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Long Wait for Food and It Was Lukewarm When It Arrived
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Rating: 2/51

PORT RICHEY, FLORIDA -- Going on and off to this Olive Garden over the years. Never really had a problem before until the last 2 times. I had ordered a lite fare meal and it came with so much salt on it. I sent it back and ordered something else. Gave it another try yesterday. We waited a bit for a table. We rec'd our drinks, salad, soup and breadsticks quickly. Waiting... waiting for our main meals. The waitress (who was very nice) came over and asked if the manager had come to talk to us. We said "NO". She explained about a backup in the kitchen and to please be patient stating it wasn't her fault (which it wasn't). She also said we would be getting free desserts.

So our food finally comes. We both had dishes with Alfredo sauce. It was lukewarm, dried out looking all around the edges. We didn't say anything more as we just wanted out of the restaurant. We doggy-bagged it, got our free desserts to go and left. I feel the service and food have gone down over the years. I don't think we'll be going back there again.

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Totally Forgot About Us on Two Separate Occasions.
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Rating: 1/51

INVERNESS, FLORIDA -- Went to Olive Garden for dinner. It was somewhat busy but we were seated right away and there were other empty tables. Got drinks right away and ordered food. An hour later it came. Cold. Literally stuck to the plate. The manager was mortified. He had it redone to our satisfaction. Getting pretty late by now. He chased us into the parking lot and gave us a gift card. We returned about a year later with our gift card and everything was just fine.

Returned today for lunch and we are back to being forgotten about. Got drinks (tea and water) after about fifteen minutes and never saw our server, Anna, again. Don't know if she died, quit, or what. After about a half hour people that came after us were getting bread and drinks so we went up to pay for our drinks and go get a meal somewhere. The manager was horrified and would not let us pay for our drinks. She gave us a gift card but I won't be returning to this place.

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Horrible
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Rating: 1/51

CLARKSVILLE, TENNESSEE -- The woman who answered the phone Jennifer was very rude. She did not have very good customer service and was not knowledgeable about their menu. The food was disgusting. I don't know how you can mess up soup and salad, but they did. The chicken gnocchi was very thick and under flavored, it tasted like salted flour. The salad had limp lettuce and the tomatoes were soggy, they should not have even been put in the salad. The bread sticks were stale and the other two orders of the chicken Alfredo was cold. I will never go to this Olive Garden ever. My sister told me that they sucked when she worked. I should have listened.

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The Lasagna Classico Meat Sauce Was Like Eating Tomato Paste. Ugh...
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Rating: 1/51

YORK, PENNSYLVANIA -- Went today 6/17/2015 to Olive Garden for dinner at 4 P.M. We ordered the Lasagna Classico after we were told we could not order the duo (2) meals on one plate... That is only for lunch... FALSE ADVERTISEMENT. We got our salad and there was 1 slice of tomato in the whole big bowl. We got our meal and it was a small serving (LOOKED LIKE A CHILD'S MEAL, NOT ADULT'S MEAL).

We started to eat and we both looked at each other. The meat sauce is terrible... sour tasting. And the garlic sticks were just that... so much garlic we could not eat them. And when it came time to pay we had to figure out how to operate some card swipe machine that was on the tables. We gave our two gift cards to people on our way out. We will not be back. Someone needs to change the taste of their meat sauce. We said something to the waiter and he told us we were not the only people that complained about the taste of the sauce. HORRIBLE.

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Eating There One Afternoon
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Rating: 1/51

FREDERICK MD -- My friend and I decided to eat at Olive Gardens. She had been there before but I hadn't. No waiting line. The hostess took us to a booth farthest from the entrance. Actually if we went any further we would have been in the parking lot. I am almost 80 but friend is 12 years younger. This booth in the corner was to say the least not what we expected.

Both of us ordered soup, salad and one bowl of salad. I did not expect to share this with anyone. My friend ordered coffee and when the unfriendly waitress sat the credit down, it left credit on the table a and she didn't even wipe it up. No paper napkins for us to do so as we had cloth napkins and those I like. We got our check and they charged us the dinner price instead of the lunch price from the menu we ordered from only 3.00 dollars each difference but the whole experience was not what I expected.

My friend called after she got home and explained the price difference. I think she got a gift card for the restaurant. The whole experience left me knowing I would not return nor recommend this place. We got to the movies and eat out usually 2 times a week and eat out other days to do. I have been accustomed to better service than we got.

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Harassment and Rudeness Allowed by Managers at This Location.
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Rating: 1/51

SPRING HILL, TENNESSEE -- The managers are idiots that allow their cooks to harass the new employees like it is a game. I walked out on a Saturday night after working there 4 months and putting up with too much rudeness and harassment from a coworker on the line that I quit.

I told ** about the harassment from my coworker but the GM didn't care, he has no balls, and no backbone. He allows this distasteful, harassing behavior to go on at his restaurant and than wants to act like an **, calling me on my cell after I walked out on a busy Saturday night telling me I'd better get back in and work or I may be fired if I don't. Gee that really makes me want to come back in and work with another ** on the line that you refuse to talk to about getting in my face and cussing at me, putting me down by treating me like a **.

I am 6 years older than him, and he isn't going to treat me like dirt, because he is good at what he does and feels like boasting his ego. Well, I know he just didn't like the fact that I am an awesome worker, smarter and more efficient and just better at my job than him, and he been there 3 years. I don't and encourage others to never put up with harassment of any kind from anybody at any job EVER! I don't care if you have bills, a house payment, 10 kids, 8 baby mommas, and 5 child support payments, QUIT the job and find a better one!

Don't allow yourself to be degraded or put down, or harassed! I am so glad I quit, **, the general manager, or should I say the general **, has no integrity, no balls, and desperately needs a tic-tac. Not trying to be mean but seriously dude, you talk to guests all day and night, freshen your breath. And teach your veteran employees, one in particular that I won't mention his name because all in all I actually like and respect him despite how mean he was to me, I believe in forgiveness and second chances.

But for the management to not give me my job back and not address the issues at hand... just shows what kind of managers run that restaurant... the kind that have no compassion and no people skills whatsoever. I told them about the issues I had, they tried to bury it and act like they like me working there so it be best to just let the dude harass me, because they don't stand by the true Darden code of conduct like they are supposed to! I hope justice gets served someday and they realize the sins they have committed and the pain they put my family and me through now that I have to look for another job, instead of them handling the hostile employee, they let me go.

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No Common Sense
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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA -- Date of Incident: 10/17/2010. Time of Incident: around 10 pm to 10:05 pm. Location: Olive Garden restaurant on 1545 Flamingo Road Las Vegas, NV 89119. 702-735-0082.

On the night of 10/17/2010, our party of six arrived at Olive Garden restaurant around 9:20 PM. There were very few people in their waiting area and the Hostess came and talk to our group at least 3 times to let us know that they have not forgotten about us and they are preparing our table. We asked them if we can go ahead and order our food even before we got seated, and the Hostess proceeded to take our order which was great. Our party of six (we are all Filipinos) was the only one in their waiting area and finally we got seated after 15 minutes.

We got our main entree and appetizer served in our table after another 20 minutes. Our waiter was a gentleman who is either Hawaiian or Asian descent. We just now got our hot food and proceeded to eat. My sister in Law (**) now decided she needed to get a sweater in the car because she was cold. It was taking awhile for her to come back and my other sister in Law (**) received a call from ** stating that she is outside the front entrance of the restaurant and the staff would not let her back in.

** went to the front entrance to talk to the staff and she returned angry because they will not let her sister back in. **'s boyfriend also went to the front entrance to talk to the staff and he also came back angry because they would not allow ** back in. I finally went to the front to talk to the General Manager and hostesses. The Hostess kept apologizing to me.

The General Manager proceeded to tell me that he cannot let ** back in because it's Olive Garden's policy that they do not let anyone in after 10 PM for employee safety. I tried to reason to the manager that she did not know this but all he kept saying was it's for employee safety and that if he lets her in then he would have to shut down the whole restaurant. He said this with such an uncaring attitude.

I would like to make a comment regarding Employee Safety. Are Olive Garden employees safer at 8pm, 9pm, 9:30pm, 10pm, 10:01pm etc. I don't remember anyone asking me whether I was carrying a weapon on me when I walked in the restaurant. How do they know that they were safe? Are the Olive Garden employees walked to their car after they get off from work for safety or is the INSIDE of the restaurant considered the "HOLY GROUND"! I have eaten in a lot of Olive Garden restaurants even in different states and not once have I seen security in the premises.

The General Manager never once mentioned Customer Safety €”which makes it more apparent that Customer Safety is not important to Olive Garden! He also told me that I shouldn't be rude to him. I guess locking someone outside the restaurant while her hot food was waiting on the table WAS NOT RUDE! I was so distraught €”I told the manager that Olive Garden wasted my time to have dinner with my family that they should pay me for coming to Olive Garden instead of me paying them.

I told the manager that I want all the food on the table packed and I am not paying for a single penny. I saw one of the Hostess whispered something to our waiter. Apparently the manager OK'd it because our waiter packed up all our food. We all left the restaurant very upset, distraught, humiliated, and emotionally stressed.

I can't believe that this is Olive Garden's policy? Where is the Safety of the Consumer? A young lady locked outside the door of the restaurant by herself at night-- it was also misting outside. My 10 yo daughter was with us. What if I had asked her to get something in the car then this young girl would also be locked outside the door due to employee safety. What if I forgot my wallet in the car? I don't think Olive Garden will have a problem then of me stepping out of the restaurant to get my wallet so I can pay them. Oh but I can't go back in the restaurant to pay due to employee safety.

Wow what a novel idea to get free meals at Olive Garden (wouldn't the WWW love to know about this!) Now--maybe you're seeing how stupid this policy is. It's unbelievable that this is happening in this century and this country. I served over 8 years active duty Air Force and several years as a reservist and I have never had this emotional trauma of disrespect, injustice, stupidity, and uncaring attitude towards another fellow human being. It is false advertisement for Olive Garden to promote the concept of Family Dining. How can you have Family dining when your family member is locked out of the restaurant in the parking lot while her hot food is on the table!

Other details of this incident: I recorded every detail right outside the restaurant parking lot in my Iphone because I don't want to forget any specific detail of what happened and I want an accurate description of the incident. ** states that as she was going out of the door €”there were other customers that was also going out of the door. ** states that one of the Hostess asked her if she is done with her dinner and she said "No, €”I'm not done, I just have to get something out of the car" then she stepped outside the door. No one stopped her nor told her of the restaurant policy. They knew we just got our food, otherwise, why would they bother to ask her that question.

If this is a strict policy€“ they should have told us while we were sitting in the waiting area for 15 minutes since they know we are late customers and there is a possibility that one of us would step outside the door after 10 PM. If this is a strict policy - why is the Manager now standing by the door of the restaurant to make sure that I do not let ** in but he didn't bother stopping her as she was going out. Was he just waiting to whip out his Olive Garden Policy and enforce his power! He must get a kick out of this.

Now you might say, what is the big deal--it's only food. Well, put yourself in this situation. You go to Olive Garden to have a nice dinner with your family and your starving because it is already late at night-- then your sister, your mother, your brother, your daughter/son, or yourself steps out door at 10:01 pm to smoke or get something in the car, well, guess what-- YOU'RE SCREWED!

Where is Consumer'€™s Rights? Olive Garden lets me order my food but I can'€™t eat it? Olive Garden enforces a policy but not inform customers about it! Olive Garden only cares about employee safety €”but totally ignores Customer Safety! Olive Garden promotes Family Dining BUT without your Family! What went wrong? No Common Sense!!! If you don'€™t have one, then you shouldn'€™t manage anything!!! You should not be a Manager. Otherwise just put a robot by the door to spit out policies and see how many customers comes back for more. It is time to wake up Olive Garden. Your Garden needs to grow Common Sense! Very Peeved Ex-Customer!

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The Most Horrible Service I Have Ever Had
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Rating: 1/51

BEACHWOOD, OHIO -- Our server took three reminders about drinks, he was slow, and one of us had asked for light sauce brought it with heavy sauce then brought it back to kitchen and didn't return with it until one of us approached him. At that point the rest of us were about done eating and he gave the person that asked him attitude. When the food finally arrived he stopped at a table by us for yet another conversation and made us wait even longer.

After we received our check an enormous amount of time went by and we all dug up cash instead of our cards and got ready to leave. I stayed behind to find him and let him know the money was on the table and he continued to ignore it and took dishes from another table leaving about 200 dollars on the table. I was embarrassed to have suggested the restaurant for a very special birthday and I will never return. Since there were a number of people with us I am sure word of mouth will affect people visiting there.

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Bread Sticks for "To Go"
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Rating: 1/51

RIDGEMAR MALL FORT WORTH, TEXAS -- Ordered two meals "to go" and was told that only two bread sticks came with a to go order. When my wife ordered she asked the young lady. I asked the manager "a very rude manager" how many bread sticks am I allowed if I "eat in". The answer "unlimited." Ask for more bread sticks for "to go" and was rudely denied. We have patronized Olive Garden since they opened this location but will never again.

I should have cancelled my order and left the sack sitting on the bar, if I had it to do over that's what I would do, but for some reason I just don't think that sneaky, but let it be known, I will never set foot into Olive Garden again.

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Information for the complainers
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My name is **. I have worked for Olive Garden for several years, and just came across this website. I am currently frustrated with my job due to harassment at work from another co-worker, but upon reading some of these complaints, I felt the need to comment back to some of your people. First of all, working at any place that serves food is probably one of the most difficult and demeaning jobs in this country. No matter what goes wrong, everyone thinks its the server's fault.

Whether the food doesn't taste very good, or if it takes a long time, all of these things are completely out of the server's control and it's very frustrating for us to listen to your complaints and then you take it out on us by stiffing us. Here are a few things I would like to say though, before you all go and complain some more.

  1. Servers don't cook the food. We are more than happy to get a manager and have the cooks re-make your meal, but please do not get mad at us, as we had nothing to do with it. Don't forget that the cooks are paid hourly, they really don't care if you like your meal or not. 2. YES there is an up charge for salad. We don't hand out free salad, we are not a homeless shelter. It comes complimentary with every MEAL (which does not include an appetizer, even if you're eating an appetizer as your meal). If we don't charge you and we get caught, we get fired. If you don't like it, talk to a manager.

  2. YES there is an up charge for Alfredo sauce, and the cooks won't even give you Alfredo until you ring it in. It's very expensive, and we're sorry, but there's nothing we can do about it. If we steal it for you, we can get fired.

  3. Soup and Salad may be great, and I agree, it tastes wonderful. But it is the most difficult thing you can order, because we now have to run back and forth and back and forth just to get refill after refill after refill. And the worst part is, you don't tip us on all the extra work we're doing, because you don't realize how much work it actually is.

Imagine all 3 or 4 of our tables, each person ordering unlimited soup and salad... if each table has an average of 3 people, and I have 4 tables, that's 12 people I'm constantly refilling soup, salad and bread for. By the time I come back to your table, you're ready for something else, and so is everyone else in my section... it's hard. We don't mind doing it, but please don't complain when you don't get your refill right away, we are VERY busy. And tipping $2 for all that work? That's a slap in our face.

  1. I'm sorry that you're upset that we are a popular restaurant and that there are lines, and that you may just have to wait. It means we're popular, that's a good thing for Olive Garden. 6. At 4 pm every day, there is a shift change over. It's usually about 20 minutes of complete disaster and chaos, but this is probably the worst time to come to OG. 7. Coming in 5 minutes before we close means you are going to get the bottom of the barrel of whatever you order. It's like that at every restaurant- your food will probably suck.

  2. Please don't forget that we make our money based on what you give us. That's how we pay our bills... if you're going to be cheap, or you can't afford to eat at a nice place, then go to Burger King and have it 'your way'. But this is a place of business, where we depend on tips to survive every day life. Thank you and have a nice day.

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