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Review of Olive Garden

Olive Garden
Ranked #21 of 174 Restaurants in Chambersburg
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian
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Reviewed February 21, 2013

The entire place was excellant. You can dress up or dress down.
The interior is elegant, the waitresses very nice, the bathrooms clean, and the food is fantastic. The soup, bread and salad are to die for. Reasonably priced. A terrific place to go to celebrate an anniversary, birthday or any special date. This is a really nice place to eat you feel so totally different than when you go to a place that serves fast food. More relaxed, more accomadated, and more peaceful. I recommend this resturant highly. A step up above the rest.

Thank EvieandFrankie
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Reviewed February 21, 2013

The bottomless salad bowl and tasty breadsticks are a great way to start a meal, while waiting for the main course to arrive. Excellent service for a busy Saturday evening.

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Reviewed January 29, 2013

The Olive Garden is a new addition to the Chambersburg area, opening late 2012. It's easy to get to from Route 30 or Interstate 81. The restaurant itself is on the corner, sharing a short strip-mall style building with a couple of other establishments.

Parking is ample, although the spaces are a little on the narrow side, so large vehicles tend to cramp the lot. There is a seating area just inside the building for times when you have to wait, which judging by the nearly always full parking lot, is often. The entry way is wide, though, so flow-through traffic in any direction isn't clustered together.

The dining area is large and fairly open, yet still has a quaint feeling to it. The lighting is ample but not harsh, and decor is anything but dull. When it is completely full, it is crowded and loud from all the patrons talking, but that's to be expected. If you're looking for a very personal date, it may be hard to accomplish if the restaurant is full.

The menu is typical of any Olive Garden, full of Italian choices. If you're not into a meat meal, there is still plenty to choose from.

I went here with my mom for lunch one week-day. It was packed that day, but service was still quick and responsive. We went with the soup, salad, and breadsticks lunch, something the Olive Garden has had for a long time. For $6.95, you get endless refills of all three items.

The soups we had to choose from weren't many, but unique. We started with our salads and bread sticks. I recommend getting the salad dressing on the side, otherwise the salad will likely be drenched. Don't get me wrong, the dressing is yummy, but unless you like it almost soupy by the end, get it on the side. They had forgotten croutons the first time, though we didn't even realize until our second salad came out.

The salad itself was very fresh, not a brown piece of lettuce to be seen. It had a mix of iceberg and Romaine lettuces. I'd think for a nicer restaurant which boasts their salad they'd add in some Spring greens or something special like that to spruce it up.

There were a few slices of Roma tomatoes, and even though they were off-season, not too bad. A few carrot and purple cabbage shreds also adorned the salad.

The bread sticks at the Olive Garden are fantastic, they come out warm and wrapped up, a little glaze of butter, and very soft. Delicious!

As for soup, the servings aren't overly large, which is nice if you have a lighter appetite or want to try more than one soup. You can also ask for just a half of a bowl and they're fine with that. Their soups are pretty light, even the creamy style one I had was light, not a thick chowder. Mine had chicken in it, though not much and it wasn't the best quality. Some pieces were chewy, which I cannot stand. But overall, it was a good soup.

The Olive Garden serves numerous lunch and dinner entrees as well as appetizers. So much on that menu looks good! I peered at some people who had actual entrees for lunch, and the portions were good, and everything looked so tasty.

Our waitress was friendly and prompt. There seemed to be plenty of staff to cover such a busy lunch time. For only being open about a month, the staff seemed to know what they were doing for the most part.

The Olive Garden is a good place to go for Italian food. Whether you're looking for a light and healthier lunch or a full pasta dinner, you're likely to have too much to choose from! This new restaurant in Chambersburg was much anticipated, and still appears to be very busy nearly every open hour.

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Thank Willow L
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Reviewed January 17, 2013

Most people know what they're getting when they go to Olive Garden. Pretty good food, if not authentic Italian, and lots of it. The service was good, and our drinks never sat empty. The issues they seemed to have at opening ironed themselves out. Nice to have one in town now.

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Thank PixieSaurus-Rex
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Reviewed December 22, 2012

We took our daughter for dinner as a treat. We arrived at about 4:45pm to avoid the crowds and although there was no one in front of us, we were not greeted immediately--not even a glance up from the four staff standing behind the counter. One was on the phone and the other three were discussing the seating chart. It took about 2-3 minutes and then another person came up and greeted us. I am used to being greeted immediately at the Hagerstown location. We sat in the cafe area (bar)at a booth by a window, and it was freezing...you could feel the cold coming from the window. Hubby loved the gnocci (sp?) soup especially. I had the Seafood Brodetto which was delicious. It's nice to have one in town now, but honestly we will continue to go to the locally owned Italian places instead.

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Thank SubaruTrip
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