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1701 E Empire St, Bloomington, IL 61704-3532
(309) 663-7375
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Today
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 8
    Excellent
  • 31
    Very good
  • 11
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Slow carryout plus no dipping sauce as ordered!!! :((((

Wife and I enjoyed the food we did receive. However, we received it after an interminable wait for carryout wherein i suffered the indignity of having to loiter with my sweatpants on (this is why i ordered carryout, darn it!) in the bar area, and we did not quite receive all we ordered. the 18... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Jake F
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Bloomington-Normal, Illinois
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Bloomington-Normal, Illinois
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96 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Wife and I enjoyed the food we did receive. However, we received it after an interminable wait for carryout wherein i suffered the indignity of having to loiter with my sweatpants on (this is why i ordered carryout, darn it!) in the bar area, and we did not quite receive all we ordered. the 18 breadsticks we somehow ended up... More 

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Thank Jake F
East Peoria, Illinois
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78 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015

You would think a big chain like Olive Garden you would have consistency. The food is definitely consistently good, the service is not. This trip the service was horrible! With 4 kids, who behaved fabulously, my wife and I were HIGHLY disturbed at our service. Everyone was near done eating before our server came back and realized my order was... More 

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Thank DrBret
Bloomington, Illinois
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37 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

My wife and I ate at Olive Garden several weeks ago and both of us ordered dishes that sounded great but quickly disappointed. She had an Alfredo pasta that she said was bland and generic tasting, and I had a Chicken Marsala that tasted nothing like a Marsala sauce at all. Not only did I not detect any hint of... More 

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Thank Englishprof88
Bloomington
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

Two of the last three times family members ate at this Olive Garden, they became sick afterward. I agree with ZHKing's review that food and service quality has gone down recently as have their health inspection scores. We will not be eating at Olive Garden again.

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1 Thank Matt C
THE VILLAGES
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015

Went over and ordered a take out meal.. People were very friendly and helpful. Meal was wonderful and well prepared.

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Thank mokey01
Urbana, IL
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53 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

The food was really good. We had a good waiter. The services overall was wonderful. Great place to eat when in Bloomington, Il

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Thank Del O
Mahomet, Illinois
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22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

Ok we spent a gift card on a romantic date at this restaurant recently. I want to say I've been to this particular Olive Garden before and have had better experiences. But I saw a pattern recently and so I'm writing a review. Long wait times. Slow staff. Poorly trained staff. Chicken was a bit rubbery...should have ordered the steak... More 

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Thank ZHKing
McLean, Illinois
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19 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

We have eaten at Olive Garden several times, in groups of 2 up to 8 people at a time, and have never had a bad experience. Occasionally a not so good one, but most times a very good dining experience. We especially like there lunch time unlimited soup and salad. They both taste great. The salad is crisp and cool,... More 

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Thank Travlin4Kids
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

Server asked if we were ready to order before we even seen a menu. Took 15 minutes just to get our cocktails. Best part of the experience we had was the Andes mint. She was friendly, but extremely slow. We ordered an app and soup salad bread. Took more than 25 minutes to get food. Never received bread sticks. There... More 

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1 Thank Samantha S
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15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

We just had a family dinner at Olive Garden in Bloomington, IL. The wait staff is always very friendly and the food is very good. We love their bread sticks and salad. You can count on getting a delicious meal for a quality price.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1701 E Empire St, Bloomington, IL 61704-3532
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Bloomington
  • Phone Number: (309) 663-7375

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20
  • Cuisine: Italian, Greek

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, 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?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?