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Olive Garden

1315 E San Marnan Dr, Waterloo, IA 50702-4334
(319) 235-6494
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Ranked #34 of 115 Restaurants in Waterloo
Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Cuisines: Italian
Good for: Large groups
Most recent review
- Aug 28, 2014
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Good for: Large groups
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English first
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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22 reviews 22 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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
2 helpful votes 2 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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64 reviews 64 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 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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Ankeny
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57 reviews 57 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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64 reviews 64 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 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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Waverly, Iowa, United States
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78 reviews 78 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2013

I love Olive Garden, and I have been to many Olive Garden establishments from Arizona to Florida, and I enjoy eating here. The service is always great, the servers will substitute for you, and service is always with pleasantness. I love the endless soup bowl and salad; and breadsticks. I always take home the rest of my meal, because it... More

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Davenport, Iowa
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58 reviews 58 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Well, one thing that has changed, you don't have to wait in much of a line at the door to get seated. I guess that is because their business has fallen off that much. The tables are seated too close together. I am almost sure they have changed their lasanga receipe. Didn't care for it all. My wife had the... More

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Goose Creek, South Carolina
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2013

We called to reserve a table of seven at 6 p.m. The front desk manager stated that the next possible table is after 8 p.m. So we just stopped in anyway. The server was very patient and friendly since we had 3 different families at the table all very tired and hungry.

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