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Olive Garden

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770 SE Oralabor Rd, Ankeny, IA 50021-9366
+1 515-964-0511
11:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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36 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Ankeny is growing exponentially and could really use more restaurants like Olive Garden. It's a nice mainstream chain restaurant thats good to come with friends or a celebration. The service is usually quick if you plan you visit accordingly or you might end up waiting quite a bit. I don't come too often but when I do they usually have... More 

Thank Amy C
Altoona, Iowa
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63 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I have been here many times late in afternoon for the big bowl salad and pasta. I think the food is great. Anytime I have a group of women wanting to meet together, someone in the group always recommends Olive Garden. Women seem to love the salads and soups and pasta. The prices are competitive. There is a wait staff... More 

Thank david_hance_iowa
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2016 via mobile

We were traveling in our motor home and stopped for a late dinner and was telling the manager we were looking for a place to park for the night and he offered us to stay in their lot. The servers name was Geoff and was probably one of the best servers we have ever had. He offered wine tastings (since... More 

Thank Gregg D
A TripAdvisor Member
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

The staff was very friendly and helpful. Wait time was over what was quoted but for a Friday night acceptable. Food was good as expected at Olive Garden.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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35 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

We had three different kinds of pasta. Alfredo was very dry and flavor less. We had to ask for some garlic powder to add some flavor. All three meals were like this.

Thank Ocheri H
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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79 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016

What IS pasta anyway? Flour, water maybe an egg or two? Toss some in melted cheese and charge and arm and a leg for it? Olive Garden didn't INVENT pasta...but I'll bet they're making the most of it! :) I had Fetuccini Alfredo (pasta)...my son had shrimp scampi...(at least he had SOME protein) and my wife had 5-cheese "ziti?" (pasta).... More 

Thank Robert R
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113 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016 via mobile

Shrimp Scampi , not deveined, pasta n sauce OK, asparagus near not done. Beer cold. Salad endless. Steak gorgonzola good but light on gorgonzola. So I asked for me. Bar keep was great with good service. Employees great and polite.

Thank Jerry U
Des Moines
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147 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

This is the best place I have eaten. Their food is always fabulous and they are always adding new entrees. The waitstaff is beyond compare... especially Michelle and Michael. I couldn't make up my mind between 2 desserts for my birthday, so they brought me both, and comped me for one of them.

Thank Cyndeetrek
Pleasant Hill, Iowa
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016 via mobile

Food was excellent. Especially the all you can eat salad. The 3 of us All got different dinners. The agreement was we would all share and get a taste of each other's. But, we all loved our individual dinners we ordered and just ate our own dinners, there was NO sharing. You will love the food & experience!!!

Thank Punchie911
Chanute, Kansas
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116 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2016

With most chain restaurants, you know what you're going to get. The food at this Olive Garden was somewhat par with that. It wasn't exceptional - but it was pretty much what I'd expect at a run-of-the-mill Olive Garden. The service was a little slow. The server had MANY tables and seemed stretched thin. We went about 8 p.m. on... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 770 SE Oralabor Rd, Ankeny, IA 50021-9366
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Ankeny
  • Phone Number: +1 515-964-0511

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?