Marie Callender's

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  • FAKE Chicken Pot Pies are actually just Soup and a Cracker

    May 31, 2012 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Nice clean restaurants. Polite service
    Cons: Low quality ingredients, corner cutting is obvious.

    Summary: I am dumbfounded. I recently visited a Marie Callender's restaurant in Gardena CA and ordered what I always order at Marie Callender's: The awesome chicken pot pies. But what I got was nothing of the sort. Now, if you order the Chick Pot Pie, you ... read more

  • First and last time I'll eat there

    Mar 29, 2009 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Large dessert selection
    Cons: Service, food quality, portion sizes, and service.

    Summary: So, my family and I finally ate at a Marie Callender's after living in California for a year. We'd heard a lot about the place from coworkers, neighbors, and friends so we figured, "Why not?". Luckily I had eaten not long before but my family wasn't so ... read more

  • Very disappointing

    Feb 12, 2009 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: The restaurant is very clean & the pies looked delicious.
    Cons: We were very disappointed in the attitude of the hostess & lack of concern.

    Summary: We went to Marie Callendar's Restaurant in Gresham, OR this evening to celebrate our son's birthday (which is where we've gone for years for birthdays) there were 8 adults in our group..  Our son arrived @ 5:20pm & was told it'd be about a 1/2 ... read more

  • Is this the same restaurant?????????

    Nov 3, 2004 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: The pies are still great.
    Cons: The food isn't as good and service is terrible.

    Summary: The first time I went to Marie Callender's, I thought I was in heaven! I've taken several people there on special occasions to taste the excellent food and heavenly pies. My husband and I hadn't been there in a while. Last time we tried to go, there ... read more

  • It may be home cooking, but it's not OLD FASHIONED home cooking anymore

    Feb 2, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Pies
    Cons: Food & Service

    Summary: It used to be that when I thought of Marie Callender's, I thought of comfort food. Old fashioned home cooking. Pot pies. Fresh mashed potatoes with homemade gravy. Not anymore. I'm most upset with their callousness when it comes to their ... read more

  • Fake Potatoes are served at Marie Callender's

    Jan 28, 2002 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Pies
    Cons: Dirty The service is not good Food is not fresh

    Summary: The last time I went to Marie Callender's I vowed I would never return. I got a piece of from the box potatoes caught in my throat and I could not get it out for days. The place does not even smell good. The salad and soup bar was not kept up. The ... read more

  • The Pies Were To Die For!

    Oct 18, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Reasonable prices
    Cons: Typical coffee shop food quality w/ no redeeming qualities

    Summary: Since there are 31 other reviews on Marie Callender's, I will not try to rehash the same old stuff and will just mention a quick overview of the facts. The part that I wanted to add is the variability from location to location. First the ... read more

  • Marie Callender's - remember: it's a crime to hurt the help

    Aug 27, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: good food, great pies
    Cons: terrible service, kids screaming everywhere

    Summary: It was only a couple of years ago that Marie Callender's was our family's most visited resturant. We seemed to go there every 6 weeks or so - for a family that rarely eats out, that was pretty often for us. We were just drawn to it. It was so ... read more

  • Visit your grocer's freezer aisle instead

    Mar 22, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Great pies!!!
    Cons: Poor service, low quality salad bar, bland or too salty food, expensive

    Summary: One of my fondest childhood memories was going to the local Marie Callender's restaurant for Sunday Brunch with the relatives. Cornbread with honey butter, warm chili, to-die-for turkey pot pies, and of course, just about any flavor of pie you could ... read more

  • Not a 5 star among my colleagues, but I beg to differ

    Jan 6, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Delectable breakfast
    Cons: None

    Summary: Marie Callender's has received a three-star rating from my fellow epinioneers but hell, yeah, I was impressed and I'm damned fussy. I guess that's cause I'm Canadian and our taste buds are usually frozen and take one heckuva lot to ... read more

  • Poor Service at Marie's

    Jan 6, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: convienent location
    Cons: poor service

    Summary: For the past 20 years, I have eaten at Marie Callender's several times a year. I liked the good food at reasonable prices and the efficent servers. I NOW hate the "condensed" food choices but the poor service by the servers and managers is what ... read more

  • Hard to pass up Marie Callender's.

    Dec 11, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Wonderful food.
    Cons: Having to wait to get in.

    Summary: Experience with this restaurant has always been pleasant From the wide array of menu items to the service, my restaurant visits have always been positive. Granted their menu items are a little on the high end price-wise but worth it especially if not ... read more

  • Marie's Basics Are Best

    Nov 25, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Good food and prices
    Cons: Too much food for one meal!

    Summary: Most people know and love Marie Callender's for her decadent pies, rich frozen entrees, or sumptuous in-house feasts, but my husband and I are sold on the soup and salad buffet. We stumbled into our first Marie Callender's restaurant in Eugene, OR a ... read more

  • Sad Day For Marie

    Oct 29, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Good Potato Cheese Soup
    Cons: Over priced

    Summary: I appreciate home cooking restaurants but not as much as my wife who knows she is just as good a cook at home. Due to this, yesterday's visit to our local Marie Callender's in Amarillo, TX was my first ever. It's not an experience I care to ... read more

  • Marie Callender's: For your dining pleasure

    Oct 27, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Excellent selection of Pies
    Cons: none

    Summary: Marie Callenderís Restaurants and Bakery started out as a bakery in 1948 and has established over 160 restaurants primarily on the West coast and Southwest. I recently ate at the restaurant in Waco, Texas and have eaten at their Tulsa, Oklahoma ... read more

  • A Lot of Home in This Restaurant

    Oct 18, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: The very best food,Good quantity,Very very good service,Great atmosphere.
    Cons: I have not found any.

    Summary: I use to go to MARIE CALLENDER'S all the time when I lived in California,boy do I love their food,it is the best food I have ever eaten at a restaurant. I then moved to Montana twelve years ago and there is no MARIE CALLENDER'S here in Missoula Montana. ... read more

  • What Happened to Marie's?

    Oct 16, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: I don't have to go there
    Cons: Service stinks

    Summary: Ah, remember the days when Marie Callendar's was a great place to eat, with happy people who worked there? Well, things have gone downhill fast at our local Marie Callendar's, and we won't be going back any time soon. Why, well, they just don't care ... read more

  • A New Discovery

    Oct 10, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Nice atmosphere, Happy Hour!
    Cons: Only offer Pepsi products.

    Summary: Until this evening I'd never been to this restaurant. To my amazement I realized that this was not just a place that I thought had sold only great pies. I love the design of the buildings, it reminds you of someone's home, warm and welcoming! As ... read more

  • Thanksgiving Marie Callender's Style

    Oct 10, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Great food at good prices!
    Cons: I wish they would deliver, now that would be perfect.

    Summary: My family knows me all too well, and to say that cooking isn't my calling card is an understatement! Last year I stumbled upon the perfect solution to the age old question, "What will we do for Thanksgiving dinner?". My local Marie ... read more

  • Why do I keep going back??

    Sep 11, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Good pies
    Cons: Very bland food

    Summary: I ask myself that very question every time I eat at Marie Callender's. I know I don't like their food, and yet somehow I still go there once every few years. I guess I just keep hoping that the food will somehow improve. I first started ... read more

  • Marie Callender's - Brunchless in Sunnyvale

    Aug 28, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Good burgers and pie crust.
    Cons: Egg trauma

    Summary: Until recently, I didn't know that Marie Callender's was a restaurant. (MC was just a frozen food label to me.) Imagine my surprise to learn there was a MC just minutes from my home! Things To Know ē Sunday brunch is $13, and ... read more

  • Brunch? Bring your Crystal Ball!

    Aug 27, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Tasty food
    Cons: You need to pin a waiter down to get service or information on what's available.

    Summary: Marie Callender's in Sunnyvale, California was the site of this year's Brunch-Off myself and a couple of other Epinionators. The greatest restaurant reviewer I know, Tanster, organized this Brunch-off. The list of participating brunchers ... read more

  • Marie, I hardly knew ye

    Aug 27, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Omelette bar, cheap
    Cons: Uneven service and bland food

    Summary: Maybe I am getting more picky, or maybe civilization is collapsing, but Marie Callenderís brunch just isnít what it used to be. But then again, it may just be that I missed half the brunch because I didnít know where it was. Read on to learn more about ... read more

  • Go here if you want a good meal

    Aug 13, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Everything was Terrific
    Cons: Nothing at al

    Summary: I had never been to Marie Callenders until my aunt and uncle came to visit. They took me out to dinner at Marie Callenders and I was very suprised to see the folks waiting in line. I asked how long to be seated and was told 10 minutes. I was more ... read more

  • Marie Callenders Breakfast Buffet

    Jul 15, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Fantastic breakfast buffet
    Cons: Seating could be better

    Summary: This morning, for the first time, I had the Marie Callender's breakfast buffet and was very impressed with the food and the service. The breakfast buffet consisted of an ample selection of fruits, muffins, and cerials. There were also waffles ... read more

  • homestyle

    Jul 8, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: great food
    Cons: needs to work on service

    Summary: Marie Callender's is a really good place to eat. It reminds of grandma cooking. It's really filling as well. And their bakery is to die for. I haven't tried their pies yet. But I have been attempted to. But I'm always to full to try them. They have the ... read more

  • Hey Marie? Stick with Pie.

    Jun 21, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: the PIES! the PIES!
    Cons: the food and service

    Summary: We have a Marie Callender's right up the road from the house I grew up in. Just past the 76 way stop where I was careened by some idiot running a stop sign, over the bumpy and sometimes deadly <on the shocks of you car that is> train tracks, is ... read more

  • Past the Lips - Straight to the hips!

    Jun 20, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: great service, great pies, family friendly, kid loved food and ate it without a fuss
    Cons: way too much fat, but that's what made it taste so great, none on the east coast near me

    Summary: I was first introduced to Marie Callender's after I moved to Santa Cruz California almost four years ago. I had never seen one on the east coast where I grew up, so when our hungry family of five, who was living in a hotel room until our worldly goods ... read more

  • My visit after seeing "Chicken Run"

    Jun 20, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Fast service, great pies, good food
    Cons: --

    Summary: Last night, I saw a sneak preview for the animated movie "Chicken Run" The movie is about a group of chickens trying to escape from their concentration camp-like farm before they are made into chicken pies. After cheering the chicken's escape ... read more

  • My once a year strawberry pie craving has been satisfied.

    Jun 16, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Good strawberry pie
    Cons: I rarely eat dinner there anymore. It's gotten to fancy.

    Summary: They say living in California we have no seasons. Not true. Right now in June the hills are brown and the city is covered with Purple Jacaranda tree blossoms. And it's strawberry season. To me that means pie. This year, the craving came on ... read more

  • What happened??????

    Jun 1, 2000 by merle_levy is a Top Reviewer on Epinions in Restaurants & Gourmet
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Lot's of luscious pies.
    Cons: When the meal is this poorly served and overpriced, who has the appetite for dessert?

    Summary: When I was a teenager in San Diego, Marie Callender's was a favorite place for dating. The prices were reasonable, the menu had just enough variety to fend off boredom, the entrees were hot and full of flavor, and the pies and desserts were positively ... read more

  • Go for the Pies...skip the rest

    Jun 1, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Great pies and baked goods
    Cons: Slow service, marginal main dishes

    Summary: For years Marie Callender's was our favorite lunch place when we went out of town. The food was always fantastically presented, always fresh and always very good. I had always commented that even the garnish was fresh and beautiful. We looked forward ... read more

  • A Woman CAN Live on Pie Alone

    May 26, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: PIE, PIE AND MORE PIE!
    Cons: The Service is Sometimes Poor

    Summary: When a Marie Calendars opened up nearby our home, I thought I'd died and gone to heaven. When I was young, my parents use to take us to the local franchise, and it's there where I began my 20+ year affair with chocolate meringue pie! The pie, ... read more

  • Death by Peanut Butter Pie

    May 19, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Excellent food, variety of choices, comparable prices.
    Cons: Not a location in Dallas/Ft. Worth :-(

    Summary: It was so nice of Epinions to alert me to their placement of Marie Callender's onto the Chain Restaurant category. NOT. I did request the place, after all. That being said, I have to tell you that I have not eaten at a Marie Callender's ... read more

  • Mark your calendars to go to Marie Callender's

    May 12, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: great food and service
    Cons: none found

    Summary: Marie Callenders is the best of all worlds. Their menu covers a wide range of tastes. I have been able to please my kids there from the time they were small, and not have to endure a Happy Meal myself. They have pasta's, steaks, seafood, pot pies, ... read more

  • Great Family Restaurant

    May 4, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Huge portions at a good price
    Cons: Wimpy salad bar

    Summary: Let's start by saying that I have three teenagers. My two boys normally order two meals each at a restaurant. I don't see that when we go to Marie Callender's. The portions are gigantic, the food is very satisfying and the pies are out of this world! ... read more

  • Supper and More!

    May 1, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: lots of food on the plate - family dinners to go!
    Cons: the salad bar leaves much to be desired.

    Summary: My family loves this restaurant! We will visit on an average of about twice a month. You always get generous amounts of food, so there is usually enough left over for lunch the next day or a quick dinner on a busy night. The atmosphere is kind of ... read more

  • Marie Calender's,Eureka, great disappointment

    Apr 29, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Outside looks nice
    Cons: food is poor, nuance is nill, highly over rated!

    Summary: When I heard that Marie Calender's was coming to Eureka, I was really expecting a new place to dine out that wouldn't cost a lot, yet, be family oriented AND not be the option to Mc Donald's. Too bad for me. Although the outside of the restaurant is ... read more

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  • What happened over the years ?

    Dec 12, 2013 by
    Not rated yet
    Pros: Cream Topping 
    Cons: The replacement of vanilla pudding and real banana's to imitation banana pudding .

    Summary:    I use to live 30 minutes from Downy, California and my favorite pie from not just her restaurant but even the store was her banana cream pie ...  What happened ? Why did you change the original recipe of this pie you still at ... read more

  • Warm salad, yuck

    Oct 1, 2011 by
    Rated Show
    Pros: They are chief in pie making. The pesto pasta sauce was good
    Cons: Service, temperature of salads and presentation of food.

    Summary: This week decided to go to Marie Callender's for their much publicized salad, pasta and pie special. My choice was pesto chicken and my husband the shrimp. After a very long wait the dinners came with warm, not just room temperature but heated, salads, ... read more

  • Traditional, Classic Heartland Chicken Pot Pie

    Aug 27, 2004 by
    Rated Show
    Pros: Good portions, good service, good homey comfort food sans the broccoli in the pot pie!
    Cons: Leave the classics alone--if it ain't broke, don't fix it!

    Summary: Yikes! What happened to my favorite CHICKEN POT PIE? That classic, traditional, homey comfort food I love at Marie Callender's has gone to the birds!!! They have added broccoli to the veggie mixture in the pot pie--yowie! It's an overwhelming taste ... read more

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