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“Laughing at italian”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Olive Garden

Olive Garden
Ranked #168 of 965 Restaurants in Columbia
Price range: $0 - $20
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Kids, Business meetings, Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Columbia, South Carolina
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33 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Laughing at italian”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 22, 2013 via mobile

I go here for soup n salad, enjoy breadsticks and have tried many dishes, if pasta n sauce is Italian for u great, if not then the foods ok n edible

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  • Dutch first
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Crystal Lake, Illinois
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41 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“unless you want to pay, DO NOT say yes to the "wine sample!"”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 9, 2013

We had dinner here as part of a group tour, so the restaurant choice had already been decided by the tour director. We had eaten at Olive Gardens back home in Illinois, and figured this would be fine.

Our waitress was courteous and obliging, right down to offering us "tastes" of one of their wines. When she asked if we would like to taste it, we said, "sure." I was totally shocked, however, when we got our bill --- and were charged 25 cents apiece for the samples! I realize a quarter is not much, but it was the surreptitious way we were charged that bothered me. We had not been told there would be a fee for tasting that swallow of wine.

With all the money we spent on dinner and drinks there, I felt insulted and "taken" by the cheap trick they pulled over the wine sample. I do not know if this is a common practice at all Olive Gardens or not, but I hope this warns other diners before they say "yes" to a sample of their wines.

Visited March 2013
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SC
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Great italian”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 19, 2012

A great restaurant anytime - lunch or dinner. The food is plentiful, staff is friendly and helpful. They definitely treat you like family.

  • Visited September 2012
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Thank Pat K
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Scranton, Pennsylvania
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36 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Lunch”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 9, 2012

the twenty somethings in the group like the endless pasta and endless meatballs so they got their money's worth of food.

Visited October 2012
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Columbia
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30 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Economical Italian...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 23, 2012

Good selection of entres and drinks (alcohol that it) and endless salad bowel and bread sticks is a plus. Delicious Long Island ice tea...too bad that ta isn't offered as "refillable"!!!

Visited August 2012
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