Olive Garden

4 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
3 ratings

As rated by the community

12600 Capital Blvd
Wake Forest, NC 27587

Most Recent Reviews


Symptomatic Celiac

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I have celiacs and I am extremely sensitive so I am crazy careful. My brother just graduated and he desperately wanted Olive Garden for his graduation dinner. So of course I wanted to know if I would be able to eat fairly safely—understand that any type of eating out is a risk! I called Olive Garden. The manager told me that they have a designated line chef who handles all allergies and is trained to avoid cross contamination, etc. They also said the servers were knowledgeable and would be able to steer me in the right direction towards the couple of options that were safe. Armed with this, I felt like it would be fairly safe, however, that was not my actual experience. Our server was very knowledgeable and was very on point with it being an “allergy”! I had some salad (no croutons), zuppa, and the gf pasta with plain sauce—which were all designated safe. Later that night I had started to break out in a rash which is my first indication I’ve been glutened. Over the next couple of days it spread and I experienced many symptoms ☹ I know it was Olive Garden because I don’t eat out and we do not have gluten of any kind in my home.

Just want others to know so that they do not have this experience!

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?

— 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

Updated 1 year ago read full review

Celiac

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Man, they made everything as complicated as humanly possible. Two of us out of 10 with Celiac. The two of us both ordered soup (the zuppa is gluten-free) and salad without croutons. So they want to bring out bowls of lettuce and plates of toppings an bowls of dressing. Just bring the two of us a crouton-free bowl and put regular bowls out for the rest to share! It is not complicated people. And the waitstaff had to keep calling attention to the two of us. I hate that. I have done well at some other Olive Gardens... not this one.

Celiac friendly?

No

Updated 4 years ago read full review

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Anything on the gluten free menu that's cooked on the grill was safe to eat and delicious (I got the salmon with broccoli). Just be careful because although they have gluten free pasta, they don't change the water between gluten free and non-gluten free pasta!!

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
  • Restaurant
  • Takeout

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Salmon was great they made me a side of potatoes no seasoning and everything was delicious!

Celiac friendly?

No

Updated 8 years ago read full review

Reviews of this Chain

Gluten Intolerant

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I used to love Olive Garden’s GF pasta but about six months ago I got really sick after eating here and thought it was a fluke. Just tried again tonight and the exact same stomach pain like nails working through my bowels. Not sure what’s going here but it’s too painful to try again.

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?

— Some

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

— Good

Hashimoto's

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Ordered gluten free rotini with meat sauce and a salad with no croutons. They immediately asked if I had an allergy. I told them I have a sensitivity and they sent out a manager to let me know my food would be prepared separately and that they would use separate cookware/ utensils to prepare my food.

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

— Average

Gluten Sensitive

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we got the feeling that something happened, since they'd previously been more lax with measures, but they were being extremely careful and understanding with all of the allergies we told them to look out for this time. the kitchen manager came out to talk to us and there seems to be new measures in place that are an instantly fire-able offense. our waiter was attentive and kept coming to check on us in case we needed anything. there were also several other people nearby with allergies that we were able to overhear. they also took very good care of them, as far as we could tell. they still don't have much of a selection, but it's good and convenient if you want to eat out for a special event.

Safety


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

— Somewhat

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?

— Good

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for dinner
  • Good for lunch
  • Good with other allergies
Gluten Intolerant

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Menu hasn’t changed in years, so your options are the same. However, you have to specify each portion of the meal separately. I ordered the GF pasta with red meat sauce, with salad as my side. She brought out a salad with croutons on top and said mine was in there! I said no, and as I was finishing she brought me an “individual “ salad without croutons and wouldn’t refill it. She also handed me the breadsticks… as if!!!

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

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

— Below Average

Celiac

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FANTASTIC EXPERIENCE! I am Celiac and I eat regularly at Olive Garden. This location on Jonestown Rd, Harrisburg, PA, goes above and beyond! Waitress was very knowledgeable and volunteered information like, “I informed the kitchen of your Celiac and they will change gloves and use extra precautions.” Then the manager came to our table and said he had been made aware of my gluten sensitivity and he talked with kitchen. Great food with full assurance. I had my usual: Zuppa Toscana, rotini pasta with meat sauce, 2 sausages. No issues at all - I’m very sensitive!

Safety


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

— Very

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Separate gluten-free menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most/All

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

— Excellent

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