23870 Aliso Creek Rd., Laguna Nigel, CA 92677 Directions

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Celiac
7 months ago

Excellent GF options. Great salad bar with all GF items clearly marked. Chili is always available and GF. Usually there is 1 or 2 additional GF soups too. Always a GF muffin available and they are super tasty. We love the ice cream dessert too.

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  • Salad
  • Soup

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  • Lunch
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Celiac
2 weeks ago
Celiac friendly

Love the salad & chili!!! With that $10 coupon (including drink) it can’t be beat.... everything is clearly labeled. I don’t eat any of the processed salads though, other than the broccoli. I do eat the GF muffins but reach way to the back where the new ones are & use a knife to grab them.😊

Celiac
2 months ago
Not celiac friendly

They once offered GF pasta cooked to order but no longer do . Their items are not GF - unless you had a regular salad although celiacs beware that they don’t do anything in regards to preparation to prevent cross contamination.They offer GF but it’s “ Gluten Friendly” they use the same serving tongs and muffins for instance are set directly next to reg muffins where public share the tongs as well . Paying what they want to have 1 soup or chili if any and a salad not being gluten aware isn’t worth the risk. I’m pretty disappointed . Have been cross contaminated to many times here .

Celiac
4 months ago
Not celiac friendly

No comprehension of what it means to be a Celiac at this place. If you must be GF do not go here.

Celiac
9 months ago
Celiac friendly

I must admit, I didn’t expect much in terms of gluten competence walking into Souplantation. However, I was pleasantly surprised! “Gluten friendly” options were clearly and readily labeled. I steered clear of “riskier” choices like the GF muffins, but I made myself a salad and a baked potato with toppings, neither of which got me sick. It is definitely possible to eat here while gluten free.

Celiac
10 months ago
Celiac friendly

I have eaten there several times, but I stick to the salad with vinegar and oil only. The last time, I added a sweet potato. I am a sensitive celiac and I have had no issues, but I stay away from anything which may be risky.

Not celiac
1 year ago

I appreciated that the restaurant included the tag "gluten friendly" on specific dishes. Their featured salad was displayed with an ingredient list, and you can observe the employees actually make the salad. I noticed that the pre-mized salad toppings were pre-cut in the kitchen and stored in tupperware. There plenty of naturally GF options in the salad bar, and two GF soups. They even had gluten free muffins! Unfortunately I cannot speak to the level of celiac safety; I felt tired after my meal, but have not had any severe reactions.

Celiac
1 year ago
Celiac friendly

I had a good meal here! The salad bar is large, they have gluten free dressings, the croutons are away from the veggies, so I felt there was less chance of getting Glutened by them. I had a baked sweet potato, some vegetable soup, and a really yummy lemon muffin that was gluten free. I felt fine afterward, so I would go here again!

1 year ago

Great place. Gluten friendly options are clearly marked and delicious.

Celiac
1 year ago

They have lots of gluten free options and things are clearly marked. It is buffet style with non-gluten free items. I stayed away from things that looked liked they could of been cross contaminated (someone got messy when grabbing pasta). I did not have a problem eating there and plan on going back (I loved the lemon muffins!)

1 year ago

Daughter got sick. Salad bars are not a good option for people with allergies.

Celiac
1 year ago
Celiac friendly

I loved the fresh salad and gluten free chili. Baked potatoes are available if you want something more substantial. I had no adverse reaction to my meal, but it is a buffet so cross contamination will be a risk.

Celiac
1 year ago

I’ve eaten at multiple Souplantations. I stick to the salads, chili, and baked potato/sweet potato station. Because there’s a fairly big cross contamination risk, I avoid the baked goods as I’m celiac. However, I’ve never had an issue here getting sick.

Celiac
1 year ago

Good for soups and salads but stay away from the baked goods “”gluten friendly” cross contaminated with all other baked goods.

Celiac
1 year ago
Not celiac friendly

First, we are not from here...so I was expecting more of a Jason's Deli vibe...this is a massive buffet with a very long salad bar, soups, potatoes, pastas,and baked goods. Buffet and Celiac sets off bells for me, not the good kind. There is all sorts of XC going on here. Croutons next to sunflower seeds, dressings in back of and dripping into other dressings, soups and shared spoons. In their favor, its all labeled "gluten friendly" (not to digress, but it should be gluten UNfriendly, or UNgluten friendly). I did okay...so they must be doing something okay. I did stay away from the cheese that had an oyster cracker in it...and anything close to questionable ingredients. So....not SUPER satisfying...but I got to make my plate, versus whatever mysterious thing that happens to my food in a kitchen. Also, one other complaint...out of 8 soups, only the chili was GF. What are you doing to the tomato basil? Or even the clam chowder?

Celiac
1 year ago
Celiac friendly

Clearly labeled “Gluten Friendly” on the salad bar and beyond. Surprised by the choices extended to GF! Even had a muffin with my soft serve. Be cautious of cross contamination with the tongs though!

Celiac
2 years ago

gluten and dairy(vegan) clearly labeled, I'm a new celiac and I feel safe eating here.

Celiac
2 years ago
Celiac friendly

Absolutely love the gluten free options of salads, soups, muffins and soft serve ice cream! Everything is clearly marked, fresh and tasty! Also, a great value. The staff is very friendly too!

2 years ago
Not celiac friendly

Pros: They have a lot of options in the salad bar that are naturally gluten free and keep everything organized and clean. They al2ays have "gluten friendly" soup and bread options as well as a potato bar. Cons: They label items with no gluten containing ingredients "gluten friendly" not gluten free and have a disclaimer about possible cross contamination. Bottom line: There are options that are tasty and I have never gotten sick there but I am non-Celiac gluten sensitive.

Celiac
2 years ago
Not celiac friendly

Not for celiacs. Terrible cross contamination.

Celiac
2 years ago
Celiac friendly

Coeliac Friendly to me! I visited last night with friends here. I'm a kiwi (NZ) so was a little overwhelmed to begin with. Was given a list of goods on the menu that were GF. Had a lovely meal with no after effects. (was a little worried about cross contamination possibilities)Would definitely visit again. Thank you.

Not celiac
2 years ago

love when they have gf muffins! not too many other options as far as other hot food. chili is gf, a lot of salad dressing options and the ice cream

Celiac
3 years ago
Celiac friendly

I have never gotten sick from eating items labeled 'gluten-friendly' , labels are extremely helpful :-)

Celiac
3 years ago
Not celiac friendly

There's little protection against cross contamination. Labels are "gluten friendly," not gluten-free. While I appreciate their honesty in their open disclosure, this really isn't safe for celiac

Not celiac
3 years ago
Not celiac friendly

There is a lot of potential for cross contamination. The gluten free pasta is right next to the regular pasta (and one regular pasta piece was in it). People touch the tongs to food on their plate that has gluten etc. I stick to the items before the pasta and a baked potato and a gluten free soup - and I've been ok!

3 years ago
Not celiac friendly

Staff at this location is very knowledgeable and friendly regarding dietary concerns. Although I have several friends with celiac who have eaten here without any issues, I am going to say it is not celiac friendly because the corporate policy states that they only serve gluten-friendly items made in a non-gf kitchen. GF items clearly marked in all areas of this buffet-style restaurant with new gluten free options every two weeks. They have a Fresh Ideas blog to keep consumers informed about what will be available. Some of my favorites have been gluten-free lemon cupcakes, gluten free french bread, and gluten free cookies. Delicious!

Celiac
3 years ago

I have Celiac and it was great to see that the food that was gluten friendly was marked. I will definitely be back!

3 years ago

They have a brochure or pamphlet with nutritional information. You just have to ask for it.. Some locations know exactly what you talking about and others may not. (At least in my experience). I now know the items I can have and my "go to" items. The ranch is GF! That was surprising to me but made me a happy camper. ;) They are doing more to cater to GF. Of course if you are ultra sensitive and have celiac there is going to be possibility with cross contamination but that's the gamble with dining out unfortunately.

4 years ago

yummy all the time .... then mow label GF friendly and havr gluten free muffins at times ... check website to see if they have gf muffins available

Not celiac
4 years ago

This was always a go-to place for my family, but in the past few months they have become so much more gluten friendly. They have recently labeled all of their food items, including salad dressings, so it is very clear which ones are gluten free. For the first time, 1 of the 3 pre-made salads are gluten-free, and I am hoping this continues to be the case. The chili is currently the only soup that is gluten free; however, i appreciate that they now have a gluten free muffin on the permanent menu it seems, and they are actually really good!! My husband and kids, who aren't gluten intolerant, love the gf muffins too!

Not celiac
4 years ago
Not celiac friendly

very few gf options. last time I visited I asked what if any soups were gf. I waited 10 Minutes for the lady to come back and tell me that only the potato barley soup was gf....ummmmm.... barley. .. really! Used to go weekly, won't be going back.

Celiac
4 years ago
Not celiac friendly

Not many options & too high of a risk of cross-contamination both in the kitchen and at salad bar, soup bar, etc.

Celiac
4 years ago
Not celiac friendly

There was only 1 soup that was gluten free, the chili. The muffins that were labeled gluten-friendly were in fact gluten filled muffins. There were oats on the top and when we inquired to make sure the IATA they were using gluten free, the staff said they were not oats but chia seeds. There's a big difference between oats and chia seeds. There's is a real nice salad buffet offering and a make your own baked potato area.

Celiac
4 years ago
Not celiac friendly

Cross contamination. Not Celiac safe.

4 years ago
Celiac friendly

GF ranch!!!!! Yum! Best ever! They will totally tell you every ingredient if you ask. Super fresh every time. I gave been going since I was little and have never been disappointed.

Celiac
4 years ago

This is the only place/chain with a buffet I trust. Tons of gf salad dressings. I only trust the salads, not the hot food. There was a gf muffin option but it was right next to the gluten muffins :(

Celiac
4 years ago

Totally awesome. Gluten free muffins most of the times. So inexpensive for so much food! The complete buffet experience, you can go back and back and back for as much food as you want for only a small fee!!!!!

Not celiac
5 years ago
Not celiac friendly

This location is completely oblivious to what GF even means/is. If it wasn't for the corporate website having which monthly specials are gluten free, I usually would have to ask them for the ingredients list for everything bc no one knows off the top of their heads which items are GF. And on top of all of that, they can impatient/weird when u ask for the ingredients or allergy information. I usually have chili and lots of salad (obviously since it's a hug salad bar). Luckily I can have the frozen yogurt dessert! But it's a tease when they walk around giving fresh baked cookies and you can't have it :/

Not celiac
5 years ago
Not celiac friendly

I found very little I could eat. Salad of course, but other than split pea soup and a potato, I was hard pressed to find anything.

Not celiac
6 years ago

Souplantation is my family's favorite restaurant. For the price you can't beat the variety and quality. However, I REALLY would like to see them add more GF items. They've made some additions recently and all of their salad dressings are GF, but usually most of the soups are not, and you can never go near the pasta, pizza, or bread items. There's still enough there to make a full meal but it gets kind of old getting the same things every time- salad, chili, potato...

Celiac
6 years ago
Not celiac friendly

After talking with a manager here to clarify if there is gluten free items I was told their chili was gluten free. What he failed to mention is it has no gluten free ingredients and that they don't follow the cross contamination protocols. So technically this place is not gluten free.

6 years ago
Not celiac friendly

Definitely not a gluten free place at all it should not be on here it is a buffet!!

Not celiac
6 years ago

Soup menu rotates monthly. Check online for this months options. Extensive soup variety, loaded salad bar, baked potato bar and GF soft serve frozen yogurt. Chocolate sauce and Carmel sauce also GF!

6 years ago

Don't get your hopes up on soup. They're never gf. Surprisingly few options for celiacs unless you have a pention for salad and baked potatoes. Not worth the money in my opinion.

Not celiac
7 years ago

Just stay away from pasta and bread

Celiac
7 years ago

it's not as easy as I thought it would be to eat GF here. It's a good thing I studied their menu notebook before getting any soup!

7 years ago

Souplantation is a great place to eat for healthy options! BUT if you're GF you're navigating it blindly. Their salad bar has high cross contamination possibility. And their "fun" foods (after the salad bar) are not labeled to know if things are safe to eat (GF).

7 years ago

Even though they do not have a gluten free menu they have plenty of gluten free choices. We have been eating at Souplantation for over 12 years and the transition to gluten free was easy.

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