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“Good food as usual, but horribly slow pace of meal”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Olive Garden

Olive Garden
Ranked #82 of 533 Restaurants in Salem
Price range: $0 - $20
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups, Families with children, Kids
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
SEQUIM
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
“Good food as usual, but horribly slow pace of meal”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 26, 2013

Been here many times and food and service has always been good. This visit was for lunch. Between finishing our salads and delivering the main course was a 25 minute wait. We asked our waiter the reason for the delay, and he indicated that apparently a large group had "pushed our order back". While that may be true, management should instruct its wait staff to advise their customers of any such extended delays to allow the customer the optionto go elsewhere for lunch. Since we've had excellent service here before, we're assuming this experience was an anomaly. We will eat here again.

  • Visited June 2013
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Oregon Coast
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“Consistently good”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 13, 2013

There is a reason Olive Garden is a hugely successful chain. Well, actually several reasons!

- Good food
- Large portions
- Reasonable prices
- Good service

Our recent visit here was no exception. After we enjoyed *lots* of tasty salad and breadsticks, and my husband had two bowls of soup, we were able to eat only about a third of our entrees. No problem, I always think Olive Garden food travels home well and is nearly as good the next day!

This visit we enjoyed Stuffed Chicken Parmesan and Smoked Mozzarella Chicken. Both were delicious. For dessert, we took home a Triple Chocolate Strata which was also delicious. Service was efficient and friendly.

I know that some folks look on Olive Garden with disdain, claiming they’re not “real” Italian or bemoaning the fact they’re a chain. So what? We had two drinks, an enjoyable restaurant dinner, dessert when we got home, and another good meal the next day with our leftovers – all for about $40.

The only problem with this Olive Garden (maybe all of them) is that you have to get here early to avoid the wait time. We live about two hours away so if we’re in Salem shopping, we try to arrive here for dinner about 5pm.

We like Olive Garden :-)

  • Visited January 2013
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Idaho Falls, Idaho
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Thumbs up”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 9, 2013

Nothing spectacular about the overall visit, but the food was as good as ever and the service was what you would expect from Olive Garden. The waitress was actually very helpful and I appreciated her service.

Visited June 2013
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loira74
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110 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“You're gonna wait forever”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 27, 2013

This place always has a wait. Food is fine, we rarely go because of all the time standing around. They have call ahead seating, but I'm not convinced it helps.

Visited February 2013
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Monmouth, Oregon
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“Consistent and tasty”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 6, 2013

Olive Garden takes a few hits for being a lesser Italian restaurant, but they don't deserve it. The food is always very good and the service is terrific. I don't ever recall getting a meal there that I didn't enjoy and am alway happy to go back. The one in Salem is particularly good at customer service. I tend towards simple spaghetti, but now and again will venture out on one of their specials and again, haven't been dissapointed. Their program is not complicated, but they do a terrific job of executing it. House wines ar not bad either! Oh, and the salad!

  • Visited November 2012
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