Olive Garden

3.0 stars 3.0 out of 5 6 ratings

63459 HIGHWAY 97, BEND OR 97701

(541) 312-4760
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    4 ratingMay 07, 2014

    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.

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    3 ratingJanuary 09, 2013

    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.

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    1 ratingJune 08, 2012

    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.

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    5 ratingDecember 06, 2011

    We've dined here several times with no issues whatsoever. GF menu is pretty limited, but it's good & safe.

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    5 ratingOctober 12, 2011

    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!

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    4 ratingJanuary 16, 2017

    513 ACADEMY BOULEVARD, COLORADO SPRINGS CO 80909

    Mostly good just a tiny gf menu and breadsticks always look good but can't have um. Over all good staff and what is on the menu is gf for sure.

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    1 ratingJanuary 15, 2017

    2314 SR 38, CHERRY HILL NJ 08002

    there is nothing on the menu but two this this sad

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    4 ratingJanuary 12, 2017

    445 E EISENHOWER PKWY, ANN ARBOR MI 48108

    Not a lot of gluten free choices but the gluten free pasta dish I had was very tasty.

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    1 ratingJanuary 11, 2017

    538 WEST MAIN STREET, AMERICAN FORK UT 84003

    Horrible for celiacs or anyone who is sensitive.

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    1 ratingJanuary 11, 2017

    6000 Sepulveda Blvd #1220, Culver City, CA 90230

    After speaking with the server and explaining very very clearly what happens if I get sick and asked what precautions they take if a person has celiac disease. Seriously it was such an in depth convo about it I order and get my food. After a few bites I just knew it was NOT gluten free. When she came back and I asked her if it was gluten free she points to my dish and says oh that? No it's not. I was so angry. Angry because of how sick I get for about a month after. DO NOT go her if you have celiac disease.

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    1 ratingJanuary 10, 2017

    367 COLLINS RD., CEDAR RAPIDS IA 52402

    The gluten free menu only had about 5 items on it I would say. Not much variety at all.

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    4 ratingJanuary 07, 2017

    3430 W. CHANDLER BLVD, CHANDLER AZ 85226

    gf pasta is pretty good.

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    3 ratingJanuary 06, 2017

    6301 SAN MATEO BLVD, ALBUQUERQUE NM 87109

    They have gluten free pasta options, although limited.

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    1 ratingJanuary 06, 2017

    3 ORCHARD HILL PARK DRIVE, LEOMINSTER MA 01453

    Very little allergy education here. Limited options and they screwed up and put croutons in my salad 3 times. Most of the sauces also contain gluten, including the Alfredo and marinara. They also served my gf meal with a breadstick on the plate.

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    3 ratingJanuary 06, 2017

    907 HOWARD ST., ZANESVILLE OH 43701

    Gluten free Rotini is very good. Can have Marinara or meat sauce. The salad is good without the croutons.

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    4 ratingJanuary 05, 2017

    315 West Coliseum Boulevard, Fort Wayne, IN 46805

    GF options are limited but my daughter who is Celiac likes their pasta.

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    1 ratingJanuary 05, 2017

    24256 EL TORO ROAD #1, LAGUNA HILLS CA 92653

    no...the waiter had no knowledge of jow to handle a celiac patient. my food was brought out overcooked, so i sent it back and it came with different sides the 2nd time. By then it was too late and I had been glutened. I was sick within 15 minutes.

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    1 ratingJanuary 04, 2017

    16405 SE MILL PLAIN BLVD, VANCOUVER WA 98683

    We didn't even eat because we sat there for over ten minutes with no server and looked at the menu that had ridiculous prices for almost everything. I can make good Gf pasta at home for $3, I'm not going to pay 13 just for pasta I can make at home and 17 for chicken and pasta!

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    5 ratingDecember 31, 2016

    2316 N. SALISBURY BLVD., SALISBURY MD 21801

    Lots of tasty gf options. I have Celiac Disease and didn't get sick.

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    5 ratingDecember 31, 2016

    2390 S HAVANA STREET, AURORA CO 80014

    hello i am employed i understand complains very important and you right and i will processed blow him anager all my boss that and i know health issues and if not you right email to aflores@olivegarden.com that district manager he is alfredo flores ok

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    5 ratingDecember 26, 2016

    2813 HUMES RD., JANESVILLE WI 53545

    Very good service very good GF safe guards very good food

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    5 ratingDecember 22, 2016

    323 N ROCK ROAD, WICHITA KS 67206

    I had the Rotini Gluten Free Pasta with marinara and chicken. Was really actually pretty good. Also had some salad (with no croutons) for an appetizer. It's been 24 hours since we ate there and I didn't have a gluten reaction. Waiter was good as well.

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    1 ratingDecember 22, 2016

    16151 FORD RD., DEARBORN MI 48126

    Found a spaghetti noodle in my gluten free pasta. I'd specifically noted a gluten allergy. This actually happened to me at a California Olive Garden about 2 years ago, so there's clearly something wrong with the chain as a whole. Don't eat here if cross contamination makes you sick!!!

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    3 ratingDecember 20, 2016

    4038 WARDS ROAD, LYNCHBURG VA 24502

    I had the pasta with red sauce. I have celiac and didn't get sick but did take Glutenease digestive supplement in case of cross contamination. I like La Villa better. More choices.

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    1 ratingDecember 14, 2016

    4860 N. HAMILTON RD., COLUMBUS OH 43230

    If I could give 0 stars I would, they only offer marinara sauce.

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    1 ratingDecember 12, 2016

    15411 W. MCDOWELL ROAD, GOODYEAR AZ 85395

    Went here in the hopes of having pasta. When I went there on the menu it wasn't a option. In fact I only had only a couple of options to eat period! Fish or steak or salad. Then they couldn't tell me if the dressing was gluten-free or not. That I found out at the store and it's not after reading the list!! Needless to say I paid for a over priced meal and left hungry. Very disappointing!!

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    2 ratingDecember 08, 2016

    380 17TH AVE. NW, ROCHESTER MN 55901

    Limited choices for pasta I could make way cheaper at home. Non -pasta choices are expensive. Meh.

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    1 ratingDecember 08, 2016

    3552 PENNRIDGE DRIVE, BRIDGETON MO 63044

    Found regular pasta shells in my GF rotini. Throwing up before I even left. Won't trust them again.

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    1 ratingDecember 04, 2016

    10206 N Michigan Rd, Carmel, IN 46032

    So disappointed by the menu. Don't waste your time or money!

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    1 ratingDecember 03, 2016

    3620 CRAIN HWY, WALDORF MD 20603

    I was so very disappointed to bring my family here to the Olive Garden in Waldorf to leave hungry because they had nothing for me to eat safely. I ordered the gluten free rotini with gluten free meat sauce and gluten free sausage. I requested the salad be gluten free. I was first informed they didn't have a gluten free dressing, then that they only had oil and were out of vinegar. So I requested to just take it home so I could eat it with dressing there. Then the waiter came back and told me that even though the items indicated they were gluten free, the chef indicated they weren't. Disappointed is not even the word. We asked to cancel our order and be charged for the salad and breadsticks my family ordered.

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    1 ratingNovember 28, 2016

    100 NUT TREE PARKWAY, VACAVILLE CA 95687

    My gluten free rotini was hiding a handful of regular pasta shells - probably in the sauce since it wasn't in my mother-in-laws dish. The waiter was nice, but I didn't notice it before I took a few bites. Bummer. I asked them to check the sauce, not sure if he listened.

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    2 ratingNovember 26, 2016

    1300 INTERSTATE 70 DR S.W., COLUMBIA MO 65203

    I didn't feel right after eating there but nothing too horrible. The waiter told me their only GF salad dressing was their house dressing. The company states that they can't guarantee it's GF because it's made in a separate facility that they don't know whether they process wheat or not....

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    4 ratingNovember 20, 2016

    2495 S HIGHWAY 27, CLERMONT FL 34711

    I eat here often and have never gotten cross-contamination. I do wish they would expand their gluten free menu though, the choices are very limited.

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    5 ratingNovember 19, 2016

    14650 BALTIMORE AVE., LAUREL MD 20707

    Server was knowledgeable & I was thrilled to find out that they have gf pasta. It was delicious! I will definitely return!

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    1 ratingNovember 04, 2016

    3 ORCHARD HILL PARK DRIVE, LEOMINSTER MA 01453

    Def no knowledge of GF.

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    2 ratingNovember 04, 2016

    6301 SAN MATEO BLVD, ALBUQUERQUE NM 87109

    I was so excited to hear they had GF! Got there to find their only real options are slim to none, so I opted for spaghetti with meat sauce.Our waiter was not well educated on GF at all, they told me the meat sauce wasn't GF, at which point I noted it was on their GF menu. After confirming, they advised it was, and came out and said they didn't have enough GF noodles for an entire meal, and offered a "smaller than dinner size" portion. If my family wasn't excited about their choices I would've got up and left. I got a child size portion (if that) of pasta, and was hungry when I got home. Won't go back.

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    3 ratingNovember 02, 2016

    225 Interstate 45 South, Huntsville, TX 77340

    They have gluten free pasta and very limited sauces as well as salads, of course.

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    1 ratingNovember 01, 2016

    741 HOGAN RD, BANGOR ME 04401

    Only one option for people with celiac, I wouldn't recommend it

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    1 ratingOctober 27, 2016

    675 N RING RD, LAYTON UT 84041

    Horrible horrible horrible! I ordered the only steak and mashed potato and I found a noodle in the mashed potatoes!!! Not going back

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    1 ratingOctober 24, 2016

    3725 STONE CREEK BLVD, CINCINNATI OH 45251

    On three different occasions they have served me the g.f.rotini with odd pieces of other pasta on my plate ! Twice at the same dinner ! They must not take this seriously ! Beware

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    1 ratingOctober 22, 2016

    683 LYNNHAVEN PARKWAY, VIRGINIA BEACH VA 23452

    my daughter is recently diagnosed Celiac and went to this restaurant for her highschool homecoming dinner. the server was the server was completely the manager challenged her as to whether this was a choice or an allergy! Over an hour after a meal containing gluten came out she was told that her state was still frozen.

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    1 ratingOctober 22, 2016

    219 LOUDON RD., CONCORD NH 03301

    Made me sick sick sick!

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    1 ratingOctober 19, 2016

    219 LOUDON RD., CONCORD NH 03301

    I have been to many Olive Gardens and have ordered gluten-free Rotini for my gluten-free allergies and I haven't had issues. This time, after eating almost half the Rotini I noticed a spaghetti noodle. I asked the waitress, a manager came out and said the kitchen wasn't aware of gluten allergies. She wrote a report and gave me a new bowl of Rotini which was a whole different color than the first bowl. I wasn't hungry any more!! What really bothered me was when the manager said that hopefully that one noodle won't bother me! I wish she knew how I feel two days later (and most likely the next week).

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    5 ratingOctober 17, 2016

    4110 SOUTH MOONEY BLVD, VISALIA CA 93277

    They have options and are very helpful telling you what has it and ones that do not

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    5 ratingOctober 16, 2016

    905 Holcomb Bridge Road, Roswell, GA 30075

    We usually ask for Carl, he's amazing!!! He always makes sure that all of my stuff is done correctly and I have never gotten sick!! I have severe celiac and we eat out here often!

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    1 ratingOctober 14, 2016

    7113 WEST BROAD STREET, RICHMOND VA 23294

    Terrible- random noodles in my gf pasta- manager said the kitchen staff was draining the regular pasta over the gf pasta and a few noodles must have slipped in! Will never return- clearly no knowledge about allergies/ celiac.

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    1 ratingOctober 14, 2016

    7206 KINGSTON PIKE, KNOXVILLE TN 37919

    waitress did not understand gluten allergies - served me salad with croutons and food with bread crumbs. When I told her about it we watched her pick out the croutons and bring back our original bowl of salad.

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    1 ratingOctober 09, 2016

    8010 CONCORD MILLS BLVD, CONCORD NC 28027

    My son has celiac. After ordering from the allergen menu, and telling the waitress he has and allergy to gluten. He was served the wrong pasta luckily I caught prior to him tasting it.

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    4 ratingOctober 04, 2016

    3288 CHAMBERS RD S., HORSEHEADS NY 14845

    Good food, clean environment, good staff.

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    1 ratingOctober 01, 2016

    675 N RING RD, LAYTON UT 84041

    Do NOT go to Olive Garden if you expect anyone to have a clue about gluten. I was clearly specific when ordering, yet I got croutons on my salad, breadcrumbs on my zucchini, and when I finally got broccoli it was cold and tasted terrible. STAY away!!!

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    4 ratingSeptember 26, 2016

    2495 S HIGHWAY 27, CLERMONT FL 34711

    Note, the address given is wrong, the restaurant is actually north of this location by about 2 miles. Good GF pasta, and most meats, good salad. No GF desserts.

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    5 ratingSeptember 26, 2016

    10715 N RODNEY PARHAM RD, LITTLE ROCK AR 72212

    I have eaten here several times and love it. I haven't been contaminated since they did more training on it. I always check for reviews when out of town though. These guys have been great!

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    1 ratingSeptember 24, 2016

    3515 CONSTITUTION BLVD, WEST VALLEY UT 84119

    I ordered a chicken pasta dish, they served it with breaded pasta despite me asking for gl free. when I asked them to fix it they took my food back to the kitchen, picked the chicken off the plate, let it sit for 10mins & brought it back to me. never going there again

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    1 ratingSeptember 22, 2016

    1918 STADIUM BLVD, JONESBORO AR 72401

    Having a severe allergy to gluten I have always been extremely careful where I ate. When I called the Olive Garden in Jonesboro I asked them if there was any chance of cross contamination, they told me no and told me they took that extremely serious. Five mins after starting to eat my gluten free dish I started having seizures. Come to find out they cooked the gluten free pasta in the same water as the wheat pasta! I would give 0 stars if possible. The one in Little Rock was amazing I had no problems with the EXACT same dish only four days prior to eating in Jonesboro. So if you have any sensitivity to gluten DO NOT eat at OG in Jonesboro!

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    4 ratingSeptember 21, 2016

    4210 24TH AVENUE, FORT GRATIOT MI 48059

    My only beef with them is why there are no prices on the menu! This frustrates me as to why we don't have the knowledge of how much we are spending before ordering!

Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Sunday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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