11555 CARMEL MOUNTAIN RD, SAN DIEGO CA 92128 Directions

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The waiter said this location has a dedicated prep are for gluten free! My son orders the gluten free pasta with shrimp and loves it!

Updated 8 months ago read full review

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Can I give zero stars??? Even though I ordered off the GF menu, that was extremely limited, the ended up poisoning me with regular noodles. I ate half my dish that was made with mushrooms when I ordered my meal with out. When the waiter asked how it was going I said that I did order this with out mushrooms. He insisted on remaking it. When the new bowl came out the pasta was different. I asked is this GF too? Then he said that only the penne was GF. Nothing I had was Penne!!! I was very sick the next day!! I missed Lego land with my Family.

Updated 5 years ago read full review

Gluten Free Features

  • Gluten Free Menu
  • Pasta

Categories

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

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Celiac

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Safety


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

— Not at all

On Safety

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

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

On Quality & Quantity

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

Other


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Staff is not knowledgeable about cross contamination

Celiac

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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

On Quality & Quantity

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!

Other


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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.

Celiac

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Celiac friendly?

No

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

Celiac

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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

On Quality & Quantity

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

Other


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

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Safety


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

— Not at all

On Safety

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!

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

Other


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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!

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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Celiac friendly?

No

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

Celiac

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Celiac friendly?

No

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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

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Safety


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

— Not at all

On Safety

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.

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

On Quality & Quantity

The salad was gross and tasted 3 days old.

Other


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

Not celiac

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Celiac friendly?

No

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

Overall Rating

Safety


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

— Not very

On Safety

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

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

On Quality & Quantity

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

Celiac

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Safety


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

— Not at all

On Safety

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.

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

On Quality & Quantity

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.

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Celiac friendly?

Yes

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

Celiac

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Celiac friendly?

No

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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

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Safety


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

— Not at all

On Safety

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.

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

On Quality & Quantity

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.

Not celiac

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Safety


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

— Unsure

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

On Quality & Quantity

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

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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Celiac friendly?

No

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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

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Celiac friendly?

No

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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

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Celiac friendly?

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

Celiac

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Celiac friendly?

Yes

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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

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Celiac friendly?

No

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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

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Celiac friendly?

No

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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.

Not celiac

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Celiac friendly?

No

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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.

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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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Celiac friendly?

No

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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

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Celiac friendly?

No

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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

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Celiac friendly?

No

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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

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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

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Celiac friendly?

No

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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

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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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Celiac friendly?

No

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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.

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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

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Celiac friendly?

Yes

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

Celiac

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Celiac friendly?

Yes

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I can only get like two things on the menu but it’s always safe and delicious.

Celiac

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Celiac friendly?

No

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Waitresses was attentive. I Asked for glutin free rotini pasta and it came mixed with wheat pasta shells. Manager apologized with assurances that he’d speak to chief.

Celiac

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Celiac friendly?

Yes

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Staff was very knowledgeable and assured me that precautions would be taken to prevent cross-contamination. They have separate pasta water and a great GF soup starter. They were very busy but managed to keep my meal safe!

Celiac

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Celiac friendly?

Yes

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This Olive Garden has a gf menu. Not a lot of options but enough. The server was knowledgeable and said the kitchen would clean the cooking space and use fresh utensils. Food was delicious. I would eat here again.

Not celiac

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Celiac friendly?

No

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This restaurant has one of the most limited GF selections, and their pasta tastes terrible. I’d rather go to Biaggi’s, which has an amazing and tasty GF menu. If I could give 0 stars, I would!

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Celiac friendly?

No

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The gluten free pasta at this Olive Garden is heated up in the same water as the regular pasta with gluten in it. I happened to ask of they use the same stirring utensil for the gluten free pasta as the regular pasta. That's when I was informed about how it it prepared. If you have celiac disease, I suggest not eating the pasta and asking how your food is prepared.

Celiac

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The staff was AMAZING and so thoughtful with helping me navigate their menu. Their gluten free pasta is delicious, and they will have a salad made to where you can eat it as well!

Celiac

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Celiac friendly?

No

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Not Celiac friendly. They boil the gf noodles in the same water as the regular noodles. The staff is not well versed regarding allergies.

Not celiac

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I ordered all of the gf options Andy stomach was a mess on the way home. They were not very knowledgeable about the sauces as well.

Not celiac

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No

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They offer gluten free items but the facility is not considered gluten free. Ask for a gluten free menu and they take the crutons off of the salad.

Celiac

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Celiac friendly?

No

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My pasta tested positive for gluten on my Nima sensor. Dish was removed from check. Staff was very understanding but not very knowledgeable.

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Celiac friendly?

No

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Nope! Don’t be fooled by the GF offerings on the menu. The staff is not trained. You will get sick. Just keep driving. You are not that hungry.

Celiac

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They have a limited Gluten Free menu.

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