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Olive Garden: "Masses of Pasta" Top 5 Page for this destination United States of America Restaurant Tip by grandmaR

United States of America Restaurants: 341 reviews and 660 photos

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According to the website History
Founded in 1982, Olive Garden is a division of Darden Restaurants, Inc. Olive Garden was originally developed by General Mills Restaurants, a division of General Mills, Inc. In June of 1995, General Mills spun off its restaurant division into Darden Restaurants, Inc.

Most restaurants open at 11:00 a.m. for lunch. Dinner is served beginning at 4:00 p.m. Closing hours on Sunday through Thursday are 10:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. There are some regional variations and new restaurants are open for dinner only during the first few weeks of operation.

The advertising emphasises the idea of authentic Italian cooking, done from scratch, plus the friendly atmosphere where you are treated like family. They have a never-ending salad bowl (or you can also have soup) and many pasta choices.

Favorite Dish: When we ate here in January 2005, I had stuffed shells with shrimp and Bob had lasagna. It was $26.42.

We now have a local Olive Garden and we go fairly frequently. In December 2011, Bob had sphagetti and I had Shimp Caprese. I like the little sample desserts and I got them to go in plastic containers.

Some menu items can be adjusted to accommodate a vegan or vegetarian diet, but none wholly meet the criteria. The following items as meatless, but not necessarily vegetarian or vegan:

Minestrone soup (vegetable and mushroom base; no meat protein)
Garden Salad (without dressing)
Marinara Sauce (mushroom base; no meat protein)
Capellini Pomodoro
Eggplant Parmigiana
Fettuccine Alfredo

They do have a children's menu

Price Comparison: less expensive than average
Directions: Check with the website for the closest one to you.
Price: US$11-20
Rating: 3
Theme: Italian

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jan 1, 2012
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