They have a gluten free menu. Our outstanding waiter Howard gave us all the details. They have a dedicated fryer for gluten free fries, although I wasn't blown away by the fries. They also have gluten free buns and a gf IPA-style beer which was better than most gf beers I've had.
This is a great place for everyone - gluten free people, friends, children, everybody. My husband (not gfree) favorite beer on the planet, plus great gluten and gluten free food. I went there twice on my trip - had the gluten free steak salad and the hamburger. Both were great. They say they can't guaruntee 100% that there is no cross contamination, but I had no problems. I suggest if you are worried, to stick with things like the steak salad that don't have any bakery type items in the dish. But seriously, I love this place.
Always a place for a beer and a gf elk burger! But things have changed on the beer side. Stopped by to have a beer and found they are no longer making gf beer. Making a cider instead. Left wanting the beer they have had for almost 10 years. Food is still good and always have the gf menu
They do have a separate GF menu but they let you know there is no way to be 100% sure of no contamination since it is a working brewery. I stuck to a salad to be safe. They have ciders and one GF beer that was just okay. They serve it with a colored rubber band around the pint class so you feel more secure that it's the GF one, although I do get nervous drinking a draft beer. My brother (also Celiac) ordered a cider that tasted more like a beer and felt sick later. He thinks he may have been served the wrong drink but it's hard to say.
Deschutes Brewery in Bend seems very intent on being at least "Gluten-free Friendly" while not claiming to have a dedicated fully Gluten Free Kitchen. The current chef seems to have brought this restaurant a long way toward gluten-free knowledge! We spoke to him about it when we ate there and he said it was a personal interest of his due to his son's food allergies. The staff is very well-informed.
While they have a gluten free menu, I question how safe it is. Fries are listed on GF menu, but cooked in same fryer as everything else, so not GF. After questioning the waitress I was able to order safely (I think!) but think they need some work to be GF. The Portland location is much better about it.
My husband, a doctor in Central Oregon specializing in celiac disease and food allergies recently did a gluten-free review on Deschutes Brewery after dining there. In a nutshell, even though this restaurant offers a "gluten friendly" menu, the food does not appear to be safe for those with a gluten intolerance or celiac disease. This may be a decent place for those who have gone gluten-free as part of the ever growing fad, however for those with a serious sensitivity or celiac disease Dr. Kremer does not recommend dining here.
gluten free beer, IPA. really good. no dedicated fryers or spaces. gets pretty busy, i’m not 100% sure i would trust it unless you’re getting something simple like a salad. three stars because i don’t like when places label things that are GF when they’re really not.
They accommodate food allergies. I called to ask about their menu and they put the chef on the phone. He said he would accommodate my daughter’s peanut, tree nut, and wheat allergies. She ordered the ribeye with mashed potatoes and fried green beans. We also ordered the pork and grits. Everything had great flavor! So good! My husband loved the beer choice our waiter recommended. This place is awesome and the atmosphere was so relaxed.
They DO have a dedicated fryer per my server today! The fries with manchengo and aioli were delicious. I had a cider and the burrata and beets salad - the granola croutons were left off. Great food and great service.
House made GF bread? Yes!! Elk burger is outstanding. Staff is amazing, knowledgeable, honest! No, they don't have a GF fryer but every server tells you that right away. Props for honesty and knowledge. Not celiac friendly. Beer is amazing!
I wish they would bring back the gf ale. Not an ipa fan. EDITED TO UPDATE: I feel they used to be safe and ever since about a year or two ago, they have changed their menu and food handling practices in terms of shared fryer, etc. I only will drink the beer now with extreme caution and since there are other safer, GF breweries in town, there is no reason to go there unless your there with out of town folks. Bummer! I deleted the part about being yummy and celiac safe. I’m sure it’s still yummy, but way too busy for safe celiac measures.
Very little I could eat (they managed to give me a steak with kale chips on the side, that's it.) Also had the gluten free beer. I got VERY sick. Don't know if it was the food or the beer... they make the beer around a bunch of gluteny beers, so I'm sure it's not 100% safe. Will never eat here again!
I have Celiac disease and ate at the Pearl Deschutes brewery with no issues. Our waiter was knowledgeable about cross-contamination and told me their cooks are too. They have a separate fryer and a few good GF beer options.
Was nervous given we went on a busy Saturday night and it's a brewery! Experience was excellent. Waiter very knowledgeable and kind. My daughter who is very sensitive did not get sick. We ordered very simply- burger with no sauces and plain fries.
Several gluten free options. Their gf bun was great. Super soft. They had GF Groundbreaker IPA #5 on draft as well as a cider made in their main brewery. Both were great. The waitress was great at helping with questions. Ate here two nights. Would go back again!!!!
Meh. I was hear 4 years ago and it's more or less the same. They offer gluten free bread for your sandwich/burger and that's fine. They didn't have any gluten free beer (just cider). The food was ok and service was ok. I'd recommend trying one of the many many other places with gf options that Portland has to offer.
I have been told by several servers there that there fryer is not a dedicated gluten free fryer but "gluten burns off at such a high heat so it's safe." That is not how it works and could make someone with celiac severely sick!! They may have other things that are safer but I have to give them 1 star for the misinformation they are passing on!
Great food!!! I have celiac and didn't get sick afterwards. I order a burger and the bread was really good (I think they make it in house)! So much better than any gluten free bun you can buy at a store!
Had a huge GF menu and a delicious GF beer in on tap! They have a disclaimer about the kitchen being open-air so cross contamination is a possibility but that is true at any kitchen that's not 100% GF and the waiter took extra care (beer came with a special rubber band around it to identify). As a highly sensitive celiac I had no symptoms after eating here! And it was delicious!
Has separate GF menu. Very much enjoyed the chimichurri fries (appetizer) and the Mango Black Bean Chili. Chili came with a wonderful GF bread (substitute for the cornbread that came with the non-GF option). Just disappointed with portion sizes...seemed a bit small for the price...otherwise would have given a 5 star. VERY busy on a Saturday night. Although it was loud, it was a place that still allowed you to talk at the table.
Absolutely amazing! Great gluten free menu complete with tap gf beer AND the best house made gluten and dairy-free bread/buns ever! Sadly, they said they can NOT sell just the bread/buns, so whoever wrote the previous review saying you could was mistaken. I highly recommend the quinoa burger and fries :)