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Olive Garden

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1315 E San Marnan Dr, Waterloo, IA 50702-4334
(319) 235-6494
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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55 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This location is horrible. Nothing tasted fresh and our server was more interested in trying to get lucky with the girls at another table than he was with any of his other tables.

Thank mknwtr
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

As a fellow server, I can be a picky (but empathetic) guest at a restaurant. Polly was our server, and you can tell she's been at the OG long enough to know what's up. A great job promoting the menu, excellent server etiquette, helpful, and visited our table in a very timely manner. Next time I visit the Olive Garden... More 

Thank Cole F
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38 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2016

Great atmosphere. Service is good. Nice location for either dinner, lunch, take your family, or going on a date. Highly recommend!

Thank Adam D
Rio, Wisconsin
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289 reviews
178 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016

Everyone knows Olive Garden. Most people also recognize the slow yet steady decline that Olive Garden has been on for some time now. Since economy drop a few years ago, sales have been declining. To combat that, Darden has clearly been cutting back on Olive Garden spending. In my opinion, that is causing further decline. Things like interior lighting (those... More 

Thank Richard M
River Falls, Wisconsin
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26 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2016 via mobile

The service started off very slow. The food took for every but it was worth the wait. They have a new lasagna menu. We tryed the chicken parmesan lasagna. It is a huge portion with a nice size price of chicken right on the top. Must try if your going there.

Thank Christine B
Waterloo, Iowa
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58 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2016 via mobile

Went here for lunch with my wife and ordered the $6.99 speghhati lunch special with an add on of $2.99 for unlimited soup and salad. The service was ok, very friendly. The speghhati was very small, it was almost like a kids meal. The soup was good as well as the salad. I feel the price was too much for... More 

Thank Travelreviews84
Walton, Ontario
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73 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2016

Starting us off with a friendly welcome and a sample of wine, our server set us up for a great meal! She was able to speak knowledgeably about the Waterloo area, (and as a former JD employee) the John Deere attractions we were there to visit and recommend items from the menu we would most enjoy after finding out a... More 

Thank JDMitch
Seymour, Connecticut
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93 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2016

Exceptionally helpful and friendly staff, an extensive menu and delicious food. We walked right in for an early lunch one day, but Saturday night dinner was jammed. We waited for over an hour but it was well worth it.

Thank Laura H
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015 via mobile

Nothing special and nothing majorly wrong. Just an OK place to eat. Pretty much what one would expect to get at an olive garden

Thank Love2Bfun
Lowell, Indiana
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62 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2015 via mobile

I needed a quick lunch. Olive Garden is what it is average Italian food. The restaurant appeared to be clean and maintained. The staff was very friendly and attentive to serving me. My food was served fresh and hot.

Thank gabbrusca

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    3 of 5 stars
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, 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: 1315 E San Marnan Dr, Waterloo, IA 50702-4334
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Waterloo
  • Phone Number: (319) 235-6494

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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?