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“Decent, but overpriced food”

Carrabba's Italian Grill
Ranked #41 of 166 Restaurants in Brookfield
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Des Moines, Iowa
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31 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Decent, but overpriced food”
Reviewed September 10, 2013

We were excited to try Carrabba's when we were in Milwaukee, as we don't have one in our hometown in Iowa. The commercials and hype really had our mouths watering. Unfortunately, the experience did not do our hopes justice. The food was just not up to the standards of what the prices would suggest. Not that the food was awful, it was about average of an Italian place.

  • Visited September 2013
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  • English first
  • Italian first
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English first
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“No bueno!”
Reviewed June 19, 2013

We were seated in no time at all. Waited for almost 10 minutes for a waiter to take our order. Our service was horrendous at this location. Waited forever for refills, seemed like everything took forever but the biggest thing is I don't know how they can justify their staff taking a smoke break in the middle of serving dinner but they shouldn't be allowed to come back and reek of cigarettes all over your food. Ruined my experience.

Visited May 2013
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Thank MrMrs H
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Brookfield, Wisconsin
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56 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Decent but not what I expected for the price.”
Reviewed June 19, 2013

This is another one of those chains where I struggle to understand its popularity. It's not bad, but it just isn't as good as the prices suggest. I honestly don't feel like it's much more than one step above Olive Garden, and I don't mean that in a way to knock Olive Garden. They're both good for what they're trying to be, but I just don't feel like there's any reason to spend so much more at Carrabba's. The service is very good, The last time we were in for lunch the waiter asked if we would like any blue cheese on our salad. We said yes - then when we get the bill they charged us $2 each for blue cheese, which was literally 4 or 5 crumbles. I don't have a problem with the upcharge, but they need to tell you about this when you order instead of innocently asking if you want parmesan or blue cheese on your salad. I don't dislike it, but the food just seems average for the price and I don't understand why it's so popular - it's always packed.

  • Visited April 2013
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Thank Valience
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Brookfield, Wisconsin
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318 reviews
264 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 177 helpful votes
“On Target”
Reviewed June 1, 2013

This is the Carrabba's chain store in Brookfield, WI. It is a tightly run ship with excellent hostesses and wait staff. Lots of drink specials which will will save you money if you follow the guidelines (drink type, time of day, etc.). The food is quite good. Appetizers may be a bit smallish in size. Overall, a good choice for standard Italian cuisine.

  • Visited June 2013
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Thank Joe C
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Veal marsala is excellent”
Reviewed May 21, 2013

Great Italian food. We ordered the veal marsala, which was great and so does the noodle with a loooong Italian name. Nice waiter too. But a little bit costy.

  • Visited May 2013
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Thank Jiaqi L
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