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disaholic
25-08-2012, 11:56 AM
Quickie if I can is the olive garden any good? what type of food is it?

it's been recommended to us but I dont know if its posh or just casual and if its worth going to

Dawn
25-08-2012, 12:18 PM
Casual Italian dining. We enjoyed our meal there very much. Can get very busy so be prepared to wait for a table.

uscwest
25-08-2012, 12:25 PM
As Dawn says casual Italian. It isn't fancy but I have to admit that everything I have eaten there has been good.

malcolm
25-08-2012, 12:27 PM
Quickie if I can is the olive garden any good? what type of food is it?

it's been recommended to us but I dont know if its posh or just casual and if its worth going to

Don't be a twit like always fall for and munch the :worship:breadsticks and :worship:salad bowl and wonder why I struggle for the main course, recomend the dish "Tour of Italy":thumbsup:

Slowhand
25-08-2012, 02:38 PM
Here`s another vote for the Olive Garden.
We have been to the one along US 192 several times and always enjoyed dinner there.

Ok it`s not "fancy", but you won`t leave hungry that`s for sure. :yes:

Johnie
25-08-2012, 02:41 PM
I always get the chicken scampi and it's so good!!

Tink
25-08-2012, 02:47 PM
Darden restaurants get beaten up for not being authentic, however they are basic good choices with generally consistent quality regardless of where you are. We've had good meals and not so good meals at Dardens but they are the place of choice when we have family and friends visiting who prefer predictable food.

We are not fans of the ones on 192 west as we've had problems in both the Olive Garden there and the Red Lobster, but many folks like those specific restaurants.

foreverducky
25-08-2012, 02:51 PM
Never been to the one in Orlando, but my parents absolutely love Olive Garden. So here's another positive vote. :thumbsup:

Wendy
25-08-2012, 02:56 PM
We really enjoy the Olive Garden :) we go a few times every visit, I always ask for some salad and dressing to go as well :D

josh.p.
26-08-2012, 07:36 AM
I love Olive Garden! Casual italian food, we always got good service and good food from the one on Palm Parkway, near to DTD.

lisaw
26-08-2012, 08:14 AM
Have always enjoyed Olive Garden as well. The ones we have been in have always been fairly consistent.
Made the same mistake as Malcolm on the first visit, ordered a starter and then also presented with salad and breadsticks and that was me done! Have been more careful with ordering since!

Britchick
26-08-2012, 11:08 AM
I like their soup and salad lunches, not really into eating out Italian as I can make it home.Salad good though lol

Beccaberry
26-08-2012, 01:18 PM
One of my children's favorites. Portions tend to be quite large, so Baleigh always orders the "lunch portion" even at dinner....and thanks to those breadsticks, she still ends up bringing some home!

I will say, Jon detests when they ask to go...he says there are so many other local places that do Italian much nicer. But the kids "know" Olive Garden, and it's consistent.

uscwest
26-08-2012, 01:35 PM
If I just want some comfort food then I go to OG, if I want fancy Italian then I'll go elsewhere. It is a great place when we have the whole family together in Indiana.


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Mags
26-08-2012, 01:43 PM
It was a bit of a mixed bag for us and Im not sure that I will be back. My chicken marsala was bland and tasteless but my dd's spaghetti with tomato sauce was excellent - the sauce was made with lots of olive oil, fresh chopped tomatoes and chopped black olives.We all tasted it and thought it was very good. I cant remember what my ds had but he wasnt overawed by it either. We did all love the soup though. So half of the dishes were good and the other half not. I would much rather try Maggiano's next time as the food gets consistently good reviews. It is more expensive though.

Mags

Johnie
26-08-2012, 02:24 PM
Oh man, Maggianos is wonderful!!!!

I used to not like Olive Garden at all. But then I found the chicken scampi and that is the only thing I order. It has a lovely garlic cream sauce. Mmm so good.

josh.p.
27-08-2012, 08:15 AM
Their eggplant parmasen is amazing! I love the breadsticks too. It might not be 100% authentic and there probably are better italian restaurants but the food there is good and you alway leave full!

uscwest
27-08-2012, 10:06 AM
It was a bit of a mixed bag for us and Im not sure that I will be back. My chicken marsala was bland and tasteless but my dd's spaghetti with tomato sauce was excellent - the sauce was made with lots of olive oil, fresh chopped tomatoes and chopped black olives.We all tasted it and thought it was very good. I cant remember what my ds had but he wasnt overawed by it either. We did all love the soup though. So half of the dishes were good and the other half not. I would much rather try Maggiano's next time as the food gets consistently good reviews. It is more expensive though.

Mags
Maggiano's is MUCH more upscale than OG. the food is all served family style and copious in amounts, so be careful how much you order.

Johnie
27-08-2012, 02:09 PM
If you have less than 4 people you can order regular meals at Maggianos.

uscwest
28-08-2012, 10:18 AM
If you have less than 4 people you can order regular meals at Maggianos.

When did they start that Johnie, do you know? I know they didn't use to do that. We haven't been in years though.

Johnie
28-08-2012, 03:44 PM
I have only found the joy of Maggianos in the last year or so. I'd you buy a classic pasta you get another one to take home. Quite a good deal.