Applebee's

2 recent ratings
$ • Restaurant
Reported to have a gluten-free menu

Warning

This is a chain, which typically means a high risk of cross-contact. It may not be possible to dine safely at this establishment.

1734 W Olive Ave
Merced, CA 95348

Most Recent Reviews


Celiac

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I ordered a salad and twice it had gluten. First time it came with bread sticks. Second time there was pieces of breaded chicken mixed in even when there was none listed on this salad. Don't eat here. It's not safe.

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

Updated 9 months ago read full review

Celiac

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I called and spoke to the kitchen manager and they do not have any GF food and all the food is prepped and fried in the same area. Staff are NOT trained for any sort of food allergies.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Not at all

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— No gluten-free information on the menu

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Average

Updated 1 year ago read full review

Celiac

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They have salad that’s gluten free and that’s the only option.

Celiac friendly?

No

Updated 4 years ago read full review

This establishment is NOT a dedicated gluten-free facility and may not be safe for those with celiac disease. Please contact the establishment directly to inquire about safety precautions.

Gluten-Free Features

  • Gluten-Free Menu

Categories

  • Dinner
  • Kid Friendly
  • Late Night
  • Lunch
  • Restaurant

Notes


"As America’s Favorite Neighbor, the health and safety of our guests are top priorities at Applebee’s. As part of our commitment to you, we provide the most current allergen information available from our food suppliers on eight common allergens plus gluten and added monosodium glutamate (MSG), so that our guests with food allergies can make informed food selections. Please be aware that during normal kitchen operations involving shared cooking and preparation areas, including common fryer oil, the possibility exists for food items to come in contact with other food products. Due to these circumstances, we are unable to guarantee that any menu item can be completely free of allergens."

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Celiac

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Hostess told me they don't offer gluten free menus, or carry gf food. The waitress brought me a notebook showing what was gf. I explained that I have celiac and asked her to please make the kitchen aware, she did not. Violently sick. I will never eat at an applebees again.

Celiac friendly?

No

Updated 5 years ago read full review

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I give this particular Applebee's 1 start because when I was being seated and asked for a gluten free menu my waiter told me about my weight watchers options? A waitress them brought me a paper copy of the menu choices which looked like she found out under a dumpster, it was disgusting. Although the ordering was a pain my food choice tasted ok.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 10 years ago read full review

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Limited selection but good!

Updated 11 years ago read full review

Reviews of this Chain

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I made the mistake of assuming an item on the menu saying GS (gluten sensitive) would not have gluten. Strawberry salad said GS, but cane with gluten breadstick. The waitress got very defensive when I asked if it was gluten free. She said I never told her I was gluten free. Lesson learned. But, she dud not need to be nasty to me. My grandson got the breadstick.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Not at all

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— No gluten-free information on the menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Not Much/None

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Good

Celiac

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I ordered the balsamic chicken and strawberry salad, marked gf on the menu. I asked the server to make sure she alerted the kitchen to prevent across cross contact. She gave me an attitude and said 'it's marked gf on the menu, isn't it?' Lo and behold, when it was served to me, a delicious, steamy, fresh baked bread stick was sitting on top of it. This was NOT mentioned on the menu, and after telling the server I needed to est gf, I was not happy nor did I feel safe. Also, being reminded of what I'm missing out on by having this breadstick waved under my nose was really not an uplifting experience. If you have Celiac like me I'd stay away from his place.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Not very

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Not Much

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Below Average

Symptomatic Celiac

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Went their with daughter who has celiac. Server was knowledgeable about celiac and brought out the manager to discuss our order. We opted for the Fiesta Lime chicken (without the tortilla strips). Meal was very tasty and no reaction to the meal. Would go there again.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Very

Quality & Quantity


How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Overall Rating

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Waiter was very abrupt and rude when we tried to ask about how GF foods were prepared, just kept saying where you see GS on the menu it will be Gluten sensitive but when I tried to explain that there needed to be a sense of comfort in how it's prepared for my celiac daughter he wasn't interested in putting my mind at ease. Lots available on the menu but didn't feel it was safe for my daughter based on the man's attitude towards questions. Wouldn't recommend based on this however lots of possibilities on the menu for it to be a great option of they would train their staff on sensitivity when it comes to Celiac disease.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Not very

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Good

Celiac

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I tried ordering off the gluten sensitive menu and told the server I was allergic to gluten. I had symptoms exactly an hour after the meal. I may not have been clear enough with my needs, but I’m not sure I will risk it again.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Not at all

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Average

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