What to Eat at Red Robin: Healthy Menu Choices and Nutrition Facts

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Red Robin began as a sit-down tavern in Washington state in the 1940s. The first casual dining iteration opened in Seattle in 1969, and since then the chain has expanded to over 500 locations throughout the United States and Canada.

Harkening back to its beginnings as a tavern, Red Robin is especially well-known for its beer. The menu features a familiar lineup of fast-food favorites like burgers, sandwiches, chicken wings, and shakes, but Red Robin also offers a tavern menu of entrees, including its gourmet burgers, soup and salad, appetizers, dessert, and alcoholic beverages.

One unique aspect of Red Robin's menu could present a challenge if you’re hoping to keep track of your portions: bottomless fries and drinks. Determining individual serving sizes can be tricky when you’re dining out, but keeping track of a meal’s calories is next to impossible if you’re constantly adding more food to your plate or topping off a drink.

Make use of Red Robin’s online nutrition calculator to get an estimate of your options before you go. The tool will help you order a meal that fits into your diet plan in terms of calories, fat, and other nutrition goals. Keep in mind that according to the company's website, the nutrition information provided may vary with cooking and does not apply to certain (limited) locations. When in doubt, choose smaller portions for yourself or split an entree with a friend.

If you follow a special diet or prefer to avoid certain foods, Red Robin makes information about common food allergens and the ingredients it uses in its kitchen readily available on its website. Red Robin also offers vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options.

What Experts Say

“While Red Robin offers vegetable sides and side salads, other menu options contain more than a day’s worth of sodium. If you’re eating here on a regular basis, try to include veggies and fiber-rich foods in your other meals to help maintain nutritional balance.”  

— Willow Jarosh, MS, RD

Navigating the Menu

Most Nutritious Options

  • Red’s Burger

  • Keep it Simple Chicken Burger

  • Simply Grilled Chicken Sandwich

  • Steamed Broccoli

  • Classic Wedge Salad

  • Chicken Tortilla Soup

  • House Salad

  • Ensenada Chicken Platter

  • Sundae 

  • Strawberry Smoothie

  • Light Freckled Lemonade

Least Nutritious Options

  • Monster Burger

  • Whiskey River BBQ Chicken

  • Ragin’ Cajun Chicken Sandwich

  • Yukon Chips

  • Chili Cheese Fries

  • Red’s Chili

  • Southwest Salad

  • Buffalo-Style Clucks & Fries

  • Mountain High Mudd Pie

  • Chocolate Hazelnut Bliss

  • Root Beer Float 

Burgers

Most of the burgers at Red Robin are high in calories, fat, and sodium. The good news is, you can customize your burger to alter its nutritional content, including choosing from a variety of buns or a no-carb lettuce wrap.

Most Nutritious Option

Red’s Burger (Beef, Kid’s Menu)

280 calories, 12g fat, 4g saturated fat, 290 mg sodium, 27g carbohydrate, 4g sugar, and 16g protein

Least Nutritious Option

1220 calories, 77g fat, 31g saturated fat, 3g trans fat, 2410 mg sodium, 56g carbohydrate, 18g sugar, and 74g protein

You can use low-fat, low-calorie, and low-carb swaps and substitutions to make many of Red Robin's burger options healthier. A lettuce wrap only adds 15 calories to a burger, compared to a 150-calorie Tavern Bun or 330-calorie croissant.

Skipping bacon will save 70 calories, and opting for a burger without cheese saves around 100 calories and 10g fat.

In general, avoid burger options with the words “big” or “monster” in the name. As you might expect, these are the least healthy options on Red Robin’s burger menu with upwards of 1,000 calories. However, just because a burger sounds like a healthy option by name doesn’t mean it is: the Royal Red Robin Burger has 1110 calories, 78g fat, 48g carbohydrate, and 1850 mg sodium.

Chicken

Red Robin offers a menu of chicken burgers, sandwiches, entrees, and sides, many of which are high-calorie, high-fat fried creations. However, choosing grilled chicken for your meal or as a topping for a salad can be a healthier choice.

Most Nutritious Option

Keep it Simple Burger with Chicken

370 calories, 9g fat, 2g saturated fat, 870 calories, 62g carbohydrate, 14g sugar, and 15g protein

Least Nutritious Option

1130 calories, 74g fat, 21g saturated fat, 2g trans fat, 1290 mg sodium, 71g carbohydrate, 20g sugar, and 43g protein

Red Robin’s take on traditional fast food chicken tenders, Clucks & Fries, have 1318 calories, 78g fat and 2143 mg sodium—that’s without factoring in the dipping sauce, which adds calories, salt, and even sugar to your meal.

Sandwiches

Red Robin’s menu of sandwiches features many of the classics, including grilled cheese, roast beef, Caesar chicken wraps, and its take on a BLT. With options to customize your sandwich every step of the way, this is one meal option you can make lower in calories, fat, and carbs by asking for a few simple swaps.

Most Nutritious Option

370 calories, 6g fat, 2g saturated fat, 1040 mg sodium, 48g carbohydrate, 9g sugar, and 32g protein

Least Nutritious Option

1020 calories, 66g fat, 21g saturated fat, 1g trans fat, 3180 mg sodium, 67g carbohydrate, 9g sugar, and 21g protein

If you don’t want to completely forgo cheese on your sandwich, go with lower-calorie options like provolone or pepper jack. You can also save calories and carbs by wrapping your sandwich fixings in lettuce instead of bread or a bun.

As for protein, you’ll have another healthier option other than grilled chicken: Red Robin’s 130-calorie, vegetarian-friendly quinoa patty has just 4g of fat and packs more protein than other non-chicken options, like a side of beans or fried egg.

Sides

You’ll hear about “bottomless” sides at Red Robin, but you’ll want to avoid the all-you-can-eat option for most items on the menu. French fries, sweet potato fries, onion rings, and potato chips abound, but you’ll also find a few offerings that are a little more nutritious, like steamed veggies and fruit salad.

Most Nutritious Option

30 calories, 5g fat, 50 mg sodium, 6g carbohydrate, 2g sugar, and 3g protein

Least Nutritious Option

490 calories, 29g fat, 5g saturated fat, 660 mg sodium, 42g carbohydrate, 0g sugar, and 5g protein

Refilling your plate with salty, high-fat fries or chips throughout your meal makes keeping track of serving sizes difficult. When you lose track of portions, it's easy to add 100 or more calories to your meal without realizing it.

If you’re still hungry, try adding another side of veggies: steamed broccoli is a filling, fibrous choice that will only add, at most, another 30 calories.

Appetizers

The tavern-style dining experience at Red Robin includes appetizers. While these starters can sometimes be smaller servings than an entree, they aren’t necessarily healthier options. Appetizers that are fried or served with high-calorie sauces can add a ton of calories to your day before you even have your meal, and can also be high in fat and sodium.

Most Nutritious Option

420 calories, 36g fat, 8g saturated fat, 640 mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate, 8g sugar, and 8g protein

Least Nutritious Option

1530 calories, 94g fat, 29g saturated fat, 2g trans fat, 2260 mg sodium, 121g carbohydrate, 9g sugar, and 51g protein

Red Robin’s Boneless Bar Wings N' Yukon Chips has around 675 calories, which may be a sensible order if you’re sharing with friends. But with 75g carbohydrate, 1984mg sodium, and only 29g protein, the starter doesn’t offer much nutrition.

Soups

Red Robin offers a selection of soups by the bowl or cup ranging from regional favorites like clam chowder to the chain’s signature chili. While a bowl of soup can make for a hearty meal, sticking to the smaller cup size can make it easier to keep track of calories, especially if you’re pairing with a salad or sandwich.

Most Nutritious Option

200 calories, 9g fat, 3.5g saturated fat, 860 mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate, 4g sugar, and 10g protein

Least Nutritious Option

Red’s Chili (Bowl)

430 calories, 20g fat, 7g saturated fat, 1g trans fat, 1430 mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate, 3g sugar, and 15g protein

Classic French Onion soup is lower in calories and sodium than other choices. With 210 calories, 11g fat, and 860mg sodium per cup, the option goes well with a protein-packed side salad. To reduce the carbs of your meal, skip the side of garlic bread.

Salads

Red Robin’s menu of salads provides more variety than most fast food restaurants, giving you the option of filling up on fiber-rich veggies. You can customize your salad to make it more nutritious and to your tastes. Keep in mind, however, that calorie counts for these options do not include salad dressing or crunchy toppings, which can easily add another 200-300 calories.

Most Nutritious Option

120 calories, 6g cat, 3g saturated fat, 180 mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate, 3g sugar, and 6g protein

Least Nutritious Option

940 calories, 64g fat, 19g saturated fat, 1.5g trans fat, 1890 mg sodium, 50g carbohydrate, 12g sugar, and 47g protein

Other popular salads at Red Robin offer interesting mixes of fruit, veggies, and protein. The Avo-Cobb-O Salad has grilled chicken breast, bacon, bleu cheese, hard-boiled eggs, tomatoes, avocado, and mixed greens. It provides 499 calories, 28g fat, 20g carbohydrate, 40g protein, and 1091mg sodium.

To reduce the calorie count, fat, and sodium content of any salad, skip the bacon and cheese. Instead of creamy dressings, go for oil and vinegar. Or, if you choose a low-fat dressing, ask for it on the side.

Entrees

The entree options at Red Robin include additional burgers and chicken options but also feature several seafood dishes. As with the rest of the menu, avoid fried foods, stick to smaller portions or half-orders, and skip the option of bottomless sides.

Most Nutritious Option

Ensenada Chicken Platter (One Chicken Breast)

300 calories, 12g fat, 3.5g saturated fat, 1290 mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate, 6g sugar, and 29g protein

Least Nutritious Option

1630 calories, 113g fat, 27g saturated fat, 1g trans fat, 4180 mg sodium, 105g carbohydrate, 4g sugar, and 49g protein

Red Robin’s Sear-ious Salmon entree is under 500 calories and one of the only non-fried fish options. It also comes with bottomless steamed broccoli—a much healthier bottomless side option than fries.

Dessert

Like most you’ll encounter when dining out, the dessert menu at Red Robin features items that are high in calories, fat, and sugar without being helpful sources of energy, protein, or nutrition.

Most Nutritious Option

Sundae (Kids)

310 calories, 10g fat, 7g saturated fat, 90 mg sodium, 50g carbohydrate, 42g sugar, and 5g protein

Least Nutritious Option

1360 calories, 59g fat, 39g saturated fat, 3g trans fat, 610 mg sodium, 193g carbohydrate, 131g sugar, and 17g protein

Look to the Kid’s Menu for smaller dessert portions. If you do go for an item from the regular menu, share with friends or pack up half your order to enjoy later.

A “short” order of four Cinnamon Sugar Doh! Rings has 770 calories. Unlike a slice of pie or cake, it’s easier to estimate an individual portion with single donuts. One of Red Robin's cinnamon donut rings is around 200 calories. Take the rest home or share an order with friends.

Shakes & Smoothies

Red Robin’s menu of shakes and smoothies are another option for something sweet. While larger sizes can add upwards of 1,000 calories to your daily intake, even a regular-size milkshake can easily be a source of a meal’s worth of calories, fat, and sugar.

Most Nutritious Option

290 calories, 0g fat, 75mg sodium, 0g carbohydrate, 69g sugar, and 5g protein

Least Nutritious Option

1290 calories, 63g fat, 40g saturated fat, 1.5g trans fat, 530 mg sodium, 158g carbohydrate, 129g sugar, and 26g protein

If you’re looking for a smoothie or shake, stick to the smaller Kid-size portions. If you really just want a taste, ask if you can get a scoop of plain ice cream in a dish without any sugary syrups or cookie mix-ins. Try topping with a side of fresh fruit instead.

Beverages

Red Robin’s bottomless beverage choices range from traditional fast food fountain sodas to iced tea, lemonade, fruit juice, as well as cream sodas and root beer floats. They also have a full bar for the chain’s menu of alcoholic beverages, though such drinks can also be sources of added calories and sugar.

Most Nutritious Option

45 calories, 0g fat, 40 mg sodium, 11g carbohydrate, 10g sugar, and 0g protein

Least Nutritious Option

580 calories, 15g fat, 9g saturated fat, 0.5g trans fat, 250 mg sodium, 116g carbohydrate, 110g sugar, and 7g protein

Whether you’re ordering take out, dining in, or eating at home, water is the healthiest beverage choice to accompany your meal. Depending on your dietary needs and preferences, other choices might work for you as well.

Options like black coffee, light iced tea, and diet soda typically don’t add calories to your meal. However, these options may use sugar substitutes or preservatives like aspartame, which you may prefer to avoid.

Diet-Specific Options

With such a large menu to choose from and the ability to customize your meal, you’ll likely be able to find something to eat at Red Robin if you’re following a special diet. The restaurant has even received national recognition honoring its commitment to serving diners with food allergies or specific dietary needs.

Gluten-free

You may not be used to having a wealth of gluten-free options at most restaurants, but at Red Robin, you can order any burger or sandwich with a gluten-free bun or lettuce wrap.

You can also customize most items from the rest of the menu according to your specific dietary needs and preferences, including to accommodate a gluten-free diet.

Of note, the restaurant also has a protocol in place for notifying the kitchen if your order requires special preparation to avoid cross-contamination from an allergen, such as gluten.

Red Robin menu choices that may be suitable if you’re gluten-free include:

  • Creamy Artichoke & Spinach Dip
  • Wedge Burger, Veggie Vegan Burger, Sear-ious Salmon, Ensenada Chicken
  • Avo-Cobb-o, Mighty Caesar, Simply Grilled Chicken, and Southwest Salad (no croutons)
  • Red’s Chili, Chicken Dip’ins (Kid’s Menu), Apple Slices, Corn, Fruit Salad, Mandarin Oranges, Kid’s Side Salad, Steamed Broccoli, Cole Slaw, Beans
  • Kid’s Menu Sundae, Freckled Lemonade, Iced Tea, Root Beer Float, Coconut Pineapple Smoothie, Hawaiian Heart Throb Smoothie, Very Berry Raspberry Limeade 

Low-carb

  • Buzz Sauce Bone-in-Bar Wings (½ order)
  • Blue Cheese, Ranch, Salsa-Ranch Dressing
  • Caesar Salad, House Salad, Classic Wedge Salad
  • Beans, Steamed Broccoli, Cole Slaw, Apples, Mandarin Oranges, Freckled Fruit Salad
  • Sear-ious Salmon, Ensenada Chicken Platter (One Chicken Breast), Grilled Chicken Dip’ins (Kid’s Menu)
  • French Onion Soup (cup), Red’s Chili (cup), Chicken Tortilla Soup (cup), Clam Chowder (cup)

Diabetes-Friendly

  • Wedgie Burger
  • Sear-ious Salmon
  • House Salad, Caesar Salad
  • Buzzard Sauce, Fresh Salsa, Roasted Garlic Aioli
  • Sliced Turkey, Fried Egg, Bacon, Onions, Steamed Broccoli, Sauteed Mushrooms

Low-fat

  • House Salad, Caesar Salad
  • Chicken Tortilla Soup, Red’s Chili, French Onion Soup
  • Sweet Potato Fries, Beans, Freckled Fruit Salad, Steamed Broccoli, Ancient-Grain Veggie Patty
  • Ghost Pepper Sauce, Salsa, Ketchup, Thai Sauce, Teriyaki Sauce, Whiskey River BBQ Sauce, Balsamic Vinegar Dressing
  • Keep It Simple Grilled Chicken Burger, Simply Grilled Chicken Sandwich, Ensenada Chicken Platter (One Chicken Breast)

Low-sodium

  • Steak Fries (Kid’s Menu)
  • House Salad, Caesar Salad
  • Island Heat Sauce, Salsa, Ranch Sauce, Chipotle Aioli, Salsa-Ranch Dressing
  • Grilled Turkey Burger, Sear-ious Salmon, Red’s Burger (Beef, Kid’s Menu), Keep It Simple Burger (Beef or Chicken) 
  • Freckled Lemonade, Kids Sundae, Smoothies, Malts, Milkshakes (Kid’s Menu), Chocolate Fruffles, Gooey Chocolate Brownie Cake

Vegetarian & Vegan

Red Robin offers several meals for vegetarian and vegan diners, and many other items on the menu can be customized to be vegan or vegetarian-friendly.

Red Robin menu items that may be suitable for a vegan diet include:

  • House Salad
  • Veggie Vegan Burger
  • Iced Tea, Very Berry Limeade
  • Apples, Beans, Steamed Broccoli
  • Lettuce Wrap, Multigrain Bun, Ciabatta Bun, Onion Bun
  • Bruschetta Salsa, Guacamole, Cocktail Sauce, Steak Sauce, Island Heat Sauce

In addition to vegan options, vegetarian-friendly items on Red Robin’s menu include:

  • Veggie Burger
  • Mac and Cheese
  • French Onion Soup
  • Creamy Artichoke & Spinach Dip
  • Sweet Potato Fries, Steak Fries, Onion Rings
  • Smoothies, Malts, Milkshakes, Sundae, Root Beer Float

Food Allergies and Safety

Red Robin makes it easy to find a meal if you have food allergies or are trying to avoid certain ingredients, such as animal products. You can use its online tool for navigating the menu within certain parameters, such as only viewing options that are vegan or free from common allergens.

Red Robin notes the presence of the following allergens on its menu:

The interactive menu also lets you know which dishes may be suitable if you ask for certain modifications, such as swapping a hamburger bun or sandwich bread for lettuce or skipping extras like cheese and mayo.

A Word From Verywell

Red Robin’s menu offers a good mix of options that can be customized to suit your dietary needs and preferences. The restaurant takes extra steps to cater to the needs of diners who follow special diets or have food allergies. The menu also features some vegan and vegetarian choices, and many items can be made gluten-free. When dining at Red Robin, you will want to beware the “bottomless” drinks and sides option, which makes it all too easy to add extra calories, fat, carbs, and sodium to your meal.

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