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“Fun and Filling”

Romano's Macaroni Grill
Ranked #312 of 683 Restaurants in Irvine
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed May 28, 2012

As chains go this restaurant is typical of an Italian eatery. Butcher's paper on the table as a table cloth so servers can write theirs names and you can keep the kids busy coloring while waiting for your meals. Nothing spectacular, filling pastas, breads served with balsamic vinegar and oil, wines beers and bar drinks. If anyone has read my reviews before , you will know I am all about the desserts! The dessert menu has cakes and ice cream and all the high calorie favorites. The portions are large enough to share for two or with a family get a few with extra spoons and dig in!

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1  Thank ElaineIrvine
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Reviewed May 7, 2012

My wife, who is gluten and dairy intolerant, was pleasantly surprised when we were invited to a graduation dinner at this restaurant.

We normally avoid pasta palaces because of her condition, but it appears more eateries are catching on to the need for gluten-free dishes. My wife was able to design her own dish from an a-la-carte type menu. She was quite pleased and said the pasta tasted like the real thing. It did not look any different from what others in our party ordered.

The server was very friendly and attentive to our group, which helped make the graduate feel even more special on her memorable day. Not having to worry about digestive issues allowed us to enjoy the occasion instead of worrying about where to go eat afterwards. Keep up the good work Macaroni Grill, we'll be back.

Thank CA2rista
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Reviewed April 1, 2012

Embarrassing service, Bad food.
As a TA user, I should have known better. I should have checked the reviews before -
Now I'm taking the time to enlighten you.
Don't even take a chance.
It's simply their equation - horrible service - and no-body cares - even the managers.

Save yourself - avoid this place!

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Thank TrueDaddy
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Reviewed January 29, 2011

I went tonight with my family. We dont go out to dinner very often and it was very disappointing. we had an awful experience at macaroni grill. The food was undercooked and tasted like my dish had been microwaved and the fish was very chewy. The pasta was overcooked and the mushrooms were hard and the chicken was undercooked.. It was not worth the $80.00 we paid for the three of us.

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Thank catherine79_11
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Reviewed June 10, 2008

Suffered through a meal there on a Tuesday night with a party of 4 adults and 1 child. Thankfully the child was well behaved, because the scene could've gotten ugly while we waited 40 minutes for our food. The restaurant was only at 30% capacity, so there was no excuse for the horrendous lack of service. Aside from waiting 40 minutes for our entrees, the waiter never refilled our drinks, brought us caesar salads when we ordered garden salads, forgot to bring boxes twice, and didn't check on us while we waited for those 40 minutes.

We finally flagged down the manager, whose eyes darted around as he shifted his weight from one foot to another and tried to think of an excuse. He literally said "Uhhh, uhhhhmmm...." and looked around as if he were looking for help. Hello, he's the manager! He told us that it took awhile to get the salads together, but we looked at him like we weren't going to accept that sorry excuse. Then he told us that 1 of the entrees took 15 minutes to cook on the grill. And we said: that's perfectly reasonable, now what about the other 25 minutes we've been waiting? So he said he'd comp us a couple entrees.

When the check came, he hadn't comped us anything, so we hunted him down. He explained that he comped us the 2 side salads (at $1.99 each!). ONE DOLLAR NINETY NINE CENTS! When all was said and done, the check came out to almost $80. Would you voluntarily pay $80 for this kind of crap? We did, tonight, but NEVER EVER AGAIN.

2  Thank Jasminezu
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