5609 SPECTRUM DR., FREDERICK MD 21703 Directions

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Not celiac
2 years ago

they have a gluten sensitive menu and I told the waitress up front about my allergy. it was lunch and I ended up doing the unlimited salad and soup. the salad they did without croutons and the gf soup option was really good!

Not celiac
4 years ago
Not celiac friendly

I had the same issue the previous person wrote. I order the gf pasta and even the waitress pointed out there was a piece of pasta in it. they must share the same pots etc. it did say on their menu their kitchen might cross contaminate. Also the gf pasta I did get looked frost bitten. I was with friends and hated to make a fuss. I was sick twice in the hour. please dont go there. if you are by the fsk mall eat at unos. they take gf seriously!

7 years ago

I went there last night and had the gluten free penne rigate pomodoro with grilled chicken. The waitress had to look at the menu to write gluten free so I am sure she was not aware of what that meant. She did however bring the croutons on a separate plate for those at the table who could eat it. There was a large portion of pasta on the dinner plate with a few strips of chicken. It tasted good, but nothing better than I could have cooked at home. I ate about half of the meal and brought the rest home. On my way home I got terrible stomach cramps and flew down the highway to get home. I thought perhaps it may have been that I ate too much so kept the leftovers. I brought half of the leftovers (see...a lot of pasta) for lunch today and when I started to eat it after heating it up I found a spagetti noodle in it. Since they do not have GF spagetti - just the penne - I know it was not gluten free. My Mom says I should write them a letter but I don't want them to just offer a gift card to try them again as it is definitely NOT worth feeling that lousy again (yes...the leftovers have made me sick too). BE CAREFULL EATING HERE IF YOU HAVE CELIAC!

Gluten Free Features

  • Gluten Free Menu
  • Pasta

Categories

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

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Reviews of this Chain

Celiac
3 days ago
Not celiac friendly

I was surprised they only had one pasta 🍝 item.. rotini.. don’t get the meat sauce.. I did add chicken. They did let me special order the salad. But the menu did say not true gluten free cause it’s cooked in the kitchen and the 1st time they brought my food out it was the wrong pasta!

Celiac
5 days ago
Not celiac friendly

Had some serious contamination issues here. First salad that was brought out had croutons, even though I had explained my allergy to the server and requested no croutons. He laughed. Had pasta and there was definitely contamination. I am guessing that it was cooked in the same water as their regular pasta. Haven't been this sick in some time. I will not return.

5 days ago

I love eating here! They’re super knowledgeable on allergies and will make it right if a waitress doesn’t know. Ive had the head chef come out and explain everything to me to ensure it was safe to eat. Limited options though.

Celiac
1 week ago

Typical Olive Garden gluten free menu. I’ve had great service here a few times but the last time the waiter brought out regular pasta instead of the gluten free pasta. I luckily caught it but was shocked this mistake was made after he noted my restriction and ensured me what I picked would be safe

Celiac
1 week ago
Celiac friendly

The staff is very knowledgeable and cook the rotini pasta separately. While this isn’t my favorite restaurant, if you need to eat here for work, etc, as a celiac, you can have a safe meal. They clearly label everything and have a great salad option w a different dressing / no croutons. When this was picked for a work lunch, I was worried I’d be able to eat nothing but was pleasantly surprised and impressed with Olive Garden

Celiac
1 week ago
Celiac friendly

Very accommodating, gluten free items listed on menu

Celiac
2 weeks ago
Not celiac friendly

Limited choices, average food, server completely oblivious. Placed an order, was assured it was gluten free. Just as I was about to take the first bite the manager came over and grabbed my plate. Turned out server was wrong and the kitchen prepared and sent it out even though it was ordered as a gluten free meal knowing it was not. I would have been in the hospital had it not been caught. Very negligent on both the server and the kitchen.

2 weeks ago

Order the salad no croutons with the GF grilled chicken Parmesan, extra cheese and extra marinara. YUM!!

Celiac
2 weeks ago

Last time I ate there was a year ago I think, I ordered gluten free pasta that took forever to come out, it wasn’t really that good. The only dressing I could get on my salad was olive oil or balsamic, due to the fact that I have a dairy allergy too.

3 weeks ago
Not celiac friendly

My 17 yr old called ahead to confirm GF options as a large group of friends planned to eat here prior to the Homecoming dance tonight. He is now missing Homecoming and VERY VERY sick. Do not eat here if you have celiac!

Celiac
3 weeks ago
Not celiac friendly

Staff unaware of how to prepare gluten free food.

Celiac
1 month ago

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

Celiac
1 month ago
Not celiac friendly

I had the Herb Grill Salmon with steamed broccoli and a plain salad off of the gluten sensitive menu. I told the server that it was a severe gluten "allergy" and he assured us that precautions were taken in the kitchen. The food arrived hot and tasted fine. A few hours later I was in the emergency room, badly glutened and very ill. If you have Celiac disease this location (Huntsville, TX) is probably not a good choice. I have eaten the same meal at another Olive Garden and did not become sick. So beware.

1 month ago
Not celiac friendly

Ordered salad (no croutons) and the GF rotini with meat sauce. Got sick... wondering if the noodles are made in the same water as the other noodles or maybe some sort of cross contamination ☹️

Celiac
1 month ago
Not celiac friendly

This restaurant shouldn’t even be included in this app.

Celiac
1 month ago

Pasta was very mushy and grainy, not good at all. Would not recommend and definitely wouldn’t get again. Might come back and try the zoodle option.

Celiac
1 month ago

The staff was great, but my daughter’s gluten-free rotini was cross contaminated by at least one shell pasta. I suspect there was more than one or it was not cooked separately, because she was quite affected. I’m not sure she will feel safe there again.

Celiac
1 month ago

Our server brings us individual packets of salad dressing since the dressing may be contaminated with crouton crumbs. Several gf options. They ‘should’ use dedicated gluten free pots for pasta, but one can only hope. Always a risk to eat out with celiac.

1 month ago
Not celiac friendly

Gf pasta boiled in the same water as gluten pasta. Waitress picked croutons off of salad and tried to give it back 🤢

Celiac
1 month ago

Asked questions about what meals were gluten free. No one could tell me what I could order and what had gluten in it. Asked to speak with manager. I asked if he knew what ingredients contain gluten. He did not know! Sad, won't be back!

Celiac
1 month ago
Not celiac friendly

Went more then once and food gave me a stomach ach, the pasta is tasteless

Celiac
1 month ago
Not celiac friendly

I got sick after eating at this location of Olive Garden. The chain has a gluten-free menu and our server was reassuring about how careful the kitchen is with food allergies, but I got glutened here and would not recommend for celiacs.

Celiac
1 month ago
Celiac friendly

Knowledgeable about the menu, friendly staff and good food.

Celiac
2 months ago
Not celiac friendly

Found a piece of gluten pasta among my gluten free pasta. NOT SAFE! Would never go here again. When talking to someone there about what had happened there seemed to be little concern and lack of understanding regarding the severity of being celiac and eating gluten.

Celiac
2 months ago
Celiac friendly

Ordered pasta and sauce to go with salad (minus croutons). No issues and as always tasted great.

Celiac
2 months ago

The Zuppa Toscana is gluten free, and I usually get the gluten free pasta with meat sauce. I've never had a problem with the salad either when I request they don't add croutons.

Celiac
2 months ago
Not celiac friendly

I had a gf pasta order that had gluten pasta mixed in. It probably spilled over into the dish they served out of in the kitchen, maybe? I’ve gotten sick eating here. I definitely don’t like eating here. I have so few options and I feel unsafe after my last couple of attempts to dine here.

Celiac
2 months ago

Unfortunately the waitress confused my gluten free order with a regular order even tho I was ordering from a gluten free menu. Thankfully, I figured it out before I ate too much of it, and they fixed my order. The waitress was extremely apologetic and sought to do all she could to make it right since it was her mistake. She even said she was taking a GF menu home to study better that night.

Celiac
2 months ago

I ordered GF pasta and I knew when I saw it that it wasn’t going to taste good. My instincts were right and it was the worst GF pasta I have ever had. The waitress was nice and asked to get something else so I just ordered a grilled chicken breast. In my opinion, their selection of GF choices is limited and not appealing. I would skip going here unless there is nowhere else’s to go. The salad has always been good (order without croutons). For such a big chain and the amount of resources, I would expect better.

Celiac
2 months ago
Celiac friendly

We go here regularly and have had no reactions. The servers are always very knowledgeable and caring.

Celiac
2 months ago

Don’t eat here is you have celiac disease. The pasta is cross contaminated. The salad dressing is as well.

Celiac
2 months ago
Not celiac friendly

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
2 months ago
Not celiac friendly

They do have a gluten-sensitive menu, but it's very limited. Also on the website/menu it states, menu items are prepared fresh in our kitchen which is not free of gluten and cross contact with other food items that contain gluten is possible. While we aim to accommodate the dietary needs of guests, we cannot ensure that these items meet the definition of "gluten-free". Please let your server know you are avoiding gluten. With that being said, I went here last night and knowing this is not a celiac friendly restaurant, I stuck with the soup and salad. I told Malina my server, I'm avoiding gluten, and she was knowledgeable about gluten sensitivities. She brought out the salad, and to avoid cross-contamination, croutons and cheese were on a plate for my friend and the salad dressing was in a small cup also for my friend. The only gluten free soup on the menu is Zuppa Toscana. My server let me know their was a fresh pot of this soup that had just been made. The soup was soooo delicious. For drinks, I just stuck to water. My server did ask me a couple of times if I wanted gluten free pasta dishes and I told her "No". At the end of our meal, my server Malina asked how I was feeling, if I felt sick, I told her, I felt perfectly fine. My rating is for the service at this location, and me not getting or feeling sick last night or this morning.

Celiac
2 months ago

Pasta was undercooked and crunchy. Very few options. No bread. Was super disappointed for the price

Celiac
2 months ago

They use the same water to cook the normal pasta and the Gf pasta Not Safe

2 months ago
Not celiac friendly

Would give it zero stars if I could. Ordered chicken parm last year (before I knew of this app) and one regular chicken parm They mixed the two. One gluten free pasta with regular chicken and vice versa. My son and I were sick for a few days.

Celiac
2 months ago

Very limited menu. Not horrible but not worth going back.

3 months ago
Not celiac friendly

Ate exclusively off the "gluten free" menu items both times I tried here... Got massively sick both times

Celiac
3 months ago
Not celiac friendly

They are only good for people with sensitivity to Gluten. People with Celiac disease are not safe to eat here. My daughter had a reaction because they are not careful with regard to cross contamination.

3 months ago
Not celiac friendly

Not really a GF option here. Ok if you just want salad. Pastas? No alfredo, no lasagna. Just a rotini noodle with splash of marinara. It's just horrible. You gotta believe they know better.

3 months ago
Not celiac friendly

The only has no I can find on the gluten free menu is noodle and tomato sauce. They don’t take any $ off for noodles and tomato sauce. That is just robbery and it tastes like the worst 5ing ever next time, If I’m forced to go here, I’m bringing my own food.

Celiac
3 months ago

I was a bit worried about cross contamination. I spoke to the manager Kylie who took care of everything herself! She made sure that everything was handled carefully, opened new containers of sauce and salad. Great service and I felt confident they were knowledgeable and cautious.

Celiac
3 months ago
Not celiac friendly

Their gluten free options consist of salad or pasta with marinara/meat sauce. Some gluten free pals & I ordered this for lunch one day, and luckily I had my Nima sensor; it tested positive for gluten. While originally the pasta/sauce may ingredient-wise be gluten free, it is not made in an environment where people are knowledgeable enough about cross-contamination for it to be considered a safe option.

Celiac
3 months ago
Celiac friendly

I was very afraid that I would get sick from this place, but surprisingly I did not! I had the rotini with meat sauce. I talked with the waitress and she assured me that the food would be cooked separately. She also told me the chefs would use a new pair of gloves.

Celiac
3 months ago

Found a regular piece of pasta in my gluten free pasta even after stressing I had a gluten allergy.

Celiac
3 months ago

Chef and server not knowledgable, referred us to menu. Family was Fine with their GF dishes, but I had dairy allergy issues afterwards despite being clear.

3 months ago

Had Zuppa toscana soup and salmon with broccoli and it was super yum. No reaction.

Celiac
3 months ago
Celiac friendly

Server was knowledgable and proactive about foods containing (possibly) gluten. Not the biggest selection so far, but it tastes great!

Celiac
3 months ago

As a chain their menu has gluten-free items but make sure you tell the waiter 10 times. My daughter ordered correctly, she ate it. When she got the bill she found out he didn’t put the order in for gluten-free. She ate a plate of regular pasta by their mistake. I know their pasta is gluten-free, but I would actually get a manager to verify when I was placing the order if I were to eat there again. The staff is not well-versed in gluten-free. The food is from the franchise, so you can get gluten-free pasta there, I just would bring management and when I’m ordering to avoid this error from happening again. I’ve eaten at other locations successfully, It’s not a kitchen or a food issue, just don’t trust the waiters unless you bring in management

Celiac
4 months ago

Went there for Fathers Day, they have separate gluten free menu, waiters are great ! They had buy one and take one home special for 12.00. I had a coupon for feee appetizer they let me use that too. We forgot to scan it on their self pay thing and they gave us a gift card to come back and get it next time. So nice ! If you go online and get in line before you go when you get there and there are people waiting they take you to your seat right away ! Great experience !

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