Olive Garden

2 ratings
$$ • Italian Restaurant
Reported to have a gluten-free menu
Reported GF menu options: Pasta

Warning

This is a chain, which typically means a high risk of cross-contact. It may not be possible to dine safely at this establishment.

Safety Rating
2 ratings

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332 W Army Trail Rd
Bloomingdale, IL 60108

Most Recent Reviews


Celiac

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The gluten-free options are limited. I ordered the gluten-free pasta along with meatballs and sausage. When the meal arrived, it only had one meatball and one two inch sausage. I asked about the portions. The server told me that the meatballs and the sausage weren't gluten-free, so they only gave me a sample to see if I could handle them. So now I know that only the salad is gluten-free and one simple pasta selection.

Safety


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

— 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?

— Excellent

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for lunch
  • Good for takeout
  • Offers online ordering
Updated 2 years ago read full review

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I have tried Olive Garden on several occassions (mostly out of gratitude for them being one of the first chains to have a GF menu but lately they have been seriously slipping) and have reached the following opinion. If you have celiac this is not the best option in the Bloomingdale area. First concern is cross contamination with their pasta, this has been a huge concern and not worth the gamble. Tried this option once several years ago and lost that gamble. So that eliminates two entrees on their menu immediately. I love steak so in the past I have opted for that option only to be disapointed with the Steak on three straight visits spaning 2 years first with no seasoning (even though they claim their seasoning is GF), second time undercooked and tough steak, and third try it was way overcooked steak (three times bad experiences and that option is out). So this latest time I decided to try their Salmon and Garlic Broccli. Broccli I had was steamed only (this may be the only GF option but that was not what was advertised in their GF Menu) and the Salmon was so dry that it was hard to choke down and not even the pesto sauce could save it. So now that all four options for me are off the table I will not go back ever again. If this is the best they can offer to those with celiac they should just advertise gluten free options but not recomended these options for those with allergens or serious health concerns. SO DISAPPOINTED... they were one of the first chain restraunts that gave GF options and instead of getting better at it they have fallen flat on their face. If I could give half a star that would still be too much.

Celiac friendly?

No

Updated 8 years ago read full review

This establishment is NOT a dedicated gluten-free facility and may not be safe for those with celiac disease. Please contact the establishment directly to inquire about safety precautions.

Gluten-Free Features

  • Gluten-Free Menu
  • Pasta

Categories

  • Dinner
  • Italian
  • Kid Friendly
  • Late Night
  • Lunch
  • Online Ordering
  • Restaurant
  • Takeout

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Celiac

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I only went once, shortly after this location opened, and it was a disaster. Nobody knew anything, and my meal was clearly not gluten free. It was my third attempt at an Olive Garden after it supposedly began offering gluten-free options. It was also my last.

Safety


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

— Not at all

Quality & Quantity


How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Not Much/None

Wheat Allergy

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Our GF rotini was cooked in the GF meat sauce. Very rich tasting.

Safety


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

— 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?

— Some

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

— Excellent

Overall Rating

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I went there and it was delicious!! There was meat sauce pasta drinks that were GF!! In my opinion it was delicious!!

Safety


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

— Somewhat

Safety Feature Ratings
  • Staff will clean kitchen space or change gloves if asked

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/None

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

— Excellent

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for dinner
  • Good for kids
  • Good for lunch
  • Good for takeout
  • Good selection of healthy options
  • Good vegan options
  • Good vegetarian options
  • Offers outdoor seating
  • Reservations recommended

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On the bright side, they have a couple of options for “gluten friendly,” which is better than some places. If you are extremely sensitive, allergic, or celiac, I would avoid. The pasta option is marinara or meat sauce on rotini, or you can get chicken parm, steak, or salmon. The salad is supposedly GF without croutons, however, the dressing does have sulfites if you’re sensitive/allergic. I opted for the $12.99 “box of noodles + jar of Prego” (okay, it’s a step up) and within 20 minutes, I felt like I was being stabbed by thousands of tiny knives, and writing this maybe an hour later, I’m super itchy, so I’m going to say there’s a fair amount of cross contamination, even though the server asked questions. The server was friendly and did his best to help, and honestly, we were there as the kiddo’s bday pick (and had a gift card). Next time, I’d just enjoy the company while they eat and I just avoid food totally. ;)

For 3 meals including 1 app, 1 beer, 1 tea, was $90 for price context.

I peeked at my husband’s menu and did not see GF markings. The online ordering offers a very limited GF menu.

I’m very sensitive to cross contamination, but not celiac as far as we can tell based on a blood test only.

Safety


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

— 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/None

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

— Poor

Celiac

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Great experience at this Olive Garden location. I informed the waiter that I needed order Gluten Free for Celiac.

I ordered the Grilled Chicken Parmigiana with their Gluten Free Rotini w/meat sauce. Salad without croutons.

A few minutes later the manager came to our table and asked who ordered Gluten Free. I acknowledged the manager that I needed to be gluten free.

He then informed me that he was going to make sure that my food order would be prepared for me with proper care, changing gloves etc. to avoid cross contamination. Then he told me that he would be bringing my meal to me personally to avoid cross contact with the rest of the meals.

Safety


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

— Very

Quality & Quantity


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?

— Excellent

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