Red Lobster

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  • Red Lobster: Is it Worthy of the Praise it Often Receives?

    Apr 21, 2006 by Bryan_Carey is a Top Reviewer on Epinions in Restaurants & Gourmet
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Easy to find; Good seafood menu selection; Large interior; Great service
    Cons: Inconsistent; Pricey

    Summary: Where do people go out for lunch or dinner when they have a craving for seafood? For those who live near the ocean in an area with a large fishing industry, there are often many specialty restaurants that cater to the needs of those who love seafood. For ... read more

  • Two strikes . . . you're out!

    Apr 9, 2012 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Hmmm?
    Cons: Wait was ridiculous.
    Food terrible.
    Service - so-so.

    Summary: Okay, a 45 minute wait at lunch time in an empty restaurant? Not enough staff, I assume. That was just the beginning of my Red Lobster nightmare in Madison Heights. I was soooo hungry and couldn't wait to have fish and chips. When the food came, it was ... read more

  • Corporate policy RIP

    Feb 8, 2012 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: The food is predictable if not epicurean, most staff are polite and helpfull.
    Cons: The quality of the "fresh fish" is generally below what I would cook for myself.

    Summary: I recently went out for a late dinner..approx. 9:30 pm, and really wanted some seafood...fresh fish if possible. So I decided to use the Red Lobster in Bartonsville Pa. as that was likely the only place I would find seafood at that hour.  I ... read more

  • Undercooked and Underwhelmed

    Mar 15, 2011 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Readily available
    Cons: Quality is terrible, and getting worse.

    Summary: As a former Floridian, I was used to getting the freshest seafood caught only hours earlier at numerous restaurants on any given night.  After leaving home, I found myself in the middle of the country, or states nowhere near an ocean and nowhere ... read more

  • Red Lobster = Blest Order

    Aug 14, 2010 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros:
    Cons:

    Summary: Restaurants tend to fall into one of three categories.  You have fast food, casual sit-down and fine dining.  (Actually, I call them “cheap”, “midrange” and “more than I can reasonably afford”, but the first ... read more

  • Red Lobster; great 75% of the time.

    Jun 23, 2010 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Tastes good, service is good, menu offers variety.
    Cons: They have "off" days with their food (and sometimes service).

    Summary: From my title, you can pretty much figure out that Red Lobster is a great place to eat, most of the time. It seems like sometimes I visit, or even depending on WHICH Red Lobster restaurant I visit, I get very different-tasting food. I can only ... read more

  • Our Experience on Howe Ave. in Sacramento - HORRIBLE!

    Feb 24, 2010 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Location
    Cons: All of the above.
    Everything about that was place is a Con

    Summary: On 2/20/2010, I took my husband to Red Lobster on Howe Ave. in Sacramento, Ca. We were told it would be a 30 minute wait. An hour later we were seated. No waiter or waitress came by our table for 15 minutes until we said something. We waved someone to ... read more

  • A nice Family Restaurant

    Jul 17, 2009 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: kind servers.
    nice music.
    Cons: expect a long waiting time on Holidays.
    no reservations can be made.

    Summary: I go to Red Lobster all the time...especially for special holidays and other occasions. A good place to relax and eat with Family...The staff is pleasant and I am always satisfied with the food in the end. Even if I may have a problem (No restaurant ... read more

  • Red Lobster: No Lobstah Here

    Dec 29, 2008 by toiletoctopus is a Top Reviewer on Epinions in Restaurants & Gourmet
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Some Good Meals/Prices
    Cons: Too corporate and bland, Some Terrible items, Service

    Summary: As a person with dual citizenship of New England and the South, I am fond of lobster, crab cakes, and healthy portions of grits. For several years I did lose my love of codfish, because it was served twice a week when I lived with my parents per Boston ... read more

  • Fresh seafood at reasonable prices!

    Feb 15, 2008 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Good food!
    Cons: None

    Summary: I'm a huge seafood fan. I love to have a great seafood meal - but don't always like to pay the big bucks at high-end seafood restaurants. And that is why I love Red Lobster. This is one of the only places where I can get good seafood that is well ... read more

  • One of our regulars. Here is why:

    Jan 17, 2008 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Consistent quality, service. Nice decor.
    Cons: The prices have crept up a lot over the years; still worth it.

    Summary: Preface: I will try to cover all aspects of my experiences here, but restaurant reviews are not my forte. Let me know if you have questions, and I will gladly update, if I know the answer. I do not know if all of the sites are like this, ... read more

  • Red Lobster: For Seafood Lovers That Aren't Picky

    Jan 17, 2008 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Nice atmosphere, huge menu, kid's menu, family friendly.
    Cons: Not the freshest seafood!

    Summary: I used to love the seafood specials offered at Red Lobster and really miss having this chain in our city. When we were in Hot Springs, Arkansas this past November, we spotted a Red Lobster on one of the main highways and made a note to ... read more

  • Red Lobster By The Mall Panama City Fla

    Dec 24, 2007 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: At this branch: NONE.
    Cons: Cold Contaminated Food Served On Dirty Dishes.

    Summary: Readers digest: Stay away, better food and service will be found at Waffle House or Burger King. 10 of us went there at the request of the Great-Grandmother In Law. We ended up being seated at two separate tables, not a big deal and this kept the ... read more

  • Red Lobster in Upstate NY

    Sep 26, 2007 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Decadent food, great service, my favorite place, great children's menu!
    Cons: Some adult prices are high, could use more veggie options. Very little cons, mostly pros!

    Summary: You know a restaurant is well loved in an area when you know that you have to head out early if you plan to eat there or you will have to wait at the bar for a few hours. Luckily, they do take reservations! The restaurant that I am reviewing is nestled ... read more

  • Best fresh fish around for the money

    Jun 27, 2007 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: reasonable prices for fresh fish
    Cons: limited variety, noisy

    Summary: You can't beat Red Lobster for fresh fish in areas not near the ocean. One of the better chain restaurants if you are looking for healthy alternative. I skip the rolls order extra vegetables instead of potato and get low cal dressing on my salad. The ... read more

  • Red Lobster...A Nice Lunch for a Gramma, Daughter and Granddaughter to Enjoy!

    Jun 24, 2007 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: *Biscuits
    *Friendly attentive service
    *Fresh food
    *Did I mention the biscuits?
    Cons: **

    Summary: Iím not a big seafood lover, so what was I doing going to Red Lobster in Appleton Wisconsin? Well, I am a big shopper and anytime one of my daughters suggests we take hour and half drive to the Fox River Mall, Iím agreeable about eating ... read more

  • Red Lobster: Decent Seafood for the Landlocked

    Jun 2, 2007 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: good (but slow) service, excellent shrimp, very affordable at lunch, variety of seafood dishes available
    Cons: variable portion sizes, service a bit slow, awful scallops

    Summary: Sometimes I think parents exist solely to embarrass their children when they least expect it. During my visit home, my parents and I had a late lunch at Red Lobster. When we arrived at the restaurant, my dad opened up the trunk of his car and pulled out ... read more

  • An affordable, tantalizing alternative to seaside dining in your own backyard!

    Jun 1, 2007 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Many locations nationwide, friendly atmosphere and staff, delicious entrees, affordable, culinary innovation
    Cons: Sometimes crowded / on a wait, lackluster food presentations, pricey desserts

    Summary: Red Lobster, founded by Bill Darden and operated currently by Darden Incorporated, has been placed in its own class in the last twenty or so years since it's become a household name. At Red Lobster, you know from walking in the door that you're in a ... read more

  • Thankfully there are other fish in the sea...

    May 30, 2007 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Pleasant wait staff. Yummy biscuits.
    Cons: Food could be better. Unpleasant smell in restaurant. Trashy parking lot.

    Summary: I needed to eat lunch a couple of hours ago and I was in a rather crappy part of Alexandria, VA. Not long ago, I had an urge to go to Red Lobster (don't ask me why). In the part of town where I was today, there happens to be a Red Lobster. I ... read more

  • Not the Worst Place I have Been to

    May 29, 2007 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Food is Good
    Cons: Not enough Selection

    Summary: My friend was in from California and she is a big seafood lover like myself. We both dont go to Red Lobster much, in fact I hadnt been there since 2001. But we decided to go. I mean for two seafood lovers how could we go wrong. When we arrived the ... read more

  • Surprisingly Delicious!

    Apr 3, 2007 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: good pacing of courses, delicious, affordable
    Cons: annoying to wait to be seated, appetizers designed to be shared

    Summary: I have not been to Red Lobster for dinner in years. I have to confess that I did visit Red Lobster for lunch over the summer and ordered off of the regular menu that I am familiar with...nothing special. So, last night in Queensbury, NY, I decided to ... read more

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