Olive Garden

2 recent 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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6520 Carlisle Pike
Mechanicsburg, PA 17050

Most Recent Reviews


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
Updated 1 week ago read full review

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

Updated 1 month ago read full review

Overall Rating

Review


Not a lot of options, but I find my usual delicious and haven't ever had a reaction from it.

Updated 4 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
  • Healthy
  • Italian
  • Kid Friendly
  • Late Night
  • Lunch
  • Outdoor Seating
  • Restaurant
  • Takeout
  • Vegan Friendly

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More Reviews


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I was very pleased that my 8 year old nephew could go out and enjoy a meal. He had gluten free penne with marinara and the salad without croutons. He was excited.

Updated 6 years ago read full review

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Not many choices. No bread. Hate eating here now. Prior to becoming gluten intolerant I loved eating hère.

Updated 8 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Beware! We called ahead to enquire about GF prep and manager assured us multiple times that it would be safe. My daughter asked for buttered noodles and they used the garlic butter that they dip the breadsticks in! Very apologetic but not worth the risk.

Celiac friendly?

No

Updated 9 years ago read full review

Overall Rating

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I love their GF pasta and can be added for any dish! Love the Mascato Chicken

Updated 10 years ago read full review

Reviews of this Chain

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

Overall Rating

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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

Review


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

Overall Rating

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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

Celiac

Overall Rating

Review


The managers and staff are very knowledgeable and handle my order with care. There is a decent selection of food, and I always enjoy my meal.

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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