Olive Garden

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  • The Olive Garden, It's not the Garden of Eden

    Apr 8, 2005 by popsrocks is a Top Reviewer on Epinions in Restaurants & Gourmet
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Lovely atmosphere at lunch time.
    Cons: Too busy in the evening, maybe they are doing something right.

    Summary: My wife and I have been to the Olive Garden for dinner. The crowds are large and the wait is long. The place was not good enough for us on our first try to ever attempt getting in again. Recently however we were given a certificate as a gift to the Olive ... read more

  • WHERES THE SERVICE?

    Nov 14, 2013 by
    Not yet rated.
    Pros: Salad and Breadsticks are alwasy delicious.
    Cons: Poor Service (SERVERS)
    Lack of customer communication
    Cold Food

    Summary: I usually go the the Olive Garden on 28th Street  in grand rapids, MI with my friend for lunch. My experience this past saturday definitaley changed my opinion about this restaurant.  Upon being seated, my server did a very poor job ... read more

  • Olive Garden: The Breadsticks Were Good, But That's About It!

    Jul 8, 2012 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Breadsticks and dipping sauce
    Cons: Bland, generic food, 40 minutes for basic takeout order

    Summary: We had Olive Garden for dinner last night.  You don’t need to read any more of my review; just know that I think we should have gotten Outback last night instead.  Outback Curbside Takeaway is our go-to place for getting food to go.  ... read more

  • Wanted appetizer for entree.

    Jul 7, 2012 by
    Not yet rated.
    Pros: The decor was nice and the wait was not long.
    Cons: You can't eat the decor.

    Summary: I went with my daughter and three granddaughters to try out the new Olive Garden in town. I am not an Olive Garden fan, but went along with the group.  We went at four o'clock in the afternoon and the wait was about ten minutes, which was a ... read more

  • The commercials only advertise lunch specials

    Dec 19, 2011 by
    Not yet rated.
    Pros: The waiters are friendly, the lunch specials are o.k. did appreciate the coupons.
    Cons: Dinner prices are high, menu selection very low.

    Summary: After dinning at Olive Garden for dinner I realized why we have only been there for lunch.    Olive Garden only advertises their lunch specials....their dinners are twice maybe three times more expensive.  Which ironically, judging ... read more

  • My Olive Garden Experience

    Apr 18, 2011 by
    Not yet rated.
    Pros: Service, food, drinks, environment, view.
    Cons: Wait time.

    Summary: I would like to start off by saying my dining experience at the Olive Garden Italian Restaurant was truly spectacular.  I have read a lot of reviews that say the Olive Garden was the most horrible experience of their lives (or so they made it seem), ... read more

  • olive garden doesn't care about customers

    Mar 18, 2011 by
    Not yet rated.
    Pros: The conglomerate that owns Olive Garden also owns Outback Steak House.  GO there, they understand.
    Cons:  People who have Gastric Bypass Surgery, still go out to eat.  Valued guests?  NO

    Summary: I had a gastric bypass operation, now my stomach is the same size as a 4 year old toddler.So with that said, I went with my 2 adult girls to have a Fun dinner.  They ordered drinks, and when it was time to order dinner, I went last and tried to ... read more

  • How long does it really take to send a manager to a table?

    Jan 2, 2011 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: food, manager willingly gave us coupon
    Cons: It took three requests and two people to get a manager to us.

    Summary: I just got back from dinner at Olive Garden. My conclusion is that the food is above average, but the service is not. Here's why. Our trouble actually started before we arrived. They advertised a coupon for $5 off two dinner entrees. So we went ... read more

  • Olive Garden Nightmare

    Apr 19, 2010 by
    Not yet rated.
    Pros: The only pro, it was in a convienent location.
    Cons: Bad service, stupid waitress, poor selection of salad dressing.

    Summary: A friend of mine talked me into going to Olive Garden, he kept raving about how great it was.We sat down and ordered and I ordered a Chef's salad with blue cheesedressing.About 25-35 minutes the waitress shows up with whatever he ordered ... read more

  • "When The Moon Hits Your Eye Like a Big Pizza Pie"... You're Probably Enjoying Manicotti!

    May 17, 2009 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Comfortable; generally efficient wait staff; some tasty dishes.
    Cons: Inauthentic; inconsistent wait staff; no prices on Braille menus.

    Summary:      7 January 2005. The day would have seemed ordinary to passers-by--a simple, unadorned Friday characterized by the last relics of melting snow. But for us, it was different. That morning, I had gone to school and fairly danced ... read more

  • The Olive Garden is Not Italian

    Oct 14, 2008 by toiletoctopus is a Top Reviewer on Epinions in Restaurants & Gourmet
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Service is great
    Cons: Everything else...the food is terrible.

    Summary: When you go to an Italian restaurant, you expect delicious, rich food that will leave you stuffed, and a loud atmosphere that might remind you of an establishment in Rome. One chain that has been able to recreate this ambiance perfectly is ... read more

  • Good enough for regular visits

    Jun 29, 2008 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Salad, several of the standards, not too rich.
    Cons: They made my favorite item vanish!

    Summary: Preface: I will try to cover all aspects of my experiences here, but restaurant reviews are not my general review type. 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 ... read more

  • Olive Garden's new special dish

    May 27, 2008 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: This is the dish that should be tried when you visit the Olive Garden,
    Cons: I haven't found anything to gripe about Olive Garden. Their food is delicious.

    Summary: The new special at Olive Garden is the rigatoni with 4 cheeses and sausage. It is very good. If you like a little spicier Italian meal, then this is the one to try. We went to the Olive Garden last week with six friends. And 4 of us tried this new ... read more

  • A better Olive Garden?

    May 11, 2008 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Quality seems to have improved, more up to par
    Cons: A bit loud where we sat. Still not as good as other Italian restaurants.

    Summary: Itís Motherís Day today, but the kids and I took my wife out for dinner last night because we knew the wait times would be terrible on Motherís Day. We went to The Olive Garden, one of my wifeís favorite restaurants. Itís not one of our kidsí favorite ... read more

  • Go Somewhere Else, Anywhere Else

    Feb 15, 2008 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Pretty atmosphere. Sometimes Italian music will be piped throughout the restaurant.
    Cons: Cheap, mediocre quality food and wine. LONG waits for a less than mediocre "dining" experience.

    Summary: Sadly, far too many people in this country have absolutely no clue what REAL Italian food is, or how inexpensive and delicious it can really be at non-chain restaurants. The advertising and marketing of the Olive Garden is what makes it successful. Not ... read more

  • I Don't Get People's Fascination With This Place!

    Feb 12, 2008 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: good lunch deal, generally tasty food
    Cons: nothing is fresh, long wait times

    Summary: Judging by the overall 4 star rating here at Epinions, I must be in the minority but I do not get everyoneís fascination with the Olive Garden. This is going to be a difficult review to write, because while I do not hate the Olive ... read more

  • An Enlightening Italian Experience

    Jan 31, 2008 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Great food, relaxing atmosphere
    Cons: May have a little wait

    Summary: A Bad Beginning My mom and I visited our local Olive Garden after a morning of shopping. We arrived right after they opened. To our surprise, it appeared that they were not really ready to open. We had to wait about 10 minutes to be seated and ... read more

  • Worth the Wait?Depends on the Wait.

    Dec 26, 2007 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Italian food, wide variety, not expensive
    Cons: long wait for both table and food, sometimes lacking in service

    Summary: There is no arguing the fact that Olive Garden serves many delicious dishes and that their menu of Italian meals has something for everyone.No one talks about Olive Garden without mentioning the unlimited free breadsticks and salad. The only problem is ... read more

  • Mmmmmm ... I'll have some of that and that and that at the Olive Garden!

    Aug 24, 2007 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: plenty of menu choices, good food, large servings, pleasant waitstaff
    Cons: popular eating place so arrive early

    Summary: For family get-togethers, it seems as though we congregate at a Chinese restaurant or at the Olive Garden. Seems we split the choice 50-50, but while we sometimes grumble over the Chinese buffet, no one says a bad word about the Olive ... read more

  • The Olive Garden: Still Nice Casual Dining

    Apr 27, 2007 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Delicious breadsticks; friendly (though harried) waitstaff; flavorful pastas
    Cons: Not enough olives in the salad! Way too crowded and noisy.

    Summary: My husband and I used to love to go the Olive Garden. We were fans of their unlimited salad and breadsticks, enjoyed a lot of their pasta dishes, and liked the casual but attractive atmosphere. I say "used to" because until the other day, it ... read more

  • The BEST BanG For The Buck

    Apr 15, 2007 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: very good food, cheap, comfortable atmosphere!
    Cons: sometimes can be busy!

    Summary: I would consider myself to be Olive Garden's biggest fan because I go there at least twice a week! I have been going there ever since I could drive, and I haven't gotten tired of it yet! HISTORY ON OLIVE GARDEN Olive Garden was founded in 1982 ... read more

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