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!
the pasta wasn't too bad, but options are very limited. one pasta choice, and two sauce choices, salmon, and one other thing that I didn't even bat my eye at. Noticed there were two children's menu items that weren't too different than the regular menu options.Also, salad without croutons, of course. Did have a warning that they don't prepare those items in a seperate spot than gluten. obtaining foods.
It is ok... Not to many choices.
Their pasta is so gross!!!! So, so yucky. And I have to second the review about the salad dressing; they aren't sure. Do yourself a favor and avoid this place. If you are craving pasta, Tony's pasta downtown is fantastic.
We didn't have a good experience here either. The GF options were few and they didn't act informed. When my meal came (an expensive steak) it tasted as if was cooked in the microwave. We asked for a refund for the meal but still paid for the other dinners that were ordered. Won't return.
I do not recommend eating here! I actually had an allergic reaction after eating the gluten free penne with marinara sauce. The staff needs more training about food allergies and how to prepare the food properly!
Waiting for my salad, dissapointed with the menu, 4 options does not deserve to say they have a GF menu, and the 3 stappled worn out pages don't help either. Bummer.
This restaurant has the most knowledgeable staff when it come to eating gluten-free. The moment you ask for a gluten-free menu, they are on top of exactly what needs to happen. They have even been extremely helpful in picking out sauces that are gluten-free.
I had their salad minus croutons & the Rotini Primavera with sausage. It was delicious!! Highly recommend Olive Garden. They knew to leave the croutons off the salad before I even thought about it! The waitress was very knowledgeable about gluten & had a separate menu for me to choose my meal from.
There is a special gluten free menu with about 2-3 entrees. the options are great. I have been there twice and had the pasta primavera both times. It has zuchinni and rich tomato sauce over gf pasta. I get my own salad without crutons. Every one I am with enjoys their meals there and now I can as well. I detracted a star because the menu is kind of small.
I visited the Olive Garden and was happy to see they had a few GF options. The waitress did not seem very knowledgeable on those options as she messed up my husbands GF order. Luckily he's only sensitive so he was ok with it. I got a pasta dish with shrimp and it was absolutely disgusting. The pasta was hard and the whole dish overall had no taste to it. It turned out to be bland shrimp with marinara sauce over hard corn pasta. I did not feel the love in that dish! The salad was good, but I kept being offered breadsticks which annoyed me since she knew I could not have them. I have been to many restaurants that offer GF that actually show they care. I just wish places like Olive Garden wouldn't offer GF options until they are ready to offer good food and have their waiters/waitresses be knowledgeable on allergies.
The waitress made a great effort to make sure that myself and my young niece with a gluten allergy were well cared for, but there was disagreement as to what we could and could not eat. The menu said that the sausage is GF and could be added to the GF rotini and vegetable marinara, but the cooks said it wasn't. She was worried, so they decided to cook the sausage separately and plate it separately so I could decide whether or not I was willing to try it... It made me uneasy as the cooks and printed menu were in disagreement. We still don't know whether or not the sausage is or is not GF, but at least they cared enough to make sure I knew there was a risk. She also took the time to make sure myself and my niece had a safe bowl of salad to ourselves. The sausage-less pasta was pretty good overall, although the noodles did fall apart rather easily. The vegetables were appropriately cooked as well. My only question is who do you believe--the printed menu or the cooks and wait staff??
I ate here last week, half way through my dish of 'gluten free noodles' I started finding fettuccini noodles all mixed in.. They were wrapped around the rotini noodles and such. I ended up getting very sick that night. I would not recommend or just check your dish before eating..
Horrible. They used to have a mixed grill on the menu for twice the price of regular menu items. Once that disappeared off the menu I ordered gluten free pasta with broccoli as a side. Got so sick about 4 hours later and my misery lasted all night. Couldn't pay me to eat there again.
This was one of my favorite places to eat GF. Their staff was always very friendly and understanding and the food is AMAZING!!!! BUT I will no longer eat there... The last time I found a gluten noodle in my dish, I asked the waitress if they served this type of noodle in a GF option, she said no and took it back to have them remake it. No harm done, I understand when eating out I am taking the chance of getting CC and that is on me. The manager came over and apologized and promised me a new plate. About 90 sec later she came back with the same plate I had sent back. The chicken was cut up as I had cut up the last one (they slice it in long slices and don't mix it in the sauce and noodles and that is how they serve it). I asked the manager about it when I saw that it was the same plate and she said that she watched them cut the chicken and assured me it was a new plate. She didn't seem to have any confidence in what she was saying so after deciding there was no way they cooked a brand new plate in around 90 seconds I chose not to eat if and haven't returned. This is probably a one in a million chance so I would def give it a try! Just be careful!
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