Terrible as every review has said. I was stuck since others had chosen the location. My pasta was raw on one side of the plate and mush on the other. My chicken was llitteraly about 2 oz. , the salad was okay. I am mildly sick from it. Fortunately I ate very little of my meal. I will never go back. 2018 I went back recently. It is so much better! They made my favorite soup gf🤗 toscanna. the pasta is good too with the meat sauce and a sausage. I have been 4 or more times at coconut point in estero fl with no problems.
Our waiter was Fantastic, not sure if he still has his job after we were there, he tried his best to serve us a gluten and dairy free experience and went so far as to question the manager (who was sitting within ear shot of us) several questions. The manager's attitude was terrible. She acted more concerned about weather or not they would be sued for serving something, than she was about meeting the needs of a client. The meal was OK, bland as usual when there is nothing to flavor it, and I did ask why the OLIVE GARDEN only puts a couple of olives in the salad. The Order of business is only 1 Black Olive per customer at the table, no more. (that is a corporate rule, as our gracious waiter told us.) Would I dine at this Olive Garden again, the answer is NO, the managers attitude is enough to keep me away, regardless of any changes they might make to bring more gluten and dairy free items to the table.
Worst gf meal I ever had! Pasta was as hard as a rock.. Salad had 2 olives red onion & no salad dressing. Chicken was dry over cooked. It was so pathetic I didn't even want to send it back. Why have a gf menu if it's awful
Are there once and got very sick. Will not return.
Staff were friendly and nice, however the food wasn’t great and I had a reaction later. I’m gluten-sensitive, not celiac, so me having a reaction must mean that the pasta directly had gluten, not just cross-contamination. If I had a reaction I would not advice anyone with Celiac to eat there.
Yikes. Do not go here. They have GF steak with fettucine on the menu, and that is a lie...they brought a plate of steak, mashed potatoes, and 100% glutenous fettucine alfredo. We were so nice about asking "hey, really, are you sure this is GF...? Cuz it looks too good to be true, and wife who can eat gluten says it tastes and feels like regular wheat fettucine...." .... waitress said it must be, since it is on GF menu.... we had her double check anyway...and of course, we were told OOPS, yeah, that is indeed regular fettucine. We tried so hard to let them gracefully make it better, but they offered to just bring an additional side of broccoli, leaving hubby the cross-contaminated steak and potatoes.... we said nah, we will just take food to go and pay for it and wife will eat it and we'll leave and call it a day if that is okay.... waitress tried to take steak and fettucine off bill and manager wouldnt let her! We were like "uh, really...? After we were so nice about this near poisoning....?" And she said manager said we had to pay for all food we were taking home...so we were like ok, then we dont have to take steak and fettucine home cuz we sure can't pay for food you mistakenly brought that wouldve made him really really ill if he had eaten it..." and waitress took that to manager, and it came off bill and we left steak&fettucine behind. We still tipped waitress on both meals bc she was nice despite being foiled repeatedlt by menu and manager. When she saw that, she came back and warmly thanked us AND OFFERED TO SEND US HOME WITH A BAG OF BREADSTICKS.... so....moral of the story: if you are on this app bc you need to eat GF, you CANNOT trust this place.
Sometimes the wait staff isn’t knowledgeable but if you order soup or salad it’s usually okay. I have had visible cross contamination where a piece of pasta is in mixed in where it shouldn’t be. But they always immediately correct it and they’ll get you new food.
You can’t even get a salad here. I would not eat here again unless I wanted to torture myself by watching others eat and to feel nauseous from the smell of gluten lingering in the restaurant. I wish I could give them -1 star. I feel they owe me a star just because they are so not gluten free friendly!
The first time I came here and order gf pasta and they served me regular pasta😡. It was very frustrating because they acted like it wasn’t a big deal. I decided to give them a second try last week and I got very sick after eating here. I would not trust them if you are highly sensitive or celiac.
I went today with my husband. I knew thye did gluten free but I originally could not see much on the general menu. The waitress eventually found the separate gluten free menu, which made it a lot more clearer as to what my choices were. There were 3 choices of entrees, pasta with 2 choice sauces, marinara and meat sauce, of course they'll give you grated parmesan cheese on top if you want. That was $9.99 for the pasta which included an amazing hearty tasty soup or salad as an appetizer option. The grilled chicken option entree was like $12.49 and the salmon like $15. The only fault I have with the dish was I could immediately tell with how yellow the pasta was that it was most likely made from 100% corn, so the cheapest gluten free pasta available.
This was a terrible experience!!! The waiter went out of his way with my salads and he was fantastic. The problem was the pasta. I did a Nima text on it and it tested positive for gluten. I brought it up to the manager and they offered to bring me another plate. I turned it down as I was scared to eat at this point and they assured me I was wrong and it was gluten free. That’s just not the case.
I have celiac and have never had symptoms from eating there. The selections are limited for gluten free., but are getting better. I met girl friends there for lunch once. They didn't have some of the items I asked for, so I ordered substitutions. The other girls had $5-$6 lunches while I was charged $26!.
I think we all know better than to expect a safe experience at Olive Garden, but someday you may find yourself there anyway. Here’s what you can expect: the gluten-free menu consists of tuscan soup, salad, and rotini with marinara or meat sauce. Three items. (And if you happen to also be sensitive to dairy, pass on the soup and salad.) Grilled salmon and chicken don’t contain wheat, but are listed as high risk of cross-contamination due to shared grill. Godspeed. Personally I hope to never return.
Used to LOVE this place prior to Celiac diagnosis. It was a CC nightmare here. Definitely had a reaction even after ordering off the gluten free menu. Server said he was familiar with Celiac but seemed offended when I asked for the GF menu. Their GF menu is only available on the little table kiosk, btw. I will not be going back. Too many issues with two visits post Celiac diagnosis.
Update: I went back and got violently ill off of salad and their gf soup. Normally I have a great experience here, but not tonight. I gave it 3 stars cause normally they are wonderful. I was not given my gf noodles. I asked the server to verify they were correct, because they didn't look like my usual (they were a different type) and she assured me they were. I thought they got in new pasta. I get the receipt and she didn't even ring it up gluten free. I called and talked to a manger when I started to get sick. Lots of confusion on his part on what a reaction to gluten is. I got an apology, a promise to educate the server and I get to pick up a gift card. Not worth it for how I feel!
Please be warned!!! This app says “Gluten Free Menu.” However, Olive Garden itself does not call the menu “Gluten Free,” but rather “Gluten Friendly” (is cross-contaminated). I did not notice this distinction until after I ordered and eaten some of my food. I have Celiac and got sick. If you are non-Celiac, you probably will be fine.
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