Applebee’s Gluten Free Menu

I remember going to Applebee’s every Thursday night when I was in college.

It was designated as karaoke night so a lot of the students, myself included, would go on down to the local Applebee’s to socialize, eat, and drink.

Whenever I went, I actually rarely every ate a real meal so my experience with the Applebee’s gluten free menu is quite amateur.

However I am an expert in the Chips & Salsa and the Queso Blanco because those were the two main things I would alway get. And they were pretty good.

In terms of the entrees, soups, and salads however, I’m going to have to leave that up to you to decide.

So with that being said, here’s the Applebee’s gluten free menu.

Applebee’s Gluten Free Menu


applebee's gluten free menu

  • Chips & Salsa
  • Queso Blanco


  • New York Strip
  • Ribeye

Steak Toppers

  • Grilled Onions


  • Tuscan Bean Soup with Chicken & Sausage


  • Baked Potato (Regular and Loaded)
  • French Fries
  • Signature Cole Slaw
  • Fruit Side
  • Garlic Mashed Potatoes (Regular and Loaded)
  • Seasonal Vegetables
  • Almond Rice Pilaf
  • Mexi Rice
  • Celery
  • Applesauce
  • Herb Potatoes
  • Add Grilled Shrimp
  • Crispy Red Potatoes


  • Napa Chicken & Portobellos
  • Fiesta Lim Chicken
  • Bourbon Street Chicken & Shrimp


  • Grilled Shrimp ‘N Spinach Salad
  • Fiesta Chicken Chopped Salad

Salad Dressings

  • Ranch
  • Creamy Bleu Cheese
  • Fat-Free Italian
  • Garlic Caesar Dressing
  • Honey Balsamic
  • Honey French
  • Honey Mustard
  • Mexi Ranch
  • Oriental Vinaigrette
  • Jalapeño Dressing
  • Champagne Vinaigrette


  • Blackened Tilapia
  • Grilled Jalapeño-Lime Shrimp
  • Sizzling N’Awlins Skillet


  • Pico de Gallo
  • Southern Barbecue
  • Guacamole
  • Marinara
  • Salsa
  • Bruschetta
  • Balsamic Glaze
  • Black Bean Corn Salsa
  • Mayonnaise
  • Sour Cream
  • Napa Valley Red Wine Sauce
  • Chunky Roma Pepper Relish
  • Pesto Mayo
  • Chimichurri Sauce
  • Alfredo Sauce
  • Honey Barbecue Sauces

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  1. Michelle Patriarco says

    I will never eat at another Applebee’s restaurant. The last time I went to my local one, they couldn’t guarantee me gluten free food. The allergy list thing was confusing……some things on the gluten free list and wheat list differed. If you have a wheat allergy and can’t eat something how could it be safe on the gluten free list? Just my opinion, but never eating there again.

  2. LeRoy Hoover says

    Be careful eating at Applebee’s. They really don’t understand Gluten Free. Their corn chips and fries are fried along with every other breaded fried product they sell. They think that because the oil is hot it kills the gluten. They don’t understand what cross contamination is.

    • deborah says

      I had the same exact problem tonight. I called the Orange City, Fl Apple bees, and the manager told me that all of the chips were fried in the same 3 firers. There was not a fryer set aside for gluten free.

  3. Brenda says

    Gluten free may be fine for some people but when you are allergic to most everything that a restuarant has, it is very difficult to eat out anywhere. My food allergies are: gluten, wheat, barley, corn, soy, nuts, dairy, seafood, fish, lettuce, onions, mushrooms, pineapple, bananas, cantaloupe and apples. I can only eat chicken and turkey. Eating meat makes me sick. I will be getting tested for more food possible allergies shortly. Most people just stare at me when I tell them my allergies.

    • says

      I’m not laughing. Because I have so many health conditions and diseases, I am allergic to virtually all food. Some allergies are not severe, so I allow myself to eat that food occasionally. When it’s severe,
      I do not eat the particular food ever. Off the top of my head, I am allergic to all foods containing:
      gluten, citric acid, pectin, sugar, chocolate, vanilla, any type of hot pepper, some meats, dairy products,
      seafood, nuts, MSG, and even vegetables (I’m a vegetarian). You are the first person I’ve heard of
      that sounds like you have a list like mine. There are probably 50-100 foods I am not supposed to eat.

  4. Karen Shanley says

    Not trusting Applebee’s gluten free menu. Fries are listed as gluten free & my daughter had them. She has been sick since.

    • Jennie says

      Just there yesterday and the fries are breaded the manager told me and fried in the same oil as everything else. I explained that could make someone very ill. I was nervous about ordering a salad if fries where listed as gluten free. I wish i would have listened to my instinct and left. The manager talked me into eating the Fiesta Chicken Salad. And now im sick…. wish it a piece of greasy good pizza instead of a salad. UGH I will never go to Applebees again!!!!!

  5. AB says

    Got very sick from Applebee’s. I would NEVER recommend this restaurant, for someone with sensitivity, Intolerance, and especially Celiac. Not a good place for gluten free.

  6. Carol says

    Applebee’s either doesn’t have a clue about gluten free or doesn’t care. I asked for a gluten-free menu right away, told the waitress I was gluten free & asked her to put that on my order, & told the manager I was gluten free when he came to our table to tell me I couldn’t get a 1/2 salad?? When they brought my salad to the table, there was a big bread stick laying right on top of it! So then I had to wait for them to bring another salad, while everyone else ate their meals. Why have a gluten-free menu, if your staff are not trained to deal with it. The last time I was there, I ordered a hot fudge sundae for desert and it arrived with an Oreo cookie on top of it – the waitress said well, I asked him if that was gluten free and he said yeah, it should be…..

    • Adam Bryan says

      Gluten free awareness is possibly still the biggest issue today. Yeah cross contamination is a major issue, but it first and foremost starts with the staff and their GF education. If that fails, everything else become useless, in my opinion.

  7. Chris medlar says

    I really doubt their fries and queso are gf. As stated above they do not have separate prep or cooking area’s for gf food. I like that there is awareness now we just need them to be properly educated.

  8. Jerri Schodensack says

    Last week I went to the Applebee’s in Time Square, New York. They could not assure me that any item on their breakfast would be gluten free.. The waitress suggested a dish of fruit. When it came, It had almost all melon & 2 strawberries cut in tiny pieces. They need to not advertise they have a gluten free menu. I sent the fruit back.

  9. Dennis Moore says

    Very frustrated with Applebees. They have an excellent soup that they say is gluten-free called Tuscan Bean Soup with Chicken & Sausage. They have it displayed on all their gluten-free menus and on this website as well. The only problem is it seems to be available only one day a week (one restaurant said they only serve it on Tuesdays and another only on Sundays). I’ve had another restaurant tell me they never have it. I’ve totally given up on Applebees. And I agree with others that their staff needs to be better informed. I’ve been given some of the lamest comments by waitresses like, “we only serve gluten-free food on weekends” or “I told the kitchen not to put any butter, cheese, or seasoning on your food because I know you had to be gluten free” or “I told the chef not to put any potatoes on your plate”. I mean, really? Is there any training at all?

  10. Carm says

    I think you all should call Corp. offices and complain to them. If a lot of people call maybe they would get a GF dietitian to educate them selves. Then it will carry down to managers of all Applebee’s

  11. Kim cox says

    Hmmmm…I just ordered the salmon plain…and told our waiter I had a gluten allergy.hoping this is OK.n I’m not sick for days….

  12. Joyce says

    Sorry for those of you who have had bad experiences at Applebees. And even sorrier for those of you with multiple food allergies, that must make eating out pretty much impossible. That said I am fortunate to have had nothing but good experiences at Applebees. When I have questions the alleren book is available to check out any item. I have had the chips and queso many times with no problems. The steak, mashed potatoes, and vegetables were all properly done and delicious. This is one of my favorite places to go. (I am sure every restaurant have its own individual set of issues. I am glad that the Applebees near me are ones that I can eat safely at.)

    • says

      Joyce, it looks like you are the only one here who hasn’t had problems with Applebee’s food having gluten in it. Do you work for Applebee’s maybe?

  13. mary says

    The last time I ate at Applebee’s I had a bad experience. I have celiac disease and I found that the wait staff is not knowledgeable about gluten free. I ordered a meal off of the gf menu and I was given the wrong ,but similar, meal that was not gf. When I mentioned it to the manager, he was also confused. The meal had to be remade. Also the chips are not gf. Never going to eat there again.

  14. says

    I had 2 bad experiences there as well. It is true that they first thing in am fry the chips in the fryers where there is much cc. Same with the french fries. Order simple salad, half way through I find sesame noodle?????? I will never trust them again. They requested i email them on the Applebees site..I got my automated response with I.D. number. Have emailed several times. No response.I am done with them.

  15. Judy says

    They have no idea what gluten-free means. In my experience, they leave you to choose. However, they will do substitutions with no problem for sides. I have only a wheat allergy. if I had celiac disease I would never go there.

  16. Cate says

    the mushrooms in the bourbon street chicken and shrimp are not gluten’s the same garlic sauteed mushrooms that is listed as a steak topper and contains gluten. but they don’t tell you that when the bourbon street chicken and shrimp is listed on it’s own. i found this out the hard way…

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