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1315 E San Marnan Dr, Waterloo, IA 50702-4334
(319) 235-6494
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  • English first
  • Italian first
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English first
Cedar falls
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109 reviews 109 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 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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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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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26 reviews 26 reviews
21 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
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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64 reviews 64 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 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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88 reviews 88 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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
36 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 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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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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85 reviews 85 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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Additional Information about Olive Garden

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

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