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Olive Garden

1315 E San Marnan Dr, Waterloo, IA 50702-4334
(319) 235-6494
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Ranked #36 of 116 restaurants in Waterloo
Cuisines: Italian
Good for: Large groups
Most recent review
- Jul 10, 2014
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Good for: Large groups
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  • English first
  • Italian first
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English first
Torreon, Mexico
Senior Contributor
46 reviews 46 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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50 reviews 50 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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
Top Contributor
62 reviews 62 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 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
Top Contributor
78 reviews 78 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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53 reviews 53 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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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Charles City, Iowa, United States
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2013

Clean. Wait staff very good, food good of course. Like the low calorie dishes. Very filling. Excellent experience

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Waterloo, Iowa
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2013

I have been here 3 times and that is it for me. Every time I have been here I have found it to be a mess, with un-bussed tables, food on the booth seats and chairs and dirty tables and floors. I always ask myself "why would I come back here instead of support a local restaurant?", You know what,... More

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Elmhurst, IL
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2012

Food, average. Service - fantastic. My in-laws really look forward to going there for the nice treatment and smiles.

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