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“Pleasantly surprised - big change from the old Olive Gardens I remember” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Olive Garden
Ranked #1,486 of 2,340 Restaurants in Charlotte
Price range: $0 - $20
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Charlotte, North Carolina
Level Contributor
37 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Pleasantly surprised - big change from the old Olive Gardens I remember”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 23, 2013

Did not come here much for some years, then was in Gastonia recently and the wait time at the Ruby Tuesday was beyond accpetable. So popped next-door and got a very pleasant surprise. The cuisine is not haute, but the staff is very dedicated to ensuring all your needs are met - AND it seems genuine. Am a good judge of character and this place has a lot of it! Nice enough layout - one thing that makes it loud is the tiled floor (or was that lino made to look like tile?) Anyway.... see for yourself. I went a couple of times ages ago to the one on Independence Boulevard which I believe had an food poisoining incident and has since shut down (don't quote me on that ;-)) - if you've been snubbing this place for it's reputation in the 90s, it is definitely worth another try. Speaking for the one in Gastonia that is. Depends on what their franchise concept is (degre of independence of the manager can make or break different restaurants in the same chain - but too tight a 'corporate grip' can also make things too "cookie-cutter".

OK, I'll shut up now. Buon apetito!

Visited December 2012
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  • English first
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English first
Charlotte, North Carolina
Level Contributor
85 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Always consistant. This location needs a little updating.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 10, 2013

The bar is dreary and one bar tender has to do it all. (She is nice.. just over worked). Dinner was typical for Olive Garden. Good value for the $. No real rush to get back again.

Visited January 2013
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Fort Myers, Florida
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10 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Delicious food....horrible wait!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 2013

One of our favorite places to go is to the Olive Garden in Concord. Food is delicious, service is great, but the wait time is a real deterrent. Many times it has been over an hour, which is tough to do with 3 small children. I wish they had one out closer to us in Stanly County.

Visited August 2012
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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50 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Enough for two:”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2013

My wife and I try to make it over to the Olive Garden at least once a month. We split the tour of Italy and a salad and go home happy.
They have several items that I'm sure your be very happy with.

Visited December 2012
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Medford, New Jersey
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37 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Very enjoyable”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 30, 2012

Went here to eat with my wife and in-laws. The selection was good, and the quality of the food was excellent. "Endless soup and/or salad bar" - waitress kept bringing soup and salad as requested, very tasty. The food was rich. The atmosphere was subdued, very appropriate to enjoying a quality meal. We will return on our next visit.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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