The Alchemists' Garden

8 ratings
$$ • Restaurant
Reported to have a gluten-free menu
Safety Rating
7 ratings

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1144 Pine St
Paso Robles, CA 93446
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Celiac

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We had a good time here! I'm a sensitive celiac and I asked about a dedicated fryer. Waiter checked and they do as of Dec 1, 2023. They also do the wings and croquettes with GF breading in the GF fryer, according to our waiter. It was a fried feast for me. We got the wings, croquettes, and fries, plus some fun themed drinks. Appareicated the patience of our waiter to keep going back to the kitchen and clarifying about my questions. Said he'd put an allergy note on my ticket too. :)

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Somewhat

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

Updated 4 months ago read full review

Celiac

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The menu has several gluten free options. My husband and I shared the cast iron fondue, honey wings, and olive medley, all delicious, and I had no problems.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Somewhat

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?

— Most/All

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Updated 9 months ago read full review

Celiac

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There were some gluten free options but they do not have a dedicated fryer which does limit a good amount of the items they have marked on the menu. Very great cocktails and unique foods!

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Somewhat

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?

— Good

Updated 1 year 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

  • Reported to have a dedicated fryer
  • Gluten-Free Menu

Categories

  • Dinner
  • Late Night
  • Lunch
  • Outdoor Seating
  • Restaurant
  • Vegetarian Friendly

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Celiac

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It was so exciting to get to eat a bunch of small plates! Try the croquettes and the wings. DE- licious. Plus great margueritas. Totally knowlegeable in gluten free and cross contamination. Can't wait for our next wine country trip.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Very

Safety Feature Ratings
  • Dedicated gluten-free space in the kitchen
  • Dedicated gluten-free fryer
  • Other dedicated kitchen equipment (oven, toaster, pots, pans, utensils, etc.)
  • Staff is knowledgeable and can answer questions
  • 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?

— Most/All

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Updated 1 year ago read full review

Celiac

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This place is good but we noticed some things that could really be improved on. Overall, it seems like they are trying too hard with a concept, and struggling to execute on it. We approached the restaurant to find the host sitting outside in 30 degree weather, bundled up and admitting to us she was freezing. We noticed they eventually let her inside, but in the moment we felt pretty bad for her. They had this velvet rope setup outside which seemed unnecessary given we were seated right away. We understand that’s because they usually have a much longer wait, but as newcomers it felt weird, especially with the cold weather. The host offered us a bar table and said that we could sit at the bar while they “got the table ready”, but we were never moved from the bar to that table, even after it seemed set. We didn’t know who to order from, which in our case mattered because we have dietary restrictions we wanted to ask about. Speaking of dietary restrictions, they have items marked gluten free on the menu that share a fryer with gluten items, so these are not safe if you have celiac, like me. I had chosen my meal, only to find out upon asking further questions that it would not be safe for me to eat. My partner does not eat meat, and there is some discrepancy between the menu showed online and what we got in print, vis-a-vis what is vegetarian. We asked the bartenders what the V on the print menu meant, considering there were items that seemed vegetarian but did not have the V, and we got conflicting answers from both on whether it meant “vegan” or “vegetarian”. One bartender couldn’t remember the difference between those two terms. The cocktails were good! I had two of the seasonal cocktails, and I liked the hot toddy but not the butterbeer as much. My partner had the hot buttered rum and the old fashioned, and enjoyed both a lot. I had the skirt steak and my partner had the bucatini, and we split the deviled eggs. The eggs were tasty, though overcooked and chewy. The skirt steak was good, but the sweet potato mash under seemed like an odd flavor pairing. That said, I did eat all of it and enjoyed it. My partner thought the pasta was cooked very well, but some of the mushrooms were undercooked. In summary, this place has a lot of potential, and we will be coming back next time we pass through Paso. We hope to see some improvements then. It has all the ingredients of a truly great restaurant, but they haven’t quite come together yet.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Somewhat

Safety Feature Ratings
  • Staff is knowledgeable and can answer questions

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?

— Good

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for dinner
  • Good vegetarian options
Updated 1 year ago read full review

Celiac

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Went here for my birthday and had a fantastic meal. Atmosphere was lovely. Staff was knowledge and food was phenomenal! We had the fig and goat cheese dish, jerk chicken wings and skirt steak. A must try.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Very

Safety Feature Ratings
  • Staff is knowledgeable and can answer questions

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?

— Most/All

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Updated 1 year ago read full review

Celiac

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Amazing atmosphere and DELICIOUS food!! We got to enjoy fries dipped in a yummy melted cheese skillet and some incredible honey coated cooked carrots on the patio, plus very unique drinks. Wasn’t sick at all, yay!

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Very

Safety Feature Ratings
  • Staff is knowledgeable and can answer questions
  • Dedicated gluten-free fryer

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

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for dinner
  • Good for lunch
  • Good vegan options
  • Offers outdoor seating
Updated 1 year ago read full review

Overall Rating

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

Updated 1 year ago read full review

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