We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Olive Garden

Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
1315 E San Marnan Dr, Waterloo, IA 50702-4334
(319) 235-6494
Improve this listing
Today
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Open now
See all hours
Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 31 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 7
    Excellent
  • 13
    Very good
  • 8
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Bar fare

We enjoy drinks & appetizers at the bar. Food meets expectation. Bartender had difficulty with "Manhattan-up". (Is generational for knowing 1900+ recipes).

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 11, 2015
Ray C
,
Saint Louis
Good for:
  • Large groups
Add Photo Write a Review

31 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Rate and write a review
Roll over, then click to rate
  Click to rate
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Italian first
  • Any
English first
Centerville, Iowa
Level Contributor
49 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

This is not the best choice in Waterloo. The place suffers from over cooked pasta and bland sauces. It was good 20 years ago but it hasn't been able to adapt and stay current in a successful way with its menu.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Burlington, Wisconsin
Level Contributor
230 reviews
120 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

We had a very enjoyable dinner at the Olive Garden in Waterloo, IA on a recent visit. We were spending a night in Waterloo for a visit to the John Deere Tractor & Engine Museum. The front desk worker at our hotel gave us a coupon for this Olive Garden, and we had some gift cards to use, so we... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Livermore, Iowa, United States
Level Contributor
6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

I have always enjoyed olive garden so the review is not fair but I did have a water spilled on me and the waitress could not be more gracious, being a waitress in the past or even if you were not a person in the service of people as a customer you should always be respectful of anyone in the... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Saint Louis
Level Contributor
12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

We enjoy drinks & appetizers at the bar. Food meets expectation. Bartender had difficulty with "Manhattan-up". (Is generational for knowing 1900+ recipes).

Was this review helpful? Yes
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Level Contributor
173 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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

Was this review helpful? Yes
Cedar falls
Level Contributor
230 reviews
157 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Level Contributor
16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Chicago, Illinois
Level Contributor
13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Waterloo, Iowa
Level Contributor
28 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Mason City, Iowa
Level Contributor
26 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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.

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Olive Garden also viewed

 

Been to Olive Garden? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

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

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Olive Garden staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?