TOLEDO OHIO / MONROE STREET -- Went to Olive Garden on Monroe St. in Toledo Ohio to celebrate my birthday with my family. Historically, we have a great time at Olive Garden and often choose to go there for family celebrations. I was extremely disappointed in the food. It was dry, and tasted like it came out of a box. My husband's portion was half of the normal size, whereas, prices increased. The waiter was friendly and attentive, but once he informed us that the policy of celebrating a customer's birthday has been banned due to customer complaints about the noise.
Personally, I do not believe this explanation as I have seen people engage in others celebration and I felt like it brought a sense of community to the restaurant. They refused to sing happy birthday to me and would not allow my family to sing. Whereas, I can live with that for my birthday, I can tell you that Olive Garden is no longer on the list of restaurants we would choose when celebrating. In the event that I do go back to Olive Garden, I hope they focus on their cooking and less on decorating to make it feel like a hotel. The recent decor really makes the place feel cold and uninviting.
SOUTHAVEN, MISSISSIPPI -- The experience was awful. Arrived around 4:45. Waited for a seat and our party got seated after a bit of waiting. Waited two hours for our food. Three people got their food. They were done eating before the rest of us even got our drinks. The waiter said our tickets got thrown away or something. But that our food was coming out shortly. No. Waited some more. It was after 7:00 when we finally got our food and by that time the children we had with us were so tired that we had to leave without eating. And pasta as most of us ordered is no good reheated. They kept the uneaten food on our tickets as well. Even though we were leaving as they were bringing the food.
GREELEY, COLORADO -- As a single person who travels the country, I was craving a drink and a salad. I ordered a martini and a salad. The salad arrived at the bar where I was seated, but NO silverware. The bartenders were busy and I could not catch their eye to get silverware. And where was the drink? Children were seated at the small bar, taking three seats, while adults stood and waited.
I finally asked for silverware and kept waiting for the drink, while seated at the bar! The martini came in the wrong glass and I can tell you it was a very tiny martini filled with three olives. I asked for the dessert, which arrived frozen solid. I could not get my spoon into the frozen cake and sent it back. Not once did staff say, “Hello”, “How was it”, or “We are sorry”. Greeley, CO Olive Garden was a big, fat FAIL!
LAWRENCEVILLE, NEW JERSEY -- We have gone to Olive Garden in Lawrenceville NJ since the day they opened. We still go around once a week. Last week when we went we were told they are charging 3.49 for extra sauce. They don't hardly put any on to begin with. They put a little on top. You are actually eating white pasta. Well you just lost a customer who went there around 30 years. Greed.
FLORIDA, OREGON -- No stars if possible!!! Do not ever eat here. You will get a bad experience!!! First of all my waitress wasn't getting us our drinks. It was sooo annoying and second of all the food was baaaaaaad. So don't ever ever eat here unless you want torture. Okay I'm sooo mad right now. 😡😡😡😡😡😡😡
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.
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.
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.
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!
KENNESAW, GEORGIA -- Today is Veterans Day so my granddaughter and I decided since Olive Garden was, honoring the Veterans with a free meal, we took up the offer. We were seated, no wait time. I was given a pre made menu that was made for the Veterans to select from, not good at all, it was very limited. Your company says "we are honoring our veterans" then we were placed off to the side. I guess because I wasn't a paying patron, but I did PAY, with my SERVICE to MY COUNTRY. The server was very gracious but the limited menu was horrendous. Never again will I visit this establishment neither on Veterans Day nor any other day.