Gluten free menu is very limited but looks safe, the pasta was good. I like that they have a separate dedicated gluten free menu except when you order the waiter still asks "soup or salad" and the soups aren't listed in the gluten free menu and you have to remember to ask for no croutons on the salad. Attention to detail from the waiter would be nice but if you follow the menu you will be fine.
My husband and I live in Bend OR and recently visited the local Olive Garden in order to complete a gluten-free review on the facility. My husband, Dr. Jason Kremer, specializes in Celiac Disease and other gastrointestinal/autoimmune disorders and I (a celiac) specialize in providing nutritional guidance for those on a gluten-free diet. Here is our review of Olive Garden, (found on our website: http://www.bendwellnessdoctor.com/index.php?p=284199) Olive Garden - Bend OR Gluten-free menu- Was a gluten-free menu available? Yes. Service -The first time we visited this restaurant our server was very friendly and seemed quite knowledgeable. He seemed happy to cater to our gluten-free, dairy-free needs. With our second visit to Olive Garden (a couple of months later) we had a new server. Again, this server was friendly and happy to cater to our gluten-free/dairy-free needs. Knowledge - The first server seemed to have a great deal of knowledge about food sensitivities and was able to tell us about the processes that the restaurant has in place to keep the food safe. We did have questions about marinades and salad dressing and when he wasn’t positive about the ingredients he checked with the cooks. The second server that we had actually asked us what Celiac Disease was (we were, of course, happy to educate him). He also suggested a sauce to me to go with the gluten-free pasta dish that I had ordered, and then came back a few minutes later to let me know that the sauce he had recommended wasn’t actually gluten-free. When I asked what steps the chefs/cooks take to ensure that gluten doesn’t end up in our meals, the server was quite vague and assured us that they are very careful to make sure that our meals don’t contain gluten, however he wasn’t able to tell us how the chefs/cooks would be keeping our meals gluten-free. Safety of food - With our initial visit, we felt comfortable eating here and the food did appear to be gluten-free. We spoke with the manger after enjoying our meal and she further discussed the ways in which the restaurant works to ensure the safety of the food. On the second visit, I felt a little less comfortable about the safety of the food but was glad that the server double checked the ingredients of the sauce that he recommended to me prior to serving it. I do wonder how many other gluten-free customers he has offered that sauce to in the past as I believe only checked on it after we told him just how serious a gluten sensitivity/celiac disease actually is. Taste and cost/serving size - We were very happy with both the price and the amount of food that we were given. My wife even had to ask for a “to go” box which never happens with her! The second visit was a different story. My wife ordered a chicken breast with a side of veggies and received a very meager portion of each (see picture above). In addition, my serving of pasta and chicken was also quite small, and while we did get our money’s worth with the amount of salad that we both ate, we were both ready to eat again by the time we got home a little while later. Overall experience - The overall experience was definitely better with our first visit than with our second. The service was good with each visit and it does appear that the restaurant has a system in place to ensure meals are gluten-free. However, I wasn’t impressed by the education/knowledge that our second server seemed to have when it comes to gluten and I feel a more thorough staff training/education program would be beneficial. In addition, the number of choices on the g-free menu was quite limited; it would be great to have a few more options available. It was really great to see a gluten-free menu, however it didn’t offer any appetizers or soups or even display prices for that matter. Based on the inconsistency of server education, lack of gluten-free menu prices, and the fact that gluten-free pasta is made-to-order, just like the regular pasta, I still see a large concern for error in meal preparation. I give Olive Garden 3 out of 5 stars.
Visited Bend location and was told that the Gluten Free menu could be cross-contaminated. When I received my dish, they had gluten-based pasta mixed into my GF dish. When I mentioned it to server, he shrugged his shoulders and said we shouldn't eat there in the future if that's an issue.
We've dined here several times with no issues whatsoever. GF menu is pretty limited, but it's good & safe.
I've tried the gluten free pasta with marinara and it was awesome! I was super excited to have great Italian food again... I highly recommend! Ask for the gluten free menu. There are actually quite a few choices!
After telling our server that I was celiac she went to the back and got the manager. The manager talked with me made recommendations and I place my order for the sirloin, garlic Parmesan french fries and salad no croutons. When staff came to bring us our plates she immediately asked who is gluten-free? Then she said that they went through the whole procedure in the back to make my food. I enjoyed my food and had no reaction!
Not a good selection nor was it very good. The service was great, but the gluten free pasta was gross. I got sick and I think there was a regular noodle in it. I won't be back. Horrible experience. Don't advertise gluten free if you're going to be so careless. Very insensitive.
Olive Garden has a GF menu, off which I ordered the grilled chicken caesar salad. The chicken was dry, no vegetables, just lettuce. No cheese offered. I guess Caesar salad doesn't usually come with vegetables, but when I asked for other vegetables, they were gracious and brought some.
They had an allergen menu on ziosk which was easy to navigate, and our server was very friendly and seemed knowledgeable. Sounds great? Well: the allergen menu said that the kids menu french fries were wheat-free. I have a lot of allergies, so I ended up getting a plain chicken breast (which came out with some unknown seasoning in it), steamed broccoli, and the parmesan fries that I thought would be safe for me. Halfway through our meal, I found bits of breading, maybe from chicken nuggets, in my french fries. I obviously didn't finish my meal, and I got quite sick, on top of feeling a little betrayed by the false sense of security the overall vibe of the restaurant had given me. Very disappointing.
I have tried Olive Garden on several occassions (mostly out of gratitude for them being one of the first chains to have a GF menu but lately they have been seriously slipping) and have reached the following opinion. If you have celiac this is not the best option in the Bloomingdale area. First concern is cross contamination with their pasta, this has been a huge concern and not worth the gamble. Tried this option once several years ago and lost that gamble. So that eliminates two entrees on their menu immediately. I love steak so in the past I have opted for that option only to be disapointed with the Steak on three straight visits spaning 2 years first with no seasoning (even though they claim their seasoning is GF), second time undercooked and tough steak, and third try it was way overcooked steak (three times bad experiences and that option is out). So this latest time I decided to try their Salmon and Garlic Broccli. Broccli I had was steamed only (this may be the only GF option but that was not what was advertised in their GF Menu) and the Salmon was so dry that it was hard to choke down and not even the pesto sauce could save it. So now that all four options for me are off the table I will not go back ever again. If this is the best they can offer to those with celiac they should just advertise gluten free options but not recomended these options for those with allergens or serious health concerns. SO DISAPPOINTED... they were one of the first chain restraunts that gave GF options and instead of getting better at it they have fallen flat on their face. If I could give half a star that would still be too much.
I've eaten here multiple times and, most recently, found a 2 inch piece of regular spaghetti in my GF rotini pasta. Unfortunately, I didn't notice it until I was eating the leftovers the next day. I noticed that the reviews for the Olive Garden in Frederick mention the same problem. Clearly, Olive Garden kitchens don't take cross contamination seriously. Another time, I ordered the mixed grill and potatoes came on the side. The next time, I was told that I couldn't get the potatoes with it because they weren't GF....so glad I ate them the first time...I never thought their entrees were particularly good anyhow.
No option for zero stars. They have a lovely gluten free menu. However they will still contaminate you. They have a build your own pasta which explicitly says what is GF including pasta (only one option which was rotini), sauce, and meat. Tasted good. Up all night sick. Gave my husband the left overs, he found spaghetti at the bottom--cool. When there's only one shape GF you know they messed up. Way to be. Would rather go some place else. Don't waste your time.
The "gluten-free menu" was a stained piece of paper with no prices on it. I was there for lunch but there were only dinner options. I paid a pretty penny for some soggy noodles with some red sauce and vegetables that I could have made better myself. I will never go here again.
I had the salmon and I was ill the next day. I believe I was glutened. Possibly the salad?. I'll never know for sure but I will never return.
Olive Garden has a nice gluten free menu! Their Tuscan steak and mashed potatoes are good, so is their gluten free pasta! They'll even bring you a salad without croutons. I've been into the Wolfchase location several times, and have been so pleasantly surprised by how nice the staff and service has been! All of the wait staff were very knowledgeable about gluten allergies, and went out of their way to make sure we had a wonderful meal each time we visited!
As they delivered my plate, they said "gluten free pasta." Ten minutes later, after I had already eaten a large portion of it, the waitress came by and said "that's not gluten free" and grabbed my plate. A few minutes later, she delivered a different one- pasta totally a different shape- and an apology. Manager came by with another apology. I won't be eating there again.
Got sick even with gf pasta
Gluten free menu is VERY limited. Staff knowledge of gf is terrible! I tried to give them a second chance but they blew it! First time going they had spehetti noodles that were not gf mixed into my gf noodles. I asked if they were gf and they ran off with the plate. Of course I was sick that day. Second time going my daughter and I whom are both Ceilac ordered the same past dish with gf pasta. Pasta came out so undercooked it was crunchy!!! Sent it back. Food finally arrived as other members of party were boxing up leftovers and check was delivered. Decided to take it to go only to find when home, it too was crunchy, just not as bad as the first go around! I honestly don't feel they even deserve the one star!
My sister decided to surprise me with lunch from this location one day. She order the gluten free pasta with marinara sauce. She repeatedly told them that I had celiacs and could not have any gluten. When I looked at the noodles they didn't look right to me- but they promised it was gluten free so I ate them. I ate about half and then decided to save the rest for later. That night I got very sick and could hardly get out of bed the next day. Today when I looked at the left overs there was a spaghetti noodle mixed in. I am very disappointed and won't be returning to this location.
I ordered the GF pasta and I thought it tasted fine. I was pleased that they are working on accommodating GF needs. I did feel bloated after but that could have been from eating too much... I didn't have any other symptoms. If eat there again. I'm only giving 3 stars because of the limited options.
I have Celiac Disease and normally can safely eat at Olive Gardens. I ordered their gluten-free rotini. The first time they made it, it had regular spaghetti mixed in with it. I sent it back, spoke with the manager, and asked them to remake it and emphasized my allergies! The second time, it had regular spaghetti in it AGAIN! They are NOT Celiac friendly!!! BEWARE!!!
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