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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    1 ratingAugust 04, 2015

    6305 SOUTH STATE ST, MURRAY UT 84107

    They only have 4 GF options. I chose one of those GF options and still got sick.

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    1 ratingAugust 03, 2015

    4805 CAPITAL BLVD, RALEIGH NC 27616

    I just ate here for the first time since I learned I have a gluten allergy. I was half way through eating my food (gluten free rotini with meat sauce) when I found a piece of ziti pasta (that would be the gluten-full type). I would not trust this restaurant. The manager was extremely apologetic and sincerely upset, but I would never trust the cooks. Take caution if you have an allergy.

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    4 ratingAugust 02, 2015

    2285 GREELEY MALL, GREELEY CO 80631

    Small selection of gf items. I enjoyed the gf Cèsar salad.

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    4 ratingJuly 30, 2015

    8136 W IRLO BRONSON HWY, KISSIMMEE FL 34747

    They had lots of GF options and were knowledgeable on how to avoid contamination. The food was very good. Thank you!

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    4 ratingJuly 30, 2015

    696 AVENUE OF THE AMERICAS, NEW YORK NY 10010

    Limited gluten free options.

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    3 ratingJuly 25, 2015

    6710 DOUGLAS BLVD, DOUGLASVILLE GA 30135

    Not a large variety.

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    4 ratingJuly 24, 2015

    12600 CAPITAL BLVD, WAKE FOREST NC 27587

    Salmon was great they made me a side of potatoes no seasoning and everything was delicious!

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    3 ratingJuly 21, 2015

    1340 East 170 S C, St. George, UT 84790

    Not bad, but I have had a much better steak for less money. Very small gluten free menu. I believe they did a good job keeping the food from being cross contaminated. That is why I gave it 3 stars.

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    1 ratingJuly 20, 2015

    77 W. 200 SOUTH, SALT LAKE CITY UT 84101

    We went to Olive Garden because they have a gf menu but an order of gf pasta for one of our party of four with celiac came out and tasted good until she discovered a wheat pasta noodle in the dish. Manager and waiter were very apologetic but I would never trust this restaurant agan.

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    1 ratingJuly 17, 2015

    1246 Old Country Road, Westbury, NY 11590

    Gluten free pasta had a gluten noodle in the middle of the bowl!

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    1 ratingJuly 16, 2015

    13910 E 40 HWY, INDEPENDENCE MO 64055

    Worst service. Got served regular gluteny pasta got very ill, and the wait staff didn't care.

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    3 ratingJuly 15, 2015

    4505 Hardy Street, Hattiesburg, MS 39402

    They finally educate the staff and the gluten free menu changed :/ nothing on the gf menu that is worth spending money on.

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    5 ratingJuly 15, 2015

    4110 SOUTH MOONEY BLVD, VISALIA CA 93277

    They had a dedicated gluten free menu which included a kids section - wow! That's rare! Our server was quick to check on anything she wasn't absolutely positive about. Food was great! And service was top notch!

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    1 ratingJuly 12, 2015

    389 SHAW AVENUE, CLOVIS CA 93612

    I'm sorry to say...I had to order from the children's menu to get a gluten free pasta. It was nothing to rave about.

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    5 ratingJuly 12, 2015

    212 NEWNAN CROSSING BY PASS, NEWNAN GA 30263

    I love the Gluten free pasta! The server I had was very helpful!!!

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    4 ratingJuly 12, 2015

    9730 VON ALLMEN CT, LOUISVILLE KY 40241

    Olive Garden is a great restaurant! I love their food, but ever sense I started gluten free I can't eat the breadsticks, or pasta that I always used to eat there. I think Olive Garden is very great but I think they should make gluten free bread and pasta for gluten free diets. They need a gluten free, separate menu

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    1 ratingJuly 11, 2015

    3204 NW RANDALL WAY, SILVERDALE WA 98383

    Lack of options and flavor. They haven't changed their gf menu at all over three years! Super expensive for tasteless food. I have celiac disease and all it does is just reminds of what I can't eat. This isn't some fad diet to me it's a lifestyle so if your going to offer it, then offer edible food. It's like they could care less.

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    1 ratingJuly 11, 2015

    367 COLLINS RD., CEDAR RAPIDS IA 52402

    Things that are naturally gluten free are contaminated by being cooked in regular pasta water such as the risotto. Very few options on the gluten free menu. Ended up sick.

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    1 ratingJuly 10, 2015

    1945 WADDLE ROAD, STATE COLLEGE PA 16803

    Super expensive, choices are salad or gross pre-packaged pasta, limited sauces and sides. Not worth it yet.

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    2 ratingJuly 05, 2015

    683 LYNNHAVEN PARKWAY, VIRGINIA BEACH VA 23452

    Normally I wouldn't complain since until now I have never had a problem, but within 30-minutes of eating my stomach was aching something fierce, which means there was some cross-contamination.

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    5 ratingJuly 02, 2015

    1919 S REYNOLDS ROAD, TOLEDO OH 43614

    Excellent GF service! They even brought our GF meals out covered and in a separate tray than our "regular" food. All we had to do was tell our server what we needed.

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    1 ratingJuly 01, 2015

    4420 14th Street West, Bradenton, FL 34207

    I would not recommend this particular restaurant. We have eaten at other Olive Garden restaurants without a problem. Unfortunately, my daughter started feeling the effects of gluten before we even got home (neuropathy in her legs and upset stomach). I called the manager at the time & they were very apologetic. We believe the waitstaff was new and "took off" the croutons from the salad instead of getting a new one. It is likely a training issue & may have been fixed. My daughter refuses to eat there now for obvious reasons.

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    4 ratingJune 29, 2015

    561 ARENA HUB PLAZA, WILKES BARRE PA 18702

    Love the salad (without croutons) and the pasta and meat sauce was tasty

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    4 ratingJune 29, 2015

    990 Norland Ave & Walker Road, Chambersburg, PA 17201

    About 7 or 8 choices

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    1 ratingJune 28, 2015

    1317 CENTENNIAL AVE, PISCATAWAY NJ 08854

    Found a piece of regular spaghetti in my GF pasta dish. This was after the manager had told me that she would make sure it was prepared correctly. I got so sick!! A month later, my daughter, who does not have celiac, ordered the same thing and she also had a piece of regular spaghetti in her GF pasta dish. DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS PLACE, IF YOU HAVE CELIAC OR A SEVERE ALLERGY!

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    1 ratingJune 28, 2015

    35 S. WILLOWDALE DRIVE, LANCASTER PA 17602

    I got GF pasta and ate the salad. I found out later the dressing is not GF :( and I got sick. I even asked the server and they misinformed me.

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    1 ratingJune 27, 2015

    1741 N. VICTORY PLACE, BURBANK CA 91504

    My mom and I both have Celiac Disease. We ordered a GF salad and it looked alright until we got to the bottom of the serving bowl where there was a crouton. Mistakes happen. They brought us a new salad and everything was fine. Then we requested a refill and again there was a crouton at the bottom. Unfortunately, this time my mom ate some before she found it. The waitress and manager were very apologetic and promised to make sure the people in back are more aware of how serious Celiac Disease is and comped our meal. I just hope my mom doesn't get sick. 5 stars for service but 0 for safety, which weighs more in my opinion.

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    4 ratingJune 26, 2015

    1945 WADDLE ROAD, STATE COLLEGE PA 16803

    decent selections, some waiters and waitresses are not as knowledgeable as they could be..but when my meal was contaminated with a side that I didn't order and was not gluten free, the manager introduced herself and genuinely apologized and had the issue properly corrected.

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    1 ratingJune 25, 2015

    728 DONALD LYNCH BLVD, MARLBOROUGH MA 01752

    I tried to order Alfredo sauce which is very easy to make. But the waiter said "maybe we could wash off the red sauce", I was very disappointed when the waiter said the GF food comes in frozen!!! This deserves no rating.

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    1 ratingJune 24, 2015

    2314 SR 38, CHERRY HILL NJ 08002

    I was very unhappy with my son food. Under cook and bread was right next to it.

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    2 ratingJune 20, 2015

    1100 N GREEN RIVER ROAD, EVANSVILLE IN 47715

    Pros: They have a gluten free menu. Cons: Not very knowledgeable about gluten free. They didn't have any gluten free desserts, breadsticks, and few pasta options. Also had a bit of an attitude and simply not celiac friendly. Pasta was okay, but not spectacular. Definitely better options out there.

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    4 ratingJune 19, 2015

    4860 N. HAMILTON RD., COLUMBUS OH 43230

    The GF pasta is great! Dressing is GF too : )

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    5 ratingJune 18, 2015

    1532 Military Road, Niagara Falls, NY 14304

    They have a gluten free menu

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    2 ratingJune 18, 2015

    15090 WEST 119TH STREET, OLATHE KS 66062

    got their gluten free pasta and it tasted delicious. it apparently was not actually 100% gluten free because I was sick for days so obviously they don't check all their ingredients....

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    1 ratingJune 17, 2015

    1954 UTICA SQUARE, TULSA OK 74114

    This place was absolutely horrendous, in terms of GF knowledge/sensitivity and service in general. Both the host and server were very rude and condescending when I asked for a GF menu for both myself and my friend. I also have a bad wheat allergy, and tried to make sure both of them knew I couldn't have bread anywhere near me. My friend ordered the house salad for an appetizer without croutons. They just picked them out, and left one behind, which I found. I had to leave the restaurant in a hurry because I hadn't brought my allergy medication inside with me, and the entire time the server and manager were trying to get me to stay and make it worse! Just because they have a GF menu doesn't mean they are willing to be understanding for your needs!

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    1 ratingJune 15, 2015

    1701 NEW STINE ROAD, BAKERSFIELD CA 93309

    Gf pasts was nothing special. I have celiac and afterwards I felt sick.

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    5 ratingJune 13, 2015

    4441 S. FRANKLIN ST, MICHIGAN CITY IN 46360

    I had gf pasta/sauce and added chicken. it was really good! They had an electronic Tablet that can help you select allergens/food choices. waitress also brought a binder listing allergens. After years of getting sick from eating at restaurants, its nice to dine with family and feel well. They didn't have a lot of choices but they do have several. I'd recommend!

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    1 ratingJune 12, 2015

    1725 West Prien Lake Rd, Lake Charles, LA 70601

    GF menu is offered with very limited choices. The waiter tried to understand and said that he would write gluten allergy with my order. I was a few bites in when I found a pasta shell and my hubby pulled my plate away. I had hoped it had fallen onto my plate as it was on the side. The manager came out with my second plate saying "this one was prepared separate from the rest." Staff must not be trained at all in cross contamination. As the meal progressed, it was very obvious that I was not ok. They comped my meal but the manager was very unapologetic. Not safe, I do not recommend.

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    2 ratingJune 10, 2015

    7505 DODGE STREET, OMAHA NE 68114

    It's sad watching everyone devour endless bread sticks and delicious pasta dishes while your eating noodles in red sauce. However, I'm grateful for their effort to include GF options!

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    5 ratingJune 05, 2015

    1151 EAST 120TH AVE, THORNTON CO 80233

    Took good Gfree care of us!

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    2 ratingJune 04, 2015

    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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    2 ratingJune 01, 2015

    10136-112 TWO NOTCH ROAD, COLUMBIA SC 29229

    Very limited GF options, but tasty. Server didn't know anything about items not on the "Allergen Menu."

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    2 ratingMay 26, 2015

    4079 RIVERDALE ROAD, RIVERDALE UT 84405

    They were very nice, but I still got sick from their food. Won't be eating there anymore.

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    5 ratingMay 23, 2015

    2011 WALDEN AVENUE, CHEEKTOWAGA NY 14225

    Options are a bit limited (no dessert!) but Olive Garden is a go-to option for me whenever I travel and i've never been disappointed. They take it seriously, are courteous and have never gotten me sick.

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    1 ratingMay 21, 2015

    5070 EAST 2ND STREET, CASPER WY 82609

    not really gluten free pasta is not good.

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    1 ratingMay 21, 2015

    3240 N. ELIZABETH ST, PUEBLO CO 81008

    Only ordered here twice and both times i got sick and didn't even enjoy it...the noodles were tough and hard to eat. Specifically said i had an allergy and they STILL gave me croutons. I will not be returning.

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    1 ratingMay 19, 2015

    1954 UTICA SQUARE, TULSA OK 74114

    Even though they have gluten free options I have gotten sick every time I have eaten here.

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    1 ratingMay 17, 2015

    5590 NORTHRIDGE DR, GURNEE IL 60031

    My daughter has been eating gf noodles with butter for months to find out today that they said their butter has gluten in it! They also need a better gf noodle. Very bland and dry. Barilla taste better and much cheaper!

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    1 ratingMay 15, 2015

    30 EAST ANTHONY DRIVE, CHAMPAIGN IL 61820

    I wanted to give this NO stars but that wasn't an option. Did not have an actual GF menu to hand me so I had to look it up on my phone and waiter couldn't answer any questions when asked about the menu or how the food was prepared.

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    1 ratingMay 12, 2015

    8010 CONCORD MILLS BLVD, CONCORD NC 28027

    I have an allergy to wheat and I ordered the "gluten free" pasta and had a horrible horrible reaction. their pasta is NOT gluten free

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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