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5500 Grossmont Center Dr, La Mesa, CA 91942-3016
(619) 460-7221
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Good fast food service, service was polite and good with our order. Order was accurate and food was hot.

Thank Rick Z
San Diego, California, Usa
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2016 credit card Amex Card Member Review

I dined solo this day, but loved the interaction of the families there. Service was very focused on being friendly and attentive. Food was great, delicious and ample amounts. This was a late lunch time however, still quite busy.

Thank 22Linda22_13
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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74 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2016

Server forgot to bring milk with the meal...but didn't charge for it. Do no like pay with auto pay on table. Handed server credit card as bill was submitted and he swiped it at the table, not explaining how their "machine" worked. He put the tip at maximum and told me to sign as he walked away. The amount including... More 

1 Thank David H
La Mesa, California
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32 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015

I came here over lunch to meet with a client who goes there regularly. I found out from my client that they offer Endless Soup and Salad over lunch, which is exactly what we ordered. There were several different soups of the day to choose from so I tried all of them and alternated having salad as well. Everything was... More 

Thank danielandluci
Julian, California
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11 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015

Fantastic pasta, soups and salads! Pleasant décor and friendly service. Can't wait to go back! Love the desserts, too.

Thank Cheryl E
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147 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 via mobile

Arrived with my granddaughter at 4:45 and was told it would be 15 minutes wait they were changing shifts. I told the person who seated us that it was unacceptable for us to wait when there was so many open tables. She said to me "you need to work in a restaurant to understand how the work"!!! It is poor... More 

Thank ElmoSanDiego
el cajon, ca
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46 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

We had the opportunity to eat lunch at Olive Garden in La Mesa last week and I was very disappointed in the food. Not only is it terribly expensive, but the portions are small and the really not that good. Our server was friendly and helpful, but that didn't make up for the poor food. I doubt very much that... More 

Thank irishis4me
San Diego, California
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242 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

Average food and service with the major attraction being an unlimited supply of fresh hot bread sticks and a large bowl of salad that is refilled as many times are you would like. The food is only average. OK place but not usually a place we think of going.

Thank Walker S
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151 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

We enjoyed our meal at this OG. The side dining room was quiet and the waitress, Heather, was attentive and efficient. All four in our party liked the various menu items we selected. I couldn't help noticing, though, that the upholstery on the chairs is very, very dirty and it certainly detracted from our enjoyment of the experience.

Thank 91914
Brisbane, Australia
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73 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

What can I say, as an Australian visiting the USA, Olive Garden is a must-visit. It may not be fancy and expensive, but it is yummy and good value. The staff were very friendly and helpful on a very busy evening. We had a large group and they managed to get all our meals coming out at the same time.... More 

Thank odyssey1977

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
Italian, Delicatessen
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Large groups
Open Hours
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5500 Grossmont Center Dr, La Mesa, CA 91942-3016
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  La Mesa
  • Phone Number: (619) 460-7221

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?