40% of 5 votes say it's Celiac friendly

63459 US-97, Bend, OR 97701 Directions

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They have a gluten sensitive menu and were able to make accommodations but I received my refill salad and it had a crouton so I immediately stopped eating. Cross contamination is a big risk.

Celiac friendly?

No

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Service -The first time we visited this restaurant our server was very friendly and seemed quite knowledgeable. He seemed happy to cater to our gluten-free, dairy-free needs. With our second visit to Olive Garden (a couple of months later) we had a new server. Again, this server was friendly and happy to cater to our gluten-free/dairy-free needs.

Knowledge - The first server seemed to have a great deal of knowledge about food sensitivities and was able to tell us about the processes that the restaurant has in place to keep the food safe. We did have questions about marinades and salad dressing and when he wasn’t positive about the ingredients he checked with the cooks.

The second server that we had actually asked us what Celiac Disease was (we were, of course, happy to educate him). He also suggested a sauce to me to go with the gluten-free pasta dish that I had ordered, and then came back a few minutes later to let me know that the sauce he had recommended wasn’t actually gluten-free. When I asked what steps the chefs/cooks take to ensure that gluten doesn’t end up in our meals, the server was quite vague and assured us that they are very careful to make sure that our meals don’t contain gluten, however he wasn’t able to tell us how the chefs/cooks would be keeping our meals gluten-free.

Safety of food - With our initial visit, we felt comfortable eating here and the food did appear to be gluten-free. We spoke with the manger after enjoying our meal and she further discussed the ways in which the restaurant works to ensure the safety of the food.

On the second visit, I felt a little less comfortable about the safety of the food but was glad that the server double checked the ingredients of the sauce that he recommended to me prior to serving it. I do wonder how many other gluten-free customers he has offered that sauce to in the past as I believe only checked on it after we told him just how serious a gluten sensitivity/celiac disease actually is.

Taste and cost/serving size - We were very happy with both the price and the amount of food that we were given. My wife even had to ask for a “to go” box which never happens with her!

The second visit was a different story. My wife ordered a chicken breast with a side of veggies and received a very meager portion of each (see picture above). In addition, my serving of pasta and chicken was also quite small, and while we did get our money’s worth with the amount of salad that we both ate, we were both ready to eat again by the time we got home a little while later.

Overall experience - The overall experience was definitely better with our first visit than with our second. The service was good with each visit and it does appear that the restaurant has a system in place to ensure meals are gluten-free. However, I wasn’t impressed by the education/knowledge that our second server seemed to have when it comes to gluten and I feel a more thorough staff training/education program would be beneficial. In addition, the number of choices on the g-free menu was quite limited; it would be great to have a few more options available. It was really great to see a gluten-free menu, however it didn’t offer any appetizers or soups or even display prices for that matter.

Based on the inconsistency of server education, lack of gluten-free menu prices, and the fact that gluten-free pasta is made-to-order, just like the regular pasta, I still see a large concern for error in meal preparation. I give Olive Garden 3 out of 5 stars.

Updated 7 years ago read full review

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Visited Bend location and was told that the Gluten Free menu could be cross-contaminated. When I received my dish, they had gluten-based pasta mixed into my GF dish. When I mentioned it to server, he shrugged his shoulders and said we shouldn't eat there in the future if that's an issue.

Updated 8 years ago read full review

Gluten Free Features

  • Gluten Free Menu
  • Pasta

Categories

  • Italian
  • Kid Friendly
  • Late Night
  • Restaurant
  • Takeout

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We've dined here several times with no issues whatsoever. GF menu is pretty limited, but it's good & safe.

Updated 8 years ago read full review

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I've tried the gluten free pasta with marinara and it was awesome! I was super excited to have great Italian food again... I highly recommend! Ask for the gluten free menu. There are actually quite a few choices!

Updated 8 years ago read full review

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I dined here yesterday and specified I had a gluten allergy. The waitress suggested I look at the allergen info on the Ziosk to confirm what u could order. I ended up getting the GF rotini with meat sauce and meatballs. The zuppa toscana is also GF, so that was my soup. Their breadsticks contain gluten, as does 90% of the menu.

I could tell there was not any gluten at all in my meal, and our food was served hot and fresh. I do wish they had more GF pastas available than rotini. I believe their salmon dish is also a GF option, as well as zucchini noodles.

Another suggestion I would make to the Olive Garden chain is to offer a few GF desserts. All of their dessert menu contains gluten.

Safety


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

— Somewhat

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?

— Excellent

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for kids
  • Good for lunch
  • Good for takeout
  • Good selection of healthy options
  • Offers online ordering
Celiac

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Food is ok, but they can't be trusted. I have eaten there several times and have found other noodles mixed in with my gluten free noodles. They obviously aren't taking proper safe guards to minimize cross contamination.

Celiac friendly?

No

Not celiac

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There is only one gluten free pasta dish and they don’t tell you that other ingredients contain gluten if you order a dish and substitute gluten free noodles

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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?

— Average

Celiac

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NOT CELIAC SAFE - ordered a curbside pickup order off the gluten free menu, and marked the name on the order as “GLUTEN FREE/ALLERGY” to be extra safe. Got all the way home and looked and food (was not marked separately) and was not gluten free. Luckily I have eaten at other Olive Gardens and already knew which type of noodles were GF and which weren’t, otherwise I would have had no idea. Called the store & they were apologetic and offered to remake it correctly, bummer is now I have to drive another 20 minutes each way to pick up my food (again).

Safety


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

— 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?

— Average

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Other Characteristics
  • Offers online ordering
Not celiac

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There is ONE gluten free dish, it is gross and tastes metallic. I do not recommend for celiacs!

Safety


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

— 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

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

— Poor

Celiac

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Not celiac safe. I was glutened few days ago after ordering the GF noodles. and after sharing my experience with fb celiac support group a lot commented that OG shares pots and water. I don’t know if this is true but makes sense because within 10 mins I was sick.

Pasta tastes great but I was glutened after eating it. Not celiac friendly.

Safety


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

— 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?

— Not Much

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

— Good

Celiac

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I haven't been sick here for years! GF pasta snafus and salad can be ordered with croutons on the side. I just wish they had more options :)

Not celiac

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Olive Garden currently has not had any of its gluten free options in the last 4 months due to COVID. Not currently a gluten free establishment.

Safety


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

— Not very

Safety Feature Ratings
  • Other dedicated kitchen equipment (oven, toaster, pots, pans, utensils, etc.)
  • Staff is knowledgeable and can answer questions
  • Staff will clean kitchen space or change gloves if asked
  • Food comes out flagged or marked gluten-free

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Separate gluten-free menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— None

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

— Good

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When the waiter asks "What's gluten?" it's time to start worrying. It went downhill from there. The first salad came with croutons and chicken parmesan came with pasta that was not gluten free.

Celiac friendly?

No

Celiac

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Asked for a gluten free chicken Parmigian over gf rotini and it was amazing. Sad that can't offer a gluten free salad.

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There was one Gluten-free pasta option. There were two gluten-free sauce options. I spoke very specifically about my celiac status. The waiter asked the kitchen a couple of questions for me regarding soup and salads. When my gluten-free pasta dish arrived, four bites in and I see a fettuccine noodle in my pasta dish. I calmly asked the waiter about it. He in turn went and asked the kitchen about it. He came back and confirmed that they cook gluten-free pasta in the standard glutinous pasta water. He assured me “if you have an allergy, they cook it otherwise “. I was astonished! Of course the manager was involved she said all the right things… Didn’t deny their poor actions....Tried very hard to give me a gift card for there a restaurant. I assured her I couldn’t possibly come back. The poor waiter was nervous… I even actually felt kind of bad for the manager… But I decided I needed to write this review. There really is no question about it… There is zero consideration for people with celiac disease in this restaurant.

Safety


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

— 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?

— Not Much

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

— Average

Celiac

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I have ate at this Olive Garden on 3 seperate occasions over the past 2 years and each time I am glutened. There was actual fettuccine hiding in my gluten free pasta this time after I asked SPECIFICALLY if they boil the gluten pasta and gluten free in different waters and was assured that they do. I will never come back here again.

Celiac friendly?

No

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Ordered the GF pasta and within a few bites I was running for the bathroom. Don’t think the wait staff really understand what GF is and how to deal with someone who has Celiac.

Safety


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

— Not at all

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Separate gluten-free 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?

— Poor

Celiac

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I had the takeway spaghetti and meat sauce (GF rotini subbed for spaghetti) and the Zoupa Tuscana. Good straight forward food, and I had no reaction.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Celiac

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Safety


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

— Not at all

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Separate gluten-free 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?

— Poor

Celiac

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No safety protocols put in place. Menu has a heavy disclaimer

Gluten free pasta is terrible! And pretty sure cooked in came gluten pasta water. Soo sick after

Staff is not knowledgeable about cross contamination

Safety


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

— Not at all

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Separate gluten-free 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?

— Poor

Celiac

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Portions are decent, I had to get a to-go box for the rest. The quality is great. Their pasta with bolognese is amazing and their salad is my favorite!

Waitstaff was knowledgeable and understanding of gluten-free. Staff ensured extra precautions would be taken. When they brought salad the croutons were left off in a separate bowl for non gluten-free diners. This place has amazing gluten-free pasta, but I wish there were more options.

Safety


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

— Very

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Separate gluten-free 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?

— Excellent

Celiac

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They made me sick, they must have given me non gluten free food. Not going back there.

Celiac friendly?

No

Celiac

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Since I’m also a vegetarian, the choices were slim, but my pasta & salad were very good.

Safety


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

— Somewhat

Safety Feature Ratings
  • Dedicated gluten-free space in the kitchen
  • Staff is knowledgeable and can answer questions
  • Staff will clean kitchen space or change gloves if asked
  • Food comes out flagged or marked gluten-free

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

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for takeout
  • Good selection of healthy options
  • Good with other allergies
  • Offers delivery
  • Offers online ordering
Celiac

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I was very clear about my allergy and ordered gluten free pasta, when they brought it out I verified that the pasta was GF, it was full gluten spaghetti!

Even when they brought out the pasta I asked if it was the gluten free pasta and the waitress assured me it was and after one bite I knew it wasn’t and I was sick for a week!

Safety


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

— Not at all

Quality & Quantity


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?

— Average

Celiac

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This store is horrible we said my kid was allergic to................and then they served fodd with..................in it

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Gluten free pasta had multiple pieces of non gluten free pasta in it.

Celiac friendly?

No

Celiac

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Pretty sure my celiac son got glutened here from cross contamination. After further investigation. I believe they use the same pasta water for the gf pasta and regular pasta.

Celiac friendly?

No

Celiac

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The menu states not safe for celiac. I asked the waitress if salad can be made GF, she told me “no because it has tomatoes”. I told her tomatoes are naturally GF. I asked to speak to the chef. He told me that the salad can be made GF But none of the dressings are GF. So he gave me oil, but the oil goes from table to table and I did not trust the contamination. This place is not safe at all for celiac.

The salad was gross and tasted 3 days old.

The service was below average and did not understand what celiac or gf was. The drinks are also not safe

Safety


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

— 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?

— Not Much

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

— Poor

Not celiac

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Not Celiac friendly! Gluten free food is not good and is always cross contaminated.

Celiac friendly?

No

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They only offer gluten free pasta.. not their sauce and most food.

Not good. Not worth the chance of getting sick. They offer gluten-free pasta but their sauce isn’t

Safety


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

— 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

Celiac

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Our daughter has celiac disease so she chose the grilled chicken with pasta marinara, kids portion. She enjoyed her meal but woke up sick the next morning so obviously something wasn’t gluten free or something was cross contaminated.

Our daughter has celiac disease so for the kids, they had 2 options. Grilled chicken with pasta marinara or pasta with a meat sauce. She could also have the salad without croutons.

Safety


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

— 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?

— Not Much

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

— Average

Overall Rating

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I wish they had more choices, but very good non the less.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Celiac

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Found wheat pasta in my gluten free to-go rotini. Manager was apologetic when I called, but obviously they need better training in the kitchen.

Celiac friendly?

No

Celiac

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I ordered GF pasta. When it came out I noticed it was spaghetti rather than their normal GF Rotini. I asked several times if they were sure it was GF and the assured me it was. A few minutes later as I went to take my first bite, the manager, waiter, and server ran out talking at me to stop.... they served me the wrong pasta and was in fact not GF. Literally my worst nightmare and I also have anaphylaxis to wheat.

I ordered GF pasta. When it came out I noticed it was spaghetti rather than their normal GF Rotini. I asked several times if they were sure it was GF and the assured me it was. A few minutes later as I went to take my first bite, the manager, waiter, and server ran out talking at me to stop.... they served me the wrong pasta and was in fact not GF. Literally my worst nightmare and I also have anaphylaxis to wheat.

Safety


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

— 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?

— Not Much

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

— Below Average

Celiac

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Safety


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

— 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?

— None

Celiac

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The last 2 times I ate here and ordered gluten free option I went home and became very ill. The first time I thought maybe it was a fluke. The second time I learned my lesson and won't go back.

Celiac friendly?

No

Celiac

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We have tried eating here sporadically over the years. Too many times, we have found gluten noodles in the gf rotini pasta. We think it’s coming from the sauces. No more Olive Garden for us.

Celiac friendly?

No

Celiac

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Garbage food. Not gluten free, not fresh and not worth a dollar

Celiac friendly?

No

Celiac

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Staff was very knowledgeable and made sure to keep my food separate. Good portions and didn’t get sick! Their menu says “gluten sensitive” bc they have a kitchen full of gluten, but this staff did their best to keep my food separate.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Celiac

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DO NOT EAT HERE Untrained staff, got served soup with wheat after waiter recommended the soup for GF. My pasta had a few regular noodles in with the gf noodles. Then was charged for the dish after sending it back because I obviously wasn’t gonna eat it

Celiac friendly?

No

Not celiac

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Went with two individuals with Celiacs. We asked the staff which items could be made gluten free, to which they stated any item. Both “gluten free” dishes made them incredibly sick. Apparently they put bread crumbs in the dish. Would not recommend for gluten free dining.

Celiac friendly?

No

Celiac

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My husband received a gift card to olive garden and I was nervous about it. I was able to eat salad without croutons and their zuppa toscana soup which is gf and tastes amazing. It is like a potato soup with sausage in it. I'm very sensitive to even the slightest bit of cross contamination with severe reactions and I had no issues at all. We will definitely go again as it is so hard to find safe places to eat. I won't risk their gf pastas though. I've heard they use the same water for both regular and gf pastas. Don't know if that's a fact but I'm not willing to chance it. The zuppa toscana soup and salad was amazing and I was safe with no adverse reactions.

Celiac

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Sad to say I enjoyed eating here because of the convenience of the gluten-free menu, however the last time I ate here I found regular noodles mixed in with my gluten-free noodles. This was despite me questioning before ordering whether the gluten free pasta was cooked in separate water. It clearly wasn't but they told me it was. What a shame would love this to be a safe and convenient option for celiacs but sadly this problem changed my mind and their response to it proved that they didn't really understand the issue fully.

Celiac friendly?

No

Celiac

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I came to this Olive Garden and asked for a gluten free menu. They had a nice menu with a decent number of options. When I ordered the steak and Alfredo off the GF menu I was given regular Alfredo linguine and was told the pasta was made from whole wheat. This location has absolutely zero clue what they are doing when it comes to gluten sensitivity.

Celiac friendly?

No

Celiac

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Ordered gluten free pasta and when it came out was not gluten free, had regular pasta mixed in very apparently, so most likely boiled in the same water. I'm celiac and was illl for days! Would not recommend.

Celiac friendly?

No

Celiac

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My boyfriend has celiac and he ordered gluten free rotini pasta (the only kind of gluten free noodle they have) only to have his plate come out with a fettuccine noodle from his daughters plate laying right in the middle of his noodles. Needless to say he was soon sick from it.

Celiac

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They don’t care about cross contamination. I was severely glutened, and won’t be returning. It’s sad because the GF pasta itself was fantastic. Just not safe for Celiacs.

Celiac friendly?

No

Celiac

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Daughter has celiac and we heard Olive Garden has a gluten free menu come to find out the salad that’s on the menu all the do is pick out the gluten.

Celiac friendly?

No

Celiac

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Waitress was clueless. Should have asked for the manager, but ordered something safe (salmon), so didn't think it was necessary. I got VERY sick - seemed different than the usual gluten exposure though... Maybe food poisoning?

Not celiac

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While I was impressed that this restaurant had a whole gluten free menu the one item they are lacking is a bread option. Their bread sticks are what Olive Garden is known for they should look into making a gluten free option

Not celiac

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We tried this again for the first time in several years and my son loves it and didn't get sick. He's not been tested for celiac but is very sensitive to gluten. He had salad, buttered rotini noodles and steamed broccoli. So far we've successfully been to the Coin Rapids and the Maple Grove locations. His only complaint is that options are somewhat limited and there is no bread option.

Celiac

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I ordered the gluten free pasta and knew within minutes that I was glutened. I later found out they boil the pasta in the same water.

Celiac friendly?

No

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They list Gluten Sensitive on the menu, so be very careful if you have Celiac. My daughter and I ate there and were so sick after eating. The food was very good and the manager assured us our food was GF, it was very apparent that something was not GF.

Celiac friendly?

No

Celiac

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The server was amazing and ensured that my meal was totally safe.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

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