Thursday, December 26, 2013

Bonefish Grill

I was diagnosed with Celiac 5 1/2 years ago, right before our annual trip to Hilton Head.  I started researching restaurants with gluten free options on the island, and discovered that Bonefish Grill had a gluten free menu.  I was really excited, because Bonefish was a restaurant that we had been going to for years on Hilton Head, and in Greenville, SC, where my parents live.  Bonefish was the first restaurant that I ate at after my Celiac diagnosis, and I was so impressed with their extensive gluten free menu.  

Years ago, my family decided that making a huge Christmas Eve and Christmas dinner back to back was too much, so we started going out to dinner on Christmas Eve.  Because of our Italian family tradition of eating fish on Christmas Eve, we chose Bonefish, a restaurant that is reasonably priced, and has consistently good food.  Oddly enough, on Christmas Eve, while we ate at the Bonefish Grill near Orlando International Airport, my family was eating at a Bonefish in Greenville, and my husband's brother and his wife were eating at a Bonefish in Texas.  

The Bonefish House Salad is amazing, mainly because of their delicious citrus herb vinaigrette.  

Make sure to ask for the gluten free menu before you are seated.  We usually don't order starters, but I had a free coupon for Bang Bang Shrimp.  Because it is not gluten free, we asked if we could have Saucy Shrimp instead.

We really enjoyed this dish of shrimp sauteed in a lime tomato garlic sauce with Kalamata olives and Feta cheese.  

Bonefish Grill has 6 different grilled fish options that can be paired with 3 different sauces on their gluten free menu.  

I ordered a small portion of salmon with mango salsa, one of my favorite dishes.  It was cooked perfectly, and the mango salsa was delicious, as always.  

All entrees are served with a seasonal vegetable and your choice of one side item.  I chose herbed jasmine rice as my side, and had the seasonal side of spaghetti squash, which was so good.  Our server told us that all of their seasonal sides are now gluten free.

Another favorite entree of mine is the Florida Cobb Salad with grilled chicken, avocado, mango, tomatoes, and my favorite citrus herb vinaigrette.  I don't like blue cheese, so I ask that it be left off my salad.  

We didn't order dessert on Christmas Eve, because we had Chocolate Sugar Cookies waiting for us at home, but Bonefish has two great gluten free dessert options, Creme Brulee and the Macadamia Nut Brownie.  I almost always order the Macadamia Nut Brownie, because I love the combination of the warm brownie with cold vanilla ice cream, and it's got the salty and sweet combination going for it too, with the salty macadamia nuts and the sweetness of the brownie, ice cream, and raspberry sauce.  It's so delicious, and big enough for two or three people.

If you do not eat fish, Bonefish has several gluten free beef and chicken dishes on their gluten free menu.  All of their wines and martinis are also gluten free.

July 7, 2014 Update

Tonight, we dined at Bonefish with my parents, and my brother's family in Greenville, SC.  I ordered the wood-grilled tilapia with lemon butter sauce, which was recommended to me by my mother.  It was cooked perfectly, and I loved the lemon butter so much, I asked for more.  My parents used to call me the Butter Queen when I was a kid.  I do have quite a fondness for it!  :-)

January 21, 2015 Update

Over Christmas break, we had dinner at the Bonefish Grill near Orlando International Airport.  For an entree, I chose a small portion of the Atlantic salmon with lemon butter.  My fish and rice were great, but my husband and I both thought our seasonal side of spaghetti squash tasted really weird, so we did not eat it. 

For dessert, the four of us split two creme brulees, which everybody loved.

Bonefish has updated their gluten free menu.  There are gluten free brunch options available on Sundays from 11am-2pm.  You can view their gluten free menu here.

Bonefish Grill has locations throughout the United States.  You can view their restaurant locator here.

What are your favorite gluten free dishes at Bonefish?


  1. I was pleasantly surprised at a Bonefish in Orlando last June when our server came to our table and saw me with a gluten free menu. He told me Bang Bang shrimp can be done gluten free! They used unbreaded shrimp and mixed it with that fantastic sauce. Needless to say he got a much bigger tip!