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!
Olive Garden was my most favorite restaurant before Celiac Disease. so saying I missed it was an understatement! I was so excited to learn they now offer gluten free pasta. I went with my husband and kids and met other family there. I didn't have to feel like a burden for not being able to eat anything! long story short, the gf pasta was hard as a rock in many places and wayyyyy overcooked! so totally ruined my meal. So I filled up on the salad without croutons and of course no bread sticks. I didn't get sick but was very worried.
Would not suggest this place to celiacs or gluten sensitive. The waitress seemed to not know what gluten free was other than she knew they had a gf menu. After I ordered the rotini primavera, the manager came out to tell me that the pasta did not cook up to their quality standards. So I picked chicken and shrimp with veggies. It was good, but I got sick. I'll never go there again.
Barely average. Not really worth the time. Just went because others wanted to go.
They offer to substitute gluten free rotini for any pasta dish on the menu. It was excellent with the spicy marinara sauce. Even without cheese, it was delicious(I can't have dairy either). Easy to go gluten free with the salad and house dressing. Leave out the croutons. And I find the service at this location is exemplary.
Our waiter was helpful, until he forgot and left croutons on the 2nd salad. There are only 4 options on the menu - 2 pasta sauces (both on rotini) a steak and a salmon. Fingers crossed to no cross contamination. There are a lot of better options for gluten free dining.
My server was not very knowledgeable about the gluten free options but did check with the kitchen staff to answer my questions. They only offer one kind of gf pasta (rotini) and it's not very good. They also only offer one gf sauce (primavera) which was a bit disappointing.
The "cooks" in the kitchen insisted that the whole wheat pasta was gluten free. I had to explain to the waitress that it was not and she insisted that the kitchen said it was. I again told her it wasn't it. Finally the manger came over and she apologized, made sure my meal was safe. Over all though I do not trust the Olive Garden.
They have gluten free rotini pasta on their menu. I have eaten the rotini primavera pasta twice with no adverse effects. The pasta was perfectly cooked each time. The house salad dressing is gluten free so you can enjoy their bottomless salad. Inexpensive compared to some other restaurants in the area. I have Celiac Disease and this is on my rotation. Take out service is also available.
The gluten free menu had one option. I ended up being extremely sick for days. Nearly needed to use my epi pen. The meal tasted like chemicals. I should of ran for my life. Evidently they don't use fresh herbs to cook but rely heavily on man made chemicals etc. Total garbage. Yuk!!
I appreciate that they have a dedicated gluten free menu but when I asked for it I was handed stained, stapled pieces of paper. Not much care was given. Choices were pretty skimpy but it was better than nothing. I ordered the salad without croutons and the gluten free pasta with marinara and chicken. Half way through eating the pasta I noticed a broken piece of fried breading from someone else's order (not one from my table either) obviously they have serious cross contamination issues. Since I have Hashimoto's and not Celiac I'm fortunate gluten just causes me inflammation and mental fog. No manager ever came to make sure my allergy order was good. I will not be back to this Olive Garden.
Very disappointed ... they handed me a crumpled up paper that had their GF menu. For an Italian restaurant they had one GF pasta option, which I did not try based on the reviews Ive read. I stuck to steak and veggies, which was horrible. I can find something almost anywhere I eat, but OG is off my list now ...
Still a good restaurant, but NOT if you're very sensitive or a celiac. There is no completely GF area for prep, cooking, or wait for pickup to table. I'm glad they made the step to offer a few GF options, but not especially impressed with their general lack of knowledge or implementation in their restaurant.
the gf pasta is tasty, but my parents got the salmon and steak options. ..both were completely unseasoned! they didn't even put garlic butter on them. the menu has 3 options, and they ate NOT served as described on the menu. The staff is not trained well on what gf is. the waitress kept offering me bread sticks.
I've always enjoyed Olive Garden in the past (recently diagnosed with celiac) but their gluten free menu, as of when we tried to go there a couple of nights ago, is a gluten-sensitive menu only and does not guarantee against cross-contamination. Not suitable for celiacs yet. Very sad for me.
I used to love olive garden before I was diagnosed with celiac. when I heard they had "gluten free" pasta I was eager to try it. I will never eat here again. the pasta wasn't very flavorful, they didn't have very many options, and I got VERY sick after I ate there. upon reading reviews online (in hindsight, I should have done that first) I discovered what I already knew from getting sick, they have significant cross contamination. if you have gluten relayed health issues DO NOT GO HERE.
I've tried everything on the gf menu and always get sick. It isn't made on premises they get the noodles 1/2 cooked and they microwave it according to the manager, problem is contamination in the kitchen. Usually it's under cooked. Once my food actually had regular spaghetti mixed in with my food.
I was excited to see gf options until ordering them. The manager had to stop by our table and explain things after the server didn't have all the gf answers. The spicy sauce I wanted was not gf so had to go with a bland one. the sausage was not gf so went vegetarian. I could have gotten so much more for the money had I gone elsewhere. Overall disappointing.
Can I give zero stars??? Even though I ordered off the GF menu, that was extremely limited, the ended up poisoning me with regular noodles. I ate half my dish that was made with mushrooms when I ordered my meal with out. When the waiter asked how it was going I said that I did order this with out mushrooms. He insisted on remaking it. When the new bowl came out the pasta was different. I asked is this GF too? Then he said that only the penne was GF. Nothing I had was Penne!!! I was very sick the next day!! I missed Lego land with my Family.
It's great that they offer the never-ending pasta with gf rotini at no extra charge, and the pasta was great, cooked perfectly. I didn't get a gf menu (not sure if there is one) but there was a note on the menu that any pasta could be substituted. Be sure to requestthe salad with no croutons! I would need to do more research before ordering anything else.
GF menu, great waitress who had a basic understanding of celiac. I should have been able to avoid gluten in my meal. However, it was not to be. I knew before I walked out of the restaurant that I had been 'glutenated'. Beware...I had the kids GF menu rotini with marinara and grilled chicken breast.
Olive Garden in Boardman got new gluten free pasta. It's now rotini instead of penne, and you can get it and salad for $9.99. It is miles better than the gross gluten free pasta they used to have. I gave OG 4 stars because I wish they would come up with a GF breadstick!
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