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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    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

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    1 ratingJune 25, 2016

    3125 CRATER LAKE HWY, MEDFORD OR 97504

    The gluten free menu is two items, a house salad without croutons and a gluten free paste with the choice of a meat sauce or marina sauce. No gluten free appetizers of desserts. They have tons of pasta sauces but they only allow these two choices. They do not prepare gluten free dishes in a separate area so cross contamination is a very high risk

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    3 ratingJune 25, 2016

    3916 KEMP BOULEVARD, WICHITA FALLS TX 76308

    Limited GF menu, but server paid attention to my request to keep croutons from salad, etc.

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    5 ratingJune 25, 2016

    930 25TH AVENUE, CORALVILLE IA 52241

    I am celiac. I have eaten at this location quite often without any problem. Always get the salad and the pasta with meat sauce. They bring the salad dressing in the to-go packets to avoid cc which is nice. They seem to really understand when I question them about preparation etc. every visit I doublecheck that the pasta is cooked in its own water and has its own strainer. They never look at me funny when I ask.

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    1 ratingJune 24, 2016

    2272 S 1300TH EAST, SALT LAKE CITY UT 84106

    I wish I could give this place 0 stars! Apparently if a manager doesn't come to acknowledge that you have a good allergy, they didn't take you seriously. If they didn't take you seriously they use the same water and strainer = gluten pasta getting mixed in. Don't even get me started on the lack of flavor!

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    1 ratingJune 23, 2016

    6700 WESTNEDGE AVE S, PORTAGE MI 49002

    I've eaten here twice. The first time, I didn't get sick, but they served me undercooked pasta. The second time the pasta was cooked, but still dismal and they cross contaminated and made me really sick. Will not good there again.

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    5 ratingJune 22, 2016

    6000 Sepulveda Blvd #1220, Culver City, CA 90230

    Our server Andy was amazing and ade sure nothing had gluten in it. He also made me comfortable about speaking up about my gluten sensitivity. I have not had this since discovering I have a gluten alergy.

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    2 ratingJune 20, 2016

    527 CLAIRTON BOULEVARD, PLEASANT HILLS PA 15236

    Had barely any gf options. Got shrimp and butter, it was not good. Didn't get sick, though

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    5 ratingJune 19, 2016

    8010 CONCORD MILLS BLVD, CONCORD NC 28027

    It was made clear on the menu that they couldn't guarantee everything to be completely gluten-free. Our server was very good about asking what I could or couldn't eat after I ordered the gluten-free rotini. He asked if it was alright to put croutons on the salad and, when we were done, asked if it was alright to put my box with the rest of the food.

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    1 ratingJune 19, 2016

    230 ROUTE 35, EATONTOWN NJ 07724

    not good at all I found wheat pasta in my gluten free pasta

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    1 ratingJune 18, 2016

    6347 I-55 NORTH, JACKSON MS 39213

    Terrible food. I honestly think the pasta had gone bad...can pasta even go bad? the manager was apologetic but when the problem is the kitchen we just never go back.

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    3 ratingJune 17, 2016

    43300 CRESCENT BLVD, NOVI MI 48375

    a year or so ago I got a gluten noodle in with my GFpasta!

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    4 ratingJune 16, 2016

    2200 PLAZA PARKWAY, MODESTO CA 95350

    Menu is limited but what I had was very good. I will come back again. I ordered on line. Everything was great!!!

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    1 ratingJune 16, 2016

    2626 N. 75TH AVENUE, PHOENIX AZ 85035

    Only 1 option for GF.... others state possible cross contamination

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    2 ratingJune 15, 2016

    10540 SOUTH STATE RD, SANDY UT 84070

    Very limited options and lack of understanding from some of the staff. The pasta primavera is the only gluten free item that has any flavor.

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    1 ratingJune 13, 2016

    1277 HOOPER AVE., TOMS RIVER NJ 08753

    Horrible pasta.. Not worth the money!

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    2 ratingJune 12, 2016

    7778 WINCHESTER ROAD, MEMPHIS TN 38125

    Olive Garden seems to have reduced their GF options in their latest menu. Just pasta, one steak option and one fish option. Very disappointing overall. The pasta sauces were below average.

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    1 ratingJune 09, 2016

    1100 N GREEN RIVER ROAD, EVANSVILLE IN 47715

    There were only 4 options on the menu, and I even found real pasta in my gluten free pasta. I was very upset with the overall experience.

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    4 ratingMay 21, 2016

    504 W 2230 NORTH, PROVO UT 84604

    Was good and could order off the kids menu so it was not to. Much food.

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    3 ratingMay 14, 2016

    4930 SERGEANT ROAD, SIOUX CITY IA 51106

    The server was happy to make the salad GF by leaving off croutons. I tried the pasta with meat sauce and wasn't a huge fan the noodles seemed over cooked and dry there wasn't really enough sauce for my taste, but I guess at least it is an option.

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    1 ratingMay 13, 2016

    2930 E. GERMANN RD, CHANDLER AZ 85283

    worst gluten free pasta. They don't know how to cook it properly. It came out mushy and gross. They only have 2 GF sauces. I also believe they have cross contamination because I came home sick.

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    1 ratingMay 10, 2016

    216 MIRACLE STRIP PKWY, FORT WALTON BEACH FL 32548

    I ate here twice on my vacation and discovered regular pasta shells in my dish both times. I did not alert anyone the first time as mistakes do happen, but when it happened a second time I alerted the manager. She was appalled and assured me they would make changes in the kitchen, alert senior management, she covered my entire bill and gave me a gift card (in hopes I'd return). I do believe they were genuine in making changes, and hopefully in the future this location will be safe for allergies.

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    1 ratingMay 07, 2016

    650 Northwest Blue Parkway, Lee's Summit, MO 64063

    I just recently ate at this location. My gf rotini was contaminated with spaghetti. The waitress was apologetic and they made me a new meal. She said a manager would come talk to me, but no one did. I got sick from the cross contamination and will not eat there again.

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    1 ratingMay 07, 2016

    2048 WOODBURY AVE., NEWINGTON NH 03801

    Never again! You couldn't pay me to go back.

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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