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“Has gone way downhill.” 2 of 5 stars
Review of The Olive Garden

The Olive Garden
1809 Walnut St, Cary, NC 27511-9201
(919) 233-9714
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Ranked #54 of 372 Restaurants in Cary
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Raleigh, NC
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62 reviews 62 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
123 helpful votes 123 helpful votes
“Has gone way downhill.”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2012

Was good when it first opened years ago. Now the food tastes like it had been frozen. Salads are soaked in dressing. It's not the same place it once was.

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English first
Fuquay-Varina
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“It's like the McDonald's of Italian Eateries”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2012

They should just call them selves McNoodles or something. Overcooked pasta, greasy sauces, rubbery shrimp, terrible service and no ambiance at all. Why would you waste money here when you can save up for a better restaurant like Cafe Luna or some other Italian place. AVOID.

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Cameron, North Carolina
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80 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
“Great meal”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2012

I have never had a bad meal at an Olive Garden resturant. And I have eaten at them everywhere. So it is a place that you can't go wrong in choosen. I have tried a lot of different things on the menu and have liked them all. And I can't say enough about their salad and bread sticks. Whiether it's lunch or dinner it is a great place to eat.

Visited January 2012
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Surf City, North Carolina
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212 reviews 212 reviews
139 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 40 cities Reviews in 40 cities
116 helpful votes 116 helpful votes
“The best Olive Garden we have ever visited!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2012

We were on yet another trip and had decided before going out of town to select our restaurant from reviews and try something totally unique. Things didnt work out when we
called early to make reservations we were told they were already booked for the night.
Plan B- just stick to something we knew to usually be satisfying and not break the bank
with a unknown. Things worked out great- not only did we save a lot of money but our meal couldnt have been better. We all ordered something differently and all were happy. A very fresh salad (i ask for ranch on the side) and stuffed Marsala-one ordered the trio and one chicken Parmesan. all arrived perfectly hot and fantastic. Truly a comforting meal and a waiter who was attentive. HIs name was Justin and he was perfect. Thanks Justin! he was the the waiter who remember you ordered a diff dressing on the side-came quickly to give you your check and had a lovely smile. he boxed up our left overs like a champ and were ready to reheat easily with nothing combining with another side. OUr wait time was minimal and we were just simply happy after what we expected to be a disappointing out come from a much anticipated new experience.

  • Visited January 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
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“Just went in for a take out.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2012

We have been there several times before but yesterday I just came in for a take out to surprise the wife.

Everyone was nice when I walked in!!! The young lady that took my order and the bar was really nice. She noticed my usaa card and mentioned that her grand dad was in the navy!! Good deal! She went out of her way to add a little conversation,. You usually dont get that when you do a take out! So a big pat on the back to her!!

Great customer service!

  • Visited January 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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