At first, we were impressed that O’Charley’s had a very detailed allergen menu. But we soon discovered it was quite chaotic, and a bit limited in dairy-free options. They do offer a good selection of surf and turf without any milk, but sides and other dishes a little more effort. Fortunately, we’ve been told by readers that O’Charley’s staff is accommodating. So with the quick dairy-free menu guide below and help from your server, you should be able to enjoy a satisfying dairy-free meal.
Dairy-Free Menu Guide to O’Charley’s Restaurant
As long as you’re omnivorous, you won’t have much trouble finding a dairy-free entrée on their menu. But you might need to work with their staff on sides, salads, and sandwiches. We’ve included custom order tips below.
- O’Charley’s Fried Green Tomatoes*
Note: Though not a stand-alone item on the menu, they do have tortilla chips and salsa available. Double check with the staff that these are dairy free if requesting.
Entrees (without Sides)
- Steak & Grilled Atlantic Salmon
- Grilled Top Sirloin
- Ribeye Steak*
- Bacon & Bourbon Glazed Filet*
- O’Charley’s Baby Back Ribs
- Cedar-Planked Salmon
- Fresh Atlantic Grilled Salmon served Plain, Blackened, Chipotle, or Bourbon-Glazed
Note: Their Louisiana Sirloin and Filet Mignon are topped with butter. The kitchen might be able to accommodate dairy-free requests for these dishes.
Note: All O’Charley’s burgers and sandwiches come with cheese. They do have dairy-free bread and buns available, so they can probably customize most of their burgers and sandwiches to be dairy-free on request.
Note: They do not have any menu salads without dairy. However, depending on the location, the kitchen might be able to customize their chicken salads by using grilled chicken, your dairy-free dressing of choice, and omitting any dairy-containing ingredients, like cheese. They have avocado available as a salad add-on.
Dairy-Free Salad Dressings: Balsamic Vinaigrette, Honey Mustard Dressing
- Baked Potato (plain)
Fryer Note: All deep fried items at O’Charley’s are listed as containing all eight top food allergens, including the French fries and sweet potato fries. This is likely due to a shared fryer, not necessarily ingredients. Check with the restaurant if fryer cross-contamination is not a concern for you.
Other Options: We’ve been told the kitchen can customize a side salad and broccoli without dairy, on request. They might have other modified side options available dairy-free if you inquire with your server.
- Grilled Chicken, Kids (no side)
- Hamburger, Kids (no side)
- Mandarin Orange Slices
Note: For other side options, carrot sticks can be served with a dairy-free dressing (see above). We’ve been told the kitchen can prepare broccoli without dairy on request.
Sunday Brunch Items
- Applewood Bacon
- Eggs to Order
- Ham Steak
- Wheat Toast
- White Toast
*Due to the unforeseen events of 2020, their menu was cut down a bit. At the time of our review, these items were no longer on the menu, but might be available again in the future.
This Post is for Informational Purposes Only
Menus, ingredients, kitchen procedures, management, and restaurants are subject to change at any time. Always read the menu and discuss your dietary needs with the staff before ordering. Make sure that they can accommodate your situation. This post is for informational purposes only, and should not be construed as advice.
There is always a risk for potential cross-contamination of allergens in any commercial kitchen. If cross-contamination is an issue for you, always speak with the manager to ensure that your meal can be safely prepared. Listings here do not guarantee that a restaurant is safe enough for your individual needs. Only you can make that decision.
Where to Find O’Charley’s Restaurant & Bar
This restaurant chain is dotted all over the Easter states. See the website below for addresses, hours, full allergen menu, and contact information.