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Olive Garden

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1701 E Empire St, Bloomington, IL 61704-3532
(309) 663-7375
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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Hoffman Estates, IL
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36 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2016

EXCELLENT First we were seated at a window table, nice view - cold thou because it was a dreary day and chilly outside. I asked for our 3 top to move to the inside room right next to this area and YUP, moved quickly. Noel was our server, such a nice young lady. Conswelo checked on us a few times... More 

Thank dmtwohill
Bloomington, Illinois
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50 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2016 via mobile

I'm torn for this review. I'm going to assume this was a fluke when I made a reservation over a week in advance and it took an hour to get us seated when we arrived. Terribly disappointing. Our party had 25 people in it and there should have been a much more organized approach to a party of that size.... More 

Thank Shadowhorse01
Los Altos, California
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296 reviews
149 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2016

We came here with a group, so I generally expect the service to be a bit slower than usual. The speed with which were were served was epic. The food, as usual, was mediocre. Limited flavor...no tanginess.

Thank JChB64
Bloomington-Normal, Illinois
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158 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2016

Wife and I enjoyed the food we did receive. However, we received it after an interminable wait for carryout wherein i suffered the indignity of having to loiter with my sweatpants on (this is why i ordered carryout, darn it!) in the bar area, and we did not quite receive all we ordered. the 18 breadsticks we somehow ended up... More 

Thank Jake F
East Peoria, Illinois
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106 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015

You would think a big chain like Olive Garden you would have consistency. The food is definitely consistently good, the service is not. This trip the service was horrible! With 4 kids, who behaved fabulously, my wife and I were HIGHLY disturbed at our service. Everyone was near done eating before our server came back and realized my order was... More 

Thank DrBret
Bloomington, Illinois
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47 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

My wife and I ate at Olive Garden several weeks ago and both of us ordered dishes that sounded great but quickly disappointed. She had an Alfredo pasta that she said was bland and generic tasting, and I had a Chicken Marsala that tasted nothing like a Marsala sauce at all. Not only did I not detect any hint of... More 

Thank Englishprof88
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

Two of the last three times family members ate at this Olive Garden, they became sick afterward. I agree with ZHKing's review that food and service quality has gone down recently as have their health inspection scores. We will not be eating at Olive Garden again.

1 Thank Matt C
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015

Went over and ordered a take out meal.. People were very friendly and helpful. Meal was wonderful and well prepared.

Thank mokey01
Urbana, IL
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72 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

The food was really good. We had a good waiter. The services overall was wonderful. Great place to eat when in Bloomington, Il

Thank Del O
Mahomet, Illinois
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27 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

Ok we spent a gift card on a romantic date at this restaurant recently. I want to say I've been to this particular Olive Garden before and have had better experiences. But I saw a pattern recently and so I'm writing a review. Long wait times. Slow staff. Poorly trained staff. Chicken was a bit rubbery...should have ordered the steak... More 

Thank ZHKing

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Families with children, 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: 1701 E Empire St, Bloomington, IL 61704-3532
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Bloomington
  • Phone Number: (309) 663-7375

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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?