manager out. This manager was horrible. She said that none of her back staff were trained and that it was up to me to figure it out. No promises. Then I tried to explain cross contamination hoping she could have them clean there work space and she kept repeating they can't promise anything and that they are not trained for this. Definitely not celiac friendly.

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    3 ratingSeptember 19, 2016

    2810 5th Avenue South, Fort Dodge, IA 50501

    they got rid of my ribblets, which I never got sick on. new menu, waiter not educated on gluten. didn't get sick the first time, did the second trip.

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    2 ratingSeptember 17, 2016

    2840 South Highway 169, Grand Rapids, MN 55744

    I ate at the Grand Rapids Applebee's last night. The service was great, but their gluten free meals are not safe for people with Celiac Disease. I was feeling sick before I left the restaurant and was really sick by the time I got home.

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    1 ratingSeptember 13, 2016

    581 Second Street #581, Manchester, NH 03102

    No GF bread or many GF options.

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    1 ratingSeptember 02, 2016

    1107 W Chester Pike, West Chester, PA 19382

    Even after viewing the binder and ordering something "free of wheat" along with the waitress assuring me that my order would be prepared with the utmost care. I still am leaving sick. I will never eat here again.

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    5 ratingAugust 26, 2016

    1405 MN-33, Cloquet, MN 55720

    I've had the Fiesta Lime Chicken (without tortilla strips) several times and never had a reaction (I have celiac). Wait staff/manager were knowledgeable about gf/cross contamination and very helpful.

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    1 ratingAugust 18, 2016

    2840 South Highway 169, Grand Rapids, MN 55744

    Very limited gluten free options. Started to actually like the beef verde nachos (I think thats what they called it?) but then they changed from shredded beef to some sort of nasty beef- ground I think but chewy weird texture. Service the last few times has been really slow. I don't see any reason to go back. Even my gluten eating friends don't go there anymore.

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    1 ratingAugust 13, 2016

    1352 South Providence Center Drive, Cedar City, UT 84720

    Gluten free menu isn't good. waitress was great about everything, but the food is never that great. Probably don't go here.

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    2 ratingAugust 12, 2016

    1855 E Primrose St, Springfield, MO 65804

    The "gluten free menu" consisted of a binder filled with tables that had columns for multiple different food allergies. You have to find your item, and then trace over and find the columns that correspond with your allergy. None of the prices are listed in the binder. I suppose this would be helpful for someone with multiple food allergies, but as a newly diagnosed Celiac, this was an overwhelming and cumbersome system.

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    4 ratingAugust 06, 2016

    4440 Glen Este-Withamsville Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45245

    They provide an allergen menu, however it was out of date. The items I tried to order from the allergen menu weren't even offered by the restaurant. My server was fairly knowledgeable, however, and offered suggestions. After cross referencing the allergen menu, I went with her suggestions of honey bbq baby back ribs and fries with a side salad. Unfortunately someone brought out the salad with croutons, but my server swept in and took control. She made a new, safe salad and brought it out, personally. It was a pretty good meal. I wish Applebee's was a little more up to date with a gluten free menu, but I seemed to luck out with a knowledgeable server.

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    1 ratingAugust 05, 2016

    1200 Ohio 303, Streetsboro, OH 44241

    my kids looked through the allergy menu. even the steaks said there was gluten. the only thing we found that they could eat was grilled chicken and the fries. not kid celiac friendly.

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    3 ratingJuly 27, 2016

    1622 North 1000 West, Layton, UT 84041

    The only reason I gave this location three stars is because of the service. It was slow, felt like I was invisible half of the time, and felt like my server didn't care if I had special diet needs. It was a good thing that I knew about their special diet needs notebook because otherwise I would have been wondering if my food was really safe to eat.

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    5 ratingJuly 16, 2016

    27 N 500 W, Bountiful, UT 84010

    Jessica, our server was wonderful and very helpful. She knew all about what I needed sense I need my meals to be gluten and soy free.

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    2 ratingJuly 09, 2016

    7250 Valley Creek Plaza, St Paul, MN 55125

    I get the Bourbon Street Chicken and Shrimp every time. It's frustrating because it seems like they have a bunch of menu items that are close to gf except for a flour tortilla or a wheat thickened sauce or wonton chips. They really could do better as a national chain. Until then, I'm limited to Bourbon Street, chicken wings, or salads.

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    5 ratingJuly 08, 2016

    1107 W Chester Pike, West Chester, PA 19382

    I went with my 2 sons who have celiacs. The manager was so helpful-came over with the binder and explained everything. Our waiter,Jeff, was also very helpful. Overall, one of the better gf experiences we've had.

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    5 ratingJuly 05, 2016

    7790 Peach Street, Erie, PA 16509

    i have been here several times and they are always very accommodating. one time I got the quesadilla burger and they willingly made it with corn tortillas instead of flour. their burger have good flavor so eating it without the bun isnt so bad.

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    1 ratingJuly 04, 2016

    19 Mall Road, Barboursville, WV 25504

    We ate at the one I Teays Vally on vacation while our waiter was very helpful and understood cross contamination their menu was horrible had to look through a 3 ring binder for what was gf and then go find it in 3 different menus they had. Said the bone in wings are gf but waiter said fried with all chicken so they are not.

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    3 ratingJuly 03, 2016

    4101 Vine Street, Hays, KS 67601

    Giving this a 3 star because my celiac did not get sick. She got the bacon hamburger without the bun and a side fries. They did have some gf options on the menu. However, the menu is not exactly a menu. It's several pieces of paper with the ingredients listed and and the allergen is x marked. So, be prepared to read through that. :) But, the service was extremely slow on top of waiting 25 minutes to be seated. We had a party of 6 (baby was sleeping) and we saw several other parties of 3-5 show up after of us, order, serve and leave. Our waitress was trying, but the kitchen staff just did not seem to care or they forgot about us. My food as well as my husbands was cold. A few managers came by to check in us. They microwaved the food, discounted our meal $25 and gave us a $10 voucher, so they tried to make it right. We were never rude about it, but as weary travelers we just wanted to eat and get back on the road. By the time we got through we were there for over 2 hours. 😕

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    5 ratingJuly 01, 2016

    5940 State Street, Saginaw, MI 48603

    The manager came out and explained the allergy menu to me which was very nice and made me feel better as I was nervous eating here due to so many people saying the Applebee's chains made them sick every time. I got the fiesta lime chicken and the garlic mashed potatoes with ranch. Everything was delicious and I did not get sick.

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