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1315 E San Marnan Dr, Waterloo, IA 50702-4334
(319) 235-6494
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: Dinner

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  • 5
    Excellent
  • 12
    Very good
  • 7
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
okay food

just not a fan of the food. lt had been a long time since last visit, and anxious for the lasagna. found it to be very bland, and not the way I prefer. I wish there were options for 'salad dressings". Not a fan of their oil and vinegar either. sorry, but not so great for the price

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
Larryo
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Good for:
  • Large groups
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27 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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164 reviews 164 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

just not a fan of the food. lt had been a long time since last visit, and anxious for the lasagna. found it to be very bland, and not the way I prefer. I wish there were options for 'salad dressings". Not a fan of their oil and vinegar either. sorry, but not so great for the price

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Cedar falls
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146 reviews 146 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

We went on a Wednesday night and were seated right away. A variety of food for the six of us and it was all delicious. Sheyene (may have spelled it wrong) was our waitress and she was excellent - very attentive and friendly. Thanks for a good experience.

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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014 via mobile

I was quite supprised by the bad reviews of this location. I found the service excellent. We dined on a extremely busy Friday evening, were given a beeper and were seated 15 minutes earlier than told. I have worked in the travel industry for over 25 years and have been in every state. This particular Olive Garden in my opinion... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

I travel all over the country and will visit Olive Gardens everywhere. The Waterloo Iowa location seemed to be a good bet for weary travelers. Walking in the door there was a bad smell in the place. The hostess said we had to wait and the place was over half empty at 8:00 pm. It wasn't long but we were... More 

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Waterloo, Iowa
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28 reviews 28 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Went here for lunch with my family. They got the soup, salad and breadsticks, which as usual always compliments the price. I got the spaghetti which seemed smaller than the last time I was there. The portion was small and I ate the whole plate and I was still hungry (normally I have to take half of it home). So... More 

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Mason City, Iowa
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26 reviews 26 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

We sat quickly, our server was friendly and the food came out appropriately, hot enough and an appropriate portion. Would return.

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Torreon, Mexico
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63 reviews 63 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

The portions are good and even that I am not a fan of Italian food, it is good :) My favorite is Tuscana Soup, included when you order a main dish

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West Des Moines, Iowa
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105 reviews 105 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

The food was good, but the atmosphere seemed a little lax, it was not well maintained as experienced at other Olive Gardens and the seating was cramped. I am not a big person but the table I was seated at was pushed into a corner. It just did not feel great, but the food was as expected.

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Waterloo, Iowa
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68 reviews 68 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

In my opinion, this place never disappoints. We went with a party of nine and service was great, we waited at the bar, nice large area. We only eat here about once/twice a year and most of the time we return to new menu items, keeping it interesting. I had the Pappardelle Pescatore and wasn't really expecting such wide egg... More 

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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013 via mobile

Very friendly staff, prompt service and tasty food- the chicken scampi was especially tender and delicious

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1315 E San Marnan Dr, Waterloo, IA 50702-4334
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Waterloo
  • Phone Number: (319) 235-6494

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Italian, Greek

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?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?