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“Yummy!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Carrabba's Italian Grill

Carrabba's Italian Grill
2700 Chapel Hill Rd, Douglasville, GA 30135-1704
770-947-0330
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Ranked #15 of 171 Restaurants in Douglasville
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian, Gluten Free
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Douglasville, Georgia
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71 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Yummy!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013

First, let me give a disclaimer: on the evening we visited Carrabba's, I had only had a breakfast bar with peanut butter, and 2 graham crackers with peanut butter, 2 cups of coffee and one diet coke the entire day, so I was ravenous by the time we got there. Just wanted to make that clear, as when you are really, really hungry, even ordinary things can taste amazing!
As we've never had a Carraba's Italian Grill near us, this was a first-time-ever visit. We do enjoy Macaroni Grill, but haven't lived close to one of those in several years. The two are somewhat similar. We adore the bread at Macaroni Grill (MG from this point on), so I was hoping Carrabba's (Cb's from this point on)would have something similar. And, I suppose it was, in a way. Whereas the MG serves you with a piping hot loaf of their amazing bread, Cb's brought basket of hot sliced Italian bread. The loaf at MB is a lot more bread, but our waitress offered us more when she noticed the basket empty. Both restaurants serve you with extra virgin olive oil (evoo) in which to dip your bread. MG simply cracks pepper in the dish and then pours the evoo over it, and paired with their sinfully delicious, crusty, butter brushed loaf of artisan bread, it is amazing.
However, our waitress at Cb's emptied a small container of 'fresh herbs and garlic' onto the dish and then poured the eevoo over that--telling us it was their own special blend. Wow! Special it was! Absolutely delicious! The bread had a crunchy crust and a deliciously soft center--and paired with that amazing 'blend'/evoo mixture, to die for. I could've just had that for a meal!
Next, our salad with the creamy parmesan dressing came and it, too, was very, very good. Not a lot of different 'stuff' in it but it did have a couple of tiny calamata olives in it--and the dressing was very good.
By the time the entree got there, I couldn've just skipped it and gone straight for the dessert, as I was actually full. But, the Mezzaluna (Half moon ravioli with chicken, ricotta and spinach in tomato cream sauce) was delish, the other pasta dish with the corkscrew pasta in a tomato sauce was 'ok', and the grilled salmon--a disappointment.
The salmon was a large portion and cooked a little too much, but the reason I say it was a disappointment was that it lacked flavor. Hubby said he thought it was 'wonderful', but then, he eats anything--even if he sits there repeatly commenting that it is not very good--while he's eating it. So, I suppose it could be that I was just full....but, to me it lacked flavor and depth.
We ordered the limone bread pudding and it was delish, too. That liquour they put on it was BITTER, but even that couldn't take away all the 'goodness' of it.
One thing I will give a five star rating to: our server, Jennifer. She was most excellent, cheerful, and prompt. She is the kind of waitress everyone hopes to get when they go into a restaurant!
All in all, Carrabba's has very tasty food--with the posiible exception of the salmon. The service was fantastic, and we will be going back, on occasion.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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  • English first
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English first
Atlanta, Georgia
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52 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Status Quo”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013

This Carrabba's is my mother's favorite restaurant. There isn't much fine dining in Douglasville, so this is one of the alternative options. I don't have many quarrels with this place. On my last visit (dining in) there servers walked past napkins on the floor the whole time. No one stopped to pick it up, so my mother finally did. It's distracting to eat in a messy environment. Our server brought out gritty glasses of water. He acknowledged that the glasses had grit on them and brought us new glasses of water that were equally gritty. I'm assuming the grit was from the dishwasher. I visited recently and got take out also. The experience was pretty painless. The wait time was normal. Don't look forward to a real Italian salad as they use iceberg lettuce the night I order. I love the salad at the Cumberland Mall location. It's filled with dark greens. I got the Chicken Bryan both times; it's always delicious.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Douglasville, Georgia
2 reviews
“Poor management.”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013

Someone needs to train the pizza maker. So tough you couldn't chew the dough and the sauce was no better in flavor. Told the manager and he said he was sorry we didn't like it and walked away. A second visit the order was wrong and chicken overcooked.
The waffle house across the way is a better deal for sure.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 1 of 5 stars
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Thank Norma N
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Meridian, Mississippi
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11 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Great Value”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

We were immediately seated and our drink orders taken. Our server was knowledgeable and pleasant. With an appetizer two meals and Sangria, the entire lunch was under $40.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank SimplyDD1
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Villa Rica, Georgia
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103 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Good Italian Option”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2013

This is a good chain and this venue is no exception. They offer a solid value in my opinion. The wait staff is well above average for chain restaurants and for the area and are usually quite knowledgeable regarding the menu.

Visited April 2013
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