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“Wonder why it was almost desserted?”
Review of Macaroni Grill - CLOSED

Macaroni Grill
Cuisines: Italian
Restaurant details
Ventura, CA
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Wonder why it was almost desserted?”
Reviewed May 6, 2012

We met some friends at Macaroni Grill for dinner on a Friday night. We were quite surprised that what used to have people waiting in line had no one in line, so we walked up to the Maitre D podium. No one was at the podium, but we saw staff buzzing around, acting very busy with a nearly empty restaurant. It took a surprisingly long time for our party of 7 to be noticed. Finally, a gentleman approached and we were seated.

Our waitress was delightful, making up for the start of our evening. Her name was Lindsey, and she was attentive and friendly and informed us about several options available on the menu we might be interested in. The food was so-so. Lasagne was not recognizable in taste, texture or looks as lasagne. The kid's pizza was good. The fried zucchini appetizer was delicious. All in all, it just was okay. Everything I would expect from a chain restaurant.

Visited April 2012
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  • English first
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English first
Thousand Oaks, California
Level 4 Contributor
23 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Too many noodles”
Reviewed March 28, 2012

I love food without sauces, just plain, real food.
This place is mostly macaroni dishes which I could do without.
The food is ok if you like pasta.

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Thank SH4Kinder
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thousand oaks
Level 4 Contributor
24 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“good food and service everytime”
Reviewed March 22, 2012

we LOVE this place...always in the mood for this place, love anything HAHA
great steak too btw

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Thank erik s
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Thousand Oaks
Level 5 Contributor
88 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Family restaurant”
Reviewed February 24, 2012

It's not a place for a romanic dinner for two. Crayolas for the kids to mark up the table cloth. Foods fine. Service attentive.

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Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“ATROCIOUS service”
Reviewed February 20, 2012

AVOID this place. My family and I decided to spend a nice evening out this weekend. Arriving at Macaroni grill we first noticed the delicious aromas, and friendly (if a bit noisy) atmosphere of the restaurant. We were seated immediately, but despite a relatively open restaurant with many tables available, the Maitre d' seated us in an odd out of the way location. We didn’t give it much thought since we were there for the food, but it became apparent that no one was assigned to serve us. We sat and watched as table after table was seated and served, while no one had even stopped by our table at all. After about 20 minutes I mentioned to the front staff that we had not yet been served, and they apologized, and said they would send someone over “right away”. 10 more minutes passed, and we couldn’t even flag down any of the other wait staff, who seemed to be purposely ignoring us. This is the first restaurant that I have ever walked out of, but 30 minutes of waiting with NO ONE showing up, even AFTER pointing out their oversight is unacceptable.

  • Visited February 2012
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
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