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The Bonefish Grill is a casual dining seafood restaurant chain with more than 200 locations in 28 states. I decided to research Bonefish Grill’s gluten-free menu for this article and test the food for hidden gluten with my Nima Sensor.
Nima Sensor is a portable gluten-detecting device that allows you to test a small, pea-sized portion of your food before eating it. The device will tell you if it finds gluten or if your dish is free from gluten and, therefore, safe for you to eat.
Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley, rye, and sometimes oats. While many restaurant dishes don’t contain gluten, per se, they’re notorious for coming in contact with gluten during the preparation process. This makes eating out one of the biggest challenges the gluten-free community faces today.
Watch me test the gluten-free flourless brownie for hidden gluten using my Nima Sensor in the following Facebook Live video:
Bonefish Grill’s Gluten-Free Menu
You can see the Bonefish Grill’s Gluten-Free Menu on this website, but I’ll summarize it below.
First, however, I want to comment on how welcoming the Bonefish Grill is to gluten-free patrons. It even boasts a dedicated gluten-free menu, a rarity in today’s world.
On the Bonefish Grill website, you’ll also find this wonderful message to the gluten-free community:
“Gluten free definitely does not mean taste free. It’s easy to eat well and live well if you know where to look! At Bonefish Grill, you can choose from an entire menu dedicated to gluten-free options. From gluten-free appetizers, to fresh, wood-grilled specialties and even decadent desserts, you can have something new and different every time you come in.”
Wow, this is a restaurant that cares about the gluten-free community – thank you!
Here are some foods you can eat from the Bonefish Grill’s gluten-free menu. Remember to inquire with your server for the latest gluten-free menu options:
Salads: You can eat many salads. Make sure they’re prepared without croutons and farro/ancient grains if those grains are a part of the salad you’re ordering.
Grilled Fish: Grilled fish items are lightly seasoned and wood-grilled, making them a safe gluten-free option. Salmon, sea bass, and trout are typically available on the grilled fish menu. (I tested the rainbow trout for hidden gluten – see results below.)
Meat Dishes: You can choose from several steaks prepared without gluten and Lily’s Chicken entree, which is also gluten free.
Seafood Specialities: Several seafood options (specifically lobster and shrimp) are available on the gluten-free menu at Bonefish Grill.
Sides: The garlic-whipped mashed potatoes, the seasonal vegetables, and the jasmine rice are all gluten free, as are the steamed asparagus and sweet potato mash.
Dessert: The Bonefish Grill has two gluten-free desserts (last I checked), including a flourless macadamia nut chocolate brownie and creme brulee. I tested the flourless brownie with my Nima Sensor and share the results below.
Brunch: The Bonefish Grill offers a Saturday and Sunday morning brunch with several omelets for its gluten-free customers. I have not had brunch at the Bonefish Grill, so I don’t have any first-hand experiences to share.
Eating Gluten Free at Bonefish Grill
I decided to eat at the Bonefish Grill with my husband to test a few dishes for hidden gluten. I wanted to see how the restaurant handled my request, how I was treated, and how the food fared.
When I arrived, I asked for a gluten-free menu and was provided with one without hesitation.
Then, when I ordered, I told my server, “I eat gluten free and am serious about it.” He said gluten free would be “no problem” for them, and he kindly took my order.
I later spoke with the manager (she stopped by to check on us), who said they take allergies very seriously. She said they use clean pans for cooking allergy meals. She said the only thing she cannot guarantee to be gluten free is anything cooked in the deep fryer. It makes sense as they don’t have a dedicated gluten-free fryer.
We ordered the following two items, and here’s how they fared when put to the Nima Sensor test:
Grilled Rainbow Trout: All grilled fish dishes come with two signature sides. I ordered my dish with spinach and rice (the rice has a wonderful flavor – I highly recommend it). It also comes with a sauce. I got the mango salsa.
As you can see below, Nima Sensor smiled, which means it didn’t find any gluten. I really enjoyed the trout. It was perfectly cooked. I will order this exact dish again.
Macadamia Nut Flourless Chocolate Brownie: I tested the Macadamia Nut Flourless Chocolate Brownie for gluten using my Nima Sensor. Once again, Nima smiled.
This brownie is rich and sweet. It came with a raspberry sauce, vanilla bean ice cream, whipped cream, and chopped nuts. It’s rich and decadent. A few bites will leave an excellent taste in your mouth long after you’ve dined.
I Highly Recommend the Bonefish Grill
The Bonefish Grill is a great place to eat when you can’t eat gluten. Of course, remember to always:
- Disclose your “allergy” to your server. Always convey the seriousness of your request.
- Request the latest gluten-free menu—the menu changes depending on the season.
- Look for clues that help you decide if your food is safe, test your food with your Nima Sensor (if you have one), and trust your gut (it won’t lead you astray).
Other Restaurants I’ve Tested
I write more about how to eat out safely when you eat gluten free in my book, Dear Gluten, It’s Not Me, It’s You, and in my ebook, The Ultimate Guide to Eating Out Gluten Free.
I’ve been testing dozens of restaurants for hidden gluten over the years. Please visit my Eating Out archives to learn how to eat safely at restaurants such as the Olive Garden, Maggiano’s, Cheesecake Factory, and more.
Download my Gluten-Free Safe Dining Card for FREE to ensure a safe, gluten-free dining experience every time.
Thankyou for the suggestions.
Jenny Finke, Integrative Nutrition Coach says
You definitely need to disclose all allergies and preferences upfront. Sorry you were glutened. Ug!!
I have to avoid garlic and onion also. Should I ask to see ingredients for everything I order? I hate eating out. Just yesterday after asking questions of the server i just have been glutenized with an omelet.
Jenny Finke, Integrative Nutrition Coach says
I think all the grilled fish items are DF too. Inquire at the Bonefish directly but i imagine you’ll be in good hands.
Penny Godlis says
I have to stay Gluten free and Lactose free (no Dairy). Any suggestions?