I had really high hopes for this restaurant. When I arrived they told me they did not have a separate gluten free menu, but the hostess (who has Celiac) went over the menu extensively and told me how they could modify each dish to my liking. I was shocked to hear that I could order French onion soup without the bread (normally the broth is unsafe). However, when my soup arrived, it had bread in it. Thankfully I checked before I started eating. The owner came over and apologized profusely and they took it off my bill but I still feel obligated to provide this review because it could have made me very ill.
Excellent food. No dedicated GF menu but chef will come out and go over options with you. Worth the visit.
Though no dedicated menu, many options. Sandra, who was running the restaurant, took time to go over the entire menu. She was so sweet and caring. Much of it can either be customized or already is gluten free.
As a recently diagnosed person with Celiacs I have been extremely hesitant to eat out, not wanting to trust others with the responsibility of keeping me from getting sick. Local friends got me to try Portobello's a few weeks ago and the experience reassured me that I would not be stuck eating at home all the time.
The chef/owners who stopped by to chat with me, have Celiacs in the family and I believe on the staff itself, so knowledge about safe ingredients and cross contamination is well known to all staff members. My particular server was extremely knowledgeable about the gluten free menu options for all courses of our meal, and as it turns out most of the menu was available to me at least in some form.
I highly recommend this restaurant to everyone generally speaking, and certainly for someone with issues eating gluten. The food tasted amazing, was perfectly prepared using the freshest of ingredients
Staff appear very informed and aware of Celiac vs standard gluten free. Multiple options and available chickpea pasta that was great!
Don't go here. Go to Sovana Bistro instead - its lovely. On to the review:
Portobello does not have a gluten free menu. You order off the regular menu and have to ask the waiter the usual questions about the dishes. In my case, the waiter was extremely disinterested in helping me and instead focused on the other tables. Any question I managed to eke out was answered in a simplified and hasty manner before he hurriedly left. I was not told they have gf bread; instead 1 roll was brought to the table halfway thru my meal. Also I've read that if you are ordering gf, the chef personally comes to your table; this too did not happen. Please note I was there in off-season, during the week - so there really is no excuse for them.
Not many GF items, including their signature side fries.
Mango salad and crab cakes were "the best". Well informed on GF. Pick up a bottle of wine if you like across the street. (Byob)
A number of gluten free options on both the lunch and dinner menus. The chef/owner goes to every table to additional options