I would say maybe an adult w celiac could be ok, but my child w celiac ended up with no meal. I messaged them 2 days early about food options and they never got back to me. Upon arriving they told us that while usually they have a dedicated fryer for French fries, a "mistake" had happened and flour battered food had been used in the fryer. OK...But They did not offer to make him some potatoes in another pan or any other options, just "sorry" . They had no GF bun option for the hamburger (which was priced at over $20 which would have included no bun and no fries, just a patty on the plate). Part of being celiac friendly is working w the customer and offering options and work-around. They were completely inflexible. I really think the waiter was clearly burned out from people with food restrictions and simply didn't care... For such an expensive restaurant I was surprised (esp one that markets themselves as having lots of gf options) After paying a hundred dollars for a family meal, I then had to go home and cook for my kid...Won't be going back.
Gather boasts a great ambiance and some innovative Californian food; they do not always have a ton of gluten-free options, though. And to be honest, I am always a little bothered by their price tag and the fact they sell me a full-prize "gluten-free burger" by simply omitting the bun. :/ That's not how it works, folks.
I had a wonderful experience at Gather last night. I told my server first thing that I have celiac and he immediately explained that the fryer is shared. I asked him to steer me away from any fried items which he did. The staff is clearly trained in regards to differing levels of gluten sensitivity. The food was excellent and I feel great this morning.
I have been here many times and really love their food - but I learned last night that you HAVE to tell your server you are Celiac if you truly want a gf meal. While items on their menu are labeled GF -- i ordered one last night only to discover it covered in oats. I had already taken a bite when I realized I might be in trouble. I asked my server if she could confirm the oats were GF and she said "Oh, are you Celiac? You didn't tell me that." In full disclosure when I ordered I asked her recommendations and she asked if I had any food limitations and I told I was GF. Hmmm... I know lots of people are gf for reasons other than celiac- but should it matter? If an item is labeled gf and their isn't a note on the menu suggesting that not all gf labeling is the same ... then the eater should assume it is gf, right? Anyway they were pretty nice about their mistake and i will eat there again -- but it was a very good learning lesson! Despite the apparent sensitivity of the menu labels you really do need to spell it out to your server.
The food is delicious and very fresh. The menu changes seasonally and the dishes are creative. I've been to Gather countless times and they have never once "glutened" me. I'm a very sensitive celiac, and they take it quite seriously. The menu has gf items marked, as well as vegan and vegetarian, but I always tell them why I am ordering gf and they assure me extra care will be taken. I eat at very very few restaurants, mostly make food at home, but Gather is one place I can trust!