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“Not ready for prime time” 1 of 5 stars
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Olive Garden
400 Airport Road, Arden, NC 28704
(828) 654-9921
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Ranked #19 of 56 Restaurants in Arden
Cuisines: Italian
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Mills River, North Carolina
Top Contributor
62 reviews 62 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
“Not ready for prime time”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013

Relatively new location....not ready for a Saturday night. "Friendly & courteous did not exist. Painfully slow, slow service on everything and...and...the food sucked. I am a semi-regular Olive Garden customer in a number of states and for years. Hell, after this experience the near-by McDonalds would have been better. Definitely the J&S Cafeteria right down the road. Plus this location has severe competition from other chains and I believe they are already in deep trouble in things do not change.

Visited February 2013
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  • English first
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English first
Asheville, North Carolina
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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
“Always Excellent”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2013

For a chain restaurant, this Olive Garden is always excellent - food and service. We go there at least once a week. The salads are fresh and ample. Bread is always hot and fresh.

Visited March 2013
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Etowah, North Carolina
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70 reviews 70 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Good experience here”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013

I've been there about five times since they opened. We have always received good service, have had enjoyable meals and felt that the price was reasonable. We've tried a number of their regular menu dishes and have not been disappointed. The food is hot, tasty and presented nicely. The salads are fresh and the bread sticks hot. Waiters have been attentive, but not invasive. I have been there for lunch and dinner and had good experiences both times. It is Americanized Italian food, but it is what people expect. Having traveled to Italy on occasions and eaten in many restaurants there, I did not expect such an experience at the Olive Garden.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Hendersonville, North Carolina
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Great food and EXCELLENT service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2013

We went to Olive Garden and the food was awesome and service was the best I have ever had. Our waiter Josh is highly recommended. He was very professional, helpful, and courteous. The food was extraordinary. So if you are in the area and are hungry go to Olive Garden and ask for Josh you will not be disappointed.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Geneva, Illinois
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321 reviews 321 reviews
269 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 73 cities Reviews in 73 cities
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
“Lunch bargain”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2013

You can't beat Olive Garden's soup/salad/breadsticks lunch. I'm not a big fan of salad, but Olive Garden's is really good. This time it had plenty of black olives, tomatoes, and croutons, which are my favorites. The pasta fagiole soup was excellent, although the minestrone was a bit bland by comparison. The service was good - Suzie Q is a lot of fun.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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