Gluten free menu is very limited but looks safe, the pasta was good. I like that they have a separate dedicated gluten free menu except when you order the waiter still asks "soup or salad" and the soups aren't listed in the gluten free menu and you have to remember to ask for no croutons on the salad. Attention to detail from the waiter would be nice but if you follow the menu you will be fine.
My husband and I live in Bend OR and recently visited the local Olive Garden in order to complete a gluten-free review on the facility. My husband, Dr. Jason Kremer, specializes in Celiac Disease and other gastrointestinal/autoimmune disorders and I (a celiac) specialize in providing nutritional guidance for those on a gluten-free diet. Here is our review of Olive Garden, (found on our website: http://www.bendwellnessdoctor.com/index.php?p=284199) Olive Garden - Bend OR Gluten-free menu- Was a gluten-free menu available? Yes. 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.
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.
We've dined here several times with no issues whatsoever. GF menu is pretty limited, but it's good & safe.
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!
I was very impressed with the service I received at this Olive Garden location. I went on a Saturday evening, and even though it was busy, the manager was very friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable with my celiac concerns. She personally ensured no cross contamination with my meal and the waitress checked in on me often. I had the chicken parmigiana (grilled rather than deep fried) along with the traditional salad (no croutons). Delicious and wonderful service. No celiac reaction. Will go back again soon.
We hadn't been to an Olive Garden in years but decided to give it a try. I had soup and salad with grilled chicken. I was told the grilled chicken would be cooked in a separate pan. I don't know what the culprit was, but I know I got sick. Something was well contaminated and we won't be back.
I was served pasta that was not gluten free and after a few bites I realized looking at the chicken it was friend and not grilled. I got the waiter and he apologized and then asked if I at least wanted to keep the fried chicken... needless to say it is not gf friendly for celiacs and I would not go back after breaking out in hives.
The waiters at this location are rude. I ordered a gltuen free pasta with chicken and pesto sauce, they gave me 3 small pieces of chicken not even strips and the pesto sauce was oily. I won't be going back to the Bowie location, for better service go to the Waldorf MD location!
Only giving it a 1 star because I couldn't give Olive Garden a 0. They served me regular pasta after I double checked it was gluten free and then they came back after and said "Oops". I was so so sick.
I didn’t even consider Olive Garden as a choice. Both milk and wheat make me emergency room visit sick and pain for hours. It is a hypersensitivity, not allergies. I ended up there for a work lunch. I have food in my office so no big deal. They were totally awesome. The manager checked on me, the chief come out before he cooked. Please they were discreet so it didn’t make a scene.
Terrible as every review has said. I was stuck since others had chosen the location. My pasta was raw on one side of the plate and mush on the other. My chicken was llitteraly about 2 oz. , the salad was okay. I am mildly sick from it. Fortunately I ate very little of my meal. I will never go back. 2018 I went back recently. It is so much better! They made my favorite soup gf🤗 toscanna. the pasta is good too with the meat sauce and a sausage. I have been 4 or more times at coconut point in estero fl with no problems.
I have tried to eat here a few times and although they are cautious... the gluten free food was absolutely disgusting. The salmon costs $17.00 and you cannot have any spices on it. I didn't eat it and I will eat the frozen filets I cook at home just because it is good for me.... so I'm not that picky.... it is just really not good. The vegetables also were unseasoned... It is really not hard to cook Gluten Free.... and have gluten free spices on hand.... just don't pretend to have a gluten free m menu if you aren't going to make an effort to give the food some taste......
Manager says they use separate water for gf pasta, cook says they use same water, waiter says if Celiac don't order pasta there. So I took his advice, ate a salad and left. Sadly I really wanted some lovely GF pasta like I had in Victoria Olive Garden. :-( Waiter did not know what gluten was. Unaware they offered GF pasta but was willing to learn. Manager unwilling to come to my table.
No bread, but GF/DF pasta and meat sauce or chicken Parmesan minus the breading and cheese. Side salad with oil and vinegar was only DF option. No soups, even though our waitstaff one time tried to reassure me one was gf. Not been sick if I stick with the one dish.
Our server gave my husband the regular pasta instead of the gluten-free pasta. When we brought it to his attention after he’d already taken some bites he asked if we wanted to swap it out. Needless to say he got so sick he missed a flight out with my family the next day.The managers comped our meal and took down our names for insurance purposes but having my husband not be on vacation with us due to an error like that left me with a bad taste in my mouth.
I ordered the Parmesan pesto gluten free pasta and the salmon, both off of the gluten free menu provided. I kept asking every time I talked to the manager and told him my situation right as he came to our table. I got my food, asked again if it was gluten free and was reassured it was not to worry. Halfway through my meal I found regular noodles in my pasta and told him immediately and the manager came and said they have rules to avoid these situations and that the waiter must not have been trained properly. The waiter came back and said he pressed the wrong button and the meal was put in as a regular meal and not gluten free. The manager handled it properly and her reassuring about separate cooking area would be the only reason I would go back.
Friends frequently ask me to eat lunch there. Each time I have had so called gluten free entrées I have gotten sick. The restaurant does not guarantee that items are gluten free.
You have a very tiny limited menu on those crazy little iPads. And don’t have dreams of having appetizers or desserts! It’s salad or 1 kind of soup for an appetizer and no dessert but you can watch everyone else eat dessert!! Never going back. Can make better at home.
Limited items to choose from... Pasta marinara, grilled chicken parm, a fish and a steak. There is one soup you can choose (something with sausage if I remember correctly) or salad without the croutons. That's pretty much it. Like most places, no apps are GF. Not worth the money or time. I make my own Francese, Vodka, Alfredo sauces and a bolognese and experiment with sausages, meatballs, and veggies. They're an Italian restaurant, they can do better than that. I'm an amateur and can make it work. Pinterest it for ideas!
I gave it 4 stars only because there's only 1 dish really available to gluten intolerant people, the gluten free pasta with meat sauce and either sausage or chicken. I wish there was more option but the option available I've never had a reaction to and they take the allergy seriously
They have a gluten sensitive menu with a lengthy disclaimer at the bottom stating basically we will try but there is gluten everywhere. There are no prices and 3 options, one soup, and salad without croutons. The staff was very confident and seemed knowledgeable which was nice. I only had the soup and salad and got sick.
Staff is not educated on what gluten is.. Probably due to the fact that the managers don’t know, either. They have a gluten SENSITIVE menu (instead of a Gluten Free) but there’s a risk for cross contamination due to the lack of knowledge among employees in the kitchen, servers, and due to the fact the gluten free pasta is cooked with the normal pasta.
Recently ate at Olive Garden, the staff was very good and knowledgeable about my wheat allergy. From the gluten free menu I ordered the Soup and the rotini with meat sauce. The soup was even all you could eat and delicious. The rotini was really good too. I had no reactions. I will definitely eat here again.
Not celiac safe. Ordered the gluten free rotini (their only gluten free pasta) and double checked that it would be boiled in clean water. Our server was very caring and helpful and made sure the cook knew we had a child with celiac with us. But we found 2 spaghetti noodles in the dish. Thankfully we noticed before feeding it to our child. Definitely won’t be dining here again.
I got super sick from CC here.
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