Carrabba’s Italian Grill has been a go to spot for me for a long time. When I went gluten free, there was no issue! Carrabba’s gluten free menu does an excellent job in clearly marking the gluten free options.
Let’s take a deeper look into the family friendly gluten free dining experience you may have at Carrabba’s!
The Carrabba’s Story
Carrabba’s is all about family dining and bringing the family together through food. Every restaurant I’ve been to has such a nice family vibe to it. It’s casual dining, but feels little more formal than other chains. You just have to experience it.
It was founded by Damian Mandola and Johnny Carrabba. From what I can read, they use food to bring family together. They truly value the importance of getting everyone together at the table and eating as a family. Given our busy lives, this can be hard at times, so this reminder of enjoying meals as a family is wonderful and refreshing!
Carrabba’s Gluten Free Menu
The Carrabba’s menu has always been pretty robust. Their gluten free menu options do not disappoint.
They do offer gluten free pasta which is nice and you don’t see if very often! The last time we went, Abigail gave it a try and had nothing but smiles to report back, so it’s kid friendly!
I’m a sucker for filet and their steaks did not disappoint. This is my go to option when we enjoy Carrabba’s gluten free menu!
One thing you won’t find online is their gluten free options. They have link for Vegan and Vegetarian menus, but no link for their menu with gluten free options. Seems a little weird, but I can confirm they do have a labeled menu with gluten free options. The only picture I could find online is from Find Me Gluten Free and I dropped it in above.
Things to Know About Carrabba’s Gluten Free Menu!
Carrabba’s does have strong choices for gluten free meals but you still need to have a discussion with your waiter. A call ahead will help as well. Prepare yourself as much as possible.
If you are getting the pasta and cross contamination is a worry for you, then you certainly need to ask about the waiter. Often times in restaurants they reuse water when boiling pasta. Makes sense to save water, but for someone with Celiac disease, this is a nightmare.
So talk to your waiter. Ask them the questions you need answered to ensure you have a favorable dining experience. I’ve always had friendly and attentive wait staff there, so I’m sure they will do their best!
The better option if cross contamination is a concern for you, stick to the grilled steaks or chicken. They are delicious, so you are still in the win column.
The only Change I’d like to see
One thing I would like to see is gluten free bread at Carrabba’s. They bring out this great oil for dipping bread before your meal, but there is no gluten free option. It would be nice if they could find a gluten bread for us to enjoy dipping in the oil.
Maybe one day!
I’m a fan of Carrabba’s gluten free menu items and I think you will be too! This is certainly a place you want to check out with the family. It has a great atmosphere. As an institution it is focused on family time and I can get on board with that!
Looking for some other good gluten free restaurant options? Here are a few that I have been taking a deeper look into:
Let me know what you think in the comments below. I would love to hear from you!