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Restaurant Review - The Olive Garden - Orlando / Florida Guide

Florida Guide > Dining

We have been going to Orlando now for over 6 years and each time we visit, we have at least one meal at The Olive Garden. There are several in the Orlando area, one on International Drive, one on Highway 192 and another up by the Mall at Millennia, so there’s bound to be one near you.

Whilst each one is in a different location, we can guarantee some things will be identical – the service and the food.

At peak times, it can be busy and you will often see a queue of people outside the door clasping their electronic beepers, but I always think that if people are prepared to wait for a table, the food must be good, and this is certainly the case with The Olive Garden.

We try to go for an early or late lunch or an early dinner, to avoid the queues, and we often find that we can walk straight in doing this or at least only have a short wait.

The servers are some of the friendliest in Orlando, and in a place where the service is nearly always very good, this is saying something. The servers actually feel like friends by the end of the evening and they joke along with you and seem genuinely interested in you having a good time.

And the food – is to die for! I often struggle to finish a meal in Orlando because the portions are so huge, but I certainly make the effort for this restaurant. I might not be able to walk afterwards, but it’s worth it! Maybe this is why their chairs are on wheels, so that people can just roll away from the table at the end of the evening!

All the entrees come with a free salad or soup and garlic breadsticks and, if I’m honest, I could just eat this all evening. The garlic breadsticks are the best I have ever tasted and I really have to restrain myself from filling up on them before the main course arrives.

The food, as you may have guessed from the name of the restaurant, is Italian and their pasta dishes are absolutely delicious. I have a plan of ordering a different dish each time I visit so that I will have tasted everything on the menu, but I haven’t achieved it yet. Whilst they have some long serving favourites, they also change some items regularly, so it is always a new experience each visit.

Even if we don’t have time or are too tired to eat in the restaurant, particularly after a busy day at the parks, we just dial in an order on the way home and collect it on our way back to the villa – their To Go menu is almost as extensive as the dine in menu.

Their prices are very reasonable as well, which makes this an even better choice all round!

I would recommend this for all ages, they cater really well for children, with a good children’s menu and colouring books and pencils to entertain them, and because the service is so prompt, you don’t find the kids getting bored too easily. On the other hand, if you just want to dine in adult company, this works too.

Go, eat, enjoy – you’ll have a fabulous time.

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