Olive Garden

9 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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5590 Northridge Dr
Gurnee, IL 60031

Most Recent Reviews


Celiac

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They don’t have a lot of options except some pasta options.

Updated 5 years ago read full review

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Gluten pasta was in my gluten free pasta Never going again

Celiac friendly?

No

Updated 6 years ago read full review

Celiac

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My daughter has been eating gf noodles with butter for months to find out today that they said their butter has gluten in it! They also need a better gf noodle. Very bland and dry. Barilla taste better and much cheaper!

Updated 9 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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Very sad terrible pasta for gluten free and this is an Italian restaurant wanna be

Updated 10 years ago read full review

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Gluten Intolerant

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Worst GF pasta ever. Go down the road to Salutos

Celiac friendly?

No

Updated 10 years ago read full review

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I ordered the GF pasta with red sauce...it literally had no taste or flavor. It was gross! I had to ask the lady to put cheese on top and it still didn't help the blah taste. I won't return to pay so much $ for bland pasta.

Updated 11 years ago read full review

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I wasn't impressed. I had GF pasta with marinara sauce - one of the few things I could eat there. The pasta was overcooked and had broken apart into a million little pieces. For me, that mediocre meal was absolutely not worth sitting in front of a basket of delicious bread sticks that I couldn't eat. I can make MUCH better pasta at home. But if you get stuck having to go there for whatever reason (which was our case), it's nice to know there's something safe available for you to eat. If Olive Garden came up with a good GF version of their bread sticks, they'd have GF folks flocking to their restaurants...and I'd be first in line.

Updated 11 years ago read full review

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It's gf but terrible. Paying too much for a bowl of overcooked mush w sauce. Stay home and make your own pasta.

Updated 11 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

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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

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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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