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“Very good food, service just OK” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Carrabba's Italian Grill

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Carrabba's Italian Grill
650 US Highway 441N, Lady lake, The Villages, FL
(352) 430-1304
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Ranked #40 of 99 Restaurants in The Villages
Cuisines: Italian
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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59 restaurant reviews
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129 helpful votes 129 helpful votes
“Very good food, service just OK”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2013

The food was surprisingly tasty for "chain food". However; the service was only one notch above mediocre, the atmosphere was not the least bit appealing or interesting and they seem to thrive on the return visits of the local retirees (our hosts). I imagine they don't want to rock the boat by straying from their formula. Our server was inappropriately "friendly" & patronizing which was a real turnoff.

Overall, a safe bet for good food and for dining with locals. Just don't expect a particularly special experience.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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English first
The Villages, Florida
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154 reviews 154 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 74 cities Reviews in 74 cities
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
“Very good experience .”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2013 via mobile

Tried something we had not done before, sitting at the counter in front of the kitchen staff preparing dinners ! It is amazing hw they keep things straight, and get that much food out in such an orderly fashion. We had the opportunity to try a new vegtable plate as an appetizer, and both of our meals were prepared perfectly. Even though the cooks are very busy, they take the time to chat and answer questions. Very pleasant experience, and would deffinately do this again .

Great job !

Visited June 2013
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Pompano beach
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Not as good!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2013

Not very friendly waitress !chicken not too cooked.I am tired sending back the food!i use to go to carrabbas at list once a week!not anymore.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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Lady Lake
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70 reviews 70 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
“A chain but still very good”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2013

My favorite Italian restaurant by far. Usually chains are just so so but Carrabbas is good enough to buck the trend of just being a chain. Quality food every time I go there.

Visited March 2013
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Ocala, Florida
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41 reviews 41 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Saturday night dining”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

Started with a 30 minute wait which was not unexpected. Host was friendly and courteous. Waitress taking beverage orders also friendly and helpful. She found us after we had ordered and were seated before she returned. Table waitress was effective. Food was as described and enjoyable. Finished with coffee and shared desserts which did not disappoint.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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