I wasn't all that impressed with their GF options. Obviously we're not the main target audience for a bread bakery.
Hit or miss. Last time one of the staff made me feel as if it was my fault that I had croutons in my salad. I don't think she realized I was the customer her sent back my food but when she found out, she told me (with a bit of attitude) to make sure I speak to manager next time. I had already spoken to the cashier and clarified. I ended up getting pretty sick.
Handful of gluten free options, but there's no way to limit cross contamination. They do have a detailed allergens list.
While Panera may seem like an odd place to eat for a celiac I have recently discovered that they have a "secret menu" online where most of those options are gf! You have to find it online as they don't advertise it in store. I have gotten the Power Steak Lettuce Wraps (fresh steak, pesto lettuce, tomatoes, onions) and loved it everytime. Just ask the server to change their gloves before making your food to avoid cross contamination. Panera is a great place to hang out with friends, grab a bite to eat, or study and now us gf folks can enjoy it too.
Their selection isn't huge, however, the staff behind the counter were knowledgeable and they had a couple menu options that were gluten free (3 of their balance bowls and a couple of their soups). Not bad for a bakery.
They have an off menu breakfast bowl. It has egg steak avocado and tomato. Quite good but the steak is served cold which is odd since the egg is hot... Also have salads and a list of everything that has wheat in it...
When we went a couple of yrs ago, I got sick. The employees acted as if they didn't have any concern for my needs on a GF diet. I can't say if my food ended up being contaminated by accident, on purpose, by failure to clean surfaces, change gloves, etc, but I know I was sick before I even finished my food or left the restaurant. My Dr did say it's possible from all the Flour in the air, my food could've been contaminated or it was from simply inhaling the flour particles in the air too. Again, not sure which, but not going back to test it out. Didn't seem to want to be bothered w my concerns over preparation, my needs, etc. Called Mgr, not much concern there either. This was the E Sunshine location just as an FYI. Things could be better now, but not worth the aftermath to me to try it again! Oh, also ordered some food to go about 1.5 yrs ago...had another reaction & I never stepped foot in the place, hubby went in instead. So, I did give it 2 tries before now refusing to go there again!
Good gluten free salads
It sounds odd for me to suggest a restaurant full of bread, but they actually have several nice salads. Instead of bread for the side, you can get an apple or chips. I eat their Fuji Apple Salad frequently, and I've never had any issues. They give you a notebook with the nutrition info.
I would give zero, there is nothing at Panera Bread that is Gluten Free except an ape and potato chips.