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“Deceptive Advertising”
Review of Olive Garden

Olive Garden
Ranked #21 of 156 Restaurants in Pinellas Park
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Large groups
Dining options: Reservations
Saint Petersburg, FL
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69 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Deceptive Advertising”
Reviewed July 15, 2013

I noticed the recent splurge of advertising featuring "two three course meals for $25.00" and out of curiosity visited Olive Garden to see if they would live up to the advertising. At the outset we approached the reception desk where three employees were engaged in animated conversation with each other. Eventually, one turned to my party to provide the buzzer that notifies when the table is available. We were led to a table close to the screen used by the servers and after waiting about ten minutes, a young man approached to inquire if we had been "taken care of." He left briefly and returned to announce that he would be our server. After poring over the three menus, I learned that the $25.00 special was limited to a small number of entrees that are significantly different than those on the normal menu. We chose the special and requested the fried mozzarella and zucchini as the appetizer and chose the entrees. The salad was served promptly and turned out to be the best part of the meal. The zucchini was overdone to the extent that the breading was a rather greasy dark curst. The entrees we ordered were barely edible and appeared to be warmed over and from a can. On the positive side, the salad was excellent and we enjoyed second servings of salad and did not finish the pasta entrées of chicken vesuvio and Tuscan chicken. Compared to their local competitors, Olive Garden comes in as a distant third as is not at all representative of authentic Italian cooking. It would appear that the items on the normal menu might be considerably superior to the so-called "special" but the one advertised does not resemble the seductive advertising.

  • Visited July 2013
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florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Great Dinner Great Service Great Food Very close location”
Reviewed July 13, 2013

Great Dinner Great Service Great Food We had the 2 for 25 dollar dinners They were both great. Our server Alicia S was Great She took good care of us We have had her before and the service was great too We will be back We have been going to this location for the last 10 years

  • Visited July 2013
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st Petersburg, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Very Nice Italian Food”
Reviewed June 12, 2013

Great lunch served by excellent staff during our most recent visit to Olive Garden. The choice of Minestrone Soup and Lasagna proved to be a great choice, the fine quality food was served relatively quickly, was hot and very tasty. Good size portions and with all you can eat soup and delicious breadsticks there is no way to leave hungry!

Visited April 2013
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Thank Mike V
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st pete
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
“AVERAGE”
Reviewed May 22, 2013

Nothing really spectacular but nothing bad either. It was nice to have the manager come by to check on us and suggest the excellent chocolate desert. The restaurant is clean, the service is good, the food was hot and delicious. The prices are fair and the service is fast and friendly.
I will go back.

  • Visited May 2013
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Thank StPeteRaz
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canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“The perfect Meal”
Reviewed May 18, 2013

There were 5 of us and we all had the Tour of Italy.
We went there for Mothers Day .
It was busy but the wait was not long before we ordered and had our salad, rolls and soup which was delicious.
There is nothing negative I can say about the Olive Garden at this location .
I have eaten there many times and everything on there menu is delicious.
I would Definitely recommend eating there .
Enjoy !!

  • Visited May 2013
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Thank sunnysouth07
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