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“Getting worse”

Carrabba's Italian Grill
Ranked #110 of 973 Restaurants in Columbia
Price range: $21 - $30
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Large groups, Romantic, Families with children
Dining options: Reservations
West Columbia, South Carolina
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38 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Getting worse”
Reviewed December 16, 2013

Five people for dinner on a Sun. night. Last visit was 2 years ago, and enjoyed it a lot. But tonight, very slow, inattentive, sporadic service. Good bread, as always, but the appetizer, bacon-onion flatbread was so tough we couldn't cut it. The salads were mediocre and bland. The beer was overpriced. Some of the main dishes were ok, fettucine pescatore was barely edible (overcooked scallops and shrimp), pasta weezie was undersauced (like none) with soggy seafood(I had to add olive oil and LOTS of parm and still could barley choke some of it down), and the other meals were tolerable The portion sizes were much smaller than they used to be, which I guess is ok since it wasn't very good. Carrabba's used to be my go to Italian place. Olive Garden is much better now. Won't go back. What a disappointment.

  • Visited December 2013
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Palm Coast, Florida
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75 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“cheap dinner salad”
Reviewed December 11, 2013

We had a very good meal, lasagna & flat pasta with tomato, garlic, olive oil (excellent garlic breath) I chose the dinner salad which was pathetic. a bunch of wilted romaine lettuce a ton of carrot strips and 3 wimpy kalamata olives. Very disappointing for a side salad.

  • Visited December 2013
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Columbia, South Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Great food & service”
Reviewed November 29, 2013

Took a friend and her mom out for a nice Italian meal. Service was excellent, very attentive. Food was excellent as always. Thoroughly enjoyable experience. Very short wait, since we did a call ahead. Just wish they were open for lunch also.

  • Visited July 2013
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Columbia, South Carolina
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42 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Always consistently good”
Reviewed November 26, 2013

I have eaten at this location many times and never really had a bad dinner. My favorite dish is the chicken Bryan , just wonderful flavors with the goat cheese and sun dried tomato's.
The bread and salad are always top notch . Great staff and reasonably priced.

  • Visited August 2013
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Richmond, Vermont
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“A very nice dining experience”
Reviewed November 11, 2013

We knew this was going to be a busy place on a Friday night. But we were running a Spartan Race the next day and wanted a nice Italian meal the night before. We called and ahead and said we would arrive at 7.15pm. They don't take reservations but will place you on the list. When we arrived we only had to wait 20 minutes or so compared to the hour or so wait if you didn't call ahead.

The waiter was excellent and very attentive, even on a very busy night. I had the chicken cannelloni with spinach and feta which was very good. My wife had the filet which was not top steak house quality but still very good. I can't remember what my mother had but it was good also.

Overall a very goo choice for a Italian meal from a chain type restaurant in the Columbia area. Would recommend to a friend.

  • Visited November 2013
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