Olive Garden

3.0 stars 3.0 out of 5 6 ratings

63459 HIGHWAY 97, BEND OR 97701

(541) 312-4760
$ Under $10 per entree
Gluten-Free Features

Gluten-Free Menu, Pasta

Categories

Kid Friendly, Italian, Restaurant, Chain

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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 ratingOctober 18, 2014

    3915 West War Memorial Drive, Peoria, IL 61615

    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.

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    1 ratingOctober 18, 2014

    2615 ROCHESTER ROAD S, ROCHESTER HILLS MI 48307

    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.

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    1 ratingOctober 17, 2014

    9830 SE WASHINGTON STREET, PORTLAND OR 97216

    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.

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    4 ratingOctober 15, 2014

    5743 JOHNSTON STREET, LAFAYETTE LA 70503

    I always have heartburn when I leave there, but the food is so good.

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    1 ratingOctober 12, 2014

    11555 CARMEL MOUNTAIN RD, SAN DIEGO CA 92128

    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.

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    1 ratingOctober 08, 2014

    1716 ROUTE 228, CRANBERRY TOWNSHIP PA 16066

    Got sick :(

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    2 ratingOctober 06, 2014

    1354 IH 35 NORTH, NEW BRAUNFELS TX 78130

    Very limited GF options. Allow extra time for food to arrive, as it takes longer than other menu items.

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    3 ratingOctober 04, 2014

    66 ROUTE 17 NORTH, RAMSEY NJ 07446

    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.

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    2 ratingOctober 02, 2014

    1405 N. KINGS HIGHWAY, MYRTLE BEACH SC 29577

    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.

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    4 ratingOctober 02, 2014

    3916 KEMP BOULEVARD, WICHITA FALLS TX 76308

    Good GF options, just not a lot of options.

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    1 ratingSeptember 30, 2014

    3803 9TH STREET, PUYALLUP WA 98373

    Gross!

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    1 ratingSeptember 28, 2014

    1891 VENTURA BOULEVARD, OXNARD CA 93036

    went there last week, they dont have anything gluten free.

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    3 ratingSeptember 26, 2014

    504 W 2230 NORTH, PROVO UT 84604

    Overall the food was pretty good. The house salad w/out crouton is AMAZING! Yum yum yum! There wasn't very many entrée options but the GF pasta is good quality!

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    3 ratingSeptember 23, 2014

    1701 E. EMPIRE ST., BLOOMINGTON IL 61704

    Had rotini with marinara which was very good, and salad without croutons. Sad that they have such a small list of options.

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    1 ratingSeptember 20, 2014

    8314 NORTHFIELD BLVD, DENVER CO 80238

    Olive Garden is NOT safe for celiacs. I've tried a couple times at a couple locations, including this one, and have always gotten sick from gluten.

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    1 ratingSeptember 20, 2014

    10500 COORS BLVD BY-PASS NW, ALBUQUERQUE NM 87114

    They have reversed course in going gf. They don't put prices in the gf menu. The gf menu hadn't been updated in 7 months and they removed most of the items.

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    4 ratingSeptember 14, 2014

    1700 North Central Expressway, McKinney, TX 75070

    best GF pasta by far

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    4 ratingSeptember 08, 2014

    853 BOARDMAN-POLAND RD, BOARDMAN OH 44512

    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!

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    1 ratingSeptember 06, 2014

    2820 South 9th Street, Salina, KS 67401

    I was served the wrong dish and when was assured it was right...only to discover it wasn't. They totally glistened me and no one seemed to care. I will never eat here again. Ever.

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    1 ratingSeptember 01, 2014

    10670 PARALLEL PARKWAY, KANSAS CITY KS 66109

    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.

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    4 ratingAugust 29, 2014

    1279 NEW CHURCHMAN'S RD, CHRISTIANA DE 19713

    I agree with previous reviewer the menu is limited. However the server was knowledgable of gf options and brought salad w n croutons. We have eaten here a few times with no issues (husband gf for 7 yrs due to Celiac).

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    2 ratingAugust 25, 2014

    10110 77TH STREET, PLEASANT PRAIRIE WI 53158

    overpriced ,tiny portions and mediocre food

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    4 ratingAugust 25, 2014

    3548-52 S JEFFERSON STREET, FALLS CHURCH VA 22041

    Gluten free rotini pasta available. Just ask for a bowl of salad with no croutons and they're happy to oblige.

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    2 ratingAugust 24, 2014

    3785 E. MAIN ST., SAINT CHARLES IL 60174

    All I can say is at least they offer something so that my husband who is not gluten free can eat there. I like the salmon okay. Just sad cause they now have a shrimp and grits dish and panna cotta but they won't add either to the gluten free menu :(

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    4 ratingAugust 23, 2014

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

    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.

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    1 ratingAugust 23, 2014

    1880 ADAMS STREET, MANKATO MN 56001

    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.

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    1 ratingAugust 23, 2014

    620 State Road 59, Naperville, Illinois 60566

    No very understanding!! Not a lot of option!!

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    1 ratingAugust 22, 2014

    6520 CARLISLE PIKE, MECHANICSBURG PA 17055

    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.

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    1 ratingAugust 22, 2014

    475 OHIO PIKE, CINCINNATI OH 45255

    Got sick as a dog. Server said sometime croutons drop into the salad dressing

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    1 ratingAugust 21, 2014

    2400 CAPITAL MALL DR S.W., OLYMPIA WA 98502

    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.

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    4 ratingAugust 18, 2014

    20532 Avalon Blvd, Carson, CA 90746

    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!

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    1 ratingAugust 18, 2014

    1025 SHELBURNE RD, BURLINGTON VT 05403

    Not safe if you are sensitive to gluten. Wait staff not really aware of needs and menu very limited.

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    5 ratingAugust 17, 2014

    429 BARRETT PKWY, KENNESAW GA 30144

    Daughter with celiac LOVES the gluten free Mac and cheese. We checked the ingredients, and she never has a reaction, so this is a regular slot for us. We also love how the manager always comes to double check the cheese ingredients with us.

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    4 ratingAugust 13, 2014

    16151 FORD RD., DEARBORN MI 48126

    There is a separate menu of gluten free options, and gluten free pasta is available on the regular menu as well.

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    1 ratingAugust 10, 2014

    3000 HIGH POINT ROAD, GREENSBORO NC 27403

    please do not go... caution... cross contamination a huge problem, wait staff asked what gluten was.... croutons where in the bitten off salad as they were just picked off... caution

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    5 ratingAugust 10, 2014

    1701 E. EMPIRE ST., BLOOMINGTON IL 61704

    Such excellent food and celiac/gluten free friendly

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    1 ratingAugust 10, 2014

    7701 CRESTWOOD BLVD, BIRMINGHAM AL 35210

    horrible gf pasta. steak/chicken options are too expensive for what you get.

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    1 ratingAugust 08, 2014

    221 N WALL STREET, SPOKANE WA 99201

    Worst GF pasta! very disappointed

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    1 ratingAugust 07, 2014

    221 N WALL STREET, SPOKANE WA 99201

    If I want to eat over priced noodles and pasta sauce and that's it I'd go here. Their options are horrid.

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    2 ratingAugust 06, 2014

    1809 WALNUT STREET, CARY NC 27511

    Very few gluten free options. GF pasta is gross! I had to send mine back twice because it was undercooked (crunchy) and then overcooked (mushy). Needs major improvement!!!

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    1 ratingAugust 05, 2014

    8367 3rd Street North, Oakdale, Minnesota 55128

    Very poorly trained staff. Avoid this place if you have sensitivities.

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    1 ratingAugust 04, 2014

    7505 DODGE STREET, OMAHA NE 68114

    They have a very basic GF; it doesn't list the prices. I felt horrible after eating there. Would not go there again.

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    1 ratingAugust 03, 2014

    90 PLEASANT VALLEY AVE, METHUEN MA 01844

    NO appetizers. NO soups. NO desserts. 2 salads, 2 pasta dishes, 1 meat entree, 1 fish entree And it took over 10 minutes to get my salad! NEVER AGAIN, sorry I even bothered to come here.

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    1 ratingAugust 02, 2014

    1420 N LOUISIANA AVE, KENNEWICK WA 99336

    I've been twice and both times the pasta was over cooked and cold.

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    1 ratingJuly 31, 2014

    160 DISK DR, RAPID CITY SD 57701

    They four options and they are not worth the price

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    2 ratingJuly 31, 2014

    500 N.W. BARRY RD, KANSAS CITY MO 64155

    For an Italian restaurant, their pasta options and selections on their GF menu are very limited.

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    2 ratingJuly 30, 2014

    2200 PLAZA PARKWAY, MODESTO CA 95350

    Exactly 2 Gluten Free Pasta options, only red sauce and basically the same dish one just has basil and one has onion. No salad dressing options so I hope you like Italian.

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    1 ratingJuly 28, 2014

    1340 KENNETH ROAD, YORK PA 17404

    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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    5 ratingJuly 28, 2014

    5555 G WHITTLESEY BLVD, COLUMBUS GA 31909

    Good gluten-free pasta.

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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