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Aurea (in the Stanford Court Renaissance/Marriott hotel)
905 California Street
San Francisco, CA 94108


5.0 Palms
5.0 Palms
Fantastic San Francisco gluten-free hotel restaurant Aug 14, 2010
reviewer: Dlbruns from Hilton Head Island, SC, US

We stayed at the Stanford Court Renaissance (Marriott) hotel, where this restaurant, Aurea, is located. The Stanford Court is a beautifully renovated hotel, and my husband went down to talk to someone in the dining room about what gluten-free options might be available. The chef was very happy to speak to him and told him that he was very aware of gluten- free requirements and that there were many choices. When we went down for dinner and we mentioned to the waiter that I needed my food to be gluten-free he said, "We're happy that you're here. We have been waiting for you." And that began one of the best gluten-free experiences I have ever had in my many travels. They have both regular and small plates, so that gave us a chance to try many dishes. The seared scallops on a bed of lobster risotto was my favorite, but everything we ate or sampled was outstanding. The wait staff was welcoming and the wine list was excellent. At breakfast the smoked salmon was delicious. We rarely eat more than one meal at a hotel where we are staying, but we ate many here. The menu was fairly priced and I highly recommend this restaurant even if you are not staying at the hotel. The atmosphere is relaxed and comfortable and the decor is pleasantly chic.

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Bonefish
890 William Hilton Parkway
Hilton Head Island, SC 29928


2.0 Palms
2.0 Palms
Gluten Free not always free of gluten Mar 20, 2010
reviewer: Dlbruns from Hilton Head Island, SC

We live here in Hilton Head and travel frequently. Generally, we have been very pleased to find a Bonefish restaurant, as they do have a GF menu. (Our first choice is always Legal Seafood, as they are very strict about their GF menu and have many choices, but there aren't that many of them in the US.) This last visit to Bonefish was very disappointing, as something in the meal was not gluten-free and I had a very difficult night. My husband spoke with someone at the restaurant, and when the manager called back, he insisted that everything was gluten free and that the kitchen is not allowed to deviate, etc., etc. My husband explained that he just wanted to warn him so that it wouldn't happen to anyone else, and that we understand that cooks sometimes put a little flour in the mashed potatoes, etc., etc., but he said that was impossible. To all of us who are gluten-intolerant, we know the little signs that things may not be quite right when we order. The first thing that happened was that they brought out a small sushi meal, which neither of us ordered. Then when they brought out the salmon dish, it had some kind of a rice dish instead of the mashed potatoes. They took it back and returned with the mashed potatoes on the plate. In hindsight, I should have realized that something was not quite right, but I took the wait person's word for it that all was well. The problem with this restaurant is not simply that they made a mistake, it is that they are most likely not going to fix it because they insist no mistake happened. If you go there, do not order the Garlic Mashed potatoes, and do not let them put anything on your fish. That way you will probably be safe.

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