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5500 Grossmont Ctr Dr, La Mesa, CA 91942-3016
(619) 460-7221
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch

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  • 2
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  • 7
    Very good
  • 6
    Average
  • 2
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  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Food gets worse every year.

We had the opportunity to eat lunch at Olive Garden in La Mesa last week and I was very disappointed in the food. Not only is it terribly expensive, but the portions are small and the really not that good. Our server was friendly and helpful, but that didn't make up for the poor food. I doubt... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed May 29, 2015
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el cajon, ca
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

Arrived with my granddaughter at 4:45 and was told it would be 15 minutes wait they were changing shifts. I told the person who seated us that it was unacceptable for us to wait when there was so many open tables. She said to me "you need to work in a restaurant to understand how the work"!!! It is poor... More 

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el cajon, ca
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

We had the opportunity to eat lunch at Olive Garden in La Mesa last week and I was very disappointed in the food. Not only is it terribly expensive, but the portions are small and the really not that good. Our server was friendly and helpful, but that didn't make up for the poor food. I doubt very much that... More 

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San Diego, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

Average food and service with the major attraction being an unlimited supply of fresh hot bread sticks and a large bowl of salad that is refilled as many times are you would like. The food is only average. OK place but not usually a place we think of going.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

We enjoyed our meal at this OG. The side dining room was quiet and the waitress, Heather, was attentive and efficient. All four in our party liked the various menu items we selected. I couldn't help noticing, though, that the upholstery on the chairs is very, very dirty and it certainly detracted from our enjoyment of the experience.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

What can I say, as an Australian visiting the USA, Olive Garden is a must-visit. It may not be fancy and expensive, but it is yummy and good value. The staff were very friendly and helpful on a very busy evening. We had a large group and they managed to get all our meals coming out at the same time.... More 

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San Clemente, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Really enjoyed their Garlic pasta dish. Great beer. Nice salad and bread sticks. In Grossmont Center which is the strangest place to get to and hard to navigate.

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San Diego, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

The service is poor the food is great! Pro bad we had that experience we love Olive Garden...till next time

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Santee, United States
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

We ate at OG last night. I ordered a pasta dish with sausage meatballs and my spouse ordered a chicken with crab sauce dish. When my order arrived they had sausages on top of the pasta and not the meatballs I had ordered. The waiter said they were out of the pork meatballs so they substituted the sausage links without... More 

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Olive Garden S, Guest Relations Manager at Olive Garden, responded to this review

Hi Mary E - Yikes! We are so sorry for all the ordering errors you both encountered and that your attempt to speak with a manager was unsuccessful. This is certainly an opportunity we want to address right away. When you have a moment, please email me at ogsocial@olivegarden.com so we can follow up on this. More 

San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

We eat at this Olive Garden often and the food is always great and the service is also. One of our go to places for good Italian food. Always go away full.

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San Diego, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014

I went to the Olive Garden La Mesa for a recent Monday lunch. I had been there on several occasions, but not for awhile and I wanted to try some of the new dishes I had heard about on the TV commercials. I was "greeted" by a not particularly pleasant hostess who seemed harried and flustered and who was whispering... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 5500 Grossmont Ctr Dr, La Mesa, CA 91942-3016
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  La Mesa
  • Phone Number: (619) 460-7221

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Italian, Seafood, Greek, Delicatessen

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Large groups
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?