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“Be prepared for a wait”

Romano's Macaroni Grill
Ranked #60 of 303 Restaurants in Brandon
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Large groups, Families with children
Dining options: Reservations
Tampa, Florida
Level 5 Contributor
68 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Be prepared for a wait”
Reviewed February 21, 2013

This is the second time I have tried to eat here with friends while passing through the area (tfirst time the wait was an hour so we went somewhere else). This time the parking lot was empty but we still waited 10 minutes for a table. The food was the same as other Macaroni grills. Service was ok, but they great about explaining/handling the wait. Time from ordering to food delivery was slow. The menu lists "Regional Beers" (in addition to common brands) but the wait staff didnt know this option was on the menu and could only name Miller and Heineken as possible regional beers (not a big deal, but probably indicative of a bigger in staffing or menu options). Long and short of it, food is OK, but plan on an hour and a half minimum. If you dont have that, look somewhere else.

  • Visited February 2013
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Thank PhilS_42
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Jacksonville, FL
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“The empty parking lot should have tipped us off”
Reviewed February 9, 2013

We thought the empty parking lot was because it was a Tuesday night at 9:00. Little did we know.

The server was polite and friendly, although sort of goofy. Too help her clear the table after appetizers and wine, she turned the wine glass upside down on the table paper, spilling wine onto the paper.

The non-pasta menu choices were limited.

The ledge above the booth was covered with dust.

The food quality and taste was poor at best.

Visited February 2013
Thank jaxcolondoc
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Charlotte, North Carolina
Level 5 Contributor
75 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Ok, nothing special”
Reviewed January 30, 2013

Three people in my party, three different entrees, one looked good (salmon), one was ok (cheese ravioli), and one was downright nasty; chicken parmesan - the guy eating it ate less than a third out of pure hungriness, and said it tasted like it had been left out for a week and reheated. Service was ok for food, VERY slow for drinks. Only good thing I can say was the the Caesar salad was great, as was the desert I tried ( a lemon cake/cream thing).
Would not eat here again.

  • Visited January 2013
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Thank Yorkiebrit
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Orlando, Florida
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Nice place to dine”
Reviewed January 18, 2013

Like the menu and service. The vocalist was a nice touch to the ambiance. A good place to dine with family.

Visited January 2013
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Brandon, Florida, United States
Level 5 Contributor
87 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Falling Over the Cliff”
Reviewed November 8, 2012

We recently thought we'd try Macaroni Grill again after about an 18 month hiatus for poor service. We won't go back again. We sat at the bar. The service was friendly enough, but took 30 minutes to receive our appetizer, which was not even hot. I'd like to point out that the restaurant was not busy on a Saturday night. No wait for seating. The female bartender on duty tried to engage us in a dispute with another customer. The most disturbing thing was the view of the inner workings of the bar. The beer tap had about three filthy bar towels draped under the tray that catches over-pour. Directly in front of me was a large vase that held some fruit that was used for the bar. The vase was cloudy with grimy, smudgy, greasy residue. The female manager on duty to whom I reported these observations was very nonchalant. She did remove the vase, but the gross towels remained. Really, if there is an overflow problem and you are waiting for repair, use one clean, neatly folded towel and replace as needed. I shudder to think of what the kitchen is like.

  • Visited October 2012
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Thank Deborah H
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