Olive Garden Italian Restaurant
6355 Meadows Rd, Lake Oswego, OR 97035
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Cuisines: Family Style, American, Take Out, Italian, European, Continental
Alcohol: Beer, Full Bar, Wine
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07/14/2010Provided by Citysearch -
We tried to ensure that their seperate room was set up and available for a business luncheon meeting so as not to disturb the other diners and after two waite staff confirmed that it would be taken care of....the business people that arrived for the meeting were seated in the main room. To add insult to injury, the service was horrible. Don't know what the food was like, there were too many complaints about the service.
Is this how they ""Treat you like family""
02/09/2009Provided by Citysearch -
I went to this place once, and vowed to never go back. I don't know how the food tastes, because I never got to eat mine. I ordered the jambalaya, and my friend ordered some sort of ribs. We were sitting outside on the patio, our food was served, and we started to eat. Started to. Just when I lifted my forkful of food to my mouth, my friend raised a rib to his mouth, when a C@CKR@ACH fell off of his food, onto his plate. Yes, this is a true story. My other friend that was with us also saw this, and immediately dumped out his drink to capture the r@ach with his glass so we could show it to the manager. First, the manager tried to say it wasn't a cockr@ach (it was). Then, he admitted it was a c@ckr@ach, but denied it came from the restaurant. ""You're sitting outside. It probably flew onto your food.""
Cockr@ches don't fly, man! Anyways, nobody had an appetite after this, and the manager refused to take our food off the bill. ""The cockr@ach was on one plate - not all 3!"" He took the cockr@ach plate off the bill, but wanted us to pay for the rest. We paid for the drinks, approached our waitress to tip her, and left.
My friends in the Union here and at Trimet, will be informed of this. Everyone should expect good service for the value of their meal. As for me, I will never return here again.
12/23/2008Provided by Citysearch -
The Olive Garden is as Italian as McDonalds. I take that back; McDonalds has managed to survive in Italy, but if someone were to open an Olive Garden there, they probably wouldn't make it through the first night.
The food it terrible and anyone who eats there should be ashamed. So many good places are out there and you go to a chain where microwaves and scissors (for cutting open the bags of premade food) are the primary kitchen equipment? I have been twice now. The first time was years ago when I was visiting a girl in a different city. She took me to this ""great little Italian place""; that was when I knew that we wouldn't work out. The second time I thought, ""Well how bad could it really have been?"" Oops, it really was that bad. By far the best thing I ate was the iceberg lettuce. The breadsticks tasted like they were made by Wonder. And Campbells Minestrone is ten times better than what they serve at the Olive Garden . As for what they do to pasta... they should get twenty to life in an Italian prison, where I have no doubt the food would be much, much better.
12/17/2008Provided by Citysearch -
Olive Garden is a sorry excuse for Italian Food. I demand that they stop saying that they are an Italian restaurant and stop making up Italian words. Seriously, ""hospitaliano"" is NOT a word in Italian!!! How insulting to those of us with Italian heritage. The food is terrible- their slogan instead of the ""endless"" soup and salad bowl should be Carbs, Carbs and more Carbs. They shove you full of ice berg lettuce and white bread so that you can't eat a real dinner. Wait, since their food is so disgusting, this might be a good thing. GIVE IT UP OLIVE GARDEN!!!
11/20/2008Provided by Citysearch -
This restaurant has many good points, first, this restaurant is near my house, so I can go there easily and it has a lot of parking spaces. Second, this restaurant has seafood which is the only thing I can eat in such restaurants. Third, they have a very good reception desk. Even in crowded nights, they have numbers to be sure that who come first has to be served first. Fourth, the waitresses are very helpful and they can recommend a great dishes, and they are very friendly. Fifth, the prices are reasonable for what I get. I'm not really sure about this, however, it was equal to what I used to pay in Saudi Arabia.
Because nothing is perfect, even this restaurant has some problems. There are some little things that I would like to see it fix, and I am sure if they are fixed, the restaurant will be the best. First when the restaurant got crowded, the service is slow and it takes a while to order, to get the food, and even to pay. I think the restaurant should increase the number of employees to get better service. Second, the waiting place is kind of small and should be larger, For example, last time it was raining, and the inside was full of people who were waiting, so we had to stay outside until a place became available. Third, the place can be noisy because of the small area. For example, when we were eating, a noisy child was screaming, and at the other table, group of people were laughing loudly, so I couldn't eat my food comfortably.
When I think about the times I went there, most of them where fantastic. In general, that restaurant is a very good place to eat delicious food, everything is good ,but it's better to go there weekdays, so it can be a place to relax.
05/30/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I've eaten at Olive Garden restaurants all over the country and enjoyed them, but I will never set foot in this location again. The food quality is OK, (Macaroni Grill at Bridgeport is better) but the last few times we ate there we barely got our napkins in our laps before they were offering us boxes to carry out our leftovers. On the last trip a few months ago, our entrees arrived before we were half-way through our salad and soup, and my wife literally had her fork in her hand, taking about her third bite of her entree, when the waiter asked if she wanted a box for the rest of it. (We've concluded from our first-hand experiences that rushing people through their meals is the restaurant's policy.) We did encounter the manager in the lobby on the way out. He's probably still got blisters from the scorching my wife gave him. Avoid this place if you want a reasonably relaxing meal.
04/10/2007Provided by Citysearch -
My wife and I were driving along I-5 northbound, and saw this place on the side of the road. We thought, ""Why not."" It was a cold sunny day, so they were not busy. We were seeted proptly to a quiet section, which was really nice. We started off with some simple drinks (good coffee, good coke) and some Calamari. The Calamari was great, and paired well with the dipping sauces. Our salad was also good, although the ""regulars"" might think differently. I ordered the ""Chicken Crostina"". It's a chicken breast topped with a Parmesan-potato crust. It was wonderful. The chicken was cooked well, and the crunchy top had really good flavors. The buttery flavored linguine was all right, nothing fancy. My wife ordered the ""Seafood Linguine"". She says the semi-flavored sauce did not go well with the 5 shrimp and the 6 scallops. But, the noodle were cooked well. The overall experiance was well, but not exceptional, due to my wife's food (although mine was good). The staff was very nice and did help us out. I am interested in coming here again, to try other foods. The atmosphere was really relaxing, even if it was crowded. I give them a 8 out of 10. Because of the over all score, we will be back to try other dishes. Thank You.
11/13/2006Provided by Citysearch -
I went to this Olive Garden for lunch today and the service wasn't too great. You expect the same food every time so you just go back and for thier all you can eat soup salad and breadsticks they get a little skimpy. They usually don't give you a full basket of breadsticks, they aren't fresh and they act like you shouldn't ask for more when it is all you can eat. They are the same with the salad they give you enough in the big bowl for half of the people you have.
08/17/2006Provided by Citysearch -
They are not to good about giving you clean glasses to drink from. After drinking my Coke I noticed something sticking to the side of the glass. Small brown paper. It appears that the paper coasters are going through the wash and sticking all over the dishes. The waiter indicated that he knew about the problem and told the management but they wouldn't do anything about the problem. Several people in our group had this problem too. The experience ruined my lunch. I would recommend not going there since this is an on going problem and they dont seem to care. I was picking paper from my teeth so I imagine I drank a bit of the paper.
11/26/2004Provided by Citysearch -
I experianced the most horrible service from a hostess and servers at this olive garden. Most of the time they wouldn't pay attention to anything I ordered, and then made me pay for their mistakes. They thought I ordered Chicken Parmesan, when i ordered ceasar salad. Then they wanted me to pay for it. Be wary of this particular restuarant.