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Olive Garden Sarasota
Restaurant Review

Review - 1=Excellent - 2=Very Good - 3=Good 4=Fair 5=Poor

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Anonymous party of 5 had dinner at the Olive Garden in Sarasota and rated the pizza excellent and writes on December 2, 2006, "Our daughter Larissa have her birthday party at Olive Garden. The waitress sang a birthday song and brought a birthday cake this makes the day unforgettable. The waitress Jeanny was perfect she made a great job, so we have to come there 3 times ago. At our last day of vacation our daughter was crying because she is missing Jeanny. So we are back in Germany and hope the next time when we come to Florida back we can see Jeanny again. Our daughter said she is the best waitress ever.
Please excuse our bad English."
Service Rating: 1
Ambience Rating: 1
Wine List Rating: 1
Cleanliness Rating: 1
Kid Friendly Rating: 1
Value Rating: 1
Overall Experience: 1

Theresa Howard party of 3 ordered Shrimp & Crab Ravioli and Chicken Alfredo and rated the food excellent and writes on January 9, 2005, "On 1-8-05, my boyfriend, friend & I visited Olive Garden for dinner in Sarasota, FL.; this was my 3rd visit to this particular Olive Garden, and I am thoroughly impressed with the food, service, atmosphere, and outstanding greeting we received as soon as we walked in the front door. The chefs at this particular Olive Garden are the very best at what they do, and every other Olive Garden in the USA should follow their lead; the taste of their Alfredo sauce and the shrimp & crab ravioli exceeds all of my expectations, and I definitely don't mind the 40-mile drive from Port's DEFINITELY worth it!!!"

Paula Hook rated the food excellent because, "it was eye pleasing, served on warm plates, & new entrees" Paula ordered Mixed Grill (Steak & Chicken) VERY GOOD & Chicken Scampi (GOOD) and writes on 11/12/04: "As soon as we entered the restaurant, we were greeted by two hosts which informed of the estimated wait time and informed us of the specials. We were then greeted by a hostess introducing & allowing us to sample various forms of wine. There were no tip trays available (which usually denotes the expectance of a tip). She was courteous, friendly, and wine smart. This was a great conversation starter as well as pre-dinner service. I will return in the future! From our entrance to our exit, the service was wonderful & the food was great."

Anonymous visited the Olive Garden in Bradenton and rated the food poor and writes on 10/30/2004: "We arrived at approx 4:10PM. I asked the waitress if we could still get soup, salad and bread sticks. In my opinion she played dumb and replied you can always get soup, salad and bread sticks. The salad filled about half of the bowl and had too much dressing. The bread sticks were clearly leftovers and were room temp. Dry and crunchy on the ends. The soup was tasteless. We were given exactly three bread sticks. It was like she was rationing the food. When we asked for a refill of the bread sticks she acted disgusted and brought exactly two. We were sitting there with paper napkins and watched them prepare the other tables for dinner with cloth napkins. When the waitress brought the bill we were charged $8.75 each for the soup, salad & bread sticks. Expecting the $5.95 price as advertised on TV I was shocked. When I asked the waitress about it she said lunch was just till 4PM. When I told her had we been informed we would not have ordered the way we had. She offered a half hearted sorry and walked away. Now, I ask you, who in their right might mind would pay $8.75 for soup, salad and bread sticks??? If we had ordered numerous refills it might(?) have been a little easier to take? We do not plan to return." Anonymous followed-up with: "I wrote a complaint earlier today. Everything I said about the food and service is true. However today I received a nice letter from the manager and a gift certificate. I want to give credit where credit is due."


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