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“Well prepared pasta and sauces, small portions” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Olive Garden

Olive Garden
Ranked #34 of 168 Restaurants in West Hartford
Cuisines: Italian, Greek
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Connecticut
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86 reviews
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“Well prepared pasta and sauces, small portions”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2011

I was craving pasta for dinner last Saturday night, but my spouse didn't want to mess up the kitchen. Olive Garden was less than 2 miles away and seemed like an appropriate compromise.

I left feeling a bit disappointed. The food -- spaghetti with marinara sauce and fettuccini alfredo with broccoli and mushrooms -- was up to expectations on taste and preparation, but the portions were much smaller than we've become accustomed to on previous visits to this location. We also got whacked for almost $3 to add a few broccoli florets and a half-dozen small mushroom pieces to the fettuccini. We complained and the manager did bring out an additional portion for us.

Total for two pasta dinners, two coffees and a shared piece of cheesecake for dessert came to $43 before tip, a bit steep for what we would have received had we not complained about the portion size.

I'll probably come back here for pasta again, but only when they have the never ending pasta bowl special. The food is good, but the portions on the regular menu left me feeling hungry.

  • Visited November 2011
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4 restaurant reviews
“Eww”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 21, 2011

West Hartford has a lot of great places to eat so why bother with a crowded, generic chain near the mall? It's loud, slow and while there isn't anything wrong with the food, there isn't anything great about it either.

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Middletown, Connecticut
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“Great Eating Experience!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2010

Great Reastaurant.Very clean & neat.Food was excellent & the servive was really great.The people were extremely friendly & nice.The whole place had a welcoming feel to it.

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“One of the more romantic Olive Garden possibilities”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 10, 2010

We love it. And hey, either you like Olive Garden food, or you don't. The service is very friendly and it's a nice cheap date for myself and my husband.

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“I've NEVER had a bad meal here.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2008

I've NEVER had a bad meal here.

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