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“Terrible kitchen .... go to Chili's instead” 1 of 5 stars
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Applebee's
1519 W Harrison Ave, Harlingen, TX 78550-6067
956-425-5544
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Ranked #57 of 147 restaurants in Harlingen
Price range: $21 - $30
Cuisines: American
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Harlingen, Texas
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43 reviews 43 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“Terrible kitchen .... go to Chili's instead”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2012

After eating at Applebee's dozens of times in the past five years, we have finally given up.
The food is mediocre and the kitchen is VERY slow. The wait staff is friendly, but the high turnover shows. And they cannot compensate for the very slow kitchen. Speaking of turnover, it seems that there is a new manager every few months and they hide in the kitchen rather than walking the floor to check on customer satisfaction. Their attractive lunch menu -- two of three among 1/2 sandwich, soup, and pasta -- gave them a short term advantage until Chili's matched it. Because Chili's is only a few blocks away, we no longer frequent Applebee's. And despite Harlingen's lack of good restaurants other than Mexican food, there are much better options for lunch and dinner. The irony of this Applebee's is that I have tried three or four Applebee's in Pennsylvania and this one isn't in the same league. What a shame that is in a market desperate for good restaurants. Applebee's region management should investigate why its Harlingen store is so poor, and try to hire a good manager.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Rancho Viejo
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28 reviews 28 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Apple heaves!!”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2012

This place sucked a big oone. Got so sick called the manager when I got home and he said too bad. Never will I go back.

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Harlingen, Texas
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“The usual chain restaurant”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2012

But we do like the ribs, even though they keep raising the prices on them. And their Asian Chicken Salad is great!

Visited March 2012
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Harlingen, Texas
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“does it get any worse”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2012

I have traveled all the lower 48 states and have eaten at applebee's in at least half of them and this one is by far the worst i have been in the service is as bad as it gets and the food quailty is just above the service. i tried the curbside service and getting anyone to take the order takes about 15 minutes if they pick up at all and when you eat inside its like everyone just started their job as they have no idea whats going on .. if you go there good luck and god bless you if you dont kill someone

  • Visited February 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Pasco, Washington
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12 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Great dinner salads.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2011

With a meal you get a salad for about 3 dollars. The salad was great--large, had dark greens, a few bacon bits, very fresh. Also had fajitas w/ shrimp. My husband had a pasta dish--fettucini with chicken which he said was very moist and fresh. We both liked our meals.

Visited November 2011
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