Traditional dishes and all -you-can-eat salad, soup and bread sticks are the draw at this upscale-casual Italian restaurant..
Established in 1982, this chain gained a following for its laid-back atmosphere and generous portions. Patrons settle into comfortable booths and tables in dining rooms with plants, artwork and décor reminiscient of the villas in the Tuscan countryside. Starters include scampi, sausage or pepperoni pizza, and several soup choices, as well as a signature seafood dip (crab, shrimp, cheese and marinara). Entrees include classics like lasagna, fettuccine Alfredo and chicken parmigiana. There are also "Garden Fare" options, which promise 30 percent fewer calories.
Best Chain Italian. The Garden is consistently good. Thank God the management finally figured out that Buon Giorno doesn't mean Good Evening. It really is a pleasure to eat decent Italian food in a pleasant setting where there are no surprises. By the way, for a non-chain Italian Restaurant, Sopranos on Perrin-Beitel is unsurpassed for the real thing.
PLEEESE!!. It is sad when a city of San Antonio's size and diversity picks an eatery such as Olive Garden as one of the best!! There is nothing original or good about the place the most you can say is the food is usually warm - wether it should be or not! Any one who thinks this is worthy of "best" doesn't get out much!
A little of Italy. Greeter are prompt and friendly, service staff is courteous and helpful. Serving portions are generous. The salads are to die for and the garlic bread is evey thighs nightmare because you can't stop eating. The atmosphere is great, good music.
Cheap pseudo Italian for the masses. I wonder wether anyone who can rate olive Garden as an Italian reastaurant has ever has the opportunity to taste REAL Italian food. The pasta here is generally overcooked to the point that it can be used for wallpaper glue. Most of the entries are Italian by name only, and my grandmother and my cousin Vincenzo from Italy would sternly refuse to call this Italian food. So do I. I am from Rome after all.
Actually, you are right....
... the sauces do come from cans. I have a friend who used to work there and they don't even have real chefs per se - they just have people who follow instructions, open up the cans, and mix the ingredients together.
I have been to Olive Garden several times with a few different friends who like it because it is a chain and you can go to different restaurants in different cities and be assured of a consistent meal. Kinda like the McDonalds or Burger King of Italian restaurants. But the food is a lot more expensive than it should be, given this, and doesn't have the flavor that good, homemade Italian dishes should have. For San Antonio, a city with generally great food choices but unremarkable Italian restaurants, this is an acceptable choice for suburbanites - but now that Fazoli's has moved in, watch out!! :)
My friends all believed I was crazy because I slammed Olive Garden. But the Garden is to commercialized. too glitzy. Pay more attention to the atmosphere and the sauces taste like they came from a can. have the Frattelli Bros. been taking lessons from olive garden?
Stouffer's from the freezer section of your favorite gro. store is better for your money.
Fourteen dollar Chef boy ardee.
Finally. Great soup & salad...ask for fresh breadsticks though. They have a fabulous muschroom raviloli that is just wonderful! The raspberry tea and tiramisu make the Olive Garden a good choice, at least they have attempted great food at a reasonable price. My #1 pick for Italian food is still Johnny Carino's...they have it right!
Treat ya just like family. Yep, the commercial is right, they treat you just like family.............that's if you're the outcast of the family. Bread sticks and salad are ok, the rest is fast food with cloth napkins.
They absolulety have the best food in San Antonio.
I have been to many other italian restaurants. looking to find plates similar to olive gardens food as per portion size, taste, value, look etc. Olive Garden offers more food for your money. They offer with any entree unlimited salad, breadsticks and drinks.
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