The Brown Bottle

2 recent ratings
$$ • Restaurant
Reported to have a gluten-free menu
Reported GF menu options: Pasta
100% of 2 votes say it's celiac friendly
209 W 5th St
Waterloo, IA 50701

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I’m Celiac so I messaged the restaurant ahead of time regarding their safety precautions for gluten. I was excited to learn that, in their own words “we absolutely take cross contamination seriously and have for years. We have a separate area for our pastas and cook in separate water. Pizzas are cooked on their own parchment paper and they are gluten free crusts we get frozen.”

I loved the atmosphere when my family arrived and was excited to order. My anxiety was peaked as the water didn’t seem to be very well trained or versed on cross-contamination.

I told him immediately that I had a severe gluten allergy so no bread can touch my food. We had ordered the absolutely delicious artichoke dip and right after I mentioned the gluten allergy he asked if I wanted bread or chips with that. Chips it was.

I believe that the wait staff prepares the salads which come with a large piece of toast. While my plate didn’t have the toast, I questioned it’s safety when I saw my husbands salad with two pieces of toast (mine was on his plate) carried directly over of my salad plate.

My meal was delicious and the portion sizes are gigantic. I most likely will return but am not fully convinced they fully take all necessary measures needed for Celiacs.

Safety


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

— Somewhat

Safety Feature Ratings
  • Dedicated gluten-free space in the kitchen

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Separate gluten-free 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 4 months ago read full review

Celiac

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Great food, good size gluten free menu. All of the servers have been very knowledgeable.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 2 years ago read full review

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Have been eating here for many years and never had an issue, great place if you are looking for a date night or fancy night out. GF menu has a lot of great options and staff is always very careful.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 2 years 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

  • Gluten-Free Menu
  • Pasta

Categories

  • Dinner
  • Restaurant

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They have a fantastic gluten free menu. Amazing pasta, chicken Parmesan, and pizza!

Updated 6 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Good gf menu. Seemed to have a good understanding. Boil gf noodles in separate water. They buy gf corn chips to use for dips. I had the chicken parm (it is never breaded so always safe) and a side of spaghetti. My only criticism is that the gf pasta looks just like everyone else's pasta and that is a bit scary. The waitress carried it out separate but I would still feel better if they would mark it in some way - a different plate, a toothpick that says gf, colorful toothpick... Everyone liked the food - gluten eaters, too!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 6 years ago read full review

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