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Otani Japanese Steakhouse
Avg. Customer Review (4.5 Palms): 4.5 Palms
Number of Reviews: 2

Review Type: Restaurant
13952 Lee Jackson Memorial Highway, Chantilly, VA 20151
Dedicated GF: No
Phone: 703-802-3400
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Gluten free at Japanese steakhouse,

Reviewer: - See all reviews by Stevenlg

4.0 Palms
4.0 Palms
Like most Japanese steakhouses, this is relatively easy to manage if you're gluten free. We brought our own gluten free soy sauce, but they also stock it there. So don't worry if you don't think to bring your own. You can order much of what is on the menu for the teppanyaki style cooking. You have your choice of meats (steak, chicken, seafood), and they know which dipping sauces are gluten free. Some are, and some aren't. But before you get to your "main" meal, you start off with miso soup and salad, which are included. Miso soup is not always gluten free, so we skipped that. The salad was served sans salad dressing, which was good. Next, your table side chef will prepare fried rice and also some shrimp. Afterwards, they prepare the sautéed vegetables and meat. Ideally, you'll want to request to be at your own table, since you'll be using gluten free soy sauce. In our case, however, it was a Saturday night, and we were seated at a large square table with other parties (this is typical at Japanese steakhouses). The chef prepared our rice first with gluten free soy sauce (before preparing the other diners' fried rice)...and also our meats before other diners. But it's important to ask them to thoroughly clean the grill between courses, as the "regular" fried rice was prepared on the grill right before our steak and chicken. So we needed to have them get the residue of regular soy sauce off the grill. It made me a bit uncomfortable as they did not change the utensils...they merely wiped them with a rag in between. If we go again, which we probably will, I'd go at a less crowded time (or less busy day) and request our own table so we don't have to worry about cross contamination. We didn't have a reaction, and everything was delicious. It's also a fun experience, watching the "show" of them preparing your food. It's just a little dicey having them go back and forth between our GF food and others' regular food on the same grill.

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Gluten free tepanyaki at restaurant in Chantilly, VA,

Reviewer: from Northern Virginia, VA - See all reviews by Chrisj

5.0 Palms
5.0 Palms
We've dined at Otani several times and always have a great experience. We bring our own gluten free tamari to substitute for the soy sauce, but I think they may keep some GF soy sauce on hand, too. But we always bring our own. If you choose to dine tepanyaki style (as opposed to ordering something like sushi, which I can't speak about the GF situation), everything is safe. You'll choose a selection of meat and/or seafood, and you'll get either steamed rice or fried rice with egg and veggies. They also grill a selection of veggies to serve along with your meat. Everything is fresh, delicious, and cooked to order. We always dine in a large group and just have them use the GF tamari instead of soy sauce for everyone at our table. There's no discernible difference. However, if some people you're with want the regular soy sauce, the chef will probably just cook the GF food first, while the grill is clean -- and then prepare the other food. We are always very satisfied after dining at Otani. It's a fun experience with an element of entertainment as the chefs cook in front of you -- always a hit with kids.

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