First Watch

4.0 stars 4.0 out of 5 4 ratings
$Breakfast, Cafe, Lunch

2059 Altamont Avenue, Ft. Myers, FL 33901 Directions

(239) 461-9765
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    5 rating Celiac friendly
    July 04, 2015

    Beverly, that's a paid ad by Pamela's pancake mix. It's a recipe and not an ad for the restaurant. I thought it was (also) for the restaurant until I clicked on it. I had a wonderful breakfast of eggs, avocado and fruit. I always tell the waiter wherever I eat I am gluten intolerant/Celiac and please let the chef know cross contamination will make me sick. I dined with non Celiac's who ordered with bread and we all enjoyed our meal and I am fine. We all thought it to be delightful and will go back.

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    1 rating
    February 20, 2015

    Ad states best GF pancakes! First Watch does NOT carry GF pancakes or any GF bread products (which is not hard to provide). I do not consider this chain GF friendly­čśá

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    5 rating Celiac friendly
    April 18, 2014

    The best breakfast for sure - fresh local ingredients! They take gluten free allergies very seriously!

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    5 rating Celiac friendly
    February 07, 2014

    Went this morning. The full site has a gluten-free guide located under menus and nutrition. The guide will instruct you how to order from the menu when ordering gluten-free. I initially couldn't find it on my phone so they printed it out for me when I got there. The server put a big square on the food slip with gluten-free on it and told me that they take their gluten-free orders very seriously. I happened to sit at a table with a view of the kitchen. I heard someone call allergy window and saw a server walk over to the sink and wash her hands and then walk back to a plate that turned out to be mine, pick it up and bring it to my table. The service was friendly and accommodating and the food was very good

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    3 rating Not celiac friendly
    October 15, 2017

    35146 US Hwy 19 North, Palm Harbor, FL 34684

    ordered gluten free toast (guess it's udi's) and was served the whole grain oat bread

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    5 rating Celiac friendly
    October 13, 2017

    2569 Countryside Blvd., Clearwater, FL 33761

    I moved near First Watch Clearwater on Village Road. I eat there with my family very often. I have celiac and of course I must eat gluten free. even though the choices aren't many, I do often order eggs ,ham and potatoes or grits. First Watch now offers a gluten free blueberry Uldis muffin. I order that and safe for a later snack. I come from Bayside NY and ther were absolutely no gluten free breakfast restaurants anywhere in my area. The gluten free restaurants I came across in New York we're actually in New York City which was quite distance from my home

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    1 rating Not celiac friendly
    September 17, 2017

    4105 W. Town & Country Rd., Kettering, OH 45429

    Waitress said they didn't have anything gluten free, I would have to know what I could order... Horrible experience: food took forever, hair on omelet, water pitchers dirty inside, waitress' shirt was filthy with food smeared on it, didn't bring everyone's food out together. Long wait just to get a table when we did call ahead and it was not worthy! Would never go back. Stomach upset 30 minutes after eating an omelet.

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    5 rating Celiac friendly
    September 17, 2017

    496 South High Street, Columbus, OH 43215

    A breakfast place. A fair amount of gluten-free choices, like omelets. They have separate pans to cook things in if you have other allergies. We came here twice. One waitress was confident in talking through the allergies, the secret was not, but the cooks were very confident. My wife got the breakfast tacos in corn tortillas and they were delicious.

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    3 rating
    September 10, 2017

    2251 War Admiral Way Suite 130, Lexington, KY 40509

    There are gluten free options, but it takes some work to figure it out. Hostess referred me to the First Watch app which does not have the allergen menu. After searching the Internet for 15 minutes, I settled on the Chicken Pesto Quinoa Bowl and a Kale Tonic. It was delicious and somewhat worth the effort.

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    2 rating
    September 08, 2017

    1970 Medical Center Pkwy #A, Murfreesboro, TN 37129

    For the very sensitive, I would caution. The food is good, a little on the expensive side. I usually have the market veg omelet, the greens and grits and have been fine. They don't have a whole lot of foods that are safe for the GF, no special menus or safe cooking spaces. They do serve breakfast during lunch hours so my family can eat lunch and I can stick with what has been safe, an omelet. They have this wonder thick sliced seeded wheat bread that my family loves and I have asked for no bread several times and still get it on my plate.

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    Celiac
    1 rating Not celiac friendly
    August 22, 2017

    215 Settlers Ridge Center Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15205

    No gluten free menu. I was told nothing can be guaranteed gluten free.

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    5 rating
    July 30, 2017

    4501 Texas Avenue South, College Station, TX 77802

    Updated 7/31/17. They are still here a year later and still serve amazing GF options that don't even make you Miss it. :-) They don't have specific gluten free items mentioned on the menu. But they have LOTS of gluten free options. Their breakfast quinoa power bowl was amazing. They have some awesome fresh pressed juices too. They just opened a June 2016, according to their sign. OMG good!!

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    1 rating
    July 28, 2017

    2762 Town Center Boulevard, Crestview Hills, KY 41017

    Barely any options, not helpful I won't be back

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    July 26, 2017

    11160 Panama City Beach Parkway #409, Panama City Beach, FL 32407

    Awesome! We found this place last summer and made sure to try it again this summer. It was even better than we remembered. We have been here 3 times in this week and I have felt great after each visit. I have been gf since I was diagnosed as celiac in 2006. They do not have a dedicated gf menu, but upon request they are happy provide an ingredient list and a list of "gluten friendly" options. The Farmer's Skillet is my personal favorite.

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    5 rating Celiac friendly
    July 24, 2017

    7163 Radio Road, Naples, FL 34104

    Yayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

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    5 rating Celiac friendly
    July 23, 2017

    Pennsylvania 50, Bridgeville

    Although not a GF menu, the server was very helpful, omelets and skillets are gf without toast, and if you want Eggs Benedict they will serve over potatoes.

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    July 16, 2017

    1568 Bella Cruz Drive, Lady Lake, FL 32159

    I had a really good experience here. Food was excellent. The waitress was knowledgeable about what food contained gluten, even though it is not listed on the menu. Obvious sources of gluten are out, but other items are pretty much gf. The manager let me know how they keep food free from cc when I asked about how the food is cooked. I would come here regularly if I lived in town.

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    4 rating
    July 09, 2017

    6768 Perimeter Loop Road, Dublin, OH 43017

    They worked really well with my gluten-free requests. Good breakfast.

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    4 rating Celiac friendly
    June 27, 2017

    7118 Cortez Road West, Bradenton, FL 34210

    I've had fog luck here. They've been careful about cc, I stick to the omelets. Quinoa bowls is bouillon that is not GF, stay away from those.

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    4 rating
    June 17, 2017

    4117 W. 83rd Street, Prairie Village, KS 66208

    This location always takes care with my wheat, dairy, and yeast allergies. A few times I have had to ask that my allergies be written on the order because the wait staff didn't write them down at first. When they haven't written my allergies clearly someone from the kitchen has come to check with me. We frequent this location and they have gotten to know me. The same waiter brings my meal nearly every time we've been there.

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    1 rating
    June 15, 2017

    2762 Town Center Boulevard, Crestview Hills, KY 41017

    Server acted like gf questions were an inconvenience. She never once smiled. Portions were small and prices quite high. I won't go back

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    1 rating Not celiac friendly
    June 03, 2017

    312 Mid Rivers Center, St. Peter's, MO 63376

    No one with true celiac or gluten allergy should eat here. They are not aware and do not prepare food to avoid contamination. Salad came with croutons even though we told our server.

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    2 rating Not celiac friendly
    May 31, 2017

    8178 S Lewis Avenue #A, Tulsa, OK 74137

    Given a gluten free "guide" but no menu. Basically how to order and leave obviously gluten containing items off. Definitely did not have a warm and fuzzy feeling. Did not get sick, but also had to order very plain food. Definitely not worth paying to go out to eat.

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    Celiac
    4 rating Celiac friendly
    May 29, 2017

    19321 E. Highway 40 #L, Independence, MO 64055

    All omelets are GF. Served with breakfast potato fries and ramekin of fresh fruit (melon, honey dew, pineapple, grapes, blackberry). Servers are knowledgeable regarding GF. My first time here, but will definitely return. Very busy on weekends and holidays (closed Thanksgiving and Christmas). Can call ahead to get on waiting list and can make reservations for party of seven or more. I recommend this place for celiacs. Be sure to tell server you must have gluten-free because of allergy. I did not ask, but I suspect other menu items can be made GF.

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    1 rating Not celiac friendly
    May 28, 2017

    17550 W Blue Mound Rd, Brookfield, WI 53005

    When asked if they had a gluten free menu they said no and did not offer to show any options that were gluten free. We had to push the issue and finally got an option of omelets. The waiter did not know anything about gluten free dining. I only received half a cup of coffee when asked for it.

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    5 rating
    May 22, 2017

    1648 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., Wesley Chapel, FL 33543

    the chicken chimchurri dish is AMAZING. I have eaten at this location twice in the last 4 months and have always found a great selection of egg dishes. the potatoes are carefully cooked on the grill as well. would love to see gf bread added to the menu, but the breakfast food is PHENOMENAL. I have never got sick eating here and they are very accommodating. I highly recommend

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    1 rating
    May 10, 2017

    2125 S.E. Federal Highway, Stuart, FL 34994

    First Watch was once phenomenal about GF options and cross contamination. In the last year or so, they have become GF ignorant and rude. They provide an allergy ingredient sheet but no longer accommodate celiac. Twice now, I have gone and have not eaten. When specifically saying, "no toast, no gluten products", the toast has arrived with my skillet or touching my eggs. So, disappointing! They were once a safe and reliable, "go to".

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    1 rating Not celiac friendly
    May 06, 2017

    1648 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., Wesley Chapel, FL 33543

    Insanely limited selection. This is a good place if you like to wait around for a really long time just to eat side dishes. I'm having a side of grits sprinkled with embarrassment and inconvenience.

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    1 rating Not celiac friendly
    April 30, 2017

    7305 W. 95th Street, Overland Park, KS 66212

    Stay away! GF menu (not found online) has NO entrees, only four side dishes: grits, fruit, seasoned potatoes, and meats! We had to get up and leave!

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    5 rating
    April 25, 2017

    3017 Daniels Road, Winter Garden, FL 34787

    Staff was very knowledgeable about gluten. Love it place!

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    1 rating Not celiac friendly
    April 23, 2017

    7091 College Parkway, Ft. Myers, FL 33907

    No gf menu. They make you go online, which I couldn't find. Very disappointing!

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    1 rating
    April 15, 2017

    21210 St. Andrews Blvd. #15A, Boca Raton, FL 33433

    Disappointed in their lack of a gluten free menu.

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    4 rating
    April 14, 2017

    19321 E. Highway 40 #L, Independence, MO 64055

    They changed their menu and don't have a gluten free menu anymore, but I was able to order an omelet. The servers are still aware of gluten and can advise you on what to order. Super busy place, but very good!

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    1 rating Not celiac friendly
    April 03, 2017

    8104 East 68th Street, Tulsa, OK 74133

    This restaurant no longer serves gluten free bread or toast. The only thing available for breakfast that is gluten free is an omelette. And a cup of fruit. Our server did not seem to know very much about any gluten-free items on the menu. Omelettes are the only choice.

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    5 rating Celiac friendly
    April 02, 2017

    9233 Floer Dr., West Chester, OH 45069

    clearly an opportunity to enjoy some really great meeting they take pride in all natural elements fresh and cage-free eggs my suggestion would be the hash which has many options and his to be a Critic no shrimp and grits allowed!

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    2 rating
    March 29, 2017

    168 Market St., Westlake, OH 44145

    no gf menu. i was served bread with my meal after informing staff of allergies

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    5 rating
    March 25, 2017

    11160 Panama City Beach Parkway #409, Panama City Beach, FL 32407

    We had lunch at First Watch today. We do not have celiac, but we are an anti-inflammatory diet. I am avoiding wheat, dairy, and tomatoes. I had the Sweet Honey Pecan salad. It had a wasabi-like kick to it, and I enjoyed it very much. My wife had the Power Breakfast Quinoa Bowl and loved it. They don't have a GF-dedicated menu, but they do have a "don't eat" menu." Plus, the staff was very helpful in answering all our questions.

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    1 rating
    March 05, 2017

    15289 W 119th Street, Olathe, KS 66062

    Hardly any gluten free options, including dressings

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    Celiac
    1 rating Not celiac friendly
    February 20, 2017

    80 W. Kemper Road, Springdale, OH 45246

    No gluten free menu, waitress had no idea how to help me. I ended up having mixed greens with lemon juice because that was the only thing she could guarantee would be gluten free. Their online allergen list said the tacos were gluten free, but I had the waitress double check and it turned out that the corn taco shells did contain gluten.

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    Celiac
    5 rating
    February 19, 2017

    8178 S Lewis Avenue #A, Tulsa, OK 74137

    This location much better than the Memorial location. No gf bread but they make accommodations and have never gotten contaminated

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    5 rating
    February 05, 2017

    4741 Chace Cir, Hoover, AL 35244

    There is very good service and they have an option to trade bread for gluten free seasoned potatoes.

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    5 rating
    February 02, 2017

    9645 N. Black Canyon Hwy., Phoenix, AZ 85021

    I had the quinoa protein bowl! It was delicious!! Very accommodating as far as gluten, however I'm not celiac.

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    January 13, 2017

    4324 53rd Ave E, Bradenton, FL 34203

    First watch has been beyond accommodating and takes all dietary restrictions seriously. I have eaten here three times and have not gotten sick. Each and every time I have eaten here it has been a great experience. They do not have a gluten free menu but they are very happy to explain what can and cannot be done. Additionally, they not only ensured my food was gluten free but dairy free as well. The manager, Robert came to my table and personally took my order this last time but was always involved in my food preparation(every visit). Great Job to the team at First Watch ! Thank you very much for taking my condition seriously!

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    1 rating
    January 11, 2017

    8104 East 68th Street, Tulsa, OK 74133

    This used to be my safe breakfast place. They have stopped with the gf bread and no longer train their employees on gluten allergy. The waitress I had didn't have a clue and I had to explain my allergy. To top it all off I was so sick after eating here this last time. I WONT go back.

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    5 rating
    January 05, 2017

    11682 Parkside Dr, Knoxville, TN 37934

    Be careful! The chicken broth has gluten and it is in things that you would not suspect. The potatoes are also not GF. The manager and server were awesome and very helpful. When our server wasn't sure, she made sure to find someone who knew. The quinoa with egg was amazing.....just tell them no chicken broth!

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    Celiac
    4 rating Celiac friendly
    November 26, 2016

    2159-D York Rd, Timonium, MD 21093

    Most items are GF by not having the toast. Just ask your server what is GF. The breakfast tacos were tasty. Wish they had cappuccino.

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    Celiac
    5 rating
    November 25, 2016

    20424 Route 19, Suite 420, Cranberry Township, PA 16066

    Eat here often. Plenty of GF options. Staff very knowledgeable.

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    2 rating Not celiac friendly
    November 20, 2016

    312 Mid Rivers Center, St. Peter's, MO 63376

    I like FW but now that I'm GF I found it lacking in choices. The featured breakfast was fig prosciutto toast and eggs. But they did NOT have GF bread option and the waitress had a lame excuse why they don't have ANY GF bread on site. I ordered it anyway and it was delicious BUT I shouldn't have to risk my health to enjoy a tasty breakfast. Sadly we won't be returning to what has been a favorite restaurant.

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    November 13, 2016

    3402 Technological Avenue, Orlando, FL 32817

    I absolutely adore this place: the service is fantastic and I love their coffee! As a coeliac hailing from Melbourne, Australia, that's saying quite a bit! Staff are incredibly attentive and most items on the menu can be made gluten free with some substitutions or simple adjustments made to each dish. They highlight my orders in giant red marker just to make sure the kitchen staff get the memo. I've dined here twice with no issues thus far.

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    November 08, 2016

    9916 College Blvd., Overland Park, KS 66210

    Had great service and had a wonderful kale drink and an omelet. They were knowledgeable about celiac issues and brought my food out separately. Very tasty and filling.

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    3 rating
    October 22, 2016

    2540 Iowa, Suite D., Lawrence, KS 66046

    The options were fine (omlets); however I went in wanting pancakes or waffles. They don't have GF options for those or any breads. A little disappointed.

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    Celiac
    1 rating Not celiac friendly
    October 11, 2016

    35146 US Hwy 19 North, Palm Harbor, FL 34684

    Screw this place. Not only is there a ton of cross contamination, but they just denied serving my friends because of their autistic son. This is totally against the law.

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    2 rating Not celiac friendly
    October 02, 2016

    8104 East 68th Street, Tulsa, OK 74133

    they used to have a seperate gf toaster and were great about separation but it seems that corporate pulled the plug on that. no longer my go-to breakfast spot :-( hope they change it back!

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    2 rating
    September 30, 2016

    7163 Radio Road, Naples, FL 34104

    Good food, but we were told they are "redoing the gluten-free menu", which apparently has been in process since 2014. Nothing is guaranteed Celiac-friendly.

Categories

  • Breakfast
  • Cafe
  • Lunch
Monday
7 am - 2:30 pm
Tuesday
7 am - 2:30 pm
Wednesday
7 am - 2:30 pm
Thursday
7 am - 2:30 pm
Friday
7 am - 2:30 pm
Saturday
7 am - 2:30 pm
Sunday
7 am - 2:30 pm
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