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!
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!
If I could give it 0 stars, I would. Worst service ever. The lady was an idiot... as was the manager. My order was rang in as a typical order... Not gluten free. After checking with the manager twice, they said the Meal should have been made gluten free. Still did not reassure me. I am beyond upset. When I asked for no croutons, she said "well that will be an up charge"... What??!!?? Made no sense at all. I will NEVER go back to this restaurant. I just can't hold in my anger. So upset. Absolutely ridiculous. I did, in fact, get sick. I have celiac disease and am very sensitive.
Waitress was very helpful. They had to make fresh gluten-free rotini, so it took about 30 minutes to get our food. Both the waitress and the manager were very apologetic, and they wound up comping my meal.
The gluten free noodles I ordered were terrible! They were undercooked and were possibly the worst texture of gluten-free noodle I have ever had. I mentioned the uncooking to the manager and he told me that is the way they are supposed to be. Ok. If I am ever drug to Olive Garden again I will stick with the endless salad with no croutons.
Beware! We called ahead to enquire about GF prep and manager assured us multiple times that it would be safe. My daughter asked for buttered noodles and they used the garlic butter that they dip the breadsticks in! Very apologetic but not worth the risk.
I used to love Olive Garden but now that I have to eat gluten free it was a depressing experience. Had to pay extra for a gluten free salad! ?!? No croutons costs more?!?!? Not that many choices and I was afraid to try the pasta for fear it would have cross contamination. I ordered the salmon and it was over cooked and came with steamed broccoli. For $19! :/ not cool! Went there for a birthday and doubt I'll ever go back.
They have their own GF menu. The food was exceptional! Be aware their salad dressing is not GF so my server was nice enough to inform me. Don't worry, they have balsamic and olive oil for substitute! I ordered a GF pasta with shrimp. The portion was pretty big but I mean, who leaves Olive Garden without leftovers!
Worst meal ever. Pasta disgusting- overcooked and overpriced for quality. If I could give NO stars I would. Save yourself the time and money.
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