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12980 Fair Lakes Circle, Fairfax, VA 22033
703-631-4840
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  • 14
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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Food was consistent but not outstanding

You can never go wrong with the salad at Olive Garden, but beyond that the prices were high for the portion size and the food was average. The wait staff seemed bored and borderine rude.

3 of 5 starsReviewed April 21, 2015
crisd4u
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West Paris, Maine
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Fairfax, Virginia
Top Contributor
291 reviews 291 reviews
199 restaurant reviews
151 helpful votes 151 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

We ate here for dinner. My wife ordered Chicken Lombardy & Parmigiana. Both of them were horribly over salted in the kitchen - basically inedible. I had the spaghetti with Italian sausage. The most terribly spiced sausage ever - also inedible. When the waiter came by and asked if we wanted to take it home, we let him know how... More 

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West Paris, Maine
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

You can never go wrong with the salad at Olive Garden, but beyond that the prices were high for the portion size and the food was average. The wait staff seemed bored and borderine rude.

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Alexandria, VA
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180 reviews 180 reviews
127 restaurant reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

I was pleasantly surprised by the nice layout of the restaurant, and the good service. The staff if friendly, food was good, and service was fast. We were happy with the meal. I have been in many different Olive Garden restaurants. Many of them I would not go back to. I would return to this one.

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Annapolis, Maryland
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53 reviews 53 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

Our waitress was very sweet. She did not, however, offer even once to refill our peach teas. (In the menu, it refers to them as "unlimited") Also, contrary to as advertised, the salad and breadsticks were not endless. She brought out a bowl of salad and a basket of breadsticks, after our appetizer had arrived. The food was pretty good,... More 

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Bristow, Virginia
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448 reviews 448 reviews
320 restaurant reviews
179 helpful votes 179 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 via mobile

Love the salad bowl and bread sticks but this location needs help, several tables empty even with a wait. Think they were short on waitstaff. Manager was working hard delivering food. Waitress was sweet but SLOW. Took drink order..took awhile. Husbands won't took long time. Ordered food. Salad took a long time. Then she offered grated cheese..came back with cheese... More 

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Olive Garden S, Guest Relations Manager at Olive Garden, responded to this review

Hi kes1639 - Yikes! We want to impress upon you that this is not the sort of experience you should expect from Olive Garden regardless of location. Please accept our apologies for letting you down. Would you mind sending us your contact information to ogsocial@olivegarden.com as we were hoping to address your concerns fully? Please include your Tripadvisor name and... More 

Virginia Beach, Virginia
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35 reviews 35 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

My wife and I took our son and his fiancee, who live in Fairfax, to dine on a Sunday night. My son used to work at an Olive Garden so I know that almost all the meals are prepared, frozen, delivered to the restaurant and then cooked there so that the food should be uniform no matter what Olive Garden... More 

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Fairfax, Virginia
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

We were here on a busy Friday night with our 2 year old. I honestly didn't expect this level of service- it was excellent! They are very much kid friendly and our son loved the attention! All staff members were very polite and professional and really made our dining experience fantastic! I am a huge fan of Olive Garden and... More 

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glasgow
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90 reviews 90 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

Great meal reasonable price great service. Short stroll from my hotel at Residence Inn. Large choice of starters and mains but remember free breadsticks soup and salad so don't go overboard if you have a starter or want a dessert. Recommended

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Top Contributor
54 reviews 54 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

I went with my family to the Italian restaurant in Fairfax and ordered 2 chicken entries and the food was good. The soup and salad are always good in Olive Garden and kept consistent, but one of the entries had too much cheese and the chicken did not seem well cooked. But overall service was good with nice atmosphere. I... More 

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Fairfax, Virginia
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200 reviews 200 reviews
144 restaurant reviews
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

I usually go here once or twice a month for lunch or dinner and have always had good service and good food. Not really very authentic Italian but, it is always very tasty and we keep coming back for more. They prices are really good for the amount of food they serve.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 12980 Fair Lakes Circle, Fairfax, VA 22033
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Fairfax
  • Phone Number: 703-631-4840

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Italian, Seafood, Delicatessen
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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?