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“Great food... weird experience!” 4 of 5 stars
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Olive Garden
1415 WESTERN BLVD, Jacksonville, NC 28546
910-346-1887
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Ranked #30 of 212 Restaurants in Jacksonville
Price range: $10 - $20
Cuisines: Italian
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Laval, Canada
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Great food... weird experience!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2012

The food is always good at Olive Garden, it's a sure bet! But this time, our server was... let's say... a bit over friendly! He heard us talk in french, so started talking with us, asking where we were from, what we were doing in North Carolina, etc. The problem with this conversation is that he took a seat at our table to talk to us. He was even sitting when he took our orders!
We got our salads and our meals at the same time. By dessert, our table hadn't even been emptied! Not the most pleasant experience at Olive Garden!

Visited August 2012
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  • English first
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English first
New Bern, North Carolina
Top Contributor
105 reviews 105 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 39 cities Reviews in 39 cities
136 helpful votes 136 helpful votes
“Food Has Improved - Outstanding Service At This Location”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2012

Darden Restaurants has a made a major effort to improve the quality of the food at this chain and it shows. The soups and salads are authentic and very good - and unlimited servings. Their kitchen still does better with the basics - capellini pomodoro for example. The staff here is unusually well trained and knowledgeable - you will not hear a response of "I don't know - I don't drink wine" if you ask for a recommendation.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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12 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Busy but good”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2012

As with all restaurants here, they get packed on the weekends, but the food has been well above standard each time we've been, even when it was for to-go orders. Everyone has been polite and did their job well, but our last waiter deserves to be complemented, unfortunately I cant remember his name. Some of the "less excepting" of the group we went with had to constantly keep insulting him (not to his face tho, thankfully) for being a man wearing eyeliner, which kind of ruined my experience because he was extremely polite, thoughtful, and a wonderful server, and them badmouthing him for his style pissed me off quite frankly. If you somehow end up in his section, be thankful, its some of the best service Ive had in years!

Visited February 2012
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Defiance, Ohio
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37 reviews 37 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Good food and service...long wait sometimes”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2012

Our food was very good as was the service...our four year old twins loved the shrimp!
Recommend...come early to avoid the long wait!

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Jacksonville, North Carolina
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Best in town dinner”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2012

I called the Olive Garden and ordered a to go dinner. I was told that it would be ready in 20 minutes. I got there in about 20 minutes and it was ready. It was very good. I would go there to eat.

Visited July 2012
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