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 ratingAugust 31, 2016

    1131 BELL ROAD, ANTIOCH TN 37013

    GF pasta. Helpful staff. Be sure to tell them to use fresh water and a new strainer when preparing your GF pasta. I always tell them how sensitive I am and have not had any problems.

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    4 ratingAugust 28, 2016

    4210 24TH AVENUE, FORT GRATIOT MI 48059

    Limited options (essentially one pasta and salad without croutons) but it was very tasty and I had no issues

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    5 ratingAugust 27, 2016

    2520 E CO LINE ROAD, HIGHLANDS RANCH CO 80126

    They were great about making sure my kids' meals were gluten free. One of my daughters wanted shrimp with her pasta, and they brought a nice side of unseasoned shrimp to go with. The service and food were excellent.

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    5 ratingAugust 27, 2016

    3883 28TH ST SE, GRAND RAPIDS MI 49512

    I loved the new gf rigatoni so tender best pasta ever. I had the meat sauce on top loved it big portions. I am gf and dairy-free sensitive. I had salad with balsamic vinaigrette.

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    5 ratingAugust 25, 2016

    7812 N. 10TH STREET, MCALLEN TX 78504

    We were there the 11th for our anniversary and just diagnosed with celiac disease. I ordered their sirloin and let them know I was on a strict gluten free diet. Our server checked with the cook and assured us it would not be a problem. Everything was delicious and I did not get gluten. The only difference from the menu description was the parm crusted zucchini, don't know what they did to it but it was absolutely devine. I may not be able to get an inexpensive meal but it is well worth.

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    1 ratingAugust 23, 2016

    3882 PROMENADE PARKWAY, D'IBERVILLE MS 39540

    I got the gluten free rotini pasta they serve and I found little pieces of angel hair pasta in it! Now I am sick! Not likely I will return there.

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    1 ratingAugust 22, 2016

    2710 West North Lane, Phoenix, AZ 85051

    Olive Garden has very few options

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    1 ratingAugust 21, 2016

    2020 BUSINESS LANE, CHICO CA 95928

    Only three or four choices on the GF menu. Had salmon, but wasn't that impressed.

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    1 ratingAugust 21, 2016

    2390 S HAVANA STREET, AURORA CO 80014

    DO NOT EAT HERE. NOT SAFE. I always ask if they cook the pasta in fresh water. The first time I ate here, they assured me that the gluten-free pasta was not cooked in the same water as the regular pasta. I got sick, but attributed it to something else. I am in the restaurant right now, and I have confirmed with the manager that the GF pasta is cooked in the same water and cookers as the regular pasta. The manager knows that this causes cross-contact and doesn't care. IT IS NOT SAFE TO EAT HERE.

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    3 ratingAugust 21, 2016

    2750 Hwy 6, Houston, TX 77082

    Ate here with 2 celiacs. GF menu. Waiter seemed educated but not sure about kitchen. Nobody seemed to get sick. The sauces are prepared for the day and GF items just use same sauce. Would be so easy to have sauce ladle to touch Gluten pasta and contaminate the whole batch! If cannot have sauce then not much else on menu. One of my celiac children tried pasta and other tried salad. Make sure to ask questions. We will not be returning.

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    1 ratingAugust 20, 2016

    1532 Military Road, Niagara Falls, NY 14304

    Found regular pasta pieces (2 different shapes of regular pasta) in my gf pasta. I assume they're either cooked next to each other or same pot. I've heard others having similar experiences.

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    2 ratingAugust 20, 2016

    777 ROUTE 18, EAST BRUNSWICK NJ 08816

    The only thing good was the salad. Not a great Gluten free for Celiacs recommended. I had regular piece of pasta mixed in with side vegetables. Caution when eatting here. I know I will be skipping this Olive Garden.

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    1 ratingAugust 19, 2016

    16811 BEACH BLVD, HUNTINGTON BEACH CA 92647

    horrible. cold stale noodles with so little sauce and chicken that tasted like they stuck it in the microwave to heat it back up. save ur money dont bother with this olive garden

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    4 ratingAugust 15, 2016

    6722 MILLER LANE, DAYTON OH 45414

    Offers gf pasta as well as other dishes

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    1 ratingAugust 14, 2016

    10110 77TH STREET, PLEASANT PRAIRIE WI 53158

    Olive Garden is horrible for gluten free. There is a huge risk for cross contamination. It's pretty pointless for them to have a gluten free menu.

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    4 ratingAugust 14, 2016

    25984 LORAIN ROAD, NORTH OLMSTED OH 44070

    Gluten free menu options including Gluten Free Rotini pasta. Has the Tuscan Steak with mashed potatoes and zucchini(not breaded). Salad and salad dressing are GF (no croutons).

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    5 ratingAugust 13, 2016

    7844 MALL ROAD, FLORENCE KY 41042

    Just wish OG had GF soup options.

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    4 ratingAugust 12, 2016

    8136 W IRLO BRONSON HWY, KISSIMMEE FL 34747

    Just diagnosed with Celiac. Chef and server, Brooklyn was very helpful and accommodating. Thank you for taking the time.

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    1 ratingAugust 12, 2016

    330 W KIMBERLY ROAD, DAVENPORT IA 52806

    Only gluten free option was salad and rotini pasta with a basic marinara or meat sauce, which I can make at home for far less than $10 a bowl.

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    1 ratingAugust 09, 2016

    15411 W. MCDOWELL ROAD, GOODYEAR AZ 85395

    Not celiac friendly.

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    2 ratingAugust 04, 2016

    260 MALL BOULEVARD, MONROEVILLE PA 15146

    The staff were very knowledgeable and the manager came to talk to us to make sure we felt comfortable with the preparation of the food. I gave it 2 stars, however, because the options on the menu are very limited. The only thing that can be prepared celiac friendly is the gf pasta with either marinara or meat sauce.

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    4 ratingAugust 02, 2016

    3924 MEDINA ROAD, AKRON OH 44333

    gluten free pasta is tasty. Some gluten free meats, vegetable offerings. None of the soups are gluten free. No gluten free substitute for the dinner bread sticks. Gluten free choices with the sauces.

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    4 ratingJuly 28, 2016

    15355 EUREKA ROAD, SOUTHGATE MI 48195

    nice pasta option would love more sauce choices

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    5 ratingJuly 23, 2016

    3204 NW RANDALL WAY, SILVERDALE WA 98383

    Joe our server was all over in being very helpful. Had the rotini pasta and salad no croutons of course. Pasta was great.

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    3 ratingJuly 23, 2016

    7505 DODGE STREET, OMAHA NE 68114

    Not great, not bad. The food is very good but our servers aren't always knowledgable about gluten free and I have gotten glutened here more than once.

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    2 ratingJuly 22, 2016

    7017 MINERAL POINT ROAD, MADISON WI 53717

    not very many options. Also,not very careful with cross contamination.

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    1 ratingJuly 22, 2016

    13835 LAKESIDE CIRCLE, STERLING HEIGHTS MI 48313

    Terrible gluten free menu. Barely any choices, and the ones you get are lacking in flavor. The staff is never knowledgeable about their gluten free menu. I have tried it a few times because my family loves the restaurant and they can eat gluten. I hate going there!

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    4 ratingJuly 21, 2016

    1220 NORTH MAIN STREET, LOGAN UT 84341

    I have celiac, but have been here twice. The menu is limited, but I have never gotten sick. The wait staff has always been very understanding and helpful.

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    5 ratingJuly 18, 2016

    2316 N. SALISBURY BLVD., SALISBURY MD 21801

    Live their gluten free pasta

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    1 ratingJuly 18, 2016

    3385 NICHOLASVILLE ROAD, LEXINGTON KY 40503

    They do have a gluten free pasta, but it's only one type and you can only get the red pasta sauce to guarantee GF. The waiter told us that the meats could have cross contamination as they don't have a designated area for that. It doesn't really taste great and there are plenty of other options in the area.

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    4 ratingJuly 17, 2016

    1301 E HILLSIDE DR, BROKEN ARROW OK 74012

    They have gluten free menu and are very pleased to help you, the manager will come out and help with suggestions on other items also. They will swap out sauces on entrees, for non gluten sauces.

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    4 ratingJuly 16, 2016

    9730 VON ALLMEN CT, LOUISVILLE KY 40241

    Gluten free pasta available! They have a menu

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    4 ratingJuly 16, 2016

    G3699 MILLER RD, FLINT MI 48507

    Just wish they had g-f breadsticks.😔

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    1 ratingJuly 15, 2016

    3303 W TOUHY ROAD, LINCOLNWOOD IL 60712

    Not my favorite. Never had good luck at other Olive Gardens.

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    3 ratingJuly 12, 2016

    2811 E. CENTRAL TEXAS EXPWY, KILLEEN TX 76543

    suitable for gluten free however there is only one kind of pasta you can get with a choice of a few sauces that are tomato based and then 3 choices of protein.

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    3 ratingJuly 10, 2016

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

    Not bad in a pinch. Have visited once with no cross contamination.

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    2 ratingJuly 08, 2016

    8010 CONCORD MILLS BLVD, CONCORD NC 28027

    I ordered the gluten-free rotini and added shrimp. It looked and tasted like some of the shrimp wasn't fully cooked. The pasta and sauce tasted like something I could make at home with a box of Barilla and Ragu. Unfortunately my server was inattentive too. I've had better experiences there in the past. I also think they used to have a larger gluten-free menu. I ended up feeling really off the next day, but I'm not 100% sure it was from this meal.

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    1 ratingJuly 07, 2016

    5815 SUEMANDY DRIVE, SAINT PETERS MO 63376

    Options are extremely limited. I would be better off eating at home. (Which is what I'm going to do )

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    1 ratingJuly 06, 2016

    7812 N. 10TH STREET, MCALLEN TX 78504

    Not safe! Ordered the GF pasta and notified the staff of my allergies but apparently they gave me the wrong pasta. I was sick for a week!

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    1 ratingJuly 04, 2016

    1631 RING ROAD, CHESAPEAKE VA 23320

    I was told they would take precautions. I'm not sure what they did or didn't do, but I feel awful 24 hours later. I know it was the GF option that I choose there that glutened me.

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    1 ratingJuly 03, 2016

    10136-112 TWO NOTCH ROAD, COLUMBIA SC 29229

    Only had 3 options, steak, salmon and GF pasta with tomato meat sauce. Our server was not careful nor did she pay attention to the fact we asked specifically for there not to be any crotons on the salad and she showed up with the crotons on the salad. Instead of offering to bring another salad I had to ask for her to bring another salad. The servers do not seem to be trained at all for GF allergies/sensitivities.

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    1 ratingJuly 03, 2016

    4900 South Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34231

    I ate the pasta , and I didn't feel well after that.

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    1 ratingJuly 03, 2016

    4900 FIELDS-ERTEL ROAD, CINCINNATI OH 45249

    There was one option for a gluten free dish that was not possibly cross contaminated, rotini with tomato based sauce. Allergic to tomatoes plus celiac therefore truly no options for me.

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    5 ratingJuly 02, 2016

    2811 PLANK ROAD, FREDERICKSBURG VA 22401

    Good gf pasta! Servers knowledgeable.

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    3 ratingJune 29, 2016

    6000 ROBINSON CENTER DRIVE, PITTSBURGH PA 15205

    The food was great i ordered the gluten free rotini and it was okay but it wasnt hot and there wasnt enough sauce. i wanted dessert but they didnt have any

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    3 ratingJune 29, 2016

    6000 ROBINSON CENTER DRIVE, PITTSBURGH PA 15205

    The food is typical of Olive Garden. The gluten free menu is available on its Ziosk via an allergen menu. There aren't a ton of choices; however, what's available is decent. I ordered gluten free rotini with traditional marinara. That came with Olive Garden's unlimited salad, which I ordered without croutons. I'm also happy to report that it's delicious salad dressing is also GF. No complaints here about my meal in terms of food. What didn't impress me was my server. I was seated quickly and then greeted and my drink order taken by one server who said the server who was supposed to be taking care of my table was "a little busy." That was fine until "a little busy" turned into a 35-minute wait for food, no drink refills for my party, and a general impression of aloofness. My server did apologize when I called him out on forgetting refills he said he would get, but still...not impressed.

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    1 ratingJune 29, 2016

    13285 TEGLER DRIVE, NOBLESVILLE IN 46060

    Made me get sick!!!Never eating there again

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    1 ratingJune 29, 2016

    6130 E 82ND STREET, INDIANAPOLIS IN 46250

    Made me sick.Never eating there again.The put gluten spaghetti on my plate and said it was gluten free

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    1 ratingJune 28, 2016

    1320 HURSTBOURNE LANE, LOUISVILLE KY 40222

    Major cross contamination! Not celiac friendly in Louisville.

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    1 ratingJune 28, 2016

    2501 W. HAPPY VALLEY ROAD, HAPPY VALLEY AZ 85085

    Terrible tasting gf pasta with only one sauce available. The salad is ok without the croutons

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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